Charlie Nicholas feared Fred’s Manchester United career was ‘finished’ before PSG performance

first_imgCharlie Nicholas feared Fred’s Manchester United career was ‘finished’ before PSG performance Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Mar 2019 11:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Solskjaer: ‘I wasn’t sure we were going to score’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:09FullscreenSolskjaer: ‘I wasn’t sure we were going to score’ is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Speaking after the remarkable victory in the French capital, he told ESPN: ‘This was my best moment since I moved to Manchester United.‘I felt had a great game. It’s a long time since I played like this: two games in a row. I’m very happy. I want to continue to play like this, to play games.‘I wasn’t surprised that we won. All the team played well. I played well. We knew it was going to be hard, but we are Manchester United.’He added: ‘It’s been a hard few months. I have not been playing. There has been a lot of things going on in my mind. Fred helped Manchester United beat PSG in Paris (Picture: Getty)Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas feared Fred’s Manchester United career was ‘finished’ before his impressive performance against PSG in the Champions League.Brazilian international Fred joined United from Shakhtar Donetsk last summer but has failed to produce his best form as of yet at Old Trafford.Both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have showed a lack of faith in Fred, with the 26-year-old making just four appearances since Boxing Day.But Fred played a key role in Wednesday night’s stunning victory over PSG to help Manchester United progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAnd Arsenal legend Nicholas told Sky Sports: ‘I didn’t see Fred coming back into the team if I’m honest.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I really did think he was on his way out, finished. I thought there was no way back for him.‘[Juan] Mata will be in, Matic when he’s fit, Herrera, they’re all ahead of him. And then he turns up with a performance like that.’Fred, meanwhile, has attempted to explain his underwhelming first campaign at the Theatre of Dreams. Advertisementcenter_img Brazil international Fred signed for United last summer (Picture: Getty)More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Ole has helped me a lot. He had a lot of chats with me. [Michael Carrick] also speaks to me a lot. That brings me calm that things will turn around for me.‘They trust me and I feel that trust. And they were right to trust me because I showed tonight [on Wednesday] that I can play against one of the best teams in the world and play well.‘I’m very, very happy. My confidence is getting better.’MORE: Mauricio Pochettino makes bizarre top four claim as Spurs open the door for Arsenal & Chelsea Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

It’s boom time for Brisbane’s so-called “forgotten peninsula”

first_imgJulie-Anne and Ashley Peel and their children are selling their home in Thorneside and moving 700m down the road because they love the suburb so much. Picture: Nigel Hallett.Manly is undoubtedly the jewel in the bayside’s crown, boasting the largest marina in the southern hemisphere, with the house price record for the suburb broken twice in the past two months.A waterfront, five-bedroom home at 497 Royal Esplanade, Manly, recently went under contract for a massive $3.89 million, blitzing the previous record of $2.7 million set just a month earlier.Agent Marc Sorrentino of Place, who sold both houses, told The Courier-Mail the area had seen a surge that was unlikely to stop any time soon, and he was seeing more interstate parties wanting to buy in to the market. The outlook from Thorneside as the sun sets across the bay.Mr Marsden said the suburbs offered good access to Brisbane and larger blocks of land.“There are boat ramps in Thorneside — people don’t even know that,” he said. Mr Marsden said he had also noticed a trend among homeowners on acreage properties in Redland Bay, Gumdale and Chandler looking to the bayside to downsize.Real Estate Institute of Queensland chief executive Antonia Mercorella said buyers priced out of the southern markets were beginning to recognise the lifestyle appeal of Brisbane’s bayside suburbs, particularly the lesser known suburb of Thorneside.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago“Thorneside offers waterfront living and is a suburb that caters to young families very well with great parks for families to enjoy, as well as a thriving social scene with a craft brew house, wine bar and numerous eating outlets,” she said.“It has avoided attention from developers thus far, but that may change as its popularity becomes more well-known. “Once people buy here they are reluctant to leave, usually staying on average for 11.1 years.” GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Ms Mercorella said nearby Redland Bay would also soon be home to a major new development, called Shoreline, with Redland Council recently approving the first 205 residential lots. Julie-Anne and Ashley Peel have lived in Thorneside for the past decade and raised their three children there.The couple are selling their five-bedroom home at 11 Baywalk Place for overs offer $1 million and are moving 700 metres down the road to a bigger house. Julie-Anne and Ashley Peel and their children are selling their home in Thorneside and moving 700m down the road because they love the suburb so much. Picture: Nigel Hallett.IT’S no Noosa and it’s definitely not Mermaid Beach, but that’s the way home buyers on Brisbane’s bayside like it.The once “forgotten peninsula” is suddenly attracting interest from far and wide for its big properties with cheap price tags close to the water.And it’s not just the bayside suburb of Manly that’s attracting attention.The unassuming bayside suburb of Thorneside tops the list of the best performing suburbs in Queensland, as named by property analytics company CoreLogic, with homeowners there pocketing close to $1500 a week on average in the past year just sitting on the couch.And in the past five years, houses in the suburb have grown in value by nearly 40 per cent — proving it pays to be beside the seaside.But that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune to get a foothold in the rising market. PLENTY TO BID ON AT BRISBANE AUCTIONS BRISBANE MAKES BEST CITIES LIST RECORD APARTMENT RESALE IN ABIAN Only 17km east of Brisbane’s CBD, Thorneside is hard to beat for affordability, with a median house price of $505,000.Houses in neighbouring Birkdale have a median price of $532,500, while the average house price in Wynnum is $648,500.Ray White East Brisbane agent Justin Marsden described the pocket of Thorneside and neighbouring Birkdale as “a forgotten peninsula”.“People have looked at Wellington Point on one side and Wynnum/Manly on the other and that pocket of Thorneside and Birkdale have been overlooked,” Mr Marsden said. “It’s elevated, has beautiful views and there’s only a limited amount of homes there, so I think it’s starting to find its identity.”center_img This home at 11 Baywalk Plc, Thorneside, is for sale. Picture.“We just love the location,” Mrs Peel said.“It was more that we’d outgrown the home and we just didn’t want to leave where we were.”Mrs Peel said she was not surprised that the suburb had seen such strong capital growth.“It’s so quiet, it’s close to everything — it’s like a hidden gem,” she said.“You don’t get to be this close to the water, have the beautiful bay breezes and enjoy this lifestyle and not start be noticed.”last_img read more

