About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: It’s on Alexis & Lukaku to win starting spotby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez must take it upon themselves to break into his starting line-up.Both players have struggled this season, with just ten goals between them in all competitions.Another United star, Paul Pogba, has returned to form under Solskjaer in his first two matches in charge. But the Norwegian says the improvement of his players is down to their own desire.”I cannot do anything for their performances on the pitch. Paul has done it himself. The players have done the performances,” Solskjaer said ahead of United’s match against Bournemouth.”I’m here to help them, guide them on the path, and then it’s up to them to do it on the pitch.”I don’t agree I’ve done that with Paul, and I can do that with Romelu and Alexis. It’s up to them when they get a chance. That’s the name of the game when you’re a footballer. You’ve got to do it yourself.”Yes you want help from your manager and your team-mates. I give them some guidelines. There’s been loads of talk about freedom of expression, but that’s how I’ve always been as a manager.”You can’t tell all the players what to do. They are here for a reason – they are good players. It’s up to them to use their imagination, creativity and enjoy playing for this club, because that is the best time of your life. It’s not a bad time being a manager either, for a little while.”
Hearts manager Levein delighted with Man City winger Ryotaro Meshinoby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City winger Ryotaro Meshino is impressing on-loan at Hearts.Jambos boss Craig Levein says Meshino has been influential in the dressing room despite the many learning curves he is undertaking.“He isn’t fluent in English but he is taking lessons three times a week and that has improved,” Levein told The Scotsman.“The boys are teaching him a few words in the dressing room that maybe they shouldn’t be teaching him but he is a bubbly wee character. I think that will help him.“This is a fair change in culture, it’s a fair distance away from his home, it’s a different language. “Most foreign players who come to the UK, particularly from Japan, are very unlikely to be speaking fluent English. He’s got that to contend with, plus the football and the weather. He has been more to forefront in the dressing room that I would have thought.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: Taylor Swift attends the InStyle And Warner Bros. Golden Globes After Party 2019 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)Pop superstar Taylor Swift is going to be in Raleigh Tuesday night for the next stop on her 1989 World Tour. Apparently, NC State’s football team would appreciate if she stopped by to say hello while she’s in town. Unfortunately, that means that they produced the world’s worst “Shake It Off” parody video (and that’s saying something).There isn’t much else we can say to prepare you for this, so, here:Hey @TaylorSwift13 we did THIS to get you to come see us when you’re in town tomorrow! https://t.co/mSO3LoTHbY pic.twitter.com/h2apnYX26p— NC State Football (@PackFootball) June 8, 2015We somehow doubt that it’s going to persuade her to join them in their weight room.
The search and rescue operation that is attempting to find the missing plane that was carrying Emiliano Sala resumed on Wednesday, with Leganes forward Diego Rolan having revealed how the player reportedly contacted a friend prior to the disappearance.Sala, Cardiff City’s £15 million ($19m) record signing , was travelling to Wales on Monday evening having said his goodbyes to his Nantes team-mates prior to linking up with his new club on Tuesday.But the plane disappeared off radar off the coast of Guernsey in the English Channel between the UK and France, with efforts to find any trace of the aircraft having proved unsuccessful thus far . 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? Guernsey police confirmed on Wednesday morning that attempts to find the plane have now resumed and that a targeted area that “has the highest likelihood of finding anything” has been identified.They tweeted: “We have resumed searching. Two planes are taking off and will search a targeted area we believe has the highest likelihood of finding anything, based on review of the tides and weather since it went missing.”Coastal areas around Alderney and off-lying rocks and islands will also be searched from the air. Updates will be provided once information is available.”This follows revelations from Leganes player and Uruguay international Rolan, who claims that Sala contacted a friend prior to the plane going missing, suggesting that the 28-year-old had predicted that he was going to be in difficulty.“I’ve had several private flights on that type of aircraft, you always have that fear, but no one ever expects that situation,” Rolan told Radio 1010 AM .”I received a message that Emiliano had sent to one of his friends in Argentina and I was very scared by everything that’s happened. I am in shock. Before he had left he predicted everything that happened and sent it to a friend who was also very scared.”He told a friend that he was very scared about the plane and that if they could not find it, they would already know what happened. What he predicted is what happened.”Argentine publication Ole have released what they claim to be the audio WhatsApp messages sent by Sala, revealing the Cardiff striker’s concern with the plane and the conditions he was travelling in.”Hello, little brothers, how are you crazy people? Brother, I’m really tired, I was here in Nantes doing things, things, things, things and things, and it never stops, it never stops, it never stops,” Sala reportedly said in a first recording.”I’m here on a plane that looks like it’s about to fall apart, and I’m going to Cardiff, crazy, tomorrow we already start, and in the afternoon we start training, boys, in my new team.”A later