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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaps praise on midfield pair Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lavished praised upon his two midfield stars at Manchester United and claims they can ‘create something out of nothing.’

Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes haven’t played together much since the latter’s arrival in January given Pogba’s injury struggles, but they are both now fit and raring to go.

Early matches post-lockdown have given a glimpse of what they might be capable of and fans are waiting with bated breath to see what might become of their partnership in the centre of midfield. 

Paul Pogba (left) and Bruno Fernandes have a formidable partnership at Manchester United

Paul Pogba (left) and Bruno Fernandes have a formidable partnership at Manchester United

Paul Pogba (left) and Bruno Fernandes have a formidable partnership at Manchester United

Fernandes' arrival has given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plenty of options in his United midfield

Fernandes' arrival has given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plenty of options in his United midfield

Fernandes’ arrival has given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plenty of options in his United midfield

Solskjaer too, it seems, is excited at both of their abilities and told Sky Sports this week: ‘The forward players know they have players behind them who can create something out of nothing.

‘Bruno can create chances where there’s no space – a little flick around the corner; he’s been very good with his back to play.

‘Paul creates too; they’re both creative players who can pick a pass, players with individual qualities. To be a centre-forward in front of these two is a joy. I’ve felt that myself playing with Paul Scholes, Juan Sebastian Veron, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs… it’s a nice position to be in.’

There have been questions raised over the exact system Manchester United should play to accommodate both players’ qualities, and Solskjaer insists there is no one style they need to commit to. 

Solskjaer says the pair can create 'something out of nothing' and has heaped praise on them

Solskjaer says the pair can create 'something out of nothing' and has heaped praise on them

Solskjaer says the pair can create ‘something out of nothing’ and has heaped praise on them

Pogba has struggled with injuries this season but is now back fit and ready and raring to go

Pogba has struggled with injuries this season but is now back fit and ready and raring to go

Pogba has struggled with injuries this season but is now back fit and ready and raring to go

‘I think we can play in many different ways,’ he added. ‘Bruno has played in central midfield, to the right, to the left, as a No.8, a No.10, in a diamond. It’s the same with Paul. And I have Scott McTominay, Fred, Nemanja Matic giving me a headache when I have to leave them out. It’s a good position to be in.

‘If we keep playing well, keep developing, get into the top positions… I know we can attract good players and everyone knows that Manchester United at some point will start winning trophies again.’

As it stands, United sit sixth in the Premier League table, but will move up above Wolves to fifth if they win their game in hand against Brighton on Tuesday night. 

Solskjaer likens it to when he played at United with the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes

Solskjaer likens it to when he played at United with the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes

Solskjaer likens it to when he played at United with the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes

Solskjaer congratulates Fernandes after United dumped Norwich out of the FA Cup this week

Solskjaer congratulates Fernandes after United dumped Norwich out of the FA Cup this week

Solskjaer congratulates Fernandes after United dumped Norwich out of the FA Cup this week

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Newmarket Races: Tips, racecards, odds, runners and best bets for Day 1 of the Cambridgeshire Meeting on ITV Racing

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AFTER another pilot event was scrapped at the last minute, Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire Meeting kicks off behind closed doors.

Thankfully the racing is worth writing home about. Our man Callum Jamieson takes a look at Day 1.

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Race 2 – 1.50 Bentley Motors Nursery Handicap

A strong looking nursery gets us underway, even if only five runners are set to go to post.

LAST SUNSET looks nicely treated on her last run at Ascot where she bumped into a smart Roger Charlton horse.

Even though she’s been beat the last twice after winning on debut, she has improved steadily and a mark of 84 looks generous if she can kick on again.

Bottom of the weights is Olympic Theatre and he looks a threat. He’s still a maiden but a mark of 71 looks tempting.

Richard Hughes’ Lightening Shore is worth a market check on handicap debut.

Then both rated in the 90s, Mark Of The Man and Lost In Space set the standard. They may be vulnerable to an improver though and that’s why I side with Saeed bin Suroor’s hope.

TENTATIVE NOD: Last Sunset

Race 3 – 2.25 British Stallion Studs EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap

Top weight STORMY GIRL can outclass this middling field of fillies.

Rebecca Menzies’ has been a constant in stakes races this season and looks well-placed to strike here.

She has to give away plenty of weight but these are much calmer waters than what she’s been swimming in. She’s the one to beat.

It doesn’t look the strongest of races, but Flippa The Strippa looks on a tempting enough mark.

She was second last time and why this is tougher, that was her best run for a while. She’s probably the danger with Will Buick back in the saddle.

Caspian Queen and Lady Of Aran both look like they need some help from the handicapper first.

Betsey Trotter is up 6lbs for her win last time out and cannot be ignored.

