Departing Man United star pens emotional goodbye to former side

first_img1 Javier Hernandez Javier Hernandez has penned an emotional goodbye message to Manchester United after ending his five-year stay at Old Trafford.The Mexican joined Bayer Leverkusen at the end of the transfer window after being deemed surplus to requirements under Louis van Gaal.The Dutch boss shipped the 27-year-old out on loan to Real Madrid last season and made it clear that the diminutive forward would be unlikely to feature this term.Hernandez, who was a fans’ favourite at the Red Devils, completed his £7.3 million switch to the Bundesliga side on Monday and turned to social media to write a touching tribute to his former club.He wrote on Instagram: “I want to thank Sir Alex Ferguson & Jim Lawlor, the club staff, all the players I played with; but specially I want to thank all the Manchester United fans in the UK and all around the world for the incredible support I’ve had this past 4 years and all the best wishes they have for me in my new chapter!!.”last_img read more

15 of the best beards in sport! Check out greatest facial fuzz around

first_imgIt’s World Beard Day, a day to admire the facial fuzz being sported around the globe.Beards come in all shapes and sizes these days as hipsters everywhere turn it into a fashion accessory.And that’s the case in the world of sport too, with some big bushy numbers, along with some neatly trimmed facial topiary.So here at talkSPORT, we thought we’d celebrate World Beard Day with a collection of the best.Click the right arrow above to scroll through… Davide Moscardelli – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… 15 Joe Ledley – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… 15 Geoff Cross – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… 15 15 Djibril Cisse – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… 15 Roy Keane – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… Moeen Ali – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… 15 15 15 Sebastien Chabal – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… Andrea Pirlo – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… 15 Tim Howard – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… Xabi Alonso – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… 15 15 Hashim Amla – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… Raul Meireles – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… 15 Simon Whitlock – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… Adam Clayton 15 15 Conor McGregor – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… 15last_img read more

Klopp says Dortmund stars will NOT be heading to Liverpool

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out a transfer raid on Borussia Dortmund.The German, appointed as Brendan Rodger’s successor last week, has been tipped to go back to his former club for some of their best talent.Ilkay Gundogan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marco Reus and Neven Subotic are some of the names being talked about as potential targets.But Klopp insists he has no immediate plans to splash the cash and has vowed to give the current Liverpool squad the chance to show their worth before deciding whether improvements are needed.“I have no intention whatsoever to lure Dortmund’s stars to Liverpool,” Klopp told Bild.“I am not interested in how much money I will be allowed to spend in January.“It is only October and I don���t even know how many games there are left until the winter. But we clearly have plenty of games left and we will be taking a look at our own players first.”Klopp will take charge of his first Liverpool match at Tottenham on Saturday.His arrival has raised expectations among the Anfield faithful and, after an impressive first press conference on Friday, hopes are high that the 48-year-old can end the club’s 25-year title drought.But Klopp insists no targets have been set by the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, and has warned it will take time for him to impose his philosophy.“I had a long conversation with the owner (John Henry) and the aim is simply to play football with an identity,” he said.“I have no idea why the hype is so big. Lots of German coaches have been successful but not many come here. This is a big challenge for me and my coaching team.“Liverpool have had a period without success and changed managers a lot. Now the hope is for miracles but progress takes time.”last_img read more

‘Mignolet among the top three PL keepers’! What about this lot?

first_img Simon Mignolet, David De Gea and Thibaut Courtois are the best three goalkeepers in the Premier League, says Didi Hamann There has been a lot of speculation about Simon Mignolet’s future.His manager Jurgen Klopp has backed the Anfield no.1, while former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann told talkSPORT the Belgian is among the top three goalkeepers in the Premier League.“I wouldn’t swap him for any goalkeeper in the Premier League other than David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois, he’s that good a goalkeeper,” he said.JACK BUTLAND WILL BE ENGLAND’S NO.1, TALKSPORT TOLDWho do you think is the better goalkeeper? 1last_img

‘There’s been a big gamble on Jose Mourinho leaving Chelsea’ – Coral Daily Download

first_imgNicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager looks at the contenders for promotion in the Championship, revealing Middlesbrough are now the 13/8 favourites to win the league after they moved to the top of the table, while Derby are 5/2, unbeaten Brighton are 9/2 and Hull City are 5/1.Plus, she reveals there has been a big gamble in the last 24 hours on Jose Mourinho losing his job as Chelsea manager, with the Portuguese now odds-on at 10/11 to be the next Premier League boss to leave his post.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Video: Clout of Africa! Check out this 45-yard screamer

