‘Where are Schmeichel and Keane?’ CL winner on Fergie’s four-man list of ‘world class’ Man United players

first_imgDietmar Hamann has told talkSPORT Sir Alex Ferguson is ‘harsh’ for overlooking a number of key former stars, after the Scot claimed he only managed four ‘world-class’ players at Old Trafford.The revelations were detailed in the legendary coach’s new book on management, ‘Leading’, which was published on Tuesday.Ferguson is the most successful United manager of all time, claiming two Champions Leagues, 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and four League Cups during a record 26-and-a-half years in charge.However, with a host of top players to choose from, the 73-year-old says Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo were the only truly ‘world class’ stars at the club.He did acknowledge the likes of David Beckham, Roy Keane, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Peter Schmeichel as “great players”.But former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Hamann believes Schmeichel and Keane, in particular, deserved particular praise from the manager for their influence and achievements in a Red Devils shirt.“I think it’s harsh not having Peter Schmeichel in that list,” Didi told Colin Murray. “If you want to win trophies in football, you need a top class goalkeeper.“If you look at Premier League, Champions League and World Cup winning sides, they all have exceptional goalkeepers. You need somebody who makes the difference at the back and when a save has to be made, you know they will be there to take care of it.“Schmeichel was virtually unknown when he came to Man United and he turned out to be their keeper for almost ten years.“He had an amazing career, so I think it’s a bit harsh that he wasn’t named by Ferguson.“You can probably make the same point for Roy Keane – he was the heart of that trophy-winning team.“Not having Keane on that list, having led the team as United’s captain for so long…maybe  there’s a bit of carry on from what he said in his last book, but I think he should be on the list as well.“But Fergie was there for over 26 years, so I’m sure there are a few other names – Bryan Robson for example – who should have been there as well.” 1 Manchester United greats Roy Keane and Peter Schmeichel last_img read more

Video: 7 things you didn’t know about Robert Lewandowski

first_imgRobert Lewandowski is Europe’s most feared striker, having scored 15 goals in just six games for club and country.While the Pole’s goalscoring exploits have been making the headlines, there are plenty of amazing facts about Lewandowski’s life that many people have yet to discover.Watch the video above to discover which English team he was on the verge of signing for in 2010, and why a former coach likened him to a tree!For more of the best sports entertainment on YouTube, subscribe to talkSPORT here!Find out how Lewandowski compares to Messi and Ronaldo in the 2015 scoring charts here!last_img

Exclusive – Jose Mourinho responds to accusations of Chelsea player mutiny

first_imgJose Mourinho has denied there is a player munity at Chelsea and has exclusively told talkSPORT the accusations are “sad” and “unfair”.Chelsea are currently languishing in a lowly 16th – the worst start to a season by Premier League champions ever – having lost four games and conceded 17 goals in the process.Gary Cahill is one of a number of players to publically state his support for Mourinho but the former Real Madrid manager believes it is unfortunate they have to.“It’s sad but I don’t care really, I don’t care,” said the 52-year-old.“I spoke with the players about it and the players are also sad about it, but there is no way to care.“We know what we are, we know the relationships between ourselves. We know that we are together trying to go back to normality but it is quite sad because people could analyse the situation in pure football terms.“Let’s try to find the reason why this team is playing badly and why it is not winning matches, without agendas and without unfair comment, because that’s not nice.”Hear the full interview with Jose Mourinho on Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast from 6am……last_img read more

Six things you need to know about Tottenham’s transfer target

first_img 6 5. When at Standard Liege, he received an eight-match ban, reduced from 10, for a horror challenge that broke the leg of Anderlecht’s Marcin Wasilewski 6 6 4. The season after his competitive debut at the age of 17 for Standard Liege in September 2006, he established himself as key player alongside Marouane Fellaini and Steven Defour in midfield, and went on to lift the Belgian league title Tottenham Hotspur are flying in the Premier League, having lost only one game since the start of the season, and a major signing in the winter window could signal an intimidating title intent to their domestic rivals.Reports have been circulating over the past few days that Zenit Saint Petersburg midfielder Axel Witself is at the top of their transfer wish list, and Maurcio Pochettino is prepared to go head-to-head with AC Milan to seal his signature.This isn’t the first time that Witsel has been linked with a move to England’s top flight – Chelsea and Manchester United were among the clubs said to be interested in the summer – but there may still be some wanting to know a little more about the popular 26-year-old.So, talkSPORT have collected six interesting things you might not know about the Belgium international… 6 6 2. He won Belgian Young Fooballer of the Year for the 2007-08 season 6 6. He is the second most capped player in the current Belgium squad with 63, 11 behind Jan Vertonghen’s 74 1. He moved to Zenit Saint Petersburg at the same time as Brazil striker Hulk, in September 2012, with the pair costing the Russian side a combined £64million – to find out five more Witsel facts, just click the arrow above 3. He also won the Belgian Golden Shoe in 2008, an award given to the best footballer of the Belgian First Division that calendar year (not season), voted for by a selection of names from the country’s media and pundits last_img read more

