Alexis dropped for Man United’s FA Cup test

first_imgManchester United Man United team news: Alexis dropped and Pogba remains on bench for FA Cup test Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:36 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Alexis Sanchez Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United FA Cup Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion The Chilean sits out for the first time since arriving from Arsenal in January, while the midfielder fails to reclaim a starting spot Alexis Sanchez has been dropped to the bench by Manchester United, where he joins Paul Pogba as the Red Devils take on Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup quarter-finals.Jose Mourinho has made five changes from the side knocked out of the Champions League by Sevilla, with Sanchez missing out for the first time since arriving from Arsenal in January following 10 successive starts.The decision comes following a number of underwhelming performances in a variety of starting positions after signing for the club in the swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan leave for the Emirates Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Pogba remains on the bench, from where he made a second-half substitute appearance on Tuesday, and it is Scott McTominay who steps in to replace Maroaune Fellaini in the midfield.Sergio Romero, Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata also come in, with David de Gea, Ashley Young and Marcus Rashford dropping to the bench.Mourinho will be keen for his side to get back to winning ways following Tuesday’s setback and the days of rancour which have followed.Manchester United: Romero; Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Shaw; McTominay, Matic; Mata, Lingard, Martial; Lukaku. Subs: De Gea, Lindelof, Pogba, Sanchez, Rashford, Fellaini, Young.Brighton & Hove Albion: Krul; Schelotto, Dunk, Duffy, Suttner; Kayal, Propper, Gross, Locadia, March; Ulloa. Subs: Maenpaa, Bruno, Goldson, Sanders, Izquierdo, Baldock, Murray.last_img read more

