10 months agoMan Utd in contact with reps for Juventus coach Allegri

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd in contact with reps for Juventus coach Allegriby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have made contact with representatives of Juventus coach Max Allegri.After the dismissal of Jose Mourinho, United have immediately moved for a replacement, with Zinedine Zidane approached this week.Corriere dello Sport says United are also in talks with Allegri’s camp.While Molde have agreed to ‘lend’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a stop-gap, United are actively seeking a permanent replacement for Mourinho.Allegri, who is tied to Juve until 2020, rejected an approach from Real Madrid last summer. last_img

10 months agoJuventus ponder bid for Man Utd striker Romelu Lukaku

first_imgJuventus ponder bid for Man Utd striker Romelu Lukakuby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are lining up a bid for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.Calciomercato.com says the Serie A league leaders are on the hunt for forwards to take over from players like 32-year-old Mario Mandzukic.Belgian striker Lukaku has scored six goals in 22 appearances for United so far in this campaign.The 25-year-old, who missed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first win as United boss on Saturday due to compassionate leave, is not the only United player on the Italian club’s radar. Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has held talks with Juventus but United do not wish to sell him. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoMan City midfielder Sane asks Liverpool: Can you handle the pressure?

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Sane asks Liverpool: Can you handle the pressure?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Leroy Sane has warned Liverpool the pressure is on them after Thursday’s win.Sane has warned manager Jurgen Klopp and his men, chasing the Anfield club’s first domestic championship for 29 years, the heat is on them.”We’ve put more pressure on ­Liverpool,” said the German forward. “We’re just four points behind them — and they know it, too. “They have to keep up, but we do to. It’s now a little bit more ­interesting.“It was one of the ­biggest ­performances since I came here. Liverpool are, at the moment, maybe the best team in Europe or the world, so we’re happy we beat them. The players all felt how ­intense it was, especially given how important the game was. It was ­really tense.“You could see in every tackle, in every pass, everyone was really focused on the game and not to make mistakes. One wrong pass, one mistake, and you could get ­punished.“So it was really important to win against Liverpool. It gives you more confidence to know we are closer and it’s not over. We’re always going to fight until the end, it doesn’t matter what the scoreline is.” last_img read more

14 days ago​Berbatov says Spurs should snub Mourinho for Pochettino

first_img​Berbatov says Spurs should snub Mourinho for Pochettinoby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov thinks Spurs should not hire Jose Mourinho.There are rumours suggesting that Mourinho is primed for a return to the Premier League, after he rejected French giants Lyon in the past week.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is under a bit of pressure after a poor start to the season.But Berbatov thinks Spurs should persevere with Pochettino.He told reporters: “Pochettino is the guy that needs to stay there, he’s been there for a long time.”There has been a lot of talk about Mourinho taking over at Spurs, I think he would have difficulty as well.”Would he make Spurs better? I don’t know because it is the same team.”Yes you can have a bit of a lift in the beginning, like Manchester United did when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came in.”Then you need to keep going otherwise you are going to slip into a spiral.”I remember Sir Alex Ferguson telling us a team needs to be changed when four years passes.”Not the whole team but players. After four years some players start to get complacent and they aren’t challenged.”They are in with the manager and they are comfortable, so a manager needs to shake things up and bring in new player.”I was thinking that this could be the case with Spurs, a lot of the players have been there a long time.”Maybe they need to shake things up and try to push the players in a way.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

13 days agoGervinho pens new contract with Parma

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Gervinho pens new contract with Parmaby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGervinho has signed a new contract with Parma.The deal takes him through to 2022 at Parma.Gervinho’s renewal was confirmed in a statement on Parma’s official website.The former Roma winger moved to the Tardini from Chinese club Hebei China Fortune in the summer of 2018.Gervinho has scored three goals and produced two assists this season. last_img

