Mourinho: Man Utd players physically fragileby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho says his players couldn’t physically cope with Liverpool on Sunday.Mourinho admits Liverpool were physically superior on the day.”We have lots of problems related to physicality,” said Mourinho.“We have lots of players that I could consider injury problems, because some of our players are always injured and it’s not with me – it was before me.“If you look to the stats with Mr Van Gaal and David, we had players that are permanently injured and, when you’re permanently injured, physicality is difficult to get.”Then there are qualities you cannot improve or make them have. Robertson, Mane, Salah, Wijnaldum, Keita, Fabinho, they are physical players and on top of that they are good technically.“I have lots of good players technically, but we don’t have that intensity or physicality.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham boss Pochettino expects a hammering from Cardiffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has warned his players to expect a battering against Cardiff City.Pochettino admits his men now need to brace themselves for a bruising encounter in South Wales.“It’s a tough place to play,” said the Argentinean. “It’s going to be difficult.“Cardiff’s physicality makes them a very dangerous team and a very difficult one to play against. They have some talented players, too.“Cardiff won against Leicester [on Saturday] — after Leicester had two amazing victories against Chelsea and Manchester City. They lost, at home, to Cardiff. And Cardiff are going to have all the confidence. It’s going to be a tough game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fernandinho hails record-breaker Bernardo for Man City win: Pure classby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Fernandinho hailed the performance of Bernardo Silva for victory over Liverpool.The 24-year-old was outstanding with and without the ball as City cut Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table to four points.He covered 13.7km, which is more than any other player has managed in the Premier League this season, and Fernandinho, who himself delivered arguably his best Etihad performance, was full of admiration for him.“I think he showed his class,” Fernandinho said.“He has showed his technique so many times, but today he was so aggressive, recovered so many balls and he proved he is very good – one of the best players in our team.“He is so important for us.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say BVB chief Zorc: We know Man Utd target Sancho not here in five yearsby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc accepts they’re on borrowed time regarding Jadon Sancho.The England international is being linked with Manchester United and former club Manchester City.Zorc told Kicker: “Of course, the absolute big clubs are not blind.”You do not have to be a prophet to say that Jadon will certainly not be here for another five years. “But he knows very well that he has taken this positive development at Borussia Dortmund. I doubt that would have been possible with top English clubs. We trust the players very early, are not afraid to let them play. He acknowledges that.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Boufal: Why I turned down Marseilleby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSofiane Boufal says there was no chance of him leaving Southampton last summer,.Fresh from a successful loan in Spain with Celta Vigo, Boufal returned to St Mary’s for preseason amid interest from Olympique Marseille.However, the midfielder says his focus was always to stay with Saints.He told Canal Plus: “The interest of OM? I am a fighter. I am not someone who will leave and choose the easy way out. “For me, the easiest thing was to return to France for a club that absolutely wanted me. “I wanted to fight here and prove to people that I can succeed in the Premier League.”
Twitter/@RPreslanEvery year, ESPN college basketball analyst Joe Lunardi is tasked with putting together what he thinks will be the exact bracket that the NCAA selection committee will release on Selection Sunday. And given the Worldwide Leader’s influence, many fans take what he produces as fact. Sometimes it slips your mind that what he says isn’t actually official.To his credit, Lunardi has nailed all 68 (or 64, previously) teams a number of times. So how did he do in 2015? Well, Lunardi actually missed two teams this year. He had both Temple and Colorado State in the field, and omitted Indiana and UCLA. Of course, the Hoosiers and the Bruins were by far the most controversial inclusions this year.Lunardi got all four 1-seeds correct, and all four 2-seeds. He had Baylor as a 4-seed, with Maryland as a 3-seed, which in the real bracket, was reversed. Overall though, he did an incredible job. Almost every team in his field was within one seed line of where it actually wound up. Here’s his bracket. You can see the real NCAA Tournament bracket here. So yes, Joe Lunardi, is still good at his job. Now we just have to figure out what’s going on with his hair.
Warriors Cavaliers Game 6Another NBA Finals game is set to be played tonight, so another Ohio State football hype video centered on the Cleveland Cavaliers is here. The Buckeyes, who have been releasing a mini-hype video for Cleveland before each Finals’ game, have released another one. Here it is:
KAT SkillsMinnesota Timberwolves rookie sensation Karl-Anthony Towns just captured the Taco Bell Skills Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto. The mega-talented big man knocked off a point guard (Boston’s Isaiah Thomas) in the finals. He took down fellow Kentucky Wildcat Boogie Cousins and Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green in order to reach the last round. After his win, Towns was mobbed by the other UK players in attendance. Karl-Anthony Towns beats Isaiah Thomas in the Skills Challenge pic.twitter.com/UGoJhvD5Nm— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) February 14, 2016Man I love the NBA! Best All-star weekend there is haha! Karl Anthony Towns! https://t.co/yVs1EahHeB— Per Sources Sports (@PerSources14) February 14, 2016Keep in mind, this was the first year that front-court players participated in this event. Previously, it had been a guards-only affair. Yup, Towns is really, really good.
