Man Utd team news & likely line-up vs Huddersfield

first_imgManchester United Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Huddersfield Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:35 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Saturday After Wednesday’s hugely disappointing 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, Manchester United are back in Premier League action against Huddersfield Town on Saturday with a point to prove.They are perhaps fortunate that their poorest performance all season is followed by one of the kinder fixtures in the league calendar, with Huddersfield struggling to bring a halt to their recent slide down the table.But the attitudes on display in United shirts will still have to be spot-on, with the spotlight firmly on the players following their no-show at Wembley. Their title hopes might have been extinguished long ago but they have much to do to secure a Champions League berth. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player MAN UTD INJURIES Eric Bailly remains unavailable after ankle surgery, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still attempting to recover from knee trouble following his ACL damage. Marouane Fellaini is also likely to join the injury list after limping out of Wednesday’s loss just seven minutes after replacing Paul Pogba as a substitute.Daley Blind could return after rehabing at Carrington in midweek while the rest of the squad were in London for the Spurs clash.MAN UTD SUSPENSIONS United have no suspension issues as they return to the Theatre of Dreams, and the same is true of David Wagner’s side.MAN UTD POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPWednesday’s unacceptable performance is likely to prompt Jose Mourinho into a handful of changes for Huddersfield’s visit, with Ashley Young, Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard among those who could make way.Luke Shaw’s recent form has won him a more elevated position in the United squad, and he could return to the starting XI in place of Young, while Marcos Rojo and Victor Lindelof will be on standby for potential call-ups after the trouble United suffered at the heart of their defence at Wembley.Higher up there could be chances given to Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata as Mourinho looks for the right blend in the forward line following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.Man Utd possible XIHUDDERSFIELD TEAM NEWS After a decent start to their first Premier League campaign, Huddersfield’s form has nosedived in the past couple of months. Seven games without a victory, topped off by four straight defeats to Leicester, West Ham, Stoke and Liverpool in which they have conceded 12 goals, sees them heading to Old Trafford in desperate need of the sort of inspiration they were able to muster in beating United 2-1 in October.Since that famous day in west Yorkshire, David Wagner’s side have struggled to reprooduce the sort of stirring form which had seen them take a place in the Premier League mid-table for granted in the early weeks of the campaign. The main problem for the Terriers has been the lack of goals, and Wagner must chose between Steve Mounie and Laurent Depoitre as his best source in front of goal as he looks for greater output from his misfiring front men. So far this season Huddersfield have netted just 19 times in 25 league fixtures.Steve Mounie of Huddersfield TownTV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match at Old Trafford kicks off at 15:00 GMT on Saturday, with live coverage unavailable in the UK due to blackout resctrictions.BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS These sides haven’t met at Old Trafford since March 1972, with the Red Devils winning 2-0 in a top-flight fixture with goals from Ian Storey-Moore and George Best. Huddersfield are winless in their last 14 away games against Man Utd in all competitions (D5 L9) since a 6-0 victory in September 1930. The last 19 clubs playing their first Premier League match at Old Trafford have all lost – the last team to avoid defeat were Derby County in April 1997, winning 3-2. Manchester United haven’t lost twice in a league season against a newly promoted side since the 1986/87 campaign, losing both matches against Wimbledon. Manchester United have lost just two of their last 39 Premier League home games (W24 D13 L2), with both of those defeats coming against Manchester City. Since the start of last season, Alexis Sanchez has been involved in eight goals in his nine Premier League games against newly promoted sides (7 goals, 1 assist), including a goal against Huddersfield in Arsenal’s 5-0 win against them in November. Romelu Lukaku has netted 81 goals in 147 games against non ‘big-six’ sides, compared to just 15 goals in 63 Premier League appearances against them (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur). 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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Why Firmino flourished & Benteke flopped at Anfield

