Manchester United Mourinho warns Man United over ‘fantasy football’ Matthew Sherry Last updated 2 years ago 05:57 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images Manchester United UEFA Champions League Manchester United v Basel Basel José Mourinho Paul Pogba The boss feels his charges lost their concentration towards the end of a straightforward win, and called on them to keep their shape throughout Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho issued a warning to his players despite returning to the Champions League with a comfortable 3-0 win against Basel.United were largely in control at Old Trafford on Tuesday as goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford secured all three points in the Group A opener.Man Utd 10/1 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing But, while pleased with the result, Mourinho felt they took their foot off the pedal having gone 2-0 ahead early in the second half.”Three points is very important,” the Portuguese boss told BT Sport. “It’s important to win when starting at home.”Until the second goal, we were very stable but, after that, we were not making the right decisions and we could have put ourselves in trouble.”There were bad decisions, fantasy football, PlayStadium football, tricks. I don’t like it. You gamble a little bit.”I’m delighted with the win,” says @RomeluLukaku9. “Everyone is working really hard. It’s still a work in progress but we’re doing well.” pic.twitter.com/Y8eZ1caTLb— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 12, 2017″The players probably felt the game was over at 2-0, but you have to respect the opponent.”We lost our shape, the players relaxed too much and I didn’t like it. But, overall, the performance was solid and three points is the most important thing.”The victory was built around a fine display from Fellaini, who entered the game on a negative note when stand-in skipper Paul Pogba had to be withdrawn with an apparent hamstring injury.”I couldn’t be more pleased with him.”Jose Mourinho praises @Fellaini… pic.twitter.com/AodPDVmj38— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 12, 2017And maligned United midfielder Fellaini appreciates his manager’s backing, saying: “It feels good.”He knows what I can do and my quality. That’s important for me. I give everything on the pitch.”Another player who will have impressed Mourinho is Lukaku, who netted his sixth goal in as many games for United on his Champions League debut.The Belgium striker refused to be drawn on his own efforts, focusing on the importance of United responding to a disappointing 2-2 Premier League draw at Stoke City on Saturday.”I was delighted with the win,” he said. “We wanted to bounce back after the slip up against Stoke.”
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.
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 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
Back of the “phony 50” Sorry, Does it say White house?????? pic.twitter.com/gcD3xOh39A— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) August 3, 2018 Phony US Fifties: Several of these have been passed in town in the last 2 days. Can you see why they are fake and not Counterfeit? pic.twitter.com/0b4ZFHBzEg— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) August 2, 2018 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mounties in Fort St. John are advising residents to use caution when dealing with American currency after several phony bills were reported to be circulating in town this week.On Thursday afternoon, the RCMP tweeted a photo of one of the fake bills that had been brought to their attention. Phony Fifties: here is the image of a real bill pic.twitter.com/pvk1E8npPO— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) August 2, 2018Sergeant Dave Tyreman with the RCMP said that the U.S. $50 bill is clearly a fake, as opposed to a counterfeit bill, due to a number of discrepancies from a real American $50 bill.Among the discrepancies, the bill’s serial number is written in Cyrillic characters, with the word translating from Russian as “souvenir.”In addition, the word under President Ulysses S. Grant is actually “Mercury,” while the U.S. Capitol building on the bill’s reverse side has been rebranded as “Nina’s House.” Sgt. Tyreman said that residents should always scrutinize any cash they receive, especially foreign currency.Anyone with information about the identity of individuals passing around fake currency is asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at (250) 787-8100, or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477 (TIPS).
