EPL: Red Devils, Wolves light up Old Trafford

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Man U vs. Wolves Venue: Old Trafford Kick off: 6:30PMManchester United will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Old Trafford in today’s late kickoff. Both United and Wolves have collected 34 points from their 24 league matches this season, but the Red Devils are fifth in the table on goal difference, while Wolves are behind Tottenham Hotspur in seventh. In all honesty, a total of 34 points from 24 matches should not be enough for a potential top-four challenge at this stage of the campaign, but United is not entirely out of the race for the final Champions League spot despite enduring an inconsistent season. Indeed, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side is only six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, although they are just three points above of ninth-placed Southampton, which is an indication of what type of season it has been. The 20-time English champions have actually lost their last two in the Premier League, suffering a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool on January 19 before losing by the same scoreline at home to Burnley three days later. Solskjaer’s side did triumph in the FA Cup with a 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers last weekend, though, before beating Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night. The victory over the English champions was not enough to progress to the final of the competition, though, as Pep Guardiola’s team triumphed 3-2 on aggregate to ensure that they would play for another League Cup title. A lot has been made of United’s lack of options in the final third of the field, but the Red Devils announced the signing of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon on Thursday. The Portugal international underwent a medical with the club before signing on the dotted line and should be involved this weekend. Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Juan Mata have all struggled to contribute in the number 10 position this season, but Fernandes has managed 15 goals and 14 assists in 28 appearances at club level this term. The 25-year-old might well need time to make his mark in England, though, and at the time of writing, the club have still not signed a new striker despite a host of speculation. In terms of what is ahead for Solskjaer’s side, they will follow this weekend’s clash with a trip to Chelsea in the Premier League on February 17, and there is a chance that the likes of Paul Pogba and Axel Tuanzebe could be available for the match at Stamford Bridge after the 16-day break. United also have a two-legged Europa League knockout clash with Club Brugge to come before the end of the February, in addition to a home game against Watford in the Premier League. The Red Devils cannot afford to look past Saturday’s clash with Wolves, though, as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will also feel that they are capable of challenging for a top-four finish in the final months. Only Manchester City (5) and Liverpool (0) have lost fewer Premier League matches than Wolves (6) this season, although 10 draws from 24 matches sees them sit seventh rather than higher up the table. Having started their Europa League campaign for the 2019-20 season back in July, Wolves have played an awful lot of matches this season. Like United, they have progressed to the first knockout round and will face La Liga outfit Espanyol over two legs before the end of February. Despite the praise that has come Wolves’s way this season, they have actually only won one of their last five in the Premier League, losing twice to Liverpool and also away to Watford in recent weeks. The former Championship winners suffered a 2-1 home loss to Liverpool in their last league match on January 23, and they have not actually played since then having been knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round courtesy of a 1-0 loss at Old Trafford on January 15. Wolves held United to a 1-1 draw when the pair met in the Premier League earlier this season, while they recorded a 2-1 victory against the Red Devils in April 2019. Somewhat surprisingly, not since March 2012 have United actually beaten Wolves in the Premier League. Having had last weekend off, Wolves should be fresh for Saturday’s contest, while it will be 13 days until they play again as they return to Molineux to take on Leicester City on February 14. A number of players have once again impressed for the club this season, but Raul Jimenez has managed 11 Premier League goals thus far, while Adama Traore, who has five goals and 10 assists in all competitions, has also enjoyed a fine campaign for Nuno’s side. Having already triumphed in Manchester this season away to the reigning champions, Wolves will be full of confidence. United, though, will be determined to bounce back from their disappointing performance against Burnley and should be able to hand a debut to one of the most exciting attacking midfielders in Europe. Man United possible XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams, Fred, Andreas, James, Fernandes, Mata, Martial. Wolves possible XI: Patricio, Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss, Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Jonny, Traore, Jimenez, Neto.Tags: Manchester UnitedOld TraffordOle Gunnar SolskjaerRed Devilslast_img read more

The Latest: Challenger Pichot wants rugby ‘realignment’

first_imgDalglish has gone into self-isolation at home and urged the public to do everything possible to slow the spread of the virus.___Real Sociedad plans to have its players resume training individually this week. It would make it the first Spanish club to resume activities during the coronavirus pandemic.The club says players will have the option to start practicing at the team’s training center after the Spanish government decided to ease some of its lockdown measures.Non-essential workers will be allowed to return to their positions this week while observing social-distancing guidelines and other restrictions. Group activities will remain prohibited as Spain enters its fifth week of confinement because of the pandemic. Former Argentina and Bristol captain Agustin Pichot tweeted he was running against Beaumont for the role at rugby union’s governing body.The 45-year-old Pichot said the crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak was an opportunity for “global realignment” of rugby.Former England captain Beaumont announced he was standing for a second four-year term in January with French Rugby Federation president Bernard Laporte as his proposed vice chairman.Pichot, who also had a spell with Richmond in the late 1990s, wrote: “It is a critical time and a critical election. The current crisis is an opportunity for the global realignment of our game. We cannot miss it.”The election is due to be held in May. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Bill Beaumont is facing a late challenge to his bid for re-election as World Rugby chairman from his current vice chairman. ___Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish has expressed “immense gratitude” to National Health Service staff after returning home from the hospital following his coronavirus diagnosis.The 69-year-old former Celtic, Scotland and Liverpool forward was hospitalized on Wednesday for treatment on gallstones and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 despite not showing symptoms.Dalglish won eight league championships and three European Cups across spells as player and manager for Liverpool, while also guiding Blackburn to the Premier League title in 1994-95.In a statement on Liverpool’s official website, Dalglish said: “Thank you for all of your well wishes over the last few days. I’m delighted to be back home with the family after receiving brilliant care from the NHS, which we appreciate now more than ever.”center_img April 12, 2020 The Latest: Challenger Pichot wants rugby ‘realignment’ It was not yet clear whether the government will allow Real Sociedad to open its training center, though, as most sports facilities are still supposed to remain closed.Real Sociedad says players have been training at home for the last month. The club prepared individual training routines for players and sent them stationary bicycles and treadmills. Spain has reported its lowest daily growth in confirmed coronavirus infections in three weeks, with the total at about 166,000.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Meg makes it home safe and sound thanks to local vet

first_imgMeg the collie had been missing since Friday evening from the Burt area, however she was reunited with her owner after a local vet took her in.A lady called Maria reached out and noted that a female collie had been found and was being looked after by staff at Letterkenny Animal Hospital. Jenny, Meg’s owner, immediately knew it was Meg and they are now reunited.Jenny told Donegal Daily that Meg had been found wandering along the road by one of the local vets, Gerry Roarty. Gerry kindly took Meg to Letterkenny Animal Hospital where he looked after her with great care and sought out Meg’s owners. Jenny said; “Meg is a lucky, lucky girl. Just got a name tag for her so it’s not happening again!” She also said that Meg is absolutely 100% after her little adventure down to Letterkenny, but is very glad to be back home.  Meg makes it home safe and sound thanks to local vet was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COLLIEfound dogMegMISSING DOGlast_img read more