Sir Alex: Man Utd players will benefit from preseason tour

first_imgFormer Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says their preseason tour will benefit Jose Mourinho’s players.United will kick off the summer tour with five games in the United States – two friendlies against Major League Soccer sides LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake, before International Champions Cup (ICC) meetings with City and the two giant clubs from Spain.After returning from America, the Reds will play further matches in Oslo against Norwegian side Valerenga and in Dublin where Italian club Sampdoria will provide the opposition at the start of August. All of the games will be shown live on MUTV.”The great thing about United is you’ve got to accept the challenge of beating the best,” the former manager told ManUtd.com at the tour launch.”The expectation is always there and the matches we’ll face in the ICC are all big ones. It’s very good for the younger players to come into this type of competition in terms of preparing to be a Manchester United player. The more intense the challenge they can get, the better prepared they will be when facing Manchester City in an important league match or Real Madrid or Barcelona in Europe.”The preparation to play in games as big as that can be started in pre-season tournaments like the ICC, which is fantastic.”last_img read more

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Man City closing deal for ‘new Puyol’ Barcelona defender Eric Garcia

first_imgManchester City are closing a deal for Barcelona defender Eric Garcia.Sport says City have swooped to sign Garcia – the player dubbed the “new Carles Puyol”.The youngster’s representatives informed Nou Camp chiefs of their decision yesterday.Garcia was considered to be the best defender in the Spanish club’s academy.The 16-year-old had been playing for their Cadet A side and they had high hopes for his future.However, those plans were scuppered on Thursday upon learning of his exit.last_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact For the third time in his brief career Sunday, John Skelton threw for over 300 yards in a game. Unlike the prior two occurrences, however, Skelton’s feat came in a Week 9 loss to the Packers.While the third-year quarterback out of Fordham still turned the ball over Sunday and failed to give the Cardinals any sort of lead at Lambeau Field, Skelton’s day was promising heading into a much-needed bye week.On the Cardinals’ first touchdown drive, Skelton followed a William Gay interception with a beautiful 40-yard deep ball where only wide receiver Andre Roberts could come down with it. The reception set up LaRod Stephens-Howling’s touchdown run two plays later. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Skelton may not have matched reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers mano-a-mano in the touchdown department Sunday, but even in defeat he was certainly impressive on a cold day against an opportunistic defense.“John was poised in the pocket,” said rookie receiver Michael Floyd. “He was delivering the ball to guys, reading the defense and throwing it to the open guy.”For the season, Skelton has now thrown for 1,052 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions. – / 13 Down 24-7 midway through the third quarter, Skelton led the Redbirds on a rather impressive 87-yard scoring drive. He was methodical, hit the open man and didn’t try to force the issue despite the differential on the scoreboard. On the drive, the former fifth round draft pick completed five passes capped off by a 31-yard touchdown catch by Larry Fitzgerald.It wasn’t quite mastery in motion, but as the Cardinals trimmed the Packers lead to just seven late in the third quarter, it appeared the offense was showing signs of life not seen since the fourth quarter in Week 6 against Buffalo.While Skelton deserves a bulk of the credit for his big passing day, a lot of the praise should be given to the offensive line. On a day that saw rookie Nate Potter replace D’Anthony Baptiste at left tackle midway through the second quarter, the Cardinals’ front five limited the Packers to just two sacks and seven hits on Skelton.“I was encouraged by our protection today,” said Ken Whisenhunt. “There were a lot of times John sat back there, made some reads and made some good throws.”Although it’s probably not in the team’s best interest to have Skelton throw 49 times a game — as he’s averaged over the past two contests — the Cardinals starting quarterback should have had an even better day if not for six drops by his receivers.last_img read more

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