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

Relief for Lufthansa after top shareholder backs rescue deal

first_imgSpohr will address the online meeting set to begin at 1000 GMT, urging investors to back the plan he hammered out over weeks of talks with ministers and the European Commission.The nine billion euro (US$10 billion) plan includes the state claiming a 20 percent stake.Thiele, who made his fortune in the rail and auto industries and owns 15.5 percent of Lufthansa’s stock, had repeatedly voiced scepticism about the deal – to the dismay of Lufthansa management, employees and unions.But he told the Frankfurt newspaper insolvency had to be avoided even if he still had doubts about the bailout, in a nod to his concerns about the government climbing on board. Lufthansa’s top shareholder on Wednesday said he would back a nine billion euro government rescue package, removing the threat of a last-minute veto that could have plunged the German airline into bankruptcy.”I will vote for the agreement,” German billionaire Heinz Hermann Thiele told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper on the eve of an extraordinary general meeting where investors will decide on the fate of the coronavirus-hit giant.Chief executive Carsten Spohr has warned that “the future of the company” is at stake after the pandemic throttled Lufthansa’s usual flood of passengers to a trickle for several months this year. “It is in the interest of all Lufthansa employees that management can quickly begin talks about the necessary restructuring,” Thiele said.Even with the government aid, Lufthansa has said it may have to slash thousands of jobs as travel demand is expected to stay below pre-pandemic levels for years.But in another boost for the airline, it struck a deal with German flight attendants’ union UFO late Wednesday to cut 500 million euros in costs by 2023 while avoiding cabin crew layoffs.The savings would be achieved through measures including pay freezes, reduced flight hours, early retirement and unpaid leave, both sides said in a joint statement.The deal still needs to be approved by union members.But UFO spokesman Nicoley Baublies said it “brings urgently needed job security” for Lufthansa’s 22,000 flight attendants as the company weathers an unprecedented crisis.Lufthansa shares jumped more than 16 percent at 2300 GMT in after-hours trading as investors digested the latest developments.Veto powerLufthansa’s board warned shareholders ahead of Thursday’s vote that insolvency was “unavoidable” if the bailout was rejected.Given that shareholders representing just 38 percent of the capital have registered to participate, Thiele held the power to singlehandedly torpedo the deal.The 79-year-old’s motivations for building up his own stake in Lufthansa remain murky.”I will continue to exert influence on the development of Lufthansa,” he told the FAZ, declining to elaborate.Bracing for a worst-case scenario, Spohr on Sunday said Lufthansa was “prepared” to keep flight operations going even if the vote goes against the board.Before launching insolvency protection procedures, bosses would “use the time to talk over alternatives with the government,” he added.The powerful Verdi union welcomed Thiele’s green light.”This ends an existential threat for almost 140,000 employees globally and their families,” it said in a statement.”Other shareholders must now follow Thiele’s example and agree to the rescue package.”Heavy weatherLufthansa’s climb out of the coronavirus storm promises to be long and arduous as countries emerge from lockdown and air travel slowly resumes.By September, the group expects its timetable to remain 60 percent below levels seen before the pandemic.Further into the future, around 100 of Lufthansa’s present fleet of 763 aircraft will likely be surplus to requirements.Elsewhere in the group, Vienna granted subsidiary Austrian Airlines aid totaling 450 million euros, while Swiss and Edelweiss received loans totaling 1.2 billion euros from Bern.Talks continue with the Belgian government over Brussels Airlines, which plans to shed 1,000 jobs.Topics :last_img read more

Cricket News Asia Cup 2018: Manish Pandey to get final nod as BCCI prepares to announce squad

first_imgNew Delhi: The selectors for the Indian cricket team is set to have a meeting shortly as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is scheduled to announce the squad for the upcoming Asia Cup 2018 on Saturday (today). The selectors will have tough time in selecting the final squad for the Asia Cup as most players who had played on the England tour in the limited overs format impressed many including fans and pundits, while, the India A and India B players have also excited the audience with their performances and Manish Pandey is one of the big names to make a case for himself after the Quadrangular A team series.ALSO READ: Asian Games 2018 LIVE Day 14: India look to outclass 1951 Asiad recordPandey have struggled to make a permanent spot for himself in the playing XI since making his debut three years ago. He was denied a spot in the XI for the T20Is against England due to his unimpressive 21 runs in two T20s against Ireland.The Karnataka batsman was left out from the India A squad in the Quadrangular team series but was asked to lead the India B team against Australia A, South Africa A and other home teams and he did the talking with the bat as he scored an unbeaten 95 against the Aussies and was pillar behind India B’s final chase against Australia A with a knock of 73 not out.He remained unbeaten in his last four matches and notched up 306 runs.ALSO READ: NN Cricket Trivia: When Gary Sobers became first player to hit 6 sixesOther possible changes might be the exclusion of Dinesh Karthik in place of the flamboyant Rishabh Pant. However, Karthik has not put a foot wrong in the limited-overs format. But he has just played one ODI in England and his poor form with the bat could be the reason behind his exclusion.Mayank Agarwal is another name that could make the cut in the final squad after his impressive performances for the India B team.The Men in Blue will play the first match in the 2018 Asia Cup on September 18 and will lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan on September 19. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more