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May
14

Ziyech does not arrive to play with Getafe and returns Promes

first_imgAjax plays a large part of its season against Getafe and for this match he will not be able to count on Ziyech, its star player. The Moroccan carries some discomfort in his left leg that caused him to be off the field for a month. He was tested against Vitesse (10 ‘) and Waalwijk (45’), and was able to play in the Coliseum “without any problem”, according to his coach. However, it seems that He fell in Madrid, could not play this past weekend and does not arrive in time for this second leg.“We don’t want to risk the whole season for a match, we are in a very important phase of the season”, explained Ten Hag at a press conference. It is a blow to Ajax that, as the coach himself recalled, keeps David Neres down. It was expected that the Brazilian could return after the winter break but the recovery process is not working as expected. Who is available again is Quincy Promes. The former Sevilla was injured at the beginning of December and, although he was able to return for a couple of games, he fell back just like Ziyech. Last week he started touching the ball and today has entered the call. He trained in the pre-match session with total normality and, with the casualties, he could start.In this way, Ten Hag, who recovers Onana after his suspension game but loses Tagliafico for the same reason, could line up an eleven similar to: Onana; Dest, E. Álvarez, Schuurs, Blind; L. Martínez, Eiting, Van de Beek; Promes, Babel and Tadic.last_img read more

Jan
20

CPL sensation Shamsi in for injured Badree

first_imgMUMBAI, India, (CMC):South African left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi has been drafted into the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) squad for the rest of the season to replace injured West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree.The 26-year-old, who has played 68 first-class matches but is yet to represent South Africa, has gone straight into the final XI for RCB’s game yesterday against Rising Pune Supergiants.Badree sustained a shoulder injury in the final of the Twenty20 World Cup in Kolkata earlier this month against England and has failed to recover.”RCB is pleased to have signed in SA’s left-arm chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi for injured Badree,” RCB chairman Amrit Thomas said.”He is highly skillful, with a lot of variations, and has had success in SA’s domestic cricket as well as in the CPL this year. While we will miss Samuel Badree, we are excited about the variety that Shamsi brings to our bowling attack.”Shamsi is known to Caribbean fans, having proved a sensation in the Caribbean Premier League last season, snatching 11 wickets for new boys St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.Badree, meanwhile, is the second West Indies player to be forced out of the IPL with injury after fellow Trinidadian Lendl Simmons was also ruled out for Mumbai Indians with a back injury.last_img read more

Jan
18

Perez, Erram earn PBAPC honors

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Koronadal, South Cotabato archers on target Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MANILA, Philippines – CJ Perez was quick to validate his status as the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s PBA draft.The 25-year-old Perez guided Columbian to an even 2-2 record in his first four games in the season-opening Philippine Cup, leading the Dyip in scoring and rebounding with averages of 16.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, while adding 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college He made his presence felt right on his PBA debut when he exploded for 24 second-half points to steer the Dyip to a 124-118 upset of defending champion San Miguel Beermen. He finished with 26 points and five rebounds.For his impressive work early this season, Perez emerged the unanimous choice as the first recipient of the PBA Press Corps Rookie of the Month for January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMeanwhile, John Paul Erram has proven that he deserves a spot with NLEX after grabbing the Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for Jan. 28-Feb. 3.Acquired during an offseason trade with Blackwater, the 6-foot-8 Erram swatted away a potential game-tying basket by Ranidel de Ocampo in the dying seconds to lift NLEX to an 87-83 win over Meralco in a Petron Saturday Special game in Antipolo. View commentslast_img read more

