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There were some unusual scenes at the Old Trafford last night as Sir Alex Ferguson was seen celebrating a goal against Manchester United and the man responsible for the change was fan favourite – Robin Van Persie.
As expected, the Dutch striker received a hero’s welcome when he returned to Old Trafford with new side Fenerbahce for the Europa League tie. The Netherlands international was signed by Ferguson in 2012 and became an instant hit with the Old Trafford faithful after scoring 31 goals in United’s title-winning 2012-13 campaign.
However, he failed to replicate that form after Ferguson retired after that season and the striker was eventually sold to Fenerbahce in 2015.
Meanwhile, it was a perfect night for the home team and fans as the Red Devils thrashed the Turkish outfit by 4-1. Record summer signing Paul Pogba was in ominous form as he scored a brace to lead the Red Devils to a comprehensive win. Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard were on target too.
The icing on the cake was the goal from Van Persie in the 83rd minute. The goal was given a round of applause by the home fans and Van Persie’s former boss was seen leading the celebrations from the directors’ box. The Dutch striker too acknowledged the reception and thanked the crowd for the same.
Watch the video:
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 20, 2016
Argentina legend Diego Maradona and Juan Veron has had a clash against each other in a charity game in Rome on Wednesday.
The duo have participated in the Game of Peace arranged by Pope Francis, who is a huge fan of football, and the fixture had some of the legendary names involved with few active players like Ronaldinho and Totti involved.
The 55-year old have not appeared happy with the tackles made by Veron as the duo had a heated exchange at half time as they headed to dressing room.
‘I don’t f**k you about, I tell you straight to your face idiot,’ Maradona told Veron in the heated exchange.
Even the security squad had to intervene the pair at half time as the duo has not enjoyed good time together with the national team when Maradona managed Argentina national team in 2010.
The 55-year old has managed Veron in Argentina national team between 2008 and 2010. However, Stefano Mauri, who was part of the Blue Team said : “It was fine in the locker room, they were laughing together during the break.”
Check the verbal spat below:
— La12tuittera ⑫ (@La12tuittera) October 12, 2016
Feyenoord fans rubbed salts on Manchester United’s wounds after they sang the anthem of arguably their fiercest rivals, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
Well, the Feyenoord fans were high in spirits throughout the match and left no chance to make the visiting team and the fans miserable. The home fans started the proceedings by singing Liverpool’s anthem but that did not dampen the spirits of United supporters as they were confident of getting a positive result from the game. However, things did not go as expected for the United fans as their team suffered a shocking 1-0 defeat.
United were looking to bounce back from the defeat they suffered at the hands of arch- rivals Manchester City last weekend but they produced one more lacklustre performance to lose their second game in a row. Anthony Martial shot going wide was the closest they could come to scoring in the first-half. New signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was on the bench, came on during the second half but could not help his team find the equaliser. With this defeat, United’s miserable away form in European matches continued. They have now lost four away games in a row.
Anyway, their misery was compounded when the Feyenoord fans once again started singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and Jose Mourinho’s facial expressions will give you the exact picture of how every United fan was feeling.
Watch the clip:
Jose Mourinho's face after losing against Feyenoord and the fans singing YNWA ? https://t.co/lna9XUAWJh
— Chris ? (@Chris_Wilde) September 15, 2016
A Sky Sports News presenter made a hilarious slip of the tongue as she was going through some football news.
The stunning Kate Abdo had seamlessly rolled the name Alexandre Lacazette off her tongue – even with a French accent.
Her mind seems to be on bigger things.. ???? pic.twitter.com/8ZQl6Jmmsw
— Jordi Murphy (@Jordimurphy) August 1, 2016
But that is where her success ended.
As she gets to talking about Arsenal’s other transfer targets – and in particular Valencia stars – she stumbles and blurts out an altogether different word.
She comes out something that sounds suspiciously like “c**k” and says it not once, but twice.
Kate can hardly hide her embarrassment, as she looks nervously to her colleague with a wry grin creeping across her face.
Fair play to her, though, she still continues the report.
In the same segment, an eagle-eyed fan spotted Kate developing a Liverpudlian accent out of nowhere when pronouncing “Fellaini”.
What’s happened here? Kate Abdo develops a scouse accent when pronouncing ‘Fellaini’. A ‘Craig Davies’ moment. pic.twitter.com/F7fhUB4swi
— Oddschecker (@Oddschecker) August 1, 2016
The Sky Sports presenter isn’t the first person to suffer an awkward Freudian slip while live on air.
BBC Radio 4 host James Naughtie made perhaps the worst ever slip-up when he mispronounced UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s name live on air.
And Sky News fluffed their lines when talking about the MP as well, saying: “The health secretary Jeremy c*** – er, Hunt.”
