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  • June, 2017
  • Manchester United Watching The Cristiano Ronaldo

    Manchester United are watching the Cristiano Ronaldo show with renewed interest after the Real Madrid striker made it plain he is outraged at what he feels is unfair treatment by tax authorities and is now determined to leave Spain. It’s important to be back in the Champions League. This club belongs there. Realistically, it’s going to be difficult to do it through the league. We have to concentrate on winning the trophy. Rooney’s United career began with a hat-trick in the victory against Fenerbahce in the Champions League group game in September. Asked to recall his continental competition highlights, he said: All the big European nights here under the lights, the big win against Roma the against AC Milan, my debut was a big game for me. The European nights are different and you can sense the excitement around the stadium. Ronaldo’s frustrations at his treatment come after leading Real to three Champions League titles, scoring twice in last month’s final against Juventus in Cardiff as they became the first club to retain the trophy. He also became only the second player to score in three different finals and remains the competition’s record goalscorer. José Mourinho finally leapt from the bench after minutes and headed towards the fans in the corner, clenching his fists. There had been opportunities at Balaídos, his frustration growing with every one that slipped through their fingers, but at last Manchester United had the goal that takes them a step closer to the Europa League final. Marcus Rashford scored it, bending a free-kick into the corner before turning and sprinting towards the touchline to celebrate the breakthrough. They had been seeking it from the start, performing with an intensity, speed, power and a starting XI that underlined that this has indeed become a competition they wish to win, even if more as a route to the Champions League than a source of glory in itself.Of course you want to play. You want to play every game. Sometimes that’s football and I’ve had to keep working and try to take my chance. That’s what I’ve done. When called upon I’ll try my best to help the team. On either side of him the game opened, particularly for Mkhitaryan, who bent one lovely ball across which only just evaded Jesse Lingard and had an opportunity of his own. In support, Rashford was dangerous. In the air, Marouane Fellaini was first to everything, including a yellow card.

    By half-time, Sergio had made four saves. Rashford’s curling effort was pushed over, but the best was from Lingard. Again, the move was a portrait. Fellaini won it, Rashford nudged it into space and Lingard ran beyond the defence. One on one, he should have scored but hit the goalkeeper. Celta were overrun. When they got the ball, they were hurried, as if desperate to make it count. Although the first good chance came their way when John Guidetti curled to the far post for Daniel Wass to head wide and Pione Sisto missed the target, they were grateful to reach half-time level. Despite being dropped by Mourinho, Rooney backed him to bring sustained success to the club as they prepare to face Celta Vigo in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final at Old Trafford on Thursday night. Frustrating. We’ve squandered leads and points, but the team is vastly improved since Mourinho took over. We’re slowly returning to the attractive football the fans yearn. At times the team can appear one-paced, and really needs the infectious, direct positivity of Mkhitaryan. Rooney and Mata shouldn’t be starting as wide attackers, at least not together, but Pogba and Zlatan have developed a good understanding and combined well at Palace. They are our star players and it’s that sort of thing we should be seeing every game. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi took a similar stance in threatening to quit Spain also claiming he had been singled out for special treatment, when he was accused of concealing from the authorities. The Argentina international was found guilty and subsequently lost an appeal against a month prison sentence under Spanish law sentences under two years are usually suspended. That Celta considered this a damaging result was underlined by late changes, a final rebellion, the ball sent forward with urgency, but their dream has not yet died. In each of the last three rounds they had to go away in the second leg, still seeking a result. Winning at Old Trafford is the hardest task of all, but a comeback is not impossible. It might have been. For much of the game, the home side had been overrun. Celta had not been themselves, or were not allowed to be. When Paul Pogba found Henrikh Mkhitaryan, just after the half-hour, it may not have been the best of the opportunities United had made but it was the best illustration of the way this match was shaping up, the difference between the two teams laid bare. There were signs of life at least: Celta had more presence in the middle where United had roamed free, Pablo Hernández bursting through to find Sisto, whose deflected shot forced Sergio Romero into a sharp save. But if the noise rose, it fell quickly. Rashford zoomed from the halfway line to the penalty area, only to scuff the shot. When he tried to race past them on the other side shortly after, he was brought down by Mallo, closing the door rather than losing another race. The danger, though, had not gone. Rashford bent a free-kick into the net by Sergio’s post. His step the wrong way had been fatal; the shot had been fantastic. It was also set to be final. Aspas’s shot went wide and Guidetti bundled wide after Sisto turned Valencia to cross. At the other end, Lingard had swiped wildly at his best opportunity, but there would be no more goals. Despite a gilded history that includes league titles, three European Cups and FA Cups, Mourinho billed the meeting with Eduardo Berrizo’s outfit as one of the most important since the club’s inception. In terms of motivation, we are even. For Celta, in their words, it’s the most important match of their history and my feelings it’s also the most important match of our history. It doesn’t matter what happened before, what matters is the next one. I don’t believe Celta wants it more than us. I am not thinking about myself. I am thinking about the club and I am thinking about the players. For the club it will be very important to be again in a European final. It would be very important to fight for the only trophy the club has never won before. We have a little group with European success. Rooney and Carrick are the English boys who have been a long time in the club plus also there is Mata. No one else did it before. It will be very important for the club and the players. We will fight hard. A long journey. Match number in the Europa League and we are going to fight hard. The feels he is being singled out for disproportionate treatment after prosecutors accused him of defrauding the authorities. A source close to the player claims the outraged Portugal international feels great indignation following the public speculation about his tax affairs and a sense of injustice at the allegations which he contests and he has made a decision to leave the country. He has a release clause in his current Madrid deal and United now without Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s wages on the books and the potential to lose Wayne Rooney’s financial burden soon would be able to meet Ronaldo’s wage demands of around a week. Paris Saint-Germain could match United’s offer but the Old Trafford move presents Ronaldo with his fairytale moment and a far grander stage on which to perform. The potential availability of one of the world’s most marketable players will also naturally alert the Chinese Super League clubs.

