Paul Pogba is “not working hard enough getting back”, says Clayton Blackmore, with there more an in-form Manchester United midfielder could be offering to the collective cause.Having endured a testing start to the 2018-19 campaign which ultimately led to him being benched by Jose Mourinho, a World Cup winner is currently enjoying a welcome upturn in form.He has delivered five goals and four assists across his last six Premier League outings, with his efforts helping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to open his reign as interim United boss with eight successive victories. 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? Plaudits are raining down on the 25-year-old once more, with another all-action performance put in during the Red Devils’ recent 3-1 FA Cup fourth-round victory over Arsenal.Pogba has, however, been told that he could do even more, with former United defender Blackmore telling Love Sport Radio: “It’s a team game.”You can have fantastic individuals who can win you the game over and over again but if the team aren’t playing well… I was a little bit disappointed with Paul [against Arsenal].”He was really good going forward but he’s not working hard enough getting back.”I know he’s got [Ander] Herrera and [Nemanja] Matic there but I like to see the whole team working as hard as each other.”While suggesting that Pogba could do more for United, Blackmore admits the same accusation could not be levelled at Solskjaer.The Norwegian has made a remarkable impact since being appointed as interim successor to Mourinho, with calls for him to be handed the reins on a permanent basis now growing in intensity.”Whoever is going to come in won’t do as well as he’s doing now so why would you bring someone else in?” said Blackmore, who spent 10 years as part of United’s senior squad after emerging out of their youth system.”It’s not just him either. He’s got Mick Phelan in there. There was a lot said about when [David] Moyes came in and he got rid of Mick Phelan.”You lose, on the coaching side of it, pretty much everything we had before.”They’ve got great experience now there in terms of the coaching side and obviously playing at the club.”For me, it’s a no-brainer. It was a no-brainer a few weeks ago.”Solskjaer, Phelan and Pogba will be looking to make it nine wins in a row on Tuesday when United play host to Burnley in Premier League competition. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
zoom The industrial action at APM Terminals in Gothenburg, organized by the Swedish Dockworkers’ Union (Svenska Hamnarbetarförbundet, section 4), will be continued as the union served a new strike notice on May 3.Namely, the dockworkers plan on stopping all operation at the terminal for 24 hours on May 17 at 16.00 and on May 24.In addition to the strikes, the union has also left notice of an overtime blockade eight hours before and eight hours after each strike, according to APM Terminals.“It is of course regrettable that we have received new notices of strike, and we realize that the actions will affect our customers in a negative way,” the operator added.The union earlier said that the inability to reach an agreement on their demands with the employers after several rounds of talks has led to the industrial action.As disclosed, the main requirements include demand for a separate collective agreement and decision on how many persons can participate in a negotiation. They also contain other issues related to job satisfaction at the terminal.The new round of strikes follows the initial 24-hour walkouts undertaken by the dockworkers on April 26 and 28, which were not expected to affect other terminals at the Port of Gothenburg.“Even though we have a dialogue with the unions, it will most likely unfortunately take several more days before we are back at our normal production levels,” APM Terminals said.APM Terminals said the strikes were significantly impacting its operations.“We have a high density in the yard as an effect of the strike which significantly impacts the goods flow through the terminal. At the same time we also have a high absence rate among our machine operators,” the operator added.In its latest customer advisory, Hapag-Lloyd said that the strike at APM Terminals in Gothenburg continues and that the port has now closed the gates for delivery of export containers, adding that any additional costs as a result of this strike will be for the account of the cargo.World Maritime News Staff