1 Louis van Gaal Louis van Gaal has reportedly been confronted by a delegation of senior Manchester United stars ‘over his stifling training methods’.United have endured a stuttering start to the campaign and, according to The Times, players feel a lack of ‘creativity and flexibility’ in training is hampering their performances.The newspaper claims that senior members of the squad felt so dismayed that they sought discussions with the Dutchman several weeks ago to air their concerns.The players are said to have expressed their frustrations that they are not allowed to play with freedom and want to be given more licence to express themselves.The news of a mini-revolt inside the dressing room is worrying news for United fans ahead of their clash with Liverpool on Saturday.Van Gaal has spent £230million since his appointment at Old Trafford but his side still look some way off becoming title winners, and suffered a limp defeat to Swansea before the international break.
Check out this stunning solo strike from Justin Kluivert, the son of Champions League winner Patrick, for Ajax’s B1 side.The 16-year-old shows that class is perhaps hereditary with this wonderful finish against PSV, and he even pulled off a familiar celebration at the end of the clip.Check out the goal in the video above!
Tottenham’s excellent start to the season has begun to stall in recent weeks as draws with Chelsea and West Brom were followed by a defeat to Newcastle.The humbling defeat leaves Spurs four points off fourth place Manchester United, despite their good form, so the time may have come for another injection of youth and exuberance to their burgeoning squad.It’s unlikely we’ll see Mauricio Pochettino linked with any top superstars in the January transfer windows as he seeks more under-the-radar players to bolster his ranks.But who will the Argentine target? talkSPORT takes a look at the most recent news.Click the right arrow above to find out the latest Tottenham transfer news… Moussa Dembele (Fulham) – Now this could get confusing. Not content with Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembele, it now seems they are keen on signing French starlet Moussa Dembele from Fulham. The teen striker has hit 10 goals in 21 games for the Cottagers and is being coveted, according to reports, by Manchester United and Napoli, but Spurs are ready to muscle into the transfer tussle too. 5 As the transfer window nears, talkSPORT takes a look at the rumours doing the rounds, starting with Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi – Click the right arrow for more… – The Daily Mail believes Spurs are stepping up their bid for the Belgian international as they look to bolster their striker options. Tottenhams attempts to make the top four could hinge on their goal-getting and any injury to Harry Kane could set them back. Its reported Mauricio Pochettinos scouts are keeping tabs on the forward, who has netted 11 goals in 18 games this season. 5 5 Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) – Find out which Premier League star Spurs could sign, next… – The talented English teen rejected a Premier League move in the summer as Leicester City and Bournemouth made advances. Now, though, its Southampton, Liverpool and Spurs who have designs on the youngster, the Blues will have to fend off in January. Tottenham could tempt them with a deal similar to the one which took Dele Alli to White Hart Lane and would see Gray spend the rest of the season back on loan at St Andrews. The players £3.75m release clause will also make him desired in the next window. 5 Karol Linetty (Lech Poznan) – See which Championship striker is being targeted by Spurs, amongst others… – According to Polish broadcaster Polsat Sport, both Tottenham and Arsenal are running the rule over international midfielder Linetty. The 20-year-old has earned seven caps so far and now has several Italian clubs on his trail too. Tricky but also willing to get stuck in, Linetty is one for the future. 5 Ayoze Perez (Newcastle United) – Click the right arrow to see who Spurs and Arsenal are keeping tabs on – The young Spaniard already loves scoring at White Hart Lane, having scored there two seasons in a row. Hes a hard-working forward who could do a job as either a replacement for Harry Kane, should the Englishman get injured, or as his foil. Spurs interest has been sustained but according to reports they will have to challenge Manchester United for the 22-year-olds signature.
