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Haaland’s father: “LaLiga is very good for my son”

first_imgAlf-Inge Haaland (Norway, 1972) is the father and representative of Erling Haaland, one of the men of the moment after scoring 12 goals in his first nine games with Borussia. The 19-year-old battering football gene comes to him from cradle: Alf was a defender of several mythical clubs in England, such as Nottingham Forest, Leeds United or Manchester City. The second top scorer in the Champions League after Lewandowski (10 goals, one less than Bayern striker) impressed from the beginning. “I am very happy for him and Borussia Dortmund, although for me the most important thing is to keep growing as before. He was always a top scorer, but he also gives a lot of assists. Obviously, I am proud,” he tells AS. “My son loves to play with Odeggard; they understand each other very well” CompetitionPjGoals TOTAL3140 Austrian Cuptwo4 He and Odegaard form a partnership with NorwayThe runrún around Haaland remembers the beginnings of Odegaard in Castile. Norway’s two big promises share costumes in the national team. “My son loves to play with Martin, he is a great footballer. They understand each other very well in the field.” The word record seems to be linked to Erling since he was five years old, when he achieved a leap of 163 centimeters in length. Neither Mbappé resists him: the Frenchman needed 13 games to reach eight goals in the Champions League, he got it in six games. The great state of form of Haaland is the main threat to PSG in the round of eighth Champions (March 11, 2-1 for Borussia in the first leg). The striker already endorsed a double and now dreams of conquering the Park of the Princes. Y Madrid on the prowl, following every move of his.Haaland goals in the 2019-2020 season Austrian Bundesliga1416 It is not for less, the irruption of Haaland has reached the great thing: 40 goals and eight assists this course. “Dortmund told us that they needed someone like him and that the goal is as much as possible. It is a team that fights for the Bundesliga and that is growing in European competitions. It is perfect to continue training, “says the father of the battering ram.The current situation of Madrid, which is going through serious problems in the scoring side (without going any further, Isco is the white pichichi in 2020, with three goals), is conducive to continue linking Haaland with Madrid, thanks above all to a liberation clause in his contract from the winter of 2021, paying 75 million euros. “We were linked to more than 100 teams, but it is true that The Spanish is a very good league for my son, with great teams. You never know if you will play in Spain. What has to happen will happen“, ends Alf-Inge Haaland. German Bundesliga79 German Cuponeone Alf-Inge Haaland, father of Borussia Dortmund striker. Champions710 The Norwegian averages 1.29 goals per gameHaaland’s numbers this season are exorbitant: 40 goals in 31 games, with an average of 1.29 goals per game. The scoring ability that began showing in the Austrian Bundesliga, later endorsed in the Champions League and in the German Bundesliga. Go fifth in the Golden Boot, because the goals he scored with Salzburg weighted 1.5, while in the five major leagues they are worth 2. The goal has only resisted him with his selection. He made his international debut with Norway in September, but did not score in the two games he played against Malta (66 ‘) and Sweden (14’).last_img read more

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Warriors reach 4th straight NBA Finals with win over Houston

