Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken the blame for his side’s poor showing against Reading on Saturday.The Red Devils beat the Championship side 2-0 at Old Trafford but Reading were arguably the better side and had 60 per cent possession.The Royals also completed nearly 600 passes, compared to United’s 400 and had five more shots than the hosts. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, speaking to BBC Sport after the game, the Norwegian blamed United’s lack of cohesion on the number of changes he made to the side.“There were nine changes,” said Solskjaer. “It’s never easy to get the rhythm and the tempo and the relations because they take a touch and then look at each other, they’re not used to playing with together. “Even though we train together it’s different when you’re out there at Old Trafford. So, that was down to me a bit and again I need to see them out there to see how they reaction when we concede a goal. We struggled today but we came through.Solskjaer handed the likes of Sergio Romero, Diogo Dalot, Matteo Darmian, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira and Fred rare starts, while also giving attacker Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Luakaku their first starts for a number of weeks as they step up their recovery from respective injuries.Despite voicing his disappointment United’s performance, Solskjaer was at least pleased with the game’s outcome.”It was a tough game, but 2-0 and a clean sheet [is good],” the 45-year-old said in a separate interview with MUTV . “I made it tough for us because when you make nine changes it is never easy for a team that has never played together so delighted that we are in the next round. “We work together every single day, every single game and of course we know we need some fitness work and work on relations but today I put a team together that has never played together and we are through so that is good.”
Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Comedian, writer and actress Katherine Ryan has been confirmed as the celebrity guest speaker for the 102nd Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Annual Dinner, to be held on Tuesday 27 November 2018 at Grosvenor House Hotel, London.Well known for her appearances on Live at the Apollo, Katherine’s other TV credits include Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 out of 10 Cats, The Apprentice: You’re Fired and the Radio 4 institution The News Quiz. She’s been a regular on comic challenge show Taskmaster and music quiz Bring the Noise, and has also appeared in Channel 4’s comedy Campus, BBC2’s Episodes, and has hosted BBC Two reality contest Hair.More than 1,000 guests from across all sections of the UK automotive industry, government and media will be attending, making the SMMT Annual Dinner one of the most prestigious and highly anticipated events of the year.The 102nd SMMT Annual Dinner will be hosted by SMMT President Tony Walker CBE, Deputy Managing Director of Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK and Managing Director of Toyota Motor Europe London Office, who will be giving a keynote address to discuss the opportunities and challenges faced by the industry in the coming year.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The SMMT Annual Dinner is one of the most highly anticipated events in our industry’s calendar. We are delighted that Katherine Ryan will be joining us to add some extra star appeal to what is shaping up to be another must-attend occasion.MSX International (MSXI) will return as the event’s headline sponsor. MSXI (www.msxi.com) is a business process outsourcing company that provides technology-based services to enterprises in more than 80 countries.Patrick Katenkamp, CEO Retail Network Solutions, MSXI, said,MSX International is proud to once again sponsor the SMMT Annual Dinner. As the world leader in delivering retail solutions to OEMs and their dealer networks, we are committed to the global automotive industry and the success of all its stakeholders. The SMMT Annual Dinner provides an excellent opportunity to network and build a stronger community, as our exciting industry continues to evolve and innovate.Tickets for the dinner are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.smmt.co.uk/events/annualdinner
Winnie Mandela’s former bodyguard has been jailed after he brandished a meat cleaver at a bouncer in Portsmouth, as a court heard he had become traumatised by his memories of life in South Africa.Katiza Cebekhulu, 49, was part of the notorious Mandela United Football Club which guarded the anti-apartheid leader during the 1980s while her husband Nelson Mandela was in prison.Cebekhulu vanished a day before he was due to give evidence at Winnie’s 1991 trial for the kidnapping and beating of four youths – the youngest of whom, 14-year-old Stompie Moeketsi, was later found with his throat slit.Winnie was convicted of kidnapping and being an accessory to assault, and Cebekhulu became known as the ‘missing witness’.He came to Britain in 1999 after former MP Emma Nicholson, now Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, fought for his release from a Zambian prison.But now he has been jailed after brandishing a meat cleaver at doormen during a drunken altercation at a bar in Portsmouth. Nelson Mandela with his wife Winnie after his release from prison in 1990Credit:Alexander Joe/AFP “It is very easy for us to judge him on the values of this country we live in today and not that of 1980s South Africa. If you live in a certain culture, then you become a certain way.” Prosecutor James Kellam told Portsmouth Crown Court: “It was substantial, a proper meat cleaver that was about seven inches long and three inches deep.”He was brandishing it at door staff. They courageously took it off him before he made off.”Cebekhulu, who lives in Portsmouth, admitted two charges of possessing an offensive weapon.Judge Michael Bowes QC branded him “dangerous” and sentenced him to 18 months in prison last week. Howard Barrington-Clark, representing Cebekhulu, said his client drinks to forget his troubled past and “dampen the pain” of the “unbelievable violence” he had witnessed.The solicitor added: “He has kept his nose clean for 15 years and then this happens. He has all the symptoms of someone with post traumatic stress disorder. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.