Man Utd midfielder Matty Willock cuts short St Mirren loanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Matty Willock has cut short his loan at St Mirren.Willock had joined St Mirren on a season-long loan.The 22-year-old made 14 appearances for the Ladbrokes Premiership club. A statement from the Paisley club read:“St Mirren Football Club can confirm that Matty Willock has left the Buddies and will return to his parent club, Manchester United.“The club would like to thank Matty for his contributions and wish him well for his future career.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd players want job to go to Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer has already won over Manchester United’s players.The Mirror says Solskjaer was put in charge until the end of the season, while the United hierarchy carry out the process of recruiting a new full-time successor to the sacked Jose Mourinho.Although Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino remains the first-choice of the board, the Old Trafford giants’ players would be happy for Solskjaer to get it.The fan-favourite former Red Devils striker has pushed his claim to stay in charge beyond this season by rattling off five wins in his first five games — and many of his squad would like to see him get the nod.Solskjaer’s inclusive man-management style, in contrast to predecessor Jose Mourinho’s divisive approach, has been welcomed by United’s squad, particularly the forwards.The 45-year-old, currently ‘on loan’ from his job managing Molde back home, has made no secret of his desire to keep the job on a permanent basis, and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is said to be extremely impressed by the start he has made in the role. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man City boss Guardiola: I want to win everything; ask Klopp why he selected that teamby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists he always takes Cup competitions seriously.City meet Burton Albion in the first-leg of tonight’s Carabao Cup semifinal.”I prefer it to be in the four competitions as far as possible,” Guardiola said. “When Wigan put us out of the FA Cup last season, I was sad. I take the cups seriously.”Guardiola believes City can handle all four competitions providing he rotates his side carefully. Jurgen Klopp attempted a similar trick on Monday night but suffered defeat at Wolves, which leaves Liverpool with a lighter load. The Premier League champions could end up playing eight more domestic matches than Liverpool should they reach the Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals.”I’m not involved in what my opponents do,” Guardiola said. “The reality for Jurgen is he knows exactly what happened.”I’m not the right person to judge what the others do because I don’t like it when others judge our decisions.”You cannot survive in any league in the world fighting for the title with just 12 or 13 players. It’s impossible. You need a bigger squad and every player has to be a top player. “Since I arrived we’ve played Manchester United with a lot of young players (in the 2016 League Cup). It was the same the second season, the same the third season, that’s what happened.”Against Rotherham we played with nine players who didn’t play against Liverpool and the nine were a good selection.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Marcelino in stunning Batshuayi attack: Not to Valencia nor Primera standardsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Marcelino launched a furious attack on Michy Batshuayi after their Copa del Rey defeat to Sporting Gijon.Marcelino blasted the on-loan Chelsea striker in an amazing personal attack.”I think we have to bring players in for up front. It is clear that patience in some cases has already run out. In the first minute we could have put ourselves ahead. It’s the clearest chance I’ve seen in six months of competition and we did not even shoot at the goal, this is not like a player from the Primera nor Valencia,” the coach fumed in reference to Batshuayi, who was hauled off at halftime.He added that “I do not make the changes to point to anyone. I make the changes depending on the performance I see. Of the effort, of the intention, of what I see. I try to be fair and from there I modify.”Interestingly, on-loan Derby striker Nick Blackman featured for victors Sporting Gijon. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Atletico Madrid boss Simeone satisfied with Girona Copa drawby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone was pleased with their performance after the first-leg of their Copa del Rey draw with Girona.Atletico were held 1-1 by Girona in the first leg of their last 16 tie.”It was a match with different phases,” the coach told reporters afterwards.”We started well and then they got better after our goal.”They’re dangerous at home.”After the equaliser I liked what I saw more as we were more consistent in our play, even if they had the occasional counter attack.”We could have won, and they also had some chances to win.”The feeling is good because we could have won.”The result leaves this tie open and each side has a 50 percent chance.”Antoine Griezmann started and was behind Los Rojiblancos’ goal, but he was taken off with half an hour to go and Simeone fielded questions on this substitution.”I thought it was good for him to get a rest, as we had some fresh players,” he said. