Man United’s potential £58m bargain, centre back found and Van Gaal’s philosophy revelation for players

first_img 2) Daley Blind may be a centre back after all – Daley Blind was one of the stand-out performers during the win over Liverpool. His goal was a splendid finish but his overall defensive play was calm, composed and astute throughout. He had no problems dealing with the strength of Christian Benteke – easing him off the ball on more than one occasion – and has formed a solid partnership with the ever improving Chris Smalling. However, Liverpool were atrociously poor at Old Trafford and there will be tougher tests for the Dutchman. Manchester United saved their best Premier League performance of the season so far for Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday.While many were critical for the boring and uneventful first 45 minutes of the game, Louis van Gaal would have been delighted with the way his side passed when they had the ball and the way they hustled and harried Liverpool’s players when they didn’t.However, the second half was the one the majority of the 75,347 people packed into Old Trafford were after with four splendid goals and far more chances.So, what did we learn about Manchester United’s 3-1 victory? Click the arrow above, right, to find out.  5 5 3) Ashley Young needs to play more – Other than David De Gea, Ashley Young was arguably United’s best player last season, and certainly their most improved. After starting the season against Tottenham, he has found himself on the bench with Adnan Januzaj, now on-loan at Borussia Dortmund, and Ander Herrera preferred ahead of him. However, while Memphis Depay was so bad he could have been wearing a Liverpool shirt, Young was excellent as he brought urgency and direct running which immediately led to the opening goal. Memphis will take some time to settle in but Young is too good to just be his deputy. 5 1) Manchester United players seem to be taking to Van Gaal’s philosophy – to find out what else was learned from the win over Liverpool, click the arrow above – Albeit an awfully tedious, monotonous first half at Old Trafford, Manchester United barely misplaced a pass and did not let Liverpool string together more than two. Bastian Schweinsteiger had his best game in a United jersey so far as he and Michael Carrick dictated play from deep all day. It is already apparent that Louis van Gaal’s philosophy involves less exciting, attacking football and more patient passing and pressurising of opponents and, judging by the way the Red Devils played on Saturday, the players are beginning to understand. Maybe that meeting between Van Gaal, Wayne Rooney and Carrick really was a productive one. 5) Anthony Martial could be a bargain – A fee of £36m rising to £58m puts enough pressure on to quiver the knees of even the most experienced players, but Anthony Martial played without a fear in the world after replacing Juan Mata in the 65th minute. His goal was a splendid exhibition of his pace, close control, ability to run at players and finishing – all of which seemed to have deserted United this season. It is important not to judge him too soon but he will only improve over the next few seasons, a fact which should strike fear into rival defences. Manchester United may well have found their Thierry Henry after all. 4) The Marouane Fellaini experiment was not a successful one – Alarm bells rang around Old Trafford when news Wayne Rooney would miss the game was leaked. Louis van Gaal already alluded to Marouane Fellaini being his second choice striker this season, but the big Belgian was anonymous. He did not add anything to the attack and seemed unclear whether he should drop deep or play on the last line of defence, often leaving him stranded in no man’s land. He is very effective coming off the bench as he showed in the Champions League qualifier against Club Brugge and for now that seems like it is his best role within the side. 5 5last_img read more

You won’t believe it’s them! 10 amazing pics of Arsenal players as kids

first_img 10 2. Santi Cazorla – Click the right arrow for more Arsenal stars as kids… 10. Hector Bellerin – Click the right arrow for more Arsenal stars as kids… 10 9. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Click the right arrow for more Arsenal stars as kids… 5. David Ospina – Click the right arrow for more Arsenal stars as kids… 6. Per Mertesacker – Click the right arrow for more Arsenal stars as kids… 10 7. Francis Coquelin – Click the right arrow for more Arsenal stars as kids… 4. Mesut Ozil – Click the right arrow for more Arsenal stars as kids… 10 10 10 8. Calum Chambers – Click the right arrow for more Arsenal stars as kids… 3. Alexis Sanchez – Click the right arrow for more Arsenal stars as kids… 10 1. Laurent Koscielny Haven’t these Gunners grown up!We’ve looked far and wide and found some brilliant pictures of Arsenal stars when they were just young guns.Take a look at the gallery above for some amazing photos of Arsene Wenger’s men when they were kids and believe us when we say it’s well worth it just for Laurent Koscielny, who, as one subscriber to talkSPORT’s YouTube channel said: ‘looked like he was about to drop the hottest classical music mix tape ever’.POSSIBLE ARSENAL LINE UP V OLYMPIAKOS IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 10 10last_img read more

