& # 39; I wish I was a bit relaxed when we were so clear, but I couldn't … that was my way of thinking and I was never really happy & # 39 ;: Roy Keane doesn't regret it relax and enjoy some moments while in Manchester United
- Roy Keane led Manchester United to some of their greatest achievements
- Gary Neville said that there were times when he could relax in a United-shirt
- But Keane disagreed and admitted that his mentality meant he wouldn't let himself
Roy Keane has admitted he is sorry relax and enjoy some of his best moments at Manchester United .
He disagreed with Gary Neville, although his former teammate admitted that he would tone down at times when it was clear Sir Sir Ferguson's side would win the league.
For example, in the second season after winning the Treble in 1999, Marcel felt that there was no doubt that they would take a third title on the spin and relaxed.
& # 39; We would never have said it publicly, but if we go into the 6-1 win over Arsenal I don't think there was any doubt that we would continue for the competition, we had all confidence in, & # 39; Neville told MNF Retro .
& # 39; In recent years, we had massive battles with Arsenal, but this season didn't feel like it would become one of them. & # 39;
However, Keane made it clear that he could never have adopted the same mentality and accepted that it was a pity afterwards.
& # 39; Believe it or not, I'm not going to disagree with Gary & # 39 ;, Keane replied.
& # 39; I never realized that throughout my career I never thought something was easy. We made it look easy in the end, but that was because we worked really hard.
& # 39; Even when you were 10 or 13 points wrong and people said it felt like the competition was won, I never felt like it, it wasn't in my makeup.
& # 39; I wish I was a bit relaxed when we got there, but I felt I couldn't relax. I couldn't think like that, that was my way of thinking and I was never really happy. & # 39;
Not fitting under Antonio Conte does not diminish Diego Godin's talents … the Atletico Madrid fighter is still inside and Manchester United could use him the same way as Laurent Blanc under Sir Alex Ferguson
- Defending Diego Godin does not fit Antonio Conte's system at Inter Milan
- He has been linked to a move to Manchester United, not before first
- Goddess, despite his age, could be useful to United and influence the future
- However, he could return to Atletico Madrid to to coach Diego Simeone
Diego Godin made no secret of what he thought about the future when he said goodbye to the press conference in Atletico Madrid at the end of last season. "The biggest period of my career has come to an end," he said.
That has just about succeeded since Inter Milan now after one season in Italy despite having 12 months left on his deal.
Not for the first time in his career has he been associated with a move to Manchester United the club he may have signed for in 2018.
Part of his form problems in Italy can be attributed to the fact that he has to play in the back three under Antonio Conte. It is also true that Manchester United is looking for a new central defender this summer. And it's hard to dispute that Goddess has the kind of huge experience Laurent Blanc had when he signed for Sir Alex Ferguson in 2001. But this still feels like a deal that had to be made two seasons ago, if ever.
One of the great central defenders of the past 20 years has flirted with the Premier League several times during his time in Spain. Manuel Pellegrini wanted to take him to Manchester City long before the possible Manchester United deal.
When United did not land him, it turned out that they had been played by a player who was trying to get a huge new contract out of his current contract. club. That may not have been the intention. Godin never dedicated his long-term future to Atletico. There was no last lucrative payday and he eventually left for Inter.
His form in Italy has suggested that while getting it in 2018 may not have been the worst thing for Manchester United, now taking Goddess in 2020, as Corriere dello Sport suggests, wouldn't make much sense. He is 34 and has only played eight full games this season.
There is a transient similarity between Goddess and Blanc. And there would also be a resemblance to the signing when he got to Old Trafford.
He would arrive a year younger than Blanc, and Sir Alex Ferguson always defended the Frenchman. Blanc initially struggled with the pace of English football, but recovered and brought a steady influence that meant that, although far from being an undisputed success, he was at least respected well enough to be considered a replacement for David Moyes as United. manager.
Many United fans still kept asking 'why?' when he signed. And they would probably ask the same thing about the Uruguayan when he arrives this summer.
