1 Wayne Rooney Louis van Gaal insists has no doubts that Wayne Rooney will be prolific in the Premier League again.Rooney has scored four times in cup compeitions this season but has not found the net in the top-flight since April 4.But Van Gaal maintains he is not concerned by his skipper’s league drought.“He has already scored four goals,” the United manager said, ahead of Saturday’s clash with Sunderland.“I don’t think that is an issue for him, for me or for the club so he shall score also in the Premier League. That I am convinced of. And you shall see it.”While Rooney has come in for criticism, new signing Anthony Martial has made a stunning start to his United career with four goals in four games.Martial will lead the line for United against Sunderland, with Rooney operating behind him, and Van Gaal believes they can build an excellent partnership.“I think that Wayne can play a lot of positions,” Van Gaal said. “He has shown that last season.“I want to play with a first striker and a second striker and maybe they are a very good duo together. We shall wait and see.“I also have to wait and see if he can play as a second striker in this system, which we now play.“He is a striker for me and maybe I shall use him behind Martial.”
8 Ireland boss Martin O’Neill, June 2015: – “What I’ve said to him is that he’s a fairly decent chance, a better chance, of getting into our team than he would have of getting into England in the foreseeable future. There’s wee things we think that we might be able to help along the way.” getty 8 Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane on the influence of Grealish’s father, November 2014: – “Sometimes it’s respect, you don’t want to pester people but, unfortunately, a lot would be coming from Jack’s dad. Knowing his dad, we could be waiting a bloody long while.” Hodgson, apparently losing patience, in September 2015: – ”I’m not 100 per cent certain of what he is waiting for. I would like him to come out and say, ‘I’ve thought about it, I’ve got the two possibilities and I’m opting for England’ and then he will be available for selection.” 8 8 O’Neill responds to England boss with tongue firmly in cheek a few days later: – “Well, that’s encouraging, it’s encouraging, anyway. Roy is not going to hang around, so well done Roy, putting the pressure on.” 8 Villa boss Tim Sherwood on how the midfielder had to earn his call-up by either nation in April 2015: – ”It’s up to Jack where he wants to go, purely up to him. What I’ve got to do is make sure he’s got that decision to make. He must be doing something right for Aston Villa if he’s got those options. Then it’s up to Jack to decide where he wants to go. I had the same situation with Nabil Bentaleb [at Tottenham], who could have played for France but decided to pick Algeria. I had a chat with him and he asked me what to do. I just said, ‘You’ve got to go with your heart. Do you think you’re French or Algerian?’ That’s the decision he had to make and now Jack has got to make that decision…but has to play a few more times for Aston Villa before he needs to make that decision.” 8 8 Keane during the same month, June 2015: – “He’s a really nice kid. People have been too hard on him lately, and if he comes and plays for us, brilliant. But if he goes and plays for England, then you have got to respect the decision. Whether you like it or not is irrelevant. You have got to accept it.” England manager Roy Hodgson in May 2015: – “If he doesn’t want to play or he has doubts, then don’t play. We are doing them a favour by picking them – not them doing us a favour by turning up.” Aston Villa starlet Jack Grealish finally ended the saga over his international future on Monday when the Premier League club announced his decision to represent England rather than the Republic of Ireland.The 20-year-old midfielder, born in the West Midlands town of Solihull, impressed for the Villans in his breakthrough Premier League campaign last season.He was eligible for Ireland selection through his grandparents and represented them at youth level, but he has now given Roy Hodgson the answer he wanted and Martin O’Neill the one he was dreading.Here, with the help of Press Association Sport, talkSPORT takes a look at what was said as the two nations fought for an emerging talent.Click the arrow, above right, to check out what the likes of Roy Keane, Tim Sherwood, Martin O’Neill and Roy Hodgson had to say over Jack Grealish’s international future… CLICK THE ARROW FOR THE BATTLE FOR JACK GREALISH, INCLUDING KEANE, HODGSON AND SHERWOOD! 8
Former Aston Villa striker Andy Gray believes current Villans boss made the right move by banishing Jack Grealish from the first-team squad.Grealish was pictured severely inebriated on a night out at the end of November just hours after the Premier League’s basement side Villa were thrashed 4-0 at Everton.Garde’s decision to ostracize the youngster, who he felt had been ‘unprofessional’, has come in for some scrutiny, but Gray has backed the Frenchman’s handling of the situation and thinks Grealish will come back stronger because of it.“Remi has got it right,” he told the Sports Breakfast.“At 19 years of age you have to learn but hopefully he’ll come back stronger and more aware of his responsibilities as a modern day footballer.“It’s part of his maturing as a footballer and hopefully everybody will be better for it after.”Villa have one just once so far this season and their paltry five points is the equal lowest tally at this stage of any season in the Premier League era.
