Thornley exclusive: Phelan perfect for Solskjaer at Man Utdby Andrew Maclean10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLife as Manchester United manager has started well for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Two wins from two matches. 8 goals. Paul Pogba in fine form. A palpable excitement now reverberating through Old Trafford.A sizeable task lies ahead of Solskjaer to lead United into the top-four, but it is one that will be helped considerably by the presence of assistant manager Mike Phelan.That is according to former United winger Ben Thornley, who works as analyst for MUTV and has intimate knowledge of the club’s inner sanctum.Phelan has spent fourteen of his 23 years as a coach at United, five of which he served as Sir Alex Ferguson’s number two.It is a role the 56-year-old now fills for Solskjaer, who has two stints at Molde and an ill-fated spell at Cardiff City on his coaching resume.And Thornley thinks Phelan’s experience and coaching nous will greatly benefit the Norwegian in what will be the biggest six months of his management career to date.He told TribalFootball.com: “I feel as though Mike Phelan is a guy that was at the club a long time before his departure and he worked as a coach under Sir Alex Ferguson. [He’s] a very, very trustworthy man, a very calming influence in the dressing room.”He’s not somebody who screams and shouts he knows the club inside and out and he’s a very knowledgeable coach. I think the club can only benefit from having somebody like Mike Phelan and his experience amongst the ranks.”Solskjaer will try and make it three wins from three when United host Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon. With Arsenal facing league leaders Liverpool, United could potentially close to gap to fifth place to just three points by the end of the weekend. TagsOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham defender Serge Aurier arrested before Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defender Serge Aurier was arrested before defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.The Daily Mail reports the 26-year-old was held the night before Sunday’s defeat by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Wembley after an alleged argument with his partner. Aurier missed the clash against United.Aurier denies the accusations of assault and Hertfordshire Police released the full-back without charge. It remains to be seen whether Aurier will face internal disciplinary procedures from Tottenham following the incident.A Tottenham spokesman confirmed: “We are aware of an incident concerning Serge Aurier this weekend. The player was released without charge.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
AC Milan and Inter unveil concept designs for new stadiumby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan and FC Internazionale have unveiled the shortlisted concept designs for the new Milano Stadium together with plans for an urban redevelopment project for the surrounding San Siro area, reports www.fcbusiness.co.uk”The Rings of Milano” by Manica/Sportium consists of two iconic rings, interlocked and set apart in perfect balance, symbolising the story of how two clubs, forever in opposition, and now united in their cause to preserve one of Milano’s most storied traditions.The stadium’s iconic linked rings accommodate both LED and architectural solutions for branding and team changeover between matches. The new Stadium of Milano is carefully integrated into a broader masterplan development that will revitalise and transform San Siro into a park and entertainment district for the people of Milano to experience year-round, preserving the original pitch’s location and reimagining it as a gift to the community for all to enjoy. “The Cathedral” by Populous draws inspiration from two of Milano’s most iconic buildings; the Duomo and the Galleria. In fact, a sunlit galleria encircles the stadium enveloped by an elegant glass façade. The Cathedral has been designed to create a unique home for the fans and supporters with bespoke installations. The stadium is designed to be the most sustainable in Europe: the galleria is naturally cooled and passively heated, photovoltaic panels line the stadium roof, and all rainwater is collected from the roof and reused. The stadium is surrounded by 22 acres of green space, which reduce water runoff. TagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: Inside Man Utd we know we’re on right trackby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists the club knows they’re on the right track.Despite struggling to make it past Sky Bet League One side Rochdale on penalties in midweek and failing to impress as they meekly lost 2-0 at West Ham last week, Solskjaer says he believes in the principles they are trying to instil in the squad.He said, “I never said it was going to be easy this season. There is going to ups and downs and highs and lows.“When we lose a game, go through difficult periods it is time for us to trust what we are doing and keep working to the principles that we believe in. It’s not about changing direction every time you lose.“Every game in the Premier League is winnable, but also loseable. It’s fine margins.“Sometimes you’re happy and smiling because you’ve won a game and sometimes you are angry because you’ve lost a game. But deep down you know we are on the right way.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say West Ham lose Fabianski for rest of 2019by Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United have suffered a significant blow with the news that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski will be out for the rest of the year.The number one shot stopper at the club suffered a hip problem during a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth at the weekend.Scans show that he tore a muscle in his hip, which means that he will be out for at least the rest of the year.The 34-year-old has been in great form, managing four clean sheets in the league in seven games this term.The Evening Standardsays backup keeper Roberto will be the man called on to take Fabianski’s place.The 33-year-old arrived on a free transfer from Espanyol this summer to serve as the club’s no.2 keeper.