what did you miss: beckham to be immortalised in la

06:30    11 Feb 2019

David Beckham
Los Angeles Galaxy have announced that a statue of former England captain David Beckham will be unveiled outside the club's stadium next month.

Beckham starred for the Galaxy following a glittering career that included spells at most notable Manchester United and Real Madrid.

The 43-year-old scored 20 goals and assisted 42 in a 124 appearances for Galaxy during a six-year spell at the club.

Beckham, who is the co-owner of MLS expansion club Inter Miami, made 115 appearances for the England national team.

The statue is set to be unveiled on 2 March, when Galaxy host their first game of the 2019 MLS season.

OGS: I’m not doing anything special with Paul Pogba

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he has not done anything special to coax great form out of midfielder Paul Pogba, who netted twice in their 3-0 win at Fulham on Saturday.

The Frenchman opened the scoring early on with a left-footed drive from a tight angle and added the third from the penalty spot as the Red Devils cruised to another fine result under their caretaker manager.

In between, Anthony Martial scored a superb goal, with United claiming a 10th win from 11 matches across all competitions under ‘OGS’.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Solskjaer said: “I’ve not released those [abilities], he [Pogba] is playing to his potential, we are trying to put the team forward to put player in positions to where they can hurt teams. Paul can do that with his qualities.

“I speak to him like I do with the others, that’s management. He’s responding to the way we do things.

“I’ve always looked further ahead. I’ve followed United since I signed for them as a player. Who can produce and perform now, next year and in two years?

“It’s such a young squad, an exciting squad. At the moment I’m just concentrating on getting us up the table, let’s hope we can stay there and go higher.

“We have to do everything ourselves and not rely on anyone for help.”

Eric Bailly happy for Victor Lindelof

Ivorian star Eric Bailly has praised fellow centre-back Victor Lindelof for his excellent form in the heart of Manchester United’s defence.

The Swede seemed to become a peripheral figure at Old Trafford under former manager Jose Mourinho, but he has thrived ever since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over in a caretaker capacity.

Such is Lindelof’s importance to the side that he was rested for the Red Devils’ comfortable away win at Fulham in Saturday’s early Premier League match, with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling starting.

Bailly took up a place on the bench and made a late appearance, replacing midfielder Ander Herrera, to help see out the game.

"Lindelof is a top player," Bailly told his club’s official website. “At first, it was a bit difficult for him but now he has gained in confidence and he is showing everyone just what a quality player he is.

"I'm really happy for him and the way he remained patient up to now. So he really deserves the season he is having currently and I hope he can continue his form to keep the team moving in the right direction, as that is important for us and the whole squad.”
 

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