Jose Mourinho reveals reason behind Manchester United’s slow start to the season

Jose Mourinho reveals reason behind Manchester United’s slow start to the season

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said his players need more time to settle into the season after the World Cup.

United’s preparations for the new campaign were hampered by the summer tournament, with many of Mourinho’s players missing the entirety of the Reds’ pre-season tour of the United States as a result of their involvement in Russia. Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard were among the players to miss United’s entire pre-season schedule and Mourinho believes his players will need extra time to bed into the new campaign as a result. “When you have a good week when you train really well, things are positive, you expect good individual performances. You don’t expect mistakes and you expect a good result, not a defeat,” Mourinho said, reflecting on last weekend’s defeat by Brighton.

“Normally when you lose you want to play immediately and two days after that was not the case. But I am happy that was not the case because at this moment we need some time.

“We need players to be back, we need players to train more to have a kind of pre-season after the pre-season that they didn’t have after the World Cup.” United welcome Spurs to Old Trafford tonight and Mourinho knows how much of a threat Mauricio Pochettino’s side will pose, despite United’s good record against the north Londoners last term. “It is a big game against a good opponent, an opponent that last season, in all the three matches we played, they were difficult matches in spite of [the fact] we won two of them,” Mourinho said.

“It [the FA Cup semi-final] was a good performance, away from home where everybody was expecting us to lose the match. We didn’t start well and conceded an early goal and after that we had the quality and the mentality to change the result, to be dominant in the second half and it was a really good performance. “We know what a good team they are and we know that they come here with their objectives. Big match but no need to work much on the motivational level because we have a natural motivation to play against the good teams.”

England’s Two Best Youngsters, Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho, Slated For Call-Up

Two Of England’s Best Youngsters Slated For Call-Up

Gareth Southgate will bring exciting youngsters Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho into the England national team fold. The pair of 18-year olds are seen as two of the most promising prospects in the Three Lions set-up and the England boss is set to call them up for England’s first two games since the World Cup as he looks to freshen things up ahead of Euro 2020.

Under 17 World Cup winner and BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year winner Foden marked his name in Premier League history after becoming the youngest player to win the league having made five appearances in City’s record-breaking triumph last season. He was poised to step up to the Under 19’s side for the European Championship but remained with City for a full pre-season. The Stockport lad was then rewarded with a start in the Community Shield against Chelsea at Wembley, producing an impressive display and assisting Sergio Aguero’s 200th City goal. Silky winger Sancho was tipped to join Foden in progressing through to the City first-team but elected to move to Borussia Dortmund in a £8 million move in August 2017.

After making the switch to Germany, he made 12 appearances in the Bundesliga last season and showed just why he’s regarded as such a top talent. And in Dortmund’s first game of the 2018/19 campaign, Sancho came on as a substitute and set up captain Marco Reus to score the final goal in a 4-1 win over RB Leipzig. Image: PA Both Foden and Sancho should be in the mix for Euro 2020 so it makes sense for Southgate to get them in and around the first-team environment nice and early. England plays Spain in the UEFA Nations League at Wembley on 8 September, before Leicester’s King Power Stadium plays host to a game with Switzerland as part of Kick it Out celebrating their 25th anniversary. Thoughts on the decision to call up the pair? Should Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon also be in with a shout?

How Cristiano Ronaldo And Lionel Messi Compare Throughout FIFA Games?

How Cristiano Ronaldo And Lionel Messi Compare Throughout FIFA Games

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been long-standing rivals since CR7s move to the Bernabéu in 2009 and have both produced many spectacular El Clásico games since. They both played against each other for the first time when Manchester United played Barcelona in the 2007/8 Champions League semi-final, which United would go on to win. Both are considered the greatest players of their generation, and of all time, have scored over 600 goals for club and country as well as 50 goals in a single season. Since they both finished runners-up to Kaka for the Ballon d’Or in 2007, between them they have dominated the award for the last decade, sharing it five times each. Yet somehow, the creators of FIFA, EA, must decide each year which of football’s superstars are superior to the rest. Between FIFA 06 and 09, Ronaldo had the clear advantage having established himself nicely at United, rated 91, Messi had only just begun his senior career at Barcelona and was a measly 78 overall. Early FIFA victories for Ronaldo, both were in full swing for their clubs and as such Ronaldo was rated 93, and Messi 91.

When FIFA 11 rolls around we begin to see a change as Messi takes a slim advantage in the ratings 90 to 89. During this time Messi’s Barcelona had won La Liga and knocked Real out of the Champions League and between 2009 and 2012 Messi won four consecutive Ballon d’Ors. The middle years won by Messi.

