Solskjaer backs Man United chief Woodward, ‘no stopping’ Liverpool now, Dutchman has message about possible January deal
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Ajax star Donny Van Der Beek has opened up about a possible move to Manchester United during the January window.
The midfielder was part of Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-finals and scored the decisive goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as the Dutch side took a 1-0 lead against Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the first leg, and was a star performer in the second leg loss to the London club.
He has become one of the most coveted players in Europe after helping Ajax win the League, the Dutch Cup as well as Champions League success and there has been a lot of transfer speculation that some of Europes biggest clubs could make a move.
UNITED boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has become a fan of the exciting Dutchman after seeing him impressive performances, and with the Red Devils boss keen to improve his midfield this window, he is ready to battle the likes of Napoli, Barcelona and Real Madrid for De Beeks signature.
But amid all the speculation surrounding his future, Van De Beek has opened up on the possibility of leaving Ajax this coming winter window and admitted that he has no intention of leaving the Dutch giants half way through the season.
“It is not that I can or want to do something at the moment,” Van de Beek told FOX Sports Netherlands after Ajax’s friendly against Club Brugge in Qatar.
“I have said it before and I will say it again: I will remain at Ajax this season. And maybe next season as well.
“These reports about Real Madrid or Man United are a good sign, but it is not important now. I’ve said I will stay at Ajax and I will do so for 100 per cent.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United must “stay together” after fans sang anti-Ed Woodward and Glazer family songs in their 4-0 win over Norwich.
Goals from Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and a brace from Marcus Rashford gave United a comfortable 4-0 win at the Theatre of Dreams, but supporters’ focus turned elsewhere with 20 minutes to go in the game and they aimed a series of chants at Woodward, as well as the Glazer family.
They chantes: ‘Ed Woodward is a w****r’ could be heard in sections of the crowd, while there also chants of ‘Build a bonfire, Build a bonfire, Put the Glazer’s on the top, Put Woodward in the middle, And we’ll burn the f*****g lot’.
Asked about the chants, Solskjaer said on the Sky Sports website: “I’m not sure if the players will get it but I noticed,” he said. “As a club, we’ve got to stick together, we’ve got to be united, we are a family.
“I can only say from when I’ve been here I’ve been backed by the owners, I’ve been backed by Ed and they’re supporting me, so for me, make sure they stick together.
“We are in all competitions. We are still in the Carabao Cup, the FA Cup, we’re fifth in the league, still challenging. We’ve improved the position from last season, we’ve got Europa League. They [the supporters] have just got to believe me when I say I feel we are doing loads of good things behind the scenes.”
He also told Sky Sports: “You know, I’ve really got the backing from the owners, from Ed. They know, and I know, that we have resources, if the right one becomes available, if for the right money.
“They’ve been so good with me, so for me it might happen, it might not, it depends if we find the one for the right value, but the backing is there.”
Manchester United legend Gary Neville can’t see anyone stopping Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side as they go in search of a first league title in 30 years.
Roberto Firmino scored the only goal of the game in the 37th minute as Jurgen Klopp’s side, who have now gone 38 league games without defeat, sealed their 20th win of the season to move 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League.
The 1-0 won over the Spurs also means that Liverpool are a massive 16 points ahead in the Premier League, and with the club playing such brilliant football, it is only a matter of time before they are crowned Champions of England for the first time in 30 years.
“It’s a huge win, although they were a little sloppy in the second half,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“They are outstanding, brilliant to watch and doing everything a championship-winning team should be doing. I can’t see anyone stopping them.
“The records for Klopp are incidental right now. The only thing that matters is lifting the Premier League trophy.
“I think the lead is unassailable,” he added. “Klopp will never say it but his team are playing so well and are so in control and they are still growing and getting better.
“He won’t care if he loses one or two games, he just wants that trophy. When we were asking Pep last year about records, because City have won it before they probably could look to beat their previous title victories but for Liverpool it’s all about getting that first Premier League title.”
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