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Besiktas goalkeeper Karius: I’m happy for Adrian at Liverpoolby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBesiktas goalkeeper Loris Karius has praised the improvement of the defence at parent club Liverpool.Adrian has made 10 appearances this term as Alisson recovers from the calf injury he sustained in the win over Norwich in the opening game of the Premier League season.”Every goalkeeper would feel comfortable behind that defence but Adrian is doing a good job,” Karius told the Daily Mail. “He seems like a nice guy; I am happy he is getting game time.”The defence has improved brilliantly over the last season and a bit and they rarely concede goals anymore. It was solid even back then but now it’s on another level because the whole has team improved.”The longer people are together the better it works. They have been playing together quite a bit and with the potential they have it looks really promising.”I hope they can win the league. The season is so long but it’s always good to have a good start and get some points ahead so it looks good. I can’t see them losing a game.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised the structure behind the scenes at Manchester United as his side consider the possibility of dipping into the transfer market this month.The Red Devils’ interim manager has won all four of his first matches in charge after Jose Mourinho was sacked last month.Mourinho voiced his discontent at the club’s reluctance to back him in the transfer market on several occasions, but Solskjaer claims he has been impressed by the amount of work going into recruitment behind the scenes. 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? United have been linked with a number of players in recent weeks, with speculation suggesting that a new centre-back could be on the agenda, and Solskjaer believes the club will have had a good idea of their next targets for some time.”The club’s probably had a plan, you don’t just plan the next day and next month but this transfer window has probably been planned since the summer and the year before, the structure is phenomenal,” the United boss told reporters.”I’m sure they’ve got their targets, I’m here to voice my opinion on that and I’m sure we’ll sit down, me and Ed [Woodward] if we’ve got anything in the pipeline.”I’m here to work with the ones I’ve got, they’ve all performed and as long as they perform they should get a chance but that’s my job to improve the team and individuals.”Solskjaer praised the attitude of the players already at his disposal when pushed for his thoughts on the current United squad.”They’ve not scared me yet!” he added.”I’ve enjoyed working with them, they want to learn and improve, that’s key. If you’re hungry and humble enough to improve then we’ll improve as a team in the end.”After such a positive start to his time at the helm at Old Trafford, many have started to wonder whether Solskjaer could be in line to take on the manager’s job on a permanent basis at the end of the season.But the Norwegian says he is yet to speak to the club about his long-term future having only taken up his current role just over two weeks ago.”No, no, no it’s early doors and, of course, when I came in they were open and honest about it; they’re going to have a process, looking for the next manager.”The more you’re here, the more you enjoy it but it’s one game at a time and the day they announce the next manager, if it’s me or someone else, good luck.”
Jan Vertonghen has backed Tottenham to end their “crazy” season with Champions League glory against Liverpool on Saturday. Mauricio Pochettino’s side are preparing for the first Champions League final in the club’s history following a remarkable run in the competition. The Londoners took only one point from their opening three group games before qualifying for the knockout stages courtesy of a late draw at Barcelona in their final group match. 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 the quarter-finals they edged Manchester City on away goals after a chaotic second leg ended 4-3 at Etihad Stadium. Then, in the semi-final, Spurs needed a 96th minute winner to recover from three goals behind to beat Ajax, also on away goals. Vertonghen says Tottenham’s eventful run in the competition and being seemingly on the brink of elimination on so many occasions makes them appreciate their place in the final even more. “I think every player has been used in the Champions League and played his part,” the Belgium international said to Sky Sports. “It’s been the craziest one ever and being at the end of that crazy campaign now is something unbelievable. “We all played our parts and hopefully we can hold the trophy at the end of the game. “In the group stages, we should not have lost that away game at Inter, we got one point after three games, the Barca away game… there are so many I can’t tell them all, but it’s been crazy. “To be playing in a Champions League final is something to cherish. “How many games have we played to get here eventually? Twelve games? In every single one of them, something crazy happened. “At the end of my career, I’ll hopefully look at this and think this was the most beautiful and craziest year of them all. “I don’t know about destiny. We have to win it, if it is to be destiny. We feel very confident because of our campaign as well. “I will always be able to say I was part of a Champions League final but you want to tell a different story to your kids and this is the ideal script.” Vertonghen also believes Tottenham’s place in the final is just reward for the progress made under Pochettino. Spurs were hovering outside the top six when the Argentine arrived from Southampton five years ago. Since then he has transformed them into Champions League regulars and Premier League title challengers. Having been at the club since 2012, Vertonghen has been able to see that transformation at close hand and insists he isn’t surprised at their achievements. “The first two years I was here were Europa League nights, but it’s what we’ve been working on,” added the 32-year-old. “Maybe outside, they did not expect a Champions League final, and I can understand that. “But I think we’ve got an unbelievable group of players. There’s so much quality. Quality-wise, for me, it’s not a surprise. “Five years ago, he picked this club up and brought us to the level we are at now. He’s done some unbelievable work. “We have a great group of players, lots of young guys from the academy, lots of English internationals and guys from abroad who have a proper connection with the club now. “All the guys together, here for so long with the manager, it’s got us to this level. “We always want to remember this team as a team that was able to win the trophy. I’m sure we have the quality to do so.”
