1 killed as typhoon approaches Japan

first_imgMen watch the swollen Isuzu River due to heavy rains in Ise, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo on Oct. 12. A man in hisforties was killed in an overturned car early on Saturday in Chiba while fourpeople were injured, according to public broadcaster NHK. A number of municipalgovernments issued evacuation advisories to areas particularly at risk offloods and landslides.    TOKYO – One mandied and over a million in Japan were advised to evacuate as powerful typhoonwas set to make landfall, bringing with it the heaviest rain and winds in 60years. TyphoonHagibis, which means “speed,” is due to make landfall on Japan’s main island ofHonshu late on Saturday, a month after one of the strongest typhoons to hit thecountry in recent years destroyed or damaged 30,000 houses and caused extensivepower outages.(Reuters)last_img read more

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