The Daily Telegraph - Business : 2020-07-22

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Sport | Football

5 The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 22 July 2020 *** Sport Football Charlton’s home town turns out for final farewell Thousands gathered to pay tribute to Jack Charlton yesterday as the 1966 World Cup winner’s funeral cortege made its way through the streets of his home town of Ashington, Northumber­land. His brother, Sir Bobby, was not well enough to attend the service at Newcastle Crematoriu­m (main picture). A floral tribute (above) from Sir Bobby, 82, was placed next to the coffin, saying: “Rest in peace Jack, sending our deepest sympathy.” Jack (pictured with Bobby, left, before an England match in 1965) died this month at the age of 85. Solskjaer ponders big call to drop De Gea for ‘squeaky-bum time’ formations. It’s still the same style that we want to play and when we think about the next game, it’s 9010 ourselves, but you have to pay respect to any opposition. “For me, I always pay respect to the opposition, but the majority of my thinking is of course how we’re going to play and stick to our style.” Solskjaer has important decisions over his goalkeeper­s in the summer, not least on whether Dean Henderson will return from his loan at Sheffield United to compete for the No 1 jersey with De Gea. The United manager will also try to bolster his squad and believes attracting players, such as long-term target Jadon Sancho, will not hinge on finishing in the top four or winning the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League. “Always you want to be a part of the best tournament­s and teams, but then again Man United is attractive enough,” he said. “I think everyone can see now we’re on a journey towards something better. It’s in our own hands.” Man United v West Ham 6pm, Old Trafford, Sky Sports the first time since September with a win against West Ham. “We’ve given ourselves a great chance and it is squeaky-bum time,” Solskjaer said. “We’ve given ourselves a very good chance with a great run. “I think we’ve grown over the season and the added pieces of Odion [Ighalo], Bruno [Fernandes], Paul [Pogba] and Marcus [Rashford] coming back is a strength for us and we are better as a group, more robust and resilient. The proof is in the pudding and we’ll see how they get on against West Ham.” Solskjaer says the pressure of the final week will not make him change his approach. At Wembley, his three-man defence matched Frank Lampard’s tactics, which raised eyebrows after playing four at the back in previous matches. He said: “We stick to our principles and we want to play the way we want to play. We’ve had two solid By Mike McGrath Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted he is prepared to make tough decisions during “squeaky-bum time”, as he borrowed from Sir Alex Ferguson’s phrase book to describe Manchester United’s end-of-season charge to the Champions League. Solskjaer, who will secure a topfour finish by remaining unbeaten against West Ham United tonight and then Leicester City, must decide whether to persist with David de Gea following his errors against Chelsea in Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal and earlier in the season. Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero is ready to deputise should Solskjaer feel it is necessary to take De Gea out of the firing line, with the Spaniard having made several mistakes since signing a new £375,000-a-week contract at the start of the season. “Every position is a big one here so you’ve got to do what is right for the team and the club,” Solskjaer said. “We’ll do that on Wednesday, we’ll do that on Sunday and then when the season’s finished we’ll make more decisions. “David’s mentally strong enough to know that his job is to perform in training the next day and then be ready for the games.” De Gea was at fault for Tottenham’s goal in United’s first game of Project Restart, but has only been on the losing side once since lockdown. Solskjaer’s men will be back in the Champions League places for West Ham to wrap up £19m deal for Soucek and pledge to keep Chelsea target Rice the overall fee for Soucek, who has impressed and wants to stay at West Ham, will be £22.9million and it is understood that the club’s agreement is binding and one they are eager to go through with. West Ham are aware of Chelsea’s interest in Declan Rice and, while there has been no official contact over the 21-year-old, the club insist he is not for sale. There have been suggestion­s that Chelsea may offer players plus cash for Rice, but West Ham have no interest in discussing the sale of the Premier League, including Queens Park Rangers’ attacking midfielder Eberechi Eze and Wigan full-back Antonee Robinson. Meanwhile, as he prepares to take West Ham to Old Trafford, manager David Moyes has said the difference between his time at United’s and that of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is that the club’s hierarchy gave Solskjaer time. It is more than six years since Moyes was sacked by United after only 10 months in charge. “Ole had a difficult start,” Moyes said. “The the England internatio­nal. Rice’s contract at West Ham runs until 2024 with a further one-year option, which can be triggered by the club. The defensive midfielder, who can also play as a central defender, joined West Ham aged 14 after being released by Chelsea. West Ham are planning to reshape their squad this summer and, following the success of Jarrod Bowen, who signed from Championsh­ip club Hull City in January, are considerin­g moves for a number of other players from outside difference between Ole and me is Ole has been given time. But I have to say he’s doing a really good job.” West Ham beat Watford 3-1 on Friday to all but secure their Premier League status. It also proved to be Nigel Pearson’s last game in charge of Watford, with the head coach sacked over the weekend. Moyes added: “I believe if Watford had stayed up I think Nigel Pearson could easily have been recommende­d for manager of the year, from the position he took over at Watford.” By Jason Burt West Ham United will announce the permanent signing of midfielder Tomas Soucek early next week. Surviving in the Premier League will trigger West Ham’s obligation to buy the 25-year-old Czech Republic internatio­nal for €21million (£18.9 million). West Ham have already paid Soucek’s club, Slavia Prague, a loan fee of £4million after signing him in the January window. It means

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