About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd manager Solskjaer: Wins cause for optimismby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits that winning is keeping everyone happy at the club.Solskjaer has started with two wins out of two games, away to Cardiff and at home against Huddersfield.Now they face another home test against an impressive Bournemouth side on Sunday.When asked about the mood in the camp, United’s interim boss said in his press conference:”Whenever you win games, everyone’s happy so let’s keep that run going, we’ve got a performance against Bournemouth.”These two games have been fantastic, my first game and first game at Old Trafford, that’s new and keep that momentum going against Bournemouth and when you lose a game you won’t see many smiles about.”
Spalletti hails Mourinho: His legacy still felt at Inter Milanby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti has no problems with Jose Mourinho being linked to his job.The former Manchester United manager has been mentioned as Spalletti’s successor – and the Italian has no problem with it.He stated, “A possible return of (José) Mourinho to Inter? “It seems to me to be a good thing. Because thanks to its 18 months, Inter has become a team coveted by the best players and the best coaches at the European level.”Without these 18 months (Mourinho) we would not be here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man City boss Guardiola defends Bernardo Silvaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola launched a defence of midfielder Bernardo Silva.The latter was involved in a racism row after he posted a picture on social media that compared a young Benjamin Mendy to a graphic on a popular chocolate.Many accused Bernardo of racism, but Guardiola does not believe that is the case.”Honestly, I don’t know what will happen,” Guardiola told reporters about the furore surrounding his Portuguese midfielder.”They should put their focus on another issue because they don’t know which guy you are talking about.”Bernardo is one of the most lovely people I ever met in my life. He speaks four or five languages and that is the best way to understand how open-minded he is and one of his best friends is Mendy. He’s like a brother to him.”The image is not about the colour of the skin. He took a picture of Benjamin when he was young and he related it to this cartoon, which was quite similar for the image.”If they want to do that [investigate] and ask for Bernardo, I think he will be open to talk. But first you have to know exactly which person you are talking about.”There are many situations with people, with white people and you look at a cartoon and the face is quite similar as your face and you put it in there, it is quite similar.”I think the response from Mendy was clear after that. They are joking all the time. Maybe what I say as advice is to hide social media, if something happened it would be a mistake.”Bernardo is an exceptional person. A guy who can speak five languages, it’s because he’s open-minded – nothing about the colour of the skin, nationalities or whatever.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth management scoffs at moaning Pellegriniby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth management were left “bemused” by West Ham’s meltdown at the end of yesterday’s 2-2 draw.It’s emerged Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini claimed assistant boss Jason Tindall was influencing referee Stuart Attwell. An animated Pellegrini was involved in an altercation with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe. Tindall appeared to act as peacemaker, ushering the sexagenarian Chilean away from 41-year-old Howe near the dugouts of the Vitality Stadium. Howe later denied that the exchange was heated: “No, not heated, we were just discussing a few VAR calls. Everyone’s got their own different opinions to decisions, so there was no problem.”Moments later Pellegrini, whose side are now third in the Premier League, offered his side in an uncharacteristic outburst. “No, I never talked about the VAR decision,” he said. “I talk about the assistant coach of him, the complete game with the referee trying to pressurise in every decision. That’s all what I complain, not about the VAR. “Its his assistant. I think they don’t need it because they are a good team that play offensive football. I think Eddie has done very good work here – his assistant doesn’t need to do those kind of things because I don’t think it’s fair for the referee.”A source close to Bournemouth’s management told the Daily Mail: “Eddie and Jason are bemused as to why the West Ham management were getting their knickers in a twist and not happy about it. “They seemed to have a problem with Jason being on the touchline but everyone knows Eddie and Jason come as a team. They are always on the touchline together and did nothing different than in any other game. “But they felt hard done by on VAR and weren’t afraid to make that known. For some reason Pellegrini had an issue with it. Why? Probably because, deep down, he knows they were right and West Ham were lucky to come away with a draw.”
