Manchester United set to reward Rashford ‘s form by doubling his wages to Sh20M a week

Marcus Rashford looks set to double his wages at Manchester United after underlining his worth since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The England international has six goals and three assists in his last nine games and United are keen to reward his form with a bumper new contract.

It would see the 21-year-old double his £75,000-per-week deal, which has only 18 months left to run, to £150,000, according to The Mirror.

He has scored four goals in six games including the winner against Tottenham at Wembley

Though the club have the option to extend it by an extra year, they want to tie him down long-term.

A new contract will also ward off interest from the continent, with Real Madrid in particular coveting the young forward.

Rashford is set to make his 150th appearance for United when Brighton visit Old Trafford at the weekend.

Rashford's up turn in form has arrived since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took interim charge

They go in hunt of their seventh straight win under Solskjaer, who has restored Rashford to the central role in which he burst onto the scene under Louis van Gaal in 2016.

Rashford scored the winning goal against Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday and also netted in the win at Newcastle earlier in the month.

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Baby making season! Seven Man United players have already welcomed new kids

They have hailed the return of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who beamed about his bond with such a family club, but Manchester United‘s players are taking matters to the extreme.

Alan Hansen said famously United wouldn’t win anything with kids, but there’s a baby boom among the first team with no fewer than SEVEN players welcoming new additions to their families.

Romelu Lukaku led from the front, producing a boy with his girlfriend before Christmas, and he was followed with a little more publicity by Paul Pogba, whose partner Maria Salaues gave birth to a boy prior to the squad’s trip to Dubai.

Nemanja Matic welcomed his third child to the family after his wife Aleksandra gave birth

Nemanja Matic stayed behind following Sunday’s win against Tottenham to be with wife Aleksandra in London’s Portland Hospital for their third child, Anika, while fellow midfielder Fred and partner Monique Salum announced a baby boy on Wednesday.

Victor Lindelof and wife Maja Nilsson are expecting next, with Maja posting on Instagram this week that she was ‘starting to organise the baby room’.

Defender Chris Smalling and his model wife Sam Cooke confirmed they are expecting their first child with an Instagram post on New Year’s Eve.

She wrote: ‘Happy NYE from the Smallings! This year our dreams are coming true as we’ll be welcoming our first son into the world.’

Smalling's wife Sam is pregnant with their first child, breaking the news on New Year's Eve

And last, but not least, Italian defender Matteo Darmian and wife Francesca Cormanni announced at the end of last month that they had a baby on the way, too.

‘I’m not sure what happened nine months ago,’ said one staff member. ‘So much for ‘get plenty of rest’. We may need chef to put more bromide in the tea.’

Fred and his partner posed for Instagram pictures to announce their new arrival

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Ronaldo’s header clinches his first piece of silverware with Juventus in win over AC Milan

Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal secured the Italian Super Cup for Juventus after a 1-0 win over 10-man AC Milan.

The Portugal international struck with a second-half header as Juventus, runners-up in the previous two seasons, got their hands on the trophy for the first time since 2015.

It was also a first piece of silverware for Ronaldo since he swapped Real Madrid for Turin last summer.

Ronaldo rose high to head from Miralem Pjanic's inch-perfect cross midway through the second half in Jeddah 

uve bossed the first half and Douglas Costa fired a shot across goal and narrowly wide before Joao Cancelo drove just the wrong side of the far post.

Blaise Matuidi had the ball in the net just after the half-hour mark but he had strayed offside as he received a pass 10 yards out.

Ronaldo’s first opportunity arrived three minutes before the interval, his attempted scissor kick crashing into the turf before bouncing over the crossbar.

But Juve were almost caught out on the stroke of half-time when Hakan Calhanoglu’s snap-shot forced a smart save from Wojciech Szczesny.

Shortly after the break Milan’s Patrick Cutrone’s fierce shot beat Szczesny but crashed back off the crossbar.

