Solskjaer: Man Utd better at penalties than proper games

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer urged Manchester United to become more ruthless, admitting they have been better in penalty shoot-outs than in proper games.The Red Devils needed spot-kicks to overcome League One outfit Rochdale after a disappointing 1-1 draw in their Carabao Cup clash at Old Trafford on Wednesday.Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Fred, Mason Greenwood and Daniel James all converted penalties in a 5-3 shootout win. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Solskjaer called on his team, who also beat AC Milan on penalties at the International Champions Cup in pre-season, to be more aggressive in building on a lead.”We go 1-0 up in many games and again we go 1-0 up and you think ‘go on then’,” the United manager said.”It’s the key now and it’s a learning curve for these boys. We need to go for the second.”At this club you don’t just sit back and hope that’s enough. If you settle for good enough that’s not what we want.”We handled it really well. I’m very pleased with the confidence. You know we’re better in penalty shoot-outs than in proper games.” Greenwood had given United a 68th-minute lead with his second goal in as many games, but Solskjaer’s men were forced to penalties after 16-year-old Luke Matheson’s strike.Solskjaer praised Greenwood, with the 17-year-old’s performance one of the few positives for United.”He’s got two great feet. It must be a nightmare for defenders with him one-on-one in the box. He can go both ways which for me is fantastic,” he said.”You can just see that he’s got quality. He will get his share of games. He’s young and we have to allow him to grow.”The Red Devils are currently sitting eighth on the Premier League table, 10 points behind leaders Liverpool and three adrift of the top four.After starting the league campaign with a stunning 4-0 win against Chelsea, United have only won once since in a tight 1-0 victory over Leicester City.United host Arsenal in the league on Monday, while they have been drawn to face Chelsea away in the Carabao Cup round of 16 next month.last_img read more

Shopping complex evacuated as Army are called in to deal with suspicious

A shopping complex in the centre of Reading is on lockdown after the Army were called to deal with the reported discovery of a bag with wires protruding from it. Police evacuated hundreds of people from The Oracle and ordered those in nearby buildings to stay indoors and away from the windows at 9am Tuesday.Roads have been sealed off to allow an Army bomb disposal squad to investigate the suspicious package, which was reportedly found in the shopping centre toilets. The local council offices are also within the police cordon and the public were prevented for entering the building.Several hours after the discovery was made, a spokesman for Thames Valley Police said that they were continuing to treat the object as suspicious and advised workers in nearby officers to remain inside their buildings. The Oracle complex had 90 shops, a 12 screen cinema and restaurants which line the banks of the River Kennet which flows through the shopping centre.The retail unit covers two storeys of mall and includes Debenhams and House of Fraser there was multi-storey car park. Restaurants include Jamie’s Italian, Wagamama and Pizza Express. Bridge Street is currently locked down as The Oracle is evacuated. #rdguk pic.twitter.com/g55PFoJeW8— Gemma Davidson (@gemdavidson23) June 12, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sources told the Reading Chronicle the bag containing wires was reported to police by a member of the public.The River Kennet runs through the centre of the Oracle Centre which is popular with shoppers from across the south of England.The police spokesman said: “Officers were called to the centre at 9am and have since cordoned off the area from the public as a precaution. “Nearby restaurants have also been evacuated as officers work to establish the nature of the item. Our officers remain at the scene at the Oracle shopping centre, Reading as we deal with a suspicious item. We’d like to thank everyone for their continued patience as we deal with the incident. pic.twitter.com/X72FCI5Snp— Thames Valley Police (@ThamesVP) June 12, 2018 “A cordon has been put around the large shopping centre, with the huge multi-storey car-park also being closed.”A spokesman for The Oracle said: “The safety of our staff and customers is our priority and we are working to support the police with their investigations.” read more