TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero McGrath: Players have been disgracefulby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul McGrath says several players should follow sacked manager Jose Mourinho out the door.McGrath hit out at the club’s players after the announcement.”Three or four players should be getting their suitcases at the ready, because what’s been going on, on the field, is disgraceful,” McGrath said. “I’d have a mirror put in the dressing room.”United announced Mourinho was gone yesterday as the club slumped to its worst points return after 17 matches in the Premier League era, with Sunday’s chastening 3-1 loss at Liverpool leaving them 19 points behind their bitter rivals.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic plays down Euro heroicsby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic played down his heroics for their 2-1 Europa League win over Rennes.Milinkovic-Savic came off the bench, scored the equaliser and provided the assist for Ciro Immobile’s winner at the Olimpico.“I didn’t change the game, it was the whole team that raised the tempo. The first half was not the performance we wanted, but we won and can now prepare for Celtic,” the Serb told Sky Sport Italia.“The lads wanted to give their all, we weren’t able to in the first half, but the game lasts 90 minutes and it was important to get the points.“It’s especially important to win when you don’t necessarily play well. We now have two wins in a row under our belts and hope to get a third with Bologna this weekend.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Red Bull Salzburg hotshot Haaland now Man Utd priority targetby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRed Bull Salzburg hotshot Erling Haaland is now Manchester United’s priority target for 2020.AS says United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made the teenager his top target ahead of next season. However United will face a battle with Madrid, who are also believed to be keen on bringing him to the Bernabeu.It is claimed that Haaland ‘fits like a glove’ as Madrid are keen on finding a long-term replacement for Karim Benzema, who turns 31 in December.The 19-year-old has scored a remarkable 18 goals in 11 appearances this season, and after a recent illness, he climbed off the bench to notch Salzburg’s equaliser in this month’s Champions League clash with Liverpool at Anfield, which the Reds ultimately went on to win 4-3.
Mike Davis NFL Phone CallFormer South Carolina running back Mike Davis is off to San Francisco to become the newest member of the 49ers’ backfield. Davis was taken in the fourth round of this past weekend’s draft as the 125th pick overall. When he received the call from the team, his family, as you’ll see below, was beyond excited. Verizon captured the moment and put it on YouTube – check it out:Davis should help fill a void, now that longtime 49er Frank Gore is gone. Davis is also excited about getting to watch Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry play in person, for what it’s worth. oh man i get to see @StephenCurry30 play now !!!— IG MikeDavisRB (@MikeDavisRB) May 4, 2015In his three years at South Carolina, Davis racked up over 2,400 yards and 22 touchdowns.
YouTube/ScooterMagruderThe Big Ten is in the midst of a comeback after a few years being overshadowed by the SEC, and have a number of very intriguing, strong programs. Ohio State and Michigan State have been powerhouses for years now, while Michigan, last night’s brutal loss aside, looks to be back. YouTuber Scooter Magruder has been making very funny “Thing ___ Fans Say” videos about every conference for weeks now. His SEC and ACC editions are both very funny, and on Saturday, he dropped the Big Ten. It’s a shame that he didn’t wait until the Michigan-Michigan State game to record. We think those characters might’ve had a bit more to say. Either way, this was well done as always.
Juan Quintero claims he has emerged as a possible target for Manchester City, with his agent having met with the Premier League champions.The Colombia international playmaker spent 2018 on loan at River Plate from Porto.Over the course of the calendar year, he put in a number of eye-catching performances. 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? The 25-year-old scored one and assisted two others for his country at the World Cup finals in Russia, with that campaign ended by a penalty shootout defeat to England in the last 16.He then went on to shine in the Copa Libertadores final, with his extra-time effort settling a keenly fought two-legged clash with arch-rivals Boca Juniors.A spell in Argentina has helped to revive the South American’s career, which had stalled after slipping out of favour at Porto.His renaissance has thrust him onto the transfer radar of a number of clubs, with City seemingly among his many admirers.Quintero told Radio Continental: “My agent has had a meeting with Manchester City, which makes me very proud.”Despite attracting interest from England, the highly rated midfielder has suggested that it will take a special offer to lure him into a move.He added: “If I’m to return to Europe it has to be for the benefit of all, not just a financial thing.Quintero would prefer to remain at River if given the choice, with the club aware of his feelings on the back of a memorable campaign which took them to the Club World Cup.He said: “I’m a River Plate fan and I want to stay here, and the president knows that.”With that stance being made clear to all concerned, Quintero has also moved to distance himself from reports suggesting that he could be another high-profile addition to the ranks in Asia.“Going to China would be important on an economic level, but this does not come to mind,” he said.Quintero is under contract at Porto until 2021, so anybody hoping to secure his services on a permanent basis will need to part with a sizeable fee in order to get a deal done.
