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Napoli take first winter title since Maradona’s days

first_imgROME (AP): Napoli are halfway to their first Serie A title since Diego Maradona led the club to the 1990 championship. Gonzalo Higuain scored twice as Napoli routed promoted Frosinone 5-1 yesterday to earn the southern team the Italian league’s symbolic “winter title”. Through 19 rounds of the 38-match season, Napoli hold a two-point lead over Inter Milan, who were beaten 1-0 by Sassuolo earlier with a last-minute penalty to surrender the lead. The winter champions have gone on to win Serie A nearly seven out of every 10 seasons. “We’re still not sure what we’re capable of,” Napoli’s first-year manager Maurizio Sarri said. The last time Napoli earned the mid-term honor came in 1990. “Being winter champion means nothing. It means something when you’re champion in May,” Higuain said. “We’ve got to stay calm now because there are still five months to go and we want to continue this way.” Fiorentina are third, three points behind, after losing 3-1 to Lazio on Saturday. Also yesterday, it was: Atalanta 0, Genoa 2; Bologna 0, Chievo Verona 1; Torino 0, Empoli 1; and Hellas Verona 0, Palermo 1. In an entertaining match at the San Siro, both Inter and Sassuolo produced numerous chances and goalkeepers Samir Handanovic and Andrea Consigli were superb. Inter threatened early with Mauro Icardi and Adem Ljajic, then Simone Missiroli and Nicola Sansone were dangerous for Sassuolo. Handanovic tipped a free-kick from Sansone over the bar and Consigli made an extraordinary diving save to swat away a shot from Ljajic before the break. Inter substitute Rodrigo Palacio had a clear look in the 79th, but his effort was cleared off the line by defender Federico Peluso. Miranda’s decisive foul came after an error by fellow center back Jeison Murillo. Berardi then calmly beat Handanovic, improving to a perfect 6-for-6 on penalties this season. Having been beaten by Lazio before the holiday break, Inter has now lost two consecutive home matches in Serie A for the first time since May 2013. Sassuolo are sixth, 10 points behind Napoli.last_img read more

Seasoned Fernandes wages ONE bantamweight title to young Leone

first_imgMain event combatants ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes (L) vs Andrew Leone (R)MACAU–—It’s the cliché storyline of experience versus youth as Bibiano Fernandes defends his ONE Bantamweight title to Andrew Leone in Kings & Conquerors come Saturday at Cotai Arena.Fernandes (20-3) is 37-years-old and has held his belt since October 2013 when he beat Soo Chul Kim for the undisputed title, while Leone, 27, (8-2) began his ONE career just a few months before in May of the same year.ADVERTISEMENT With a stellar ONE Championship career, there’s nothing left for The Flash but he assured that there will always be something new that he will bring to the table.“I always improve, every day I’m improving,” said Fernandes during the fight’s press conference Thursday at The Venetian. “I’ll keep improving, every time I step to the cage I evolve.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’As for Leone, who fought inside the ONE cage for just three times, fighting a more experienced fighter is nothing new to him.Leone took a unanimous decision victory over Shinichi Kojima in his second ONE Championship fight, and he admitted that the 38-year-old Japanese was someone he’ll always look up to. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “I fought Kojima and I looked up to him,” said Leone. “Bibiano has been a champion for a long time and I respect him, it’s going to be a tough night but I’m looking forward to it. I’m going out on Saturday to try to win a world championship.”Fernandes, though, isn’t just experienced on the mat as he’s also a stalwart in front of the microphone.“I’m going to bring my best to this fight, I’m going to bring my best jiu-jitsu,” said Fernandes. “I’m a disciplined fighter, I work hard and do my best in training. My opponent says he can defeat me, well let’s see.”ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ishige proves she’s more than a pretty face as she makes a name in MMA Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View commentslast_img read more

Volleyball legend Santos dies

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Perasol rues missed 8-sec violation, but lets it go Photo from Kid Santos’ Facebook account.Philippine sports lost a legend in Florentino “Kid” Santos, who died Wednesday following a cardiac arrest. He was 67.Santos had a celebrated volleyball career as a player and coach for Far Eastern University, which won majority of its men’s and women’s titles under his watch.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Heartfelt messages and tributes poured out in the wake of Santos’ death.“Sad news for the volleyball community, Coach Kid Santos joined our Creator. Not only a great mentor but a second father to many….,” former La Salle star Ivy Remulla wrote on Twitter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Learned so much about handling athletes from Kidd Santos. Great coach, even better person and father to all FEU athletes. You will truly be missed. RIP Coach Kidd,” posted FEU athletic director Mark Molina on Twitter.“You inspired and touched the lives of so many people, including me. Salamat sa lahat Coach Kidd RIP,” said FEU spiker Jerrili Malabanan. LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson “A father to me and to many.. one of the pillars of Ph Volleyball.. SALAMAT po sa lahat,” wrote UP libero Pia Gaiser. —MARK GIONGCO, INQUIRER.NETSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Pushing lower-waged foreigners to replace Guyanese workers