    Rooney has won five Premier League titles, the Champions League, the FA Cup, three League Cups and the Club World Cup. Yet with his future in doubt, the refused to state if the Europa League was a last chance of a major honour with United. My focus is on trying to help us win this final and that’s my sole focus. It’s a massive opportunity for us to win a European final, he said. I think with Champions League semi-finals, you know you’re in touching distance of the final. This is a European semi-final, it’s the biggest chance to win a European competition in the last two or three years. The tie’s not over. It’s a dangerous position we’re in but we’ve got a good chance of going to the final if we play to our best tomorrow. United said at the time they were relaxed about the investigation after offering Fifa all the relevant documents when the transfer was completed in August. United lost at Arsenal on Sunday to leave them in fifth place, four points behind Manchester City, with each having three matches left of the domestic campaign. Mourinho fielded a weakened side at the Emirates with Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard among those rested. The denied focusing on the Europa League was a gamble. The situation is simple, he said. Seventeen matches in seven weeks with players is impossible. It was not a gamble. It was a simple decision, based on common sense. It’s completely impossible so since the moment we lost players and initially four of them in one week, Smalling and Jones with the international team and Rojo and Zlatan against Anderlecht, and after that we lost good alternatives, Shaw, Young, Fosu-Mensah, when we lost those it was an impossible job. Mallo, a former ballboy at Balaídos, had described this match as a dream but he was not enjoying Celta’s first European semi-final and he was not alone. United targeted the space behind him and, exposed, he could do little to stop them. Had Mkhitaryan been a little less honest, Mallo might have been punished as he swiped at the Armenian’s legs; had the finishing been better, Celta might have been punished for other runs too. Toto Berizzo likes his team to go man-to-man all over the pitch; the problem here was that his players barely looked like men against United’s athletes. Stronger, faster, higher, they won every duel. Pogba, in particular, had opponents bouncing off him. He sped into space, the Celta defence backtracking. One run ended with him crashing into the back of Facundo Roncaglia. Fifa told ESPN on Tuesday. We can confirm disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Juventus. We cannot comment further as proceedings are ongoing. We can confirm no disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Manchester United. Wayne Rooney has given the clearest indication yet that his career at Manchester United will end this summer, with the striker admitting he has to leave Old Trafford to play more. Rooney has lost his first-choice status this season and has also struggled to make the match-day squads selected by the manager, José Mourinho. Fifa is set to examine Raiola’s agreement with the Serie A club to see if there is a breach of third-party ownership rules. Raiola admitted in an interview with the Financial Times last year that: Juventus was not the only owner of the player’s rights. Ronaldo, who signed a new five-year contract in November, has made no secret of his affection for United the club he left to join Madrid in after six years at Old Trafford and José Mourinho, who shares the same super agent Jorge Mendes, would relish his return as he seeks to build a team capable of a title challenge and a successful campaign in the Champions League.