Juventus supporters pose with a poster of Ronaldo in the stands during the Italian Super Cup final on Wednesday night

But on the hour Ronaldo struck, ghosting beyond the Milan backline and glancing Miralem Pjanic’s ball over the top past Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Paulo Dybala thought he had scored a spectacular second after a series of one-twos with Matuidi sliced open the Milan defence but once again an offside flag cut the celebrations short.

Gonzalo Higuain, heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this month, came on as a substitute for Milan but their task got harder in the 73rd minute when Franck Kessie was sent off for a nasty foul on Emre Can.

Milan felt they should have had a late penalty when Can caught Andrea Conti in the area but their appeals fell on deaf ears as Juve held on to pick up their first honour of the Ronaldo era.

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‘I feel like I have achieved everything’: Petr Cech reveals he’ll retire at the end of the season

Petr Cech will hang up his gloves at the end of the season after spending 15 years in the Premier League with Chelsea and current side Arsenal.

The 36-year-old has revealed the current campaign will be his last as he has achieved his all of his targets as a professional footballer.

Cech announced the news on social media by posting a statement to his 1.79million followers.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘This is my 20th season as a professional player and it has been 20 years since I signed my first professional contract, so it feels like the right time to announce that I will retire at the end of this season.

‘Having played 15 years in the Premier League, and won every single trophy possible, I feel like I have achieved everything I set out to achieve.

‘I will continue to work hard at Arsenal to hopefully win one more trophy this season, then I am looking forward to seeing what life holds for me off the pitch.’

Cech has won 18 trophies since arriving in England back in 2004 as a 22-year-old.

The former Czech Republic international played a crucial role in helping Chelsea win their first Premier League title during his first season at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho.

He went on to win three more top-flight titles with the Blues as well as four FA Cups and the League Cup on three occasions during his time at Chelsea.

Footballer, Gavin Whyte, investigated after being filmed masturbating on the streets

Northern Ireland international footballer Gavin Whyte is facing a police probe after being caught on camera masturbating in the street during a drunken night out.

The footage appears to show the Oxford United winger performing a sex act alongside a companion while the pair walk down a road singing.

The clip has received plenty of attention on social media, and the 22-year-old’s club have now issued a statement confirming they will deal with the matter.

A video has emerged which appears to show Oxford's Gavin Whyte masturbating in the street
The incident occurred during a drunken night out in Northern Ireland

A video has emerged which appears to show Oxford’s Gavin Whyte masturbating in the street
Whyte, pictured during a recent defeat against Brentford, will have discussions with his club

‘Oxford United will today meet with Gavin Whyte and warn him as to his future conduct after an incident back home in Northern Ireland at the weekend,’ the statement reads.

‘Gavin was filmed behaving in a way that is clearly unacceptable from a professional footballer and we will work with both Gavin and the Irish FA to ensure that he is aware of his responsibilities.’

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Gor Mahia send warning to rivals ahead of SportPesaCup defence

Gor Mahia FC, the SportPesa Premier League (SPL) champions have warned rivals to brace for a tough battle in the third edition of SportPesa Cup slated for January 22 to 27, 2019 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

The 17-time SPL winners will be out to defend the international tournament for the third time in a row, after bagging the 2017 and 2018 editions.

“We are actually alive to the fact that other clubs are determined to take the crown from us this time round but we want to assure them that it will be no mean task. To them I say, let us meet again in Tanzania,” Gor Mahia chairman, Ambrose Rachier, underlined.

Kenya’s Bandari FC and Tanzania’s Mbao FC are the new inclusion in the annual challenge whose winner get the chance to play English Premier League (EPL) side, Everton FC.

Bandari earned their cut into the knockout championships after they finished second in the 2018 SPL season with 62 points behind Gor who won the league with 75.

“We appreciate this opportunity which is very good for our team where 80 per cent of the players are young with an average age of 23.It will be a good exposure for them for they are the ones who put in all the effort to get us to number on the log this year,” Bandari CEO, Edward Oduor, underlined.

Apart from the Mombasa based outfit and Gor, other Kenyan sides in the competition are Kariobangi Sharks FC and AFC Leopards SC who were finalists last year.

