Cristiano Ronaldo Hot Favourite for Capocannoniere

Cristiano Ronaldo is fully expected to take Serie A by storm after leaving Real Madrid for Juventus and bookmakers believe Italian football defences will struggle to contain him just as their Spanish counterparts in La Liga did.

Although he moves leagues at the age of 33 – at a similar time in his career to fellow Portugal great and former Bernabeu favourite Luis Figo – Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing down. Continue reading “Cristiano Ronaldo Hot Favourite for Capocannoniere”

US Tour Of Manchester United

The latest news of Manchester United is that Jose Mourinho, the manager is satisfied with the progress that his side made despite the draw match that his side had against the San Jose Earthquakes. This stalemate game was another training session, which was the second consecutive draw that the side had during their tour in the US.

Many players of the club had commitments in the World Cup for which they missed out on the trip. The Portuguese are content that the squad that he formed, along with players like Alexis Sanchez, was able to get good practice if nothing else.  The Portuguese were happy with the performance of the squad though many of the best players were missing. He issued a statement that the team was not really in form since it merely comprised of players who had come from different teams.
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Paul Pogba Dismisses Talk Of A Rift With Jose Mourinho

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has insisted that he is focused on his job at Manchester United whilst dismissing the talk of a rift with manager Jose Mourinho. The France international found himself in a difficult situation during the months of February and March but he has since returned to form with top-notch performances against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

In a report covered by Sky Sports, he said: “Right now, I am at Manchester United and I am honestly only thinking about the present. Transfers are not in my head. We are in the [FA] Cup final and the World Cup is around the corner. I don’t have a problem with him, and I don’t think he has a problem with me. He’s the coach and he has to make choices. I am a player and I accept them. I have to answer on the pitch.” Continue reading “Paul Pogba Dismisses Talk Of A Rift With Jose Mourinho”

Pulis Determined to Guide Middlesbrough Back

Middlesbrough were many people’s fancies for an immediate return to the top flight at the beginning of the season but it’s been far from plain sailing for the Teesside club. After a slow start under Garry Monk, Tony Pulis was drafted in and was tasked with guiding the hugely talented squad back to the Premier League. The former West Brom boss struggled during the first few months but his side have found some consistency and booked their place in the play-offs with a 2-0 win over Millwall on April 28th.

Pulis made a number of signings in January with Martin Cranie arriving to provide defensive cover and Mo Besic joining the club on loan from Everton. After spending a club-record fee on Britt Assombalonga in the summer, it was a relatively low-key transfer window for the club but it added bodies in key positions ahead of the final three months of the season.

Besic, in particular, has impressed and his performances alongside Johnny Howson and Adam Clayton in midfield have been particularly eye-catching. The Bosnian international has quickly become a firm fan favourite and supporters will be desperately hoping the club can push the boat out and sign him in the summer. He’s been one of the standout performers throughout March and April and he is likely to play a key role during the play-offs. Continue reading “Pulis Determined to Guide Middlesbrough Back”

Gary Neville Slams Paul Pogba’s Performance Versus Crystal Palace

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has taken a swipe at Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba for his first-half performance against Crystal Palace. The France international struggled to assert authority in midfield during the course of the first period, and he was partly at fault for Andros Townsend’s opener after he gave the ball away attempting a long-range pass.

Speaking at half-time, Neville criticised the Frenchman for his poor showing alongside Nemanja Matic, and believes the midfielder was taking everything easy like YouTube or Instagram video, he said: “His great weakness is that he plays like he’s playing in the park with his mates. It’s like everything he does is like a YouTube or Instagram video. It’s like it’s not serious, it’s like a joke to him in terms of the way he goes about things. It’s no wonder Jose Mourinho has left him out for the past few weeks a number of times.”
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Paul Pogba reveals Real Madrid transfer interest

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has confirmed that he had snubbed advances from Real Madrid in order to seal his return to Old Trafford last year. The France international joined the Red Devils for a then-record fee of £89m, and he has since become a valuable first-team player under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho.

Speaking on the ‘Beyond the Pitch’ podcast, Pogba admitted that he had the option to join the European champions from Juventus, but the lure of returning to United was hard to turn down. The Frenchman has not quite lit up the stage with his performances on a consistent basis, but he does not regret his decision to join the Mancunian giants.
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Bookies Forced to Take Villa Seriously After Stunning Win

Aston Villa got 2018 off to a stunning start, ensuring it was a happy New Year for all connected to the Birmingham-based club, hammering Championship promotion rivals Bristol City 5-0 in front of a bumper home crowd.

That was the start of an incredible January winning run in the second tier of English football and, poised for an assault on the major places, bookmakers were forced to take Steve Bruce’s side’s chances of gaining entry to the Premier League seriously when putting together their Championship betting outright odds, with Villa now 6/4 to finish inside the automatic promotion spots.

Billed as a 50/50 versus high-flying Robins before kick-off, Villa made a mockery of the day, rattling home five goals from four different scorers. Hogan broke the deadlock on 23 minutes, settling any nerves that had been lingering in the stands, and that opened the floodgates, Snodgrass grabbing a brace, Bjarnason and Hourihane also helping themselves to second-half celebrations.

Speaking to the press at full-time, experienced gaffer Bruce, who has seen it all at this level, was delighted for his players, believing many took confidence from the day, and that showed in their performance. He’ll be eager to see his recruits continue in that vein of form. Opposite number Lee Johnson, who still holds hopes of a play-off finish come the final tally, pinned the blame on the first goal, telling reporters his boys were superb until conceding.

On the back of that performance, the Villans certainly look good value to gain promotion in a market headed by Wolves, currently no better than 1/16. There’s few who would argue Nuno Espirito Santo’s team deserve to top the tree, and are looking good value for their league lead, but could Villa spring an upset? Traders think no, offering an eye-catching 25/1 on the title win.

At the end of January, Villa sat on 50 points, boasting a record of 14 wins, eight draws and six defeats, trailing pace-setters Wolves by 15 points. The gold medal may be a bridge too far. The race for second, and the automatic promotion that accompanies it, remains wide-open. Could AVFC avoid the lottery of an extended season and end as best of the rest? That’s more likely, in the eyes of odds compilers, 12/5 circling about a top-two finish. 11/8 is on the table for promotion by any means.

Turning our attentions to the top goal scorer, golden boot award and Albert Adomah rates as Aston Villa’s best hope of success. The Ghana international, deployed as an attacking midfielder, got his tally for the season into double-figures and the 30-year-old from Lambeth is after more in 2018.

Can he match the firepower of Derby’s Matej Vydra or Sheffield United’s goal machine Leon Clarke? It’s a big ask, the current market serving a meaty 25/1 for Adomah to finish on top – Vydra and Clarke both 4/1 – but there are each-way terms offered of 1/4 the odds 1-2-3, meaning he’d need only a top-three finish to give backers a healthy return. Aston Villa title win and Adomah top scorer? Well, we can dream.