Transfers Liverpool and Newcastle target Trapp planning PSG stay Sacha Pisani 15:34 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AFP Transfers Liverpool PSG Ligue 1 Αμιάν v PSG Coupe de la Ligue Newcastle United Premier League The Germany international, who is struggling for game time with the French giants, is not interested in securing a switch during the January window Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp is happy to stay at the French giants for now as he continues to attract interest from the Premier League.Liverpool have been linked with out-of-favour Trapp, who has only made two Ligue 1 appearances after falling behind Alphonse Areola.Newcastle United are also believed to be interested in the 27-year-old Germany international, albeit via a loan deal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Trapp is only focused on winning over head coach Unai Emery and playing for PSG ahead of the World Cup in Russia.”For now, I want to stay,” Trapp said following PSG’s 2-0 win over 10-man Amiens in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue. “I am in Paris, even though I do not have enough playing time. “There are things that cannot be changed. As soon as I play, I want to do my best. I want to show that even with this lack of playing time, I am able to play well. The goal after the season is the World Cup.”Mission accomplished #ASCPSG @CoupedelaLigue#AllezParis pic.twitter.com/Fv1rGTYalp— PSG English (@PSG_English) January 10, 2018Trapp was named in the starting XI midweek as PSG reached the semi-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue, earning a meeting with Rennes.Neymar and Adrien Rabiot were among the goals – with the former producing a bizarre celebration – while axed pair Edinson Cavani and Javier Pastore were absent.”We’re very happy, because we’re going to play a Coupe de la Ligue semi-final,” Emery said. “We put in a serious display. We were quickly with a man over and – with patience – we worked to score the first goal.”Little by little, the match turned in our favour. Amiens pushed, but we didn’t give them many chances. So we’re through to the semi-finals, and I think we deserved it, just like the other three teams still in it.”In the next round, we’ll meet Rennes again. Of course, we would have preferred to play at home, but we’ll have to secure our place in the final. Before the holidays and last Sunday, we won there, so we’ll go to Roazhon Park with the same goal.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Western Sydney Wanderers v Newcastle Jets Western Sydney Wanderers 2 Newcastle Jets 2: Nabbout stunner earns point Tom Webber 19:57 2/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images Western Sydney Wanderers v Newcastle Jets Newcastle Jets Western Sydney Wanderers A-League Andrew Nabbout scored a stunning equaliser but Newcastle Jets had to settle for a point against Western Sydney Wanderers. Newcastle Jets missed a chance to further consolidate second place in the A-League despite Andrew Nabbout scoring a stunner in a 2-2 draw against Western Sydney Wanderers that included multiple key VAR uses.Nabbout’s fine finish into the top-left corner earned the Jets a share of the spoils against the Wanderers – who were awarded a second penalty of the match following a controversial handball decision – but only extended their advantage over third-placed Melbourne City to five points, while leaders Sydney FC now hold an 11-point advantage.AdChoices广告Western Sydney had what they thought was the opener chalked off when Chris Ikonomidis was adjudged offside following a video review, but Nikolai Topor-Stanley’s block on Marcelo Carrusca enabled Oriol Riera to slot home from the spot three minutes later. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player After Nigel Boogaard saw his header come back off the bar, Dimitri Petratos got Newcastle level with a lovely strike into the top-right corner in the 48th minute.Referee Peter Green awarded a second spot-kick when he deemed Topor-Stanley handled a ricochet in the area and, after checking footage of the incident, upheld the decision and Riera converted his second of the match from 12 yards.It took just 80 seconds for the Jets to restore parity, though. Nabbout dribbled in from the right and curled a marvellous effort with the outside of his right foot inside the far post.It looked like Jason Hoffman had found Newcastle a winner three minutes later, but the goal was ruled out for a foul on Vedran Janjetovic, who pushed the ball inside his own net under pressure from the right-back.We share the points after an enthralling second stanza! #WSWvNEW pic.twitter.com/trCdZ4Mph3— NEWCASTLE JETS FC (@NewcastleJetsFC) February 16, 2018
