The situation had become too violent and hostile, so there was no way out.”

“We took a decision that we didn’t want to take. It was nothing to do with money. We were threatened. Donnarumma’s family was threatened, both with not playing anymore and threatened with death. You can’t keep a player by threatening him.

“Now there is a genuine risk he could miss a year. His quality makes that improbable, but this is already on the verge of mobbing.

“We never even got to talk about money or release clauses, because we were not allowed to get that far, nor to think of what was best for Gigio. You talk about that when negotiations are 95 per cent there.

“He was ready to sign a new contract, there were no doubts in his mind. They forced us to abandon the negotiations because of the environment created around him.

“I take the responsibility. They forced us. It was Milan that lost Donnarumma. He said to me, honestly Mino, I don’t feel it is right to carry on negotiations when these people are insulting and threatening me and my family.

“For example, there was a banner in front of the club headquarters. A club should protect its players and remove the banner. A club should support a player and encourage his career, not threaten him with having to be left in the stands.”

OLD TRAFFORD START

First up are West Ham United – and it is the first time the clubs have ever met at Old Trafford in a league season opener. However, the sides played at Upton Park in the opening match of the 1961/62 term with Nobby Stiles scoring in a 1-1 draw. The first away trip is to Swansea City, who were the opening-weekend opponents in 2013/14 and 2014/15.

ANFIELD ANTICIPATION
The always eagerly-awaited match on Merseyside against Liverpool will have heightened anticipation as it is scheduled for the weekend of 14/15 October, following a break for key international fixtures as the World Cup picture will become clearer. The Old Trafford encounter between the fierce rivals is to be played around 10 March.

NEW VENUES TO VISIT
United are due at Huddersfield Town’s John Smith’s Stadium the weekend after the Anfield assignment, 21/22 October, with the previous encounters with the Yorkshiremen held at Leeds Road. A first-ever game at Brighton’s American Express Community Stadium (‘the Amex’) is set to be the Reds’ last away league clash of the season, on 5 May.

WEMBLEY TRIP
A 50th competitive club appearance at the national stadium is pencilled in for 31 January after Tottenham moved their home venue while a new ground is built at White Hart Lane.

FESTIVE FARE
The traditional Boxing Day match is a home clash against Burnley at Old Trafford – the Clarets held out for a 0-0 draw in this fixture last term. The opening game of the 2018 calendar year, currently scheduled for New Year’s Day, is a tough-looking visit to Ronald Koeman’s Everton.

DERBY DAYS
The Manchester derbies are due to be staged around 9 December at Old Trafford and 7 April at the Etihad Stadium. It’s the same order as last season with the home fixture coming first before the away encounter with our neighbours falls towards the end of the campaign.

CHANCES TO BEAT THE CHAMPIONS
Title-winners Chelsea will come to Manchester on or around 24 February. They were soundly beaten by Mourinho’s men at the Theatre of Dreams last season, as were the 2015/16 champions, Leicester City.

HORNETS FINALE
United are to meet Watford at home in the last game of the league campaign on 13 May, six days before the Emirates FA Cup final.

CUP CAMPAIGN UNDER A NEW NAME

Jose Mourinho’s side will begin the defence of the newly-named Carabao Cup (last year’s EFL Cup) in the third round due to Champions League commitments. This tie will take place around 20 September after the Reds host Everton in the Premier League during the previous weekend.

EUROPEAN SCHEDULE
The group-stage games in the Champions League take place on 12/13 September, 26/27 September, 17/18 October, 31 October/1 November, 21/22 November and 5/6 December. Hence, the visit to Chelsea follows one date and the final group game is sandwiched between key clashes with Arsenal and Manchester City.

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The Saints take on Manchester United in the EFL Cup final on Sunday, however, Everton manager Ronald Koeman, who was at St Mary’s last season, has revealed he’ll be supporting the Red Devils.


Nevertheless, the Dutchman is not cheering Jose Mourinho’s team out of spite, he simply wants what is best for Everton.

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That is because if the Saints do lose, the Toffees stand a far greater chance of qualifying for the Europa League.


With United likely to finish above Koeman’s men, if they were to win the first piece of available silverware this season then the European place will be handed to the Premier League – much to Everton’s advantage.


Koeman said: “It is true you need help from which team will win the League Cup or the FA Cup.

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“In that way we hope United will win at weekend and one of biggest clubs wins the FA Cup, because then it’s possible seventh in the table can play a qualification for the Europa League.”


