‘Never want to see him play for us again!’ Man United fans slam star

first_imgManchester United will be going back to the drawing board after their 2-1 defeat to Swansea City – and several players could see their places under threat.One man Red Devils fans don’t want to see anywhere near their next starting line-up is goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who has received plenty of stick for his performance against the Jacks.The Argentine hadn’t had much to do in his previous three games for the club but was found wanting against Swansea.And United fans didn’t hold back as they reviewed his display. You can see how they reacted on Twitter below… 1 Manchester United star Sergio Romero concedes against Swansea last_img read more

Bayern Munich turned down ‘huge bid’ for Thomas Muller this summer, says president

first_img Germany international Thomas Muller Bayern Munich rejected a ‘very high’ offer for Germany international Thomas Muller this summer, but president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge refused to reveal which club tabled the bid.Manchester United were heavily linked with a big-money move for the forward late in the transfer window as manager Louis van Gaal frantically searched for stars to boost his attacking options.Real Madrid were also reportedly interested in the 25-year-old, but the Bundesliga champions refused to sell one of their prize assets.However, Rummenigge revealed there had been a hefty sum on the table at one point.“I’m talking about figures which were very high indeed,” he said. “If I were a bank manager then I would have had to accept it.“But as a football club we allowed ourselves to close the door on it, and this door is remaining closed. I can promise that to everybody.“But one thing is for certain, in view of the increased television money in England things are not going to get any easier for Bayern in future.”That influx of money from next season is set to make the Premier League even more enticing when it comes to signing top players in the future.However, Rummenigge has praised English clubs for the way they are being run, saying their potential success is not going to be down to money alone but rather how they have invested it.“I’ve taken a look at Manchester City’s youth academy and all I can say is it doesn’t get any better than that,” Rummenigge told the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.“I have also visited Tottenham’s, Arsenal’s and Chelsea’s and it’s the same wherever you go.“I can tell you that the English are going all out, also in terms of youth development.” 1last_img read more

‘Fellaini as no.9, that’s desperate stuff’ – Fans react to Manchester United team news as Wayne Rooney misses out

first_img Wayne Rooney //storify.com/talksport/fellaini-as-no-9-that-s-desperate-stuff-fans-react.js?border=false[View the story “‘Fellaini as no.9, that’s desperate stuff’ – Fans react to Manchester United team news as Wayne Rooney misses out” on Storify] Wayne Rooney will not play against Liverpool today for Manchester United as Louis van Gaal opts for Marouane Fellaini as his sole striker.David De Gea is reinstated as the club’s no.1 goalkeeper but there is no place for Morgan Schneiderlin, with Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger preferred to the Frenchman.As a result of Rooney’s absence summer signing Anthony Martial is the only recognised striker in the squad and he starts on the bench.Manchester United XI to face Liverpool: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Schweinsteiger, Carrick, Mata, Herrera, Depay, Fellaini.Subs: Romero, McNair, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Valencia, Young, Martial.See the best reactions to the Red Devils’ team news below … center_img 1last_img read more

Predicted England line up v Estonia: Hodgson to start with Tottenham AND Arsenal stars?

