Le Tissier: ‘Players thinking twice about joining Man United’

first_imgManchester United’s struggles during the summer transfer window are due to players beginning to ‘think twice’ about joining the 20-time English champions, Matt Le Tissier has told talkSPORT.The Red Devils were one of the most productive sides early in the transfer window, strengthening in all areas of the pitch with the additions of midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, attacker Memphis Depay, defender Matteo Darmian and Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero.But things have been quiet at Old Trafford since, with manager Louis van Gaal missing out on a number of top targets, with Barcelona forward Pedro – their most high-profile mark – eventually joining Premier League rivals Chelsea.Widespread reports linked the club to a host of other big names, including Barca striker Neymar, Real Madrid stars Cristiano Ronadlo, Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos, plus Bayern Munich strike duo Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski, but fans were left disappointed.Their need for another quality forward was again highlighted as United slumped to defeat against Swansea on Sunday – their third straight league loss to the Welsh side – as the Jacks came from a goal down to win 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.And Le Tissier believes players are more hesitant to join the famous club now than under their glory days under former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.“Losing Pedro was a huge blow to Manchester United,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“They thought that was in the bag, but Chelsea came and pinched him at the last minute and United were left with a bit of egg on their face.“Then, the reaction was all of a sudden stories appearing that United want to buy Sadio Mane, just to try and deflect from the fact they couldn’t get Pedro.“It’s surprising because there were times, when I was playing, when Manchester United were linked with a player and if they wanted him, they got him.“The player went and there was no question – he wanted to join that club.“It does seem at the moment that players are thinking twice about joining Man United, which never happened in the past.”last_img read more

Arsenal team news vs Tottenham: Predicted XI for north London derby

first_img 11. Mesut Ozil 11 11 11 2. Mathieu Debuchy 28. Joel Campbell 4. Per Mertesacker 11 34. Francis Coquelin 18. Nacho Monreal 11 1. Petr Cech – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the predicted Arsenal line up in squad number order. 6. Laurent Koscielny 11 17. Alexis Sanchez 12. Olivier Giroud 11 Arsenal face rivals Tottenham on Sunday at the Emirates looking to bounce back after a humiliating 5-1 humbling at the hands of Bayern Munich.Arsene Wenger’s side are in the midst of a bit of an injury crisis at the moment, as demonstrated by Joel Campbell playing three games in a week, despite barely featuring for the Gunners prior to that.The Costa Rican was visibly fatigued within 15 minutes of Wednesday night Champions League clash but should start again, given the current injury list which includes Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky.ALSO READ: Tottenham Hotspur team news v Arsenal: Predicted XI for Premier League clashHector Bellerin is unlikely to have recovered from his groin injury in time while captain Mikel Arteta faces a late fitness test.So who will Wenger put his trust in to as he looks to banish the memories of Bayern’s midweek victory? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the arrow above, right, to see who to expect in the Arsenal starting XI.  11 11 11 11 19. Santi Cazorla last_img read more

Manchester United star facing three-match ban after being charged with violent conduct

first_img1 Bastian Schweinsteiger Bastian Schweinsteiger has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association for an alleged elbow on Winston Reid in Manchester United’s goalless draw against West Ham.Schweinsteiger stuck out his left arm and caught Reid in the throat as both players jostled for position in the build-up to a first-half free-kick.Referee Mark Clattenburg spoke to both players to calm them down, but did not see the apparent elbow and it was therefore not mentioned in his post-match report.That left the FA free to punish the midfielder retrospectively.An FA statement read: “Bastian Schweinsteiger has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.“The Manchester United midfielder was involved in an incident with West Ham United’s Winston Reid in the 40th minute of the game on Saturday (December 5, 2015).“The matter was referred to a panel of three former elite referees who each reviewed the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they considered it a sending-off offence.“For an FA charge to follow the decision by the panel must be unanimous.“The player has until 12 noon on Thursday 10 December 2015 to reply to the charge.”The 31-year-old is facing a three-match ban if found guilty.last_img read more

Ancelotti and Ronaldo set for Old Trafford, Everton to land Arsenal ace? Paper review