first_imgDear Editor,As Guyanese proudly prepared for Emancipation Day 2019, the caretaker Finance Minister heartlessly warned workers that they will be replaced by foreigners willing to work for less. Bewildered, the Guyanese people wondered where the caretaker President is, where the caretaker Prime Minister is, where are the political parties which swear they exist because of the working class. It surely cannot be only Bharrat Jagdeo and the PPP who must rebuke Jordan.This week, just before Emancipation Day, the caretaker Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, who never admitted he is a dual citizen, as has been alleged, stated, unapologetically, that he prefers foreign workers who would work for less pay than Guyanese workers. His statement is as outrageous as it is unequivocally reckless. It is utterly despicable and disgraceful. In fact, under normal circumstances, by itself, it is reason enough for a Government Minister to immediately resign or be fired. Except, this Minister was already fired on December 21, 2018, and he is presently squatting in his position.While his statement is shocking, sadly, few Guyanese are shocked, expecting nothing but recklessness from the APNU/AFC and their Ministers. But the dismay is real and nothing can diminish how repugnant Jordan’s posture is. The dismay is compounded and there is genuine shock that the trade unions are still silent. Where is Lincoln Lewis of the Guyana Trades Union Congress? Cat cut his tongue?For a Government to endorse foreigners coming and taking jobs from Guyanese, on the basis that their wages are lower, is disgraceful and unforgivable. The time has long past for the leadership of the APNU/AFC to reject the statement from Jordan. It is now almost a week, total silence. David Granger as the caretaker President and the Leader of the PNC is silent. Moses Nagamootoo, the caretaker Prime Minister, who still has nothing to do, who often boasts he is the champion of the working class, is totally silent. His AFC colleagues are in “la la land”, not a word of rebuke. The WPA, which has disowned Walter Rodney and which has become totally subsumed as a regular PNC group, is busy ensuring they remain in the warm embrace of the PNC, cannot even be bothered.When the Private Sector in Guyana decides to hire foreigners because they can pay them less than Guyanese workers, they have legitimacy since the Government endorses this shameless practice. In fact, the Private Sector has already done so. Many security guards today in Guyana are foreigners. More shameful and totally unacceptable, many of the foreign security guards are employed at Government facilities. These foreigners are not only working as security guards, but they also work in the stores and restaurants and other service entities. They work in the mines and in the forestry sector.What makes this practice unholy and repugnant is that it is happening amidst high unemployment. More than 30,000 people have lost their jobs through closure of businesses, including the closure of four sugar estates, and through the slowing down of the economy which has forced certain businesses to reduce staffing. In addition to lost jobs, the Government has failed to create employment. Now unemployment among the Guyanese workers is skyrocketing because available jobs are being taken by foreigners, just because they can be paid less, and the Government, if we are to accept Jordan’s pronouncement, is jumping for joy.It is the height of irresponsibility and Jordan and the APNU/AFC must not escape the people’s wrath. It is behaviour and attitude like this which caused the APNU/AFC to lose the no-confidence vote in Parliament on December 21, 2018. That was not an accident, no fluke, it was the reflection of the loss of confidence among the majority of the Guyanese people. David Granger and the APNU/AFC know this. It is the reason they are so morbidly afraid of the election which was due on March 21 and which is again due on September 18. They will do everything within their deceitful best to avoid the elections. What is most egregious is they still insist on their reckless behaviour, hoping to buy votes by handouts and hoping to use some of the foreign workers to vote for them, illegally of course.While this practice began with jobs like sales persons, security guards, restaurant workers, mining and forestry workers, home workers, in the farms, etc, it is only a matter of time before these workers flood the country competing for other jobs, such as teachers, nurses, in the oil and gas industry etc. This must give us pause because we must now develop a cohesive policy to guide the influx of people from other countries into Guyana. It is not that Guyana cannot accommodate others. Guyana can benefit from an increase in population. But clear policies must guide the influx. When the only rationale is it is better to pay foreigners cheaper, it is a clueless way forward, it is reckless, it is even criminal.Guyanese workers are still the lowest-paid workers in Caricom, outside of Haiti. Now we have a Government which promotes as sound economic sense for foreigners to compete with Guyanese workers by offering their services cheaper. What is unforgiveable is that the APNU/AFC took the reins of Government on the backs of Guyanese workers who they promised dramatic wage and salary increases and significant improvement in other benefits. Guyanese sugar workers, after four years, have received not a cent in wage increases and they have lost significant associated benefits. The public servants are no better off and, after four years, they are still told their increases are coming. Weeks after the APNU/AFC became the Government, they increased their own salaries and benefits between 50 and more than 100 per cent. At the time, they told public servants the Cabinet had to take their own increases first because it will make them more competent and less corrupt and the public servants must be patient and await their turn. Now, workers are told foreigners will take their jobs for less pay.They are utterly shameless in telling the Guyanese workers their jobs are in jeopardy because foreigners are welcomed to come take those jobs if they are willing to work for less. It is high time we punish the APNU/AFC by voting them out. But these shameful people have decided they will not permit any election to fire them.Sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

