About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool in Champions League because of Alisson – Robertsonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Andy Robertson is still grateful to goalkeeper Alisson.The Brazilian slipped up against Manchester United, fumbling a cross that led to an equalizer. But the Reds managed to get two goals in the second half to win 3-1.And Robertson knows that Alisson has saved Liverpool already this season, which means the odd mistake is forgiven.”He has been unbelievable this season and we all make mistakes,” the Scot said to the Evening Standard.”It is just if Mo Salah or Firmino make a mistake it maybe doesn’t get punished because it is up the other end, but that is unfortunately what a keeper has to put up with, if they make a mistake it usually turns into a goal.”Of course, he will be disappointed with it but he bounced back and we can’t moan about it, he has dug us out Tuesday night and we are still in the Champions League because of him.”We have not dug him out of a hole but we have put in a performance and his error hasn’t been highlighted because we have won the game and that is what a good squad does.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Supporters’ Trust pushes Man Utd to add ‘football expertise’ to managementby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe Manchester United Supporters’ Trust say it’s time for greater football know-how to be added to the club’s management.In a statement released on Wednesday, MUST say the club needs to “put football expertise in charge of football decisions”.”United need a lift and our ultimate super-sub, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is just the man for the job,” MUST said.”He’s been a long-term backer of fans and a patron of MUST, so we know he understands our support and what we are looking for from a manager. “Whilst Ole is at the helm, the club needs to make the big structural changes to equip us to compete in modern football. “The club must put football expertise in charge of football decisions, especially in respect of selection of the next manager and player transfers. “Manchester United fans have shown phenomenal support to the team through the recent difficult period. “We know all fans will continue to back the team and we expect to see the players giving their all for the club and the supporters. We know Ole will.”
colin cowherd goes off on alabamaSunday night, FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd ruffled a few feathers, dropping a top four that includes both Michigan State and Ohio State, but not SEC heavyweight Alabama. Monday, he doubled down, going on a six-minute rant about the Crimson Tide’s strength of schedule.Cowherd added that the Big Ten, top to middle, is the best conference in college football. He thinks that the SEC is “living off of reputation” this season.“The SEC is living totally off reputation” – @ColinCowherd on why Alabama isn’t in his Top 4. #HerdHere https://t.co/d3sd2DmzEU— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 30, 2015Regardless of what you think about Cowherd’s rant, one thing is certain. If Alabama beats Florida this Saturday, it’ll be part of the playoff. Whether it’ll win the whole thing – that’s up for debate.
Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Fernandinho do not represent a magic formula for Manchester City in the Premier League title race, Pep Guardiola insists, with the club requiring a collective effort to overturn their five point deficit to Liverpool. The midfield trio were at the heart of City’s 100-point season last time around, with Fernandinho providing a base from which dual-playmakers Silva and De Bruyne were able to wreak havoc. Fernandinho has proved just as pivotal this time around, particularly in light of Guardiola being unable to secure specialist holding-midfield cover during the close-season transfer window, but a pair of medial knee ligament injuries have left De Bruyne on the sidelines for the most part, and Silva has been getting back up to speed after suffering a hamstring injury in December. 