Revealed! Five reasons why Man United can win the Premier League title this season

first_img 5 3. United’s summer signings have hit the ground running – Not least Anthony Martial, who was pricey but has already showed why the Red Devils were convinced to cough up £36m. Indeed, talkSPORT has been told by a United correspondent that Martial is looking even better than Ronaldo did at the same age. Memphis Depay has added quality to the attack, scoring four in all competitions in just nine games, while Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin have transformed the side’s midfield options from mediocre to top class. Darmian has been a revelation at right-back, too. 5 5. Louis van Gaal is a proven winner – take a look at four more reasons why Man United CAN win the Premier League this season, by clicking the arrow above – The Dutchman has won 16 major trophies as a manager, including seven titles in Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. He’s won league and cup doubles with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, he’s won the Dutch title with unfancied AZ in Holland and he’s won the Champions League and UEFA Cup with Ajax. The man is a winner, so why shouldn’t he claim silverware at Old Trafford? 4. United’s title rivals are faltering – Manchester City started like a runaway train, winning their first five games, but have been exposed by a home defeat to West Ham and a thrashing at Spurs. Coupled with a home loss to Juventus in the Champions League, and City look vulnerable. Their manager, Manuel Pellegrini, knows his job is under threat and will need to focus on progressing out of the Champions League group stage if he is to have any chance of keeping his job, all of which doesn’t bode well for their league prospects. Meanwhile, Arsenal continue to flatter to deceive, while Chelsea are having a nightmare, already eight points behind top spot, down in 15th place. As for Liverpool, ha! 5 5 2. David De Gea is the best goalkeeper in the Premier League – Arsenal were told by John Terry that Petr Cech could be worth 15 points to the Gunners. If that is the case, De Gea must be worth 20 points, because he is the best goalkeeper in the Premier League. Had the Spaniard signed for Real Madrid last summer, United could have kissed goodbye to their title hopes. As it is, De Gea could be the difference, because he is, ahem, Head and Shoulders above the opposition. Manchester United are top of the Premier League for the first time in 770 days, which is remarkable considering the club has won the top flight 13 times since its rebranding in 1992.The retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson marked the end of an era for the Red Devils, who grew accustomed to looking down on the rest during the Scotsman’s phenomenal reign.Now United fans are beginning to dream that they are about to witness the first title of the post-Ferguson era.There is a long way to go, with just seven games played so far this season, but we’ve compiled five reasons why the Red Devils could win the league this season.Take a look at them by clicking through the slideshow above, then share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. 5 1. Chris Smalling is maturing into a top defender – The loss of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic left United exposed, after years of being able to rely on two world class centre backs. While Smalling can’t be said to be in that class, the England international has significantly upped his game and United are feeling the benefit. Keep it up, Mike!last_img read more

Leeds United 1-0 Preston: Disappointing return to Elland Road for Simon Grayson as Whites extend unbeaten run to four

first_img1 Simon Grayson was a big hit at Elland Road during his time as manager Simon Grayson’s return to Elland Road turned sour as Preston keeper Jordan Pickford was sent off after half an hour and Leeds banked a 1-0 win for their third victory in four games.Pickford’s early departure meant an unexpected debut for Preston’s fourth-choice keeper Matt Hudson who was beaten by a headed own goal from Alan Browne just after the break.Grayson received a warm welcome from Leeds supporters who remembered his achievement in guiding the club out of Sky Bet League One during his spell in charge.Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri, outstanding throughout, made three top quality saves in the opening 10 minutes as Grayson’s men went all-out attack.First the Italian keeper pushed Paul Gallagher’s curling free-kick round the near post. Then Joe Garner played Will Keane through the middle and Silvestri was quick to leave his line and deny the England Under-21 forward a scoring chance.A minute later Silvestri was in action again, diving full length to his left to turn Garner’s 25-yard shot behind for a corner.After their hesitant start, Leeds forced a series of corners which were well defended but they should have opened the scoring in the 23rd minute.Liam Bridcutt was allowed to make a long run down the middle and Chris Wood timed his run perfectly to receive his pass. However, the totally unmarked striker shot straight at Pickford.With 30 minutes gone Preston suffered a controversial blow when Pickford was shown the red card. A long ball out of defence found Wood, and Pickford collided with him just outside the box.The keeper endured a long lecture from referee Gavin Ward before being sent to the dressing room amid strong protests from his team-mates.Hudson left the bench and former Liverpool midfielder John Welsh was sacrificed as Preston faced the rest of the match with 10 men.When the free-kick was eventually taken, Giuseppe Bellusci lifted it just over the bar.Hudson’s first task was to gather a corner in the congested goalmouth and the youngster, who has been selected in England’s elite goalkeeping camp, proved equal to the task.However, the second half was less than 30 seconds old when Leeds winger Stuart Dallas crossed from the left and Preston midfielder Browne headed into his own net, giving Hudson no chance.Browne was substituted in the 55th minute, enabling Neil Kilkenny to make an appearance against his old club.Silvestri made two fine saves from Kilkenny and Marnick Vermijl’s angled header as Steve Evans’ side won.last_img read more

