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Live Reporting

By Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Right, we're going to leave it there for today. Thank you for all your company.

    You can join us again at 18:45 GMT for live text and BBC Radio 5 Live coverage of Wolves v Leicester. And we'll also have coverage of Southampton v Burnley & Norwich v Liverpool tomorrow.

    I'll leave you with the following things to have a read of on your commute home:

    Goodbye.

  2. 'Ighalo may allow us to play in a different way'

    Chelsea v Manchester United (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Finally, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about whether the 0-0 draw against Wolves forced their hands into going for a striker:

    "There'll always be questions when there's a 0-0," the Norwegian said. "We were playing against a very, very good side and at the end of December and January, Anthony [Martial] and Mason [Greenwood] had played loads of games, we lacked that bit of spark.

    "But with Odion [Ighalo], we hope adding that striker will give us a different type of striker and a chance in games to rest Anthony or Mason and play in a different way maybe.

    "To sign Odion wasn't just on the back of those results. Wolves didn't score against us in three games either and we know they're a good team."

  3. 'This group sticks together'

    Chelsea v Manchester United (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Manchester United

    During the winter break, Manchester United midfielder Fred was quoted as saying that some of his team-mates had "different objectives" to others and the team was lacking a "sticking together" mentality.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about the midfielder's comments:

    "This group sticks together, don't worry about that," Solskjaer said. "I haven't seen the interview or don't understand, seen him sat there in his kitchen.

    "Fred knows this group wants to give everything together. I don't know how to interpret what he said but no issues at all or within the group."

  4. 'We need to kick on'

    Chelsea v Manchester United (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Manchester United

    A win at Stamford Bridge would take Manchester United to within three points of Chelsea, who currently occupy the final Champions League qualifying slot.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about the importance of the game:

    "Win gives us three points and that's what we've got to aim for. We've played them twice this season and done well. Chelsea are a good team, at home but we're gonna try and win the game. A win would give us more belief, more hope, we need to kick on.

  5. Solskjaer faces difficult questions

    Chelsea v Manchester United (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    It was a rather uncomfortable Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who had to answer questions about Babacar Sarr this afternoon.

    The Senegal player is the subject of a rape case in Norway that has never been heard because he was sold to a Russian club by former club Molde.

    The Solskjaer connection comes through him continuing to pick Sarr at Molde after the allegation had been made.

    It was evidently not a subject Solskjaer wanted to dwell on, even if the questions themselves, including whether he regretted continuing to pick Sarr, were perfectly fair.

  6. 'It's up to the boys to show freshness'

    Chelsea v Manchester United (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Manchester United

    United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was also asked about how the Reds will cope with the continued absence of Marcus Rashford at Stamford Bridge.

    The striker scored twice when the two sides met earlier in the season in the Carabao Cup.

    "How do you go about without playing with Marcus, Paul, Scott? You deal with it," Solskjaer said. "Players are gonna get a chance, they have had a great rest, it was beneficial for absolutely everyone in the squad, individually, the team, but other teams and the league.

    "The quality of the football will improve. January and December was relentless for us, it's a good move by the authorities to give us that weekend. At Manchester United you don't get two weeks without games when you've got everyone, it is up to the boys to show freshness."

  7. No players returning at Chelsea

    Chelsea v Manchester United (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also provided an injury update, with Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba reportedly getting closer to full fitness.

    "I don't think we'll get anyone back for the Chelsea game ready," Solskjaer said. "Scotty [McTominay], Axel [Tuanzebe], Tim [Fosu-Mensah] didn't join too much so not ready to play that game. Paul [Pogba] is not ready, of course.

  8. 'Ighalo will give something to the group'

    Chelsea v Manchester United (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Manchester United

    More from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on why Manchester United have signed Odion Ighalo:

    "With the injury Marcus Rashford, it has to be said, we needed another forward. When we got the chance to get Odion on a loan that was for us a goalscorer, the top scorer at AFCON last year, he can help the club. He is a very professional player, a good lad and will give something to the group."

    And on how quick he's hoping Odion Ighalo can have an impact at the club:

    "Well, it didn't take me too long... I didn't have a training session to come on. As a striker you get thrown on out there and it might be he'll have to come off the bench give us a goal and he does whatever he's does."

  9. 'Ighalo has been pinching himself at times'

    Chelsea v Manchester United (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been talking about the prospect of Odion Ighalo playing for the Reds at Chelsea on Monday:

    "I never said he was gonna be ready to play on Monday," Solskjaer said. "He'll be involved with us and travel down with us. Now he's out of that two week period, precaution and just a precaution we made and let's see if he's involved or not.

    "We've kept in touch with him and of course we've done our own programme, he's done his, and it was always going to be be a case of him having to integrate having been out in China and needs to get used to the players, the team, up to speed as quick as he can.

    "He's been working really hard, pinching himself at times at his favourite club at the age of 30 but he's earned that one and hopefully he impresses us so we can see him play."

