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

France to shut ‘non-essential’ public places: PM

first_imgPhilippe said that the new measures were being adopted after the first measures announced in France to fight the virus were “imperfectly applied”.Places of worship would stay open but all services and ceremonies would have to be postponed, he said.Shops would also have to close with the exception of essential services like supermarkets and pharmacies, he added.Public transport would continue to run, but Philippe urged the French to “limit their movements” and avoid inter-city travel.But he insisted that despite the strict new rules, the first round of local elections would go ahead as planned on Sunday while “respecting strictly the guidelines of distancing”.”I know the French will show their calm, their civic mentality and their ability to obey the rules we have set out for their own security,” Philippe said. Later Saturday, the tiny principality of Monaco, which lies on the Mediterranean coast and borders France, announced similar measures.Non-essential public spaces would be closed until further notice, said a government statement. Food markets, pharmacies, petrol stations and banks would remain open.Topics : France on Saturday drastically stepped up its measures against the spread of the coronavirus, announcing the closure of all non-essential public places including restaurants and cafes from midnight (2300 GMT).”I have decided on the closure until further notice from midnight of places that receive the public that are non-essential to the life of the country,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told reporters.”This includes notably cafes, restaurants, cinemas and discos.”  Read also: ‘We need a social life’: French stick to cafe culture despite coronavirusTop health official Jerome Salomon meanwhile announced that the death toll from COVID-19 had risen by 12 over the last day in France to 91, with the total number of infected standing at 4,500.Salomon added that France was from now at its highest sanitary alert level of stage three, which means that the virus is now circulating actively across French territory.He added that the number of those infected had doubled over the last 72 hours.last_img read more

Iwobi: How Mikel influenced my Super Eagles career

first_img Since making his debut for the national team in October 2015, Iwobi has grown to become one of the important players in the new Super Eagles set up. Iwobi who spoke to the Super Eagles media team credited his former skipper for his quick adaptation into the African brand of football. “In training, whilst watching him on the pitch, whilst I’m on the bench watching him, I’ve always learned, the way he’s physically capable to keep the ball in tight situations because playing in African culture there’s a lot more physicality, there are a lot more strong duels, the way he’s able to use his body is something I have picked up and try to add to my game.” Iwobi said.Advertisement Iwobi enjoyed good success with John Mikel Obi in the National before his retirement in 2019. They both helped Nigeria qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and the pair also helped the team finished third in the 2019 African cup of Nations in Egypt. read also:Iwobi to face title chasing Liverpool on neutral ground Meanwhile, since the departure of the former Chelsea and Trabzonspor’s midfielder from the three-time African champions, Iwobi has stepped up into his role and currently operates as the number 10 for Gernot Rohr’s side. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Everton star, Alex Iwobi, has revealed how former Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi influenced his career in the national team.center_img Loading…last_img read more

1xBet gets ready to enter the North American market

first_img StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Submit Why leading esports titles should not be overlooked as substitutes to real sports April 15, 2020 FES and Incentive Games launch esports prediction game June 2, 2020 Just three weeks after 1xBet sponsored Betting on Sports America in New Jersey, we caught up with Alex Sommers – the company’s director of affiliate marketing – to discuss entering the US, and why 100 million adult bettors is a good indicator of the country’s potential to house the world’s largest gambling market.SBC: US punters are said to crave a more social sports betting experience; how is 1xBet equipped to satisfy this demand?AS: At 1xBet, we always put our customers first and we try to accommodate all of their wishes. What’s more, with our professional team of developers, we are ready to meet the extra needs of American customers, should this be required.SBC: How important will lessons learned from Europe be to the roll out of sports betting across the US, both from a regulatory and product standpoint?AS: 1xBet has been successfully operating in the European market for quite a few years now. Moreover, our sports betting is accessible to customers in Asia and we have also recently expanded into Africa. Our company uses a high-tech platform, which clearly demonstrates 1xBet’s modern approach to online betting. This experience is very important to us. As you can see, we are fully prepared to enter the North American market.SBC: ‘Player vs Player’ and ‘Player vs Team’ markets have become a mainstay of the 1xBet offering in Europe: how popular are these likely to be in the US?AS: Americans are just as keen on sports as Europeans, so we know these markets will be popular as well. At the same time ‘Player vs Player’ and ‘Player vs Team’ is just a small part of our huge platform. We have a big variety of markets in which each user can find the appropriate market.SBC: How committed is 1xBet to guarding against the spread of problem gambling in the US?AS: We think that gambling should be a type of leisure and entertainment. At the same time, our company will adhere to the relevant US regulatory requirements on this issue.SBC: Finally, do you think the US will become the biggest gambling market in the world?AS: Americans are crazy about sport. According to estimates, about 100 million American adults have either already placed or will place a bet on sport. This is a good indicator of the huge potential of the US to become the world’s largest gambling market. We are attentively monitoring and exploring all the changes on this market.last_img read more