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Dec 202015
 
Van Gaal 'worried' about job future

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said he is “worried” about his job after a
shock 2-1 loss to Norwich.

The result handed United a third defeat in a row in all competitions and are now winless in six games.

Cameron Jerome and Alex Tettey netted for the visitors, while Anthony Martial replied for the hosts.

Asked if he feared for his position, van Gaal said: “Yes of course I am worried about that because I know that belief in a manager is very important.”

The Dutchman, 64, could not give a definite answer when asked if he will be given time to turn the situation around at Old Trafford.

“Yes I think so but I never know, in this world, you never know. It is not up to me, but we shall see,” he added.

‘I am – or shall I say was – a successful manager’

Ryan Giggs

Assistant manager Ryan Giggs barked out instructions from the touchline against Norwich, while manager Louis van Gaal sat on the bench

Van Gaal is out of contract at the end of the 2016-17 season and there has been speculation that
Jose Mourinho will become the next United manager  after
being sacked by Chelsea on Thursday.

The Portuguese says he
wants an immediate return to management and has been linked with the Old Trafford job, as has Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola who is to
clarify his own future on Sunday.

“That’s the football world. I know that, my board knows that, my players know that,” van Gaal said when asked if the pressure was building on him.

“I don’t think a change of management shall bring direct success – but that is what I believe. Maybe that is not so interesting.

“I am always evaluating myself because I think that is an aspect of the philosophy I have. But the philosophy is also making an evolution – I am not the same coach I was 25 years ago.

“So, you are always evaluating and of course that philosophy is very important for me. Because of that I am – or maybe I have to say now, was – a very successful manager.”


‘It was not good enough’


Man Utd not good enough – Van Gaal

Defeat meant Manchester United have now gone six games in all competitions without victory for the first time since 1998.

United had 70% possession against Norwich, but could only muster two shots on target as they were booed off by their own supporters.

The Red Devils face a testing festive period, starting on Boxing Day against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium, before they host Chelsea at Old Trafford two days later. They then face managerless Swansea on 2 January.

Van Gaal added: “The main thing is that you have to be professional and do the things that you have to do and work very hard to come out of this bad period.

“It was not good enough. You have to win against Norwich. We know that. Now we prepare for the Stoke game with professionalism and spirit, that is the only message I can give [to you].”

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Manchester United 1-2 Norwich City

 Posted by at 1:43 AM
Dec 202015
 
Manchester United 1-2 Norwich City

Manchester United were booed off the pitch as Norwich earned a shock victory at Old Trafford, increasing the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal.

Despite all of United’s possession, it was Norwich who look the lead in the first half through Cameron Jerome.

It got worse for the home side in the second half as Jerome broke clear to feed Alex Tettey, who poked in.

Anthony Martial pulled a goal back, but United’s winless run is now six games while Norwich are out of the drop zone.

Juan Mata saw a free-kick from the edge of the area pushed away by Declan Rudd as the hosts went in search of the equaliser in the second half.

Centre-back Chris Smalling could have earned a point late on, but headed narrowly wide as United dropped to fifth in the Premier League table.

Van Gaal out, Mourinho in?

Many fans left the stadium early, but some stayed in their seats at the end of the match with a look of disbelief on their faces. The atmosphere was almost mutinous, with a loud show of resentment at both half-time and at the final whistle.

Average positions

Manchester United (left graphic) pushed men forward and left only Chris Smalling (12) and Phil Jones (4) in their own half. On the other hand, Norwich sat deep, with centre-backs Sebastien Bassong (6) and Ryan Bennett (24) almost playing from the edge of their own area

On a day when former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said he is looking to get back to management straight away, the weight of expectation was significantly ramped up on Dutchman van Gaal, whose job is now under increased scrutiny.

The manager decided to maintain his passive style for the match – staying in his seat as assistant Ryan Giggs barked out instructions from the touchline – but could not inspire his side to even a point.

This season’s theme of a lack of goals but plenty of possession continued in this game for United, despite Frenchman Martial’s first goal in nine Premier League games. It was only one of two shots on target they had. The Red Devils ended the game with a landslide 70% possession.


Christmas just got a whole lot tougher

Out of the top-four spots, United suffered their first home defeat of the season and their third defeat in a row. The last time they went six without victory in all competitions was in 1998 – the season they went on to win the treble. That won’t happen this time, having been knocked out of the Champions League.

They now face a testing festive period which sees three games in the space of eight days, starting on Boxing Day at Stoke.

Will van Gaal be given the opportunity to turn the club’s form around after back-to-back losses to promoted sides?


