TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Rodgers: Maddison still an injury doubt for Leicester recallby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester boss Brendan Rodgers has been giving the latest update on the injured James Maddison.”We’ll see over the next couple of days. He’s obviously going to be a doubt. He’s put some weight on his ankle so we’ll see over the coming days.”He’s a big talent and he’s been playing great. We’ve got a really strong squad. We made some changes in the week, and the rhythm, speed and intensity in the team was the same.”It’s just the risk of whether he’s going to last the game or not. It’s questionable whether he’ll play or not. He’s such a talented player, we’ll give him every chance.”
Man Utd hero Ince warns Ole after Woodward commentsby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul Ince says club chief Ed Woodward giving manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a vote of confidence is “the worst thing you can get as a manager”.Woodward this week gave Solskjaer his public backing, suggesting the pressure is off the Norwegian for the time being.”You hear chairmen come out and say that and then next minute the manager is gone,” Ince told Mirror Football. “You hate it, it is the worst thing you can get as a manager a vote of confidence.”Woodward gave Ole the contract, so he has to say that, but I’m not seeing progression like I am at Chelsea under Frank Lampard.”So unless that changes then it will change the way people think – it will change the way fans think. Obviously Man United fans love him, he scored the winner in 99′, but fans can turn and once they do it’s a tough one.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan coach Conte: We had Dortmund afraid of usby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Antonio Conte says they dominated their 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.Lautaro Martinez and Antonio Candreva decided the Champions League win with a goal in either half.“Borussia Dortmund changed their system to five at the back, which means they were afraid of us and wanted to play by changing their approach to mirror ours,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.“We had prepared for a very different match, but did well to adjust. When Dortmund switched back to 4-2-3-1 after the break, we adjusted again and took control.“We had prepared to press them in certain areas of the pitch and they changed their system, so that was no longer valid. The most important thing I told the lads was not to lose possession in central areas, as that is where they push forward on the counter.“Roberto Gagliardini, Nicolò Barella and Marcelo Brozovic did a great job both in defending and attacking. I often tell Brozo off for attacking too much, but he had a great game tonight with both phases.“Barella is so generous and passionate, but he does give me anxiety attacks when he gets booked after 10-15 minutes…”
Watford injury chief unsure of Welbeck prognosisby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford’s head of injury prevention and rehabilitation Alberto Leon says the club are waiting on a prognosis for Danny Welbeck’s ankle injury.The striker lasted only a few minutes before being substituted during last Saturday’s draw with Watford”We are waiting on the report from one of the specialists,” said Leon.”We did a first report and it’s not the best news but we are waiting for this opinion. We will decide in a few days what we are going to do with the rehab.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
COLLEGE PARK, MD – OCTOBER 03: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines (L) jogs off the fiedl with his brother Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (R) following halftime of the Michigan and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on October 3, 2015 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)It’s a safe bet that Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, who also played for the Wolverines, isn’t a fan of Michigan State. But for at least one day in 1999, he intentionally wore Spartan green. This week, WXTZ-TV in Detroit unearthed footage of Harbaugh celebrating with the 1999 Michigan State basketball team during their national title run.Why does this exist? Harbaugh’s sister, Joani, is married to Tom Crean, who was then MSU’s assistant coach. Crean is now the head coach at Indiana.Harbaugh probably isn’t thrilled that this footage exists. But if his team beats MSU tomorrow, he probably won’t care.
