Read Also: Odion Ighalo ready to partner Anthony Martial in Manchester United’s attack “We have missed that box opener that Bruno (Fernandes) is proving to be now.” Solskjaer again praised Fernandes over the impact he has made since his arrival at Old Trafford, saying he had been a “big boost” for the team. “He just loves football,” he said. “He’s got so much enthusiasm and smile about him.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident that Manchester United will not repeat last season’s embarrassing “capitulation” against Everton as they seek to strengthen their push for a Champions League place. Bruno Fernandes has impressed since arriving at Manchester United in January United make the short trip to Goodison Park on Sunday in an upbeat mood after seven games unbeaten – and six clean sheets – in all competitions. On Thursday they progressed to the last-16 of the Europa League after a 5-0 win at home against Club Brugge gave them a 6-1 win on aggregate. Solskjaer endured what remains his most chastening day in the hotseat last April at Everton, apologising to fans after a 4-0 rout as their season unravelled. “That was the lowest I’ve been,” Solskjaer said, referring to the Everton defeat. “I think you all know that and remember that. That was a capitulation. “We had absolutely nothing about us, even though their goals were more or less counter-attacks from set plays and long throw-ins.” The Norwegian said he was certain his side would produce a better performance on Sunday. “I can with hand on heart 100 percent say these boys will never give in and never give up like that team did,” he said. “These are the boys we want to build the next team around.” Of that starting line-up, Chris Smalling has left on loan, Phil Jones has barely featured and Paul Pogba has seen his playing time heavily restricted by injuries. Romelu Lukaku is the only starter that day to have left permanently. United at last appear to have found some consistency and confidence after a bumpy season but Solskjaer said he knew it would take time. The January arrival of Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes has lifted the team, who are fifth in the Premier League table, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. “We knew when we made the decisions we made in the summer it was going to take time,” said Solskjaer. “As I’ve said a few times, Rome wasn’t built in a day. “The culture, the attitude, the fitness, the camaraderie, the team spirit and maybe even the understanding between players have improved. Loading… Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot10 Inventions That Make Us Question Humanity10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Legendary Movies To Learn History From6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes
February 6, 2020 Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 18 LSU (17-5, 8-1) vs. No. 11 Auburn (20-2, 7-2)Auburn Arena, Auburn, Alabama; Saturday, 12 a.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 11 Auburn goes for its fifth straight win over ranked opponents against No. 18 LSU . Auburn’s last loss vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats 80-53 on Feb. 23, 2019. LSU fell 99-90 at Vanderbilt on Wednesday. BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Skylar Mays and Emmitt Williams have led LSU. Mays has averaged 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and two steals while Williams has recorded 14.2 points and seven rebounds per game. Auburn have been anchored by Samir Doughty and Isaac Okoro. Doughty has averaged 15.5 points while Okoro has put up 13 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.MIGHTY MAYS: Mays has connected on 34.6 percent of the 81 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 3 of 14 over the last five games. He’s also made 84.2 percent of his free throws this season.STREAK STATS: Auburn has won its last 12 home games, scoring an average of 84.2 points while giving up 67.9.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Auburn offense has recently used assists to create buckets more often than LSU. Auburn has 31 assists on 67 field goals (46.3 percent) across its past three outings while LSU has assists on 28 of 86 field goals (32.6 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Auburn offense has scored 79 points per game this season, ranking the Tigers 20th among Division 1 teams. The LSU defense has allowed 71 points per game to opponents (ranked 204th).___ No. 11 Auburn looks to knock off No. 18 LSU
