first_imgWorld Cup Walker reacts to Sane World Cup omission… by spitting water! Chris Burton 21:35 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Leroy Sane Germany Getty World Cup Germany Manchester City Premier League Leroy Sané The Manchester City winger has been left out of Germany’s 23-man party heading to Russia, much to the surprise of a colleague at the Etihad Stadium Kyle Walker is among those to have been left stunned by Germany’s decision to leave Leroy Sane out of their World Cup 2018 squad.The Manchester City forward had formed part of Joachim Low’s 27-man preliminary party, but was one of four unfortunate figures cut when a final selection was made.Sane had been expected to be a key man for the reigning champions as they head to Russia hoping to defend their global crown. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now He starred for City during the 2017-18 campaign, netting 10 goals and providing 15 assists during a record-breaking Premier League title triumph for Pep Guardiola’s side.Those efforts were enough to see the 22-year-old named PFA Young Player of the Year, with a Carabao Cup win providing another memorable high in a productive campaign.Low has, however, decided to go with other options in the German ranks.He favours a different approach to Guardiola and Sane has not always looked entirely comfortable in the colours of his country during 12 senior outings to date.He is still one of the most exciting young talents in European football, though, and City colleague Walker is amazed to learn that he will not be joining him in Russia.When you find out @LeroySane19 isn’t going to the World Cup 😧 pic.twitter.com/0IV3VVahXX— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) June 4, 2018Former Germany midfielder Michael Ballack has also taken to social media to express his surprise at a big call from Low, with the ex-Chelsea and Bayern Munich star suggesting that the decision to overlook Sane could come back to haunt one of the pre-tournament favourites.#Germany‘s #Löw puts himself under Massive pressure with this decision! @LeroySane19 , the Best young player in the #PL, has to stay home 🤔🤔Jogi nicht dein #Sane-Tag heute?!#DFB— Michael Ballack (@Ballack) June 4, 2018Germany, without Sane, will open their World Cup 2018 campaign against Mexico on June 17.last_img read more

first_imgWorld Cup Germany in a world of hurt after Mexico defeat Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent in Moscow Last updated 1 year ago 01:13 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Thomas Muller Germany Mexico World Cup 2018 170618 Getty World Cup Germany v Mexico Germany Mexico Opinion The world champions have some tough work ahead of them following this unexpected defeat by El Tri, which laid bare frailties in Joachim Low’s side And so, Germany follow Spain in suffering defeat in their first match back as World Cup champions. It’s their first time losing since Spain beat them in the semi-final en route to the trophy in 2010.Spain’s loss to a tactically astute Netherlands in 2014 was the first of many cuts which brought an end to their period of dominance. It was wild and unexpected. This one, too, might have alarm bells ringing in Germany.Joachim Low has never appeared to put a lot of importance into friendly results but his team only won one of their six games heading into the World Cup. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move While plenty will argue that those matches should in effect be tune-ups or auditions for the squad proper, Germany couldn’t put away England, Spain, France, Brazil or modest Austria in a run of five winless games.Their only victory in the run-up to Russia 2018 came in unconvincing fashion against Saudi Arabia when media at home worried whether or not the cup holders were undercooked ahead of the tournament.Those friendlies might have seen try-outs for many Bundesliga – and Premier League-based contenders – but it appeared all along that Low had an idea of his best team and only injury would deter him from his path.Any fan could have made an educated guess at the XI to take on Mexico with only Marvin Plattenhardt at left-back providing a somewhat moderate surprise. It meant that Juan Carlos Osorio had a pretty good idea of what he would be dealing with at the Luzhniki on matchday one. And his preparation worked to perfection.Mesut Ozil Germany Mexico World Cup 2018 170618It’s hard to point out one particular area where it went wrong for Germany but here should be plenty in the line-up – as well as Low in the dugout – who might consider the value of their contributions.Joshua Kimmich was identified by Low as Germany’s most important tactical weapon and he got forward plenty on the right. But the problems started when Mexico won the ball back.Germany were altogether too slow to recover with Kimmich out of his right-back station. Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng are not quick enough in getting over to cover and the laxity with which Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira carried out their defensive work should give cause for concern.There was too much space for Mexico to work in. Their goal was a great illustration of the game plan. They won the ball high up the field; a few passes later, Hirving Lozano had turned Mesut Ozil inside out and given el Tri their lead .The space between the centre backs and midfield was occupied gladly by Carlos Vela, who had a great game. Those two delivered a warning shot right in the open stages when they combined for a chance that could have brought a goal.Hirving Lozano Germany Mexico World Cup 2018 170618And at times Mexico were content to invite their opponents on to them and asked questions of their creative capacities. Kroos and Ozil are integral to that process but malfunctioned in that regard.It denied Timo Werner the chances he needs to stretch his legs and stretch defences. Despite an injury crisis in the backline before the tournament, Osorio’s men dealt quite competently with the German threat and limited them to half chances at best.This game will have the twin effect of giving Mexico the self-belief they need to go far in the tournament and of having Low consider his choices for next time out.The Mexican fans outnumbered and out-sang their German counterparts who must have thought they were going to show up and ease their way to victory.By the time the Germans realised the game was slipping away from them – and Marco Reus, Mario Gomez and Julian Brandt summoned from the bench – it was too late to gather any real momentum.Just like for Spain four years ago, there are problems in this championship team and Mexico exploited them. Germany not so invincible after all.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Bernardo: This isn’t goodby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has urged teammates not to dwell on defeat to Leicester City.The loss sees City now six points behind leaders Liverpool.”To lose two games in a row – especially at this important part of the season, is never good,” said Bernardo.“Now we need to check what we’ve been doing wrong, try to improve those areas and start winning games as quickly as possible.”Seven points to Liverpool is starting to be a lot, we are not in a good moment, but tomorrow is another day. We have to find an explanation and we need a good reaction from all the lads at Southampton.” last_img read more

