Southampton boss Hasenhuttl won’t write off Forsterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl hasn’t yet wrote off Fraser Forster.The Mirror says Hasenhuttl is weighing up bringing goalkeeper Forster in from the cold as he bids to assess all the players he has inherited at third-bottom Saints.Forster joined Southampton in 2014 for £10million from Celtic weeks after being selected in England’s World Cup squad and nailed down the No.1 spot. But he hasn’t played since December 2017, when Mauricio Pellegrino was manager, after losing his place following a dip in form.The 6ft 7in, six-cap former Newcastle trainee was replaced as first choice by Alex McCarthy, who retained the role throughout Mark Hughes’ nine-month reign and then for the first five games under Hasenhuttl.The Austrian then used Southampton’s last two games, against Chelsea and Derby, to run the rule over England Under-21 stopper Angus Gunn. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Man Utd boss Mourinho: De Gea lucky to get new contractby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho believes that David De Gea is lucky to get a new contract at the club.United renewed goalkeeper De Gea with a four-year contract, giving him a salary raise.Mourinho, who was United manager until last December, does not believe the Spaniard has shown the recent form to merit the deal.”I think the moment where he signs his huge contract is the moment where I don’t think United need to pay as much as that to have him,” Mourinho stated on Sky Sports.”One or two years ago he had the world after him and, in this moment, when he signed his incredible contract, I think the majority of the big doors were closed.”Real Madrid’s door is closed, they don’t sign a goalkeeper after [Thibaut] Courtois, Barcelona is closed with the young and fantastic [Marc-Andre] Ter Stegen, Paris Saint-Germain is closed because they signed Keylor Navas, who is a very good goalkeeper and 34 years old for a goalkeeper is not a problem at all.”I don’t see United under pressure because David is going to disappear. Who is going to pay these numbers? So, I think he gets a phenomenal contract in a moment where he is a bit lucky to get it.”Is he good? Yes, he’s very good, in the same way I was saying that [Victor] Lindelof is good in some aspects and not as good in other aspects of the game, I could say the same about David.”He is much better on the line than he is coming out but I think in goal his agility, his technical level, is second to none.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: I hope Foden is patientby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists Phil Foden is in his season plans.Guardiola knows that all eyes remain firmly fixed on how he manages Foden.He said: “Phil is 19 years old, so he plays quite enough minutes and he will play a lot this season and the next seasons.“I didn’t speak with him so I don’t know (if he is happy to be patient). Hopefully.“When Phil is here in the first team of Man City it will be because he is ready to play every single game.“Of course he has many things to learn, but a guy of 30 also has a few things to learn.“Phil is so young, but he has the skills. There are things he can improve and that is why we want to help him.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa defender Guilbert ‘so happy’ working with coach Terryby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa defender Frederic Guilbert is happy working with coach John Terry.The French full-back has enjoyed an impressive start to life in the Premier League since completing a permanent £4.5million move from Caen during the summer.Guilbert claims the work of former England captain Terry, who takes the lead in coaching the club’s defenders, has helped his game.He said: “Of course I knew John Terry, not personally but now I can say yes. When you have a coach like him, when he speaks to you, you just listen and do what he is telling you.“I speak to him a lot because he was a great defender. He is good to speak with. We have really good staff and quality coaches, so I am happy.”