Between FIFA 12 and 16, Messi maintains his rating advantage, it’s not until FIFA 17 that Ronaldo pulls ahead with a 94 rating. Although they were largely similar in goal production it’s possible that decision was made on the back of Ronaldo winning the last two Ballon d’Or’s and last three Champions League titles. Later years with Ronaldo back on top.

Ronaldo takes the win, of sorts, being rated higher in seven titles to six, the FIFA 19 cover athlete has already had his rating of 94 revealed this year, can Messi keep pace?

 

Spurs Made £25 Million Deadline Day Move For Tammy Abraham

Spurs Made £25 Million Deadline Day Move For Tammy Abraham

Spurs struggles in the transfer window carried on all the way until the deadline with Mauricio Pochettino’s side reportedly making the last day move for Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham that was rejected by the Blues. Never in the history of the Premier League having a transfer window has a club failed to sign a single player in the summer. Well, that was until Spurs managed to pull off that very achievement this year.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team have done very well the last three season, finishing third, second and third respectively, but the Spurs boss obviously wanted to kick on and challenge Manchester City this season. In the summer Spurs looked certain to sign Jack Grealish, especially with Aston Villa in financial difficulties. Daniel Levy decided to wait as long as possible to get the price down and wait for the Championship club to be desperate to sell. That backfired when the club was bought out and no longer needed to sell. Now it seems that Grealish wasn’t the only attacking transfer that Spurs tried to make happen, though they waited even longer for their other target. According to Goal, Spurs made a £25 million bid for Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham on Transfer Deadline Day but the Blues had no interest in selling, especially not to their rivals presumably. Tammy Abraham playing against Lyon.

The report did say that Abraham would have been open to the move across London in an attempt to get more first-team football under Pochettino, although he’d have been the second choice to Harry Kane. The 20-year-old forward is an exciting prospect and was on loan to Swansea City in their relegation season last year, and on loan to Championship Bristol City the season before, but has been unable to overtakeAlvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud in the pecking order. Morata and Giroud are Chelsea’s first choice strikers.

It’s likely that England under 21 international will still leave Stamford Bridge before the end of the month with Championship sides still able to loan him but the Blues will not want to lose him permanently. Chelsea has started well under Maurizio Sarri, earning two wins over Huddersfield and Arsenal, whilst Spurs have also won two and face Manchester United on Monday.

Kaka Reveals His Two Picks For This Season’s Ballon d’Or

Kaka Reveals His Two Picks For This Season’s Ballon d’Or

Legendary Brazilian Kaka has named his two picks for this year’s Ballon d’Or.

While Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are outright favourites for the award the midfielder has not named either in his selection, instead, he has opted for Luka Modrić and Kylian Mbappé.

Both Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the award for the last decade, sharing five awards each, will one of them edge ahead this year? Ronaldo appears to be best placed to claim the award, having led a Real Madrid team that claimed their third consecutive Champions League title, but he faces strong competition from several players including Mo Salah, Modrić and Messi. Kaka was the last player to win the Ballon d’Or outside of Ronaldo and Messi in 2007 while playing for AC Milan. Yet the 36-year-old has shunned both former winners, feeling that Modrić and Mbappé are more deserving following excellent seasons with their respective clubs and a summer which culminated with them both featuring in the World Cup final.

Kaka said: “Modrić has had some impressive results, winning the Champions League and being able to play the World Cup final. He is the man who creates the show and commands the game, Mbappé is very strong and has a whole career ahead of him. Let the future be yours.” Modric and Mbappe already have their hands on a couple of trophies.

At the 2018 World Cup Luca Modrić won Golden Ball and Kylian Mbappé won best young player. Mo Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Harry Kane are being championed by fans for the award but are outside shots. Neymar has imploded of sorts after an underwhelming World Cup and on-field antics have meant it is unlikely he will win the award after finishing third in 2015 and 2017.

Kaka added, “For Italian football, it’s great to have it, it brings visibility, sponsors, media interest around the world.” Cristiano brings many things to the Italian soccer system as a whole, not just for Juventus.” After five wins for Ronaldo and five for Messi in the last decade is this really the year that someone else gets to the throne?

 

Steve McClaren calls for ‘patience’ as QPR fans turn on him after fourth successive defeat

Steve McClaren insists he is still the right man to manage Queens Park Rangers after another night of embarrassment where he was abused by his own supporters.

After four straight Championship defeats at the start of the season, fans turned on the former England boss joining in with Bristol City followers’ taunts of “you’re getting sacked in the morning” along with far more vulgar chants. Matt Taylor’s first half goal and two from Andreas Weimann ensures QPR have now conceded 10 goals in the space of three days following the 7-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion but McClaren remained defiant. “Am I the man to turn this around? Yes absolutely,” he said. “I knew the situation when I came in.  “The abuse is society now, an instant reaction and this is normal. Am I pleased? No. Am I angry and disappointed? Yes. Am I determined to put this right? Yes. I knew this was a tough job and I knew coming in it wouldn’t happen overnight.