Liberia Excluded from Handball Tournament

first_imgLiberia has been excluded from participating in the African Junior Handball Tournament, from 28 July to 4, August, 2014 in Lome, Togo, due to the presence of Ebola in the country.The LHA was expected to send both male and female teams to the Lome Tournament but was excluded from the tournament by the International Handball Federation (IHF).LHA president J. Mayson Saweler told the Daily Observer that the IHF requested an Ebola Clearance Certificate, just before the two teams’ departure.The Clearance Certificates were not part of the requirement for participation, he said, but with the increasing number of Liberians who have been affected and even lost their lives, the IHF decided to finally exclude Liberia from the tournament.“Even Nigeria has also been excluded due to the reported death of a Liberian with the disease in that country,” Saweler said.Liberia is in Zone 3 along with Ghana, Togo, (host), Burkina Faso, Benin and the Ivory Coast.“Since we are the first organization to suffer from traveling abroad,” Saweler said, “I think it is necessary that we work along with other sports organizations to create more awareness against this deadly disease.”“We play handball with bare hands,” Saweler said, “so we will demonstrate to all that we must obey preventive measures from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare as we fight the disease.”He announced an Ebola Awareness Campaign last Saturday involving more than 50 athletes at the Sports Commission.He also used the occasion to appeal to UNESCO, UNDP and UNICEF to support his organization’s effort to provide awareness to handball players, who are mainly students, throughout the country.At its awareness campaign on Saturday, Liberian musician, Ms. Emma Smith, who had donated jerseys to the association, was expected to be in attendance to entertain the players and the crowd.He meanwhile made an appeal to the Ministry of Youth and Sports to allow his association to give a handball performance before and after the end of the forthcoming National County Meet.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GTT offers $1M reward for information

first_imgVandalised cablesIn light of repeated wilful damage to its fibre-optic cable network, GTT has disclosed that the company would be offering $1 million for information that would lead to the incarceration of the vandals.This was disclosed by GTT Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Justin Nedd at a press conference at the Public Telecommunications Ministry on Wednesday.“We hope that with the reward; we get more people coming out to say what theyPublic Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes (centre); GTT CEO Justin Nedd (right) and another officialsaw that will lead to the conviction of criminal elements and the reward is $1 million,” Nedd stated.The CEO believes that rogue elements are continually sabotaging the company’s fibre-optic network and noted there were four such instances of sabotage recorded over the last 10 days. The affected communities included Mahdia, Linden, Mabaruma, Bartica, Kwakwani and Ituni where mobile, and Internet and landline telephone services to over 20,000 homes were disrupted.Nedd explained that the damaged fibre-optic cables were like pieces of broken glass, which, according to him, have no value unlike copper wire, which is often vandalised. He stressed that the vandals “know what they are doing” and added that the damage to the cables was destroying the country’s communications infrastructure and Information Communications Technology (ICT) growth.“What we have is damage to the nation’s infrastructure by criminal-minded organisations or individuals who don’t want to see our country progress. It is clear that we have enemies and having enemies means that we stand up for something. The recent spate of sabotage will only impair ICT growth and growth of Guyana,” the GTT CEO told the media briefing.Under the nation’s laws, persons who destroy various categories of communications equipment are liable to a misdemeanour and can face up to two years in jail. Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes told the media gathering that Government intended to deal with the perpetrators, and noted that more CCTV cameras would be placed in key areas across the country to catch the culprits. She noted that tele-medicine, online-based school projects and the general ability of the public to access online services were all hindered.“Anybody that is callous and uncaring to cut a cable that prevents people in the event of a personal emergency, who can’t even pick up the phone to make call; students that might be preparing now for mock exams – whatever the scenario is, it is totally unacceptable and we will deal with the perpetrators,” the Minister strongly expressed.She reiterated that Government would go to the full extent of the law to ensure that the practice was stopped and she further appealed for fair competition in the sector.“We will go the full extent of the law. If this happens to be some warped sense of competition, I want to say that in the spirit of fair competition and trade, all should be allowed to conduct legitimate and responsible business,” she notedAn active investigation into the destruction is ongoing, but the company maintained its silence on individuals or institutions it possibly suspects of the reported “sabotage”. The company explained that it has spent some $50 million over the last 12 months – money which it said could have gone to improve bandwidth services, but stressed that the damage would not slow its progress.The hotline number to report vandalism is 0908.last_img read more

