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Manchester United: How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned around a toxic atmosphere

Manchester United: How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned around a toxic atmosphere

Sports
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could hardly have done any better in his first 11 games as Manchester United's caretaker manager.What happens in the next 11 - starting against Paris St-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday - will probably determine whether the 45-year-old Norwegian gets the job of replacing Jose Mourinho full-time.But off the pitch, he has hit the reset button at Old Trafford, restoring the ethos of Sir Alex Ferguson's trophy-laden time in charge. In eight short weeks, Solskjaer has wiped out the toxic atmosphere of Mourinho's final few weeks at Old Trafford - and United fans are enjoying going to watch their team again.So how has he done it? The personal touchIn 14 years as a play...
Arsenal transfer news: Laurent Koscielny turned down chance to join Thierry Henry at Monaco

Arsenal transfer news: Laurent Koscielny turned down chance to join Thierry Henry at Monaco

Sports
STAYING PUT The defender has only recently returned from a long spell out with an Achilles injury Laurent Koscielny turned down the chance to join Monaco, opting to stay with Arsenal at least until the end of the season. The defender only returned to action in the Europa League win over Qarabag in December, having not played since rupturing his Achilles in the same competition in May 2018 against Atletico Madrid. Koscielny turned down a move to Monaco His injury curse struck again when he was forced to pull out of the FA Cup win against Blackpool last Saturday after picking up a back problem in the warm-up. According to Le10 Sport, Monaco manager Thierry Henry was interested in bringing his former team-mate to the Stade Louis II this month, b...

'The NHS turned its back on mum – and it cost us £250,000'

Health
Spending on vital care services for the elderly has been cut by a quarter per head since 2010, a BBC analysis shows. It has left growing numbers of families struggling to get the help they need. One family caught in this trap told the BBC about their struggles.Fifteen years ago Russell Byfield retired. He had worked hard all his life building up his heating and plumbing business.It was time to enjoy his retirement with his wife Maureen. They had plans to travel, spend time with their family and enjoy their leisure.But within a couple of years, all that changed. Maureen was diagnosed with dementia. She was in her early 70s. A modern browser wit...
Coronation Street star Bhavna Limbachia once turned down for role for being 'too pale'

Coronation Street star Bhavna Limbachia once turned down for role for being 'too pale'

Entertainment
DREAMS: Bhavna said rejection made her more determined to achieve her ambitions (Pic: Mark Bruce/ ITV) The actress – who plays lesbian Muslim Rhana Habeeb in the ITV soap – told producers: "I'm full Asian!"She said the bizarre rejection for being "too pale" was a sign she would have to "work a little bit harder" than white actors to achieve success.Though she had found it a "difficult pill to swallow" Bhavna, 34, said pursuing a career as an actress was "still worth doing". Related Articles The star – whose mum is Indian and dad from Kenya – also played Alia in hit BBC comedy Citizen Khan.She told Manchester-based A-Magazine before turning to acting she used to work as a costume designer where her looks were unimportant."With costume it’s about how good yo...
'Business as usual once heat gets turned up' – Gilchrist on Australia after ball-tampering

'Business as usual once heat gets turned up' – Gilchrist on Australia after ball-tampering

Sports
England v Australia 1st ODIVenue: Oval Date: Wednesday, 13 June Time: 13:00 BSTCoverage: Live Test Match Special radio and text commentary on every match on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra & BBC Sport website, plus desktop, tablets, mobiles and app.Australia face some "large hurdles" in getting over the ball-tampering scandal which "shocked and hurt" a nation but "it will be business as usual once the heat gets turned up", says Adam Gilchrist.The Baggy Greens return to international action for the first time since the controversy against South Africa in March when they start a five-match one-day series against England at The Oval on Wednesday, looking to rebuild their battered reputation.Captain Steve Smith a...