Much has been made of Sir Alex Ferguson’s attacking philosophy in comparison to Louis van Gaal’s possession-dominated approach with fans crying out for more goals.The two squads have also been compared, especially by Ferguson who maintains his 2012/13 Premier League winning team was a great foundation for David Moyes and Van Gaal to inherit.This has been disputed by plenty within the game, so talkSPORT has a look at Ferguson’s final squad in comparison to Van Gaal’s current one.The Goalkeepers2012/13: David De Gea, Anders LindegaardDe Gea improved in 2012/13, his second season at the club, but was heavily criticised by former Red Devils captain Gary Neville. However the Spaniard got better and, despite having conceded more goals, all but one of the top seven, he was voted into the PFA team of the year.Score: 7/102015/16: David De Gea, Sergio RomeroFast forward three seasons and De Gea is the best goalkeeper in the Premier League and has been named Manchester United Player of the Year two years in a row. The Spaniard signing a new contract after his move to Real Madrid fell through is the best bit of business the Red Devils have done since the arrival of Robin van Persie.Score: 9/10Verdict: Van Gaal has better goalkeeping options 4 Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United or Sir Alex Ferguson The Midfield2012/13: Antonio Valencia, Anderson, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick, Nani, Ashley Young, Paul Scholes, Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher, Nick Powell, Shinji KagawaArguably one of the weakest midfields Ferguson had during his tenure, with only Michael Carrick really standing out (another named in the PFA team of the season). His forward passing and understanding with Van Persie became a common occurrence as United stormed to the title.Score: 6/10 The Defence2012/13: Rafael, Patrice Evra, Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic, Fabio, Alexander ButtnerFerguson had a settled back four of Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans and Evra with Vidic out injured. The full-backs offered a lot going forward, while Ferdinand and Evans formed a strong partnership as both managed to stay injury free.Score: 7/102015/16: Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Paddy McNair, Matteo DarmianOnly Smalling and Jones remain from that 2012/13 squad, with Smalling one of the best centre backs in the league this season. Somehow Blind has managed to look solid alongside him, with Darmian appearing to be a quality signing. The injury to a much-improved Luke Shaw is the only black mark on the tightest defence in the league so far.Score: 8/10Verdict: The current defence just edges it. 4 4 The Attack2012/13: Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck, Robin van PersieFerguson’s attack was mostly about Van Persie, with the Dutchman scoring 26 goals and getting 10 assists as he took the Golden Boot and the PFA Player of the Year. Despite falling out with Ferguson, Rooney still managed 12 goals and 11 assists of his own with Hernandez also chipping in with 10 goals of his own.Score: 9/102015/16: Memphis Depay, Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney, James WilsonThis is the weakest area of Van Gaal’s squad by some distance. Rooney has only scored twice in the league while Memphis has failed to live up to his billing so far. Only Martial has impressed across the front line but he is still very raw and will take time to reach his potential.Score: 4/10Verdict: Absolutely no contest. In Fergie’s final season, United possessed an attack that fired them to the title. 2015/16: Juan Mata, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jesse Lingard, Andreas PereiraThe signings of Herrera, Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger have finally bolstered the midfield and while United fans have complained of boring football, Van Gaal’s side have the highest average possession of any side in the league. They do however lack goals from anyone other than Mata.Score: 7/10Verdict: Again, the current squad have better options 4 Overall verdict:2012/13: 29/402015/16: 28/40Attacking football beats possession football. And won the title.
Pep Guardiola will join Manchester City next summer and Carlo Ancelotti will replace him at Bayern Munich.That’s the view of former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon, who has close contacts throughout European football and has it on good authority that his fellow Spaniard is Premier League-bound.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Calderon: “From what I know, Guardiola will move to Man City and Ancelotti will go to Bayern Munich. That is what I have been hearing.“He [Guardiola] likes to change. He has been in Spain, he has been in Germany and it would be a good challenge to coach City.“They have fantastic players and they have the advantage that Ferran Soriano, the general manager, and Txiki Begiristain is there. He knows them well – they were all together in Barcelona.“Also for Ancelotti, he is a fantastic coach and he will do quite well in Bayern Munich.”Calderon’s claim comes after German football expert Raphael Honigstein told talkSPORT on Wednesday that Bayern are ‘working on the assumption’ that Guardiola will leave at the end of the season.The Spaniard is out of contract next summer and has yet to comment on his future plans, but is expected to make an announcement next week.
