Laugh tracks boost humor ratings of corny ‘dad jokes’

first_imgSasa Huzjak/Alamy Stock Photo Laugh tracks boost humor ratings of corny ‘dad jokes’ “Dad jokes” are well known for inducing groans at least as often as laughter. (Case in point: What do you call a bear with no socks on? Barefoot.) However, a new study has found that these inoffensive one liners seem to become funnier with the addition of one simple ingredient: a laugh track.To find out whether the presence of laughter could change how funny a joke appears to be, researchers asked a group of 20 college students to listen to recordings of a male comedian tell intentionally cheesy jokes. Participants rated the jokes on a scale of one to seven, ranging from not funny at all to extremely funny. Then, researchers had 48 neurotypical and 24 autistic subjects rank the same jokes, this time paired with a prerecorded laugh track.Half of the jokes were paired with “posed” laughs, recorded by a mix of male or female voices attempting to recreate the sound of natural laughter, whereas the other half featured spontaneous laughter by the same adults. 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Participants who heard audio samples featuring genuine laughter rated the jokes as even funnier than those who heard imitated laughter. And compared with their neurotypical counterparts, individuals with autism were more likely to rate all jokes as funnier. There were no other differences in the results between individuals with or without autism.The results imply that everyone, regardless of neurodevelopment, is likely influenced by laughter, say the researchers, who plan to explore how the brain is impacted by laughter and comedy using brain scans in similar, future studies. In the meantime, they may have proved one thing: When does a joke become a dad joke? When it becomes apparent.center_img By Sabine GalvisJul. 22, 2019 , 11:45 AMlast_img read more

No serious leg break for Dessena?

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Brescia midfielder Daniele Dessena has reportedly avoided a double leg break but still faces around three months out with a fracture. There were fears Dessena had broken the fibia and tibula in his right leg after a nasty collision with Erick Pulgar during Brescia’s 0-0 draw with Fiorentina on Monday. However, Gazzetta dello Sport writes that while he did fracture the malleolus in his ankle, he did not sustain any serious damage and will not need surgery. The 31-year-old left the field on a stretcher and in tears as he risked suffering a similar injury to the tibia-fibula break that ruled him out for much of 2015-16. While he received an outpouring of support from several famous faces, teammate Mario Balotelli was furious the VAR did not review Pulgar’s tackle.last_img read more

DeRozan scores 29, Raptors beat slumping 76ers

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “He wants to do so much more and he can’t,” Brown said. “He just hasn’t practiced or, recently, played. There was a rhythm and a fluid side of his game that he was searching for.”Dario Saric scored 17 points, Amir Johnson had 12 and Ben Simmons scored 10 for Philadelphia, which has lost five straight and nine of 10.Brown insisted his players haven’t been affected by the slump.“They understand the sky isn’t falling,” Brown said.Simmons echoed his coach’s assessment of the rotten run, which includes a triple-overtime loss against Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT Embiid, Philadelphia’s leading scorer and rebounder, returned after missing the previous three games because of a sore lower back.“It wasn’t feeling the best but I really wanted to play tonight,” Embiid said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingEmbiid had 14 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes, but the 76ers lost for the 18th time in 19 meetings with the Raptors.Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said he could tell Embiid, who got a technical foul late in the third, was frustrated at not being able to perform better. LATEST STORIES View comments Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan high fives fans as he comes off court after scoring 29 points in his team’s 102-86 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in an NBA basketball game. APTORONTO — Joel Embiid’s return wasn’t enough to get the Philadelphia 76ers out of their recent rut.DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points, Serge Ibaka had 17 and the Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia 102-86 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) for their 10th straight home victory.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “A rough few games,” Simmons said. “We just need to get back on track. Once we get that game under out belts, we’ll be fine. There’s no reason to panic.”Delon Wright matched his season high with 14 points while Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas each had 12 for the Raptors, who have won six straight overall and 12 of 13.Toronto is an NBA-best 12-1 at home and is 10-1 in December, second only to Golden State’s 10-0 mark this month.“I can see an air of confidence, especially here, and we’ve got to continue that,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.Embiid took Philadelphia’s first six shots of the game. He scored eight points in the opening quarter, but Ibaka had 13 for the Raptors. The teams were tied at 27 after the first.Ther 76ers made five of 15 field-goal attempts in the second and committed 10 turnovers that led to 15 Toronto points. Lowry and Valanciunas each scored eight points in the second, and the Raptors led 55-46 at halftime.DeRozan scored 16 points in the third, and Toronto closed the quarter on a 13-3 run, taking an 81-63 lead into the fourth.“You blink and they go whack, whack,” Brown said. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Man United collapse allows City to go 13 points clear in EPL Malditas save PH from shutout After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breadslast_img read more

