About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Mourinho insists luck was with Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho insists luck was with Liverpool for Sunday’s 3-1 defeat.Sadio Mane had put the hosts ahead on 24 minutes, but a mistake from Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker allowed Jesse Lingard to equalise soon after. However, further strikes followed for Jurgen Klopp’s men after the break, with substitute Xherdan Shaqiri netting two deflected efforts to seal the hosts’ 3-1 victory.Mourinho said, “They had a strong team and showed they are the strongest team. It’s hard to concede two goals in the moments we conceded and even harder the way the goals happened [with the deflections]. I think our difficult period in the game was the first 20 minutes when we couldn’t cope with their fantastic intensity and speed and pressing. After that we were quite calm in the game and the game was controlled. “We can say of course they attacked much more than us, they had corners, they had more play in our half than we had in their half, but it was exactly the moment when the game was going into the dynamic when they were really frustrated. “You had centre-backs coming with the ball and shooting from 30 yards into the stands – that was a period when the game was more under control and we felt that we could win, even a little bit undeservedly, but it was the moment when sometimes teams that are dominating a game can lose matches. But that was when we conceded two goals. David [De Gea] was saying in the dressing room afterwards that they [Shaqiri’s shots] would have been two easy balls for him, but because of the deflections he had no chance.”Mourinho insisted luck was with the hosts, “If you want to speak about fortune, then speak about their second and third goals. Our goal was a good move by the side, I think [Romelu] Lukaku got in the space behind the full-back with a good cross and then Jesse [Lingard] arrived in a dangerous position and the goalkeeper made, what I used to call, half of a mistake. To speak about luck and goals we have to speak about the second and third goals.”
Wolves complete stunning away comeback over Slovan Bratislavaby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo says his team are out to enjoy the Europa League after clinching their second group stage win on Thursday. The Premier League collected a courageous away victory over Slovan Bratislava, winning the match 2-1.Andraz Sporar’s deflected shot opened the scoring for the hosts after 11 minutes.But two goals in five minutes in the second half from Roman Saiss and Raul Jimenez sealed a memorable victory for Wolves, with Diogo Jota’s late red-card the only blemish on the evening.Nuno told BT Sport: “It was tough like we knew it would be. First half was difficult, we didn’t perform very well, second half was much better. They had one shot on target and that’s something we’ve got to improve, we can’t concede this goal.”Adama [Traore] helped a lot with his width and helping to unbalance them. With one man less it was about defending, we were brave and we managed to take what we wanted from the game. The Wolves fans here can go home happy.”Our aim is to enjoy this competition. You have to remember where we came from. It’s about enjoying it and seeing what happens at the end of it.”The young people were shouting, I didn’t expect that from them. It was so noisy and it gave Slovan an advantage and really helped them. It was better having them in the ground though, it’s more enjoyable.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
With most A-League squads boasting their full quota of foreigners, finding Australian talent will be the priority for many clubs in January.Already this month, Kwame Yeboah has returned from Germany to sign for Western Sydney Wanderers, while Melbourne Victory have offered NPL star Elvis Kambosa a deserved deal.So who else is out there and where could they end up? 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? Here are seven Aussies that could or should be on your club’s radar…
Juventus are confident of finalising a deal to sign Aaron Ramsey this summer and have offered him a €7 million (£6.3m/$8m) per year contract, Goal understands.The Italian giants have offered the €7m figure in a deal that would run for four years, with incentives also included based on performance and games played.Ramsey is out of contract this summer after Arsenal withdrew their offer of an extension for football and financial reasons. 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 Wales midfielder was named as one of Arsenal’s five captains this season by head coach Unai Emery and initially expected to sign a new contract with the club.However, the decision to withdraw the offer for Ramsey means that he will be departing north London after a decade, where he scored two FA Cup winning goals and made over 350 appearances.Speaking to Sky Sport Italia earlier in the week, Juve sporting direct Fabio Paratici confirmed the Old Lady’s interest in the 28-year-old.”He’s a great player, he’s been at great levels for years and plays in a great team,” Paratici said.”It [Ramsey’s contract] is due to expire and we are always attentive to the situations that can be created. Juve are on him.”Will Ramsey play with us after July? This is all to be verified. For now, he is an Arsenal player.”Given Ramsey’s situation, the Gunners could be forgiven for moving the player on in the January window rather than losing him for free in the summer, but Arsenal boss Emery does not expect the Welshman to depart before the end of the 2018-19 season.”At the moment he is working with us and I think yes [he will stay until the end of the season],” the Spaniard told reporters.”He worked very well against Liverpool. Today [Tuesday] he played 15 minutes and he scored. He helped us for confidence and to earn a good result. I want from him this focus when he is playing.”In terms of incomings, a defensively frail Arsenal side had been linked with a move for out of favour Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill, but Emery claims he has not discussed the centre-back, while Fulham are currently leading the pack to snap up the Englishman on loan.”We didn’t speak about him [Cahill],” Emery told the press.”It’s not easy, changing and improving our team with the possibility in the transfer market, but the club is working and we are watching different possibilities.”Maybe we can [bring new players in]. If the transfer market gives us [an] opportunity, we can sign one or two players.”