first_imgDONE DEAL: Sevilla confirm deal for Barcelona striker Munir El Haddadiby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla have confirmed the signing of Barcelona striker Munir El Haddadi.Sevilla have announced their agreement for the signing of Munir from Barcelona, pending a medical examination.The 23-year-old’s exit from Barcelona was on the cards ever since he rejected two contract offers from the Catalan club.With his contract set to expire in the summer, Barcelona were keen to sell in January in order to avoid losing him on a free transfer.Sevilla will pay just over one million euros for the Spanish international who is set to put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde yet to make Messi call for BVBby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has included Lionel Messi in his squad for the Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund.But Valverde has claimed that he is yet to decide if the Argentine will play on Tuesday.”We will decide tomorrow [if Messi can play],” Valverde said at Barcelona’s pre-match press conference.”A few days ago we were not very clear, but the last training ended well and he is no longer thinking about the pain he had.”It is important to play without thinking.”He has improved a lot, but we will see tomorrow.” last_img

first_imgEx-Juventus boss Allegri ready to replace Tottenham manager Pochettinoby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham could have an alternative to Mauricio Pochettino available to them in the shape of Max Allegri.The Sunreports that if Spurs consider sacking Pochettino sometime this season, the former Juventus and AC Milan boss is ready to take over.Allegri left Juventus in the summer and is taking a year off from the sport.But he would be willing to come back to management for a job like Spurs.The Italian has been learning English and is reportedly eager to work in the Premier League.While Tottenham hope that Pochettino can turn things around, there is a feeling around the club that it may be time for a change at the end of the season.Allegri would bring pedigree and a trophy winning past to a club that is desperate to make the step up to the elite in the English game. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino denies quit talkby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed talk he is set to quit the club.Indeed, he claims he could be at the club for “another five years”.The Argentine’s future at the club is in doubt after a poor start to the season plunged to new depths on Tuesday night when Spurs were embarrassed 7-2 by Bayern Munich. Pochettino said: “It is a moment to stay all together. I accept the opinions. When you don’t win, not only at Tottenham, this happens at every club in the world.”It is normal that the game has created a lot of opinion and rumours, everyone needs to talk.”But in the end, the only thing that happened is that we lost a game. I have no doubt we are going to stay together and find a way to be successful again, no doubt.”In five-and-a-half years, every single press conference we have talked about my future.”I hope [because] we are still talking, it means that I am going to spend five more years here, at least.” last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Guardiola won’t outstay his welcome at Man Cityby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has told chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak he won’t outstay his welcome.City slipped to eight points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool just eight games into the season after Sunday’s calamitous home defeat to Wolves.The City manager discussed his relationship with owner Khaldoon in a new book, ‘Pep’s City: The  Making  of a Superteam’.”He knows I’d step aside if things weren’t going to plan,” Guardiola says in the book, according to The Sun.“I’ll give everything to avoid that and make every effort to move things forward. No coasting.” last_img read more

