Marouane Fellaini slams Manchester United over lack of managerial patience

Is Fellaini right to criticise Man United?

Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has criticised the club for a lack of patience with their previous managers.

Fellaini joined United back in 2013, following David Moyes from Everton to Old Trafford.

The Belgian played 177 games for Manchester United before leaving for Shandong Luneng Taishan last year.

During his relatively short time at Old Trafford, Fellaini worked under four managers.

Those included Moyes, Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjær for a short time.

Now, with Solskjær under plenty of pressure, Fellaini has criticised the sacking culture at Man United recently.

Marouane Fellaini

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 27: Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United celebrates with team mates Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku after scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Manchester United and BSC Young Boys at Old Trafford on November 27, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

‘That’s the problem, they have to find a solution together’

Speaking to the Mail, Fellaini criticised Man United for not giving their previous managers enough time.

He also suggested that’s the reason why Manchester United are currently struggling.

‘They brought in [David] Moyes, they didn’t give him time,’ Fellaini explained.

‘They brought in [Louis] Van Gaal, they gave him two years and we started to do some things, he won the cup, but after that they sacked the manager because they want to win quickly.

‘For me the club were too quick to sack Jose [Mourinho] because a manager like that comes and he needs a lot of players to do his own philosophy.



‘He wanted to build his team but after two years and a half they decided to sack him because the results were not there.

‘That’s the problem, they have to find a solution together. A manager like Van Gaal, tactically is very strong and a lot of experience and they sacked him.

‘They brought in one of the best managers in the world in Jose Mourinho, he wanted to build a team and they sacked him.

‘It’s not easy to build a team in that time, you need more than two years.’

 

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer receives the dreaded vote of confidence before Liverpool & Man United linked with Declan Rice

Things won’t get any easier for current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

That’s because United will face off against Premier League leaders Liverpool next.

However, the Old Trafford boss has been given a vote of confidence.

Click here to find out more and United’s links with Declan Rice. 

Everton have no plans to sack Marco Silva – Sky Sports

Bleak situation at Everton

Everton have no plans to sack Marco Silva after a run of four defeats in the Premier League against Bournemouth, Sheffield United, Man City and Burnley.

Silva is well and truly under pressure at Goodison Park.

The Portuguese boss joined Everton last season with Marcel Brands also coming in as director of football.

The pair were expected to kick-start a new era for Everton in which they would become top four contenders.

In their first season together, the Toffees finished 8th which was somewhat acceptable for a first season.

However, their second season has been a shambles so far.

Silva’s side have lost their last four Premier League games, with defeats against Bournemouth, Sheffield United, Manchester City and Burnley.

That has seen them fall into the relegation zone, with Everton currently 18th in the table.

As a result, Silva is the current favourite with the bookies to be the next manager sacked.

Though, Everton plan to stick with their man for now.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 01: Alex Iwobi of Everton
celebrates scoring his teams second goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park on September 01, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Marco Silva keeps his job… for now

According to Sky Sports, Everton have no plans to sack Marco Silva ‘at this stage’.

Though, Silva isn’t out the woods.

The report specifically outlines that despite the backing, ‘club bosses are keen to see a turnaround in fortunes quickly’.

If Everton were to lose against West Ham at Goodison after the international break, the fan unrest would only grow stronger.

Brighton host Everton the week after that, before the Toffees host Watford in the Carabao Cup.

If Marco Silva’s side failed to win any of those games, you could certainly see Silva being given his marching orders.

 

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Four managerial options for Everton if they sack Marco Silva

With Marco Silva under pressure, the Everton board would be naive not exploring who would be available to replace him.

We’ve picked out four managerial options that could prove an attractive proposition for the Toffees and their fans.

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Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wins Premier League award

Aubameyang hits the ground running

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had an outstanding 2018/19 campaign with Arsenal.

The former Borussia Dortmund man bagged 22 goals and five assists in 36 Premier League outings last season.

Those 22 goals earned Aubameyang the 2018/19 PL Golden Boot award, along with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

That impressive form, which saw Aubameyang named the Premier League’s top scorer last season looks to have carried over into the new campaign.

