Morgan Schneiderlin admits Manchester United must start creating chances with all their possession

first_img Morgan Schneiderlin Morgan Schneiderlin admitted there is no point in controlling possession if you struggle to create anything with it following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with CSKA Moscow.United had the majority of the ball throughout the match, enjoying 72 per cent possession, but were unable to make it count as they needed to rely on an Anthony Martial header to rescue a point.And midfielder Schneiderlin knew that was where his side slipped up and insisted the Red Devils must improve ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby, live on talkSPORT.“We had good possession of the ball but we could not create enough chances,” he told BT Sport Europe.“Second half was maybe a bit better, maybe Moscow were a little tired, we kept the ball and made them run a lot and then we had some chances in the second half.“We could have played a bit more direct maybe but we know we can improve.”And the Frenchman insists the most important thing was to return to Manchester with a point, ahead of the Russians’ trip to Old Trafford in two weeks’ times.“It’s never easy to come to Russia, we wanted to win but we will take a point,” he added.“We wanted to come here to win, but the most important thing was not to leave here with zero points, sometimes the most important thing is to get what you can and that’s one point.“It’s a bit of mixed feeling, but in the Champions League it is a marathon, it’s not just about one game.” 1last_img read more

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Watford 1-2 Manchester United: Depay and a Deeney own goal sends Red Devils top

first_img Memphis Depay 1 Manchester United have gone top of the Premier League table after sealing a 2-1 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road, with Memphis Depay and an own goal from Troy Deeney clinching the three points.With Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia and Marouane Fellaini ruled out through injury and illness, respectively, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was forced to make a number of notable changes to his title-chasing side.Perhaps the most significant alteration forced the Red Devils in to playing without a recognised striker.Van Gaal opted to bring Memphis Depay, last season’s top goalscorer in the Dutch Eredivisie, back into his XI and handed the Netherlands international the job of leading the attack.Despite the plethora of changes, United started the match with a confidence and intensity that Watford found difficult to contend with.The visitors’ biggest threat looked to come from deliveries into the box, and after much pressure early on, it took only 11 minutes for the visitors to find the net, and it was Depay who got his name on the scoresheet.Ander Herrera whipped in a first time cross from the right flank, and Depay, who timed his run between the Hornets’ two defenders superbly, sweetly met the delivery with his left foot on the volley, giving Heurelho Gomes no chance.Following the opening goal the pace of the game calmed down but, despite still being in its early stages, it looked as though this would be a long 90 minutes for the hosts.Quique Sanchez Flores’ side, however, were almost gifted a goal when Ashley Young, starting at right back, was caught in possession by Deeney and the striker quickly surged forward. He played Odion Ighalo in, but the weight of his pass was poor, allowing United to recover. The game took a turn soon after when Herrera, while chasing down a ball, pulled up and instantly signalled to the bench to come off, forcing Van Gaal to bring Marcos Rojo on with Daley Blind moving into midfield.United still continued to dominate possession in the first half, but, Watford kept the Red Devils at bay, and with just the one goal between the two sides, the home side won’t have headed into the dressing room too discouraged.Just seconds into the second half, Gomes was forced into making a key save to deny Jesse Lingard from doubling United’s lead.Étienne Capoue gave the ball away in the centre of the park, allowing Depay to quickly break forward. The 21-year-old sent a clever reverse pass to Lingard on the right, but the youngster’s shot couldn’t beat an alert Gomes.United, however, were failing to impress in possession, subsequently allowing Watford to grow in confidence.Nathan Ake, on loan from Chelsea, looked promising on the ball for the home side, and after a clever ball on the left wing was able to run into acres of space on the left flank.The Netherlands Under-21 international sent a low cross into the box, which was met by Deeney. Deeney struck a ferocious shot at David De Gea but, fortunately for the Spaniard, it was straight at him.With United therefore failing to extend their lead, Watford’s pressure was increasing and it took a spectacular save from De Gea to deny the Hornets what looked certain to be an equaliser.Almen Abdi found himself with space in the Red Devils’ box, and his shot deflected off the head of Chris Smalling, resulting in a superb near post stop from United’s no.1.It looked as though Watford wouldn’t be able to grab an equaliser, but a poor decision from Rojo gave Deeney the opportunity to do so from the spot kick.The Hornets captain made no mistake – firing his penalty straight down the middle.This, though, was not the end of the drama.Having conceded, United pressed forward and won two corners in quick succession. The first forced Gomes into a crucial save, but the second resulted in Deeney deflecting a shot, going wide, from Bastian Schweinsteiger into the back of the net in stoppage time. United, therefore, despite their unconvincing performance, sealed three points that sent them – if only for a few hours – top of the Premier League table.last_img read more