This transfer window has been more about who is leaving than who is arriving for Club America fans.Saying farewell to 35-year-old forward Oribe Peralta , who joined rival Chivas, may not have been too tough. Not only are forwards Nicolas Castillo and Roger Martinez on the books, Henry Martin signed an extension in the offseason to stay in Mexico City.That said, Martinez has been linked with a move away from the capital after some good showings with Colombia at the Copa America. He’d hardly be the only player to leave the club this summer. Edson Alvarez moved from America to Ajax, joining the Dutch giants after developing with Las Aguilas. 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? Later, Mateus Uribe signed with Porto after several years as both an America midfielder and a Colombia international.The midfield would look totally different if Guido Rodriguez follows those players out the door. The Argentina international is coveted by clubs in Europe with Real Betis and Eibar mentioned as potential destinations.Uribe has company, with goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin beating him over to Porto to take over as the Dragons’ No. 1. America needed a splash to replace him and got one in the form of Guillermo Ochoa, the former Aguilas’ shot-stopper who returned to the club after eight years in Europe.Ochoa is yet to make his America debut, but the Mexico No. 1 was welcomed to the airport by throngs of supporters eager to see him back in Mexico City once again.The other big-time addition is Giovani dos Santos. The 30-year-old is slowly being integrated into his first-ever tournament in Liga MX. Most recently with the LA Galaxy, Gio was dropped by the MLS team so it could meet roster requirements in the winter. He’s spent the last six months recovering from an injury and working back to match fitness while looking for a club. Early returns with America have been positive, with Gio scoring once in 120 minutes of action.It’s a team with a different look than the one that won the Apertura in 2018 and fell to Leon on a tiebreaker in the 2019 Clausura semifinals. A number of youth players, like defenders Oswaldo Leon and Daniel Zamora were loaned out to Zacatepec to get more minutes. Fullback Luis Reyes, who saw Jorge Sanchez win the left-back role over him, is headed to Atletico San Luis. And the club also added some insurance should one of its central midfielders leave. Leonel Lopez is joining from Toluca with the former Leon player not in ex-America coach Ricardo La Volpe’s plans for the Red Devils.There are other new faces in the nest as well. Sebastian Cordova is back on loan from Necaxa and has started three of the first four games of the Liga MX campaign. Alejandro “Wero” Diaz is back after a quiet loan stint with Atlas.Earlier in the summer, the club was linked with Emiliano Rigoni , but the Zenit Saint Petersburg winger now seems set for a Serie A move. The Mexican press said Diego Reyes could come back to America after a rough few seasons in Europe, but Herrera denied he was trying to bring the center back/midfielder back to the Estadio Azteca.
Marcus Rashford needs to start “demanding goals” in order to emulate Manchester United great Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Kleberson.Rashford burst onto the scene as a youngster at Old Trafford in 2015 under Louis van Gaal, impressing with his raw pace and eye for goal during a transitional period for the club.The 21-year-old has since only managed to score 47 goals in 171 matches across all competitions, showing a lack of composure in the final third despite being given a prominent role upfront. 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? Rashford contributed a modest 10 goals and six assists to United’s cause in 33 Premier League appearances last season, but he already has two goals to his name in the 2019-20 campaign.The England international netted a double in a 4-0 home victory over Chelsea on Sunday, helping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side open their account in style.Kleberson, who played for United between 2003 and 2005, insists Rashford is an “unbelievable” player capable of becoming the team’s leading goalscorer this term.The World Cup winner mentioned him in the same breath as club legend Ronaldo, who hit 118 goals in 292 games during his time with the Red Devils.“If Rashford plays like he did last weekend, he’ll score at least 18 goals this season,” told us-bookies.com. “He’s unbelievable and he only needs one opportunity to score. He’s had a great start and now has the confidence to continue.”Now he has to take his chance and demand goals like Cristiano Ronaldo did at Man United. He has to look at his goals last season and say ‘I want to score more this year’.”All three of United’s summer signings featured against Chelsea last weekend, with Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka producing assured displays across the defence and Daniel James coming on for a late goalscoring cameo.Kleberson has been impressed by Wan-Bissaka and James in particular, as he added: “I think Aaron Wan-Bissaka has still got things to improve on but he’s a solid defender, you can see he has quality, but it was his only his first game. A lot of players prepare well for their first game but we need to see how he does for the upcoming games. “Daniel James has impressed me. It’s good to see a player like that who is very fast in the Premier League. If you are direct and quick in this league, you can help the team pick up a lot of points. That’s how the Man United fans want their team to play, direct in attack and creating plenty of opportunities.”Next up for United is a tough trip to Wolves on Monday night, before they host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford five days later. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.