Jan
12

President determined appointee suited requirements – Harmon

first_imgNew Energy Dept headThe appointment of an economist to head the fledgling Department of Energy, which will have responsibility for Guyana’s new oil and gas sector, has already started to raise eyebrows.Some have opined that a known expert in the oil sector should have been appointed.The individual, who was named in the State media on Wednesday as Dr Mark Bynoe, is an environment and resource economist. When contacted on Wednesday and asked specifically whether the position was advertised, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon would only say that President David Granger made the appointment.“He was hired by Government; in fact, it is the President’s decision,” Harmon noted. “The Department of Energy was created and we (needed to appoint) someone who would head it. So the President appointed Dr Bynoe to head the Department.”Harmon related that the President would have taken into account the different factors before making his decision. The Minister noted that President Granger would have made a determination that Bynoe suited the requirements of the job.“I’m sure he would have taken all those factors into consideration when making the appointment that this is the person that suits the requirements for the job.That is the President’s determination,” Harmon related.According to the State media article, Dr Bynoe is a former Director of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (formerly Environmental Studies Unit) of the University of Guyana and is the holder of a Doctorate in Economics (Environmental Economics) from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.He is also listed as having a Master’s Degree in Resource Management, University of Edinburgh, Scotland; a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies, University of Guyana; a BA in Geography/Economics (Double Major) from the University of Guyana; a Certificate in Environmental Economics and Policy Analysis, Harvard Institute of International Development, Harvard University, United States of America; and a Certificate in Programme Monitoring and Evaluation hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat, St George’s University in Grenada.In the State media article, Harmon was quoted saying that “he has actually been appointed… the President did introduce him to the quintet of Ministers responsible for oil and gas”. It was also stated in the article that Dr Bynoe would take up his new duties from August 1, 2018.Government had announced its intention in April of this year to take responsibility for the oil sector from Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, following a proposal he made.Trotman himself had made the announcement in a taped interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), in which he said, “Government will, in the coming months, establish the Department of Energy, which will be housed in the Ministry of the Presidency.”Trotman said also that the Department would be “focused only on the development of the petroleum sector”, based on a proposal that he had made to President David Granger last year. Trotman, and indeed the Government, has received much criticism for the way the budding oil sector was being handled.Minister Harmon has been designated the holder of ministerial responsibility for this department. He announced the creation of the Energy Department to oversee Guyana’s oil and gas sector the next month.last_img read more

Jan
12

NICIL prepares for arbitration to recover monies

first_imgMissing USM for GT&T sharesThe National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL) hasOfficer in charge of NICIL,Horace Jamesmaintained that it is yet to receive the US$5 million outstanding to the Government of Guyana for the purchase of the State’s 20 per cent shares in the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) Company and has since taken certain steps to recoup the monies.“Let it be clear, NICIL has not received the remaining US$5 million that is owed to NICIL,” Officer in charge of NICIL, Horace James, declared at a yearend press briefing on Friday. He noted that NICIL is in the process of executing all the relief measures contained in the sales agreement to recover the monies owed to Government.James said that NICIL has consulted its lawyers in the United States, who were involved in drafting the sales agreement.“We continue to utilise them and they have recommended a (law firm) in the United Kingdom to go to arbitration whenever that time comes, when we will go there. It is important that we use a UK company because the arbitration will be held in London,” he stated.It was reported that shares sale agreement between Hong Kong Telecom and the Guyana Government was framed in such a manner that in the event of any legal issue, Guyana or the Chinese company would have to petition the United Kingdom courts.According to the NICIL official, in addition to recouping the US$5 million the organisation will also be looking to recover interests and legal fees, as well as going after the signatory to the sales agreement and the guarantor listed.“We will be going for the entire thing… So that process has started. Our lawyers have presented all the issues concerning the shares sale and advise us that we have a very good chance of getting the entire thing that we are seeking,” James stated.In 2012, Chinese company Hong Kong Telecom purchased Government’s 20 per cent shares in GTT from NICIL at the cost of US$30 million. However, based on an agreement with the then People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, the company only paid US$25 million and had two years to make the outstanding payment but never did.It was reported that Hong Kong Telecom had refused to make the payments within the stipulated time after it requested to have an additional Director on GTT’s Board. However, the local telephone company rejected the request, saying that based on the amount of shares the Chinese company had, it is only entitled to one Director on the Board.In this vein, Minister Harmon and a NICIL executive went to China in April with the aim of recouping the outstanding monies from the Chinese company. Upon their return, however, it was disclosed that they obtained documents, which claim the US$5 million was already paid to Guyana by the Chinese company.Further investigations revealed that Hong Kong Telecom had indicated to Harmon that following a series of communications with the former Guyanese Ambassador to China, David Dabydeen, the company was assured that it was not required to pay the remaining US$5 million.The company claimed that this is because it was not granted the same minority protection rights that used to be enjoyed by the Guyana Government which is two, instead of one, representatives on the GTT Board.But this claim was not supported by any other former Government official or any documents in the hands of the current Administration.In fact, former President Donald Ramotar had stated that no debt wavier was given to the Chinese company by the former Guyanese Diplomat.Nevertheless, James on Friday pointed out that only NICIL would be in a position to strike such a deal with Hong Kong Telecom since the share sales transaction was done with NICIL and that company.“They were under the impression that they were relieved from paying the money but that was never so. Any payment of the money was to be done directly to NICIL… Our position has always been, we sold you the shares and you made the initial payment to us… therefore the second payment has to be made to us, so it’s not our duty to go looking to find out if you pay anybody else,” the NICIL official outlined.last_img read more