A lesson for Jose? How FA Cup glory saved Sir Alex

first_imgPremier League A lesson for Jose? How FA Cup glory paved the way for Man Utd greatness under Ferguson Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:30 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United Getty/Goal Premier League Manchester United v Watford Chelsea v Manchester United Manchester United Watford Chelsea FA Cup Opinion It’s perhaps hard to believe now but there was a time when Sir Alex Ferguson was under serious pressure at Old Trafford before he won his first trophy Jose Mourinho has taken flak all season long. That’s in spite of the fact he’s led Manchester United to the Europa League and now back onto the Wembley stage. But it’s nothing compared to what the United boss at the time was facing back in 1990. Then, as now, the manager was under pressure not only to deliver meaningful trophies but to win in style. Then, as now, there was an FA Cup final to look forward to – even in the face of widespread dissatisfaction with results and with the football on offer.Then, as now, there was big money spent with little evidence that the team would ever get supporters’ blood pumping. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Hard to imagine now given his successes but that manager was Sir Alex Ferguson. Mourinho’s second-placed outfit are bona-fide superstars next to his one.United had been badly mismanaged and trophy-less for a long time but still there persisted a belief on the terraces that they should be winning and winning in a manner befitting the stature of Sir Matt Busby’s club; European champions in 1968.The team had played some attractive stuff under Ron Atkinson but were a little soft – especially when midfielder Bryan Robson didn’t play. Atkinson’s replacement – a certain pre-knighthood Ferguson – produced some encouraging results during his first season in charge but things went south very quickly.By the end of that 1989-90 season they would end up 13th – their worst league finish since being promoted back to the top flight in 1975. That despite the fact that the squad had been expensively furnished with the signings of Danny Wallace, Neil Webb, Paul Ince and Gary Pallister.Things were critical; Ferguson was not simply under pressure but there were outright demands for his sacking.Paul Ince Manchester United 1990 FA Cup final“Fergie had spent big the previous summer,” says Wayne Barton, author of The Man Who Kept The Red Flag Flying – the Jimmy Murphy biography .“It was the most expensively assembled side in the club’s history. There was a tremendous amount of pressure. United were expected to win the league.”They never got close. The nadir came on a cold December day when minnows Crystal Palace visited Old Trafford and took home the points. Palace were terrible that season themselves and had already been slapped 9-0 by champions-elect Liverpool. In all United were to endure a run of 11 consecutive matches without a solitary league win. At one stage they looked a decent bet for relegation. Crowds for home games had gone down to the low thirty-thousands.“There was a run around Christmas they lost four in six and they scored one goal in those six games,” Barton says. “Those were dire times. He was on borrowed time a little bit because he spent all that money and, if anything, they had gone backwards from the Ron Atkinson era. They lost seven or eight games before Christmas.”One United fan by the name of Pete Molyneux had brought along a homemade banner that day with an accurate summary of the feeling widespread in the stands.3 YEARS OF EXCUSES AND IT’S STILL CRAPTA RA FERGIEThat white bedsheet has become legendary in Manchester. It captured the spirit of the times perfectly and showed how much Ferguson would have to do just to meet expectations – if he could somehow survive the season.While those at the club always insist that the manager’s job was never truly in danger, by the time United played Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup early that January there was a palpable sense that a failure to progress there and he would have to go.Manchester United 1990 FA Cup final“He was odds on to be sacked before the end of the season,” says Barton. “Speculation was raging. The pundits in the paper were saying if they lost against Forest he wouldn’t survive. It was the cup run keeping him alive.”Mark Robins etched his name into United folklore by giving his boss a stay of execution and setting up a fourth-round date at lowly Hereford.“Their league form was still rubbish,” says Barton. “They lost their next two games after. His job was still at risk there.“He could have lost that game and probably would have been sacked. They scored with about four minutes to go on a terrible pitch.”He got lucky more than once in the draw; first by coming out opposite Oldham in the semi-finals after wins against Newcastle and Sheffield United and then again when Palace somehow upset Liverpool in the other one.Onward to Wembley. United would eventually need a replay to dispose of Palace after a 3-3 thriller. Left-back Lee Martin scored the only goal of the second game. But Ferguson finally had something to build on.“Getting there and winning the trophy was a massive boost because it was the first one under Ferguson and it bought him that little bit more time,” says Barton. “It did a lot to give that squad confidence. It was a crucial moment in United’s history.”Manchester United Cup Winners' Cup 1991The following season English teams were re-admitted to European football after the ban stemming from Heysel in 1985. United set about turning Barcelona over in the Cup Winners’ Cup final in Rotterdam.“Because they hadn’t played in European football for a while, the English style of play was new to those continental players they were coming up against,” says Barton. “They were caught cold by it.”While the FA Cup bought Fergie time, it was the European win which gave United steam. They knew then what it took to meet expectations and got into winning habits.“It wasn’t like they didn’t have the talent,” Barton says. “It’s just that they were so burdened by the weight of expectation. When they started winning games the confidence blossomed from that.“Barcelona were widely considered to be the best team in Europe. It was a huge shot in the arm. Winning those games was enough to get momentum.”The League Cup fell next; then that first crucial Premier League title. In the transfer market everything Ferguson touched turned to gold. Denis Irwin came in 1990, Peter Schmeichel and Paul Parker a year later. Eric Cantona in 1992 would turn a great team into an exceptional one.But it was in that FA Cup run that Ferguson’s gold-laden journey truly began; the seed planted.Had there been defeat to Forest or Hereford or anyone else along the way there would be no 1999 and no 2008. There would be no history for Ferguson to write. There would be no banner in Old Trafford which today reads EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US LOVES SIR ALEX FERGUSON.And the standards Ferguson set made life a hell of a lot more difficult for his successors. He built on the foundations of Sir Matt Busby and satisfied those demands that United not only had to win but win in style.“Because of what Ferguson did, as we saw with Louis Van Gaal, winning the FA Cup is no longer enough,” says Barton. “It still is a big trophy but Van Gaal could have finished fourth and probably kept his job.“If you look at Mourinho it’s not enough United are winning but they have to win in a certain way. It shows you what a complex job it is to coach at that level. Every single game is a cup final.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Hamsik hints at Napoli exit amid China talk

first_imgTransfers Hamsik hints at Napoli exit amid China talk Chris Burton 01:00 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marek Hamsik Napoli Getty Images Transfers Napoli Serie A CSL The Slovakian midfielder has spent 11 years with the Serie A club, but he could be on the move this summer after opening himself up to a new adventure Marek Hamsik has hinted that he could bring a record-breaking 11-year spell at Napoli to a close this summer, with his services being sought in China.The 30-year-old midfielder is the latest high-profile figure to be linked with a move from Europe to Asia, with Barcelona icon Andres Iniesta currently exploring similar options.Hamsik has shunned interest from afar in the past to remain loyal to Napoli, allowing him to take in 500 appearances and become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now He is, however, aware that he has reached a point in his career where a new challenge can be embraced, and he may be about to open himself up to offers.Quizzed on his future plans by Pravda, Hamsik said: “I’m disappointed that we missed out on the title again. I’m sorry, because our great fans deserve this triumph, and I thank them for their great support.“I’ve spent all this time here, giving all my strength. Maybe now is the time when our paths will diverge. I’d like to try something new.”Hamsik’s father, Richard, has also suggested that a new chapter could be opened this summer, with Chinese Super League sides having already expressed an interest.He added: “The interest is serious but negotiations aren’t easy.“For three years Marek has dismissed any idea of leaving, only focusing on winning the Scudetto with Napoli, but they’ve failed to do that again.“The problem is that it’s not the main transfer window in China right now, that only happens in winter.“So the first question, therefore, is when he would leave for China. Clubs have different ideas, the Asian season is up and running and Chinese teams have limits on the number of foreigners in their squad.“Another thing is that Marek still has a three-year contract in Naples, so it’s all in the hands of his agents and his employer.“Right now I see it as being 60-40 in favour of his departure to China. Now Marek’s agent, Juraj Venglos, is going to talk to the president of the club.”last_img read more

