Manchester United star issues stern warning to teammates after disappointing draw against Arsenal

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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea warned his teammates that they have no other option but to improve a lot more, after another disappointing performance in the Premier League, against Arsenal on Monday.

Though Scott McTominay’s goal in the 46th minute meant United gained an important advantage, it was canceled out only twelve minutes later by a sweet strike from Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Both teams failed to score more goals, and the match eventually ended in a 1-1 draw.

While speaking to reporters after the game, De Gea did not look for excuses. He said:

“This is Manchester United so we have to win these games.”

‘The lads have to react and play better than they are doing. We are a team but we have to improve.”

“The goal was a big mistake for us. We gave away an important goal.”

“Of course, if the linesman keeps the flag down and we also know there is VAR behind it’s a goal for them.”

“We need to learn from that mistake.”

Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the boss of the Red Devils also reflected on what could have been a win for them, had they been awarded a deserving penalty late in the second half. He also rued on how Manchester United squandered their lead by giving away an unwanted goal.

“We go 1-0 up and then we don’t get the second goal that we want to get. That’s the learning now for this team.”

“Be more cynical, clinical. There are so many games we have been 1-0 up. We will learn.”

“It’s a bad goal to give away but sometimes you make those passes, you play out and it looks good. We learn from it.”

‘We are at the start of building something. It’s just a bit disappointing that we can’t get that second goal,” he concluded.

Quotes via Daily Mail.

Cristiano Ronaldo uploads cryptic Instagram post after Lionel Messi’s “The Best” win

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After Barcelona legend Lionel Messi beat him to yet another award on Monday – FIFA’s The Best Men’s Player 2019 – Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo took to Instagram to post what looks like an interesting take on his arch-rival’s latest achievement.

The Portuguese captain proved that he is apparently well-versed in philosophy as well, with the post you can see right below:

The caption of the post translates to the following:

“Patience and persistence are two characteristics that differentiate the professional from the amateur.”

 

“Everything that is big today has started small. You can’t do everything, but do everything you can to make your dreams come true.

 

“And keep in mind that after night, always comes dawn.”

Earlier, it was revealed that Ronaldo had snubbed winner Messi among his three selected players in the ballot voting for FIFA’s The Best – he picked Juventus teammate Matthijs de Ligt, Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong and PSG’s Kylian Mbappe – in the same order.

The Argentine captain, however, included Ronaldo in his top-three, behind Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and ahead of de Jong, his Barca teammate.

In a recent interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo had declared that one of his greatest aims in football, is to win more personal awards than Messi.

That being said, the Barcelona legend is now tipped to win yet another Ballon d’Or award later this year and steer clear of the 34-year-old, who is currently on par with him with five Ballon d’Ors each.

Reports: Real Madrid prepared to sign Lionel Messi’s priority target for Barcelona

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The latest word around the rumor mill is that La Liga giants Real Madrid are ready to sign Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling – who is also one of Lionel Messi’s top-priority targets for Barcelona next summer.

Don Balon‘s report says that Real Madrid President Florentino Perez is closely keeping track of Sterling’s situation at Manchester City. The 24-year-old was one of Pep Guardiola’s best disciples last season, as he finished his campaign with 25 goals and 18 assists in 51 appearances across various competitions.

The pacy winger was formerly a Liverpool player, scoring 23 goals and making 25 assists in 129 appearances for the Reds before switching over the Sky Blues in 2015 for a reported transfer fee of €63.7million.

Overall, the England international is only two matches shy of making is 200th appearance for City and has already scored 75 goals and made 65 assists for them.

Don Balon claims that Sterling has been a priority transfer target for Messi since 2018, as he badly wants a replacement for Neymar Jr. at left-wing. Sterling’s pace and unique goal-scoring abilities made him a worthy candidate for the role, but so far, he has opted to remain at City under the tutelage of Guardiola.

The Spanish news agency further claims that the Englishman may be open for a move next summer, which is when Florentino Perez wants Real Madrid to pounce on him and complete his signing, even before Barcelona and Messi can come close.

Chelsea fans reveal “embarrassing” reason behind Eden Hazard banner during Liverpool defeat

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In case you did not know, here is a bit of context: several Blues supporters collectively unveiled the Eden Hazard banner in the Matthew Harding end of the Stamford Bridge on Sunday, a few moments before kick-off in the Liverpool-Chelsea game.