Cold case: Authorities looking for limo driver’s killer

first_imgPICO RIVERA – Stephen Isaac Smith was on his way to the office to drop off his earnings as a limousine driver when he was fatally shot July 3, 2006. Shortly after the 2 p.m. shooting in the 5600 block of Rosemead Boulevard, witnesses saw a man in baggy shorts running from the scene. The case remains unsolved. Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding the killer. Smith, 49, lived in Pico Rivera and worked for Exquisite Limousine Transportation in Los Angeles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.He had fares the night before, said Sgt. Kenneth Clark of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. Detectives believe the night’s take included credit card receipts, which were also taken. “He was walking to his car to drive to the office to drop the money off,” Clark said. He didn’t know how much cash Smith was carrying. “I believe he was confronted by someone and he was shot.” Smith was gunned down in the hallway of his apartment complex. Witnesses saw a man fleeing the scene shortly after the gunshot rang out. The man was spotted climbing a fence and running behind the apartments. Smith was pronounced dead at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, said Capt. Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. He said the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest. Smith’s relatives and employer could not be reached for comment Monday. “We are definitely seeking the public’s help,” Clark said. “The victim was not a gang member. There is no correlation between the suspect and the victim.” The suspect was described as a Latino wearing a white T-shirt and black cut-off shorts. Neighbors had said that Smith was a quiet tenant who paid his rent on time. They heard arguing before the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Kenneth Clark at the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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

L.A. County court interpreters end strike

first_imgBy Wendy Thomas Russell STAFF WRITER Los Angeles County court interpreters returned to work Wednesday for the first time in six weeks, ending a strike that sought a new pay schedule on par with other court workers. “The battle line has come to a stalemate,” said union leader Michael Ferreira, a Spanish-language translator for the Long Beach Courthouse. “We’ve done this long enough.” “It’s not a negotiating tactic,” he said. “We don’t have any more to give them. That’s literally true.” Interpreters now earn about $73,000 a year, Parachini said, but are not afforded a “step salary schedule,” whereby workers get automatic bumps in pay after a certain number of years on the job. Unlike most other court employees – excluding judges – interpreters don’t have steps. An employee with 25 years of experience makes the same amount as a first-year translator. The county provides 257 full-time certified interpreters in a number of languages – from Chinese to Arabic – plus 17 part-time workers and 125 as needed, Parachini said. The court negotiated with the union for four months this year before imposing a 4 percent raise as its “last and best offer,” with the promise of 3 percent raises in each of the next two years. The union pushed for the step system and then opted to strike when contract talks broke down. At Monday’s state Senate hearing called by Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, court administrators clashed with senators and interpreters over the effect the strike has had on the courts. In the end, Romero and others promised to try to address interpreters’ salaries at the legislative level and urged interpreters to go back to work. wendy.russell@presstelegram.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The California Federation of Interpreters voted Monday to end the strike, following a contentious state Senate hearing devoted to the labor dispute in downtown Los Angeles. The interpreters were offered nothing new, although Los Angeles Superior Court management has remained open to renegotiating the union contract next year. For court staff, judges and defendants, the standoff ended none too soon. For the last six weeks, courts have had to share a small number of interpreters – those willing to cross picket lines – and have scrambled to delay cases in lieu of dismissing them. They’ve also been forced to use noncertified translators, such as court clerks and family members, to communicate when no other options remained. Allan Parachini, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Superior Court system, said he was pleased the strike was over and reaffirmed the court’s longtime position that there was no more money in the state’s court budget to offer interpreters. last_img read more

Fire destroys two Valley homes; families displaced

first_img-Daily News160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsOfficials estimate the loss at $350,000 for the home, and $150,000 for its contents. One firefighter suffered,a small second or third degree burn on the back of his hand, fire officials said. One family, a woman and three children ages 3 to 14, has sought help from the American Red Cross. Fire also erupted nearly an hour later at a Panorama City home. Firefighters arrived at the single story structure in the 7700 block of Varna Avenue at 5:45 a.m. No injuries were reported, but the home was lost, fire officials said. The cause of the fire and damage estimates were under investigation. Two families were displaced this morning after their Reseda home burned down, fire officials said. The fire was reported at 4:50 a.m. at the 7900 block of Vanalden Avenue, fire officials said. More than 60 firefighters arrived to see flames under the eaves of the single family home. A nearby tree also was engulfed. Even after aggressively attacking the fire, the roof caved in, fire officials said. last_img read more

