About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez raps Man Utd: No excuses for top 4 failureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafael Benitez says Manchester United have no excuses if they fail to finish in the top four.United travel to St James’ Park to face Benitez’s Newcastle on Wednesday.”It’s a team that has to be easily in the top four, that is very clear,” said the Newcastle boss.”They can compete against Manchester City, Liverpool, anyone. We are talking about one of the biggest clubs in the world in terms of everything.”The players they have, they are so good that if you want to win or get points against them you have to perform really well.”When you are a top side like Manchester United, spending millions every year, you have to be in the top four and you have to win the title.”For them, that’s the pressure. Not just now, they had it before, and for sure they will feel the pressure in a few weeks when they will be there fighting with Tottenham, Chelsea, City, Liverpool and Arsenal.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Zenit midfielder Leandro Paredes agrees Chelsea contract termsby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveZenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes has agreed terms, it has been revealed.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, after victory over Newcastle United on Saturday, declared he wanted to see a replacement for Cesc Fabregas after his departure for AS Monaco.Gazzetta dello Sport says Paredes has been lined up by the Blues and already settled personal terms.Now Chelsea must reach an agreement with Zenit over a fee for the Argentine.An opening offer of £27m has already been lodged.
West Ham boss Pellegrini talks ‘value’ of Man Utd target Riceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini insists midfielder Declan Rice is fully committed to the cause.Rice has been linked with their next opponents Manchester United.”It is important that he continues with what he is doing so far,” Pellegrini said.”He always listens, improves when he makes mistakes. “His value will depend what happens this season but his mind is not thinking about that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Sheffield Utd manager Wilder talks Van Winckel influenceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United manager Chris Wilder insists he’s happy to work with Jan van Winckel.Van Winckel, who was appointed a United director before the dispute between Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah spilled into the public arena, has been a close confidant of the Saudi Arabian for over two decades.Wilder said, “There was talk about improving certain aspects of the club. I know the angle (about) Jan. He has been a member of the board for sometime so he has, of course, been involved in the decisions. Anything to improve the club, I am open to.”But I am a hands-on manager. In terms of Jan’s expertise, it is there to be seen in terms of his track record. He has been involved in all of the decisions, recruitment and the like because he’s on the board. I’m not pig headed enough to think I know everything.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Neither star actor Samuel L. Jackson nor country musician Luke Bryan actually attended the University of Georgia, but they’re both still huge Bulldogs fans. Usually, they both show their support when the football team has a big game on the gridiron. This week, obviously, they’re all in on a different Bulldogs team. Both have sent Twitter videos to basketball head coach Mark Fox ahead of the team’s game against Michigan State in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Check them out:The Dawgs are Dancing, and so is the DawgNation! @SamuelLJackson pic.twitter.com/oX3lpVs5kG— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) March 16, 2015The Dawgs are Dancing, and so is the DawgNation! @LukeBryanOnline pic.twitter.com/5EYj3mdd9t— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) March 16, 2015The Bulldogs and Spartans tip off Friday at 12:30 PM EST. It’s safe to assume that these guys will be watching.