  • West Ham To Visit Watford

    The conventional, daring swagger is intact and, together with Harry Kane returning too, Tottenham can keep thinking. They might be only on the border of crazy, of greatness, but their tenacious presence just off the shoulder of Chelsea remains sufficient to maintain the title race captivating. David Moyes remained phlegmatic following this game, insisting another getaway from the fall remains possible. However, the truth was observable on the pitch at the final whistle since Watford players erupted in jubilation and Sunderland players fell to their knees. A back-post header from centre-half Miguel Britos, coming from among Watford's corners, was sufficient to decide a game which was shut but not shut enough for Sunderland. A match filled with chances, the scoreline stayed low only thanks to striking goalkeeping by Huerelho Gomes and, particularly, Jordan Pickford. Those wins of late, at Burnley and also Swansea City the latter at the high cable of circumstances are certainly causing Chelsea a amount of pressure, as Jan Vertonghen put it on Friday. Bravery matched caution on a gusty nighttime as Watford and West Ham United shared the spoils at a game that has been controlled by the visitors however could readily have ended in a house victory. For Millwall this was VB Day Victory at Bermondsey Day a opportunity to celebrate the club's escape from a compulsory order order that threatened their presence within this component of the capital because of concerted campaigning led from the Guardian's Barney Ronay. It's been a momentous week and finally an on-pitch victory would happen to be a bonus, a minor high from the grand plot of stuff. However when it came, late and in fashion, there was no denying that the rapture that swept though here. Two late chances after West Ham was reduced to men may have awarded Walter Mazzarri's side three points, but they had been fortunate to take one after opting to sit on the first lead given to them by Troy Deeney's third-minute penalty. Slaven Bilic's side dominated the next half and André Ayew's equaliser had looked like a stage for success until the dismissal of Michail Antonio, West Ham's greatest player, took the end from their sails.

    West Ham's recovery was directed by Antonio. Together with Andy Carroll out with a groin injury Antonio, the England international who's played at least four unique positions for Bilic this year, was chosen as a lone frontman and terrorised that the Watford defence. Neil Harris's men weren't daunted by facing a side league places above them and having created nearly all opportunities eight, in comparison to Watford's two they got the goal their screen deserved. For Mazzarri, the match should have already been decided before with opportunities for M’Baye Niang, in the very first half, and Isaac Success, in the second, spoiled from the steadfast Pickford. We played a fantastic game, but we did not score as numerous as we must have, with opportunities in both halves, ' Mazzarri stated. Together with his team now back at the comfy environs of place a place Watford have oscillated around all year Mazzarri felt confident enough to hit at those who'd indicated Watford should be looking over their shoulder. I know why someone outside soccer may have thought we were in trouble, but I never thought so. I believe we've been consistently much away from relegation and quite troubled with trauma. Our objective was always to remain in the Premier League. And with Tottenham on cruise control that they were up at half-time Pochettino chose to pull back the England striker, with game practice in your mind, not just for the finale but in addition the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on April. Kane could have capped his return using a goal simply to hit the pub from a free-kick right at the conclusion of a regular victory against injury-hit opponents. Morison's goal was a bitter setback for Watford however, in fact, it was exactly what they merited. Walter Mazzarri made seven changes to his group and it revealed. The visitors performed with minimal cohesion and impetus pub a spell during the next half when they had been denied what seemed to be a penalty that was definite after Byron Webster pulled Stefano Okaka's shirt since the striker attempted to associate with Adlène Guedioura's cross. judi bola

    Mazzarri brought off the trusted Nordin Amrabat for the raw pace and power of succeeding. The hosts began to crank up the corner count and one caused the opening goal. Tom Cleverley, who consented a permanent agreement in Vicarage Road this week, found the immovable object of Okaka on the penalty place. His header was strong but badly deflected on to the pub by Fabio Borini. In the rebound, Craig Cathcart discovered the composure to choose a header out to the much place where Britos came to jump over two defenders and thump the ball to the roof of the web. Moyes quickly made changes, withdrawing Januzaj to get Wahbi Khazri. A packed Sunderland ending booed the Belgian, who formerly looked short of this fighting spirit needed to get a relegation battle, and cheered the Algerian, so imperative to the Wearsiders' escape from relegation this past year. However, by the finish, bar a long-range campaign from Borini, Sunderland had hardly crafted a opportunity. Unsurprisingly, the overriding mood among dwelling fans pre-match on Sunday was of relief and delight. However there was also a degree of caution, the very real sense this four-year saga, involving offshore developers and fictitious claims over funding, isn't over. Watford had started with a few market, Stefano Okaka foraging from the lack of this benched Troy Deeney. But once Alli opened up things with a marvellously sweet attack into the top corner from range at the moment, the match took on a simple dimension for Spurs. The waves maintained rolling and Son's low shot from lawns before half-time was augmented minutes to the next half by a well-controlled side-footed finish from eight lawns, from Trippier's winding cross in the right. The game was played in a feisty pace, particularly in the first half, with the teams exchanging blows throughout the opening moments. Jack Rodwell had an attempt deflected on to the roof of this web and Adnan Januzaj a cross-shot turned across the article by Gomes before minutes were upwards.

