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All the factz on Manchester United v Chelsea, including which TV channel its on

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The final match of the opening round of fixtures in the Premier League sees Manchester United host Chelsea at Old Trafford. 

There is huge interest in this match – beyond the usual hype – as it sees two sides in transition, managed by highly-rated young coaches in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard who were both legends at their respective clubs in their playing days.

In addition, both sides are expected to blood promising young home-grown talent.

The match kicks off at 4.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:

* United have won just two of their last 13 matches against Chelsea. The Blues have triumphed in 6 of those matches.
* The Red Devils failed to win any of their final five PL matches last season, losing three of those.
* Meanwhile Chelsea lost just one of their last 13 matches in all competitions last season – and that was to Liverpool. They won 8 of those matches.
* United haven’t kept a clean sheet since February.
* Chelsea aren’t brilliant on the road – they lost 5 of their last 9 PL matches away from Stamford Bridge, winning just two.

Manchester United target PSV Eindhoven star Steven Bergwijn in £25 million deal

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Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to make a splash in the transfer market this month by signing PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn for £25 million. 

United are scouting the 21-year-old winger with a view to making an offer, according to The Sun. Bergwijn has scored 9 goals in 16 Eredivisie matches so far this season. He has also broken through into the Dutch national side, winning 2 caps for Ronald Koeman’s side.

Bergwijn has previously been watched by Liverpool and United, according to Dutch media reports.

Solskjaer is looking to add width to United’s team. Previously this season strikers Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have been deployed in wide roles, but they are most effective in more central positions, but Bergwijn, as an old-fashioned winger, would fit into Solskjaer’s more attacking set-up.

However, PSV will be reluctant to sell one of their stars. He is contracted to the Dutch champions until 2022, and last summer the club turned down bids from Bordeaux and Torino for Bergwijn, so they can be expected to push a hard bargain.

Bergwijn himself has said he is happy at PSV and hasn’t concerned himself with rumours of transfers to other clubs.

Real Madrid set to battle Manchester United to sign Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly

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Spanish giants Real Madrid are planning to make a £90 million bid for Manchester United target Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports in Italy. 

Napoli defender Koulibaly has become one of Europe’s most wanted players thanks to a series of commanding performances in Serie A.

He has been the subject of interest from United for some months and Napoli are said to have already turned down a world record bid from them.

But the Neapolitan side are said to be willing to accept a £90 million bid for Koulibaly from Madrid this month, according to Italian news outlet Il Mattino.

Madrid have struggled in La Liga this season after the departures of manager Zinedine Zidane and star player Cristiano Ronaldo last summer. They currently sit 5th in La Liga, 10 points behind leaders Barcelona.

They see Koulibaly as an ideal signing to sure up their back line and appease fans who want big signings in order to get back to the top of La Liga.

But this may yet spur United into action. While Koulibaly was a target of former United manager Jose Mourinho, interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been promised money to spend this month, and a centre back is a priority.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named as Manchester United interim boss

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Manchester United have named legendary former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim manager until the end of the season.

The move to appoint Solskjaer, who will be assisted by another former United player, Mike Phelan, comes a day after the club sacked manager Jose Mourinho.

Solskjaer had been manager of Norwegian side Molde, but the 45-year-old couldn’t resist the chance to take over at a club where he spent 11 years as a player, scoring 91 goals in 235 games, and was also reserve team manager from 2008-11.

“Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”

United sacked Mourinho after a series of poor results and performances this season. The club are currently 6th in the Premier League after 17 matches, but they are 19 points behind leaders Liverpool – who beat them 3-1 last Sunday – and 11 points adrift of the Champions League places.

Mourinho had also have public bust-ups with several players, most notably record signing Paul Pogba – who he had dropped from the starting XI in recent weeks.

Solskjaer will be assisted by Phelan, who filled a similar role at United under Sir Alex Ferguson. Existing coaches Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna will continue to work for the club.

His first match will be against Cardiff City – the club where he endured a nightmare eight-month spell as manager in 2014. Solskjaer couldn’t save the Bluebirds from relegation from the Premier League, and was sacked after the side made a poor start to their Championship campaign.

United will look to appoint a full-time manager in the summer. Several names have been linked with the job, including former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino.

“Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles,” said Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman.

“His history at Manchester United means he lives and breathes the culture here and everyone at the club is delighted to have him and Mike Phelan back.

“We are confident they will unite the players and the fans as we head into the second half of the season.”