Goddess doesn't seem self-evident as a Harry Maguire partner and the idea that he would come to inspire the younger players doesn't convince either.
Where he would undoubtedly inspire is back at his old club Atletico Madrid where he is still worshiped.
Diego Simeone & # 39; s number two Mono Burgos is likely to leave the club at the end of the season and if he goes, there will be a huge gap to fill alongside Simeone.
If Goddess now wants to start his coaching career, where better than in the Metropolitano next to Simeone.
If United takes a closer look, the prospect of it working may not be quite out of the be left by hand. The fact that Inter plays three center-backs and that Godin has played his entire career as leader of a rear four is a major caveat in his Serie A struggles.
Can United get him back to be him the best to take away from Antonio Conte and his tactical preferences? And would even pave his presence at Old Trafford for a longer-term attempt to bring in Diego Simeone. That's a lot of ifs and buts for a club showing signs that they've successfully reversed the previously miserable transfer policy.
The alternative possibility to return to Spain, where Valencia is also connected, is that Goddess hangs up his boots. When he retires, we should not cut back on the hymns.
The man who scored the goal that La Liga won at Camp Nou in 2014 also led Atletico to two Champions League finals. Not fitting under Conte in Serie A does not change that.
& # 39; You can't let such people slip through the net: & # 39; Paul Ince SLAMS Manchester United for not contracting Erling Haaland shouting that players should leave the club this summer
- Paul Ince says Manchester United Erling Haaland in January
- should have signed. The attacker made a £ 17 million move from Borussia Dortmund to RB Salzburg
Mesut Özil & # 39; s Arsenal's future in doubt after failing bench for Liverpool clash despite being available for selection
- The future of Mesut Özil at Arsenal is in doubt after not traveling to Liverpool
- The German playmaker trained normally this week after a period of illness
- Threats to his security saw him miss the start of the season, but he has returned
- Kolasinac made the bench against Burnley and Liverpool, but Özil was left out
Özil and teammate Sead Kolasinac both missed the start of the season after further threats to their safety in the wake of a failed carjacking attempt.
The German midfielder returned to win training for the Gunners last week Burnley but were overlooked due to illness while Kolasinac appeared from the bench.
Özil was fit and available for the Liverpool ol clashed at Anfield on Saturday, but he failed to make it and was left in London. Kolasinac, meanwhile, was sitting on the couch.
It is striking that coach Unai Emery said of his match squad: & # 39; The players here are the ones we think were physically the best to play today. & # 39;
The fact that Özil couldn't even make the bank for Arsenal will once again pose a huge question mark against his career with the Emirates.
The German international is the club's top employee, at £ 350,000 a week.
His salary will be a significant stumbling block to any permanent transfer, but a fee loan agreement is a possibility – similar to the deal with Real Madrid for Dan Ceballos, which will cost Arsenal £ 15 million for the season.
If Arsenal agrees to subsidize his wages, Özil may be on his way to clubs with clubs in Italy, Spain and possibly Germany on his guard.
Inter players like Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Valencia would all like to move for the playmaker if Arsenal decides to let him go.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles & # 39; shot by Mikel Arteta for not meeting the high standards of Arsenal after showing up several times late for training & # 39;
- Maitland-Niles has become the newest Arsenal star for feeling the wrath of Arteta
- Defender has fallen out of favor after being hit multiple times Too late for training had appeared
- It follows that Matteo Guendouzi is assisted with concern about his attitude
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has become the last ] Arsenal star to feel the wrath of boss Mikel Arteta.
The right back has fallen out of favor after being late for training several times, according to The Athletic.
It follows that midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is being scammed amid concerns about his posture and body language during a winter training camp.
Maitland-Niles impressed New Year's victory over Manchester United, but has since started only one game in [Premier League] and played as replacement in the FA Cup and Europa League.
The defender is reportedly frozen because he does not meet the high standards of Arteta in the club.
According to The Athletic, Arteta's decision to ban the 22-year-old has been too late for the player to attend various training sessions.
