TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Mourinho tells Mendes: Get me Koulibalyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho has told his agent Jorge Mendes to get him Kalidou Koulibaly.RAI Sport says Mourinho has given Mendes the brief to broker a deal with Napoli for the defender.United’s board have already assured Mourinho they’re willing to pay over £100m next month to bring the Senegalese to England.And strengthening their hopes is Napoli’s failure to reach the Champions League round of 16.Mourinho is now counting on Mendes to strike terms with Napoli, where he enjoys a good relationship with president Aurelio de Laurentiis.
Tottenham star Kane throws down gauntlet: Time for us to win trophiesby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane says it’s time the club started to win trophies.Spurs can keep their hopes of breaking their trophy drought alive when they face Arsenal in the EFL Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday night.And Kane says his teammates are determined to raise some silverware for the first time since 2008.”The stage we are at now as a team, it is the next step for us. We have to start winning trophies,” Kane told Sky Sports News.”If we win this one, it will be another tough team out of the tournament so it is a big opportunity for us and one we are really looking forward to.”It is massive. Obviously, we played them a couple of weeks ago and they got one over on us.”It will be nice to play them again so soon. Hopefully we can get it right this time and get the win. It is a quarter-final against your London rivals so it does not get much bigger.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma chief Monchi expects quiet January marketby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma chief Monchi expects a quiet January market.Monchi says their target this season is Champions League qualification.“In my first year we achieved an excellent result, but right now it’s still too early to know how it will end,” Monchi told Sky Italia.“I think you make the assessments at the end of the season, but I may have got some things wrong. If that happens, it’s on me.“In fact, [President James] Pallotta told me: ‘this is your team, this is your Roma’.“January? Everyone expects us to take three or four players who will become important, but for me you don’t change the team so much in the January window, you do little things.“If you have to do a lot, thats means you make mistakes in the summer. The fans are right to feel that way, and particularly Roma’s, because when you’re a big team in Italy and in Europe you have to win something.“I know that there’s never time in football, but I’m sure we’re right, because I know how I work and how those around me work.”
Carroll knows he’s playing for his West Ham futureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Carroll knows he’s playing for his future at West Ham.The £100,000-a-week striker, who turned 30 on Sunday, toasted his birthday with an FA Cup goal to sink Birmingham the day before.“Of course I want to stay,” he said. “I’m just playing football as it is and not thinking about that.“Yes, I want to stay and I want a new deal but I can’t really think about that every day. I’ve just got to play my football when I get the chance.“I’ve got a two-year option at the end of the season so we’ll see what happens.“I’ve got to play a few more games like this one, get on when I when I get on and, like the manager says, I’ve got to impress him in the minutes he gives me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola explains Mendy halftime changeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has explained the halftime change for Benjamin Mendy during their 8-0 thrashing of Watford.Guardiola says the decision to take Benjamin Mendy off at half-time was not due to a recurrence of his injury.The French left-back made his first start this season after recovering from a long-term knee problem, before being substituted at half time.Angelino replaced him – his first taste of action since re-signing for the Club in the summer – and Guardiola says he deserved his chance to showcase his ability. “Mendy is well but after two years playing few minutes, 45 minutes was enough,” he said.“Angelino is incredible nice guy, training well, deserved to play. I saw many good things of him.“In the back department, we don’t have too many players. We play everyone.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton’s 2 goal Connolly floating after Spurs thumpingby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton have hammered crisis club Tottenham 3-0 on Saturday.After their 7-2 drubbing in midweek, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was expecting a response from his players, only for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to gift Neal Maupay a bizarre opener.The Spurs captain suffered a freak arm injury in the process, and Aaron Connolly compounded Tottenham’s problems by doubling Brighton’s lead on his first Premier League start.And although Spurs made a positive start to the second half, Connolly killed off any hope of them launching a fightback as the 19-year-old Irish striker produced a well-taken strike for his second goal to seal Brighton’s first home win since March.Tottenham have now failed to win in their last away 10 games in the Premier League, stretching back to a 2-1 victory at Fulham on 20 January.Brighton’s two-goal hero Connolly said: “I can’t quite believe it, it’s a dream come.”I’ve been watching the Premier League since I was four or five, so to be playing in it now and then to score and to win 3-0, it really is a dream come true.”I didn’t really know how to celebrate – I just ran away to the other end! I can’t really put in into words at the moment how much it means.”Brighton manager Graham Potter also said: “We’ve been playing quite well recently and haven’t quite got the results, so to get the three points today, it gives you confidence.”The boys stuck together today, the consistency was there and the supporters were fantastic. Goals in the Premier League and wins in the Premier League aren’t easy to come by.”The first-half performance was really good. We attacked the ball well, defended well and reacted really well as a team.”On Connolly, he added: “He’s been knocking on the door and been unlucky not to score. He gives us an extra dimension and he took his goals really well.”