Jan
12

Tour de North Underway

first_imgCops for Cancer Tour de North funds help pay for research into the prevention and treatment of childhood cancers, emergency aid to the families of children with cancer, preventative education and support programs, and positive, life-changing experiences for kids with cancer at medically supervised summer camps. The Tour de North is the first of four Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer events held annually in B.C. The other three Tours will happen in mid- to late September in the Lower Mainland, the Fraser Valley, and on Vancouver Island. In 2007, B.C.’s four Cops for Cancer tours collectively raised $3.2 million. The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and to enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. To donate or learn more about the Cops for Cancer tours, visit the Canadian Cancer Society’s website at www.cancer.ca or call its toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333. The Canadian Cancer Society’s Cops for Cancer team received a stylish send-off from Prince George Friday morning, in a colorful ceremony held at tour sponsor RE/MAX Realty’s 15th Avenue location. The event marks Day One of the seven-day, 826-kilometre cycle tour known as the Cops for Cancer Tour de North. Tour riders will proceed west on Highway 16, detour briefly to Fort St. James, and finish Sept. 11 in Prince Rupert. The epic cycling event will be completed by no fewer than 19 RCMP members from 13 communities, one Queen Charlotte Islands paramedic and one Prince George reporter. Two Fort St. John RCMP Members are also participating in the tour after they raised over $33,000 with their annual Jail and Bail September 3rd.- Advertisement -All of them have been working with their home communities for the past several weeks, raising money for the Tour’s cause: pediatric cancer research and Canadian Cancer Society programs that benefit children with cancer and their families. The Tour de North – now in its seventh year – is typically welcomed by communities along the route, with ceremonies, celebrations and fundraisers. Advertisement Dennis Nore, northern revenue development Coordinator of the Society’s B.C. & Yukon Division, will be accompanying the Tour riders in a support vehicle. “Childhood cancer remains the second leading cause of death in Canadian children, after injuries,” says Nore. He cites statistics that predict about 850 Canadian kids under the age of 14 will develop cancer this year; of these, 135 will not survive.“One child with cancer is too many,” insists Nore. “Cops for Cancer is exactly the kind of community-based effort that’s needed to help ensure that every child has a future.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Jan
11

