Posts tagged: Euro 2012

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 »

RODWLL WILL MISS EURO 2012

Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell is expected to miss the Euro 2012 as a result of the hamstring injury he has been suffering from over the last few months. Jack Rodwell is one of the most promising young players for the England national team. Former England manager Fabio Capello said that he saw Jack Rodwell as a player capable of replacing either Rio Ferdinand or John Terry at the back for England. However, the last few seasons has been a struggle for the Everton midfielder, who has been beset by a number of injury problems. The latest one troubling him is the hamstring, which could force him to miss the Euro 2012 according to new rumours.

The 21-year-old recently completed the first 90 minutes after a long time in the Merseyside derby match against Liverpool recently. Even though Everton lost to the match quite heavily 3-0, with Luis Suarez stealing the show, the presence and the performance of Jack Rodwell has come under praise. However, the hamstring problem once again came to the fore just ahead of the match against Arsenal on Wednesday night. Rodwell was forced to withdraw from the squad just ahead of the match. Everton lost the match 1-0, thus suffering consecutive defeats after a run of nine games without defeat.

“He seems quite strong mentally and he will overcome this. Once he gets into the team and gets a run, he will improve. Jack is at the stage where he needs to be a regular. This has set him back a little bit but I have got every confidence that he is going to be a top player for Everton and England,” Steve Round said ahead of the FA Cup match with Sunderland. The timeframe for the return of Jack Rodwell to the first-team action is not known yet.

WELBECK HAILED BY EX-PROS

Manchester United’s young sensation Danny Welbeck has been hailed as a brilliant player for the club by two of the club’s best-known legends – Andy Cole and Paddy Crerand.

The youngster returned to the club in September after a loan spell at Sunderland. Since his return, he has been most impressive, scoring nine goals in all competitions. These included matches of paramount importance against rivals such as Manchester City and Arsenal.

Cole, a United veteran with over 120 appearances for the club, remarked that Welbeck’s return was especially important to the club, now that Javier Hernandez has been out for some part of the season with a few injuries. Speaking in an interview, Cole said that it would be immensely positive for the youngster’s confidence that he has been on the starting line-up for so many big games.

Speaking about Javier, Cole said that it was probably the most difficult season for the youngster as it was his second for the club. The number of injuries he had sustained hadn’t helped his performance. This was a golden opportunity for Welbeck to shine and prove his mettle and he had done just that, by scoring some magnificent goals against some of the most formidable opposition in the country.

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