    Gregory in particular continued to torment Watford, a little too much towards the conclusion of the very first half when he collided, albeit accidentally, with Costel Pantilimon with this kind of force that the goalkeeper needed to be removed on a stretcher and replaced by Gomes. The Brazilian's very first meaningful contribution was a amazing reflex save to keep out a volley from Gregory at first-half stoppage time however there clearly was nothing that he could do when Morison, Millwall's outstanding performer here, pounced to score his aim of the season. An increasingly raucous crowd hit fever pitch as well as the cap was put on per week to keep in mind in these components. The simple fact that the game was being broadcast on terrestrial TV might well have described the small attendance, and should the early atmosphere was reconstructed the exact same could not be mentioned for the way Millwall began proceedings. Ben Thompson and Shaun Williams were especially lively in central midfield, while on the flanks Fred Onyedinma and Aiden O’Brien seemed to force Watford's wing-backs into retreat as frequently as possible. In assault, Morison and Lee Gregory gave the visitors' back three small rest and the pair combined for the very first attempt of the game after only seconds the prior delivering a cross the latter met a shot that seemed to be heading in just for the ball to clip the bar. Mazzarri elected to replace the forwards with a midfielder, Abdoulaye Doucouré, for your next half. It turned out to be a cautious move which, combined with Bilic's encouragement, simply invited West Ham to visit Watford, which they did. Mazzarri stated he made the choice for tactical reasons to offset numbers from the West Ham midfield, but additionally because he thought his substitute striker Isaac Success was not able to last even minutes. In games such as today, anything can occur, Mazzarri stated. Success doesn't have moments in him at this moment. To be obvious, if Zárate had got injured minutes to the second half I'd have brought Success on.

    Watford are protected from any immediate relegation danger but, despite winning their past two matches, they were outclassed. Walter Mazzarri had to deal with different absentees and had stated that he was, basically, with no defence. Feeling that perhaps their time is coming, Tottenham's standards aren't slipping. However, and against the likelihood, an unmistakable religion holds in this unwavering effort. Watford at last were prompted into doing a few assaulting and corners may easily have won the game in the last minutes. Miguel Britos directed José Holebas's kick over the pub when unmarked and at the previous second of this game, Success neglected to receive a touch on the ball when it squirmed ago Darren Randolph less than six lawns out. Perhaps he was somewhat tired. On balance, Tottenham have probably a slightly easier forthcoming sequence of games in comparison to Chelsea that go to Manchester United next Sunday. What possible for a cluttered and exciting finale to unfold. Perhaps the seven-point gap won't be bridged after all, with just seven matches remaining but this anticipated success over Watford was their sixth consecutive triumph in the Premier League and also the seventh in eight matches.

  • Liverpool Into The Europa League

    As reported at the Guardian on Wednesday, Salah left his indigenous Egypt on Tuesday and is very likely to have his medical at Liverpool's Melwood base. Personal terms are thought to have been consented. Parish and Allardyce, heavy spenders from the January window, are expected due to speak next week above recruitment plans, together with Sunderland's Jermain Defoe and Lamine Koné, the Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph and also Sakho anticipated to feature on their first collection of targets. Julián Speroni and Damien Delaney have signed new one‑year bargains but there will likely be departures. Jürgen Klopp insisted Liverpool have demonstrated they're able to take care of the pressure following a convincing triumph against West Ham United tightened their grip on a top-four finish. The supervisor hailed a perfect afternoon as his team defeated West Ham United to climb to third place and within several points of securing a spot in the Champions League next season. Joe Ledley's contract expires next month, an choice to make Loic Rémy's loan transfer from Chelsea to a permanent agreement is not likely to be taken up, and Steve Mandanda could go back to Marseille.

