Tim Sherwood 1 Tim Sherwood has revealed he could be missing a number of key players against Sunderland after a sickness bug swept through the Aston Villa training ground.Sherwood refused to name the ill men but is facing an anxious wait to discover who will be available to play on Saturday for the visit of the Black Cats.“There’s a sickness bug around the training ground so there are a few players who have not been able to make training,” he said.“We have a couple of players, I don’t want to tell you who who they are but they’re not here today because they are ill.“They are not well today and the doc is having to do some overtime. We could miss a couple and there’s a couple who are not well now. I’d rather they weren’t well now rather than tomorrow.“There must be a bug going around, we’re just hoping it’s made its way to the north-east.”Sherwood could also be without Adama Traore at the weekend after the former Barcelona winger limped off in the League Cup win over Notts County on Tuesday with an ankle injury.“He hasn’t trained but we’re going to give him every opportunity to be fit,” said the boss.“He’s a massive talent, no-one wants him to be a sensation immediately more than I do but he has come from a weaker competition (Spain’s Segunda Division, with Barca’s B team) and it’s going to take him time.”
Thierry Henry has told talkSPORT THIS is the season Arsenal will end their title drought.The Gunners have not won the Premier League since 2003/04, when Henry was in his pomp, and have finished outside of the top two for the past decade.But Henry – widely regarded as Arsenal’s greatest ever player – believes Arsene Wenger’s current squad possesses the quality, depth and X-factor needed to return to the summit of English football.Wenger’s men have won their last four league games to move up to second in the table, level on points with leaders Manchester City.And Henry, speaking to Drivetime’s Adrian Durham and Darren Gough, said: “I genuinely think it is their year.“They are getting results against big teams now and are backing up those results after big games. That is the key.“Theo Walcott playing in the middle is pushing [Olivier] Giroud, and Giroud playing in the middle when Theo isn’t playing is pushing Theo. There is healthy competition there now that you need in the game.“Mesut Ozil, as well, has finally woken up. You know what he can do. He is an amazing player, a World Cup winner, with the touch, the vision, but he wasn’t always doing it on a daily basis with Arsenal. Now he is doing it.“Then you have [Santi] Cazorla. He is the brain of the team – the way he wants to play is how the team is going to play. Then there is the X-factor you always need to have to win a title – Alexis Sanchez. He is the guy that you know, when he is in tune, it is very difficult to beat Arsenal.“The back four is also doing very well. [Hector] Bellerin is doing well, Nacho Monreal is showing why he is at Arsenal and Petr Cech is doing what he is supposed to.”Thierry Henry was speaking to talkSPORT in his role as a Sky Academy Ambassador for Sky Academy Confidence Month
1 Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Manchester United are confident that Cristiano Ronaldo would snub Chelsea to return to Old Trafford. The Red Devils have been alerted by reports that Stamford Bridge owner Roman Abramovich has made Ronaldo his No1 target for next summer. But United are convinced that the pull of an emotional return would win the day and they can match any transfer fee and wage if Ronaldo is allowed to leave Real Madrid. (The Sun)Manchester United have made an initial approach for Valencia winger Sofiane Feghouli. Feghouli, 25, is in the final year of his contract at Valencia and would be eligible to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in January. (Metro)Zinedine Zidane has stepped up Real Madrid’s bid to crowbar yet another player out of the Premier League by revealing his admiration for Eden Hazard. Zidane’s overtures to Gareth Bale ended up luring the Welshman away from Spurs two years ago and he looks to have ramped up Real’s attempts to lure Hazard to the Bernabeu with his praise of the Chelsea playmaker. (Daily Mirror)Seydou Doumbia is being tracked by West Ham and Watford. The Premier League pair are keeping an eye on the Ivorian striker, 27, with the January transfer window fast approaching. (The Sun)Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has confirmed he is interested in signing Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong in the January transfer window. The on-loan hitman, 18, has struck 12 goals in 14 games for Coventry in League One and Jackett will pull out all the stops to bring Armstrong to Molineux when his Sky Blues loan expires. (The Sun)Tottenham face a fight with Stoke and Charlton to sign Ebbsfleet winger Shilow Tracey. The 17-year-old has already undergone a trial at Tottenham. But Mark Hughes’ Potters have been tracking him while the Addicks are also aware of his talents. (The Sun)Newcastle United’s forgotten man Yoan Gouffran could be moved on before the November 25 emergency loan deadline, with Charlton Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers among a clutch of Championship clubs showing interest in him. (Newcastle Chronicle)Brighton are heading a queue of Championship clubs eyeing a January move for Australia’s latest star James Meredith. The Bradford defender, 27, made his Socceroos debut against Kyrgyzstan yesterday and Wolves and Reading are also hot on the heels of the ex-Derby kid. (The Sun)Blackburn Rovers are aiming to name Paul Lambert as their new manager by the end of the weekend after holding positive talks with the former Villa boss. (Lancashire Telegraph)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Jose Mourinho could make Real Madrid return next summer, ex-president Ramon Calderon tells talkSPORTMarseille slap £35m price tag on Arsenal and Chelsea targetRoma eye contingency plan if Wojciech Szczesny returns to ArsenalEverton target not heading to Goodison Park…but good enough for BarcelonaUdinese preparing January bid for Watford flop Alessandro DiamantiManchester City transfer news: Juventus and Inter Milan renew interest in Samir NasriInter Milan join Arsenal and West Ham in eyeing move for £8m Turkey star Oguzhan Ozyakup Transfer rumours and paper review
1 Sofiane Boufal is ready to snub interest from Manchester City and Manchester United in favour of a move to Paris Saint-Germain.talkSPORT told you on Monday how the Premier League pair were eyeing up the Lille winger, who has five goals to his name this season.However, Manchester City and Manchester United now face losing out to PSG after Boufal admitted he was attracted by the French champions’ project.“Of course PSG is the type of club that you dream about, it is the only French club that could win a European trophy,” Boufal told Telefoot.“They have an absolutely magnificent project. It is a club in the top three, top four in Europe.“They want to bring in great players but also very promising players and of course it is a project that interests me.” Sofiane Boufal
Derby County 1-3 Manchester United: Victory sees Louis van Gaal’s men through to the fifth round of the FA Cup 1 Manchester United booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-1 victory over Championship side Derby County. Goals from Wayne Rooney, Daley Blind and Juan Mata put Louis van Gaal’s men on the road to victory, after George Thorne had equalised for the Rams in the first half. After a quiet start on talkSPORT’s live commentary match, the England and Red Devils captain – who had another child with wife Coleen this week – received the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box and he curled a delightful effort into the far corner past former Liverpool shot-stopper Scott Carson. The Rams posed dangers against United as Nick Blackman looked lively on the wing, but it was the former West Brom midfielder who proved to be the Thorne in the first half for Van Gaal’s men. The 23-year-old made a darting run into the box and he controlled a brilliant ball over the top before poking his effort past De Gea from close range. The half-time whistle came too soon for Paul Clement’s men as they were enjoying possession and having the better chances, winger Blackman pulling a shot just wide after coming inside from the wing. The overall quality showed in the final half hour, as Blind got on the end of Jesse Lingard’s low cross, finishing coolly with 25 minutes left on the clock. Just 18 minutes later United confirmed the win as Anthony Martial worked well on the wing before pulling the ball back to Mata, who finished well across goal from six yards. The victory was a tough battle, more than the scoreline suggests, and it hands Van Gaal a lifeline after increasing pressure on the boss at Old Trafford in recent weeks. But this was a win against an out-of-form Championship side, who gave a good account of themselves on the night, and a Premier League meeting with Stoke is up next for the Red Devils.