SELECTION: Stormy Girl

Race 4 – 3.00 Tattersalls Stakes (Group 3)

This is a good little race on paper, albeit not the greatest betting heat.

Charlie Appleby’s La Barrosa heads the betting after his impressive Ascot debut win. That looked a strong race and he put up good numbers in the process.

He firmly falls into the ‘could be anything’ category but at a shade of odds-on would not be a bet for me. I’m happy to watch.

He faces off against multiple horses rated in the 100s and the consistent Yazaman looks the main danger on paper.

But four seconds in good races have been frustrating for followers and yet again he might just find one or two too sharp.

Ventura Tormenta is a Group 2 winner and the top-rated of these. But he’s been fairly average since his win in France and has to give 5lbs away all round.

I’m therefore willing to give Mark Johnston’s QAADER another chance and he’s worth a small bet at current odds of around 8-1.

His Coventry second was by far his best run and he might have won that on another day. He’s not reached that level since but has had reason to forgive.

The ground came up soft at Newmarket and Goodwood he was never in the race. He looks a tad over-priced albeit he’s on last chance saloon now.

SELECTION: Qaader

Race 5 – 3.35 Jockey Club Rose Bowl Stakes (Listed Race)

Another small field and it’s hard to find much of a betting angle in to this.

Mildenberger heads the market, and has improved for running over two miles but is far from consistent in terms of getting his head in front.

This is arguably his easiest task for a while, but he’s been off since June and hasn’t run on turf since May 2019.

He wouldn’t be for me at the odds, far from it.

Withhold has been largely disappointing of late, in fact for much of the season.

Roger Charlton’s horse failed to build on his Listed win in August and that was only a four-runner affair. I’d be against him too.

GHOSTWATCH could improve for the step up in trip and may be worth a small bet for win only purposes.

He doesn’t have much to find on paper and if he stays he should go close. Market support beforehand would be a plus with the Charlie Appleby string coming into strong form again.

Ranch Hand would appreciate any rain that falls beforehand. He could be a player too, if it comes.

TENTATIVE NOD: Ghostwatch

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Barcelona confirm Nelson Semedo has joined Wolves

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Wolves have completed the signing of Barcelona right-back Nelson Semedo for a fee that could rise to £37million. 

The Premier League club announced on Twitter on Wednesday morning that the defender has left the Nou Camp for Molinuex, posting a video of the 26-year-old taking in the stadium for the first time. 

He is the eighth client of super-agent Jorge Mendes to arrive at Molineux, while he brings the number of Portuguese stars in Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad back up to 10 following the sale of Diogo Jota to Liverpool. 

Wolves have completed the signing of Nelson Semedo from Barcelona for a fee up to £37m

Wolves have completed the signing of Nelson Semedo from Barcelona for a fee up to £37m 

The right-back made 124 appearances for the Spanish side after joining them back in 2017

 The right-back made 124 appearances for the Spanish side after joining them back in 2017

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UFC president Dana White primed to reveal move into boxing

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UFC president Dana White has revealed that his foray into the boxing world will be detailed in the next couple of weeks. 

White has been weighing up a move into the sport for some time and the legendary MMA promoter is on the brink of a major announcement. 

He told BT Sport: ‘The world of boxing hasn’t been able to do what I’ve been able to do [in MMA] over the last 20 years.

Dana White has teased an announcement about his move into the world of boxing

Dana White has teased an announcement about his move into the world of boxing 

‘If they can’t do things when the world is normal, you can’t expect them to do things when the world is crazy.

‘I peeked under the hood a lot there for the last year. Looked at different things and I said, “I don’t know man, I don’t know if this is fixable”.’

He added: ‘Funnily enough, since the pandemic I’ve been looking at other options too.

‘And we’ll probably have something to announce here soon. Yeah [it is in the world of boxing].

White, pictured here alongside Floyd Mayweather, said he's 'peeked under the hood of boxing'

White, pictured here alongside Floyd Mayweather, said he’s ‘peeked under the hood of boxing’

White gave an interview outlining what he had been doing to study the boxing world

White gave an interview outlining what he had been doing to study the boxing world 

‘When it’s time, I’ll let you know, I’m not ready yet. But [it’ll be] in the next couple of weeks.’   

I remains to be seen whether White will work with a stable of boxers or have more grand ambitions for changing the convoluted way the sport is run. 

White has been a key part of the UFC’s success over the years and the growth of MMA into a legitimate sport sanctioned all over the United States.   

He orchestrated the move to Fight Island in Abu Dhabi to put on a number of huge events during the coronavirus pandemic as a grand contingency plan.   

UFC 253 on Yas Island takes place this Saturday and will be headlined by Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa.  

Israel Adesanya will be taking on Paulo Costa in a middleweight title fight this weekend

Israel Adesanya will be taking on Paulo Costa in a middleweight title fight this weekend

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