Romelu Lukaku made a swift impact from the bench for a second consecutive match as Manchester United beat Newcastle United 2-0 at St James’ Park.The Belgium international was on the pitch for two minutes before rounding out Sunday’s 4-1 win over Bournemouth and had only been on for 38 seconds when Martin Dubravka spilled Marcus Rashford’s free-kick in his direction.Rashford continued a purple patch in front of goal 10 minutes from time, meaning a fourth win in as many outings at the start of his reign for caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – a feat only previously achieved by club great Matt Busby. 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? Phil Jones, into the Manchester United defence for the suspended Eric Bailly, made a last-ditch tackle on Salomon Rondon to atone for his own absent-minded play in the 15th minute.Newcastle winger Christian Atsu spurned a trio of half chances – something that seemed dangerously wasteful when Dubravka had to be quickly off his line to thwart Rashford and Juan Mata.In between those openings for his team-mates, Anthony Martial sliced onto the roof of the net, which is where Rondon’s 34th-minute header also ended up.Newcastle substitute Jonjo Shelvey struck a wonderful pass to unlock Manchester United with the outside of his right foot in the 60th minute, with Luke Shaw scampering back to deny Ayoze Perez.But one of the hosts’ most valuable performers then let them down and Lukaku was on hand to pounce on Dubravka’s error.Shelvey showcased the ugly side of his game by raking his studs down Paul Pogba’s leg – inexplicably escaping any punishment beyond a foul.0:38 – Romelu Lukaku’s goal for Manchester United came just 38 seconds after coming on as a substitute against Newcastle. Impact. #NEWMAN pic.twitter.com/HvAaWW3byC— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 2, 2019Newcastle left themselves exposed for Lukaku and fellow substitute Alexis Sanchez to give Rashford a simple finish and, in stoppage time, Pogba rounded Dubravka on another counter-attack but fired into the side netting.What does it mean? United close in on top four as Newcastle worries mountThe free-scoring enjoyment of Solskjaer’s initial games could not be replicated against a disciplined Newcastle backline but United showed pleasing patience and ruthlessness after half-time. They are three points behind Arsenal in fifth and now just six shy of Chelsea in the final Champions League spot. Maurizio Sarri’s side drew 0-0 with third-bottom Southampton, who are within two points of Newcastle in 15th. Crystal Palace and Burnley – either side of Rafael Benitez’s team in the standings – were both victorious on Wednesday.Confidence coursing through RashfordPogba was named Manchester United player of the month earlier on Wednesday and the France star’s performances have certainly hogged headlines in the wake of his uneasy alliance with Jose Mourinho being put out of its misery. Rashford is perhaps entitled to feel hard done by, having consistently impressed under Solskjaer after being one of the few who did not appear to down tools during Mourinho’s final weeks in charge. The free-kick Dubravka decisively spilled was not the first he struck with aplomb and his late goal means the 20-year-old now has five goals in his past seven appearances.Atsu lacks convictionAtsu displayed excellent movement and a sure touch as he made hay down the Manchester United right during the opening stages. However, teams such as Benitez’s meagrely resourced assortment have to thrive on half chances against high-class opponents. The Ghana international’s finishing was not up to the mark.Key Opta facts: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- Newcastle have lost eight of their 11 home Premier League games this season (W2 D1) – only in 2012-13 (9) have they lost more at St James’ Park in a single campaign in the competition.- Manchester United have won four consecutive Premier League games for the first time since April 2018 (a run of 5).- Manchester United have won 68 of their 100 Premier League games in January – more than any other team has won in the month.- Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last nine matches in all competitions (5 goals, 5 assists).- Man Utd’s Romelu Lukaku has had a hand in 11 goals in 12 Premier League appearances versus Newcastle (7 goals, 4 assists).What’s next?Manchester United have the familiar FA Cup assignment at home to Reading on Saturday, while Newcastle host Blackburn Rovers in round three. read more
