Van Gaal: United deserved win

first_img After an indifferent start to the season, the Red Devils are fourth in the table and just a point behind third-placed Southampton despite a lengthy injury list. Van Gaal said: “Maybe we forced the luck more and that is coming also because of the fighting spirit. When you see the team (like this) that is why the fans are also excited. “We have fought until the end and also (despite) the long balls to Mr Crouch, we have survived. It is good for the players, good for the team, good for me and it is also good for the party we have tomorrow.” Stoke manager Mark Hughes felt his side, who lost to an 85th-minute Liverpool goal last weekend, deserved more from the game. Hughes felt Rojo was offside as he rose in attempting to get his head to the Mata free-kick that proved the winning goal and bemoaned his side’s luck in injury time. Hughes said: “On the balance of play we were very much in the game, especially in the first half. “It was a really good performance and we picked ourselves up from the disappointment of conceding early on. “We scored a really good equalising goal, a good strike from Steven Nzonzi. “We were encouraged at half-time and were looking forward to the second half. “We are disappointed with the award of the second goal. We clearly think it is offside. It doesn’t matter if he (Rojo) touches it, he is clearly offside and interfering with play. He was ahead of the ball in an offside position. The referee and assistant should have cancelled that out. “We didn’t allow that to affect us but the episodes at the end – it was unbelievable, demonstrating the sort of luck we are having at the moment.” Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal felt his side deserved to cling on to beat Stoke – but was far from happy with their performance. David de Gea produced two brilliant last-gasp saves and Ashley Young also cleared off the line in injury time as United held on to a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford. Marouane Fellaini gave United a first-half lead and Juan Mata restored their advantage after a Steven Nzonzi equaliser – although Marcos Rojo also claimed to have got the final touch to the decisive strike. But it was De Gea and Young who ensured United held on to record a fourth successive Barclays Premier League win, with Mame Biram Diouf twice denied and Marko Arnautovic also frustrated. Van Gaal said: “I am not happy with the performance. I was not pleased with the first half. We were not as aggressive as in the last match and we want to play in the same style. “I think we didn’t keep our positions on the pitch so we didn’t create so many chances in the first half. “Okay the goal was a very nice goal, but the opponents didn’t do anything, only defending. “In the second half we played much better, kept the positions, were more aggressive – but then you have to finish it. (James) Wilson could have finished it, Fellaini could have finished it. “In England when it is like that you know the coach of the other team shall do something and, with Peter Crouch, we knew in advance it would be difficult to defend long balls and (it took) a great save from De Gea and a little bit of luck from Ashley Young. “But you have to see the whole match and say there is one team that deserved it and that is Manchester United.” Although Van Gaal felt the performance was unconvincing, a momentum is starting to build behind United. Press Associationlast_img read more

Schumacher Cannot Walk, German Court Told

first_imgThe magazine had reported last Christmas that the seven-time world champion could walk again.But Mr Damm said that Schumacher, 47, “cannot walk” more than two and a half years after the accident.Bunte had quoted a source at the end of last year as saying that Schumacher could manage some steps with the help of therapists and could raise an arm.At the time, Schumacher’s agent, Sabine Kehm, released a statement denying the story, saying: “Unfortunately we are forced by a recent press report to clarify that the assertion that Michael could move again is not true.“Such speculation is irresponsible, because given the seriousness of his injuries, his privacy is very important. Unfortunately they also give false hopes to many involved people.”Schumacher suffered a head injury in a skiing accident in France in 2013.He was placed in a medically induced coma for six months before being transferred to his home in Switzerland to continue his treatment.Very little is known of the sports icon’s recovery as his family has strongly protected his privacy.In February, his former boss at Ferrari, Luca di Montezemolo, said: “I have news and unfortunately it is not good.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A lawyer for Michael Schumacher has told a court in Germany that the former Formula 1 world champion “cannot walk” following his skiing injury.Felix Damm was detailing the extent of Schumacher’s injuries in a lawsuit against German magazine, Bunte.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman has fond memories of years with Rays

first_imgFriedman cited the relationships forged during his years with the Rays — “an entire organization working together and reading off the same songsheet” — as his fondest memory. Creating that same environment in Los Angeles has been his biggest challenge in his first two seasons with the Dodgers, he said.“That takes time,” he said. “It takes time to fully integrate an organization where philosophically we’re aligned. It doesn’t mean we always agree, but philosophically we’re aligned. I think we’re now at the point where, if you look back over the last year there was a lot of change, now it’s about forging those relationships and creating something special within the framework of our group.”If there was anything he wasn’t prepared for in making the move to L.A., Friedman said it was “probably just the time it takes to create those relationships, just naively expecting it to happen immediately.”“It doesn’t work that way,” he said. “I probably knew that on a different level but wanted it to happen immediately, derived so much satisfaction from it. There was so much change last year that it just takes a little bit of time for it to settle into a steady state which we’re now kind of getting into. That was something that took even more adjustment time than I anticipated.“It just takes some time. It takes time to trust and build those relationships that don’t happen over night. They happen organically and they happen organically over time.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error More memoriesThis is a homecoming week of sorts for Friedman, Carl Crawford, Scott Kazmir, J.P. Howell and Dave Roberts.The Dodgers’ first-year manager made his major-league debut playing for the Cleveland Indians at Tropicana Field on Aug. 7, 1999. Roberts went 3 for 5 in a 15-10 Indians victory. That game is significant in baseball history for other reasons, however. Hall of Famer Wade Boggs got his 3,000th career hit that night.“It’s not the best ballpark around,” Roberts said of Tropicana Field, which the Rays are perennially trying to replace. “But it’s special to me.”AlsoThe Dodgers are playing five consecutive games on artificial turf and five games with the designated hitter on this interleague road trip to Tampa Bay and Toronto, so Roberts will be shuffling his lineups. Outfielder Carl Crawford will not play against the two left-handed starters in Tampa, but will start all three games in Toronto, Roberts said. Justin Turner will DH Wednesday, Adrian Gonzalez on Sunday with others rotating through on Friday and Saturday. … Two relievers with major-league experience signed to minor-league deals by the Dodgers exercised May 1 opt-out clauses and became free agents. Left-hander Sean Burnett has already signed a minor-league contract with the Atlanta Braves and joined their Triple-A team. He had a 3.52 ERA after seven appearances with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Dale Thayer also opted out of his contract after a 6.75 ERA in seven appearances for Double-A Tulsa.center_img ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. >> The Tampa Bay Rays had five 90-win seasons and won two division titles during Andrew Friedman’s time running their baseball operations. He returned this week to a warm reception, a “Thanks for the memories” tribute on the scoreboard and newspaper coverage chronicling his miracle work with the franchise.The Dodgers won 90 games and a division title last season in Friedman’s first year as president of baseball operations. But that accomplishment is viewed very differently given the franchises relative histories (the Rays had never won more than 70 games in a season before 2008) and resources.So Friedman was asked Tuesday at Tropicana Field if he has ever had a moment of regret about leaving the more appreciative embrace of a small-market franchise for the greater demands of a big market.“No. I definitely had a very good thing in Tampa Bay,” Friedman said. “But I’m excited and invigorated by this chapter of my life that I’m currently living. I’m very fulfilled. It is a great group of people that I’m working with. This will always be a really special place to me and my family. But I really love what I’m doing and love the challenge of what I’m doing.”last_img read more