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Louis van Gaal blames negative tactics for Manchester United’s uninspiring play

first_img Van Gaal said: “Newcastle was attacking. They wanted to attack, and that is the difference. I am saying that all the time, but you are doubting my words and my vision. “When you see two teams who want to attack, then you see a game like this. But when you see a match that only one team wants to defend and wastes time and frustrates the opponent…” United led 2-0 and 3-2 on Tyneside as Wayne Rooney claimed his 10th and 11th goals of the season either side of Jesse Lingard’s 37th-minute strike. Georginio Wijnaldum had kept the home side in it at 2-1 and Aleksandar Mitrovic levelled from the penalty spot with 67 minutes gone before Rooney and Newcastle full-back Paul Dummett both scored inside a riotous final 11 minutes. Van Gaal said: “We have scored three goals and have one point. I have said in all my press conferences that you have to score one more goal than your opponent, and we didn’t do that.” Opposite number Steve McClaren was understandably delighted with a concerted fightback which ended his side’s run of four successive 1-0 defeats on a night when the club paraded January signings Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet in front of the fans. Shelvey had completed his £12million switch from Swansea just a couple of hours before kick-off, and his new boss was delighted to have landed him. McClaren said: “I couldn’t believe it when he was up and we’ve actually got him. I didn’t think they would sell, but we are delighted they have done and we have got him. “He’s a young player who with the Euros coming, he wants to be in that England squad, so he has got a lot to fight for from now until the end of the season. That’s got to be of benefit for us.” The Dutchman saw his side score three times and still not win as Newcastle fought back to snatch a 3-3 Barclays Premier League draw at St James’ Park on a night when the United boss could hardly claim to have been bored. However, he insisted his team was able to attack more freely than in recent weeks because the Magpies did the same. Press Associationcenter_img Louis van Gaal has blamed blanket defences for Manchester United’s uninspiring football. last_img read more

NDC Councillor protests construction on reserve

first_imgThe Johns/Port Mourant Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) in Region 6 (East Berbice-Corentyne) has been slow to investigate the construction of a benab on its reserve.Councillor Orin McDougallThis sloth has caused a lone councillor to mount a picketing demonstration in protest of the construction.Orin McDougall the protestor says NDC Chairman Imran Ali has instructed that they seek the intervention of the Ministry of Communities seeking advice. The benab which he says is illegally constructed is situated in front of the Area ‘H’ Ground.As a Councillor representing Constituency One, McDougall says he is obligated to ensure the council’s by-laws are not breached in his constituency.“This particular area that I am standing on is the Port Mourant reserve and we have noticed construction going on. It is an illegal operation because it is the council’s reserve and according to Chapter 28:02 Section 53:1-4 inclusive AB and C, it states that it is illegal to encumber the council’s reserve or parapet; this is the parapet of the Johns/Port Mourant NDC. I am protesting the building of anything on this parapet,” McDougall told Guyana Time< while in the area of construction.The Councillor explained, “We had statutory meetings and special meetings where the issue was discussed. The Overseer is supposed to send letters to Mr Hilbert Foster and the Rose Hall Town Council.”According to McDougall he is being proactive because he is one of the councillors elected to represent residents in that community.last_img read more

‘He trusts us and we trust him’ – Jose Mourinho has full backing of Chelsea squad, insists Cesc Fabregas

first_img Under-pressure Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho 1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has the full backing of his players despite the Blues’ nightmare start to the season, insists midfielder Cesc Fabregas.Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Stoke was Chelsea’s seventh league loss in their opening 12 games of the season, with the defending champions heading into the international break 16th in the standings.The result left Mourinho’s future looking more uncertain than ever, but the Portuguese, who was unable to attend Saturday’s contest due to a one-match stadium ban, retains the trust of his squad, according to Fabregas.“I don’t think Mourinho will be sacked,” the 28-year-old told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope. “The coach trusts us and we trust him.“We all have to work together to come out of this bad spell.“The level of play at Chelsea does not correspond with the results, but I’m certain that we will improve.“I feel good and I trust this group.”Earlier this month, Fabregas denied reports that he was organising a “mini-revolt” at Chelsea and reiterated he was happy to work under Mourinho.“I don’t know where that came from,” the Spain international said. “Someone invented a story saying that I was leaking information from the changing room.“I have dignity and I had to defend myself.“My relationship with Mourinho is good, as always.”last_img read more