So far, in eight PL ties, the 30-year-old has found the back of the net on seven occasions.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – AUGUST 11: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on August 11, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Aubameyang named PL POTM

Aubameyang’s best spell of form so far this season came in September.

Arsenal would play four PL outings during the month of September vs Tottenham, Watford, Manchester United and Aston Villa.

In those games, Aubameyang would score five goals, including a brace vs Watford.

After such an impressive month, Aubameyang has been bagged himself an award.

The Gabonese international has been named the EA Sports Premier League Player of the Month for September.

As per Arsenal’s official website, Aubameyang beat the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kevin De Bruyne, Son Heung-min and Riyad Mahrez to the award.

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Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette aiming for return against Sheff United – Sky

Sheffield United vs Arsenal

Arsenal’s first game back after the international break sees them take on Sheffield United.

The Gunners will travel to Bramall Lane on Monday the 21st of October.

Unai Emery’s side are currently 3rd in the English top-flight.

Arsenal have amassed 15 points from their opening eight games and have lost just one league game this season.

As for Sheff United, they are 13th in the Premier League with nine points.

Arsenal’s last outing saw them beat Bournemouth 1-0 at the Emirates.

Highlights: Arsenal 1-Bournemouth 0

Unai Emery

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on March 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Lacazette to return?

One player missing from Arsenal’s most recent triumph over Bournemouth was Alexandre Lacazette.

The Frenchman has been out of action since September 1st when he was brought off 67 minutes into Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with bitter rivals, Tottenham.

With Lacazette out, a lot of Arsenal’s attacking workload has fallen to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe.

Gabriel Martinelli has also stepped up for Arsenal to help fill the void left by Lacazette.

The 18-year-old started up top in Arsenal’s wins over Nottingham Forest and Standard Liege.

But with Pepe not quite finding his feet in England just yet, Unai Emery will likely be glad to have Lacazette back amongst his ranks.

And according to Sky Sports News, Lacazette is aiming for a return against Sheffield United.

 

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Diego Simeone opens up on Griezmann departure: His success ‘depends on Valverde’

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has today opened up on the respective summer exits of Antoine Griezmann and Lucas Hernandez from his squad.

Griezmann joins Barca

12 months on from the Frenchman turning down a Camp Nou switch in favour of remaining with Atletico, speculation linking Griezmann with a move to Spanish champions Barcelona reemerged in force this summer.

This came on the back the 28-year-old confirming his intention to finally depart the Wanda Metropolitano back in May:

‘It’s been an incredible five years. Thank you very much for everything. I will take you in my heart.’

And, despite hugely-conflicting subsequent rumours regarding the extent of the Blaugrana’s interest, it was nevertheless widely-assumed that Ernesto Valverde’s men would eventually clinch a deal for Griezmann.

As such, the attacker’s move to the Camp Nou finally being made official back in July came as little surprise.

In an announcement across the club’s social media platforms, Barca confirmed Griezmann’s signing on a 5-year deal:

‘Where he wants to be’

Griezmann has since gone on to enjoy a solid if unspectacular start to life in the colours of the Blaugrana, having notched 3 goals and 2 assists across 7 La Liga outings.

While he has showcased flashes of his unquestionable brilliance, the Frenchman still appears to be finding his place in Ernesto Valverde’s star-filled front-line, alongside the likes of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele.

And one individual who feels as though Valverde’s utilisation of Griezmann is set to prove key to whether or not the gifted attacker proves a success in Catalunya is former boss Diego Simeone.

Speaking in an interview with Cadena Ser (via Marca), Simeone explained:

‘I’ve spoken with him on occasion since he left.’

‘He’s where he wants to be. He’s a humble boy who doesn’t speak much, he’s calm and cheerful.’

‘I’ve no doubt that he’ll end up doing well there, but now everything depends on [Ernesto] Valverde, not me.’