Likewise, Tanzania will provide four teams including Tanzania Premier League winners, Simba SC and their perennial rivals, Yanga SC. Others are Singida United FC and Mbao FC.

Bragging rights

The tournament winner will host Everton who are nine time EPL title-holders in a SportPesa Trophy challenge in their country; it will be the second time that the Toffees would be visiting East Africa.

SportPesa Chief Marketing Officer, Kelvin Twissa, who welcomed Bandari and Mbao into the contest,emphasized: “This competition is geared at exposing the local talent to give our players a chance to be scouted as well as play with the best in the region to improve their careers and skills.”

The first edition of the championships was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in June 2017 while the second was in Nakuru, Kenya in June 2018.

Gor earned the bragging rights to play Everton twice , in Dar on July 13, 2017 which ended 2-1 to the visitor’s favour and away at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England on November 6, 2018 which the hosts triumphed 4-0.

Tanzania Football Federation Secretary General, Wilfred Kidao, pledged that the federation would work with global gaming firm, SportPesa, to improve the game in Tanzania.

Emery wants Ozil exit this month to free up transfer funds after leaving £350,000-a-week man out

Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants the club to find an exit route for Mesut Ozil before the end of the January transfer window to free up funds to sign his own players.

The Gunners have taken only two points from their last five Premier League away games and Emery’s decision to leave Ozil out of the squad entirely against West Ham — while including teenager Eddie Nketiah — raised eyebrows further.

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It was a pointed instruction to the club’s board that, as far as Emery is concerned, the German is dispensable.

Here, Emery said: ‘The players who were here were the ones who deserved to be at this match. Sometimes he is helping us, at other moments not helping us because of injury or because maybe the match is not for him.’

Sokratis Papastathopoulos hinted that the dressing room might be behind Ozil when the defender said the team lacked quality in the final third, on a day Arsenal had only two shots on target.

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He said: ‘It is not about the two shots on target. Look at how many chances we would have had if we had done better with the last pass. This is the problem.’

Emery conceded that his team’s chance of finishing in the top four is dwindling. ‘Now it’s more difficult, it’s clear. The most important thing for us is to recover our confidence.’

-Dailymail

United stars pay tribute to De Gea after keeper makes 11 second-half saves in their win over Spurs

David De Gea produced a masterclass performance as Manchester United secured a hard fought one nil win over Tottenham at Wembley to remain unbeaten under Ole Gunnaer Solskjaer.

Marcus Rashford gave United a one nil lead at the stroke of half time and despite Tottenham pressure in the second half, it was De Gea who became star of the show as he pulled eleven saves to deny Spurs even a point.

The result leaves Spurs nine points behind leaders Liverpool and United level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal as they revive their top-four hopes. This result is a bitter blow to Spurs as they try to keep pace with Liverpool and Manchester City.

De Gea’s team mates were clearly grateful, taking to social media to praise the stopper’s performance.

Romelu Lukaku shared this cartoon of David de Gea following Sunday's win at Wembley

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‘Man like @d_degeaofficial’, wrote Romelu Lukaku as he shared a cartoon of De Gea pulling a barrier down to cover the goal with the words ‘sorry, closed on Sunday’ written on it. Luke Shaw tweeted the same image.

Midfielder Ander Herrera followed suit, posting a photo of himself and the goalkeeper hugging at the final whistle with the caption ‘no words @d_degeaofficial’.

He would later share a story from the team coach, placing a top hat emoticon on De Gea’s head.

De Gea himself also tweeted, calling it a ‘perfect night at Wembley’ along with a picture of him celebrating at full time.

Ander Herrera in the Uited coach following the game

De Gea in the United coach following the game

Ander Herrera shared a video of himself and De Gea in the team coach following the match

Matic posted a dressing room selfie with De Gea, along with the warning 'we are taking over'

Matic posted a dressing room selfie with De Gea, along with the warning ‘we are taking over’

Compatriot Juan Mata went for a sarcastic approach as he responded ‘nah, average’ to De Gea’s tweet about it being a ‘perfect night’.

