Tottenham boss Pochettino ‘worried’ about Kane injuryby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was hit by a double injury blow along with defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.Pochettino admitted he is “worried” about the extent of Harry Kane’s ankle injury he picked up at the end of their defeat.Moussa Sissoko was also injured on a damaging afternoon for Spurs, whose title ambitions all-but died.”I think I am worried because we will see what happens with Harry Kane,” Pochettino said.”I think Moussa is only a small thing but we will see, we need to assess Harry Kane.”At the end I think he suffered a big tackle and twisted his ankle and now we need to assess him over the next few days, hoping it is not a big issue.”Sissoko was forced off with a groin injury.”No it was groin, a small thing in his groin. Let’s hope it is not a big issue too,” Pochettino added. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Contract will help De Gea settleby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says a new contract could see David De Gea return to form.The Spaniard hasn’t been himself this season, but Neville says a new deal until 2023 could settle the 28-year-old.Neville told Sky Sports: “De Gea has had a difficult time in the Premier League and he’s had difficulties at home where he’s lost his place in the national team. I don’t think he’s fully recovered from the poor World Cup in 2018, and he’s made more mistakes in the last 15 months than ever before.”But I’ve got to believe that this is good news and hope that what’s happened in the last 12 to 15 months has been a result of the ongoing speculation. The hope is that now he’s signed, he can settle down and start performing.”United need a spine. They had eight academy players in the squad on Saturday, but their problem isn’t the academy. The problem is that they haven’t got a strong, dominant spine, but De Gea can be the start of that.”
Man Utd will hand Solskjaer January fundsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have money to spend in January.The Daily Mail says United put the Norwegian in charge of a rebuilding process when he was appointed full-time in March and accept that it will take time for him to turn the club’s fortunes around.They will back Solskjaer in the January transfer window if he wants to strengthen his squad again after spending nearly £150million this summer on Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Dan James. In particular, United are in need of a striker, having allowed Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to leave without signing a replacement.The decision has backfired after Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were injured, while teenage prospect Mason Greenwood missed the West Ham game with tonsillitis. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal stopper Mustafi reveals he played injured in Liverpool thrashingby Freddie Taylor17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveShkodran Mustafi has revealed he played through injury for Arsenal last season.The German endured a terrible night in the 5-1 loss to Liverpool in December 2018, but he has revealed he wasn’t fit enough to play the game.”I had missed three weeks injured and then went into the game without training with the team because the coach needed me,” he said. “At half-time it was 4-1, I had a few bad moments and injured myself again. “Afterwards, I got a lot of negative comments from Arsenal fans on Instagram and Twitter, and articles were written in which I was harshly criticised.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Wijnaldum full of praise for Adrian over Liverpool impactby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGini Wijnaldum was full of praise when asked about Liverpool teammate Adrian.The Spanish goalkeeper enjoyed an unforgettable debut for the Reds this season, helping them win on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup final over Chelsea.An injury to Alisson on opening day has seen the 30-year-old help Liverpool maintain eight straight wins, with his contribution not going unrecognised by his teammates.”Since the first day he settled quite well,” Wijnaldum told the club’s website. “He speaks with everyone and he’s a good person, everyone talks with him.”You could see that he was not shy. Normally when players come in they always look, ‘Who can I talk to?’ and everything, but he talks with everyone. Before the game, he says what he wants to say.”Basically since the day he came in he was already one of us.”He added: “He’s done a really good job. If you see the kind of saves he makes, really important saves during the games.”He also has a big influence on the results we had.