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film The defending champions trailed by as many as 15 in the first half after falling behind 17 in Game 6.Curry, who finished with 27 points, scored 14 of Golden State’s 33 points in the third quarter as Houston’s shooting didn’t just go cold, it froze. The Rockets missed all 14 3-point attempts in that quarter as part of 27 misses from long range.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Warriors will host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Thursday night in the fourth straight matchup between the teams.James Harden had 32 points as the top-seeded Rockets’ bid to return to the finals for the first time since 1995 fell short without Chris Paul, who was nursing a hamstring injury. View comments Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, celebrates with teammates during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets, Monday, May 28, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON— Stephen Curry and Golden State turned all those Houston bricks into a road back to the NBA Finals.Kevin Durant scored 34 points, Curry sparked another third-quarter turnaround, and the Warriors earned a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals by beating the Houston Rockets 101-92 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXTThe Warriors host Game 1 of the finals on Thursday and Game 2 on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ But Durant scored six points in a 9-2 spurt after that which left the Warriors 97-85 with about three minutes to go.Houston finally found a little offense after that, using a 7-2 run to cut it to 99-92, but their rally bid came up short.Thompson added 19 for Golden State after scoring 35 in the Game 6 win and the Warriors got a fourth straight start from Kevon Looney with Andre Iguodala sitting out again with a bone bruise on his left leg.After being down by 10 at halftime of Game 6, the Warriors trailed by 11 entering the third quarter on Monday night. Golden State opened the third quarter with a 10-4 run to cut the lead to 58-53 after a 3-pointer by Nick Young with about eight minutes left in the quarter.Tucker made one of two free throws and the teams exchanged layups before Golden State scored nine straight points, with two 3s from Curry, to take a 64-61 lead.Harden made two free throws before Curry scored eight points in a row, highlighted by a 3-pointer which bounced high off the rim before falling back in, to make it 72-63 with just over two minutes left in the quarter.Golden State scored 33 points in the third quarter for the second straight game while Houston managed just 15 points on Monday night after it scored 16 in the third in Game 6.TIP-INSWarriors: Curry went to the locker room with trainers between the first and second quarters, but returned to the bench with about 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter and soon returned to the game. … Thompson picked up his third foul with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter and sat out most of the period. … Draymond Green had 10 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.Rockets: Houston fell to 6-5 all-time in Game 7s and 4-2 at home. … Capela finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds. … Tucker had 14 points and 12 rebounds. MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls center_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celtics’ Ainge: Prepared to stand pat this summer (maybe) LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Rockets fell apart in the second half again after doing so in Game 6. The Warriors outscored Houston 122-63 in the second half of the final two games.Golden State led by seven entering the fourth and pushed the lead to 10 on a 3-pointer by Klay Thompson with about 9 1/2 minutes left. Clint Capela made a hook shot for Houston but Durant hit a long 3 seconds later to make it 86-75.The Rockets were behind by 13 after a 3 by Curry and had missed 27 straight 3-pointers when P.J. Tucker hit one from the corner to cut the lead to 89-79 midway through the quarter.It was their first 3-pointer since one by Eric Gordon with about 6 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter that put the Rockets up 42-28.Tucker’s 3 was the first of seven straight points for Houston which cut the lead to 89-83.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Lakers waive Deng, save money for 2019 NBA free agency

first_imgPainful defeat Deng, born in what is now South Sudan, looks to continue his career for what would be a 15th NBA campaign after more than nine seasons in Chicago and stints in Cleveland, Miami as well as with the Lakers.He has career averages of 15.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals over 880 NBA games. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Luol Deng #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes to the basket past the defense of Rodney Hood #5 of the Utah Jazz in the first half at Vivint Smart Home Arena on October 28, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah.  AFPLOS ANGELES, United States – Britain’s Luol Deng was waived Saturday by the Los Angeles Lakers, enabling the club to save enough money under NBA salary cap rules to land a top 2019 free agent.The move came on the first day the Lakers could use a waive-and-stretch rule to spread the final year of his salary cap cost over three seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ That will give the Lakers enough money next year to add a maximum-level free agent to play alongside LeBron James as the once-mighty team tries to rebuild around the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player after years of struggles.Deng, 33, played in 57 games for the Lakers over two seasons, averaging 7.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists. But his time was limited since Magic Johnson took charge of the club.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We made this move to further our future salary cap and roster flexibility as we continue to build this Lakers team according to our current overall vision,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said.Next year’s potential free agent market includes Golden State stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson and Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READcenter_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