“My message to the fans is patience, I’m certainly losing it, we need players, but we have support from the board to do that. The next 10 days are big. We have talent out there but at the present moment we are suffering. I believe if we get the right players in, we will be OK.”

 

Liverpool news: Reds legend reveals secret behind resurgence at Anfield

Liverpool news: Reds legend reveals secret behind resurgence at Anfield

That’s the view of former Liverpool striker John Aldridge, who saw Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Monday to make it two wins from two.

Liverpool have been tipped as the closest challengers to Manchester City this season having reached the Champions League final last year. Goals from James Milner and Sadio Mane earned the win at Selhurst Park to follow up on a 4-0 win over West Ham on the opening weekend. It means the Reds are the only team yet to concede in the Premier League with Virgil van Dijk looking secure at the back alongside new goalkeeper Alisson. And Aldridge believes the influence of both has been key to how secure the Anfield outfit have been in recent months. “We look calmer, a lot more in control and we don’t panic,” Aldridge said on LFCTV. “The centre-halves and goalkeepers we’ve had in the past do panic when things aren’t going right. “But with Van Dijk and the goalkeeper, who is as cool as a cucumber, it gives such a calming effect to everyone. “We’ve got a very good spine now. Wijnaldum had a good game against Crystal Palace and the spine compared to a year ago is excellent.” Klopp has led Liverpool to three finals since taking charge, being beaten in each one.

A League Cup loss to Manchester City on penalties was followed by a defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final. Real Madrid then stopped Liverpool earning their sixth European crown earlier this year with goalkeeper Loris Karius at fault for two of Madrid’s three goals. And Aldridge admits Klopp needs to start winning the silverware instead of just making the final two. Aldridge added: “He’s only been in the job for two and a half years but you can see the transformation, but we have to start winning these finals.” Klopp himself though has insisted he doesn’t feel under pressure. “We can’t guarantee titles but we can increase the possibility of winning titles,” Klopp told Kicker. “(The goals are) Nothing new.

Only three teams are allowed to finish ahead of us. “We have to ensure that the gap to those three teams is minimal in order to be there at the right moment. But that is very difficult.”

 

Sergio Aguero scores hat-trick as Manchester City hit Huddersfield for six

Sergio Aguero scores hat-trick as Manchester City hit Huddersfield for six

Manchester City returned to the Etihad as reigning Premier League champions with six goals, an emphatic victory and the threat of yet more dominant wins to come, laying waste to a hapless Huddersfield Town to move top of the table. In their first outing since news of Kevin De Bruyne’s three-month lay-off with a knee injury, City showed no signs of missing their most influential player. Sergio Aguero’s ninth Premier League hat-trick, goals for Gabriel Jesus and David Silva and a Terence Kongolo own goal gave Pep Guardiola’s side a resounding victory. City were helped, especially in the first half, by an erratic showing from Huddersfield’s goalkeeper Ben Hamer, who spent the last four years as a reserve at Leicester City and will be disappointed with his role in City’s first three goals. All three were easily preventable. Such was the disparity between these two sides, however, even a goalkeeper at the very top of his game could not have prevented defeat. Sergio Aguero lofts home his first Wagner’s side frustrated the champions on this ground back in May, spoiling City’s coronation by claiming a hard-fought goalless draw. Yet in a defence where there was organisation three months earlier, chaos reigned. Huddersfield’s Steve Mounié almost opened the scoring in the wrong net after just two minutes, slicing an attempted clearance onto the top of his own crossbar. Jesus spurned two presentable opportunities in a short, frantic period of City pressure that followed. Gradually, Huddersfield regained their composure and slowed the rate of attacks, but with City patiently dominating the ball in their visitors’ territory, it became a question of when their breakthrough would not come, not if. Hamer’s first error of the afternoon gifted them it. Gabriel Jesus got on the scoresheet Ederson, Hamer’s opposite number, was the architect, picking Aguero’s diagonal run out brilliantly from a goal kick. Christopher Schindler held Aguero up but Hamer’s mindless decision to rush off his line left City’s all-time leading scorer with more than enough space to aim at. One goal up, numbers two and three quickly followed and the adventurous Benjamin Mendy was key to both. One typical, surging run down the left from his own half and a neat one-two put him in on goal, only to be dispossessed. Jesus followed up immediately, beating Hamer at the near post. Aguero celebrates his second

Four minutes later, a low cross from Mendy’s wicked left foot proved too much for Hamer to handle, quite literally. In attempting to collect the ball, he instead spilled it, providing Aguero with a chance to add his second of the afternoon. The Argentine would make no such mistake.

