Finally, in Sunderland Manager Dick Advocaat, Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal actually has a fellow manager who is a true friend! Yes, this is indeed news. Truth be told Van Gaal has other friends in the football managerial world, it’s just that those relationships don’t get much media coverage. It’s the acrimony that sells, hence, it’s what gets covered.Follow paulmbanks
Below you’ll find The Sports Bank’s Man United starting XI prediction. The Red Devils welcome Sunderland (20th place out of 20, dead last, with just two points, and -7 goal differential) to Old Trafford tomorrow.
We based our predicted selections off of the two starting line-ups that Louis van Gaal utilized this week (at Southampton in league play, versus Ipswich Town in the League Cup) There’s one guy that YOU KNOW will be selected, the deadline day signing from Monaco.Follow paulmbanks
On August 30th, FC Barcelona superstar Neymar shot down the idea that he could join Manchester United.
‘I want to stay at Barcelona, no matter how many million pound offers come from England,’ he said.
And he later told TV3:
‘The people from Barca can be calm.”
‘When I hear things like this, I don’t think anything. I just heard it and I am calm. I am very happy at Barca and with my colleagues.’Follow paulmbanks
Former MUTV presenter Hayley McQueen has started to successfully raise awareness for The Football Foundation, after recently becoming its ambassador. The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity, developing better grassroots sport facilities using money from the Premier League, The FA and the government, via Sport England.Follow paulmbanks
If Notre Dame football is left out of the college football playoff this postseason, it might be due to their schedule. Those schedule issues aren’t related to this week, even though UMass does represent the weakest game on their schedule. The only threat the Minutemen provide here is the chance of ND “looking ahead” to their big road test at #11 Clemson the following week.
It’s not UMass dragging down their schedule that’s the biggest issue, it’s 1.) the ACC is the runt of the power five conference litter and 2015 Notre Dame football features an ACC heavy schedule and 2.) ND not being in a conference title game could hurt them. We saw that last season with TCU and Baylor.Follow paulmbanks
It’s been a fairy tale beginning for Anthony Martial. Hopes are, have been and will continue to be, very high for him. Martial mania really began to ramp up when he announced his arrival with authority versus Liverpool. Martial came on in the 65′ and scored in the 86′; put United’s arch-rivals on ice.
Old Trafford acquired the teenage striker from Ligue 1 side Monaco for £36 million, making him the third most expensive signing in club history. It was also a world football breaking record for any teenager. That high price tag obviously comes with astronomical expectations.Follow paulmbanks
Wisconsin Badgers tailback Corey Clement will be out for the next four-to-six weeks due to sports hernia surgery.
“Corey Clement has been dealing with some issues since before the Alabama game,” Wisconsin Head Coach Paul Chryst said. “He has been undergoing treatment since that time and has seen some progress but not to the point where our medical staff is satisfied. So after consultation with our medical staff, Corey has decided to have surgery for a sports hernia.”Follow paulmbanks
Julie Johnston and Christen Press, two players currently with the United States Women’s National Team on their victory tour, were named to National Women’s Soccer League best XI today. It’s the All-NBA first team of the NWSL. Press and Johnston shone the brightest of all the Chicago Red Stars, helping lead the team to the NWSL semi-finals.
This was the first time in the Red Stars eight year history that they have reached the postseason.Follow paulmbanks
Just three days ago, it had seemed that Arsenal had emerged victorious in their appeal to the Football Association regarding Gabriel.
The Gunners Defender was sent off with a red card and faced a potential three match ban for what was deemed wrongdoing in Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea this past Saturday. Blues striker Diego Costa was charged by the FA for “an alleged act of violent conduct.”Follow paulmbanks
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal gave a Press Conference this morning previewing the home fixture against last place Sunderland.
“I don’t do what I think the media are writing, I do what I think I should do,” Van Gaal said in reference to a question about all the criticism his side took from the media early this season. Video of the Louis van Gaal Q&A is embedded below.Follow paulmbanks