Brad Haddin retires from international cricket

first_imgAustralian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin announced his retirement from Test cricket on Wednesday bringing the curtains down on a decorated international career.Haddin missed the second Ashes Test at Lord’s due to personal reasons and was not in the playing 11 for the next Test. The New South Wales club cricketer Peter Nevill replaced him.Haddin joins pacer Ryan Harris, all-rounder Shane Watson, captain Michael Clarke and opener Chris Rogers who have all retired from international cricket since losing the Ashes earlier this summer.Congratulations to the retiring Brad Haddin on a wonderful career in Baggy Green. Story: http://t.co/nc9Z01s7Cy pic.twitter.com/DuvOF0Khh5& cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 9, 2015Brad Haddin has played 66 Tests, 126 ODIs and 34 T20Is for Australia. Though he retired from international cricket he will still continue to play in Big Bash League(Australian domestic T20 tournament) for Sydney Sixers.Australian legend Brett Lee also expressed his good wish for his former team mate post retirement.Congrats Hadds. A great career mate. Thanks for the safe hands buddy ???? @CricketAus& Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) September 9, 2015Haddin retired from ODI’s after the 2015 world cup, where Australia won the championship for the fifth time.last_img read more

SPORT-IND-ASHWIN 3 LAST

first_imgAshwin also spoke about getting more comfortable with the Ashwin also spoke about getting more comfortable with the conditions as the series went on but added that they had played good cricket despite what the ODIs scoreline says. “I think now we feel a lot more comfortable coming here. It is great competition, the players come hard at us and we do quite enjoy it. But how many times we come back here, we need to adapt to different situations. We end up playing some cricket in India, go somewhere else and then come to Australia. So it takes a bit of time, and this tour was especially challenging because we landed in Perth, then had to adjust to different time zones going to Brisbane then Melbourne, so it took another week or so for us to completely get over jet lag. “These are the challenges an international cricketer faces, and coming to Australia has always been very challenging and we enjoy it. “We have played wonderful cricket. As I said, there has been a miscalculation of 20-30 runs and the margin has been one over, so that tells you what kind of cricket we have played. We have been able to match them at every aspect of the game. Its very unfair to say how the tour has gone and who has done better, I dont think that is right,” Ashwin signed off. PTI CN CM CMlast_img read more

Mary Kom marches into seventh World Boxing C’Ships final

first_imgIndian Open Boxing Tournament 2019: Even Mary Kom’s Nepalese opponent was humble in her loss AdvertisementChungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte marched into her seventh World Boxing Championships final after defeating North Korea’s Hyang Mi Kim 5-0 in the 48kg category via unanimous decision at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi. She will cross swords with Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the final on Saturday.Mary Kom is one step closer to win her sixth World Championships goldMary Kom’s years of experience came handy in the final round as she goaded Hanna to make mistakes and capitalized on it. In the next two rounds, Magnificient Mary’s wit prevailed again as she broke her opponent’s cadence and wrenched the tempo of the game in her favor.Mary’s astute feet movement, coupled with left jabs and right blows left her opponent flabbergasted and no chance of recovery whatsoever. The judges were highly impressed with Mary’s performance and awarded the five-time World Champion a 5-0 win.Later in the day, India’s Lovlina Borgohain lost to Nien-chin Chen of Chinese Taipei 4-0 in the 69kg category at the semi-finals. As a result, she had to settle for bronze in her maiden World Championships expedition.Tomorrow, Simranjeet Kaur and Sonia will be in action in their semi-final bout against China’s Dan Dou and North Korea’s Son Hwa Jo respectively. Both of them have guaranteed themselves a bronze medal in the biennial extravaganza.Advertisementlast_img read more

