Pogba, Woodward & Ole: Why last 24hrs shows all that’s wrong at Man Utdby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: So now the dust has settled. Are you happy Manchester United fans? With the distractions? The bright lights. The jangly keys. Look up here. The club legend. The 75m quid bid. Just be satisfied and don’t delve too deep……because if you do, the last 24 hours – even AFTER Jose Mourinho’s dismissal – will tell you all that is wrong with this club. It’s just staggering. Absolutely staggering. A £75m bid prepared for Douglas Costa, Juventus’s Brazilian attacker. So trumpeted one of the red tops on Wednesday morning. Nigh celebrated. And without a hint of irony.This wasn’t Mourinho’s parting deal. It wasn’t set up by any incoming football director. No. This is Ed Woodward’s project. The vice-chairman exec – apparently – informing Mourinho days before the axe that they were moving for Douglas Costa. Not that centre-half Mourinho craved. Not the player to shore up a defence which has conceded more goals at this stage of the season than the entire last campaign. No, no. All that money – which Woodward refused Mourinho last summer when expressing concern about his back four – now committed to another attacking player. An attacking player who has struggled to get off the bench at Juve this season.So the manager’s gone. Replaced by a Treble hero. A nice distraction. Another bit of filler to cover the ever widening cracks. The Douglas Costa revelation a mind-blower. But Woodward’s no Robinson Crusoe here.Paul Pogba had get in on the act also. The ego is back and where it thrives best – on social media. Again, it’s just staggering. Given the moment. The history. The emotion around his manager’s dismissal. Pogba felt the need to take to social media and inject himself into the story. Zero humility. Zero self-awareness. A silly, classless post. And they still say he is a leader of men. But that’s just it. Like with Woodward and his transfer fantasies, who is there inside the dressing room to pull Pogba up? To tell him that’s not the behaviour of a Manchester United player? Clearly no-one. Especially with the one man prepared to confront the Frenchman now out on his ear. The club. It’s reputation. Again it takes a backseat to Pogba’s indulgence. Oh, of course there’s since been a convenient ‘media briefing’ that he will be fined for his antics. But nothing official. Nothing from Woodward publicly admonishing the player. Oh no, perish the thought of one of the top brass putting their name and face to a club decision.Just as we saw with the Champions League draw. No-one was available for a reaction to the PSG pairing. No quotes from the club about what lay ahead. No willingness to engage with the support. But it’s par for the course at United.Just contrast that to what we’ve seen from Arsenal this season. The importing of the football nous of Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi is one thing. But the willingness for Sanllehi and new managing director Vinai Venkatesham to offer regular, detailed interviews is something United fans have never seen over the five years of Woodward’s tenure. The process of bringing Unai Emery to the club. Of making their summer signings like Matteo Guendouzi. Of their ambitions. Their targets. Arsenal fans are left in no doubt what the management of the club is thinking. At United it’s the complete opposite. Even yesterday’s announcement of Mourinho’s sacking wasn’t credited to any individual. Just the grey, faceless ‘communications department’. And with zero comment from Woodward.You don’t want to believe this. You really don’t. But it has to be raised. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have taken the call from Woodward. Determined to do right by the club. But what was Woodward’s motivation in choosing the Molde coach? Did he spend days. Hours. Studying Solskjaer’s work in Norway? His management. His style of play?Or does he see Solskjaer as simply a token. A popular figure to ease the pressure from fans and media? Someone to give him breathing space before finding Mourinho’s real replacement. Has Solskjaer been installed for the good of the club or for Woodward?Either way, the distraction is working. The prodigal son and all that. We’re all climbing over eachother today celebrating Solskjaer’s return. Just be sure not to look too deep. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool boss Klopp: Title race not just Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists the title race is no two-horse race.The Reds are currently top of the table ahead of Manchester City.But Klopp says: “But not only City. “Tottenham have so many injury problems, the shortest break after the World Cup – I don’t know how many Belgian and English players they had – no pre-season and won all the games in a difficult situation. Now they are six points behind us. Wow! That’s really massive.“Arsenal’s start? Chelsea? That’s all really good. So how can we think about anything else other than just winning our games and getting as many points as we can?” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say RB Salzburg chief Freund aware of Dabbur Liverpool interest: Anything can happenby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRed Bull Salzburg chief Cristoph Freund admits they’re desperate not to lose Moanes Dabbur.The Israel striker is being linked with Liverpool this month – news that Freund is well aware of.And the sports director said: “We need him, he is a key player for us.”We do not want Dabbur to leave in this window market, but we cannot exclude anything in football.”Dabbur has been watched by Reds scout Barry Hunter several times this season.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain: Premier League the toughest championshipby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Gonzalo Higuain admits he found the Premier League the toughest competition he experienced.Higuain had a difficult six months on-loan with Chelsea for the second-half of last season.He said, “Of England I can speak little, obviously. But at the level of physical impact it was the one I suffered the most. “In Italy it is tough, the defences are strong , but the truth is that in England any team can beat any opponent: it is a tough championship and for what little I have experienced it is difficult to settle in as quickly as in other championships.”
