Michael Carrick insists Manchester United should be targeting the Premier League title, rather than Champions League qualification this year. Press Association “Going in to a game with those lads in your team gives us a real threat and a lot of confidence knowing we can create chances and score goals. Against Newcastle they clicked nicely and hopefully in the weeks coming up we’ll see something similar.” Van Gaal, ever the perfectionist, was not completely satisfied with his team’s victory against the Magpies, which came courtesy of a Rooney double and a Van Persie header. The United manager was delighted with his team’s attacking play, but was less than happy with Phil Jones for clipping Jack Colback in the area to give Newcastle a late consolation from the penalty spot. “We did a lot of bad things,” Van Gaal said. “Did you see the penalty? It was from our throw-in… it’s not possible to give that penalty away. “We can improve and we are improving every match. That’s the most important thing. “It’s a process not for one day, but for a year.” Van Gaal was also unhappy with the Premier League for scheduling United’s next game at Tottenham 43 hours after the game against the Magpies ended. Carrick, who played for Spurs for two years before signing for United, thinks he and his team-mates must not dwell on the inconvenience too much, though. “Going to Tottenham is always a tough game and to go there two days after this match at 12 noon makes it very tough,” he said. “But we have to get ourselves ready for that and it’s the same for them as well. It’s a game we look forward to and we go there confident.” Van Gaal will rotate his team for the match in north London. British record signing Angel di Maria is a big doubt because of a pelvis injury he suffered in training on Christmas Eve. Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj are out through illness. Daley Blind (knee) and Marcos Rojo (thigh) are unavailable, but Luke Shaw took part in a post-match training session on Boxing Day and could feature for the first time since November 22, when he injured his ankle against Arsenal. United made it seven wins from eight matches on Boxing Day when they swatted Newcastle aside with an easy 3-1 win. Despite the impressive recent run, United remain 10 points behind Chelsea and seven shy of second-place Manchester City, who have won their last nine matches in all competitions. Chelsea and City have a far more-settled starting XI than United, who have suffered because of injuries this season, but Carrick believes it is not unreasonable to think the Red Devils can catch them and top the table at the end of the season. “We’re continuing to look up and will continue to try to catch them [City and Chelsea],” the midfielder told United’s website. “We’re not satisfied with third. It’s obviously an improvement and we’re getting better but we want to keep looking up.” It has not been lost on the United hierarchy that the team’s resurgence has coincided with Carrick’s return to the starting XI. Since Carrick recovered from an ankle injury at the start of November, the Red Devils have dropped just two points – a fact not lost on Sir Alex Ferguson, who described the 33-year-old as “the best English player in the game” this week. Carrick prefers to think that United’s upturn in form is partly due to the attacking options Louis van Gaal now has at his disposal. On Boxing Day the United boss started with an enviable attacking quartet of Wayne Rooney, Radamel Falcao, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie. “That’s four world-class players you’re talking about there,” Carrick said.
