May 272016
 

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford who broke into the senior team this season marked his national team debut with a stunning strike just 140 seconds into the game. The young striker got his chance to start for the three lions when Daniel Sturridge was ruled out due to an injury scare he had during training. He then rewarded his coach Roy Hodgson with a goal just two minutes into the game.

England was hosting Australia at home at the stadium of light. The first half of the game went on smoothly and ended 1-0 in favor of England thanks to Marcus Rashford. Fellow United Wayne Rooney came on in the second half to double England’s lead in the second half of the game but Australia were able to pull one back and the game ended 2-1. Roy Hodgson had a tough choice to make when he finally gets tp select his top 23 from the 26 pretty selection but with Rashford proving he could be relied upon, the senior players would have to step up their game if they are to stay in contention for a spot.

May 242016
 

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The football world has been dominated with Manchester United sacking their coach Louis Van Gaal and who his possible replacement would be. Mourinho has been taunted as the likely replacement for the Dutch man. Easily the most controversial but achieving manager of the beautiful game, Jose Mourinho was paid a staggering £4 million by Manchester united not to take a job elsewhere while they decide the future of Louis Van Gaal, with words rife that the portuguese would sign a whopping £75 million five year deal to handle the red devils from next season.

it has also been revealed that Mourinho refused to accept a ‘behavioral clause’ in his five year £75 million deal despite growing concerns among the United hierarchy over his eccentric touchline behaviour. However, Mourinho refused to agree during negotiations in January, highlighting his strong bargaining position as United’s season unraveled. Unlike Manchester City’s pre-contract deal with Pep Guardiola, the unique arrangement with Mourinho was merely to ensure he would be available if required.

As it stands now, the former Chelsea manager would have £200 million to spend on new players as United, who lifted the FA cup on Saturday plot a route back to the top of the English game after missing out on a top four spot for the second time in three seasons. The club wanted to keep the agreement with Mourinho secret from Van Gaal, who was his boss at Barcelona, but by Sunday afternoon the United hierarchy were left embarrassed by another PR own goal. Had Van Gaal been deemed to have been a success, by whatever criteria United laid down, he would have stayed for the last year of his contract.

May 232016
 

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Louis Van Gaal issued the following statement this evening;

It has been an honor to manage such a magnificent club as Manchester United FC, and in doing so, I have fulfilled a long held ambition. I am immensely proud to have helped United win the FA Cup, for the 12th time in the club’s history. I have been privileged during my management career to have won 20 trophies but winning the FA Cup, which is steeped in so much history, will always be one of the most special achievements of my career.

I am very disappointed to be unable to complete our intended three year plan. I believe that the foundations are firmly in place to enable the club move forward and achieve even greater success. I hope that winning the FA Cup will give the club a platform to build upon next season to restore the success that this passionate set of fans desire.Having managed in Holland, Spain and Germany, I had always hoped for the opportunity to manage in English football and be part of English culture. Both of these experiences have have lived up to expectations and had been fantastic. I thank my players and wish them well for next season. It has been a pleasure to work with them and it has been particularly rewarding to see so many young players take their chance to break into the first team and excel. I look forward to watching the continued development of these young players next season.

Thank you to the owners and board of Manchester United for giving me the opportunity to manage this great club. I would also like to express my gratitude to the amazing United supporter, they are truly the best fans in the world. I am indebted to my support and coaching staff, who have given me their all during their time at the club. I am deeply grateful to each and every member of the club’s staff, the medical team, kit and laundry department, club administration, the press office, the manager’s team, ground staff and the catering team, both at the Old Trafford stadium and Carrington training ground, all of whom have given me their unwavering support in my time at United. Never in my 25 years as a manager have I been so well supported in my role.

Finally, my special thanks goes to Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton for always making me and my family feel so welcomed all through my time as Manchester United manager.

May 222016
 

Manchester United coach Louis Van Gaal said his deal with the club was over. He was quizzed by the media when leaving the clubs hotel after the FA cup celebrations if he would remain as coach at the club and his reply was “it’s over”. Whether this means that his deal with the club is over or not is yet to be confirmed but it seems like the dutch man has seen his last game as United’s coach and is happy that months of speculations are now done with.

