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Manchester United double transfer agreement is great for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United double transfer agreement is great for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Manchester United have a new structure in place. Ed Woodward has given up some of his power at Old Trafford, with John Murtough and Darren Fletcher primed to aid Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the transfer front. And the fact all three figures are in agreement over Declan Rice and Erling Haaland bodes well.
Manchester United’s transfer policy, under Sir Alex Ferguson, was brilliant.

The Scot signed top players time and time again, from unknown rookies such as Cristiano Ronaldo to established superstars like Dimitar Berbatov.

But in the years since Ferguson walked off into the sunset, United have struggled in that department.

In 2014, David Moyes wanted Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Cesc Fabregas and Leighton Baines. He got just Marouane Fellaini instead.

The following year, Louis van Gaal hoped to recruit Thomas Muller or Robert Lewandowski. Late in the day, the Red Devils got Radamel Falcao.

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And it was well-documented that Jose Mourinho missed out on his top targets, too, such as Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld and Gareth Bale.

Under Solskjaer, United haven’t got all their targets either.

They wanted Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Jude Bellingham during the summer transfer window but, in the end, the trio all slipped through their grasp.

Since then, the Red Devils have had a tinker with their setup behind the scenes.

Murtough and Fletcher have been appointed as football director and technical director respectively, with the club now hopeful the double act will help to propel them to silverware in the future.

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And, already, it seems as if United’s key figures are all on the same page.

That hasn’t always been the case. Woodward never could quite see the logic in signing Baines when they had Evra, while he felt Falcao would be a more glamorous signing than Lewandowski or Muller.

But United’s key figures have already come to an agreement.

The Sun say Murtough, Fletcher and Solskjaer all believe Rice would be a good asset for the club, with the England international currently flourishing at West Ham.

Despite being denied a move to Chelsea back in the summer, Rice has knuckled down to help the Hammers climb up to fifth in the Premier League table.

United are well-stocked in the middle of the park with Solskjaer able to call upon the likes of Paul Pogba, Fred, Scott McTominay, Donny van de Beek and Nemanja Matic.

But with Matic entering the twilight years of his career, a move for Rice would certainly make sense.

Likewise, Haaland.

It was reported by the Manchester Evening News last week that United’s big three figures also believe the Borussia Dortmund star should be a priority target.

After all, it’s easy to see why. After scoring 19 Bundesliga goals from 20 matches this term, he’s established himself as one of the best young strikers on the planet.

United may need to replace Edinson Cavani this summer, with the 33-year-old being linked with a move to Boca Juniors.

And they’re also on the hunt for a new forward regardless amid the struggles of Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood this term.

United’s transfer business in the years since Ferguson walked away has been iffy, to put it mildly.

But with Solskjaer already working well in tandem with Fletcher and Murtough, better times could be on the horizon.

And, if they’re successful in landing Haaland and Rice, silverware might be too.

‘You’re all tripping’: NBA great Stephen Curry slams basketball bosses in gender equality row over women’s weights room (VIDEO)

‘You’re all tripping’: NBA great Stephen Curry slams basketball bosses in gender equality row over women’s weights room (VIDEO)

Golden State Warriors legend Stephen Curry has waded in to a gender equality row after women’s basketball ace Sedona Prince caused outrage by sharing a video showing the starkly different weights rooms for male and female players.

Organizers the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) were slated on Thursday after photos emerged of the facilities provided at its hugely popular March Madness tournament.

An accompanying video presented by Prince, who plays for Oregon Ducks, appeared to show the notable differences between the male and female gyms at separate bubble sites in Indiana and Texas, with the forward urging: “If you aren’t upset about this problem, then you are a part of it.”

“I’ve got something to show you all,” she began, showing one miserly mound of small dumbbells. “For the NCAA March Madness – the biggest tournament in college basketball for women – this is our weights room.”

Her clip then cuts to a spacious gym in Indiana laden with machines and weights, before she revealed that the female equivalent is pretty large itself, looking capable of hosting far more equipment.

Forced to respond to the furor, the NCAA posted a statement on the same day from its senior vice president, Lynn Holzman, acknowledging that “some of the amenities teams would typically have access to have not been as available inside the controlled environment.”

“In part, this is due to the limited space and the original plan was to expand the workout area once additional space was available later in the tournament,” she added.

“However, we want to be responsive to the needs of our participating teams, and we are actively working to enhance existing resources at practice courts, including additional weight training equipment.”

