Rooney was ‘over the hill’ at Man Utd – Van Gaal

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 read more

Oklahoma Cheerleaders Barely Avoid Disaster During TD Celebration

first_imgAn Oklahoma cheerleader running with an OU flag.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 10 : An Oklahoma Sooners RUF/NEK waves a flag after a touchdown against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks September 10, 2016 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Warhawks 59-17. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images) *** local caption ***It’s Bedlam. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State meet once again as both teams looks to stay relevant in the Big 12 race.Of course, the Sooners have an easier road to the Big 12 title and will likely face West Virginia twice in two weeks as the two battle it out for conference supremacy. However, that won’t stop the cowboys from playing spoiler this afternoon.After an early Oklahoma touchdown, the Sooners’ cheerleaders took the field for a celebration that almost went horribly wrong.In the video below one Oklahoma cheerleader is dangling from the carriage as he waves the Oklahoma flag.Check it out.HOLD ON! HOLD ON! ?— ESPN (@espn) November 10, 2018Luckily, no one was harmed during the celebration.As for the play on the field, it’s crazy. The two teams have combined for 45 point and there’s still over 10 minutes remaining in the first half.Last year’s game gave us one of the highest-scoring games of the college football season and this looks to be in the same category.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Big Ten Football Program Suffers Major Personnel Loss

first_imgNorthwestern Wildcats' football stadium.EVANSTON, IL – SEPTEMBER 29: A general view of Ryan Field as the Northwestern Wildcats take on the Indiana Hoosiers on September 29, 2012 in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern defeated Indiana 44-29. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)A Big Ten football program has suffered a major personnel loss heading into 2019.Northwestern is one of the Big Ten programs on the rise, as the Wildcats are coming off a Big Ten Championship Game appearance.Pat Fitzgerald’s program has a major personnel move to make heading into the 2019 season, though.Northwestern has lost its coveted director of player personnel, Chris Bowers, to Eastern Illinois.“Northwestern director of player personnel @Coach_Bowers is joining Adam Cushing at #EasternIlinois as the team’s new defensive coordinator. He returns to the field after serving as DC for Division II Concord University in 2010,” ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reports.#Northwestern director of player personnel @Coach_Bowers is joining Adam Cushing at #EasternIlinois as the team’s new defensive coordinator. He returns to the field after serving as DC for Division II Concord University in 2010.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 24, 2018College football insider Bruce Feldman says this is a major loss for Northwestern.“That’s a big loss for Northwestern. Chris Bowers did a terrific job helping stock the Wildcats roster with really good under the radar talent,” he tweeted.That’s a big loss for Northwestern. Chris Bowers did a terrific job helping stock the Wildcats roster with really good under the radar talent.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 24, 2018Northwestern is set to play No. 17 Utah in the Holiday Bowl on New Year’s Eve. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. E.T.last_img read more

Major Assistant Coach Reportedly Sent This Text About Alabama Tonight

first_imgNick Saban on the sideline at the national title game.SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the first quarter in the College Football Playoff National Championship at Levi’s Stadium on January 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Tonight, Clemson is putting an absolute beatdown on Alabama the likes of which we haven’t seen under Nick Saban.After three quarters, the Tigers lead 44-16. What we are witnessing tonight in Santa Clara is stunning.Are we also witnessing the end of Alabama’s stranglehold on college football? Well, at least one Power Five assistant apparently thinks so.The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach shared a text message she received from an anonymous college defensive coordinator. In it, he called tonight, the “beginning of the end of the dynasty.”Text from a P5 defensive coordinator: “Beginning of the end of the dynasty”— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) January 8, 2019Now, this game has been eye-opening, but it certainly isn’t the death of Alabama. The Tide is still going to be absolutely loaded next year and you know Saban is going to be extra motivated after this loss.But, is the dynasty cracking? Well, this result certainly makes Alabama seem human, but remember, Clemson is the only team to beat the Tide in a national title game. Georgia came close, but couldn’t get the job done.The dynasty just had a major dent put in it. We’ll have to wait and see how bad the longterm destruction is though.last_img read more

Clemson, Georgia Tech To Open The 2020 College Football Season

first_img Clemson will be opening its season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium a couple of times in the near future. The Tigers will be playing Georgia at the stadium in 2020.Georgia Tech typically plays its home games at Bobby Dodd Stadium, which has a capacity of 55,000.Moving this Clemson-Georgia Tech game to Mercedes-Benz Stadium will allow for much more fans to be in attendance, but a lot of them could be supporting the Tigers.An official announcement on the game is expected to come this afternoon. a wide shot of the super bowl stadium in atlantaATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 7: A general exterior photograph of Mercedes-Benz Stadium before the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints on December 7, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)ACC football will be on major display at the start of the 2020 college football season, with two programs opening that season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.Clemson and Georgia Tech will reportedly be opening the 2020 college football season at the home of the Atlanta Falcons.College football insider Brett McMurphy reports that the game has been moved to the NFL stadium. It will be televised on either ABC or ESPN and will open the 2019 season.“Georgia Tech’s 2020 home game w/Clemson has been moved to @MBStadium in Atlanta & will be the season opener, sources told @Stadium. Game will be televised on @ESPN or ABC,” he reports.last_img read more

Joel Klatt Has Brutally Honest Comment On Michigan Football

first_imgA closeup of Jim Harbaugh looking upset during a Michigan football game.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads his team against the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Cougars 31-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Michigan is off this week, but the Wolverines are still a topic of discussion in the college football world – especially the Big Ten, where Ohio State looked dominant today.Jim Harbaugh’s team came into the 2019 season with grand expectations and a belief that things would be different, especially on offense. Michigan hired Josh Gattis from Alabama to take over the offense. The Wolverines were supposed to look like a high-scoring squad this fall.So far, though, that hasn’t happened.Michigan looked sloppy in Week 1 against Middle Tennessee and needed overtime to beat Army at home in Week 2.What is Michigan trying to be right now?FOX’s Joel Klatt isn’t sure.“I don’t know what Michigan is right now,” he said today.Joel Klatt: “I don’t know what Michigan is.”Same, Joel. Same.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) September 14, 2019He’s not alone.It feels like Michigan can’t decide if it wants to be the power-type team Jim Harbaugh loves or the up-tempo, spread-it-out squad we thought we’d see under Josh Gattis.Thankfully, the Wolverines are 2-0 and have time to figure things out.Michigan is off this weekend, getting ready for a huge game at Wisconsin next Saturday.last_img read more