Carver expects to receive an update on the current position – managing director Lee Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr are continuing the process of identifying and assessing potential replacements for Pardew – from Charnley following Saturday’s evening’s league clash with Southampton, after which he and the players will head off to Dubai for a warm weather training camp. But whatever happens thereafter, he has thoroughly enjoyed his time at the helm to date. He said: “I have had two of the best weeks of my life, because I’ve been able to get on with the football and not worry about anything else. I’ve been able to work with a group of players who have been absolutely outstanding. “They’ve listened to what I’ve said and they’ve bought into what I’ve tried to do. When you’ve had two weeks like I’ve had, it gives you that hunger to want to do it for the rest of your life. It has absolutely whetted my appetite for it.” Pardew had hoped to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window and, despite the time and energy which is currently being expended on the hunt to identify his replacement, Carver is confident that side of the business is not being ignored. He said: “There’s continuous work going on behind the scenes and definitely an ongoing process, whether it’s for now or for later.” Asked if he was his own man, Carver said: “Absolutely. “It’s really funny because when I was managing in Toronto, one of the reasons why I came back was because I was trying to do it my way as in I was head coach looking after the football side of it, trying to progress the technical side and the match analysis, and unfortunately they weren’t moving as quickly as I wanted them to, and I got very frustrated. “I will do it my way because I think that’s best.” Carver found himself in the firing line when he selected a much-changed team for the FA Cup third-round trip to Leicester and promptly saw the club fall at the first hurdle to extend a dismal recent record in the domestic knockout competitions. That was a stick with which Pardew was often beaten with the club having publicly labelled cup success as a secondary priority to the Barclays Premier League, but the man in loco parentis was quick to deny he is simply a clone. Carver said: “If that’s what they’ve been saying, I can understand that because I’ve been working with Alan. But I’ve set the team up slightly different on the pitch – certainly against Chelsea, you saw a slightly different performance. “I’ve done some things different on the team meetings, how I’ve worked with the players is slightly different. I am my own man. “This is how I look at it: you live by the sword, you die by the sword. If I don’t do it my way and I don’t get the job, then I’ll think, ‘Why didn’t I do it like that?’. I’m going to do it my way and if I don’t do the job, then at least I know I’ve done it my way.” John Carver is adamant he is his own man as he bids to step out of Alan Pardew’s shadow and take over in the Newcastle hot-seat. Carver, who celebrates his 50th birthday on Friday, has been accused of following studiously in Pardew’s footsteps after being placed in charge of team affairs for the last three games with the Magpies’ hierarchy looking for a new head coach. The former Newcastle trainee has made no secret of his desire to be considered for the vacancy in his own right, and with no decision imminently in the offing, he is hoping to state his case both on and off the pitch. Press Association
Noel Meade’s charge had been beaten eight lengths by Willie Mullins’ runner in the Drinmore 10 weeks earlier, but turned the tables under a typical Paul Carberry ride. In the rear early on as Tony McCoy and Jarry D’Honneur set the pace, Apache Stronghold (9-2) only came into the race at the business end and jumped the last with Valseur Lido. He got on top on the run-in to get the verdict by half a length from Valseur Lido, with the latter’s stablemate Adriana Des Mottes third. Carberry, who celebrates his 41st birthday on Monday, said: “I took the shortest route. Down the back he wasn’t flying his fences. I had to wait for him to come to me and once he got the gap he flew. He winged the last and kept his head down all the way to the line. “He jumped very well the last day but he has a real good cruising speed and I just had to keep taking him back, which I didn’t want to do today. He wasn’t getting the same jumps today (mid-race) but he got them when I needed them. “This is our big hope. When he won in Navan (in November 2013) I thought he’d keep me going for a Gold Cup some day, so he’s worth going on for.” Meade said: “When he ran at Christmas (second to Don Poli) everyone was telling me ‘he ran great, he ran great’ but there was no one more disappointed than I was at Christmas because I really had great belief in him. “I don’t know whether the other horse was better than him or he didn’t get the trip. I’d have to be thinking in terms of the JLT now – I’ll see what Paul (Carberry) has to say – but I’d say we’d have to think that way. “He’s a lovely looking horse, he’s easy to love – all you have to do is look at him. I was watching him going around the parade ring and he’d do you good looking at him. He nice to watch every morning. I picked him up for 15,500 euro at the Land Rover sales, money well spent! “I’m delighted for Paul (Hunt, owner) too – he’s been a great supporter and it’s great for him to win a race like this.” There was a sad postscript as Le Vent D’Antan suffered a fatal injury in his last-fence fall. Apache Stronghold gained revenge on Valseur Lido in a ding-dong battle for the Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown. Press Association
He said: “It was really good because they had some first-team players in the United side. The atmosphere and the tension will improve them. “But sometimes you play matches in the training ground and it is not always like that. This is a problem. That’s why to play International Cup – it’s good because you are facing reserve teams from a different country and we can see where we are. “What we want is to keep our players in our club and play with our philosophy. We don’t want to send them on loan. “But if we want to close the gap and not send them on loan we need man football because when you look at players around the world when they are 18, 19, they play men’s football.” Press Association But Vieira, the inspirational former Arsenal captain who is now in charge of Manchester City’s Under-21s side, believes the idea has strong merits. The Frenchman thinks the gap from what is effectively reserve-team football to the Premier League is too great. Even though Vieira’s side beat Porto in the final of the Premier League International Cup last week, he feels his youngsters are at a disadvantage to clubs such as the Portuguese. He said: “The difference is when you play under-21 the gap is massive to the first team. Against Porto they were a B team and they play ‘man’ football every week – this is how you get close to the first team. “For English football we need the B teams to play man football.” City have felt the need to send some of their most promising youngsters away on loan to gain greater experience. Marcos Lopes, Bruno Zuculini and Karim Rekik are among the prospects currently playing elsewhere in Europe. The Barclays U21 Premier League does permit clubs to field overage outfield players but Vieira does not think that ensures the standard of second-grade competition is sufficient enough. The 38-year-old, who is tipped for a future first-team role, was speaking after his side were beaten 4-0 by a Manchester United side that included Adnan Januzaj and James Wilson in front of 16,708 at Old Trafford. He felt that particular game would have provided his players with good experience but it was an isolated example. Football Association chairman Greg Dyke controversially proposed last year that top-flight clubs should be able to field sides lower down the pyramid to improve playing standards. Such a model does operate successfully on the continent but Dyke’s suggestion met with widespread opposition from within the game and has effectively been shelved. Patrick Vieira has revived calls for Premier League B teams to be allowed to play in the lower divisions.