first_imgLiverpool The inside track on why Firmino flourished and Benteke flopped at Liverpool Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 3/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Roberto Firmino, Christian Benteke, Liverpool Getty Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Crystal Palace v Liverpool Crystal Palace Premier League Transfers The Reds spent big on two forwards in 2015 but only one of them delivered for Jurgen Klopp at Anfield Nothing hurts a centre forward more than the idea of a missed opportunity. So when Christian Benteke stands in the tunnel at Selhurst Park this weekend, he could be forgiven for casting an envious look in the direction of Liverpool’s No.9 and wondering what might have been. The man wearing that shirt, Roberto Firmino, is the Reds’ all-action talisman, the glue which holds together one of the world’s most potent attacks. He’s enjoying the best season of his career, has a Champions League quarter-final to look forward to and he’s the darling of the Kop – and of Jurgen Klopp. ‘Bobby’ really is the man at Anfield.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Benteke’s life is rather different. These days his battle is for survival, not silverware. He’s a misfiring striker in a struggling side, a lumbering presence in a league which demands pace and dynamism. He’s as responsible as anyone for Crystal Palace’s current plight. It is easy to forget it is less than three years since Benteke and Firmino arrived at Anfield, a pair of big-money signings designed to save Brendan Rodgers’ crumbling reign. Back then, Benteke was the ‘safe’ option, Firmino the ‘gamble’. How differently things panned out. The story of why one flourished and one floundered is a complex one, a tale of muddled thinking, failed transfers and a manager consumed by the pressure of one of the world’s biggest clubs. To understand it, we must go back to 2013, and the conclusion of Rodgers’ first campaign on Merseyside. It had ended fairly well, the arrival of Daniel Sturridge, and to a lesser extent Philippe Coutinho, giving the Reds the firepower their manager craved. They finished seventh, but lost just one of their last 13 games. Still, the feeling that summer was that an extra attacker was required. Luis Suarez had picked up a suspension after biting Branislav Ivanovic, and had expressed a desire to leave the club in any case. Sturridge had started superbly, but fitness issues would never be far from the surface, it was felt. Liverpool’s recruitment team, led by Michael Edwards (now the club’s sporting director), Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter, proposed Diego Costa, the Atletico Madrid striker, as a potential signing. Costa was emerging as one of Europe’s finest, and positive conversations with his representatives revealed a €25m release clause in his contract. Rodgers was unconvinced, but Edwards, Fallows and Hunter pushed hard. Liverpool triggered Costa’s clause in August 2013, but he chose to stay at Atletico, penning a new deal soon after. He would help them to a La Liga title and a Champions League final before joining Chelsea the following summer. Diego Costa ChelseaLiverpool, meanwhile, signed Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo while crucially convincing Suarez to stay another year. He and Sturridge plundered 55 goals between them as the Reds came heartbreakingly close to ending their long, painful wait for a league title. The game which cost them – a 2-0 home defeat to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea – was the one which reinforced Rodgers’ belief that another, ‘different’ type of striker was needed. Liverpool had struggled to break down Mourinho’s massed, well-drilled defence that day. They needed, the manager felt, a ‘Plan B’ who would enable them to change their style, to play direct and become less predictable. Aspas, a better player than he ever showed at Anfield, was not the answer. Rodgers’ first choice was Wilfried Bony, then at Swansea. The Ivorian had enjoyed a good debut campaign in the Premier League, scoring 25 goals in all competitions – including two at Anfield. The manager was convinced, but concerns were raised in the recruitment team. They felt Bony lacked the necessary work ethic and that the cost, in terms of both transfer fee and wages, was excessive. The plan was shelved. Bony, it should be noted, has scored just 24 goals in four seasons since. Instead, Liverpool bought Rickie Lambert from Southampton as their ‘Plan B’ option, while signing Mario Balotelli as their marquee gamble to replace the departed Suarez. Both would have little or no impact at the club, managing just three league goals between them. With Sturridge crocked, Liverpool dropped from 101 goals in 2013/14 to just 52 the following season.  The 2014/15 campaign, in which Raheem Sterling had often featured as the club’s No.9, finished with a 6-1 humbling at Stoke, the Reds’ heaviest defeat in 52 years. Brendan Rodgers Stoke City Liverpool Premier League 09082015Surprisingly, Rodgers survived as manager and was given the chance to reshape his squad significantly ahead of the 2015/16 campaign. With Bony off the table having moved to Manchester City, Benteke was now the Ulsterman’s No.1 pick. Concerns were again raised – Lambert’s struggles had laid bare the difficulty of fitting a target man into the team – but it was felt that, unlike Bony, the Aston Villa man would at least retain value should things fail to work out at Anfield. Rodgers’ judgement was backed, Liverpool triggering Benteke’s £32.5m release clause while on tour in Australia in July 2015. By then, of course, Firmino was already on board, Liverpool having committed to a deal which could eventually cost them £29m. It was seen as a coup by the recruitment team, who had been blown away by the Brazilian’s performances as a multi-functional forward with Hoffenheim. Liverpool considered other options – Memphis Depay was tracked extensively, while Son Heung-min was discussed. Liverpool had rejected the chance to sign Son from Hamburg for just €10m in 2013, and would now watch him join Tottenham for more than double that.Anyway, Firmino, was ‘the one’ as far as Edwards and Co. were concerned. Liverpool’s ‘transfer committee’ received plenty of criticism during Rodgers’ reign, but their commitment to pushing through this signing was absolute, and has been rewarded since. And contrary to what many think, they were always convinced Firmino could flourish as a No.9 in England. Rodgers, though, had asked for Benteke and Liverpool, despite the Stoke debacle and plenty of internal fears, were keen to back him. He also had a shiny new backroom team, with Gary McAllister and Pep Lijnders joining and Sean O’Driscoll a surprise choice as assistant manager. McAllister’s influence, as both a club legend and a smart, measured personality, was welcomed while Lijnders made a big impression on players and staff with his innovative coaching sessions. O’Driscoll’s impact, though, was seen by many at the club as a negative one. He was quick to voice doubts about Firmino in particular, stating regularly (and openly) that he couldn’t understand where he should play or why he’d been bought. Whether Rodgers, who was rather more positive in his initial assessments, listened to him or not is unclear, but Liverpool began the season with Benteke up front and Firmino on the bench. HD Jurgen Klopp Roberto FirminoThings went OK initially, back-to-back wins over Stoke and Bournemouth and a creditable draw at Arsenal hinting at a resurgence. Benteke grabbed the winner against Bournemouth, and missed a huge chance to do the same at the Emirates. But a 3-0 home shelling against West Ham – Firmino’s first Anfield start – was the beginning of the end for Rodgers. He would win just one more game as Reds boss before being relieved of his duties in early October. Five days later, Klopp was confirmed as his successor. The German arrived with a smile on his face, enthused by the prospect of working in England, and with a squad of players he felt were better than they had shown. Firmino, in particular, was one he was looking forward to seeing. “He was a player I thought was one of the best in the Bundesliga,” he would later say. “So when I saw that Liverpool had signed him, I thought: ‘How could Liverpool do this?’ “Oher clubs would have spent more on him so I thought immediately: ‘What a good transfer for them.’” Both Firmino and Benteke missed Klopp’s first game as manager, Divock Origi leading the line in a goalless draw at Tottenham. The first sighting of the future, though, came in a Halloween clash at Stamford Bridge. Benteke, despite a goal in his previous game, was benched, Firmino starting as Liverpool’s central striker. His elusive movement, work rate and sure touch were key as Klopp picked up his first Premier League win – though Benteke, it should be noted, emerged from the bench to wrap things up. Three weeks later came even clearer evidence of Firmino’s suitability as a No.9, Liverpool thrashing Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad with the Brazilian picking up his first Reds goal. He looked every inch the player Liverpool’s scouts had spoken of. Benteke got chances – he scored back-to-back winning goals against Leicester and Sunderland over the Christmas period, for example – but his presence in an FA Cup third round tie at Exeter in January showed the pecking order. The big Belgian captained a side including the likes of Pedro Chirivella, Tiago Ilori, Ryan Kent and Jerome Sinclair. He failed to score. The writing was on the wall at that point, with Firmino the starter and Origi his preferred understudy. After Exeter, Benteke would start just four more games for Liverpool – two in much-changed FA Cup sides, two in dead rubber Premier League contests. He would score just three more goals, though Anfield staff were quick to praise his application and attitude during what was clearly a frustrating period for the player. Christian Benteke LiverpoolBy the summer of 2016, the end had come, conversations between manager and player confirming the fact. And as Edwards and Co. had predicted 12 months earlier, there were no shortage of clubs willing to pay good money to rescue him. Palace were the ones who got him, paying an initial £27m, and were rewarded with 17 goals last season. Two of them, naturally, came in a win at Anfield. This season has been rather more difficult, but this weekend Benteke gets the chance to renew rivalries with his former club – and his former boss. He has, to his credit, resisted the temptation to criticise Klopp since his departure. “It’s not in my nature,” he said after that Anfield game last year. He can expect a warm handshake, if not a bear hug, at the final whistle on Saturday evening. As for Liverpool, they’ve moved on nicely. The dog days of the Rodgers era feel a long way away now. With Firmino leading the line, and the charge, they’re aiming high. Who knows, maybe even all the way to Kiev and the Champions League final?  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Man Utd target Embalo idolises Di Maria