Shayna Baszler. Before everyone gets upset, this is no reflection on the match she had with Candice LeRae. It was good, but that was due to LeRae, who is an underrated performer. Baszler has shown no improvement in the ring. Facing opponents the caliber of LeRae, Io Shirai and Kairi Sane should have raised her game, but it hasn’t. She carries herself like a star, but when the bell rings, Baszler comes up short and underwhelms. It was time for a new champion and LeRae would have been an excellent choice to make the switch. Hard to see what WWE sees in her.Brandon Cutler. After the hot open, Cutler took on MJF, with the latter winning in about two minutes. Cutler didn’t come off as someone who belonged on a special night when everyone involved should be perceived as someone on which to keep an eye. Cutler also was shaky in the ring with two blown spots. He’s going to have improve quickly in order to hang with a lot of the talent in AEW. The return of Finn Balor. The longest-running NXT champion and first Universal champion appearing to confront Adam Cole was a sight to see, but why have him there at all? The move came off as desperate because the perception then is the promotion needs someone from the main roster to give NXT a boost when that isn’t necessary. There’s plenty of exceptional talent to put in a program with Cole, such as Keith Lee, WALTER and Donovan Dijakovic. Give them a chance, because that’s how new stars are created, not by going back to established acts. Each week, Sporting News will give you the winners and losers from the “Wednesday Night Wars.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWinnersThe fans. At the end of the day, Wednesday night wouldn’t have been possible if pro wrestling fans didn’t care about the product. They were tired of what the WWE was putting out and were actively seeking change. They wanted better wrestling. Along came AEW to answer the call. Because of the new promotion, WWE realized it was time to start delivering what people are looking for in this day of modern wrestling. Once AEW was scheduled to go on Wednesday, WWE decided to move NXT from the WWE Network to USA Network.You could see on both shows how excited people were to be there. They knew something special was in the air, and they were able to be apart of this moment in time. The fans got to see great wrestling and stories for over two hours. When you combine those two things, everyone wins. Adam Cole vs. Matt Riddle. When AEW announced a few weeks back that its first match was going to be Cody Rhodes vs. Sammy Guevara, WWE countered with an NXT championship match between Cole and Riddle. The pressure was on both guys to set the tone for the entire show, and they delivered in spades with excellent back-and-forth action, which in turn had the crowd in the palms of their hands. A great, creative finish in having Cole use the cast from the attack by Riddle on last week’s show. Cole is one of the best in the business, and Riddle, if given the opportunity, can be “The Guy.”On a monumental evening, this was the best match on either show. Cody Rhodes vs. Sammy Guevara. Like Cole and Riddle, the heat was on Rhodes and Guevara to deliver. Rhodes, an executive vice president of AEW, handpicked the 26-year-old to have the debut match on “Dynamite.” You couldn’t have asked for a better match to kick things off for AEW. Was it better than Cole-Riddle? No, but the action was great and the crowd was hot for everything they did. The bout was paced well with good false finishes, and even though Rhodes won, it helped establish Guevara as a heel.Add in the attack by Chris Jericho after the match and this was the proper way to get things started. Jericho is an established name who the fans in the arena and the fans watching at home know. Riho vs. Nyla Rose. On paper, the match shouldn’t have been very good, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. They delivered the goods and then some. Rose couldn’t have played the menacing monster heel any better and Riho as the sympathetic babyface suits her quite well. The fans bought it hook, line, and sinker. Rose will get her chance as the champion, but having a fan favorite capturing the first women’s title belt was the correct move. LosersKevin Smith and Jason Mewls’ segment with Jack Evans and Angelico. Smith and Mewls were there to promote the reboot of “Jay and Silent Bob,” in which Jericho has a role. The movie was plugged, and then Evans and Angelico interrupted to threaten the actors. Private Party arrived on the scene to have the actors’ back. If this wasn’t the first show, then this could pass as acceptable. Smith is a recognizable name, and AEW is looking for as much mainstream publicity as possible, but it wasn’t the right time for something like this. It took the life out of the crowd for a bit because it made no sense. Neither team is facing each other in the upcoming tag team tournament and just met each other at All Out. History was made Wednesday night when a new wrestling war began. All Elite Wrestling presented its inaugural “Dynamite” show on TNT from the sold-out Capital One Arena in Washington, while WWE presented NXT from the sold-out Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla. How did the upstart promotion execute in its first time out? How did the established brand fare with AEW nipping at its heels?