Reporter notebook: New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag making his mark at Old Trafford | Football News

There is a pause, the three or so seconds allowing a technical staffer to offer his most accurate assessment of the manager's debut pre-season in charge of Manchester United. "There can be no doubt, this is Erik ten Hag's club."The summation does not require elaboration for those who witnessed the Dutchman from close quarters during United's tour of Thailand and Australia.Ten Hag is in control, his influence stretching not solely to the large details at the club such as operational structure, but even the little ones like preventing the players from visiting and being filmed on the set of Australian...

Edu exclusive interview: Arsenal transfer policy, working in harmony with Mikel Arteta and why only trophies will do | Football...

With Arsenal the current top Premier League spenders this summer, the club's technical director Edu speaks exclusively to Sky Sports News about their transfer business, working in harmony with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta and why only trophies will do.Arsenal have spent £121.5million on five new players this summer with the arrivals of Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos and Matt Turner. Image: Information correct as of July 24, 2022 Their business appears to be translating well on the pitch too with Arteta's side winning all four pre-season games so far, including a 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea in Orlando at...

Jurgen Klopp rules out more Liverpool incomings: ‘Unless we have injuries or player sales, we have our squad’ | Football...

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out further new faces arriving at Anfield while insisting that it will take time for Darwin Nunez to adapt to English football.Klopp is content with the squad he has shaped this summer, with Nunez arriving for £85 million from Benfica - a club-record fee - adding to further recruits in Calvin Ramsay for £6.5m from Aberdeen and Fabio Carvalho from Fulham for an undisclosed fee. At the end of May, Liverpool were denied a seventh European crown as Real Madrid became kings of the continent once again thanks to Vinicius Junior's strike in a...

Cesar Azpilicueta: Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says he is ‘a little bit’ annoyed with Barcelona’s pursuit of player | Football...

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits he is a "little bit" annoyed with Barcelona over their pursuit of Cesar Azpilicueta.The 32-year-old has 12 months remaining on his Chelsea contract and has reportedly asked to leave the club after a decade at Stamford Bridge to return to his native Spain with Barcelona. But Tuchel says he is not sure if he wants to give Azpilicueta "what he wants", and believes Barca have undervalued the defender, comparing his value to that of recent Chelsea capture Kalidou Koulibaly, who signed for £33m from Napoli earlier this month.When asked at the Universal Orlando Resort, if...

Man Utd: Erik ten Hag must get Champions League place and Frenkie de Jong is ‘top class’, says Jamie Carragher...

Jamie Carragher has admitted it "doesn't feel right" to see Manchester United competing in the Europa League but says it will not be easy for them to return to the top four this season. United finished sixth in the Premier League in what was a hugely disappointing 2021/22 campaign, which saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked in November and interim replacement Ralf Rangnick endure an underwhelming sixth-month spell in charge. The club failed to lift a trophy for the fifth successive season and were eliminated from the Champions League at the last-16 stage by Atletico Madrid.All of that means United will...

Pep Guardiola ‘disappointed’ with Man City’s absent players for US tour and dismisses Neymar links as ‘false’ | Football News

Pep Guardiola says he is disappointed Phil Foden, John Stones and Ilkay Gundogan are not part of Manchester City's pre-season tour of the USA, admitting their absence contributes to "incredible problems" for his team.City are currently in Houston, where they are preparing to take on Club America on Thursday before travelling to Green Bay for a fixture with Bayern Munich on Sunday. But England internationals Foden and Stones, plus Germany international Gundogan, will miss the friendlies after failing to meet US entry requirements. Most travellers to the US must be fully vaccinated, which also prevented N'Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek...

Raphael Varane: Manchester United must improve everything under Erik ten Hag – it’s just the beginning | Football News

Raphael Varane knows Manchester United need to "improve in everything" over pre-season as new manager Erik ten Hag starts to mould the side in his image.After starting last season with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and limping over the line in sixth under interim boss Ralf Rangnick, the Old Trafford giants have entrusted the 52-year-old to turn things around. Ten Hag has been drilling the side during pre-season training and oversaw an eye-catching 4-0 friendly win against rivals Liverpool in his first match as United boss on Tuesday.The Dutchman immediately said he would not get carried away by the result in Bangkok...

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool manager optimistic for new season as he dismisses concerns over Sadio Mane’s departure | Football News

Jurgen Klopp has spoken of his optimism for the new season and insisted Liverpool supporters "don't have to be worried".The Reds are currently in Bangkok, Thailand as part of their pre-season tour ahead of the upcoming Premier League campaign. Liverpool were pipped to the title by Manchester City last season before seeing star Sadio Mane leave the club for Bayern Munich, breaking up the formidable strike force he formed with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.But a club-record £85m fee brought in Darwin Nunez as Mane's replacement, while Salah has been secured for another three years and Fabio Carvalho and Calvin...

16-year-old Nazrin makes smooth transition from football goal to badminton court

As a child, Nazrin Farza would often listen to her father Rafeek Mohammad about his days as a goalkeeper for Mohammedan Sporting FC and later Reserve Bank of India. Rafeek, who played in the 2003 Federation Cup final against Mahindra United, wanted his only daughter to be a football custodian and she did train as a goalkeeper initially before switching to badminton. On Friday, after the 16-year-old from Kerala completed a 15-4, 15-9 win over Pratishtha Rana of Rajasthan to move into the third qualification round of the U-19 category in the 29th Yonex-Sunrise Smt Krishna Khaitan Memorial All India...

Erik ten Hag: Inside Manchester United manager’s ‘intense’ first week of pre-season | Football News

The description one of Manchester United's senior players reached for was "intense - not just on the body but the mind. He wants you to think, think, think."Erik ten Hag's first week on the grass with his new team has left quite an imprint on the squad and staff, while providing a detailed sketch of what he expects going forward. The biggest changes multiple United sources have noted are how immersive the manager is during sessions and time spent with the ball during drills.Ten Hag leads every element of training, which is a departure from recent history at Carrington. Ole...