‘It’s a manhunt’: Mourinho slams critics after United escape

first_imgBut after being booed off at half-time, United avoided going five games without a win thanks to a thrilling second half fightback.Juan Mata’s free-kick was followed by Anthony Martial’s equaliser, setting the stage for a 90th minute winner from Alexis Sanchez, who had been dropped by Mourinho before coming off the bench in the second half.Whether Mourinho keeps his job remains to be seen, but the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss came out fighting following weeks of criticism of his handling of United’s squad, sparked by his fall-out with star midfielder Paul Pogba and other key players.“As a friend of mine was saying to me this morning, if it rains in London tomorrow, it’s my fault. Brexit, it’s my fault. I have to be ready for this. There is a lot of wickedness and a clear manhunt,” Mourinho said.“In the end we won the match and I think we deserved to win. I think the fans deserved to win. At 2-0 at half-time, with all the dynamic of the man-hunting, I think they behaved amazingly well for the team. This is what a football club is.“The industry I work in is different, a lot of wickedness, too much wickedness in something that should be beautiful.“For me it’s not easy but I think life is made of experiences and some are new and some are deja vu. This is new but I think it makes me a better manager and a better person because I understand things in human nature.”– ‘I can cope’ –Mourinho insisted he wouldn’t be affected by the doubters claiming he has lost control of his club and is destined for the axe.Instead, he claimed the criticism was more of a problem for players who froze under the spotlight.“In the biggest clubs in the world there are periods with a lot of meat and periods with a lot of bones,” he said.“I am 55 years old, I am mature, I can cope with it and live with being hunted. I think some of the boys are not coping well with it.“The way they started the game was panicking. I thought at some moments we could score in our own goal. It’s not easy for them.“I cope with it, with some sadness, but I’m a big boy. Clearly some of the boys, Marcus Rashford was sad on the pitch, Scott McTominay was scared on the pitch. All the players committed mistakes that were not normal.”Amid all the talk of shattered relationships with Pogba, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia, who was left out of the squad, Mourinho was adamant the fightback showed he retains the squad’s support.“It’s ridiculous talk to say they don’t play for the manager, they play for the club. It’s not about that,” he said.“What I asked the players is to give absolutely everything.“This is not about me, this is not about the players, this is about the club, and in the second half the players gave absolutely everything. Nothing more to give.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho has accused his critics of staging a manhunt© AFP Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 6 – Jose Mourinho accused his critics of staging a “manhunt” to get him sacked after Manchester United rescued their under-fire manager with a dramatic 3-2 win over Newcastle on Saturday.Just hours after a report emerged that Mourinho would be sacked regardless of United’s result against Newcastle, his team were rocked at Old Trafford as they conceded two goals in the opening 10 minutes.last_img read more

SA internet users pass five million

first_img14 January 2010 Growth in the number of internet users in South Africa was relatively stagnant from 2002 to 2007, when it never rose above 7%. However, this rate almost doubled in 2008, and continued accelerating in 2009. “The year ahead will see the proliferation of high-speed connectivity materialising more widely than ever before.” New cables, market liberalisation The Internet Access in South Africa 2010 study, conducted by World Wide Worx and sponsored by Cisco, shows that the internet user base grew by 15% last year, from 4.6-million users to 5.3-million users, and is expected to grow at a similar rate in 2010. Fibre-optic city networks “The large providers, in turn, began to offer far more competitive packages to both customers and resellers,” the statement read. “The good news is that we will continue to see strong growth in 2010, and we should reach the 6-million mark by the end of the year,” Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said in a statement this week. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “Almost every large player in the communications industry has realigned its business to take advantage of this relentless change.” Higher broadband usage by SMEs World Wide Worx found that the landing of a new undersea cable on the South African coast was only one of a range of factors behind the growth. Of greater significance was the granting of Electronic Communications Network Service licences to more than 400 organisations.center_img This meant that service providers that were previously required to buy their network access from one of the major providers could now build their own networks or choose where they wanted to buy their access. Each company moving from dial-up to ADSL, for example, extended internet access to general office staff. This process was found to add an additional one to 20 new users to the internet user base for every small business installing ADSL. “A sustained growth in internet penetration is a key factor that will positively influence the economy of South Africa,” says Cisco Internet Business Solutions senior manager Reshaad Sha. “The varied range of application services and social networking platforms used by local consumers has fuelled the uptake that we see today.” “South African consumers and businesses are demanding access to online applications and services that can only be experienced via high-speed connectivity, such as fibre-optic networks,” said Sha. While the headline findings examine the general numbers of users, the final Internet Access in SA 2010 report, due to be released in March, will highlight the extent of new fibre-optic networks laid down across South African cities and between the cities. World Wide Worx found that a second key factor in growth over the past two years has been the continued uptake of broadband connectivity by small and medium enterprises migrating from dial-up connectivity. It will also examine the impact of the range of new undersea cables that will be in place by the end of 2011, and which is expected to enhance competitiveness even further. “In the coming year, operators will begin to leverage the combination of new undersea cable capacity and new fibre-optic networks to supply corporate clients and resellers with bigger, faster and more flexible capacity,” says Goldstuck. The result was that a market previously characterised by a limited range of providers and services suddenly exploded as small providers were able to repackage the services provided by the large telecommunications corporations in any way they wished. A new study has found that the number of South African internet users has passed the five-million mark for the first time, finally breaking through the 10% mark in internet penetration for the country.last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Mexico