4 homeless after house allegedly set on fire

first_imgA fire suspected to be an act of arson has completely razed a two-storey wooden building at South Ruimveldt, Georgetown in the wee hours of Saturday. The fire reportedly started about 03:00h in the lower flat of the house, but quickly engulfed the home.At the time of the fire, Guyana Times understands, three adults and one child were in the house. When this publication visited the scene later that morning, only the charred shell of the two-bedroom house was standing.A motor car was also seen among the rubble. A neighbour explained that she heard a banging sound and as she looked through her bedroom window, she saw flames emanating from under the house.Without hesitation, she raised an alarm. The occupants of the house managed to escape unhurt. The family is reportedly staying at relatives in Sophia.While the cause of the fire is yet to be determined, this newspaper understands that the fire may have started after the owner of the house failed to pay over a sum of money owed to one of his associates.The fire tenders arrived at the scene about 10 minutes after the blaze started and quickly began working on dousing the flames. Within a few minutes, the fire was contained to one location. When contacted on Saturday afternoon, Fire Chief Marlon Gentle explained that after the report came in to the Guyana Fire Service, a tender from the Central Fire Station was deployed to the area.He noted that the firemen managed to contain the blaze. He stated that the fire officials were continuing their investigations to determine the cause and origin of the fire. This is the second fire of the week.A fire on Thursday at New Housing Scheme, Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) has left millions of dollars in losses. The fire reportedly started at the top floor of the G3 Building, which houses a gym, about 11:30h. In this case, the fire tender did arrive at the scene, but had difficulties tapping into a water source.As the firemen scrambled to get into fire-fighting mode, the entire upper flat of the building was destroyed as well as certain sections of the second and first flats. A few businesses that are also housed at the location suffered water damage and scorching.It is unclear if the building was insured. Investigations are ongoing with respect to both fires.last_img read more

City of Fort St. John – Annual Toys for Tickets Campaign starts today.

first_imgThe Toys for Tickets program runs from December 2nd to December 19th, 2019 at noon. Parking meter violation tickets received since September 1, 2019, can be brought to City Hall and paid for by donating a new, unwrapped toy, gift card, or cash donation in lieu of the cash value of the ticket.  The Toys for Tickets campaign was launched in 2005, receiving support from the community each year. This is an opportunity for individuals to exchange parking meter violation tickets for toys that can be distributed throughout the community to those less fortunate. – Advertisement -“It’s the season for giving. This program gives residents an opportunity to give back to our community and spread some holiday cheer,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman.  Donations collected are given to the Salvation Army to support local families. The Salvation Army Christmas Hamper Campaign has identified toys appropriate for kids 8-17 years as their biggest need during the holiday season.  FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Parking meter violation tickets can be brought to City Hall and paid for by donating a new, unwrapped toy, in lieu of the cash value of the ticket.last_img read more