first_imgNxGn Man Utd target Umaro Embalo reveals Di Maria is his idol Bruno Andrade 23:59 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Umaro Embalo Portugal U17 Getty Images NxGn Benfica Manchester United Premier League A teenage talent making quite the name for himself at Benfica is hoping to follow in the footsteps of a man who once starred at Estadio da Luz Umaro Embalo is already sparking talk of interest from Manchester United and admits to idolising a player who went on to represent the Red Devils after impressing with Benfica.At just 16 years of age, a rising star at Estadio da Luz has already offered enough in his short career to make the Goal 50 NxGn.Big things are expected of the talented teenager, with comparisons being drawn to some household names across world football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Among those is Angel Di Maria, an Argentina international who made his name in Europe at Benfica before going on to take in spells at Real Madrid, United and Paris Saint-Germain.Embalo is now being linked with clubs of that stature, with La Liga giants Barcelona another of his many suitors, and he is happy to be likened to a global superstar, telling Goal: “My idol has always been Di Maria, everyone knows it and it’s even my nickname. A lot of people call me ‘Di Maria’.“It’s a great reference for me and I think we have many characteristics in common, many people recognise that.“I respect him a lot and really enjoy watching his games, enjoying his football. I always follow Di Maria and before my games I watch videos of him to try to imitate him.”Embalo still has a long way to go before he can claim to have filled the boots of Di Maria, but he is making positive progress.Many consider him to be the brightest star within Portugal’s next generation, but the exciting prospect is mature enough to know that buying into your own hype is a dangerous game.He added: “Sometimes people tell me this kind of thing [that he is the star of his generation], but I do not think about it, I just try to evolve more and learn new things.Umaro Embalo NxGn“I do not think I’m bigger than anyone, I work for myself and try to improve daily.“I think I’m in a good moment, I’ve learned a lot and I’m working hard, doing my best in all training and games and I think things are going well.“Benfica have been placing a lot of faith in youngsters, not only in me but also in many of my colleagues.“The academy has been a source of great hope for the club and this represents a great responsibility. We have to give our maximum every day.“Our national teams are also very strong at the moment, we have excellent players in all divisions. This is very important for our evolution and for the future of Portuguese football.”last_img read more