Canaries cock-a-hoop

The surprise scoreline allowed Norwich to climb out of the relegation zone, having won at the venue for the first time since 1989.

Dale Gordon

Dale Gordon opened the scoring for Norwich the last time they won at Old Trafford, back in 1989

The Canaries were well organised, playing on the break and anything less than the victory would have been disappointing for them after they earned their two-goal advantage.

Wingers Robbie Brady and Nathan Redmond epitomised the side’s hard work, as Brady made four tackles, more than any other player. He also won back possession seven times – the same as team-mate Redmond.

Redmond’s desire led to the opener, as he collected the ball before playing in Jerome, who kept his cool to slot in from inside the area. The goalscorer turned provider in the second period, as Norway international Tettey surged forward to double the advantage.

Substitute Youssuf Mulumbu could even have managed a third late on, but his low strike was saved by David de Gea, as Norwich closed out the game for a famous victory.


Man of the match – Nathan Redmond

Nathan Redmond

Norwich winger Nathan Redmond chased down every loose ball and provided a threat when in possession of it


What they said:

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal:
“We’ve lost three matches in a row so it’s not happening so much not for Manchester United. We cannot accept that and that’s why we have to stick together and believe in ourselves.”


Man Utd not good enough – Van Gaal

Norwich boss Alex Neil:
“It’s a really important win. We’ve been in most of the games against the bigger sides, our problem has been that we’ve been the makers of our own downfall if you like, but today we eradicated those mistakes. The boys were fantastic and deserved to win the game.


What next?

Manchester United face Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on 26 December, followed by a meeting against Chelsea at Old Trafford two days later.

Norwich travel to Tottenham on Boxing Day, before playing Aston Villa on 28 December.


The stats you need to know

  • Alex Neil (34 years, 193 days) is the third youngest manager to win a Premier League away game at Old Trafford, after Chris Coleman (33 years, 137 days) and Ruud Gullit (34 years, 62 days)
  • Norwich became the first newly promoted side to win at Old Trafford since Bolton in October 2001
  • Manchester United conceded more goals in this match (2) than they had in their previous seven home games this season combined (1)
  • United have hit a total of seven shots on target in their last four Premier League home games
  • Wayne Rooney became the 10th player to make 500 appearances for Manchester United in all competitions

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Manchester United 1, Norwich City 2.

90:00 +4:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Manchester United 1, Norwich City 2.

90:00 +2:44

Attempt missed. Chris Smalling (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Juan Mata with a through ball.

90:00 +1:00

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

90:00 +1:00

Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:45

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

82:51

Attempt missed. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

82:48

Attempt saved. Youssouf Mulumbu (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dieumerci Mbokani with a cross.

81:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Dieumerci Mbokani replaces Cameron Jerome.

81:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Youssouf Mulumbu replaces Gary O’Neil.

78:17

Attempt saved. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

77:25

Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:25

Foul by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

75:24

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Gary O’Neil.

75:23

Attempt blocked. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

73:43

Offside, Norwich City. Gary O’Neil tries a through ball, but Jonny Howson is caught offside.

70:22

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

69:28

Delay in match Ashley Young (Manchester United) because of an injury.

68:24

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jonny Howson.

68:23

Attempt blocked. Daley Blind (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

65:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 1, Norwich City 2. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Wayne Rooney with a headed pass.

65:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Jonny Howson replaces Wes Hoolahan.

64:40

Attempt saved. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Russell Martin.

63:02

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.

62:23

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

59:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Ander Herrera replaces Marouane Fellaini.

59:22

Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Anthony Martial with a cross following a set piece situation.

59:11

Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:11

Foul by Robbie Brady (Norwich City).

53:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 0, Norwich City 2. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cameron Jerome with a through ball.

51:05 Booking

Booking Robbie Brady (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

50:59

Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:59

Foul by Robbie Brady (Norwich City).

47:15

Foul by Anthony Martial (Manchester United).

47:15

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:10

Memphis Depay (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:10

Foul by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

45:36

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

45:36

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Manchester United 0, Norwich City 1.

45:00 +1:19 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Manchester United 0, Norwich City 1.

45:00 +0:25

Offside, Manchester United. Michael Carrick tries a through ball, but Marouane Fellaini is caught offside.

43:18

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

39:05

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:05

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

37:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 0, Norwich City 1. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

36:13

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.

34:12

Foul by Juan Mata (Manchester United).

34:12

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:13

Memphis Depay (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:13

Foul by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

30:29

Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

28:55

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Robbie Brady.

28:19

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Sebastien Bassong.

26:40 Booking

Booking Gary O’Neil (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

26:34

Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:34

Foul by Gary O’Neil (Norwich City).