first_imgMan Utd target Muller warns Bayern Munich: I’m just too ambitious for thatby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThomas Muller admits he’s considering his options at Bayern Munich.The striker has been linked with a January move away, with Liverpool and Manchester United linked.And Muller told Kicker: “A coach has to make difficult decisions before each game. “However, there has been a trend in the past five games that does not make me happy. If the coaching team only sees me in the role of a substitute player in the future, I have to think about it. “I’m just too ambitious for that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Velez Sarsfield midfielder Thiago Almada retains hope of Man City futureby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveVelez Sarsfield midfielder Thiago Almada retains hope of eventually joining Manchester City.Almada’s proposed move to Manchester City was called off in the summer after he signed a new contract with his club Velez Sarsfield. He gave an interview to radio station La Red in which he revealed that when he is on the Playstation, he plays as City.“I always choose Manchester City,” said the Argentina under-20 international .Asked about the possibility of moving abroad, Almada said he “would like to play in Europe, it is much better there.” last_img

first_imgJosh Cullen: West Ham wanted to keep meby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJosh Cullen has revealed West Ham United wanted to keep him at the club for this season.The midfielder returned to Charlton Athletic for a second loan spell after helping the club earn promotion to the Championship.The midfielder told The Athletic: “I was here on loan last season and then all through pre-season, it seemed like I wasn’t going to go out on loan again because West Ham wanted me to stay.”But then, come the end of the window, we all decided it would be best if I went out to get some regular game time in the Championship.”I just felt like, knowing the manager, knowing the way he wants his team to play and knowing how much I enjoyed playing under him last season, it would be the right decision to come back, and I’ve loved every minute since I’ve been back.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgGeorgetown trolls EWU coach.Prior to Eastern Washington’s Second Round NCAA Tournament game against Georgetown Thursday night, Eagles’ coach Jim Hayford made a prediction: his team was going to win. That prediction was wrong. The No. 4-seeded Hoyas defeated the No. 13-seeded Eagles, 84-74. Following the game, Georgetown’s official Twitter account did a bit of trolling to the man who made the guarantee. #HOYASWIN!!!! 84-74 #OnToTheNEXTOne pic.twitter.com/SOxQ4cetGi— Georgetown Hoops (@GeorgetownHoops) March 20, 2015We like coaches who are confident, but you can’t say “we’re going to win” and proceed to lose without much of a fight. Georgetown is set to face Utah on Saturday at 7:45 p.m. E.T.last_img

first_imgChinanu Onuaku shoots free throws granny style.YouTube/FIBAThe Onuaku family can do a lot of things well on a basketball court. Shooting free throws isn’t one of them. Arinze Onuaku, now a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, shot .395 from the stripe during his Syracuse career. His brother Chinanu, a rising sophomore at Louisville, isn’t much better; he shot .467 as a freshman. The younger Onuaku is making a pretty big change to attempt to fix his free throw woes: he’s now shooting them “granny style,” like NBA Hall of Famer Rick Berry, who knocked down 90-percent of his free throws during his NBA career. Onuaku debuted this change at the FIBA World Championships, where he is participating as a member of the USA U19 team. Why yes, we do hope he sticks with this style for the rest of his career. The world needs more high-profile “granny style” free throw shooters.[CollegeBasketballTalk]last_img read more

first_imgTemple player throws Brice Johnson to the ground.unc brice johnson throws to ground by temple playerAfter a competitive first half, North Carolina pulled away from Temple in the second session of Friday night’s contest, leading to a great deal of frustration for the Owls. Temple guard Shawn Alston might have gone a bit overboard in showing it.With less than a minute to play, UNC’s Brice Johnson threw down a put-back slam off of a Joel Berry missed jumper. Alston took offense to Johnson’s hanging on the rim, and threw him to the ground, causing a scuffle. Here’s a Vine of the play.Brice Johnson nasty put back slam. Then a scuffle. #UNC https://t.co/udpKMYXmXJ— » King (@mkhubbard_) November 14, 2015Alston was assessed a technical, for the record. UNC got the win, 91-67.last_img

first_imgscooby wright iii celebrates the NFL draft with a dive.Vine/NFL on ESPNFor a while, we were worried about the draft status of Arizona’s Scooby Wright III, but the Cleveland Browns selected the big-time tackler with the 250th pick in the NFL Draft. Wright, who racked up 163 total tackles, 29 tackles for loss, and 14 sacks in 2014 before missing all but three games in 2015, was extremely emotional after getting the call, and then had our favorite celebration of the day.That moment when you wait 3 days and are drafted with one of the final picks. Scooby Wright to the Browns. pic.twitter.com/qwm5Q4XqNF— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 30, 2016 2016’s winner of ‘Best Reaction to Being Drafted By an NFL Team’ is Scooby Wright… https://t.co/1rp56d3u40— Chris Long (@ChrisLongKSTP) April 30, 2016 Congrats, Scooby. And Cleveland fans. You got a really good one in the seventh round.last_img read more