Arteta was recently asked to comment on Maitland-Niles and explain why he did not play for the Gunners in recent weeks, despite the club shouted for a natural right back.
& Ainsley must lay his head down and work hard & # 39 ;, said the Arsenal boss.
& # 39; Show me every day in training that he wants it more than anyone else, he wants to play for this club and fight for his place.
In the large games, Messi now appears to cut the same abandoned, powerless figure in the Barça shirt as in the blue and white stripes. There is too great a dependence on him. He gets the ball too often and in areas of the field that do not maximize the effect he can have on the game.
There is no one left to play from, no Luis Suarez . And there is no one to put defenders on the back foot and to turn their attention away from smothering him like there once was when Neymar was beside him.
Messi was mentioned by an expert as an ex-soccer player 2-0 loss to Madrid
The result is that Messi looks human and the criticism that has followed him for years through his international career is applied to his performance at club level. Barcelona supporters have not changed and you would believe that they will never do that.
But others have. Former goalkeeper Hugo Gatti from Argentina is now an expert on Spanish television. He called Messi a & # 39; former soccer player & # 39; after his screening in Bernabeu at the weekend.
Messi has 23 goals and 16 assists in 30 games this season. He placed four Eibar four weeks ago. He stands on a target every 111 minutes. He has 18 in La Liga and is on track to win his seventh La Liga top scorer prize.
They are not the number of players in his last season before his retirement. But Marca's more moderate assessment that he & # 39; now offers a performance level below his own standard for six weeks & # 39 ;, is hard to dispute.
It is true that the absence of Suarez hit him hard. & # 39; We talked about it & # 39 ;, Uruguayan stated in an interview with RAC1 last week. "It's much easier for him when he plays behind a number nine that occupies the center-backs."
Messi always played without center-forward before Suarez arrived in 2014. But then flanked by first Samuel Eto & Thierry Henry, and then by David Villa and Pedro, he had wide players who played high on the shoulders of the last defender, forced teams back and opened space. Messi played them out and with them in the space in which they created it. That is no longer there.
On Sunday, Barça did not even play a front three. Antoine Griezmann started with Messi in the front. The idea of Quique Setien is that one of the four midfielders joins the front three from a deeper level.
It doesn't work in practice. Occasionally Arturo Vidal, who likes Messi, can make it, but as Arthur & # 39; s suggested one-on-one with Thibaut Courtois on Sunday, he cannot. Frenkie de Jong has the pace to do it, but he is also struggling to show his best form.
In the absence of employees, the 17-year-old Ansu Fa ti had become a new friend for Messi this season. Fati can stretch teams with his pace and opens space, but despite starting in the first six games of Setien, he has fallen out of favor with the new coach. Since scoring twice against Levante, both of Messi assists, last month, he played only 97 minutes in five games.
Messi has always combined well with full-backs in Barcelona. Most brilliant with Dani Alves and more recently with Jordi Alba. There is no such chemistry with Nelson Semedo, nor with Junior Firpo, who recently replaced Alba when he was injured.
The full-backs do not have the confidence to expand the opposition with runs high on the pitch, and when they do, there appears to be a lack of confidence that their teammates have in them because they often not be played.
The consequences of the recent relative decline of Messi are both short and long term.
The immediate effect is that Barcelona is struggling to win the toughest games this season. Five road defeats in La Liga so far tell the story and they will probably cost the title. Messi did not score on the road for three months.
And in Europe, Messi recently admitted: & # 39; At the moment, we don't have what it takes to win the Champions League. & # 39;
But other consequences loom in the longer term. There is a possibility that Messi will not stay if the club cannot build a team that can compete well around him.
If his desire for the club to sign Neymar last summer looked like a frivolous attempt to please his friend, it now looks like good business. He saw this dip coming and knew the return of a player with whom he had always had a brilliant understanding of keeping him at a distance.
