TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer expands Man Utd coaching staffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has expanded his staff.Mark Dempsey will assist Solskjaer with his first-team duties for the remainder of the season, with the pair working together at Cardiff and Molde.Dempsey is best remembered by United fans for playing a major role in their academy during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final decade at the club.And he will now be looking to help Solskjaer guide his team back up the Premier League table in a bid to finish in the top four.Dempsey isn’t the first familiar face to return to Old Trafford, with Fergie’s former assistant Mike Phelan also helping out.
Juventus striker Paulo Dybala hints at PSG ambitionsby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Paulo Dybala admits a move to France could be in his future.Dybala has been linked with PSG – and he says playing in Ligue 1 is something he is open to doing.”Join the Ligue 1 one day? Why not?! Never say never!” he told Canal Plus. “But for now it’s not part of my plans.”Over the weekend, it had been suggested in Italy that Juve would be prepared to sell Dybala this summer to fund their signing plans. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Faustino Anjorin set to earn Chelsea contract extensionby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are set to offer youngster Faustino Anjorin a new contract.The young midfielder is on the fringes of the first team, despite only being 17.Boss Frank Lampard sees him as an exciting prospect.Now the club are trying to tie Anjorin down to a new, long term deal in the coming months, according to Goal.He should also be involved in the squad for their Carabao Cup game with Grimsby Town on Wednesday.The 17-year-old has a contract until 2021, but the club want to give him better terms and to increase the length of his deal. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal looking to extend Dani Ceballos loanby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are looking to extend Dani Ceballos’s loan deal, according to reports.The Spaniard has featured in all eight Premier League games since joining the Gunners on a season-long loan.Ceballos hinted this week that he would be open to leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal on a permanent basis.However, Real would likely demand a huge fee for the 23-year-old, which does not suit the frugal North London outfit.Instead El Confidential says Arsenal are exploring the option of extending Ceballos’ loan by another season.That might not suit Los Blancos however as the La Liga giants are already speaking like Ceballos is not their player.Real would likely seek a fee similar to the £40.3m paid by Chelsea for Mateo Kovacic., according to reports.The Spaniard has featured in all eight Premier League games since joining the Gunners on a season-long loan.Ceballos hinted this week that he would be open to leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal on a permanent basis.However, Real would likely demand a huge fee for the 23-year-old, which does not suit the frugal North London outfit.Instead El Confidential says Arsenal are exploring the option of extending Ceballos’ loan by another season.That might not suit Los Blancos however as the La Liga giants are already speaking like Ceballos is not their player.Real would likely seek a fee similar to the £40.3m paid by Chelsea for Mateo Kovacic. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Former ref Halsey: Man Utd lucky to keep Rashford goalby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Premier League referee Mark Halsey believes Manchester United were fortunate in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.The Red Devils opened the scoring through Marcus Rashford, after an excellent cross from Daniel James.But the goal could have been been ruled out for an earlier foul from Victor Lindelof on Divock Origi.Ex-ref Halsey wrote in The Sun: “Victor Lindelof fouls Divock Origi by catching him from behind in the build-up to Marcus Rashford’s strike.”You could argue that it was a ‘clear and obvious’ error not to award a free-kick to Liverpool.”A far lesser infringement led to Burnley having a goal chalked off by VAR at Leicester — these inconsistencies need to be ironed out.”VAR was correct to disallow Sadio Mane’s goal, under new interpretation of law 12 (handling the ball), as replays showed the ball clearly touched his arm.”The ball hit Fred’s shoulder in Manchester United’s box in injury time but there is no way that is a ‘clear and obvious’ mistake so Liverpool were never going to be awarded a penalty for that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Jordan Henderson says Liverpool must learn from Man Utd drawby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJordan Henderson says Liverpool must learn from Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.The Reds were unable to flex their muscles throughout the clash and relied on Adam Lallana to score an equaliser with time running out.Asked if a point was a fair outcome, the captain told the club’s website: “Probably. I didn’t think we performed well enough in the first half, not our usual selves really, especially with the ball.”We could have been a lot better but I thought second half was a lot better. We changed it a little bit tactically, which helped us, and I thought the longer the game went on we were pushing for that winner, and towards that last five to 10 minutes I thought we were going to get it.”Ox came close with a great strike with his left foot and we kept pushing but, overall, a fair reflection of the game would have to be a point.”But, like I say, we have got to be much better for the 90 minutes. I was disappointed we couldn’t come here and put on a top performance because I felt as though we could have done that today.”When you can’t win, you don’t lose, and that’s the sign of a good team. But we’ve got to learn from the game today and make sure it doesn’t happen again.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Indiana’s Troy Williams will be looking to do this again on FridayToday’s game against Michigan State is huge for Indiana for a number of reasons. The Hoosiers can pick up a big win against another likely tournament team, and impress a pair of huge recruits that are attending the game at Assembly Hall. Forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea is playing his part in the effort. The high-flying junior somehow split four Spartan defenders from just a few feet inside the foul line to slam home a missed three attempt. DUNK OF THE YEAR: https://t.co/NuDV8t1GV1— OHB (@ohholybutt) March 7, 2015We’d tell Michigan State to box out, but we’re sure Tom Izzo has already covered that.
