Paul Pogba to leave if Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Mar 2019 11:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Paul Pogba to leave if Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions Leaguecenter_img Pogba claimed an assist in United’s win vs Palace (Picture: Getty)Paul Pogba will leave Manchester United for a return to Juventus this summer if the Red Devils fail to finish in the top four, according to reports.The Frenchman has been linked with a return to Turin for a number of months now, especially during Jose Mourinho’s reign in the United dugout.The two of them endured a strained relationship last year, with many suggesting Pogba’s days at the club were numbered.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHowever, since the Portuguese left United the speculation surrounding Pogba has seemingly quietened down with him now loving his football again under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.ADVERTISEMENTBut, it’s not all back to normal for the Red Devils, with Italian newspaper Tuttosport reporting the 25-year-old could still return to Turin this summer if his current club do not secure Champions League football for next season.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnited are just a point behind Arsenal in fourth spot in the Premier League, but they face difficult fixtures against Chelsea and Manchester City as well as the Gunners themselves before the season is over.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsIt’s unknown how much would be needed to prize Pogba away from United, but Tuttosport claim he will not be willing to participate in Europa League football for another season.The 2018 World Cup-winner has enjoyed a return to form under Solskjaer, bagging nine goals and assisting seven others since Mourinho’s departure from the club.United’s next fixture is against Southampton on Saturday at Old Trafford.MORE: De Gea prepared to walk out on United as club refuse to meet his £400,000-a-week wage demands Advertisementlast_img read more

Freshman forwards show potential in 0-0 draw against Fordham

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Freshman Teri Jackson took off her yellow pinnie on the sidelines and handed it to Marisa Fischetti, who was exiting the field. Replacing the redshirt freshman in the 26th minute, Jackson took over operating the right wing of the Syracuse attack. Having spent less than a minute on the field, Jackson received the ball, picked up her head and found forward Meghan Root with a through-ball. Root’s shot trickled just wide of the post, but it was the first of many attacking moves that Jackson would be a part of on Sunday afternoon. With a roster crippled by injuries, the Orange (2-4-1) turned to Jackson and fellow freshman Alexandra Panaggio to spearhead the front-three in a 0-0 draw against Fordham (1-5-2) at SU Soccer Stadium. The two freshmen combined for nine shots, three of which were on target, and played the entirety of both overtime periods despite not starting. “Great for both of them to get in,” Root said. “And I thought in both games that they’ve played in, they both made a direct impact right away.” Panaggio’s afternoon started poorly when she sent a corner kick into the side netting about five minutes into her shift. Later in the first half, the forward went down from a challenge in the midfield holding her ankle but got up in a few seconds. She did not seem to feel any effects from the tackle the rest of the game aside from a few winces. Panaggio stayed quiet the rest of the first half, not featuring in any moves in the attacking box.Jackson, however, used her speed to get the better of the Fordham outside backs and gave another wide option for a Syracuse team looking to play more direct. After nearly assisting Root, Jackson fired the Orange’s only shot on goal in the first half when a blocked shot bounced to her. Fordham goalie Kelly LaMorte made the save comfortably.   AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth Jackson and Panaggio made their debuts against St. John’s on Thursday, but otherwise have not experienced college play. The faster pace of the college game has been difficult to adapt to, Panaggio said. And with Syracuse looking to play long balls, she was unable to showcase her technical ability until the second half when the Orange played shorter as they looked for a winner. “(I) Definitely (worked on) getting my head up and finishing,” Panaggio said. Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorThough Panaggio has been practicing executing in the box, her skills are still developing. On Sunday, she was unable to make an impact on the scoresheet, though not for a lack of chances. Led by Panaggio and Root (5 shots apiece), Syracuse out-shot Fordham 23 to six. In practice, because of extensive injuries, SU hasn’t been able to scrimmage or simulate game-scenarios to work on tactical play, head coach Nicky Adams said. The coaches have had to step in and play with the girls at times, and the injured players have acted as “mannequins” to emulate opposition.It’s left a hole in player development regarding awareness and defensive positioning, Adams said, and not just with the freshmen. Fitness has also been a cause for concern even outside of the injuries. “There’s a lot of work we have to do but with limited players, tactically, there’s little we can do besides watching film,” Adams said. Early in the second half, Jackson created the best chance of the game to that point as her shot whistled past the crossbar and landed on top of the goal-netting. Then, as the rain started coming down, Panaggio looked to hold up play in the midfield to give time for her attacking options to get forward. At times, she would race down the left wing and look to take on the defenders one-on-one. She turned her defender on one occasion and was able to cut inside on her right foot, but with a slippery field because of rain and divots, she fell while attempting the shot. She would get a similar chance near the end of the second extra-time period, this time aiming for the top-left corner. Her looping effort would end in the safe hands of LaMorte, who didn’t have to dive and simply shuffled over for the stop.  Over the two extra-time periods, Panaggio added three shots and Jackson added two. On a couple of occasions, Panaggio was able to hold the ball up and try to find Jackson making a run in behind the defense. While neither put Jackson through on goal, they did lead to corners. “I think we were meshing well,” Panaggio said. “It’s just connecting. She’s making great runs and I’m trying to play her in.” Syracuse didn’t find the result it was looking for on the scoreboard and Adams admitted there was plenty of work to be done by the team. But in her first season at SU, she realizes there’s a long road ahead to turning around a team that hasn’t played the offensive style of soccer she wants in a long time. For now, Adams just wants “maximum effort,” she said. And that’s exactly what Jackson and Panaggio brought on Sunday afternoon. Comments Published on September 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder last_img read more