Where to get ridiculously low power bills in Townsville

first_imgChris Whebell and Chloe Clarke are saving money on their power bill thanks to Tesla Powerwall technology. PICTURE: MATT TAYLOR.HARRIS Crossing residents are rejoicing after receiving their latest electricity bill thanks to their Tesla Powerwall installation. The developer behind the Townsville estate, Maidment Group, offers home buyers the option to install a Tesla Powerwall 2 Home Battery System for a fraction of the normal retail price.READ MORE This renovated Queenslander is the epitome of luxury living Chris Whebell and Chloe Clarke are saving money on their power bill thanks to Tesla Powerwall technology. PICTURE: MATT TAYLOR.Chris and Chloe Clarke who have lived at Harris Crossing for almost 6 months said they were glad to have opted for the Tesla powerwall promotion after receiving their most recent electricity bill of $19.11 for the month. “We decided to include the Tesla system into our build as we liked the idea of reducing our power bills, and hopefully getting rid of them entirely some day,” Mr Whebell said. “Getting the Tesla solar system was important to us, as we believe spending that little bit extra now on technology, in the long run can help us save. “Using the app can help us monitor our output and help us save, not only money, but power and save carbon emissions.”Mr Whebell said the Telsa Powerwall has saved them a huge amount of money in the short period they had been living at the estate.“Since moving in, our electricity bills keep getting lower and lower each month, especially now that it’s coming into summer with the longer days and more sunlight,” Mr Whebell said. “We are also critical of when we use our power and try to use high energy appliances such as the washing machine, dishwasher or oven while there is still daylight. “For us it was definitely worth getting, we recommend just asking around and doing your research so you can maximise the amount of power you can save.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Managing Director at Maidment Group Glen Maidment said almost every buyer at Harris Crossing had opted to have a Tesla Powerwall installed in their new home.“We’re seeing a lot of residents get their money back in about 12 months from the savings they’re making on their power bills,” Mr Maidment said. “Close to 97 per cent of buyers at the estate are opting for the inclusion of the Tesla Powerwall in their new home build. “What we are seeing people do is sell established homes in Townsville and build a new property at Harris Crossing because the money they are saving on their electricity bill is saving them a huge amount of money on their home loan.”The promotion has been running since the launch of Harris Crossing and will continue to be offered in the next stages of the estate.Buyers can secure a Tesla Powerwall and 6kw worth of solar panels for $4950 dollars. North Ward units on the movecenter_img READ MORElast_img read more

