10 months agoMan Utd legend Neville: Pogba danced on Mourinho’s grave

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Pogba danced on Mourinho’s graveby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says Paul Pogba was “dancing on the grave” of Jose Mourinho yesterday.Pogba posted to his social media channels a photo of himself smirking shortly after the announcement of Mourinho’s departure from Old Trafford.Adidas claimed the promotional post was booked in advance, but Neville isn’t buying their excuse.”Manchester United are a better team with Paul Pogba in it,” Neville told Sky Sports.”That’s the first thing to say – he has huge talent, I actually have belief in him as a player. I actually liked him when he was at the club as a player as a kid, it’s not a personal thing.”Paul Pogba, there is no doubt, has fallen out with the manager. He doesn’t believe in him, he doesn’t like him, he doesn’t think he’s a good coach probably, and vice-versa.”Jose Mourinho doesn’t think Paul Pogba is as good a player as he thinks he is. There’s been a complete breakdown in the last six months between the pair of them, probably [over the last] year.”I do believe that dancing on the grave of the manager who has just been sacked is out of order.”Jose Mourinho lost his job and Paul Pogba and his people put that Instagram post out – don’t fall for this coincidence scheduled tweet nonsense, it’s garbage, absolute garbage.” last_img read more

10 months agoEverton fullback Digne delighted with Burnley reaction

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everton fullback Digne delighted with Burnley reactionby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton fullback Lucas Digne says the club were grateful to respond quickly after a heavy defeat to Tottenham Hotspur before Christmas. The Toffees responded to the 6-2 defeat on Sunday by demolishing Burnley.Marco Silva’s men embarrassed the Clarets 5-1 at Turf Moor and Digne, who scored twice in the match, was delighted with the character shown by his teammates.”We needed to react and we reacted very well,” said Digne. “Sunday was a bad day and we needed to prove we could react very fast. We had the opportunity today and it was fantastic. “We needed to start very well. After 30 minutes, to be 3-0 up was great. But at 3-1 we can still let them back into the game but we reacted very well and got the fourth and fifth goals.”It was an important victory for the fans and the Club, too. “The last four years [at PSG, Barcelona and Roma] I’ve had five days or one week off [at this time of year] but I prefer to play in front of the fans and in front of my family. It’s perfect for Christmas.” last_img read more

9 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp blocks Origi sale

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp blocks Origi saleby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp has blocked Divock Origi’s departure from Liverpool. The Belgian striker is wanted by Wolves, West Ham and Fulham.However, following Dominic Solanke’s transfer to Bournemouth, Klopp is not keen on losing any more of his attacking options, according to the Liverpool Echo.Liverpool had been open to selling the 23-year-old, who they value at £20million.Origi has scored 23 goals in 81 appearances for the Merseyside club. last_img

a month agoREVEALED: Valencia made offer to Mourinho

first_imgREVEALED: Valencia made offer to Mourinhoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was approached by Valencia earlier this month.Before the appointment of Albert Celades – after the sacking of Marcelino – Mourinho is being discussed inside the club’s boardroom.Superdeporte says VCF owner Peter Lim would have made an attempt for Mourinho. Before formalising the dismissal of Marcelino on September 11, Lim put in a call to the ex-Real Madrid coach. But no agreement was found, despite the good relations between the two. The Valencians were also interested in Leonardo Jardim, a former VCF coach, who is in trouble at AS Monaco. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

19 days agoChelsea boss Lampard tells Pulisic to fight for place

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard tells Pulisic to fight for placeby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has told Christian Pulisic to fight for his place.Some in the USA have accused the Chelsea boss of favouritism because he is picking young English players ahead of the big-money signing from Pennsylvania.But Lampard said: “This is one of my difficult problems in this job, that I have good players and everyone has a story.“Christian Pulisic has a price-tag, Ross Barkley is an international player, Mason Mount is an international player.“Callum Hudson-Odoi has just signed a new contract, Bayern Munich wanted to buy him last summer, he is an international player.“Ruben Loftus-Cheek will come back and be an international player — and I can’t pick them all in the game, unfortunately.“All I have to demand of them is that they show me in training or show me in the game when they get the chances to play that they are worthy of their place.“That’s not to make me sound like a hard taskmaster, that’s just a brutal reality of my job. Next week I might be asked about two other names.”Lampard gave the USA international a chance against Grimsby in the Carabao Cup — and the implication is that he did not take it.Boss Lamps said: “I spoke to him two days before the Grimsby game and was very clear about the standards.“And we have to give him the fact he has moved country, moved leagues and is as young as all the young players we keep talking about. He has just turned 21.“What he needs to do is work daily and work to show within the group that he deserves to play.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

