Shearer: Man Utd matchwinner Rashford now great to watchby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United legend Alan Shearer hailed the performance of Manchester United matchwinner Marcus Rashford for victory at Tottenham.Shearer wrote for The Sun: “Nobody has ever doubted his ability but he has finally been set free under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer — and it is great to watch.”Rashford is the main man at Manchester United now and has every attribute in his locker to thrive as a striker going forward.”His movement is excellent and constantly improving, he has the pace to terrify any defence and his finishing has come on leaps and bounds.”It was a world-class pass from Paul Pogba to set him up and the strike from Rashford shows just how confident he is right now.”He is showing a calmness in front of goal now which we have not seen before, but that comes with experience.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton defender Martin Montoya won’t rule out Serie A returnby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton defender Martin Montoya won’t rule out a return to Serie A.The 28 year-old had a year on-loan from Barcelona in Italy earlier in his career, though admits he didn’t do himself justice during his time at Inter Milan.Having spent his entire his senior career up until that 2015/16 campaign with Barca, Montoya admits the move to Inter was a culture shock and something he was unprepared for.However, despite his problems, which centred on the fullback managing only a handful of appearances with the Nerazzurri, the city of Milan and the country itself, left a lasting positive impression on the former Spain U21 international.He recalled to TMW, “I left Barcelona for the first time, I was just 24 years old and it was not easy to be far from home. In any case, I am really grateful to those who believed in me at Inter.”It went how it went, but it was a honour and a real pleasure to get to know a country and a championship as evocative as Italy and the Serie A closely.”Indeed, so much was that positive impression that Montoya won’t rule out anything in the future regarding a second shot at Serie A football. He added: “In football, you know, anything is possible. I’d go back to playing in Italy.”However, for now, the defender insists he’s happy on the south coast of England. Montoya was again in the starting line-up for the Seagulls’ thumping win over Tottenham on Saturday. And on Brighton, Montoya added: “I’m happy. The Premier is another great championship, very balanced and competitive. The goal for this season is to continue to enjoy this experience to the fullest, just as I have done since my arrival here last year.”- updated October 7
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Paolo Maldini losing the confidence of AC Milan owners Elliottby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaolo Maldini is losing the confidence of AC Milan owners Elliott Management.Maldini returned to Milan last year to take up a director’s position. However, after overseeing his third coaching appointment, Maldini’s position is now in doubt.Fellow director Zvonimir Boban is in a more secure place and TMW says it was his decision to sack Marco Giampaolo.In contrast, Giampaolo had the confidence of Maldini.It’s also emerged that Elliott will demand a big January sale, with the need to cover a major reported debt.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ajax goalkeeper André Onana: I had Barcelona, PSG offersby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax goalkeeper André Onana admits he turned down an offer from Barcelona last summer.Onana is a former Barca junior and was linked with a return to replace Jasper Cillessen, now of Valencia.And the Cameroon No1 confirmed the reports yesterday: “Barça came back this summer. It’s my house. I was part of that club. Logically, they always want to take back one of theirs. “It may not have been a good time to return. Maybe I’ll never go back! But this summer, it was not good to do it.”Onana also told RMC: “I had enquiries from PSG. “These are things that were managed with my agent. We discussed it several times. He told me that Paris was interested…”
uva trick playVirginia is leading No.9 Notre Dame 14-12 late in the second quarter, and the Cavs just took the lead on a beautifully-executed trick play. It began with running back Albert Reid in the Wildcat formation and quarterback Matt Johns lined up as a wide receiver. Reid handed to running back Taquan Mizzell on what looked like a jet sweep, but Mizzell instead pitched back to Johns, who hit a wide-open Keon Johnson for the score.UVA trickeration pic.twitter.com/EITkHAp2mZ— Dan Lyons (@Dan_Lyons76) September 12, 2015Great play. Can the Cavaliers keep the upset bid going?