Mandalay (Myanmar): The Indian women’s football team faces a stern test against a tricky Nepal in their Olympic Qualifiers Round 2 match here on Saturday. The two teams will be up against each other for the third time since February. In the Hero Gold Cup, Nepal had triumphed 2-1 in Bhubaneswar, while the Indians had a revenge of sorts in their 3-1 win in the SAFF Championship final. India head coach Maymol Rocky said her side would look to score first and put the opposition under pressure. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”We need to take our chances. Nepal possess the ability to hurt us. That was on display in Bhubaneswar. We will try to score first,” Maymol said. “Sabitra Bhandari is one of their (Nepal’s) key players in attack, and we will try to neutralize her,” she added. Maymol spoke about her players having a good relationship with the Nepalese but said on the field there will be no concessions. With only one team qualifying, and both India and Myanmar level on points, a win for Maymol-coached side will further boost their chances for a qualification from the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2. Dalima Chhibber, who scored off a majestic free-kick in the SAFF final against Nepal, said the two teams are “aware of the strengths of each other”.
Mumbai: He drinks, he smokes, he swears. Shahid Kapoor on Monday teased his “rebel with a cause” avatar in “Kabir Singh”, a Bollywood remake of Telugu film “Arjun Reddy”. “Kabir Singh” is written and directed by Sandeep Vanga. It is a remake of his own directorial Telugu film “Arjun Reddy”. “I’m not a rebel without a cause. This is me. Kabir Singh,” Shahid tweeted with a link to the power-packed teaser. Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, who directed the original movie, “Kabir Singh” is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani, Krishan Kumar and Ashwin Varde. It is releasing on June 21. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Shahid aces the rugged, rough and aggressive look as a doctor with anger management issues. He packs a punch when he swears in Hindi, adds water to a whiskey bottle directly from a tank and raises his middle finger. The “Udta Punjab” actor is also seen snorting drugs in the teaser. Actress Kiara Advani appears only at the end of the teaser, when Shahid plants a kiss on her cheek, and says, “Kisi ne nahi dekha (Nobody saw it).”
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell controls the ball during the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Idaho on Nov. 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorLess than two weeks ago, the Ohio State women’s basketball team needed overtime, but it defeated Michigan 78-71 on the road to remain undefeated in Big Ten play.No. 8 Ohio State (16-2, 5-0 Big Ten) will have a chance to defeat No. 19 Michigan (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten) a second time to keep its spotless conference record at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. Both teams will be fresh off Saturday road victories. The Buckeyes defeated Indiana 77-62, while the Wolverines beat Nebraska 69-64 in overtime.Projected StartersOhio State:G — Asia Doss — Senior, 5-foot-7, 9.2 ppg, 3 rpg, 3.5 apgG — Kelsey Mitchell — Senior, 5-foot-8, 25.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.4 apgG — Linnae Harper — Redshirt senior, 5-foot-8, 15.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.4 apgG — Sierra Calhoun — Redshirt junior, 6-foot, 12.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.2 apgF — Stephanie Mavunga — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-3, 15.2 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 0.8 apgMichigan: G — Katelynn Flaherty — Senior, 5-foot-7, 23.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.9 apgG — Nicole Munger — Junior, 5-foot-11, 9.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.4 apgF — Jillian Dunston — Senior, 5-foot-11, 3.6 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 3.7 apgF — Hailey Brown — Freshman, 6-foot-1, 8.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1 apgC — Hallie Thome — Junior, 6-foot-5, 16.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.5 apgScouting MichiganTuesday’s game pitting the Buckeyes and Wolverines will be the second matchup between the teams in less than two weeks. In Ohio State’s overtime win on Jan. 7, the visiting team needed everything they got from senior guard Kelsey Mitchell, who dropped 37 points. On Tuesday, the Buckeyes might need more of the same from the preseason All-American because the Wolverines have succeeded this season, including in their game against their rival two weeks ago, on the interior. Michigan averages 9.7 more rebounds per game than its opponents, which ranks 18th in the country. It holds opponents to 30.3 rebounds per game, the lowest average in the conference.The Wolverines’ dominance on the board begins with junior center Hallie Thome, a Chagrin Falls, Ohio, native who Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said he recruited for a short time before the Buckeyes landed other commitments. She averages 16.4 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game, which each rank second on the team.Thome’s standout trait is her size. Standing 6-foot-5, she towers over every player on Ohio State, including redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga, the starter in the post who averages a double-double. McGuff, though, is more impressed by Thome’s touch around the basket and feel for the game.