16 days ago​Mustafi annoyed by Arsenal legend Petit: He should know better

first_img​Mustafi annoyed by Arsenal legend Petit: He should know betterby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is not happy with club legend Emmanuel Petit.The German defender spoke at length about how he felt that he was blamed for defeats, even when they were not his fault.And among those who spoke negatively about him in public, he singled out French World Cup winner Petit for particular criticism.”That annoyed me a lot [Petit calling him the king of blunders],” he told Der Spiegel. “It’s the one thing when fans or media criticise you. But it’s a different story when an ex-player who knows how hard it is on the field sometimes says so.”I expect such players to be more sensitive and realise what this sharply worded critique can trigger. In the past, that might have been in the paper one day, and then people would have forgotten it. Today it’s on the Internet and will haunt me for the rest of my career.”Former players like Petit should not have to make a name for themselves by making condescending comments about current players.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

14 days agoTottenham legend Waddle: Pochettino must fix back four

first_imgTottenham legend Waddle: Pochettino must fix back fourby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur legend Chris Waddle says Mauricio Pochettino must start by fixing his defence if he wants to turn around their poor run of form.Pochettino has been thrown under pressure after Spurs’ terrible start to the season, which has seen them win 3 games from 11 matches across all competitions.Speaking to racingpost.com, Waddle said: “Tottenham have the best training ground in the country and probably the best stadium in the world, it’s certainly the best I’ve ever been to. Everything is geared towards success. But success is determined on the pitch.”There are key players who will soon be out of contract. You don’t see that with Liverpool or Manchester City. Big clubs nail down long-term deals for their best players.”Looking at the back four, Serge Aurier wanted to leave but they kept him and got rid of Kieran Trippier, who didn’t want to leave. Toby Alderweireld is out of contract, Jan Vertonghen wants a new deal and defence is a weakness for Spurs. It doesn’t help that they play very high.”Alli was poor last season and Lucas Moura is a hit-and-miss player. Christian Eriksen is running down his contract and should never have been allowed to get in that position.”The Champions League and new stadium should have been a stepping stone but Spurs have lost confidence and shape – the system which was working before isn’t now. Playing against them at the moment is very easy.”For what Mauricio Pochettino has done at the club, he has to be given time. The club must sit him down and ask him what he needs.”If it means signing five players then that’s what it takes. If it means playing on the counter-attack against big teams then so be it. They can’t keep playing so high or they’ll be carved apart. Tottenham need to finish in the top four – it’s as simple as that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

2 days agoJuventus veteran Mandzukic slashes terms to make Man Utd move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus veteran Mandzukic slashes terms to make Man Utd moveby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus veteran Mario Mandzukic has slashed his £300,000-a-week wage demands in half.Mandzukic is wanted by Manchester United in a £10million January deal, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperate for a striker, says The Sun.The 33-year-old was on the brink of an Old Trafford switch in the summer, but it collapsed over his salary.But Mandzukic wants to move to United, and will now take around £150,000-a-week to make that happen.The Croatian ace also has offers from Qatar, which he is happy to reject in favour of the Premier League.An Old Trafford source said: “His reps have been in contact and are willing to change their demands.”There will be other bonuses factored into the deal. It looks like one that could get done now.”Ole has long been an admirer of him and he is someone we have wanted for a number of years.”His experience could prove vital for the younger players in the squad. He is also a proven goalscorer.” last_img read more

Bayern blow as Ribery suffers hamstring injury

first_imgFranck Ribery appears set for a spell on the sidelines after Bayern Munich confirmed the winger suffered a hamstring injury at their training camp in Doha.The 35-year-old, who has four Bundesliga goals in 14 appearances this season, sustained the problem during a practice match in the club’s warm-weather camp in Qatar.Bayern are yet to place a timescale on the Frenchman’s recovery, announcing that he will be out of action “for the time being”. 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 German giants said in a fitness update on their official website: “Bayern’s mid-season training camp in Doha ended with the unfortunate news that Franck Ribery is facing a spell on the sidelines after tearing a hamstring in Wednesday’s evening’s internal friendly match between members of the Bayern squad.”Arjen Robben (recovering from a thigh injury) and Corentin Tolisso (sports rehab after rupturing a cruciate) are also unable to train with the team at present.”Ribery was fined by the club last week after publishing a foul-mouthed tweet hitting back at those who accused him of flaunting his wealth in uploading a video of himself with a gold-coated steak in an exclusive Dubai restaurant.The Frenchman said: “Let’s start with the envious, the angry, the people that have been spawned from a broken condom. F*ck your mothers, your grandmothers and even your family tree.“I owe you nothing, my success is thanks to god, myself and my family and friends who believed in me. The others were always merely stones in my shoes.”He added: “Secondly, to the pseudo-journalists that always criticised me and my actions (last example, the price of my food!).“When I give [to charity] (because I’ve been taught to always give when I receive a lot) why no big national media is talking about it?“You would rather talk about the vacation that I spent with my family, you watch my every move, what I eat and so on… You’re always here for this kind of futility.”last_img read more