Eden Hazard has said he will play wherever Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri needs him to and has admitted he does not mind playing though the middle.In the past, the 27-year-old has stated that he prefers to play on the wing, but under new Blues boss Sarri, Hazard has played both as a winger and as a ‘false nine’.In fact, some of the Belgium international’s best performances this season have come when playing up front, and he has enjoyed a superb scoring campaign under the former Napoli man. 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? Hazard has netted 10 goals in 18 Premier League games this season, and looks set to beat his pervious high of 16, which he registered in 2016-17.“Sarri told me before the season started that playing as a number nine could be an option,” Hazard told Chelsea’s official club website.“It is good not just to be a target man, but also as a false nine where I can move, I can drop, I can go deep, I can go on the wing.”“I like to change a lot, but we also have two great strikers. We will see. It depends on who is on the pitch,” he added.Hazard did play through the middle at times under previous manager Antonio Conte, but he failed to stand out and often grew frustrated, dropping into deeper positions.However, Sarri has made a number of tactical changes from his predecessor’s regime, which seem to have benefited Hazard. “We do a lot of tactical work, and you can see on the pitch we have improved a lot from last year,” he explained.“We have adapted to the new system. We have brought new players. Jorginho is helping a lot, Kovacic, the new goalkeeper Kepa is already very good. Everything is going well. The manager is talking a lot to us which is good.”Hazard was again on target as he bagged two in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory against Watford on Boxing Day, and also saw him his score his 100th goal for the club.The win moved the Blues two points clear of Arsenal in the Champions League spots, a position they will hope to strengthen in upcoming games against Crystal Palace and Southampton. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Rangers have confirmed the signing of striker Jermain Defoe from Bournemouth on an 18-month loan.The former England international moves to Ibrox in search of first-team football after struggling for regular action since re-joining the Cherries on a free transfer from Sunderland in the summer of 2017.Defoe is set to remain in Glasgow until the summer of 2020, though Bournemouth have two options to recall the veteran forward in either July 2019 or January 2020. 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? He is the third player to sign a deal at Rangers this month after Jordan Jones and Glen Kamara signed pre-contract agreements last week to move to Glasgow in the summer.The 36-year-old will now travel to Tenerife to link-up with the squad on their warm-weather winter training camp.He could make his debut when Rangers return to action after the winter break away at Cowdenbeath on January 18 in the Scottish Cup. Steven Gerrard’s side then travel to Kilmarnock in the Premiership five days later.Rangers are only behind leaders Celtic on goal difference as they seek their first Premiership title in eight years.Speaking of the deal, Gerrard told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted to be able to welcome Jermain to Rangers. He is an exceptionally talented striker and vastly experienced footballer who has scored goals at every club he has played for.”Director of Football Mark Allen added: “It’s really helpful to get work on this front done early in the transfer window because it means we should be able to hit the ground running after the winter break. I believe that is vitally important.”Defoe began his career at Charlton before going on to play for West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Toronto and Sunderland, scoring more than 200 goals.He also had a loan spell at Bournemouth as an 18-year-old in 2000 before returning to the club on a three-year deal 18 months ago.Defoe has scored four goals in 34 appearances in his second spell at the Vitality Stadium but has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place.He has made just three starts for Eddie Howe’s side this season, all in the Carabao Cup, and hasn’t scored since March.
Wayne Rooney believes Paul Pogba needs to be left to play his own game in order to get the best out of him, something he suggests did not happen under Jose Mourinho.Pogba and Mourinho clashed at times this season, with the France international told he’ll never captain the club again one stage, while there was also a heated debate on the training pitch after a Carabao Cup loss to Derby.In the final few games under Mourinho, Pogba was left out of the starting XI for Premier League matches, and did not play at all in the manager’s final game – a 3-1 defeat to rivals Liverpool. 