Mascot is a winner with this team

first_img“Because I want the job,” Abraham said. Simmons didn’t even think about it. Sure, he said. More than 12percent of the 3,100 kids in his school were special-education students. Their physical challenges stopped them from playing football or becoming one of the cheerleaders doing cartwheels and forming pyramids on the sidelines. But there was absolutely nothing to stop them from being the school mascot – a viking. Nothing at all. So a new school tradition was born. Just as starting quarterbacks who are graduating hand their team over to the kid playing behind them, just as graduating varsity cheerleaders hand over their pompoms to the junior varsity cheerleaders, graduating senior Abraham handed over the mascot’s job to his buddy, Felipe, who took it and ran – literally. Abraham’s muscular dystrophy confined him to a wheelchair on the sidelines, but Felipe told Simmons he would be doing the job standing on his feet. It didn’t matter that his cerebral palsy made it tough for him to walk very well. He walked plenty well enough for a mascot. “I think school spirit is the best way someone can make a positive impact at their school and bring pride to it,” Felipe said Friday, getting ready for the game. “Being the school mascot has let me show that.” Alva Holguin, Felipe’s mother, wasn’t so sure. “When he came home and told me what he was going to do, I was worried for him,” she said. “I didn’t know how people would treat him at the football games dressed up as the school mascot. I didn’t want my son to be embarrassed or hurt in any way. “Felipe reminded me that everyone liked Abraham when he was the mascot and treated him fine. I told him if this was something he really wanted to do, do it. “I knew he would anyway. Nothing stops my son from doing the things he believes in. His dad and I are so proud of him.” There hasn’t been a day at Monroe this year that students haven’t stopped the mascot in the hallways to give him a high-five and see how he was doing. “Whenever we score a touchdown, Felipe runs back and forth on the sidelines waving our big M school flag,” says senior cheerleader Chelsea Carpenter. “He’s become like a celebrity. The crowd goes crazy when he holds up the yell cards for people to stand up and make some noise. “He’s brought so much spirit back to our school, and we all love him.” Next week’s football game against Kennedy High School is homecoming at Monroe. A lot of former football players and cheerleaders will be coming back to root on their alma mater. So will last year’s school mascot, if he’s up to it. Felipe invited Abraham to join him on the sidelines. He figures it’ll probably be a close game and it can’t hurt to give the team a double shot of inspiration when the players look out from the huddle dog-tired and see two team mascots waving the big M flag and exhorting the crowd to stand up and make some noise. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And winning the Monroe Vikings are. After Friday’s game against a tough Sylmar High School team, the North Hills team is now 6-2. “I think that’s more wins than we’ve had in the last two years,” said Assistant Principal Mark Simmons, smiling. It was Simmons who kicked off this great tradition started at Monroe a few years ago when 16-year-old Abraham Cabrera rolled into the assistant principal’s office in his wheelchair and asked a simple question. “Who’s the school mascot?” the boy born with muscular dystrophy asked. Simmons shook his head. He didn’t know. “Why?” he finally asked. When it’s late in the game and the Monroe High School football team is dog-tired and trailing on the scoreboard, it doesn’t have far to look for inspiration. He’s standing over on the sidelines next to the cheerleaders. Felipe Holguin, 17, the school mascot, a kid born with cerebral palsy. “When you’re in the huddle and look over at Felipe waving our school flag around and getting everybody cheering for us, it’s like a shot of adrenaline,” says varsity senior center Enrique Ceniceros. “He makes us all dig in and work harder,” agrees senior cornerback Guillermo Garnica. “Every player on the team wants to win for Felipe.” last_img read more

Bolton in talks with Bradford over compensation for Phil Parkinson

first_imgBolton are in talks with Bradford over a compensation deal for Phil Parkinson to become their new manager, it is understood.Parkinson has emerged as a surprise favourite to succeed Neil Lennon at the Macron Stadium, but the two clubs have yet to confirm an agreement has been reached.Lennon left Bolton by mutual consent in March, five days after Dean Holdsworth’s Sports Shield consortium completed its takeover, with academy boss Jimmy Phillips taking charge on an interim basis until the end of the season.Parkinson’s pending departure will come as a shock to both Bolton and Bradford’s fans as Steve Cotterill and Nigel Adkins, both without clubs, were reported to have been in a two-horse race for the job.Bolton’s joint-chairman Ken Anderson announced earlier in the week that Bolton had ruled out paying compensation for Lennon’s replacement.But agreement over a financial package is expected to be announced this week with Parkinson set to end his reign as the West Yorkshire club’s third longest-serving manager.Parkinson is the sixth longest-serving manager in English football after being appointed permanent successor to Peter Jackson at Valley Parade in August 2011.He led the Bantams to promotion from Sky Bet League Two via the play-offs in 2013, three months after steering them to the League Cup final when they became the first club from English football’s bottom tier to reach a major final at Wembley.Parkinson also masterminded Bradford’s 4-2 FA Cup fourth-round upset of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last year when his side went on to reach the quarter-finals and guided them to a fifth-placed finish in League One this season before they lost out to Millwall in the play-off semi-finals.German investors Edin Rahic and Stefan Rupp completed their takeover of Bradford on May 24 and are understood to be making plans for Parkinson’s replacement. Phil Parkinson has guided Bradford to League Two promotion, the League Cup final and a famous victory over Mourinho’s Chelsea 1last_img read more


