first_imgWayne Rooney was “over the hill” by 2014, says Louis van Gaal, despite the former Manchester United boss making an iconic figure his captain.A Dutch tactician handed the armband to a talismanic presence upon taking the reins at Old Trafford.He would see Rooney deliver 29 goals across two seasons, as he closed in on the mark of becoming the Red Devils’ all-time leading scorer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Van Gaal was, however, never the England forward’s biggest fan, telling The Guardian of a player he inherited: “I’m sorry but he was over the hill. But in spite of that he was one of my best players.”Quizzed on why he made Rooney skipper, Van Gaal added: “You can say nothing about his professionalism as a player in the training sessions or on a pitch.“Outside the environment of the training pitch and the stadium is different. I made him my captain because I want to control that life outside.”Most of the players that Van Gaal considers to have been up to standard during his time with United are those that he acquired.He admits that “David de Gea has done fantastically”, but said of those he rates as the best he had at his disposal: “This is significant that I have to think a lot.“[Luke] Shaw was starting very well but he was kicked out [badly injured] by PSV. Shaw was above average. [Ander] Herrera was above average. He started not so well but he became more important for the team because of his inspiring behaviour and coaching qualities.“I think that overall Daley Blind was my most consistent player with high qualities for building up the play. [Juan] Mata was also a quality player with a lot of creativity and I was very happy with him because we had a big lack of creative players.Angel Di Maria Louis van Gaal Man Utd“That’s why we played that, in your eyes, ‘boring football’. We did not have too many creative players to increase the tempo of the ball and to use more vertical passes. But it was better than parking the bus, I think.“We played there [points to the opposition half]. We were mostly always better than our opponents, but, when your opponent is parking the bus, you need creative players.“That’s why I allowed [Angel] di Maria and [Memphis] Depay to come because they were creative players and I think a team needs at least three or four creative players to break down those opponents.”Van Gaal added on the problems he faced in bringing the required quality in: “In scouting players, Manchester United don’t have the organisation to deliver the best players in my opinion.“Then with the education of players, you cannot say that the education of Manchester United is very good. How many players are coming through?“With Manchester United, you have a fantastic performance department and that is under the guidance of the doctor. But this performance department needs also the guidance of an experienced technical director.“You have to use that department not only for the first team but also intensively for the youth education.“Then young players are more educated in the philosophy of Man United and the big step to the first team is much easier. These are the important aspects that you have to develop as a technical director.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img

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first_imgThe National Indigenous Touch Football Knockout planned for this June long weekend has been postponed to November. Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service’s Quit B Fit – Tackling Indigenous Smoking Program and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in conjunction with NSW Touch Football & Touch Football Australia and Dubbo Regional Council will host the 2017 National Indigenous Touch Carnival Knockout which will be the first of its kind in Australia.”The organising committee agreed to change the date and also review the registration and competitor criteria to encourage more registrations to ensure a highly successful event for Dubbo,” said WACHS CEO Darren Ah See. The Knockout will be open to men, women’s, mixed and junior grades and will feature a prize pool of up to $40,000 for winners and runner’s up.“The revised registration and competitor details will be available on the event’s website and social media on 1 July 2017.Mr Ah See encourages all interested players to get involved. “We have received overwhelming support from the community and we thank the sponsors on board already including the Western NSW Local Health District, Cloudwize, Sydney University, and Western Plains Zoo. “We will be moving forward in November with our plans to host a health hub and kids activity/entertainment area at the Knockout to promote healthy living,” he said.“We’re also planning entertainment and an open mic session for amateur musicians to make the weekend a family fun-filled time,” he said.For more information visit the KO website or follow @quitbfit on Facebook and #quitbfit on Twitter and Instagram.Media Contact: Rebekah Bullock 0407959781Related Files2017-06-02-touch-ko-new-date-1-pdfRelated LinksNew Datelast_img

first_img Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) Photos by Amanda Gabriele/The ManualTo our surprise, the wings were delicious. The sweet honey barbecue flavor was very apparent upfront, but the spicy chipotle notes came through more and more with each bite. Our mouths were tingling by the end of the 10-piece basket thanks to a spice level that we’d consider medium.The Ainsworth is something of a high-end sports bar, but the food there is quite good, and the wings were no exception. The service was great, too, and the happy hour lasts all night during the week, so it’s worth a visit even if you don’t plan on leaving with gold-dusted fingers.While the 24-karat gold wings are fun and tasty, we don’t see ourselves ordering them again for the price because so many restaurants serve wings that are just as delicious (albeit sans metallic sheen) for a way lower price. But, if you have $45 to spare and the desire to show off your love for everything gold, this shiny chicken is worth the splurge. The Growing Legend of Fort George Brewery’s Yearly Release, 3-Way IPA Editors’ Recommendations The wings are covered with gold dust, brined for 24 hours, then cooked in a gold coconut butter honey chipotle sauce. They’re served with a side of blue cheese and can be purchased in a basket of 10 ($45), 20 ($90), or 50 pieces ($1,000), the last of which is served with a bottle of Ace of Spades champagne.These wings look damn good and are social media fodder of the highest order. But for that price, the taste has to live up to the glistening exterior, so we saddled up to the bar and ordered the 10-piece. Though we were excited, our expectations are never high when it comes to gimmicky food (here’s looking at you, Oreos). The Ainsworth/FacebookIt seems that gilded food has become quite the trend these days. People are splurging on $1,000-bagels sprinkled with gold flakes and ordering steak dinners that come with gold-foiled potatoes. It’s gaudy, ridiculous, and we are totally into it.We naturally had to try the latest dish in the gold food craze: 24-karat gold chicken wings (you know how much we love our chicken wings, after all). Served at The Ainsworth, a New York-based restaurant with locations in New Jersey, Kansas City, and Nashville, the gilded chicken is a collaboration with Jonathan Cheban, who refers to himself as @foodgod on Instagram. It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bagslast_img

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