MLS NYCFC’s 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 03:55 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Brad Penner MLS New York City Patrick Vieira has enjoyed two successful seasons in the Bronx, but anything short of a title will be a disappointment for the David Villa-led squad Last summer it didn’t seem like too much of a stretch to see New York City FC as a full-blown MLS Cup contender, if not favorite. David Villa was scoring in bunches, the midfield was clicking, and the defense was holding up well.Then a slump came at the worst possible time, with NYCFC managing just one win in its last seven regular season matches before being eliminated by a red-hot Columbus Crew side in the Eastern Conference playoff semifinals. That sudden slide, and premature exit cast a shadow over what had the makings of a special season.The reality is NYCFC still finished with the second best record in the league, even with the late-season swoon, and Patrick Vieira’s club has been aggressive in revamping its roster to try and close the gap on a Toronto FC squad widely regarded as the best to ever play in MLS. Vieira enters his third season in charge, and finds himself with the deepest and strongest team he has had in New York since his arrival. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With key additions like Jesus Medina and Anton Tinnerholm, NYCFC will once again be a title contender, and David Villa and his squad have the weapons to finish the job they fell short of accomplishing a year ago.How did New York City FC perform in 2017?2017 finish: Second in Eastern Conference (16-9-9), lost in the Eastern Conference semifinalsFew teams in MLS were more dangerous when in top form than NYCFC, and Patrick Vieira’s squad hit a good stride during the summer months, posting a pair of wins against the New York Red Bulls, while also defeating the Seattle Sounders. Yankee Stadium was a fortress, with just two losses out of 17 matches. A late-season slide saw the team manage just one win in its final seven regular-season matches, form that proved costly in the playoff loss to the Crew.New York City FC’s key offseason lossesJack Harrison enjoyed a breakout 2017, and figured to be a big part of NYCFC’s plans this season, but that was before interest in his services reached a fever pitch in England. Manchester City’s transfer acquisition of Harrison sets up NYCFC to land a significant transfer windfall if he is sold again this summer.Harrison is the only key starter who left the team this winter. Defenders Ethan White and Frederic Brillant saw significant minutes last season, but that was more down to injuries. They are both gone, as are forwards Sean Okoli and Khiry Shelton, with Shelton having been traded away after having been the first draft pick in NYCFC history.Andrea Pirlo retiring wasn’t exactly a surprise, and as much as the Italian legend was beloved by fans, he provided little in 2017.New York City FC’s key offseason additionsYoung Paraguayan winger Jesus Medina arrives with plenty of hype as one of the better young prospects in South America. The 20-year-old steps right into the starting right wing role vacated by Jack Harrison, and NYCFC will be banking on that swap being an upgrade.A move that could be just as important, but isn’t generating much attention, is the signing of Anton Tinnerholm. The reigning Swedish League defender of the year steps in and provides a significant upgrade at right back, a position NYCFC filled with patchwork solutions last season.Revamping the team’s forward depth was a priority, and Swedish striker Jo Inge Berget will be called on to provide support behind David Villa. Ismael Tajouri offers some depth on the wings, while former VfB Stuttgart Ebenezer Ofori will offer a strong challenge to Alexander Ring and Yangel Herrera in the defensive midfield slots.Benin international Cedric Hountondji steps in and gives NYCFC some needed depth in central defense, while Saad Abdul-Salaam arrives from Sporting Kansas City to provide depth at right back.Full New York City FC roster entering 2018 seasonGoalkeepers: Jeff Caldwell, Sean Johnson, Andre Rawls, Brad StuverDefenders: Saad Abdul-Salaam, Kwame Awuah, Alexander Callens, Maxime Chanot, Cedric Hountondji, Ronald Matarrita, Ben