Prince’s post went viral and was ‘liked’ by almost 300,000 users, including a retweet by three-time NBA champion Curry.

“Wow – come on now,” Curry scoffed to his Twitter following of more than 15 million accounts. “March Madness, NCAA – you’re all tripping.”

Not everyone was on Prince’s side. “The TV contract for the men’s tournament is in the billions,” said one skeptic.

“I have no idea what it is for women but I’d imagine nowhere near there. This is about business, not social injustice.”

Another retorted: “The fact that there are actual men trying to explain why female college athletes deserve less because their sport doesn’t take in any money when neither male nor female collegiate athletes get paid outside of waved tuition and boarding is… hilarious but not surprising.

“If a college athlete wants to lift weights, they should have unfettered access to do so. The body, for many, is the most valuable asset.

“Why should men and women athletes not have the same access to facilities to help build their body? Because one program makes less dollar?”

The NCAA is yet to address Prince’s seemingly damning evidence.
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Queen's Roger Taylor on the secret to being a great drummer 'We don't just keep time'

Queen's Roger Taylor on the secret to being a great drummer 'We don't just keep time'

Roger believes that his early childhood, building his first drum kit, playing in local bands, natural gifts and watching his heroes all combined together.

He said: “From that pot, where it all got mixed up, I just forged my own style.”

And then, of course, it’s what you do with it when you’ve got it…

Roger is passionate about the importance of a drummer to a band, but also warns about an easy trap unwary musicians can fall into.

He said: “As drummers we drive the band, and I think the most important thing we can all do is play for the song.

“It’s not about showing off on your instrument. It’s about being aware of the whole song – not just the drum part.”

Bitcoin is a ‘great asset for central banks,’ economist tells Boom Bust

Bitcoin is a ‘great asset for central banks,’ economist tells Boom Bust

The price of bitcoin has fallen back, following a record spike of just above $ 61,500 over the weekend. RT’s Boom Bust explores what’s driving the cryptocurrency’s surge and whether central banks could hold it as an asset.

The hosts are joined by Jeffrey Tucker, of the American Institute for Economic Research, who says, “Central banks can hold anything as an asset, literally anything, and I know that’s pretty much true of the Fed.”

According to Tucker, bitcoin is “a great asset for central banks” and “it’s probably going to hold its value, as there’s not going to be any new money creation – unlike the fake national currencies that they make.”

“We’re on the verge of seeing a complete discrediting of monetary policy as we once knew it. So, bitcoin is a pretty good bet for central banks at this point. That could actually drive the markets higher,” he added.

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Microsoft delivers more great Xbox Series X news – Outriders heads to Game Pass on Day One

Microsoft delivers more great Xbox Series X news - Outriders heads to Game Pass on Day One

However, Outriders looks to be breaking this mould – with Microsoft confirming today that the huge Square Enix game will be available at launch on Game Pass.

Announcing the news in a blog post, Megan Spurr – community lead for Xbox Game Pass – said: “We all got a taste of Outriders with the recent demo, so I’m thrilled to announce that Outriders will be available on Console and Android phones and tablets via Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) with Xbox Game Pass on day one!

“Starting April 1 (not an April Fool’s joke, I assure you), Xbox Game Pass for Console and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can jump into this true genre-hybrid from Square Enix, which combines brutal combat with deep RPG systems. Outriders is set in the distant future where players attempt to colonize a planet that they believe to be a new home for humanity. Turns out, the planet doesn’t want them there. Oops. A mysterious storm called the Anomaly burnt out all the tech that’s more advanced than a lightbulb, hyper-evolved the wildlife into ferocious monsters, and colonisation efforts broke down into a bitter war of attrition for the last remaining resources available to humanity.”

The Outriders news is a big boost for Xbox Series X and S fans as well as the Xbox Game Pass service.

Bye-bye, Dubai: Tennis great Roger Federer cancels tour plans again after blowing match point to lose to world no.42 at Qatar Open

Bye-bye, Dubai: Tennis great Roger Federer cancels tour plans again after blowing match point to lose to world no.42 at Qatar Open

Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer has withdrawn from a tournament after seeing his comeback event end prematurely at the Qatar Open, squandering a set lead and a match point to lose against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Taking part in his first tournament in 14 months, the 39-year-old lost his quarter-final match to the world number 42 6-3, 1-6, 5-7 in one hour and 50 minutes.

