Louis van Gaal vows to leave if he loses confidence of players

first_img And his chances of coming through a crunch week unscathed have been dealt a blow with the news that Wayne Rooney will be missing for Saturday’s game against West Ham and United’s crucial match in Wolfsburg three days later. The only way United can guarantee their place in the knockout stages on Tuesday is if they win at the Wolfsburg Arena. As Van Gaal pointed out, he has walked away from clubs of his own accord during his 24-year management career. After falling out with a number of players, Van Gaal walked away from Barcelona during his second spell at the club and he left his role as Ajax technical director following a power struggle with then manager Ronald Koeman. Van Gaal also threatened to walk away from AZ Alkmaar in 2008 after finishing 11th in the Eredivisie, but was persuaded to stay on and led the club to the title the following year. And despite supporter opposition at some of his former clubs, Van Gaal believes he is still highly regarded wherever he has been. “I’m happy that when I’m gone, people are saying nice things about me,” he said. “It’s fantastic that people are saying when I’m gone, ‘Oh, he was very good, he gave structure and was the basis for other things’. But it’s not the most important thing for me. The most important thing for me as a trainer, coach and manager is the chemistry between me and my players and my board. “It should be good and otherwise I would be gone.” Rooney may not be enjoying his best season at United – he has scored just two Premier League goals – but a man of his experience will be missed in Wolfsburg next Tuesday. ”It’s a nasty injury,” the United manager said of Rooney, who has played 499 times for the club. ”He shall not play his 500th game (on Saturday) because he is more injured than I thought. ”His ankle is not good enough and we have to recover that ankle with a lot of strength. He has to do a lot of exercises to make his ankle stronger. He needs more time.” When asked if Rooney would miss the match at Wolfsburg, Van Gaal said: ”Yes, I think so.” United’s squad is looking bare ahead of Saturday’s match at Old Trafford. Marcos Rojo is out for a number of weeks after dislocating his shoulder, while Ander Herrera and Phil Jones have not overcome the hamstring and ankle injuries they suffered at Watford a fortnight ago. Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia are also sidelined by their long-term injuries. But Van Gaal is not sure whether he will be dipping into the transfer market next month. “We are looking (to sign players) but it is not so easy to buy and in January it’s more difficult,” he said “We are looking but it is not that it is for sure.” Louis van Gaal has vowed to walk away from Manchester United if he loses the dressing room. Press Association Should Van Gaal’s men drop into the Europa League after being handed a relatively easy Champions League group, it will come as a big blow to the Dutchman’s credibility. United may be third in the Premier League, but some supporters are not happy with the often dull style of play under the 64-year-old and rumours persist of unrest within the squad. Van Gaal insists he has a good relationship with his players, but should that change, he will leave his post. “The most important thing is the chemistry between players and staff,” Van Gaal said. “And when I have the feeling that the chemistry is there, I will always work to my utmost best. “But when I have a single feeling that it is not like that, I’m the first coach that quits and I have proved that already with my former clubs and former jobs. “Yes, of course because I always gave my clubs structure and I think structure is very important in a club, but also in a company, everywhere.” When asked about his relationship with his players, Van Gaal said: “It’s good.” last_img read more