Bing to DWSD: Reinstate original number of subsidy beneficiaries

first_img“We protest this belated and untimelyadjustment in the strongest terms,” Leonardia lamented, pointing  out that the original quota was “alreadyshort of our need” and thousands of families had already been made tobelieve that they can expect assistance from the nationalgovernment.   The mayor further said that it was “madeclear to us previously that the quota of 103,658 families excludes thosealready enjoying their social amelioration grants” such as PantawidPamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries, and those receiving similar grantsfrom the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Labor and Employment. According to Leonardia, the change in thequota means barangay captains “will now have to eliminate” 5,515families from their lists which were prepared on the basis of the originalquota. BACOLOD City – The local government unit hereis urging the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to“reinstate” the original number of beneficiaries in this city eligible for thesocial amelioration program. Mayor Evelio Leonardia said he was “shocked”after being informed by local social services head Pacita Tero that the quotaof 103,658 beneficiary-families in Bacolod that were supposed to receive thegrants had been slashed. He requested for an immediate writtenexplanation from DSWD 6 director Evelyn Macapobre on why the quota was cutwithout any warning, and after the barangay captains had already identified thefamilies concerned who are, by now, naturally expecting their share. The local social services office initiallyprovided a target number of beneficiaries, but it was later reduced to 98,143,according to Tero. “This is excruciatingly painful to thebarangay officials who will have to make this cut and, more so, to thosefamilies whose expectations will be crushed,” stressed Leonardia. Under Republic Act No. 11469, or theBayanihan to Heal as One Act, 18 million low-income families willreceive a subsidy of P5,000 to P8,000, depending on the region. In MetroManila, low-income households will receive the maximum of P8,000 per month forApril and May, given the higher minimum wage in the region./PNlast_img read more

Bulk of Iloilo COVID cases not indigenous; further delay in return of LSIs sought

first_imgILOILO – Most of the cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in this province are not indigenous or locally transmitted, according to Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. * more stringent criteria in determining LSIs to avoid unintended migration They are mostly locally stranded individuals (LSIs), he stressed while calling on the National Task Force Against COVID-19 to extend the moratorium on the return of Ilonggos stranded elsewhere around the country. Lorenzana is the chief of the National Task Force Against COVID-19. “If we are to expect more LSIs and repatriated overseas workers, our handling should be at our maximum level. Crucial to us therefore is the condition of our quarantine facilities and the capacity of our frontliners. It is in this regard that we appeal for additional suspension of the return of LSIs to the province,” Defensor implored Lorenzana. “You remember the scenario last June 26 and June 27? The last two LSI voyages naton before the moratorium…around 700 ang nag-abot. Indi naton gusto ang scenario sa pier (in Manila) nga ang aton mga kasimanwa madungan abot didto, gutok, wala social distancing. Kon mag-amo na ang sitwasyon, sila ang una nga malatnan,” said Defensor./PN Defensor said he also wanted LGUs to improve first their quarantine facilities. “We really would like to welcome back stranded Ilonggos. However, we are presently constrained to earnestly request for a further suspension of their return until July 27 until we are able to execute the intended additional protocols,” read part of Defensor’s letter to Secretary Delfin Lorenzana of the Department of National Defense. * LSIs should be subject to real time-reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test before travelling to Iloilo The governor made it clear that while the provincial government wants stranded Ilonggos back, the LSIs should also make sure they are virus-free to protect their respective homes.center_img The moratorium took effect on June 28. Data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed Iloilo’s total COVID-19 cases at 219 as of yesterday. Of these, 61 were indigenous while 158 were repatriates (LSIs and repatriated overseas workers). Likewise, he added, “we are reorienting our healthcare workers, Philippine National Police, responders on infection control protocols.” “We are now conducting an inventory of space, review personnel capacity, and adjustment of physical facilities,” Defensor informed Lorenzana. Community quarantine fatigue has adversely affected their execution of disease prevention and control measures, thereby leading to incidences of transmission, he explained. * organized return of LSIs for better observation of social distancing at the point of origin and during the voyage, and for better anticipation and handling by the local government units (LGUs) of their arrival and quarantine The additional protocols which Defensor wants to institute are the following: “After four months of community quarantine, we want to afford our frontliners a much needed break while reviewing the basics,” according to Defensor.last_img read more

