England manager Gareth Southgate has praised Manchester United defender Luke Shaw after he was drafted into the squad for the forthcoming set of internationals. The Red Devils left-back failed to make the Three Lions squad for the summer World Cup after an average 2017/18 season but he has since impressed in the United colours to earn a comeback.
Speaking to reporters, Southgate admitted that the Englishman had gone through a difficult period with injuries but he has been picked after making a strong start to the current campaign, he said: “He has had a difficult period in terms of adapting to a new club. A horrendous injury he had to overcome. I’m really impressed with the physical condition that he is in.He had an extra edge to his game in the last couple of matches I’ve seen. He’s shown an aggression to his play, a desire not to lose. Back to his powerful best.”
Ashley Young’s time at Manchester United at could be coming to an end as a result of the England international not being used much by manager Jose Mourinho.
Young had not been a first-team regular since he arrived at the club as a £ 18 million signing from Aston Villa in 2011. Even though he has been part of several trophies since then, Young has never been a first-team regular at the club even during the days of Sir Alex Ferguson. Hence, it was not surprising that he had been utilised in a number of roles – at least to give him some gaming time.
Young has made only five appearances in the league with most of them coming as a substitute. At 31 years of age, he is aware that his playing days are so coming to an end. Keen to make the most out of his remaining time, Young was reportedly considering the possibility of a loan move in January. A number of Premier league clubs have shown interest in the player including his former club Watford. Continue reading
Nobody in the game has more interesting examples to put forward than Jose Mourinho, that is for certain and the most recent example that the Man U coach has used to explain his point on Rooney controversy is as interesting as ever.
Mourinho reckons when a kid has a pencil of his own, he looks after it alright, but, when he doesn’t have a pencil of his own and his friend gives him a pencil for a couple of days or whatever time, then he has to be even more responsible towards it than he would have been towards his own pencil because it’s not his object, it has been given to him.
By the example of pencil, what Mourinho tried to say was that the players are actually the assets of the club while a season is on and if during that time, a club is allowing a player to join his national team, it is in a way lending the player to his national team. So, it becomes the responsibility of the coaching staff of the national team that nothing controversial happens with the player.
As per Mourinho, if he finds himself in charge of a national team tomorrow, he will certainly see players as if he has borrowed them from somewhere and he will ensure everything remains well with them till the point they go to where they had been borrowed from, that is to their clubs.
It was definitely a dig at Gareth Southgate, who, according to Mourinho, should not have allowed his players a night out. If he hadn’t, there was no way the Rooney controversy had broken out. The Portuguese also indicated that if media had gone after other England players, they would also have been found in similar condition that night as Rooney or even worse, maybe not in a marriage function, but, somewhere else.