Posts tagged: England

JANUZAJ DIDN’T SEIZE HIS OPPORTUNITY

Mourinho said that Adnan Januzaj’s future has been decided when queried on just what his plans for the young Kosovo-born was.


Who imagined such a backward growth 4 years after the 22-year old rose above the veterans in the United squad to drag over a win against Sunderland,scoring two goals in the process.

Chants of the new Ronaldo and Messi were rolled out immediately and within a short time then coach DavidMoyes got him to commit to a 5-year deal in a desperate attempt to shield the young light away from the elite predators of European football. It was the time when the Red Devils were facing the prospect of having a heavy crash off their perch as Moyes’ first season in the club kept looking like a nightmare.

United’s abject display for much of the first season in the post-Ferguson era connived to give Januzaj the kind of opportunities hardly bestowed on teenagers anywhere in the world much less a club of United’s stature.

The following season under was expected to be a proper break out season for the youngster.Unfortunately, by January,he was on the plane to Borussia Dortmund for the rest of the season. A return of 6 appearances and 0 goals showed Adnan didn’t fare better in Germany. Read more »

MOURINHO DEFENDS RASHFORD

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has risen in defence of his striker Marcus Rashford despite the criticisms against him.


Before finding his form in front of goal recently, Rashford scored just one goal from the start of the New Year until early April.

On the other hand, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw have both been publicly criticized by Mourinho for their performance within the same period. Mourinho explained his management style, saying:

“It is not a psychological approach. It is common sense. When you give everything you have, I cannot demand more from you. Marcus, even when not performing especially well, he was giving absolutely everything. I could never demand more from him.”

Mourinho added that he only needed to encourage him to do more but that he was largely happy with the performance of the player. Read more »

IAN WRIGHT HITS OUT AT GARRY MONK FOR BURST UP

Former Arsenal striker, Ian Wright has massively criticized Leeds United head coach, Gary Monk for his actions after the 37-year-old got in the way of Huddersfield boss, David Wagner during the Yorkshire derby game in the Championship on Sunday afternoon.


The game at the John Smith’s stadium was leveled 1-1 entering into the final minutes, but Terriers defender, Michel Hefele produced a late goal that sparked celebrations from the crowd.

Huddersfield boss sprinted the entire length of the touchline to celebrate with his players. Much angered by the reaction, the former Swansea boss, Monk stepped in front of the German tactician as he ran past him leading to a brawl between both sets of the teams.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Wright slammed Monk for such an unprofessional display as he backed Wagner for his celebrations. Wright said he believed Monk deliberately stepped into Wagner’s path, sparking the confrontation. Read more »

Rodwell Hoping to Revive Career under David Moyes

Jack Rodwell was once regarded as the best young English talent and it was not surprising to see him linked with clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City quite heavily.


Everton resisted any interest from these clubs when David Moyes was their manager. However, it was becoming increasingly apparent that they would not be able to hold on to the highly rated English talent for a long. After a lot of persistence from City, Rodwell made the move to the Etihad stadium even though he was about that first-team football would be a lot tougher than at Goodison Park.

Competition for places was extremely intense at City and they had the ability to bring in a new player for each position almost every summer. This coupled with the player’s own injury problems meant that he was able to make only 25 appearances in his two seasons with City. The club were aware of his injury problems that started to appear during the 2011-12 campaign. Even though they took a gamble, they were not rewarded and Rodwell left for Sunderland in order to revive his career. Now, the player is hoping to do exactly the same after being reunited with David Moyes.
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Juan Mata has claimed that rivals cannot buy into the history that Manchester United

Former Chelsea winger Juan Mata has claimed that rivals cannot buy into the history that Manchester United enjoyed. This statement is seen as a dig at his former club and also to the likes of Manchester City. Mata enjoyed a renaissance at United under Louis van Gaal in the last few months of the 2014-15 season. The Spaniard was frozen out of the first team following the arrival of Angel di Maria for a club record transfer fee of £ 60 million. The drop in form of the Argentine helped Mata secure a return to the first-team.

It is widely expected that the Spaniard will be a key figure for the Premier League giants going forward. United are currently enjoying their pre-season tour of the United States and Mata has said that he is surprised that the amount of fans that United enjoy outside England. Manchester United are amongst the most well supported clubs across the world. It is a fan base that has been created by winning numerous titles in the last three decades. United hold the record for the most number of league titles in English football after recently surpassing Liverpool, but they trail the Merseyside outfit in terms of the Champions League titles. Read more »

Sunderland undoubtedly have had the upper hand

Sunderland undoubtedly have had the upper hand over arch rivals Newcastle United when it comes to the Tyne Wear derby in recent years.

Midfielder Jack Rodwell hopes that it is the case once again when the two teams meet each other at the Stadium of Light this weekend. Rodwell’s participation in the match is going to be highly doubtful, but after having completed 90 minutes of action against West Ham in the 1-0 defeat, he will be confident. Winger Adam Johnson has been a key part in this fixture over the last couple of years. He has scored in the last two Tyne Wear derbies.

Sunderland will be given a huge lift due to the presence of a new manager on the dugout. Dick Advocaat failed to lead his team to victory in his first match, but all that will be forgotten by the Sunderland faithful if the club manage yet another victory over Newcastle, who are having yet another comfortable end to the season. Newcastle caretaker manager John Carver will be aware that his team will be safe from relegation if we get another victory under their belt and he has eight matches to do so. Hence, it is quite possible that Newcastle will not be sharp for this encounter. Read more »