first_imgEngland take on Estonia at Wembley tonight looking to maintain their 100 per cent record in Euro 2016 qualifying.With progress to next summer’s finals in France already secured, Roy Hodgson’s charges will be hoping to emerge from their final two group fixtures with the Estonians and Lithuania blemish-free.First-team regulars like captain Wayne Rooney, Jordan Henderson and John Stones are all sidelined through injuries, while relative newcomers Danny Ings and Jonjo Shelvey are also likely to miss out.So how will Hodgson approach the game? Here, talkSPORT attempts to unpick the England manager’s mind with a predicted line up…Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see our formation. 11 Central midfield: James Milner (Liverpool) – Milner has struggled with the added responsibility in his first few months at Liverpool but his reliability and work rate should see him retain his place. 11 Right-back: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) – Clyne has made a steady start to life Liverpool and is England’s best option on the right side of defence. 11 Goalkeeper: Joe Hart (Manchester City) – The undisputed England number one has been in sparkling form so far domestically and in Europe for league leaders City. Defensive midfield: Michael Carrick (Manchester United) – Carrick is England’s experienced head in midfield and his direct passing and discipline in front of his defence allows his more energetic team-mates to roam free. 11 Central midfield: Ross Barkley (Everton) – Barkley has begun the season how many England fans would have wanted – seemingly revitalised and back to the form he showcased in 2013/2014. He got off the mark for his country against San Marino last month, too. Left-back: Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) – Gibbs may well be second choice at Arsenal, but Hodgson really favours the Gunners defender. There’s a real opportunity for both the 26-year-old and Ryan Bertrand to stake a claim while Luke Shaw is sidelined. Left forward: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – Sterling has benefited from the added quality in Manchester and is growing as a player. He should terrorise the Estonian defence. Right forward: Theo Walcott (Arsenal) – Walcott has deposed Olivier Giroud in Arsenal’s attack so far this campaign and has 10 goals in his last 16 appearances, but Hodgson may look to utilise him in a slightly wider role at Wembley. 11 Centre-back: Chris Smalling (Manchester United) – Smalling has been arguably United’s player of the season so far, combining defensive surety with admirable composure in possession. 11 11 11 Centre-back: Gary Cahill (Chelsea) – Cahill is one of several Chelsea defenders struggling for form so far this season but, due to Phil Jones’s fitness problems and John Stones’s injury, should start. 11 11 11 Striker: Harry Kane (Tottenham) – Hodgson regards Kane as the natural heir to Rooney’s throne and, with the England captain and Daniel Sturridge currently sidelined, Estonia provides an ideal opportunity for the 22-year-old to vindicate his manager’s faith.last_img read more

Arsenal star suffers injury setback but Gunners handed midfielder boost

first_img The England forward is also expected to miss the key Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb next week 1 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury, ruling him out of Arsenal’s Barclays Premier League clash at West Brom.The England forward, who suffered the injury in the Capital One Cup loss to Sheffield Wednesday, is also expected to miss the key Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb next Tuesday.Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: “He had a slight little setback on Monday but we checked by scan and there is nothing wrong but he is still a fraction short for Saturday.”Aaron Ramsey – who has been absent since the October 20 win over Bayern Munich – is likely to be fit to face Dinamo but Oxlade-Chamberlain will be available for the following weekend’s clash with Norwich at the earliest.“Ramsey will be back in full training on Monday and can play on Tuesday and Chamberlain I think against Norwich,” Wenger added.Theo Walcott, who injured a calf in the same game as Oxlade-Chamberlain, is still continuing his rehabilitation.“Theo is ahead of schedule at the moment but he is still two weeks away,” Wenger added.It all piles more pressure on the likes of Alexis Sanchez, who was due to return from international duty with Chile around 36 hours prior to the match at the Hawthorns.Chile lost 3-0 to Uruguay after a 1-1 draw with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina’s Colombia during the international hiatus.Sanchez is becoming ever more important to Arsenal and Wenger wishes to give him some time off, but is unable to at present.Asked if the former Barcelona forward will be granted some leave, Wenger said: “At some point yes. At the moment I am a bit short because (I have) no Chamberlain, no Ramsey, no Walcott, no (Jack) Wilshere, no (Danny) Welbeck.“There is not many offensive positions where I can rotate.“I am worried because when he went to Chile he was already a bit jaded and to see what state he will come back (in), I will have to test.“But speaking to the player, if I ask him ‘are you tired?’ you can guess the answer.”Sanchez will not be flying off on national service until March at the earliest, giving Wenger complete control over his welfare.“That is welcome that there is no international break now,” he added.There has been some good news on the injury front, with right-back Hector Bellerin available following a groin problem.last_img read more

Benteke spares Mignolet’s blushes as Liverpool qualify for Europa League knockout stages

