Daily Archives: January 13, 2016

Newcastle holds Manchester United amidst goal fest

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Newcastle

Newcastle United took a point on home ground by holding Manchester United to a 3-3 see-saw draw.

United manager Van Gaal admitted himself that he has been “very bored” at times watching his side following a galore of criticism of Manchester United’s attacking prowess.

He can have no such complaints after this hugely entertaining goal fest which produced some of their best attacking play of the season.

The away team led twice, first by Wayne Rooney’s penalty and Jesse Lingard’s finish that made it 2-0 before Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic’s penalty levelled the scores.

Rooney then scored a second that looks like the winning goal of the match.

But as Paul Dummett struck Newcastle’s third in the last minute, Manchester United to miss their chance to go level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham.

While the point was not enough to clear Newcastle from the relegation zone, it represents a noteworthy improvement after three consecutive 1-0 defeats.

David Silva wants Champions League before retiring

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David Silva had made it clear that it was his desire to win the Champions League before he hangs his boots.

The 30-year old can already boast of victories alongside Spain and Manchester City such as the World Cup and the European Championship, two Premier League titles, the FA and League Cups along with a Copa del Rey.

However, he has yet to surrender his will to win the most prestigious European tournament.

“The thing that’s still missing, that I haven’t got my hands on, is the Champions League. That’s something I’d still love to be able to do,” Silva said.

“Now to have had the chance to play at a great level and win plenty of trophies, I don’t think that as a little boy I would have ever imagined such a successful career.”

“But the main thing is to still have that hunger. I still have that same desire and same hunger to keep winning trophies and, more than anything, to keep improving.”

“I still consider it a work in progress, with constantly striving to get better and hopefully achieving more with the team.”

Manchester City would face Ukrainian club Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League round of 16 next month.

Meanwhile, the club will have to focus on beating Everton in their next match at the Etihad to maintain their bid for a third Premier League title.

Murray admits needing Djokovic’s “drop-off”

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Murray admits needing Djokovic's “drop-off”

Tennis world number two Andy Murray had admitted that his success at the Australian Open might depend on Novak Djokovic having an off-day.

World number one Djokovic had won 3 of 4 grand slams in 2015, and had just beaten Rafael Nadal in straights sets for the Qatar Open title.

Nadal had described Djokovic’s performance as perfection.

Murray has a clear idea of what he is facing.

“My number one goal is to try and win here,” said the Scotsman.

“It’d mean a lot because of how may times I’ve been close. You just have to keep trying to learn, watch his matches, try and see if there’s any weaknesses there that you can capitalise on.”

“Maybe he [Djokovic] has a drop off, it’s very difficult to maintain that level for such a long period. That’s all you can do.”

Murray, 28, had lost the 2010 Australian Open final to Roger Federer, before being defeated by Djokovic in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Federer, who lost to Djokovic in last year’s Wimbledon and US Open finals, was also impressed by Djokovic’s obliteration of Nadal in Doha.