first_imgA general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the West Virginia Mountaineers.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the West Virginia Mountaineers on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Friday morning, a map of the most popular college football team in every county, created by the users of Reddit CFB, went viral – for obvious reasons. We thought we’d give you a look at some of the other data that was produced as part of the study. Below, you’ll find an embed that features dozens of maps. Each shows where teams’ fans come from.Some, like Notre Dame and Miami, have spread out, national followings. Others are very concentrated. Check it all out:Does it look accurate to you? Or do you think your team is misrepresented?last_img

first_imgclemson head coach dabo swinney celebrates during national titleSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Alabama may have lost a great deal of talent to the NFL after winning its fourth national title in seven years, but it doesn’t look like college football analysts are expecting much of a drop off from the Crimson Tide. Monday, FOX Sports’ Stewart Mandel unveiled an updated look at his top 25 ahead of the 2016 season, and Alabama is still top dog. Mandel’s update comes after the NFL Draft – meaning no more players will be leaving their schools.Florida State and Clemson, two ACC powers, come in at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. It certainly seems like the Seminoles and Tigers could be fighting for a Playoff spot this fall.Here’s the rest of Mandel’s top 10. If you want to check out the full top 25, head over to FOX Sports.1. Alabama 2. Florida State 3. Clemson 4. LSU 5. Michigan 6. TCU 7. Oklahoma 8. Tennessee 9. Ohio State 10. Ole MissWhat do you think, college football fans? Does Mandel have it right?last_img read more

first_imgDaelin Hayes Notre Dame commitment promotion.Daelin HayesDaelin Hayes did more than get ahead on school work by starting classes at Notre Dame in January.As one of five members of the Fighting Irish’s 2016 signing class to get an early jump at school, Hayes had personal access to the team’s fitness program and equipment. The 6-foot-3 linebacker weighed 260 pounds when he stepped on campus, but his latest post on Twitter suggests his physical shape has drastically changed. Complete Body Transformation pic.twitter.com/KfGMTbzvbM— Daelin Hayes (@DaelinHayes_IX) July 16, 2016According to 247Sports, Hayes is now weighing in at 243 pounds and dropped his overall body fat percentage form 21-percent to 12-percent. Looks like he’s definitely ready for pre-season training.Hayes, a four-star linebacker, picked the Irish over Michigan State. He originally had committed to USC, but re-opened his recruiting once Steve Sarkisian was fired. Out of high school, Hayes was ranked as the the No. 133 overall player in the nation, No. 10 outside linebacker and No. 4 prospect in Michigan per the 247Sports Composite.Notre Dame opens their season against the Texas Longhorns on Sunday, Sept. 4.last_img read more