1 Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has urged his team not to take Manchester United’s injury-hit team lightly ahead of their Premier League clash on Wednesday.Injuries to the likes of captain Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones has seen Louis van Gaal blood a number of academy graduates in recent weeks.18-year-old defender Tim Fosu-Mensah and 20-year-old midfielder James Weir were the latest to be handed their debuts in United’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal on Sunday, while 18-year-old Marcus Rashford has starred with four goals in two games.Watford head to Old Trafford to face Van Gaal’s patched-up side on Wednesday night, but Flores does not believe United’s lengthy injury list makes them any easier to face.“I don’t like to say to the players, ‘come on boys, now Manchester United are a little bit weak because they have injuries, because they are younger, because they don’t have experience’, no, it is the opposite,” said Flores.“I try to send other messages to the players, saying take care and don’t relax. Yes, they are younger, but they have a lot of passion, and they want to show everyone they are ready to play in the Premier League.“So, of course we will play a very tough match, and this is the idea we try to translate to the players. Maybe this is not the best XI they have in the squad, but they are playing really, really well.”Academy product Rashford made his Premier League debut in the victory against Arsenal on Sunday, with his double against the Gunners following another brace in last week’s Europa League win against FC Midtjylland.“He looks really good and I love younger players,” Flores added. “I love how he moves to the space and how he moves inside the box.“He is a very good talent for the future of England and very good news for Manchester United.“With the younger players when they knock on the door, as a coach you need to open the door and say ‘okay you are ready to go’ and this is what has happened.“Manchester United have had a lot of injuries, a very difficult period for them, and this is the moment when the younger players use the opportunity to establish themselves in the team.”Asked if he had a plan in place to stop Rashford on Wednesday night, Flores joked: “It is impossible to show too many videos [to my squad] because he has played only two matches.” Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is wary of the threat of Manchester United
Newcastle acted quickly in appointing Rafa Benitez as Steve McClaren’s replacement as manager of the club.The board removed McClaren on Friday morning and the new boss had his players out on the training pitch later in the afternoon.Newcastle do not play until Monday evening when they travel to Leicester.QUINN: BENITEZ WILL BE BEST MANAGER MAGPIES HAVE HAD SINCE BOBBY ROBSON Rafa Benitez and Newcastle players train together for the first time 1 LIVE on #Periscope: Rafa Benítez’s first Newcastle United training session. #NUFC https://t.co/PU2cLAToUJ— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) March 11, 2016
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe camp-out is the latest effort by the union to step up pressure against the district to resolve the problems. Superintendent David Brewer has said they can fix all the problems by next July. “July 2008 is way too late,” UTLA President A.J. Duffy said. “Our members need support from their employer. If LAUSD cannot provide it, the union will.” Brewer announced Thursday morning that he expects 5,000 certificated employees – which includes teachers – to be affected by problems with today’s paychecks. Of those, about 300 will be underpaid, and the district has already contacted those to give them emergency checks. The district also has increased PROTEST: Union officials target the district’s ongoing problem of payroll glitches, which began in February. By Naush Boghossian STAFF WRITER United Teachers Los Angeles officers will camp out in an RV at Los Angeles Unified headquarters starting today to protest payroll glitches that have led to over- and underpayments for thousands of employees since February. customer-service hours to the weekend to help those with paycheck problems. But amid the increasing tension over the issue, LAUSD General Counsel Kevin Reed has issued a warning that UTLA should not be encouraging teacher walkouts to protest the problems. Duffy had threatened walkouts while testifying about the payroll problems in a Senate committee hearing last week. Reed said the language of the union’s collective-bargaining agreement precludes the union from engaging in work slowdowns, including walkouts. UTLA has already called for teachers to boycott after-school faculty meetings. But Reed said he hopes the teachers union will work with the district to resolve the problems. “We don’t know if (walkouts are) going to happen, but it is a situation where we believe that the instructional programs and operation of our schools are going to be impacted,” Reed said. “Right now we’re hoping to de-escalate with meaningful conversations.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityFour more people were arrested after the search of the two homes, Simon said. Seven victims, so far, had been identified, Simon said. [email protected] (661) 476-4586 LANCASTER – Sheriff’s deputies said Thursday that they have broken up a burglary ring they believe was responsible for 10 to 15 heists in the past month in a Lancaster neighborhood. Six people have been arrested, including a 14-year-old boy and an 18-year-old, who were taken into custody Monday after deputies responded to a burglary in the 44300 block of Westridge Drive. After the two initial arrests, deputies searched three homes Tuesday in the area around 45th Street West and Avenue J-8. Stolen property was found at two of the homes, Deputy Kelly Simon said. “About 70 possible stolen items were recovered, anything from laptop computers, stolen guns, video games, cell phones, electronic equipment, flat screen monitors,” Simon said. “The two houses were stash pads.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!