message, reportedly sent by Sala again, says: “How are you guys, all good? If you do not have any more news from in an hour-and-a-half, I don’t know if they need to send someone to find me… I am getting scared!”Prior to suspending the search on Tuesday evening, Guernsey police released an update to suggest that the chances of finding survivors was now slim.Tu es plus qu’un joueur, @EmilianoSala1 . #PrayForSala pic.twitter.com/P5D9wtkoTK — FC Nantes (@FCNantes) January 22, 2019 They wrote on Twitter: “During the course of the 15-hour search, which used multiple air and sea assets from the Channel Islands, UK and France, a number of floating objects have been seen in the water. We have been unable to confirm whether any of these are from the missing aircraft.”We have found no signs of those on board. If they did land on the water, the chances of survival are at this stage, unfortunately, slim.”Cardiff released a statement on Tuesday from club CEO Ken Choo, who said the club were “praying for positive news”, with Nantes also expressing their concern at the situation .Supporters of Sala’s former club Nantes held a vigil in the city on Tuesday evening, gathering at the Place Royale to lay yellow tulips at the foot of the fountain as they prayed for positive news over the player’s disappearance. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Denis Suarez may be little more than “a squad player” at Arsenal, says Alan Smith, with business during the January window doing little to inspire confidence.Unai Emery had made no secret of the fact that there would not be much movement in north London.He was, however, linked with a number of players heading towards the deadline. 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 end, only one deal got over the line, with Spain international midfielder Suarez taken from Barcelona on loan until the end of the season.That agreement includes a summer purchase option, but former Gunners striker Smith is not convinced that the 25-year-old will make much of an impact.He told Sky Sports: “Arsenal fans would have loved to have seen a little bit more business, but they did manage to bring in Denis Suarez.“How much will he play though as you imagine he may be a bit of a squad player?“Unai Emery knows him from Sevilla, he is versatile, while another young lad in Smith Rowe has gone out to Germany to get some game time.“I do not think Emery would have given up on him and it will be good for his education, so hopefully he can come back a better player.”Emile Smith Rowe moved out on Emirates Stadium on deadline day as Suarez arrived.He has linked up with Bundesliga side RB Leipzig on a short-term loan.A spell in Germany is intended to aid the development of an exciting 18-year-old talent.Arsenal have already seen Reiss Nelson flourish after making a similar switch to Hoffenheim.England U19 international Smith Rowe will now get the chance to follow in those footsteps and stake a claim to more regular minutes upon his return to his parent club.Suarez, meanwhile, will be looking to hit the ground running and prove that he can cut it in the Premier League.If he is handed an immediate bow by Emery, then he will get a baptism of fire on Sunday away at reigning champions Manchester City.
Callum Hudson-Odoi will sign a new five-year deal at Chelsea to end any doubts he is set to leave the club this summer following interest from the likes of Bayern Munich and Manchester United.Chelsea had previously appeared close to losing the 18-year-old after Hudson-Odoi handed in a transfer request in January when he had just 18 months remaining on his contract.Bayern saw a £35 million ($44m) offer for Hudson-Odoi rejected by Chelsea and have retained an interest in the teenage winger. 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? However, Goal understands Hudson-Odoi’s progress in Chelsea’s first team during the second half of the season has helped to convince him to stay at Stamford Bridge, having sat on contract offers dating back as far as last summer.His representatives had not reopened talks regarding a new deal since before January, but Goal recently reported that he has been increasingly keen to stay with the Europa League winners.He could now earn as much as £100,000 a week in his new contract after his value skyrocketed following his impressive performances for Chelsea, in addition to winning his first caps for England.Hudson-Odoi was, at times, frustrated during the past season under manager Maurizio Sarri, who looks set to depart Stamford Bridge for Juventus in the near future.The London-born wonderkid did not make his first Premier League start for Chelsea until after he had made his England debut against Czech Republic in March.However, after then starting four Premier League games in a row, Hudson-Odoi saw his season ended prematurely after he ruptured his Achilles tendon in a 2-2 home draw with Burnley.Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund had all scouted or discussed a move for the youngster at various points, with the latter asking for Hudson-Odoi to be included in a swap deal for Christian Pulisic before accepting a £57.6m offer in January to sell their U.S. national team winger.Bayern had showed the most serious interest in Hudson-Odoi, but will now likely have to look elsewhere for high-profile summer signings as the teenager prepares to commit his future to Chelsea.With Eden Hazard looking set to depart for Real Madrid in a deal which could be worth in excess of £100m, Chelsea have been determined to keep hold of their other wingers.Hudson-Odoi is keen to take his favoured number 10 shirt from Hazard, having been offered it by Bayern as part of their talks for a deal.Ruben Loftus-Cheek, meanwhile, is also in talks over a contract renewal as he continues his recovery from a similar Achilles injury to the one suffered by Hudson-Odoi. Both players are likely to be out for a total of six months, but that has not affected Chelsea’s eagerness to renew the pair’s contracts.
