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Man Utd must overcome two stumbling blocks to secure Cristiano Ronaldo transfer

Manchester United’s hopes of securing a sensational return for Cristiano Ronaldo rely on the Red Devils overcoming two major hurdles in the deal that would take him from Juventus.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is interested in signing a forward this summer and has been linked with a move for the former Old Trafford star.

Ronaldo is about to enter the final year of his contract with the Serie A side and is considering his future following a disappointing campaign.

Juventus finished fourth in the Italian top-flight and had their nine-year domination of the division ended by Inter Milan.

The 36-year-old had a successful personal season and may choose to depart if he sees no sign of improvement, despite Massimiliano Allegri already replacing the sacked Andrea Pirlo as boss.

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It is believed that the Norwegian wants a defender, a midfielder and a forward.

“Of course, we’re planning as we normally do, that’s an ongoing process,” Solskjaer said after his side defeated Wolves on the final day of the season.

“We’re looking at the squad and I hope we’re going to strengthen with two or three players [who] we definitely need to challenge higher up in the table.

“We’re still too far behind to think it’s just going to come by itself.

“We’ve had a few players on loan that might come back in. There is interest in a few others going out.

“You want to come out of the transfer window strengthened. It’s difficult to say, I can’t see too many outgoings.

“We’re not where we aimed to be. But we’ve got ambitions to move up one place.

“But there’s been steady improvement. Third last season, second this season, some more points. We’ve done really well away from home.

“We know we had a difficult start to the season, losing three of the first six games and loads of them were home games, which put pressure on the team.

“The players have been very, very good.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport Feed

7 causes of Vaginismus – How to overcome the condition

Around one in 10 women in the UK find sex painful and vaginismus is just one cause of painful sex, also known as dyspareunia. Express.co.uk chatted to hypnotherapist Aaron Surtees from City Hypnosis to find out the common causes of vaginismus and how to overcome the condition.

Vaginismus makes penetrative sex impossible and can seriously impact the mental health of women who have it.

The condition causes the vaginal muscles to tighten up and the woman has no control over it.

Someone with vaginismus will also find it hard inserting a tampon, or feel a burning or stinging pain when attempting penetration.

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Hypnotherapist Aaron Surtees, who heads up City Hypnosis, said he sees around 10 women a month who want to tackle vaginismus.

He said: “Those with undiagnosed vaginismus can feel embarrassed or abnormal, feelings which can prevent them from seeking help.

“It can also impact self-esteem and can lead to anxiety and depression.

“Those with vaginismus may avoid being sexual, may avoid being intimate or socialising or dating for fear that it could lead to sex.”

But what causes this unfortunate condition?

According to Mr Surtees, vaginismus is different from just pain during sex because it’s the body’s automatic reaction that causes it.

He said: “Vaginismus is a psychological condition that manifests itself in a physical form’ the fear of penetration which revolves around a fear of pain and loss of control.

“Many of my clients with this condition are women in their 30s, 40s, and even 50s who have never been able to use a tampon or insert a finger inside their vagina.

“Some women experience fear, difficulties or pain from the first time they try to insert something into their vagina and instead of getting better, it can get worse over time. This is called primary vaginismus.”

Other women can be fine for decades but develop pain during sex at a later date, and this is known as secondary vaginismus.

Mr Surtees said this can occur after pregnancy or as a result of gynaecological problems such as endometriosis.

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Pelvic floor exercises, vaginal trainers and therapy are common treatment plans for vaginismus.

Very rarely is surgery or anything more severe suggested to fix the problem.

Mr Surtees recommends hypnosis to treat vaginismus – it works by “relaxing the client and allowing the subconscious mind to open up”.

Then, the hypnotherapist explained: “Positive suggestions are made around penetration and sexual imagery, this helps to normalise sex and promote it as a positive, healthy and enjoyable activity.

“Getting the client to visualise herself feeling pleasure from intercourse is key to great results.”

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Abandoned dog overcome with joy after being fitted with wheelchair for new chance at life

The pooch, named Janja, was left traumatised after being abandoned at a rubbish dump when she was just weeks old. She was then diagnosed with a broken back after a Good Samaritan found her and took her to the vet for an assessment.
Vanda, the dog’s rescuer, was initially told that Janja needed to be put down as her injuries meant she would never walk again and would always be incontinent.