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Manchester United are considering sacking manager Louis van Gaal and bringing in Carlo Ancelotti. And Ancelotti’s arrival at United could result in a sensational return to Old Trafford for Cristiano Ronaldo. (Daily Star)Napoli are ready to swoop for Manchester United defender Guillermo Varela in the January transfer window. (Metro)Liverpool target Stefan Kiessling has strongly hinted that he will leave Bayer Leverkusen in the January transfer window. (Metro)Pep Guardiola faces family turmoil as they want to stay in Munich. And the news could wreck Manchester City’s plans to capture the Bayern boss next summer. Manchester United, despite insisting they will stick with under-fire Louis van Gaal, would also be interested if it all goes wrong for the Dutchman. But with Paris Saint– Germain also in the frame, Guardiola may now decide to stay in Germany. (The Sun)Everton want Arsenal star Calum Chambers as a long-term replacement for John Stones. The England defender, 20, is considering his future at the Emirates after a lack of first-team football since moving from Southampton in July 2014. (The Sun)Alan Pardew is set to join the race for Juventus striker Simone Zaza. The 24-year-old will be allowed to leave on loan and is also wanted by Watford and Norwich. But the Crystal Palace boss is ready to step in and sign the Italy striker until the end of the season. (The Sun)West Ham have put Argentina midfielder Federico Mancuello on their transfer wishlist. The Independiente star, 26, will be allowed to leave for £2.5million despite breaking into the national team and playing alongside Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero. (The Sun)Remi Garde is eyeing a shock move for Julien Faubert to help save Aston Villa’s season. The ex-France and West Ham winger, 32, is a free agent and on Garde’s radar as the Villa boss looks to bolster his squad. (The Sun)Jaap Stam wants to return to English football – as manager of Fulham. Ex-Manchester United defender Stam is believed to have told Cottagers chiefs he is open to holding talks over the vacant post. The Dutchman, 43, is currently coach of Ajax’s reserves but hopes to make the step up into a hot-seat. (Daily Mirror)last_img read more

Man United players were ‘angry’ and Swansea win has eased pressure, says LVG

first_imgLouis van Gaal believes the pressure is easing on Manchester United after they recorded their first win in nine matches.Wayne Rooney secured a welcome 2-1 victory over Swansea on Saturday with a clever backheel in the 77th minute.The United boss said his players had been left “angry” by their failure to win their previous eight matches – the club’s worst run in 26 years.Now Van Gaal hopes his squad will be able to play with more freedom after ending their rotten run.“I shall think that now the pressure is lowering, the performance shall be better every week,” the United manager said.“But that it also dependent on whether or not we score goals. And when we score goals and we create always chances.”Something of a siege mentality developed at Old Trafford during their slump.United’s players flatly denied they were not playing for their manager, who walked out of a press conference in a huff 11 days ago following reports he was about to be replaced by Jose Mourinho.And the playing staff were also angered by their own performances on the pitch, Van Gaal revealed.“They are very angry that we have lost so many games in a row,” he said.“They are not used to that, I’m not used to that, losing four matches in a row. Never, and I have been in this profession for 25 years. So it’s unusual and they are angry also and want to change the situation.”It would be wrong to suggest everything is rosy at Old Trafford, of course. Despite a change in formation, United were woefully dull for most of the first half against Swansea.The hosts did not register a shot on target until the 33rd minute and only two more weak efforts followed before the break.United have now failed to score in the first half of their last nine home matches.In a worrying statement for Van Gaal’s doubters, the Dutchman insisted his team played better in the first half than the second, when they found the net twice.And despite scoring 12 goals in 10 home league matches, Van Gaal claimed his players are going on the attack more at Old Trafford.“Always at home we are playing in a more attacking way, to please the fans also, because that is also the culture of Manchester United,” he said. “But you cannot always do that.”The game also helped ease the pressure on Rooney. The 30-year-old’s deft flick past Lukasz Fabianski meant he ended his two-and-a-half month goal drought and moved him past Denis Law into second in the club’s scoring charts.“He has played two fantastic games in a row,” said Van Gaal of Rooney, who was dropped for the Boxing Day defeat at Stoke.“He does everything we expect from him as a captain but also as a player and in what position he plays.“I hope that it can give a boost to him, because the goal was fantastic.“I am very happy for him and I hope it shall give him the boost he needs to continue.”Saturday’s game was the first time Anthony Martial had been on the same scoresheet as Rooney in the league.The Frenchman headed home Ashley Young’s cross to put United ahead before Gylfi Sigurdsson equalised with a looping header.The £36million forward then set up Rooney for the winner and Van Gaal wants the two to start scoring more often.“I hope (that is the case),” Van Gaal said.“Now Martial is playing on the left side again, and we have tried that before also, and Wayne in the striker’s position, but today we played also in another shape, so there are so many other aspects.“I have to say all the players do their utmost best and you can see that, but still there is still space for improvement.” Louis van Gaal 1last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino dismisses Real Madrid transfer talk and makes January signings admission