Moses Nagamootoo lied about pharmaceutical storage

first_imgA section of NEW GPC’s storage facility…NEW GPC still providing storage for MOPH, GPHC, other Govt agenciesPrime Minister Moses Nagamootoo continues to come under fire over false remarks regarding the storage of pharmaceuticals with Chairman of NEW GPC, Dr Ranjisinghi Ramroop categorically denying that he ever had any conversation with the PM.Speaking at the commissioning of a drugs’ bond in Kingston, Georgetown, last Wednesday, Nagamootoo said that he had spoken with Dr Ramroop back in 2015 and, among other things mentioned, had pleaded with him for a “piece of the bond” owned by NEW GPC to store the Government’s pharmaceutical supplies. The Prime Minister claimed that because this was not done, they were forced to use the Sussex Street drugs’ bond, which had stirred much controversy.However, in an interview with Guyana Times, Dr Ramroop emphatically denied that any such conversation with Nagamootoo had taken place.In fact, he pointed out that the Prime Minister sought to convey the impression that his Government was facing immense pressure from NEW GPC to exit its warehouse, thereby forcing them to sign with Larry Singh for the Sussex Street facility. This, the NEW GPC Chairman said, is far from the truth.“During the years when the then Ministry of Health (MOH) operated a Prequalification System for pharmaceutical suppliers, provision of storage was an integral part of the Supply Chain Management System. But even before then, NEW GPC kept goods for both MOH and Georgetown Hospital Corporation (GPHC) at multiple locations. Later, as the demand for space grew, NEW GPC commissioned a 70,000 sq ft pharmaceutical warehouse and continued to provide storage for the Government. After the May 2015 General Elections, the Prequalification System was scrapped in favour of open public tendering,” Dr Ramroop said, reminding that this was a well-worn campaign issue.He further outlined that public tendering meant that there was no requirement for suppliers to provide long-term storage but regardless, his company continued providing storage to the State.“Importantly, NEW GPC also made an offer for rental of space to the Government since due to its very nature, pharmaceuticals required specific conditions and there was a cost attached to maintaining same. Nothing came of that but a few months after the elections, the inventory gradually swelled to a point again where it could be said that NEW GPC restarted to provide storage to both MOPH and GPHC. Initially, it was supposed to have been temporary but then more inventory arrived and it became permanent. Needless to say, NEW GPC continues to provide storage to MOPH and GPHC to this day,” the NEW GPC Chairman explained.Commending the Public Health Ministry for completing another one of its own storage facilities, Dr Ramroop noted that NEW GPC is also providing storage services to other State agencies. This is the second time in a matter of days that the Prime Minister’s remarks have spurred reactions from businessmen.PM benefitingIn fact, during his remarks, Nagamootoo had referred to the controversial drugs’ bond on Sussex Street, Charlestown, as “more or less a house”.This prompted the owner of the facility, Larry Singh, to place an ad in the local newspapers condemning the PM’s utterance. The ad titled, “Notice to Moses Nagamootoo to cease and desist from making statements that you cannot support”, refuted that the Sussex Street facility was ever a house and challenged the PM to support his remarks.“…it was ‘fit and proper’ for a pharmaceutical bond… Moses, I dare you, the Government and the general public to conduct a comparison between the Sussex Street Bond and the Government Bonds (old and new), using all the WHO (World Health Organisation) requirements, the temperature maintenance requirements, fire sprinkler, accessories, cold storages, and the forklift that is required for use in a drugs’ bond and officially publish the result,” the ad detailed.Singh went on to say in the publication that Nagamootoo’s remarks are further misleading since he never visited the bond.“…as far as I’m aware, you have never visited the bond or check the real estate what the building was before it became a drugs bond, and is in no position to contradict the Honourable Minister of Health (Volda Lawrence who had said in Parliament that the facility fits stringent specifications required to store expensive equipment such as a CT scanning machine) as to the stability of my building as a bond,” he stated.Larry’s largesseSingh, who has links to the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) – one of the parties in the APNU faction of the coalition – went on to say, “I have been in business in excess of 40 years, the opinions you have expressed about my experience and the suitability of the bond are political rhetoric rather than fact. You are well aware about my vast business experiences and has, in fact, personally benefited from my largesse as a result of these businesses… I truly hope this is not a political stunt or a way to get votes because your words are misleading”.The 2016 deal between the coalition Government and Singh for the rental of the Sussex Street facility was marred with controversy after the contract was sole-sourced. Furthermore, it was revealed that the deal saw Government paying a VAT-excluded monthly rental of $12.5 million.In fact, Minister Lawrence had disclosed in the National Assembly in June 2018 that from July 2016 to March 2018, a total sum of $264.5 million was paid to Linden Holdings Incorporated, the company owned by Singh.After years of coming under public pressure over the deal, Government eventually scrapped the contract last year.last_img read more

