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.