Chelsea mired in uncertainty as challenges grow
If there's any English club that thrives in chaos and adversity, it's Chelsea.
And there's plenty of that at Stamford Bridge this offseason.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The Scottish soccer association says it has hired Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke to coach the country's national team.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United ended yet another Premier League season in disappointing fashion, losing 2-0 at home to already relegated Cardiff on Sunday.
Pogba selected in Premier League team of the season
LONDON (AP) — Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is the only player not from Manchester City or Liverpool to be selected in the Premier League's Team of the Year for the 2018-19...
Solskjaer to begin much-needed rebuilding job at United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spent much of his time as Manchester United manager harking back to the club's trophy-laden past under Alex Ferguson.
In his 99 days as interim manager at Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer delivered a record-breaking set of results, restored the team's identity and swagger, and lifted the gloom lingering...
LONDON (AP) — Soaked by the rain swirling around Arsenal's stadium, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watched helplessly as his dream Premier League start as Manchester United manager was brought to a halt on...
MADRID (AP) — With Real Madrid in tatters, it's time to talk about Jose Mourinho again.
The spotlight turned to the Portuguese coach immediately after Madrid's disastrous week came to an end...
PARIS (AP) — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer showed he's still a specialist in delivering last-minute victories for Manchester United in the Champions League. Paris Saint-Germain, though, remains a...
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Romelu Lukaku scored an 88th-minute goal to earn Manchester United a thrilling 3-2 victory over Southampton and a place in the top four of the Premier League on...
United says Mourinho firing cost $25M, revived by Solskjaer
LONDON (AP) — The firing of Jose Mourinho cost Manchester United 19.6 million pounds ($25 million) in payoffs. The club already sees it as money well spent.
The compensation for dismissing Mourinho and his coaches was disclosed Thursday by United among "exceptional items" in the latest set of financial results, which showed record revenue.
PSG fans have cause to worry ahead of Manchester United game
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain fans were no doubt brimming with confidence about facing Manchester United when the Champions League draw was made nearly two months ago.
Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe were scoring with ease, Marco Verratti was pulling the strings in midfield, and the club had secured impressive back-to-back wins against Liverpool and Red Star Belgrade to qualify for the last 16 at Napoli's expense.
Man United beats Fulham to move into Premier League’s top 4
LONDON (AP) — Manchester United moved into the Premier League's top four by beating Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage on Saturday, with Paul Pogba scoring two more goals to continue his resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Mourinho accepts guilty plea for tax fraud in Spain
MADRID (AP) — Former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho received a one-year suspended sentence after reaching a guilty plea for tax fraud in Spain on Tuesday.
Mourinho will not have to serve time after admitting he defrauded Spanish authorities in 2011 and 2012. Sentences for two years or less for first-time offenders can be suspended in Spain.
The Fallen One: Mourinho tumbles at ice hockey game
BALASHIKHA, Russia (AP) — Former Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has ceremonially opened an ice hockey game in Russia — and promptly fallen on the ice.
Mourinho was given the honor of making the first puck drop on Monday at the Kontinental Hockey League game between Avangard Omsk and SKA St. Petersburg.
As he turned to walk off the ice, he slipped on a red carpet and fell backward before being helped up by SKA player and two-time Stanley Cup winner Pavel Datsyuk.
Rashford and Pogba combine to lead Man United to victory
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba combined to lead Manchester United to a 1-0 victory at Leicester on Sunday, with a seventh triumph in eight Premier League games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer moving the team up to fifth place.
Rashford brought down a lofted pass from Pogba before striking into the bottom corner in the ninth minute of his 100th appearance for United.
Marouane Fellaini leaves Man United to join Chinese club
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini has left Manchester United to move to China to play for Shandong Luneng.
The 31-year-old Fellaini made 177 appearances for United after joining in 2013. He followed David Moyes from Everton to become the club's first major signing of the post-Alex Ferguson era.
Fellaini, who last year signed a new and improved deal until 2020, was a key figure at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho.
FA Cup: Sanchez scores on Arsenal return as United advances
LONDON (AP) — Booed throughout his return to Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez responded to the rancor with a rare goal for Manchester United and reveled in the celebrations.
The forward's fifth goal in 33 appearances since leaving Arsenal a year ago set United on its way to a 3-1 victory on Friday that booked a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Sarri must face up to own failings in Chelsea blame game
Maurizio Sarri has decided to go down a dangerous road by using a post-match news conference to criticize the attitude and character of his Chelsea players.
Memories were suddenly revived of a TV interview that Jose Mourinho gave after a game in December 2015, accusing the Chelsea team of "betraying" him. Mourinho was fired a few days later.
Man United beats Brighton as Solskjaer sets another record
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's record-breaking start to life in the Manchester United dugout continued as Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford struck against Brighton on Saturday to secure a seventh successive win in all competitions.
On a day when Old Trafford stood to remember Matt Busby ahead of the 25th anniversary of his death on Sunday, the caretaker coach broke another of the Scot's long-standing United records.
