TagsOpinionAbout the authorEdward StratmannShare the loveHave your say Three key issues Solskjaer must address to clean up Man Utd messby Edward Stratmann10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveIn the wake of Jose Mourinho’s sacking from Manchester United, the club have chosen to replace him with former hero Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Stepping into the role of interim manager, the Norwegian has many issues to address in his quest to arrest the side’s fortunes and the negativity surrounding the club. Our columnist looks at three key issues he’ll need to confront…Boost morale and team happinessUnder the stewardship of Mourinho, a man who was never shy in criticising his players in public and letting his opinion fly in a forceful manner, there was no escaping the detrimental impact this had on the squad. Couple this with his pragmatic tactics and the palpable tension surrounding United was rife. On a massive downhill spiral, Man Utd currently find themselves 19 points behind table leading Liverpool as a result, an unacceptable position to be in for a club of United’s quality and stature. With Solskjaer now taking over the reigns, his first challenge will be to return some much needed confidence and positivity into this group. Crucially, he’s shown from his previous posts that he backs his players and shows plenty of belief in his troops. This should unquestionably be a breath of fresh air for a United team who had clearly grown tired of Mourinho’s demoralising style and approach. Sort out PogbaThe strained relationship between Paul Pogba and Mourinho had become a disappointing, ongoing saga, as the duo had been battling it out for the best part of a year. While Mourinho stoked the fire by publicly lambasting him many times and dropping him regularly, the French World Cup winner didn’t cover himself in glory either due to his antics, with his outspoken nature getting himself into hot water and frustrating Mourinho on many occasions. Never really seeming to trust Pogba, Mourinho duly struggled to get the best out of his £89 million star.Having previously stated his admiration of Pogba and worked with him during his time coaching the United reserves, Solskjaer will relish the opportunity to involve the former Juventus whizz. “I would [build the team around him], absolutely no doubt,” he said back in August. “That just shows how far the kid has come. Paul is a fantastic kid so hopefully we can build the team around him and keep him.”It’ll therefore be expected we’ll see the tremendously talented Pogba immediately restored to the starting lineup against Cardiff City this weekend, with the enigmatic midfielder set to be an integral component of the 45-year-old’s plans.Offensive football to returnAs the unrest grew on many fronts, the stifling tactics often implemented by the Portuguese manager were a key bone of contention among many. Judging on Solskjaer’s previous experiences, the new man in charge should bring some bolder, more attackingly geared football to Old Trafford, something that will be music to the United faithful’s ears.Although it’ll take some time for his ideas to bed in, once they’ve been taken on board, Solskjaer will be hoping to get his team playing some progressive and exciting possession football. Previously noting Pep Guardiola and Sir Alex Ferguson as two of his idols and never afraid to give youth a chance, he’ll insist on United building out from the back, pushing the full backs high and using the breathtaking pace and dynamism of the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to stretch defences.All things considered, he’s certainly got a massive task ahead of him to get things back on track to revive the ailing Manchester giants. Possessing an invaluable love and knowledge of the club, a desire to play offensive football and wanting to get his players back enjoying their football, watching him go about his work will be fascinating as he’ll do everything in his power to rejuvenate his beloved United.