“We want 10,” chanted the Etihad, perhaps requesting a repeat of City’s 10-1 victory in this fixture in 1987, which remains Huddersfield’s record league defeat. Helpfully, Huddersfield soon got their one. Stankovic, who spent last season sidelined through injury, tapped in Mounié’s flick-on. Jon Gorenc Stanković pulled one back

It was the travelling support’s turn to make their voices heard, promising to “win 4-3” but Silva rendered that scoreline an impossibility at the start of the second half with an expertly-taken free-kick whipped into Hamer’s top left-hand corner, leaving the Huddersfield goalkeeper rooted to his spot. Aguero completed his hat-trick a quarter-of-an-hour from time with a deft touch. Again, Mendy was the provider but this time, the cross fell a little awkwardly for its intended target. No matter. Aguero stabbed the ball into the ground with the outside of his boot, sending it spinning backwards, around Hamer and in. David Silva scored a sublime free-kick

There was still time for another. Leroy Sané, Aguero’s late replacement, darted through on goal from the left flank, hoping to add his name to the scoresheet, but his poke at goal was blocked by Hamer’s body. Kongolo could not get out of the way in enough time and inadvertently diverted the ball in. Leroy Sane created the sixth late on.

Steven Gerrard: Rangers manager says ‘Maribor had no respect for us’

Steven Gerrard: Rangers manager says ‘Maribor had no respect for us’

Allan McGregor and Steven Gerrard celebrate at full-time. Rangers defeated a “Champions League” team who showed them “no respect”, said manager Steven Gerrard after the Ibrox side’s Europa League win over Maribor. An away goalless draw against the Slovenians – who were in the group stage of Europe’s top competition last season – secured a 3-1 aggregate win. Gerrard’s men will face FC Ufa of Russia in the play-off round next week, with a group-stage place at stake. “They had confidence, they had ego, and they are devastated,” Gerrard said. He added: “They had no respect for us, but my players have proved over two legs we are better than Maribor, and that gives me great confidence going forward.” Gerrard remains unbeaten as Rangers manager since joining in the summer, and his team are now two games from a potential Europa League group-stage place. The draw in Maribor was their eighth competitive match of the season, and the Ibrox manager believes there is still more to come from his group. “My players are giving me this so early, and they are showing they can carry out instructions having only been together for a short spell,” he added.

“I believe we will improve the squad with more personnel and become stronger. And as a group, we will continue to grow. “When we are at Ibrox, there is a certain way of playing. But when you come to difficult places, you have to show a different side and we are doing that very well at the minute.”

 

‘All Or Nothing: Manchester City’ Reveals Heated Exchange After 3-2 Defeat To Man United

‘All Or Nothing: Manchester City’ Reveals Heated Exchange After 3-2 Defeat To Man United

The new Amazon documentary ‘All or Nothing: Manchester City’ reveals the heated exchange between players following their 3-2 defeat to Manchester United, last season.

City had the chance to claim the Premier League title against their cross-town rivals United in April. Though raising silverware was postponed following defeat to Jose Mourinho’s side. That’s despite racing to a two-goal lead. United came from two-down to eventually secure a dramatic victory, delaying the inevitable as City eventually held aloft the Premier League trophy. And through City’s gripping documentary which chronicles their 2017/18 campaign, footage has surfaced of the dressing room exchange. Transcript below via Give Me Sport: Delph: “F****** shit man, f**** sake. F****** useless. F*** me. F****** hell.”

Kompany: “If I wanna see this team go to the next level, and do even more, every single detail we need to be honest with ourselves and be hard with ourselves.” Toure: “I think the point of what I’m saying right now is that it’s true because in the first half we were there, but in the second half they took us physically. “Because, I think we have to understand sometimes, because we’re fatigued and that’s the time we need to regroup.” Delph: “‘F****** tired? It’s simple, it’s straightforward. We stopped f****** running in the second half.” Guardiola: “When you lose in football, you think, we didn’t run. That is b*******, guys. That is not the point.” Image: Amazon/Manchester City Delph: “I’m not blaming anyone, it’s just the basics of football. When things go against us and everybody drops their head, just remember the basics. “Winning our individual battles, sticking together as a unit, f****** defenders defending, midfielders box to box, f****** keepers… just the basics of football.”

Guardiola: “Football is not flowers, a good holiday and say everything is easy. “Football is so complicated at the high level guys. We tried to build something good and you did do good. “You have to make the last level guys, everyone together. That is the moment the real man’s, the real football players, the real professionals step up and say ‘I’m here.'” If you haven’t yet watched an episode, you need to – it’s brilliant viewing.