Janja’s enormous spirit made Vanda decide she should be given a second chance at life, as she had fought so hard to survive her ordeal.

The pooch was given laser acupuncture and a wheelchair for her back legs so that she could continue to move freely.

Despite Vanda’s best efforts, the dog quickly became increasingly difficult for her to look after alone, so she sought out the help of a group of foster carers.

As Janja’s incontinence worsened, the couple were forced to spend vast amounts of time cleaning up the mess and the dog.

Ms Leeson said: “Life is good for her, but Julia and Glen are struggling, much as they love her dearly.

“They so want to commit their lives to care for Janja but it is exhausting and they need help.

“Although no one ever wanted this, she is used to being in different foster homes back in Croatia and took it all in her stride.

“We are asking for just one other foster home to commit to caring for her on a one month on, one month off basis.

“Janja is a dear sweet girl who has had the worst start in life ever and has come through everything life has thrown at her still full of joy and happiness. She loves other dogs, children and everyone she meets.

“We are looking for another ‘animal angel’ somewhere out there who can devote part of their lives to such a deserving and fun-loving, adorable dog who, despite her broken body, never gets her down and who loves life so much.”

Another who thinks they can help can call 07887696132 or email [email protected] or [email protected]

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Dental phobia: How to overcome a fear of the dentist – 6 tips

The general rule says we should all visit the dentist every six months but the NHS site explains the time between check-ups can vary from three months to two years, depending on how healthy your teeth and gums are and your risk of future problems. If you’re too scared to go to the dentist and it has been too long since your last visit, you need to force yourself to go. Express.co.uk chatted to Dr Kailesh Solanki, advisory dentist at Dental Phobia and Dr Martina Hodgson, dentist & Invisalign doctor at The Dental Studio to find out their top six tips to overcoming a fear of the dentist.

Experienced dentist

First things first, make sure you’re going to the right dentist for you.

Dr Solanki said: “If you can, ensure that your dentist is experienced in treating nervous patients.

“Dentophobia is very common and there’s no need to be embarrassed. Your dentist should take the time to talk over your fears and suggest how treatment could be adapted to accommodate your phobia.

“This might include mild sedation or using the wand technique instead of the traditional syringe, to deliver anaesthetic slowly; minimising the risk of feeling uncomfortable.”

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Distract yourself

If you’d rather not think about what’s going on in the moment, it’s perfectly okay to distract yourself.

Dr Solanki said: “If you prefer not to know what’s going on, playing catchy music through headphones can be a great distraction, both from the noise of the equipment and the treatment taking place. Why not make your own dental playlist?

“Some dental clinics provide their own music or even a TV screen on the ceiling which has proven to relax many patients.”

Dr Hodgson added: “Try distracting yourself with an object you’ve brought in specifically, such as a stress ball, a charm bracelet or a fidget spinner.

“By focusing your touch sense on feeling the object in your hand, this may help to distract you from the treatment taking place in your mouth.”

Speak up

If you can’t distract yourself and you’d rather a continuous monologue from the dentist, tell them!

Dr Hodgson said: “Some patients are soothed by being able to maintain a degree of control whilst having treatment.

“For those individuals, a constant commentary by the dentist, explaining what each instrument does, what is happening and why, can be very helpful.”


You can’t exactly have a soothing drink or do some yoga during your appointment, but you can use aromatherapy to stay calm.

Dr Hodgson said: “You can use your sense of smell to help you relax.

“Bring some lavender pillow spray and spray it on your top or on your wrist to help you calm down when you feel tense and bring about a sense of safety and wellbeing.”

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Novak Djokovic makes French Open demand to overcome Rafael Nadal after Belgrade defeat

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World No 1 Novak Djokovic has admitted that plenty of improvements will be needed in order to stand any chance of taking the French Open title from hot favourite and defending champion Rafael Nadal later this year. Djokovic achieved the first Grand Slam triumph of the new season with victory at the Australian Open, strolling to the trophy despite struggling with a troublesome muscle injury for the vast majority of the tournament.

However, his preparations for the next major at Roland Garros took a hit on Saturday as he was knocked out of the Serbia Open in his home town of Belgrade.

Djokovic would have been hoping for another routine victory against Aslan Karatsev in a repeat of his semi-final in Melbourne, but failed to live up to expectations this time around, succumbing to a narrow 7-5 4-6 6-4 defeat.