Sweat, Anton TinnerholmMidfielders: Yangel Herrera, Thomas McNamara, Jesus Medina, Maxi Moralez, Ebenezer Ofori, Alexander Ring, James Sands, Rodney WallaceForwards: Jo Inge Berget, Jonathan Lewis, Ismael Tajouri, David VillaNew York City FC’s projected starting lineupFrom a talent standpoint, there are few starting lineups in the league as balanced as NYCFC’s, but what stands out this year compared to last year is the depth the team has added at multiple positions. Left back Sweat and right back Abdul-Salaam could start for some teams in MLS, but they are the backups on a team with two international starters.Bringing back Herrera for a second year was huge, with the Venezuelan having impressed in his first season. He will have some competition for playing time with veteran midfielder Ofori. An injury-hit season left Matarrita on the sidelines for most of what was supposed to be a breakout season, but it was instead a big year for Sweat, who thrived in Matarrita’s place. Now fully healthy, Matarrita should retain his former job.Another area of depth that Vieira will love is at forward, where Norwegian striker Berget should give his coach the option to play him alongside Villa, as well as allowing Villa to cut down some of his minutes to keep him fresh for the full season.Former first-round pick Lewis should some impressive flashes as a rookie in 2017, and it will be interesting to see how he develops, and if he can push for more minutes.New York City FC’s national TV coverageSporting Kansas City vs. New York City FC – Sunday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1New York City FC vs. Orlando City – Saturday, March 17, at 3:30 p.m. ET on UnivisionSan Jose Earthquakes vs. New York City FC – Saturday, March 31, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2Atlanta United vs. New York City FC – Sunday, April 15, at 6 p.m. ET on FS1Portland Timbers vs. New York City FC – Sunday, April 22, at 6 p.m. ET on FS1New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC – Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. ET on ESPNLos Angeles FC vs. New York City FC – Sunday, May 13, at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1Houston Dynamo vs. New York City FC – Friday, May 25, at 9 p.m. ET on UniMasNew York City FC vs. New York Red Bulls – Sunday, July 8, at 7 p.m. ET on FS1Orlando City vs. New York City FC – Thursday, July 26, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNSeattle Sounders vs. New York City FC – Sunday, July 29, at 5 p.m. ET on ESPNToronto FC vs. New York City FC – Sunday, August 12, at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNNew York City FC vs. New York Red Bulls – Wednesday, August 22, at 7 p.m. ET on FS1New York City FC. vs. D.C. United – Saturday, September 8, at 3:30 p.m. ET on UniMas
Paris Saint-Germain 3 Marseille 0: Di Maria at the double as holders put Neymar injury aside Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 06:02 3/1/18 AFP Hit by the news of Neymar’s impending surgery on Wednesday, PSG cruised into the last four of the Coupe de France by beating Marseille. Paris Saint-Germain put the disappointment of Neymar’s foot surgery to one side to thump rivals Marseille 3-0 and reach the semi-finals of the Coupe de France.The Ligue 1 leaders announced on Wednesday that the world’s most expensive player will miss next week’s second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Real Madrid, which they trail 3-1, after the decision was made for him to have surgery on a cracked metatarsal.While Neymar’s prolonged absence may prove fatal to their Champions League hopes, PSG reaffirmed that it will have little impact on their domestic success as Angel Di Maria’s double saw them into a fourth successive Coupe de France semi-final. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Di Maria settled the contest with a pair of deflected strikes, the first a vicious shot from outside the box, either side of half-time.Deserved gloss to the scoreline was added courtesy of a wonderful team move finished off by Edinson Cavani, as Marseille again suffered at PSG’s hands having lost by the same scoreline in the weekend’s Ligue 1 meeting, where Neymar suffered his injury.The win keeps PSG firmly on course for a domestic treble and they will be one of just two top-flight teams in the last four after shock triumphs for third-tier Chambly and Les Herbiers, while a free-flowing second-half showing will perhaps give Unai Emery added hope they can fight back against Madrid even without their world-record signing.6 – Angel Di Maria has scored six goals in his last four starts with @PSG_English in all competitions. Revitalized.