Lunchtime Sports Update

SOCCER

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that he’ll retain his current backroom team for next season.

Fermanagh’s Kieran McKenna will stay on as a coach alongside Michael Carrick and Mark Dempsey.

Assistant manager Mike Phelan recently committed his future to the club by signing a three-year contract.

Manchester City says they’re “fully co-operating in good faith” with UEFA’s investigation into alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations by the club.

A report in yesterday’s New York Times claimed that European football’s governing body are considering banning City from playing in next season’s Champions League.

The Premier League champions say they are ‘extremely’ concerned by those reports and won’t comment further while the investigation is ongoing.

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Aston Villa take a 2-1 lead to West Brom tonight in the second-leg of their Championship Play-Off semi-final.

Villa dominated the first leg, enjoying nearly 70 per cent possession and having 21 shots to their opponents 5.

But manager Dean Smith is expecting a very different game tonight

Republic of Ireland internationals Conor Hourihane and Glenn Whelan are both expected to start for Villa in the 8pm kick-off at the Hawthorns.

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Veteran Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi will leave the Italian side at the end of the season and move abroad.

The 35-year-old, who joined the Serie A club in 2000 has made 615 appearances and scored 63 goals for them.

His last game will be against Parma on the 26th of May.

RUGBY

Ulster have completed the signing of New Zealand back Matt Faddes.

He’ll join from the Highlanders in time for the start of the new Guinness Pro14 season.

Faddes was the top scorer in Super Rugby in 2016 and can play at wing, centre or full-back.

GOLF

Former champion Justin Thomas has withdrawn from this week’s P-G-A Championship due to a wrist injury.

The world number five says he’s ‘disappointed’ to miss the second major of the year but hopes to make a full recovery soon.

He’s been replaced in the field by fellow American Kelly Kraft.

FORMULA ONE

The Dutch Grand Prix will return to the Formula One calendar in 2020 after an absence of 35 years.

The historic Zandvoort circuit, which last hosted the race in 1985, gives Red Bull star Max Verstappen a home race.

It’s the second new track to be added to the calendar for next year, following the announcement of a street race in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.

GAELIC GAMES

Kildare look to make it three wins from three in Group Three of the Leinster Minor Football Championship this evening.

The table-topping Lilywhites make the trip to Nowlan Park to face D-J Carey’s Kilkenny at 7pm.

Kilkenny prop up the group have lost their opening two matches.

RACING

It’s the final day of Killarney’s May Festival, there’s a seven race card at the Kerry track from twenty-past-five.

A seven jumps card gets underway at Tramore at five-past-two.