Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez wanted first team football. That’s what he kept saying every time Chicharito transfer rumors popped up. Multiple reports (and really I mean multiple reports as just about everybody is reporting this) indicate that Chicharito is headed to Bayer Leverkusen. His move from Manchester United will give the club a cash infusion of £12 million reportedly.Follow paulmbanks
Bill Cubit is probably not the long term answer for Illini football; but they can certainly do worse. They just did much worse in fact. As former Illini and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Tackle Akeem Spence Tweeted yesterday in the wake of Tim Beckman‘s dismissal- “Illinois just got better.”Follow paulmbanks
Since John Mackovic left Illini football behind for Texas in 1991 the program has had four coaches; all of which went under .500 during their time in Champaign. They (Lou Tepper, Ron Turner, Ron Zook and Tim Beckman) combined to lose 53 more games than they won. OUCH! The coordinators, many of which were extremely incompetent and/or “eccentric” (or you could say “neurotic”), are a big reason for all the losing.Follow paulmbanks
Louis Van Gaal: “When you see the game I thought we were the dominant team. The opponent changed their shape after 1-0 and we couldn’t cope with that. That’s not good because in only 5 minutes, the dominant role we had, we lost in that time and that was a pity as I thought we controlled the game.”
Here’s the You Tube video of his interview following the 2-1 loss at Swansea City today. There are plenty of surly and condescending moments, per usual in a Louis van Gaal, but it’s much less awkward and uncomfortable than you would think given the circumstances.Follow paulmbanks
Manchester United got a hat trick out of Wayne Rooney on Wednesday, but that performance seems like ancient history now given today’s disaster. In the previous 2014-15 Premier League matches, Rooney didn’t really get a lot of chances. Today he had three, and he wasn’t able to convert any of them. He’s looked hesitant, and on his final chance, should have at least been able to get a shot off. [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks
Manchester City have FINALLY signed Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin de Bruyne. It’s completely, totally, utterly official now. The German club have sent him De Bruyne to Manchester for a club record £55 million fee. This is the second time this summer that City have broken the club record for a transfer fee (Raheem Sterling £49 million back in July, that one itself was a long, tedious journey)Follow paulmbanks
Manchester United finally get another goal in Premier League play, just the second scoring strike credited to them on the season. Although he’s only been at United since January of 2014, Juan Mata has taken a leadership role, issuing warnings to his teammates when necessary, telling them that it’s crunch time and that they need to step up right now.Follow paulmbanks
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has seen his side endure an extremely rough start to the Premier League season. The Special One admitted it’s “very bad” after his club lost at home to Crystal Palace today. It is just the second loss in the last 100 Premier League home games for Chelsea.
“The first thought is to Palace,” Mourinho said. “They come with everything. They were lucky but they deserve the luck. My team, I think we deserved more. I don’t want to say we deserved to win, because it’s not true.”Follow paulmbanks
FC Barcelona superstar Neymar has shot down the idea that he could join Manchester United between now and the closure of the summer transfer window on September 1st.
‘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
Yesterday was a very eventful and dramatic day at the University of Illinois. It’s not going to quiet down any time soon either. Tim Beckman was fired by Illini Athletic Director Mike Thomas on Friday afternoon, and Beckman responded with a statement that was very defiant and combative.
Have a look see:Follow paulmbanks
This fall John Fox will be keeping on wearing orange and blue. Of all the deals that rookie Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace has made thus far, the one to acquire “Foxy” as he is affectionately known, is the best. When the Coaching carousel finished spinning, the Bears had a feeling of winning.
Don’t get used to that feeling this season, because it’s not going to happen much.Follow paulmbanks
Today’s performance by Arsenal kind of verifies what Arsene Wenger said about his struggling side yesterday. The oft-quoted passage is below, and the Gunners needing an own goal to edge a Newcastle side playing with just ten men does nothing to alleviate the concerns of Gunners supporters everywhere. It was a 1-0 win, and they took all three points, but it was not a game that screams “title contender.”Follow paulmbanks