10 months agoHasenhuttl warns Southampton over Lemina future

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hasenhuttl warns Southampton over Lemina futureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl insists he doesn’t want to lose Mario Lemina.Lemina has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-German ahead of the January market.But Hasenhuttl insisted: “Lemina is a very important player for us and, though he’s not 100 per cent fit, I need him.”Meanwhile the Austrian is still worried about getting his message across. “Speaking in English in front of my players is getting better and better every day, but I want to improve this,” he admitted. last_img read more

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10 months ago​Leicester, Stoke City target Guingamp teenager Phaeton

first_img​Leicester, Stoke City target Guingamp teenager Phaetonby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City are linked with French attacker Matthias Phaeton.The 18-year-old, who plays for Guingamp, is interesting the Foxes and Stoke City in the Championship.Per RMC Sport, he is currently negotiating with his club over a professional contract.And the French outlet believes that an offer of €800,000 or slightly higher could be enough to tempt them into selling the starlet.Phaeton made his debut for the first team in November. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoPatrice Evra: Players must want to bleed for Man Utd

first_imgPatrice Evra: Players must want to bleed for Man Utdby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePatrice Evra says Manchester United players must want to “bleed” for the club.The Red Devils are undergoing a transition period with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer becoming the fourth manager since Evra left the club in 2014. The Frenchman is happy with Solskjaer’s appointment and now wants to see the players buy into the club’s philosophy.”We’ve had too many managers, David Moyes, [Louis] van Gaal, [Jose] Mourinho. I just think for the players it’s difficult,” Evra told Sky Sports.”One manager wants to play one way, another manager wants to play another way, you need to know the value of the club and Manchester United.”That’s why I think Ole is a good appointment for the club. He knows the philosophy of the club.”It’s difficult when you come to Manchester United from the outside, people don’t accept you straight away. You need to bleed for this club before people accept you.”We are a big club. We want to win trophies. We don’t want to spend more than 10 years without winning the league again. It’s not easy but the fans have to believe – it’s a process.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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25 days agoMan Utd hero Keane pleads patience for ‘classy guy’ Solskjaer

first_imgMan Utd hero Keane pleads patience for ‘classy guy’ Solskjaerby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Roy Keane insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must be given more time to succeed at Old Trafford.Monday’s draw with Arsenal left United with their worst start in 30 years and pressure on Solskjaer is mounting.But Keane says his former teammate needs a couple of transfer windows to change his squad.”I think he has been brilliant, a good honest guy. It is hard work at the moment, but there are six or seven young players learning their way,” said Keane on Sky Sports.”We’re all very impatient, we want success yesterday, but you have to give the man time. He is frustrated, under pressure, but dealing with it. He’s a classy guy but no doubt he will be disappointed at not winning enough games.”They have given him the job, support him in a couple of transfer windows. Are there more tough days ahead? You bet your life, but you need to stick with it. There was a lack of quality from both teams tonight. Their lack of goals, the lack of opportunities they’re creating.”Give these boys time. But on tonight’s performance, none of them [neither Manchester United nor Arsenal] will be in the top four.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo: Someone Sprayed #BringBackBruce On Tennessee’s Famous Rock

first_imgTennessee rock spray painted with "Bring Back Bruce."The Rock is one of the major landmarks at the University of Tennessee. According to the UT Athletics website, for decades, students have painted the rock with messages ranging from “birth announcements to memorials, break-up messages to marriage proposals, protests of war to messages of peace, celebration of Vol victories to expressions of, shall we say, disappointment.”Apparently , at least one Tennessee student decided to use The Rock as a personal billboard to advocate the return of former men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl. Pearl enjoyed a successful six-year tenure in Knoxville from 2006-11, before being fired for numerous NCAA infractions. He is currently the head coach of Auburn University. The Vols are in the market for a new head coach after Donnie Tyndall was fired this week for…NCAA violations. Our amateur artist feels Pearl’s track record (at least the positive parts of it) make him the perfect replacement for Tyndall.#BringBackBruce on the rock @coachbrucepearl #VFL pic.twitter.com/QhYzgObwxb— Brandon Carpenter (@bcarp49) March 28, 2015last_img read more