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: (L-R) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prior to the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Alabama enters the 2018 college football season coming off of yet another national title. After taking down conference rival Georgia in the title game seven months ago, the Crimson Tide are poised for a College Football Playoff run.Or is it? Alabama is talented, but questions at the quarterback position (who will start?) and losing a litany of starters to the NFL has Nick Saban and the Tide with something to prove.One analyst suggests the Crimson Tide don’t have the makeup of a national title team. He suggests there are three other programs that can compete with Alabama.Dave Bartoo of CFB Matrix named the three “upper tier” teams that could win the title.”I’m a storyteller by the numbers and the numbers say Alabama doesn’t fit the profile of a national title team”@CFBMatrix says if Alabama doesn’t win the title he sees Ohio State, Auburn and Clemson as the three “upper tier” teams in #CFB that could win the @CFBPlayoff— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) August 14, 2018Clemson and Ohio State are heavy favorites to make a run at the College Football Playoff, while Auburn showed it can compete with the big dogs during the 2017 season.It’s tough to go against Alabama as the favorite for the title. But if there are three teams ready to compete, the Buckeyes, Clemson Tigers and Auburn Tigers are right there.The college football season kicks off on just a couple weeks.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 5: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks on the field against the Florida Gators before the SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome on December 5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll has been released. The AP’s preseason top 25 poll is one of two preseason polls. The Coaches’ Poll was released earlier this month.There are not too many surprises at the top of the poll. Alabama, which came in at No. 1 in the preseason Coaches’ Poll, are also on top of the preseason AP poll.Alabama was one of three teams to get at least one first-place vote (the Crimson Tide obviously got a lot more than just one).Clemson received 18 first-place votes and, somewhat surprisingly, Wisconsin received one.Here’s the full poll, from the AP.AP Preseason Top 251 Alabama (42)SECRecord: 13-1PV Rank1Points1,5052 Clemson (18)ACCRecord: 12-241,4763GeorgiaSECRecord: 13-221,3504 Wisconsin (1)Big TenRecord: 13-171,2715Ohio StateBig TenRecord: 12-251,2566WashingtonPac-12Record: 10-3161,2157OklahomaBig 12Record: 12-231,1738Miami (FL)ACCRecord: 10-3131,0279AuburnSECRecord: 10-4101,01310Penn StateBig TenRecord: 11-281,01211Michigan StateBig TenRecord: 10-31587712Notre DameDivision I FBS IndependentsRecord: 10-31180413StanfordPac-12Record: 9-52077814MichiganBig TenRecord: 8-5–77315USCPac-12Record: 11-31254316TCUBig 12Record: 11-3953317West VirginiaBig 12Record: 7-6–51118Mississippi StateSECRecord: 9-41945019Florida StateACCRecord: 7-6–38420Virginia TechACCRecord: 9-42435121UCFThe AmericanRecord: 13-0631222Boise StateMountain WestRecord: 11-32229223TexasBig 12Record: 7-6–21624OregonPac-12Record: 7-6–14825LSUSECRecord: 9-418106We’re now less than two weeks away from the start of the 2018 season. Week 1 features several big-time games, including Alabama-Louisville, Michigan-Notre Dame and LSU-Miami, among others.