Wednesday Lunchtime Sports Update

SOCCER

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is challenging Paul Pogba to ‘put his stamp’ on Manchester United’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Barcelona tonight.

United host the Spanish champions at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer is confident his star French midfielder will put in a big performance and that he’ll stay at the club this summer.

United are hopeful that Marcus Rashford will be fit to start but midfielder Ander Herrera and winger Alexis Sanchez are out.

Former Liverpool players Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho are expected to join Leo Messi in attack for Barcelona.

Former Scotland and Chelsea winger Pat Nevin feels United need to win to nil tonight to have any chance of reaching the semi-finals

Cristiano Ronaldo’s recovered from a thigh strain to play for Juventus in their quarter-final first leg away to Ajax.

Ajax knocked out defending champions Real Madrid in the last round and are the first Dutch team to play in the quarter-finals since 2007.

Kick-off in both games is at 8pm.

Mauricio Pochettino fears Harry Kane could miss the remainder of the season after suffering another ankle injury in Tottenham’s Champions League win over Manchester City.

The England captain rolled his ankle and was then caught on it by Fabian Delph in Spurs’ 1-nil quarter-final first leg victory.

Midfielder Harry Winks feels they have forwards to step up in Kane’s absence.

GOLF

Former Irish Open champion Jon Rahm thinks Rory McIlroy is the man to beat at the Masters this week.

The Spaniard is confident he can improve on his fourth-place finish last year, but believes McIlroy’s coming into Augusta in peak form.

Rahm feels the Down man has every chance of completing a grand slam of the majors on Sunday

World number one Justin Rose is going in search of his first green jacket this week.

But speaking to Sky Sports News, he thinks it’s Rory McIlroy who’s the favourite.

RUGBY

Ireland lock Quinn Roux (pron: Roo) is a major doubt for Connacht’s crucial Guinness Pro14 clash with Cardiff on Saturday.

He’s been struck down with a virus and head-coach Andy Friend says it’s ‘very unlikely’ that Roux will recover in time.

Centres Bundee Aki and Tom Farrell are both expected to return to the starting 15 as Connacht seek a win that would secure their place in next season’s Heineken Champions Cup.

SNOOKER

Down’s Joe Swail has fallen four frames to nil down to Joe O’Connor in their World Snooker Championship first round qualifier.

The first to 10 frames will advance to round two.

This afternoon Cork youngster Aaron Hill faces Northern Ireland’s Gerard Greene.