Press Association The striker has been linked with a move to Liverpool and Sherwood confirmed for the first time he has a “substantial” release clause in his contract which would trigger a move if met. Benteke has scored 12 goals in his last 12 games ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final with Arsenal after regaining form and fitness under Sherwood. Tim Sherwood admits Aston Villa will be powerless to stop Christian Benteke leaving this summer – after revealing he has a buy-out clause in his contract. The Belgium striker signed a four-year deal in 2013, after initially handing in a transfer request, and Sherwood admitted they face losing Benteke if the clause is met. He said: “There’s a buy-out clause in his contract so it will be impossible for us to stop him if he wants to go. Someone’s got to meet that buy-out clause and if they don’t it won’t be considered because we don’t want to lose him. “Everyone has it. Most players would have it when they sign new contracts. I don’t know what the figure is but I believe it will be quite substantial. “He’s made no indication that he wants to leave. I’ve not had a conversation with him. I’ve told you my view on it, I don’t think he should be moving clubs before a European Championship. “We’re building up to a European Championship, which is a huge stage as well. It’s a tournament where you feel that Belgium will be one of the favourites to win it. “By playing for Aston Villa it hasn’t hindered him being the first choice at Belgium, up to now. So to come here and score at the ratio in which he has scored, since I have taken over, if he ends scoring 20 or 30 goals next season he is probably playing for Real Madrid.” Benteke will spearhead Villa’s challenge at Wembley and Sherwood could have Shay Given (groin), Kieran Richardson (calf), Jores Okore (knee) and Aly Cissokho (groin) available. Jack Grealish is also expected to start after his starring role in Villa’s successful survival bid in the Barclays Premier League. He also impressed in the 2-1 win over Liverpool in the semi-final last month and Sherwood is looking for a Wembley repeat from the 19-year-old. “He has coped with the pressure up until now, when he is asked to step up he has ticked the boxes,” he said. “The bigger the stage the better he’s been and there isn’t any bigger stage than this one so I’m hoping he performs – otherwise we’ll sell him! “He is great, he loves playing. I don’t think he gets nervous. He doesn’t look the type. He’s a terrific player and we’re happy he’s on our side. “I think he realises it because he is around Aston Villa fans, Jack has never seen the club win a trophy. “Even if he tries to get away from it it’s impossible with his family walking around with Villa shirts on every day.”