Kompany: Title race not over even if City lose

first_imgVincent Kompany does not believe that Manchester City will be out of the running for a Premier League title no matter what happens in Thursday’s clash with Liverpool. Liverpool enter the game holding a seven-point lead in the standings as City struggled through the month of December, losing three times and allowing Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten side to open up a gap at the top.  City famously ran down Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United for the league title in 2012​, and while a loss would see Guardiola’s side fall 10 points back, the Belgian says all hope will not be lost.  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? “We overcame eight points in six games in the past,” he told reporters. “I don’t live with that scenario in my head, of what happens if we lose.  “The moment I have to face the situation, at that moment I’ll see what the options are.  “I promise you now – when you are 10 points behind, all of a sudden, if there are not many teams between you and first, it only takes one team to start having a bad month and you will be back in.” And while the 32-year-old admits that winning against Liverpool will make defending their title much easier, he doesn’t see it as a match that must be won for City to claim another crown.  “It’s easy for everybody to assume that everything rests on this game,” he said. “I’m probably one of the only ones that disagrees, for the simple fact that we only had three games that we were below standard. That’s how far we are now.  Kompany quote“It only takes the other teams three games below standard and if we play to our ability, we will be back in.  “I want us to win because it gives us a better chance. Any other result, as long as we get back to the team we are, I think we will compete still.” City ended their poor December with a 3-1 win over Southampton, and Kompany implored his team to “come out fighting” in 2019 as he hopes they will be able to challenge on multiple fronts in the second half of the season.  “From the experience the players have been through before, sometimes you can turn it around, sometimes it doesn’t happen. “Just now, when you are caught in the corner, you come out fighting. If we come out fighting, even if results don’t go the way we want, because you can be lucky or unlucky in football sometimes and in life in general… if you come out fighting, eventually with the talent we have, we will get back on top of it.  “Hopefully, with enough time to catch up with Liverpool and to win other trophies as well.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

‘Firmino is Liverpool’s No. 9, 10 and 8’

first_imgRoberto Firmino has been saluted as a “complete” forward, with Fabinho admitting that a fellow Brazilian fills the No. 9 berth for Liverpool as well as roles as a creative 10 and combative 8.The South American star is the leading man in Jurgen Klopp’s fearsome attacking unit.He has often been deployed as a lone frontman and asked to provide the hard running which allows others around him to flourish. 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 27-year-old has revelled in that position, with 27 goals recorded across all competitions last season.Another 11 efforts have been added to that tally this term, but his game continues to be about much more than merely end product.“Firmino is a player who is really good at adapting to different positions. He is a No. 9 but he helps a lot in build-up play,” Fabinho told Liverpool’s official website of a talented countryman.“He is very important to the team in many stages of the game; he plays as if in the No. 10 role or a No. 8 role, he is a really smart guy who adapts to what the team needs.“He is great at playing with his back to goal and, like I said, in build-up play and starting attacks. He helps a lot in general teamwork as well as being a top finisher. So, yes, he is a really important player for us.”Roberto Firmino Liverpool Arsenal 29122018Firmino has been in impressive form over recent weeks, netting five times across as many appearances since grabbing a hat-trick against Arsenal on December 29.Pressed on whether he can be considered a “complete forward”, Fabinho added: “No doubt about it.“He is a player who, outside the box, is really smart and he makes the team tick. In the box, his finishing is indisputably good, both with his right foot, left foot and in the air.“If you look at the four goals he scored against Arsenal and City, you can tell he’s a big-game player. His confidence is sky high and I hope he keeps up this confidence and keeps scoring goals for a long time to come.”Firmino and Liverpool will not be in action this weekend as they crashed out of the FA Cup at the third-round stage against Wolves.The Reds will, however, return to Premier League competition on Wednesday when they play host to Leicester in a game which will see them attempt to cement a standing at the top of the table. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

‘Henry is still a player in his mind’ – Petit questions France icon

first_imgEmmanuel Petit believes his former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry has failed to understand how to make the step from being a player to a manager, after it was confirmed on Thursday night that he has been suspended as Monaco head coach before a final decision is made on his future.Henry is now tipped to leave his first managerial post after overseeing just four league wins in three months in charge of the Ligue 1 team, as his clashes with match officials, opposition players and colourful comments in his press conferences have added to the confusion around his brief reign.The former Arsenal striker was forced to apologise after he admitted using offensive language to berate Strasbourg’s Kenny Lala during Monaco’s 5-1 defeat last weekend, with Petit telling Goal that Henry has been taught a harsh lesson in what looks set to be a doomed first foray into management. 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? “In his short time at Monaco, we have seen too many times his frustration on the bench,” Petit began. “Also, he has made too many weird comments after games and he lets his frustration become too much.”It looks to me like he is still a player in his mind and he has to understand how to be 100 per-cent a manager. Maybe that has been his biggest problem at Monaco. “Sometimes when you are a great player and then a TV pundit, you make comments that you might not make if you realise what it is like to be a manager. “The world has changed so much and football has changed so much since Thierry was a player, so you cannot compare this game to what it was 10 or 20 years ago.”I don’t think Thierry saw that coming when he went into Monaco. Maybe he felt his personality would be enough to turn this team around, but it hasn’t worked and as a manager, this will be a very big lesson for him.”He understands that when you are a manager, you can have an impact on your team, but now he knows what it is like to feel helpless on the bench. “When you are a player, you have the power to change what it’s happening on the pitch. Now he is not a manager 100 per-cent as he is still learning what it is like to have some of his power taken away and, as well, how to behave. “He is still learning how to pick a team, set up his tactics, his man management skills and, on top of that as well, his body language and his communication needs to improve if he is to succeed as a coach.”Petit offered up a more encouraging assessment of his former Arsenal midfield partner Patrick Vieira, who has made steady progress in his first season as Nice boss.”Patrick is a calm guy and he understands how to be a manager better at this moment,” added Petit. “We saw how he handled the situation with Mario Balotelli, for example. He was fed up with this guy, put him out of his dressing room and now he has gone to Marseille. That sends a strong message to the dressing room. “Patrick is learning very quickly and the time he had in MLS with New York City and when he was training the Manchester City academy was also helpful or him. His experience as a coach before he took on a job in a big league was important for him and maybe this is why he has done better than Thierry.”Leonardo Jardim, Henry’s predecessor at Monaco, is being widely tipped to return to the club and replace Henry as head coach in the coming days.Emmanuel Petit is a Paddy Power ambassador and you can read his views at news.paddypower.comlast_img read more

