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Newspaper Headlines: My Darkest Day at United

In this week’s football language post we look at a headline from the Telegraph newspaper about Manchester United’s home thrashing by Liverpool and in particular it looks at United’s boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær. You can see more newspaper headlines here and don’t forget we have hundreds more explanations of football language in our football glossary. If you have questions or comments about this or any other phrase then email us at:

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Newspaper Headlines: My Darkest Day at United

In this week’s newspaper headline we look at a headline from the The Telegraph newspaper all about the Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær after his side were thrashed by Liverpool at the weekend. The main focus in Monday’s newspapers was United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær and the pressure that the Norwegian was under. The headline uses a quote from Solskjær himself as he suggests that this result and performance was the worst ever in his three-year reign at Old Trafford. There are also two sub-headings under the main one: Solskjær refuses to quit after shambolic display and Maguire apologises to fans following humiliation. In the first one, the focus is again on Solskjær who is not going to resign from his job despite the poor performance (shambolic display). If something is a shambles then it has no structure or organisation, so shambolic is the adjective form. In the second example, the captain Harry Maguire says sorry to the Manchester United supporters – the headline uses ‘following humiliation‘ which means after the humiliation.

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