The Dutchman, rather optimistically, thought about claiming the goal, but decided against it. There was no doubt the second goal of the night belonged to Depay, though. The £25million signing latched on to Pierazzi’s woeful backpass and tapped the ball past Bingham. United allowed San Jose back into the match just before the break though when Shea Selinas turned Schneiderlin and squared for Fatai Alashe, who tapped in from close range. Johnstone was the only survivor from the first-half team as United manager Louis van Gaal made 10 changes at half-time. Pereira, who impressed in Seattle last weekend, timed his run perfectly to nod Jesse Lingard’s cross past Bingham and United strolled to another win against poor opposition. Next up for the Red Devils is a match against a much tougher opponent – Barcelona – on Saturday. Ferguson would have given Morgan Schneiderlin the hairdryer treatment for his error, which allowed the hosts back into the match after United had gone 2-0 up courtesy of goals from Juan Mata and Depay. But on the attack, United looked impressive and were well worth their second tour win. Sir Alex Ferguson watched from the stands as Memphis Depay scored his first Manchester United goal in a simple 3-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes. Depay took advantage of a woeful backpass to roll in his first United goal after Mata’s chip sailed in at the back post to put the visitors ahead at the Avaya Stadium. And substitute Andreas Pereira ensured United maintained their 100 per cent tour record with a header after wholesale changes at the break. The match, very much unlike the first of the tour against Club America, started at a quick pace and Sam Johnstone, in goal instead of the injured David de Gea, had little to do. Even though the game was far from a sell-out, the atmosphere inside the 18,000-capacity stadium was good. The only time the San Jose Ultras were muted was when a plane landed at San Jose airport, which is over the road from the Earthquakes’ home. Depay provided the majority of the early excitement, turning Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi twice before driving a low shot at David Bingham. Before kick-off, Wayne Rooney spoke confidently about breaking the 20-goal barrier this season, but he swung and missed at a simple chance in the eighth minute after a good run by Luke Shaw. United again poured forward down the left, but this time they came up with a goal. Ashley Young squared to Mata, whose chip floated over Depay’s out-stretched leg into the net off the far post. Press Association
American Jim Furyk took command of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Friday as he looked to make amends for a number of near-misses at Firestone Country Club. “I actually hit it well on the second nine but made a silly six on the second when I was 25 feet away for eagle, putted it up and it came back off the green.” Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth were among the group on two under, Spieth finishing his 68 in style with a brilliant birdie on the ninth thanks to a low, running approach from the rough to three feet. Spieth will replace Rory McIlroy at the top of the world rankings with a victory on Sunday, with McIlroy dropping further hints on Friday that he would be fit to defend his US PGA title next week following the ankle injury he suffered playing football at the start of July. Victory at Whistling Straits would make Masters and US Open champion Spieth only the third player in history after Ben Hogan (1953) and Tiger Woods (2000) to win three majors in a single season. “To cap off an incredible year with some more magic would be really cool,” the 22-year-old said. “There’s a special place in the history books for players who have won three in one year – it’s a really short list.” Press Association T he world number six also squandered a one-shot lead with one hole to play in 2012, carding a double bogey from the middle of the 18th fairway to lose out by a shot to Keegan Bradley. Despite a good opening round, Furyk received some tips from his father and coach Mike on Thursday evening and told Sky Sports 4: “I think I’ve found a way to get the ball in the hole. “I drove the ball better today, but I definitely hit my share of poor golf shots, just managed to put them in good spots and get up and down when I needed to. I also made a lot of birdies, I think 13 in two days, and that covers up some mistakes as well.” Lowry, 28, and Watson both matched Furyk’s 66 with six birdies and two bogeys, with Johnson carding a 67 which featured four birdies and a bogey in the last six holes. Lowry finished 77th in the 80-strong field on his debut in 1999 – the year he won the Irish Open as an amateur – and was 48th in 2013, but told Sky Sports 4: “This is one of the courses I came to when I had just turned pro and when you come back six years later I am definitely a much better player. My mental game and maturity is a lot better as well. “At this stage in ’09 I was 16 over par so it’s a big difference.” First-round leader Danny Lee, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and Graeme McDowell were five off the pace on three under, Stenson carding four birdies and three bogeys in his 68 and McDowell adding a 71 to his opening 66. “I started on the back nine and did not play very well to be honest,” McDowell told Sky Sports 4. “I didn’t hit many fairways and was scrambling and scrambling and hung in there incredibly well. Furyk carded a second consecutive 66 in Akron to finish eight under par, four shots ahead of compatriots Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson and Ireland’s Shane Lowry. The 45-year-old has recorded nine top-10 finishes in the event, including five in a row from its inception in 1999, and memorably lost a seven-hole play-off to Tiger Woods in 2001.