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FIFA bans Chelsea from signing players through next season

first_imgMOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Fans display a large Chelsea flag as Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, left, hugs Chelsea’s Oliver Giroud who scored his side’s first goal during the round of 32, second leg, Europa League soccer match between Chelsea and Malmo FF at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Thursday Feb. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)Chelsea was banned Friday from signing players until after the 2019-20 season, the latest European power punished by FIFA for flouting rules protecting young talent from premature international moves.FIFA punished the London club owned by Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich for violations of rules regarding the protection of minors that involve 29 players, Chelsea said. FIFA rules provide specific circumstances in which clubs may sign players under 18.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Like Barcelona in 2015 and Atletico Madrid throughout 2017, Chelsea was barred from signing new players for two transfer windows, covering this summer and January 2020. Chelsea already has announced plans to appeal the ban and a fine of 600,000 Swiss francs ($600,000).The Football Association, which has oversight of transfers in England, was fined 510,000 Swiss francs ($510,000) by FIFA and given six months to “address the situation concerning the international transfer and first registration of minors in football,” FIFA said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIn some cases, players under the age of 18 spent time on trial at Chelsea but were not registered with the football authorities, people with knowledge of the case told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss specifics of the case.Part of the FIFA case focused on players exceeding what is considered a reasonable amount of time to be considered a trialist and making return trips to Chelsea, one of the people said. View comments Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chiefcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “The club is extremely disappointed that FIFA has not accepted the club’s submissions in relation to the remaining 29 players,” Chelsea said in a statement. “Chelsea FC acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will shortly be submitting its appeal to FIFA.”The FA is challenging its fine and said it already had “raised some concerns with FIFA regarding its disciplinary processes.”“We will however continue to work with FIFA and Chelsea in a constructive manner to address the issues which are raised by this case,” the FA said in a statement.Both the FA and Chelsea could ultimately challenge any FIFA appeal ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. When Real Madrid received a similar ban in 2016, the sanction was reduced to one transfer window by CAS. But Atletico Madrid failed to cut its punishment covering two transfer windows.Chelsea already finalized one transfer knowing the FIFA verdict was pending. Christian Pulisic was signed for 64 million euros ($73 million) in January and the 20-year-old winger from Hershey, Pennsylvania, was immediately loaned back to Borussia Dortmund for the rest of this season. The German club didn’t have to pay a fee.The transfer ban does not prevent Chelsea from selling players. Winger Eden Hazard, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, has indicated he could look for a transfer at the end of season but he is under contract at Stamford Bridge until the end of the 2019-20 season.Although Chelsea has a strong academy, winning the FA Youth Cup for the last five years, players struggle to graduate to the first team. Chelsea currently has 42 players out on loan to other teams. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Iowa play-by-play man suspended for “King Kong” comment Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying The punishment is the latest blow for Chelsea, which has dropped to sixth in the Premier League and was knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United on Monday. Abramovich, who has transformed the London club since his 2003 takeover, has been unable to travel to Britain since his visa expired at the end of last April.International transfers involving players under 18 are prohibited unless their families had already moved to the new country for non-soccer reasons or they are close to the border of another nation. There is an exception for clubs within the European Union and European Economic Community that allows the transfer of 16- to 18-year-old players provided conditions are met on education and living conditions.It was first reported three years ago that Burkina Faso attacker Bertrand Traore played for Chelsea’s under-18 team in 2011 while still 16. Traore made only 16 appearances for Chelsea’s first team before being sold to Lyon in 2017.FIFA did not detail the specifics of the case against Chelsea, but it said the club also entered into agreements that “allowed it to influence other clubs in transfer-related matters.”Chelsea said it was initially charged over 92 players but no breach was found by FIFA in relation to 63 of them.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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On Liberia’s MCC Success