Van Gaal who was brought in by the club to rejuvenate it after former coach David Moyes was relieved of his duty has had it rough since taking over from the club. His first competitive game as united’s coach ended with the team loosing by two goals at Old Trafford. The following games were not any better and he would consider himself lucky to have even qualified for the Champions League. Fast forward to his second term, the team lost out in the Champions League, Europa League and even failed to qualify for next seasons Champions League.

After the amount of money that he has been given to spend it is really a disappointment that the team could not qualify for the elite competition.. Van Gaal could at least be happy that he has one trophy to his name at the club if it is confirmed that he is leaving the club.

May 212016
 

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney finally lifted his most desired trophy, the English FA cup trophy. Before today, the trophy was the only one the Manchester United striker didn’t have in his personal trophy record.

Manchester United started the match well against Crystal Palace with determination to make the trophy theirs. Crystal Palace took the lead through Jason Puncheon in the 78th minute of the game but it took the reds just 3 minutes to draw level through midfielder Juan Mata. The match continued and ended in a stalemate leading to extra time. United defender Chris Small was sent out after a second yellow card during the first half of added time for a foul on Yanni Boulasie reducing the reds to just 10 men. This lessen the chances of United coming out victorious. But just like he did with goalkeepers during the just concluded World Cup, United coach Louis Van Gaal made a substitution who came on and gave them the victory. Jesse Lingard turned out to be just what United needed to end their FA cup drought as he came on and scored the winner in the second period of extra time.

After that goal, United held on and ended the game with a 2-1 victory over palace. While Louis Van Gaal celebrated his first trophy during his two years spell at United Alan Pardew, Crystal Palace coach was left to rue their missed chances. Whether or not this would save Van Gaal’s job at United is something we would wait to find out.

 

May 192016
 

Spanish La Liga club, Sevilla has made history by carrying the Europa League trophy for three Consecutive times with an astounding victory over Liverpool. The match started out as expected with both sides testing each other at the opening stages but it was Liverpool who opened the scoring first through a wonderful curl in the edge of the area by striker Daniel Sturridge. After that goal the game almost looked far fetched for the Spanish side with Liverpool hitting them with everything they had. The English Premier League side also had three penalty claims denied by the referee and ended the first half of the game leading Sevilla by 1-0.

Sevilla, obviously outplayed in the first half of the game came back impressively in the second half and restored parity with just seconds into the game with a goal from Kevin Gameiro. The game continued balanced until Sevilla took control and a fine team play ended up with Coke driving a curling effort far into the Liverpool. Liverpool looked to come back into the game but with just 20 minutes left to play, Coke guided another ball past the goalkeeper in the eighteen yard box. There were initial misconceptions that the Sevilla player was in an offside position but replays showed that although in an offside position he got the ball from a back pass from one of the red’s defenders. At this point, Liverpool’s chances of a silverware and possible Champions League qualification were lost.

Jurgen Kloop’s men put up a good fight for the trophy, but Sevilla proved to be the Champions of the night.

May 172016
 

England’s national team coach Roy Hodgson announced his preliminary 26 man squad for the world cup yesterday. There were mixed reactions as to the selection as is expected for a team with a pool of players to select from.

In the goal, Manchester City’s Joe Hart maintained his number one position after keeping 15 clean sheets in the just concluded season. He is joined by Fraser Foster of Southampton and Burnley’s Tom Heaten. the omission of Premier League Champions, Leicester City is something that has drawn a lot of attention as many people feel he is supposed to be the first to be called. he was head of the team’s defense as they made their run to the title.

In defense we have, Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) and Nathaniel Clyne (liverpool).

Also there is some reason to ask questions about selected midfielders, as Newcastle United Andros Townsend and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere were also included in the list. The 12 selected midfielders are Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Andros Townsend (Newcastle United) and Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

In attack, fast rising Manchester United star Marcos Rashford was the surprise inclusin as Jermaine Defoe was omitted. The manchester United youngster only made his debut for the senior team in February and has continued to impress both his manager and fans ever since. The selected attackers are as follows; Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) and Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).

Roy Hodgson would have to omit three people for his 23 man world cup squad and we wonder who those players would be. Only time can tell.