‘United got lucky!’ Liverpool fans react to Man United smash and grab win

first_img1 Louis van Gaal’s Man United may be boring, but Red Devils fans will never tire of beating Liverpool and the Dutchman has made a habit of defeating the old enemy.For the second successive season, Van Gaal’s United have won home and away Premier League matches against Liverpool, giving LVG a record of four wins out of four against the Merseysiders.Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp was in charge of the club for the first time in this historic fixture and he will be licking his wounds after seeing his team boss the game for large periods, only to concede yet another goal from a corner.Here’s a selection of the reaction on social media from Liverpool fans… Liverpool lost for a fourth time in a row to Man United last_img read more

Chelsea fan: ‘Congratulations, now it’s time to silence your critics’ – reaction to new deal

first_img Chelsea right back Branislav Ivanovic has signed a new deal Branislav Ivanovic has penned a one-year contract extension with Chelsea.The right back was set to become a free agent in the summer, but the reigning Premier League champions have acted in the January transfer window to ensure he stays put at Stamford Bridge for at least another season.Given his poor performances for the Blues over the past six months, though, are the club’s fans pleased with the decision?Find out below where a number of them have shared their thoughts on Twitter… 1last_img read more

Virjee’s defense sets tone for Peninsula

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe win was the second for Peninsula (9-5, 1-1) in less than a week over Redondo (8-7, 0-1). Peninsula defeated Redondo, 9-6, in last week’s South Bay Tournament. David Skophammer led Peninsula with four goals while Nick Shariat added three goals. With Virjee holding Vint scoreless, Alan Rupp and Robby Horn picked up scoring responsibilities for Redondo with two goals each. “(Peninsula) forced us to shoot from the outside for most of the game,” Redondo coach Mark Rubke said. “It was a great defensive effort.” In a nonleague match … From staff reports Cameron Virjee’s stellar defense helped the Peninsula boys water polo team to a 10-7 Bay League victory over visiting Redondo on Thursday. Virjee marked the high-scoring Ryan Vint and held him scoreless. “(Ryan) is a great player, but we weren’t going to let one player beat us,” Peninsula coach Albert Garcia said. “Virjee did a great job against him.” Chadwick 10, Whittier 9: Tai McDermott scored six goals while Steve Sinclair added six saves to lead visiting Chadwick (7-5). Girls volleyball Lauren Costa had 32 assists for host Mary Star in a 28-26, 25-13, 22-25, 25-19 Camino Real League victory over Serra. Ashley Eppler added 12 kills and six aces for Mary Star (10-6, 1-1). Seini Tukutau led Serra (8-3, 1-1) with 22 kills, three digs and two aces. In the Marine League … Carson 3, Narbonne 2: Kristiana Tuaniga had 26 kills, 10 digs and four blocks as visiting Carson won, 25-20, 20-25, 14-25, 25-19, 15-8. Stefanie Mahaley had 13 kills, 10 digs for Carson (6-1, 4-1). Narbonne fell to 3-3, 3-2. Gardena 3, Washington 0: Naomi