Creating A Lifestyle Platform: Planning For Best & Worst Career Scenarios

first_imgIn order to create a lifestyle platform take the time to prepare for the best and the worst case career scenarios.Like most of you I grew up working my way through high school.  I lived in cattle country so I worked in feed yards which inspired me to read Upton Sinclair’s ‘Back of the Yards’. Like the feed yards in early Chicago this was not easy or clean work.It was however a wonderful environment for life lessons and maybe the most important lesson came from Cowboy Pete. Yep, I worked with real cowboys on real horses working cattle all day long. Cowboy Pete, an old and wizened cowboy who could barely walk but was as graceful as a ballerina on a horse, used to ask, “What’s life to a jack rabbit?” He always answered himself with a smile, “one hill after another…son, if it wasn’t for down you wouldn’t know up, if not for bad you wouldn’t know good.” Cowboy Pete gave everyone something to think about. I’ve pondered and used this wisdom effectively all my life.Life is a series of ups and downs, of good and bad. Accepting that ‘life happens’ and preparing for any instance opens a number of opportunities for a lifestyle platform.  If I get this job and increase my income…if I lose my job and we have to move…if I make the sale…if I get the interview…And, when things are up, take a moment to realize where you are in your career and be thankful while recognizing the hurdles you have overcome. When in a valley, remember what it took to get to your last career high and identify steps you can take now to reach the next plateau.Perspective and balance requires planning – if it wasn’t for down, you wouldn’t know up. Think about it.last_img read more

Ronaldo on Portugal’s World Cup 2018 exit: We leave with heads held high

first_imgPortugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo’s dream of lifting the World Cup came to an unfortunate end on Saturday as his team lost 2-1 in the round of 16 against Uruguay in Sochi.The superstar footballer, who scored four goals in the tournament, failed to find the back of the net in the decisive game as Edinson Cavani’s brace saw Uruguay reach the quarterfinals where they will meet France.Ronaldo however, is proud of the way his team played in the World Cup and feels that his team should leave Russia with their heads held high.World Cup 2018: Edinson Cavani brace sends Ronaldo’s Portugal crashing out”We must congratulate Uruguay because they are the national team that are in the quarter-final. I think we played a good game and maybe we deserved more, but in football, the ones that score the most goals win and they scored two, so congratulations,” Marca.com quoted Ronaldo, as saying.Not a fair result. Portugal coach can’t come to terms with World Cup exit”We leave with our heads held high. As the captain of Portugal, I know how hard we have worked and we must be proud of the team,” he added.World Cup 2018: Cavani speechless after destroying Ronaldo’s dreamThe Real Madrid playmaker further said that he is happy with kind of efforts put in by the players and asserted that this team will continue to win in the future.World Cup 2018: Messi, Ronaldo dreams dashed as Argentina, Portugal bow out”We go with our heads held high and we are sure that this team will continue to win things,” he said.advertisement”This team will continue to be one of the best in the world, with quality players, a young group, united. I am confident and happy because this team will always fight with all their strength,” he added.World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo’s class act in defeat wins heartsCavani scored in the seventh minute and then again in the 62nd minute to seal victory for the South Americans.It was a dream start to the match for Uruguay. Luis Suarez produced a pinpoint cross from the left and Cavani evaded the Portugal defence to power home a header at the far post.World Cup 2018: Coach Oscar Tabarez hails Uruguay’s mental strengthPepe headed Portugal level in the 55th minute, the first goal Uruguay have conceded in the tournament, but Uruguay regained the lead seven minutes later when Rodrigo Bentancur found Cavani and he curled a brilliant first-time shot past Rui Patricio from the edge of the penalty area.Portugal dominated possession but their attack did not have enough bite to break through the Uruguay defence twice, leaving Ronaldo a frustrated figure throughout the match.Ronaldo could not add to his four goals in the first two matches, failing to improve his record of failing to score in all six World Cup knockout matches he has played.Ronaldo had an opportunity around the half-hour mark to score from a free kick 30 metres out but could only hit the wall.Earlier, Lionel Messi was sent home in Argentina’s loss, the other “GOAT” at this tournament was also eliminated. It was two weeks ago that Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the same stadium against Spain, stroking his chin after the first goal to imply he was the “greatest of all time.”There was no goal from Ronaldo this time. Everywhere he went, the Portugal great was hounded by two or three Uruguayan defenders.Uruguay will play France on June 6 at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.last_img read more

