Everton boss Marco Silva: We deserved Man City defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva says Manchester City deserved their 3-1 win on Saturday.Silva was most annoyed by the team’s defending for City’s second and third goals which came either side of one from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.“City deserved the three points,” Silva said.“They were more effective than us.“The chances they created, they scored and because of that they deserved the points.“Until they scored the first goal, the game was within what we expected and planned. They did not shoot once.“The biggest chance until that moment was Richarlison’s chance, a big, big chance. After that, it changed.“We knew they had the quality to command the match. We had to be almost perfect in our defensive organisation.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Cardiff boss Warnock backing Dyche over anti-dive pushby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock supports Burnley counterpart Sean Dyche over his criticism of diving in England.Dyche has spoken about diving saying ‘no-one seems to want to do anything about it apart from me’. And Warnock says: “I agree with him. We all know the top clubs get away with a lot more than the bottom clubs. We all know that, we’re not daft.”You breathe on some of them and they’re down like a shot and the referees automatically point.”It’s not just now, it’s been like that since my dad refereed. It’s just human nature with atmospheres and crowds.”There’s only one group that can actually change the diving element and that’s the people that make the rules.”Like Sean said, it’s not the referees because players are too clever now.”The FA or whoever makes the rules have to look at the obvious ones. There’s been more obvious ones than ever before.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say De Gea: Man Utd defence better this seasonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea insists they’ve improved at the back this season.De Gea believes the progress being made is clear.”We have improved a lot defensively. We are conceding fewer goals than last season,” he said.”Last year we were letting in too many goals, but we are defending better and from there the team is improving.”Of course, when you defend well, the team is bound to improve. We have some great players up front and we just have to keep on improving.”The team is a lot more compact and from that base I think the team is only going to get better, and we will be much stronger and a more difficult team to beat.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Mane: We deserved RB Salzburg winby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSadio Mane believes Liverpool deserved to beat RB Salzburg on Wednesday.The Reds went up 3-0 before Salzburg scored three unanswered goals.Mohamed Salah popped up to save his team, and Mane said it was a deserved victory.He told BT Sport: “Salzburg are a really good team and after we went 3-0 up it was a tough game to try and push – but we deserved the win.”To be honest, I knew how good Salzburg were as I was there for two and a half years.”They never give up and push and they caused us problems, but finally we scored more goals.”
Wolves have completed a club-record £18 million ($24m) deal for Jonny, with the defender’s loan switch from Atletico Madrid turned into a permanent transfer.The Spaniard has signed a contract at Molineux through to 2023.The 24-year-old first arrived in England last summer, with a season-long agreement taking him away from his homeland. 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? He slotted seamlessly into the fold under Wolves boss Nuno and is delighted to have committed to a long-term stay with a team holding their own among the Premier League elite.Jonny told the club’s official website: “I’m very happy to sign for Wolves. The last few days we spoke about it and now it’s official, I’ll be at Wolves for the next four years.“I’m really happy to continue to be involved with the team. I am very happy here, the truth is that it was very easy to decide.“They are treating me very well, there are great staff, great team-mates and great supporters. It is a big club and, really, I am very happy to be here.”Jonny added on the transfer talks which resulted in a big-money agreement being struck: “We’ve had conversations for a while, but everything has been very fast.“The clubs reached an agreement and asked me what I thought and really from the first moment I said yes to Wolves because the truth is that I am very happy to be here.“I really like this league, I really like Wolverhampton and I’m really happy to be here.”On his hopes for the rest of the season, Jonny said: “The same as the first, but even more.“I think we have to think about continuing to improve, the team is working well but there is always room for improvement.“I think that if we continue at this level we can be in a high position in the league.”Wolves currently sit seventh in the Premier League table.Jonny, who has mainly figured in a left wing-back role, has made 22 appearances for the club to date.His efforts have not only been noted by those at Molineux, leading to him being snapped up on a full-time basis, but also by those back in Spain.He earned a first senior international cap for his country back in October during a friendly clash with Wales.