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Norwich midfielder Moritz Leitner: Slow start cost usby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City midfielder Moritz Leitner admits they were caught out by Burnley for Saturday’s 2-0 defeat.Leitner acknowledged that a slow start was to blame for the defeat.”We knew exactly how Burnley would play. They had one plan which was to kick it high and be prepared for the fight. To be honest, in the first 15 minutes they were better than us and did well, so they deserved the lead.”Teemu had a big chance and I had a shot on target. With a bit more luck, maybe we would have scored and been back in the game. We found some solutions in terms of creating chances, but now we have to analyse the game and keep going.”It was the perfect start for Burnley. For us it was more of a shock to concede two goals very early in the game. That’s always tough but we showed a good reaction and wanted to keep playing and to come back into the game. We made some mistakes, but we tried everything, and we will fight for the next game.”You can take something positive from every game, but the dressing room was disappointed. We will analyse the game, talk about it and find solutions for the next game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Gini Wijnaldum delighted with ugly Liverpool winby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGini Wijnaldum was delighted with the manner of Liverpool’s win at Sheffield United.He knows how important it is to pick up all the points when not playing well.It is a characteristic of any title-winning side and Wijnaldum believes Liverpool have shown this season they have this quality. “That’s what we did,” said Wijnaldum. “I think the progress we have made this season is that we’re winning games we haven’t played well in.“Hopefully when we don’t play well, we can still win games.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Cardale Jones SpeechOhio State quarterback Cardale Jones took advantage of the Buckeyes’ Monday night opening game over the weekend. He used his free time on Saturday to attend his alma mater Glenville’s game against St. Edward. Jones not only watched the game as a spectator, but addressed the Glenville team in the locker room pre-game. It was a brief speech, but touched on sticking together and winning as a unit, among other things. Very cool of Jones to do this, and it had to be a thrill for the Glenville players. [ Cleveland.com ]
BALTIMORE, MD – AUGUST 13: A New Orleans Saints helmet sits on the turf before the start of the Saints and Baltimore Ravens preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)While we’ve got a new set of college football games coming up this Saturday, we’ve apparently still got some former players paying off bets from last week’s slate. Friday, former Georgia tight end Benjamin Watson, who plays for the New Orleans Saints, was forced to wear Alabama gear to pay off a bet with former Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram, now his teammate.Alabama blasted Georgia last Saturday – so the wager is pretty obvious here.No, I’m not confused…but I had to pay my debt to @MarkIngram22. That hoodie didn’t touch my skin tho #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/kr4hpLhmZj— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) October 9, 2015While it may be painful for Georgia fans to see, at least he’s a man of his word.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s latest stroke of goal-scoring magic wasn’t enough to deny Bruce Arena a winning return to coaching. Ibrahimovic scored a stunning bicycle kick goal in the closing minutes, but it wasn’t enough to prevent New England’s 2-1 victory at Dignity Health Sports Park, the Revolution’s first match with Arena on the sidelines as head coach. AdChoices广告Making his return to the stadium where he won three MLS Cup titles with the LA Galaxy, Arena made a victorious return after 20 months out of action. 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? He last roamed the sidelines in a bitter defeat as U.S. national team head coach in the infamous World Cup qualifying loss to Trinidad and Tobago that eliminated the USMNT from the 2018 World Cup. It was a much more celebratory tone on Sunday night, as Arena helped the Revs extend their unbeaten run to four matches since the firings of head coach Brad Friedel and general manager Mike Burns. The win didn’t come easy though, with the Galaxy making a late surge after Teal Bunbury’s goal gave the Revs a 2-0 lead in the 65th minute. Ibrahimovic wowed the home crowd with a bicycle kick to pull the Galaxy to within a goal in the 84th minute, his 11th strike of the season. 🚲 DARE TO ZLATAN 🚲@Ibra_official 😱 pic.twitter.com/pU4zVMqXbk— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) June 3, 2019The Galaxy piled on the pressure in the final moments in search of an equalizer and nearly found one when Diego Palenta blasted a long-range shot off the crossbar in the final seconds of the match, but his chance didn’t find the net, forcing the Galaxy to settle for their fifth loss in seven matches. The victory sends Arena’s Revolution into the MLS Gold Cup break on a high, and now the former USMNT coach will have three weeks to continue putting his stamp on the fourth MLS team he has coached. The Revs haven’t lost a match since the coaching change, with the biggest difference being in the play of the team’s defense, which went from being the worst in MLS to allowing just three goals in its past four matches. For the Galaxy, Sunday’s loss is a bitter defeat for a team that had posted consecutive shutout victories, including a 2-0 road win against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday. Sunday’s defeat leaves the Galaxy nine points behind MLS-leading Los Angeles FC in the Western Conference standings. As for Arena, he isn’t done facing his former teams, with his next match in charge of New England being a June 11 U.S. Open Cup clash against the New York Red Bulls (a team Arena coached in 2006 and 2007). The Revs will return to MLS league play on June 26, with a home match against the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Union.