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 28, 2018PSG started very brightly and, after Yuri Berchiche had an effort beaten away by Steve Mandanda, Cavani wasted a gilt-edged chance to give them the lead.The Uruguay international met Di Maria’s pull back after the Argentina winger was sent clear down the left, but he only succeeded in fizzing a shot over the bar.Aymen Abdennour was then fortunate not to concede a penalty when the Marseille centre-back appeared to handle in the area.Most of the pressing was unsurprisingly done by PSG, but Marseille remained dangerous on the counter-attack and Florian Thauvin curled an effort well over the crossbar.Di Maria then showed Thauvin how it should be done as he bent one towards goal from the edge of the area, only to be denied by a brilliant diving save from Mandanda.But Mandanda could not replicate the same heroics on the stroke of half-time, the Marseille goalkeeper beaten as Di Maria unleashed a fierce half-volley that took a slight deflection off Adil Rami and flew into the bottom-left corner.Javier Pastore replaced Kylian Mbappe ahead of the restart and three minutes into the second half Di Maria effectively put the tie to bed – but in far less spectacular fashion.Marseille failed to deal with Yuri’s cross from the left, which eventually fell to Di Maria, and his side-foot effort deflected off Hiroki Saki and under Mandanda.Di Maria then lashed narrowly wide from long range and Julian Draxler went agonisingly close to scoring one of the goals of the season as his bicycle kick from Marco Verratti’s lofted pass was only just off target.A stunning reflex save saw Mandanda keep out Pastore’s diving header, but the final flourish came in style as Draxler nodded a Verratti chip down for Cavani to fire into the bottom-right corner in an illustration of the kind of football they will need to produce to deliver a Champions League turnaround next week.FULL TIME: See you in the @coupedefrance semifinal ! #AllezParis! #PSGOM pic.twitter.com/g7u73AeC8b— PSG English (@PSG_English) February 28, 2018 read more
World Cup England’s 2018 World Cup squad: Who made Southgate’s 23-man squad & what are shirt numbers? Last updated 1 year ago 22:40 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty World Cup Tunisia v England Tunisia England Goal takes a look at each of the goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and attackers named in Gareth Southgate’s side
The 2007 National Touch League Senior tournament culminates with Finals day tomorrow at the BCU International Stadium in Coffs Harbour with semi-finals and grand finals to be played across seven hotly contested divisions.Can Suns exceptional form hold in the Men’s 30s division?Will the Sharkies Men’s 35s “World XIV” sweep all before them and go back to back in 2007?Can Scorpions grab a hat trick of Titles in the Men’s 40s?Will home town hopes the Northern Eagles send local fans into raptures with a title in the Men’s 45s division?Can Cobras keep their pristine tournament record intact in the Men’s 50s to claim the crown?In the Women’s 30s division, Can the Tropical North Queensland Cyclones annex the title for the first time in NTL history?Will the Scorpions Women’s 40s team clap the bookies in irons by claiming their fourth NTL championship in a row?Stay tuned, sports fans, all will be revealed tomorrow on 2007 Senior NTL Finals day.For the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITE8.00amMen’s 50s SF1: Cobras v HornetsMen’s 50s SF2: Eagles v ScorpionsWomen’s 40s SF1: Scorpions v Sharks Women’s 40s SF2: Cyclones v Suns9.00amMen’s 45s SF1: Eagles v RustlersMen’s 45s SF2: Suns v SharksMen’s 40s SF1: Scorpions v MetsMen’s 40s SF2: Suns v Sharks10.00amMen’s 35s: Sharks v CobrasMen’s 35s: Scorpions v Mets11.00amWomen’s 40s Final: TBCMen’s 50s Final: TBC12.00pmMen’s 45s Final: TBCWomen’s 30s SF 1: Cyclones v HornetsWomen’s 30s SF 2: Rustlers v Suns1.00pmMen’s 40s Final: TBCMen’s 30s SF 1: Suns v BarbariansMen’s 30s SF2: Warriors v Rustlers2.00pm Presentations2.30pmMen’s 35s Final: Sharks v Cobras3.30pmWomen’s 30s Final: TBC4.30pmMen’s 30s Final: TBC5.30pm Presentations
The Office will re-open on Monday 4th January 2010.Touch Football Australia would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year, and look forward to working with you again in 2010.