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Who replaces Sergio Aguero? Manchester City line up v Borussia Monchengladbach

first_img 42. Yaya Toure (attacking midfield) 11 11 20. Eliaquim Mangala (centre back) 17. Kevin De Bruyne (right wing) 11 14. Wilfried Bony (striker) 11 3. Bacary Sagna (right back) 11 11 11 1. Joe Hart (goalkeeper) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 Manchester City have already booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League, but their work is far from done, with the Citizens hoping to top their group as they take on Borussia Monchengladbach at the Etihad.It isn’t as simple as winning for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, with their fate dependent upon Juventus’ result against Sevilla. And the club’s Chilean manager will be without star striker Sergio Aguero. So who could start on Tuesday night for City?Find out talkSPORT’s predicted line up by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11 18. Fabian Delph (centre midfield) 11 25. Fernandinho (centre midfield) 30. Nicolas Otamendi (centre back) 11 21. David Silva (left wing) 22. Gael Clichy (left back) last_img read more

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Former Liverpool and Spurs star takes US coaching job

first_imgBrad Friedel will make his first inroads into management as the United States Under-19s head coach.The former Tottenham, Aston Villa, Blackburn and Liverpool goalkeeper called time on his career in the summer at the age of 44.Friedel earned 82 caps for the United States during a 13-year international career and has assisted various national youth team camps, as well as working with players at Tottenham’s academy.Now, the recently-retired goalkeeper has been handed the reins of the US Under-19s squad.“I look forward to the opportunity to help develop our young players into professionals and full internationals,” Friedel said.“The last four years I have focused my coaching at the academy and development levels, and I’m excited to work with the entire group of committed youth national yeam staff members to increase our levels of development here in the United States.” 1 Brad Friedel last_img read more

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‘I am not interested in a move to West Ham’ – Besiktas star rules out Bilic reunion

first_img1 Veli Kavlak Besiktas midfielder Veli Kavlak has rubbished speculation he is on the verge of a move to West Ham.Kavlak featured heavily for the Turkish side under former boss Slaven Bilic but injury has hampered his progress this season.Recent newspaper reports in Turkey have suggested Kavlak is keen on a reunion with Bilic, who is now in charge at Upton Park.But the Austria international insists he is happy in Istanbul and has ruled out a move to the Premier League club.“Currently I am not interested in a move to West Ham United,” he told Radikal.“I recently signed a four-year contract extension with Besiktas.”last_img read more

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Manchester City XI v West Ham – £73m of talent dropped with academy star to start?

first_img 18. Fabian Delph (left midfield) 21. David Silva (attacking midfield) 11 11 11 11. Aleksandar Kolarov (left back) 30. Nicolas Otamendi (centre back) 11 11 11 11 West Ham v Manchester City, kick off 5.30pm at Upton Park on Saturday 23 January, is live on talkSPORT.Manuel Pellegrini’s side sit one point off leaders Arsenal and second-placed Leicester City, as they look to close the gap on the pair by sealing victory over the unpredictable Hammers.But who will the club’s Chilean manager call upon for the clash?Will Yaya Toure and Raheem Sterling remain on the bench? Has teenager Kelechi Iheanacho earned a second successive Premier League start?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Manchester City line up by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 1. Joe Hart (goalkeeper) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 10. Sergio Aguero (striker) 11 11 25. Fernandinho (centre midfield) 26. Martin Demichelis (centre back) 11 11 5. Pablo Zabaleta (right back) 17. Kevin De Bruyne (right midfield) 72. Kelechi Iheanacho (striker)last_img read more

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Charlton sign Rod Fanni on loan until the end of the season

first_imgCharlton have signed former France international defender Rod Fanni on loan until the end of the season.The 34-year-old joins the Addicks from Qatari side Al-Arabi SC after his move from Marseille in July.The defender has played 337 times in Ligue 1 and won back-to-back French Cups in 2011 and 2012.Fanni is Charlton’s fifth signing of the January transfer window after the signings of Roger Johnson, Diego Poyet, Jorge Teixeira and Yaya Sanogo. Rod Fanni 1last_img

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Oscar gives message to Chelsea fans angry at change in form after Mourinho sacking