Mourinho’s longtime No 2 takes 1st senior job in Qatar
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The longtime right-hand man of Jose Mourinho has taken up his first senior managerial job at a club in Qatar.
Rui Faria, who spent 17 years as Mourinho's assistant at Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United among other clubs, has signed a contract with Al Duhail.
The Qatari club announced the arrival of Faria on Friday, saying "one of the special names in the world of coaching" had turned down "great European offers."
De Gea’s saves help United beat Tottenham in Premier League
LONDON (AP) — There were too many saves for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to even remember.
Everyone else was certainly counting: Eleven. The most by any goalkeeper in a Premier League match this season. And they were all in the second half to thwart a Tottenham comeback.
Solskjaer beats Pochettino in unofficial Man U job audition
LONDON (AP) — Manchester United's league position hasn't changed. Everything else has under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Surpassing the great Matt Busby in 1946, Solskjaer has now opened his United reign with a club-record six successive victories after beating Tottenham 1-0 in the Premier League on Sunday. It was secured by Marcus Rashford's first-half goal and 11 second-half saves by goalkeeper David de Gea.
Without titles, Pochettino still soccer’s most coveted coach
LONDON (AP) — During a decade in management, Mauricio Pochettino has never lifted a trophy. The Argentine is still one of the most coveted coaches in world soccer.
Whenever a job comes up at a leading club, you can be sure Pochettino's name will be in the mix for the vacancy. From Real Madrid to Paris Saint-Germain and, mostly notably recently, Manchester United.
What to watch in the main soccer leagues in Europe
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets his first big test as Manchester United manager in an away match at Premier League title contender Tottenham.
With four victories in the league and another in the FA Cup since taking over from Jose Mourinho, Solskjaer is only the second manager — after the great Matt Busby — to win his first five matches in charge of United.
Man United revitalized with Solskjaer at the wheel
They've quickly created a song for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.
"Ole's at the wheel," the United faithful chant about their new manager. "Tell me how good does it feel."
Much, much better than it did under Jose Mourinho.
The cloud over England's biggest soccer club has been lifted since United fired Mourinho, perhaps its most divisive manager ever, last month and replaced him with its former striker from Norway.
Solskjaer gets record-tying 5th straight win as United coach
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has some serious selection dilemmas to weigh up as he looks to make more history in his record-setting start as Manchester United manager.
United beat second-tier struggler Reading 2-0 in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday for a fifth straight win since Solskjaer replaced the fired Jose Mourinho last month. It ties the record of Matt Busby, who also won his first five games in charge in the 1946-47 season.
Solskjaer retains magic touch at Man United with another win
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — With Manchester United still scoreless after an hour at Newcastle, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was facing the first real challenge of his interim tenure at England's biggest club.
His response showed he might just have the same magic touch as a United manager that he had as a player.
United beats Newcastle 2-0 for 4th win under Solskjaer
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became only the second manager to win his first four matches in charge of Manchester United as his team beat Newcastle 2-0 thanks to second-half goals by Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford on Wednesday.
Matt Busby was the other coach to achieve that feat, in 1946, putting Solskjaer in great company as he continues his perfect start to life at the helm of the club after replacing the fired Jose Mourinho last month.
Pogba leads resurgent Man United to 4-1 win over Bournemouth
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Paul Pogba is feeling so good at Manchester United these days that he's practicing his goal celebrations during the pre-game warmup.
With good reason, too, as the French World Cup winner is once again finding plenty of reasons to celebrate.
Pogba scored another two goals and added an assist as United continued its resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a free-flowing 4-1 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday.
Solskjaer tells United players to enjoy Old Trafford
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can't wait to lead Manchester United out at Old Trafford for the first time on Wednesday against relegation-threatened Huddersfield.
Having been parachuted in as caretaker manager for the rest of the season, the fan favorite got the post-Jose Mourinho era off to a dream start.
Lingard lights up Man United’s 5-goal show at Cardiff
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Jesse Lingard scored twice as Manchester United celebrated its first match under new coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 5-1 rout of lowly Cardiff in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Solskjaer took over this week after Jose Mourinho was fired for the club's poor results.
Marcus Rashford needed only three minutes to give United the lead as he blasted home a free kick from 25 meters.
Solskjaer starts Man U with win; Man City and Chelsea lose
Manchester United was stunning and Manchester City was stunned.
United responded to a change in coach by producing a rampant display to thrash lowly Cardiff 5-1 hours after English Premier League leader City slumped to a first defeat at home, to struggling Crystal Palace 3-2 on Saturday.
Former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, back at United as manager in midweek after Jose Mourinho was sacked, appeared to give the team a new lease of life as it turned on the style in the Welsh capital.
Solskjaer hopes Man United stay extends beyond this season
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to be managing Manchester United beyond this season.
After Jose Mourinho was fired on Tuesday, Solskjaer was hired until the end of the season as United undergoes a restructuring process and searches for a new fulltime manager.
