first_imgManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained that Romelu Lukaku’s omission from the Red Devils’ squad to face Perth Glory is due to injury.The Belgian has been strongly linked with a move to Italy and Antonio Conte’s Inter, but the Norwegian manager has insisted that is not the reason for the striker’s absence.He also confirmed that three other players were in the same position and would be given the chance to recover ahead of their midweek fixture against Leeds United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “They’re all [Lukaku, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Lee Grant] OK, just small niggles that we just want to protect today. We’ll probably see them on Wednesday, I reckon,” Solskjaer said to MUTV.Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to move to Serie A after being usurped as first-choice striker by Marcus Rashford last season following Solskjaer’s appointment.Despite talks having commenced, Lukaku has continued to train with the club although he misses out on featuring in Saturday’s pre-season opener against A-League side Perth Glory.United have lined up in what appears to be a 4-2-3-1 for their first pre-season fixture, with new signing Daniel James making his first appearance for the club, while Tahith Chong is also included from the first whistle.Solskjaer revealed that he would be making 11 changes at half-time, meaning fellow new signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka is likely to make his first appearance from the bench.”Second half will be 11 new ones, so we’ll make all subs at half-time and then everyone gets 45 minutes, a good workout apart from the ones that have a few niggles,” Solskjaer continued.Axel Tuanzebe also gets a start in defence after spending last season on loan at Aston Villa in the Championship and is relishing the chance to prove himself back at his parent club.Also speaking to MUTV, Tuanzebe said: “It’s always a great opportunity to play for the club. We’ve had a good two weeks of training and now let’s get it out on the pitch. Manchester’s always been my home, to be amongst the lads again is great. It’s time to push on and show everyone I’m ready for it. “Every pre-season is the same for every player to demonstrate they’re ready, I’ve worked hard in the off-season to be in this position now so let’s go out all guns blazing.”last_img read more


A nation crippled For its part, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) pointed out in a press statement that while this is the fifth time on record that Dominica has taken a direct hit from a hurricane, it has never faced a storm of such ferocity and strength. One of the Eastern Caribbean’s poorest countries, Dominica’s poverty rate is estimated at 28.9 per cent, or approximately 21,000 people, with some of the hardest-hit parishes also being among the poorest. In consultation with the Government, the humanitarian community launched today a Hurricane Maria Flash Appeal for Dominica, asking for $31.1 million to reach 65,000 people over the next three months to address challenges, such as a lack of fresh running water and electricity along with road damage and communication black-outs. “Dominica has been badly battered and needs to be rebuilt,” said World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Miguel Barreto. The mountainous island has suffered nearly 30 deaths, about 80 per cent of its buildings damaged and many roads blocked or impaired. “We’re working with the Government to support the people who are facing huge challenges in their lives” added Mr. Baretto, who has visited in recent days. Some 10 metric tons of WFP high-energy biscuits were transported by ship to the eastern Caribbean island this week and then delivered to communities in the remote interior by helicopter and to coastal communities by boat. Overall, WFP plans to provide a range of food assistance to some 25,000 people for three months as it discusses with the Government a system to supply hurricane-affected people with food vouchers to be used in local markets once they reopen. WFP is also providing critical logistics, air service and telecommunications support to Dominica and the humanitarian relief response. Its Emergency Telecommunications Team – with expert support from the Ericsson Response Team and the Government of Luxembourg – has set up connectivity in Dominica to some 400 registered users including the Government Emergency Operations Centre, the island’s airports and hospitals, and the Dominican, Venezuelan and French fire brigades. Mr. Barreto and the UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados, Stephen O’Malley, visited some of the worst-hit areas and have held discussions with Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit. “We’ve been talking to the Government about how to help them get their systems up and running again,” said Mr. O’Malley. “People want to go back to their normal lives and we can help them do that.” The UN food agency’s emergency efforts are part of a larger UN operation to provide a range of assistance including disaster relief, humanitarian coordination, shelter and water. On the logistics side, the UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Panama and the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) – both managed by WFP – are providing support to humanitarian partners in Dominica and the region. UNHRD has been airlifting critical emergency supplies, including mobile storage units and pallets, tarpaulins, boats, and electric generators while UNHAS has been providing regular flight services to humanitarian workers, government officials and partners. read more