Being an Arsenal fan is not easy at the best of times. But this summer, life as a Gooner has been particularly difficult. Understandably, Arsene Wenger’s lack of appetite for new purchases has left Gooners all over the world enormously frustrated.
A lack of activity in the transfer market has represented an auspicious start to the summer and with Arsenal already looking ill-prepared for a daunting looking opening run of Premier League fixtures, pressure is already growing on Wenger before a ball has been kicked in anger.
There is a famous saying that Diego Costa can start a fight even in an empty room!
Whether that is true or not we don’t know. But we do now know that the Chelsea striker could start a fight with an advertising hoarding.
The passionate Spaniard was involved in a bizarre incident during Chelsea’s final pre-season friendly before the new season begins this weekend.
Midway through the second half of the 4-2 victory over Werder Bremen, Costa tripped backwards over an advertising board and he wasn’t at all happy about it. As he tried to get to his feet the 27-year-old kicked and punched the inanimate object. Thankfully it didn’t fight back.
Costa had earlier found the back of the net, getting on the scoresheet alongside Eden Hazard, Oscar, and Pedro.
Throughout Costa’s two-year stay at Stamford Bridge, there have been rumours regarding an inability to settle in England, problems with learning the language and a desire to return to Spain.
Until now, talk of an exit has been downplayed by the club, which means this is the first time that one of their representatives has given it any credence whatsoever.
This question mark over Costa has given rise to further speculation that Chelsea might be about to make a move for Lukaku, who has again been linked with a return to the club.
The £33 million signing of Michy Batshuayi from Marseille was thought to have put paid to any such reunion but, should Costa leave, there will be an urgent need to add another top-line striker to the squad.
Entering the new campaign with just Premier League new boy Batshuayi, the developing Bertrand Traore and the inconsistent Loic Remy would not be good enough, even if Eden Hazard did show some promise in a striking role with his performances in the last two pre-season friendly.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has done something he very rarely does; confessed he got something wrong while comes to the club’s transfer policy.
The Frenchman often termed ‘stubborn’ admitted that he has consistently believed transfer fees have peaked, only to be repeatedly proved wrong about this idea.
‘Since I am in this sport I always thought that [transfer fees] cannot go higher up and I was always wrong. And maybe in a few years, it [fees] will be £200m, £300m – who knows?’
Watch Wenger’s confession.
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) July 31, 2016
Wenger has always been heavily cautious in the transfer market, only buying players if he thinks their value is fair. His reputation shows that.
Speaking on Arsenal’s tour of the United States, it seems to be a view he still holds.
Asked about Paul Pogba’s seemingly impending £100m move to Manchester United, Wenger said: “It is completely crazy if you cannot afford to pay it. If you can afford to pay it you can justify it.
“It is completely crazy if you compare it to normal life. That is for sure. But we live in a world where every activity that worldwide makes a lot of money.
“It [football] has become a worldwide competition and that’s why clubs can afford to do it.
“After, does it make sense in the way that the player can give you that investment back? Nobody could ever calculate that, how much a player can bring you back. Only when you sell him again you can make a similar kind of money.”
Arsenal fans are growing increasingly furious at Arsenal’s lack of activity in the transfer market this summer as rivals make major signings. However, Wenger has confirmed he is still on the lookout – albeit with a caveat.
“We are still on the market at the front and the back. Unfortunately, we are not alone.”
Arsenal’s signings this summer:
Granit Xhaka – £38.25m
Rob Holding – £2.55m
Takuma Asano – £3.4m
It’s nothing new. Arsene Wenger is habituated to being under pressure for signing big-name stars in every transfer window, but one fan seems has taken things to a new level, chasing the French manager down a beach while urging him to sign Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez. It’s obviously embarrassing for the Gunners boss.
Wenger in this video was seen casually cycling along the coast when the fan ambushes him with a very loud plea to sign last season’s Premier League Player of the Year.
Check the video here.
Only Mahrez, only Mahrez, oke? Please!
Dan Wenger hanya tersenyum saja. :)) pic.twitter.com/aOlhlENOty
— Gooners Report Indo (@Gooners_Report) July 30, 2016
The supporter looks to be familiar with Wenger’s stance on signings, so he made it completely clear that he would be satisfied with just Mahrez, shouting “Only Mahrez” at the top of his lungs.
If Wenger isn’t convinced after this incident, then nothing else can work.
A few days ago an Algerian news website claimed Riyad Mahrez will sign for Arsenal within a week.
The French-speaking website Le Buteur said that the 25-year-old winger will sign for the Gunners for a fee of around £37m from EPL champions Leicester City.
And the Algerian media outlet even went as far as to suggest Mahrez has ‘agreed on terms’ with Arsenal, and the only thing left to settle is for the transfer fee to be agreed.
