Louis van Gaal: It’s time for Wayne Rooney to start scoring against Everton

first_img For two years, Rooney was the darling of Everton – the local lad from Croxteth who became one of the best footballers on the planet after coming through the club’s youth ranks. All the affection for Rooney on Merseyside drained away in 2004, however, when he left for United in a record-breaking £30million deal. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal thinks it is about time Wayne Rooney started turning on the magic at his old stomping ground Goodison Park. On the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, Rooney backed himself to find the net over 30 times this year, but after seven league appearances his tally stands at one league goal. Rooney is no longer Van Gaal’s main man – Anthony Martial now leads the line – but the United manager thinks his skipper is still playing an important role in a deeper position for United. “He’s second striker. Our 10 is a second striker,” Van Gaal said. “That’s what my preference is but sometimes I need another type in midfield. “We’ll have to see if he continues with that because Wayne can play in different positions. “He’s scored for us in the Champions League. For me it is not so important who is scoring. We have scored a lot of goals. “In the beginning your criticism was we don’t score goals but now we’ve scored a lot of goals and you’re picking up an individual player and I don’t like that. “He’s our captain so that’s very important because his influence is bigger than every other player in our group.” Van Gaal does not believe the burden of captaincy is weighing heavy on Rooney’s shoulders. He said: “It is true some players are affected but I don’t believe [Rooney is], with his personality.” Like Rooney, Van Gaal is hoping to prove a point on Saturday. The Dutchman was unhappy with his team’s concentration levels in the 3-0 defeat on the blue half of Merseyside last year. And he is still smarting from the defeat by the same scoreline to Arsenal before the international break too. “It has been an awful two weeks,” he said. Van Gaal says everyone at the club – right down to cook Mike Donnelly – must take responsibility for the defeat. ”It is not only the players,” Van Gaal added. ”It is also the staff and all the members of the staff and also my cook Mike because he has a big influence on the atmosphere in the canteen.” Efforts have been made to rebuild the bridges burned by that move – an appearance in Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial this summer certainly helped – but some Evertonians will not forgive the 29-year-old for leaving his childhood club. Rooney has not enjoyed going back to Goodison for competitive games. He normally receives abuse from the home fans and perhaps that is one of the reasons why the Merseysider has such a poor record there. Rooney has scored just two goals in his 10 appearances for United at Goodison Park, but Van Gaal has not given up faith in his captain. “Maybe against Everton his average is not so good, so it’s getting time that he changed that pattern,” the United manager said. “I don’t know [why he has struggled], that you have to ask Wayne, but I’m a manager who analyses opponents and gives him advice as to how we can disorganise Everton’s defence and then maybe he can score.” Football fans were treated to a trip down memory lane recently when Rooney reflected on his time coming through the ranks at Everton in a BBC documentary on the striker. Viewers were reminded of that deadly maiden strike against Arsenal in 2002, the bursting runs and the searing pace. Thirteen years on, it is hard to think of Rooney doing the same. Rooney may have broken Sir Bobby Charlton’s England record and bagged a hat-trick in the Champions League against Club Brugge, but his goals tally in the Premier League remains disappointingly low. Press Associationlast_img read more

