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Solskjaer: I could have changed 11 players at half-time apart from De Gea.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brushed off the suggestion Manchester United’s tactical set-up was the root of their problems in the madcap 3-3 draw with Sheffield United.

“We had to go for it in the second-half,” Solskjaer explained. “We put another attacker on, and I could have changed XI players at half-time, that’s so simple really. Apart from the keeper, because David kept us in it and he would have saved the last one, but for a slight deflection off Harry [Maguire]’s thigh. But [Jones’ substitution] was a tactical thing.

“Obviously we’re light in midfield because Scotty’s away, we could have started Jonah in there because he’s played there for England, but we decided we’ve played well in a back three this season; Chelsea away, Liverpool at home.”

Solskjaer refused to accept United’s first-half strife was down to his tactical switch and he put their shortcomings down to a lack of desire. “It wasn’t about tactics today, it was about the desire first-half, getting on the ball, tackling, winning challenges, sometimes tactics are just thrown out of the window and today it was all about the desire first-half.

“It was about desire we lacked in the first-half and they had in the first-half, the challenges. In football, you’ve got to earn the right to win the game and we didn’t have any right to win the game after 70 minutes.

“The boys are young and it’s not a lack of desire in the word desire, it’s maybe that confidence in themselves. Andreas [Pereira] and Fred in midfield have never played together before, but the way we came out after [Sheffield United] scored the second was excellent.

“I don’t doubt [the players] wanting to win but sometimes young players don’t know how to win challenges like this and we must have learnt a lot today.”

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Chelsea Draw With West Brom After Conceding 3 Goals In First Half

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Chelsea produced an impressive second half performance to avoid defeat against West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Blues came back from three goals down to draw 3-3 away from home.

In a poor first half, Chelsea conceded three goals to the newly-promoted side. One of the goals conceded was as a result of a Thiago Silva mistake.

The Brazilian, who joined Chelsea from PSG this season, was making his debut Premier League appearance.

However, academy graduates, Mason Mount, Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham scored in the second half to rescue a point for Chelsea.

They have recorded a win, a draw and a loss in their first three league games this season.

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Andre Ayew scores first goal of the season for Swansea City

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Ghana Blackstars Captain, Dede Ayew has scored his first goal of the season for Swansea City in their game against Wycombe Wanderers F.C.

Ayew inked the opener for his team in the 13th minute with a cool finish in their Championship match-week four fixtures at the Adams Park.

Ayew has become an important part of the team with his consistency in netting balls since his return from a loan spell at Turkish Super Lig club Fenerbahce during the 2018/19 season.

Last season, he scored 18goals in all competitions.

There are rife reports that top teams such as Paris Saint Germain, Leeds United and Everton are willing to sign him over as his contract with Swansea comes to an end in 2021.

Watch the goal below:

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Full list of invited Blackstars players for next month’s friendly matches

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The Ghana Football Association has released list of invited Ghana Blackstars players for next month’s friendly matches.

As it stands, Ghana has a pending match with Mali on 9th October, 2020.

GOALKEEPERS

Richard Ofori – Maritzburg, Lawrence Ati Zigi – ST Gallen, Razak Abalora – Unattached

FULL BACKS

Benson – Anang Zilina FC, Lumor Agbenyenu  – Sporting Club, Yakubu Mohammed – Azam FC, Gideon Mensah – Victoria De Guimaraes

CENTRE-BACKS

Alexander Djiku – Strasbourg, Joseph Aidoo – Celta Vigo, Nicholas Opoku – Amiens, Kassim Nuhu – Hoffenheim

MIDFIELDERS

Thomas Teye Partey – Athletico Madrid, Emmanuel Lomotey – Amiens,  Bernard Mensah – Besiktas Baba lddrisu – RCD Mallorca

ATTACKERS / WINGERS

Andre Ayew – Swansea, Jordan Ayew – Crystal Palace, John Antwi – Pyramids FC, Eugene Ansah – Hapoel Shmona , Jeffery Schlupp – Crystal Palace, Samuel Owusu – AL-Fayha FC

 

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