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Wayne Rooney insists it is difficult managing Manchester United with Ferguson still around

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Ex-Manchester United forward, Wayne Rooney, has suggested that Alex Ferguson’s continuous presence at the club piles pressure on managers who have succeeded him.

Ferguson stepped down as manager of the Red Devils in 2013, with a plethora of trophies which include 13 Premier League titles, 5 FA cup titles, two UEFA Champions League titles and a host of others.

However, those who have come after the Scot have failed to replicate his historic feats with Man Utd last lifting the Premier League in 2013.

Speaking on David Moyes’s short-lived tenure at Old Trafford, Rooney admitted the Hammers’ manager faced an ‘impossible task’ as Ferguson’s departure left the morale in the dressing room at a low.

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The 36-year-old also expressed fears over the influence of Ferguson’s puppet master role in the dressing room, saying this could have a negative effect on incumbent managers.

“I thought David Moyes had an impossible task of taking over (the role of) Sir Alex Ferguson and you could see that even though we won the Premier League that season, you could see everyone was down because they knew that he was gone,” Rooney said.

“He is still involved in some way and I think that brings pressure onto any new manager coming in and if you want to manage Manchester United, you have to do it your way and make your own decisions.”

On the perfect manager to lift the club out of its current challenges, Rooney gave his vote of confidence to current PSG boss, Mauricio Pochettino, but insisted whoever would take up the position eventually needed time to make significant progress and, the hierarchy’s support.

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“It needs someone to come in with that time to get that club back to where it deserves to be. It’s not going to happen if you keep changing managers every two years,” the ex-English international added.

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“Ferguson was like the godfather of the club, not just the players but the staff, the academy; he was on top of everything. When you lose someone like that from the club, someone else is coming in and it’s a massive change.”

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Olise’s late strike gets Palace point against United

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Michael Olise has helped Crystal Palace get a point against Manchester United in their 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park Stadium on Wednesday night.

The midfielder’s late strike in extra-time, 91′, levelled the game against United, who had controlled the lead since the 43rd minute of the first half after Bruno Fernandes’ fine finish put the Red Devils ahead just before the break.

A relentless Olise scored from a free kick with a left-footed shot to the top right corner. The equalising goal saw United’s dream of replacing defending EPL champions City in the second place on the league table, fade away, as they remain third with 39 points, having played a game more than City.

Crystal Palace remains in 12th place with 23 points.

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Atletico Madrid head coach speaks on leaving Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid head coach, Diego Simeone, has insisted that nobody has personally told him to leave the club.

Rumours have persisted that Simeone, 52, could be set to end this 11-year stay at Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.

However, the Argentine has now stated that no one at the club has asked him to quit the La Liga giants.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Atletico Madrid’s Copa del Rey tie with Levante on Wednesday night, Simeone said when asked about reports suggesting he would leave the club at the end of the season: “No one has personally asked me to leave.”

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However, having already been eliminated from UEFA Champions League and sitting 13 points behind leaders Barcelona in the La Liga table, the Copa del Rey is Atletico Madrid’s last realistic opportunity for a trophy this season.

It has been a disappointing campaign for Simeone’s side, as they sit fourth in the league.

Simeone added, “The boys are enthusiastic to reverse this situation that we have experienced since the break and prior to the World Cup. It’s been a regular to a bad season. For me, there is growth after the break, hopefully, we will continue in that line.”

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EPL: Frank Lampard won’t run away – Shaun Wright-Phillips

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Former Chelsea player, Shaun Wright-Phillips has backed his former teammate, Frank Lampard to stay at Goodison Park and turn things around.

Wright-Phillips said his former team-mate does not run away from challenges such as Everton is facing now but would face them squarely

Lampard is in danger of being sacked any moment from now after yet another defeat on Friday.

Everton crashed out of the FA Cup on Friday after they were beaten 3-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford

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Frank Lampard has now led Toffees to six defeats in their last seven matches and they have also crashed out of the Carabao Cup and are currently 18th in the Premier League.

“Frank Lampard has always been a player and a person that won’t run away from things not going well,” Wright-Phillips told the BBC.

“He is the type of person to try and solve it or try and make the situation a lot better…”

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