The Premier League title race resumes this week, with Liverpool seeking to maintain their place at the top of the table.Leicester City are the visitors to Anfield, with Claude Puel’s Foxes looking to bloody the nose of another one of the big boys.They have already beaten both Manchester City and Chelsea in recent weeks, but will have their work cut out as they seek to become the first visiting side to win at Anfield in the league since April 2017. 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? Liverpool beat Crystal Palace in a nervy encounter 10 days ago, and have won 20 of their 23 league fixtures so far this season. A 21st victory would be the perfect way to end a challenging January for Jurgen Klopp’s men.Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Wednesday night’s game…Liverpool Injuries Liverpool will make checks on a number of players ahead of the game.Fabinho limped out of the Palace game with a hamstring issue, but returned to light training last week and could be fit to feature despite a bout of illness. Trent Alexander-Arnold (knee) is likely to miss out, but Gini Wijnaldum could be ready to return after missing out against Palace. Virgil van Dijk, who missed training through illness on Friday, should be fine to play.Dejan Lovren will also be available after a hamstring problem.Joe Gomez, Rhian Brewster and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all sidelined.Liverpool Suspensions Liverpool will be without James Milner, who will serve a one-match ban following his dismissal against Crystal Palace.Liverpool Likely Line-UpThe big question for Liverpool surrounds who will play at right back, with Alexander-Arnold set to miss out, Milner suspended and Nathaniel Clyne having been loaned to Bournemouth.Fabinho, if fit, could fill in having performed well there in the past for both Monaco and Brazil. Youngster Rafa Camacho, who made his Premier League debut as a late substitute against Palace, is another, less pedigreed option, while teenage Dutchman Ki-Jana Hoever could be considered.In midfield, Wijnaldum’s return should see him partner Jordan Henderson, with the final place between Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita. Keita was preferred last time out but is yet to make his mark since his move from RB Leipzig.Leicester team news Leicester will check on the fitness of defender Harry Maguire, who suffered an injury in the Foxes’ last game against Wolves.Daniel Amartey is on the long-term absentee list.TV Channel & Kick-Off Time The fixture will be broadcast live in the UK on BT Sport 1, kick-off 8pm. Highlights can be found on Match of the Day, BBC One at 10.45pm.In the United States, the game can be watched live on television on NBC Sports, kick-off 3pm ET. Best Opta Match Facts Liverpool have won their last three league games against Leicester – they last won four in a row against them between February 1987 and September 1996. Leicester have lost six of their last seven away Premier League games against Liverpool (D1), with their last win at Anfield coming in May 2000 (2-0). Liverpool haven’t lost any of their last 19 home midweek games in the Premier League (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), winning 13 and drawing six since a 0-1 loss vs Fulham in May 2012. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 32 home Premier League games (W23 D9), the longest such run in the division since Man City went 37 without defeat between December 2010 and December 2012. Liverpool are looking to win eight consecutive Premier League home games for the first time since March 2010. The Reds conceded as many goals in their last home league game against Crystal Palace as they had in their previous 15 at Anfield combined (3). Leicester have lost each of their last 11 Premier League games against sides starting the day top of the table, conceding at least twice every time (27 in total) and netting just five in return. Their last such win came on January 31st 1998 at Manchester United. This will be Liverpool’s 10th Premier League game as the side starting top this season, more than they’ve played in any other season in the competition (9 in 1996-97). Leicester have lost their last two Premier League games – the eighth time they’ve lost consecutive league matches under Claude Puel. However, they’ve not lost three in a row in the competition since February 2017 under Claudio Ranieri (a run of five). Only Andrew Cole (11) and Thierry Henry (8) have scored more Premier League goals against Liverpool than Leicester’s Jamie Vardy (7). Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino has committed more fouls without receiving a single yellow or red card than any other Premier League player this season (30). Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Aston Villa have completed the club-record signing of striker Wesley Moraes from Club Brugge for a reported £22 million ($28m) after he was granted a work permit.Villa had already announced a deal had been agreed with the Belgian side, but they were only able to finally present him at their training base on Tuesday, the forward having been given clearance to work in England.Wesley spent three and a half years in Brugge, becoming a key player over the past two campaigns as he scored 24 league goals in 76 matches. 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 Said to have cost Villa £22m, Wesley has become the club’s most expensive signing, surpassing the £19m ($24m) they reportedly parted with to sign Darren Bent from Sunderland during the 2010-11 season.Speaking to the club’s official website, Wesley said: “I’m really happy to sign for Aston Villa. “I was very happy when I heard that Aston Villa were interested in me – and for a record fee. “I’m just hoping that now I’ll be able to show why out on the pitch. I’m hoping to prove myself on the pitch. “For me the Premier League is a real stage – a great division. I’m hoping I can adapt quickly and show what I’ve got to offer.“You’re going to see a lot of power and a lot of quality. I’m really happy to have the chance to play in the Premier League and I’m hoping to play well and score lots of goals.“I hope to help Aston Villa as best as I can.”The striker becomes the first-ever Brazilian to don a Villa shirt and will join the club on their pre-season tour of USA next week.He arrives in the Midlands having spent the past three-and-a-half years in Belgium with Club Brugge, where he won two Belgian First Division titles and two Belgian Super Cups.Wesley was also awarded the Belgian Young Footballer of the Year for his performances during the 2017/18 season, in which he scored 13 goals in 44 appearances across all competitions.Prior to joining Brugge, the 22-year-old appeared for Slovakian side AS Trencin where he scored eight goals in 22 games. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Kieran Trippier says he had no hesitation about leaving Tottenham for Atletico Madrid because of his long-held ambition to play abroad.The right-back signed a three-year contract in the Spanish capital on Wednesday, bringing an end to his four-season stint at Spurs.Serie A side Napoli expressed interest before Atleti swooped on their replacement for Juanfran, who left the club on a free transfer at the end of June. 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? Trippier, 28, has the chance to rediscover the form that eluded him last season as he forges a place in Diego Simeone’s notoriously mean defence.”The Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world, but I didn’t think twice when Atletico were interested,” Trippier said at Thursday’s presentation.”It’s a great opportunity to come and live in Madrid. Not many British players come abroad, but I always wanted to play abroad, especially in La Liga, since I was young.”I’m looking forward to learning the language straight away, which is my first priority. The quicker I can do that, communicate with my coach and team-mates, the better.”I want to enjoy playing for Atletico and living in Madrid.”Trippier greeted the local media moments after Atletico sealed the signing of another defender, centre-back Mario Hermoso.The Spain international, formerly of rivals Real Madrid, arrives from Espanyol in a €29 million (£26m/$33m) deal.If starting his career across town does not attach enough pressure, Hermoso also has the unenviable task of trying to plug the gap left by Diego Godin’s departure for Inter.”It’s a beautiful, important challenge,” the 24-year-old said.”Diego has been a symbol for the club. What better way to continue making history. I hope to continue that line.”Atletico have gone through a summer of change, which has seen mainstays Antoine Griezmann, Diego Godin, Lucas Hernandez and Juanfran depart, but Joao Felix, Trippier, Hermoso, Hector Herrera and Marcos Llorente among those who have arrived.The club will face Numancia in a friendly Saturday before playing their International Champions Cup slate against Chivas and local rivals Real Madrid, and a match against the MLS All-Stars to close out July.
