10 months agoREVEALED: Ferguson put together Solskjaer, Phelan Man Utd team

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Ferguson put together Solskjaer, Phelan Man Utd teamby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been key to putting the new management team together.The Sun says vxecutive vice-chairman Ed Woodward turned to Fergie as he prepared to sack Jose Mourinho in the wake of the 3-1 loss at Liverpool.An Old Trafford source insists the Scot, who will not be employed in a full-time capacity, had made sure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as well as Mike Phelan were prepared to take up their new positions at their former club BEFORE Wednesday’s announcement.The source said: “Once Woodward had talked to the Glazers and told them he wanted Jose out, he needed to be certain he could get the right kind of figure in for the short term at least.“That’s where Fergie came in and he helped make sure the whole thing happened with Solskjaer and Phelan.” last_img read more

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10 months agoArsenal Transfer Watch: Four centre-backs to help Emery’s injury crisis

first_imgArsenal Transfer Watch: Four centre-backs to help Emery’s injury crisisby Phillip Ekuwem10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFollowing Rob Holding’s injury earlier this month, Arsenal will undoubtedly be on the lookout for a new centre-back this – on that note, here’s a look at four centre-backs the Gunners could sign come January:Gary CahillGary Cahill is yet to start a Premier League game this season having been handed just 21 minutes of playing time by Italian tactician Maurizio Sarri. Strangely enough, despite evidently not being part of Sarri’s plans, Cahill still remains the club’s official captain – most probably in a bid to avoid any sort of disruptions in the dressing room’s harmony.Cahill is 33-years-old, and whilst that may mean he isn’t an ideal centre-half for a club of Arsenal’s stature – his experience could prove to be vital for the Gunners should they make a move for him after all. Despite not being in Sarri’s plans, he remains a top-class defender capable of doing a great job when called upon.Video courtesy of CFCVideosIINathan AkeEver since his move from Chelsea to Bournemouth, Nathan Ake has proven to be one of the best young defenders in the Premier League. Boasting of good pace and passing ability as exemplified by his 81% pass completion rate this season, Ake would be an excellent addition to Arsenal’s defensive set-up.Of course, his performances have not gone unnoticed by Arsenal’s rivals with Spurs, Manchester United and Ake’s former club Chelsea apparently keen on signing the 23-year-old. Video Courtesy of Top ScoreEric BaillyEric Bailly’s debut season at Old Trafford was one to remember. He was undoubtedly Manchester United’s best defender last season, often battling it out with strikers of all sizes and keeping things tidy at the back for the Red Devils.He’s been unable to replicate that form this season having been sidelined by Jose Mourinho who only recently got relieved of his duties as Manchester United manager.With the January transfer window coming up, what would have been termed an impossible move last season could be quite possible considering Bailly’s current standing in the Manchester United squad. Bailly’s got plenty of talent that Unai Emery could work with plus he’s got top-level experience having played in important games for United. Video Courtesy of HNFootballNico ElvediSwiss youngster Nico Elveidi has enjoyed a great season at Borussia Monchengladbach so far having started 14 of the club’s league games.Gladbach currently sit 3rd on the Bundesliga table three points adrift of Bavarian giants Bayern Munich, who also happen to share the same defensive record with Gladbach having let in just 18 goals this term, the joint-second least amount of goals conceded in the first-half of the Bundesliga season.Elvedi is a strong ball-playing defender as evidenced by his 91.1% pass success rate – he’s also quite good in the air as he currently averages 2.6 won per 90 minutes.He’d be an excellent addition to Unai Emery’s back three considering he’s good at distributing the ball. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorPhillip Ekuwem FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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20 hours ago​Premier League games faces minimal disruption form 2022 World Cup

first_img​Premier League games faces minimal disruption form 2022 World Cupby Ian Ferris20 hours agoSend to a friendShare the lovePremier League players could face the prospect of playing games nine days before the start of the 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar, reports BBC Sport.Draft plans have been shared between clubs outlining the Premier League schedule around the tournament, being held from 21 November to 18 December.Fixtures could take place on 12 November and resume on 26 December, eight days after the final.The season would also kick off one week earlier and finish a week later.It means that there would be only six weekends without Premier League games.The issue will be discussed at the next Premier League shareholders’ meeting in November.It is understood that Championship games will not take place during the World Cup, but the break for the second tier might not be as long as in the Premier League.Leagues One and Two will continue during the tournament.Uefa has said a decision on the scheduling of that season’s Champions League and Europa League will not be made until 2021. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Blow for City as injured Sane limps out of Community Shield