The Atleti boss also discussed Lucas Hernandez’s summer switch to Bayern Munich, revealing that the stopper’s exit actually came as more of a blow to his squad than that of Griezmann:

‘The exit that hurt us the most was Lucas, who was a boy from the academy.’

‘[It hurt] More than Griezmann.’

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Tottenham‘s chief scout has been dispatched to Argentina – Mail

Tottenham struggling under Pochettino

Tottenham’s 2019/20 campaign has probably not got off to the start they will have been hoping for.

From the heights of the Champions League final in June to being knocked out of the League Cup by Colchester in September, Spurs’ form has certainly taken somewhat of a dip.

As well as being eliminated from the LC by Colchester, the North London outfit were also recently hammered 7-2 by German giants Bayern Munich and their last outing saw them comprehensively beaten by Brighton.

Tottenham are currently 9th in the PL, winning just three of their opening eight league games this season.

Mauricio Pochettino during Tottenham vs Barcelona

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona at Wembley Stadium on October 3, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

A sign Poch is here to stay?

But despite Tottenham’s struggles at the beginning of the new campaign, it has been reported that Pochettino’s job is not currently under threat.

The Daily Mail have now reported that Tottenham’s chief scout has been dispatched to Argentina.

The report from the Mail speculates this is a sign that Spurs are sticking with Pochettino, who is originally from Argentina:

Tottenham chief scout Steve Hitchen has been dispatched to Argentina, an indication the club are preparing for life with Mauricio Pochettino.

Sportsmail understands Hitchen has spent time in South America recently scouting players in Pochettino’s homeland.

Many at Spurs view the highly-respected scout’s mission as a clear sign the club do not anticipate a managerial change in the near future.

Tottenham’s first game back after the international break sees them host Watford on October 19th, a seemingly perfect game for Spurs to get their season back on track as the Hornets are the only side in the PL yet to win a league game this campaign.

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Man City star Rodri on why Liverpool are ‘the best team in Europe’ and learning when to commit tactical fouls

Manchester City summer signing Rodri has today opened up on his time in England thus far, discussing the Citizens’ title rivals Liverpool, and the demands of playing as a holding midfielder in a Pep Guardiola-led side.

City spell

Spanish international Rodri made the move to the Etihad during the summer transfer window, after Premier League champions City agreed to activate his €70 million Atletico Madrid release clause.

The midfielder was widely-viewed as the ideal long-term replacement for Fernandinho in the Citizens’ midfield, with Rodri combining poise, drive and ability on the ball, packaged in a 6ft 3 inch frame.

He has since gone on to play a key role in the fortunes of the Manchester giants over the early months of the new season, starting in 7 of the club’s 8 Premier League outings to this point.

And, though City have disappointed in dropping 8 points already, Rodri has, for the most-part, gone about his business in solid fashion.

‘Liverpool are the best team in Europe’

As such, speaking in an interview with ESPN earlier today, the former Villarreal star opened up on his start to life in England, providing an interesting insight into the challenges that he has faced as City’s new midfield lynchpin:

‘I think it’s a big challenge for me because I never used to play this position particularly. I didn’t have this exact role in the team.’

‘We have lots of offensive players and many other teams try to counterattack you and a lot of the time you’re alone but it’s good for me.’

‘I am learning new things, how to go, when to stay, when I have to do a tactical foul, when I have to jump. It’s good for me to learn these things. And for the team it’s good because we need those offensive players to be able to play our game.’

Rodri was also drawn on his side’s Premier League title rivals Liverpool, with the 23-year-old fully of the opinion that the Merseysiders, and not Manchester United, are now the ‘team to beat’ for City:

‘I don’t know, I had never been in the city before, I don’t know how people in the city feel.’

‘But the team to beat is Liverpool now and that has been seen the last two seasons. They are the champions of Europe so everyone wants to beat them, not just us.’

‘They’re a great team, they have improved a lot of things, they’re a very good team, and they’re the best team in England and in Europe.’

Pep Guardiola: Phil Foden ‘the only player that can’t be sold under any circumstances’/Will replace David Silva

Manchester City manager Phil Foden has moved to lavish fresh praise on Phil Foden, labelling the gifted youngster the only indispensable member of his squad.