Everton beat Sunderland at Goodison Park on Saturday in a bid to get back to winning ways after a lacklustre 0-0 draw away at Middlesbrough two weeks ago.


Romelu Lukaku, the talisman under Koeman’s reign, targeted the Black Cats’ weak defence. Sunderland’s manager David Moyes, a former employee at the Merseyside club, was keen to get one over on Koeman as his side bid to beat the dreaded drop.

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Why Mikhi Is NOT replaceable

Posted: February 26, 2017 in SPORTS

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Armenian magician. The sheer brilliance of the midfield maestro this season has been astonishing. His highly anticipated arrival in the starting line up has rejuvenated and revitalised our attacking force. Although all four of our summer signings have been excellent, Mkhitaryan’s exceptional impact can partially be attributed to his prime age on arrival (27) compared with Bailly and Pogba (early twenties) and Zlatan (mid thirties). It is not only his incredible work ethic which has impressed but the decisive, match winning pieces of imperious brilliance, which have illuminated our season. Is it a coincidence that his reintroduction to the team at the end of November prompted a dramatic upsurge in our fortunes and performance levels?

His first Premier League goal against Tottenham was quite simply breathtaking; a finish of aplomb and finesse which fuelled our expectations that Mkhitaryan could be a talismanic figure in our attacking skirmishes.  Whilst I do not share Spurs fans’ admiration of the talents of their left back Danny Rose, his lightning pace is unquestionable. So when Mkhitaryan motored past him with sublime ease and was brought down despairingly by the lunging Rose, I gained further proof that we had acquired a genuine gem. His subsequent injury from the abhorrent challenge strengthened the fervour and clamour surrounding the Armenian, and our firm belief that we had found the missing piece of our team.

All of this was in stark contrast to his initial Premier League debut where he was the main culprit (along with Jesse Lingard) in a sobering 2-1 defeat against Manchester City. His lack of game time and match fitness was really exposed by the high energetic pressing of Guardiola’s side.  Hauled off at half time, Mkhitaryan no doubt had a baptism of fire to the English Premier League.  He looked a shadow of the player who had terrorised the Bundesliga last season, scoring 23 goals and assisting a further 26, an average of a contributing to a goal every 89 minutes in all competitions.

However, Mkhitaryan wouldn’t allow this poor debut to thwart him entirely. Rather, he used it as galvanisation and worked extremely hard to win back his place. As Jesse Lingard revealed in a recent interview with FourFourTwo, Mkhitaryan is the earliest to arrive at training, which shows his dedication and exemplary work ethic. Mkhitaryan’s professionalism and endeavour will surely have impressed Jose Mourinho, who with his repeated picks of Marouane Fellaini, has shown that he values desire and passion as much as skill and technique.

Mkhitaryan, also, has an incredible propensity to show moments of true attacking brilliance, whether this is a defence splitting pass, a mouth-watering dribble or an outstanding finish. His scorpion kick against Sunderland epitomised the immense quality that he has. The goal may have been scored from an offside position but the linesman who denied it would have been deemed an enemy of football had he flagged. It wasn’t just the exquisite nature of the precise contact but the placement of the strike which nestled into the corner of the goal. It was quite simply extraordinary and deservedly won Goal of the Month.

Another of Mkhitaryan’s most impressive skills is his ability to track back and win possession for the team.  Unlike some other members of the team, if he loses the ball, he will chase his dispossessor to retrieve possession.  In the recent FA Cup match against Blackburn, Mkhitaryan’s offensive statistics were impressive with 1 assist, 7 dribbles and 66 passes but he also won 100% of his tackles. This redoubtable ethos not only impresses the fans, but inspires the other players to try their utmost at all times. I feel that the majority of fans will accept defeat, if the players have tried their absolute best and shown maximum effort. Mkhitaryan’s heart and pride in his work is unquestionable.

His pace, so unusual for a creative play maker, adds a further asset which has proved invaluable this season as he terrorises defences and offers the threat in behind when bursting clear against opponents such as Tottenham and Leicester in the league, for example.  In the one on one situations, Mkhitaryan shows composure and class in taking the right amount of touches before executing the final pass or finishing with conviction.  Indeed, with his abundant pace, Mkhitaryan has stated that he would have been a sprinter, had he not become a footballer. Attacking verve is characterised by quick, skilful players of which Mkhitaryan is amongst the best in world football.