Olmo responds to Man Utd rumours

first_imgDani Olmo claims to know “absolutely nothing” about reports linking him with a move to Manchester United, with the Spain U21 star merely looking for regular game time.The highly-rated winger is among the emerging talents to have been mooted as a possible target for the Red Devils.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already tied up deals for Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but more arrivals are expected at Old Trafford. 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 Olmo, who is currently on the books of Dinamo Zagreb, has seen his stock rise again this summer.He caught the eye at the European U21 Championship, claiming the man of the match award in Spain’s 2-1 final triumph over Germany.Olmo also recorded 12 goals and nine assists for Dinamo last season, to bring him onto the recruitment radar of leading sides across Europe.He is, however, unaware of there being any substance to the speculation suggesting that he could soon be heading to England.“Honestly, I know absolutely nothing about it,” Olmo told Croatian publication T-Portal.“It’s for my manager Andy Bara and my dad.“However, I’m not burdened by this.”Dani Olmo Dinamo ZagrebOlmo is not opposed to the idea of moving on in the current transfer window but has pointed out that he would only consider a switch to a side that could guarantee him minutes.He added: “Very simple – [I want] a club where I will play.“Because I am still young and for me, it is most important that I have minutes.”Olmo’s agent, Andyja Baru, has talked up the possibility of making a move to United, as he considers the Red Devils to be short of the qualities that a former Barcelona youth star boasts.He told Sportske Novosti: “At this point, I can’t comment on it!“Serious talks start from today, ultimately decided by Dinamo and Olmo, of course.“I send all interested clubs to Dinamo and when the clubs agree on a fee, I will come to agree on the conditions for Dani.“Dani can play for any club as he has already shown this at the Euro U21s. When we are talking about Manchester United, they have no such player as Olmo.”last_img read more

Real Madrid new boy Mendy ruled out for up to four weeks

first_imgReal Madrid defender Ferland Mendy is expected to be out of action for three to four weeks with a thigh problem, the club have confirmed.The left-back has been diagnosed with a muscular lesion that will keep him on the sidelines for the opening weeks of the new La Liga campaign. France international Mendy, who made a big-money move to Santiago Bernabeu in June from Ligue 1 outfit Lyon, will likely miss his side’s first game against Celta Vigo.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Coming through the ranks at both Paris Saint-Germain and Le Havre’s youth systems, he made the leap to first-team football with the latter in 2015 before signing with Lyon in 2017 on a five-year deal. He made over 75 appearances across his two seasons at the club, with his form in both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 campaigns earning him selection to the division’s Team of the Year. He has featured in both of Madrid’s International Champions Cup pre-season encounters so far, as a substitute in their defeat to Bayern Munich and starting in their penalty shoot-out victory against Arsenal. Los Blancos have already been struck by injury issues, with Marco Asensio suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury against the Gunners after scoring to put his side on even terms on the night.  They have, however, bolstered their ranks alongside Mendy during the off-season, with the Frenchman just one of a number of major signings brought in by Zinedine Zidane. Former Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard headlines the cast of new faces brought into the Spanish capital, along with forward pair Rodrygo and Luka Jovic, and defender Eder Militao. They are still keen to recruit, however, with Manchester United’s Paul Pogba near the top of their wish list, though the midfielder is yet to make a move from Old Trafford. Madrid have also sold Marcos Llorente to rivals Atletico Madrid while Sergio Reguilon and Dani Ceballos have left on loan to join Sevilla and Arsenal respectively. The club are looking to rebuild following a difficult season that saw them change managers twice, with Julen Lopetegui sacked following a poor opening run of form and Santiago Solari ultimately succeeded by former coach Zidane, who previously left at the end of the 2017-18 season.last_img read more