first_img Christian Benteke 1 Christian Benteke’s excellent strike spared Belgian counterpart Simon Mignolet’s blushes as Liverpool recovered from a goal down against Bordeaux to reach the knockout stages of the Europa League.Mignolet bizarrely gifted the French side an opener just after the half-hour mark, holding onto the ball illegally for 20 seconds and allowing Henri Saivet to curl home the resultant indirect free kick.James Milner sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot to equaliser minutes later after Benteke had been fouled.And the Belgian striker’s crisp turn and finish just before half time earned the win that booked the Reds’ place in the last 32 with a game to spare.With the Reds rocked by the news of a latest setback for injury-plagued striker Daniel Sturridge – this time a foot problem – prior to kickoff, Benteke was reinstated as a recognised striker after Klopp opted to go without in the win at Manchester City on Saturday.And initially Liverpool seemed bereft of the same fluidity on show in the Etihad mauling, and Kolo Toure had to make a crucial early block after Mignolet had inexplicably headed it straight to a Bordeaux attacker.And Mignolet was at fault again soon after. After long surpassing the six-second rule for holding onto the ball, the referee penalised the goalkeeper by awarding the Ligue 1 side an indirect free kick inside the penalty area.Bordeaux duly capitalised on Mignolet’s misjudgement as Saivet emphatically placed into the top corner.Liverpool were behind for just five minutes though and their equaliser came through Milner’s confident penalty after Benteke had been hauled down by Bordeaux captain Ludovic Sane.And the Reds went in front on the stroke of half time, Benteke controlling Nathaniel Clyne’s low cross and dispatching a stinging first-time effort past goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso’s reach before he could react.Liverpool sprung out of the blocks quickly after the break and Benteke again was heavily involved, first blazing over from 12 yards and then having a goal disallowed for a foul on Sane.Jordon Ibe then burst past his marker but could only fire straight at the feet of Carrasso before the game became increasingly scrappy in the latter stages.Mignolet went some way to appeasing the Anfield faithful after his first-half error with a stoppage time save as Bordeaux pushed for a late equaliser in vain.Elsewhere in Group B, Rubin Kazan kept their faint qualification hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Swiss side and Liverpool’s next opponents FC Sion.last_img read more

Spurs line up v Newcastle – the XI to take club into PL top four?

first_imgTottenham will move into fourth place if they beat Newcastle at White Hart Lane.Man United currently occupy the position, but slipped up against Bournemouth on Saturday night.Spurs come into the game on the back of a 4-1 hammering of Monaco in the Europa League and will be looking to strengthen their claim for a top four finish with victory against the Magpies given Southampton, Norwich and Watford are to come.Here, talkSPORT looks at the possible line up for the Newcastle game with Eric Dier included. The midfielder was substituted against Moncao after appearing to injure himself, but was seen to tell his manager Maurico Pochettino he was fine.More good news for fans is that Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli played in midweek after recovering from their respective injuries.Agree with the line up? 20. Dele Alli (central midfield) 1. Hugo Lloris (goalkeeper) – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the predicted Tottenham line up against Newcastle 11 4. Toby Alderweireld (centre back) 11 11 11 2. Kyle Walker (right back) 3. Danny Rose (left back) 7. Heung-min Son (wide forward) 11center_img 10. Harry Kane (striker) 11 15. Eric Dier (central midfield) 11 11. Erik Lamela (wide forward) 11 11 5. Jan Vertonghen (centre back) 11 11last_img read more

Watford youngster Uche Ikpeazu makes Blackpool loan move

first_img Uche Ikpeazu 1 Watford striker Uche Ikpeazu has joined Blackpool on loan for the rest of the season.The 20-year-old has recently returned from a successful spell at Port Vale, where he hit five goals in 21 League One outings.Now he has agreed a deal to stay with Vale’s League One rivals Blackpool until the summer.Ikpeazu is yet to make an appearance for Watford since arriving from Reading as a teenager in 2013 but he has spent time on loan at Crewe and Doncaster before linking up with Port Vale.last_img read more

Suicide assistance on Web is worrisome

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.? It is technically difficult to ? crack down on sites of dubious nature, and any excessive regulation may constitute a violation of freedom of expression. ? There are other Web sites that try to help suicidal people regain their will to live by encouraging them to express their feelings of despair. Increasing the number of these sites is one way of protecting suicidal people from cyberspace predators. – Asahi Shimbun (Tokyo) 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Kawasaki woman’s young life ended because of a suicide-assistance Web site accessible from any mobile phone. The creator of this Web site is an electrician by profession. He reportedly kept posting messages, inviting anyone who was contemplating suicide to respond. When the Kawasaki woman responded, he told her of drugs she could take to die painlessly. They struck a deal and settled on a price. According to police reports, the woman paid him 200,000 yen, and the man kept his part of the deal by coming over to her home, where he made her take a sleep-inducing drug, and then suffocated her by putting a plastic bag over her head. ? Crimes made possible by the Internet have become so widespread that we can no longer just ignore them. last_img read more