Gentry makes history at Willamette

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageLEBANON, Ore. (April 21) – Brad Gentry made history on opening night at historical Willamette Speedway.Gentry won the first-ever IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature held in Oregon Saturday at Lebanon, holding off Kevin Roberts for the victory.Collen Winebarger topped the IMCA Modified feature and Jorddon Braaten was the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner.last_img

Koeman hails team’s character

first_img Saints continue to make a mockery of the doom merchants, with this 1-0 win moving them back up to second in the Barclays Premier League. Sadio Mane’s first-half strike proved the difference as they secured a fourth successive victory at St Mary’s, although Stoke made them work for it. Southampton manager Ronald Koeman was more satisfied by his side’s performance against Stoke than their annihilation of Sunderland last week. Press Association While the scoreline was not as sweet as last week’s, it offered match-winner Mane the chance to make up for last week’s disappointment. The Senegalese summer signing thought he had scored the eighth against Sunderland, only for his first goal for Saints to be harshly stripped off him by the Premier League’s dubious goals panel. “I heard it yesterday and I explained to Mane and his reaction was okay,” Koeman said. “Maybe that was the reason he came to the bench and to say this one they will not take it away again. “He had a great performance – he’s fast, he’s a good player but his defending attitude is important for the team.” Mane gave Stoke a torrid time in the first half but, like his team-mates, was unable to make the same impact after half-time. City boss Mark Hughes was pleased by the way his side responded to a one-sided opening period, but knows that 45 minutes cost them. “From our point of view, we’re a little bit disappointed with the first half, really,” he said. “We didn’t really ask enough questions of Southampton, made it a little bit too easy, showed them a little too much respect, I would suggest, which is understandable to a certain extent given their exploits last time out here. “I think that was the case in the first half. They caused us a few problems at set plays and obviously from one of the ones we didn’t deal with it dropped handily for them and they’ve been able to dispatch the winning goal. “Second half, I thought we were a lot better. We made a change very early on, got Mame Diouf on, and that gave us a threat in behind and that stretched the game. “It allowed us to control of the game and in the second half I thought we were the better side, but we never really created those clear-cut chances we need to get back on level terms.” It was a far cry from last weekend’s 8-0 humbling of Sunderland, but manager Koeman was actually more impressed by this display. “It was difficult because we didn’t kill the game,” the Dutchman said. “We created eight good chances and you know if you don’t score the second one it’s difficult. “Stoke put everything in, changed the system after an hour and with the physical strength that they have it was difficult. “Football is strange because the first half was much better than last week. I think it was one of the best first halves of the season. “In the second half we lost sometimes too easy our position. “They didn’t create a lot, we deserved our win but it was a difficult one, more difficult than last week and maybe more nicer to win like this than last week because the lads showed great character and great ambition again. “We had a great support of our fans and a great win.” last_img read more

Zidane delighted to call on ‘world’s best’ Ronaldo

first_imgMADRID, Spain (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said he was delighted to be able to call on the “best player in the world” in Cristiano Ronaldo, as his side gear up to defend their Club World Cup title.Ronaldo won his fifth Ballon d‘Or, for world player-of-the-year, last week, to draw level with his rival and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.The debate about who is the greater player is a perennial feature of soccer punditry, but Zidane is convinced he has the world’s best at his disposal.“I have the best in the world and he is showing it in this shirt,” Zidane told a news conference in Abu Dhabi yesterday. “I am delighted to have him, for me he is the best.”Madrid face United Arab Emirates league champions Al Jazira on their home soil in the semi-final today, with the final on Saturday.Although Madrid’s next La Liga match is a crucial Clasico clash against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on December 23, Zidane said his squad is fully focused on the inter-continental tournament.”We will do everything we can to win this competition,“ he said. ”It will not be easy; first we have to get to the final. We’re only thinking about winning the Club World Cup.”There are no easy games. We have a semi-final against, a team that people say is easy, but we don’t think that it will be – quite the opposite.“Look at last year against Kashima (Antlers). Against Real Madrid everybody wants to have a great game and for that we will go out focused.”Madrid won the competition for the first time in 2014 and again last year, when they beat Japanese side Kashima Antlers 4-2 after extra time.The Spanish champions can become the first side to successfully defend the trophy since the tournament began in 2000 and can pull level with arch-rivals and record winners Barcelona on three victories.last_img read more