When Matthijs De Ligt lines up alongside his Netherlands colleagues on Thursday against England in Guimaraes for the UEFA Nations League semi-final, he will be doing so against the man who he once described as his most difficult opponent.Marcus Rashford has twice played against the strapping centre-back and has twice come out on top. He was the starting centre-forward for Manchester United in the 2017 Europa League final when a classic Jose Mourinho counter-attack job put paid to Ajax’s hopes in the final. And last year in an international friendly, settled by United team-mate Jesse Lingard, Rashford was again on the winning side.His performances were of a sufficiently high standard that he left an indelible mark on De Ligt, regarded now as the best centre-back in the world after international colleague Virgil van Dijk. 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? “That has to be Rashford, from Manchester United,” said De Ligt to Ajax’s in-house TV channel when asked for his toughest opponent. “Great player, quick, technical skills.”That answer might come as a surprise, especially considering De Ligt has already played against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard, Antoine Griezmann and Robert Lewandowski in his young career, but it is a testament to the ability possessed by Rashford, and the esteem in which his skills are held by his peers.“Consistency is the biggest thing,” Rashford told Goal earlier this season. “If you’re getting consistent minutes and you’re consistently improving, that’s what really separates [players] as they get a little bit older.”And it’s fair to say that Rashford has felt that as hard as any young player this season, especially at club level. Although Rashford missed out on England’s 10-goal haul across two matches in March – against the Czech Republic and Montenegro – his form for the national team in the autumn was strong, scoring in both Nations League games against Spain.Those international games were a break from the trouble at club level, where he’d been sent off for a headbutt against Burnley and where he had been unable to win over Mourinho with any sort of consistent form.There was a strong uplift when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over – six goals in eight games at the start of the Norwegian’s reign – but the goals tailed off alarmingly towards the end of the season. Granted, United had less and less to play for but a return of one goal from 11 league games is simply not good enough for a striker of Rashford’s talent.The 21-year-old has been stung by the personal nature of the barbs directed towards him. Some United fans – online if not all of the match-going ones – have turned against the players, with Rashford, Lingard and Paul Pogba bearing the brunt of the criticism.Things came to a head during the Treble celebration game at Old Trafford at the end of May. Rashford and Lingard provided analysis for MUTV and were torn apart for everything from their clothing to their perceived unworthiness to represent the same club as David Beckham, Jaap Stam and Co.Rashford and Lingard responded with an Instagram post which stated simply “0.012%”, apparently in reference to the statistic which states that only 180 of some 1.5 million potential players in England will ever make it to the Premier League.Rashford had the opportunity to do his talking on the pitch, having won the shirt from Romelu Lukaku, but didn’t do so. In truth it wasn’t easy to stand out in this United setup, blighted as they are by instability, by continuous poor transfer windows, an imbalanced squad, a lack of coherent tactical vision and a catastrophic drop in confidence all round.But Rashford is back in the oasis that is the England squad. When Rashford was reminded in an interview earlier this season of the euphoria of the World Cup, a smile flashed across his face. It’s clear that representing England, especially under Gareth Southgate and with this group of players, is something enjoyable to him and the rest.And in a difficult season, it’s helped Rashford find his way. The Nations League is not the World Cup but it is a good tournament with strong teams, and will help England move on from the disappointment of losing to Croatia at the semi-final stage in Moscow last summer.It is an opportunity for more meaningful match practice, to solidify this squad of players, and to ensure that they prove their readiness to take the pressure of Euro 2020. Rashford has the ability to lead this England attack for a decade or more, and he can start in Guimaraes by reminding De Ligt exactly why he fears him so much. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is ready to take a look at Marcus Browne in pre-season amid interest from Celtic, Rangers and Fulham, Goal understands.Browne is back with the Hammers and is keen to make an impression with his boyhood club having enjoyed a productive spell on loan at Oxford United last season. With just a year remaining on his contract, however, there is plenty of interest in securing the 21-year-old midfielder. 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 Hammers were impressed with Browne’s performances at Oxford, where he scored eight goals in 42 appearances, and are willing to give him a chance.Pellegrini’s side have five friendlies ahead of the new season and it is expected that Browne will be given opportunities in those fixtures, with West Ham then ultimately making a decision over whether he’ll be integrated into the first-team.They will take part in the Premier League Asia Trophy against Manchester City, Wolves and Newcastle as well as matches in Austria and London against Fulham and Athletic Club.Fulham, meanwhile, are set for major upheaval after being relegated from the Premier League and they could lose Ryan Sessegnon, with Browne potentially seen as a replacement for the winger.Season done. Very enjoyable one for me 💪🏽🔥. Time to rest up , recover and prepare for another big one ❤️⚒ pic.twitter.com/PnCz3K5YeR— Marcus Browne (@MarcusBrowne14) May 12, 2019Rangers are in the market for more attacking talent too, while Celtic have reportedly issued a ‘probe’ after a document leaked online allegedly showed the club’s transfer targets.A host of Championship clubs were interested in Browne last January, while West Ham were also rumoured to be considering a recall. He did, however, stay with the League One club where he quickly became a star player.Browne has played only once in the West Ham first team, coming on as a substitute in the Europa League fixture against Astra Giurgiu in the 2016-17 season. The London-born midfielder has been with the club since he was eight years old and signed his first professional contract in November 2015.West Ham see the potential of bringing through a youngster internally benefitting them in terms of their transfer budget and being able to strengthen other areas of the squad.