Invest in the kids for success – Fowler

first_img0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) “You can’t go to top level and fix it straight away. Football starts with kids. When you have good cultures and people who can teach the kids in the right way and get them to learn the basics of football, then that’s where you start,” Fowler said.He added; “Personally for me I learnt football from a very young age and sometimes you have to get the right people to help you through it. I was fortunate to have Ian Rush with me teaching me how to run, how to position myself and how to score.”Fowler was speaking on Friday morning on the second day of his visit to Kenya where he held a soccer clinic with kids from the Musa Otieno foundation.Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler with former Harambee Stars captain Musa Otieno during a football clinic organized by Barclays at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Nairobi, Kenya on November 23, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It is such a great thing to be here and to see these kids. It is all about them today. I am happy to see what the people responsible here are doing with the youths and me coming here basically is help impart that knowledge especially to the coaches because these are the people who will be responsible for shaping the future,” Fowler noted.Present during the clinic at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Jericho was Football Kenya Federation chief Nick Mwendwa and Barclays Kenya boss Jeremy Awori.Mwendwa echoed Fowler’s comments, noting that the federation has put in measures to ensure the youth teams are active, picking up recent success by the Under-23 team which has progressed to the second round of qualification for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.“We have teams from Under-15 who are active and playing. Apart from that, we have invested in training of coaches countrywide to ensure this knowledge imparted on the young players is good knowledge,” Mwendwa noted.Meanwhile, Barclays boss Awori has hinted that talks are on with the Federation to explore avenues of partnering with view of sponsorship.Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler enjoys a game with players from the Musa Otieno foundation as Barclays Bank MD Jeremy Awori watches on during a football clinic organized by Barclays at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Nairobi, Kenya on November 23, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We are always looking for areas to support more and we have been talking with Nick on what are the opportunities. Personally I am passionate about youth and encouraging the next crop of players to come up,”“With Barclays shifting to Absa which has a strong history of supporting rugby as well, we will come with that passion and I will be pushing from my side to see what we can do,” noted Awori.Rush will on Saturday take part in an activation by sponsors Barclays Bank at the Two Rivers Mall and will be live on Capital FM’s sports show Saturday Music and Sports.On Sunday, he will be at the 24th edition of the Koroga Festival for his final social event of the visit. 0Shares0000Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler enjoys a kick-about with youngsters from the Musa Otieno foundation during a football clinic organized by Barclays at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Nairobi, Kenya on November 23, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 23 – Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has insisted that the only way Kenyan and African football in general can scale the heights is if more insistence is put on developing the young kids from a tender age.Fowler who rose to become the sixth-all time top scorer of the English Premier League says that picking lessons from his growth at Merseyside, football players can only be made to live to their full potential if they are nurtured early.last_img read more

Bring it on! Five things Man United fans are saying about the new season

first_img 1. ‘Rooney must score more goals!’ – to find out four more things United fans are saying, click the arrow above – Wayne Rooney is hoping playing as a centre forward will see him hit the 20-goal mark, but the team can’t just rely on the captain. “Whether we can win the title [in the next two seasons] is dependable if we can buy players with speed and creativity,” manager Louis van Gaal said. This should be no problem if the rumours are true and manager Van Gaal is able to play a front three containing the speed and trickery of Memphis Depay, Rooney and Spain forward Pedro, who has been linked with a £22m transfer. That trio spell goals and United fans are demanding Rooney fills his boots. Man United’s problematic midfield has been fixed, with the additions of Bastian Schweinsteighter and Morgan Schneiderlin, meaning there is no need for the reliance on Michael Carrick.Unsettled winger Angel Di Maria has left, to the delight of the Old Trafford faithful, however, there are other things the club still must do before and during the 2015/16 season.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see four things that need to happen. For all Man United news click here. 5 3. ‘Don’t sell De Gea!’ – click the arrow above, right, to see what else Man United must do this season, according to the fans – David De Gea’s future is still not clear and if he leaves, Van Gaal will be left with Sergio Romero as a first team goalie. He wants Victor Valdes out and Anders Lindegaard has not had a look in, which could be why reports linking United with Hugo Lloris has resurfaced. 5 2. ‘Sign a world class centre-back!’ – click the arrow above, right, to see what else Man United must do this season, according to the fans – There is need for a commanding presence at the back, someone who would at least make it difficult for a player like Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score the type of goal he did for PSG against United in a recent friendly. The striker prodded home from close range after being allowed to run through the middle of defence without a challenge and with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling injured a lot, this is likely to be a priority. Daley Blind, as versatile as he is, seems better utilised elsewhere. 4. ‘Start the season as we mean to go on – winning!’ Click to see one final thing fans want United to do – It sounds obvious, but the last two seasons have not been the best of starts. Swansea won 2-1 at Old Trafford last August and United did not pick up their first win until the 4-0 hammering of QPR on 14 September. This followed draws with Sunderland and Burnley and an embarrassing defeat to MK Dons. In the 2013/14 season, they lost to Liverpool early on and were held to a 0-0 draw at home against Chelsea. Andy Cole highlighted the need for a strong start when speaking to manutd.com: “It doesn’t matter if you get drawn the tough games early doors because you have got to win those tough games,” he said. 5 5. ‘Let’s reclaim OUR trophy’ – United have lifted the Premier League trophy 13 times – nine more than the next best, Chelsea. After two campaigns in which United were well off the pace, this time around a title challenge seems realistic. “I feel this season for the first time, rather than the last two seasons, we’re ready to challenge again,” said Wayne Rooney. Even if the title doesn’t go to Old Trafford, it’s important that a trophy is put in the cabinet. Not since the 1980s have United gone so long without winning major silverware. 5 5last_img read more