Saha Claims Sale Of Pogba Was Big Mistake

Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha has claimed that one of the biggest mistakes made by Sir Alex Ferguson is the sale of French international Paul Pogba. After coming through the youth ranks at United, the 20-year-old joined Juventus on a free transfer in 2012. He was regarded as a very talented youngster, but he decided not to sign a new contract offer by United due to the lack of faith shown in him by manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Since moving to Juventus, he has become one of the best midfielders in the world.

He is on course to winning the best young player award at the World Cup 2014. The French international has been linked with a return to the Premier league with Chelsea reportedly ready to pay around £ 60 million for his services. Saha, who played under Sir Alex Ferguson for several years before moving to Everton, says that one of the biggest mistakes – of which there have been very few – by the former United manager is to let in the midfielder leave the club. Despite the transfer rumours surrounding his future, Pogba has been quite relaxed about the situation.

He is expected to stay at Juventus at least for the coming campaign before moving onto the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid.

”It’s not often I will criticise Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson but it’s clearly one of their biggest mistakes. He’s clearly a talent. He’s a confident player and he’s always trying to improve. He’s got a lot of aggression but he’s got so much potential to improve. He’s been very important for France and showed in the last game [a 2-0 win over Nigeria] he can score goals and he can dictate the midfield area. He was very strong in his desire to go forward,” said Saha.

Dyche At Cloud Nine

Sean Dyche is a man in Cloud nine at the moment after his Burnley team managed to secure promotion with two matches left in the season. Burnley have been involved in the promotion race throughout the campaign. However, they were looking at a play-off place at the start of the season, but brilliant management from Dyche has seen the team finish in the automatic places with two games left in the campaign. This means that the club are in a much better position to survive in the Premier League next season than they were a couple of years ago.

Back then, Owen Coyle got the club promoted through the play-offs, which meant that they were at a disadvantage when it came to acquiring transfer targets. This time around, Dyche can target players from now itself since the club will be banking on around £ 100 million next season from television money alone. A brilliant second half of the season has been the main reason behind Burnley getting promoted with games to spare. When asked about the plans for next season, Dyche refused to comment on it by choosing to celebrate the achievement now.

He says that the media are likely to write off the team’s hopes of surviving next season, but they are planning to put up a fight nonetheless.

“Before you ask me about being written off next season, can we just enjoy today? That would be brilliant. It feels marvellous. We have reached our destination at the end of an impressive journey by a group of players totally committed to standing the test of this season. It’s an incredible feeling, especially so early in my career. I’m still learning, still developing, so to guide a group to this achievement is a great feeling,” said the manager, who refused to reveal his transfer targets.

Tripper Essential

Kieran Trippier has given tribute to Manager Sean Dyche for making Burnley spiritually strong enough for a top two struggle. The Clarets failed to a 3-1 defeat at home to Reading and preserved a four point gap over third placed Queen Park Rangers. The Dyche’s team came back from behind to get a draw at Bournemouth after one day.

Burnley have won six matches and have lost only one and was able to draw 9 matches overall, it was one of the 16 times when Burnley has disappeared into the break level and came out of the match with just one point. The Clarets followed five times going into the second half’s in 31 games but managed to draw three matches.

Tripper stated that the figures don’t just display the lineup’s strength level but a well-built mindset too. He also mentioned that when the team was 1-0 down at half time at Leicester and might have been four he didn’t lose his temper nor was he angry. He just told his mates how fine players they are and they will have to show it on the field. He doesn’t beat people instead he encourages the players and makes them realize how well they can play. He doesn’t go mad he just let his team know that what they can perform in the second half to make a bang.

His manly behaviour is very good and he let the team know if they are out of rhythm and also inform them as to how to play better. He has done an incredible work. When tripper suffered a complicated start against Bolton last week, it was discovered that he felt the benefits of Dyche’s word of direction and understanding. A Manchester defender said that, in the second half at Bolton, for example, he let him know that he should not jump over Chung young lee and this made him safeguard in a much better way.

STUNNING RETURN

Manchester City made a stunning performance in their last Champions League group stages match against Bayern Munich that saw the team of Pellegrini making a comeback after falling behind from 2 goals and ultimately winning 3-2.

Manuel Pellegrini decided to take off one of the most creative and an important player of the squad with 20 minutes remaining on the clock as David Silva was removed. The final scoreboard of the match was 3-2 in favor of Manchester City but even though they claimed the hard fought victory, the Premier League team still came behind Bayern Munich in their group.