Badgers seek to break winless streak at B1G tournament

first_imgA high-level performance from Wisconsin’s Jared Berggren will be essential against Indiana’s leading scorer, forward Cody Zeller. Zeller leads IU with 15.5 points per game.[/media-credit]It’s no secret that the Badgers have struggled in the Big Ten Tournament the past three years, failing to register a single win. On Friday, Wisconsin will seek to end its streak of three consecutive one-and-done conference tournament appearances when it takes on Indiana at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.Wisconsin (23-8, 12-6 Big Ten), the No. 4 seed in the tournament, will face Indiana (25-7, 11-7 Big Ten), the No. 5 seed, for just the second time this season. The Badgers previously bested the Hoosiers – who reached Friday’s matchup with a 75-58 trouncing of Penn State in the first round of the conference tournament – by a score of 57-50 Jan. 26 at the Kohl Center.In a tale of two sides of basketball, the best scoring defense in the nation will face off against the best scoring offense in the conference. Wisconsin currently allows opponents on average to score just 51.9 points per game, while Indiana scores an average of 77.5 points per game. Come Friday afternoon, something will have to give.If the Badgers hope to break their cold streak in the conference tournament they will need another solid game from junior big men Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans. The two combined last time around to hold Indiana’s two leading scorers, freshman Cody Zeller and junior Christian Watford, to a combined 19 points. Berggren displayed an aggressive style of defense rarely seen, swatting five Indiana shots while Evans nearly earned a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.Currently, Indiana’s frontcourt duo averages a total of 27.3 points per game, with Zeller and Watford averaging 15.5 and 11.8 points a game, respectively. The Hoosiers also contain an extremely balanced offense, with four players averaging double figures.Indiana, who currently ranks tops in the conference for 3-point shooting at 43 percent, features six players who shoot over 40 percent. Leading the Hoosiers in three-point prowess is senior Matt Roth, who leads the entire Big Ten with an outrageous 57 percent conversion rate from behind the arc. Complimenting Roth is junior Jordan Hull, who is second in the Big Ten behind his senior classmate with a 3-point accuracy rating of 48 percent. Their success will face a stern test in the Badger defense, which currently holds opponents on average to 27 percent a game from three, good for tops in the nation.The game could be decided on how the Badgers, not the Hoosiers, shoot from beyond the arc. While Wisconsin beat Indiana in their previous meeting shooting just 4-of-17 from beyond the arc (23 percent) there haven’t been many instances the Badgers have escaped with a win while shooting poorly. In the Badgers’ 23 wins, the team has shot on average 39 percent from deep, compared to 25 percent on average in their eight losses. In games where the Badgers have shot 35 percent or more from three, the team is 18-2 compared to 5-6 in games they shoot below 35 percent.The Badgers – whose offense ranks in the bottom three of the conference at 63.8 points a game – will look to benefit offensively from the recent emergence of senior Rob Wilson, who came on nicely in the final stretch of Wisconsin’s conference schedule. In the past six games, Wilson has averaged 17 minutes on the floor while contributing six points per contest. Wilson’s recent contributions have been a major shot in the arm for a Badger offense that struggles at times, as the team comes into the tournament on a three-game winning streak. The Badgers will hope Wilson compliments star point guard Jordan Taylor’s offensive production, as the leader of the Badgers puts in a team-best 14.6 points per game.The winner of Friday afternoon’s game will face either No. 1 seed Michigan State or No. 8 seed Iowa.last_img read more