At 5ft 10 inches Mkhitaryan is not the tallest player but has shown that given the chance he can contribute aerially also.  It was his towering leap above the Hull defender in the opening leg of our League Cup Semi Final that directly assisted Juan Mata, who had the simplest of close range finishes from Mkhitaryan’s perfectly placed header. This is important as taller players like Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will often draw the opponents’ direct attention and smaller players like Mkhitaryan can ghost in for set pieces and crosses as he did on Thursday against St Etienne.

Footballers are often praised on their intelligence, ability to read the game and make the correct decisions. Mkhitaryan is multilingual, fluent in six languages: Armenian, Russian, English, German, French, Portuguese and also some Italian. This is a somewhat rare and admirable trait, as it shows an intelligence which disproves the common rhetoric that footballers are all unintelligent, other than with their feet. Certainly, one can imagine that with the multinational Manchester United squad, these lingual skills will enable him to more closely bond with his team mates.

Undoubtedly, we have seen that Mkhitaryan’s vision and execution are incredible. His backheel assist for Zlatan’s opening goal in our 4-0 demolition of West Ham off his weaker left foot, gave a tantalising glimpse of Mkhitaryan’s ingenuity and flair which have gained him accolades and plaudits from pundits and fans alike. His slide rules passes have further characterised his precision and tremendous ability, notable mentions, include his assist for Mata against Leicester and his assist for Rashford against Blackburn Rovers.

He and Mata, in particular, seem to revel playing with one another exchanging intricate, quick passes when playing together, never more showcased than by the one two the pair exchanged for Mata’s strike against Leicester.  Mata repaid the debt, when he curled a delicious cross into Mkhitaryan’s path to stab home the away goal against St Etienne.  Replays show that Mkhitaryan points to Mata where he wants the ball, as the latter looks up and further cements the chemistry the two seem to have.

Mourinho has been seen to trust certain members of his team well above others.  Many Manchester United fans for instance, have been wont to observe that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba seem beyond approach and censure for below average performances.  They are picked in almost all games and seem above substitution. It is a credit to Mkhitaryan that his efforts and skill level are commensurately rewarded with becoming a member of Mourinho’s elite contingent of trusted acolytes.  However, the debilitating effect which this immense game time can have was exposed when Mkhitaryan pulled up with a hamstring injury ruling him out of this weekend’s League Cup Final.

His import to the team can be judged in the uncertainty surrounding whom to pick to replace Mkhitaryan.  There are a wide variety of options being bandied about whether to use Lingard, Rooney, Fellaini in the more attacking role, or switching the formation to allow a deep lying player like Michael Carrick to play. When a team contends with having to alter its formation in your absence you know you’re a key component of it.

There is no higher honour or epithet which I can bestow upon Mkhitaryan than that he reminds me of Cristiano Ronaldo.  The parallels with the Portuguese’s second goal in the 2009 Champions League away tie against Arsenal and Mkhitaryan’s goal against Wigan are striking. In both, the players run at breathtaking pace and are involved in a rapier sharp, counter attack exchanging passes from deep in their own half and finish with distinction.  Mkhitaryan is in the same mould as Ronaldo, a thrilling, exhilarating player whom fans can enthuse and rave about.

It is easy to forget that Mkhitaryan wasn’t playing in the autumn of this year. Many fans became restless and there was a general feeling of despondency and dejection that the Armenian would be offloaded.  Mkhitaryan has since, graciously, admitted that Mourinho acted in his player’s best interests and that his absence from the front line had served him well when he has vindicated his reputation over the last three months.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has firmly embedded himself in the Manchester United team, evident as we desperately search for a replacement for the League Cup Final.  After his winning goal in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over St Etienne, Mkhitaryan has been directly involved in 11 goals in his last 16 games for Manchester United with 6 goals and 5 assists. A strong argument could be made that Mkhitaryan is both our best and most invaluable player, with his plethora of attributes and panache. He has certainly become a firm fans’ favourite and one of mine.

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Leicester City Football Club has tonight (Thursday) parted company with its First Team Manager, Claudio Ranieri.

Claudio, appointed City manager in July 2015, led the Foxes to the greatest triumph in the Club’s 133-year history last season, as we were crowned champions of England for the first time. His status as the most successful Leicester City manager of all time is without question.

However, domestic results in the current campaign have placed the Club’s Premier League status under threat and the Board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the Club’s greatest interest.

Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: ‘This has been the most difficult decision we have had to make in nearly seven years since King Power took ownership of Leicester City. But we are duty-bound to put the Club’s long-term interests above all sense of personal sentiment, no matter how strong that might be.