Jan
11

Ford seeks consolidation of its dealership network

first_imgIn a speech opening the auto show, Mulally billed it “the biggest home improvement loan in the history of mankind.” Mulally said the company’s restructuring is going pretty well, but described some steps the venerable automaker needs to take to make itself more competitive. He cited “overcapacity in our distribution network” and said when that occurs, “you need to consolidate to match capacity to demand.” The automaker has more than 4,000 dealerships across the nation, but Mulally declined to cite a target number of reductions. Mulally said buyouts would not be a likely option, saying “there isn’t enough money in the world to do something like that.” Mark Fields, Ford’s president of the Americas, said the company had a “good dialogue” with dealers but asserted that “if you don’t have a profitable and healthy distribution network, you’re going to see unhappy customers” and lower resale values. “That will trash your brand, trash your product, trash your residuals,” he said. NEW YORK – Ford Chief Executive Alan Mulally said Wednesday the company’s sweeping turnaround plan remains on track but the automaker must pursue consolidations within its dealership network to improve its fortunes. Mulally, speaking to reporters at the New York International Auto Show, also suggested “our wages and benefits are not where they need to be to be competitive” in advance of significant contract talks this summer with the United Auto Workers. “If there is not a competitive Ford, it’s not going to be OK for anyone,” Mulally said. Ford Motor Co., which has announced plans to shutter 16 plants, lost $12.7 billion last year and mortgaged its factories, brand names and other items to secure a $23.4 billion line of credit to fund its restructuring plan and cover losses expected until 2009. Richard Bazzy, owner of Shults Ford in the Pittsburgh area, recently consolidated with a competitor and said he was supportive of the company’s approach. In his first full month after the consolidation, he had his best-selling March ever, even with 8,000 fewer cars and trucks, he said. Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford announced last month that it was selling a controlling stake in Aston Martin in a deal valued at $925 million. The sale has spawned speculation among analysts that Ford may sell its Jaguar brand, but Mulally said Ford is “100 percent behind it.” Mulally said the ongoing restructuring plan represents a “tremendous upheaval for the employees of Ford,” paring its work force from 100,000 to 65,000 to 70,000 workers. Heading into major contract talks with the UAW this summer, Mulally said he “couldn’t be more pleased about the relationship” with union leaders. He said the contract talks need to lead to an “economic element for competition.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Jan
10

Costa scores on Atletico Madrid return in cup rout

first_img“I’m really happy to feel like a footballer again and play once more with Atletico Madrid. It was very important for me,” Costa said after the match.“I couldn’t have hoped for a better start to my second spell with Atletico. I was given the opportunity to play again and I had the chance to score a goal. That makes me even happier.”Spain international Costa started the move that led to his goal, driving forward before moving the ball wide, allowing Juanfran to whip in a low cross that Costa clipped past Lleida keeper David Oliveros.Costa appeared to have injured himself stretching to score the goal, but carried on and finished the game.“Costa’s return has filled us with enthusiasm,” said Atletico coach Diego Simeone. “He brings speed, strength and physicality, which is what we expected of him.”Two goals in four first half minutes from Diego Godin and Fernando Torres set Atletico up for the comfortable win away to third tier Lleida, with Godin heading home a drilled free-kick after 33 minutes and Torres doubling the lead soon after, just about staying onside to tap home Kevin Gameiro’s low cross.Sevilla’s new Italian coach Vincenzo Montella holds a press conference during his official presentation as the Spanish club’s coach December 30, 2017 © AFP/File / CRISTINA QUICLERCosta’s fellow sub Antoine Griezmann completed the rout in the final seconds, his deflected free-kick sailing past Oliveros giving Simeone’s side a seemingly unassailable lead ahead of Tuesday’s second leg at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.Meanwhile Vincenzo Montella got off to a winning start as Sevilla coach, the former AC Milan coach’s new side beating Cadiz 2-0 thanks to goals from Nolito and Jesus Navas.Barcelona and Real Madrid play their respective first leg clashes with Celta Vigo and second-tier Numancia on Wednesday, with Barca coach Ernesto Valverde set to rest Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, who both returned late from holidays in South America, as well as captain Andres Iniesta.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Atletico Madrid’s forward Diego Costa takes part in a training session at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium in Madrid on December 31, 2017 © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Jan 3 – Diego Costa scored for Atletico Madrid just five minutes into his return as the club cruised to a 4-0 win at Lleida Esportiu in the Spanish Copa Del Rey on Wednesday.Costa, who rejoined from Chelsea in September but could not play until the transfer window opened this month, came on as a 64th-minute substitute and swept home Atletico’s third goal in the 69th minute in the first leg of a last 16 tie.last_img read more

