Whenever there is an international tournament in the world of football most people do not realize the pressure that exists on the players.
One such side to Euro 2016 is being talked about by Owen Hargreaves. He reiterates the pressure that he felt in a penalty shootout that is common in many matches.
He states that he has a record of not having missed a penalty kick for his team in a competitive football match. There are many firsts in his career such as having played for England without having been a resident of the country present or before. Having belonged to a club of the non English league, he has helped his team to win the UEFA Champions League.
Penalty kicks and shootouts have been mastered by this player. He has considerable experience and success as an international player as well, having played for teams like Manchester United and Bayern Munich. He has been a midfielder in these matches; he talks about the experience of a shootout or a penalty kick. As per him, such times are crucial as the game stops to play and everyone is concentrating on the kick. There is a lot of mental pressure on the player who is chosen to kick the ball.
Owen can identify with the mental pressure as he has been in such a situation many times. He also talks about remarkable moments for other players. For instance, there was a tie in the quarter finals with Portugal and England. Frank Lampard had to take the first kick for the spot and he missed it. Even Ronaldo faltered in the finals of the Champions League in 2008 when the game had been played in Moscow. Hence, it definitely requires a lot of nerve and mental strength to hold steady and focus on such moments. Owen can certainly identify with the same.
Owen Hargreaves believes that Louis Van Gaal was a scapegoat for Manchester United poor form.
Former Manchester United and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves has said that Louis van Gaal is not responsible for the poor results at Manchester United. He believes that the board should blame themselves for the poor season.
Owen Hargreaves believes that Manchester United is a club in decline and that they currently do not have the best players. For him, the best players in the Premier League play at Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal. He said that it is the board that is responsible for signing new players and that Louis van Gaal cannot make miracles.
For Hargreaves, the club is just looking for excuses and has sacked Louis van Gaal for nothing. He said that first it was David Moyes who was the culprit, and now they have found another scapegoat in van Gaal.
He believes that there need to be changes in the club management if they want to challenge for the title soon. He said that the board should sit down and think on what is not functioning at the team at the moment. For him, the club should rethink about their philosophy and sign players that can play according to their style. At the moment, there is a lack of quality players at Manchester United, and they need to rectify this issue. He said that with the players they have got now, there is no way they are going to win the title.
Jose Mourinho has just been appointed as the new manager of Manchester United, and he will be hoping to build a team that will suit his stye. So far he has signed Eric Bailly to improve his defence, and there is news that he might be signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic soon. According to some pundits, there will be more arrivals as soon as the Euros is over.
Could Wayne Rooney be soon making a comeback?
It appears that Manchester United is actually making preparations to make that happen. Wayne Rooney as of late has been getting very used to the substitutes bench and he’s not exactly been happy with that decision. This comes at a time where he’s needed most because Manchester United is about to against one of their biggest matchups of the season. This will be the first time he’s made an appearance in two months as he’s one of the many players in football this season who has suffered a knee injury.
On the previous Monday night, Rooney actually emerged victorious and unscathed as he completed a 60 minute run for United Manchester against Middlesbrough at the Old Trafford. Meanwhile at the Director’s box while the game was going on, Wayne Rooney was put in the main squad because of a huge game coming up as Van Gaal admits that this next big game could have huge implications on his future as a manager at Old Trafford.
They’re only four points away from Manchester City in the Premier League but they’re in very real danger of missing the League qualification. This is why the game is so important to Wayne Rooney, because this might be his last chance at a trophy this season.
The problem is, that Rooney has missed the last 12 matches and that he must get back into the swing of things. However, in recent matches and appearances, Rooney appears to be moving freely and without any issues as Rooney gets back into shape and the managers decide if it’s his time to jump back into the game or not. His absence for the fans though has raised a lot more questions than answers and a lot of doubts regarding the player’s future with the team and the league in general.
Former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard is hoping that LA Galaxy can benefit immensely from the arrival of Nigel de Jong as the club’s new signing.
One of the strongest and well-known teams in the MLS, LA Galaxy have been struggling for form in the last couple of years. This slump in form has come about after the retirement of Landon Donovan, who was a major player for the club for several decades. Even after the arrival of Steven Gerrard, LA Galaxy have found it difficult to create consistent set of results.
This led to the club acting quickly at the start of the season to bring in former Manchester City and AC Milan midfielderde Jong. Known for his combative way of playing, the midfielder will provide the defensive strength in front of the back four. This would allow the team to take advantage of the attacking prowess of Steven Gerrard. During his later years with Liverpool, Gerrard was not an attacking force with his amazing runs. Instead, he concentrated on influencing the game from a deep lying position. The presence of De Jong allows manager Bruce Arena with the flexibility to change his tactics depending on the needs.
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