Lima had 10 aces in a 25-11, 25-18, 25-13 victory for host Gardena (2-4, 1-3). San Pedro 3, King-Drew 0: Shannon Miller had 10 kills and four aces to lead San Pedro to a 25-6, 25-18, 25-18 sweep. Marissa Bubica had 20 assists and seven aces for host San Pedro (5-1, 5-0). In the Pioneer League … North Torrance 3, Lawndale 0: Ashleigh Gideon had eight kills and 12 digs as North swept at home, 25-5, 25-8, 25-16. Alex Garcia had seven kills and three blocks for North (13-3, 2-0). El Segundo 3, Centennial 0: Amanda Eden served for 11 straight points as host El Segundo (2-5, 1-1) rolled, 25-8, 25-6, 25-6. In the Del Rey League … Kelly Omatsu had 16 kills and 19 digs in a 25-18, 22-25, 25-10, 25-20 win for host Bishop Montgomery (13-6, 2-0). Sarah Prather recorded 12 kills and 19 digs. Kristina Cruz had 47 assists and 13 digs. Girls tennis Banning singles player Cristina Alvarado clinched a 4-3 Marine League win over San Pedro with an 8-1 victory. Kasey Tate, Ronnie Bunn and Stephanie Flores all won in singles for San Pedro (2-2, 2-2). Banning is (4-1, 3-1). Also in the Marine League … Carson 6, Narbonne 1: Theresa Macias and Marilyn Nguyen won, 8-0, in doubles to lead Carson (7-1, 4-0). Eleonor Fernandez won her singles set, 8-0, for Carson. In the Pioneer League … El Segundo 14, Torrance 4: Hazuki Onaga swept her three singles sets without losing a game for host El Segundo (6-3, 1-1). El Segundo’s doubles team of Elisa Buckner and Jamie Burkhard and singles player Amy Romeo also swept. Torrance is 0-2 in league. South Torrance 10, North Torrance 8: Jessica Ly and Maggie Chiodo swept their three doubles sets, 7-5, 6-4, 6-1 to lead host South (5-7, 2-0). Bea Palileo won her three singles sets, 6-1, 6-2, 7-5, for North (6-4, 1-1). In the Bay League … Palos Verdes 17, West Torrance 1: Tiffany Jue swept her singles sets at love for visiting Palos Verdes (7-2, 2-0). West is 0-3 in league. In the Del Ray League … Bishop Montgomery 17, La Salle 1: Danielle Butler swept all three of her singles sets at love for host Bishop Montgomery (5-1, 4-0). JC women’s soccer Jamie Tribble and Stephanie Hall each scored two goals to lead host El Camino to a 7-0 nonleague victory over Imperial Valley. Samantha Domenick had three saves for El Camino (11-2-1, 2-0). Boys cross country Pablo Rosales’ 17-minute, 52-second first-place finish at the 3.1-mile Peck Park course helped San Pedro (4-0, 2-0) take first with 15 points at a three-way Marine League meet. Carson and Gardena both had 50 points. In another Marine League meet … Narbonne 15, Banning 50, Washington 50: Robert Gomez took first place at 17 minutes, 23 seconds to lead Narbonne. Girls cross country Maggie Tortoledo completed the 3.1-mile course in 21 minutes, 39 seconds to take first overall and help San Pedro to a first-place finish at a three-way Marine League meet at Peck Park. San Pedro finished with 15 points and Gardena and Carson each finished with 50. In other Marine League meets … Narbonne 15, Banning 50, Washington 50: Cindy Padilla took first place at 22 minutes, 24 seconds for Narbonne.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Little rhyme or reason to states’ teen-sex laws, critics say