www.facebook.com/nswtouch And don’t forget to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ NSWTA their social media pages: The 2013 New South Wales Junior State Cup event is the first to be held in Port Macquarie, after having been played in Wollongong for the past 12 years. The Junior State Cup will be held in Port Macquarie for the next three events, from 2013-2015. New South Wales’ best junior Touch Football talent will be on display in Port Macquarie this weekend when they compete in the 2013 New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Junior State Cup. Round games will be played on Saturday as well as Sunday morning, before finals are played on Sunday afternoon. www.twitter.com/nsw_touch www.nswtaevents.sportingpulse.net Highlights of the event will be uploaded to the NSWTA YouTube channel, which can be found by clicking on the link below: www.youtube.com/nswta Related LinksNSW Junior State Cup Teams from across the state will compete in the following divisions – 10’s Boys and Girls, 12’s Boys and Girls, 14’s Boys and Girls, 16’s Boys and Girls and 18’s Boys and Girls. 288 teams will converge on the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium and Tuffins Lane precinct for the event, coming from all areas across the state for the two day event, which will be played on Saturday, 16 February and Sunday, 17 February 2013. For all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2013 New South Wales Junior State Cup, please visit the NSWTA event website:
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: Angel Gomes deserved chanceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Angel Gomes deserved his chance last week.Gomes featured in victory over Huddersfield.Solskjaer said, “It sends a signal to the boys that ‘you are close’, because they are. “They’ve done really well in training. When you get the chance to put a player out there for 15 minutes at Old Trafford to give him that experience, Angel was, of course, the one I wanted to put on. And we probably would have still done it if we’d needed a goal, as well, because he’s that sharp.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli goalscorer Fabian Ruiz: Coppa Italia important for fansby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli goalscorer Fabian Ruiz was delighted with victory over Coppa Italia opponents Sassuolo.He scored the second goal in a 2-0 victory, setting up a quarter-final date with Milan.“We know this is an important competition for Napoli, that this was a difficult game, but we did well,” the Spaniard told Rai Sport.“Now we have to focus on Sunday and the return of Serie A. Lazio are close to us and very ambitious, but we are on home turf and want to make the most of it.“The Coach has faith in me, so do my teammates and I have to keep working hard to earn my place.”
Keown: Daniel James will be regretting Man Utd moveby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal title winner Martin Keown says Daniel James will be regretting his move to Manchester United.Keown reckons the Wales international is United’s youngest but best player. Heaping praise on James, Keown said on Match of the Day: “Daniel James must be thinking ‘who have I signed for here?’ “He’s their youngest player, but he’s their best player.”Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by Newcastle on Sunday. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool hero Hamann: I wanted to join Arsenalby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Dietmar Hamann has admitted that he wanted to join Arsenal instead of the Reds!The German defensive midfielder played over 200 games for the club in the early 2000s.But when he left Newcastle in 1999, Hamann has revealed that his first choice was to go to Arsenal under Arsene Wenger.It is understandable, given the Gunners were competing for Premier League titles in those years.However, Hamann told The Athletic that he never got any serious interest from Arsenal, which meant that Liverpool was his best option for a step up from Newcastle.He signed for the club in an £8 million deal under Gerard Houiller and became a mainstay in the team for the next seven years. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Saturday is #AveryStrong day for the Nebraska men’s basketball program. Avery Harriman, the 7-year-old son of Huskers’ assistant coach Chris Harriman, has battled leukemia since he was 2. He’s been an inspiration to Tim Miles’ team this season and the Huskers’ players are constantly interacting with their No. 1 fan. Saturday’s event will be part of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Suits and Sneakers Awareness Week. Chris Harriman says #Huskers players are constantly asking about Avery. “Its fun to see them be happy when hes doing well” #AveryStrong— Jake Bockoven (@jakebockoven) January 23, 2015Nebraska (11-7, 3-3 Big Ten) is set to host Michigan State (13-6, 4-2 Big Ten) in Lincoln Saturday. During the game, the Huskers’ students will be wearing #AveryStrong T-shirts. First 1,500 students. #GBR “@HuskerSports: Getting the shirts in place for #AveryStrong tomorrow. #Huskers” pic.twitter.com/SpUsRoHGml— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) January 23, 2015Nebraska and Michigan State are set to tip off at 4 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Mississippi State Hype VideoMississippi State suffered a tough loss to Georgia Tech in last year’s Orange Bowl, but all in