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Aston Villa boss Smith ‘extremely proud’ of Mingsby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith was delighted for Tyrone Mings over his England debut.The defender was impressive in Bulgaria, dominated by the racist chanting of home fans.Smith said, “Talking about his football first, extremely proud to see one of my players make his debut for England, assured performance, the biggest accolade I could give him was that it looked like he was playing for Aston Villa. “He was organising people around him, was calm on the ball, the sort of performance we see regularly. “Didn’t get tested defensively but played his part in a good result for England.”He continued, “He’s come back here and trained, got on with things as normal and not really said too much about it. I can only sing his praises. “When we go and look at players and speak to them we know what they’re going to bring football-wise, but it’s that personality, character that you’re looking to find out about. “Me and JT went to meet him and he impressed us. Having met him, brought him here on loan and signed him – we’ve seen him every day and it doesn’t surprise me how he handled the whole situation. “He’s articulate, intelligent and a very good human being as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@zzLIAMzz11Update: ESPN’s Brett McMurphy has more from Fisher on Golson:Jimbo Fisher: “I’m not making the decision (Golson is). (If he picks FSU) then we’ll talk & go through it”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015Jimbo Fisher on Everett Golson meeting: “We never (promise) a guy he’ll be the starter”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015Earlier: Earlier today, news came out that former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is visiting Florida today. Yesterday, Golson was at Florida State, and Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher has confirmed that he has spoken to Golson and is interested in bringing him into the program.Jimbo Fisher met w/Everett Golson Monday. “We’re negotiating. He’s a great young man.”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015We’re not sure what he means by “negotiating,” but Fisher has experience coaching against Golson. Last year, Golson very nearly won a dramatic last second game in Tallahassee. If he plays for the ‘Noles this season, it certainly adds a major wrinkle to the ACC in 2015.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni will hold further talks with Lionel Messi over the captain’s return to international action.Messi has not featured for his country since the World Cup, where Jorge Sampaoli’s men were dumped out by France.The forward dragged Argentina through the group stage with a wonderful goal against Nigeria, but a chaotic campaign ended in the last 16. 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? Messi has given no indication over whether he will play international football again, with Argentina beginning preparations for next year’s Copa America.But Scaloni, appointed as Sampaoli’s successor after initially taking over on an interim basis, is planning to hold further talks with the talismanic forward after they met when the Copa Libertadores final second leg was played in Madrid in December.”I do not talk very often with Messi, but we have a relationship,” Scaloni said on Friday.”We are going to try for him to join us in 2019, we have pending talks and we are optimistic that it will be positive.”For us it is something important. Any coach would like to coach him, myself more than any.”Speaking last month, Messi’s Argentina team-mate Mauro Icardi said he hopes the Barcelona star can be persuaded to return to the fold.”He’s the best player in the world and we all hope he comes back with us, especially with the Copa America coming up,” Icardi told TyC Sports after a friendly win against Mexico.
He is the new kid on the block, with everything to prove. Lautaro Martinez is relishing the opportunity to strut his stuff for Argentina at the Copa America, outshining even Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero to help his nation down Venezuela 2-0 and march on to meet Brazil in the semi-finals.Lautaro, of course, was overlooked for the 2018 World Cup finals along with future Inter team-mate Mauro Icardi. The then-Racing Club striker was in imperious form for his club, but according to Jorge Sampaoli “lacked the extra gear” to make it for the Albiceleste.Either the ex-Argentina boss was altogether mistaken about the prospect, or a single season in Serie A has provoked a drastic change in his play, because against Qatar and now Venezuela the 21-year-old added pace and explosion to transform the nation’s Copa America prospects. 