About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer names two Man Utd kids for Cardiff clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named two teenagers in his squad for the clash with Cardiff City.Solskjaer has included Angel Gomes and James Garner in the travelling Manchester United squad for the Cardiff game.Former United manager Jose Mourinho gave Gomes his United debut at the age of 16 and the England youth international. Garner, 17, played for United on their pre-season tour of the United States and was a substitute in last week’s Champions League defeat to Valencia. The Merseyside midfielder excelled in United’s enthralling 4-3 FA Youth Cup triumph over Chelsea on Monday night, which Solskjaer watched.Confirmed United squad members vs Cardiff:David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Lee Grant, Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Fred, James Garner, Paul Pogba, Andreas Pereira, Angel Gomes, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Porto president admits Man Utd, Real Madrid in contact for Eder Militaoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa admits Manchester United and Real Madrid are keen on Eder Militao.Pinto da Costa, is set to increase his star man’s clause to around £45million.Both Real Madrid and United are hopeful of landing the one-cap Brazil international.However, Da Costa added the player has absolutely no intention of leaving the club in January.Costa said: “There was talk of one or two clubs. “There is a termination clause, we are trying to negotiate to renew the contract and increase the clause.”Militao, 20, only signed a five-year deal at Porto in August – with his current deal running until the summer of 2023.
Hazard urges Chelsea: We’re quality – let’s show it consistentlyby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea star Eden Hazard believes that it is time for his side to show they are a top team.Hazard believes the quality is there in Chelsea’s players, but they do not have the consistency.It is a lack of consistent results that sees the Blues in 4th place in the Premier League, far off the title race.Hazard was speaking after their away win at Watford in the Premier League on Boxing Day.”We showed great character against Man City after a defeat in Wolverhampton,” he said after the win to ChelseaFC.com.”We lost three days ago against Leicester, so we needed to respond on the pitch and we did well.”When we can fight together and play together we are a top team and we need to do it more often.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
West Ham move to beat Fulham to Everton midfielder James McCarthyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton midfielder James McCarthy is a surprise target for West Ham.The Daily Mail says West Ham are exploring the possibility of signing McCarthy on loan. The 28-year-old is fit again after a double fracture of his right leg but has not been selected by Marco Silva. McCarthy, who has 18 months left on contract, is also a target for Fulham and West Brom. He has racked up 132 appearances and six goals in all competitions for the club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal goalkeeper Leno: Law change giving us problemsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno insists a law change created the confusion for their 2-2 draw at Watford.At the key moment, Sokratis Papastathopoulos collected the ball from Leno in the box from a goal kick, before his pass was snatched by the grateful Gerard Deulofeu.Tom Cleverley then thumped the ball home before Roberto Pereyra earned the Hornets a point from the penalty spot.New rules installed before the start of the season now state that the goalkeeper does not have to pass the ball outside the box from a goal kick.That invites defenders to start the phase of play form inside the box, encouraging teams to play short and out from the back, something Unai Emery likes.Leno has since revealed that the law change has complicated things for the Arsenal defence as Sunday’s punishment proved.“It has changed the game a lot because the first pass is always without pressure to, for example, the centre-backs,” the German told the Evening Standard.“The first pass is always without danger and then the team can decide [from there].”It is more difficult now [when teams] press very high for the defending team. But you see, the rule changed the game a little bit and it is new for everybody. We have to work with this change.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Heskey: Leicester big enough to keep hold of Maddisonby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmile Heskey says Leicester City are no longer a feeder club.Heskey believes the club’s growth will allow them to fend off interest from Manchester United for James Maddison.”I think Leicester are moving away from being a feeder club,” Heskey told bwin.”They’ve lost a few big names over the last couple of seasons, but there is no need for Leicester to sell anyone else. The team is developing so strongly and it doesn’t deserve to be called a feeder club.”Leicester are under no pressure to sell Maddison and I expect they’ll fight off any interest.”
LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 21: John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to his team during the game against the Boston Terriers at Rupp Arena on November 21, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)John Calipari draws the best high school basketball players to Lexington every season, but it is clear that his wife Ellen makes an impact on the young Wildcats as well. According to SEC Country‘s Alex Martin Smith, she bakes players brownies for their birthdays every year. Well, today is her birthday, so the Wildcats decided to flip the script, and bring her dessert ahead of tonight’s game against Illinois State.Brownies for the bday girl! Nice gesture from the players, who usually receive the same from Mrs. Cal on their bday pic.twitter.com/cFT40YxbOP— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) November 30, 2015Well done, Kentucky. We’re sure Coach Cal appreciates the hand in helping make his wife’s birthday a special one.[SEC Country]
Twitter/Maurice WaysAt midnight, Michigan and Nike officially became partners – kicking off an 11-year deal worth $173 million. Fans, as we noted earlier, flooded The M Den overnight to get their hands on new merchandise for the Wolverines. It looks like the Michigan football players have also gotten a look at some of the gear they’ll be wearing on the field this year.Two players – wide receiver Maurice Ways and safety Khaleke Hudson – have posted short videos of Jumpman cleats decked out in Michigan logos. Check them out:??? thank you for blessing us @Jumpman23 ?? pic.twitter.com/EmaDCvCBJu— Moe Ways (@MoeWays) August 1, 2016? pic.twitter.com/ahdKefUojR— Khaleke Hudson (@KhalekeHudson) August 1, 2016Michigan’s full uniforms have yet to be unveiled. We imagine there will be great interest when that happens.