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NEW SOUTH WALES TOUCH ASSOCIATION BLUES AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

first_imgThe New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) has announced finalists in all categories for the Annual NSWTA Awards to be held at Bankstown Sports Club on Saturday 21 July 2007.The prestigious awards will be presented at the 2007 Blues Dinner that will also commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the New South Wales Touch Association.The evening will celebrate the achievements of the last twelve months for affiliates, participants, and volunteers of the NSWTA. In a boon for the Blues Dinner, Former elite swimmer and multiple Commonwealth, Olympic, and World championship medallist Elka Graham will be the special guest speaker for the gala evening.The Blues dinner will also pay homage to Southern Suns and NSWTA legend Rod Wise, and bestow Life Membership, and Hall of Fame status to exceptional contributors to the sport in New South Wales. 140 guests have already signaled their intentions to attend the evening that promises to be a memorable occasion for both the foundation members of the NSWTA and the young guns of the sport who will celebrate the rich tradition and history of Australia’s foundation State Association.New South Wales General Manager Dean Russell is excited about the response to the Blues Dinner and is looking forward to a night of celebration and recognition for the many people in the NSWTA fraternity who help to make the sport the success it is across the State.“It should be a fantastic evening. Primarily it’s about recognizing our volunteers and the people who work so hard to make our affiliates and the sport so strong. Elka Graham’s involvement as guest speaker for the evening is tremendous, and the response from members wishing to attend so far has been overwhelming. It will be an historic occasion being the 35th Anniversary, but it will also be lots of fun and a chance for everyone to celebrate a great 12 months for the State,” Mr. Russell said.Tickets for the evening are $45- per person and are available from the NSWTA office.If you wish to attend either please contact Jarrat Wood or Kylie Russell on 1800 640 668.The Blues Dinner will be held in conjunction with the 2007 State Conference that will be conducted from Saturday 21-Sunday 22 July.The conference will be attended by 80 plus delegates from affiliates from all over the State.The State Conference offers theory and practical sessions with up to date strategic and operational tools for Administrators and affiliates, as well as technical arm development in refereeing, selecting, and coaching for affiliated members, as well as the opportunity to network with affiliate representatives and some of the sport’s leading administrators and technical personnel from all over the State.The Conference Program is available by following this link: http://www.nswtouch.com.au/uimages/419.xlsThe Finalists in the Blues Awards for 2006 are:AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR(Will be awarded from one of the six regional winners)Southern Suns:JerrabomberraWaggaMoruyaSydney Rebels:CampbelltownEastern SuburbsUNSWSydney Mets:PenrithLower Blue MountainsBlacktownSydney Scorpions:ManlyParramattaHornsbyHunter Western Hornets:ParkesNewcastle CityWallsendNorthern Eagles:Inverell JuniorsBallinaTamworthREGION OF THE YEARSouthern SunsSydney MetsHunter Western HornetsVOLUNTEER OF THE YEARCathy Moylan- PenrithLuke McKenzie- WaggaLeo Driscoll- The RockADMINSTRATOR OF THE YEARJenny Thomas- Inverell JuniorsAnnette Thomas-Schumacher- JerrabomberraJohn Ryan- Eastern SuburbsLyn Eason- Forster TuncurryCOACH OF THE YEARPeter Forrester- CanterburyWade Jenkins- CanterburyJason Hunt- Eastern SuburbsMick McDonald- Western SuburbsSELECTOR OF THE YEAR(Will be announced on the evening)MALE PLAYER OF THE YEARGarry Sonda- CanterburyDaniel Rushworth- Western SuburbsJoel Willoughby- CanterburyJason Stanton- Western SuburbsFEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEARKristy Judd- Eastern SuburbsAmanda Judd- Eastern SuburbsClare Winchester- CanterburyLouise Winchester- CanterburyJUNIOR MALE PLAYER OF THE YEARDean Springfield- PenrithMaurice Kennedy- HornsbyScott Naughton- YassJUNIOR FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEARAmy Regal- WollongongNicole Beck- WollongongSophie Broadhead- Goulburnlast_img read more

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South Queensland Sharks claim Golden Boot

first_imgThe South Queensland Sharks have reclaimed the Golden Boot over arch-rivals, the Sydney Mets. The Scorpions teams had a wonderful tournament finishing in 3rd place.1st – South Queensland Sharks (74)2nd – Sydney Mets (69)3rd – Scorpions (64)Click on the attachment for full results.Related Fileschampion_permit-pdflast_img

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2015/16 TFSA League grand final results

first_imgCongratulations to the winners of the 2015/16 Touch Football South Australia (TFSA) League grand finals on Friday night. Mixed OpenCentral Scorpions 8 defeated Vipers 3Women’s Open Central Scorpions 4 defeated Eastern Stingrays 3Men’s Open Vipers 15 defeated Eastern Stingrays 9To see photos from the night, please visit the Touch Football South Australia Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballsa. Related LinksTFSA League finalslast_img

