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Man Utd: David Moyes says Sir Alex Ferguson would struggle

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson would have struggled this season.

The defending champions are seventh in the Premier League, 26 points worse off than at the same stage under Ferguson last year.

Some supporters have organised for an anti-Moyes banner to be flown over Old Trafford before Saturday’s home game against Aston Villa.

“If Sir Alex was here it would be difficult for him as well,” said Moyes.

“It could have been the case no matter what this season. But it has been so un-Man United, which is why we have to look to continue a policy of building, improving, getting better.”

Ferguson retired at the end of last season after United won the Premier League by 11 points. He won 38 trophies, including 13 league titles, during his 26-year reign and played a key role in Moyes’ appointment. 

I’ve had great support from fans – Moyes

Moyes, 50, gained an impressive reputation at Everton  despite not winning a trophy in 11 years.

However, he has been heavily criticised for United’s poor form this season, and both he and Ferguson – now a director and ambassador for the club – were abused by some supporters  following the 3-0 home defeat by Manchester City on Tuesday.

Moyes said after the game that he took responsibility for United’s decline, and insisted on Friday that he has the support of the majority of fans. 

He highlighted the number of players approaching the end of their career as evidence that even Ferguson – the most successful manager in the history of British football – would have struggled to improve United’s form.

Midfielder Michael Carrick and defenders Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic are 32, centre-back Rio Ferdinand is 35 and 40-year-old Ryan Giggs is in his 24th season at the club, now as a player-coach.

Moyes said: “People are aware there is a squad that is ageing, so I think it would have been a tough season for whoever was in charge of Manchester United this year.”

A banner with the words “Wrong One – Moyes Out” in seven-foot high red lettering will be flown above Old Trafford before United face Villa.

Protest organiser Wes Jones said: “We wanted to show that support isn’t as 100% as Moyes would like to think.”

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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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