José Mourinho Mourinho pins blame on weather for Man Utd’s average display against Southampton Goal Last updated 2 years ago 17:32 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty José Mourinho Manchester United Southampton v Manchester United Southampton Premier League The Portuguese says his players are not used to the sunshine which accompanied them en route to winning 1-0 on the south coast Jose Mourinho believes the south coast sunshine was to blame for Manchester United’s average display against Southampton on Saturday.The Red Devils maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a 1-0 victory over Southampton in the 19°C heat at St. Mary’s.West Brom 9/1 to beat Arsenal Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Romelu Lukaku’s first-half effort was enough to earn all three points for United, who were on the back foot for large parts of the second period.And Mourinho reckons his players were not at their sharpest because they are not used to playing in such warm conditions.He said in his post-match press conference: “I think they were really tired at the end.”Nine of them didn’t play in midweek, so nine of them it’s not even an accumulation of fatigue. I think the weather was beautiful.”Even if you train at 11am, 12pm, 3pm in Manchester, we don’t get this weather. Seriously.“The last time we had this was in Los Angeles [for pre-season] and then in Macedonia [for the Uefa Super Cup], and I think they felt it.”I saw some players were not sharp. Great spirit and always trying, but not the same sharpness.“So if your opponent is coming with everything against you, let’s do it for 10 or 15 minutes and stay solid.”United are currently joint-top of the table alongside rivals Manchester City, who have also picked up 16 points from their opening six fixtures.Next up for Mourinho’s men is a trip to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Wide receiver Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to run the ball in the first quarter against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images) Twitter/@BigJah15Here’s everything that has gone viral in college sports over the past 24 hours.1. Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota are planning to throw at the NFL combine.2. Duke’s freshman center Jahlil Okafor believes in mermaids and Bigfoot.3. Louisville Cardinals’ guard Chris Jones is suspended for their game vs. Syracuse tonight.4. Kentucky’s John Calipari took a picture with Dick Vitale and Seth Greenberg and tweeted “three fired coaches.” 5. It was reported Georgia’s new indoor football practice facility will cost approximately $30 million. 6. New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick visited the Indianna Hoosiers yesterday.7. Draymond Green and Nik Stauskas agreed on a wager for last night’s Michigan State vs. Michigan basketball game. 8. Former Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard tweeted and quoted Sooners’ coach Bob Stoops’ advice on domestic violence. 9. Five-star quarterback Shea Patterson committed to Ole Miss over LSU and USC. 10. Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett posted pictures of the screws he recently had removed from his ankle. Video of the Day: Kentucky’s Devin Booker Asked About the Tennessee Cheerleader He Ran IntoTweet of the Day: Oklahoma’s James Fraschilla Had A Funny Response When His Dad Posted A Baby Picture Of His On Twitterwelp. RT @franfraschilla: This guy @jamesfraschilla now a senior at Oklahoma. pic.twitter.com/8jjTDaYU1X— James Fraschilla (@jamesfraschilla) February 17, 2015 Girlfriend of the Day: Nik Stauskas isn’t at Michigan anymore, but he and the lovely Taylor Anderson attended last night’s gameNik Stauskas back in the house pic.twitter.com/G1gWUgLEOO— Bryan Fuller (@FullOfTwitt) February 18, 2015Check Out Tuesday’s Cheat Sheet
New Ohio State assistant coach Carrie Banks. Credit: USF AthleticsCoach Kevin McGuff and the Ohio State women’s basketball team added Carrie Banks as an assistant coach, the team announced on Tuesday. Banks joins her second Big Ten team after being an assistant coach at Northwestern for the past three seasons.In a press release, McGuff praised Banks’ ability to recruit and add character athletes to the program. He said that he is excited to bring Banks to the OSU family.“Her work ethic and passion for helping young athletes develop will be a great fit as we continue to move our program forward,” McGuff said.Despite ranking third in the country averaging 86.0 points per game as a team, the Buckeyes ranked 331 out of 344 in team defense allowing an average of 74.6 points per game. Banks was the addition OSU needed to make as one of the preseason favorites to win the national championship. Under Banks’ direction, Northwestern’s defense allowed 70.0 points per game last season.At Northwestern, Banks helped coach point guard Ashley Deary to a Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015-16, setting a school-record 141 steals. With two-time All-American junior Kelsey Mitchell at the point for the Buckeyes, Banks could develop Mitchell into a defender that matches her skill on offense.In 2014-15, Northwestern earned its first NCAA tournament appearance in 18 years with Banks on the sideline.She served as an assistant coach at University of Detroit Mercy from 2007-2009 for two seasons and at University of South Florida for three seasons from 2010-2013.Banks has strong roots in Ohio where she was a junior varsity coach at local high school Dublin Jerome from 2004-2006. She also pursued a master’s degree in journalism at Kent State University and worked for the Big Ten Network in the past.Banks will make her debut beside coach McGuff on Nov. 14 in the Schottenstein Center against South Carolina.
