Jesse Lingard explains how his role at Manchester United has changed under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

first_imgJesse Lingard explains how his role at Manchester United has changed under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still unbeaten as Manchester United manager (Getty Images)Speaking to Squawka, he said: ‘It’s a different role – it’s like a false nine I would say. It’s an enjoyable role as you’re free most times.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘You can hit teams on the counter-attack fast and you always have a player either side of you so it’s perfect for me. You’re closer to the goal, you’re going to get more opportunities to score and help the team.‘Mike [Phelan] and Kieran [McKenna] take a lot of the tactics and they’ve been great. Everyone has really taken to Ole and Mike and we’re enjoying life at the moment.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMarcus Rashford and Paul Pogba have taken most of the plaudits for United’s upturn in form since Solskjaer was appointed but Lingard has also been an integral part of his plans too, starting all but two of the Norwegian’s ten games in charge.The England international seems to be flourishing under Solskjaer and appeared to take a dig at his former manager Jose Mourinho by saying: ‘We are back to winning ways now and that’s the way it should be.‘Ole has been great since he has come in and he has got the lads working hard. He has got his structure and organisation in the team. We are back to our football and winning games.’United are still unbeaten under their caretaker manager winning nine of their ten games and drawing the other to Burnley and that form has propelled them back into top-four contention with only two points separating them from fourth place Chelsea.They face Fulham at Craven Cottage in the early kick-off on Saturday.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 8 Feb 2019 10:04 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Jesse Lingard was on the scoresheet as Manchester United beat Arsenal at the Emirates (Getty Images)Jesse Lingard has admitted that he is enjoying playing in a new false 9 role for Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The 26-year-old has been one of United’s most impressive performers since Solskjaer took charge, scoring three goals and providing two assists in nine games.One of those goals came during United’s impressive 3-1 FA Cup win over Arsenal at the Emirates in a performance characterised by United’s counter-attacking threat with Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial also getting on the scoresheet.Solskjaer has placed a big emphasis on counter-attacking during his time in charge and Lingard feels that style of play is perfectly suited to him as he has a greater license to get into dangerous attacking positions.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Ellsworth swim team beats Foxcroft, Carlisle

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth boys’ and girls’ swim teams were both victorious against Foxcroft and Carlisle over the past week.The boys’ team won 129-22 in Foxcroft on Friday, and the girls’ team won 95-62. Ellsworth’s Camden Holmes won the boys’ 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 57.16 seconds and beat the next finisher by nearly 20 seconds.The boys’ team won 114-36 on Monday against Carlisle, a combined team with swimmers from both Caribou and Presque Isle, and the girls won 115-48. Austin Baron swam the 500-yard freestyle in 5:45.59, more than one minute ahead of the nearest competitor.Ellsworth’s next meet is at home against the Mount Desert Island Trojans at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 20.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img

‘Shocked’ Williams wins U.S. Open final thriller

first_imgSerena Williams battled back from the brink of defeat to claim her 15th grand slam title and win the U.S. Open for the fourth time with a 6-2 2-6 7-5 victory over world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka on Sunday.The American added to her 2012 Wimbledon and Olympic crowns after being pushed to the limit by the Australian Open champion, who forced the 30-year-old to drop her first set of the tournament.“I honestly can’t believe I won. I was preparing my runner-up speech because she was playing so well,” Williams said courtside after the match, which lasted two hours 18 minutes.“I’m so shocked. It’s remarkable.”It was the first time in 17 years that the women’s final went the distance in New York, and it ended Azarenka’s run of 12 successive victories in matches lasting three sets.“Serena deserves to win. She showed how true a champion she is,” Azarenka said. “I definitely gave it all today. Stepping off this court I will have no regrets.”Williams won the hard-court tournament for the first time as a 17-year-old in 1999 but has not enjoyed much success since her third win in 2008. She lost in an ill-tempered final last year and was also fined in 2009 after being involved in another incident during her semifinal defeat.The former world No. 1 won the opening set in just 34 minutes, as she threatened to steamroll Azarenka as she has all opponents since bouncing back from her first-round defeat at the French Open.However, unlike in their Wimbledon semifinal clash in July, her 23-year-old opponent picked herself up and dominated the second set with some power play of her own.Azarenka broke to lead 2-1 in the deciding set but was immediately pegged back by the fourth seed.A break to love in the seventh game put her in the position of serving for the title at 5-4, but Williams rallied to win the next three games and leave Azarenka in tears after missing a golden chance to win her second grand slam title. Williams took her record in grand slam finals to 15-4, becoming the first 30-something to win a major since Martina Navratilova at the 1987 U.S. Open, as she claimed the $1.9 million first prize.It was the first time since 2002 that a woman has won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same year, when Williams also won the French Open.She joined her older sister Venus and Steffi Graf as the only women to win Wimbledon, the Olympics and the U.S. Open in the same year.It has capped a remarkable comeback for Williams, who spent almost a year out of the game following her 2010 Wimbledon triumph.She needed surgery after cutting her foot in a freak accident at a restaurant and then suffered life-threatening complications when blood clots formed on her lungs.last_img read more

2016 off to a dry start: Airport Weather Station

first_imgIt posted 8.1 millimetres on Jan. 20, 1965, at the end, of what truly could have been called a week long global warming period.The high temperature reached 10.6 degrees on Jan. 15, and the eight day average, beginning on the Jan. 13, and ending on the Jan. 20, was seven degrees.What was really remarkable about that January was the fact that the average high, for the 12 days prior to the warm spell was -28.6 — with seven consecutive days, beginning on the Jan. 2, when the high never reached -30, and hit -38.9 twice, the overnight low.Believe or not, that was the high temperature in Fort St. John on Jan. 30, 1947 — when the airport station recorded its coldest ever reading, of -47.2, and the overnight lows were never better than -40 for four consecutive days.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — According to the latest posts from the airport weather station, 2016 is off to a very slow start in terms of local precipitation.We are already more than half way through January and the station has recorded less than 20 per cent of both the snowfall and precipitation monthly averages.The amounts through yesterday were posted as five centimetres and 4.2 millimetres, respectively, as compared to 32.7 and 25.4, the January norms.- Advertisement -The month-to-date totals are also lagging far behind those of last year, when the January norms were exceeded in the first two days of the month and the ten day totals were nearly 50 centimetres of snow and 50 millimetres of precipitation.Environment Canada’s seven-day forecast is now predicting we could add to the current totals in three of the next four days with the chance of flurries today, Thursday, and Friday.It’s also worth remembering that in this area rain is not out of the question at this time of year, and Wednesday will mark the 51st anniversary of the heaviest one day January rainfall recorded at the airport station.Advertisementlast_img read more