Manchester United have recorded just two wins and four defeats in six matches since beating Paris Saint-Germain

Gary Neville explains why he is HAPPY at Man Utd's downturn in form

Gary Neville explains why he is HAPPY at Man Utd's downturn in form

Gary Neville explains why he is HAPPY at Man Utd's downturn in form

Gary Neville explains why he is HAPPY at Man Utd's downturn in form

Gary Neville explains why he is HAPPY at Man Utd's downturn in form
Gary Neville explains why he is HAPPY at Man Utd's downturn in form
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Manchester United legend Gary Neville says he is HAPPY at the Red Devils' downturn in form - because it has shown all is not rosy at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took his side on an incredible run of form after succeeding Jose Mourinho at the club in December.

It culminated in a dramatic comeback at the Parc des Princes as United upset the odds to dump Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League.

They were rewarded with a tie against Barcelona in the last eight, and once more have it all to do as they go to the Nou Camp looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit on Tuesday night.

But, despite four defeats in six games since their win in the French capital, Neville explained why United's struggles may actually be a good thing in the long term.

Neville believes United's downturn in form could be beneficial in the long run

“It’s been a big struggle since the PSG game, and in some ways I am happy," he said on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football.

"Because if United had carried on as they were until the end of the season, it could have conned and fooled everyone into thinking this squad is OK.

“If there players are that susceptible to what you’re suggesting, that as soon as he [Solskjaer] gets the job they dip a little bit, he needs to know now.

“I’m actually not unhappy that Ole is now finding out more about these players in the last month than he did in the first six to eight weeks where everything was just golden.

“It was unbelievable the run that they went on. The PSG game was one of the best nights I’ve ever had as a United fan.

Solskjaer will run the rule over his squad

"It was crazy, mad, but felt so United in terms of the last 15 or 20 years, what we have always thought United are, coming back and achieving the unthinkable.

“All of a sudden, the last month or so, the reality has kicked in. They have started to show vulnerabilities and perform a little bit at times like they did earlier on in the season.

“I’m actually happy that they gave Ole the job, he has been able to see the players’ mentality in the last four or five weeks, there is still a lot to play for but I think he recognises now that there is a big job to do.

“What we saw earlier on in the season, we can’t just forget about. We can’t forget about that, I can’t forget about what I was watching.

“As much as I enjoyed watching it when Ole took over, now we’re seeing it settle down a bit. Ole wants to be in the job for two or three years, he’s going to need to get some different players around him and manipulate that squad."

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Gary Neville explains why he is HAPPY at Man Utd's downturn in form

Donald Trump to award Tiger Woods with Presidential Medal of Freedom

US President Donald Trump is to award superstar Tiger Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Woods won his fifth Masters title at Augusta with many saying it's the greatest sporting comeback ever .

A series on back problems and well publicised personal issues meant it was his first win at the tournament for 14 years.

Now Trump has had his say - and wants to make sure the 43-year-old is rightly honoured.

He tweeted: "Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday's @TheMasters, & to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM!"

Trump and Woods have known each other for a number of years

The achievement hasn't gone unnoticed by legendary Jack Nicklaus.

He claimed he was “shaking in my boots” after Woods' magical 15th Major triumph.

Now he record of 18 is under threat - and he may even be able to do it by the end of the year.

Nicklaus admitted: “I felt for a long time he was going to win again. And the next two Majors are at Bethpage, where he’s won [2002 US Open], and Pebble Beach, where he’s won [2000 US Open]. So he’s got me shaking in my boots, guys.

“If Tiger is healthy, he didn’t need to worry about his driver.

"He never drove the ball straight anyway. He’s such a great putter, he has such a great short game, he has such distance control with his irons.

"He has unbelievable distance control, the best I’ve ever seen of anybody in the game."

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US PGA, May 16-19, Bethpage Black Course, New York Woods won his eighth Major title on Long Island in 2002 with a three-shot win over Phil Mickelson. He also finished tied sixth when the US Open was back there in 2009.

US Open June 13-16, Pebble Beach, California Woods recorded the biggest win in Major history when he claimed his first US Open title by 15 shots at Pebble Beach in 2000. He finished tied fourth when the US Open returned to the course south of San Francisco in 2010.

The Open, July 18-21, Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland This venue has less recent form – it staged its sole previous Open in 1951, the only time the oldest Major has been staged outside England or Scotland. Local hero Rory McIlroy will be desperate to win the first Major in Ulster in his lifetime.

EastEnders' Dot Cotton actress June Brown refuses to give up booze and smoking aged 92

June Brown has said the secret to a happy life is to “do exactly what you damn well please”.

Aged 92, the EastEnders actress, known to millions as Dot Branning, refuses to give up boozing, smoking and eating food she enjoys.

June said: “I’m going to die of something fairly soon, so why not enjoy myself?

“I love red wine and also dark chocolate...

“And the Guinness helps me keep a bit of weight on. So I don’t need to be careful about what I eat or drink.

“What’s the point of counting how many cigarettes I smoke a day? I’ve been on them for over 70 years. I did try one of those new electronic cigarettes, but it was so heavy it kept falling out of my mouth – so that went in the bin.”

Just like her character Dot, June is a smoker

Earlier this month, June told the Mirror she is losing her eyesight and is already struggling to “go out socially” because of her vision.

She has suffered from macular degeneration for 10 years.

Speaking to the Radio Times, June also said she was now completely deaf in her right ear after ­lightning hit her house and caused a plug to explode with an “almighty bang”.

And the soap star revealed she relaxes by watching Sir David Attenborough wildlife documentaries.

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