first_img1 Oscar in Chelsea blue This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmagukBlues midfielder Oscar tells Sport Magazine how his side are picking themselves up for a tilt at Champions League glory…Doing an interview through a translator is a strange process. You ask questions in English, nod sagely as your subject answers them in a language you can’t understand, before a third person gives you the gist of what they said. You’re never quite sure who to look at.Some words, however, require no interpretation. And when Chelsea’s Brazilian playmaker Oscar answers one of our questions, there’s a ripple of laughter through the room. He doesn’t hold back. “Merda,” he says. “It’s shit.”Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior is only 24, but he’s had enough highs and lows to last a whole career. He’s talking about one of those low points – and Brazilian fans’ attitude towards the national team since the 2014 World Cup, which ended in embarrassment for the home side.Oscar grabbed the most consolatory of goals in that 7-1 mauling by Germany. It was not the way the tournament was supposed to go for a player who, from a young age, had been marked out as a future star. His fluid attacking midfield play had drawn comparisons with greats such as Kaka, who he idolised, after he scored a hat-trick in the under-20 World Cup final in 2011.“It is getting better,” he says with a smile. “It’s getting better. It’s hard to lose a cup in Brazil, but I think we have all the tools to improve.”Since then, the rollercoaster of Oscar’s footballing life has only intensified. He was an integral part of Jose Mourinho’s title-winning Chelsea side last year. But his form this season has slumped, along with that of his colleagues. The Blues collapsed, and remain 13th in the table going into their game at home to Newcastle this weekend. There’s only one question you can really ask of a Chelsea player at the moment: ‘What happened?’Breaking character“It’s just the results,” says Oscar – calm within the storm. “We started off not doing well this season. Last year we would play well and win, this year we were playing well and not winning. The results are everything.”Those results have turned around since Mourinho’s departure – Chelsea are currently on an 11-game unbeaten run in all competitions. Oscar’s form has recovered, too. So what has changed, and how has Guus Hiddink been able to have such an impact? “It’s hard to answer that,” says Oscar. “It’s about giving trust to the players, showing the best football, helping Chelsea go back to winning games.”From the outside, it seemed as if there must have been a general malaise at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea’s Cobham training ground – disillusionment with the manager and his methods. But Oscar insists the mood never changed, even in those dark times.“It’s better now because we’ve started to win games again,” he says. “We went back to playing well again. But when we lose, the mood is bad. When we win, the mood is good. It’s the same anywhere.”That answer might not satisfy some Chelsea fans, who were vocal in their disapproval when certain players rediscovered their best form suspiciously quickly after Mourinho’s departure. We ask whether Oscar has anything to say to the supporters after a difficult spell.“My message is that we are doing everything we can to win games and get back to the old Chelsea that won last season.”Hollywood scriptThere’s a tattoo on Oscar’s right forearm, in Portuguese. Translated, it reads: “Every step I take, every night I pray, I’ll be missing you.” It’s inspired by a version of The Police song. “It’s for my father,” Oscar tells us.Oscar dos Santos Emboaba senior was a furniture salesman in Americana, a town in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo. Both he and his brother were fine amateur footballers who could have made it as professionals.“My family have always been players,” Oscar tells us now. “My dad played – not professionally, but he played very well.”Although Oscar recalls watching his uncle in action (“I don’t know how he didn’t become a professional”) he never saw his father play. Oscar senior was killed in a traffic accident when his son was three. He left behind two young children and a pregnant wife.“Of course I don’t remember him,” he has said. “But you miss your father when you are playing football. All the parents are there, but yours is not there.”‘Oscarzinho’ and his two young sisters grew up with their mother, who made ends meet by making and selling clothes. Their home was opposite a futsal court. There, Oscar took the first steps on the path that led him to local club Sao Paulo, then to Internacional in Porto Alegre. He moved to Chelsea for £25m in 2012.“I got better with time,” he tells us. “When I was little, everyone saw that I played well but never thought that I was going to become who I am now.”He was not, however, the finished article when he arrived in England. “It changed my life completely, moving to Europe for the first time, to a big club,” he explains. “The biggest difference was the weather, and to be away from my friends.”The presence of fellow Brazilians David Luiz and Ramires helped him settle at the club. On the pitch, two goals – including a stunning swivel and strike from outside the box – against Juventus on his first start helped assuage doubts about his slight, boyish frame and the demands of English football.A string of managers – Roberto Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez, Mourinho and now Hiddink – have helped Oscar adapt to the the Premier League. “I have evolved a lot,” he says. “Technically, in my way of thinking about the game, everything.”His position has shifted over the years. “I don’t have a best position,” he says. “I play as a winger, number 10, midfield, attack… I like to play in several positions.”Under Mourinho he settled into a central position that carried with it defensive responsibilities. “I wouldn’t say I’ve gotten stronger,” says Oscar, who has eight goals in 28 appearances this season – including a hat-trick in the FA Cup against MK Dons (above).“[But] it’s about knowing how to steal the ball, something forward players do a lot in the Premier League. That’s one of our qualities at Chelsea – the front players steal the ball, and I do that very well.”For a side big on Brazilians over the years (see box, below), however, Chelsea have at times played a very un-Brazilian style.“To play in the Premier League you have to play simpler,” Oscar explains. “If you dribble past someone, the guy will push you off the field and the game won’t stop for a foul. You have to be simpler, more tactical.”Star-crossed rivalsWe once heard a rumour that David Luiz and Oscar shared a flat in London. This doesn’t appear to be true – a shame, because it is a concept rich in comedic potential. They were merely neighbours, and remain close friends.“He’s funny,” says Oscar. “Everybody knows he’s a funny guy. But he was serious in helping me outside of the pitch.”Oscar will face the centre-back in the Champions League again this week. The competition represents a glimmer of hope in an otherwise miserable season for Chelsea. Their campaign resumes on Tuesday, with a tricky trip to French champions Paris Saint-Germain.David Luiz and co are obliterating their competition in the league this season. Their closest challengers, Monaco, are 24 points behind – closer to the relegation zone than they are to the Parisians. “I’m a little bit anxious,” says Oscar. “It’s one of the biggest games we have this season.”PSG knocked Chelsea out on away goals at the same stage last year. This tie, then, represents a chance for revenge – and for Chelsea’s squad to prove their worth.“We have a great team,” insists Oscar. “We know that we didn’t have a great start to the season, but our team are still the champions of England.”Becoming the champions of Europe for a second time would make all of Chelsea’s struggles in this year seem insignificant. Does Oscar believe they can do it?“Yes,” he says. No translation required.Oscar wears the new Adidas ACE16 Purecontrol football boot, available at adidas.co.uklast_img read more