first_imgThe signing of the US$257 million Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant is a big deal for Liberia. It reinforces two critical development pillars of the Sirleaf administration, Roads and Energy, as it seeks to address binding constraints to growth.The compact negotiated between the two governments will support the GoL fund key projects including the largest contribution to the rehabilitation of the Mt. Coffee Hydro Power Plant, rehabilitation of the water intake and pipeline from Mt. Coffee to Millsburg, construction of regional road maintenance centers in River Gee and Tubmanburg, and construction of a LEC Training Center.Beyond the sheer size of the grant, the single largest bilateral infrastructure aid, it has three other significant implications of interest. First, and as Vice President Joseph Boakai declared, it represents an acknowledgment that in spite of all the challenges and domestic criticisms of the government’s performance records, it has made notable progress in improving the governance landscape. As meeting the MCC eligibility requirements mean a country must score well across key governance indicators, many of which are informed by third party assessments.Matched against the MCC’s own sets of stringent criteria, reaching a pass mark is no mean feat and for the few countries that have made progress in the program’s history, it is always a monumental affair. Therefore, it is uplifting to see that Liberia is being recognized as a “governance success story” even in the face of domestic criticisms.As the Liberia Compact was prepared largely by Liberian professionals working on the ground in Liberia through the direction and leadership of Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh, it goes to show that Liberia despite still suffering the effects of a prolonged civil conflict is blessed with individuals possessing the expertise and courage to successfully engage with an international process of such repute. It is easy to misunderstand what the MCC is especially from a layman’s point of view, but diving deeper into the complex sets of regimes that a country must navigate to be deemed eligible you will appreciate the enormity of work required to even make successive rounds of qualification. And whether you hate or like Konneh, this might be his single most important achievement of his tenure as Liberia’s Minister of Finance.And finally, the MCC grant comes at an opportune time for the country, when considering the severe economic consequences left by Ebola and the less than favorable global economic downturn that could potentially trouble the country’s balance sheet in the near future. Through this assistance, the Liberian government can now air a sigh of relief that one its signature projects, the restoration of the Mount Coffee Hydroelectric dam will happen as hoped. Not many might have known that Ebola in itself had brought an unexpected cost overrun on the Mount Coffee project and also that the GOL was struggling to raise its share of counterpart contribution to the joint fund through which the project was financed. But with this support, those concerns can now be allied at least in the interim.When put together, it can be seen that this grant is a phenomenal life saver for a country so desperately in need of a lift, following a rather terrible disaster as was the Ebola crisis. But while the country dances to the music, we all are consumed by the euphoria forget to acknowledge the hands behind the orchestras set, who worked tirelessly in making what had seem in 2013 as a far-fetched hope to now become a reality in the works. We must applaud Amara Konneh and his team and all his predecessors who worked in making this dream a reality.Indeed Liberia has won!About the authorLawrence Randall is former Executive Director of the African Peer Review Mechanism, Liberia Office. A program development specialist and lawyer with extensive experience in the media and communication sector. Randall has worked in media and civil society for an extended period. He is a student of Public Policy studies at Georgetown University, United States.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Results from the Blizzard Thursday Night Time Trial

first_img-Peter Young is off to race a weekend Omnium in Calgary.-A Blizzard contingent is going to Grande Prairie for a Challenge Cup road race.      www.ferrisfastcycles.com **Submitted      Pat Ferris won the 16 km Baldonnel time trial, Thursday night, with a time of 25:49. Sandy McDonald was second at 26:22 and Les Elliott only 2 seconds back in third. Roger St. Jean was 4th at 26:56 and Richard Wood 5th at 28:43.      Ken Nix was 6th at 29:15, George Gamble 29:40, Sam Keats 29:57, Owen Giebelhaus 30:28 and Brandon Joice 37:03.- Advertisement –      Thanks to Bob Andrews and Larry Joice for timing!      Coming up:-Colter Young placed 16th at the Canada Games road race in PEI and continues with the criterium, coming up next.Advertisementlast_img

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Possible Cold snap this weekend

first_imgAt least one Environment Canada metetorologist is hedging weekend forecast bets of temperatures as low as minus 30.When we talked to him yesterday, Doug Lundquist said this about the local five day forecast… [asset|aid=2221|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e137aa097dd7405d34b2e8c5c3afa2cd-Doug Cold Weekend_1_Pub.mp3]It’s also worth noting, that even if we do hit minus 30 on Saturday, it will not be the coldest December 12th on record since 1942.   That was in 1946, when the low was minus 37 .2 and that was more than three degrees warmer, than the coldest temperature, recorded on this date, which was minus 40.4, in 1977.- Advertisement –last_img

