Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cannot afford to lose to West Ham on Sunday.
After his team’s loss to Young Boys in the Champions League group opener, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come under fire.
Given the number of bizarre substitutions and tactics he used, he deserves it. This only reinforced the notion that the Norwegian boss lacks genuine intelligence at the highest levels.
As United boss, one loss is a mini-crisis.
Two defeats on the spin are unthinkable, particularly if one is against David Moyes’ side.
This might sound disrespectful, but it’s not meant to. Let’s not forget that Moyes has done a remarkable job of making the Hammers a real force in English football.
Moyes was appointed United manager after it became clear that the job was too large for him.
Solskjaer will prevail over someone who has tried his job and failed at it. So losing to the Hammers is not acceptable.
If he believes the stick he has been receiving since midweek is bad, then think again. United supporters will be making him much worse if he finishes second to Moyes.
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Rory McIlroy will be heading to the Ryder Cup this week thinking he’s the talisman for Europe.
Jon Rahm, a new sheriff has arrived in town and the Northern Irishman thinks otherwise.
McIlroy was once what Rahm is now, the world No.1 player and flag bearer of the European team as they prepare for what has been one of the most spectacular shows on turf.
However, when Padriag’s men play at Whistling Straits this Friday, McIlroy and Ian Poulter (or Sergio Garcia) will not be the players Europe will be looking to.
Garcia isn’t the best Spaniard of his side, or even the best Spaniard.
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Rahm is the undisputed king golfer and will be the one Harrington relies on the most to perform and inspire Europe to keep the Paris Trophy.
Although it is Rahm’s first appearance in Paris, his rise since then has been so rapid and impressive that McIlroy is now second in the standings.
McIlroy is down to just one win since November 2019, and hasn’t won a Major in the last four years.
His world ranking has dropped to 15th, and nine of his Team USA opponents are now higher than him.
Rahm is a clear favorite and the current US Open champion. This makes him Harrington’s strongest player when the biennial shoot out gets underway in Wisconsin.
It’s a golfing proposition deemed unthinkable in recent times, but Europe will now revolve around Rahm instead of McIlroy – and look to him when it comes to attempting to beat Steve Stricker’s favourites.
He has the chance now to become Save Ballesteros’ next champion and be the focus of his team for years to follow.
McIlroy has given Rahm the baton and it will be interesting for him to respond to not being the best.
Will it motivate him to improve his game? Or will he remain in his shell and feel like a part of the best golfers on the planet?
McIlroy is Europe’s most important player. He can take on any opponent and make mincemeat of them all. This has been proven time and again.
And while Team USA look too powerful and strong for Europe, Stricker has the dilemma of who to partner the unpopular Bryson DeChambeau with.
DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka’s feud goes against everything that the Ryder Cup stands to promote, while Koepka appears disinterested at even being in the competition.
It is possible for Europe to find cracks and win at home, but it would be foolish not to see these cracks.
We do know that Rahm will be the star of the show if Harrington and his stars return home across the Atlantic with the trophy. This would make Europe’s 10th win in the 13 Ryder Cups.
Emma Raducanu – She’s been lapping up her stunning US Open triumph and adjusting to life never being the same again. It was for the right reasons.
Thomas Tuchel – It’s emerged the Chelsea manager bought his housekeeper a villa and paid for her son to have a heart operation during his time in charge of Paris Saint-Germain. Bravo.
Pele – The Brazilian football legend has revealed he is on the mend and doing well in his recovery after surgery to remove a tumour from his colon.
Tottenham FC – Thierry Henry took the micky out of them while on French TV, claiming he didn’t even know why they were!
Steve Bruce – Lost at Manchester United then drew at home to Leeds, leading for yet more calls for him to be sacked.
Wayne Rooney – The Derby boss has seen his club go into administration due to huge debts, leaving his future in limbo.