About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer settles debate on Man Utd captaincyby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer insists Antonio Valencia will remain as captain of Manchester United. The Ecuadorian fall out of favour under Jose Mourinho this season, having made just four Premier League appearances.But Solskjaer says the veteran will be an important part of his team once he returns to full fitness.He said: “Antonio is the captain. When he is properly fit and playing, he will wear the armband.”He’s going through a couple of tough sessions to get him ready for the busy period. There are not many better right backs going forward.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham demand huge money to sell Arnautovic with replacement identifiedby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are demanding huge money to sell Marko Arnautovic this month.The Mirror says West Ham will hold out for as much as £50million if Arnautovic still wants out – to try and finance a move for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson.The club are fighting to keep 29-year-old Arnautovic, despite his insistence last week that he wants to join Chinese Super League club Shanghai SiPG. Bournemouth in turn are desperate to hold on to 26-year-old Wilson, who has netted 11 times this season – including once for England. If Arnautovic downs tools as Dimitri Payet did two years ago to force a move to Marseille, then West Ham would have no option but to cut their losses.
Man Utd fullback Darmian Serie A return hopes shutdownby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United fullback Matteo Darmian has seen plans of returning to Italy this month stall.The Italy international is eager to return to Serie A after being limited to a bit-part role at United this season.TMW says Darmian’s agents have made fresh attempts to open talks with both Juventus and Inter Milan, but the response has been ‘cold’.While both giants regard Darmian highly, the word is they’re not interested in a deal for the defender in January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Watford manager Sanchez Flores likes new position for Sarrby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores thinks Ismalia Sarr is suited to play as a striker.The Senegalese was deployed as a lone forward against Arsenal on Sunday, having previously been deployed primarily as a winger.”I think the best quality of Sarr is of course his skill,” Sanchez Flores said.”The velocity is something very pure and very interesting for us. This kind of player is giving us a break in lines – you put one as a striker, a good striker with big velocity between defence and midfielders.”He will run, separate the lines and find space. He’s there really to run. He’s very young, so it’s very interesting when he’s playing because at the start he was a little bit shy, but then little by little he was more relaxed, more confident and to see the progress was really good and good for him.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Sanchez Flores positive about Watford squad: The mindset is amazingby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has commended his players upon his return to the club.The Hornets fought back from 2-0 down at home to Arsenal last Sunday to gain just their second Premier League point this season in Flores’ first game in charge.He said: “I think when you are in the bottom of the table, of course, the mentality is a struggle, but we need time.”I think the behaviour and the performance of the players on the training ground is amazing, they look really positive. The way they understand everything and the way they played the last match, of course every single match is different, but very positive.”I feel they’re happy, I feel they’re positive, I feel they’re confident in the way they train and the energy they are using. They look fit and after the last match I think they’ve got a lot confidence for the next match.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer offers sympathy to Tottenham counterpart Llorisby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer offered some sympathy to Tottenham counterpart Hugo Lloris after last night’s defeat.Bayern thrashed their Champions League opponents 7-2 in London last night.”What more can one say? He (Serge Gnabry) has done everything superbly,” said Neuer. “I’m a little sorry for Hugo Lloris. He could do nothing and conceded seven home goals. “It’s bitter.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea striker Giroud wanted by Conte’s Inter Milanby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Olivier Giroud is being linked with Inter Milan.Inter coach Antonio Conte is considering bolstering his attacking ranks with the acquisition of veteran Giroud, says Calciomercato.com.Giroud was brought to Stamford Bridge by Conte in January 2018.And the former Blues boss could sign him for a second time as he looks to provide competition for Romelu Lukaku and cover for the injured Alexis Sanchez at the San Siro.Giroud is off contract at Chelsea in June. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Wisconsin Depth ChartThe official Wisconsin depth chart for the season-opening game against LSU has been released.One week from tomorrow, Wisconsin will take on LSU at Lambeau Field to open the 2016 season. This afternoon, the official Wisconsin depth chart for the game was released.Here’s your first look at the #Badgers’ depth chart for the season opener vs. LSU: pic.twitter.com/w8FmPsosQl— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) August 26, 2016One of the big names on there is Bart Houston, who was named the starting quarterback yesterday. Badgers fans have to be excited to see Corey Clement back at first-string running back after he battled injuries last year. Several true freshmen also appear, including former four-star defensive tackle prospect Garrett Rand.Wisconsin and LSU will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC next Saturday.
Arsenal are making “a mistake” in allowing Aaron Ramsey’s contract to run down, says Jack Collison, with the Gunners preparing to part with one of few players on their books with “magic” qualities.With a previous extension offer having been taken off the table, the Wales international is heading towards free agency.As revealed by Goal, with a medical process underway and terms on the table, Serie A giants Juventus are closing in on Ramsey’s signature. 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? A former colleague on national team duty can see why such a switch would appeal to the 28-year-old, but he is bemused as to why Arsenal have put themselves in this situation.Collison told BBC Radio 5 Live: “He’s had a lot of success in England and maybe he feels it’s a new challenge, something that he needs.“It’s fresh, it will be tough out there but Juventus are a good side, they’re going to be challenging for cups, they’re there or thereabouts in the league every season.“It’s a new culture and a new challenge, and probably something that he’s really looking forward to.“Is it a mistake for Arsenal to let him go? Yes, quite simply, yes.“You look at their last few games, even against West Ham, they’ve really struggled for that magic man to link the play, to play between the lines, to recognise where the spaces are on the pitch.“He’s not just a person who will play in one position, he’s very bright, very clever and he’s often that man who finds that key pass, will find the goal and especially when they’re struggling and teams will sit back, teams will try and defend, he’s often the man to produce that bit of magic.“Especially now, Arsenal started off so well, it seemed [Unai] Emery could do no wrong but a couple of tough results, a few draws, a few losses here and there, and all of a sudden it’s looking like a totally different prospect at Arsenal.”Since the last international break in November, Ramsey has started just two Premier League games for Arsenal – and he was hauled off at half-time during a 2-2 draw with Manchester United in December.He has been a regular on the bench, but Emery has sought to put his trust in those who will form part of his long-term plans.Ramsey, though, has two goals and six assists to his name this season and may need to play a more prominent role if the Gunners are to force themselves back into the Premier League’s top four.They will get another chance to close on the Champions League spots this weekend as Chelsea, the side sat directly above them in the table, are due to pay a visit to Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
BTN.You’ve heard it a lot over the years.A former Ohio State football player introduces himself during an NFL broadcast and concludes his introduction with an emphatic, “The Ohio State University.”Who started that tradition?Apparently, it was former Buckeye running back Robert Smith.“It is true,” Smith said on the Big Ten Network earlier this week. “It was the official name of the university and they made a point in around 1994 to emphasize it.”It was Robert Smith who started saying THE Ohio State University in the NFL introductions! pic.twitter.com/F6h7BF4dYb— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) September 1, 2016Smith played at Ohio State in the early 1990s before going on to star in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings. He played in the NFL from 1993-2000.So, when you hear that first “The Ohio State University” this fall, you’ll know who started it.