De Visser: I told Chelsea – do not lose Hudson-Odoiby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea adviser Piet de Visser has claimed former manager Maurizio Sarri was instructed to play Callum Hudson-Odoi last season.Sarri faced backlash from supporters and critics alike over his refusal to play Hudson-Odoi, who handed in a transfer request in attempt to join Bayern Munich.He recently a new long-term contract, and De Visser has hinted Sarri’s departure may have influenced that decision.”I enjoy young players. Lampard gives six or seven boys of the academy opportunities. That is the future,” de Visser told De Volkskrant.”Hudson-Odoi, he didn’t want to sign.”I told Chelsea: never lose Hudson-Odoi. He will be the new Hazard. But Marina [Granovskaia, Chelsea chief executive] said: he doesn’t want to sign.”And you know why not? Because Sarri didn’t play him. Then Sarri was instructed to deploy him, and he was their best player. And he signed for four [sic] years.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Asian Cup hosts United Arab Emirates are through to the knockout phase of the competition as Group A winners despite stuttering to a 1-1 draw with Thailand on Monday.Alberto Zaccheroni’s men looked the more competent side technically for much of the game, yet they struggled to craft clear-cut chances and a spirited Thailand side claimed a deserved point to see them progress in second place.Ali Mabkhout put UAE ahead early on and they remained the controlling force for much of the first period, only for Thailand to hit back through Thitipan Puangchan just before the interval. 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 game became tighter after half-time as opportunities dried up at both ends, though it mattered little as both sides progressed, with third-placed Bahrain also going through after their last-gasp 1-0 win over India.Thailand progress to the next round of the #AsianCup2019 alongside @uaent2019 and @bfainfo congratulations to the War Elephants pic.twitter.com/I4as5DRnl2— #AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 14, 2019It took UAE just seven minutes to break the deadlock, as Ismail Al Hamadi saw his strike come back off the crossbar after darting into the box, with Mabkhout nodding in the rebound.Although UAE played the better football, Thailand looked a threat and went close with 21 minutes played – goalkeeper Khalid Eisa Bilal getting down well to keep Adisak Kraisorn’s effort out.But the equaliser did arrive just before half-time, as Puangchan made the most of some poor defending and slotted home from close range after initially having a flicked attempt saved.UAE started the second half brightly, with Mabkhout forcing Sivarak Tedsungnoen into a save less than a minute after the restart.However, that was not a sign of things to come, as the rest of the match became bogged down in midfield, the two teams content to take a point apiece as they secured spots in the last 16.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not expect any Manchester United players to leave before Thursday’s transfer deadline, but would not rule out late departures.A number of players have been linked with moves away from Old Trafford with full-back Matteo Darmian and captain Antonio Valencia linked with moves to Italy.There has also been speculation Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira, who has been loaned to Spanish clubs Granada and Valencia in recent seasons, could make another temporary move. 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? “At the moment I can see everyone staying at the club,” caretaker coach Solskjaer said at his press conference ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League visit of Burnley when asked about reported Juventus target Darmian’s situation.”No deals have been done with anyone but there are still a few more days.”I’m not too involved in the negotiations so whatever happens happens, but it’ll be good to get the window closed and keep improving the players in the squad still here.”Pereira, 23, something of a fans’ favourite with the United support, enjoyed a handful of early-season performances under previous manager Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in December.His opportunities dwindled, however, and he has had few chances to impress Solskjaer yet.But the Norwegian ruled out another loan and says his chance will come.”I can’t see him going out on loan because Andreas has done fantastic in training ever since I come back,” he said.”He’s a player I can see playing quite a few games for us towards the end of the season.”
Rodri has asked Atletico Madrid to grant him “space” as he ponders his future amid interest from Manchester City.The Spain midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League champions and has a reported €70 million (£62m/$79m) release clause in his Atleti contract.Goal has reported that City have identified the midfielder as their priority midfield transfer target this summer. 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? City sporting director Txiki Begiristain has personally scouted the 22-year-old this past season and has come away impressed with his abilities. City are keen on bolstering their options at defensive midfield with Fernandinho now 34 and Rodri has done little to quell speculation he could fill that particular transfer wish of Pep Guardiola.Speaking to Deportes Cuatro, the 22-year-old said: “I asked the club for peace of mind to give me space.”It would be hypocritical to say that I can guarantee anything.”The only thing I can say is that I have a contract with Atletico Madrid, I have a clause, I have some conditions and today I am happy here.”I cannot say anything else because I do not know what’s going to happen.”City, who won a domestic treble in England last season, have also been linked with West Ham midfielder Declan Rice and Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele.However, Goal understands that City’s interest in Ndombele has cooled, while a move for Rice has been ruled out with the England midfielder also linked to Manchester United.That has made a move for Rodri a priority for City this summer, with Ilkay Gundogan’s future with the club also up in the air. The German midfielder has not made progress on a contract extension, though he now says he is ready to re-open talks with the club over a new deal.Guardiola also deployed John Stones at central midfield as times during the 2018-19 season, with the 25-year-old falling back on the centre-back depth chart. Fabian Delph is also an option for City in the middle of the park, but the 29-year-old could move on in the summer with playing time hard to come by in 2018-19.
EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 08: A general view during the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies on October 8, 2016 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The Huskies defeated the Ducks 70-21. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Week 4 of the college football season starts tonight. Come Saturday though, the matchups really start to heat up.Alabama hosts Texas A&M in the SEC West, and there are big showdowns in the Pac-12 and Big-12. It should be a fun weekend.ESPN’s panel of experts made picks for Alabama-Texas A&M, Stanford-Oregon, TCU-Texas and FAU-UCF. They released those predictions today.The breakdown for the four games is below.All 17 panelists took Alabama over A&M.Thirteen of 17 experts chose Stanford over OregonSixteen of 17 like TCU over Texas.All 17 took UCF over FAU.Here’s a look at a few of the score predictions for the weekend.You can check out all of ESPN’s picks here.There’s not much variety in ESPN’s expert picks this week, but that doesn’t mean an upset or two won’t happen. For example, all 17 panelists picked Auburn over LSU last week, but Ed Orgeron’s team pulled out the win on the road.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines waits for a second half punt while playing the Indiana Hoosiers on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The Cleveland Browns have a history of recent first-round whiffs. Jabrill Peppers isn’t quite there yet, but the start of his career hasn’t been everything that fans hoped from the former do-it-all Michigan star.Peppers is currently splitting time at safety. At Michigan, he was a dynamic athlete that was extremely dangerous in the return game, but he’s had miscues there with the Browns.Jabrill Peppers has apparently had some negative run-ins with Browns fans, and thinks the fact that he’s a Michigan alumnus doesn’t help.He spoke to the media about his struggles ingratiating himself with the Browns fan base, and thinks the heavy crossover with Ohio State fans is a possible reason.#Browns Jabrill Peppers believes being from Michigan makes fans here harder on him pic.twitter.com/SFKNBPVKOW— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) October 4, 2018Via ESPN:“Some people already feel a way about me because of my college choice,” he said. “I’ve just got to play better and make the plays on the field to get them to like me. That’s how it is in the NFL.”Peppers says that he’s encountered “hostility” from Browns fans when he’s gone out in Cleveland, and that he doesn’t leave his home alone anymore as a result.On Thursday, he caught additional heat for calling Browns fans “wishy-washy,” and saying there is a culture of calling for people’s jobs the moment that things start going poorly, which, to be fair, has more or less been the case over the last decade or so, until Hugh Jackson unexpectedly survived a win-less 2017 season.He later walked it back and said that he loves Browns fans.“I love the Cleveland Browns; I love the city of Cleveland,” Peppers said. “I love how passionate the fans are. Part of what I get is my fault. I’m not playing up to my potential and they see that as well so you can’t fault people for feeling how they feel. You just go to take it with a grain of salt and do what you got to do to get better.”Peppers has just 15 tackles through four games, and is on the field for fewer than half of the Browns’ defensive plays. The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry probably isn’t a total non-factor, but Buckeye/Browns fans seem to have gotten over Baker Mayfield’s open trolling of their school last year, now that he’s impressing at quarterback. If Peppers plays well, he’ll win the fans over, even if he has that maize-and-blue past.[ESPN]