Real Madrid have named club legend Zinedine Zidane as manager of Real Madrid following the sacking of Rafa Benitez.Club president Florentino Perez announced the change on Monday evening, despite Madrid sitting third in the table, four points off league leaders Atletico Madrid.Zidane, who previously served as assistant manager while Carlo Ancelotti was at the helm, has been in charge of Real Madrid’s ‘B’ side this season and was linked with taking over from Benitez in November following the 4-0 defeat to Barcelona.The job is the first managerial job of Zidane’s career and some fans are not so certain he has the experience required to lead on of the biggest teams in the world.See below for the best reactions to Zidane’s appointment! 1 Zinedine Zidane
1 Mathieu Debuchy Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy is open to joining Aston Villa on loan, according to reports in France.The 30-year-old is desperate for more game time ahead of Euro 2016 this summer, after falling behind Hector Bellerin in the pecking order at the Emirates.Several sides are keen on Debuchy, including his old club Lille and West Brom.However, according to L’Equipe, the France international is keen to join Aston Villa on loan until the end of the season.The move would see Debuchy team up with Remi Garde and he is reportedly hungry to work under the Frenchman.But, the right-back does not want a permanent move away from Arsenal and will only move on loan.
1 Sporting Lisbon star Islam Slimani Newcastle have had a £15m bid for Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani rejected.The Magpies completed the loan signing of Seydou Doumbia earlier today but are desperate to add another forward to their squad and have made several offers for West Brom hitman Saido Berahino.Slimani is another man attracting Steve McClaren’s attention after scoring 16 times in 18 league games this season.However, according to France Football, Newcastle have had a £15m bid rejected by Sporting.The Portuguese club are in no mood to sell now and have told sides to wait until the summer.Everton and Leicester had been interested earlier on in the transfer window.
Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon got a fan’s-eye view of the FA Cup win at Tottenham on Sunday after watching on from the away end at White Hart Lane.Puncheon was ruled out of the game due to a hamstring injury and has not played since the February 2 league defeat to Bournemouth.But the 29-year-old was on hand to celebrate with the Palace fans as Martin Kelly’s strike just before half-time gave the visitors a 1-0 victory and a place in the quarter-finals.Puncheon later wrote (below) on Twitter: “What an experience sitting in the away end…fans where great..good team performance on to the next round”https://twitter.com/jason_punch42/status/701455916114300929 1 Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Chertoff said he knew nothing about the matter until after it happened and that he “can’t explain why it happened.” WASHINGTON – The homeland security chief on Saturday tore into his own employees for staging a phony news conference at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “I think it was one of the dumbest and most inappropriate things I’ve seen since I’ve been in government,” Michael Chertoff said. “I have made unambiguously clear, in Anglo-Saxon prose, that it is not to ever happen again and there will be appropriate disciplinary action taken against those people who exhibited what I regard as extraordinarily poor judgment,” he added. Asked specifically whether he planned to fire anyone at FEMA, which is part of his department, Chertoff declined to say, citing personnel rules. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Some people have plotted out their day – there’s certain shots that you can only get at sunrise and sunset,” said Nancy Hunt-Coffey, director of the city’s libraries. “So some people seem to be really getting into it, which is exciting.” Drayman, who owns a photo studio, ended up being elected to the council. Manoukian, an accountant, lost his re-election bid after two terms on the council but continues to be involved in the photo project. “Who would have thought a two-term incumbent born in Beirut, Lebanon, and a guy who was born and raised in Glendale of Jewish faith would be standing there working on this project together?” Drayman said. “Of course, it didn’t surprise us because we’ve been friends for some time.” Manoukian could not be reached for comment. The City Council will pick 100 photos for a book chronicling a day in the life of Glendale; plans are to print 2,000 copies. Proceeds from book sales will go to the library’s special collections division. The goal “is to have a diverse range of photos that represent Glendale in all of its aspects – good, bad, warts and all,” Hunt-Coffey said. To spread the word, the library contacted local high school and college photography teachers in hopes of getting their students and students’ families involved. The library has several requirements for contest participants, including that they get a signed release form from anyone they photograph. More information on the contest is available at www.ci.glendale.ca.us/photoproject. [email protected] 818-546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – Residents are being asked to help document 24 hours in the life of Glendale on Saturday as part of a photo project designed to unite the community. In a conversation after a City Council campaign event earlier this year, then-candidates John Drayman, who is Jewish, and Rafi Manoukian, who is Armenian, came up with the idea to try to stem divisiveness between ethnic groups. “I think we have a lot more in common than we all realize….So this was a way of reminding ourselves what we share, rather than what our differences are, by looking at Glendale through one camera lens,” Drayman said. The project is being run by the Glendale Public Library, which is inviting residents and anyone who works in the city to “take their best shot” Saturday and photograph anything they see within city limits.