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Man Utd 0-0 Kristiansund LIVE: Score and updates, Paul Pogba fitness doubt


MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 KRISTIANSUND

  • Paul Pogba doubtful to play having missed training with a minor back injury
  • Inter Milan target Romelu Lukaku was left out of United’s travelling squad
  • Matteo Darmian is also missing from the 26-man squad amid transfer speculation
  • The three other notable absentees for tonight’s clash are; Sanchez, Bailly and Garner

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Jones, Lindelof, Shaw, Matic, McTominay, James, Lingard, Martial, Rashford.

Subs: Romero, Dalot, Rojo, Smalling, Tuanzebe, Young, Pereira, Fred, Gomes, Mata, Pogba, Chong, Greenwood.

24: Shaw pokes a low cross across the box after beating Coly to make space in the area but Aasbak clears for a corner, which is again well dealt with by the hosts though Jones is again lurking with intent.

21: United well on top as Lingard finds the roof of the net, his shot deflected over the top by Aasbak for another corner, which is cleared at the near post before Martial miscues a follow-up header.

Rashford’s cute attempt to slip a ball into the six-yard box is then well cleared.

19: Dan James sees another cross blocked for a corner and after taking it short, again Phil Jones is the threat in the box.

Rashford clips into the centre-back who leaps high but he can’t get a clean connection on the cross, with McDermott gathering after Psyche headed towards his own goal.

17: First Kristiansund shot of the evening sails well, well over the crossbar. Up the other end, McTominay drives forward to win a free-kick around 25 yards from goal.

Rashford takes it but his right-footed effort across the face of goal is wide.

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12: Lingard combines with Matic and looks to curl a 25-yard effort into the far top corner but it bends just wide, much to the relief of Kristiansund keeper McDermott.

11: From that corner, Phil Jones has just tried an overhead kick. No, really. In Phil Jones style, he kicked the ball into his own hand on the way down and the shot fell predictably wide of the target. 

10: Kristiansund counter but Luke Shaw does well to intercept possession inside the box. The left-back then looks to burst forward on a United break but Rashford’s pass is behind the overlapping defender.

The Red Devils win the ball back and McTominay finds James on the left-hand side of the area, but his cross into Martial is cleared for a corner. 

7: United seeing much of the possession in Norway so far, as is to be expected though they’ve been a little bit sloppy thus far having yet to find that final pass.

They have looked strong off of the ball though, with United pressing quickly and in numbers whenever they’ve lost the ball.

3: Anthony Martial again leads the line for United here with Marcus Rashford out on the left-hand side. The academy graduate wins possession in the final third and bursts into the box but his shot is blocked by Ulvestad. 

MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 KRISTIANSUND

1: We’re underway at the Ullevall Stadion in Oslo as a strong United side look for a positive performance and result in their penultimate pre-season friendly.

Man Utd 0-0 Kristiansund LIVE: Score and updates, Paul Pogba fitness doubt

Man Utd 0-0 Kristiansund LIVE: Score and updates, Paul Pogba fitness doubt (Image: GETTY)

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17:50: Solskjaer is feeling the love here this evening, with the Norwegian being cheered in his homeland.

But it’ll be all business for the United hero tonight.

Solskjaer knows he has two friendlies left to fine-tune his side for their Premier League opener against Chelsea next Sunday.

We’re just ten minutes away from kick off.

Man Utd boss Solskjaer is eyeing another win

Man Utd boss Solskjaer is eyeing another win (Image: GETTY)

17:20: We’re about 45 minutes away from kick off in the big one… United are out warming up.

Solskjaer was asked before kick-off who his family wants to win tonight, with the United boss simply replying: “My family agrees with the team that wins.”

Team News:

16:55: I’ll start (and finish) with the Manchester United side because I’ll struggle to pretend I know any of Kristiansund’s starting XI.

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Jones, Lindelof, Shaw, Matic, McTominay, James, Lingard, Martial, Rashford.

Subs: Romero, Dalot, Rojo, Smalling, Tuanzebe, Young, Pereira, Fred, Gomes, Mata, Pogba, Chong, Greenwood.

Afternoon folks,

16:50: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Manchester United vs Kristiansund.

Forget Leeds, Inter Milan and Tottenham – Kristiansund was the fixture everyone pencilled in on the calendar.

Google tells me Kristiansund is a municipality on the western coast of Norway in the Nordmøre district of Møre og Romsdal county.

But to me and you – it’s that place in Norway where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was born.

It’s Manchester United’s penultimate pre-season clash. So sit back, relax and I’ll bring you everything you need to know – including that all-important transfer news.

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Man Utd vs Kristiansund LIVE: Score, goals and pre-season updates

Man Utd vs Kristiansund LIVE: Score, goals and pre-season updates (Image: GETTY)

TRANSFER HEADLINES

  • Man Utd spoke with Harry Maguire after the centre-back missed Leicester training on Monday
  • Inter Milan unhappy to see their £54million opening bid for striker Romelu Lukaku rejected
  • The Red Devils are are close to sealing the signing of Sporting Lisbon winger Bruno Fernandes
  • Manchester United will accelerate their pursuit of Lyon star Moussa Dembele this week
  • Real Madrid reportedly offer £145million for French midfielder Paul Pogba





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