Manchester United’s next permanent manager must be prevented from betraying the club’s attacking traditions again, according to ex-defender Gary Neville.Sir Alex Ferguson’s successors David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have all been sacked after adopting defensive tactics which have gone against the team’s recent history.Supporters have vented their frustrations during home matches with the chant of “attack, attack, attack” a constant theme at Old Trafford in the five-and-a-half years since Ferguson’s retirement. 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? Interim boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has restored dynamism to the team, with United having plundered 17 goals in the six straight wins at the start of the Norwegian’s reign.And with a permanent boss set to be appointed in the summer, Neville wants the club to adopt a hardline policy on retaining their attacking philosophy.”No one should ever be allowed to enter Manchester United’s training ground or Old Trafford ever again to shape their own philosophy,” he said on his Sky Sports podcast. “That is done.”Manchester United’s philosophy is so deep and so meaningful, it’s like Barcelona’s and it’s like Ajax’s. “At Manchester United you play fast, attacking football in an entertaining way. You bring young players through and give them belief. And you win.”The 43-year-old, who made over 600 appearances for United during his career, added: “What Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done in a month, irrespective of the how the club do this season, has shown Manchester United that.”I like watching it, that’s it. I want to go to the ground again.”There was one counter-attack in the first half at Wembley where they sprinted forward from one box to the other and I thought ‘wow! I’m watching red shirts run from box to box in three seconds, passing quickly’ and that’s what you want to see.Neville’s preference is to see Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino become the new long-term coach.Many of the central themes of the Argentine’s success in North London correlate with United’s heritage, with the onus on attacking football using young English players, some promoted from the club’s academy.And implementing those policies are more of a priority than winning silverware, according to Neville.”I’m not saying that Manchester United have to bring in a manger next that’s going to win the league in the next couple of years, but they have to bring a manager in that’s going to bring belief to young players from the academy that they are going to be brought through,” he explained.”They must play fast, attacking and entertaining football and if the club can win as a result of that, then that’s wonderful. “And of course, yes, the club expect to win, but it isn’t a club that’s like Real Madrid in the sense that at the Bernabeu it’s win at all cost.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
In FIFA 19 Ultimate Team, there are an incredible amount of options at right-back including Flashback Juanfran, FUTmas Santiago Arias and probably the pick of the bunch, super-inform Kenny Lala.However, EA Sports have now thrown another player into the mix with an upgraded Denzel Dumfries from PSV which is available in a new Squad Builder Challenge.New league SBCs have been released on Ultimate Team for the Premier League and the Eredivisie, with player pick rewards of new, special pink versions of existing cards. 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 new Dumfries card takes him up to gold with a massive 10 point upgrade, giving him an overall of 83.On the surface, his card looks stellar but nothing special with 90 pace, 80 dribbling, 60 shooting, 82 defending, 84 passing and 90 physicality – an 83-rated card with few chemistry options in the Eredivisie will not catch most people’s interest.However, once you look at the in-game stats you realise that Dumfries has everything you could ever want from a right-back with 87 acceleration, 91 sprint speed, 80 shot power, 99 crossing, 89 short passing, 82 dribbling, 86 standing tackle, 84 sliding tackle, 91 jumping, 91 stamina, 92 strength and three-star skills.Speed, power, strong tackling and pinpoint perfect crossing – this man will be an absolute terror down the right-hand side.And Dumfries becomes even scarier when you realise he has a strong chemistry link with possibly the most feared player in the game, Hirving Lozano.The Mexico winger is one of the fastest and most agile players in the game and near impossible to defend against. Adding in a second player on that right-hand side with incredible pace and strength is straight up unfair.On top of that you can also pair Dumfries at the back with Virgil van Dijk and Matthijis de Ligt – two exceptional centre-backs.To get your hands on this card, you will have to create and tribute a squad for every team in the Eredivisie – that’s 18 in total.With a bit of work and research, you should be able to complete this challenge for around 130k coins, which is actually a pretty good price when you realise that you’re receiving one of the best right-backs in the game.When you remember that there was not a true right-back released in the Team of the Year, this card becomes an extremely valuable pick-up.