‘A’ RATED ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES ATTRACTING MASSIVE INTEREST

first_imgThe ‘A’ rated energy efficient homes at Rann Mor Meadow in Letterkenny represent great value.A leading selling agent from Sherry Fitzgerald Rainey has said that the development of ‘A’ rated energy efficient homes at Rann Mor Meadow estate is attracting huge interest. Mary Rainey, a selling agent and director from Sherry Fitzgerald Rainey, has revealed that nearly all of the first phase of homes at Rann Mor Meadow have been sold.According to Mary, that’s a clear indication that the banks are lending again, and that people see the incredible value on offer in the wonderfully innovative new homes at Rann Mor Meadow. Mary was also quick to praise GDC Ireland Limited who created the fantastic project, and she has described the new development as the ‘Homes of the future’. She also revealed that buyers have become more cost conscious now, and one of the most frequently asked questions aimed at her when showcasing property to potential new home-owners is, Are the homes they’re viewing energy efficient, and what energy rating are they? That demand for energy rated and energy efficient homes is one of the main reasons the Rann Mor Meadow development has been such an overwhelming success so far.Mary told Donegal Daily, “Eleven out of the fifteen homes in the first phase have been sold. “Its become quite evidently clear that the banks are lending again, and people are taking advantage of that by investing in property.“Potential new buyers can clearly see the incredible value on offer in the new development of homes at Rann Mor Meadow.“Due to the high spec design of the homes by GDC, heating costs are significantly reduced.Mary also added that the quality of the build, and the reputation of GDC, are big factors in why people are purchasing the new homes, but also feels the location of the homes are superb.“GDC has built up a stellar reputation down through the years for building quality homes, but it’s also a great location. “You’ve got some beautiful views of the town from the estate, and it’s only a five minute walk to town.“For new home-owners, it’s the ideal location to set-up base.While Mary admitted the property market hadn’t reached the level currently been seen in Dublin, she did say it was extremely positive, which is visible in the success of the Rann Mor Meadow project, after a difficult number of years in the property industry.“It started to pick up last year, but then we wondered would it dry up, but thankfully it hasn’t, and the market is improving all the time. “It’s not at the level currently being experienced in Dublin, but there’s been a huge improvement and its been a massive boost for the property industry in Donegal.For further details, contact GDC (Ireland) Limited, Kilderry, Muff, Co. Donegal. Tel: 074 9384700. E-mail: info@gdcirl.com, of the selling agents Sherry FitzGerald Rainey, Letterkenny, on 074 91 22211 or see http://www.sfr.ie‘A’ RATED ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES ATTRACTING MASSIVE INTEREST was last modified: October 31st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessconstructionFeaturesGDC Ireland LimitednewsRann Mor MeadowSherry Fitzgerald Raineylast_img read more

Liverpool transfer news: Jurgen Klopp plotting raid on Real Madrid for winger

first_img Lucas Vazquez celebrates a Real Madrid goal with Sergio Ramos 1 Liverpool are considering a move for Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez.The 24-year-old spent last season on loan at Espanyol but he has returned to the Bernabeu this year.Since his comeback the Spaniard has caught the eye with a number of cameo appearances for Real Madrid.And now, according to Corriere dello Sport, Liverpool are weighing up a move for Vazquez in the summer.Boss Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of the midfielder and scouted him during his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund.The German now seems ready to rekindle that interest by luring Vazquez to Anfield at the end of the season.last_img