HOUSTON, TX – NOVEMBER 04: The Houston Cougars cheerleaders perform during the game against the East Carolina Pirates at TDECU Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Houston football may no longer have Tom Herman building it into a legitimate college football power. However, the Cougars can still add talent at a Power Five level.This off-season, Major Applewhite’s staff has had a remarkable level of success bringing in immediately eligible players from Power programs. The latest is Notre Dame cornerback Nick Watkins.The Texas native and former four-star recruit announced his departure from South Bend back in April. On Thursday, he committed to Houston.?… #GoCoogs? pic.twitter.com/tJQlmzV27S— Nick Watkins – N.C.W (@WhippinTheNick_) June 8, 2018Nick Watkins spoke to 247Sports about that decision:“It was more of a business decision in terms of what can happen for me after football,” said Watkins, who has one year of eligibility remaining. “Graduating from Notre Dame, that gives me connections everywhere, but for me going to Houston, I figured that it would be great to have connections in Dallas, Houston and the surrounding areas. They are also winning on the field and I could play alongside a projected Top 10 pick and if things go as expected, that’ll bring a lot of exposure to all of us on that side of the ball. I’m really looking forward to it.”That top 10 pick is defensive tackle Ed Oliver, a former five-star who spurned a number of the nation’s elite programs to play for Herman with his hometown Cougars. He has stuck around for two years after Herman’s departure, but was one of the best defensive tackles in college football from the time he stepped on campus.Watkins is far from the only big addition to the Cougars roster this off-season. In fact, five other players from power Power Five teams have joined up and will play this fall.One of the most highly publicized additions is former Ole Miss safety Deontay Anderson. He looked at a few schools, including former teammate Shea Patterson’s new home at Michigan, but ultimately elected to play for the Cougars, where he will be eligible right away.Former Tennessee quarterback Quinten Dormady is now a Cougar. The former four-star signal caller appeared in 16 games for the Vols, including five starts last season.Miami linebacker Darrion Owens, Utah receiver Raelon Singleton, and Baylor running back Terence Williams have also joined the Houston program. Impressively, Houston is adding players from ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC programs, as well as Notre Dame.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Today is Urban Meyer’s birthday. The leader of the Ohio State football program is 54.As you get older, you usually ask for and receive less extravagant gifts than you did when you were younger. It is all about being practical.What is more practical for a dad in his 50s than a power washer? That’s what Urban got from his wife.Shelley Meyer tweeted a picture of the Yamaha power washer she got Urban this year.A power washer. No lie. Lol pic.twitter.com/YXQq5T82GZ— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) July 10, 2018According to Shelley, mowing and power washing are therapeutic for Meyer.He did buy me a 32-in walk behind Toro for Mother’s Day back in 2001. I wanted it! Lol. Mowing and power washing = therapy. ?— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) July 10, 2018Listen, when you are keeping your property, especially a deck, looking good for the summer, you need a power washer. Nice job by Mrs. Meyer.Happy birthday Coach!
STILLWATER, OK – NOVEMBER 7 : A general view of the stadium during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs November 7, 2015 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cowboys defeated the Horned Frogs 49-29. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Texas football appears to have taken a big step forward in recent weeks. A trip to Oklahoma State is never easy though.The Pokes are having a down season overall at 4-3, after three straight 10-win years. They’ve jumped on the Longhorns early tonight though.Midway through the second quarter, Oklahoma State leads Texas 24-14 in Stillwater.Quarterback Taylor Cornelius is off to a strong start for Mike Gundy’s team.He’s 12-for-16 for 180 yards and two touchdowns thus far. Oklahoma State has also been extremely productive on the ground, with 129 total rushing yards.Justice Hill and Chuba Hubbard have over 60 yards each thus far.It’s an appropriate fast start, considering who is in Stillwater for the game. Oklahoma State is honoring program legend Barry Sanders, and wearing some amazing throwbacks for the occasion.The ? and the ?????!Welcome back @BarrySanders and the #WarPigs! #okstate pic.twitter.com/IFlIOywYTl— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 28, 2018Texas did just cut things down to a 10-point lead on a Sam Ehlinger touchdown run from the one-yard line. Still, this is definitely the start you want if you’re an Oklahoma State fan.