Manchester United, Tottenham and Bayern Munich have been made aware that Ander Herrera, Fernando Llorente and Javi Martinez are wanted back at Athletic Bilbao.The Liga club is famed for its production of home-grown talent as it places great emphasis on fielding players brought up in the Basque region of Spain.Unfortunately for them, retaining players of such promise has proved more difficult than nurturing them down the years. 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? The doors remain open, though, for former favourites to head back to their roots if the opportunity presents itself.That may be the case in the current transfer window, or ones in the near future, with several players on the recruitment radar of those at San Mames.United midfielder Herrera is among them, as his contract at Old Trafford expires in the summer, while Spurs striker Llorente has expressed a desire to find regular football outside of north London.Bayern defender Martinez could be another option, as those in Bavaria prepare to freshen up an ageing squad, and Ibai Gomez of Alaves are also of interest to Athletic.The club’s new sporting director, Rafael Alkorta, told Cadena Ser: “We are interested in Javi Martinez, Ibai, Ander Herrera, Llorente… we’re interested in all of them.“It is clear that any player who can play for Athletic interests us. Nothing is easy, but we are interested in having everyone we can.“We still haven’t made progress. We’ll get together on Tuesday to see what can be done. I have just returned and this week we will look at our options.”Herrera is free to discuss pre-contract terms with any club outside of England after entering the final six months of his deal at United.He has figured four times under interim Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, though, and may still have a future at Old Trafford.Llorente, meanwhile, netted a hat-trick in Spurs’ recent FA Cup drubbing of Tranmere, but finds himself behind Harry Kane in the pecking order and has started just one Premier League game since joining Tottenham in 2017.Martinez, who is now 30, has remained a regular for Bayern this season but could be free to leave the club this summer if they decide to freshen an ageing squad.
Thomas Tuchel has denied asking for wantaway midfielder Adrien Rabiot to be reinstated into his Paris Saint-Germain squad.Rabiot has not featured for the Ligue 1 champions since informing the club in December that he did not wish to sign a new contract.The 23-year-old’s deal expires at the end of this season and he has been heavily linked to Barcelona, while PSG have a shortfall of their own in his position after Marco Verratti suffered an ankle injury. 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? The signing of Leandro Paredes from Zenit has remedied those concerns to an extent, although it was reported Tuchel’s preference was to reintegrate Rabiot.Speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash at Lyon, however, Tuchel presented a united front with his club.”I did not ask for Rabiot’s reinstatement,” he told reporters.”The situation is the same as in November. The club decided to suspend Adrien.”I can understand the club and I accept this decision. The situation has not changed.”We’re coming for you on Sunday, @OL_English#AllezParis pic.twitter.com/QRhUFBXGla— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 1, 2019Tuchel went on to praise the signing of Argentina international Paredes.”I say clearly yes, I am very satisfied,” he said. “I really believe he can be a very important player for us.”He has the quality, the personality to play for PSG. He has a good vision of the game.”He can accelerate the game with his quality, make a lot of passes. He can find good positions on the pitch to help others, when we have the ball. This is his strength.”Verratti remains sidelined alongside left-back Layvin Kurzawa, but Tuchel added the duo may be able to return to training at the start of next week.