This means that for the upcoming rounds of the Champions League, Manchester City will have a colossal task ahead of them considering the potential opponents they can be put against. This would have happened if City would have scored another goal.

Speaking at the press conference when the match was concluded, Pellegrini was asked if he got confused with the points and goal system that the Champions League utilizes and he responded by saying that finishing at the top of their group and having a fairly easier next round is not as important as risking Silva to play for more than 70 minutes.

“It was difficult to score two goals and I think that Silva had to play not more than 70 minutes, defending the decision not to bring on his leading scorer, Sergio Agüero, with 20 minutes to go. “I was tempted if we scored the fourth goal – of course that’s why I sent Agüero to warm up.

“But also I think it was a risk to continue with Silva; he can’t play for more than 70 minutes. I repeat for our team it’s very important to be the first in the group but it’s not the most important thing.” Pellegrini told Sky Sports

Aguero was benched during a match that can potentially decide their final outcome for Manchester City and their journey in the Champions League.

BURNLEY STAND OUT

Burnley have been one of the standout is the Championship this season and they are odds-on favourite to win the title. Despite this, manager Sean Dyche is not preparing to relax in the upcoming international break. He plans to use this week in order to look at some of his transfer targets for January. Burnley are top of the table after 15 matches season, but they only holding a slender advantage over the likes of Leicester City and QPR. Hence, they need to be on their toes in order to win the division and gain promotion back to the Premier league.

The club will not have much money to spend in January after they recently revealed an operating loss of £ 8 million. This, however, is unlikely to prevent the manager from not trying to strengthen his squad. He is most likely to do this by bringing in a few loan players and free transfers. Some of the best players this season have so far come as free transfers for the club in the summer. Dyche is planning to do a repeat of the same in January as well.

Burnley are defeated in the last five matches, but they have also not won in the last two. It has allowed the likes of Leicester and QPR to close the gap.

“We’ve got a very good group and we want to add to that when we can. If we can search through the market while we’re having a break, that will be helpful as well. This [break] will be a valuable one because the players have put in a lot of effort and there’s been a lot of quality in their play. We have got a small squad and we have to make sure they’re in good shape,” said the manager ahead of the international break.

BURNLEY ARE DARK HORSES

Burnley are considered as one of the dark horses for the Championship play-offs this season. Their defender Kieran Trippier has also voiced this dream of the club. The club have begun the new season under the management of Sean Dyche in the best possible way. They have had a brilliant pre-season, while they seem to have continued the form into the actual season itself. They have four points from the opening two matches of the season, while they have also managed a stunning victory over York city in the Capital One Cup.

Burnley will be taking on Yeovil town during the weekend, and Sean Dyche has expressed his desire to see the team continued their unbeaten run. This is also the desire of defender Trippier as well. Trippier has said that the manager, who took over from Eddie Howe last season, has made the club an incredibly tough team to beat. Since he took over the team from mid-season, this is the first pre-season that they had with their new manager. They have received a lot of new ideas, which are helping them to be much better on the pitch according to the 22-year-old.

Eddie Howe has said that pre-season was especially tough because the manager wanted all the players to be in the best possible shape.

“It’s the first pre-season that the manager has had with us. He’s done his thing and everyone’s looking fit and sharp. I bet it was hard for him when he first came in. He wanted to do his own thing and improve us defensively, because that’s what we struggled with last year. He tightened everything up. But I bet it’s been good for him to get his first pre-season under his belt with the players. To go away to Ireland especially was good,” said the 22-year-old.

THANKS TO TEAM-MATES

Burnley defender Kieran Trippier has thanked the impact of his teammates this season, which have helped him to be nominated for the PFA team of the year. According to the 24-year-old, his performances have not been at best this season. However, he has been able to get into the PFA team of the year due to the brilliant performance of his teammates. He is also the club’s current player of the year, which is an award he is likely to retain at the end of the season awards. The club are not expected to finish in the play-off position this season.

There were relegated from the Premier league a few years ago and it may take a while before they return to the top division of English football. However, the presence of players like Trippier makes it easy for Burnley to aim for a play-off spot. The club has had a strong when the season and are currently in the mid-table positions. Trippier has featured in almost every game for Burnley this season, and he has missed only one league match throughout the campaign. Even though he has not scored in the goals this season, the 24-year-old has been one of the star performers for the team.

