About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: Players will embrace Arsenal FA Cup testby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has welcomed their fourth round FA Cup tie with Arsenal.Solskjaer says his players will embrace the test.He said, “Fantastic. We need these games. These players need the big games to be challenged.”Of course, everyone says we’ve won the last five games but [they have] not been [against] big opposition. But you can only beat the teams you play and, for us to get tested and go to the next level, you need those games. And if you want to win the FA Cup, you have to beat everybody.”Assistant coach Michael Carrick added: “It’s a typically nice draw, just when you want a nice little home game!“But if you want to get to the final or win these competitions, you’ve got to play and beat [the best teams] and we’ll look forward to going down there.”
REVEALED: Man Utd made triple-threat check on Moussa Dembeleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are scouting Lyon striker Moussa Dembele leading up to the January market.The Daily Mail says United sent a scout to Wednesday’s draw with Brest, where Dembele scored, and Sunday’s clash with PSG. They also had a presence at the Champions League match against Zenit Saint-Petersburg last week.Dembele has been in fine form this season and already has six goals from six appearances in Ligue 1 — with all of his shots on target finding the back of the net. He is the top scorer in the division. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Scotland coach Clarke snaps at Redknapp over Robertson claimsby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteve Clarke has dismissed claims from former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp that Andrew Robertson is being hurt by Scotland’s lack of quality. Redknapp last night highlighted how the Scotland captain had struggled to impose his usual game during his country’s Euro 2020 qualifying defeats to Russia and Belgium in the last international break.Ahead of this week’s Group I games against Russia and San Marino, Scotland boss Clarke has snapped back at Redknapp.“If I go down the route of answering one pundit then I have to answer every single pundit who comes out with something that they’re paid to say,” said Clarke.”He’s a paid pundit, he’s got his opinion and Jamie also has a Liverpool connection so maybe he’s tried to protect Andy a little bit.”But Andy is a big boy. He doesn’t need protecting. Every time I name a squad Andy is the first to reply, ‘When is it gaffer? I’ll see you there!’.“So I’m not going to go down the route of talking about every pundit who has something bad to say about the national team.”The only way to stop them saying bad things is to start winning games. I don’t hide from that fact.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@yvngsimba3Montaric Brown is on a visit to Arkansas today, and while in Fayetteville, he pulled the trigger on a commitment. 247Sports ranks Brown No. 1 among all recruits in Arkansas, making this a huge recruiting win for the Razorbacks.Brown announced his commitment via Twitter moments ago.pic.twitter.com/6ryO191FO5— August 24th (@yvngsimba3) July 28, 2016Here is the full note he used to announce the decision. First off in [sic] would like to thank everyone who has believed in me throughout this process. I want to thank my family, friends, coaches and teammates for their much needed support. I want to thank the college coahces who have invested their time and given me the opportunity to play for their schools. After much discussion with my family, I would like to further my academic and athletic career and commit to The University of Arkansas. WooPig!!! #UnCommon17Brown’s decision was foreshadowed by fellow Arkansas commit Koilan Jackson, a three-star wide receiver, who tweeted the decision a few minutes before it became official. My Boy @yvngsimba3 finally a HOG now Congrats on the commitment dude! Welcome to the Family— Koilan Jackson™ (@KoilanJack3) July 28, 2016In addition to being the No. 1 recruit in Arkansas, 247Sports ranks Montaric Brown as the nation’s No. 18 safety.Brown chose Arkansas over Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, LSU, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and others.With Brown’s decision, Arkansas now has 18 players in the 2017 class. He is the second safety and fourth defensive back to join Arkansas’ class.Keeping top players in state is vital for any team, especially Arkansas. Unlike other SEC programs, the Razorbacks don’t have a ton of elite players in their backyard, so hanging on to a guy like Brown is essential. Bret Bielema and the Hogs have landed four of the top 20 recruits out of Arkansas.
Tammy Abraham is looking to make a “breakthrough” at Chelsea, but a second spell at Aston Villa is not being ruled out.The 21-year-old spent the 2018-19 campaign on loan at Villa Park and his 26 goals helped to secure promotion to the Premier League through the Championship play-offs.Dean Smith would welcome the England Under-21 international back into his plans for a return to the top tier, but Abraham is determined to make his mark at Stamford Bridge. 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? Staying put would be his preference, but the door is not being closed on a return to the West Midlands as he seeks to find the regular football his ongoing development requires.Abraham told Sky Sports: “You can never say never.”Chelsea is obviously the club that I have been at since a young [boy] so the aim is to try and breakthrough there.”Like I say, you can never say never. We’ll see how things look.”Abraham has kept an eye on the 2019-20 schedule for both of the sides he has had strong ties to of late.The Premier League fixture list has been revealed, with Chelsea facing a tough opener away at Manchester United while Villa are counting down to the days to a meeting with Tottenham in north London.”I looked at both, I was excited,” said Abraham.”It’s good to see Aston Villa in the Premier League so I still follow them on social media – I always look out for them as well.”For now, Abraham’s focus is locked on the European U21 Championship in Italy and San Marino.With two senior caps to his name, a proven performer will be expected to lead the charge for Aidy Boothroyd’s side.They are due to open their campaign against France on June 18, before then facing Romania and Croatia in their other Group C fixtures.Once his involvement in that competition has come to a close, Abraham will be freed to make a decision on his future.As things stand, he has taken in just three competitive outings for Chelsea, with the vast majority of his senior experience at club level having been picked up during loans at Bristol City, Swansea and Villa.
