About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say West Ham fear Wilshere facing more surgeryby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham have lost Jack Wilshere for another five weeks due to injury.The Mirror says the midfielder is struggling with the latest in a long line of ankle problems that the club believed would only need a few weeks’ rest.Wilshere has instead been ruled out for the entire festive period, with the Hammers worried he could need yet another operation.The club already have midfielder Manuel Lanzini out with a severe knee injury suffered on international duty ahead of the World Cup finals. Despite suggestions he could be back in February, the Argentinean playmaker could miss the rest of the season.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man City chief Cook making new move for Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook is involved in another consortium seeking to buyout Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.The Mirror says Cook is now fronting a bid to buy the Tyneside giants, with Ashley looking to bank £300million from the sale.Cook was the Manchester City chief executive who sold Sheikh Mansour a Premier League back in the summer of 2009.Mansour had also registered an interest in buying Newcastle from Ashley.But the Arab prince was sold on the idea presented to him in a Power Point presentation made by Cook.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd veteran Mata thanks Mourinho: But it’s time for optimismby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United attacker Juan Mata has thanked Jose Mourinho for all he did at the club.With the Portuguese boss now gone and replaced by club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a few United players have been saying their piece on Mourinho’s departure.The Spaniard remained his classy self in his comments about his former boss.He wrote in his personal blog: “Obviously, it has been a different week with the change of manager and I’d like to thank Jose for the trophies we won together and wish him luck for the future.He added: “As you will all be aware, the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is our new boss and we couldn’t have started off upon his return to the club in a better way.”It was a convincing win against Cardiff and it will raise morale going into the end of 2018 and the rapidly approaching new year.”It is time for be optimistic, to look ahead and keep working hard to climb up the table. We are really motivated to do so while entertaining our fans, who deserve so much.”
WATCH: Cesc Fabregas in tears for Chelsea farewellby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was in tears at the end of their FA Cup triumph over Nottingham Forest.The Spaniard is expected to leave the Blues in the coming days and join up with Thierry Henry’s AS Monaco, in what will be a reunion with his former Arsenal captain.Fabregas has just five months remaining on his Chelsea contract and would have been required to take a significant pay-cut to his £160,000-a-week salary to have stayed at Stamford Bridge.He was named captain for what will be his final game, a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round. The occasion was somewhat soured after he missed a penalty in the opening 45 minutes.Cesc Fábregas’s emotional farewell to Stamford Bridge today after 500 games in English football. What a player.Thanks you, Cesc. pic.twitter.com/JTdIqnmoUG— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) January 5, 2019 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd striker Lukaku: Solskjaer style benefits meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku says he’s working closely with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Lukaku scored in the FA Cup win over Reading.He told MUTV: “I take it one day at a time, work as hard as I can and help the team.”I am really happy and try to improve along the way.”He [Solskjaer] helps us a lot in the training when we’re doing finishing practice with things like how to strike the ball, how to move away from the ball.”The way he wants us to play really benefits me because he wants me to be in positions where I want to be.”He understands what type of striker you are and plays to your strength.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Hudson-Odoi best youngster I’ve seen at Chelsea – Rudigerby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Antonio Rudiger hopes the club can hold onto Callum Hudson-Odoi.The English youngster is wanted by Bayern Munich, while he has failed to get much game time this season at the Blues.But there is a clear feeling at Chelsea that he is a huge talent. And they would rather not lose him.”To be honest, of all the young players I have seen at Chelsea, he is the shooting star for me,” Rudiger said to reporters at Wembley after his side’s 1-0 loss to Tottenham. “He has all the tools to become a big player, but he has to work a lot. I think for him everything is going very well at the moment.”He is a young lad and has less pressure so he can show what he can do. He did very well and caused a lot of problems to them. “He is trying very hard. You have to because he is a young lad and is on his way forward to the next step so he needs to improve where he can.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd boss Solskjaer: De Gea best in the worldby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits David De Gea’s performance earned them the 1-0 win at Tottenham.De Gea made a string of superb saves to make it a sixth consecutive win for Solskjaer since taking charge.The manager said, “[David was] fantastic. Obviously when you make 11 saves that is a top, top performance but then again I thought that one or two were really good saves and then the rest of them you would expect David to save. “He is the best goalkeeper in the world, I have said it many times. It is about positioning and concentration to be in the right position. Maybe one or two of them were uncatchable, but the saves he makes are because he is so in tune with the game. He is following the game, moving all the time. They don’t always look fantastic because he is in the right position.