Erik ten Hag was in no mood to admit on Friday that he may have erred by opting to sign just one striker last summer when Manchester United’s chronic lack of goals and shortage of quality options in attack had been glaringly apparent the previous season.
Onlookers in India's Uttar Pradesh witnessed a bizarre moment on February 12 when a shirtless yogi was seen lying on a large bed of thorns. As devotees approached him for blessings, he explained that he spends several days lying on the prickly bed, and has been doing this annually for the past 35 years as a form of self-punishment for his sins.
The week started at Manchester United with Jim Ratcliffe completing his purchase of a minority stake and setting out a three-year plan to return the club to the top of English soccer, knocking local rivals Manchester City and Liverpool “off their perch” in the process. It ended with the team getting mostly outplayed in its own stadium by Fulham — an opponent in the bottom half of the Premier League — and beaten 2-1 to lose ground in the race for Champions League qualification. Not only did sixth-place United’s four-game winning run in the league come to an end on Saturday, fourth-place Aston Villa beat Nottingham Forest 4-2. That left an eight-point gap between Villa and United after 26 of 38 games.