Jan
6

‘Baby-faced assassin’ Solskjaer grows into Man Utd manager

first_img0Shares0000Instant impact: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transformation of Manchester United’s fortunes earned the Norwegian a three-year deal as the club’s new permanent manager © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 28 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made his name as a player at Manchester United for his impact off the bench and his ability to work the same magic from the dugout has earned him the full-time manager’s job at Old Trafford.Few expected Solskjaer to remain beyond his caretaker spell to the end of the season when he was hired in December in an emergency solution to a spiralling crisis towards the end of Jose Mourinho’s reign. Solskjaer was summoned from Molde in his homeland, where he had won two league titles, but his only previous Premier League managerial experience ended in relegation and the sack at Cardiff after less than nine months in charge.His first day began by delivering a bar of Norwegian chocolate to the long-serving receptionist on his arrival at the club’s Carrington training base.It was a simple gesture but one that showed a personable side and deep understanding of Manchester United that has spread to help cleanse the toxic atmosphere that characterised the end of Mourinho’s era.“From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club,” said Solskjaer on Thursday.In just over three months, he has not only transformed results on the pitch, but the whole atmosphere around the club to such an extent that the announcement that his caretaker role was being made permanent on Thursday seemed just a matter of time.‘The boss’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) has leaned on his former manager Alex Ferguson for advice © AFP/File / ANDREW YATESUnder Solskjaer, United have cut an 11-point gap to the Premier League top four to just two and most impressively dumped out free-spending Paris Saint-Germain to make the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in five years, with Barcelona next in line.“The results and performances have been beyond incredible really, almost flawless,” Solskjaer’s former teammate and United captain Gary Neville told Sky Sports.Freed from the fear of being punished for making mistakes under Mourinho, an abundantly talented squad have begun to deliver on their potential with Paul Pogba, at loggerheads with the previous manager, to the fore.“He is a really happy coach that gave confidence back to the players,” said Pogba last week.– Freedom to play –“This gave us the freedom to play and enjoy football again because maybe we lost that with the results that we had before.”Some of United’s style and swagger of old has also returned. Solskjaer still refers to his mentor Alex Ferguson as “the boss” and has tried to implement the Scot’s brand of attacking, exciting football.Manchester United players celebrate dumping Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League © AFP / Geoffroy VAN DER HASSELT“In the last two or three months, I’ve felt excited by what I’ve seen for the first time in a while, the atmosphere in the ground has returned, the joy on the fans’ faces, the away following has connected with the team again,” added Neville.However, the result that ended any serious doubt over Solskjaer’s prospects for the job on a permanent basis also showed an ability to adapt.Shorn of 10 first-team players through injury and suspension, United overturned a 2-0 first leg deficit to eliminate PSG on away goals with a 3-1 win in the French capital.Victory that night and away wins at Tottenham and Arsenal have showcased a willingness to soak up pressure and hit on the counter-attack that demonstrates a greater tactical nous than simply putting smiles back on the faces of star players.Solskjaer has also revitalised a United trait of old by looking to the club’s academy.When needing a goal in Paris, he turned to teenagers Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong off the bench, while academy graduates Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have flourished.“More than just performances and results, Ole brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, coupled with a desire to give young players their chance and a deep understanding of the culture of the club,” said the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.Once termed the “baby-faced assassin” for his childish looks and predatory instincts in front of goal, Solskjaer has grown up fast as a manager to earn a shot his “dream job.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more