The Serb has made it clear on a number of previous occasions that his current aim is to close the gap to Nadal and Roger Federer, who have both won 20 Grand Slam titles.

Djokovic currently sits two adrift on 18 after his stellar campaign in Australia, but the upcoming French Open will provide a golden opportunity to reduce the deficit even further ahead of Wimbledon, which is set to get underway at the end of June.

Nadal, who has gained a formidable reputation as the king of clay, is widely expected to seal yet another title at Roland Garros but his frustrated rival has stressed that he will be looking to put Saturday’s disappointment behind him in order to challenge the Spaniard’s dominance.

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“Hats off to Karatsev, he was bold and deserved to win,” Djokovic told a virtual press conference.

“I will probably not be able to recollect all the memorable rallies in this match because I lost. I am not happy with my performance, I put up a fight but he delivered great shots every time he needed to.

“I was unlucky at times, it all came down to one or two shots but I had too many ups and downs throughout the match.

“Roland Garros is the main goal, but I need to play better if I’m thinking about doing something there. I have a lot of work ahead of me.”


Saturday’s result marked another surprise defeat for Djokovic after he was downed by British No 1 Dan Evans at the Monte-Carlo Masters earlier this month.

The 33-year-old’s next outing is likely to come at the Madrid Open ahead of his return to Roland Garros, but he is still yet to confirm whether or not he will play at the competition in the Spanish capital.

Dissecting his performance against Karatsev, Djokovic admitted that his opposite number was the better man on the day, but suggested that there were still plenty of positives to take from the defeat as he looks to optimise his game on clay in preparation for the French Open.

“From my side, I played on quite a low level, in my opinion,” added Djokovic.

“[I had] some flashes of good quality tennis, I was fighting. That is a positive. I was really trying all the way [and] the crowd was great.

“They carried me and tried to lift me up, all the way to the end. Because of them, I think I won the second set.

“Unfortunately in the third, he was just the better player in the decisive moments. I had my chances, but that is sport.”

The draw for this year’s French Open will be made shortly ahead of the tournament, which is expected to begin on May 30 after it was pushed back as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Real Madrid overcome bus attack and Liverpool to book spot in Champions League semis, as fans blast Salah for missed chances

Real Madrid held off a siege from Liverpool to knock the English club out of the Champions League and advance to the semi-finals.

With their 3-1 first leg triumph at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium proving enough to top Jurgen Klopp’s men, Los Blancos will now face Liverpool’s Premier League rivals Chelsea in the last four. 

Not shaken up by an alleged bus attack akin to Manchester City at this point of the competition in 2017-2018, the 13-time winners kept a solid clean sheet even with a threadbare back line.

Young midfielder Fede Valverde was thought to be a weak link and was targeted by Sadio Mane early in the second installment of this quarter final tie, while Zinedine Zidane was also unable to call on the expertise of veterans Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane. 

With Nacho and Eder Militao, however, plus Marcelo-replacement left back Ferland Mendy, the Spaniards were in safe hands. 

Finally starting to realize his potential since a move from Porto via Sao Paulo, as a potential heir to the likes of Thiago Silva in the national team fold, Brazilian Militao was particularly effective in coming up with a series of important blocks. 

As suggested, the Reds had plenty of chances to overturn the scoreline but were wasteful with only five of a total 15 attempts on target. 

Mohamed Salah was particularly excruciating to watch, and set the tone for the evening when missing a sitter within two minutes. 

Approaching half time, the Egyptian and Gini Winaljdum both failed to trouble Thibaut Courtois in the box, and there were further opportunities squandered when the hosts came back out after the interval.

Klopp’s decision to leave out reigning UCL champion Thiago in another big game was again questioned, and the playmaker’s introduction saw greater creativity moving forward.

But as service to Salah was once more squandered by the possible-Madrid bound forward, a fading club hero was blasted by fans online.

“Sell him ASAP,” demanded one.

“Has Salah signed for Real already?,” asked another.

“His audition for Madrid isn’t going well” it was also pointed out, while elsewhere someone commented: “He has to score these.”

Topping off what was dubbed a “monstrous defensive performance”, Madrid held on to reach their eighth out of 10 possible semifinals on the continent, and they are now just 180 minutes away from a fourth out of five possible finals on supposed fraud Zidane’s watch.

As for Liverpool, they were left to reflect on what could have been, as they succumbed to a second successive elimination by a team from the Spanish capital. 
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