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? Tuesday’s trip to Newcastle United was the first time Guardiola deployed his preferred central trident from the start of a Premier League game in 2018-19, but De Bruyne was substituted after an hour – having trodden close to a second yellow card – and Fernandinho gave away the penalty that allowed Matt Ritchie to seal a shock 2-1 win for Rafael Benitez’s side Asked whether City were missing the benefit of De Bruyne operating at full tilt ahead of Arsenal’s trip to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, Guardiola insisted the responsibility for hauling in Liverpool’s five-point advantage at the summit lay with the collective. “All the players play at a high level when the team is playing good, not for one single reason,” he said. “What we have to do is play good and when our game is good then the potential of individual players will increase.” Silva celebrated his 33rd birthday last month and Fernandinho turns 34 in May but Guardiola does not believe their advancing years are becoming incompatible with his intensive style of play. It was not the result we wanted or the best performance. But now it’s time to keep our head up and keep fighting until the end. #comeoncity pic.twitter.com/67x1mMylj8— Fernandinho (@fernandinho) January 29, 2019″It’s the same with the questions about Kevin,” he said. “The team, the way they play – potential, individuals – I don’t change one player of 33 years old [Fernandinho] because three months later they are older. “The team’s potential, the way we play in the individual actions…I don’t expect as a manager to take all decisions and solve our problems. Our problems must be solved collectively.” Benjamin Mendy could become part of that process once more at the weekend. The France left-back suffered swelling in his knee following his return from surgery against Burton Albion in the EFL Cup but is back working with Guardiola’s squad and was set to be assessed after training on Friday. However, the manager has “no idea” when club captain Vincent Kompany will return from his latest calf setback. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ABC. Tom Herman is going to get paid.Houston head coach Tom Herman is likely the hottest coach on the market, with LSU, Oregon and Texas all likely to pursue him in the coming weeks/months.Herman has a pretty nice setup at Houston, so it’s going to take a lot of money to hire him. How much, exactly?ESPN’s Paul Finebaum thinks it could take $8/million-plus a season.“The university of Texas can pony up a lot of money, but they may not be the only ones, this could go eight or nine million (a season), (Nick) Saban money,” Finebaum said during College Football Live on Tuesday. “Whatever Herman’s agent wants, he can get. Houston has no shot. Houston is not in the Big 12. There’s no reason for Herman to stay at Houston, you’re always going to be the outside man looking in.”Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was the highest-paid coach in the country this season, making just north of $9 million/season.[247Sports]
Edgar Davids has insisted Juventus’ current squad, led by record signing Cristiano Ronaldo, cannot be labelled the club’s best ever until they at least reach the Champions League final.The Italian giants finished top of Serie A last season for the eighth year running, ending up a comfortable 11 points clear of nearest rivals Napoli.However, despite last year’s addition of superstar forward Ronaldo to an already star-studded group, Juventus exited both the Champions League and Coppa Italia in the last eight. 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 And Davids, who enjoyed a seven-year spell at the club which saw him win three Serie A crowns, claimed his former side must improve on last season’s showing in Europe in particular if they are to go down as the best in club history. Asked if Ronaldo’s Juventus is the greatest crop of players seen at the Bianconeri through the years, Davids replied: “Did he reach the Champions league final? No. But I hope they can make it next year.”It is becoming an obsession for Juventus. When you want to be the best it has to be an obsession.”Juventus have added free agents Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and Gianluigi Buffon, as well as bringing in Merih Demiral and Luca Pellegrini during the close season.Ajax’s in-demand skipper Matthijs de Ligt has been tipped to make the switch to the Allianz Stadium too, following a successful season at the Eredivisie side which saw him lead them to the Champions League semi-finals, knocking out Juventus in the process at the quarter-final stage.De Ligt was not quite able to match Davids, who claimed a Champions League crown with Ajax in 1995, but could find himself on a similar path to the former Netherlands star if he makes the move to Turin.Davids made the move from Ajax to Serie A following that Champions League triumph, first to Milan for a season and then to Juventus midway through the following campaign.However, Davids has his reservations about annointing his countryman De Ligt as one of the best in the game just yet. “He has only played one season at the highest level,” Davids said at the Operazione Nostalgia 2019 event. “I don’t think we have to exaggerate his evaluation.”Juventus have reached the final five times since their last triumph in the Champions League, twice with Davids, and most recently going down 4-1 to Real Madrid in 2017.