Barcelona must try to draw Neymar again this summer or bring Messi & # 39; s international teammate Lautaro Martinez. But both cost more than £ 100 million and years of disastrous transaction market activity have made the club struggle to raise such amounts.
& # 39; Expenses will depend on sales & # 39 ;, read a headline from Diario Sport Tuesday. The club must cash players such as Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic before they can spend. Good luck with those guys. They tried it all summer, but no club wanted to return them anywhere near their huge spending on the first two, and the rest were reluctant to trade.
What they cannot afford is to leave Messi alone. A photo of him in Diario Sport on Tuesday showed him surrounded by Isco, Casemiro, Marcelo and Kroos. & # 39; The loneliness of the number 10 & # 39; was the headline.
A decade ago he could have given those four guards the slip. But he needs help now and Barcelona doesn't give it to him.
Kepa Arrizabalaga & # 39; ready to leave Chelsea & # 39; in the summer and believes that Frank Lampard & # 39; has not respected an oral contract & # 39; to keep him as No. 1
- Kepa Arrizabalaga fears that his career in Chelsea is now uncertain
- The £ 72 million goalkeeper can leave Stamford Bridge due to lack of playing time
- Willy Caballero has recently become the first choice under Frank Lampard this term
- Kepa fears he will will be priced from a move with four more years to run its deal
The £ 72 million goalkeeper, signed by Athletic Bilbao in 2018, is said to believe that the Blues boss has failed to reach an oral agreement between the pair – which would have ensured that Kepa remained the first choice.
And according to The Sun the 25-year-old is even willing to walk away from Stamford Bridge, but fears that he will be priced out of motion.
KEPA & # 39; S STRUGGLES
Awarded goals: 43
Pure sheets: 6
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& # 39; The world's most expensive stop is forced to settle for a seat on the bench in recent weeks, with veteran Willy Caballero driving him out for the 2 -2 draw in Leicester earlier this month.
Cabellero has continued to start among the sticks for the Blues & # 39; collisions with Manchester United, Tottenham and Bayern Munich – and is also likely to stand in line against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Lampard insisted that the decision to remove Kepa from the line of fire was not & # 39; lightly & # 39; was taken, but a series of high-profile errors has now caused agitation in the club's hierarchy.
The hope of the Champions League believes that the uncertain future of the star could cause its value to plummet, should they try to reduce their losses.
Despite having four years on his contract, Kepa can be forced to look elsewhere for regular first-team action – with his dreams of starting to Spain at Euro 2020 fading rapidly.
Kepa is believed to be convinced that he is able to regain his starting place, but uncertainty about his future has irritated the keeper.
Kepa finds that he is not sufficiently supported by the club of Lampard during his struggles, and continues to get frustrated with the situation.
The addition of the big money can become part of a massive summer sale, although Chelsea may be reluctant to sell it after having invested a substantial fee to secure its services against LaLiga.
But boss Lampard is eager to move several first team stars to make room for his own reinforcements.
Ross Barkley, Jorginho, Marcos Alonso, Emerson, Kurt Zouma, Willian and Pedro can leave the capital together with Kepa at the end of the campaign.
Westbrom asterisk Rayhaan Tulloch happy to stay, despite disagreement about a new contract, as rival clubs show an interest in England U18 international
- Rayhaan Tulloch is happy to be in West Brom to stay down despite breaking the deal
- Tulloch asks for more than £ 10,000 and Baggies will not meet those requirements
- Rival clubs have shown an interest in Tulloch breaking the first team
- Albion completes the signing of Matheus Pereira from Sporting Lisbon
West Brom & # 39; s highly regarded young forward Rayhaan Tulloch is open to stay at the club despite not agreeing the conditions for a new contract. interest from rival clubs.
Despite reports that the 19-year-old Tulloch is asking more than £ 10,000 a week, it is clear that the player and his representatives are more realistic in their demands.
Tulloch is out of contract in the summer but has a strong attachment to Albion after being ridden by the ranks arranged to shine for the U23 & # 39; s of the club and pave its way to Slaven Bilic & # 39; s first team plans.