Report: Portugal 3 Switzerland 1

first_imgA stunning hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo fired Portugal into the final of the Nations League with a 3-1 victory over Switzerland in Porto.A closely fought contest at Estadio do Dragao was settled by the individual brilliance of the host nation’s captain, who opened the scoring in the first half before striking twice in two minutes just as extra time looked likely.Switzerland looked the better team for long spells and deservedly drew level after half-time thanks to Ricardo Rodriguez’s penalty, which was awarded in remarkable circumstances after a Portugal spot-kick was overturned by VAR. 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? But Ronaldo ensured Portugal will contest the final of this inaugural competition against either England or Netherlands on Sunday thanks to two stunning pieces of finishing in the closing moments.53 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Switzerland was his 7th for Portugal and his 53rd for club and country. Ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/xkmewmQsut— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 5, 2019Xherdan Shaqiri and Haris Seferovic each missed presentable openings as Switzerland started the stronger.They were made to rue those misses 25 minutes in. Ronaldo, having won a free-kick thanks to a robust challenge from Kevin Mbabu, fired the ball past a messy wall and into the bottom-right corner beyond the static Yann Sommer.There was a further chance for Seferovic, whose half-volley from Mbabu’s cross clipped the crossbar, and Joao Felix spurned an opportunity to mark his debut with a goal when Ronaldo played him through.Switzerland drew level 12 minutes after the restart, though – and in extraordinary fashion.Portugal were awarded a penalty after Bernardo Silva was clearly fouled by Fabian Schar, but referee Felix Brych overturned the decision and awarded a spot-kick to Switzerland as, earlier in the same passage of play, Nelson Semedo made the slightest of contact with Steven Zuber and tripped him in the box. Rodriguez dispatched the ball from 12 yards despite Rui Patricio’s best efforts.There was a further blow to Portugal when Pepe went off with an arm injury, and Switzerland began to look the most likely to snatch a winner, with Shaqiri causing particular problems and Mbabu setting up chances for Zuber and Renato Steffen.But Ronaldo came to his side’s aid when it mattered most. He struck his second goal with a low first-time finish from a Silva cut-back, and he added a third in the 90th minute, racing into the penalty area, bamboozling Manuel Akanji and rifling past Sommer. What does it mean? Portugal are favourites with Ronaldo on formPortugal were outperformed at times by Switzerland but, with Ronaldo in this sort of mood, they are the favourites to win almost any match. The Juventus star might find things tougher against the English or Dutch defences, but there is little reason to bet against him making his mark in the final.Ronaldo still setting the standardThis was not his finest all-round display by any means, but when you can score goals like that, it rarely matters. This was his seventh international hat-trick and 53rd of his career, showing he remains the man around whom Fernando Santos must build his team.Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored against 38 different countries in international football! #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/TOunPMkb4k— UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) June 5, 2019Felix freezes in the spotlightThe much-hyped 19-year-old struggled badly to make an impact on his international debut, sending his only half-chance wildly over the bar.Key Opts Facts- Portugal have won five of their last eight games against Switzerland (D1 L2), despite conceding in six of those matches.- Portugal have lost just one of their last 16 games across all competitions (W6 D9) and are unbeaten since a 2-1 defeat against Uruguay in the 2018 World Cup (P9 W4 D5 L0 since).- Cristiano Ronaldo’s 53rd hat-trick for club and country (seven for Portugal) ended his four-game goalless streak at international level. He has now scored five goals in six previous semi-final appearances for Portugal (including World Cup, Euros, Confederations Cup and Nations League).- Two of Ronaldo’s last five goals for Portugal have come from direct free-kicks; only two of his previous 52 goals prior to this were scored in the same manner. – Five of Ricardo Rodriguez’s last six goals for Switzerland have come from the penalty spot, including each of his last three.What’s next?Portugal are back in Porto for the final on Sunday. Switzerland will meet the loser of Netherlands’ clash with England in the third-place play-off in Guimaraes. read morelast_img read more