Liverpool have confirmed their first signing of the summer, with teenage defender Sepp van den Berg joining from PEC Zwolle.The 17-year-old centre-back arrives at Anfield for an initial fee of £1.3m (€1.5m/$1.7m) after the Reds saw off competition from Bayern Munich, Ajax and PSV to land the highly-rated Dutch under-19 international.Liverpool have also agreed £3.1m (€3.5m/$4m) worth of add-ons, which will be activated should Van den Berg establish himself as a first-team regular at the club. 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? Sources have told Goal that those add-ons relate to Premier League and Champions League appearances, and that the maximum cost of the deal to Liverpool, which would require the player to make close to 350 starts, is £4.4m (€4.9m/$5.6m).The deal will be formally completed on July 1.“It’s just an amazing feeling,” Van den Berg told the official Liverpool website. “It is, for me, the biggest club in the world and it’s a dream come true. I am really excited.“I’ve seen what kind of players from the Academy grew into the first team here. It is unbelievable, especially when this kind of big club does that.“Of course, the trainer [Jürgen Klopp] is a great guy and one of the reasons they are successful – and also one of the reasons I came here.“I think this is the best place for me to grow and hopefully play a lot of games here.””I’ve seen what kind of players from the Academy grew into the first team here. It is unbelievable, especially when this kind of big club does that.” ✊ pic.twitter.com/Uep7fwEtTM— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 27, 2019Van den Berg, who has made 22 senior appearances for Zwolle in the Eredivisie since his debut in March 2018, is expected to start life in Liverpool’s academy, with a view to moving him into the first-team ‘development group’ should he impress.The Reds enjoyed significant success with another young Dutchman, Ki-Jana Hoever, after signing him from Ajax last season. Hoever progressed swiftly from under-18s football to the under-23s, and in January became the third-youngest debutant in the club’s history when featuring against Wolves in the FA Cup third round. Liverpool sources have told Goal that Van den Berg, meanwhile, is viewed similarly to Joe Gomez when he signed for the Reds from Charlton in 2015. Gomez established himself quickly in Brendan Rodgers’ side, but there is an acceptance that Van den Berg is joining a more developed team and that patience will be required.Liverpool’s academy setup will welcome the arrival of a specialist centre-back, having seen a host of defenders leave the club over the summer. The likes of Juanma, Connor Randall, Conor Masterson and Corey Whelan were all released, while teenage Finn Patrik Raitanen has joined Fortuna Sittard on a four-year deal.Van den Berg, who stands at 6′ 3″, will hope to play some part in the first-team’s packed pre-season schedule, with the eight-day tour of the USA next month perhaps to offer an immediate chance to bed in to his new club.Subscribe to Neil’s weekly newsletter than brings you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Tata Martino and Gregg Berhalter are set to square off again Sunday, this time on a grander stage than their previous meetings in MLS. Martino, the Mexico coach who previously led Atlanta United, holds a 4-1 advantage over Berhalter, the U.S. coach who coached the Columbus Crew, in previous meetings. That one win for Berhalter, however, was significant, with current U.S. goalkeeper Zach Steffen helping the Crew win a shootout after a 0-0 draw that put them into the next round of the 2017 playoffs at Atlanta United’s expense. Despite the history, there appears to be no animosity between the two coaches, who will lead their respective national teams into the Gold Cup final at Soldier Field on Sunday night. In fact, there exists a mutual admiration between the two men. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “I have a lot of respect for the person and manager. I think he’s among the best coaches I faced in MLS. Evidentially, the football he practices needs time. I think that’s what he had in the friendlies,” Martino said before adding, “It’s not easy the way Gregg wants his team to play.” Berhalter also highlighted Martino’s human side and complimented the Argentine’s playing style. “I really like him as a coach. I think he’s, first of all, a very nice person, a very good person,” Berhalter said. “Also, the way his teams play, he’s very clear, very specific. He gets them to compete, there’s a very certain, specific intensity level that he gets with his teams. “I really like the offensive transition that they perform. I really like the defensive pressing that they do. There’s nice interchanging movement on the wings – they get three players on the wings and that really create problems for each opponent. Overall, I have a lot of respect for him. His Atlanta teams really performed well. They had some good talent, and I’m looking forward to the match tomorrow.” Obviously, both coaches know each other well and Berhalter said he and his staff have watched every match of the Martino era as they’ve kept an eye on the regional rival’s progress and later jumped into scouting the final. When asked how he stacked up and how long he’d been watching Berhalter’s side, Martino quipped, “since the manager was in Columbus.” Both managers took over their teams in January, but Martino was not a candidate for the U.S. job. General Manager Earnie Stewart said during the coaching search that the Americans’ coach needed to be fluent in English. Despite being overlooked, Martino said he has no desire to send a message to the U.S. Federation with Sunday’s match. “I think is that the United States is in very good hands. Gregg is coaching the United States national team, I’m managing Mexico’s national team,” the 56-year-old said. “Tomorrow there’s no lesson of any type. We’re two managers, the teams in front of us are in front of us and one will go out happy and the other sad.” We will find out who is who Sunday, with kickoff set for 9 p.m. ET.