Albion has a rich history of producing top inland talent and wants him to stay. However, they have seen that some of their younger players have previously rejected offers because they are looking for richer conditions.
Louie Barry left for Barcelona last summer before joining rivals Aston Villa in January, while Nathan Ferguson declined a contract offer and saw an offer move to Crystal Palace due to injury last month.
Meanwhile, Albion completes the permanent signing of Sporting Lisbon's Matheus Pereira for £ 7.25 million when he completes 30 championship matches of 45 minutes or more.
The 23-year-old, initially signed for a £ 725,000 loan, was again influential as Albion won 3-0 in Bristol City on Saturday.
& # 39; Van Dijk has a nightmare … a bit awkward & # 39 ;: Ruud Gullit accuses Liverpool defender for not stopping scoring Atletico Madrid because Marcel Desailly insists they can't rely on the atmosphere of Anfield to get through
- Liverpool suffered loss at Atletico Madrid in Champions League final-16 first leg
- Saul Niguez hit after only four minutes out of a corner to give hosts the lead
- Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was criticized for & # 39; clumsy & # 39; display in Spain
With only three minutes played, the Dutchman pulled a clearance from a cross behind his own goal for a corner and reacted slowly seconds later when Saul Niguez tapped into the decisive attack.
Compatriot Ruud Gullit, alongside Marcel Desailly as an expert for beIn SPORTS, was devastating in his assessment of Van Dijk's guilt for the goal.
Ruud Gullit (L) and Marcel Desailly (R) both criticized the Dutchman defends for the goal
Gullit told beIN Sports: & Van 39 has a nightmare today, I saw him doing things, especially the first ball he gives away the corner, a little awkward, no need to do that.
& # 39; A little luck, ball comes in front of his foot and 1-0. & # 39;
The pair of experts was also wary of Liverpool's chances of reversing the deficit in Anfield's return match.
The Dutchman added: & They know they make a lot of goals at Anfield, they know that, but they are going to face another game like this and they have to play better, faster, faster , everything
Desailly added: & # 39; You can't count on your stadium and your ability to make a difference every time. It's the Champions League, they made one mistake, they paid immediately and they score.
& # 39; In the future you will also be open to Atletico who may be given the opportunity to score. & # 39;
Matteo Guendouzi was dumped from Arsenal squad against Newcastle & # 39; as Mikel Arteta was not impressed with his displays during the winter break in Dubai & # 39;
- Matteo Guendouzi was not included in the Arsenal team to face it Newcastle
- Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was unhappy with the displays of Guendouzi in training
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Matteo Guendouzi has been omitted from the Arsenal squad for their 4-0 win against Newcastle on Sunday after not impressing head coach Mikel Arteta during the winter break of the club in Dubai.
It was the first time Guendouzi was left out of a Premier League match day squad when he has been available since joining the Gunners in 2018.
As reported by The Mirror Arteta was not satisfied with the 20-year-old training sessions in Dubai.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette all scored when Arsenal returned to winning days, but Guendouzi was not involved.
Guendouzi was a regular player in the startup for Arsenal under Unai Emery, but has not been so prominent since the Spaniard's departure.
There is a lot of competition for places in the midfield of Arsenal and Dani Ceballos produced an impressive screen.
Ceballos was previously on the periphery of procedures, with Arteta in his press conference after the game saying that Guendouzi could use Real Madrid's borrower as an example.
Arteta said: & Dani Ceballos is a good example. He was injured and when he started training, I didn't think he was fit enough.
& # 39; He completely changed his behavior and trained like an animal. I thought he was the best player on the field. & # 39;
Guendouzi will hope to return to the Arsenal team for the Europa League game on Thursday to Olympiacos.
The 20-year-old already has 77 appearances for Arsenal, but has work to do to relocate himself.
With Arsenal & # 39; s injury problems starting to resolve, Rob Holding and Ainsley Maitland-Niles were also left out of the team for the game against Newcastle.