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10 months ago​Pellegrini wants top six finish for West Ham

first_img​Pellegrini wants top six finish for West Hamby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are hoping to make it five straight Premier League wins for the first time since 2006.”The most important thing is to be in the top six at the end of the season,” said boss Manuel Pellegrini.”There are still 21 games to go. We are in a good moment now so we must try to take it game by game and add points.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoOkazaki frustrated with Leicester as Huddersfield circle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Okazaki frustrated with Leicester as Huddersfield circleby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveShinji Okazaki says he is waiting on Leicester City to decide his future.The 32-year-old has expressed his displeasure at his lack of playing time this season and believes it might be time to part ways with the club.”It’s up to Leicester. Right now, I don’t know whether they need me or not,” Okazaki told Japanese press after the 2-1 loss to the Saints. “Of course, (playing for) a team that wants me would be ideal.”I can’t feel satisfied as a player. After three-and-a-half years, maybe it’s time to move on. I have no intention of quarrelling with the team, but I will make my feelings known.”Huddersfield have reportedly had a bid rejected for the forward. last_img read more

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9 months ago​Southampton eyeing Brentord duo Watkins and Mepham

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Southampton eyeing Brentord duo Watkins and Mephamby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton want to sign two players from Brentford.According to Sky Sports, boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has scouts checking on Ollie Watkins and Chris Mepham.No bid has been made, while Brentford would want north of £20 million for both of them.Watkins has seven goals this season in 25 games, while Mepham is a central defender who is comfortable on the ball.At only 21, he is seen as a great prospect in the position, while he would compliment the style Hasenhuttl is attempting to instill at the Saints. last_img read more

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College Spun’s Staff Picks For Week 4 Of The 2015 Season

first_imgStaff pciks for week 4 of the college football season. Church Ole MissTwitter/Ole MissWeek three of the college football season delivered, yet again, further adding to the confusion regarding the playoff picture. In our current College Football Playoff rankings, we only have teams from two conferences – the SEC and the Big Ten – in the field. But that’ll change by the end of the year, given the fact that some of those teams have to play each other.Last week, it was Ole Miss’ victory over Alabama that served as the most interesting contest of the weekend. Which will it be this Saturday? Utah vs Oregon? USC vs. Arizona State? UCLA vs. Arizona?We’ve made our picks for the week. Check them out below:staff picks week four 1staff picks week four 2staff picks week four 3Who do you have?last_img read more

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Ric Flair Congratulates Jim Harbaugh On His 7th Child Via Twitter

first_imgRic Flair seen at a WWE event.Monday, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh revealed at one of his program’s camps that his wife, Sarah, is pregnant with the couple’s fourth child. Harbaugh, who is 52, also has three children from a previous marriage, which means that he’s soon going to be the proud father of seven kids.Former WWE star Ric Flair, who is a big fan of Harbaugh (and vice versa) has now publicly congratulated the Wolverines head coach on Twitter. He also made a wife joke in the process. Flair, for the record, has been married four times.Congrats to my man @CoachJim4UM on number 7! (Kids, not wives!)— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) June 20, 2016We’ll see if any other celebrities chime in to congratulate Harbaugh – Flair likely won’t be the last.last_img read more

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It’s time to decide Hazard future – Sarri

first_imgMaurizio Sarri believes now is the time for Chelsea to decide on Eden Hazard’s future at the club amid continued speculation.Links with a move to Real Madrid for the Belgium international have persisted, with the winger recently refusing to be drawn on whether he would commit long term to Chelsea and extend a contract that expires at the end of next season.Hazard said he was “just focused on the pitch” after scoring twice in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Watford on Wednesday, the 27-year-old having now scored four goals in his last four games. 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? Asked about whether Hazard will remain with the club in his pre-match media conference ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace, Sarri said: “I don’t know but it’s time to decide.”I am the coach. I am not the president, I am not in charge of the market, I am the coach. I want to speak to him only about the position on the pitch.”I think we have to solve the problem.”19 – Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 19 goals in the Premier League this season (10 goals, nine assists); the most of any player in the competition. Leader. pic.twitter.com/Si7ZWPtv8T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2018Hazard has flourished playing in the middle as a false nine, but, despite his excellent recent form, the ex-Lille man has insisted his preferred position is on the wing.Sarri faced continued questioning from reporters about the decision to move him into the middle, but sees no issue with using Hazard’s flexibility to play in both roles.”He is able to play as a winger. He is able to play in the centre of the pitch,” Sarri explained. “I am really very happy with him in this position because he is very able to score and to open spaces for the team-mates. He is able to come and play with the team-mates. I am happy with him in this position but he can still play as a winger, of course.”He is a great player. One of the most important in Chelsea’s history, I think, so I was really confident that he would be able to score more [from the middle].”I don’t know if he prefers to play as a winger or striker. But if he is able to play like he did in the last match in the centre, then for me it is not a problem to put him in the centre.”I cannot see a problem of Hazard in this role. He played four matches as a false number nine and he scored three goals and got three assists. So I am not able to see the problem.”One player Sarri will not have the services of for the trip to Palace on Sunday and likely the visit of Southampton and the FA Cup tie with Nottingham Forest is Pedro.Sarri said: “Pedro has an injured hamstring and I think that he will have to rest for about 10 days.”last_img read more