Patrick Bamford has apologised via Twitter for critical comments he made about his time at Crystal Palace upon ending his loan spell there on Monday.The promising forward has rarely featured this season, but having played against Swansea in his last appearance for the club, said: “If I were being honest, it has been terrible.“No one wants to sit on the bench and not play. It was my decision. The gaffer (Alan Pardew) hasn’t actually spoken to me.”Bamford has since been linked with a loan move to Swansea, and it has also been reported that Chelsea’s interim manager Guus Hiddink hopes to retain him, but in his apology he insisted his comments had been taken out of context and that his real feelings surrounding his time at Palace are far more positive than they appeared.“My comments after the game at the weekend were taken completely out of context and for that I apologise,” he wrote.“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Palace, the lads were brilliant, the gaffer and training were great.“I want to thank the chairman (Steve Parish) as I couldn’t have been at a nicer club, I’m just disappointed I couldn’t do more for the team but wish them all the best for the second half of the season and thank the fans for their amazing support every weekend.” 1 Patrick Bamford
Liverpool legend John Barnes has told Jurgen Klopp to make it his priority to sign a creative attacking midfield player.The Reds made it back-to-back wins in the Premier League with a 1-0 success over Sunderland on Wednesday night.That moved the Merseysiders to within five points of a top four spot, but Barnes believes Klopp’s team needs an injection of invention and flair to maintain their charge for Champions League qualification.“If we play against teams that play deep, we can’t open them up. An attacking midfield player is where we need to improve,” the Anfield great said, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Without Coutinho really performing then our invention and our flair isn’t great.“We have got lots hard working players – there is Can, Henderson, Lucas and Milner. So, we have lots of players with a great attitude and great energy, but we are lacking invention.“Coutinho started the season really well but he has gone off the boil a little bit and without him we really don’t play with that much flair.”
Southampton’s Ronald Koeman Ronald Koeman will let Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama sit “in the stands” if either star agitates for a move away from Southampton.Manager Koeman has again insisted that both Mane and Wanyama will remain at Southampton beyond the January transfer window, despite strong interest from Barclays Premier League rivals.Koeman dropped Mane for Saturday’s 1-0 league defeat at Norwich after the Senegal forward was late for a team meeting, sparking fresh speculation he was headed for a January transfer.Saints’ Dutch boss continues to reject all suggestions either Mane or Wanyama are itching for a move – and vowed to banish anyone misbehaving in order to force a transfer.“If there is any player thinking if his behaviour is not good that makes it more easier for the player, then I’ll put the player in the stands until the end of their contract,” said Koeman.“Because in my opinion that’s not the way you have to do your job as a football player.”Kenya holding midfielder Wanyama has 18 months left to run on his deal, with Koeman insisting Saints are continuing efforts to discuss a new long-term contract.Mane signed a four-year deal when he joined Southampton in 2014, but has been the subject of consistent speculation around keen interest from Manchester United.Southampton could look to cash in on Wanyama in the summer if he opts not to pen a new St Mary’s deal, mirroring the process with Morgan Schneiderlin, who joined Manchester United last summer.However, Koeman insisted both Mane and Wanyama are fully focused and enjoying their football on the south coast.“I’m not doubting about that,” said Koeman of Mane and Wanyama’s commitment.“That’s the daily basis in communication with the players, and it’s too easy to mention after the mistake of Sadio or the second yellow that the players are showing that they like to move.“It’s too easy, and it’s not like that. The player knows the position in the club, and what we think about the players.“That’s no reason to doubt about that. I don’t have doubts about that. They are important players and they like to be here. They like to continue, they like to make a good season, and that’s the most important. They are still happy.“The contacts is to the players, the contacts is to the agents, and I have to believe in my players.”England goalkeeper Fraser Forster is closing on a return after nine months out recovering from knee surgery – but Koeman said Saturday’s FA Cup third-round clash with Crystal Palace will come too soon.“First of all we’re very pleased Fraser played his first game in nine months, on a good level,” said Koeman, after Forster featured for Saints’ under-21s.“This weekend is too soon in our opinion, and he will play again with the under-21s on Monday.“Then after that we will have discussions about what we have to do about our goalkeepers and finally the best will start.“But that will start after Monday.” 1
Chelsea v Scunthorpe United is live on talkSPORT from Stamford Bridge on January 10 2016.Former Chelsea player and coach Ray Wilkins, who won the cup alongside Guus Hiddink with the Blues in 2009, joins Sam Matterface for our live coverage from West London.Can Chelsea make it 18 seasons in a row that they have progressed past the third round of the FA Cup?Or can Scunthorpe spring a Bradford-style surprise?Tune in on talkSPORT, here: Chelsea v Scunthorpe live stream on talkSPORT 1 Diego Costa starts for Chelsea in the FA Cup v Scunthorpe