Right back: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) – The old beast is stirring. Its unlikely hell ever be back to his uncompromising best, defensively, but he showed hes still got a taste for a marauding run on Wednesday as he crossed for Cesar Azpilicueta to score the Blues first goal in a 2-2 draw with West Brom. 11 Striker: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – The Brazilian hasnt adapted quite as well as he would have hoped at Anfield but two goals against Arsenal in their 3-3 draw, including a breathtaking curler past Petr Cech, will have endeared him to the Kop. Right now he looks a better option than Christian Benteke to lead the Liverpool frontline under Jurgen Klopp. 11 Right wing: Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle United) – If the Dutchman can become consistent hell be a big star in the Premier League. The midfielder is capable of brilliant things on the ball and rarely gives it away too. He grabbed a well-taken goal against Manchester United and impressed most observers. 11 Centre back: Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) – The former Celtic defender was always going to take a little time to adapt to the Premier League. His display against the twin threat of Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney, though, was superb. The Dutchman won a staggering eight defensive headers, was successful with all six of his tackles and made six interceptions. Impressive. Striker: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) – Forget the clichés about the ex-Tottenham Hotspur striker, just enjoy his hat-trick. The 33-year-old proved there is no substitute for class in a week where Bournemouth spent £10m on Benik Afobe and saw him squander two excellent opportunities. Sam Allardyces wisest move this season could be to rely on the English striker as he plots another great escape for the Black Cats. 11 Goalkeeper: Tim Howard (Everton) – Click the right arrow above to see who else made our team… – The American shot-stopper has got plenty of critics in the stands at Goodison Park but they will have to applaud him for a fine display against Manchester City, where he made five saves to deny to Premier League title challengers and helped his side to a 0-0 draw. Left wing: James McClean (West Brom) – The Baggies star is never far away from headlines, sometimes for good and sometimes for bad. Against Chelsea he grabbed West Broms vital equaliser with a snapshot from the edge of the box. Central midfield: N’golo Kante (Leicester City) – The Foxes are all about teamwork. In defence Huth and Morgan are putting in monstrous displays and its the same in midfield. Kante and Drinkwater are putting in some incredible shifts, week-in and week-out, and the former gave Tottenham no end of problems at White Hart Lane. Like a pesky fly you just cant swat, Kante was a constant menace. Although, his tireless running can also make him look foolish, with Kyle Walker leading him on a merry dance before plonking him on his backside. Cut that out and it wont be long before someone comes in with a big offer for him. 11 11 11 Centre back: Robert Huth (Leicester City) – It wasnt quite the rope-a-dope, smash and grab victory some believe, but Robert Huth and partner Wes Morgan were in sensational form against Tottenham Hotspur. The wily Foxes duo are powerful presences and Harry Kane was left frustrated by them. The Germans goal was the icing on the cake as Claudio Ranieris title challengers continue to confound the non-believers. Left back: Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) – Another player getting back to the levels he had shown previously is this Dutch star. He seemed to have lost his way after showing some promise last season but has gradually improved and he showed his potential against Swansea, scoring an excellent, if deflected, goal and doing his defensive duties well too. 11 It’s got to the stage where a round of games without a shock is the only thing that surprises us in the Premier League.We expected a goalfest at the Etihad, but Manchester City drew 0-0 with Everton, while Joe Allen’s cult status grew with a late equaliser as Liverpool against Arsenal ended 3-3.Leicester City’s title tilt continued with a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, and just when it looked like Chelsea would get another win, they managed to let in a James McClean goal and draw 2-2 with West Brom.But who were the standout performers from the midweek games? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see who made our Premier League XI… 11 11 11 Central midfield: Dimitri Payet (West Ham) – When the Frenchman plays, West Ham play. Payet is capable of turning any game on its head with a beautiful pass or an exceptionally executed set-piece. Against Bournemouth, his in-off-the-bar free-kick was a peach and his skilful assist for Enner Valencia had the away fans purring.