first_imgNewcastle manager Rafa Benitez has defended his decision to rotate heavily in recent weeks saying that he “doesn’t have players like Lionel Messi”.The Spaniard has come under fire in recent weeks for making too many changes during the busy festive period when Newcastle failed to pick up a win from any of their five games in 15 days.Benitez came in for criticism especially for his squad management in the Liverpool game on Boxing Day when the Magpies were beaten 4-0. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss admitted his mistakes but defended himself by saying fatigue played a factor in his selection.Benitez told the Newcastle Chronicle : “To be fair I didn’t just manage the squad against Liverpool, I thought we could win the game with fresh legs and doing the right things.”I was disappointed because we made mistakes against a very good team to give them the advantage.”We should have managed the game better.”The festive games are not just about managing the squad and having fresh legs for each game, it is to pick the right players for a certain game.”Sometimes a player who is classed as better in theory, they can be tired.”If he is tired he’s worse than the other one.”The 1-1 draw at home to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup third round on Saturday also prompted questions after eight changes were made to the team that lost to Manchester United three days earlier.Benitez hit back at any critics saying that his players cannot perform to the best of their ability during the congested period of fixtures.”If you had Lionel Messi – OK, he would have to be there no matter what because he can make the difference,” he added.”But, if you don’t have players like Messi or players of a similar level, you need players who can give you something physically in a third game in a row in a short period of time.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgAh, the hysteria of the off-season! When many Manchester United fans haven’t been fretting over the perceived shortage of transfer activity they’ve been getting themselves twisted up in knots about the failure to appoint a technical director.Such are the quiet summer months without wall-to-wall football to keep people entertained.While 21-year-olds Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have been added to United’s roster so far, supporters have been keen for momentum to be raised in the market as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to stamp his authority on a side which struggled for form and energy at the end of a rollercoaster 2018-19 season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Solskjaer himself had said that the ideal scenario was for all business to be completed by July 1 when the majority of his squad reported for pre-season training, and with that not having happened a spotlight has been shone over the shortcomings of the club’s current transfer committee.The additions of James and Wan-Bissaka have taken half of the summer to complete, leaving many to wonder why transfer activity at Old Trafford has not been more expeditious while other clubs across the continent have been able to chase multiple targets at once.But the one-at-a-time policy is a trend United have followed for a number of summers now, with the triple-signing of Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin in the space of a few days back in mid-July 2015 the last example of the club having tied up and announced multiple deals in a short space of time. It was also the last time they made a formal presentation of a new player, incidentally.Since then it has been United’s way to go headlong after one player and then move to the next, with head of corporate development Matt Judge dealing with the details in most negotiations. And the club are happy enough with what they have achieved so far with Judge and executive vice-chair Ed Woodward working alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mick Phelan in shaping the squad for the season ahead.Mike Phelan Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United 2018-19So what happened to the search for a technical director? Well, the planning for a change in the football delegation continues with United always having been eager to take their time and make the right decisions for the future of the club rather than rushing into an appointment.The rapid changes in the manager’s office in recent times, with Solskjaer being the fourth permanent boss in the six years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, have seen United make several volte-faces. How should the team play? What is the club’s footballing philosophy? It feels like every managerial switch – from David Moyes to Louis van Gaal, Van Gaal to Jose Mourinho, Mourinho to Solskjaer – has necessitated a complete restructure of the squad or at least of sensibilities within the playing and coaching ranks.As such, United need greater direction running through the entire operation, and identifying a new chain of command within the football department is key to moving forward. Greater guidance for Woodward is an imperative, particularly given his non-footballing background which was all-too-publicly mocked by Van Gaal recently.“At Bayern, the people in charge are football men. I always appreciated that,” the Dutchman told 11 Freunde magazine.“At Manchester United, on the other hand, Ed Woodward was installed as CEO – somebody with zero understanding of football who was previously an investment banker. It cannot be a good thing when a club is run solely from a commercially-driven perspective.”Louis van Gaal on Ed Woodward Manchester UnitedPerhaps United are actually six years late in putting these plans in place. The restructure does feel a bit like something they should have been planning for immediately following Ferguson’s departure, but having not done so until now they cannot go about playing catch-up too quickly. Taking time to get the structure right, and not simply making a snap decision to bring in a single transfer chief, is clearly the way forward. And thus far there is no real indication as to just how many people United will look to add to the decision-making structure when all is said and done.They have never suggested they are after a single fix-all addition, and had they made an appointment in the latter stages of last season it would have been careless – kamikaze even – to go about changing whatever plans they had for the current transfer window on the say-so of a new director. The position or positions need to be about the long-term, and bodging it up with a speedy addition now would be no more productive than the January 2018 decision to hurriedly usurp Manchester City and sign Alexis Sanchez to an eye-bulging £390,000 weekly deal.Names such as Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher, Marcel Bout and John Murtough have been linked with a catch-all position of technical director, but the former pair would likely offer very different qualities as former players from the latter duo whom have forged their reputations at United in recent years – Bout as the head of global scouting and Murtough as head of football development.There are countless decisions to be made before finally landing on the composition which will fit the United model. Do they employ one person as head of the football side as generally happens in Italy? What about the Ajax constitution of Edwin van der Sar as the public face and Marc Overmars as the real decision-maker?Rio Ferdinand Darren Fletcher Manchester UnitedWhatever the final vision is to look like, there clearly needs to be movement in the recruitment drive at some point in the not-too-distant future, as Solskjaer himself has impressed since arriving as manager.“The demands of football nowadays mean you definitely have to split responsibilities,” he told reporters in April. “More than 100 years ago, managers used to be the club secretaries as well, but things change.“I have an input in most of the things now and will give my advice of course, but I am not the one who decides. A manager can’t do as much as he used to do when Sir Alex started, for example.“Me and Ed and Joel [Glazer], we are looking at how this club can be run as smoothly and as well as possible.”But considering the club has taken a step back after the end of the Mourinho era and agreed that a ‘United Way’ has to be cultivated and honoured, there should be no rush in their building of the backroom team which will decide just how Manchester United goes about its business in future years.In the meantime, it’s business as usual in the transfer market, however laboured some perceive that to be. The addition of technical directors is not a matter for haste. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more