all, the Bulldogs had a great season. MSU opened the 2014 campaign with nine straight victories, including wins over LSU, Auburn and Arkansas, before falling in a close contest to Alabama. The Bulldogs, in early November, were the No. 1 ranked team in the country. And they posted double-digit victories for just the second time in their program’s history.The 2015 Bulldogs aren’t being picked by many to be quite as successful, but with star quarterback Dak Prescott returning, they may surprise a few people. Thursday, the school released an awesome hype video titled “Relentless” to tease the 2015 campaign. Enjoy, MSU fans:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confessed he hopes to remain in charge of Manchester United beyond May, after watching his side beat Newcastle United 2-0 on Wednesday evening.The Red Devils made it four wins out of four under Solskjaer , meaning the caretaker manager has equalled Matt Busby’s best-ever start to a United tenure.The visitors had to bide their time at St James’ Park, with the breakthrough coming as substitute Romelu Lukaku made an instant 64th-minute impact after Martin Dubravka spilt Marcus Rashford’s free-kick. 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? Rashford then sealed the points 10 minutes from time, producing a composed finish after good link-up play from Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.Solskjaer has already managed to restore the feel-good factor at the club and he admitted post-match that he doesn’t want to depart at the end of his projected six-month spell at the helm.When asked if he will leave United in May, Solskjaer replied: “I don’t want to.”He went on to address matching Busby’s record, before bemoaning a ‘sluggish’ first-half display from his team. “I’m just thinking about the next game because if you win four you can win another four with this club,” he told Sky Sports. “That’s the challenge, that’s the standard we’re used to.””It was a very professional performance. We never hit the heights that we can do but I felt we were in control, kept plugging away,””It was a great goal again by Marcus and a great reaction again by Rom – good first touch as a sub.”In the first half it was sluggish, it was almost like a testimonial at times – too slow, too many touches and too many square passes and back”But the big, big plus was the clean sheet.”4 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is only the second manager in Manchester United history to win his first four league games in charge of the club, after Matt Busby in 1946. Revival. #NEWMUN pic.twitter.com/Dt9XpCfGms — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 2, 2019 Lukaku has two in two as a substitute, while Rashford was again United’s stand-out forward operating centrally .Solskjaer believes this gives him a nice problem.”You can play with two of them, no problem,” he added. “One can play on the right, they can play two through the middle. It gives me options.”Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez can only dream of such riches in attack after his team drew a blank for the third time in four matches.”We know that the final third is the key,” he told Sky Sports. “When you pay big money for players, normally you are talking about offensive players who make the difference.”You have to give credit to our players because for 80 minutes they were in the game.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Everton boss Marco Silva says there is no truth to the rumours he wants to sign Barcelona winger Malcom this month.The Premier League side brought in Andre Gomes on loan and Lucas Digne in a £19.5million deal from the Catalans in the previous transfer window, with both players proving sound additions to Silva’s side.Reports have suggested Malcom is the latest Barca fringe player to be targeted by the Toffees, the Brazilian having started only one game in LaLiga since a €42million move from Bordeaux last July. 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? However, Silva insists there is no substance to the talk around the 21-year-old, telling a news conference: “No, no. Nothing.”Silva made it clear he will not put pressure on Everton to invest in the playing squad this month simply because of a poor run of form, which has seen them win just one of their last eight Premier League games and lose four of their previous five.”We cannot change every week our idea and philosophy as a club if you win two games or you don’t win two games,” he said. “The last result was not good enough for us, but it was a moment and we are capable of changing things for us again and showing our quality. “Not because of that will we change everything in our ideas. Not because of that will I come here and say, ‘we need this, and this, and this, and this’. We know what we can do or not. Let’s see what is possible.”Silva could be prepared to allow James McCarthy and Oumar Niasse to leave, with the players linked with West Brom and Crystal Palace respectively, but there is yet to be any major development in either deal.”I understand the moment. Now is the moment these rumours come to the table. But [there is] nothing new,” he said.”We don’t put more to be loaned or whatever. I want them focused on our squad and to be ready to play.”Until now, the decisions I already take, you know what they are. Even, like you know, the last moments were really busy for us. The time we had between [games] was to prepare for the next.”