10 Out: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool): £8.2m – Click the right arrow for more advice – This isnt as odd as it sounds, we promise. Youll need as many players in action as possible this weekend. Drop the Brazilian for one week and get him back in your team in seven days time. Itll be worth it. 10 Out: Diego Costa (Chelsea): £10.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Spain striker wont be playing in the Premier League this weekend and with a hefty price tag is a good player to drop. 10 In: Erik Lamela (Tottenham): £6.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Spurs will take on Aston Villa hoping to get their title bid back on track. Lamela was on the bench against Dortmund so should start at Villa Park, while Christian Eriksen may not after playing in Germany. Hes been featuring more on free-kicks and corners lately so could grab an assist or a goal. 10 Out: Jose Fonte (Southampton): £5.6m – Click the right arrow for more advice – A red card last week means the Saints star needs to be dropped, especially in a week where every man counts due to the number of games being played. Out: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal): £7.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Gunners’ star has no game this weekend and picked up an injury in their 4-0 FA Cup win against Hull City, which makes him the perfect man to be swapped out. In: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City): £13.6m – Click the right arrow for more advice – We recommend doing all you can to get the Argentine striker into your side. Not only is he set to face Norwich but he will soon be involved in a double gameweek with one of the matches coming against Newcastle. 10 10 In: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City): £7.2m – Click the right arrow for more advice – For the same reasons as Ashley Williams, the Icelandic star, who has recently returned to form is an excellent pick for the weekends action. 10 10 In: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City): £8.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Both for the weekend, and for the future, bringing in Sterling is good idea. He grabbed six points last weekend against Aston Villa and could get a similar haul against Norwich, and possibly more. In: Ashley Williams (Swansea City): £4.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Already one of the top scoring defenders available, the Wales centre-back is a good option considering the Jacks now face Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Stoke. Williams is also a good alternative to Charlie Daniels, who many managers have chosen. Out: Eden Hazard (Chelsea): £10.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Blues clash with Liverpool is postponed due to their FA Cup tie with Everton, so dropping their players isnt a bad move. The Belgian limped out of the Blues Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, too, so could miss further matches as well. With FA Cup clashes this weekend, there are only five Premier League matches to grab points from in Gameweek 30.You will definitely be without key stars as Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, amongst others won’t be in action, but don’t panic, with a couple of tweaks you can keep your title bids on track.Given two of the fixtures are Norwich v Manchester City and Aston Villa v Tottenham, you’ll want to load up on Blues and Spurs stars.And it also may be wise to use an extra transfer – even if it does cost you four points the rewards could be handsome.Meanwhile, it may be a good time to start reorganising your side ahead of some huge games in hand, which will see Man City take on Newcastle.So, click the right arrow above to find out our Fantasy Premier League predictions for Gameweek 30… 10 10
“It was the happiest marriage I’ve ever seen,” he said. “I hope events like this bring more consciousness to teens so that stuff like this stops happening.” Andy Gorman, a friend of Steve Groce, told how a man rode up to him and Groce on a bicycle as they stood at the scene of the crash. “He was no more than 18 or 19 years old,” Gorman said. “He apologized, said he was sorry, and he teared up and started crying. Then he rode away. I admired him.” Gorman said he believed the man was the brother of Robert Canizalez, 19, believed to be one of two street racers involved in the collision. Canizalez, of El Monte, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of three counts of murder. His bail was set at $3 million. A second suspect, Martin Morones, 21, of El Monte remains at large. Police said he fled the scene of the accident. His Honda Accord was recovered near the scene of the accident. El Monte police said Canizalez’s Mustang collided with Groce’s Nissan Altima. The force of the crash rammed the Nissan into a stopped Ford