14. Jordan Henderson (central midfield) 17. Mamadou Sakho (centre back) 4. Kolo Toure (centre back) 18. Alberto Moreno (left back) 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Liverpool line up against Augsburg 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 11 11 10. Philippe Coutinho (attacking midfield wide) 11 11. Roberto Firmino (attacking midfield centre) 7. James Milner (attacking midfield wide) Three days after the second leg of Liverpool’s Europa League game against Augsburg, Jurgen Klopp is looking to collect his first trophy as manager.The Reds take on Man City at Wembley on Sunday, but the German insists he will not rest his big stars in Europe.“It is an opportunity to prove [yourself] for Sunday. That is how it should be,” he said.However, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Joe Allen are out of the Augsburg game.Some fans have suggested Steven Caulker may get a look in with Kolo Toure’s legs being kept fresh for Wembley, but that would mean changing a back line that has kept successive clean sheets.Who do you think will play? Let us know if you agree with this XI. 11 15. Daniel Sturridge (striker) 11 11 11 11 11 23. Emre Can (central midfield) 11 11
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The puppies cost between $1,000 and $3,000 and ranged in age from 2 to 3 months. Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Mills said the burglary happened sometime between 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. Mills said that at 3:30 a.m. a security guard saw the glass front door of the business had been smashed. There are no suspects at this point. The thief also swiped a $200 pet bed on display. He may have taken other items as well, but Ro said he wasn’t certain. The store at 14766 Beach Blvd. sells not only dogs but also dog food and accessories like handbags to carry one’s furry companions, pet beds and canine clothing. • Photo Gallery: Pet Shop Break In • Video: Pet Shop Break In LA MIRADA – A thief with a penchant for pricey pooches broke into a pet store early Wednesday and dognapped 22 puppies worth about $30,000. Security video showed a man putting teacup Yorkshire terriers, Shih-Tzus, Chihuahuas, Maltese and Pekingese into a trash bag, said Paul Ro, 50, owner of Puppy Love. “I’m so afraid these puppies might die soon. They must be stressed out,” Ro said. The thief cleaned out most of the store’s canine inventory but missed a 1-year-old Yorkshire terrier and a 7-month-old Maltese in a pen plus a 3-month-old Pomeranian that was in a corner cage. Ruth Teo, 21, of Whittier works at the store. She said the thief also didn’t take Ro’s cocker spaniel, Bella. She said all the dogs taken were teacups, meaning they’re small dog breeds. Ro didn’t know how the thief missed the puppy but thinks the crook deliberately steered clear of the older dogs. “I think this guy had knowledge of dogs,” he said. Hours after the break-in, Ro stood holding the Pomeranian and surveyed the empty cages. He looked at the little furball and suggested calling it “Survivor.” While Mills said he has seen cases of people walking in and grabbing dogs, he hasn’t experienced an incident with this many taken. He suspects the thief will sell the purloined pooches. “Nobody wants 22 dogs unless (it is) to sell them,” Mills said. “That’s my guess. Why else steal 22 dogs?” Ro is concerned about how his dogs are faring and made a plea to the thief. “Please be gentle with the puppies. They are very vulnerable. They can’t survive stresses. Take good care of those puppies. Please,” Ro said. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at (562) 863-8711. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Housing development seemed to weigh on RPV and Lomita voters. In examining the results of Tuesday’s local elections, one conclusion seems fairly evident: The proposed 1,950-unit Ponte Vista housing project in San Pedro looms as a potent issue for voters. One interesting post-election analysis comes from the Web site www.pontevista.blogspot.com. The blog notes that the three winners in the City Council election in Rancho Palos Verdes had unified positions calling for continued R-1 zoning on the site. That zoning designation would likely keep the number of homes built on the site to between 430 and 700. The three council incumbents – Tom Long, Douglas Stern and Steve Wolowicz – emerged victorious over two challengers, one of whom favored a Ponte Vista compromise that would include both single-family residences and multi-family development. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre That’s not to say Ponte Vista was the deciding issue in the Rancho Palos Verdes vote, but the development sits on a key Peninsula access route just outside Rancho Palos Verdes. Whatever gets built in that area will certainly have a bearing on traffic in the region. In addition, Ponte Vista seemed to be on the minds of Lomita voters in their City Council election. Voters ousted incumbent Mark Waronek, who once did consulting work on behalf of Ponte Vista. The negative campaign waged against Waronek seemed to raise enough doubts in people’s minds to elect challenger Ken Blackwood. Like their neighbors in Rancho Palos Verdes, Lomita voters may also have worries about the project’s potential effects on their city. The election results follow the release in August of a report by a citizens advisory committee appointed by Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn. That panel opposed a 1,950-unit development, and a majority of its members favored R-1 zoning. Certainly, the election results are not the last word on the Ponte Vista development. And granted, the countywide voter turnout on Tuesday was only 12.3 percent and may not reflect the thinking of all registered voters. (One can estimate the turnout in Rancho Palos Verdes to have been at least 22 percent.) But we suspect the numbers may cause other elected leaders to be circumspect before embracing a future political compromise for development in that area. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!