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated that Harry Kane is not for sale – and says he is ‘open’ to making some January signings.Red-hot Kane has hit 32 goals in his last 55 Premier League games and has reportedly attracted the interest of Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid.Real, along with city rivals Atletico, have been hit with a two-window transfer embargo meaning that they will not be able to land Kane – unless they did it this month.But Pochettino maintained his stance on the in-form England forward.When asked whether he was relieved to hear the news from Madrid, Pochettino said: “Yes, but Harry Kane is not for sale.”Spurs failed to find a way past Leicester on Wednesday night and were punished when Robert Huth’s late header sealed a dramatic 1-0 victory for the away side.And Pochettino says signing more attacking reinforcements during the window is not out of the question.He said: “I think that I’ve explained a lot of times that if we find the right profile and a player who can improve the squad we will work hard for that.“We can add some players and we are open [to that].” Mauricio Pochettino and Harry Kane 1last_img read more

L.A. Times, Cubs sales come up in Zell talk

first_imgTRIBUNE: He says newspaper won’t be sold to those who earlier expressed interest. By Alex Veiga THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City Chicago real estate magnate and Tribune Co. owner Sam Zell said Tuesday he had no plans to sell the Los Angeles Times to any of the moguls who previously were interested in buying the newspaper. “I said it to Eli Broad. I said it to Ron Burkle. I said it to David Geffen, and I’m saying it to you,” Zell said at a conference on corporate growth. He then quipped: “Now, if you have a price, we can talk.” The remark brought laughter from the standing-room-only crowd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Zell, 65, led an $8.2 billion buyout of Tribune Co. in April. The media company owns 11 daily newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, 23 television stations and the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Zell’s colorful talk on the workings of mergers and acquisitions included several expletives and a joke involving a male body part. During a brief question and answer session, he predicted that the residential housing market would begin stabilizing next year, but the economy would tumble into a recession in 2009. Zell, the chairman of Equity Group Investments, also fielded questions about the Los Angeles newspaper and his intent to sell the Chicago Cubs. Among others, Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, has expressed a strong interest in owning the Cubs. Asked about a possible deal with Cuban, Zell said, “I have no idea who is going to end up with the Cubs, but it ain’t gonna be me.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Stage greenhorns tackle `Proof’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s a serious topic about parents who fail and what that means to the children who may or may not have inherited those traits,” Lee said. “I think it’s something a lot of people are wrestling with.” The play was first shown in 2000, and the Broadway production won a Tony Award for Best Play in 2001. The script also won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In 2005, the show was made into a movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Hope Davis, Jake Gyllenhaal and Anthony Hopkins. Paltrow was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance. “Proof” tells the story of Catherine, a young woman who left college at Northwestern to take care of her mentally ill father, Robert. As the play opens, Robert has just passed away. Catherine finds a mathematical proof authored by her father, who in his early years was a mathematical genius. Catherine is left to grapple with the death of her father and the chance that she has inherited his illness, as well as her relationship with love interest Hal and her sister Claire, all while trying to prove who truly wrote the paper she discovered. Four amateur actors will try to “prove” their talent as their first show together opens this weekend at the Whittier Center Theatre. The actors will present “Proof,” an award-winning play by David Auburn with a darker edge than many of the other productions the amateur acting company has done. “We walk a very fine line where we try to do something new and original and at the same time we try to respect our audiences who like more comfortable pieces,” director Roxie Lee said. The play contains some strong language and is not recommended for children younger than 13, but Lee said the show offers a fresh, modern play about family and fate. For Lee, the annual fall performance for Whittier Community Theatre is a contrast from the popular summer musical, a chance to tackle a challenging modern piece. “I personally was one of the people who was really pushing for it, because it has so much to say,” Lee said. Although Lee has been directing with the theater group since the early 1990s, the actors in “Proof” are new to the group. Hester Wagner plays Claire, Catherine’s put-together sister. Wagner, 26, moved to Los Angeles from New York City two months ago and said she found Whittier Community Theatre through a Web site for aspiring actors. She said the experience so far has been positive. “Everything is really great, probably one of the smoothest plays that I’ve worked on,” Wagner said. “We’re all ready to explore and do stuff together.” Wagner said she first saw the play on Broadway and said she believes the show is relevant for Whittier residents. “The play is so well written that it just speaks to everybody on some level that goes to see it,” Wagner said. Leslie Rivera, 28, is also in her first production with the community group, and plays Catherine. Rivera said the role is one she has hoped to be cast in since she saw the play years ago. “I think the writing is beautiful,” Rivera said. “We are working so hard to make it a great production.” The production also includes Richard Large, 52, of Pasadena. Large saw “Proof” on Broadway several years ago, soon after it opened and plays Catherine’s father. He said he expects that audiences will be impressed by the strength of the acting team, the directing and the writing. “It’s a very moving script,” Large said. “If we do it right, they’ll follow along with us and fall in love with these people.” “Proof” opens at 8 p.m. today, and runs for three consecutive Friday and Saturday evenings, with one Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 11. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors. For information, call (562) 693-1105. airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