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 needed just 10 minutes to unlock the Vinotinto defence, having already played in Sergio Aguero once with a fine pass only to see the Manchester City icon denied by Wuilker Farinez.This time Aguero repaid the favour, launching a speculative shot from the edge of the area. Lautaro reacted before anyone else with a sublime backheel that caught Farinez and the rest of Venezuela wrong-footed and gave Argentina an invaluable lead.Throughout the first half the youngster was almost unstoppable. Messi also benefited from a perfectly placed pass to flash a shot wide, while Martinez himself was inches away from finding himself on the end of a low cross from former Racing team-mate Marcos Acuna.And after the break only the woodwork stopped him from doubling Argentina’s tally, having charged onto a fine pass from Leandro Paredes.In general, he also did more than anyone on the Argentina team to keep Venezuela on the back-foot with his incessant pressing and hunger for the ball. He may on occasion get carried away, picking up a deserved booking for a heavy early tackle, but his energy is a breath of fresh air in an Albiceleste which has shown precious little initiative so far in Brazil.Elsewhere coach Lionel Scaloni breathed a sigh of relief as his selections, savagely and deservedly criticised in this tournament, began to bear fruit. Acuna added balance and defensive savvy to the midfield in place of Giovani Lo Celso, while Juan Foyth dispelled pre-match fears with a fine game on the right side of defence.On the hour and with Argentina in clear control, however, the trainer withdrew Martinez and Acuna in a double substitution that left the side rudderless and open to a Vinotinto bombardment. Only the quick reflexes of Franco Armani stopped Salomon Rondon from grabbing a potentially disastrous equaliser which could have spelled the end for the team’s Copa aspirations. Just when it looked like they were in for a torrid end to the game, Venezuela self-destructed. The usually flawless Wuilker Farinez somehow spilled a tame Aguero shot right into the path of Giovani Lo Celso, who was left with the simplest of finishes to make it 2-0. It could not have come at a better time for Argentina, who rode out the final 15 minutes with comfort to take the victory.Whether that will be enough to down mighty Brazil, of course, remains to be seen.The Selecao, whose biggest headaches this Copa have been caused by defences that sit deep and pack men behind the ball – Venezuela for one – may welcome a more open opponent like Argentina in the semi-final. Space behind the backline has been ample for each of the Albiceleste’s rivals in their four matches to date, and mistakes that have gone unnoticed against the likes of Paraguay, Qatar and the Vinotinto are likely to be punished mercilessly by the hosts.Tuesday’s semi-final thus promises to be the stiffest of challenges for a side that is only now finding its feet, and whose Copa was in danger of ending at the group stage before Lautaro and Aguero stepped up to send them through against Qatar.But they will have absolutely nothing to lose; and if their new striking hero continues to maraud the Albiceleste might just have a chance at causing a huge upset over the expectant hosts.
Alexis Sanchez has “been a disaster” for Manchester United, admits Gary Neville, with the Red Devils legend looking for the Chile international to be moved on before transfer windows close across Europe.A proven Premier League performer arrived at Old Trafford from Arsenal in January 2018 amid much fanfare.With rival interest from Manchester City having been fended off to secure a prized signature, excitement and expectation greeted the arrival of a forward supposedly at the peak of his powers. 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? Sanchez has, however, not come close to delivering on his potential, recording just five goals in 45 appearances, and is now being linked with a number of sides in Serie A.Neville believes the time has come for United to cut their losses on a player who has looked a shadow of his former self during a forgettable spell in Manchester.The former Red Devils defender told Sky Sports: “I welcomed him coming to the club as he’s a tenacious forward that plays across the line and scores goals. But it’s been a disaster.“I have no idea what’s happened. There must be two of him. The one that played for Arsenal and Barcelona and then the one that’s turned up in Manchester. They need to get him out of the club.“Romelu Lukaku didn’t want to be there. It’s a phased transition at the club. There’s four or five that don’t want to be there – he [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] needs to get rid of a couple this year and a couple next year.”Solskjaer has conceded that there may be developments on Sanchez’s future over the coming days, despite previously stating that he expects the South American to stay put and prove his worth.Neville believes moving the 30-year-old out is the best option, with United now favouring a different approach which has helped to restore optimism at Old Trafford.He added: “I like this team a lot more. I look at the team and they all want to be at the club – perhaps Paul Pogba has aspirations to leave the club and play elsewhere. But he’s settled down. It’s a team that’s got energy and youth – I like it.“It’s not slow or boring. They are having a go. It needs two or three senior additions that will make them really good but if that team can grow together.“They are not going to take over City in the next 12-18 months but when Pep Guardiola leaves City and if Liverpool don’t recruit as well as they have done, then Manchester United must be ready to pounce. And if this develops, they’ve got a big chance of doing something in two years’ time.”