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Harry Redknapp takes QPR reins and tells players to raise their game

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Harry Redknapp, Queens Park Rangers’ new manager, chats in the stands during the 3-1 defeat at Manchester United. Photograph: Laurence Griffit

FOR about 12 minutes at Old Trafford it appeared Harry Redknapp might have transformed Queens Park Rangers’ fortunes just by breathing on them. The former Tottenham manager was present in a watching capacity, sitting in the main stand between the QPR chief executive, Philip Beard, and the shareholder Kamarudin Bin Meranun, yet he saw the Premier League‘s bottom club withstand Manchester United for the first half and take an early lead in the second.

No miracle resulted, however, and by the end of the game normal service had been resumed, as United won 3-1. Redknapp, who to the surprise of no one was confirmed as the new QPR manager on Saturday morning, will be familiar with United’s habit of waiting to go behind before producing their best football. Three goals in eight minutes later, United were back at the top of the table and QPR still as firmly rooted to the bottom.

That meant the only surprise of the afternoon was Redknapp promising not to spend a fortune in January. “The players at QPR have not performed to their potential,” he said. “The players have to be at it, the buck stops with them. I didn’t tell the club I wanted money to spend, I have not even discussed that situation. There are some good players here and if we can get them performing then come January, we might not need so much.”

QPR performed well for an hour, and Sir Alex Ferguson thought Redknapp’s arrival might have galvanised them. “You generally get that when you change managers,” he said. “QPR came here with a surge of determination and we found them hard to break down at first.”

Mark Bowen, assistant manager to the deposed Mark Hughes, supervised from the touchline. “As a unit we looked solid and did well up to a point,” he said. “Then the roof caved in. You know you are going to come under pressure here but we weren’t helped by individuals not doing their jobs at set plays.”

Bowen is waiting to hear whether he will be retained by Redknapp, who has signed a two-and-a-half year contract with Rangers, who are 20th and five points behind 17th-placed Reading. “We can’t get any lower,” said Redknapp. “We are rock bottom and we have to try and get up that table. I remember when I was at Portsmouth and we stayed up with a game to go at Wigan – it was the most fantastic feeling. The club had a good manager in Mark Hughes but for whatever reason it did not work out. We now have to produce in the last two thirds of the season to try and get out of trouble. Mark lost his job, but the players have to be man enough to know they are to blame for the position we are in.”

Redknapp, who will take charge for Rangers’ visit to Sunderland on Tuesday, was the primary target of Tony Fernandes, the QPR owner. “Harry was our No1 target, the unanimous choice of the board,” Fernandes said. “He has a proven track record in the Premier League and has all the characteristics we were looking for to get us out of the current situation we find ourselves in. His man-management skills are second to none and we are confident he is the right man to lead us away from the bottom of the table.”

Beard said the club had given Hughes a fair chance but decided the stakes were too high to delay action any longer. “We have played 12 games without a win and felt it was time to act in the best interests of the club,” he said. “The prize of staying in the Premier League is really high and, like every club in that part of the table, we will work really hard to get out of trouble. The situation is only not salvageable when it is impossible, but ultimately three clubs won’t survive. We will be giving everything to make sure we are not one of those three, and hope we have given ourselves a chance.”

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Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United : Rivals share the spoils despite entertaining match

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Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made five changes to the side that previously lost against Sheffield United with Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof returning to the defense, Scott McTominay, and Fred back in midfield, and Edinson Cavani leading the line in attack as they played out a goalless draw with Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday evening, January 30, after both sides had chances to win the game.

The Gunners made one change after losing Bukayo Saka to injury while Gabriel Martinelli was drafted into the side while new signing Martin Odegaard was named on the bench.
United dominated much of the opening period, as Fred had his curled effort tipped just wide by Bernd Leno.

 

Except for a break forward when Lacazette shot straight at David De Gea on the 15 minutes, it was pretty much all United had for the opening 25 minutes.

Rashford had his ball just taken off his toe in the area thanks to Martinelli’s diving header, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka rose to meet a cross from Shaw but it wasn’t that threatening.

 

Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United : Rivals share the spoils despite entertaining match

Pogba then put Fernandes through on 34 minutes and, after cutting inside David Luiz, Fernandes’ shot curled inches past the far post.

Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United : Rivals share the spoils despite entertaining match

United lost McTominay before the break due to stomach cramp, and as half-time approached, Rashford missed his shot when he was found by Shaw just yards from goal.

Arsenal coach, Mikel Arteta introduced Willian at the start of the second half and on the 49th minute, a ball from the right eluded Wan-Bissaka but he responded well to make a superb point-blank block to deflect the Brazilian’s effort wide.

Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United : Rivals share the spoils despite entertaining match

Within minutes of the hour-mark, United looked certain to score when a brilliant one-two between Martial and Shaw on the left side of the box led to Shaw firing a cross to Cavani whose drive was deflected.

 

 

Source: Linda Ikeja 

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Kobe Bryant fans sign petition to make his image the new NBA logo

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More than 800,000 fans have signed a petition to replace the NBA logo with an image of Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people in California on Sunday.

‘With the untimely and unexpected passing of the great Kobe Bryant please sign this petition in an attempt to immortalize him forever as the new NBA Logo,‘ read the Change.Org petition, which was posted by a Nick M. of Vancouver, British Columbia.

So far, the petition has over 800,000 signatures.

The current logo is a silhouette of fellow Lakers legend Jerry West, who expressed in the past that he would not mind if the logo was changed.

Kobe Bryant died alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others when his chopper crashed in Calabasas, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles on Sunday.

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Rihanna pictured watching UEFA champions league against Atletico Madrid

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Pop star, Rihanna was spotted tonight at the VIP center of Juventus’ Allianz Arena stadium watching the UEFA Champions league between Juventus and Atletico Madrid.

 

Juventus’ official twitter account recognized her presence with photos of her during the game and a video of her arrival at the stadium.

 

Juventus won the match against Atletico Madrid as a free-kick from

Paulo Dybala guaranteed the Italian side top spot in Group D.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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