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Liverpool and Chelsea to miss out as midfield target heads for Inter Milan

first_img Antonio Candreva Chelsea and Liverpool target Antonio Candreva could be on his way to Inter Milan, according to his agent.In the summer the Lazio midfielder was expected to move on after he was snubbed for the armband in a captaincy shake-up.At the time, the player’s agent, Federico Pastorello, said his client was disappointed, especially after he had rejected the chance to leave many times in the past.And now Pastorello says his man might bring an end to his loyal time at Lazio.“Every year [president Claudio] Lotito rejects two or three lucrative bids as the player wants to stay,” he told Corriere dello Sport.“But we don’t know what will be happening in six months. In the case of new offers, we’ll speak with the president.“I’m not sure Candreva can stay this summer.“You should ask [coach Roberto] Mancini, but looking at how Inter play I think he’d be perfect.” 1last_img read more

Shortage of Arsenal goals is worrying, admits Arsene Wenger

first_img Arsenal have six goals in their last eight games in all competitions 1 Arsene Wenger has conceded his Arsenal side must find a quick answer to their lack of goals in recent weeks.The Gunners go into the weekend two points off the top of the Premier League and travel to face long-term adversaries Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.Wenger saw his side blow the Red Devils apart with a scintillating start to their meeting at the Emirates Stadium in October – scoring all three goals in their 3-0 win inside the opening 19 minutes.But, with six goals in their last eight games in all competitions, such a performance has not looked close to materialising of late.In the last week, Wenger has seen his side held to a 0-0 draw by Sky Bet Championship side Hull in the FA Cup fifth round and then lose 2-0 to Barcelona in their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday night.They go to Old Trafford having won their last league game in the dying embers of a clash with leaders Leicester, with former United forward Danny Welbeck grabbing the injury-time winner.Wenger will be hoping his return can add more goals to a faltering frontline having admitted he is concerned by Arsenal’s form in front of goal.“That’s a good question – and it’s a bad answer,” he replied when asked why his team had stopped scoring.“If I had an obvious answer…. It’s going through my head at the moment. I agree that our goals have dried up seriously and we have to find a solution. I’m conscious of that.“There’s many aspects that I analyse at the moment and we have to find a quick answer.”The 3-0 victory in north London on October 4 has been hailed by Wenger as their best result of the campaign so far – despite also beating Manchester City and Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium.“We had a good performance against (United),” he said.“I think we took them a little bit by surprise and we played at a high pace from the start and closed down well early on. We need to play at that pace again.“We had some good results at the Emirates, we beat City, we beat Bayern and United but it was maybe one of our best.“I was surprised we were 3-0 up. You expect always a good performance.”last_img read more

It’s boring! – Wenger on speculation about Arsenal future

first_img1 Arsene Wenger is now the longest-serving manager in Europe as he approaches 20 years Arsene Wenger has passionately defended his position as Arsenal boss and insists he has become bored of people questioning whether he has what it takes to continue in the job.The 66-year-old has been accustomed in recent years to supporters and pundits alike calling for him to end his long reign with the Gunners, and in recent weeks he has faced a fresh wave of criticism after the team’s Barclays Premier League title hopes were derailed by some poor results.Former Liverpool boss Graeme Souness called Arsenal “weak and insipid” and claimed they “bordered on a joke” during their defeat to Manchester United last month, while ex-players Paul Merson and Thierry Henry have also had their say on Wenger and the club.Wenger, who is now the longest-serving manager in Europe as he approaches 20 years at the helm at Arsenal, has seen his side win just three of their last 12 matches in all competitions, leaving them on the brink of Champions League elimination and eight points adrift of domestic league leaders Leicester with nine games remaining.They face Hull in an FA Cup fifth-round replay on Tuesday night as they look to win the competition for a third straight season, having beaten the Tigers in the 2014 final and defended the trophy against Aston Villa at Wembley last May.The 2014 success ended a decade-long run without silverware for the Gunners and relieved tensions between disillusioned fans and their manager – but things could once again to come a head if they end the current campaign empty-handed.But Wenger came out fighting when asked if the way fans react over the remainder of the season would affect his thoughts over signing a new contract at Arsenal, with his current deal expiring next summer.“Look, I have worked here for 19, 20 years and I’m always sitting here having to justify that I’m good enough to do the job,” he said at his press conference previewing the trip to the KC Stadium.“I have no problem to cope with everything but I find that a bit boring in the end. I always have to convince you that I am good enough. I worked for 35 years at the top level.“What I find just boring is always sitting here after 19 years to face, ‘Do you think you are good enough?’ If I am not, somebody will tell me.”Wenger’s counterpart on Tuesday night at Hull will be Steve Bruce, who labelled criticism of the Frenchman as “appalling” and said the only thing he would be giving the Arsenal boss is respect.A fighting 2-2 draw at Tottenham on Saturday showed Wenger’s side does have heart and the hunger to fight for silverware after a poor run of results.Henry said he had never seen the fans as angry as they were when Arsenal lost at home to Swansea last Wednesday but Wenger insists he will go about his job of delivering those trophies rather than focusing on what he cannot control.He said: “I cannot influence the behaviour of the fans. How can I do that?“I am humble enough every day to question myself, to accept my mistakes, and believe me I do that. After that as well there is no coincidence that the people who own the club tell me to be here for 19 years. Do you think they are more stupid than you or me?“I am not on Twitter. I don’t invite anybody to go out to dinner and be nice with them. I work and work and work and work. If it’s not good enough someone will tell me one day.“That’s all I can do. I do not worry what you say about me or what fans say about me. I try to do my job in a proper way and with full commitment. After that everybody has the right to have an opinion.”last_img read more