first_imgManchester City suffered an injury blow as Leroy Sane was forced off in the opening stages of their Community Shield match against Liverpool.The Germany international appeared to injure his ankle following a challenge by Reds defender Trent Alexander-Arnold at Wembley.Sane received extensive treatment from the City physios but could not continue and was replaced by Gabriel Jesus with just 13 minutes played. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The 23-year-old was named in City’s starting line-up by Pep Guardiola despite intense speculation regarding his future at the Premier League champions.The winger has won six major trophies with City, including two league titles, since joining from Schalke in 2016.However, he found regular playing time hard to come by towards the back end of last season.He still managed to score 10 goals and contribute 11 assists as City claimed the domestic treble, but he started just three of the club’s final 12 matches in all competitions.That sparked reports he could move on this summer despite the club offering him a new long-term contract.Bayern Munich have been linked with a move for the former Schalke winger with speculation gathering pace in recent days.The Bundesliga champions were forced to publicly deny claims a deal had been reached after German media reported earlier this week that they had agreed to pay around €100 million (£91m/$110m) for the winger.The reported fee would have been a Bundesliga record, as would the €20m-a-year some outlets reported Sane would receive as salary on a proposed five-year deal.Bayern head coach Niko Kovac was also forced to apologise to City boss Guardiola, Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic after he said he was ‘confident’ a deal would get done.Guardiola, who managed Bayern between 2013 and 2016, has previously said he would not stand in his way if the player really wanted to leave, a stance he reiterated when he asked about Sane by reporters in his press conference ahead of Sunday’s game against Liverpool.”If he knocks on the door and says he wants to leave then we will speak with the club,” said the Spaniard.last_img read more

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‘Man Utd should keep Pogba even if offered £200m’

first_imgManchester United shouldn’t accept a bid of even £200 million ($242m) for Paul Pogba from Real Madrid following the France international’s starring role in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Chelsea, says the club’s former striker Dimitar Berbatov.Pogba played an exquisite ball to set up teammate Marcus Rashford to score United’s third against the Blues at Old Trafford, but continues to be linked with a move to Real.Zinedine Zidane has made no secret of his admiration for his countryman during what has been a protracted transfer saga, and with Pogba’s time at United having been consistently blighted by patchy form, the odds had narrowed on him making the switch to the Bernabeu. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But an electric start to the season against Frank Lampard’s team was enough to convince former striker Berbatov of the World Cup winner’s worth to the team.“Zinedine Zidane would love to bring Paul Pogba to Real Madrid but, against Chelsea on Sunday, we saw why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to keep the French midfielder,” the Bulgarian told Betfair.“Pogba’s perfect pass to Marcus Rashford for United’s third goal was what I call ‘pure football’.“When I played for United, Michael Carrick would get the ball and his first thought was always to play it forward. He knew exactly where I was and there are plenty of examples of him giving me the ball to score a goal. Special players save their energy for the exact right moment.“If United receive a bid from Madrid in the next fortnight in the region of £200m, then the transfer will happen. But I hope Pogba stays at United and I don’t think Zidane will quit Madrid if he fails to sign his compatriot.”Any deal for Pogba could be include long-time United target Gareth Bale, whom Zidane has publicly stated has no future with the former European champions.“The other big transfer rumour is Gareth Bale to Paris Saint Germain, possibly as Neymar moves the opposite way,” said Berbatov. “I’d be surprised if ex-Barcelona man Neymar went to Madrid. But Bale would do well at PSG.“He’s a player I admire, so I want to see him play as much as possible. PSG are one of the few clubs who could pay Bale’s wages, although I’d love to see him back in the Premier League.”last_img read more

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Prominent College Football Writer Announces He’s Switching Jobs

An overhead view of the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)Bruce Feldman, one of the top college football writers in the country, announced this morning that he is changing outlets.Feldman, who had been working at Sports Illustrated and with Fox Sports and has written for ESPN in the past, will be joining The Athletic. Feldman confirmed the news this morning.He is the latest in a slew of high-profile hires by the subscription-based website. which is building up its national coverage in all sports.Some personal news: I’m proud to announce that I’m joining the staff of @TheAthleticCFB. If you haven’t already signed up, please do. You can get 40% off at https://t.co/8Z3QZ20S63— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) May 16, 2018My first story for @TheAthleticCFB> Want to know EXACTLY how a college program can transform unheralded recruits into big-time NFL talent? Go inside the evaluation and development process of that #NCState DLine: https://t.co/HKe7hCcbO5— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) May 16, 2018The Athletic has recently added prominent writers such as Ken Rosenthal and Rick Reilly and is also venturing into beat reporting. They’re trying to cover all their bases.In the ever-changing world of sports media, The Athletic and its model will be interesting to watch moving forward.It certainly seems like they landed a big fish in Feldman, who has been covering college football for decades for various outlets and has published multiple books on the subject as well.If you want to read Feldman’s lengthy explanation as to why he joined The Athletic, click here. read more