No. 1 Virginia wins ACC title over No. 12 NCarolina

first_imgVirginia players celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating North Carolina 1in the NCAA Atlantic Coast Conference men’s college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 10, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK — With no one-and-dones, no sure-fire NBA lottery picks, No. 1 Virginia put together one of the most dominant seasons in the storied history of Atlantic Coast Conference basketball.Kyle Guy, Devon Hall and the Cavaliers beat No. 12 North Carolina 71-63 in the ACC championship game Saturday night to finish 20-1 against league competition.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Bennett said at Virginia, one-and-done means grabbing a defensive rebound after a missed shot.“This is one of the most connected groups I’ve ever coached,” Bennett said as he accepted the championship trophy.Virginia held the Tar Heels scoreless for five minutes and took a 58-49 lead on De’Andre Hunter’s baseline fadeaway with 3:32 left. North Carolina snapped the drought with a 3-pointer by Luke Maye, who scored 20, but Jerome nailed a 3 out of a timeout to restore the nine-point lead.UNC, playing in its record 35th ACC championship game, never got closer than five again as Virginia closed it out from the foul line. The Cavaliers hit their first 15 free throw attempts and finished 20 of 22.The Tar Heels played about as well as any team has this season against the best defensive team in the country, shooting 40 percent and committing only nine turnovers. In the regular season, the Tar Heels managed only 49 points and 29 percent shooting while committing 19 turnovers in a loss at Virginia.The Cavaliers played defense with their offense, turning the ball over just four times and allowing the up-tempo Tar Heels only two fast-break points. Virginia makes every possession feel crucial.“That’s where they take advantage of teams,” said North Carolina guard Joel Berry II, who had 17 points and four 3-pointers.BIG PICTURENorth Carolina: UNC won three games in four days in Brooklyn and might have played its way into a high enough seed — probably a No. 2 — to open the NCAAs in Charlotte. The Tar Heels are 33-1 in NCAA games played in their home state.“You guys think I’m whacko, hell, I just want to go someplace warm,” coach Roy Williams said. “I’ve been freezing my butt off up here.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Arsenal looking to use win over Milan to give it some hope Virginia (31-2) set a school record for victories, won the conference tournament for the second time in five seasons under coach Tony Bennett and will most certainly enter the NCAA Tournament as the No.1 overall seed when the field of 68 is announced Sunday.Not bad for a bunch that started the season unranked and picked to finish sixth in the ACC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I think we always knew this could be a special team,” guard Ty Jerome said.And now that the Cavaliers are favorites, Hall said they try to out-underdog the underdogs. 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Contributions from everywhere, a microcosm of this special season.The Cavaliers dominated the ACC with efficiency, tenacity and teamwork. They went 17-1 in the regular season, the one loss by one point in overtime to Virginia Tech, and finished first by four games.“I think that we know who we are,” senior Isaiah Wilkins said. “We don’t have a really big room for — a really big margin for error. As older guys, you develop over the years from going to playing, like five minutes my first year to now, and you grow. I’ve grown with Devon over time like that, so I think that’s our way. It’s not going to be questioned or changed, unless you’ve got any plans, Coach?”ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffercenter_img LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Virginia: The school’s other ACC Tournament titles came in 1976 and 2014. … In nine seasons in Charlottesville, Bennett has built one of the most successful programs in the country on a foundation of slow-paced but precise offense and sound and suffocating defense. When he climbed the ladder to cut down the last piece of string holding up the net at Barclays, Virginia fans filled the arena with chants of “To-ny! To-ny!”They love him at UVA, but one accomplishment has eluded him: Virginia has yet to reach the Final Four since he took over. An Elite Eight run in 2016 is Virginia’s best tournament showing.“I think we have the group to do it,” Hall said.BYE, BYE BROOKLYNThe ACC Tournament heads back to North Carolina after a two-year stint in New York City, but expect it to be back sooner rather than later. Maybe even as soon as 2022, when the arena is free and the ACC has no plans set. Next year’s ACC Tournament will be played in Charlotte.UP NEXTBoth teams will head home and find out their NCAA Tournament destinations. The Cavaliers can pick their first-round spot as the top seed and will likely open in Charlotte next week as the top seed in the South Region. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Check Out This Radically Rendered Tesla Roadster Meets Model S

first_imgPerhaps it’s a little bit of both. Like a mash-up of the Model S and Roadster. Whatever it is, it sure looks striking.Unfortunately, only this one lone image exists and we can’t see the front end of the car. But what we can see is that it’s a super sleek sedan that seems highly focused on performance. Let’s call it a Model S on steroids.Just the other day, we presented a Tesla Roadster rendered as a shooting brake (wagon). It surely wasn’t fitting of the Roadster. But this four-door sweptback car really does impress with its outward appearance. We do hope Tesla offers multiple versions of the Roadster. Like say a hardtop, hardtop convertible and maybe even a soft top too.The image comes to us via Citron Research, the previously anti-Tesla turned pro-Tesla research firm that we’ve reported on in the past. Why this image was included in its latest Tesla report is unknown, but let’s start the speculation right here in Comments below.Image via Citron Research Wait…what in the heck is this?Is it a render of the next-generation Tesla Model S? If so, it’s radically different from today’s Model S. But do you see that “S” badge out back?Or is it some sort of four-door render of the Tesla Roadster?More Roadster & Model S News Watch New Tesla Roadster Insanely Accelerate In Imagined Video Source: Electric Vehicle News America’s Greatest Muscle Car Is The Tesla Model S P100D New Tesla Roadster Rendered As Slick Shooting Brake Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 9, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more