Twitter/@duke_athleticsMike Krzyzewski is 68 years old, but coming off of the 2015 national championship, don’t expect the Hall of Famer to hang up his whistle in the near future. When asked about any potential retirement plans, Coach K had a simple answer: he doesn’t have any.“I have no thoughts on retiring right now.” -Coach K #FanTownHall pic.twitter.com/oIX80NPU5i— Duke Athletics (@Duke_ATHLETICS) July 2, 2015We don’t think Coach K can coach forever, but the way he’s been recruiting, it wouldn’t be wise to doubt him.
Rick Neuheisel SingingIn addition to being a former head coach and current college football analyst, it appears Rick Neuheisel is also a performer in his spare time. The 54-year-old Neuheisel took his show on the road to Wild Wings Cafe in Columbia, S.C. this evening, where he’s performing on-stage in a South Carolina hat under the watchful eye of Steve Spurrier and a host of other bar patrons.The HBC looks like he’s having a good time. Neuheisel also broke out the tune “Born in the SEC,” which he has previously sang on the Dan Patrick Show.pic.twitter.com/owbpx8wTRX— Steve Spurrier Jr (@coachspurrierjr) August 8, 2015What do you all think of Neuheisel’s vocal prowess?
If the SEC decides to realign its divisions for football, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn would be fine with the Tigers moving to the SEC East. The 50-year-old coach told ESPN’s Chris Low, “I think there will be discussion on that.”The SEC is currently split into two seven-team divisions, with Auburn being in the SEC West, along with in-state rival Alabama. If the SEC shuffles things, @CoachGusMalzahn wouldn’t be opposed to Auburn moving to the East. “I think there will be discussion on that.”— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) April 13, 2016The SEC has already set its conference games through 2025, so realignment before then seems fairly unlikely. A move to the other side of the conference would certainly not end the Alabama-Auburn yearly Iron Bowl game, but it probably would end the yearly Alabama-Tennessee game. Unless the SEC changes its rules with a realignment, there would be only one set cross-divisional opponent for each team. And the Tigers’ opponent would surely be the Crimson Tide. Which team from the SEC East should move to the SEC West if the Tigers do, in fact, switch sides?
InstagramMichigan freshman Ahmir Mitchell transferring after suspension.Ahmir Mitchell enrolled at Michigan early, but it doesn’t look like he’s ever going to play a down for the Wolverines. Wednesday, just days after it was announced by head coach Jim Harbaugh that the freshman wide receiver would be suspended indefinitely, Mitchell announced on Twitter that he’d be leaving the program.“It’s been all love from the fans, community, and the people of Michigan. I’ve made bonds and friendships with people here that will last a lifetime. I love what U of M had to offer me but, what is best for me and my family comes first. Therefore I will like to announce that I am hereby reopening my recruitment to all Universities and football programs.”Mitchell specifically stated that he’s “reopening’ his recruitment. But since he’s been enrolled at Michigan since January, this would have to be considered a transfer.All love for the people of Michigan and U of M ?? pic.twitter.com/dATIELCJQe— Ahmir_SoDevoted (@TheDeuce_2_Nice) August 24, 2016Mitchell is a class of 2016 player who was rated as a four-star composite. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound star is from Egg Harbor City, New Jersey.Reasons for Mitchell’s suspension have not been released. Harbaugh became frustrated with the press when asked about it last week.