It is clear the Ohio State coaching staff does not trust its own quarterback. OSU quarterback Braxton Miller is a true freshman this year, and is playing like one. He will not be perfect. He will not be perfect anytime soon. OSU lost to Michigan State 10-7 on Saturday. There is absolutely no reason Joe Bauserman should have seen the field against MSU. The fact that he could find a helmet on the sidelines is beyond me. With OSU down 7-0 in the fourth quarter, head coach Luke Fickell opted to go with red shirt senior quarterback Bauserman. Bauserman, an expert at tossing it into the stands, brings nothing to this football team. Bauserman will graduate this year and is not the future of this football team. Miller has now been inexplicably yanked from the field twice. Once in Miami, and once on Saturday. No, he did not perform, but the coaching staff did not give him the tools to succeed. Why should he believe in himself if the staff does not believe in him? Miller went a lousy 5 of 10 on the day for 56 yards and one interception. He was sacked four times on the day and took a beating on just about every rushing attempt. MSU did its homework. Watching film is not difficult when 95 percent of the film is an endless loop of rushing attempts. They put eight in the box. They ran flawless run blitzes. They had an answer to anything OSU ran at them. Without a real threat of passing, OSU will not be able to have a balanced offense. The only way to have a passing threat? Pass the ball. In the third quarter, the student section began chanting “UR-BAN ME-YER.” But, in head coach Luke Fickell’s defense, it is not his fault. Fickell does not call the plays, offensive coordinator Jim Bollman does. Bollman needs to open it up, and let his young quarterback play football. Miller will be the quarterback at OSU for awhile. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Miller is the future of OSU football. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, the future is, well, in the future. Without the vote of confidence from Fickell and offensive coordinator Bollman, he will never develop to a playmaker. Miller has all the tools, he has the arm and he certainly has the legs, but one thing he is lacking is the mentality. If the OSU coaching staff continues to call draw plays on third down, continues to run the option, and everything but passing plays, Miller will start to doubt his abilities. When the coaching staff yanked Miller from the game on Saturday, they were throwing away any chance of Miller growing as a young quarterback. Next week, when OSU travels to Nebraska they will add senior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron, senior wide receiver DeVier Posey, senior defensive end Solomon Thomas and senior offensive lineman Mike Adams to its roster. Unfortunately for the Scarlet and Gray, without a quarterback, it will not mean anything.
Jupp Heynckes decided not to prolong his career once again and he will leave Bayern Munich after the end of the season – but he insisted that he is very happy with the club’s choice of his replacement.Bayern Munich have decided to appoint Niko Kovac, the current Eintracht Frankfurt coach and their former player, as a new coach and Jupp Heynckes insisted that he believes that the Croat has been predestined for this position.The experienced German coach spoke about his future replacement as he said, according to Goal:“I have already said that Niko Kovac works with a lot of different types of players and nationalities at Frankfurt.”Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“He does it excellently, so for sure he is predestined to become coach of Bayern Munich.”“He has made a very good and positive impression on me. Above all, he is very diligent. That is not always the case.”“He is innovative. He is a coach who loves football and who maintains good communication with his players. I think Bayern Munich made a good choice.”