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Pep tells Jesus to ‘fight’ Aguero for Man City spot

first_imgPep Guardiola has challenged Gabriel Jesus to respond to the task of dislodging Sergio Aguero as Manchester City’s first-choice striker.It was a mission Jesus revelled in immediately after his arrival in Manchester in January 2017, with City’s all-time top scorer Aguero forced to bide his time on the bench in a number of high profile clashes – most notably a 2-1 derby win at Manchester United in December of that year.But Aguero has knuckled down to adapt his game to Guardiola’s specific demands when it comes to centre-forward play and is thriving under the Catalan, as evidenced by his stunning opening goal in last week’s 2-1 win over Premier League leaders Liverpool. 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? By contrast, Jesus has struggled to hit top form after suffering a medial knee ligament injury midway through last season and started each game for Brazil at the 2018 World Cup without finding the target.The 21-year-old scored his eighth of 2018-19 in all competitions during Sunday’s 7-0 rout of Rotherham United in the FA Cup but also missed several presentable chances.Into the next round great job from the team  #alômãe#gratidão#city pic.twitter.com/89GUVMLRia— Gabriel Jesus (@gabrieljesus33) January 6, 2019Jesus could get another chance in Wednesday’s EFL Cup semi-final first leg against League One Burton Albion at the Etihad Stadium, with Guardiola reminding the former Palmeiras star his lot is that of many forwards at Europe’s elite clubs.”He competes with Sergio. In the big clubs, all the players compete with big [team] mates so it’s simple,” the ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss told a news conference.”Always I take decisions [that are] the best for the team in the right moment. In part of our period together he played important games before Sergio because in that moment he was better than Sergio.”People were saying my relationship with Sergio was very bad, it was not correct, but I tried to be honest.”When I saw Gabriel in that moment he was playing more minutes and more important games than Sergio because in that moment I believed.”But I believe Sergio is an important player when fit and [Jesus] has to fight to win his position.”Aguero, 30, has 10 goals in 17 Premier League appearances this season and 14 in 22 across all competitions. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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£200k a week? Rashford under pressure to prove his worth

first_imgMore than 100 games into his Premier League career and there is still talk of Marcus Rashford’s potential.That might be a fair enough assessment considering his relatively tender age of 21 but the sums involved in the striker’s new contract are not usually reserved for players of potential. They are for the finished product.There is no question that there is a special player inside of Rashford, but he has not yet shown it consistently or often enough to justify United’s massive outlay at this stage of his career. But the club have – as usual over the past number of years – done business badly. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare They have been backed into a corner by Rashford’s hardball negotiation, as he is entitled to do. The clock had been ticking on Rashford’s previous deal.Having broken into the first-team picture under Louis van Gaal, Rashford signed a proper contract in the summer of 2016 just after Jose Mourinho was announced as manager. Various estimates have put that contract’s value at somewhere between £25,000 ($32,000) per week – excluding bonuses – and £80,000 ($100,000). Whatever happens from now on, the England forward is guaranteed a lot more than that from this day out.This won’t be an incremental rise in line with an already-existing pay structure. It would appear that Rashford held the aces right from the beginning of negotiations, with the summer 2020 deadline in sight.As the calendar moved closer to that date, Rashford held more power. That was the original expiration date on his contract even if United reserved the right to extend that deal until 2021.That extra year option is included in most United contracts these days and gives the club a little wriggle room if time is running out, players are stalling and no agreement is in sight. Extend terms and have a bit more breathing space when it comes to selling the player in the market.That would have been the situation in 12 months’ time, with Rashford a year away from walking away from Old Trafford for free and into the welcoming embrace of a team of a higher stature.Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City are all credited with interest in the United academy graduate and losing him for nothing would have been a terrible blow for the club and not least executive vice chair Ed Woodward.Without a technical director in place, contract extensions belong in a grey area around Old Trafford, with news a few months back revealing that nobody had been in touch about renewing terms with Ander Herrera, who as of today is a free agent and expected to sign for Paris Saint-Germain.No such problem with Rashford although the terms discussed – around £200,000 ($250,000) per week but potentially rising above £250,000 ($316,000) depending on bonuses – mean United have paid a premium to get it done.And that is one of the unintended consequences of the Alexis Sanchez deal. Jose Mourinho was hell-bent on blowing Manchester City out of the water for the Arsenal forward in the winter of January 2018 and that has created a legion of problems at the club.Alexis Sanchez Manchester United 2018-19When other players are aware of the terms of Sanchez’s contract – some £25 million ($32m) per season if all bonuses and clauses are met – representatives are entitled to ask questions when it comes to their own clients’ renewals.Rashford has performed far better than Sanchez during their time together. He is younger and worth more than the Chilean in the transfer market. By most metrics, he is a more valuable player but United’s structure-busting deal means he was being paid far less than Alexis. ‘If he’s worth x, then my guy is worth y,’ is a very simple way of putting it. And United really had no comeback.It is a day for celebration, there’s no question about that. Rashford did not cost anything in the way of a transfer fee and has many successful years of football ahead of him. United have tied down a player who would possibly have been the most sought-after free agent in football history if his contract expired.The recent NBA free agent frenzy demonstrated clearly that the players hold the power when it comes to that kind of negotiation. Football is no different. But Rashford remains under contract at United; he would be an asset for any team and now needs the right environment to thrive.He has been around the first-team picture at United for less than five years but has already worked under three vastly different managers. The long-term future of the third – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – will be by no means secure if United again fail to hit their marks this season.Rashford scored only two league goals between the middle of January and the end of the season. While others like Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba were getting it in the neck, Rashford was spared the scrutiny.But that changed at the conclusion of the campaign, when Rashford came in for criticism due primarily to his proximity to fan punch-bag Jesse Lingard. There were demands for a higher output and more consistency.Those calls will only increase now that he is being paid sums more suited to Champions League and World Cup winners, rather than FA Cup and Europa League winners.United’s big wage errors with Alexis led them down this path, paying mammoth salaries to players without the background to merit them but nonetheless with sufficient leverage to ask for it.What they need now is the payoff, namely consistent performances, plenty of goals, and a clear path to fulfilling that potential. Because, for that money, you’d expect more. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Jim Harbaugh Gives Injury Update On Michigan QB Dylan McCaffrey