Basilashvili turned out to be a resiliently tough opponent for Federer, saving seven out of 10 break points, including a match point at 4-5 in the decisive set.

Federer’s unexpected loss was not the only upset for his devoted fans, as the two-time Grand Slam winner swiftly announced his withdrawal from next week’s ATP 500 event in Dubai.

It’s been great to be back on the ATP Tour,” the beloved veteran wrote on Twitter. “I loved every minute playing in Doha once again.

A big thank you to the best and loyal team that helped me get here. I’ve decided it’s best to go back to training and, as a result, I’ve decided to withdraw from Dubai next week.”

Elsewhere in Doha, Russian stars Andrey Rublev and Aslan Karatsev reached the doubles final by beating Frenchmen Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin.

The in-form duo recovered from 4-1 down in the second set and saved two set points at 5-4 to clinch a 7-6, 7-6 victory.

They will face Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald in the final, who sent home top-seeded Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-3, 6-4 in their semi-final match.
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Olympic swimming great Missy Franklin announces pregnancy

Olympic swimming great Missy Franklin announces pregnancy

Missy Franklin, who is married to former University of Texas swimmer Hayes Johnson, posted a photo of her and Johnson holding an ultrasound picture.

Missy Franklin is going to be a mom.

“Our greatest dream come true,” she wrote. “Baby Johnson coming in August.”
The 25-year-old Franklin became one of the sport’s biggest stars when she captured four gold medals and a bronze as a high-schooler at the 2012 London Olympics.
She also competed at the 2016 Rio Games, where she was plagued by shoulder injuries but still managed another gold as a preliminary relay swimmer.
Franklin attempted to keep swimming after Rio, but her shoulder problems never got any better. She retired from the sport in December 2018, got married and graduated from the University of Georgia.
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FILE – In this Aug. 3, 2012, file photo, United States’ Missy Franklin starts in the women’s 200-meter backstroke final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Franklin won a gold medal in the event. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

'Pep isn't great like Ferguson': Man United legend Kanchelskis reveals secret of Sir Alex's success to RT Sport (VIDEO)

'Pep isn't great like Ferguson': Man United legend Kanchelskis reveals secret of Sir Alex's success to RT Sport (VIDEO)

Until Pep Guardiola wins a Champions League title with Man City, he can never be compared to the great Sir Alex Ferguson, that’s the opinion of former Reds winger Andrei Kanchelskis, who was speaking on his show ‘Down the Line’.

Kanchelskis won five major honours with United in a four-year spell with the Old Trafford club, but also enjoyed a brief loan stint at City later on in his career, and is one of a handful players to turn out for both in the Manchester derby. 

However it was under Sir Alex that Kanchelskis, then an unknown and untried young winger from behind the Iron Curtain, emerged from anonymity and became a football superstar.

Currently, Pep Guardiola’s City lead the Premier League by 14 points ahead of neighbours and second-placed United, in the derby at the Etihad on Sunday, with victory all but sewing up the championship.

Speaking on RT Sport’s Down the Line with Andrei Kanchelskis, the 52-year-old says City are the “best team in Europe” and will “100 percent” be champions should they beat United.

“It’s finished, of course… No chance. Especially at the moment, Man City great form, players play more relaxed. Not too much pressure like on Liverpool, Man Utd. Man City play for themselves, more relaxed. If Man City lose this game, no big problems. If Man Utd lose, big problems, finished,” Kanchelskis said.

“It’s a derby game, a special game for Man Utd and Man City. Difficult game [for Man Utd], playing away, Man City in great form, not dropping points. I said before, if you drop points in this period, December, January, February, if you don’t drop points, maybe you’ll win the title.

“This game is a derby, special for the players and fans… If Man Utd win, there’s a little bit of a chance for the race for the title. It’s an important game for Man Utd, because it’s against the best team in Europe at the moment.”

Despite achieving the most dominant domestic success of any club in recent years, Kanchelskis insists there is one thing missing from Pep Guardiola’s voluminous list of achievements, that prevents him from being considered in the same bracket of managerial greatness as Sir Alex Ferguson. 

“Everybody says [Guardiola] is so good, winning titles, winning the league, but he doesn’t win the Champions League. Only Barcelona won the Champions League. Bayern Munich, no, in the league, yes, OK. Man City, in the league, but no Champions League,” Kanchelskis said.

