BIG BEARD: Wolves manager Nuno Santo will surely be a wanted man next season. AFP Photo BY PAUL KENNEDY There is little doubt in any right thinking football fans’ mind that the Premier League manager of the season has to be Pep Guardiola. The Manchester City boss has been outstanding, leading his team to an historic domestic treble, emphatically clinching the third trophy of the season on Saturday with a 6-0 demolition of Watford in the FA Cup final. He may personally be a little disappointed that City fell short in the Champions League, but what Pep has achieved this season qualifies unreservedly for the prize of Manager of the Year. But an honorary mention must go to one Nuno Herlander Simões Espírito Santo, the manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers. The former Portuguese goalkeeper took charge of the Black Country club in May 2017 and earned promotion winning the Championship with two games to spare in his first season at the helm. With financial support from … [Read more...] about Can Wolves keep the wolves at bay?
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Defeat for Atletico would have seen Barca clinch an eighth title in 11 years, but the victory moved Diego Simeone’s side on to 71 points after 34 games, nine points behind the Catalans. * Formula One and local organisers have given up on plans to hold a race in downtown Miami because of the disruption for businesses and residents, the Miami Herald reported on Wednesday. * Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho will have a scan on a knee injury he suffered against Manchester United on Wednesday ahead of the final three games of the Premier League season. The defensive midfielder limped off in the 51st minute of the 2-0 win against United at Old Trafford and could be a doubt for Sunday's game at Burnley. * Lazio reached the Coppa Italia final when a breakaway goal from Joaquin Correa gave them a 1-0 win away to AC Milan in the second leg of their semi-final at a restless San Siro on Wednesday. The only goal of a tense two-leg tie earned Lazio a place in the final … [Read more...] about Atletico put Barca celebrations on ice with win over Valencia
Van Dijk has been a huge success for Liverpool during his 12 months at Anfield and is, perhaps, the exception to the rule that states the January window is dominated by panic buying and expensive mistakes. Having banked the £75m for Van Dijk, Southampton invested £19.1m of their windfall on Argentine forward Guido Carrillo from Monaco. After just five Premier League appearances and no goals for the Saints, he was shipped out on loan to Leganes as a costly flop. Carrillo is an example of why Ferguson, and many big clubs and leading managers, have been so reluctant to sign players in January. The biggest clubs now spend months working on prospective signings, scouting them and diving deep into their backgrounds off the pitch. Sometimes, circumstances dictate that they have to do deals in January, but for the top clubs, it is all about the summer window instead. Chelsea have bucked the trend this month by securing an agreement with Christian Pulisic for the Borussia Dortmund … [Read more...] about Why Liverpool, Man City, Man United and other top clubs aren’t buying in January
Worth it: Virgil van Dijk has justified his £75 million price tag at Liverpool. (Photo: AFP/Oli Scarff) Jurgen Klopp, who persuaded Liverpool to spend a world-record fee for a defender by completing the £75 million signing of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton last January, might beg to differ with Ferguson's long-held view but generally, the biggest and best-run clubs avoid the January market at all costs. Van Dijk has been a huge success for Liverpool during his 12 months at Anfield and is, perhaps, the exception to the rule that states the January window is dominated by panic buying and expensive mistakes. Having banked the £75 million for Van Dijk, Southampton invested £19.1 million of their windfall on Argentine forward Guido Carrillo from Monaco. After just five Premier League appearances and no goals for the Saints, he was shipped out on loan to Leganes as a costly flop. Carrillo is an example of why Ferguson, and many big clubs and leading managers, have … [Read more...] about Why Liverpool, Man City, Man United and other top clubs are sitting out the January window
Viet Nam News Football NEWCASTLE — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joined Matt Busby in the Manchester United record books on Wednesday as his inspirational decision to bring on Romelu Lukaku as a substitute paid immediate dividends in a 2-0 victory against Newcastle. The victory, secured after Lukaku scored with his first touch of the game in the 64th minute, clinched a fourth win in as many games for United’s interim manager. And Solskjaer now joins United’s iconic former leader Busby as the only other manager in the club’s proud history to have started his career with four wins. Lukaku pounced after Martin Dubravka had failed to hold onto Marcus Rashford’s ambitious 25-yard free-kick, the Newcastle keeper spilling the ball for the alert substitute to covert from close range. The Belgian also had a role in United’s second, in the 80th minute, along with Alexis Sanchez, the former Arsenal striker who has been out for over a month and was brought … [Read more...] about Solskjaer extends perfect record as Man United beat Newcastle