Barcelona are eyeing Girona forward Cristhian Stuani as they continue their search for a backup striker, Goal understands. Munir El Haddadi completed a move to Sevilla last week, leaving the Blaugrana short on depth in the attacking positions. The Liga leaders have explored the signing of several names, but have focused in on Stuani due to his production and his relatively low price tag. 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? The 32-year-old has netted 12 La Liga goals this season, leaving him trailing only Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the league scoring chart. Girona have been looking to tie Stuani down to a new contract, but the veteran has yet to agree terms with his current deal expiring at the end of next season. Though they aren’t able to offer as much game time as Girona, Barca believe the possibility of winning silverware can convince Stuani to move to Camp Nou.Stuani has a €15 million (£13m/$17m) release clause, a relative bargain for a player in such fine goalscoring form. Barca could also potentially offset the price of Stuani’s purchase by selling the little-used Denis Suarez, who is on the verge of completing a loan move to Arsenal with an obligation to buy likely. In addition to Stuani, Barcelona have also been linked with several Premier League forwards in their search for depth at the position. Chelsea pair Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud, as well as Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente have been mooted as possible options. However, Barca ruled out a move for Morata two weeks ago and have yet to contact Chelsea over Giroud. Llorente is also unlikely to arrive, with Spurs now more likely to need the veteran forward after Harry Kane’s injury.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Alabama Crimson Tide fans react in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Nine years later and the viral video Irvin Carney shot in 2007 is still making its rounds on social media every time Alabama and Tennessee face off.Alabama plays Tennessee this weekend, and for Irvin Carney, that’s a special occasion. It’s another yearly reminder of his hatred for Tennessee, and perhaps more importantly it’s an annual reminder of the memorable interview he gave that ended up going viral, when the word “viral video” was still in its infancy.Check it out:“Man I hate Tennessee, because first of all it’s Tennessee,” he begins, eventually describing in detail how the Vols’ stadium resembles a garbage truck and why their particular shade of orange repulses him.That was in 2007.This year, AL.com decided to catch up with him and get his thoughts on the video.Carney told AL.com:“It was really random,” Carney said. “It was so organic and I think that’s why it caught on. We just started talking, talked for about 10 minutes before the camera came on. The guy interviewing me knew what I was going to say and I just kind of repeated what we had been talking about. Youtube wasn’t really as big a thing then as it is now so I just recorded it and never really heard anything after that. Then a few months later somebody told me in class that he had seen it on a bunch of different websites. I was like, wow, I forgot about that.Pretty cool, but surely after nearly a decade his hatred has settled down, right?“Oh I still hate Tennessee for sure, especially that soft, pale orange. I want them to lose every game from here to the next century.Okay, maybe not. Still, you have to respect his honesty and commitment to the cause.The Crimson Tide take on the Volunteers this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. E.T. and the game is being broadcast on CBS. You can bet Carney will be watching.[AL.com]
The U.S. women’s national team got its World Cup defense off to a flying start on Tuesday, blowing past Thailand with a record-breaking 13-0 win. Having claimed the World Cup in 2015, the USWNT started off the 2019 competition by setting a record for the largest margin of victory in World Cup history, men’s or women’s, and rolled to a few other impressive marks along the way. 13 – The United States Women’s National Team’s 13-0 victory against Thailand today is the largest margin of victory in the history of the FIFA World Cup (men’s and women’s). Historic. #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/CyZxee3pAj — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 11, 2019 Alex Morgan was the star of the night. The 29-year-old scored the USA’s first, fifth, eighth, 10th and 12th goals, becoming just the second player in the history of the Women’s World Cup to net five goals in a single game. 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? USWNT legend Michelle Akers was the only other player to hit five in one match, doing so during the 1991 competition against Chinese Taipei, but Morgan was not content with just scoring goals. She was happy to set the table for others as well, notching three assists on the night, the most for any single player in Women’s World Cup history, capping off a historic performance that saw her account for eight of the 13 goals scored.5+3 – Alex Morgan not only tied a #FIFAWWC record with five goals against Thailand, but also had three assists – the most in a Women’s World Cup match since 2011. Masterclass. pic.twitter.com/GSF6HIySVr— OptaJack⚽️ (@OptaJack) June 11, 2019Morgan also became the fourth USWNT player in history to score a hat-trick in a single World Cup match, joining Carli Lloyd, Michelle Akers and Carin Jennings in netting three goals to leave the USA just one player back of Germany (five) for the most in history. Despite a 3-0 lead at halftime the USA really poured it on in the second half. There were just six minutes between Sam Mewis scoring the fourth for the USWNT and Rose Lavelle hitting the seventh.6 – There were just six minutes between the #USWNT ‘s 4th and 7th goals against Thailand (50, 53, 54, 56), the fastest four goals have ever been scored in a single Women’s World Cup match in the competition’s history. Bombard. #FIFAWWC — OptaJack⚽️ (@OptaJack) June 11, 2019 That first Mewis goal was also a milestone for the Women’s World Cup. It was the 800th goal struck in the competition, with the USWNT having racked up 116 of those to that point.4 – Only Germany (five) can boast more hat-trick heroes in Women’s World Cup matches than USA, with Alex Morgan becoming the fourth player do so for her country (also Carli Lloyd, Michelle Akers and Carin Jennings). Acht. pic.twitter.com/aycdYeS7Bs — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 11, 2019 They would go on to score nine more, taking their tally of goals in the competition to 125, more than an eighth of the total scored by all teams all time. Overall the USWNT racked up 40 shots, putting 20 of them on goal. Both of those numbers constitute Women’s World Cup records. The USA also became the first team in the history of the competition to have three players finish with at least two goals, with Morgan, Mewis and Lavelle all striking at least twice. The USWNT will be back on the pitch Sunday to take on Chile, with the side’s final group match set for next Thursday against Sweden.
