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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