24:30

Attempt missed. Chris Smalling (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daley Blind with a cross following a corner.

24:04

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Robbie Brady.

23:12

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Gary O’Neil.

23:11

Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Mata.

21:40

Memphis Depay (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:40

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

20:22

Attempt missed. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

14:44

Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Juan Mata.

13:38

Attempt missed. Memphis Depay (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

10:01

Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:01

Foul by Robbie Brady (Norwich City).

9:15

Offside, Manchester United. Juan Mata tries a through ball, but Marouane Fellaini is caught offside.

0:10

Foul by Martin Olsson (Norwich City).

0:10

Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Football pioneer Jimmy Hill dies

 Posted by at 11:50 PM
Dec 192015
 
Football pioneer Jimmy Hill dies

Former Match of the Day presenter Jimmy Hill, one of English football’s most influential figures, died on Saturday at the age of 87.

As chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association, he led the campaign for the scrapping of maximum wages for professional footballers.

He played 297 games for Fulham and was later manager and chairman at Coventry.

Hill – diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2008 – made more than 600 appearances as presenter of Match of the Day.







‘An iconic and unique figure’

In a statement his agent, Jane Morgan, said: “It is with great sadness that his wife Bryony Hill and the children of Jimmy Hill have announced that Jimmy passed away peacefully aged 87 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Bryony was beside him.”

Lord Hall, the BBC’s director general, said: “For generations of fans Jimmy Hill was an authoritative voice as both a presenter and analyst.

“He was committed to innovation in every aspect of the game, including broadcasting and always believed supporters came first. His influence lives on in the programmes we enjoy today.”

Jimmy Hill

Jimmy Hill scored 52 goals in 297 appearances for Fulham between 1952 and 1961

Barbara Slater, BBC director of sport, added: “Jimmy Hill was an iconic and unique figure and we are all deeply saddened by the news.

“He was one of the great innovators and a huge talent, a man ahead of his time with a personality that dominated his era both in football and broadcasting.

“Jimmy was also a dear friend and colleague to many at the BBC and will be greatly missed.”

Sports minister Tracey Crouch said Hill had been an “authoritative and passionate voice” of football in her life, adding: “He was an icon of the game. May he rest in peace.”


Five essential Jimmy Hill moments

Some of the other ideas Hill helped make a reality included establishing a player’s right to freedom of movement at the end of his contract and the introduction of three points for a win.

He also commissioned the first English all-seater stadium, lifted a ban on media interviews, introduced the first electronic scoreboard in 1964 and the first colour match-day programme.

The former Brentford and Fulham forward was appointed Coventry manager in November 1961, leading the Sky Blues to the Division Three and Division Two titles.

There is a statue of Hill at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena where he was also chairman – a role he also held at Fulham and Charlton.

He became a broadcaster and head of sport for ITV in 1967, before moving to the BBC six years later where he became presenter of Match of the Day until he handed over the reins to Des Lynam in 1989.


‘He was a great, great man’ – football reacts

BBC commentator John Motson,
a colleague for many years, said: “How do you sum up a life like Jimmy Hill? if I had to try and do it in three words it would be: innovator, instigator and inspiration. There is so much to say about Jimmy, it never stopped, it was original, revolutionary.

“He thought of things before other people did – the two big innovations that the modern generation take for granted – shirt sponsor names, unheard of back in the 70s and 80s, and the three points for a win. He was hugely instrumental in that.”


‘An instigator, innovator and inspiration’ – Motson on Hill

Des Lynam,
who also worked alongside Hill at the BBC, said: “He was a valued and highly talented colleague with a sharp incisive mind and excellent communication skills.

“He was also a true and loyal friend and great fun.

“I have much missed his company in the last few years since he became ill with Alzheimer’s.”

Match of the Day presenter and former England striker Gary Lineker
said: “He had such an extraordinary life, he was an extraordinary man. He was a football man through and through.


Jimmy Hill: Gary Lineker & John Motson pay tribute

“In my first ever presenting role at the European Championship in 1996 I was terribly nervous but Jimmy helped relax me. He was terribly magnanimous, and kind.

“My first experience of TV was actually at the 1986 World Cup, when I came in for the final, and he was the first person to congratulate me on winning the golden boot when Diego Maradona didn’t score. He was always switched on in that way.

“He became a friend and we would sometimes play golf together. He was a great, great man.”

FA chairman Greg Dyke
said: “In many ways, Jimmy Hill was football. What was remarkable about Jimmy was that he went on to have so many different careers.