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock hails away fans for Crystal Palace stalemateby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock hailed the away support for their 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.Warnock made a point of instructing his side to applaud the 1,700 away end, with the players handing over shirts to supporters in the crowd.He said: “When you’ve got fans like that and a club supporting you, you’ve always got a chance. Our dressing room is our strength, but I think we play a lot more than we get credit for.”I think the lads get tainted because they’re my team, whereas I think we play as well as a lot of teams in the league and we’ve got a bit of steel about us.””I’m really pleased for the fans. We’ve had one point in I don’t know how many games. To keep that volume up is unbelievable, so all credit to them.”Warnock added: “We looked at the last time they played Burnley and I think they had 30-odd shots, so we knew what we’d be up against.”But I thought we were really well organised and broke at pace when we got time. I thought their keeper made the best save of the game if I’m honest from Kadeem and at the end we kept going and nearly won it at the death.”I know it was a 0-0 draw but I thought it was an exciting 0-0 draw if I’m honest.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Hoedt free to leave Southampton admits Hasenhuttlby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted Wesley Hoedt is free to leave the club this month.The Dutch defender has yet to feature for Saints since Hasenhuttl replaced Mark Hughes last month.”Nearly every player [has] played a game until now but he didn’t. It’s difficult,” Hasenhuttl said.”I made a decision for (Jannik) Vestergaard, Jack Stephens at Derby. I think Jack will take the part of Maya Yoshida who is gone for one month.”Yeah, it’s not the best for Wesley, that’s right. It’s the same for Gabbiadini or Steven (Davis). The guys went away to find other solutions, it’s better for them.”For Wesley it can be the same. We don’t send any player away but if he feels like he is not used like wants from us, he should think about it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
PSG chief Leonardo to try again for Tottenham defender Serge Aurierby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG chief Leonardo is ready to try again for Tottenham defender Serge Aurier.With the January market looming, Leonardo still wants to bring Aurier back to PSG, says Sportmediaset.The Ivorian was on Leonardo’s shopping list over the summer, but ran out of time to do the deal.The pair are close and talks will resume ahead of the market reopening in the New Year.PSG would favour an initial loan arrangement. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Arsenal post new update on Lacazetteby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have posted an update on Alexandre Lacazette.The Frenchman has been recovering from an ankle injury that has persisted since preseason.He has missed the club’s last three games and won’t return until October.A statement on the club’s website said: “Left ankle. Alex continues to rehabilitate the injury to his left ankle and is likely to be back in action in October.”
Real Madrid target Donny van de Beek to sign new Ajax contractby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveHolland midfielder Donny van de Beek is set to sign a new contract with Ajax.Voetbal International says the Dutch club wants to reward the 22-year-old for his contribution to their impressive Champions League run last season. However, the length of his contract will not be extended beyond 2022 and he may still leave the club at the end of the season. Real Madrid postponed a move for the Ajax player last month on the request of coach Zinedine Zidane, who wanted the club to concentrate all efforts on Manchester United star Paul Pogba in the final days of the transfer window.The Bernabéu board still has Van de Beek high on its agenda and it is understood that it is in the mutual interest of both clubs to close a deal sooner rather than later. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 29: Alabama fans cheer after the Alabama Crimson Tide defeat the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama defeated Auburn 36-0. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Last week, the Alabama chapter of Alpha Phi released a recruiting video which included an appearance from Crimson Tide running back Kenyan Drake. Just one week later, the school has pulled the footage and issued an official apology. Why? Well, we’re not really sure.Fox Sports’ Clay Travis was able to obtain the statement, which is a bit vague. The decision comes after a columnist at AL.com wrote a scathing piece on the subject, calling the video “worse for women than Donald Trump.”“This video is not reflective of UA’s expectations for student organizations to be responsible digital citizens. It is important for student organizations to remember what is posted on social media makes a difference, today and tomorrow, on how they are viewed and perceived,” said Deborah Lane, Associate Vice President for University Relations.The school’s decision is causing a great deal of controversy, to say the least. If you haven’t seen the video, it’s been re-posted below. You can form your own opinion on it.