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann: We failed to test Borussia Dortmundby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona striker Antoine Griezmann admits they weren’t at their best for the 0-0 draw at Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund.Barca needed Marc-Andre ter Stegen to save a penalty to leave Germany with a point.Griezmann said, “The penalty that Marc has stopped, other important stops. I think we have not knocked on the door … These are things that need improvement. We must work and in the end a point is a point.”A game away from home is always different, here or in any club. People press more and the local rival plays with more confidence. It costs us more. “These are things to improve, let’s see what we did wrong and improve.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man City seek social media influencers to promote Champions League gamesby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are seeking social media influencers to help promote the experience of attending games at the Etihad.The Mirror says City are advertising for social influencers to help sell the “great atmosphere” at the Etihad Stadium during Champions League games.The ad, which was posted on influencer marketing platform Tribe, also calls for males – preferably students, young professionals and those new to Manchester – to post content that can “tell an authentic and genuine story of what it’s like to be at a game”.In the ad, City said: “The Champions League this year has given us three relatively unknown teams meaning our core fans are less likely to attend.”We identified students, young professionals and those new to Manchester who are our ideal audiences, however we can’t ignore core fans either as they still account for most ticket sales.”We want to get across the great atmosphere of the Etihad through the use of influencers who can tell an authentic and genuine story of what it’s like to be at a game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona are at risk of a last-16 exit from the Copa del Rey after a 2-1 first-leg loss at Levante left their trophy defence in doubt.Memories of the 5-4 thriller at Ciutat de Valencia last season that cost Ernesto Valverde’s men an unbeaten LaLiga campaign came flooding back during an end-to-end first half in which Levante thrived.Jeison Murillo and Chumi, afforded opportunities amid a raft of Barca changes, floundered at the heart of defence and the hosts took full advantage, storming to an early two-goal advantage thanks to Erick Cabaco and Borja Mayoral. 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? The absence of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez hampered the holders’ hopes of extracting a result although they do have a goal to take back to Camp Nou on January 17 thanks to Philippe Coutinho’s potentially pivotal 85th-minute penalty.Barca’s experimental defensive partnership of debutant Murillo, on loan from Valencia, and teenager Chumi came unstuck in the fourth minute as Cabaco rose unchallenged to head in Ruben Rochina’s free-kick.Emmanuel Boateng squandered two good chances to double the advantage but made amends in the 18th minute, prodding through a pass for Real Madrid loanee Mayoral to dispatch into the bottom far corner.Opportunities were flowing at both ends with Ousmane Dembele and Malcom both failing to beat Aitor Fernandez from promising positions.2 – Barcelona have conceded two goals in a Copa del Rey’s first half for the first time since January 2017 vs Athletic at San Mamés (2-0 at the half time, 2-1 at the full time). Slept pic.twitter.com/jysVTH7fAe— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 10, 2019Jasper Cillessen routinely came to Barca’s rescue in the opening 45 minutes and the Netherlands goalkeeper did so again just beyond the hour, rushing off his line to foil substitute Jose Luis Morales in a one-on-one.Valverde introduced Arsenal-linked Denis Suarez off the bench and it was the midfielder’s mazy dribble that invited Coke into a clumsy challenge, allowing Coutinho to give Barca a much-needed foothold ahead of the return encounter.What does it mean? Stars will return for second legThe return leg of this tie is one of three matches Barca must negotiate within the space of eight days, but this disappointing result leaves Valverde with little scope to rest the likes of Messi, Suarez and Gerard Pique next time around.That is, of course, unless the Blaugrana boss decides a fifth successive Copa del Rey triumph is not among the club’s pressing priorities.Mayoral makes Madrid proudHe took his goal with aplomb and Mayoral was an influential factor throughout Levante’s proactive performance.As if to provide a service to parent club Madrid, the Spanish striker saved his best for the LaLiga leaders, complementing the first-half strike with two key passes, one of which should have resulted in a goal for team-mate Morales.4 – Borja Mayoral is the fourth former Real Madrid’s player to score vs Barcelona in all competitions this season after Pablo Sarabia (Spanish Supercup), Ezequiel Garay (#LaLiga) & Sergio Canales (#LaLiga). Motivation pic.twitter.com/BeaU7vX5GB— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 10, 2019Murillo’s awkward auditionColombia international Murillo has voiced a desire to turn his short-term stay into a permanent deal – which Barca can push through for €25million – but his first 90 minutes in the shirt did not do much to advance that cause.The 26-year-old too often afforded Mayoral space in which to operate around the penalty area and paid the price on Levante’s preventable second goal.What’s next?Barca must regroup in time for Sunday’s date with Eibar in LaLiga, the first of three straight home matches in all competitions, while Levante visit Atletico Madrid ahead of the Copa del Rey return leg. read more