And quite understandably, people who watched the game were left in confusion – Hazard left the London club at the end of the 2018-19 season and joined Real Madrid and hence, ideally – there should be no reason why the Belgian should appear on Chelsea-related flags and banners anymore.

The confusion lasted throughout the match which the Londoners eventually lost, by a scoreline of 2-1.

And afterwards, a Chelsea FC fan page on Twitter, named “We Are The Shed” revealed the actual reason for the embarrassing gaffe.

“People are actually thinking that the Eden Hazard flag was used on purpose by the Matthew Harding stand. It was just an error, that’s all,” the page tweeted.

“So much work/effort goes into organising these things and having so many flags it was bound to happen one day! It wasn’t ideal but if we can’t laugh at ourselves,” they added.

Quotes and image via Football London.

Manchester United star admits team’s mistake after shocking West Ham defeat

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Manchester United star Scott McTominay admitted that standards are slipping as far as his team’s performance is concerned after the Red Devils suffered a shock 2-0 defeat against West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday.

“It is up to us now – with all the leaders in the group that we have got, we need to bring everyone together and keep our heads. It is not the time to back down and say ‘this is ok’. It is not ok! We need to do more on and off and pitch,” McTominay said.

 

“The manager has reiterated that, how it is about the standards of Manchester United and how it was not seen in the game against West Ham.”

 

“It is sickening when you come in and that is the result which you face.”

 

“It is so tough to take and it is difficult for all our fans as well who were unbelievable all game. Unfortunately, we were not able to send them back with three points,” he concluded.

 

Manchester United’s next game is against Rochdale in the League Cup on Thursday, 26th September. Afterwards, on 1st October, they will lock horns against Arsenal in a must-win Premier League fixture.

Quotes via Goal.

Reports: Lionel Messi blames Barcelona star for recent defeats, wants him sold next summer

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According to reports, Barcelona legend Lionel Messi is not on talking terms with teammate Antoine Griezmann, as he believes that the former Atletico Madrid star is responsible for the club’s recent defeats.

Don Balon reports that Messi has talked to Barcelona’s representatives about Griezmann’s lack of initiative when it comes to finishing off attacks, and according to the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, that is one of the major reasons why the team lost two of its recent La Liga outings.

Apparently, the Argentine legend also warned manager Ernesto Valverde about the danger of continuing to use Griezmann in attack, while adding that 16-year-old Ansu Fati is a better alternative to the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner at the moment.

So far, the 28-year-old has made five appearances for Barcelona, and has also record two each of goals and assists – however, Messi feels that he should do much more for the team this season or face the risk of getting sold next summer.

Griezmann joined Barcelona from Atletico Madrid on 14th July 2019 for a reported transfer fee of €120million. He made the switch to the Camp Nou, after making 257 appearances for Los Rojiblancos, scoring 133 goals and making 50 assists for them as well.

The Frenchman has also won one UEFA Super Cup, one Europa League and one Spanish Super Cup with Atletico Madrid.

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Reports: Florentino Perez wants Real Madrid great to replace Zinedine Zidane

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The latest word around the rumour mill is that Real Madrid President Florentino Perez is eyeing a move for former star Xabi Alonso, to replace Zinedine Zidane as the manager.

According to AS, Zidane is likely to be axed from his role at the helm of Real Madrid soon, due to a series of disappointing results. It all began in the pre-season itself, when the likes of Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Tottenham, AS Roma defeated Los Blancos convincingly.

Later, as the 2019-20 season began, Real Madrid managed an easy 3-1 win against Celta Vigo in their La Liga opener. However, their next couple of games against Real Valladolid and Villarreal ended in draws.

And finally, on Wednesday, Real Madrid suffered an embarrassing loss in their 2019-20 Champions League opener, against a PSG team that lacked both their main superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. Despite their absence, PSG were able to pull off a convincing 3-0 victory against the Spanish giants.

Under such circumstances, AS claims that Zidane’s sacking is inevitable. Meanwhile, Florentino Perez is reportedly trying to convince ex-Real Madrid and Liverpool great Xabi Alonso to take up the responsibility.