Fleetwood’s attendance better than City’s – whose PL ground is too big for them?

first_img 20 16. Crystal Palace’s average attendance: 24,703/ stadium capacity: 26,309 – 93.8 per cent full 20 20 6. Stoke’s average attendance: 27,483/ stadium capacity: 27,742 – 99.06 per cent full 20 20 1. West Ham’s average attendance: 34,930/ stadium capacity: 35,016 – 99.75 per cent full 4. Arsenal’s average attendance: 59,963/ stadium capacity: 60,355 – 99.35 per cent full 20 20 20 15. Everton’s average attendance: 38,163/ stadium capacity: 40,569 – 94.06 per cent full 17. Southampton’s average attendance: 30,399/ stadium capacity: 32,689 – 92.99 per cent full 13. Liverpool’s average attendance: 44,058/ stadium capacity: 45,362 – 97.12 per cent full 18. West Brom’s average attendance: 24,348/ stadium capacity: 26,768 – 90.95 per cent full 20 Numbers have been crunched and average attendances across the Premier League this season compared to club’s stadium capacities have been assessed to see which team comes close to a full house.In League One, it was revealed that Fleetwood Town have filled an incredible 98.7 per cent of their home so far, which is more than Man City, Tottenham and even title challengers Leicester.Elsewhere in Europe, Bayern Munich’s stadium is 100 per cent full (Average attendance 75,000/ stadium capacity 75,000), followed by Borussia Dortmund – 99.7 per cent (81,132/ 81,359) and Schalke – 98.7 per cent full (61,160/ 61,973).Over in Italy, Juventus lead the way and their stadium is 93 per cent full (38,355/ 41,254) followed by Frosinone – 75.5 per cent full (7,308/ 9,680) and Torino – 65.5 per cent full (18,445/ 28,140).And in Spain, Eibar’s stadium is 98.6 per cent full (6,215/ 6,300), with Real Madrid – 82.5 per cent (70,549/ 85,454) and Atletico Madrid at 82.5 per cent full (45,358/ 54,960).Information is from 20 12. Bournemouth’s average attendance: 11,183/ stadium capacity: 11,464 – 97.54 per cent full 20 20 20 19. Sunderland’s average attendance this season is 42,150 and their stadium capacity is 49,000 meaning the stadium has been 86 per cent full this season so far 20 20 2. Norwich’s average attendance: 27,030/ stadium capacity: 27,108 – 99.71 per cent full 10. Leicester’s average attendance: 32,013/ stadium capacity: 32,500 – 98.5 per cent full 8. Swansea’s average attendance: 20,660/ stadium capacity: 20,937 – 98.67 per cent full 20 14. Newcastle’s average attendance: 49,325/ stadium capacity: 52,404 – 94.12 per cent full 20 20 11. Watford’s average attendance: 20,498/ stadium capacity: 20,910 – 98.02 per cent full 9. Tottenham’s average attendance: 35,733/ stadium capacity: 36,240 – 98.60 per cent full 20 3. Man United’s average attendance: 75,335/ stadium capacity: 75,731 – 99.47 per cent full 7. Man City’s average attendance: 54,000/ stadium capacity: 54,693 – 98.73 per cent full 5. Chelsea’s average attendance: 41,517/ stadium capacity: 41,841 – 99.22 per cent full 20. Aston Villa’s average attendance is 34,846 and Villa Park’s capacity is 42,788 meaning it has been 81.4 per cent full this season – the lowest in the Premier League so click the arrow above, right, to see which club comes closest to a full house! – Numbers have been crunched and average attendances across the Premier League this season have been compared to their stadium’s capacity in order to see how many clubs have full houses. Villa fans have stayed away this season funnily enough… 20last_img read more