first_img“If society is going to punish them as adults,” said Morgan, “then society ought to educate them.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Wilson was freed Friday after the Georgia Supreme Court found that the 10-year mandatory sentence he received for having oral sex with a 15-year-old girl at a New Year’s Eve party in 2003 when he was 17 was cruel and unusual punishment. He had served almost three years in prison. Georgia’s law has since been rewritten to make the same act a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison. Across the country, ages of consent range from 14 to 18. Lawyers and health educators say most teens – and even many parents – are unaware that even consensual teenage sex is often a crime. The patchwork of laws and ages from state to state leaves many confused and critics say more education is badly needed. “We do a disgraceful job of educating kids about the very real consequences that they face,” said J. Tom Morgan, a former DeKalb County district attorney who has a new book coming out called “Ignorance Is No Defense: A Teenagers Guide to Georgia Law.” ATLANTA – The tough Georgia law that sent Genarlow Wilson to prison for having oral sex with a fellow teenager has been watered down. But in Georgia – and in many other states – it’s still a crime for teenagers to have sex, even if they’re close in age. Legal experts say it’s rare for prosecutors to seek charges. But, as the Wilson case illustrates, they can and sometimes do. And the rising popularity of sex-offender registries can often mean that a teen nabbed for nonviolent contact with someone a year or two younger might face the same public stigma as a dangerous sexual predator. “It’s ludicrous,” Wilson’s lawyer, B.J. Bernstein, said. “In order to look tough on crime, they (lawmakers) are criminalizing teen sex.” last_img read more


first_imgThe fifteen workers at the Oatfield Sweet Factory in Letterkenny have been given a temporary has learned that the company has received a major order which will keep the company in production until at least May.There had been fears that Z Candy, the company which owns Oatfields, was about to shut the plant at the Gortlee Roundabout. It was thought the company had agreed to sell the land on which the plant was located to a major supermarket retailer.However a source at the plant revealed: “A decent order has come into the plant and that will keep the immediate future of the company in safe hands.“If that order can be fulfilled, the who knows what’s around the corner.“Workers are nervous after all the rumours but hopefully this will give them some kind of stability.” LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on SWEET FACTORY GIVEN REPRIEVE WITH MAJOR ORDER was last modified: February 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:letterkennyOatfieldsZ Candylast_img read more


first_imgUnifi workers wearing jumpers from the Korean /Japan World Cup in 2002 where Unifi supplied much of the material for many Countries World Cup jerseys through Nike and AdidasIt was one of the landmark factories and employers of its era.Now October 2014 marks 10 years since the closure of Unifi and former employees have organised a reunion night for everyone to catch up with their old friends and colleagues.It will be held in the Glenveagh Room of the Mt Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny at 8.00 pm on Friday, 10th of October. There will be Live Music, Disco, other entertainment as well as finger food.Admission IS €15 with all proceeds after costs going to the Donegal Hospice.Unifi, previously known as Courtaulds Lirelle, operated for 30 years at the Ballyraine site employing over 850 employees at it’s height and some few thousand passing through it’s doors over this period.Strong friendships were formed down the years which are about to be renewed. Unifiers are asked to let as many of their former colleagues as possible know to ensure a great night. Time is short so lets not miss anyone out.Unifiers can book their place by the following,1) A message on the Unifi 10 year reunion Facebook site.2) Through the following contacts,Majella……(086) 8301240 Noeleen…..(087) 9584355Caroline…..(086) 96921043) email [email protected] advise if you are bringing a partner. Payment is at the door and bookings, as set out, will be on a first come first served basis. There will also be a Memorabilia and Slide show so can anyone with Unifi Mementos and Photographs contact Danny or Ken to organise the items/photographs for the display.Danny…..(087)9821539, Ken……. (087) 9181461.The photo is Unifi workers wearing jumpers from the Korean /Japan World Cup in 2002 where Unifi supplied much of the material for many Countries World Cup jerseys through Nike and Adidas.EMPLOYEES GETTING READY TO ‘UNIFI’ ONCE MORE FOR 10 YEAR REUNION was last modified: September 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:letterkennyREUNIONUNIFIlast_img read more