“He was a popular presenter, a hugely influential figure and, such was his style, he was loved by millions – even among those who didn’t follow football.

“I knew him at the BBC. He always kept a simple charm and had a warm personality.

“Those are special qualities and helped him have a broad appeal, but he managed to combine that with a deep knowledge of football.

“His insightful analysis and strong-minded opinions helped bring the game to life and paved the way for the TV coverage of football that we love today. He was a true great of the game.”

Fulham, whose players wore black armbands for Saturday’s Championship match at Bolton,
tweeted:  “Jimmy’s contributions to the club, on and off the field, were immeasurable.”

Jimmy Hill (top left)

Jimmy with Match of the Day colleagues Alan Hansen (top right), David Ginola (bottom left) and Des Lynam

Jimmy Hill (right)

Jimmy presenting Match of the Day’s Road to Wembley in 1980

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Hiddink appointed Chelsea manager

 Posted by at 9:14 PM
Dec 192015
 

Former Netherlands boss Guus Hiddink has been appointed interim Chelsea manager until the end of the season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

The 69-year-old also managed the Blues on a temporary basis for the final three months of the 2008-09 campaign.

“I am excited to return,” said the Dutchman. “Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world but is not where it should be at the moment.

“However, I am sure we can all turn this season around.”

Mourinho was sacked on Thursday with champions Chelsea 16th in the Premier League table, one point above the relegation zone.

Hiddink will watch Saturday’s visit of Sunderland from the stands, sat near to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, with coaches Steve Holland and Eddie Newton in charge of the team.


Why Hiddink?

A statement on the Chelsea website read: “The owner and the board welcome back a coach with a wealth of top-level experience and success, including his previous spell with the club in 2009 when we lifted the FA Cup.

“Mr Abramovich and the board believe that Guus has what it takes to get the best out of our talented squad.”

Hiddink won six Dutch league titles and the European Cup in two spells as PSV Eindhoven manager. He has also coached South Korea, Australia and Russia.

He took over at Stamford Bridge in February 2009, replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari, and shared the role with his job as Russia manager.

Since then, he has endured unsuccessful spells as manager of Turkey, Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala and the Netherlands.

He stood down as Netherlands boss in June, during a miserable Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

The Dutch failed to reach the finals, finishing fourth in their group behind Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey.

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Ex-MOTD presenter Hill dies aged 87

 Posted by at 8:37 PM
Dec 192015
 
Ex-MOTD presenter Hill dies aged 87

Jimmy Hill, one of English football’s most influential figures, has died aged 87.

As chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association, he led the campaign for the scrapping of maximum wages for professional footballers.

The former Match of the Day presenter made more than 600 appearances on the programme.

His other numerous roles in football included player, manager, chairman and analyst.


Did one man change modern football worldwide?

He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2008.

In a statement, his agent, Jane Morgan, said: “It is with great sadness that his wife Bryony Hill and the children of Jimmy Hill have announced that Jimmy passed away peacefully aged 87 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Bryony was beside him.”

Lord Hall, the BBC’s director general, said: “For generations of fans Jimmy Hill was an authoritative voice as both a presenter and analyst.

“He was committed to innovation in every aspect of the game, including broadcasting and always believed supporters came first. His influence lives on in the programmes we enjoy today.”

Jimmy Hill (third left)

Jimmy Hill (third left) with Grandstand colleagues in 1978

Barbara Slater, BBC Director of Sport added: “Jimmy Hill was an iconic and unique figure and we are all deeply saddened by the news.

“He was one of the great innovators and a huge talent, a man ahead of his time with a personality that dominated his era both in football and broadcasting.

“Jimmy was also a dear friend and colleague to many at the BBC and will be greatly missed.”

Some of the other ideas Hill helped make a reality included establishing a player’s right to freedom of movement at the end of his contract and the introduction of three points for a win.

He also commissioned the first English all-seater stadium, lifted a ban on media interviews, introduced the first electronic scoreboard in 1964 and the first colour match-day programme.

The former Brentford and Fulham forward was appointed Coventry manager in November 1961, leading the Sky Blues to the Division Three and Division Two titles.

There is a statue of Hill at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena where he was also chairman – a role he also had at Fulham and Charlton.

He became a broadcaster and head of sport for ITV in 1967, before moving to the BBC six years later where he became presenter of Match of the Day until he handed over the reins to Des Lynam in 1989.

Jimmy Hill (top left)

Jimmy with Match of the Day colleagues Alan Hansen (top right), David Ginola (bottom left) and Des Lynam

Jimmy Hill (right)

Jimmy presenting Match of the Day’s Road to Wembley in 1980

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