first_imgA family of rare Killer Whales has been spotted off the coast of Co Donegal.The incredible creatures were spotted by fishermen in recent days and finally captured on camera.Marine biologists estimate that there are up to nine Orcas and all belong to the same family or pod. Local wildlife ranger Emmett Johnston captured images of the whales off Dunree Head on the Inishowen Peninsula.Mr Johnston told Donegaldaily.com he has been waiting seven years for the moment since first seeing a grainy picture of a lone Killer Whale back in 2005.“There are occasional reports of them around the coastline but never on this scale.“We think there was up to nine of them together and that is extremely rare. “It was just amazing to watch them. The most amazing thing was that they were so close to land,” he said.The whales, which have a distinctive white marking on their side, feed on mackerel and also seals.Emmett said himself and his colleagues suspect the whales are a group which spend a lot of time off the Outer Hebrides in Scotland.He said the sighting of the rare whales, the largest of which he estimates was 30 feet long, is proof that Ireland’s waters are awash with such life.“What it shows is the potential for people to go out and see such amazing creatures literally on their doorstep. “Before this the closest I would have seen these creatures was on the Discovery Channel on television.“But just 20 minutes in a boat and I was beside them on a boat watching them in all their beauty,” he said.Emmett added that although there is no recorded incident of Killer Whales attacking people, he would urge caution around them.“If people are thinking of going out to see them then I would ask them to exercise caution. “If they turn off their engine and look at the whales from a distance, there is a good chance the whales will come and take a look at them,” he said.With 1,655,000 page views last month, get your story seen on Donegal Daily.Send your stories and pictures to info@donegaldaily.comFollow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyFAMILY OF RARE KILLER WHALES SPOTTED OFF COAST OF DONEGAL was last modified: June 8th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Emmett JohnstonInishowenKIller WhalesOrcalast_img read more


first_imgThe battle lines have been drawn in the McGowan household ahead of this Sunday’s All-Ireland Football Final between Donegal and Mayo.So intense is the rivalry that mum Karen and dad Eoin have even drawn a line down the middle of the sitting room in Crossmolina, Co Mayo which either can’t cross.Eoin is a native of Bundoran and Karen is a proud Mayo woman and originally from Ballina. Even the couple’s three daughters Laura, 21, Laoise, 5, and Meadbh, six months, have been encouraged to pick their sides.Laoise has opted for Mayo while Meadbh has chosen to side with daddy and choose DonegalEoin, 34, said wife Karen’s fanatical footballing family are trying everything in the book to get him to support Mayo.“The craic is great. I don’t think I have taken off the Donegal jersey for a week. “I’ve put Donegal flags all around the house just to annoy them,” he said.The family, like many thousands of others, haven’t managed to get tickets for Sunday’s game.But Eoin, who works in the Hollister medical equipment company, says they are going to make a real family day out of it.“The sitting room will be divided and once Donegal win I’ll probably be thrown out in the street.“I’ll travel to Donegal for the homecoming if they win and I’ll celebrate with Mayo if they win here – but I will wear my Donegal jersey,” he said. COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – FAMILY DRAWS BATTLE LINE IN SITTING ROOM BEFORE BIG GAME! was last modified: September 18th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:donegalEoin McGowanMayoMcGowan familylast_img read more


first_imgThey may have been a little late (what’s four hours when you’ve won Sam Maguire!) but that didn’t stop the people of the Twin Towns from turning out in force for the Donegal team.Huge crowds gathered in the wind and the rain for Jim McGuinness and the boys in the shadow of MacCumhaill Park – the scene of many inter-county battles down through the years.Next year it will be the base from where Donegal defend Sam! WITH MANY THANKS TO GERARD MCHUGH FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHS!SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – BALLYBOFEY PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: September 26th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Ballybofeydonegalpicture specialSam Maguirelast_img read more


first_imgIT’S been making headlines around the world this week – but no-one has seen it quite like this.Lough Salt has, of course, been the centre of attention since it was revealed that local divers led by Gus O’Driscoll have been diving into it in search of golf balls which may be worth €20,000 each!The golf balls were hit into the lake way back in 1891 by Old Tom Morris, a legendary golfer. But here is Peter McGettigan’s incredible snap taken from the Lough Salt road last evening with Muckish in the background and Glen Lough in the distance.A view that money can’t buy….Have you got a picture? Send it to info@donegaldaily.com.Donegal Daily – Ireland’s BIGGEST local news website – and Donegal’s No1 news source.   WOW! STUNNING PICTURE AT LOUGH SALT AT SUNSET was last modified: December 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:WOW! STUNNING PICTURE OF LOUGH SALT AT SUNSETlast_img read more