F-150. During her remarks, Angelina Gutierrez of El Monte said she went before the City Council two weeks before the crash to ask for speed bumps and more traffic enforcement to stop the street races. Ernie Gutierrez, El Monte’s mayor, also addressed Groce’s family and friends. “Never in the history of the city has an incident like this occurred,” he said. “People have rallied and come together to deal with a serious problem.” Gutierrez said residents often call police if they see someone with a gun or rifle. “But that doesn’t happen when they see a car racing past,” he said. “But both can be deadly. The community needs to deal with some safety issues: loaded weapons, speeding vehicles and reckless driving.” The City Council will look at proposals to deal with those problems at Tuesday’s meeting, he said. “We will do everything we can to begin to resolve those problems so that we will not have an incident like this again,” he said, and the mourners applauded.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Photo Gallery: Street racing victims’ memorial service SAN GABRIEL – Mourners expressed hope Saturday that the deaths of a woman and her two children would inspire change in a community torn apart by the accident that claimed their lives. Dora Groce, 41, her son Robert, 8, and daughter Catherine, 4, were killed in a fiery auto crash Monday, after her car was broadsided by a street racer at 5:40 p.m. on Parkway Drive at Elliott Avenue in El Monte near a four-way stop. Residents of the neighborhood said street racing had been a problem in their community for months. They expressed sorrow for husband and father Stephen Groce, 44, who lost his family in the accident. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“You saw the cars speeding through like it was a freeway,” said Angelina Gutierrez, among those who spoke Saturday. “Steve’s wife and children will be an inspiration for change so that this will never happen again.” Speaker after speaker told the gathering that Dora Groce, a housewife, was an excellent mother. Nora Torres, a family friend, worried Stephen, a Food and Drug Administration inspector, might become embittered after losing his family. “We don’t need any more anger,” she said. “Let’s keep this good – no more negativism. I don’t want Steve to become a bad person. I know he’s got anger in his heart, but he’s a good person. We don’t need any more bad people in this world.” Dora Groce’s cousin Tony Dubon said the couple married after a seven-week courtship and were together nine years.
Carole Brenan, Enterprise IrelandRichard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and InnovationPete Friel, Founder, Chartered Education, Donegal winner of Ireland’s Best Young EntrepreneurPatsy Donaghy, Manager, CoLab Innovation Centre, LetterkennyDonegal entrepreneur, Pete Friel of CharteredEducation.com, was among the outstanding young entrepreneurs at the recent New Frontiers Programme Networking event in Dublin.The event brought together over 150 entrepreneurs whose ideas have been identified as having strong employment and growth potential.Pete Friel, who was recently named Donegal’s Best Young Entrepreneur, started his business to provide eLearning solutions in an industry with a global skill shortage. Friel told Donegal Daily, “There’s a global shortage of qualified accountants.“CharteredEducation.com provides online study materials for the ACCA accountancy qualification.“And by providing students with access to quality exam preparation materials that can be accessed at any time from any device, we hope to play our part in increasing the number of qualified accountants to fill vacant positions.New Frontiers, Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme funded by Enterprise Ireland aims to accelerate the development of sustainable new businesses such as CharteredEducation.com. Speakers at the event included Richard Bruton, TD and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Catherine Goodman of Goodman & Associates. DONEGAL ENTREPRENEUR HOPING TO LEAD THE WAY IN JOB CREATION was last modified: October 21st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessChartered EduationFinancial AccountantsGloballynewsPete FrielWEBSITE
Sister Sara’s are preparing to drown the shamrock in style this St Patrick’s Day weekend by announcing a stunning line-up of entertainment over the weekend.Management at the popular venue have earned a reputation for providing top-class entertainment every weekend.However, for the weekend that’s in it they’ve really pushed the boat out to make sure Sister Sara’s is your port of call for the St Patrick’s weekend celebrations. Tonight DJ Marty Temple will kick off the weekend and will play all your favourites to get you in the party mood.On Saturday DJ Marty Curran will have the place hoping with his weekend soundtrack.On Sunday there will be LIVE music with the incredible Half the Cuff band.On Monday the superb Rockhill Ramblers will be rocking the place with their distinctive sound. While on St Patrick’s Day DJ Tubbsy will be playing all your favourite tunes with special guest Gary Gamble.It promises to be a FANTASTIC weekend of entertainment. SUPERB LINE-UP OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY AT SISTER SARA’S was last modified: March 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsSister Sara’s
