Mourinho will wait to decide on Lukaku’s Cup final fitness

first_img0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku faces a late fitness test ahead of FA Cup final © AFP / Paul ELLISWATFORD, United Kingdom, May 18 – Jose Mourinho will wait until the last minute before deciding whether Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is fit to feature in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.Lukaku has missed United’s last three matches after suffering an ankle injury against Arsenal in April. The Belgium striker is in a race against time to be fit for the Wembley showdown with his former club.And United manager Mourinho, possibly hoping to keep Chelsea guessing, said on Friday that he remains uncertain if Lukaku will be available.Mourinho will be able to call on French forward Anthony Martial, who has recovered from the knee injury he sustained in training.“Martial is fit. Lukaku we have to wait until the last moment. I don’t want to lie and say he doesn’t play or vice versa,” Mourinho told reporters at United’s hotel.It would be a significant blow to United’s hopes of winning the FA Cup for a record-equalling 13th time if Lukaku is unable to pass his late fitness test.Since Lukaku was sidelined, United have lacked a cutting edge and they scored only once in their last three games of the season.The 25-year-old energised United with a goal spree at the start of the season after arriving from Everton in a £75 million ($101 million) deal.Lukaku has scored 27 times for United in all competitions this season, making his first season at Old Trafford a success overall.But he went through a sustained barren patch — with one goal in 12 games — after opposing defences began to sit deeper to stop the Belgian hurting them with his pace.Mourinho was also forced to defend Lukaku from criticism by United fans frustrated at what they perceived as a lack of effort from their muscular forward.Lukaku got back on track at the start of 2018, but had scored just once in his last five appearances before picking up the injury that leaves his Cup final hopes of a knife-edge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgNaomh Colmcille GAA News:The seniors had a terrific win away to St. Nauls in their first group match of the Intermediate championship.Full time score St. Nauls 0-12 2-7 Naomh Colmcille. The reserves were beaten by St. Nauls in their opening championship match.The U14s lost out to Termon on the first league match at Pairc Colmcille on Monday evening. Next up is a home match against Glenswilly on Monday (25th) at 7:00 pm.Naomh Colmcille U12s traveled to O’Donnell Park to take on St. Eunans B on Wednesday evening.Our U11 team traveled for a blitz in Owenbeg on Friday evening and won three of their four matches against Swatragh, Ballerin, Magherafelt and Craigbane. Well done lads. Our U10s traveled to Falcarragh for a blitz on Saturday against Downing, Letterkenny Gaels and Falcarragh.This year’s Run for Funds fundraiser takes place this Saturday (30th May) at Kernans Eurospar. The younger age groups will do lap(s) of the track at Pairc Colmcille on Friday 29th. See Facebook page for more details.There are a limited number of season tickets now available for free entry to all adult Donegal club league and championship matches (excluding Naomh Colmcille home games). €30 for the ticket or €50 for the ticket and Donegal club gear. Contact Alison Ferry.Time is running out to get club registration sorted. If you think you’ll be looking for Donegal tickets for the Championship you’ll need to become a member. Registrations are now open to all senior players (€50), junior players (€10), adult members (€25) and families (€50). Contact Mark Ferry (087 9154559).Naomh Colmcille CLG’s child welfare officer for 2015 is Breda Friel. If you or child have any issues through out year with coaches or bullying or other child issues please feel free to contact Breda on 0876393503 and she will try and address the issue. Everyone involved in coaching or helping out at underage level needs to have completed the child protection/awareness course. If you have not completed this course previously, please contact Breda ASAP.The club is now registered for the Lucozade ‘Kit Out’ promotion.  Codes are printed on promotional bottles under the plastic wrapper – please note these codes so they can be entered online on behalf of the club to try and collect gear or equipment. The club is again registered for the Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme. Please leave vouchers down at the clubhouse so they can be sent away.Congratulations to all our U12 and U14 boys and girls who were Confirmed in Newtown yesterday.Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches. Seniors / Reserves. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Minors. Training with reserves. See Facebook page for latest update.U16s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U14s. League match at home to Glenswilly on Monday (25th) at 7:00 pm. Players to be down for 6:20 pm. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U12s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U10s. Training next Friday (29th) at 6:30 pm. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U8s. Training next Friday (29th) at 6:00 pm. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Girls. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers are 7, 8, 13, 16, 17 and the winner (matching 4 numbers) is Leo Devenney who wins  €75.The numbers for the 3rd of May were 2, 20, 23, 17, 22 and the winners were Damien Dowds, Emmet Farren and Barry Griffen who won €25 each.Naomh Colmcille CLG are in need of more lotto sellers. The lotto is the bread and butter of our club. If you don’t drive we can set up on a team with a driver. Please contact Breda Friel (0876393503) if anyone is willing to help. Thanks.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE EARN SUPERB AWAY WIN OVER ST. 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Wenger hails positives for ‘dynamic’ Arsenal in City loss

first_imgArsenal Wenger: A lot of positives for dynamic Arsenal after Manchester City defeats Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 00:02 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsène Wenger Arsenal v Manchester City Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal Manchester City Brighton & Hove Albion The Frenchman branded Thursday’s performance as “dynamic” and said the scoreline was a harsh reflection of his side’s performance Despite talk of pressure mounting on Arsene Wenger after Arsenal’s second 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City in five days, the manager insists there are still “a lot of positives” for the Gunners.Since the start of 2018, Arsenal have only won four matches in all competitions, a run that has seen them fall 10 points outside the Premier League’s top four and exit both domestic cup competitions.Nottingham Forest sent them packing in the FA Cup and Manchester City recorded a comprehensive 3-0 victory in the EFL Cup final last weekend. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player City added further misery with another 3-0 victory over the Gunners in the league on Thursday, while Wenger’s men also lost to Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the Europa League – although they still progressed on aggregate.Questions are being asked about the quality of Arsenal’s squad, while speculation continues to mount that Wenger could leave a year before his contract expires.He remains resolute, though, and insists it is not all doom and gloom at the Emirates Stadium.”We have to analyse in an objective way, the game last night [against City] was not all negative,” he told Sky Sports .”There were a lot of positives in that game. With that size of the score, it is always tempting to think it was all rubbish but that was not the case.”You have to take a perspective, sit back, look at the whole picture and analyse where we were poor and where we were strong and insist on the strong points and get rid of the weak points we showed last night.”The strong points are that we played at a high intensity, we were quite good going forward but we couldn’t take advantage of the chances we created.”I think we had the first chances in the game so overall I believe that we had a very dynamic game and put a lot of effort in. It was a pacey game with both teams really going for it.”They were clinical like they were in the League Cup [final], they took advantage of every weakness we have shown defensively.”In order to arrest their poor run, Wenger knows Arsenal have to pull together, starting at Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday – a game Jack Wilshere is a doubt for.”It has taken out confidence and brought big disappointment,” he said. “In football, you lose confidence very quickly and you regain it very slowly and you always have to show strength not to give in.”When that kind of disappointment comes it divides, it splits and our experience has to help us to stay together and focus on the next games.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more