Former Feyenoord boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst is interested in succeeding Rafael Benitez at Newcastle, his agent has revealed.It was confirmed on Monday that Benitez will leave the north-east club when his contract expires on Sunday after talks over a new deal broke down, bringing to an end his three-and-a-half year stay at St James’ Park.The early favourite for the vacancy is Garry Monk, who is available after leaving Birmingham City earlier this month. Burnley boss Sean Dyche, former Manchester United manager David Moyes and Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta are also believed to be in contention for the position. 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? But Van Bronckhorst has become the first man to publicly declare his interest in the role, with his representativ, Guido Albers, confirming the former Arsenal defender would be keen on managing in England.“I think the rumours have come a little bit early and no-one from the club has spoken to Gio. But I think every coach in the world would be interested in working in the Premier League,” Albers told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.“And what we would say if a club like Newcastle has an opportunity to work for them then of course he would be interested in doing that. It is an amazing club with an amazing fanbase but it’s up to them who they decide to go for.“Giovanni left Feyenoord, he was competing on a limited budget but won the Eredivisie against two clubs in Ajax and PSV who have greater resources. He had a great relationship with the fans, the players, the media and the city and he’s ready for the next challenge.”Van Bronckhorst’s only managerial experience to date was that four-year spell in charge of boyhood club Feyenoord.The 44-year-old took charge in 2015 and led the club to the Eredivisie title two years later, their first league title in 18 years. He also won two KNVB Cups and two Dutch Super Cups before leaving the club at the end of last season.Prior to that Van Bronckhorst had a successful playing career, winning 14 major honours at Feyenoord, Rangers, Arsenal and Barcelona. He also earned 106 caps for the Netherlands and was part of the side that reached the 2010 World Cup final. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
On Tuesday, Arsenal confirmed the acquisition of Gabriel Martinelli – just over two months after Goal revealed that the Brazilian was bound for the Emirates.The Gunners have paid Ituano FC £6 million ($7.7m) for the 18-year-old forward, who has penned a “long-term” contract with the north London club.Martinelli is an unfamiliar face to the majority of Arsenal fans. Luckily, Goal is here to give you the lowdown on the club’s new signing. 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 Who is Gabriel Martinelli? Martinelli is one of the rising stars in Brazilian football, having enjoyed a fine start to his senior career with Ituano.He first started playing with Corinthians’ futsal team at the age of just nine before joining Serie D team Ituano in 2015. He signed his first professional contract two years later.He made his senior debut in March 2018, coming off the bench against Taboao da Serra at the age of 16 years and nine months, becoming the youngest player to debut for Ituano this century.His first senior goal also came against Taboao da Serra, in September 2018, and he was promoted permanently into the senior squad ahead of the 2019 Campeonato Paulista, Sao Paulo’s state championship.Ituano reached the quarter-finals and Martinelli ended the competition as the club’s top scorer, finding the net six times during the run to the last eight.After the competition, Martinelli was named best newcomer, countryside player of the year and was named in the team of the year.How long have Arsenal wanted him? Martinelli has been known to Europe’s top clubs for some time and once had a trial for Manchester United.Real Madrid and Barcelona have also looked at him – with the latter having invited the young forward over to spend some time training with them in Spain.”It was one of the best experiences I’ve had in football,” said Martinelli. “Besides being one of the biggest clubs in the world, the level of training is very high and it made me grow a lot in football.”Arsenal believe Martinelli has the potential to go to the top, with head of international recruitment Francis Cagigao the driving force behind the deal.A source confirmed to Goal that the Gunners have scouted Martinelli extensively over the last few months, watching him in Brazil while also compiling a detailed database of his qualities from London Colney using video analysis.Cagigao – known for his strong contacts in South America – then travelled to Brazil himself to watch the the talented forward on more than one occasion before finalising the transfer.What are his strengths? Martinelli is a quick forward who can play across the frontline, even as the central striker.But his favoured role is wide on the left, where he likes to cut inside onto his right foot to get a shot away or look to create a chance for the striker.Describing himself, the teenager said: “I play as an attacker, but not necessarily a forward. I consider myself more of the modern style, with speed and a lot of movement without the foot. “I really like Cristiano Ronaldo, because I also don’t like to play with my back to the defender holding the ball, as in the old fashion forward. But if I have to, I also know how to play like that.”The teenager has an eye for goal, as his record suggests, and Goal understands that Arsenal have been very impressed with the composure he shows on the ball, especially for a player of his age and experience.He is a ball-carrier, something Arsenal are short of in the squad, and his energy levels are another thing that has caught Arsenal’s eye, with his ability to get up and down the pitch particularly impressive.Weaknesses Although Martinelli is competent with his left foot, it is still an area where he needs to improve.The teenager’s preference is to cut inside onto his right when coming in off the wing, which is something defenders are aware of.Until he gets stronger with his left foot, the opposition full-back will always look to show him out wide where they believe he will be less of a threat.As you would expect from someone so young, he is not yet fully developed so the physical side of the English game could be a problem during his early days at Arsenal.The verdict It’s tough to predict how any player coming to England from abroad will do because there are so many variables you have to consider, especially when they arrive here at such a tender age.But Arsenal are convinced that Martinelli has what it takes to get to the top and Goal understands there is genuine excitement at the Emirates over the attacker’s imminent arrival.He will get a chance to train with the senior team in the summer, but whether he goes on the pre-season tour to the United States is down to how he settles and whether he impresses at London Colney.He will be competing with the players such as Bukayo Saka in the Under-23s, who is another incredible talent and has already featured in the Premier League this season under Emery.So, Martinelli will have to hit the ground running if he wants to make an immediate impression in north London.