“She’s really, really skilled,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “You see a lot of big kids, but not many big kids that have her size in conjunction with the skill that she has. [It’s] a really tough matchup for us.”In the first matchup between the teams, Thome led Michigan with 27 points and corralled eight rebounds. She was joined in double-figures by senior guard Katelynn Flaherty, who added 22 points and eight assist, but made only 7-of-22 shots. McGuff said he thought the Buckeyes defended her well, but she still managed to make tough shots while defenders swarmed.In order to hold Michigan’s offense in check, Ohio State must keep Flaherty, who averages the third-most points in the conference (23.1), from getting open looks and keep Thome from getting the ball in opportune positions.“They just present a really tough matchup because those kids are so good,” McGuff said. “And they’ve got other players around them that seem to play their role extremely well.”One of the other role players McGuff is referencing who could hurt the Buckeyes is senior forward Jillian Dunston. Though she lacks much scoring ability, she helps facilitate the offense and leads the team with 9.4 rebounds per game. Michigan junior guard Nicole Munger holds the highest 3-point shooting percentage of any player on either team (41.6 percent). The Wolverines make 36.3 percent of their triples and hold opponents to just 30.9 percent from beyond the arc, the third-lowest of any team in the conference. Ohio State has shot more 3-pointers (481 attempts) than any team in the Big Ten.Remaining undefeated in Big TenAs the highest-ranked Big Ten team in the AP poll and the only team left undefeated in Big Ten play, Ohio State has only had one close call against a conference opponent: an overtime win against Michigan.The Buckeyes began the Big Ten portion of the season 5-0 for the first time in McGuff’s tenure. Last season, they finished 15-1 against conference opponents, with their only loss coming to Michigan State in the fifth Big Ten game of the season.For the record to remain unblemished, Ohio State will have to take on a Michigan team that has struggled against the upper echelon of college basketball teams and is still searching for a win against a top-25 team after four failed attempts. In November, it lost 74-49 to No. 2 Louisville and 83-63 to No. 5 Notre Dame. The Wolverines then lost 82-72 to Iowa on Dec. 31 before dropping the overtime game to the Buckeyes.
Guillem Balague recently shared his thoughts that if Barcelona were indeed to buy Antoine Griezmann, they would need to sell about eight players just so they could afford to acquire the Frenchman.The Catalan side have been the most frequently linked club with Griezmann throughout the whole season, not just the past weeks, and it seems the rumours could quickly turn into reality,However, Balague thinks there is only one setback ahead of this.“The problem with Barcelona, and considering the way that they are not renewing the contract of Sergio Busquets as quickly as the player would like, is the wage bill is too high,” he revealed, according to the Express.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“The wage list is so big that they need to reduce it.”“If they sell about eight players they could manage it. Then they could make the move for Antoine Griezmann,” Balague went on to add.“They also need to sign a midfielder and a left-back and those will be the two positions they target.”
Southampton manager Mark Hughes is confident this team can build on their last weekend performance at Bournemouth as they prepare to face Newcastle on Saturday.Mark Hughes was impressed with Southampton’s last weekend performance despite their goalless draw result at Bournemouth.On Saturday, they will host struggling Newcastle United at the St Mary’s Stadium, and Mark Hughes will be hoping to compound their woes and also build on their impressive performance from last weekend.“It’s been a good week,” Hughes said on The Saints website.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I think we had a lot of confidence from how we played.“The disappointment on the day clearly was that we didn’t take the chances that we created because they were good chances – chances that we need to take if we’re going to get the points that we feel our performances deserve. So that was the only negative.“In terms of the performance, I thought it was really good, really accomplished. Everybody understood what we needed to do to stop Bournemouth really getting into a frame of mind or a mindset that they were going to play really well.“I think we frustrated them. Not by being negative, but just by virtue of our game plan and being on the front foot and being positive in what we were doing, so on the day I thought we were the better team.”