first_imgThe will of late Donegal man Hugh Green has been declared invalid by the High Court in New Zealand in a major victory for his eldest daughter in a fight for control of his $400 million empire.The late Hugh Green.Green died, aged 80, in 2012 and had been awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for services to philanthropy six months before he passed away.The empire he built over decades included the Hugh Green Group, a family-owned property company, and the Hugh Green Foundation, a charitable organisation that supports causes such as medical research or individuals living with disabilities or serious illness. The philanthropist’s eldest daughter, Maryanne, had been chief executive of the Green Group but she left the business in the 12 months before her father died.Hugh Green’s final will dated April 2012 – signed months before he died – added two of his five children, John and Frances Green, and lawyer Michael Fisher as executors.This small change had a big impact as the executors have power of appointment for the trusts that control the entire Green Group.The year after her father’s death Maryanne brought action in the High Court at Auckland challenging the validity of the new will. She also challenged her father appointing John, Frances and Fisher to Green Group trusts and as directors of Group companies while removing her from both of these positions.She argued he did not have the capacity to understand the effects and implications of these moves and that his exercise of power was caused by the undue influence of John and/or Fisher.QC Harry Waalkens said the decision would be appealed. Speaking on behalf of Hugh Green’s wife Moira and children Frances, John, Gerard and Eamonn he said they felt “bound to fight to see their father’s wishes respected”.In a 197-page decision released publicly today, Justice Helen Winkelmann ruled that Hugh was subject to undue influence when he executed his final will.“It follows that the will is invalid,” the judge said. Justice Winkelmann said Maryanne failed to establish that her father lacked capacity when exercising powers to appoint John, Frances and Fisher as trustees or directors and removing her.But the judge found that when Hugh removed Maryanne as a trustee and voted to remove her as a director he was subject to undue influence by his son John “such that he was not exercising his own free will when exercising those powers and making those decisions”.This was also the case when Hugh appointed Fisher as a trustee and voted to appoint him as a director, she said.The judge also said that resolutions by three trusts appointing John and Frances as directors were not validly passed. “I have also held that grounds are made out for the removal of John and Frances as trustees on the grounds that the level of hostility they feel and exhibit toward Maryanne and [her daughter] Alice is sufficient to undermine the execution of the trusts for the benefit of all beneficiaries,” Justice Winkelmann said.The practical effect of these findings are expected to be known when Justice Winkelmann releases a set of orders that were discussed in the High Court at Auckland this week.WILL OF LATE DONEGAL MILLIONAIRE HUGH GREEN DECLARED INVALID was last modified: June 29th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalHugh GreenNew Zealandwilllast_img read more

Garry Monk to Aston Villa? It is believed he would welcome an approach

first_img Garry Monk is looking to return to management after time out of the game 1 Former Swansea boss Garry Monk is interested in the Aston Villa job, it is understood.The 37-year-old is looking to get back into management after leaving Swansea in December, and would not be fazed by the prospect of replacing Remi Garde despite the Midlands club’s likely relegation from the Premier League.It is believed Monk would relish the chance to help Villa rebuild, having spent 11 years at Swansea and aided their long-term development after joining as a player when they were in League Two.Villa are weighing up their next move as they search for their fourth manager in 13 months, with Eric Black in charge for Saturday’s visit of Chelsea.Former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson and ex-Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes are also in the frame.Villa are 12 points from safety with just seven games left and appear destined to drop out of the top flight for the first time since 1987.New board member David Bernstein, advisor Brian Little and ex-Football Association executive Adrian Bevington – who was appointed to help with the club’s review this week – are reportedly in charge of finding a new boss, with Villa understood to be looking at someone with Championship experience.Monk has not yet managed in the Championship but knows the league having captained the Swans to promotion via the play-offs in 2011 after joining when they were in the fourth tier in 2004. He also won the 2013 League Cup when they beat Bradford 5-0 at Wembley.He made 270 appearances for the Welsh club, scoring seven goals, before becoming caretaker manager in February 2014, replacing Michael Laudrup.He was appointed on a full-time basis in May 2014 and took the Swans to their highest-ever position a year later when they finished eighth in the Premier League.Monk left the Liberty Stadium in December after 77 games, with the club 15th, following a run of one win in 11 matches.last_img read more