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Chong bow excites Solskjaer & Man Utd

first_imgTahith Chong impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the exciting teenager talent caught the eye in Manchester United’s FA Cup third round victory over Reading.The 19-year-old winger was handed his competitive debut during a meeting with the Royals at Old Trafford.He entered the fold in the 64th minute and offered glimpses of what he is capable of during a productive cameo, with those at Old Trafford having high hopes for the Dutch youngster. 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? Solskjaer certainly saw enough to suggest that an academy graduate can make more of an impact on a senior stage.United’s interim boss said of Chong’s bow: “He had two or three really good moments, as you do when you’re young.“You don’t run the game as a first performance for a 19-year-old.“But he got the crowd going, and has shown one or two glimpses of what he can do, he has in training anyway.“And the game wasn’t won, it was 2-0 and was still go out there and perform. It’s not like it was 4-0 and it’s just a party, so he did well defensively as well and I think he’ll remember this for a long, long time.”Juan Mata Manchester United 2018-19Solskjaer was also pleased to see a much-changed side secure another shutout, while Alexis Sanchez – who picked up a knock – and Romelu Lukaku got more important minutes under their belts.The Norwegian added: “The pleasing thing is we’re through and another clean sheet, 2-0 flatters us a bit because I think they played some great stuff, but then again we could have had three or four towards the end.“The second goal was excellent with Alexis getting Romelu in, so individual quality managed to get us through, to be fair.”While Lukaku netted United’s second, their first came from a Juan Mata penalty which was awarded courtesy of assistance from VAR.Solskjaer was happy to see technology benefit his side, but feels the match officials should have been able to make the spot-kick call by themselves.He said: “From where I sat it was a clear penalty.“I didn’t need VAR there, but they were probably checking if it was offside or not. Well done by Juan, he gets the ball down and the penalty was well struck.”last_img read more

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Superhuman! De Gea miracles put Man Utd back in UCL race

first_imgWhen Jose Mourinho oversaw a 3-1 spanking by Liverpool just four weeks ago, Manchester United were 11 points from the top four and had almost nobody believing in their prospects of securing Champions League football.But under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer they have narrowed that gap to six, and, thanks to their 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Sunday, they have also seen off one of the country’s big six clubs in a huge test of their mettle.Marcus Rashford’s goal just before half-time, together with an absolute goalkeeping clinic by David de Gea in the second stanza, took United to their sixth straight win under Solskjaer and threw them right back into the race for fourth place. They may not have gained points on the Champions League positions this weekend, but they have recorded a statement victory and proven to all that they mean business. 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? In Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Rashford they again had a front line of great dynamism, frightening Spurs’ defenders on the break. And in Paul Pogba they had an all-round threat in their midfield which is now becoming a norm rather than the exception it appeared to be under Mourinho.United are a changed side not just in results, but also in the way they appear to the eye. They are so much more expressive, so much more coherent, and so much more credible in all phases of the field.They still owe a lot to the wonderful De Gea for this result, but they can’t be deemed to be fortunate at gaining another three points.Marcus Rashford Manchester UnitedWhile Son Heung-Min had their defence back-pedalling early and teed up Harry Winks for a chance from a narrow angle, United had a solid shape about them almost from the start. Keeping their three attackers high up the pitch primed for the counter gave Spurs something extra to think about, while they could also do little to break down United’s structured base.As such, United got opportunities in large quantities on the break. Lingard, Martial and Rashford squandered the odd chance between them but it always felt like they would get more. And when Kieran Trippier lost possession to Paul Pogba shortly brefore half-time, the Frenchman’s delicious first-time, cross-field ball found Rashford in space and the England front man brilliantly fired low across Hugo Lloris into the far bottom corner.It was the least they deserved for their clever game plan and the excellent execution of it thereafter, and you had to feel like there just needed to be a repeat dose in the second half for United to go home with the three points.But Spurs were much better in the second half and from not having had a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes they peppered United’s goal after the break.The problem for them was that De Gea was in sensational form. Having already beaten away chances for Harry Kane and Dele Alli among others, the Spaniard also kept out Christian Eriksen before arguably his greatest stop of the lot when reacting superbly to get a foot in the way of Toby Alderweireld’s header from an Eriksen corner.If the second half showed that in some ways United are not the finished article, it also proved that they have come a long way. No longer are they caving under the barrage, and with Pogba prominent they always carried a threat at the other end too.This was United back to somewhere near their best, and on the biggest of stages too. 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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Rapinoe brace guides USWNT past hosts France