first_imgMexico will be counting on Javier Hernandez and Giovani Dos Santos for success at the World CupWith few big names in its squad, Mexico could find it hard to make it out of its World Cup group.The Mexicans were drawn into Group A with Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon, and the absence of some European-based players won’t help.Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez and Villarreal forward Giovani Dos Santos should be there, but Real Sociedad forward Carlos Vela – maybe the country’s top offensive player – is a notable absence. Vela has declined to play for the national team, citing personal reasons.Here are five players to watch:RAFAEL MARQUEZRafael Marquez will be playing at his fourth World Cup and is charged with bringing much-needed experience and leadership.The former Barcelona defender, now Mexico’s 35-year-old captain, has had a mixed record since the last World Cup. Three injury-plagued seasons at MLS team New York Red Bulls seemed to mark the end of his career at the top level, but in December 2012 he signed for Mexican club Leon and led the team to a league title last year.Marquez’s strength is starting Mexico’s attacks from his center back position and in reading the game. Opposition teams may seek to exploit his lack of pace.JAVIER HERNANDEZJavier Hernandez is closing in on becoming Mexico’s top all-time goal scorer, but the Manchester United striker may not start in Brazil despite being the team’s most recognizable name and a regular since the last World Cup.advertisementLack of minutes in the Premier League has hampered Hernandez’s chances at the international level, and Oribe Peralta appears to be ahead of him in coach Miguel Herrera’s pecking order.”Chicharito,” the nickname he wears on his shirt, is likely to play the role of substitute at the World Cup as he does for his club when it needs a late goal.Known mainly for his ability to convert chances in the penalty area, a goal from Hernandez against France at the last World Cup helped secure a big win for Mexico.CARLOS PENACarlos Pena is one of the younger players that will be looking to make an impact at the World Cup with a move to Europe after the tournament a possibility.The attacking midfielder has secured a starting place for Mexico over the last six months and helped Leon to a 2013 Mexican league title.Pena is physically strong, has good stamina and is a goal-scoring threat. His nickname “Gullit” is derived from a hairstyle that resembles Netherlands great Ruud Gullit.GIOVANI DOS SANTOSGiovani Dos Santos debuted for Barcelona when he was just 18 and was compared to Brazil great Ronaldinho. But the forward’s career stalled when he moved to Tottenham in 2008 and struggled for playing time.The half-Brazilian joined Villarreal last year and has found some consistent form in Spain.Dos Santos was heavily criticized in Mexico for his performances in World Cup qualifying. But he played on the wing, instead of down the center, where he is set to feature for “El Tri” in Brazil.ORIBE PERALTAOribe Oeralta was the star in Mexico’s gold-medal win at the London Olympics and is set to lead the national team’s attack at the World Cup.Peralta made a name for himself late in his career, but has scored goals consistently over the last two years for both Santos Laguna and for Mexico.An all-round striker who can also create chances, Peralta is known for his work rate and ability to score spectacular goals.last_img read more