License issue a rocky road for Arnold

first_imgOn Wednesday, Spitzer pulled the plug on his efforts to grant driver licenses to illegal immigrants in New York. With that concession, we witness one of the most spectacular political defeats in recent memory, right up there with Schwarzenegger’s special-election drubbing of 2005. To say Spitzer had his head figuratively handed to him would be a rhetorical understatement. The rejection he experienced was so powerful, the opposition so intense, the defeat so conclusive, that we could more accurately say Spitzer had not only his head, but also every other severable body part, grinded up and fired back at him through a cannon. This is a proposal that went wrong at every turn. At first the Empire State governor faced a wave of reasonable objections having to do with voting and national security. So he went to the Department of Homeland Security, and came up with a three-tiered plan designed to answer those concerns. No such luck. Immigration restrictionists still weren’t going to countenance what they considered a giveaway to illegal immigrants, and immigration-advocacy groups resented what they perceived as unequal treatment. Thus Spitzer succeeded only in riling up the opposition while deflating his allies. “You don’t need a stethoscope to hear the heartbeat of the public on this one. There are some moments where emotions are simply too hot.” – Eliot Spitzer, governor of New York REMEMBER those words. Arnold Schwarzenegger surely will. Those words tell you all you need to know about why Schwarzenegger is not going to touch the issue of driver licenses for illegal immigrants any time soon. Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, can get the legislation passed 1,000 times, and it won’t make any difference. Schwarzenegger will always find a reason to say no. Then came various bureaucrats who said they would refuse to cooperate with Spitzer’s plan – a logistical nightmare – as well as intense opposition from New York’s Legislature. Activist groups challenged the policy in court. And finally, the coup de grace: The issue caused the first real hiccup in New York Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign when she proved unable to discuss it coherently (or honestly) in a candidates’ debate. It was bad enough that this gambit was destroying Spitzer’s political career (his approval rating fell from an impressive 75 percent to a horrific 33 percent). But when it began imperiling Hillary’s, Democratic Party bigwigs weren’t going to stand for it much longer. So Spitzer has begged off, crushed and defeated. Never mind that, from a practical standpoint, what he advocated was actually quite modest. Whatever one thinks about immigration, illegal-immigrant drivers are a reality that no state law is going to change. Better, Spitzer reasoned, to get these drivers licensed, insured and identified, thereby minimizing the threat to public safety and insurance rates that they pose. But New York, although as “blue” a state as you will find save for a few red pockets upstate, would have nothing to do with it. Polls showed the public opposed to the plan by a nearly 3-to-1 margin. Forget Social Security, immigration has become the new third rail in American politics – an issue so contentious that, from a politician’s standpoint, it’s safest to do nothing at all. One could argue that a California governor wouldn’t face the same level of opposition, or vitriol, as Spitzer encountered in New York. After all, California has a much larger and better-organized Latino population. But California also has many more illegal immigrants. Here, the immigration issue is no abstraction; it touches everyone’s lives every day. The passions run even deeper here, making the issue even more potentially explosive. In retrospect, it’s worth asking how much illegal immigration played a role in the recall of Gov. Gray Davis back in 2003. Typically, the economy, the budget and Schwarzenegger’s sheer popularity are cited as the main reasons for Davis’ ouster. His signing a bill that would have given driver licenses to illegal immigrants is generally treated as an afterthought. Yet it’s worth remembering that, according to a Field Poll taken shortly before the recall, Californians opposed Davis’ decision by a nearly 2-to-1 ratio. What’s more, among those who supported the recall, opposition reached 75 percent. In light of the fate that met Davis, Spitzer arguably got off easy. Schwarzenegger got the message, which is why, upon taking office, overturning the Davis law was one of his top priorities. And though he has since maintained that he’s amenable to granting driver licenses to illegal immigrants under the right circumstances, the right circumstances, according to his ever-shifting definition, never seem to materialize. Schwarzenegger has cleverly tried to play both sides on this issue, appeasing immigration advocates by saying he’s open to the license idea in theory, while satisfying restrictionists by always being opposed in reality. Given what happened to Spitzer, who can blame him? Chris Weinkopf, the Daily News’ editorial-page editor, blogs at insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. Write to him by e-mail at chris.weinkopf@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more