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? Interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought the 25-year-old straight back into his XI, with Pogba having responded by scoring four goals and adding four assists in the six games since the managerial change.And former United star Rooney believes that Pogba needs to be allowed to play with freedom to get the best out of him.”Well I think with Paul, I watched him come through the academy at United and he’s got a lot of ability, but the difficult time he was going through… if you don’t have a good relationship with the coach, then it’s difficult to be at your top if you feel like the coach is scrutinising every decision you make, every pass you make,” Rooney told ESPN.”Paul Pogba will give the ball away, he’ll try passes [and] it won’t be the right pass at times, but you have to let him do that because two or three of them passes will create goals, will create opportunities.”I think he found it difficult under Mourinho. I think a player and a manager with big egos clashed and the outcome was never going to be great.”Pogba isn’t alone in his resurgence under Solskjaer, which has seen Manchester United reel off six wins in six games and climb back into the hunt for a top-four finish.Marcus Rashford has scored four goals in the six games since Solskjaer took over, and has seemingly pushed ahead of the likes of Romelu Lukaku in the pecking order for the main striker role at the club.And Rooney has revealed he spoke to Rashford when the two were together on international duty in November, insisting he advised the 20-year-old that he was working too hard.”When I went back to play for the national team against the USA, I spoke to Marcus and he was trying too much, he was trying too hard, he was working too hard, he was getting tired at the end of games,” Rooney said.”But the scary thing with Marcus, when he runs at you with the ball he’s impossible to defend and I reminded him to keep doing that, to just get the ball and run at defenders.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 12: Defensive lineman Marlon Davidson #3 of the Auburn Tigers tackles running back Nick Chubb #27 of the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)Nick Chubb injury update: Georgia’s star running back left today’s game against Ole Miss after limping off the field with an apparent ankle injury.Georgia is having a terrible afternoon at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Bulldogs trail Ole Miss 38-0 early in the second half, and star running back Nick Chubb is out of the game with an injury.Chubb limped off the field after picking up 10 yards on a run late in the second quarter.Chubb comes limping off after a nice 10 yard gain. ?— UGA Football Live (@UGAfootballLive) September 24, 2016Nick Chubb is “out for now” after suffering an ankle injury.— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) September 24, 2016Chubb had a decent day going on the ground—57 yards on 12 carries—but the Bulldogs are getting absolutely throttled by the Rebels in this one. It is unclear if he’ll return to this one, but considering his injury history and the score, the Bulldogs would probably be best leaving him on the sideline.Chubb had a huge first game back from a nasty left knee injury, which featured damage to multiple ligaments, against North Carolina in Week 1, rushing for 222 yards and two touchdowns, but has been less explosive since that, with 200 total yards and one score since. Chubb rushed for 80 yards on 20 carries in Georgia’s disappointing performance against Nicholls, and just 63 yards on 19 touches in last week’s one-point win at Missouri.As a freshman, Chubb had a huge 1,547 yard, 14 touchdown season, averaging 7.1 yards per carry. Last season, Chubb had 747 yards (8.1 per carry) and seven touchdowns in five games (and one, two-yard carry against Tennessee) before going going down for the season.Check back here for updates as we hear more about the Nick Chubb injury.
Jay Tufele/TwitterOhio State’s epic win over Michigan seems to have made a good impression on recruits.Urban Meyer’s program hosted a number of big-time recruits in Columbus this weekend.Many of those recruits have since taken to Twitter to boast about their time watching Ohio State beat Michigan in double-overtime.2017 four-star DT Jay TufeleWords can’t describe how amazing my visit was to Ohio state thanks to coach @OSUCoachMeyer and his staff for everything! pic.twitter.com/dsyJJYrkhk— Jay Tufele (@tufele123) November 28, 20162017 five-star RB Cam AkersHad a good time in Columbus ?⭕️ pic.twitter.com/nnbXPgSFB5— Cam akers (@thereal_cam3) November 28, 20162018 four-star WR Kamryn BabbJust got home from the most amazing game ever!! What an experience!! Thanks to @OSUCoachMeyer @CoachZachSmith @markpantoni @OhioStateFB ??? pic.twitter.com/c5hkIyCudO— Ty Babb (@ty_babb1) November 28, 20162018 5-star OT Jamaree SalyerWhat a great day to be a Buckeye ?️??? pic.twitter.com/ijO5GFauFy— Jamaree Salyer ♠️ (@jamareesalyer69) November 26, 20162017 five-star OT Trey SmithHad a great time at THE Ohio State University! ?️ pic.twitter.com/AiKWo9TRSW— Trey Smith (@smithtrey98) November 27, 20162017 four-star QB Tate MartellThere isn’t a better place to play college football… #GoBuckeyes pic.twitter.com/35GAmlOSE8— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) November 27, 20162017 five-star LB Baron BrowningGreat ti❌e around great people this weekend… ?️?????️ pic.twitter.com/ZI8uyAKOKG— Baron Browning (@baronbrwnng) November 27, 2016Ohio State’s 2017 class is ranked the No. 2 class in the country by 247Sports. The Buckeyes’ 2018 class is ranked No. 15.