Premier League set for winter break ‘very soon’

first_imgPremier League Premier League set for mid-season break, claims FA chief executive Ryan Benson 21:34 5/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) man city-cropped Getty Images Premier League After years of debate and discussion, the FA’s chief executive has confirmed the Premier League will get a mid-season break The Premier League is getting closer to the implementation of a mid-season break after the Football Association (FA) chief executive Martin Glenn claimed it will “very soon” be introduced.A period of rest has been a regular topic of debate in English football over the last 10 years or so, with some putting the country’s international failings down to the lack of respite afforded to players during the campaign.All of the other top five European leagues have breaks over the Christmas period, while coaches and players brought to England from abroad have often suggested changes should be made to bring English football into line with other countries. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Although it was not confirmed when precisely in the calendar the break will take place, it has been reported that a two-week rest will allow players time to recuperate after the usually hectic festive schedule.Addressing FA councillors, Glenn said: “We’re working closer and more collaboratively with the professional game than at any time in recent years.”Very soon this will pay dividends with the creation of a mid-season break, which is a much-needed improvement for our clubs and England teams.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

TFA VICTORIA OFFICE RELOCATION

first_imgThis communication is to inform all members of the Touch Football community of the TFA Victorian office relocation, effective from Monday 30th April 2007.Touch Football VictoriaSports House Level 2, 375 Albert RoadALBERT PARK VICTORIAPh:   (03) 9206 6755Fax: (03) 9206 6766For further information please see the Touch Football Victoria website www.victouch.com.aulast_img

2010 ACT Super League

first_imgThe Men’s Super League division one has four teams vying for the title in 2010, the Tuggeranong Vikings, Woden Eagles, Northern Phoenix and Canberra City.In round one, the Eagles were 10-7 winners over Canberra City, while the Vikings were four touchdown winners over the Phoenix, 10-6. This Thursday, the Eagles will play the Phoenix, while Canberra City takes on the Vikings in round two of the competition. Rounds three and four will be played on Sunday, 7 November 2010 at the Amaroo fields, with the Men’s division’s games being contested at 12.00pm and 2.30pm respectively. Six teams are competing in the Women’s Super League division one – Vikings A, Vikings B, Canberra City, Eagles A, Eagles B and the Northern Phoenix. In round one, Vikings A were six touchdown winners over Eagles A, 9-3, Canberra City were 11-2 winners over the Phoenix, while Vikings B were 10-0 winners over Eagles B. In round two, Eagles A will play Vikings B, Eagles B will meet the Phoenix, while Vikings A will take on Canberra City. Rounds three and four will also be played on Sunday, 7 November 2010, at Amaroo at 1.40pm and 4.10pm respectively. In the Men’s Super League division two competition, six teams are competing in 2010 – Canberra City, Vikings, Phoenix, Eagles 1, Eagles 2 and Eagles 50’s. In round one, the Vikings were six touchdown winners over Canberra City, 8-2, the Eagles were 4-1 winners over the Phoenix, and Eagles 2 were 8-4 winners over Eagles 50’s. Round two will see Canberra City take on Eagles 1, the Phoenix will play Eagles 2, and the Vikings battle it out against the Eagles 50’s.Sunday, 7 November will also see rounds three and four played in the Men’s Super League division two competition, with round three to commence at 12.50pm and round four to be played at 3.20pm.The competition will continue throughout November, with the final two round games to be contested in a double header on Sunday, 28 November 2010. The semi finals of the 2010 ACT Super League will be played on Thursday, 9 December 2010, followed by the grand finals a week later, on Thursday, 16 December 2010. For more information and to keep up-to-date with results, please visit the ACT Touch website:www.acttouch.com.aulast_img read more