  10. 'We're planning summer signings already'

    Arsenal v Newcastle (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    Arsenal

    While we're waiting for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he's a bit more from Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta:

    On whether they've started planning summer signings: "Absolutely. I have to tell the club where I think we can improve and aim. If we all work together to make a plan and execute it and make that process as quick and short as possible."

    On Kieran Tierney's recovering from a shoulder injury: "He’s making very good progress but we need to wait for the bone and attachment with the tendon to heal before he can make any contact.

    "He has been training, his work ethic is incredible, I’ve been really impressed with him. Hopefully we can get him soon but we have to be a little bit patient."

  11. Solskjaer flies back early

    Chelsea v Manchester United (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has flown back early from Manchester United’s winter break training camp in Spain to hold his pre-Chelsea news conference.

    One of the main subjects for discussion will be new striker Odion Ighalo, who has been training alone as a precaution due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, where he had been playing for Shanghai Shenhua.

    Solskjaer still cannot have seen the Nigerian, who is due to travel to London with his new team-mates on Sunday for Monday’s game at Stamford Bridge.

  12. How well can you remember United's signings?

    Chelsea v Manchester United (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Manchester United

    While we wait for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, kill a couple of minutes by having a go at a Manchester United signings quiz.

    Odion Ighalo is Manchester United's 31st notable signing since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

    Each of those signings have cost an average of more than £30m - with no Premier League title challenge to show for it.

    Have a go over here.

  13. Dubai training camp was a 'very productive trip'

    Arsenal v Newcastle (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    Arsenal

    And finally from Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal was asked about the team's mid-season break.

    "It was like a mini pre-season for us in Dubai," he said. "We had time to work on a lot of our principles: how we want to set up against different formations, the relevant things we need to work on, on and off the ball.

    "Apart from that it was great to be together and spend some time together, get to know each other - not just the players but the staff and the backroom staff as well. It was a very productive trip."

  14. 'We have to defend high and press the opponent together'

    Arsenal v Newcastle (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    Arsenal

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was also asked whether he's had to sacrifice attacking flair for defensive solidity.

    "I don't think so," he said. "I think we have to generate some defensive stability, but not by defending deep. I don't like that.

    "It's by defending high and pressing the opponent as much as possible. But the process - together as many times as possible in the most efficient way - has to be done properly from here.

    "If not, in two passes when you arrive there, that transition is impossible to control because you are too far from the opponent. So we need to do that well first to be able to generate and sustain our attacks as many times as possible during the games."

    Mikel Arteta
  15. Winning is what matters to Arteta

    Arsenal v Newcastle (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    Arsenal

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta played in the Gunners' 7-3 win over Newcastle in December 2012 and, asked whether scoring goals or not conceding goals is more important, he replied: "It's winning. Obviously, that game for the crowd is great but for the manager it's not great because balance-wise we suffered. But I love scoring goals for sure.

    "I love attacking football, but I like attacking football where you control what the opponent does to you in your own box."

  16. Soares also waiting on Gunners bow

    Arsenal v Newcastle (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    Arsenal

    Cedric Soares must also wait for his debut having arrived on loan from Southampton.

    "He is very disappointed because when you join a new club you want to make an impression straight away," said boss Mikel Arteta.

    "He had an issue in his knee. It is not completely healed yet and he hasn’t been training with us so I expect him to be back in the next couple of weeks but I can’t give you a date."

  17. Mari won't be considered for Gunners

    Arsenal v Newcastle (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    Arsenal

    Now let's hear from Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, who confirmed that new loan signing Pablo Mari must wait for his debut.

    "Pablo has not competed since the end of December I think, he had a little issue," said Arteta.

    "He has been training with us the last week or so - in and out a little bit - but he has been looking good. I think this game will come a little bit too early for him but I expect him to start joining the squad in the next week or so."

  18. Lampard wary of rivals for Champions League spot

    Chelsea v Manchester United (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Chelsea

    Chelsea are without a win against Manchester United in the Premier League since November 2017 and despite United's struggles this season, they are still within six points of fourth-placed Chelsea.

    “They are a good team and have added some players in January," said Frank Lampard. "I do expect a tough game on Monday and it’s a direct rival.

    "With football, gaps can chop and change. We are aware of the points, United and Spurs are big games," he added.

  19. Pulisic & Loftus-Cheek remain out

    Chelsea v Manchester United (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Chelsea

    Christian Pulisic has not featured since New Year's Day but is now training with the Under-23s as he continues to recover from an Achilles strain.

    Frank Lampard said that Ruben Loftus-Cheek has increased his training but is still not ready for a return to action.

  20. Abraham to be assessed over weekend

    Chelsea v Manchester United (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Chelsea

    Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said that Tammy Abraham is still feeling the effects of the ankle injury he sustained in a 2-2 draw against Arsenal.

    The 22-year-old trained earlier on Friday and will be assessed over the weekend.