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera says that the club are in a good moment under manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer following their 4-1 win over Bournemouth, adding that the players are enjoying themselves.Former Red Devils striker Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho on an interim basis until the end of the season earlier this month, having been allowed to take a sabbatical to Old Trafford by Norwegian outfit Molde.Since his arrival, United have seen a significant turnaround in form, with Solskjaer inspiring three emphatic victories in his first three games in charge, making him only the third manager to achieve the feat at the club after Mourinho and Sir Matt Busby . 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? Herrera got on the scoresheet within the first half-hour of the Solskjaer era, netting in United’s 5-1 win against Cardiff and notching an assist for Paul Pogba’s second goal against Bournemouth on Sunday.Speaking in the wake of their victory, which lifted United to within touching distance of fifth-place Arsenal, the Spaniard was effusive in his praise for the new man in the hotseat, though he refused to contrast the current mood of joy with his predecessor’s tenure.“We have won the last three games but I do not like to make comparisons,” the 29-year-old told the BBC’s Match of the Day. “I am very thankful to Jose for what he did to the club.“Now we are in a different moment and we have a new manager and that is it. We are in a good moment and everyone is playing very well.“Our attacking players are enjoying it and they are making it easier for the rest of the players.“Our manager told us on the first day, the best way to win a game when you are in the lead is to keep attacking and this what the club has always been about.“When you win and score lots of goals you want to play as soon as possible and I hope we perform on Wednesday against Newcastle as we have today.“We are still sixth but we should not be because of the quality we have.”United face Rafa Benitez’s Magpies to kick off their 2019 schedule before they host Reading in the FA Cup on January 5. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Paco Alcacer says he feels important again since joining Borussia Dortmund after being overlooked for two years at Barcelona.The 25-year-old striker joined the Catalans from Valencia in 2016 but made only 23 league appearances in two years at Camp Nou, struggling to displace the likes of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.After signing for Dortmund on a season-long loan deal in August, Alcacer impressed so much that the German club announced in October they would make it a permanent switch for €23 million (£20m/$26.5m). 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? Speaking to Sport Bild, Alcacer said: “Since joining BVB, I’m finally feeling important again. I’ve played very little in Barcelona for the past two years. That’s why I understand that I haven’t always played from the start so far.”Every footballer wants to play. I’m not happy when I’m sitting on the bench. But if we’re having so much success as a team, it’s OK. Because getting a title is always great.”I only have one thing in my head: I want to score goals and help the team. This has worked perfectly in the past few months.”Actually, I’ve been a little surprised with the ease that I’ve been scoring the goals with. But I have to say that my teammates have a big part in it. They often make it easy for me to score.Alcacer is the joint top scorer in the Bundesliga, tied with Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic on 12 goals despite playing half as many minutes as the 21-year-old.In fact, Alcacer has made just 12 appearances in the league and only five starts after being hampered by injury problems, although a substitute role has suited the forward with 10 of his strikes coming from the bench.”If you suddenly have to play every three days after not playing regularly for two years, that’s a big change for the body. I was aware of that,” Alcacer continued.”But I work with the coaching team to get my body up to 100 per cent efficiency. I want to avoid injuries in the second half of the season.” Dortmund return to action with a trip to RB Leipzig on January 19 following the winter break in Germany.
Chelsea are ready to offer Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech a role with them at the end of the season when he retires from football, Goal understands.The 36-year-old announced that he will hang up his gloves at the end of the season after a glorious career which included 11 years at Chelsea – a period that was the most successful in the club’s history.The decision to bring back Cech would follow their strategy of wanting to recognise the contributions of some of their top former players by offering them roles when their playing careers come to an end. 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? The Gunners goalkeeper has yet to make a concrete plan over his next step after he leaves the north Londoners, preferring to focus on helping Unai Emery’s side win a trophy in his final season.He could, though, be offered roles ranging from a coach to an executive, or an ambassadorial role.The former Czech Republic international has a personal relationship with Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich, with Cech having recently moved house to a location that’s closer to Chelsea’s training ground than Arsenal’s.He would be following a host of ex-Chelsea players in having worked with the club after retirement, with John Terry, Frank Lampard and Jody Morris having all coached the club’s youngsters in recent years.They went onto secure positions with Aston Villa and Derby County, with Lampard having taken the manager’s job at Pride Park.Joe Cole has also returned to the Blues’ Cobham training ground to coach youngsters across all age groups, helping out the likes of Eddie Newton, Paulo Ferreira and Tore Andre Flo.Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola, meanwhile, is part of Maurizio Sarri’s first-team backroom staff, alongside the likes of Carlo Cudicini and Hilario.Andy Myers and Joe Edwards are another two ex-players coaching the club’s younger players this season, while Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack and Michael Essien have all done work for Chelsea in ambassadorial roles.The club’s policy is understood to extend to Ashley Cole, who is currently playing in MLS with LA Galaxy.The Blues hope that their policy of incorporating club legends can help them maintain their identity and avoid a situation similar to Arsenal, who saw former midfielder Patrick Vieira end up in a youth development role at Manchester City.Cech won 13 major trophies at Chelsea including four Premier League titles and the club’s only ever Champions League success back in 2013.The Blues travel to face Arsenal on Saturday but Bernd Leno is likely to start ahead of Cech, after establishing himself as the club’s No.1 goalkeeper.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued his flawless start to life as Manchester United manager as the team made it eight out of eight under the Norwegian with a 3-1 win at Arsenal.Goals from Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial dragged United to victory at the Emirates despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s strike which temporarily cut the deficit.Solskjaer had already set a club record at Old Trafford for consecutive wins at the beginning of a managerial tenure, clocking up victories in each of his first seven games since succeeding Jose Mourinho as boss on December 18th. 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? And the caretaker boss has now moved one match further ahead of previous record-holder, United legend Sir Matt Busby, becoming the club’s first-ever manager to win his first eight games at the helm.Solskjaer is still due to step down as manager at Old Trafford at the end of the season, but his case for serious consideration as the club’s next permanent boss is getting harder by the week for United chief Ed Woodward to ignore.The Red Devils have hauled themselves into contention for a top-four Premier League place since Mourinho was removed, and look a good bet to rescue a season that had seemed to be drifting towards disaster under the Portuguese.And victory at the Emirates – United’s sixth since Arsenal left their former home Highbury, more than any other visiting side – reinforced their credentials as possible winners of the FA Cup for a joint-record 13th time.Lingard has now scored four goals for United against Arsenal in all competitions – double the number he has scored against any other opponent for the Red Devils.Arsenal and United are neck and neck in the race to secure the Premier League’s final Champions League place in what is likely to be three-way race with Chelsea.Unites still have to visit the Emirates in the league later this year.
Chloe Logarzo dedicated her first ever World Cup goal to team-mate Laura Alleway, as Australia fought from 2-0 down to beat Brazil 3-2 on Thursday.Alleway was ruled out of the tournament just days before the Matildas kicked off in France, the centre-back having suffered a foot injury.It was a blow that hit the whole team, but Logarzo in particular, who revealed just why after her strike in their second group game. 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 what the tape around her arm was, she replied: “This is for Laura Alleway.“She got injured before [the tournament] so my goal celebration was for her because she sings ‘Superwoman’ [by Alicia Keys] to me before I play.“She sings it every game,” the midfielder continued.“She sits right next to me so it was hard for me to lose her but she sang to me in the phone so I listen to it before I go out.“I know, that’s so cheesy! She’s in the grand stand watching us, she wasn’t going to miss a game.”Alleway wasn’t the only person that Logarzo had in mind though as Australia defied the odds to keep their World Cup dream alive.“That win was definitely for Ante [Milicic, head coach],” she said, with him having come under fire after the Matildas’ defeat to Italy.“The criticism has come more on his behalf and it’s really disheartening for us to hear that because the amount of belief that he’s instilled in us and the amount of work that he’s put in is just incredible.“I don’t think people see that so that’s definitely for him.“We’re not listening to the criticism,” the 24-year-old continued.“We have belief in our team and it doesn’t matter what anyone else says.“Ante’s given us that belief and what we have within this team is something special. If no one sees it, we definitely have the belief to show them.“I don’t know if you saw it but the amount of emotion that came onto that field was just incredible.“It was finally the football that we wanted to play. I think we showed the world what we have and it was the relief that we’ve been waiting for.”The rivalry between Australia and Brazil showed once more in what was a passionate game of football, influenced even further by Alleway’s absence and the recent criticism.After netting in a World Cup in what Logarzo calls “a dream come true”, the Matildas now have one final group game against Jamaica and they can still top Group C by winning it.“We could [top the group] but we need to take one game at a time. We can’t be thinking about that.“Jamaica will be a hard game, we can’t really take it lightly. The World Cup is showing right now that everyone has stepped up a little and we just need to get our recovery on track and think about the next game.“If we keep level-headed and not get ahead of ourselves I think the momentum can push us all the way through but we need to just not be on our high horse.”Australia take on Jamaica, who face Italy on Friday, on Tuesday, June 18.