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Van Gaal: Villa scarier than City

first_imgLouis van Gaal says the prospect of facing Aston Villa scared him more than the idea of taking on Manchester City at Old Trafford. But Van Gaal is confident of victory this weekend, stating that he thinks City’s attacking tendencies will work in United’s favour. Van Gaal believes teams that come to Old Trafford looking to scrap for a point are much harder to beat. Van Gaal is so sure of that theory that he spent less time fretting about Sunday’s opposition than he did last week when relegation-threatened Villa came to Old Trafford. “I had more fear of Aston Villa than Manchester City,” the United manager said, before adding: “Aston Villa was more defensive. “I don’t expect Manchester City shall play so defensive as Aston Villa. Then you need a lot of focus and concentration on our defence. “A long ball is very difficult to defend. But (against) Manchester City, I don’t expect very much long balls. “It’s another game and that’s why I have less fear against Manchester City in spite of losing 1-0 against them in the last game.” That is not to say he would not cherish his first win over City. United will be looking to end a run of four successive Manchester derby defeats on Sunday when City make the short trip across town. Van Gaal lost his first encounter with United’s closest rivals last November, when Sergio Aguero struck the only goal in a 1-0 win for the Blues. ”I dream of it, every player shall dream of the victory,” the United boss said. During his nine months in charge, assistant manager Ryan Giggs and club chef Mike Donnelly have taught the Dutchman about United’s rivalries. But if he needed a reminder of the enmity between City and United, he got it this week from his wife Truus, whose hairdresser is a blue. ”I’m not so often in the city, but when I am there, the people are talking about the derby and even when I come home my wife is saying the things they have told her about this derby,” Van Gaal told MUTV. ”My wife’s hairdresser is a Manchester City fan so there is a lot of discussion between these two women. ”I like it. You play football for the fans and I hope we can give our fans the victory.” Bragging rights are not the only thing at stake. Victory would strengthen United’s grip on third place as they would then be four points clear of their ‘noisy neighbours’. A third-placed finish would guarantee direct entry into the Champions League and that is what Van Gaal is aiming for. ”When you win, third place is then reachable and a month ago nobody was thinking about that, besides me, of course,” Van Gaal said. ”Third is good because you are certainly qualified for the Champions League and then we do better than the goal that was set in pre-season.” The fact that United and City are effectively battling for third position shows how disappointing their seasons have been. But Van Gaal has warned he will be setting out to land the top prize next year, after making a few additions to his squad. “I want to improve my selection for the next season. Then we can make a bigger step,” he said. “Sir Alex Ferguson has done it before. Jose Mourinho is doing it now. “Last season he didn’t win anything. Now he is winning the title, now I try to do that also.” United’s run of five straight league victories has moved them above City, who have won just two of their last seven games in all competitions. The fact that City have had the edge on their rivals recently does not seem to bother the Dutchman though. ”That’s not my history,” he said. ”The last game we played against them and we had a red card in the 39th minute – that is my history.” Chris Smalling was the man who was dismissed at the Etihad Stadium. The defender earned his first booking for blocking Joe Hart as he went to kick the ball out of his hands, and he was cautioned for a second time for clumsily hacking down James Milner. Van Gaal will remind his players they must stay on the pitch this weekend. He said: ”In such games always you have to control your aggression and we did not do that then, so I hope we have learned from that moment. “We have had five red cards this year. It’s a record in my career as a manager and that’s not good.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Trojans make an impression on Pro Day

first_imgMarshall maintained that swagger during interviews, stating his goal was to be the best, and he wasn’t going to stop working until he got there. Marshall said he was excited for the opportunity to play with the best. “You play this game to be a competitor,” he said. “If you’re not a competitor, why are you playing?” Departing football players took Cromwell Field Wednesday morning for USC’s Pro Day to demonstrate their talent to NFL scouts. The event had a unique participant, blind long snapper Jake Olson, who put on quite a show with 17 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press to raise money for cancer research. Smith also had a solid day. He considers himself someone who can quarterback a defense and is generally seen as a more cerebral player. While Smith was not “happy” with his performance, he said he was “content,” as he felt he proved his athleticism enough to allow his fundamentals and football IQ to shine through. Gustin said that scouts are concerned with his injury history, but he seemed confident that he is not “injury prone” and is instead the unfortunate recipient of “freak injuries” that have all been solely bone-related. Gustin, while lacking that agile bend that pass rushers need to turn the edge and rack up sacks, is projected to be a stout edge run defender who can muscle his way to a few sacks in the NFL. Linebacker Porter Gustin had 7.5 sacks in six games in 2018, which encourages the idea that he has the potential to be a contributor at the next level — if he can stay healthy. (Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan) A tackling machine for the Trojans for four years, Smith used Pro Day to showcase his knowledge of the game off the field in interviews with team officials. Smith is considered a mid-round talent but could be a solid contributor despite his pedestrian athleticism due to his leadership on the field and in the locker room. Some Trojans who attended the NFL Scouting Combine a few weeks ago had the chance to demonstrate their abilities to scouts from more teams. For defensive backs Marvell Tell and Iman Marshall, linebackers Porter Gustin and Cam Smith and offensive lineman Chuma Edoga, Pro Day was an opportunity to play on home turf without the immense mental strain of the combine and to receive more personalized evaluations from team officials. Tell showed his strengths well in the field drills, demonstrating a particular burst in the ‘W’ drill. Teams are considering switching the 6-foot-2 Tell to cornerback, where his athleticism can be fully displayed. Throughout the season, Tell was a leader of USC’s defense and developed press coverage skills visible at Pro Day that will transition well to the league. In addition to a great day on the field that demonstrated his versatility, Marshall gave teams a chance to get to know his personality. As a tough press man corner at 6-foot-1, Marshall often acts as a bully, matching up with bigger receivers and maintaining a high level of physicality. Marshall was nimble for his size in the drills and already proved his speed at the combine. Teams have been evaluating him as a safety, and he said he felt his athleticism and knowledge showed scouts that he could play the position at the next level. Coming off an ankle injury that derailed his senior season, Gustin struggled at the combine in the field workouts, although he impressed in the 40-yard dash and measurables. Equal parts WWE wrestler and hulking Rambo, Gustin is a far cry from the modern day edge-rushing linebackers who run blazing sub-4.5 40 times. No one expects Gustin to be buttery smooth on the field; however, he certainly showed passable fluidity to pair with his immense power in the field drills. Best known for the quickness he showed at the combine, Edoga did not look quite as strong at Pro Day. His heavier physique may have teams questioning his strength in pass protection, though he looks to be a solid run blocker in the league. Pro Day is also an opportunity for lesser known prospects to gain traction and meet with team officials. Running back Aca’Cedric Ware looked explosive coming out of near 90-degree cuts and ran good routes. He did not drop a single pass and looked more fluid than expected coming out of his breaks in the pass game.last_img read more