Manchester United “need” to sign “solid” Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt this summer, according to Kleberson.The Red Devils finished sixth in the Premier League last term, conceding a whopping 54 goals in the process.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men only managed to win two of their final 12 matches across all competitions, with fans and pundits highlighting a shaky defence as the main cause for concern. 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? The Norwegian boss is expected to invest heavily in new recruits while the transfer market is open and Ajax’s teenage centre-back De Ligt has been mooted as a possible target.The 19-year-old enjoyed a stellar 2018-19 campaign at the Johan Cruyff ArenA, helping Erik ten Hag’s side win a domestic double while also reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.Kleberson, who played for United between 2003 and 2005, has urged his ex-employers to fork out for De Ligt due to his unique “style of play”.The Brazilian World Cup winner told betoclock.com: “In my opinion, Manchester United need to bring in Matthijs de Ligt, who would be a good player to join because of his style of play. “With his passing, he is very comfortable on the ball and he reads the game well. Manchester United need a solid defender at the back to be able to create more chances going forward.”The Red Devils have already managed to bring in Welsh winger Daniel James from Swansea this summer, with a number of additional deals also reported to be in the pipeline.Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester, while West Ham’s Issa Diop and Newcastle youngster Sean Longstaff have emerged as potential targets.Solskjaer may also have to think about replacing Paul Pogba, who has expressed his desire to move on to a “new challenge”.Kleberson does not feel that the Frenchman has reached his full potential in a United shirt, insisting that the Premier League does not fully suit his game.“Pogba is a very good player, we saw his quality in the World Cup last year,” Kleberson said.”But his style of play is a little different for the Premier League, he’s differently styled. To drive and run with the ball, to find the perfect pass; this is difficult to do in the Premier League.”I played there for two years and I know how tough a league it is. He’s a very good player, but he is still to hit his top gear at Manchester United.”
Kylian Mbappe has been billed as a Ballon d’Or winner of the future , but the Paris Saint-Germain striker claims he would prefer to land a Champions League crown.At just 20 years of age, the France international has already achieved more than most manage over the course of an entire career.He has a World Cup winners’ medal and three Ligue 1 titles on an impressive CV, along with 87 goals across just three full seasons as a senior star. 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? The expectation is that he will continue to go from strength and strength, be that at PSG or after making a big-money move to the likes of Real Madrid.Wherever he ends up, Mbappe intends to thrive and continue chasing down major honours.Collective prizes will remain his priority over the course of what should be a decorated career, with no emphasis being placed on securing recognition as the finest player on the planet.Quizzed by ESPN on whether he would rather win the Ballon d’Or or a first European Cup, Mbappe said: “The most important thing is to win the Champions League because you can win the Ballon d’Or and not stay in history.“You play with 10 players, you don’t play alone. If it was tennis, I would say Ballon d’Or because you play alone.“Football is a sport that you play with a team and I think if you want to win the Ballon d’Or, you have to win the Champions League.“You can’t win the Ballon d’Or without the Champions League now, it’s so important in the eyes of the world.“I want to win the Champions League first. If I can win the Ballon d’Or, okay, but my objective is to win the Champions League first.”Mbappe added on the legacy he intends to leave when the day comes several years from now to hang up his boots: “I don’t want to be the best ever.“I want to be proud and do my best. I do everything I can do to have success and to win trophies, collective and individual. To do everything is what I want to do.”Many before him have managed to complement team success with personal prizes, with Mbappe an admirer of the very best in the business.Asked to name his all-time favourite footballers, the exciting frontman said: “It’s difficult because the football now is different than 20 years ago.“I could say Pele, but he played in the 1950s, and I could say now [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi, [Diego] Maradona, [Zinedine] Zidane.“There are a lot of players and it is difficult to pick one because when you pick one, you forget every player who had a great career.”While reluctant to single out individuals, Mbappe admits that two iconic figures with 10 Ballons d’Or between them are among the pick of those to have graced the modern game.He added: “Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Zidane, Ronaldinho. They are names that have made history and will never be forgotten.”Mbappe is hoping to add his name to that list, but will never add a selfish streak to his game in pursuit of such a standing.