first_imgMegan Rapinoe was the United States’ match-winner for the second game running as she netted another brace to help the holders beat hosts France 2-1 in Paris and set up a Women’s World Cup semi-final clash with England.Reign FC forward Rapinoe, who scored twice in the USA’s victory over Spain on Monday, showed no signs of distraction after her war of words with American president Donald Trump as she put her side into an early lead from which a France team featuring six players from Champions League-winning Lyon never recovered.USA have made a habit of scoring early in this competition and France knew all about the attacking threat of Alex Morgan and Rapinoe. However, France nevertheless fell behind after just five minutes when Morgan won a free-kick that experienced forward Rapinoe converted. 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? An expectant crowd at a sold-out Parc des Princes awaited the response from France’s talented front four but could only watch as a USA defence marshalled masterfully by Abby Dahlkemper and Becky Sauerbrunn repeatedly slammed the door in their faces.France had won 17 of their previous 18 matches in all competitions but there was no way back for Corinne Diacre’s players after Rapinoe slid home her second after 65 minutes, despite Wendie Renard’s late consolation, and the USA will take some stopping on current form.2 – Megan Rapinoe is the first player to score two or more goals in back-to-back Women’s World Cup appearances since Marta in 2007. Double. #FIFAWWC #USA #FRAUSA pic.twitter.com/bHY3VbMrcj— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 28, 2019Rapinoe’s opener came when a low free-kick from the left bounced through a crowd of bodies and evaded Sarah Bouhaddi’s left hand before bulging the net.Shaken by the early goal, France steadied themselves and stemmed the flow of USA attacks but failed to muster a shot on target themselves as they struggled to compete with the physicality of Samantha Mewis and Julie Ertz in midfield.Bouhaddi was called into action early in the second half to make a double save from Mewis and Tobin Heath, before Eugenie Le Sommer snatched at a close-range chance at the other end and blazed wide.USA goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was finally tested when Valerie Gauvin’s header threatened to loop over her head but she dived backwards to claim it.France were still in the game until Renard was caught napping as Morgan’s pass fed Heath, who had a clear run to the box where she dragged the ball back to Rapinoe for an easy finish.Heath thought she had scored one of her own 10 minutes later but an offside flag ruled otherwise.Renard set up a tense finish when she headed Gaetane Thiney’s free-kick home from 10 yards, but the bullish USA defence held firm. Key Opta Facts:- The host nation has been eliminated at the quarter-final stage in each of the last four Women’s World Cup tournaments – China in 2007, Germany in 2011, Canada in 2015 and France in 2019 have all fallen at this stage.- USA have reached the semi-final in all eight of their Women’s World Cup tournaments.- USA have now won their last 10 matches at the Women’s World Cup, equalling the longest run of wins in the tournament’s history set by Norway between 1995 and 1999.- Six of France’s 10 goals at the 2019 Women’s World Cup were scored via set-pieces, with four of those scored by Wendie Renard.- USA’s Megan Rapinoe became the first player to score two or more goals in consecutive Women’s World Cup matches since Marta did so for Brazil in 2007. read morelast_img read more

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Giroud hoping to fill goal gap at Chelsea

first_imgOlivier Giroud is hoping to help fill the goal gap at Chelsea following Eden Hazard’s summer switch to Real Madrid.The Blues reluctantly sanctioned the sale of a Belgium international forward at the start of the latest transfer window.That move was agreed despite the Blues being stung with an embargo which prevents them from bringing in any replacements. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Frank Lampard does not expect that to be an issue, with there already plenty of alternative options on the books at Stamford Bridge.Wingers Willian and Christian Pulisic are expected to fill the creative void, while World Cup-winning striker Giroud will be charged with the task of delivering end product.The France international has said of that challenge: “The numbers of goals Eden scored, I don’t know if I can take that from him but we have several strikers with different qualities.“We have the quality and the quantity in the squad but obviously you know you cannot replace a player of Eden’s quality just like that.“But that’s over. Now we need to forget and not put too much pressure on players who will play in his position.“I’m thinking about the young players. I will take the pressure no problem if it can release them.“We know there are a lot of expectations but, even with the transfer ban, we have a lot of quality and ability up front.”Frank Lampard Chelsea 2019Giroud has also offered his backing to Lampard, with a Chelsea legend in the process of getting his message across after inheriting the managerial reins from Maurizio Sarri.“It seems very clear that he wants the best from us,” added the 32-year-old frontman.“He wants to help us improve and he has a clear idea of what he wants to achieve. He’s a competitor, he wants to win every single game.“We’re working on the tactics when we don’t have the ball and playing this 4-2-3-1 we have to know each other a bit better as well.“He repeats every day that we have to take responsibility and we have to show personality.“He’s insisting a lot on this kind of stuff, playing without fear but with confidence. I think we will learn quickly.”Chelsea are currently on pre-season duty but continue to count down the days to an eagerly-anticipated Premier League season opener against Manchester United on August 11. 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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Everton pre-season: Friendlies, transfers & PL fixtures