Virgil van Dijk is a slight doubt for Liverpool’s Premier League game at home to Leicester City, but Jurgen Klopp has suggested that the Dutch defender will be involved.Van Dijk has started all 23 league games for the Reds this season, winning December’s Premier League player of the month award, but has been struggling with illness ahead of Wednesday’s visit of the Foxes.Former Southampton and Celtic centre-back Van Dijk has played a key role in Liverpool’s stunning campaign, with Klopp’s side four points clear of last term’s champions Manchester City. 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? He has been nursing a virus over recent days and would be a big miss if forced to sit things out in midweek.Liverpool have major problems in defence for the Leicester game without bringing Van Dijk into the equation, with Joe Gomez still recovering from a fractured leg while Trent Alexander-Arnold has a knee injury.James Milner filled in at right-back in Liverpool’s last Premier League game, a 4-3 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield, but he is suspended as he was sent off late in that game, with another makeshift option – Fabinho – another of those to have been nursing a knock.However, Dejan Lovren could come in as the Croatia defender has been passed fit following a hamstring injury.”Virgil was a little ill but he trained yesterday [Monday], so we will see. He will train today, so we will see,” Klopp told reporters.“Gini trained, Fabinho will train today, Trent is getting closer and closer and it looks all very positive, but he will not be ready for tomorrow. Joe is a no.”With Liverpool having been knocked out of the FA Cup, Klopp took advantage of a rare break in his side’s schedule to take his squad to Dubai for a warm-weather break.”It was good we could do that and usually you’d say no games in that time, usually one game in that time would be good, difficult lineup-wise as we needed couple days for the boys and a few players were not a part of training until a few days ago,” he added. “But it was good, we didn’t have to play important cup competitions but it would not have been possible for a lot of players. We had a few more days and now have to show [it made a difference]. But Leicester are in the same situation so it’s not a massive advantage. “It’s just the situation and they can bring back [Harry] Maguire I heard after injury in the last game and so we had a few more days and could wait for one or two players but we have to see if they are available for the game.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Matchweek 24 is now behind us and, it was certainly two days of shocking results. Coming into the week it looked like it would be a great one for Fantasy with all of the “Big Six” in what looked to be favourable matches, but Tottenham and Arsenal were the only Champions League-chasing teams to pick up wins this week.Bournemouth, in particular, played the role of spoilers spectacularly well, stunning Chelsea 4-0 at the Vitality stadium. Off the back of that huge win, the Cherries have landed four players in our Team of the Week while the “Big Six” enter just two. Keep reading to see who all has made the cut. 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? GK: Artur Boruc – Bournemouth – 1 Game, 7 Saves, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 PointsDEF: Romain Saiss – Wolves – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Clean Sheet = 14 PointsSuch a strange week was bound to yield unlikely heroes and Saiss is surely the most surprising name on this list. The defender recorded an incredible 14 points against West Ham this week, literally doubling his season total in the Goal game.That having been said, he has started three of the last five matches and, if he does lock down a regular starting, could provide some Fantasy value. Wolves, though, have kept just two clean sheets in their last 10 matches which makes any of their defenders difficult to own.DEF: Charlie Daniels – Bournemouth – 1 Substitute Appearance – 1 Goal = 8 PointsDEF: Harry Maguire – Leicester – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Goal Conceded = 8 PointsMID: David Brooks – Bournemouth – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 11 PointsBrooks put on a show against Chelsea this week, helping to push Bournemouth to that huge 4-0 win. He has certainly been rounding into form of late with a goal and three assists in his last five matches, but Wednesday’s performance was easily the best thus far.Ryan Fraser tends to get all the Fantasy love based on his inexpensive price and nine assists, but it’s Brooks who has actually been a better value, as he sits just 12 points shy of his teammate while saving you an extra £.6m. The Wales international did come off limping midweek but, if he’s fit, Brooks is a fantastic budget own.MID: Joao Moutinho – Wolves – 1 Game, 2 Assists = 8 PointsMID: Paul Pogba – Manchester United – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsPogba continued his ridiculous Fantasy form with yet another goal on Tuesday. Since the hiring of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Frenchman has scored six goals and assisted two more en route to fully re-establishing himself as a Fantasy superstar.His schedule is going to get a lot tougher with Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester City all to come in the next six calendar weeks, but when a player is in this kind of form, you should back him, rather than fearing the fixtures. Worst case, he has a bad match and you replace him with someone