Man Utd should stick by Solskjaer over Conte, says Barnes

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Man Utd should stick by Solskjaer over Conte, says Barnes

John Barnes has urged Manchester United to stick by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until the end of the season as they can “afford to wait” for a top manager like Antonio Conte.

The former Chelsea boss has been tipped to take over from Solskjaer at Old Trafford following United’s embarrassing 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.


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But Barnes claims it would be a mistake to sack the Norwegian now, as “it’s never a good idea to change manager midway through the season”.

Barnes told BonusCodeBets: “It’s never a good idea to change manager midway through the season. If Manchester United bring in a new manager now with the team they have and the way they’re playing, nothing will change that quickly. It’s not ideal.

“Manchester United also have to look at who’s available, there’s not too many options right now. A new manager coming to Manchester United isn’t going to win them the league or finish in the top two or three. They can still finish in the Champions League places but sacking Ole now isn’t the way forward for United.”

“Where is someone like Antonio Conte likely to go before the end of the season? The top clubs in the world aren’t going to sack their managers before then, and he wouldn’t choose Newcastle over Manchester United. His style of play (Conte) wouldn’t Barcelona even though they’ve sacked Ronald Koeman.

“Once upon a time, there were lots of top managers available and lots of clubs looking for managers, Klopp went to Liverpool, Guardiola went to Man City and Tuchel went to PSG. But that calibre of manager is not available at this moment, nor are there many clubs available for those types of managers, so they can afford to wait for the right opportunity. So, for that reason, Manchester United should wait before appointing a new manager.”

Barnes also claimed Paul Pogba’s red card was a sign of his “commitment”, but admits United “need him to step up”.

“His sending off was unfortunate, he was fully committed so it was just a badly timed tackle. He didn’t mean to get sent off and it wasn’t particularly nasty, but he just mistimed the tackle and that happens in football. United want a committed Paul Pogba for the team so regardless of speculation, they need him to step up.”

 

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‘Really hard’ – Dallas opens up on playing through bereavement

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‘Really hard’ – Dallas opens up on playing through bereavement

Leeds United utility man Stuart Dallas has opened up on playing through bereavement following the death of one of his closest friends.

The 30-year-old felt it was important to “crack on” and continue playing despite his loss.

He withdrew from the Northern Ireland squad for the September international break to grieve but continued to play for .



And Dallas has now opened up about the effect of the loss.

“In football, when something like that happens, you don’t get time to grieve,” he told BBC Radio West Yorkshire ).

“We’re here to do a job,” he said. “I represent a lot of people when I play for this football club and I don’t want to let anybody down.

“It was tough, I’m not going to lie, it was really hard. These things make or break you.

“It’s important that you just continue to crack on and play through it.”

Dallas added: “Thankfully I’ve got a good family, my wife and kids around me, good teammates, and a good club to help me through these challenging times.

“I appreciate the love and support I’ve had from everyone about the club.

“At times like this, you realise how special the people inside the club and certainly the fans outside it are.”

Meanwhile,  despite Leeds’ difficult start to the 2021/22 season.

The Whites sit 17th in the Premier League, as they have just seven points from their nine outings. Their only victory came at home against Watford.

“To be honest, he [Bielsa] hasn’t changed much,” Phillips said.

“He’s always the same person whether we are winning or losing. He doesn’t make us feel more or less comfortable, he has always been very honest with us and adamant, talking a lot about the way we want to play.

“He never wants to change that so he has always been the same, telling us what we need to do and how we get better.

“It’s very special to see all the fans.”

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