A swap deal involving Juventus full-back Joao Cancelo and Manchester City’s Danilo will be completed on Monday, with the Italian champions set to pocket €30 million (£27m/$33m) as part of the agreement.Goal can confirm the Serie A champions will close a deal with United’s cross-city rivals in the next 24 hours, with Cancelo becoming Pep Guardiola’s fourth summer signing.With the English summer transfer window set to close on Thursday, negotiations between the two clubs are understood to be at an advanced stage and early indications suggest Danilo will earn around €4.5m per season in Italy. 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? It is hoped discussions will be successfully concluded once Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici arrives in the north-west of England to cement the finer details of the deal.Cancelo is said to be hugely in favour of the move, and will hope to be in contention to make his City debut when they face West Ham in their Premier League opener on Saturday.The Portuguese international only became a Juventus player last summer following a €40m (£37m/$44m) switch from Valencia. The move came about after a season-long loan deal with Inter. However, despite making 34 appearances in all competitions for the Turin giants during the 2018-19 campaign, it would appear the 25-year-old is set to begin another new chapter with the English champions. Danilo will depart City after struggling to hold down a place in Guardiola’s starting XI following his 2017 arrival from Real Madrid. The Brazilian has picked up five domestic trophies during his time in Manchester, including two Premier League titles, and seemingly approves of the move in the hope of landing more playing time and silverware.Now 28, the full-back only featured in 11 league fixtures last term amid intense competition from the likes of Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko. The summer arrival of Spaniard Angelino from PSV would have made the challenge even greater.Juve’s transfer dealings may not be done either as the club continues to work on a swap deal involving Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku.But there have been recent reports that Manchester United have called time on their efforts to sign Dybala as part of the proposed exchange involving Lukaku.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain must be patient as he continues his return to full fitness.The England international made his first Premier League start for 16 months against his old club Southampton on Saturday.It was just his fifth appearance for the Reds since suffering a knee ligament injury in a Champions League semi-final against Roma in April 2018. 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? Another one of his former clubs, Arsenal, lie in wait on Saturday and the 26-year-old is believed to be desperate to start the game at Anfield.Klopp, however, has urged patience and insists he will not take any risks with Oxlade-Chamberlain’s fitness.“He needs to be patient in the right way, and everything will be fine 100 per cent,” Klopp said. “We only talk about Ox because everybody knows how good he is.“We need to make sure that he can show that on the pitch as well. When I make the decision that he is now ready then it is my responsibility of course, and the boy only has to try to do his best. That’s what Ox obviously did.”Oxlade-Chamberlain also started Liverpool’s Super Cup clash with Chelsea in Istanbul last week, but lasted just 45 minutes before being replaced by Roberto Firmino.Klopp played down the significance of the midfielder’s early withdrawal, again highlighting his desire to be patient with his return to regular first-team action.“What did I say to Ox after the game in Istanbul? Nothing. It’s a completely normal situation,” he added.“He had a difficult game and we have a sensational offensive option on the bench, so I thought it made sense to use that. That was all, nothing else. With Ox, with patience in the right way, everything should be fine.”The Reds currently top the early Premier League table with two wins from two matches so far.They thrashed Norwich 4-1 in their season opener at Anfield before their 2-1 win at Southampton on Saturday.They also beat Chelsea on penalties to lift the Super Cup following a 2-2 draw in Istanbul, a result which will have gone a long way to erase the disappointment of their shootout defeat to Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley at the start of the month. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
BLACKSBURG, VA – NOVEMBER 17: A general view of an end zone pylon during the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and North Carolina Tar Heels at Lane Stadium on November 17, 2011 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)The future of Josh Jackson’s status with the Virginia Tech football program has reportedly been decided. It’s good news for the Hokies.Jackson, who should be one of the top quarterbacks in the ACC this fall, had been rumored to be facing some punishment for an off the field issue. Reports suggested that he had been suspended indefinitely.His status has reportedly been figured out, though. He remains with the program.Andy Bitter first reported the news.Jackson was reportedly dealing with an academic issue.From Roanoke.com:Jackson, who started all 13 games for the Hokies last fall, had his future in doubt because of an unspecified academic issue that the university was looking into, news that went public a week and a half ago. The sophomore remained a full member of the team during that period, continuing his offseason workouts as usual.The academic matter was resolved recently, the source said, with Jackson cleared to stay on Tech’s roster and no indication he’d face any type of suspension.It’s great news for Virginia Tech, obviously.Jackson threw for 2,991 yards and 20 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman last season. He could be an All-ACC type player this season.Virginia Tech opens its season on Sept. 3 against Florida State.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)After defeating TCU in its toughest test so far, Ohio State is ready to host Tulane this weekend. Not only are the Buckeyes favored to win this matchup, but Urban Meyer will also return to the sideline.With Meyer’s three-game suspension over, Ohio State should grab another victory in the fourth week of the season. Whether it’s Dwayne Haskins or Mike Weber leading the charge on offense, the Buckeyes are averaging 56.3 points per game.If ESPN’s matchup predictor holds up to be accurate, Ohio State would be undefeated heading into their showdown with Penn State.According to the FPI, Ohio State has a 98.7 percent chance of winning.This will be the final non-conference game on the Buckeyes’ schedule. Even though Tulane doesn’t present the biggest challenge, Meyer could use this game as a chance to knock off any rust.Ohio State and Tulane are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET from Ohio Stadium. The game will be available on the Big Ten Network.