Mourinho: I did expect Man Utd strugglesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he expected this season’s struggles.However, he admits he did hope to be in a better position at this stage of the season.Mourinho told Sky Sports, “[It has not gone] as good as we thought. But I predicted in the summer that the season was going to be very difficult for us.”I felt this from the summer, our second position last season was a fantastic achievement, and people thought that because we finished second, the next season you will be in a situation where you are going to try to do better, and to do better than second is to be champion.”But I thought that the situation was not that, and I thought the second position was really a fantastic season by all of us, and that this season was going to be very, very difficult, because the teams that were behind us, potentially shouldn’t be, and on top of that, they had a great improvement in their teams.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Wanyama agent discusses Spurs exit talkby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Victor Wanyama has eased talk of leaving Tottenham.The midfielder has been linked with Roma in Italy.The 27-year-old Kenya international is under contract with Spurs until June 2021.“There is no possibility of Victor leaving Tottenham in January, but we’ll see after that,” agent Ivan Modia Yanez told LaRoma24.it.“I have not had contact with Monchi regarding this issue.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Keita likely return as Liverpool issue injury update for MK Dons tripby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNaby Keita looks likely to make his Liverpool return against Milton Keynes Dons in the Carabao Cup third-round on Wednesday.Reds assistant Pep Ljinders also confirmed Xherdan Shaqiri would miss the match with a calf injury.”Yes [Keita may return]. I will not give the team but he is in a really good way… he is an important player, so hopefully we can use him in the next weeks and hopefully tomorrow will be a day where he can shine,” the Reds’ assistant manager said.He added: “Yesterday [Tuesday], towards the end of training, Shaq felt his calf stiffen up a little bit.”He couldn’t continue and a scan showed he had a little tear there. We need to wait a couple of days, but for sure he is not in contention for tomorrow. He needs some rest, so he will not be involved.”Sadio Mane, Divock Origi and Alisson Becker will definitely miss the game.
Brighton boss Potter: Leeds a good loan for Whiteby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter is delighted with the progress of their loan players.Potter believes Albion have found the right loan deals for various players, including Ben White at Leeds United.Potter said: “The guys have done well here in terms of what loan opportunities our players have had.“Ben White at Leeds has a great opportunity to work with Bielsa and compete in the Championship in front of a big and hostile crowd so good for him.” Meanwhile, Brighton defender Haydon Roberts played the full 90 minutes as the under-18s won 1-0 away to Slovakia under-19s in a friendly. TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Drogba backs Liverpool star Mane to win Ballon D’Orby Freddie Taylor15 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveChampions League winner Didier Drogba has backed Sadio Mane to win the Ballon D’Or this season.Mane was included in the 30-man shortlist earlier this week along with six of his Liverpool teammates.George Weah is the only African to have previously won the award, but Drogba is backing Mane to add his name to that list.”For the CAN, the Champions League, and the championship,” the former Chelsea striker said when asked why the 27-year-old was favourite. “What he does in the Premier League, very few players are able to do it.”Asked if he felt Mane could succeed Weah, Drogba added: “Yes it is possible, but it would have been possible well before.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say SNAPPED: Gladbach enjoy winding up Smalling after Roma handballby Paul Vegas3 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Monchengladbach enjoyed winding up Roma defender Chris Smalling after a penalty was wrongly awarded against the Manchester United loanee.Smalling , who is on loan at Roma, jumped to defend a free-kick as the clock ticked into the 93rd minute in their Europa league clash against Monchengladbach on Thursday.Replays showed that the ball hit him full in the face – but he and his Roma team-mates were then stunned as Scottish referee Willie Collum awarded a penalty, judging Smalling to have handled the ball.Lars Stindl fired home the spot-kick for Moenchengladbach, earning the visitors a 1-1 draw and a potentially crucial point.And Monchengladbach were quick to poke fun at the incident, with the club’s Twitter account posting a picture of character with a hand for a head along with the message: ‘Too soon?’Too soon? pic.twitter.com/s6bpV5RM9f— Gladbach (@borussia_en) October 24, 2019
The Gold Cup final that Mexico and U.S. national team fans were hoping for is finally here, and Sunday’s final will be an opportunity for players from both teams to cap the strong tournaments they have already put together.The United States has won all five of its matches at the Gold Cup, allowing just one goal along the way while scoring a tournament-best 15. Gregg Berhalter’s squad has helped ease the fears generated by two pre-Gold Cup defeats to Jamaica and Venezuela, though struggles against Curacao in the quarterfinals rekindled some of the concerns about whether the Americans have the quality to defeat Mexico in the final.It hasn’t been all smooth sailing for El Tri either, with Tata Martino’s squad needing a penalty shootout to hold off Costa Rica in the quarterfinals and overtime to eliminate Haiti in the semifinals. Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Despite those difficult matches, Mexico has shown the individual quality expected when the Gold Cup began, with some familiar faces shining, and some new ones impressing.The same can be said for the USMNT, which has had some relatively new faces step up into prominent roles and enjoy breakout tournaments.Which American and Mexican players have enjoyed the best Gold Cups so far? Here are Goal’s selections for the combined USA-Mexico Gold Cup XI:
Marcus Rashford accepts the controversial expletive-laden social media video posted by Manchester United team-mate Jesse Lingard while the pair were on holiday was “a mistake”.Lingard attracted negative headlines after he uploaded a video touring the unkempt Miami apartment he, Rashford and friends were staying in last month.England international Lingard was criticised for using inappropriate language in the clip, with former United captain Gary Neville referring to him as “a bit of a prat”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare It is claimed Lingard posted the video by accident, though he still attracted plenty of scorn for the language and behaviour on display.#MUTour pic.twitter.com/XAPQwY7x7D— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) July 9, 2019The United squad is back together following their end-of-season break, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men preparing for friendlies in Australia, but Rashford says he has not been spoken to by his manager.”I haven’t spoken to the manager about it,” Rashford told reporters in Perth.”From what I saw of it, people have to understand that he was enjoying his holiday and it was a mistake.”There’s not really much I can say about that.”The Red Devils will be hoping for a much improved 2018-19 campaign after a disappointing sixth place Premier League finish in May.Solskjaer’s side won just two of their final 12 matches across all competitions and ultimately missed out on Champions League qualification.Meanwhile, noisy neighbours Manchester City won an unprecedented domestic treble and arch-rivals Liverpool lifted a sixth European Cup, to rub salt in United’s wounds.When asked if he was hurt watching the two sides earn silverware while United ended up empty-handed, Rashford responded: “For me, yeah. That just puts an even bigger challenge to us. We never shy away from a challenge, we have to move forward as a team.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates his seventy-four yard touchdown throw during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)There’s no doubt about it: Alabama football is getting absolutely worked by Clemson tonight.The Tigers lead 44-16 midway through the fourth quarter and just turned Alabama over on downs after a few big plays by the Crimson Tide.It is hard to imagine a situation in which Alabama can come back with just 12:17 left on the clock.With a win, the Tigers will even up the recent run of national championship games against Alabama at two a piece.With all of the young talent on the field for both sides, no one would be terrible shocked to see a fifth edition of this title game next season.Oddsmakers seem to think it is a huge possibility as well.Clemson football is the favorite, followed by Alabama, to win the 2020 national championship as well.Jeff Sherman of SuperBookUSA tweeted update odds moments ago, with Clemson at 9/5, followed by Alabama at 5/2.2020 College Football National Championship Game winnerClemson 9/5Alabama 5/2Ohio St 12/1Georgia 12/1Michigan 14/1Oklahoma 15/1Texas 20/1Nebraska 25/1Washington 25/1Florida 25/1Notre Dame 25/1Oregon 30/1Wisconsin 50/1LSU 50/1Mississippi St 50/1Auburn 50/1— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) January 8, 2019That makes those two teams stark favorites, ahead of Ohio State and Georgia all the way down at 12/1.It is almost hard to fathom yet another rematch, but both teams return so much freshman and sophomore firepower, with the primary losses coming in the two teams’ front sevens.If we do get the rematch again, hopefully Tua Tagovailoa can keep pace with Trevor Lawrence and company. Tonight’s game has gotten out of hand.
MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners carries the ball in the third quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Despite all the concerns surrounding Kyler Murray and his height, the dual-threat quarterback could become a first-round pick in the NFL Draft.While Murray will have to limit the amount of times he exposes himself to big hits, the Heisman Trophy winner has all the tools to succeed in the league. His arm strength, athleticism and toughness are all qualities that quarterbacks need.Although the NFL Combine will be crucial to determine the Oklahoma star’s value, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. already has Murray being the No. 13 overall pick.The Miami Dolphins have made it clear that Ryan Tannehill isn’t their franchise quarterback, which puts them in the market for a new signal-caller.With Kiper’s projections having Dwayne Haskins going to the New York Giants in the top 10, the best available prospect at the position would be Murray.If teams can look past his 5-foot-10 frame, then perhaps the Dolphins will jump at the opportunity to add one of the most polarizing athletes in all of sports.Here is Kiper’s explanation for Murray being selected early in the draft:.@MelKiperESPN has Kyler Murray taken in the top 15 in his Mock Draft 1.0Here’s why: pic.twitter.com/7IvfzJIptO— First Take (@FirstTake) January 17, 2019The AFC East already consists of two young quarterbacks in Sam Darnold and Josh Allen. It’d make sense for Miami to begin its rebuild and find its next leader.After having one of the best seasons in college football history, it only makes sense for Murray to go in the first round. However, there will definitely be skeptics ready to cast doubt on his future.Murray still hasn’t 100 percent committed to football, either. It’s still possible he could pursue baseball and a career with the Oakland A’s.