Salah denies Liverpool switched off in RB Salzburg victoryby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMohamed Salah insists Liverpool didn’t take their mind off the game after going up 3-0 against RB Salzburg on Wednesday.The visitors clawed themselves back in the game to tie it up 3-3, before Salah scored his second and winning goal of the game with 21 minutes remaining. Speaking after the game, the Egyptian said: “I think they [Salzburg] had a good game and after they scored three goals it become difficult to play them.”We try to focus on each game and when we were winning by three, the human mind says: ‘we need to score more goals.'”They made it tough for us but I’m happy with the three points tonight.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Sassuolo chief Carnevali admits Barcelona wanted Inter Milan midfielder Sensiby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSassuolo chief Giovanni Carnevali admits Barcelona wanted Stefano Sensi.The midfielder left Sassuolo for Inter Milan over the summer.“When I was in Barcelona for the Marlon negotiations, one of the Barcelona executives asked me about Sensi,” he told Corriere dello Sport.“They knew about him and kept tabs on him too, but Inter were quicker. We closed the deal on a Friday, after a brief meeting at the Nerazzurri’s offices, which was also attended by Conte.“On the following Monday, I would’ve had an important appointment with a foreign club…” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
NC State fans aren’t fond of their in-state rival North Carolina, and as you’d imagine, they absolutely hate when people mix up the two schools. Wednesday, however, that somehow happened in the unlikeliest of places.The official ACC Tournament program lists NC State as “UNC State” on an entire page. We’re not sure how it happened, but you can assume that Wolfpack fans are very upset.Oops! Inside the @accmbb program a misspelling — “UNC State” instead of “NC State” @WFMY See pictures: pic.twitter.com/TTuWblGywI— Emily Spain (@Emily_Spain) March 11, 2015This is a straight up insult like who in the world is UNC State? pic.twitter.com/r7UOzNmEIB— Madeline (@Maddy_Dee13) March 11, 2015NC State took care of Pittsburgh Wednesday and has a date with Duke on Thursday. If the Wolfpack can keep winning, perhaps they’ll be able to convince people that they truly are their own entity.