Those who use social media may have happened across the term ‘GOAT’ being used in association with the best sports starts in the world.Roger Federer, Usain Bolt, Tom Brady and LeBron James are just some of the names that have been branded the GOAT.AdChoices广告The likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are also regularly present on similar lists of elite-level athletes. 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? So what does GOAT mean and who is the GOAT? Goal takes a look.What does GOAT mean? GOAT (or G.O.A.T.) is an acronym which stands for ‘greatest of all time’. It is a tag which is reserved for the individual who is deemed to be the undisputed master of their sport.As well as exceptional talent, in order to be considered the GOAT, the individual must also maintain a consistent high level of achievement.While it has been in use for a long time, the term was popularised in the 20th century by heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who, in 1964, declared himself “the greatest” after defeating Sonny Liston.It subsequently became a moniker for Ali throughout his career and he famously revisited the catchphrase after defeating George Foreman by knockout, against the odds, in 1974.“Everybody stop talking now. Attention! I told you, all of my critics, I told you all that I was the greatest of all time when I beat Sonny Liston,” Ali said following the fight dubbed the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’.”I told you today, I’m still the greatest of all time. Never again defeat me. Never again say that I’m going to be defeated. Never again make me the underdog until I’m about 50 years old. Then you might get me.”As the name suggests, the GOAT is not only deemed to be better than all of their contemporaries, but better than everyone who has gone before them as well.Who is the GOAT in football? Football’s GOAT is a matter of continuous debate within the community, but the consensus in recent years has narrowed the question down to one of two players: Ronaldo or Messi.The very nature of the game means that there is no hard and fast method by which to measure who exactly is the greatest of all time, but that reality hasn’t stopped the arguments.Both Ronaldo and Messi have won the Ballon d’Or – given to the player who is considered the best in the world – on five occasions, which is more than any other player.Messi edges things when it comes to the European Golden Shoe, which he has scooped five times to Ronaldo’s four, and they each have four Champions League winners’ medals.Is Leo the GOAT? 🐐@papermagazine certainly thinks so! pic.twitter.com/Lx8DmjNgsJ— Goal (@goal) June 4, 2018The gauge for discerning who the GOAT is can vary, but some have highlighted Ronaldo’s ability to excel in a number of different countries as a reason for placing him ahead of the Argentine.As well as that, the Portugal captain has lifted major honours with his country (winning the European Championship in 2016), a feat Messi has yet to achieve at senior level with Argentina (he has won an Olympic gold medal and the Under-20 World Cup).The fact that Messi plays for Barcelona and Ronaldo played for Real Madrid added to the layers of the rivalry and served to fuel the debate, given that they were going head to head in El Clasico.Both players spurred each other on and embraced the tag of GOAT, with Messi sheepishly posing with a live goat in an edition of PAPER Magazine, while Ronaldo briefly fashioned a goatee at the 2018 World Cup.”The rivalry with Cristiano was very healthy and good for the fans,” the Barcelona captain told Marca following Ronaldo’s switch to Juventus. Other GOATs in football historyThe dominance of Messi and Ronaldo over the past decade has reduced other iconic football figures to mere afterthoughts, but plenty still lay claim to the title of GOAT.Messi’s compatriot Diego Maradona, a World Cup winner with Argentina in 1986 who shone at Barcelona and Napoli, is one example, though interestingly, Maradona considers Messi to be his heir and has proclaimed the Rosario native to be the greatest.Netherlands and Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff is another individual who is considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all time. He won three Ballons d’Or during his career and was the creative force which drove Ajax on to three European Cup triumphs in the early 1970s. Cruyff’s influence is still felt at Barcelona to this day, with the Dutchman dubbed El Salvador, or The Saviour, by fans of the Catalan club.Others who have been declared the greatest include Pele, Ronaldo (O Fenomeno), Alfredo Di Stefano, Zinedine Zidane, Michel Platini and Franz Beckenbauer. More recent candidates include the likes of Andres Iniesta, Luka Modric, Xavi and Ronaldinho.Future football GOATs?When Messi and Ronaldo eventually hang up their boots, a void will emerge into which a pretender will step, and already a few stars are being touted as their successors.Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has long been heralded as the natural heir to the throne of the GOAT, but injuries and poor form have taken the shine off his name in recent seasons.Neymar’s PSG team-mate – and World Cup winner – Kylian Mbappe cemented his status as one of the best young players in the world in 2018, but he will have to maintain his high standards in order to earn the tag of GOAT.Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann have catapulted themselves into the vicinity of Ronaldo and Messi, but the feeling is that they will all have to raise their games in order to reach the same level.The aforementioned stars have been earmarked, but there is always a chance that some phenomenon will emerge from the fog of obscurity and exceed both Messi and Ronaldo. That would require a gargantuan effort and may seem highly unlikely at this point.
