Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez apologises to fans after pathetic season

first_imgAlexis Sanchez scored just two goals for Manchester United this season (Picture: Getty)Alexis Sanchez has issued a lengthy apology to Manchester United fans following Sunday’s embarrassing defeat against already relegated Cardiff City.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ended the season in sixth position, five points adrift of a Champions League qualifying spot having lost six out their final eight matches.Sanchez, meanwhile, struggled to make any sort of positive impression, managing just two goals in 27 appearances.The Chile international suffered an injury during United’s draw at Huddersfield last weekend but was present at Old Trafford for the traditional end of season lap of appreciation.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEarlier on Sunday it was reported that Solskjaer’s squad had been divided over the bonuses awarded to the likes of Sanchez and Paul Pogba, but the former Arsenal forward appeared to hit out at those suggestions.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe wrote on Instagram: ‘It was a very tough season…the fan (sic) are the ones who deserve an apology as they always support you no matter what happens.‘Personally, I didn’t perform as much as I was expecting because of unpredictable injuries.‘Press and people were speculating of things that were not even true. I was always a professional in all aspects. Advertisement Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez apologises to fans after pathetic season Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 12 May 2019 7:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kSharescenter_img Man United 0-2 Cardiff: Solskjaer post-match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:40FullscreenMan United 0-2 Cardiff: Solskjaer post-match press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/man-united-0-2-cardiff-solskjaer-post-match-press-conference-1923896/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Alexis Sanchez was present at Old Trafford despite missing Man Utd’s defeat against Cardiff (Picture: Getty)‘I apologise to the fans for not being able to achieve our goals, Nevertheless we are Manchester United!‘Players and staff are questioning if we were doing the right thing and if we were giving our best for this football shirt.‘I’m certain that Manchester United one day will return to be the club, as it was in the old days with Mr. Alex Ferguson.’last_img read more

English Premier League Clubs Approve VAR for 2019- 20 Season

first_imgThe Premier League has been carrying out “non-live” trials this season.VAR will also be used in the Champions League from next season.There have been growing calls for it to be introduced into the English top flight for several years.But in April Premier League clubs voted against it being used for the 2018-19 season.On Saturday, Southampton forward Charlie Austin called for a change after he was denied a goal for offside against Watford, a decision he called a “joke”.Saints Manager, Mark Hughes added: “All the major sports have video reviews and for some reason the Premier League, which is watched all around the world, is still in the dark ages.”VAR has been trialled regularly in a “non-live environment” in the Premier League this season, although match officials have not been contacted by those conducting the trials.Clubs were given an update at a meeting yesterday.A statement from the Premier League said its testing programme would continue for the rest of the season “with a continued emphasis on those Saturday afternoons which have several matches being played concurrently”.How VAR decisions are communicated to fans in the stadium will also be addressed.Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live’s Afternoon Edition: “I think it is a good thing. I know a lot of people are against it but we’ve got to embrace it now and move forward.“We’ve seen this season a number of incidences that have been called wrong, especially this weekend when there were a number of goals ruled out when they shouldn’t have been.“I think as long as we get the training and education right, and we get the right personnel, that’s the most important thing for me.“The referees will still want to go out and get the key match decisions right, it’s very important that referees are not hiding behind the VAR – they’ve still going to be making these big calls correctly.”The theory behind VAR is simple: more accurate decisions, more often, and at the most important points in matches.The on-pitch referee makes all the same calls, at the same speed and unaided, as he would without the system in place.However, the VAR – a current or former top-level referee – is in place to check decisions on four sorts of incidents: Goals, including ‘missed’ attacking offences in the build-up Penalties awarded and not awarded, including ‘missed’ attacking offences in the build-up Direct red cards Cases of mistaken identity where the wrong player is shown a red or yellow cardThe referee can accept the information relayed through his earpiece by the VAR team, an option usually reserved for objective calls of fact such as if a player is offside.Or, for more subjective decisions such as red cards and penalty-box fouls, he can review the footage on a pitch-side television monitor before deciding whether to change his initial call.The VAR team will also proactively contact the referee if they spot “a clear and obvious error” around these four types of incident or a “serious missed incident” – usually off-the-ball violence.The referee can then decide whether or not to have a review – this is where the replay is officially consulted and is indicated by the referee showing the TV signal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Video Assistant Referees (VAR) are set to be used in the English Premier League next season, after clubs agreed in principle to the move.The Premier League will now make a formal request to the International Football Association Board and FIFAVAR was used at the 2018 World Cup, is in operation in Italy and Germany’s top divisions, and has been utilised in some FA Cup and Carabao Cup games. Video Assistant Referees (VAR) in use during the last World Cup in Russialast_img read more