The Secret Sauce of Record-Breaking Year-End Campaigns

first_imgPrep your team to:Be confident in sharing year-end messages.Be ready for a flood of requests for help and info, especially in December.Immediately share important feedback they receive on any component of last-minute marketing so you can correct the course if necessary. Go!Like most tasks, implementing your year-end campaign is a lot easier (and will be so much more successful) when based on a research-based plan. Don’t skip that step.Write right.Make sure your tone is personal and your call to action clear and easy to act on. Consider these five steps to a successful year-end email campaign.This last recommendation is so important. If you skip it, you’ll risk undermining campaign success. If you do it, you’ll do great. Get on it!That’s my year-end campaign secret sauce. What can you add? Share your tried and true practices in the comments below!With refreshing practicality, Nancy Schwartz rolls up her sleeves to help nonprofits develop and implement strategies to build the strong relationships that inspire key supporters to action. She shares her deep nonprofit marketing insights—and passion—through consulting, speaking, and her popular blog and e-news at GettingAttention.org. Outline Your Plan Every connection you squeeze into 2014 allows you to deepen the relationship just a little more! So clarify your goal, think through what will be top of mind for these folks, and start reaching out right now.Do more of what has worked best to engage your most loyal supporters while you have their attention.Your trends analysis will also highlight the channels and messages that hit a positive nerve with each audience group. These are the ones you’ll want to replicate in the remaining weeks of this year. Use that info to shape some year-end-specific messages.Go beyond online channels to share those messages. Although email is a timely and relatively low-cost format for targeted campaigns, print and social media campaigns can be great complements if resources allow. There is still time to get another postcard out the door, if it makes sense.Ramp UpLine up your team and budget.Although the stats indicate that year-end is a productive fundraising time, you’ll have to work better and harder than ever from the get-go to generate gifts, because all fundraisers are onto the same stats.Spend a few minutes with colleagues in your organization, ideally one-on-one, to ask for their help and to thank them for their help in making marketing a success (even if their role is very indirect).Then, get your website, donation processing, and colleagues ready to respond.Make sure your site features:Recent stories about programs, including some programs introduced pre-2014 (to connect those folks who haven’t checked in much this year).A big donate button on every page, with a “phone in your gift” number.A recently tested online giving process.Consistent messages and look-and-feel across your entire site, including the donation page. Avoid confusing donors; make it easy for them to feel confident in giving by making your donation process match the rest of your materials.center_img Come in close and listen hard. This is a secret I don’t want to broadcast to the entire world.The secret sauce to ensuring year-end campaign success that I’ve seen work time and time again is this year-end checklist. Year-end campaign creation and management is a busy, often overwhelming process fraught with anxiety. This checklist is the best antidote I know, and it doubles as a surefire tool to propel you to your year-end victory lap.Pinpoint Where You Are Right NowRoll up your sleeves and take a long, hard look at this year’s fundraising results to date, both quantitative and qualitative. Note: If you have no idea what your results are, designing ways to measure success is a must for 2015.Assess results against your benchmarks. Review year-to-date results, and compare them to your benchmarks to see what’s working as hoped and what’s not.This is easier with hard numbers, like those associated with online petition signing or registration, online giving, or other actions that you can directly track to their source. More challenging, but equally important, is drawing insight from quantitative information such as client, volunteer, or donor feedback and stories from the field.Identify meaningful trends:Which matches are working? Which target audience is responding to what campaigns, channels, and messages?Who else should you be in touch with? Have any surprise visitors—groups you didn’t expect to engage with your organization—surfaced this year?Who fell off your radar that you need to rekindle the relationship with before it’s too late? Who was a loyal supporter in previous years but has been significantly less responsive this year?last_img read more