else that game week.MID: Sadio Mane – Liverpool – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsFOR: Josh King – Bournemouth – 1 Game, 2 Goals, 1 Assist = 15 PointsWhile not the Fantasy darling that he’s been in years past, Josh King popped up with a phenomenal performance and two beautiful strikes on Wednesday. He also added an assist to his haul against Chelsea, recording 15 points and winning the title of Goal Fantasy Player of the Week.With two goals and two assists over his last two matches, and news that Callum Wilson will likely be out about a month, it may be time for people to start bringing King back into their Fantasy teams.FOR: Raul Jimenez – Wolves – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 12 PointsFOR: Aleksandar Mitrovic – Fulham – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 12 Points Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field after a 20-10 win over the Indiana Hoosiers on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jabrill Peppers plays all over the field for Michigan, and had a monster game in Michigan’s 78-0 dismantling of Rutgers. Jim Harbaugh thinks he should win this year’s Heisman Trophy.On top of being part of a Wolverines defense that pitched a shutout and held the Scarlet Knights to a total of 38 yards on the day, Peppers scored two touchdowns and rushed for 74 yards on just three carries, and had an absolutely spectacular punt return touchdown that was ultimately called back.Peppers was a force for Michigan, and his head coach believes he deserves the sport’s highest honor.Jim Harbaugh on Jabrill Peppers: “In my humble opinion we’re looking at the Heisman Trophy winner.”— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) October 9, 2016Harbaugh also says the New Jersey native, who put together the monster performance in his home state, is the most versatile player he’s coached.Asked Harbaugh if he’s ever coached a more versatile player than Jabrill Peppers. “No.” & couldn’t come up w/ anyone he didn’t coach either.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) October 9, 2016″Jim Thorpe! Maybe that’s a good comparison? That just came to mind.” — Harbaugh, a few minutes later https://t.co/G5EsHthBTu— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) October 9, 2016Not many guys are drawing a Jim Thorpe comparison, even if Harbaugh is a bit biased towards his superstar.Jabrill Peppers is likely running behind Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson in the Heisman race, but he could gain ground if the Wolverines keep winning, and he keeps dazzling on every side of the ball. The last defense-first player to win the Heisman was another Michigan defensive back who also dazzled on offense and special teams: Charles Woodson. Jackson’s numbers may be tough to overcome if the Cardinals win out, but we look forward to seeing Peppers do his best to make it a real race.
Jozy Altidore’s second-half goal saw the United States overcome Panama 1-0 to complete a perfect group-stage campaign at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.Altidore’s overhead kick in the 66th minute gave USA a third win from as many games in Group D, securing top spot and a quarter-final clash against Curacao.USA made 11 changes to their starting line-up and it showed, but Altidore – having squandered two great chances earlier – stepped up to secure three points in Kansas City. 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? While they were unconvincing, Gregg Berhalter’s USA did enough to complete the perfect group-stage campaign.With his 42nd career international goal, @JozyAltidore puts the #USMNT up vs. ! pic.twitter.com/dTjCUMubmR— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) June 27, 2019USA made a lively start as they pushed for an opening goal and it almost came through Altidore in the 16th minute.After Panama turned over possession, Jordan Morris played in Altidore, but the striker pulled his shot wide from an angle from inside the area.Altidore squandered another chance five minutes later, the striker putting a tame shot straight at Panama goalkeeper Jose Calderon after a Cristian Roldan cutback.Jonathan Lewis was denied by an excellent Fidel Escobar block, while Jose Fajardo fired wide for Panama on the counter-attack six minutes before half-time.Both teams struggled to begin the second half, leading to the introduction of USA star Christian Pulisic just after the hour-mark.The opener followed for USA after a corner as Altidore scored his 42nd international goal.The set-piece went uncleared and some poor defending from Panama led to Altidore producing an overhead kick from close range to make it 1-0.That was all USA needed, closing out a narrow victory as neither side created much of note in the closing stages. What does it mean? Job done for USAUSA simply needed to avoid defeat to secure top spot and the easier quarter-final clash, avoiding Jamaica. Berhalter’s side got the job done despite what was an unconvincing display.Changes could hurt USAUSA were beginning to find rhythm in wins over Guyana (4-0) and Trinidad and Tobago (6-0). Still, Berhalter opted to rest what is seemingly his preferred team and it remains to be seen whether that was the right decision.Altidore goal not enoughThe Toronto striker scored, but he also missed two chances in the first half. That is unlikely to be enough to earn him a start ahead of Gyasi Zardes, who has three goals at the tournament.What’s next?Both teams will play in Philadelphia on Sunday. USA take on Curacao, while Panama face Jamaica. read more