Timothy Weah is still coming to terms with an “insane” goalscoring debut for Celtic, but has promised supporters there are more exciting times to come.The 18-year-old forward, fresh from completing a loan switch from Paris Saint-Germain, enjoyed a dream start to his spell at Parkhead on Saturday.He stepped off the bench during a Scottish Cup clash with Airdrie to open his account for the Bhoys and wrap up a 3-0 win. 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? Weah is now hoping to be involved from the start against St Mirren on Wednesday, telling reporters: “That is up to the manager to go and pick a team but, for sure, I am ready.”I felt really good out there. I am hungry and I am fit and I am here to play as many games as I can and score as many goals as I can. I just can’t wait to get playing a lot of football.”I have been so impressed with everything. The gaffer has been amazing and my new team-mates have been great and I feel settled here already.”It makes it easy then to go out and play football.”I know there are a lot of games coming up with matches on a weekend and on midweek so I hope that there will be a lot of chances for me to get on the field.”It was insane to score on my debut. It is what you dream of. But I know that there will be more goals to come from me.”Hopefully I have shown a little bit of what I have got but I just want to keep on producing. Saturday has been now and so you always have to focus on the next challenge and the next game.”It is about keeping up the same level of performance and trying to improve every day.”That is why I am here and I can’t wait to pull on that shirt again.”Further outings for Celtic over the coming weeks could see Weah paired with a familiar face from his time at PSG.Odsonne Edouard saw a loan spell of his own turned into a permanent £8 million deal last summer, with the 21-year-old going on to net 14 times before the end of 2018 and suffering an untimely knock.”I know Odsonne really well because we played a full season together and became very good friends. I am so excited to play here at Celtic with him,” added Weah.”I already know his qualities and he knows mine. We have a really strong chemistry. We share so much of the same passions and we really get on with one another on and off the field You will see that when we get the chance to play together.”He is an amazing talent. We have always rooted for each other and it’s pretty amazing that we are both here playing for Celtic.”I can’t wait to show the fans what we can do together. It’s going to be a very exciting time for me.”
Mauricio Pochettino described Premier League schedule changes as “a massive disadvantage” to his Tottenham side after they won for the second time in four days with a Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund looming on the horizon.Son Heung-min’s second goal in as many games earned Spurs a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United that moved them up to second in the table, just four points behind leaders Liverpool.While he gave his players credit for showing the character to force a result against a resurgent Newcastle side, Pochettino also took the opportunity to voice his feelings about having to play Leicester City on Sunday afternoon, just four days before the first leg of his side’s round-of-16 clash with Dortmund. 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? Asked whether his side can still win the Premier League, Pochettino told Sky Sports: “In football all is possible, anything can happen.”The most important thing is to be ready for next Sunday. It’s hard for me to understand why we are going to play at 4pm on Sunday ahead of the game with Dortmund on Wednesday.”They [Dortmund] are playing on the Saturday. I’m not complaining but 24 hour is a massive disadvantage at a decisive point in the Champions League.”Son’s winning goal against Newcastle took his Premier League tally for the season to 10, including two since he returned from international duty with South Korea at the Asian Cup.Pochettino hailed the 26-year-old’s continual improvement since his arrival at Spurs from Bayer Leverkusen in August 2015, saying: “He is a player who has done fantastically for us in the last couple of years.”His performance and the way he has belief is a key part of the success [against Newcastle].”It’s always difficult for a player who came from outside England to adapt. Sometimes you have patience with the player, sometimes not. He was a kid who wanted to play and the club has helped him show his quality.”At some point he started to feel the love of everyone and showed his real quality.”Son admitted that his exploits in South Korea’s run to the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup had left him drained, but he has no regrets after scoring in wins over Watford and Newcastle.”Of course I’m tired but the two games were very important,” he said.”With six points we had a great week. We’re very happy and we deserved this win.”My team-mates give me such confidence. It was one of my dreams to play in the Premier League and I really enjoy every second.”I’ll try to do even better than last season.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN’s College GameDay has faced some criticism for its celebrity guest picker segment during the 2018 college football season, with the idea feeling stale to many, but the pregame show appears to have notched a huge name for tomorrow.Saturday’s show, set to take place at Ohio State before the Michigan game, will apparently have the biggest free agent in the MLB on the desk.Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper announced on Twitter that he’ll be the guest picker for Saturday.Harper’s wife, Kayla, played soccer at Ohio State and he’s often cheered for the Buckeyes.How Fir❌ Thy Friendship! Can’t wait for @CollegeGameDay to❌orrow! #Celebritypicker pic.twitter.com/pzjE0PKDnr— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) November 24, 2018Harper has been linked to several teams in free agency so far this winter, with the Nationals, Phillies, Yankees, Cubs, Dodgers and others all being rumored to have interest. Philadelphia is seen by many as the biggest threat to Washington.ESPN’s College GameDay, meanwhile, is set to air from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. E.T.The final hour of the show will take place inside Ohio Stadium.