Football: Badgers rout Zips in home-opener

first_imgNo. 10 Wisconsin football had a routine day during its home opener against the Akron Zips Saturday afternoon. The Badgers set the tone early with a 13-play, 83-yard opening drive that ended on a 4-yard rush for a touchdown by Corey Clement. After that, there was no turning back en route to Wisconsin’s 54-10 victory.Despite Clement leaving the game during the third quarter with a left leg injury, Wisconsin’s running-game was highly effective as it picked up 294 yards between eight total rushers. Clement finished with 111 yards on 21 carries while fellow backs Taiwain Deal garnered 58 yards on 12 carries and Dare Ogunbawale gained 18 yards on 4 carries.But what made this game interesting from Wisconsin’s perspective was how evenly offense came from both rushing and passing. Bart Houston was one yard shy of his career high, as he passed for 231 yards and two touchdowns against a lax Akron passing defense. While redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook threw for his first career touchdown, a 6-yard pass to Alec Ingold, and 61 yards.The Badgers defense never faltered and seemed at least in the first half, to be winding its own offense as Akron was held to just 5 first downs. T.J. Edwards picked up a sack in his first game back and Leo Musso recorded his fourth career interception.Offensive player of the game: Jazz PeavyPeavy came up huge for the Wisconsin receiving core today, which seemed focused on getting the ball to just Rob Wheelwright and Troy Fumagalli during the team’s opening game vs. LSU.A 34-yard reception for a touchdown capped off his day, one that showed what the linkup between he and Houston could become. Houston floated a perfectly weighted pass in-between two defenders as Peavy streaked past down the middle and in for the score. His other touchdown came on a quick slant good for 13 yards and the score.Peavy’s performance was a breath of fresh air for a receiving core that has relied heavily on one receiver for the past few seasons. With diversified passing options, Wisconsin’s passing game could become a serious weapon for a traditionally run-heavy program.Defensive player of the gameNo one player stood out Saturday, and it was instead a team effort. Wisconsin limited Akron’s scoring chances in every way imaginable – by forcing a fumble, interception and a few sacks.There were some lapses, but the way the team recovered on plays showed that this is one of the top defenses in college football. Some lax tackling led to what could’ve been Akron’s longest play, a 38-yard rush, but Derrick Tindal rushed determinedly from behind to force the fumble and it was recovered by Sojourn Shelton.T.J. Watt also recorded his first career sack and Leo Musso hauled in an interception that led to an all-around valiant effort from the defense.last_img read more

Post-PASPA Kambi navigates the changing regulatory landscape

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Share Simon Noy, Kambi: Revolutionising the bet builder July 20, 2020 Related Articles Last year, Kambi, together with its partner DraftKings, secured the first transactional waiver which enabled the operator to accept the “first legal online bet in a post-PASPA world”.Fast-forward six months, and Kambi Chief Legal Officer Chris Fox has shared his thoughts (see video above) on an “exciting time” in which the company has strengthened its processes and technology to achieve compliance, particularly across the US where the opening of the online market – started by that DraftKings bet – has resulted in a “ripple effect” in other territories. On the eve of ICE London, Fox stressed that the US, despite its obvious strategic importance, is “not the full picture” for Kambi in terms of regulatory developments, adding that “South America is now quite active” and there has been some movement in the African market, while Kambi has supported operators in Sweden from 1 January 2019 to mark the country’s re-regulation.Fox admitted that he is proud to have presided over a significant growth period for Kambi, building a team to provide “better support internally, as well as for our operators”. In just 18 months, his team has grown five-fold through the addition of lawyers and legal professionals.He also described the landmark waiver, which followed a thorough vetting process by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), as a “bilateral document that we achieved together”, showing that Kambi is keen to become a ‘partner’ to its key operators, and not just a supplier in the traditional sense.last_img read more

Ex-England boss Hodgson new Palace manager

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Roy Hodgson has been appointed the new manager of Crystal Palace, the English Premier League club announced Tuesday.The 70-year-old former England manager has replaced Frank de Boer after the Dutchman was sacked following just four league games in charge of the south London club.“Former England manager Roy Hodgson has been appointed as the new manager of Crystal Palace FC, on a two-year contract,” said a club statement.For Hodgson, born in the south London suburb of Croydon, managing Palace means the Englishman is now in charge of his boyhood side after a managerial career spanning five decades and 15 clubs in eight countries as well as spells in charge of four national teams. “We are the club of south London, with an enormously large fan base. The ambitions here are realistic and there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals.“I am very excited to be back in club football and it is a long while since I have enjoyed the day to day sessions of training.” “It is very rewarding to find myself here now, in different times, as the Palace manager at a club that I have always loved and admired with a huge potential,” he told the club’s website.center_img Hodgson’s managerial honours include seven Swedish league titles, two Swedish Cup wins, one Swiss title and one Danish title, while he has also been in charge of several Premier League clubs — Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion.But his time in charge of England ended with a shock defeat by outsiders Iceland that saw the team knocked out of Euro 2016.Dutchman De Boer was sacked after Sunday’s 1-0 loss away to Burnley meant Palace were the first team in England’s top flight to lose their opening four games without scoring a goal since Preston North End 93 years ago.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more