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has branded the Celtic chief executive a “bulldog” amid talks over a move for Moussa DembeleThe French striker was absent in Wednesday’s training session with Lyon representatives having arrived at Glasgow to begin talks over a transfer.But things do not seem to have progressed the way Aulas had hoped after labelling Celtic’s chief executive, Peter Lawwell, a “bulldog” for his apparent stubbornness.“I know the boss at Celtic well. He is basically like a bulldog who negotiates after yapping. Don’t tell him I said that,” said Aulas, in a press conference.Johnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.Possibly fearing the consequences of what he had just said, Aulas quickly tried to cover up his comments by stating that Lawwell was his friend and “a great guy”.He added: “He will be vexed that I’ve said that. He’s a good friend, a great guy and very difficult in negotiations.”The European transfer window shuts on Friday at 11 pm.Aulas also confirmed that Lyon are in advanced talks with Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.
With 36% of the total votes, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has beaten Wayne Rooney as the MLS Newcomer of the Year Award after his first season at LA Galaxy.Both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney have made MLS history this season, they both competed fiercely for the Newcomer of the Year Award this Monday and the Swedish striker won the prize.The competition was already destined to be quite stiff as both European players came in with a bang, they both are considered to be amongst the best players in their respective countries’ history and they were both logically going to still prove their worth despite their age.In Wayne Rooney’s case, the England international may not be quite as old as Zlatan Ibrahimovic at 33 years old but his age is already important to consider him a veteran of the sport.But Zlatan’s case is way more interesting, as he just turned 37 last October and proved that age is relative when you are a true legend of the game.Zlatan began his particular story in the MLS in the most incredible way possible, during the first-ever Los Angeles Derby against LAFC and scoring an absolute screamer from outside of the box that presented him as the obvious contender for this particular award.On that debut match, Zlatan scored not one but two goals and began a beautiful love story with LA Galaxy.🦁 Gave them [email protected]_official is @MLS Newcomer of the Year.— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) November 12, 2018Zlatan’s feats continued throughout the whole season to reach unimaginable heights, the striker scored a total of 22 goals and provided 10 assists in 27 matches that he played.One of those goals included his career’s 500th against Toronto FC, which was scored in the most acrobatic manner that honored the style and personality he always showed throughout his career in European football.These stats and feats were more than enough to get Zlatan the highest percentage of the voting for this award, which was divided into three different areas that were able to cast their vote.The ones who voted were the players, the clubs, and finally the members of the media. Ibrahimovic beat Wayne Rooney in two of those categories, as a total of 34.99% of the players’ votes went to him and 30.90% for the Englishman.Report: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…The media liked Zlatan more than Rooney with a clear margin, as 45.65% of them voted for the Swedish striker, whereas 31.53% voted for Wayne.The England legend did get more voted from the clubs, with 34.31% for a 28.43% that Zlatan got. All these numbers were taken from the MLS Soccer official website.Ibra scored his 500th career goal (club & country) in the most Ibra way possible, too. pic.twitter.com/wYvSy16puf— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 12, 2018Although Wayne Rooney didn’t have an equally prolific season as Zlatan did, it’s clear that both of these players made a massive impact on the football industry in the United States and they can be credited for creating a higher level of popularity for this particular sport that hadn’t been felt since the days of Pele and Johan Cruyff decades ago.These two major stars should pave the way for other living and still active legends of the game, who will certainly think twice before they decide to leave for another country because they now will have the curiosity to go through a similar process to the one that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney have experienced this season.In the not so distant future, we can now think about the possibility of maybe getting the chance to watch Cristiano Ronaldo retire in the MLS when he is about the same age as Zlatan and take the MLS by storm like these two legends of the game have done.This is only the beginning, as both players have already confirmed that they will return for the next MLS season and they both should gift us with more unforgettable nights in US Soccer.22 goals & ten assists in 27 games—Zlatan took the league by storm.https://t.co/O52LCf2ErI— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 12, 2018What do you think about Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney’s impact on American soccer? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.