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:
Another new era starts for Manchester United on Saturday, and the club is looking to the future by returning to the past.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United's popular former striker who scored the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final, replaced the fired Jose Mourinho as manager until the end of the season and takes charge of his first game at Cardiff.
The challenges facing Solskjaer at Man United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has landed his dream job as Manchester United manager after a whirlwind 24 hours, and it will take some time for the euphoria to fade.
Once it does, it will quickly dawn on him just how big a challenge he has taken on.
Much of the blame for United's dismal season has been laid at the door of Jose Mourinho: The dreary tactics, the clashes with players, the needless barbs in media conferences.
Solskjaer looks to rescue United again, this time as coach
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on another rescue mission at Manchester United, this time as manager.
The former striker who became a United great by conjuring up important goals typically as a substitute — most famously an injury-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final — was picked as the man to bring stability to the English club after the tumultuous 2½-year tenure of Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho fired by Man United with his career at crossroads
Wanted: A coach to restore Manchester United to its former status as a major force in European soccer.
It was a task that proved beyond even Jose Mourinho.
United brought an end to Mourinho's turbulent 2½-year spell at the storied English club by firing him on Tuesday, an inevitable move that follows a pattern of bitter endings at the Portuguese coach's recent teams.
The Latest: Has Norwegian PM let slip Solskjaer appointment?
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The Latest on Jose Mourinho's departure from Manchester United (all times local):
Has the Norwegian Prime Minister let slip that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is to be the interim manager at Manchester United?
A tweet sent by the official account of Erna Solberg, and directed to Solskjaer's Twitter handle, late Tuesday read "Great day for Norwegian football. Good luck keeping control of the Red Devils." The tweet was quickly deleted.
Man City reaches League Cup semifinals after shootout win
On a tumultuous day for beleaguered Manchester United, crosstown rival Manchester City advanced to the English League Cup semifinals to keep in the hunt for trophies on four fronts this season.
Man City beat Leicester 3-1 in a penalty shootout on Tuesday to stay on course to retain the title and give Pep Guardiola another piece of silverware, hours after his great managerial rival Jose Mourinho was fired by United.
Column: Sacking Mourinho will allow United to rebuild
When you're in a hole, stop digging: That's the strategy Manchester United is pursuing by sacking Jose Mourinho.
Ditching the manager midseason, a risky move with no successor in place, became necessary not simply because results on the pitch have been bad but because the 55-year-old's negativity was making United tough to admire and even tougher to watch, threatening the bottom line of the ever-growing globalized business.
Column: Mourinho firing doesn’t fix malaise at Man United
LONDON (AP) — The rot runs deep at Manchester United. Firing Jose Mourinho just removes the immediate stench of gloom.
With every rebuke aimed — very publicly — at his players or paymasters, Mourinho looked more fixated on picking public fights rather than addressing his own shortcomings.
Special Once? Mourinho’s box-office career takes new twist
He started off as a translator before becoming a self-styled "Special One," as close as it gets to being a guaranteed winner of titles. Now he's unemployed, with a philosophy seemingly unsuited to modern soccer.
Jose Mourinho's firing by Manchester United on Tuesday is the latest chapter in a thrill-a-minute coaching career that began in the early 1990s and has been box office gold ever since.
Seven clubs, 25 trophies, countless spats and squabbles: It's been quite the ride with Mourinho.
Pogba or Mourinho: Who will last longer at United?
Paul Pogba was soccer's most expensive player two years ago. He was lifting the World Cup with France only five months ago.
So how has it gotten to the stage where, on Sunday, one of the world's most talented midfielders didn't even get off the bench for Manchester United in one of its biggest matches of the season against Liverpool?
Man United’s season hits new low with 3-1 loss to Liverpool
Jose Mourinho chose his words carefully, and they proved to be as candid as they were concerning for Manchester United as its worst start to a Premier League season hit a new low.
"Liverpool," Mourinho said, "is a better team than us."
Liverpool's 3-1 win over its great rival on Sunday was confirmation of that — although it still needed two strokes of luck to underline the gulf that has quickly grown between English soccer's two grandest clubs.
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:
Jose Mourinho loves nothing more than spoiling the party at Anfield, so ending Liverpool's unbeaten start and potentially knocking it off the Premier League summit is a tantalizing prospect for Manchester United on Sunday.
Manchester City's loss to Chelsea last weekend left Liverpool in first as the only undefeated team remaining after 16 games.
Towering Van Dijk the center back Mourinho desperately needs
Jose Mourinho's dire need for a top-drawer center back at Manchester United will be brought into sharp focus when his team comes up against a defender whose commanding presence has laid the foundations for Liverpool's English Premier League title challenge.
Mourinho selection backfires, United misses out on top spot
VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Manchester United missed the chance to finish top of its Champions League group as an understrength team lost 2-1 at Valencia on Wednesday, with an embarrassing own-goal by Phil Jones proving decisive.
With first-place Juventus losing 2-1 at Young Boys, United could have jumped above the Italian team in Group H with a win at the Mestalla but manager Jose Mourinho's decision to play a virtual reserve lineup backfired.