City prodigy

19-year-old midfielder Foden is widely-viewed as one of the finest young talents in England.

The City starlet possesses a rare combination of touch, vision, dribbling ability and eye for goal, attributes which come together to suggest that he could yet go on to become English football’s next great midfielder.

However, despite his immense talent, the Three Lions youth international has found game-time hard to come by at senior level to this point in his career.

After appearing 5 times off the bench in the Premier League in 2017/18, Foden added a further 13 appearances (3 starts) to his tally last season.

It was when given the chance to impress as a starter in cup competitions, though, that the teen thrived.

Across 8 appearances (6 starts) between the FA Cup and League Cup in 2018/19, Foden directly-contributed to a hugely-impressive 6 goals.

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Phil Foden celebrates after scoring during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final First-Leg between Manchester City and Burton Albion. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

‘Phil is City’

As such, it must no doubt come as a major source of frustration for Foden that the early weeks of the new campaign have seen him again struggle for time on the pitch.

To this point in City’s underwhelming Premier League season, the midfielder has been afforded a paltry 10 minutes of game-time.

If the latest comments of Pep Guardiola are anything to go by, though, then Foden needs to remain patient for just a little while longer.

As per Goal, in the latest serialisation of a book called ‘Pep’s City: The Making of a Superteam’, The Sun report the Citizens boss to have labelled Foden as the one absolutely indispensable member of his squad:

‘We didn’t give Foden a new contract by accident.’

‘He is the only player that can’t be sold under any circumstances — the only one. Not even for 500m euros.’

Crucially, Guardiola also added that Foden is set to replace David Silva in his midfield:

‘Phil’s going nowhere. Phil is City. We won’t be signing anyone else for that position.’

‘When David Silva leaves, we know exactly who our new magician will be.’

Spanish veteran Silva is set to depart the Etihad next summer, upon the expiration of his contract.

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Man United feel they are ‘6 players short of challenging for major honours’ amid Solskjaer’s ‘3-year vision’ – Telegraph

Jason Burt of the Telegraph has this evening provided an in-depth insight into the apparent plans of both the management team and board at Manchester United, on the back of the club’s dismal start to the new season.

United’s struggles

After clearing out the likes of wantaway attackers Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku, and reinforcing the club’s backline with the big-money additions of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire, Manchester United headed into the 2019/20 campaign with fresh hope of finally putting their recent struggles on the pitch firmly behind them.

The season also came on the back of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first summer overseeing proceedings at Old Trafford, a key element in the preparations of any side.

What has subsequently unfolded over the weeks and months since, though, has proven nothing short of a disaster.

The Red Devils have managed just 2 wins from their opening 8 fixtures of the Premier League season. This leaves United sitting precariously 2 points clear of the English top-flight relegation zone.

The Manchester giants have also not fared much better in cup competitions.

Though they did manage to secure their place in the 4th round of the League Cup, Solskjaer’s men only did so via a penalty shootout victory over League One outfit Rochdale.

United also struggled to a 1-0 win over Astana in their Europa League opener, before disappointing en route to a 0-0 stalemate at AZ Alkmaar.

Solskjaer’s ‘3-year vision’

As per the aforementioned report from the Telegraph’s Jason Burt, though, the Red Devils’ struggles do not appear to have come as a major surprise within the internal ranks at Old Trafford.

It is claimed that those in charge of the Manchester powerhouse are of the opinion that the club are still a hefty 6-8 players short of competing for major honours.

As such, accordingly, United will attempt to bring in 4 key arrivals next summer, before doing so again in 2021.

The extent of the club’s struggles to this point in the current season could even see one major target brought in in January.

This plan, meanwhile, is all reportedly in keeping with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 3-year vision at United.

The Norwegian tactician maintains the backing of the United hierarchy, with those in charge at Old Trafford having pledged to ‘show patience’ with their under-fire boss:

‘Ole is looking at a three-year vision of a squad. It will be an evolution over the coming years. We are at base camp now.’

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