The England international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but a former Red Devils defender is not convinced he is the finished article
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is not concerned by a lack of goals in his team and insists his new-look squad are still adjusting to life in the Premier League.Smith’s side laboured to a goalless home draw against West Ham United on Monday night, despite playing around a quarter of the match against 10 men following Arthur Masuaku’s 67th-minute red card.
For Angelo Ogbonna the memory of the night he could have died still produces a lump in his throat. It will be 11 years this December since West Ham 's Italy international - then a Torino player - skidded off a bridge in his car in thick fog and plunged into a river on the outskirts of Turin. Ogbonna had fallen asleep at the wheel after a night game. He is midway through drawing a diagram of his car's position on the road and the barrier on the bridge that it smashed through when he throws the pen down and takes a second. “I'm lucky to even be here talking to you,” he said. “I was driving to the airport in the middle of the night and I fell asleep. “I woke up and realised I was the opposite side
West Ham United have joined a host of European clubs to register an interest in signing Fenerbahçe's Vedat Muriqi, according to a report from Turkey. The Kosovo international striker joined Fenerbahçe in the summer following a successful spell with fellow Turkish side Çaykur Rizespor, where he scored 25 goals in 50 appearances. He has started strongly for his new club, scoring two goals in his first three games. He has also found form at international level, bagging two goals and getting two assists in his appearances against the Czech Republic and England over the international break. He particularly impressed in Kosovo's 5-3 defeat to England, causing plenty of problems for the Three
Game to watch – Manchester United vs Leicester City How strange does United's 4-0 win over Chelsea look now? They were hardly perfect that day and, at the time, most accepted that the scoreline had been a distortion, but even the genuine positives – the efficiency, the quick transitions, the intent – are looking like false indicators now. In fact, the further away United get from that opening day, the more of an anomaly it seems. The trip to Wolves suggested that the initial burst of attacking life was illusory. The home defeat to Crystal Palace confirmed it. And the failure to beat a ten-man Southampton was, at times, desperate in the lack of invention at its heart. So this is a very significant
Manuel Pellegrini has urged his West Ham side to charge into the Premier League's top four by being clinical against Aston Villa on Monday night. After starting their season with a 5-0 loss by Manchester City, the Hammers can now go level on points with the reigning champions if they win. Pellegrini feels getting results in these fixtures is key if West Ham are to achieve their ultimate goal of breaking into the top six. Sebastien Haller, their new, £45million striker, and Manuel Lanzini are set to start on Monday and Pellegrini warned: 'We need to continue improving. We created many chances against Norwich (before the international break) and scored only two goals. 'We need to beat teams like
Jurgen Klopp says the “expectations are too high” when it comes to Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson and Scotland. Robertson has come in for criticism from some quarters for Scotland's recent poor performances and results. Defeats to Russia and Belgium during the recent international break leave Steve Clarke's side unlikely to qualify for Euro 2020 through the group stages, with the play-offs their only other route. Their only victories in qualifying have come against San Marino and at home to Cyprus, a game in which new captain Robertson actually scored. But 12 months on from taking the armband, Robertson's club manager has issued a defence. “I see people say 'Andrew doesn't do for us what
Spanish football club Atlético de Madrid is planning to increase fan engagement using blockchain-based tokens. The Fan Tokens will be available starting this autumn and are expected to be valid throughout the entire season. Ownership gives the team’s fans the right to participate in sweepstakes and even express opinions on decisions regarding the club. Fans can also exchange the tokens for branded items. The Spanish club isn't the first to use cryptocurrency to provide fans with exclusive experiences. Other football clubs that have already issued tokens include West Ham United, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain. What we know about Atlético's Fan Token Atlético's Fan Token is the result of a collaboration between the Spanish football team and the sports blockchain ventureThe post Atlético de Madrid scores with crypto fan token appeared first on Coin Rivet.
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has said that Anwar El Ghazi and Tyrone Mings have “put to bed” their bizarre clash in the first half of Villa’s 0-0 draw with West Ham.Mings and El Ghazi squared up after the centre back expressed his displeasure at the Dutchman’s failure to track back on the left, with El Ghazi appearing to move his head towards Mings’ as they nearly came to blow.
Ten-man West Ham held on for a 0-0 draw at Aston Villa in the Premier League on Monday after Arthur Masuaku was sent off midway through the second half. Masuaku was given a second booking for tripping Villa substitute Ahmed Elmohamady in the 67th minute but the hosts couldn't take advantage, with Jack Grealish missing their best chance for a late winner when he failed to connect cleanly with a cross, sending his volley wide from seven yards out. The game ebbed back and forth in the final minutes as West Ham threatened on a couple of quick counter-attacks but failed to create a clear-cut scoring chance.
Aston Villa and West Ham have won three league games between them this season, with Monday's draw perhaps unsurprisingly short on quality.