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Mourinho upbeat as Pogba points way for Man Utd in Europe

first_img0Shares0000Jose Mourinho acknowledges Paul Pogba’s winning display as the Frenchman comes off towards the end against Young Boys © AFP / Alain GROSCLAUDEBERN, Switzerland, Sep 20 – With Paul Pogba putting his stamp on games and Jose Mourinho in an upbeat mood, the atmosphere around Manchester United is markedly more relaxed than it was just a few weeks ago.United’s 3-0 win over Young Boys in the Champions League in Bern on Wednesday was not completely straightforward, with the visitors on the back foot before Pogba emerged to score twice in the final 10 minutes of the first half. But Mourinho’s side ended up thoroughly deserving their victory against a team that had won nine out of 10 games this season and were determined to impress on their Champions League group-stage debut.Pogba’s decisive contribution while wearing the captain’s armband also stretched to an assist for Anthony Martial’s third goal in the second half, and his performance came after he stood out on his 100th appearance for the club in last Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Watford.“If someone asks me to do that again, I don’t think it’ll go where it did,” admitted Pogba of his terrific opening goal at the Stade de Suisse, which he followed by scoring a penalty before half-time.“I’m very, very happy to have scored two goals and to have helped decide the game,” said the France star, who has four goals in total this season, three from the spot.The 25-year-old has not always enjoyed a harmonious relationship with Mourinho, being routinely dropped last season.In recent weeks, doubts have been raised about what his agent Mino Raiola might have in mind for Pogba’s future. Yet in Bern, Pogba delivered for his manager.“I don’t think he can score goals every match, but the goal he scored today, the first goal, is not different than the fantastic save (Ben) Foster had in the last match,” Mourinho said of a player who also netted for France in the World Cup final.“If he starts arriving in possible scoring positions that can be a plus for the team, so I am happy with that. The team had good stability in midfield, allowed him to go to these kind of positions.”It is now three straight wins in three away games for United, after Premier League successes at Burnley and Watford.– Delight at Dalot –Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot impressed on his Manchester United debut © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIAfter speculation that he could be sacked in the wake of the 3-0 home loss to Tottenham Hotspur last month, the Portuguese’s mood has changed for the better.He expressed delight at teenager Diogo Dalot’s debut performance at right-back, was full of praise for Luke Shaw, and left the Stade de Suisse press room joking with reporters.“At half-time I told the players it is the third time in a row we arrive at half-time winning 2-0 — against Burnley we didn’t finish off but we didn’t concede, against Watford we concede and we were in trouble,” he said.Martial rounded out the win by marking his first start in a month by netting his first goal since January.The manager added: “I think our best period was exactly the period in the second half where we scored our third goal and we killed the game.“In the second half the players were responsible, they were ambitious, so I liked that.“But what I like most is that after two defeats, three matches away, and three victories — I don’t say phenomenal performances but three good, solid performances, and let’s go back home Saturday.”Wolverhampton Wanderers are up next, while United are also at home in their next Champions League game against Valencia.A win against the Spaniards will be a big step towards the last 16 before a double-header against Juventus, as United seek to improve in Europe following last season’s exit to Sevilla in the first knockout round.“We had a tough season in the Champions League last season — we want to do much better this season,” Pogba insisted.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Ole in search of derby revival after Everton embarrassment