Manchester United’s latest crop of talented youngsters have been taking the opportunities given to them so far, and Scott McTominay is using the example of the Class of 92 as inspiration.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to inject some of the exuberance of youth into his side following a disappointing end to last season, and youth academy graduates have been getting game time in pre-season.McTominay is closing in on 50 senior appearances for the club while the likes of Axel Tuanzebe, Tahith Chong, James Garner, Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood are all knocking on the door of the first team. 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? “The Class of 92 were absolutely exceptional and it’s going to be very, very difficult to replicate something like that,” said McTominay.“We’ve got a good group of young boys who are ready to learn and ready to go the extra mile and do everything to get into the team and push some senior pros to get their places.“That is going to be my aim, Axel’s aim, Mason’s as well.“So it’s important all the boys come together and have that real solid team spirit that young players always have going through the age groups.“From the Under-9s to the Under-23s, that’s the most important thing for us.”Greenwood has been on the scoresheet in United’s last two pre-season games, against Leeds United and Inter.With 15 goals in 13 appearances in the league for United’s Under-18s, he is one of the most talked-about prospects to come out of the youth academy in recent years.He will, of course, be looking at the example set by Marcus Rashford as well as United’s greats of yesteryear.For the likes of Tuanzebe, meanwhile, United’s growing frustration in the summer transfer window could bring about opportunity in a moment of adversity.Leicester City are refusing to budge on their valuation of Harry Maguire, while the clause making Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld available for just £25 million ($31.2m) expires at midnight on July 25.Tuanzebe was hugely impressive in Aston Villa’s promotion-winning side in the Championship last year, and will be confident of making the step up if he is handed an opportunity.The youngsters have three more games to earn themselves a spot on the opening day of the Premier League season against Chelsea, with pre-season friendlies against Tottenham, Kristiansund and AC Milan. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Paris Saint-Germain let slip a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 against Rennes in their first away Ligue 1 outing of the season on Sunday.Penalty shoot-out winners when these sides met in the Coupe de France final last season, the hosts produced another shock result over the top-flight champions thanks to goals either side of half-time at Roazhon Park.Edinson Cavani profited from a defensive error to put Neymar-less PSG into the lead, but M’Baye Niang pulled one back a minute before half-time and Romain Del Castillo headed Rennes in front early in the second half. 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? PSG, who triumphed when these sides met in the Trophee des France two weeks ago, have now lost five of their last six away matches in the league.Cavani sent a glancing header crashing off the woodwork with 14 minutes on the clock but he was gifted a goal later in the half.Rennes captain Damien Da Silva played a stray pass across his own six-yard box and Cavani beat goalkeeper Romain Salin to the loose ball for a simple finish.But the home side levelled things up through their first on-target attempt of the match as Niang controlled Hamari Traore’s cross, swivelled and picked out the bottom-left corner a minute before half-time.The comeback was complete three minutes in to the second period when 16-year-old midfielder Eduardo Camavinga sent in a delightful cross from the right, which Del Castillo guided away from the reach of Alphonse Areola.Niang was denied by Areola and Jeremy Morel struck a post with his volley as Rennes closed in on a third.Ultimately it did not arrive, but Thomas Tuchel’s men failed to truly test Salin at the other end as Rennes made it two wins from two.FINAL WHISTLE! @staderennais stuns @PSG_English! #SRFCPSG | :two:-:one: pic.twitter.com/Tu22Oy7XCZ— Ligue1 English (@Ligue1_ENG) August 18, 2019What does it mean? PSG’s away form a cause for concernIf PSG’s poor away form continues then Ligue 1 may well have a title race this season. Lyon, Nice and indeed Rennes all have six points from six after three matches, leaving the champions playing catch up at this admittedly early stage.Camavinga proves age is just a numberHe may not turn 17 for another three months, but Camavinga is starting to make a name for himself. The floated cross for Del Castillo’s winner was right on the money and he also managed a few attempts of his own.16 – Eduardo Camavinga (16 years & 9 months) is the youngest player to deliver an assist in Ligue 1 since Opta analyze the competition (2006/07). Diamond. pic.twitter.com/Xdcpymv20I— OptaJean (@OptaJean) August 18, 2019PSG lack ideasPSG cruised to a 3-0 win over Nimes in their Ligue 1 opener last week – three of their forward players getting on the scoresheet – but they lacked creativity here in the absence of Neymar, who was overlooked despite returning to fitness. Cavani’s goal was a gift and they managed just one further shot on target. Key Opta Facts- Rennes are the team who have won the most games against Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 over the past 10 seasons (5 wins in 19 games).- Rennes are unbeaten in their last seven games in Ligue 1 (W4 D3) – only Lyon (8) are currently on a longer run among teams in the competition in 2019-20.- It is the first time since 1971-72 that Rennes have won their first two games in a Ligue 1 season.- It is the first time since 2011-12 that PSG have lost one of the first two games of a Ligue 1 season – v Lorient in August 2011 (0-1).- PSG have lost five of their last six away games in Ligue 1 (W1), as many as they had in their previous 44 combined (W32 D7).What’s next?PSG welcome Toulouse to the Parc des Princes next Sunday and Rennes travel to Strasbourg on the same day. read more