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez Rafa Benitez believes his Newcastle players are starting to show self confidence after they got back into the fight for Premier League survival with a helping hand from arch-rivals Sunderland.The Magpies’ 3-0 home victory over Swansea on Saturday, coupled with the Black Cats’ success at Norwich by the same score earlier in the day, means they are within three points of the 17th-placed Canaries with a game in hand ahead of Manchester City’s visit to St James’ Park on Tuesday evening.Sunderland remain in the better position to secure survival, with only one North East club likley to overtake Norwich, but Benitez is pleased that his players are starting to beleive top flight survival is possible.When asked whether the mood in the Magpies’ dressing room has improved, Benitez replied: “Obviously [it’s] much better. Everybody was happy and I think they are now thinking that we can do it and they believe.“They have this feeling, like all the fans watching the team working as hard as today, everybody thinks we can do it. That’s the main thing. As I have said a lot of times, we will fight until the end, but now we are closer and it will be easier for me to give this speech.”Swansea wasted a number of chances in front of goal to deal another defeat to the Tyneside club, but Benitez is not too bothered seeing as the three points came on the celebrations for his 56th birthday.He said: “When you are expecting something from your players and they give you this, three goals and three points and the way that we won, you have to say congratulations to them and congratulations to our fans because they deserved this game.“The players worked so hard and they showed the passion, the character, the commitment we were looking for and the fans appreciate that, so I am really pleased for all of them, and it’s a good present for me.“Now with some players, some friends, my staff, hopefully we can enjoy today – and then tomorrow, we have to start working because we have Manchester City.” 1
1 England manager Roy Hodgson Roy Hodgson has not ruled out staying as England manager past the end of Euro 2016, when his current contract expires.The Three Lions boss has been in charge since 2012, overseeing some excellent qualifying campaigns but poor tournament displays.England reached the quarter-finals at Euro 2012, before falling out of the 2014 World Cup at the group stage.Hodgson, who came under major fan criticism following those performances, then led his players on an unbeaten qualifying run to this summer’s European Championship, with many tipping the side to impress in France.Given the recent assembly of a young and attacking side, there have been calls for the former Liverpool and West Brom boss to remain as manager for the foreseeable future, but any contract talks are being held off until the end of the tournament this summer.Hodgson himself has refused to rule out staying on for the coming years, admitting that if the FA are keen on him he will continue coaching the national side.When asked whether he wants to stay on, the 68-year-old said: “If they want me, it is as simple as that.“I think I have tried to say all along – and nothing has really changed – that if the FA want me, if the mood in the country is that they would like me to stay, then I of course am more than happy to stay.“But I don’t want to be clawing onto a job when I get the feeling that people don’t want me to have the job, so it is as simple as that.“I suppose that does come down to what the Euros brings and see how we feel after it.”Hodgson has a wealth of attacking talents to call upon now, with the rise to prominence of the likes of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy.The latter came under criticism last weekend for his attempt to win a penalty in Leicester’s 2-2 draw with West Ham, but the manager refused to believe that the 29-year-old was actually diving.He added: “Vardy got sent off at the weekend, but once again I will go out on a limb: I don’t see that. I don’t see that as a dive. I just don’t.“I think he was unbalanced. I don’t think it was a penalty either, I think he was unbalanced, running at that speed.“I think there was a very slight sort of contact with the defender, who was trying to cover.“I think he went down, he lost his balance. I don’t think he was trying to dive.”