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Hello and welcome to The Athletic’s coverage of today’s football news.

Manchester United's search for an interim manager has begun — the club officially parted ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday morning.

Michael Carrick will take temporary charge of the first team and will be in charge for their Champions League game against Villarreal on Tuesday evening.

Elsewhere, Antonio Conte secured his first Premier League win as Tottenham manager after they beat Leeds 2-1 while Manchester City thumped Everton 3-0.

We'll be bringing you all the latest news following the return of Premier League football and ahead of the week's Champions League fixtures.

(John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)
November 22, 2021 at 5:06 PM EST
Arsenal have faced Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side 15 times across all competitions — only four of which have seen Liverpool put less than three goals part Arsenal.

No matter how encouraging the past two months have been for Arsenal, there is no hiding from the fact they are nowhere near Liverpool.

The Athletic's Art de Roche has provided further analysis on Arsenal's 4-0 defeat to Liverpool.
Arsenal’s annual thrashing by Liverpool felt different. These players have hope and a future
November 22, 2021 at 4:43 PM EST
Manchester United used to be a team about excellence on and off the pitch.

But now (in September), executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said the club was "on the right track" and last week said "our top priority is success on the pitch".

Money means everything to Manchester United and ultimately more important than keeping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United.
Manchester United’s mediocrity is beginning to hurt their business – and the Glazers won’t like that
November 22, 2021 at 4:20 PM EST
A pass that made every Everton player on the pitch irrelevant.

Despite Everton players scattered across the edge of the penalty area, Joao Cancelo found the darting run towards goal made by Raheem Sterling.

The Athletic's Nick Miller has produced a piece that breaks down each aspect of Cancelo's stunning assist.
Joao Cancelo and The Pass
November 22, 2021 at 3:56 PM EST
Three and a half years since he completed 90 minutes in a Premier League match, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reminded everyone of his quality with an impressive performance in Liverpool's 4-0 win over Arsenal.

His first full top-flight match since his devastating ACL tear which he suffered in the first leg of a Champions League semi-final against Roma.

Jurgen Klopp needs those standards from the 28-year-old to be consistent.
Oxlade-Chamberlain gives reminder of his quality with all-action performance
November 22, 2021 at 3:36 PM EST
It was an exciting day on Saturday as new Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez oversaw not only his first game as the manager but also his first win in the role.

Barcelona beat local rivals Espanyol 1-0 at the Nou Camp. They sit seventh, 10 points behind top-of-the-table Real Madrid.

The Athletic's Dermot Corrigan has provided all the analysis on Xavi's first win as manager at the club he once played for.
Xavi’s first game as Barcelona manager points towards an exciting future, but with a huge amount still to do
November 22, 2021 at 3:11 PM EST
After Tottenham's 2-1 win over Leeds on Sunday, the energy that radiated around the stadium was palpable. Antonio Conte was the fans conductor.

It is just the start of Conte's era at Tottenham but, as written by The Athletic's Charlie Eccleshare, the mood at full-time on Sunday felt like the antidote to the gloom that has hung over Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium.

You can read more of Charlie Eccleshare's piece below.
Antonio Conte = energy
November 22, 2021 at 2:52 PM EST
New Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has revealed Steven Gerrard sent him a message of support after he replaced him at the helm of the Ibrox club.

Gerrard left Rangers for Aston Villa earlier this month, with former Rangers player Van Bronckhorst taking over.

To read more, click here.
November 22, 2021 at 2:47 PM EST
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a much-loved club legend but even he admitted it was time for him to step aside.

For a behind the scenes look of how his tenure in the final weeks came to an end at Manchester United, you can find out more below.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the final weeks – the fall of a Manchester United legend
November 22, 2021 at 2:32 PM EST
Should Manchester United opt for Ten Hag, Pochettino or Rodgers long-term?

What about Rangnick, Blanc or Bruce before then?

Manchester United have big decisions to make and The Athletic's Andy Mitten has analysed the potential contenders.

Click below for more.
Who should be the next manager of Manchester United?
November 22, 2021 at 2:23 PM EST
Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard have not been named in Real Madrid's Champions League squad for their game against Sheriff.

Bale picked up a calf muscle issue while playing for Wales during the international break while Eden Hazard is still recovering from a stomach virus.