Valencia centre-back Jeison Murillo has cut short his stay in La Liga after Sampdoria agreed a deal for the Colombia international.The 27-year-old, who only moved to Mestalla on a permanent basis last year following a loan deal with an obligation to buy from Inter, made only seven appearances across the 2018-19 campaign, split between his parent club and a half-season loan spell with Barcelona.The Colombia international’s limited opportunities saw him lose his place in his nation’s squad following his World Cup exploits in Russia, missing out on selection for this year’s Copa America. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Now, he will initially link up with the Serie A outfit on loan before joining for a reported €15m (£13.5m/$16.9m) fee, having agreed to a four-year deal.Initially contracted to Udinese as a teenager, Murillo never made a senior appearance for the Italian team, instead spending the early stages of his career on loan with Cadiz and Las Palmas on loan.He subsequently established himself as a regular for Granada in 2013 before making the move to Inter two years later, on the back of an international breakout performance for Colombia that saw him named in the Team of the Tournament at the 2015 Copa America.He found his chances somewhat reduced in his second season at San Siro, and ultimately sealed a return on an initial loan to Spain to join Valencia, only for that to also falter over the past 12 months.Murillo becomes the latest in a line of off-season recruits at Sampdoria as the club seek to build upon last season’s ninth-place finish.Having lost highly-rated defender Joachim Anderson to Lyon, they have raided fellow domestic rivals Juventus and Udinese among others for goalkeeper Emil Audero and midfielder Jakub Jankto.Valencia meanwhile have effectively swapped goalkeepers with Murillo’s former club Barca bringing Jasper Cillessen on board with Neto heading in the opposite direction.They have also brought on-board Villarreal winger Denis Cheryshev, and have lost striker Simone Zaza to Torino.The La Liga outfit will be one of four Spanish teams competing in the Champions League this coming season after they beat out Getafe and Sevilla by two points to finish fourth.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant, who’s transferred out of the Tigers’ program, took his first transfer visit over the weekend.Bryant, who’s expected to have interest from several major programs, visited another ACC team on Saturday afternoon.The Tigers’ former starting QB was spotted at North Carolina’s game on Saturday.Former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant visiting UNC today. pic.twitter.com/mMS8Ht1zyc— Jonathan M Alexander (@jonmalexander) October 13, 2018North Carolina and Arkansas have both been mentioned as options for Bryant. He reportedly has a visit scheduled to the Razorbacks’ program later this season.West Virginia is another potential option, per reports.According to Matt Connolly of The State, former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant has interest in #WVU— Schuyler Callihan (@DVNCallihan) October 12, 2018Stay tuned.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Chase Winovich #15 of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field celebrating a 38-13 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Two hours before kickoff for Michigan vs. Michigan State, Wolverines linebacker Devin Bush, after an altercation with a few Spartans, attempted to tear up his opponent’s midfield logo with his cleats. After the game, the whole team headed to that same spot to celebrate.Michigan knocked off Michigan State 21-7 on Saturday in a defensive battle that saw the Spartans wind up benching their starting quarterback. The Wolverines, behind a nice performance from Shea Patterson, had just enough offense to get out of East Lansing with the win.After the game, Michigan’s players grabbed the Paul Bunyan Trophy and eventually headed to midfield to celebrate.According to reporters on scene, Michigan State’s players initially guarded midfield. But the Wolverines waited them out.As soon as MSU goes to the locker room, Michigan gathers at midfield and bounces up and down on the Spartan logo. https://t.co/d5oQGBvTTX— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) October 20, 2018Michigan celebrates right on the logo pic.twitter.com/YwpqoONGky— Max Marcovitch (@Max_Marcovitch) October 20, 2018Michigan celebrating on the Spartan logo with Paul Bunyan. pic.twitter.com/LlLUtN1N5a— Brandon Justice (@BrandonBJustice) October 20, 2018In the below clips, you can see Michigan’s players jumping up and down and stomping on the Spartans’ logo.Jim Harbaugh, with his team’s win, now moves to 2-2 against his main in-state rival.Michigan vs. Michigan State is great every year, and the 2019 version is already shaping up to be a great one.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 16: James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions prepare to take the field against the Georgia State Panthers at Beaver Stadium on September 16, 2017 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Penn State tight end Danny Dalton is one of several Nittany Lions who explored a transfer this offseason. Today, he announced a new destination.Dalton will cap off his career at Boston College. The Marshfield (Mass.) native was once committed to the Eagles for a short time in 2015, before he backed off that pledge and eventually chose PSU.“It’s funny how things come full circle in life, and I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity,” Dalton wrote on Twitter.pic.twitter.com/iyCuuyoRDI— Danny Dalton (@danny_dalton22) January 20, 2019After redshirting in 2016, Dalton didn’t see game action in 2017. He made his debut in 2018, appearing in three games.He caught three passes for 19 yards on the season, including a pair of receptions for 17 yards against Pitt in Week 2.As a graduate transfer, Dalton will be immediately eligible for Boston College this fall. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.Since the end of the season, 11 Penn State players have entered the NCAA’s new transfer portal, by far the highest number in the Big Ten. Entering the portal doesn’t guarantee that a player will transfer, but it allows them to be in contact with other programs.Linebacker Jarvis Miller has announced a transfer to UMass, while Dalton is BC-bound. Safety Isaiah Humphries (Cal), linebacker Brelin Faison-Walden (Charlotte) and offensive tackle offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins (Duquesne) have also revealed their new homes.