The pair met face-to-face about three years and it is an experience Klopp will never forget. “I had a few really good moments with Sir Alex and it was a big honour to talk to him,” he said. “As a manager it is the best thing you can do, to sit there and listen – I needed 10 minutes to understand it all but then it was okay. “Maybe he is the greatest ever, the John Lennon of football or something. “It was impressive to talk to him and from my side there is a big amount of respect because what he did in his life as a manager is not too easy to do again.” The feeling of respect appears to be mutual as only last month Ferguson spoke of his worry that Klopp would do to United what he had done to Liverpool. “‘I’m worried about him,” Ferguson admitted. “I’m worried about him because one thing United don’t want is Liverpool to be above us. That’s for sure. “He’s going to make a difference to that club, no doubt about it. He’s got the personality, the drive, he’s got the knowledge and great presence about him. I think things will look up there, I really do.” The German’s popularity with fans has grown and grown since his arrival in October as Brendan Rodgers’ replacement but bestowing such praise on possibly the Reds’ fiercest arch-rival, especially with a Beatles reference, may not be welcomed as warmly. Klopp has had a number of fall-outs with Premier League counterparts already this season, on Wednesday Arsene Wenger was added to a list which includes Sam Allardyce, Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew, but he has nothing but admiration for the former United boss – who once gleefully exclaimed his greatest challenge “was knocking Liverpool right off their perch”. Press Association Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has compared one of the city’s most famous sons, John Lennon, with Sir Alex Ferguson – the club’s nemesis for more than 20 years. Klopp claims to have not heard or seen those remarks and insists he is only focused on Sunday’s meeting at Anfield between England’s two most-decorated clubs. “What he said about me? I don’t know. I think it was positive because we had a good time together,” he added. “It is good that he is concerned but I have to prove it.” Friday is Klopp’s 100th day in charge of Liverpool, taking in 21 matches, and he has a 50 per cent win record which is just marginally behind Rafael Benitez, who had overseen only eight matches when he brought up his century. It is not a landmark the Liverpool manager is paying too much attention to however. “That is positive news but it is not the time to think about it too much because after 102 days we have an important game against Manchester United and what we want to do is make the record better,” he said. “We could have done better, we could have done worse, some perfect moments, some average moments. “In football the most important thing is the results and we are going for it, I think everyone can see that. “Sometimes you have to make a step back so you can do the next step in the right direction. “We need a little time. We are closer than we were a few weeks ago but it is not only our job. “Man United are coming from the other direction (declining). “We can make a big step – but maybe not the biggest of the season.”
A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her two brothers in West Palm Beach claimed the three tortured him and his son, according to a report from Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.Investigators arrested 41-year-old Yuniel Martinez De La Cotera on Wednesday night on three counts of first-degree murder with a firearm.Deputies say he killed 40-year-old Yasnai Moliner Yera, 25-year-old Yasmar Alfaro-Yero, and 25-year-old Yusnier Alfaro-Yera outside a home on Cole Street.In the 911 call, the suspect said he killed his ex-girlfriend and her two brothers in self-defense.He claimed they tortured him and kicked him out of the house.According to the report, deputies found no evidence to support his claims of self-defense.Martinez De La Cotera is set to appear in court on Friday morning.
Felix Caraballo told Wisc TV that he is being treated differently from his co-workers because they are allowed to wear pins that endorse Medicare for all, which he believes is just as much of a political statement as his MAGA hat.Officials spoke out about the alleged bias citing that Madison’s city rules say city workers can’t wear anything that advocates for politics of the city, or any local referendums.Caraballo said he has stopped wearing the hat to work but added that he “hopes the rules apply to the other side of things should it get to that point.” A city worker in Madison, Wisconsin is speaking out, claiming his boss told him to take off his ‘Make America Great Again’ (MAGA) hat.Felix Caraballo said his boss asked him not to wear his #MAGA hat at work because it supports #DonaldTrump. Caraballo said he is being singled out because other people at work can wear #MedicareForAll pins, which he believes endorse #BernieSanders #news3now pic.twitter.com/L5VrvkUlIj— Jamie Perez (@JamiePerezTV) May 9, 2019