“If Guardiola wins the Champions League with Man City, OK, after we start to speak about Guardiola. Now Guardiola is a great coach, but not great like Sir Alex Ferguson.”

Ferguson won 13 league titles and two Champions League titles during his 26-year tenure at United. Guardiola won two European Cups With Barcelona – both in finals against United – and looks on course for his third Premier League crown in five years at the City helm.

Kanchelskis says the difference between the Spaniard and Ferguson is his relentless winning streaks which including two runs of three Premier League titles in a row from 1999-2001 and again from 2008-2010.

“Why I say Alex Ferguson is top? Because Man Utd win titles in a row, three times in a row. Guardiola, one title, the next season, problems. Klopp won the title, the next season is a little bit problems. Not the same level like Ferguson. That’s why I say Ferguson is the best, always stabilization,” Kanchelskis, who was part of two of Ferguson’s Premier League wins, notching back-to-back titles in 1993 and 1994, said. 

“He’s a great man, a great coach. He’s a sparkling man. Before the game, just concentration for the game. Half-time, if you play badly [he’s] very angry, aggressive, very bad shouting in the dressing room. After the game, he’s a new man, change, smiles, drinks for the players, speaking, laughing. 

“For me, I saw in Ferguson a new coach. Because I was born in the USSR. Nobody was speaking to the coaches like the players speaking to Ferguson. It was a little bit scary coach [in the USSR]. Ferguson of course was scary before the game, during the game, but not after the game, it was OK. It’s a nice personality.”

Ferguson was famous for his ‘hairdryer treatment’ of berating under-performing players by leaning into their faces and barking his order, which Kanchelskis unwittingly suffered most apparently in an incident that involved the quick wit of his interpreter George Scanlan.

“One game I played bad, Ferguson came to the dressing room. George Scanlan, he was an interpreter for me and Cantona as well. [Ferguson] told George Scanlan, because I didn’t understand in English, ‘Andrei played very bad, blah blah blah,’ like this. I didn’t understand what he said, you know,” Kanchelskis said.

“After that I said to George, ‘what did he say’? And he said, ‘ah you played excellent, come on, come on.’ He told me after the game, that was a very [big] surprise for me.”

Kanchelskis was however complimentary of Guardiola’s attitude towards poor refereeing decisions, of which many of his rivals have often fell victim. The introduction of video assistant referees (VAR) has seen Frank Lampard, Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as well as players and pundits, debate its suitability after consistently producing bizarre decisions determined by questionable criteria.

“If you drop points, anyway you speak about referees. A lot of coaches speak about referees. Sometimes there are mistakes, [the referee] is a man as well. People make mistakes, like referees as well. Referees aren’t robots, the referee is alive, people make mistakes,” Kanchelskis said. 

“Sometimes coaches say bad referees, no results, the referee is no good. I’ve never seen Guardiola say about referees. He never speaks too much, of course sometimes, but not so much, and now top of the league. No questions.”

Manchester City’s success has led pundits to compare them, as well as last season’s champions Liverpool, with the great Premier League sides of yesteryear.

Among them are Ferguson’s double-winning team of 1994, in which Kanchelskis played an pivotal role on the right flank, his most famous individual feat being a hat trick in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford in 1994.

“It’s a different time, you know. Man City are demonstrating great football. When we played, in 93-94, we demonstrated great football, excellent football. This is a new day, a new life now, new football, new pace, a different pace,”

“When I played, when I scored my hat-trick against Man City, we were first in the table, Man City were near the bottom. It doesn’t matter, it’s a derby, it’s a different mind, everybody is concentrating, determination for the game. I hope Man Utd win, I hope Rashford or maybe another player [will score] a hat-trick against Man City,” he said.

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PS5 is down for another great PlayStation 4 upgrade in 2021

PS5 is down for another great PlayStation 4 upgrade in 2021
Sony is reportedly planning on bringing another popular – if not slightly controversial – console exclusive to the PS5 this year, complete with next-gen upgrades.

As confirmed when the console first arrived, most PS4 titles are backwards-compatible and usually offering improved load times.

And while relying on your back-catalogue is a good strategy, fans are also hungry to test out their new consoles.

And this is where those recent PS5 upgrades can come in handy, with the likes of Warframe, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Genshin Impact making it possible to unlock betters specs and visuals.

And if recent reports are to be believed, Death Stranding could be the next console exclusive to make the jump.

