Fellaini confident of title success

first_img The scarcity of signings provided much of the post-match debate following United’s 1-0 defeat at Liverpool last Sunday but Fellaini, who had Old Trafford on his mind before United made their decisive move, is confident of achieving success with his new club. After helping Belgium to a 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Scotland at Hampden on Friday night, Fellaini turned his attention back to United. “It is a big step for me,” he said. “But I have played five years in England, I know the league and I know the players so I don’t think I will have a problem with this move. “Of course I look forward to it, I am playing with big players so I need to work hard for my place. “To win a trophy with Manchester United and play a lot of games, that is important. “I watched the game (against Liverpool) and in the second half the team played very well and had a lot of chances but couldn’t score, but football is like this. “It will be tough, every year is tough for the big teams but I think Manchester United has the quality to win the championship so I look forward to this.” Fellaini, set to make his United debut against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford next Saturday, recalled a “great week” for him which ended with Belgium taking a massive step towards the World Cup finals in Brazil next summer. Press Association The 25-year-old Belgian midfielder’s move from Everton to be reunited with former Goodison Park boss David Moyes was completed late on Monday night. United’s new manager had been linked with several players including Toffees left-back Leighton Baines, Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera and Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao, but his summer-long efforts ended with Fellaini being his only high-profile recruit. “When I started the campaign with Everton I looked forward to the transfer so in the end I was happy,” he said. “I was a little bit nervous on Monday but in the end I have my transfer and I have won with Belgium so I am happy. “It wasn’t my best game but we won and it was a good game for us. “We scored the first half and dominated the game and that was important.” Asked light-heartedly if there might be repercussion from Glaswegian Moyes, who watched from the Hampden stand as Scotland ended the evening at the bottom of Group A, Fellaini smiled and said: “I don’t think so.” Marouane Fellaini was “nervous” as transfer deadline day arrived but insists he has joined a Manchester United team that is set up to retain the Barclays Premier League title.last_img read more

Football: Erickson, Marz selected to All-Big Ten offensive teams

first_imgIt was a suitable ending for one of University of Wisconsin’s most productive wide receivers to ever play in Camp Randall stadium, as fifth-year senior Alex Erickson was officially selected to the first-team All-Big Ten offensive team by the media and the second-team by the conference’s coaches Tuesday.Erickson recorded 72 catches — 38 more than the next highest UW player and second-most in the Big Ten — for a team-high 924 yards and three touchdowns this season. His efforts gave life to a sometimes struggling Wisconsin passing attack. Erickson will need just six more catches in his final game to match the school’s single-season reception record of 78.For his career, the wideout has totalled 136 catches, 1,823 yards and six touchdowns while serving as the clear-cut No. 1 wideout for Wisconsin over the course of the past two seasons.In addition to Erickson, fifth-year senior left tackle linemen Tyler Marz was selected to the second-team by the media and third-team by the coaches.For the entire season, Marz served as the cornerstone of an offensive line that has been plagued by youth and injuries, and was honored as an All-Big Ten player for the third consecutive year, as he was an honorable mention in 2013 and 2014. Since the 2013 season, Marz has started 39 consecutive games as a left tackle for UW.Both players began their careers as walk-ons, and they will now have one last opportunity in the team’s bowl game to prove their worth in what has been an otherwise disappointing season for Wisconsin.Football: Senior linebacker Joe Schobert wins Big Ten’s top linebacker awardThe Wisconsin football team’s defense ranked among the best in the nation all season, in large part due to the Read…Honorable mentionsSophomore tight end Troy Fumagalli earned honorable mention for his work in place of starting tight end Austin Traylor, who missed five games with a broken right arm.Fumagalli caught 26 balls for 277 yards and a touchdown, proving his potential to be a reliable starting tight end for the team next season.Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Michael Deiter also earned honorable mention from the media, as he started all 12 games on Wisconsin’s line as both a guard and center.last_img read more