first_imgThat led to an impassioned outburst from former United captain Gary Neville, who described the performance as “rancid” in his role as television pundit.And, while Solskjaer was in wholehearted agreement with his former team mate, the United manager believes that facing title-chasing City at Old Trafford on Wednesday offers his under-achieving players the chance to atone as they continue their quest for a Champions League place.“Against City at Old Trafford on Wednesday, that’s the biggest incentive we can have,” said Solskjaer when asked how he could lift his players.“Old Trafford at home, in front of our fantastic fans, they were unbelievable again and they never ever moaned at our players, which they could have, but they’ve been supportive and I’m sure they will be on Wednesday night.”– ‘Has to mean more’ –Among many areas of criticism, the desire and fitness of United’s players was questioned by their manager, who was equally baffled when asked whether his team had been shamed by the performance.“I don’t know, you’ve got to ask them,” he said. “I’ve said to them, you’re not going to get the answer from me but if you want to play at this club, it has to mean more.“I want them to be the hardest working team, that’s what we were under Sir Alex (Ferguson). You ran more than everyone, every single week, a shift up and down that pitch for your team-mates.“We can’t change the whole squad, it has to be one step at a time but I said all along, I’m going to be successful here and there are players who won’t be part of that successful team.”Everton took the lead after 12 minutes when Lucas Digne launched a long throw deep into the United area, Dominic Calvert-Lewin helped the ball on with the flick of his head and Richarlison was well placed to send a spectacular scissor kick finish flying past David de Gea.After a humbling 3-0 Champions League exit at Barcelona in midweek, it was not the start Solskjaer had been looking for and it did not take long for Everton to make the situation worse.After 28 minutes, Everton cleared a United corner and immediately broke on the counter-attack, with winger Bernard playing a delightful ball inside to Idrissa Gueye.He, in turn, released Sigurdsson who, with Nemanja Matic curiously backing off and allowing him space, unleashed a magnificent 25-yard shot which bounced just in front of the diving de Gea on its way into the bottom corner.And the game was effectively killed off in the 56th minute when a Sigurdsson corner was punched clear by de Gea and the unmarked Digne sent a magnificent, first-time volley flying back past the United keeper from 20 yards.Even though Richarlison had limped off through injury, the agony was not over for United with the Brazilian’s replacement Walcott completing the rout in the 64th minute.Sigurdsson again carved out the opening with a brilliantly-timed through ball which allowed the former England international the space to sprint into the area and beat the advancing de Gea.Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (L) and defender Chris Smalling (R) react after Theo Walcott scores Everton’s fourth goal © AFP / Oli SCARFFNot until the 86th minute, and a tame Anthony Martial shot directly at the keeper, did United even produce a shot on target.“That performance is not good enough for a Manchester United team, all the way from me to the players,” added Solskjaer.“We know we let the fans and the club down today because that performance is difficult to describe because it’s so bad, they beat us on all the basics.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000‘Sorry’ – Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to apologise to his side’s fans after a 4-0 defeat by Everton at Goodison Park © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 21 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer questioned his players’ desire to play for Manchester United after a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Everton but immediately challenged them to prove him wrong in Wednesday’s derby meeting with Manchester City.United fell to a fifth successive away defeat, for the first time in 38 years, thanks to goals from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott.last_img read more

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Faroe Islands 1-3 Northern Ireland: Michael O’Neill’s side on the brink of France 2016 qualification

first_img1 Gareth McAuley was the hero as his brace put Northern Ireland one win away from a place at France 2016 after beating the Faroe Islands.McAuley gave the visitors the lead in the first half before Jóan Símun Edmundsson levelled the scores at half time.Edmundsson then saw red for a second yellow card before McAuley and Kyle Lafferty scored to put the men in green on the brink of qualification.Northern Ireland started strongly and found themselves a goal ahead after only 12 minutes when McAuley craned his neck to head in Oliver Norwood’s swooping cross to settle any early nerves.Some poor defending almost let the Faroe Islands back into the game as McAuley nearly turned villain after almost slicing the ball into his own net.The hosts grew into the game as the first half wore on and were rewarded after yet more awful defending from Northern Ireland.Stuart Dallas took too many touches, dallied on the ball for too long and had his pocket picked with Edmundsson finishing from close range after a smart pass was played across the six-year box.After half time Northern Ireland looked to restore their lead as Dallas – who was at fault for the goal – fired his shot over the bar.Norwood then tried his luck as he cut in from the flank but despite the promising position, he was unable to bag his first international goal and dragged his shot wide.Edmundsson then picked up his second yellow card of the match after 65 minutes when he slid into a challenge with Norwood late when stretching for the ball leaving the referee with no option and Michael O’Neill’s side with a fantastic chance to get the three points.And it did not take long for the men in green to make the numerical advantage count as, on 71 minutes, McAuley finished for his second of the night with another header, this time from Chris Brunt’s free kick.Lafferty, who was playing in his first game of the season, got Northern Ireland’s third of the night just four minutes later after a lovely pull back from Josh Magennis.The victory means that Northern Ireland will make certain of their place at next year’s tournament with a win against Hungary on Monday. Gareth McAuley last_img read more

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