Keeping up with the Icardashians, with special guest Neymar!

first_imgWhatever one might say about perennial Champions League under-achievers Paris Saint-Germain, they certainly do not shy away from a challenge – or a problematic star.Not content with holding on to Neymar following an exhausting summer of transfer speculation and the player’s open hostility towards the club that pays his salary, the French champions have doubled down with the acquisition of another forward who spent most of the window starring in his own footballing soap opera – Mauro Icardi.The Brazilian and the Argentine – not to mention Icardi’s agent and wife Wanda – could create plenty of drama at the Parc des Princes this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Indeed, if Icardi’s final months at Inter resembled an anarchic reality show, the spin-off is set to hit a football pitch near you in France. Neymar, it’s time to meet the Icardashians!The first indication of possible future strife came from a recurring cast member of the Icardi show  – Maxi Lopez. Wanda’s ex-husband and Icardi’s former friend and team-mate has never forgiven the couple for striking up a relationship out of the ashes of his separation from Wanda and is rarely silent on the subject.So, perhaps we shouldn’t have been surprised to see Maxi share a photo of him with Neymar on the same day PSG made Icardi’s one-year loan from Inter official.“Brother, those who know you know you’re a modest, open and simple person,” the veteran striker – presently embroiled in a bitter custody battle with Nara over their three children – wrote on Instagram. “Whatever club you play for, you’re always going to be one of the best of all time.”That message arrived on a transfer deadline day on which all eyes were focused on Neymar.The Brazil international had fought tirelessly to escape Parc des Princes and return to Barcelona, only to see a move frustrated by PSG’s refusal to lower their asking price for the most expensive player in the world, and the Catalans’ simultaneous reluctance to put up hard cash to back up assertions that they wanted the forward back at Camp Nou.Even after the window shut, though, the exit offensive continues.Neymar PS“A Brazilian only wants to be where he is happy. And he was very happy at Barca,” agent and father Neymar Sr. fired on Tuesday. “When his friends asked him if he would like to go back, he was moved.”Judging by her recent comments, Wanda is not too happy that her husband and client has had to move to France, given Inter’s refusal to let him stay at San Siro, or sell him to bitter rivals Juventus.”The kids go to school in Italy, so we’ll live between Milan and Paris,” the former model told Telefe. “Of the three options we had, PSG was the worst for me, because I have to go back to live in Milan with the kids.”Icardi’s fall from grace at Inter – losing the captain’s armband last season after falling out with his employers and some of his team-mates – was spectacular.But then, his time at San Siro was never dull, with goals and controversy arriving in almost equal measure throughout his six-year stay at the Giuseppe Meazza.Indeed, the Argentine had almost been stripped of the captaincy three years previously after taking aim at Inter’s ultras in his autobiography.Nara, too, matches Neymar Sr. step for step when it comes to sparking transfer speculation, linking her client with clubs as varied as Real Madrid, Juventus, Boca Juniors and unnamed Chinese Super League candidates over the years.Wanda Mauro Icardi PSG PSAll things considered, Neymar and Icardi lining up together could create plenty of headaches for PSG, particularly when one also adds Edinson Cavani – a previous antagonist of Neymar’s following a frankly ridiculous row over who takes penalties – and Kylian Mbappe – who appeared to shove the Brazilian out of a team photo at the height of transfer speculation – into the mix.But one thing is also clear: those four together are perhaps Europe’s most talented forward line.None of PSG’s potential Champions League opponents can boast an attacking quartet of that calibre, blending youth, experience, deadly finishing and outrageous technical ability (and certainly no lack of confidence).Thomas Tuchel will struggle to find room for all four on the field, a potential pitfall with so many big personalities in the dressing room; but it is a dilemma most coaches would welcome.Whether that will be enough to finally deliver the European glory the French side so desperately crave is, like every other issue surrounding these superstars, open to debate.But on the field and off it, Neymar, Icardi and the Parisians should prove captivating viewing over the course of 2019-20.last_img read more