Capital FC and Blueberry Hill register 2-0 wins on opening night

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanTHE inaugural Linden Mayor’s Cup football championship got off to a solid start with 2-0 wins by Capital FC over Amelia’s Ward Panthers and Blueberry Hill United putting away Hi Stars to open the tournament at the Mackenzie sports Club ground Sunday night.Both Capital FC and Blueberry Hill United, by virtue of their wins, have advanced to the quarter-finals in what is a straight knockout championship. Mayor of Linden, Waneka Arrendell, was there for the kick- off.The wins followed the opening ceremony of the twelve participating clubs and after the initial exchanges in the first game involving Capital FC and Amelia’s Ward Panthers, things were generally even.But Capital FC got early chances within the first five minutes before both sides settled down but were unable to hit the back of the net.  However, before the first-half whistle Capital FC were rewarded with the first goal of the tournament.Capital FC got a play which developed from a right side cross and Johnny Waldron relayed to his teammate who, in trying to chest the ball, saw it being partially touched by the Panthers defender. However, Waldron was there and intercepted to control the ball and get off a surprise right-foot shot from the edge of the right side of the six-yard box which flew past a dazed Amelia’s Ward Panthers goalkeeper for a 1-0 score.That 1-0 score would remain at the end of the first half.The second goal would come late for the Capital FC and it was when Andre  Mayers received a long pass from Lewis Franklin which he ran on to and eluded the on-coming Hi Stars goalkeeper to nudge it home to the last post for a 2-0 winning margin.In the second game, things were even until Blueberry Hill got the breakthrough they were trying for throughout the game, after the scores at half-time read 0-0. However, this would change and in the 61st minute as Mark Andrews slipped the ball for the darting Roydell Archer who, from just inside the 18 yards box, found the back of the net to make it 1-0 for Blueberry Hill.The second goal would come with the confident Blueberry Hill side now in full flow and Mark Andrews entered into the opponents half and was fouled.The free-kick awarded from beyond 25 yards was taken by Wayne Wilson and the ball soared high and landed over the Hi Stars goalkeeper’s head, surprising all, to score in the 77th minute to make it 2-0 in favour of the side from Blueberry Hill.This score remained unchanged and ensured the Blueberry Hill boys a safe passage into the quarterfinals where they will face Net Rockers.Come Friday, two more matches will be played with the first between Silver Shattas and Coomacka Mines at 19.00hrs and the second bringing together Milerock Select and Topp XX from 21.00hrs.last_img read more

No Crises in Nigerian Basketball, Dalung Tells FIBA

first_img“Can a spectator take a shot from outside the field and the referee records it as a goal? Tijani Umar did not register to contest or obtain an election form and therefore could not have contested for the Presidential post.“If he obtained election form, then he could have gone to the Appeals Committee to register his grievances but he couldn’t appeal because he didn’t even buy a form, therefore he wasn’t even eligible to protest.”The Minister told the delegation including the FIBA Executive Director Africa, Dr Alphonse Bile, Special Advisor to FIBA Secretary General, Mr Lubomir Kotleba and FIBA Competition Commission member Fode Amara Conde, that Tijani Umar was a government nominee for eight years and never complained of government interference until government decided to have democratically elected federations devoid of government nominees.“What is the definition of government interference? Is it when government directs that there must be popular elections with a democratised space or when government nominates 155 members of the board?”The minister also thanked FIBA for their assistance to Nigeria through funding, grants and training.“We have received assistance from FIBA. We have received funding too. We are indeed very grateful for the partnership we enjoy with FIBA but we look forward to a more robust partnership with the governing body.“Basketball is one sport that is easy and cheap to set up in a rural community and I think that grassroots sports development should be the priority of our partnership,” he noted.Dalung also appealed to FIBA to support Nigeria in the development and training of coaches and officials which he said is very significant to sports development.He also urged FIBA to consider giving Nigeria the hosting rights for a World Championship someday.In attendance was also the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Mr Adesola Olusade and Director, FEAD, Mrs Tayo Oreweme.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram In apparent solidarity with the June 13, 2017 election that ushered into office Ahmadu Musa Kida as president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, told FIBA officials on a fact-finding mission to Nigeria yesterday that there was no crises in the federation.Dalung told the three FIBA officials who visited his office on Monday in Abuja that the election that brought Kida to office was free and fair.“The position of government is that there is no crisis in basketball. We only heard and read in the newspapers of allegations against government of interference in basketball elections.last_img read more