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A Former College Football Star, 2nd Round Pick Has Been Cut

first_imgA view of the Rams scoreboard.SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 17: Birds gather around a scoreboard showing the game statistics after the Los Angeles Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks 42-7 at CenturyLink Field on December 17, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)A former college football star and second round NFL Draft pick has been waived.Malik McDowell, the No. 35 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Michigan State, will no longer be playing for the Seattle Seahawks.NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Seattle has waived the former college football standout.The move was expected, but it’s still a big one.“In another expected, but significant move: The Seahawks waived defensive end Malik McDowell, former second rounder, with the non-football injury designation prior to the start of training camp Thursday,” he reports.In another expected, but significant move: The #Seahawks waived defensive end Malik McDowell, former second rounder, with the non-football injury designation prior to the start of training camp Thursday.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 26, 2018McDowell’s career with the Seahawks was off the rails from the start. He suffered a serious non-football injury prior to the start of the 2017 season.He was in an ATV accident the week before training camp started in 2017.McDowell was a two-time All-Big Ten performer and was named to the freshman All-American team in 2014.last_img read more

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Skip Bayless: This Team Has ‘All The Components’ To Beat Alabama

first_imgSkip Bayless speaking on ESPN.Michigan’s national title hopes seemed dead in the water after their opening weekend loss at Notre Dame. The Wolverines were going to have to run the table, not an easy task against what looked like a daunting schedule.Fast forward almost two months later and Michigan is now 7-1. The Wolverines have beaten Michigan State and smoked Wisconsin with Penn State and Ohio State still on the docket. An 11-1 regular season isn’t out of the question.If Michigan wins the Big Ten with only one loss, they will undoubtedly get into the College Football Playoff. But FS1’s Skip Bayless is thinking they can go beyond that. On Undisputed today, Bayless said Michigan has “all the components to beat Alabama.”Defense was Skip’s major reason for touting UM’s chances against the Crimson Tide.“I know Alabama with Tua [Tagovailoa] at quarterback is flying high as any college team I can remember in all my years of watching college football. They are dominating in ways I’ve never seen before,” said Bayless, who picked Michigan as his national champ before the season. “Michigan right now is No. 1 in pass defense in college football. Don Brown is the best defensive coordinator in college football and he just proves it year after year. But not only are they first in pass defense, they’re first in overall yards allowed. It’s a really good defense that can do lots of things. It can cover and it can really rush the passer.”You can see all of Bayless’ comments below:”The more I watch @UMichFootball the more I believe what I told you before the season started. Michigan has all the components to beat Alabama.” — @RealSkipBayless pic.twitter.com/pefADNb3e4— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) October 24, 2018On one hand, Michigan might have the best defense in the country, and would very likely be the best defense Alabama faces all season. Their defensive line, especially if Rashan Gary can come back, would be able to generate pressure on Tua.However, Michigan’s offense has turned in 17 points against Notre Dame (really 10 because one touchdown came on a kickoff return) and 21 against Michigan State, both quality defensive units. This might not be the most dominant Alabama defense Nick Saban has had, but it is good enough and possesses its customary NFL talent.Can Michigan score enough to stem the Tide? Even slowing down Alabama could mean giving up 24-27 points, which means Michigan would have to get 28-30 to win. That would be a tough task.last_img read more

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A Top QB Recruit Has Announced He’s De-Committing

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The top quarterback recruit in the state of Hawaii is back on the market.Dillon Gabriel, the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the state, announced on Twitter this morning that he’s de-committed from Army.“I want to thank coach Sean and coach Monken for believing in me and giving me an opportunity,” Gabriel wrote Twitter. “After much thought and prayer, I have made the decision to de-commit from Army and open myself up to other recruitment opportunities. I wish the Army football program all the best.”I have de-committed and I am opening up my recruitment! pic.twitter.com/8n9O0WR9Wz— Dillon Gabriel ⚡️ (@_dillongabriel_) November 11, 2018Gabriel has seen his stock rise in recent months, as he’s starting to pile up some major scholarship offers.The quarterback recruit reportedly has interest from both Georgia and UCF.The left-handed product threw for 3,376 yards and 37 touchdowns during his senior season.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Kirk Herbstreit Updates His Pick For The Heisman Trophy

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of college gameday.Kirk Herbstreit.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has updated his pick for the 2018 Heisman Trophy heading into the final week of the season.Some around the college football world have speculated that Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has caught up to Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.Murray has been phenomenal this season and he’s been getting more first-place votes in the mock polls across the internet.Does Herbstreit agree, though? Has Murray actually caught up to Tagovailoa?The ESPN analyst doesn’t think so.“I still think it’s Tua ahead of the rest of the pack,” Herbstreit said on ESPN’s Get Up! this morning.There is still some time to go, of course.Alabama is taking on Auburn this weekend, while Oklahoma is playing West Virginia. The conference championship games are to come after that, too.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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