Both players missed the side's 4-1 league win over Granada on Sunday.

Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo, Mariano Diaz and Luka Jovic will be the attackers available to Carlo Ancelotti on Wednesday.

If Real Madrid win against Sheriff, they will advance to the knockout stage.
November 22, 2021 at 1:57 PM EST
In his piece for The Athletic Raphael Honigstein has detailed quite a hectic weekend over in the Bundesliga.

Bayern Munich lost 2-1 to Augsburg on Friday evening. But what overshadowed the defeat was news of the club docking the pay of unvaccinated players who are in quarantine.

To read more on the players who will miss Bayern's Champions League fixture at Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday and other stories from the weekend, check out Honigstein's piece below.
Honigstein: Unvaxxed players facing pay cuts, fake COVID certificate probes at Werder – and Bayern lost
November 22, 2021 at 1:43 PM EST
The Best FIFA women’s goalkeeper nominees are:
November 22, 2021 at 1:38 PM EST
The Best FIFA men’s goalkeeper nominees are:

November 22, 2021 at 1:36 PM EST
The Best FIFA women’s coach nominees are:
November 22, 2021 at 1:29 PM EST
The Best FIFA men’s coach nominees are:

November 22, 2021 at 1:27 PM EST
England internationals Lucy Bronze and Ellen White are among the nominees for The Best FIFA Football women's award.

The other nominees are:
Stina Blackstenius (Sweden / BK Häcken)
Aitana Bonmatí (Spain / FC Barcelona)
Magdalena Eriksson (Sweden / Chelsea FC Women)
Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway / FC Barcelona)
Pernille Harder (Denmark / Chelsea FC Women)
Jennifer Hermoso (Spain / FC Barcelona)
Ji Soyun (Korea Republic / Chelsea FC Women)
Sam Kerr (Australia / Chelsea FC Women)
Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands / Arsenal WFC)
Alexia Putellas (Spain / FC Barcelona)
Christine Sinclair (Canada / Portland Thorns FC)

November 22, 2021 at 12:05 PM EST
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are among the nominees for The Best FIFA Football men's award.

The other nominees are:

Karim Benzema (France / Real Madrid CF)
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium / Manchester City FC)
Erling Haaland (Norway / BV Borussia 09 Dortmund)
Jorginho (Italy / Chelsea FC)
N’Golo Kanté (France / Chelsea FC)
Robert Lewandowski (Poland / FC Bayern München)
Kylian Mbappé (France / Paris Saint-Germain)
Neymar (Brazil / Paris Saint-Germain)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt / Liverpool FC)
November 22, 2021 at 11:42 AM EST
Speaking at Manchester United's pre-match press conference Maguire added: “Well, I think, in football, you go through ups and downs and you go through tough times. I think, if you look at the players now at this club, you’ll speak to a lot of them and I think they’ll probably say it’s their toughest time at club level.

“So we know it’s not been good enough, the recent performances haven’t been good enough. We haven’t been delivering individually, but also collectively, and when you’re not doing it collectively, the results pay the price and, like I said, it’s snowballed from one thing to another.

“We’ve got to take huge responsibility for that and we’ve got to find something within ourselves.

“We’ve got to look forward, we’ve got to move this club forward and find something within ourselves, within the group to find that focus and mentality to produce a good performance tomorrow and get the result we need for this club.”
November 22, 2021 at 11:23 AM EST
West Bromwich Albion have been unsuccessful in their appeal to have Jake Livermore's red card from their 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield Town on Saturday overturned.

The West Brom captain was sent off by referee Tim Robinson in the 78th minute for a foul on Fraizer Campbell.

Valerien Ismael's side were already a goal down at that point in the match, with Danel Sinani giving the hosts a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute.

You can read more here.
November 22, 2021 at 11:14 AM EST
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire said the players have to take a "big responsibility" for their poor run of results.

He said: “We've been on a journey together, it’s never nice to see someone lose their job. For him to come in and speak to us yesterday, the emotion around the place… I think yeah, it was difficult to be in.

“All the lads, it shows as a group of lads, how much we want to succeed and like you said, the result on Saturday, it wasn't good enough.

“The results recently haven’t been good enough. It's a results business and, unfortunately, Ole has paid the price for that.

“Obviously, we’ve got to take a big responsibility for that as well."


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