Inter have confirmed that they have signed Matteo Politano on a permanent basis from Sassuolo after exercising the purchase option on his loan.The 25-year-old made 36 appearances in Serie A for the Nerazzurri last season, netting five league goals as they finished fourth to qualify for the Champions League, beating out rivals Milan by a single point.Having fully established himself as a core member under Luciano Spalletti, the club – now coached by former Chelsea man Antonio Conte – have reportedly paid €20m (£17.8/$22.6m) to seal his services full-time. 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? Coming through the ranks at Roma as a youth, Politano made his senior debut for Perugia in 2012 on loan from the Giallorossi before moving to Pescara.Two seasons of eye-catching performances in Serie B brought him to Sassulo for three years, where he was rewarded with a senior call-up in 2018, making his debut in May last year in a friendly against Saudi Arabia.Inter subsequently brought him to San Siro on a one-year loan deal with an option to buy, which the club activated following his string of key performances.He scored his first goal for the club in a 2-0 win over Cagliari last September and went on to net against Genoa, Fiorentina, SPAL and Chievo, as well as netting his first international goal against the USMNT in November.Politano featured in all six of his side’s Champions League games last season as they finished third in Group B behind Barcelona and eventual finalists Tottenham.He also played in all four of their Europa League matches as they suffered a round-of-16 knockout at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt.Inter also announced on Wednesday the signing of Eddie Salcedo from Genoa on a permanent basis after he too spent last season on loan with the club.The 17-year-old is yet to make a senior breakthrough but has become a key member of Italy’s under-19 team since last year.Goalkeeper Andrei Radu meanwhile is expected to go the other way after a temporary spell at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.Inter head to Asia next month to take part in the International Champions Cup, when they face Manchester United in Singapore and old rivals Juventus in China.
New signings tend to happen at the beginning of a season not the end, but perhaps the biggest signing of the competitive FIFA season has gone through days before the FIFA Global Series Play-offs as Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing has announced he has signed for Stark Esports.Gorilla has become the latest FIFA player to join Stark Esports, a consultant agency focused on gaming and esports based in Germany.This could be considered the biggest signing for the German agency yet, even though they already represent many professional FIFA players, including Michael “Megabit” Bittner, Mohammed “MoAuba” Harkous, Benedikt “SaZz0r” Saltzer and Phillip “Eisvogel” Schermer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Gorilla became the face of FIFA esports in 2017 when he won the FIFA Interactive World Cup and took home $200,000. The same year, he was named the UK Esports Player of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards.It’s been a long time coming… Can’t wait to start my journey with STARK! https://t.co/cuwqP2LwE1— Spencer (@Huge_Gorilla) July 1, 2019After his first esports team – Unilad – entered administration, Gorilla joined FaZe Clan where he was soon joined by fellow FIFA pro Tassal ‘Faze Tass’ Rushan. However, with less than a season under his belt, Gorilla left the established esports organisation and has spent the majority of this season without a team.The Englishman has struggled during the current FIFA 19 Global Series, failing to win a single tournament this season, which is disappointing considering his high standards.Now, finally with the backing of an organisation again, he heads into the Xbox FIFA Global Series Xbox Play-offs with hopes of breaking into the top 16 and qualifying for the biggest tournament of the year – the FIFA eWorld Cup.Currently sat in 26th with 1,323 points, the former world champion has a large mountain to climb but has shown in the past that he will perform when it matters most. And, judging from his statement on the signing, Gorilla is not lacking in motivation either.He said: “I am incredibly proud to be part of STARK and to continue my journey with them. Exciting projects are coming up! I will fight hard to achieve my goals – this starts in the upcoming weekend when I will compete at the Global Series Play-offs in Hamburg. All or nothing!”
PALO ALTO, CA – NOVEMBER 07: The Stanford Cardinal huddle in the first half while taking on the Oregon Ducks at Stanford Stadium on November 7, 2013 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Week 4 of the college football season is on the horizon. This is when you start to see conference title chases begin to take shape.There are some really intriguing matchups coming up this week, including a major Pac-12 showdown, two big SEC games and the return of Urban Meyer for Ohio State.OddsShark’s computer has released its predictions for Week 4.Here’s what it is saying for the biggest games.You can view all of OddsShark’s predictions here.