Mourinho, Pogba feud takes spotlight in West Ham trip

Posted On Jan 10 2020 by

first_imgBut United manager Mourinho is embroiled in a clash of egos with France midfielder Pogba that threatens to derail his side’s season.Mourinho and Pogba were filmed in a heated discussion at United’s training ground on Wednesday, just 24 hours after the World Cup winner was told he would no longer be the team’s vice-captain.The volatile Pogba reportedly infuriated Mourinho by making it clear he wants to join Barcelona and poured fuel on the fire when he criticised the manager’s cautious tactics in last weekend’s draw with Wolves.With United players said to be taking sides on the row, Mourinho is facing a toxic situation that could divide the club.There was further woe for Mourinho on Tuesday as United, with the rested Pogba watching from the stands, were dumped out of the League Cup third round in an embarrassing defeat against second tier Derby.United are already eight points behind Liverpool and can ill-afford another setback in an already traumatic campaign.Against that tense backdrop, the announcement of United’s team-sheet at West Ham on Saturday will be eagerly awaited to see whether Pogba will be recalled or be consigned to exile.Regardless of Pogba’s presence, United must raise their effort levels, according to their veteran defender Ashley Young.“I think they had more intensity than we did,” Young said of the Derby defeat.“You have to show that intensity and go further than the opposition. We didn’t do that and I think we got punished.”Once the latest chapter of Mourinho’s row with Pogba is out of the way in east London, all eyes will turn to the west side of the capital where Chelsea star Hazard plans to aims repeat his midweek heroics against Liverpool.Belgium playmaker Hazard came off the bench to knock Liverpool out of the League Cup with a superb solo strike at Anfield on Wednesday.Chelsea’s Eden Hazard celebrates his wonder goal against Liverpool © AFP / Paul ELLISHazard’s stunning late goal capped Chelsea’s come from behind 2-1 victory, making them the first team to stop Liverpool winning this season.That drama finale set the stage for Saturday’s rematch at the Bridge, where Liverpool will put their six-match winning run in the league on the line against unbeaten Chelsea, who are two points behind in third place.If Chelsea are to deal another blow to the Reds, they will surely need another memorable contribution from Hazard.With five goals in his first six league games, Hazard has started the season in fine form, prompting Chelsea team-mate Ross Barkley to hail him as the world’s best.Asked if Hazard compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Barkley said: “They are probably a lot more selfish than Eden is. He is not a selfish player.“He is establishing himself in the top three players in the world now, and at the minute, he’s probably the best player in the world.”Liverpool have failed to win their last four meetings with Chelsea and a victory over Maurizio Sarri’s team would be a major statement of intent as they chase a first English title since 1990.Like Sarri, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp made eight changes in the League Cup tie, but insisted it was still a valuable lesson ahead of the more important match this weekend.“We know much more what will happen on Saturday because we’ve seen it before so we will use the two days to prepare,” Klopp said.“We can do better and now we know more. I think we were well prepared but the game will help massively.”Fixtures (5pm unless stated)SaturdayArsenal v Watford, Chelsea v Liverpool (7:30pm), Huddersfield v Tottenham, Everton v Fulham, Manchester City v Brighton, Newcastle v Leicester, West Ham v Manchester United (2:30pm), Wolves v SouthamptonSundayCardiff v Burnley (6pm)MondayBournemouth v Crystal Palace (10pm)0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba are at the centre of a clash of the egos © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 28 – Jose Mourinho’s astonishing feud with Paul Pogba will take another twist when Manchester United’s warring duo head to West Ham, while Chelsea’s Eden Hazard bids to inflict more misery on Liverpool.On any other weekend, the showdown between Premier League leaders Liverpool and title rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge would be the centre of attention.last_img read more


Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

Posted On Aug 11 2019 by

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, right, a first round draft pick from Mississippi, battles with offensive lineman Cole Toner, left, a fifth round draft pick from Harvard, during the team’s NFL football rookie camp practice Friday, May 6, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals are coming off their finest season since 1948, leading the NFL in points and yards per game. Carson Palmer owns the NFL’s best winning percentage (.870) since the start of the 2014 season, playing the best ball of his 12-year career. He’s 36 years old, though, tossing passes to Larry Fitzgerald, who is also entering the twilight years of a sterling career.After watching the Cardinals pressure Cam Newton on a season-low 20.7 percent of dropbacks in their season-ending loss, Arians and general manager Steve Keim prioritized finding a blue-goose pass rusher this offseason. Keim promptly traded for Pro Bowl edge rusher Chandler Jones while selecting talented defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche in the first round of the draft. If Palmer and Fitzgerald don’t reach the Super Bowl in the next two years, it won’t be for lack of front-office support. Arians and Keim understand it’s time to seize the moment.The acquisition of Jones from New England was widely praised in NFL circles as it gives the Cardinals a premier edge pass rush threat. Since entering the league in 2012, Jones has 36 quarterback sacks, tied for the 11th-most in the league.Nkemdiche, the 29th overall selection in the draft earlier this month, had seven sacks, 19 tackles for loss and 11 quarterback hurries in his three-year college career. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories center_img Carpe Diem.It means “seize the day.”According to NFL.com writer Chris Wesseling, the Arizona Cardinals did just that in terms of reconstructing their pass rush — an element of their defense thought to be a weakness despite their trip to the NFC Championship Game last January.Wesseling gave out his NFL Roster Reconstruction Awards for 2016, and gave the Cardinals the “Carpe Diem” Award. Jones and Nkemdiche aren’t the only new pieces on Arizona’s defensive line. Veteran tackle Corey Peters is back from a left Achilles tendon injury that he suffered in training camp last summer. – / 28 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more