“It’s fantastic. I don’t feel I’ve been on top form throughout the season, and I certainly feel my best is yet to come. But being nominated is only possible because of the way the team has played. Everyone knows I like to get forward as much as possible, but you need to have confidence in the players around you to do that, and we have a great bunch of lads here at Burnley. It’s largely because of them that I’m here and I’m absolutely delighted,” said Trippier after being nominated for the PFA team of the year.

FITNESS FOCUS

The Burnley defender Kieran Trippier said that the improved focus on the fitness of the team has started paying results. Burnley have been moving up the table in recent weeks, and the defender Trippier has attributed the fitness of the players to this improved form. The team has managed to go on a run of four victories in the last five matches, which has put them just below the play-offs positions. Trippier has also said that he never felt fitter, while attributing the incredible hard work that he has been doing in the last three months.

Burnley’s fortunes have completely transformed under the management of Sean Dyche, who has been able to take the club from mid-table position closer to the play-off positions. Burnley will be facing Birmingham during the weekend. Trippier is once is again expected to play a key role in the team, and the defender has said that the players feel extremely confident ahead of this match. He has said that the weekend’s 1-0 victory over Millwall could have easily become a 2-1 defeat for the team earlier in the season because they are not fit as they are now. However, they managed to hold out for the victory in the match.

“We’re fitter and stronger. When we were winning 1-0 at Millwall on Saturday, they were piling everything on us. At the start of the season we possibly could have got beat 2-1. Going back to the Watford game last year, we were winning 2-0 and got beat. But we’ve put that right now, we’re winning and not conceding late goals. You need to be fit these days to play at this tempo,” said the Burnley defender. After going a run of five matches without a victory, but they have now suffered one defeat – against promotion chasing Leicester City – in the last fight.

DYCHE DISAPPOINTED

The Burnley manager Sean Dyche has said that he is extremely disappointed following the 1-1 draw with Barnsley in the midweek action. Burnley have been one of the inform teams in recent weeks, as they have been able to claim to high-profile victories against Leeds United and Hull city. Even more impressive was the fact that they had kept a clean sheet in both these matches. Hence, there are reasons to forget the defeats against Ipswich town and Charlton prior to the Hull city match. They were taking on Barnsley in the midweek action looking to build on the win over Hull city during the weekend.

However, they could not manage an away victory from this encounter and had to settle for a point, which frustrated the manager. This was especially difficult given the circumstances of the match, as Burnley managed to take the lead after just 5 min through Austin. However, the goal from the Marcus Tudgay helped Barnsley equalised the things in the match. It remained in the way till the end of the match, as both teams had to settle for a point. Burnley are currently in the 14th position with 27 points on the board.

After the match, the Burnley manager Sean Dyche has said that he was disappointed with the first half performance of the players despite them scoring the only goal in this half. “I was disappointed with the performance, particularly the first half. After scoring a very good goal, I expected us to use the ball better. The players didn’t respond to that goal and they almost went into a defensive mode,” said Dyche after the match. The club will now be facing three important matches in the next few weeks, as they face the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest during this period.

BURNLEY LOSE TO LEICESTER

Kieran Trippier’s club, Burnley, has been defeated by Leicester City in a Championship match at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday. Burnley lost that match by a close margin of 2-1. The Leicester team was down by 1-0 at one point of time, but, Nigel Pearson’s boys made a fantastic comeback and won the match eventually. The performance of the Leicester team hasn’t been up to the mark in the ongoing season. The team had played 5 Championship matches before coming into this match and the team had lost 3 of them. So, this victory would have given a bit of relief to Nigel Pearson.

Dean Marney was the one who took Burnley ahead in the 10th minute of the match. Martin Paterson assisted the goal and Marney blasted the ball into the right hand corner of the net. Burnley managed to maintain the lead till the end of the first half. But, the Leicester players came into the second half with all guns blazing. David Nugent scored the leveller in the second minute of the second half. That was a powerful volley and the ball flew past the Burnley goalie into the bottom corner of the net. Just 10 minutes later, Jamie Vardy scored the second goal for Leicester. Anthony Knockaert set up the goal by giving Vardy a cross right at the edge of the box and Vardy smashed the ball into the left hand corner of the net.

After the match, Pearson said that it was nice to see the boys performing well under pressure. The team has struggled at times in the current season, but, in this match, the players were up to the task. Leicester City will play its next match against Hull City at the same venue on 23rd of September.

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