At the moment, there aren’t many big exclusives on the PlayStation 5 platforms that have been given the upgrade treatment.

The big one is Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which has been available as a free upgrade since November 2020.

And new reports suggest that Death Stranding could be the next to get the PS5 upgrade, albeit, without the freebie part.

The latest is sourced from a user on Reset Era, who has shared that an extended version of Death Stranding will reportedly be announced soon.

This new version will offer improved specs using the PlayStation 5’s added power, and it will also come with added story content.

This extended version of the game will reportedly launch on PS4 as well, which could open up some crossplay capabilities.

So while this won’t be quite as simple as another free PS5 upgrade, next-gen console owners could be enticed to splash some cash on the Hideo Kojima project.

As with all rumours, this needs to be taken with a grain of salt as the information shared could prove to be out of date.

There’s always a chance this project may have been cancelled since it was first leaked, and gamers will need to keep a lookout for more clues in the coming weeks.

This is expected to be another first-party exclusive to offer a free PS5 upgrade to those who decide to switch consoles at a later date.

The first adventure proved very popular and the next could be another big seller for Sony.

The game description shares the latest on the setting of the sequel, revealing: “The land is dying. Vicious storms and an unstoppable blight ravage the scattered remnants of humanity, while fearsome new machines prowl their borders. Life on Earth is hurtling towards another extinction, and no one knows why.

“It’s up to Aloy to uncover the secrets behind these threats and restore order and balance to the world. Along the way, she must reunite with old friends, forge alliances with warring new factions and unravel the legacy of the ancient past – all the while trying to stay one step ahead of a seemingly undefeatable new enemy.”

PS Plus March 2021: Sony reveal great news and more PS4 and PS5 free games

PS Plus March 2021: Sony reveal great news and more PS4 and PS5 free games
More PS5 free games are being promised by Sony past those already released and confirmed, including Marquette, Bugsnax, Destruction Allstars and Maneater.

And these will be available on top of the regular PS4 titles that go live each month as part of the PlayStation Plus subscribers.

Sony even revealed one of its next big PS5 and PS4 release in April would be Oddworld: Soulstorm, another PlayStation 5 free upgrade.

The good news is that Sony will not be ending its commitment to offering more free PlayStation 5 games in 2021.

Sony hinted at as much before launching its next-gen console, telling gamers at the time: “All PlayStation Plus members will continue to receive at least two great PS4 games each month.

“It is our goal to add PS5 games regularly to the monthly games lineup, so check back with us at PS Blog for our monthly PlayStation Plus announcements.

“If a PS4 game is playable on the PS5, and you are still a PlayStation Plus member, you will be able to download it onto your PS5 and play.”

And the latest news shared on the subject reveals that more big PS Plus games are being planned past what we already know.

Speaking to GQ Magazine, PlayStation’s Jim Ryan revealed that more big releases are being planned to follow the likes of Destruction AllStars and Bugsnax, adding:

“Yes, it is. We see this is a very interesting and innovative way to publish games and to make games available to our subscribers. It works for us as the publisher, and we know that subscribers to PlayStation Plus love it.

“The early audience is an audience that likes to engage with PlayStation Plus; many of them like to play online multiplayer, and they like the instant PlayStation Plus collection.”

And while gamers are going to have to wait until May to find out what is coming next for PS5 as part of PlayStation Plus, it certainly looks good for those hoping for more next-gen titles.

Here’s a list of the current and upcoming PS5 free games available as part of PlayStation Plus:

MARCH

Marquette

Maquette sets you in the centre of a world the rules of which are very different from our own. Solutions to puzzles require you to twist the world recursively – manipulating the landscape of a diorama will see those changes mirrored in the life-sized version that surrounds you. If you get perplexed by a puzzle, you can call up PS5’s Game Help*** for helpful hints to solve Maquette’s tougher conundrums.

APRIL

Oddworld: Soulstorm

In Oddworld: Soulstorm, you reprise the role of Abe the Mudokon, accidental hero turned leader of a growing revolution. We first met Abe in the first game of the quintology, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty. Abe is a floor-waxer at Mullock the Glukkon’s RuptureFarms meat packing plant. He accidentally learns about Molluck’s plan to turn Mudokons into tasty treats. He wants to save himself, but he’s compelled him to try to save everyone. His selfless act is the spark that sets the revolution ablaze.