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first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken of the confidence he has in his Manchester United players, insisting he is now going into every game expecting to claim a win.The Norwegian took charge of United on an interim basis back in December following the club’s decision to sack Jose Mourinho.He has made an impressive start to life at Old Trafford, winning all of his first four matches, with the club scoring 14 goals in the process. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The latest of which was a 2-0 win over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park, goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford proving the difference between the two sides.And Solskjaer believes confidence is growing within his squad and that they’re going into every match expecting to pick up the win.”Obviously when you come into a club like this you expect to win games,” he told reporters. “And when you win four, you expect to win the next one as well. I think we can win every single game.”Next up for United is a home meeting with Championship strugglers Reading in the FA Cup and Solskjaer is adamant it’s a competition that his side wants to win this season.He added: “We’re about winning trophies and the FA Cup final is such a fantastic one to play in, I played in 1999 at Wembley. I think that was the last one at Wembley.”Having watched so many FA Cup finals as a kid, to walk from the dressing room to the pitch was fantastic, I’ve seen it so many times in Norway. And that’s what we hope for, to get to the final, whatever competition you’re in, you want to win.”I’m not sure if you expect to win it, but that’s more or less what you do expect from a club like this and players we’ve got.”United last won the FA Cup back in 2016, when Jesse Lingard’s stunning extra-time strike helped them claim a narrow 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.They also contested the final in 2017-18, only to suffer defeat to Chelsea at Wembley courtesy of an Eden Hazard penalty. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Axis Theatre Company’s production of The Number 14 hits the stage at the Centre for the Arts this month.The hyper school children on a field trip, the grumpy octogenarian, the slowpoke dumping the contents of her piggy bank into the fare box and the teenager singing along to the white noise pouring out of his headphones for all to hear – if you’ve taken the bus, you’ve probably taken a seat next to at least one of them.And though at the time it might make one long for the driver to just get them to their stop already, it all adds up to the makings of a raucous, slice-of-life comedy that’s more fun to watch than live.The trials and tribulations of public transit riders are what fuels the laughs in The Number 14, a sketch comedy performance that rolls back into Brock on Jan. 31 for its 20th anniversary.Described as “a hybrid of commedia dell’arte and The Carol Burnett Show, Saturday Night Live and Cirque du Soleil” by one Vancouver reviewer, The Number 14 stars just six actors playing 60 characters aboard a city bus.The Number 14 has been making stops on stages throughout the world since it first left the station at Vancouver’s Axis Theatre Company 20 years ago, featuring a cast of absurd, hilarious characters.Mostly, though, they’re also easy to relate to, noted director Wayne Sprecht. “This is what we hear from the audience: ‘Hey, how come you’re doing me up there?’ or … ‘I know someone who’s just like that,” said Sprecht, who suffersfrom motion sickness on the bus.It’s that personal connection with audience members that has given The Number 14 so much mileage, he added.Over the years, the content has been tweaked with the addition of new actors and new perspectives brought along for the ride. Still, there are the usual suspects in every performance – much like there are on every commute – like the “acrobatic lady” who gets tossed around the bus, Sprecht said.And that’s just how the audience wants it, particularly because many are repeat viewers, having taken a ride on The Number 14 numerous times over the years.“There are some classic routines, I just can’t mess with them at all. The audience will get mad at me,” he explained.It’s not just Vancouverites who love it, though. The Number 14 got a New York Drama Desk nomination in 1998, earned four Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and garnered a Dora Mavor Moore nomination during its travels.But for those thinking they’ll just catch The Number 14 the next time, know this: Axis Theatre will be putting the brakes on the performance once its 20th anniversary tour wraps up in Montreal this May.“It felt right,” Sprecht said about the decision to end the play’s run. “It just comes down to going with your instincts and moving on.”Bus fare is discounted for children and students. But be sure catch it now, before it rolls out of town forever. Tickets are available for $20 for all Brock faculty and staff. read more

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