The prospect of an attacking trio of Sanchez and Mahrez either side of Mesut Ozil has to be an alluring one for Arsenal fans. They are three of the Premier League’s best, with a proven history of creativity and goals, and would leave opponents unable to focus on one man.
Mahrez scored 17 goals as the Foxes won the Premier League title last season. He is the player who broke through the lines and drew defences out of position. And while there are a number of right-wing options at Arsenal, none can compete with Mahrez.
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has certainly still got it.
The 38-year-old showed off his still burgeoning ability with a classy hat-trick for Montreal Impact last night.
Up against second-placed Eastern Conference side the Philadelphia Union, the Ivorian blasted three cool finishes to help his side to a 5-1 victory.
Drogba’s three goals showcased all the traits that made him so successful at Stamford Bridge.
The first effort saw Drogba make the run that you always want to see strikers go on. After a neat Montreal exchange on the near flank, Drogba sensed an opportunity and ensured that he was in the six-yard box to get on the end of a delightful ball.
The second goal, also in the first half, had Drogba pitch up in the right place at the right time. The Philadelphia goalkeeper managed to parry an initial effort but it fell straight to Drogba, who buried it with his first touch.
The Ivorian then made it 3-0 shortly after the restart with a cool finish. He was slotted in neatly and he made no mistake in stroking the ball into the bottom left corner.
Drogba has now grabbed eight goals in 12 MLS appearances this season, and looks set to keep going for a fair while yet.
The Ivorian striker, who returned last week after missing three games with a thigh injury, quieted any critics who thought his 38-year-old body may be nearing its best-before date for soccer with a dominant effort at both ends of the field.
Chelsea have signed Michy Batshuayi in their most recent attempt to replace the striker, and if he is able to even get close to Drogba’s level with the Blues he could be in for a very successful stint with the club.
At least something to cheer for! Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave all of us a glimpse of what he can do with a stunning goal against Lens.
Oxlade-Chamberlain equalises with a delightful finish pic.twitter.com/8onbBZQIgp
— Terje H (@ArsenalTerje) July 22, 2016
The England international was a second half substitute for the Gunners as they drew their first pre-season friendly in France, and it’s quite fair to say he provided one of the game’s only real moments of excellent quality.
Running onto a ball from Serge Gnabry, Oxlade-Chamberlain showed brilliant invention and execution to chip the goalkeeper and find the far corner in style.
Arsenal started with a relatively experienced first XI despite being without the likes of Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla.
Although, Arsenal looked shaky throughout, and went behind after an awful defensive error by Calum Chambers in the first half.
Mathias Autret capitalised on the rebound after Calum Chambers’ slack header allowed Abdellah Zoubir to dart forward and shoot shortly before the break.
Still, Arsene Wenger will be pleased to at least see his team score and avoid getting off to a losing start ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
It could become a big moment as well for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been plagued by injuries during his Emirates Stadium career and who will be looking to really kick on this season.
Chamberlain’s goal gave the Premier League runners-up a share of the spoils and Arsene Wenger will have been satisfied with that given the determined manner of his team’s comeback.
They now continue their warm-up campaign with two friendlies in America against an MLS All-Stars team and Mexican club Chivas de Guadalajara, with the first game coming next Friday.
It wasn’t really a great moment for Wayne Rooney during Manchester United’s training today; let’s hope Jose Mourinho didn’t watch it.
The England skipper had a pathetic time against first Memphis Depay and then Daley Blind, maybe suggesting he’s far from peak fitness after his holidays.
Rooney was one of a number of major under-performers at Euro 2016, and his sluggish form has seen his United future cast into some serious doubt.
Let’s hope this short clip isn’t too representative of his performances in training, otherwise, he won’t last long under the notoriously strict Mourinho!
Watch the video here.
However, in a recent Interview, Mourinho has insisted Wayne Rooney will remain as Manchester United captain and he cannot understand why so many questions raised on the forward’s capabilities.
No longer the lung-busting striker that broke onto the scene as a teenager, the 30-year-old Rooney accepted in recent months that a future in midfield beckons.
It was a role Rooney performed for England at Euro 2016, having ended the season there at United under Louis van Gaal, although successor Mourinho believes the Red Devils will get the best out him in the attack.
Those comments upon the Portuguese’s unveiling raised fresh questions about how best to utilise Rooney, but Mourinho has big plans and a lot of trust in his skipper.
Rooney’s position in the starting line-up may be in doubt, but his Old Trafford future never looked in jeopardy.
The Man United skipper earlier insisted he had no plans to retire in the wake of England’s humiliating Euro 2016 exit to lowly Iceland.
The 30-year-old striker, England’s record goalscorer with 53 goals from 115 caps, said he would continue to represent his country as long as whoever was in charge picked him.
But he could be the highest-profile casualty of Sam Allardyce’s England revolution.