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Solskjaer set to quit United for Molde
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in advanced talks to end his 14-year association with Manchester United and become manager of the Norwegian club Molde. Solskjaer, currently Sir Alex Ferguson's reserve-team manager, has turned down the job twice before and indicated earlier this season that he wanted to remain at Old Trafford but negotiations have reopened and there are reports in Norway of the 37-year-old flying into Molde on Tuesday. His representative, Jim Solbakken, spent today at the Aker Stadium talking to the Molde director, Tarje Nordstrand Jacobsen, with a view to the former United striker taking over in January. The club's chairman, Erik Berg, said tonight: "It's no secret we have worked intensely to get Ole Gunnar but we have not signed a contract yet. I can't guarantee a press conference next week but, to put it this way, I will be delighted to welcome you back."
Daniel Taylor, The Guardian
The Daily Mail says Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will appeal against Mario Balotelli's red card at West Brom, in order to have the Italian striker available to face United in Wednesday's derby. 'He got a red card for what? I want to know why he got the red card," said Mancini. "The referee must explain to me why. It was not the right decision. So we will appeal."
The Daily Mirror claims Greater Manchester Police will enforce an alcohol ban around Eastlands ahead of the derby, in a bid to avoid the off-field scuffles which followed last season's meetings. “Anything we learned from those encounters we put into our planning for future matches," says Supt Jim Liggett, in charge of Wednesday's policing operation.