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Solskjaer ready to work alongside a technical director at Man United

Tuesday, 2019-04-02 06:12:04
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Premier League - Manchester United v Watford - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - March 30, 2019 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before the match. (Reuters)
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is open to the prospect of working with a full-time technical director at the Old Trafford club, acknowledging the fact that a modern day manager cannot shoulder the burden alone anymore.

* Roger Federer jumped up one spot to fourth in the ATP rankings released on Monday after capturing his 101st career title with his victory over John Isner in Miami. Novak Djokovic remains comfortably clear at the top despite crashing out in the last 16 in Miami, with Rafael Nadal still well ahead of third-ranked Alexander Zverev

* Simona Halep cut the gap to world number one Naomi Osaka to 239 points in the WTA rankings on Monday (Apr 1) after the Romanian made the semi-finals at the Miami Open last week. Estonia's Anett Kontaveit climbed to a best of 14th as she jumped five places following her run to the semi-finals.

* Cesar Azpilicueta has called for unity at Chelsea after fans demanded the sacking of manager Maurizio Sarri during their comeback win at Cardiff. Late goals from Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek rescued Chelsea on Sunday (Mar 31) and kept alive their hopes of a top-four Premier League finish.

* Charles Leclerc's near-flawless performance at Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix marked out the Monegasque as Formula One's newest force to be reckoned with. The 21-year-old Ferrari driver was fastest in all but one session of track action, seized pole by a comfortable margin and was cruising to an easy victory when engine trouble struck 10 laps from the end, leaving him third.

* Queens Park Rangers have parted ways with manager Steve McClaren after the former England boss oversaw a dismal run of results since the turn of the year, the second-tier Championship club said on Monday.

Reuters, CNA