Maurizio Sarri has slammed his Chelsea players following their 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, stating that that his players are ‘very difficult to motivate’.Chelsea’s backline started frantically at the Emirates, conceding possession on numerous occasions before they were made to pay by Alexandre Lacazette’s fine finish from a tight angle.A little bit of luck went the Gunners’ way for their second, a lofted cross going in off Laurent Koscielny’s shoulder as he attempted to head home. 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? Regardless, Chelsea looked blunt and predictable throughout, and their manager opted to speak in his native Italian so that his point would be as clear as possible.“I have to say that I’m extremely angry because this defeat was down to mentality,” Sarri told the press.“They were far more determined than we were and I can’t accept that. It was similar to Spurs – I spoke to the players and I thought it was solved.“I want to talk about tactics but it would appear this group of players are very difficult to motivate.“I think when you see this type of game where one team is more determined then you can’t talk about tactics. Their level of determination was much better than ours throughout the game.Pushed further on why he can’t get through to his squad, he said: “That’s a difficult question to answer.“It seems that they’re not aggressive enough mentally – that’s down to their personalities and that’s difficult to change.“You have to influence them and that could be down to a new player coming in or one of the old heads taking control.“I don’t think a player at this level can be afraid to face up to their responsibilities. The best thing that can happen is that the players and I speak very openly.“I am the person responsible for the players and it’s important for them to have the right attitude. Ig they can’t achieve that then maybe they shouldn’t be playing at this level.”Despite Saturday’s loss, Chelsea remain three points ahead of Arsenal in fourth place and must now prepare for an FA Cup clash with Tottenham on Thursday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has been charged by the Football Association (FA) over a social media post in which he made an alleged Nazi salute.Wales international Hennessey denied deliberately making the gesture in a photograph on Instagram posted by his Palace team-mate Max Meyer.But the FA confirmed on Wednesday that Hennessey has been charged with bringing the game into disrepute. 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? “Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3,” an FA statement said.”It is alleged that a gesture he made, which was captured by a photograph and posted on social media, breached Rule E3 as it was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.”It is further alleged that this constitutes an ‘Aggravated Breach’, which is defined in Rule E3, as it included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion and/or belief.”Yesterday evening I had a meal with my team mates and we had a group photograph. I waved and shouted at the person taking the picture to get on with it and at the same time put my hand over my mouth to make the sound carry. It’s been brought to my attention that frozen in a— Wayne Hennessey (@WayneHennessey1) January 6, 2019 moment by the camera this looks like I am making a completely inappropriate type of salute. I can assure everyone I would never ever do that and any resemblance to that kind of gesture is absolutely coincidental. Love and peace Wayne— Wayne Hennessey (@WayneHennessey1) January 6, 2019 Hennessey, who has made 17 Premier League appearances for Palace this season, has been given until January 31 to respond to the FA charge.The goalkeeper missed Palace’s 4-3 defeat to Liverpool last weekend after sustaining a thigh injury, and 39-year-old Julian Speroni was forced to start that game with Vincente Guaita also ruled out. Speroni made a significant error to help Liverpool take a 3-2 lead after James Tomkins had drawn the visitors level at 2-2. Palace are currently three points above the drop zone, and have crucial clashes with Southampton and Fulham in their next two league games. But before the trip to St Mary’s, the Croydon-based club will face Tottenham in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, just three days after Spurs take on Chelsea in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
James Laurinaitis/Twitter.Gold is the best color for pants, according to any Ohio State football player.Ohio State football players receive a gold pants charm every time they beat Michigan.James Laurinaitis, who starred at OSU from 2005-08, beat the Wolverines four times. So he has four gold pants charms. He showed them off on Twitter yesterday.4 of those things!!!!!!!! It’s that time!!! #BeatTTUN #GoldPants pic.twitter.com/9AiakSQF0D— Ja❌es Laurinaitis (@JLaurinaitis55) November 21, 2016Michigan hate week tweets don’t get much better than that.