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh leads the team onto the field.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh leads the team onto the field while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 41-8. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan had arguably the best win of the Jim Harbaugh era today, with the Wolverines blowing out Penn State at home, but the team did receive some tough injury news following the win.Jim Harbaugh announced an injury update for Michigan backup quarterback Dylan McCaffrey.The Wolverines’ quarterback suffered a broken collarbone.Harbaugh says that Dylan McCaffrey suffered a broken collarbone in the game.— Isaiah Hole (@isaiahhole) November 3, 2018McCaffrey, a former top recruit, will be out for an extended period. It’s the only major injury Michigan had during the game.Harbaugh: The only player i know is going to be out (for an extended period) is Dylan McCaffrey. He suffered a broken collarbone— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) November 3, 2018Michigan is set to host Rutgers in Ann Arbor, Michigan next weekend. The Wolverines improved to 8-1 with the win today.last_img read more

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Nebraska Player To Retire From Football Due To Medical Reasons

first_imgNebraska's players take the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Scott Frost certainly has the Nebraska Cornhuskers on the right track, but unfortunately the football program received some tough news yesterday surrounding one inspiring player.Jacob Weinmaster began his career with Nebraska as a walk-on linebacker, but his impact on special teams eventually earned him a scholarship for the 2018 season. Now, he’ll have to leave the game he loves behind and retire from the Cornhuskers.The Nebraska linebacker announced on social media that he’ll retire due to medical reasons, which will force him to miss his final season of college football.Injuries force Weinmaster to retire from Husker program https://t.co/bPUV1FRA0z via @michaelbruntz— Brian Christopherson (@Husker247BC) December 21, 2018Fortunately for Weinmaster and his family, he will be eligible to go on a medical scholarship for his final year.Weinmaster played in 10 games this past season, registering 13 total tackles and becoming an important piece to the team’s coverage on kickoffs.The Cornhuskers only have five scholarship players on their linebackers corps, following Weinmaster’s departure. However, two of those players are incoming freshmen and will need time to adjust to the collegiate level.last_img read more

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CFB Insider Has Update On Dwayne Haskins’ Plans

first_imgohio state quarterback dwayne haskinsINDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)With the Rose Bowl just eight days away, fans everywhere are wondering whether or not Dwayne Haskins will suit up. Considering that he’s already projected to be a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, there is always a possibility of sitting out to avoid injury.That will not be the case for the Ohio State quarterback, as it appears Haskins will continue to build his legacy with the Buckeyes.According to college football insider Bruce Feldman, one source close to the Ohio State star believes he’ll definitely play on New Year’s Day.This backs up what Haskins has been saying publicly,  as he’s said he’ll be playing in the contest.Checked in with someone close to Dwayne Haskins after seeing this. Source said “yessir” that the #OhioState star QB is going to play in the Rose Bowl. against Washington. https://t.co/2VjM3NPebR— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 24, 2018Haskins threw for 4,580 yards and 47 touchdowns in his first season as the starter. Not only did he carry the offense for the majority of the year, but he broke records along the way.If this is the final game for Haskins at Ohio State, it’d be fitting for him to win another huge contest for the program.Ohio State and Washington will kick off at 5:00 p.m. ET from the Rose Bowl. The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

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