The Spanish publication further clarifies that the club is yet to arrive at an official decision regarding the issue, as Jose Mourinho has also been named as another person who is equally likely to replace the Frenchman at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Reports: Gareth Bale among six Real Madrid players to ask for Zinedine Zidane’s sacking

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The latest word around the rumour mill is that six Real Madrid stars, including Gareth Bale, have asked club President Florentino Perez for the sacking of manager Zinedine Zidane.

This is according to Diario Gol, who reports that there are all signs of a potential mutiny brewing within Real Madrid’s squad as they are generally disappointed with the manner in which Zidane is managing the team. The lack of a positive mentality within the team has also started affecting their results in an adverse fashion – the latest of them being an embarrassing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday.

During the post-match press conference, Zidane has slammed various players for the poor result, while also accusing them of not displaying the kind of intensity that was expected from the team.

“They [PSG] were better than us in every department. In the play, in midfield, and the thing that annoys me most is the intensity,” he said, before adding:

 

“They are good at creating chances – that is not what worries me, it is seeing my team without the necessary intensity at the high level of this competition.”

And now, it appears that the feeling of hatred between Zidane and the Real Madrid squad is of a mutual nature, as it has been reported by Diario Gol that Bale, along with Isco, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and Marco Asensio, are keen to see the Frenchman leave the club at the earliest.

The Spanish publication also claims that the above-mentioned players had a meeting with Real Madrid President Florentino Perez, demanding the sacking of the three-time Champions League-winning manager.

As per other sources, Los Blancos are yet to make a final decision regarding Zidane’s future.

Novak Djokovic provides update on injury ahead of Tokyo Open, Shanghai Masters

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World No.1 star Novak Djokovic has provided an update on his shoulder injury ahead of the upcoming Tokyo Open and Shanghai Masters.

It was expected that the Serb could make a quick recovery and return to the court at the earliest, but Djokovic himself has admitted that as of now, it seems very unlikely that he will play in the Tokyo Open and the Shanghai Masters.

“I don’t know when I will return. I hope it will be soon. The injury is more serious than I imagined and I need another week to see how it evolves,” he said, before adding:

“Ideally, I could be for Tokyo but, right now, I don’t know.”

In case you did not know, Djokovic had to retire from the court, while playing against Stanislas Wawrinka in the round-of-16, in the recently-concluded US Open on 2nd September. The injury was on his left shoulder, and though it has been nearly two weeks since the incident, it seems that he is yet to recover completely.

“I monitor the results of rehabilitation every day. I have also been monitoring how the shoulder is responding to the recovery.”

“Unfortunately, the injury was of a more serious nature. It prevented me from continuing the tournament in New York. I’m very sorry,” he concluded.

Quotes via Marca.

Valencia fans protest on Twitter against Singaporean owner after sacking manager Marcelino

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The move of sacking Marcelino was executed by Lim on September 11th, just six days prior to Valencia’s first group stage match in the 2019-20 Champions League, against last season’s Europa League winners Chelsea.

Although former Spain Under-21s manager Albert Celades has already replaced Marcelino, reports suggest that the club’s management has been thrown into a state of total chaos.

Tensions were quite visible among fans as Valencia played Barcelona in what looked like a repeat of the 2018-19 Copa del Rey final – only that this time around, Barcelona humiliated Los Ches with the final scoreline reading 5-2.

Quite understandably, fans have started protesting against Peter Lim for sacking Marcelino, with the hashtag “#LimGoHome” trending across Spain and several other parts of the world.

Take a look at some of the best reactions right below:

Zach Lowy, a football writer for Soccer Laduma, wrote: “The tension between owner Peter Lim and Marcelino and sporting director Mateu Alemany reached a boiling point this summer, when Lim wanted to interfere in transfers.”

“Valencia are throwing years of progress out the window by doing this. They are firing a manager who oversaw a steadily successful spell at Villarreal, and who led Valencia to back-to-back Champions League finishes,” he added, before concluding:

“They won’t find anyone better for the job than Marcelino.”

Reports: Why Manchester United failed to sign Bruno Fernandes this summer

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​According to reports, Premier League giants Manchester United pulled out of a possible deal for Sporting CP star Bruno Fernandes because the club’s scouts claimed that he takes too many risks while holding the ball.

