United given a ‘reality check’, admits Solskjaer

first_imgUnited also had France star Paul Pogba sent off in the final moments, ruling him out of the second leg in Paris next month.It was a dispiriting evening for Solskjaer, who had sparked such enthusiasm among United’s players and fans since replacing the sacked Jose Mourinho in December.Solskjaer conceded United, who managed only one shot on target in a tame display, had fallen short of the quality required against top sides like the French champions.“Today is a reality check for us on the level of top teams. They had the momentum after the first goal and controlled the game,” Solskjaer said.“You could see that we hadn’t played at this level for a while and we will have to learn.“It was an experience that can go either way, it’s not going to be a season-defining one, it’s one we have to learn from.”Pogba’s dismissal was the culmination of a surprisingly subdued performance from the man who had been so influential in United’s revival under Solskjaer.But Solskjaer claimed Pogba did not deserve to get a second booking for his challenge on Dani Alves.“Paul is trying to get his body across and Dani Alves is clever enough to put his foot in there. Paul wants to shield the ball, he’s unlucky,” he said.United’s cause was not helped by injuries to Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial and Solskjaer admitted the loss of that duo’s pace was a blow.“We had quality players to come on but Lingard and Martial give us something and let’s hope they are not too serious,” he said.“They are muscle injuries, we have to wait a couple of days.”United now face a huge task to reach the quarter-finals and Solskjaer called on his stars to produce a vastly improved display in the French capital.“Mountains are there to be climbed aren’t they? You can’t lay down and say this is over,” he said.“We will go there, play our game and improve from today.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was beaten for the first time as Manchester United boss © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 13 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United had been handed a reality check after Paris Saint-Germain cruised to a 2-0 win in the Champions League last-16 first leg.Solskjaer was beaten for the first time in 12 matches as United’s interim manager as second-half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe rocked Old Trafford.last_img read more


first_imgA NEWSPAPER in the North has obtained documents which show how ex-Health Minister Michael McGimpsey axed a radiotherapy unit plans for Altnagelvin – which will serve the people of Donegal – at the last minute.The Sentinel in Derry found tha the proposed new cancer unit in Derry was amongst the five highest priorities across the North when his announcement was first drafted.One draft even stated that there was “no alternative but to progress despite the enormous constraints on both capital and revenue”. But less than two and a half hours after a draft stated the necessity of proceeding with construction work on the Altnagelvin project, the status had been changed.While the announcement was originally drafted to be delivered on March 15, and then March 16, the statement was finally delivered by Mr McGimpsey on March 23, as the Assembly met for the last time; at that stage the Minister stunned people of all political hues in the North West by mothballing plans for the radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin, said the Sentinel.Answering questions from the Sentinel after the documents were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, a Department of Health spokesman said yesterday that officials drew up “a series of drafts” adding that the final version “represented the points the Minister wished to communicate to the Assembly”.According to the documentation supplied to the Sentinel, the initial drafts of Mr McGimpsey’s statement – timed at 14:01, 14:53 and 16:19 on March 14, 2011 – included an announcement that construction could proceed on the radiotherapy unit, subject to normal business case processes. Yet by 18:29, the draft Ministerial announcement contained no mention of the cancer unit being one of the five highest priorities. The other four original highest priority projects were given the go ahead. These, along with projects in Antrim, Craigavon, Ballymena and Banbridge were now described as “high priority schemes”.The statement now said: “There is also a need to provide additional radiotherapy services at Altnagelvin Hospital but the final affordability of this is dependent on the outcome of discussions with the new Government in the Republic of Ireland, who will be contributing towards the costs of this project, and the ability to identify additional revenue costs associated with the development of this specialist unit.”By the time Mr McGimpsey made his statement to the Assembly on March 23, the project that had originally been regarded as being of such high priority that it must proceed despite financial constraints, was shelved.Asked a number of questions about the documentation, a DHSSPS spokesman said yesterday: “As with most significant announcements a series of drafts were produced by officials. However, it was the final version which represented the points the minister wished to communicate to the Assembly.”The unit will now go ahead – after support from the North’s two main parties Sinn Fein and the DUP – and from local TDs here in Donegal. REVEALED: MINISTER CHOPPED RADIOTHERAPY UNIT AT LAST MINUTE was last modified: May 13th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more