It took a time out, but UCLA product Frankie Amaya was taken by FC Cincinnati with the first pick of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.The former USL side, which will debut in MLS in the upcoming season was making its first-ever selection, and the club looked like it might move out of the first slot at the last minute before deciding on the U.S. national team under 20 star. Amaya was selected over the likes of VCU midfielder Siad Haji, who was also considered to be in the running for the top slot. The 18-year-old Amaya played his freshman season at UCLA and featured for the USMNT’s U-20s during the 2018 Concacaf Championship. 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? Amaya started the final, in which the USA claimed their second title in the tournament with a 2-0 victory over Mexico, and is expected to be in contention for the nation’s Under-20 World Cup squad for the tournament in Poland this May. The UCLA product became the first American take with the top pick since Andrew Farrell was taken number one overall in 2013. Cincinnati also own the 13th pick of the first round, after acquiring it from the Philadelphia Union in a trade for allocation money earlier this week.Haji became the second pick of the draft, with the midfielder taken by the San Jose Earthquakes. The 19-year-old was a standout both in college and at the MLS combine. With the third pick of the draft Orlando City went with forward Santiago Patino of Florida International University. FC Dallas went with Canadian center back Callum Montgomery with the fourth overall pick. Montgomery played his college soccer at Charlotte. The Colorado Rapids stayed close to home with the fifth overall pick, taking Denver University standout forward Andre Shinyashiki. A pair of goalkeepers were selected in the top 12 with Dayne St. Clair, widely seen as the top keeper in the draft, going seventh and Luis Barraza going to New York City FC at 12.From there, the backline ruled the day, with the next four picks all being defenders. In total, the first round saw the selection of six midfielders, eight forwards, eight defenders and two goalkeepers.2019 MLS SuperDraft first roundA premium was placed on attackers and pace in the early going, with four forward and two midfielders going in the top 10 picks. The only defenders taken in the top 10 both went to the same side in FC Dallas, while just one goalkeeper went in the top 10. Pick Player Club Position 1 Frankie Amaya FC Cincinnati Midfielder 2 Siad Haji San Jose Earthquakes Midfielder 3 Santiago Patino Orlando City Forward 4 Callum Montgomery FC Dallas Defender 5 Andre Shinyashiki Colorado Rapids Forward 6 Griffin Dorsey Toronto FC Forward 7 Dayne St. Clair Minnesota United Goalkeeper 8 Sam Junqua Houston Dynamo Defender 9 Tajon Buchanan New England Revolution Forward 10 John Nelson FC Dallas Defender 11 DeJuan Jones New England Revolution Forward 12 Luis Barraza New York City FC Goalkeeper 13 Logan Gdula FC Cincinnati Defender 14 Akeem Ward D.C. United Defender 15 Chase Gasper Minnesota United Defender 16 Roy Boateng New York Red Bulls Defender 17 Sam Brown Real Salt Lake Midfielder 18 J.J. Williams Columbus Crew Forward 19 Emil Cuello LA Galaxy Midfielder 20 Tucker Bone Seattle Sounders Midfielder 21 Kamar Marriott Sporting KC Defender 22 Janos Loebe New York Red Bulls Forward 23 Ryan Sierakowski Portland Timbers Forward 24 Anderson Asiedu Atlanta United Midfielder
Inter defender Milan Skriniar says he is close to agreeing a new contract with the Serie A club.The centre-back has three years left on his deal but is reported to have been negotiating a year-long extension that will include a pay rise.AdChoices广告Skriniar has shone at San Siro since arriving from Sampdoria in July 2017 and has been linked with Manchester United and Barcelona. 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? However, the Slovakia international insists he wants to stay in Milan.”You all know I want to stay at Inter,” the 23-year-old told Tuttosport.”I have a great relationship with the club and the directors. We’re talking and we’re close to an agreement.”Skriniar has sought to distance himself from transfer talk on a regular basis over recent months.Just last week he hit out at reports suggesting that he would look for a way out of Inter if the club brought in added competition at centre-half.He insists that is not the case and is hoping to soon have an experienced new team-mate alongside him, with Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin said to be interested in moving to Italy.”Godin would bring experience and a winning mentality,” he said. “He is someone who has won trophies. He can give us a big helping hand and help us to become stronger.”For now, Skriniar is focused on learning from the world’s finest central defenders as he looks to cement his place among them.”The strongest? Sergio Ramos,” he replied when asked who the best in his position is. “Every year, he is voted among the best, he has won many Champions Leagues and he scores plenty of goals.”I also like [Virgil] Van Dijk, I’ve watched a lot of David Luiz and Thiago Silva, because I want to take something from each of these champions.”