Van Gaal turns deaf ear to fans

first_img United picked up just their third away Premier League victory of the season with a 2-0 result over struggling QPR as goals from substitutes Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson saw off a spirited display from the home side. But the visitors only clicked into gear after Van Gaal changed his formation, having opted to start with three central defenders – a system the Dutchman has stuck by for most of his first season in charge at Old Trafford. United were nowhere near their best in the first half, leading a pocket of supporters to call for a change to 4-4-2. And with the introduction of Wilson in place of Jonny Evans, Van Gaal seemingly listened with Fellaini’s opener coming just a minute later. However, after the game Van Gaal stuck by his guns and defended his original tactics, saying he will focus on what he sees in training rather than what he hears from the stands. “I have to look at the players and I have to communicate with the players and observe the players,” he said. “I cannot observe the fans because how many fans do Manchester United have? All over the world we’ve got 600 million. You cannot take into account 600 million opinions. “To look at the players, to communicate with the players, to observe, to analyse and so on. That’s my job as a manager. “Before this match I have already thought about this shape and to play it. Then I look to my players in a training session and I look to my game plan and then I choose, and that’s dependable also from what I see at the training ground.” Radamel Falcao was handed a place in the United side having been dropped from the matchday squad for the 1-0 defeat at home to Southampton last weekend. It proved to be a frustrating afternoon for the on-loan Monaco striker, who has been told to prove himself to Van Gaal, as he missed two great chances to add to his three goals for the club. Louis van Gaal insists he cannot listen to the opinions of every Manchester United fan after hearing a number of supporters vent their frustrations at his tactics in the win over QPR on Saturday. But Van Gaal defended the Colombian’s performance and was bullish when questioned about the striker and his display. “It’s not relevant,” he said. “We have 29 players so then we have to talk about 29 players, not one player, because Manchester United has a selection of 29 players and maybe tomorrow 28 or 30. Not just one player. “I’m a manager and you can’t always give the credit to the most expensive player and if a young player never gets a chance then I’m not a very good manager. “I have to treat all of the players at the same level with the same rules and same demands. It’s difficult to understand because the outside world is thinking when you pay a lot for the player then you have to put him in the squad. I do not agree with that opinion. But he (Falcao) has played and I was very pleased.” Falcao’s immediate future at Old Trafford was cast into doubt as he sat in the stands for the Southampton game, with the player’s agent also questioning whether he would see out his season-long loan deal. The 28-year-old would cost United over £40million if they decided to make the move from Monaco permanent in the summer, but with just three goals and a number of niggling injuries it remains to be seen if the club would part with such an amount. The player himself admits he needs to start scoring soon but insists he is pleased with his all-round game and is feeling good out on the pitch. “I am very happy with the win. It was a very difficult game but we managed the match well and got the three points,” he said. “We were very close to scoring more and I could have had two goals. Sadly, the goalkeeper did very well and the other chances were not that clear. “It was 90 very important minutes for me. I need to play and I am very happy that I did. Obviously, I really hope to score soon but the opportunities will come, I am sure of that. “I am fine. I feel really good. I am playing without any sort of fitness problems.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Inbound Spanish Coalition appoints Alberto Garzon as gambling supervisor

first_img Despite failing to secure a parliamentary majority, the agreed ‘socialist coalition’ of PSOE and Podemos (minority partner) have confirmed that Alberto Garzon Espinosa will be appointed as Minister of Consumer Affairs to oversee Spain’s gambling regulatory development.On Sunday, Spain’s parliamentary vote saw PSOE leader Pedro Sanchez fail once more in his attempt to secure a governing majority despite Catalan independence party Esquerra obliging its MPs to abstain from voting.An embarrassed Sanchez failed to secure the required 176 votes (165 in favour) approving PSOE-Podemos coalition pact, as a number of provincial party MPs voted against PSOE’s governing mandate.Spanish Parliament will vote once again this week, as Sanchez and Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias try to convince provincial party MPs that the socialist coalition will govern with a ‘progressive agenda in mind’.Alberto Garzon is the current deputy of Podemos and further serves as the leader of Spanish left-wing coalition Izquierda Unida (United Left).Spanish news sources report that as the intended Minister of Consumer Affairs, Garzon’s department will be issued with new responsibilities overseeing the regulatory development of Spanish gambling – a mandate formerly overseen by Spain’s Finance Ministry.“Alberto Garzon will assume a portfolio that brings together the rights of consumers, ecological and responsible engagements, gambling and betting houses,” PSOE informed national media.In its update, PSOE and Podemos underline that gambling needs to be overseen by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, as gambling addiction requires close scrutiny by Spain’s national health services and stakeholders.Agreeing on coalition terms, PSOE and Podemos leadership have stated that they will deliver concrete reforms to Spanish Gambling, approving reforms on Spanish advertising and further federal controls on land-based gambling venues. Share Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit StumbleUpon Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020last_img read more

FIFA disciplinary official banned for dishonesty

first_imgA former member of FIFA’s disciplinary panel has been banned from football duty for three years for dishonesty in a mandatory vetting process.FIFA says Edmond Bowen, former president of the New Caledonia Football Association, “did not fill out the mandatory declaration of integrity truthfully.”FIFA says the three-year ban took effect Monday.Bowen was elected to serve on the disciplinary committee on a slate of candidates presented at the 2013 FIFA Congress held in Mauritius.FIFA did not specify details of which incidents Bowen failed to declare honestly.Media in the Pacific Ocean islands have reported that Bowen received a one-year prison sentence in 2010 and was involved in bankruptcy proceedings.Bowen was allowed to stand for election in 2011 to lead the football body. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/article3685999.html?#storylink=cpyRead more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/article3685999.html?#storylink=cpylast_img read more