Gerrard ‘surprised and flattered’ by Klopp job claim

first_imgSteven Gerrard admits to being “surprised and flattered” to find that Jurgen Klopp considers him to be the ideal candidate to step in as Liverpool’s next boss.The Anfield legend has been cutting his managerial teeth in Scotland with Rangers.He has impressed in the role at Ibrox and has made no secret of the fact that a return to Merseyside would appeal to him at some stage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Klopp has suggested that Gerrard should be appointed whenever the day comes for him to step down from a role with the Reds, with the German telling FourFourTwo when quizzed about the role iconic figures have to play in the present and future: “Kenny [Dalglish] and Stevie have both been a really big support from day one.”If Liverpool were to sack me tomorrow, then maybe Kenny would be the first choice to replace me, but they would probably bring Stevie down from Glasgow.”If you ask who should follow me, I’d say Stevie. I help him whenever I can.”Gerrard previously spent time working in Liverpool’s academy system, with Klopp always on hand to offer words of advice, and he is delighted to learn that a man who led the Reds to Champions League glory last season holds him in such high regard.Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2019-20The 39-year-old told reporters at a pre-weekend press conference: “I was surprised and flattered at the same time.”But when you read the quote really carefully, like I have, it said, ‘if I get sacked tomorrow’ he thinks Steven Gerrard should be the next Liverpool manager.”Jurgen Klopp’s not getting sacked tomorrow. I don’t want him to get sacked tomorrow. He’s doing a fantastic job.”Both Klopp and Gerrard are currently tied to contracts with their respective clubs until the summer of 2022.Neither is showing any sign of walking away from their posts, or being relieved of their duties.Gerrard hopes that remains the case for the foreseeable future, adding on Klopp: “I’m a Liverpool fan, and I’m sure every Liverpool fan on the planet endorses what I’m saying here, we want him to stay for many, many years and bring as much success to our club as possible, but it [the comment] was very flattering at the same time.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Cole backs Greenwood to be Man Utd regular

first_imgMason Greenwood has the “quality” and the right “mentality” to become an important player for Manchester United in the near future, according to Andy Cole.The young striker, who celebrated his 18th birthday on Tuesday, has already racked up seven appearances across all competitions this season, scoring twice.He netted his first senior goal in United colours to earn Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a 1-0 home victory over Astana in the Europa League on September 19, becoming the youngest scorer in European competition in the club’s history. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Greenwood followed up that performance with another goal in a Carabao Cup third-round tie against Rochdale, which the Red Devils scraped through on penalties after a 1-1 draw in normal time.The English forward is expected to return to Solskjaer’s starting XI for a Europa League trip to AZ on Thursday night, with a glowing endorsement from a club legend likely to boost his confidence even further.Cole, part of United’s 1999 treble-winning side, insists it “won’t be long” before Greenwood is a fixture in Solskjaer’s line up.“The kid has got quality in abundance, to be fair to him,” he told MUTV.“If he keeps working and keeps progressing, which I have no doubt he will do, it won’t be too long before he is lining up for the first team on a regular basis.“When you watch him, as a former centre-forward, you can see with your own eyes that he has two great feet. If you look at his mentality as well, he looks like he has got his head screwed on for a very young boy who has just turned 18. “I watched him a lot during the pre-season tour and watched him quite a few times on MUTV as well, so you realise he has quality. It won’t be long.”United’s biggest problem at the start of the 2019-20 campaign has been a lack of goals, with only nine to their name from seven Premier League outings.The Red Devils were held to a 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Monday night, once again failing to finish off their opponents after getting into a winning position.Cole went on to admit that a lack of firepower is a concern for his old club, but he feels Solskjaer will inspire a turnaround in fortunes sooner rather than later.The former England frontman said: “It is a little bit of a concern, not getting that second goal when we go a goal up and can’t kill the game off.”So it has been a little bit disappointing but, listen, Ole and the rest of the coaching staff and team are working very hard to try to put it right. They will hit the net soon.”On United’s aspirations in the Europa League this season, Cole added: “You are in it to win it.“That is the way you have got to look at it. This is an opportunity to get into the Champions League next season, guaranteed, if you can’t get there due to our league position.”You have got to go out and try to win the competition. The players out here would like to win it, no doubt.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘De Gea looks like he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on!’