‘Claudio has brought outstanding qualities to his office. His skilful management, powers of motivation and measured approach have been reflective of the rich experience we always knew he would bring to Leicester City. His warmth, charm and charisma have helped transform perceptions of the Club and develop its profile on a global scale. We will forever be grateful to him for what he has helped us to achieve.

‘It was never our expectation that the extraordinary feats of last season should be replicated this season. Indeed, survival in the Premier League was our first and only target at the start of the campaign. But we are now faced with a fight to reach that objective and feel a change is necessary to maximise the opportunity presented by the final 13 games.’

First Team preparations for Monday’s Premier League fixture against Liverpool will resume on Saturday, with Assistant Manager Craig Shakespeare and First Team Coach Mike Stowell taking charge of the squad until a new manager is appointed.

Assistant Manager and First Team Coach Paolo Benetti and First Team Sport Science and Conditioning Coach Andrea Azzalin have also parted company with the Club and leave with our thanks for their service and best wishes for the future.

The Board will now begin the recruitment process and will make no further comment until that process is completed”

Via Daily Mail.

It’s all fun and games until something serious happens. But why do people wait until their lives or someone else’s have been put in jeopardy? Drinking is a way of blowing off some steam, having a laugh and enjoying a night out; but it can also be very harmful if you’re not being careful. Its substances are addictive and many drinkers out there don’t even know they’ve been abusing it or how dependant they are of alcoholic beverages. Every year more and more people fall into the binge drinker category, where men take 5 or more drinks within a two-hour period, and women take 4 or more.

If after reading the next 9 signs, you relate, then you’re just in time. People who recognise what’s going on before developing a more serious problem have a bigger chance of cutting down easily.

MOST OF YOUR WEEKEND PLANS INCLUDE ALCOHOL

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Some people think that because they don’t drink on a daily basis and only on weekends, then they’re not addicts. They’re wrong. Just because they don’t have a drink a day, but take 5 or 6 on a single night, they’re fine. Try to think if all your weekend plans revolve around alcohol. Do you know how to have fun without it? Binge drinkers just look forward to Fridays and Saturdays so they party… But there’s so much more they can do socially; like going to the movies, grabbing dinner or meeting someone for coffee.

INCREASED TOLERANCE

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Feeling proud because you seem to tolerate more alcohol than before? That’s never a good sign. The reason why your body could be allowing you to take more drinks a night is because, without really realising it, you’ve been consuming more and more each time, causing your organs and system to get used to it. This makes you want to drink more so you’ll get that sensation of relief that alcohol gives you, but suddenly you’ll stop wanting to feel normal because your body and brain start craving that feeling. It’s all a vicious circle, so start setting limits.

SLEEPING PROBLEMS

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People who suffer from insomnia think that alcohol might be the answer to their problems. While a drink or two does help you fall asleep faster, it does not let your body have its necessary rest. The deep sleep that our bodies needs to recharge and feel energised in the morning is not achieved when drinking. That’s the reason why many may feel slow or unable to concentrate on the day after. So while you may think that you’re having a good night’s rest, you’re actually slowly harming yourself.

BLACKOUTS

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If you’re the type of person who goes out to drink and then barely remembers what happened while and after doing it, then that’s a red flag. When consuming a lot of alcohol in a short period of time, your long term memory is affected, making you repetitive and clumsy. Blackouts usually occur when what you drank gets into your body and brain at a rapid pace. And honestly, nobody likes to be reminded on the next day about the mess they did (specially if they don’t have any recollection of it). So next time, stop before you reach that level.

YOU START TO LET YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES SLIDE

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When you prioritise drinking over your daily responsibilities, then you need to analyse the situation. Don’t stop doing things that are part of your routine, because of alcohol. Just how many times have you called in sick for work due to being hungover or feeling depressed from drinking? Alcoholic beverages should be taken in your free time when you’re out with friends or family, not the other way around.

PEOPLE AND FRIENDS AROUND YOU ARE CONCERNED

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If people close to you comment on how well you handle a bunch of drinks, take that as an alerting sign. Sometimes people you’re close to can see the problem before you do. Or maybe you just like to drink alone because you feel like it. You might have found yourself hiding that from your friends, and you know that when you have something to hide it means that it’s wrong. Don’t wait till it’s too serious and seek help ahead of time.

ALCOHOL CRAVINGS

If you find yourself randomly thinking about the next time you’ll get the chance to have a drink, it can’t be good. Sometimes we all want a drink so we can get through a difficult moment or day, but if you notice that it’s starting to become a regular thing and suddenly you look forward to drinking alcohol more than being with your loved ones, then that’s a warning sign.