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford claims the squad are better prepared for the challenges of a new season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer than they were when Jose Mourinho was in charge.Solskjaer will lead the Red Devils into their Premier League curtain-raiser with Chelsea on Sunday in what will be his first full campaign in charge at Old Trafford.And it is his appointment, following a successful spell as caretaker boss between December and March last term, that Rashford believes has been key to the players’ fitness and mind-set this summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The England international, who is expected to play a significant role in attack now that Romelu Lukaku’s departure to Inter has finally been confirmed, will jockey for position with United’s new number nine Anthony Martial for the central striker spot.And ahead of their showdown with the Blues, the 21-year-old says his fitness, along with the rest of his team-mates’, is much further advanced than it was this time last year under former boss Mourinho.“It definitely feels different,” he admitted to Sky Sports. “For starters, physically we’re at a much better position than we were this time last year, going into the season. “We’re already three or four steps ahead of where we were last season, and now it’s about putting the fundamentals down about how we’re going to play.”When asked to pin-point specifics when it comes to the differences between Solskjaer and Mourinho, he added: “I’d say the intensity change, from how we were towards the end of last season, to where we are now. “It’s so clear to see the difference in terms of intensity, especially without the ball. That’s where we’ve taken a lot of strides forward.“You learn different things under different managers. The time under (Louis) Van Gaal, it was perfect for me at that time to have a manager like that, he was patient with me and gave me time to learn the game. It wasn’t too much information thrown at me.“Then under Jose I feel like we all understood the game a bit better, especially defensively. And now under Ole we’re trying to combine the two, and at the same time he knows the club for what the club is so he can spread his own messages too. “For me it’s like it’s back to normal, and that is the most important thing. It’s been good. It’s been tough, but as a team I feel we’ve taken a lot of strides forward, so it’s been worth it.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 03: A general view as the Ohio State Buckeyes enters the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)College football stadiums are some of the most majestic structures in our country, but usually, fans putting together rankings for venues value things like atmosphere and capacity above all else. Popular Mechanics went a different route.This week, the popular publication decided to rank the top 25 college football stadiums in the country based on architecture – the structure of the buildings themselves.Oddly enough, the list doesn’t read that much different than any other college football stadium list. The No. 1 school on the list – Nebraska – also happens to have the nation’s longest sellout streak.You can view the entire list below – or head over to Popular Mechanics to read about each stadium. Yale, Ohio State, LSU and Florida State join Nebraska in the top five.Here’s the list:Memorial Stadium – NebraskaDoak-Campbell Stadium – Florida StateTiger Stadium – LSUOhio Stadium – Ohio StateYale Bowl – YaleAutzen Stadium – OregonNotre Dame Stadium – Notre DameCalifornia Memorial Stadium – CalMichigan Stadium – MichiganBryant-Denny Stadium – AlabamaHarvard Stadium – HarvardLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum – USCMichie Stadium – ArmySun Devil Stadium – Arizona StateKyle Field – Texas A&MFolsom Field – ColoradoMcLane Stadium – BaylorVaught-Hemingway Stadium – Ole MissRose Bowl – UCLAWilliams-Brice Stadium – South CarolinaNeyland Stadium – TennesseeCanvas Stadium – Colorado StateHusky Stadium – WashingtonSanford Stadium – GeorgiaMemorial Stadium – ClemsonHere’s what they had to say about Nebraska:Get wowed by the 2013 expansion that offered Big Red faithful a new towering brick façade, while creating a new corridor and a three-story glass window that displays historic domed Gate 20 in the original exterior. The remodel uses the original exterior as an interior wall.The “Sea of Red” has now grown to around 85,000, which famously qualifies the stadium as the third-largest city in Nebraska anytime the Cornhuskers take the field. Memorial Stadium creates one of the country’s most canyon-like bowls for a steep seating rake.Very cool. Nebraska fans, this season, will be packing the stadium to see if Scott Frost can turn the program around in his first year.