first_imgFormer Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince has blasted David de Gea for his lack of leadership following the Red Devils’ 1-0 defeat against Newcastle.The 28-year-old goalkeeper recently committed his long-term future to the Red Devils, signing a five-year deal to end speculation about his departure.United have started the season poorly, however, and sit 12th in the Premier League table following their defeat on Tyneside. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The Spaniard spoke to the media post-match at St James’ Park, claiming he was at a loss to explain Uniter’s recent performances, and Ince feels his demeanour was not acceptable from one of the leading players in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dressing room.“I watched David de Gea’s post-match interview and I was at a loss,” Ince said to PaddyPower.“He’s meant to be one of the leaders. If that was Peter Schmeichel standing there, there’s no chance you’d have seen that interview. Rather than him addressing and recognising where the team were going wrong, it just felt like ‘I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know.’“This is one of the top players, the leaders at Man United, who has just signed a five-year contract. And he looks like he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on.“If you’re a United fan listening to your goalkeeper, one of the main leaders in the team, and that’s the interview you hear you’d be right to [think it was a disgrace]. I’d be looking thinking, ‘he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on – I bet he’s regretting signing that contract.’”Ince also insisted that the academy players that have been used by Solskjaer this season have been thrown in at the deep end, and suggested that many are not at the level required to play for United.“You can’t blame the young players either, and in fact, I wonder how many of those are even good enough really.“You look back to the academy days of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes etcetera and you just don’t get those kinds of players anymore, especially not all in one group together. So, while it’s unfair to compare them to those, I would also say that some of them are just good young players.“Looking at the youth that played against Newcastle, and being realistic, how many of them will be playing first-team football on a regular basis in two or three years’ time? I’m not convinced.”United have two weeks to plan for their next Premier League fixture as they host Liverpool after the international break on October 20. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Scaloni hails Argentina attitude after Germany draw

first_imgArgentina boss Lionel Scaloni stated that he felt his side’s 2-2 draw with Germany on Wednesday was arguably the best performance of his tenure in charge.La Albiceleste found themselves two goals down in Dortmund less than a quarter of the way through the international friendly, following Serge Gnabry and Kai Havertz’s early efforts.Scaloni’s substitutes however helped inspire a comeback as Lucas Alario and Lucas Ocampos sealed a draw late on following their arrivals for the second half. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The former Sevilla assistant manager took the reins of the national team following last year’s World Cup horror-show in Russia and has often attracted criticism for his selections so far.However, speaking after securing a share of the spoils in midweek, the 41-year-old felt optimistic for the future.When asked if it was the best showing of his tenure, Scaloni told reporters: “Possibly, yes, considering the opponent, but we had great games before, with our attitude.”What stands out, aside from the performance, was the attitude of wanting to overcome the score and not give the match away. That was our team’s greatest virtue in the second half.”It was a complicated match at 2-0, and it could’ve ended badly for us, but we read the match properly.”What we were supposed to do in the first half didn’t happen. In the second half it did. We’ve matured lot, that’s what these matches are all about; growing for the future, with complicated things ahead.”I think it [the second half] was the same as the first half, with the distinction that we didn’t commit any mistakes at ball clearances.”We had four mistakes in the first period; two of them were goals, the other two weren’t.”In these kinds of games, what matters is the functionality over the score. Logically, if we don’t lose, it’s better. The score comes second, most important is the performance.”In the second half, I’ll say it again, we saw another Argentina, a more decisive Argentina that knew what to do. But the first half needs to be properly analysed.”There were mistakes and if we could erase those mistakes, the performance wasn’t bad. Logically, Argentina were superior in the second half, so we must point out the good aspects and correct the bad ones from now on.”last_img read more