May 172016
 

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Petr Cech is in pole position to claim the 2015/16 Barclays Golden Glove award but David de Gea will be going all intent on make sure the Arsenal man doesn’t end because the solely goalkeeper with the foremost clean sheets within the Barclays Premier League this season.
Four BPL shot-stoppers headed into the final round of fixtures in competition for the award, with Cech, De Gea, Kasper Schmeichel and Joe Hart all tied on 15 clean sheets every.
Cech took his tally to 16 thanks to Arsenal’s final-day 4-0 triumph over Aston Villa, whilst Hart and Schmeichel fell out of the running as their sides may solely manage score draws against metropolis town and Chelsea.
The abandonment of Manchester United’s fixture against AFC Bournemouth – rescheduled for Tuesday night at recent Trafford – offers de Gea one last probability to draw level with Cech in the race.

Man Utd’s number one will currently only earn a share of the award tho’, with Cech guaranteed to end 2015/16 as a minimum of a joint-winner of the Barclays Golden Glove.
Arsenal’s goalkeeper has scooped the prize on three previous occasions throughout his Chelsea days and can become the second four-time winner, after Joe Hart.
The Czech Republic international also will become the primary BPL goalkeeper to win it with two completely different clubs.

De Gea is hoping for his 1st triumph, but AFC Bournemouth can not roll over even though United boast a formidable home record.
Louis van Gaal’s side have conceded fewer goals than any different team within the Barclays Premier League on home soil this season (eight).
There have also been just thirty two goals in the BPL at recent Trafford, fewer than on any other ground within the prime flight this term.
The Cherries have lost only 3 of their last twelve BPL away matches, though (W5, D4, L3), meaning de Gea can have to keep his wits regarding him to deny Cech sole possession of the award.

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May 052016
 

Liverpool, who happen to be the only English team still in any UEFA competition booked a final spot for themselves against Sevilla after a 3-0 defeat over Villarreal. Their change under new coach, Juergen Klopp has been rewarded with a glimmer of hope for a trophy. They are due to face Sevilla who over the years have made the competition their playground by winning it three out of five possible times in the last four years.

The game started quite well at anfield with the visitors the first to threaten the Liverpool defence but Simeon mignolet did well to make sure that wasnt a problem. Few minutes later Liverpool broke the deadlock through an own goal from Villarreal’s Bruno Soriano. After that Liverpool kept threatening in a bid to put the game to bed in the first half but Villarreal did well to ensure that their hopes for a final in the competition was kept alive all through the first half. In the 63rd minute of the game, Liverpool took the lead through controversial first leg absentee, Daniel Sturridge. Villareal’s chances of coming back was reduced to the minimal when Ruiz was sent off later on.

Few moments later, Villareal’s appeal for a penalty was denied by refree Viktor Kassai and that all but ended their hopes of qualifying for the final. With nine minutes more to go, Liverpool put the game out of reach when Sturridge’s effort was deflected into the way of Adams Lallana. The final would be between Liverpool and Sevilla on the 18th of May and that would be a game to die for as it is each sides only hope for silverware this season.

May 042016
 

Real Madrid reached their 14th European Cup final at the peril of opposition Manchester City. They progressed on an aggregate result of 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu, after a Gareth Bale shot deflected off Fernando into the top corner of the net.

The game started as expected with Madrid in solid control of the match from start to finish and it took them just 19 minutes to break the deadlock. Manchester City didn’t offer much of a fight as they failed to register any shot on target in the first half of the game. This was a sad ending to their pursuit of a first European Cup final ever and it also happens to be the last European game with Manuel Pellegrini as the club’s coach. Despite Madrid’s dominance, City would have levelled at the hour mark when a close range shot from Fernandinho clipped the post. That however, happened to be the only fear for Madrid as they went on to boss the second half just as they did the first.

The result sets up a derby final between two Madrid teams. The pair were together in the finals in 2014 with Real Madrid winning it. The question here is “would history repeat itself”? But that is something we would have to wait to see on the 28th of May.

Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane said that his players worked hard and that is the reason why they are in the finals.  He also said that he was delighted about the result and looks forward to the finals but would prefer to bask in the victory they have now.