SETTING LIMITS AND NOT BEING ABLE TO STICK TO THEM

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Another sign that you could be a binge drinker is that you’re aware of how quickly you can actually lose control (you make a promise that you’ll only take one shot, but end up drinking 4 more). When that happens, you will start to limit the amount of alcohol you take into your body, but because it’s becoming an issue, you won’t always be able to keep yourself from doing it. If that’s the case, stop those outings and plan something alcohol-free instead.

YOU ARE CONSTANTLY STRESSED AND A DRINK IS YOUR WAY OUT

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Because of the relief effect alcohol gives your body, people think that it’s a way of escaping stress. And while it may work for an hour or two, it actually makes matters worse because when drinking too much, you stop handling your responsibilities, only causing more stress and anxiety in the long run. Why not go for a long walk or enlist yourself to a gym instead? Best way to get rid of stress is by working out and being healthy.


Most Kenyan men think they’ve met the girl of their dreams, but after the first time and a few more texts she doesn’t want to see them again. Another agrees to a date but never turned up and you get introduced to a third girl but she keeps avoiding you like the plague after several texts. The truth is there must be something you’re doing wrong.


You keep her waiting for too long:

Why wait for a week to text a girl you just met if you’re so crazy about her? There is no point waiting if you really like her – send her a text the same day you meet her! Texting a few days after may be too late and she may have moved on.

Replying too fast:

Why would you send a text message to your new girl and then stare fixedly at your screen expecting her instant reply? Or rather, what do you think you’d gain from replying to her text message almost immediately after you got it? The point here is this: give her something to think about by responding to her text messages an hour or two after receiving it, and never instantly.

Funny abbreviation/Lingo:

Using the word “lol” and “OMG” is fast becoming the norm in Whatsapp chats and on social media, but using abbreviations in texting is bad when you just met a girl. Depending on the nature of girl you met, it may pass you off as irresponsible. Imagine texting “R u dere? Can we hv a gr8 time 2nite?” to a girl you just met, what impression would you create? Avoid abbreviations and write texts in their proper forms.

Too many questions:

Bombarding a girl you just met with questions is bad enough, but doing this via text messages is just terrible – to say the least. It’s okay to ask a few questions about her if you sit across from each other during a date, but texting a series of questions via text message simply doesn’t cut it. Imagine asking questions such as “Where does your mum work?” “How many Kgs do you weigh?” “Vile ulienda town jana ulirudi saa ngapi?”


Lack of Humour:

Girls like guys with a natural sense of humour, and they feel relaxed with such guys. If you’re naturally humourous, it will show through your text messages. But when your text messages are dry and do not make a girl tick, it shows you’re not interesting. Learn to inject humour into your text messages Humour creates a connection, and makes you a delight to any new girl you meet if you know how to use it effectively. Trick is….be careful.


Dont be Dirty:

It is okay to send dirty texts that could make a girl horny, (After kujuana) but this must be reserved for girls you’ve known for long enough. Trying it with a new girl via SMS is plain silly. Dirty jokes must be well calculated before you send it via texts to any girl, or you would make her believe you are only interested in her body ( Though she might also enjoy that). Be romantic in a mature way. 


Inappropriate topics:

It is okay to inform a girl what you did during the day or at work, but you shouldn’t ramble on about what you saw at the bus stop, the ‘kanjo’ guys who arrested some random men, the office tea girl poured tea on the floor, and how you must send some allowance to your mother back in the village. You must be discreet when you meet a girl – rambling on and on about boring things via texting is simply not good and will just make you come across as boring too.


Dont overanalyse her texts:

When you overanalyze text messages you receive from her, you tend to send back messages that get off point or convey the wrong meaning. Do not read meanings into her messages, and you won’t have problems understanding her. When you read meanings into a girl’s text messages, you begin to second-guess her and raise things that simply don’t exist. Just be open-minded and enjoy texting with her until things get a bit deeper to know yourselves better.


Dont forget her name:

Girls feel offended when you don’t remember their names. Also don’t use romantic words such as “baby”, “sweetheart” and “dear” – it’s just…..Wacha tu!


Insisting on a date:

It is perfectly okay to arrange a date with a girl you just met, but don’t push her to give in to a date until she’s perfectly ready for it. If you suggest a date and the time or date that is not appropriate for her, sometimes the best thing to do is ask her to let you know when she is next free. Put the ball in her court. If she doesn’t get back in touch, you have your answer. If she really does like you and it’s meant to be, she’ll let you know.



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