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FDA looks into lipstick lead claims

first_imgSTUDY: An advocacy group says that toxic chemicals are present in some cosmetic products. By The Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it would look into claims from an advocacy group that certain lipsticks contain potentially dangerous levels of lead. Similar claims in the past have not been confirmed, the agency said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics said that a third of the 33 red lipsticks examined by an independent lab contained a level of lead exceeding 0.1 parts per million – which is the FDA’s limit for lead in candy. The FDA does not set a limit for lead in lipstick. The organization commissioning the lipstick study says its goal is to pressure companies to remove toxic chemicals from their products and replace them with safer alternatives. The lead tests were conducted by an independent laboratory last month on red lipsticks bought in Boston, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Hartford, Conn., the organization said. The FDA said concerns about lead in lipstick have been raised occasionally in the print media and on the Internet. “These concerns have not generally been supported by FDA’s own analysis of products on the market. In the present case, we are looking into the specific details of the issues raised,” said Stephanie Kwisnek, a spokeswoman at the FDA. “We will need to confirm the factual basis of these reports independently in order to determine what action, if any, may be needed to protect public health.” The trade association representing the cosmetic industry acknowledged “negligible” levels of lead in some lipsticks, but said it is not intentionally added. “Consumers are exposed daily to lead when they eat, drink water and breathe the air,” said John Bailey, an executive vice president at the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association. “The average amount of lead a woman would be exposed to when using cosmetics is 1,000 times less than the amount she would get from eating, breathing, and drinking water that meets Environmental Protection Agency drinking water standards.”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

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Toros set for the Seawolves

first_imgIn CSDH’s semifinal, Monterey Bay needed just one conversion to advance via shootout after the Toros failed to convert on their second attempt. Keeper Brenden Baca, however, returned the unlucky play that plagued the Toros all night as he sent his shot off the crossbar as the 10th kicker, sending the game into “do-or-die” mode. In the second session, Tibu Casillas stepped up as the fourth Toro in their rotation and sent his shot just off Baca’s forearm and into the net, resulting in Monterey Bay needing a conversion to force the 10th round. Kevin Proschold, however, failed to convert on his attempt, giving the Toros a chance to defend their crown today. Sonoma won its only previous meeting with CSDH, 2-0, in Rohnert Park, with a goal in each half. Today’s CCAA women’s final will feature top-seeded Chico State (13-5-1) against third-seeded Cal State L.A. (13-5-1) at 11:30 a.m.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Sonoma, which defeated CSDH in the 2005 tournament final, will again try to deny the Toros when the teams square off today at 2 p.m. at Toro Stadium. CSDH advanced with a penalty-kicks victory over Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday night. After a 1-2-1 start to the season, the Seawolves have won 17 consecutive games. Sonoma was actually held scoreless for the first 78 minutes Friday, but two-time CCAA Player of the Year Bailey finally found the net when he scored off an assist from Nathan Medina. It was the 17th goal of the season for Bailey and the 43rd of his career. The Seawolves tacked on another goal for good measure in the 87th minute when Mike Travis scored on a Mark Wiedeman assist. Goalkeeper Brook Johnson earned a shutout for the fourth straight game – his ninth of the year for a team that has outscored its last four opponents, 15-0. MEN’S SOCCER: CSDH faces a tall order in CCAA championship game against a streaking Sonoma squad. From staff reports If the Cal State Dominguez Hills men’s soccer team is going to win another CCAA Tournament title, it’s going to have to cool off a team that’s been red-hot the last few months. Andrew Bailey became Sonoma State’s all-time leading scorer on Friday afternoon as the Seawolves beat Cal State L.A., 2-0, in a semifinal that extended the Seawolves’ win streak to 17 games. last_img read more

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