STAR LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR DONEGAL’S MOST EXCITING FOOD FESTIVAL

first_imgSummer is here and it’s time to spoil yourself at the Homegrown Food Festival in LYIT on the 11th and 12th July. 2014 saw the launch of the Homegrown food festival in Aura leisure centre with the help of the Letterkenny town council the show proved to be a great success, “Well organised, great to see an event like this in this area of Donegal” – Eve-Anne McCarron, The food coast.  Last year the show had over 5,000 guests during the two days with the highlights being the artisan producers from across the country showing everything from homemade chocolates to native beef from Dexter cows to a big collection of craft beers and ciders, along with the producers we were proud to have some great chefs giving demonstrations over the two days including Rachel Allen, Paul Rankin, Brian McDermott and many more.This year in conjunction with the Local enterprise board and Letterkenny Institute of Technology the festival will be held on the showgrounds in a custom built marquee at LYIT.We’ve introduced a separate area for the demonstrations and an eating area so you won’t have to wait to enjoy your treats.Some of the great line up this year includes Kevin Dundon, whose Modern Irish Food was awarded  Silver World Medal – the highest award given in the inaugural food series category beating off competition from some of the world’s leading food television producers and broadcasters at the New York film and television awards. Along with Kevin we proud to have back Rachel Allen, who proved to be a great crowd favourite at last year’s show.On both days the “No salt chef” Brian McDermott will be showcasing his skills in the kitchen and teaching us how to be a little bit healthier when we are cooking.Ian Orr, from Browns restaurant, will be cooking up some mouth-watering dishes to further tantalise our palates and Letterkenny’s own Martin Anderson will be MC over the two days.This year we have an inflatable fun area for the kids to enjoy and again entry will be free for all kids under 12.We are very excited to have such a great program in store for our guests and can’t wait to see what the exhibitors will have as tasters enticing us to buy.www.homegrownfoodfestival.ie Facebook: HomeGrownfoodfestivalTwitter: homegrownfoodfeSTAR LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR DONEGAL’S MOST EXCITING FOOD FESTIVAL was last modified: July 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

WATCH: Former Newcastle, Chelsea and West Ham star floored by referee

first_imgAlways thought Demba Ba was good at putting himself around on the football pitch? This video could make you think again! The former Chelsea, Newcastle and West Ham striker, 30, is currently plying his trade in China with Shanghai Shenhua. The Senegalese international was playing for his club when he collided with the match official in the centre circle – see above!last_img