Manchester City 2-2 Arsenal: Sanchez deals City blow in Champions League race

first_imgAlexis Sanchez’s equaliser for Arsenal against Manchester City gave Manchester United a huge boost in their pursuit of Champions League football for next season.  The hosts exploded into life from the start with Sergio Aguero opening the scoring before Olivier Giroud levelled the scores inside the opening ten minutes.Kevin De Bruyne scored an exquisite goal to reclaim the lead after the break but again Arsenal hit back through Sanchez.The result means that rivals Manchester United have the chance to go into the final game of the season above City if they win their game in hand over West Ham on Tuesday night.Despite Arsenal having the opportunity to draw level on points with Tottenham, it was City who started the strongest and dominated the opening exchanges.And the pressure told after only seven minutes when Aguero picked up the ball from Fernandinho’s header on the edge of the area before firing a low left-footed shot into the bottom corner.It was the Argentine’s 29th goal of the season and meant he had now scored in each of his last six Premier League games.However, Arsenal hit straight back when Gael Clichy’s wayward header gave the Gunners a cheap corner which Giroud thumped home to end his goalscoring drought.England boss Roy Hodgson would have been worried to see Danny Welbeck limp off with a knee injury but pleased to see Jack Wilshere complete 70 minutes ahead of his Euro 2016 squad announcement next week.City retook the lead through a delightfully mazy De Bruyne run through the heart of the Gunners defence before firing a low shot past Petr Cech into the bottom corner.But again the Gunners hit back as Sanchez burst through the midfield, played a fantastic one-two Giroud on the edge of the area, before slotting the ball past a helpless Joe Hart with just over 20 minutes remaining.Substitute Wilfried Bony rattled the crossbar with a thunderous volley with two minutes remaining but the draw was a fair result in the end meaning Arsenal have all but confirmed their place in the Champions League next season. It was Olivier Giroud’s first goal in 16 games 1last_img read more

Everton manager search: Toffees step up Ronald Koeman chase

first_img Ronald Koeman with former Everton boss Roberto Martinez 1 Everton are growing increasingly confident of luring Ronald Koeman away from Southampton, according to reports.The Toffees are still searching for a new boss after sacking Roberto Martinez earlier this month.Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is understood to have earmarked Koeman as his top choice to succeed the Spaniard.Koeman has worked wonders at Southampton since arriving at St Mary’s in 2014 and the south coast club are hoping to tie him down to a new contract.But the Dutchman, who has a year left on his current deal, has yet to commit his future to the Saints.And, according to the Daily Mirror, Moshiri is confident of he can turn Koeman’s head by offer him a huge contract and transfer warchest.Everton are hoping for a positive development over the 53-year-old this week but are also talking to other candidates if they cannot convince him to leave Southampton.Unai Emery – who masterminded Sevilla’s third successive Europa League success earlier this month – is on their list of contenders.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE – Wilshere tells England supporters to ‘concentrate on the football’

first_imgJack Wilshere has sent a message to England fans to ‘just concentrate on the football’ after violent scenes tarnished the start of the Three Lions’ Euro 2016 campaign.Supporters were involved up in a number of incidents in the build-up and aftermath of England’s 1-1 draw with against Russia on Saturday evening.Marseille seemed a hotspot for rioting as, for three days straight, fans clashed on the streets, with police using tear gas and water cannons to disperse brawling crowds.England fans appeared to be individually targeted inside and outside the Stade Velodrome following the full-time whistle on Saturday, and talkSPORT’s Stan Collymore captured this shocking footage as chaos descended.UEFA’s executive committee then sent a warning to the two nations on Sunday that they could face disqualification from the tournament if problems persist.But Wilshere has praised the attitude of the majority of England fans in France, and has urged supporters to stay away from the incidents and focus on football.“What I saw of the fans in the stadium, they were brilliant,” the midfielder said in an interview with talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham.“They helped us even in the warm-up and we really felt their support during the game. So if there’s anything I can say, it’s just to just concentrate on that side of things.“I don’t know the full story, so I couldn’t stand here and start blaming people. We just want to concentrate on the football and want the fans to get behind the team.“They’ve been brilliant, they always have been. Even when we went to Brazil, they were there.“We just want to tell them to concentrate on the football side of things, really.”ALSO READ: Trouble in Marseille – ‘It’s easy to blame the English but the problem is much bigger than that’, says Adrian DurhamWhile Saturday’s draw was a disappointing result, England’s positive performance will give the team hope ahead of Thursday’s must-win game against Home Nations rivals Wales.But after squandering a number of chances to put the result out of doubt against Russia, Wilshere insisted the Three Lions must start being more ruthless in front of goal.He added: “We couldn’t have asked for more, in terms of performance. England teams in the past have been accused of not keeping the ball, panicking on the ball and not being technically good enough, but we’ve set a high standard for ourselves and we need to keep that going.“Straight away in the dressing room after the game, it felt like a defeat. But after sleeping on it and looking back on the game later, we have to be happy with our performance.“We dominated the game and we need to replicate that and build on it going into the next game and hopefully more games after that. But we need to take our chances as well.”last_img read more