He then wrote ‘I know you all felt like me’ in response to a clip from Sky of himself staring in amazement at De Gea at the end of the game with the caption ‘find someone who looks at you the way Juan Mata looks at David De Gea’.

The love-in did not stop there as Victor Lindelof and Andreas Pereira both took opportunities to post images with the man of the hour on United’s train back to Manchester.

Midfielder Nemanja Matic also posted a dressing room selfie with the keeper, along with the warning ‘we are taking over! Huge win tonight. De Gea was on fire!’

The praise for De Gea continued to pour in from the footballing world, with his former United team mate Darren Fletcher declaring him the best in the world.

Speaking on Match of the Day 2, Fletcher said: ‘I think he has almost revolutionised the goalkeeping position – it is hard to get your body down and save with your hands, so use your feet, they are an asset.

‘His mannerisms, he is so cool, after every one of those saves he just takes it in his stride, he doesn’t get too high doesn’t get too low.

-Dailymail

Former South African and Leeds United player Phil Masinga is dead

Phil Masinga has died. He played in the Premier League for the Yorkshire club for two years between 1994 and 1996 after joining from Mamelodi Sundowns, who play in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League.

Championship side Leeds revealed the news on Sunday morning, writing on Twitter: ‘It is with great sadness that the club has learnt of former striker Phil Masinga’s passing. The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with his family and friends.’
Leeds manager at the time Howard Wilkinson signed Masinga and countryman Lucas Radebe. Masinga joined Swiss side St Gallen in 1996 and later moved to Italian sides Salernitana and Bari.

Masinga started his career at South African outfit Jomo Cosmos in 1990 and hung up his boots 12 years later while playing for Abu Dhabi side Al-Wahda.

He won 58 caps and scored 18 goals for his country, including the memorable strike against Congo that sent South Africa to the 1998 World Cup for the first time.

Masinga was also a part of the South African side that lifted the African Nations Cup on home soil in 1996.

Tributes have poured in for the ex-Leeds forward, who notched five goals in 31 league matches for the club.

‘He is gone. Our legend is gone…….It is not right,’ Buddha Mathathe, South African Masters and Legend Football Association told TimesLIVE.

‘It is such tragic loss for the family and for the entire country.’He is no ordinary legend, he was an international legend.’

‘Sad day for South African football. A loyal servant of the game, on and off the field of play,’ South African Football Association president Dr Danny Jordaan said in a statement on Twitter.

Masinga’s former team-mate at Elland Road Noel Whelan wrote on Twitter: ‘Really sad news to learn that a guy I spent so much time with, laughs and games together has passed away, he was not just a friend and strike partner but one of the nicest kindest guys I’ve met, was a pleasure and privilege to have know and played with you phil, always in my heart.’

While the official Twitter account for the South African national team wrote: ‘@BafanaBafana legend Phil Masinga has passed on. MHSRIP.’

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Italian club AS Roma celebrate AFC Leopards on Twitter

AS Roma the famous club that plays it’s home games in the Italian capital, decided to celebrate Kenyan club AFC Leopards on their Twitter page. The club has been doing this for a different Kenyan club since the month of October last year. Their post is below:

AS Roma tweet
AS Roma tweet

Football truly is a global sport with such a big club known internationally, giving such props to a club only known well in East Africa. A short history of AS Roma is below:

Associazione Sportiva Roma (Rome Sport Association), commonly referred to as simply Roma, is a professional Italian football club based in Rome. Founded by a merger in 1927, Roma have participated in the top-tier of Italian football for all of their existence except for 1951–52.

Roma has won the Serie A three times, in 1941–42, 1982–83 and 2000–01, as well as winning nine Coppa Italia titles and two Supercoppa Italiana titles. In European competitions, Roma won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1960–61 and were runners-up in the 1983–84 European Cup and the 1990–91 UEFA Cup.

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