first_imgThe 2018-19 season was a broadly successful one for Everton as they finished an impressive eighth in the Premier League, just three points behind Wolves, who claimed the final Europa League spot.Marco Silva’s side were also one of the most prolific outside the ‘Big Six’, with only Bournemouth finding the net more regularly than the Goodison Park outfit.Having made promising signings such as Richarlison and Lucas Digne last summer, they will be eager to build from this foundation and enjoy similar success in the 2019-20 season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Ahead of the upcoming campaign, Goal takes a look at Everton’s pre-season friendly schedule, the club’s transfer activity and when their Premier League push begins again.Everton pre-season fixtures Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue Jul 7 Kariobangi Sharks 2pm / 9am Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi Jul 14 Sion TBC Bagnes, Switzerland Jul 19 Monaco TBC Bagnes, Switzerland Jul 24 Wigan Athletic 7:45pm / 2:45pm DW Stadium, Wigan Aug 3 Werder Bremen 2pm / 9am Weserstadion, Bremen Everton’s first pre-season friendly match will be played on July 7, with Silva’s side set to play Kariobangi Sharks in Nairobi, Kenya.This is set to be a showcase match for the African side, who won the SportPesa Cup to earn the right to tackle the Premier League outfit.It is not the first time that Everton have travelled to East Africa for pre-season, as they visited Tanzania in July 2017 to face Kenyan side Gor Mahia, running out 2-1 winners.After that, the Toffees make the trip to Switzerland, where they will continue their training, with two matches against Sion and Monaco on July 14 and 19 respectively.They return to England for a match against Championship outfit Wigan Athletic on July 24 and conclude their pre-season preparations in Germany against Werder Bremen on August 3.Everton 2019-20 transfer activity Aleksandar Mitrovic Fulham SouthamptonGoalkeeper Jonas Lossl has joined on a free transfer from Huddersfield Town and Danish teenager Sebastian Kristensen has been added from Lyngby for their academy side.Marco Silva has reportedly been exploring options to strengthen his full-back sectors, with Thomas Meunier a potential arrival from Paris Saint-Germain on the right and Aaron Cresswell reportedly a target to supplement Lucas Digne on the left.Marseille are said to have offered the Toffees the opportunity to buy Kevin Strootman, while reports have linked the Goodison club with potential moves for Fulham forward Aleksandr Mitrovic and Lyon attacker Bertrand Traore.Ajax striker David Neres is another name closely linked with the club, with fans heartened to see him pose for photos with the Brazil national side along with Richarlison, a player they will do everything in their power to keep.Transfer activity in Position Player Transferred from Fee Date DF Sebastian Kristensen Lyngby Undisc. Jul 1 GK Jonas Lossl Huddersfield Town Free Jul 1 Transfer activity out Position Player Transferred to Fee Date DF Jonjoe Kenny Schalke Loan Jul 1 DF Phil Jagielka Released – Jul 1 DF Ashley Williams Released – Jul 1 MF Nikola Vlasic CSKA Moscow £14m Jul 1 Everton 2019-20 Premier League fixtures Everton open the 2019-20 Premier League season with an away trip to Crystal Palace on August 10.The Toffees face Watford in week two, followed by Aston Villa in week three and Wolves in week four.Click here to see Everton’s full Premier League fixture list. 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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A Hurricane Could Affect A Major College Football Game Next Saturday

first_imgA general view of NC State's football field.RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 31: A general view of the Clemson Tigers versus North Carolina State Wolfpack during their game at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 31, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)NC State is set to host West Virginia next weekend in a non-conference tilt. However, the game could be affected by a hurricane.Hurricane Florence is set to hit the Carolinas this week. The exact path is unknown as of now, but the potential forecast doesn’t sound good.Of course, NC State is keeping an eye on the projections for the storm. If it is unsafe to play the game or West Virginia can’t travel to Raleigh, alternate plans will have to be made.NC State released a statement on the matter today.RE: NC State vs. West Virginia and a possible hurricane. pic.twitter.com/9oQrR8e2Tb— Joe Ovies (@joeovies) September 9, 2018Interestingly, NC State played in hurricane conditions less than two years ago. The Wolfpack faced Notre Dame in October 2016 during a torrential downpour with whipping winds.NC State won 10-3 in a slopfest. You can catch the “highlights’ below.We will keep you posted on this game as the week rolls along.last_img read more

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ESPN Releases 2nd Half Prediction For Clemson-Duke

first_imgTrevor Lawrence hands the ball off for Clemson.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 hands off to running back Adam Choice #26 of the Clemson Tigers during the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)No. 2 Clemson has been sluggish through one half of play at home tonight. The Tigers lead Duke 14-6 at halftime.Tavien Feaster scored on a short touchdown run, while Trevor Lawrence hit Justyn Ross for a score late in the second quarter. Fortunately, the Tigers’ defense has limited Duke to two field goals.A win tonight will move Clemson to 11-0 heading into next week’s rivalry game against South Carolina. The Tigers are already locked in to a matchup against Pitt in the ACC Championship Game.How will the second half play out? ESPN has released its prediction.ESPN win probability for Clemson-Duke.No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 Michigan have all won so far today. Clemson is the last of the College Football Playoff top four still in action.You can catch the second half of Clemson-Duke on ESPN.last_img read more

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ESPN Releases Predictions For Today’s Bowl Games

first_imgGary Patterson leading his TCU football team onto the field.FORT WORTH, TX – OCTOBER 20: Head coach Gary Patterson of the TCU Horned Frogs prepares to take the field with hois team to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. The Texas Tech Red Raiders beat the TCU Horned Frogs 56-53 in triple overtime. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Bowl season resumes today after a three-day hiatus with a trio of postseason clashes. They get underway later this afternoon.First up is the Servpro First Responder Bowl in Dallas, featuring Boise State and Boston College. That will be followed by Minnesota and Georgia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit.The final game of the day might have one of the best names of bowl season: the Cheez-It Bowl. California and TCU will meet in this one.ESPN has unveiled its predictions for all three games using its FPI formula.Here’s what the computer is saying for each.Boise State has a 56 percent chance of beating Boston College.Georgia Tech has a 60.5 percent chance of taking down MinnesotaTCU has a 53.3 percent chance of beating Cal.Boise State and Boston College will kick off at 1:30 p.m. ET, with Minnesota and Georgia Tech at 5:15 p.m. ET. Cal and TCU will meet at 9 p.m. ET.All three games will be broadcast on ESPN.last_img read more

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