Harry Maguire: Manchester United defender says criticism of club stems from jealousy | Football News

first_imgMaguire is one of the players who has found himself on the end of criticism having so far failed to live up to his status as the world’s most expensive defender following his £85m move from Leicester in the summer of 2019.However, he was praised by Solskjaer for his performance in the win at Everton, which was achieved thanks to two goals from Bruno Fernandes who, in contrast, has had no problems in excelling since his January arrival from Sporting Lisbon.“I thought Harry’s performance was top against – for me – one of the best in the world at aerial play, (Dominic) Calvert-Lewin, with his timing in the air, his jump, his spring and his athleticism,” said the United boss.“And I thought we as a backline defended really well against him. Very pleased with Harry and the rest of them back there.”Solskjaer: We were set up to fail at GoodisonOle Gunnar Solskjaer heavily criticised the Premier League’s scheduling after his side’s 3-1 win at Everton on Saturday lunchtime, claiming his side “were set up to fail”.United travelled to Istanbul Basaksehir for a Champions League group stage clash on Wednesday – a game they lost 2-1 – before having to face a refreshed Everton at Goodison Park in the weekend’s early kick-off.And despite his team coming from behind to claim all three points, the Norwegian still hit out at what he called the “absolute joke” schedule his players were faced with after Luke Shaw (hamstring), Victor Lindelof (back) and Marcus Rashford (shoulder) all picked up injuries.“How can you expect players to perform to the best of their ability when you send them out at 12.30pm? Absolute joke,” said Solskjaer.“A month ago we tried to move this game. What sense is there for us to play on a Saturday when we could play on the Sunday and there is an international break afterwards?” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the quick turnaround from United’s Champions League tie on Wednesday affected their performance against Everton – Advertisement – Solskjaer will be concerned by Manchester United’s inconsistency in performance levels, says former player Lee Sharpe preview image 0:59 3:24 “Why? Because we are the biggest club in the world. People don’t want us to do well. Why? Probably because of the success we’ve had in the past.“We have to live up to that, we have to react to it and don’t let the negatives get into our bubble inside the training ground. Sometimes it is difficult for the lads.” Speaking after the match in a video posted on Manchester United’s Twitter feed the England international added: “We reacted well to two poor results. We felt we were on the right track after Leipzig (a 5-0 win) and we let ourselves down against Arsenal (last Sunday).“It wasn’t good enough as a performance. In the week again we gave them a soft goal and found it too hard to create chances to come back.“We knew this was an important game to get three points. We reacted well but it is only a start.” Manchester United captain Harry Maguire believes criticism which is often so quickly levelled at the club is rooted in jealousy.Some of the pressure which was building on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after two defeats in four days – including the Champions League embarrassment against Istanbul Basaksehir – was lifted with a 3-1 win at Everton.- Advertisement – Victory avoided the ignominy of United’s worst start to a league season since 1989-90 and gave their manager some breathing space after coming under increasing scrutiny but three wins in seven league matches still leaves the club in the bottom half of the table.Maguire admits it is sometimes difficult to ignore the criticism but felt the performance at Goodison Park gave them something to build on after the international break. “At this club one thing I’ve noticed in my time here – I’ve been here a year and a half – is we are the most talked-about club in the world,” he said.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Jordan Pickford and Harry Maguire have words after the Everton goalkeeper kicked the Manchester United captain but avoided VAR actionImage:Jordan Pickford and Harry Maguire have words after the Everton goalkeeper kicked the Manchester United captain but avoided VAR actionlast_img read more

Grant opportunities for youth-led projects available in Ripley County

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Ripley County Community Foundation, Inc. (RCCF), through its Ripley Youth Outreach program, will administer a $10,000 Change Ripley County Grant.Ripley Youth Outreach was established in 2015 by the RCCF Board of Directors to engage local high school students in the work of the community foundation. Its membership is composed of students from five local high schools, Batesville, Jac Cen Del, Milan, Oldenburg Academy and South Ripley.Ripley Youth Outreach members developed the Change Ripley County Grant to provide local youth, ages 14-23, with the resources needed to bring their ideas for enhancing the quality of life in their communities to reality. “Over the past three years, local youth and youth organizations have consistently identified a “lack of funding” as a major hurdle in their ability to address the needs important to them, and their peers,” stated Amy Streator, RCCF Executive Director.  “This grant opportunity was designed to fill the funding gap which is stymieing young people’s community development efforts,” stated Streator.This is a competitive grant process designed to support youth-led projects and programs within Ripley County.  One grant in the sum of $10,000 shall be awarded to a local non-profit organization which is guiding the youth through the project development process.  Grant applications are due May 1, 2019 at 4:00 pm.  Information about this grant and the grant applications are available online here.   The Ripley County Community Foundation is located at 13 E. George St, Suite B, Batesville, IN and can be reached via telephone (812) 933-1098 or via email office@rccfonline.org.last_img read more