    A draw at Anfield coupled with an Arsenal triumph at home to Everton would consign Liverpool into the Europa League, despite the fact that there's in addition the prospect of a fourth-place play-off between Liverpool and Arsenal depending on specific outcomes. Jürgen Klopp has warned his gamers not to assume Champions League soccer is after Emre Can's startling scissor kick beat Watford and ensured a top-four finish is within Liverpool's hit with three matches to play. Can scored the optimal/optimally goal of his profession in first-half stoppage time, connecting sweetly with Lucas Leiva's diagonal pass, to transfer the visitors four points apparent of fifth-placed Manchester United. Victories over Southampton, West Ham and Middlesbrough will guarantee Klopp's team return to Europe's elite club competitors but the German, while discouraged in his side's answer to their latest home defeat by Crystal Palace, stays cautious. Klopp's team have spent just fourteen days beyond the top four because September and, having stayed above Arsenal and Manchester United at the lack of the wounded Sadio Mané and also Jordan Henderson, the captain, the supervisor insists a return to the European elite is totally merited. The agreement with Roma includes add-ons that could ultimately make Salah Liverpool's record signing, eclipsing the spent on Andy Carroll from Newcastle United at January.Salah's former club Chelsea will even be due a cut the sale, which amounts.Palace and Liverpool were participated in a comparable negotiation past summer over Christian Benteke, together with the Belgian going to the capital to get an initial. Liverpool will defy selling Can this summer regardless of the player with failed to agree terms over a new deal as he enters the final months of his contract. What's in our hands, said the Germany Global. If we win the 3 last few games we're in the Champions League. We're confident we can attain that.

    If we perform how we could perform, we could do it. However, having seen the results this was a huge game for us. And that's that the best goal I've ever scored. Even though Sakho has enjoyed his fascination at Selhurst Park, it stays to be seen whether he's ready to create that move permanent even when a fee is consented, or whether he'll explore the possibility of playing European competition elsewhere. His former team Paris Saint‑Germain aren't believed to be curious and he's said publicly he might not play because of their bitter rivals, Marseille. Nice, who'll compete in the Champions League next season, may be a choice and clubs in Italy could also be of interest. Southampton might be seeking a left-sided centre-half awarded Virgil van Dijk's anticipated departure for Chelsea. So we will do everything to get the things we want but it won't be simple. If people think we have the 3 points against Southampton, by way of instance, then they have not watched them play this year. They are another really strong side. But this was a huge win and won with a terrific aim. Emre is a fantastic player, a fantastic player. He had had a calf problem but we simply could not leave him out. But we wanted him in those minutes. Occasionally he was not as good as he could have been, but today those problems are sorted, he is physically strong again and we could see he can score goals in this way. The transfer will finish negotiations which began at the beginning of the month and included the Serie A club rejecting an initial bid. With Jürgen Klopp decided to signal Salah, an elevated amount was offered. The supervisor believes Salah can offer pace from the frontline, something that's been lacking when Sadio Mané is inaccessible. It did not occur too often that you need things to be certain of the Champions League and so they were always prepared, ready to bounce back in various scenarios, ready to accept unique situations around the group. They were always concentrated. The Liverpool supervisor has verified the club will spend heavily this summer without Champions League income, together with the Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk as well as also the RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keïta one of the targets. He insists that the backing of Liverpool's owners won't be affected should the group blow off a top-four finish against Middlesbrough. Liverpool will sanction Mamadou Sakho's passing from Anfield this summer but will seek at least to get the France international, whose loan spell at Crystal Palace proved so essential to the club staving off the danger of relegation. Can's acrobatics ensured Liverpool dealt with the reduction of Philippe Coutinho to your lifeless leg, with Adam Lallana containing for moments on his return from a thigh issue. The Liverpool supervisor did need to endure watching Sebastian Prodl batter a shot contrary to the crossbar at the fifth minute of stoppage period as Watford threatened to draw level. That form has contributed effectively to an boost in his valuation, nevertheless, with Liverpool aware that Palace increased up to during their sale of Yannick Bolasie to Everton last year and costs having potentially climbed since then. Their asking price is forecast to begin at that degree in the understanding which left-footed centre-halves of Sakho's calibre are in a relative premium. Palace will try to create the centre-half's move permanent but have to weigh up whether the financial package needed is feasible before their sixth consecutive campaign in the Premier League. Signing Salah represents a event of second time fortunate for Liverpool, who desired the player in just to see him move to Chelsea from Basel. That became a long-term move past August and Salah has prospered in Serie A.

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