Man United News and Notes: Shaw, Smalling, Solskjaer, SNL, Sanchez


Manchester United are off this mid-week, but they will be back in action Saturday night when they visit Wolverhampton Wanderers for an FA Cup quarterfinal clash. Until then, here are some of the top trending news items in the Man United community on this Wednesday.

You’ll notice there’s a literation theme- by coincidence, everybody’s last name begins with the letter S.

We start with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and an article about him in the Manchester Evening News. According to M.E.N. the United caretaker manager’s biggest wins have come in the FA Cup (we’ll have our FA Cup starting XI prediction, injury report and game previews for you tomorrow by the way).

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United lost for the first under Solskjaer this past Sunday, as you well know, and a loss means very little representation in the NBC Sports Premier League individual player power rankings for this week. Left back Luke Shaw is the only Red Devil to crack the list, which runs 20 long.

He checks in at #13.

In staying with the back line, defender Chris Smalling, these days sporting a hairdo reminiscent of ’90s hip-hop icon Busta Rhymes, has had a vegan diet for over a year. Now Smalling has participated in a brand-new PETA campaign, in which he encourages animal rights by proclaiming: “Be Their Biggest Defender. Try Vegan!

chris smalling vegan peta

Next we shift to Alexis Sanchez, who is as likely as anybody on the squad to be sold this summer…maybe, provided United find a willing buyer with deep pockets. Could a return to FC Barcelona be in the cards? No, not according to the Daily Mirror.

Finally, actor Idris Elba hosted Saturday Night Live, and starred in a skit that satirizes former footballers who go into broadcasting and fail. Elba portrays a fictional Arsenal footballer nicknamed “Dumb David,” who is a part of a parody of Sky Sports covering United vs Arsenal.


Paul M. Banks runs The Sports, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for NBC and Chicago, regularly appears as a guest pundit on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

He also contributes sociopolitical essays to Chicago NowFollow him on Twitter and Instagram. The content of his cat’s Instagram account is unquestionably superior to his.

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