The 24-year-old Portuguese midfielder was linked to Manchester United for almost the whole of this summer, and for a brief while, Tottenham Hotspur also joined them in the transfer race to sign him.

This was after Fernandes notched a staggering 32 goals and 18 assists in 53 appearances for Sporting, in the 2018-19 season.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was initially interested in the attacking midfielder, but according to Daily Mail, the Norwegian dropped the idea after the scouts claimed that he gives the ball away too frequently, which in turn does not match his style of playing.

Daily Mail further claims that Solskjaer has always been keen to sign players that were reliable in possession – something that he made evident with the signing of ex-Leicester City center-back Harry Maguire.

However, Fernandes continues to be in red-hot form in the 2019-20 Primeira Liga as well, where he has scored two goals and recorded four assists in just four appearances so far.

With Manchester United running out of options in midfield, it is expected that they will soon return to sign him – in the January transfer window next year.

Real Madrid President reveals why they did not sign Neymar, Paul Pogba

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Real Madrid President Florentino Perez recently revealed why the club did not sign Neymar, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in the recent summer transfer window.

“We have never invested so much in players even though we already had a great squad,” he said, while reflecting the fact that Real Madrid spent over €310million in transfers alone, this summer.

Though Los Blancos signed the likes of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Rodrygo Goes and Eder Militao, they could not sign Pogba, Neymar and Bruno Fernandes, three of the most important transfer targets that Real Madrid are believed to have had on their shopping list.

When asked about the deal for Pogba, Florentino Perez is believed to have stated that Manchester United – the Frenchman’s current employers – did not want to sell, according to the Mirror.

About Neymar’s potential move to the Santiago Bernabeu, he suggested that most of the rumours came from the media, rather than the club themselves.

The President was further pushed on to reveal his club’s plans for the next summer transfer window, and according to the English news agency, he has refused to rule out a potential move for Bruno Fernandes.

“We are working to bring great players in the future,” he is reported to have added.

Quotes via Mirror.

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After US Open, former World No.1 challenges Rafael Nadal to win tournament he’s never won before

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Has Rafael Nadal proved himself to be the best tennis player of the year by winning the US Open? According to former World No.1 Jim Courier, the answer is a resounding NO.

In his most recent interview, Courier said that Nadal needs to go and prove a point to his rivals, by taking home the winners’ trophy at the ATP Finals, scheduled to be held at London during 2019 November.

“I agree with that Nadal is clearly is in the lead [in terms of being the best player of 2019] and certainly in the lead as far as finishing the year on top [of the rankings],” he said to Tennis Channel.

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“But there is one tournament that he has never won that would be a nice feather in his cap and that’s the year-end championships in London,” he further added.

“Nadal has struggled at times at that point of the season and he doesn’t love it necessarily but that would be a real marker for him after winning his fourth US Open.”

“Djokovic is hanging on by a pretty thin thread at No.1 [in the rankings] right now.”

“And when we are evaluating their careers weeks at No.1 is another factor, Roger Federer has the most, Nadal is not close but Djokovic could get him.”

Quotes via Express.

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Reports: Lionel Messi unhappy with Barcelona for not signing Neymar

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Lionel Messi is very unhappy with Barcelona for their lack of initiative in Neymar’s transfer situation. According to reports, Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde and club President Josep Maria Bartomeu are the two main people who have attracted the ire of their top player.

Don Balon reports that Messi has voiced his displeasure about the failure of Neymar’s potential summer move, to both Valverde and Bartmoeu, in the form of two separate, strongly-worded statements.

The Spanish news agency further claims that the Argentine legend has, however, given Barcelona another chance to sign the Brazilian next summer – and if the Catalans fail yet again, he may leave the club by using the clause in his contract, that allows him to walk away at any given point of time.

Earlier, it was reported that three Barcelona stars – namely, Ivan Rakitic, Ousmane Dembele and Samuel Umtiti – are no longer on talking terms with Messi, the reason being the Argentine’s favouritism towards the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) star.

Though the Parisians repeatedly stressed that they would like to recoup most of Neymar’s €220million transfer fee from 2017 and nothing else, Messi insisted that the Blaugrana are willing to pay only a part of the asking price in cash, as he was keen to offload the three stars in a swap deal as mentioned above.

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