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Madrid humbled by 3-3 draw at Legia

first_imgWARSAW, Poland (AP):Real Madrid needed a late goal to salvage a humbling 3-3 draw at struggling Legia Warsaw in the Champions League yesterday.Madrid looked set to romp to another big win after Gareth Bale netted an amazing opener from distance in the first minute before then setting up Karim Benzema to make it 2-0.But Madrid’s slack defence – and over-confidence – let Legia rally back in stunning fashion to take the lead. Vadis Odjidja and Miroslav Radovic struck from long range before Thibault Moulin also scored from outside the area in the 83rd.Madrid were facing a humiliating defeat until midfielder Mateo Kovacic fired in from near the edge of the box in the 85th to at least rescue a point.Madrid substitute Lucas Vazquez almost turned the result back around when he sent a shot off the crossbar right before the final whistle.Though it was a memorable match for Legia’s players, the home fans missed it completely.The game was played at a near-empty Wojska Polskiego Stadium as the club had been banned from selling tickets by UEFA following racist behaviour and the throwing of fireworks by supporters during a previous loss to Borussia Dortmund.”It was strange playing without spectators, but it’s no excuse. We are not happy with the result,” Bale said. “We had control of the game and lost concentration and if you do this at this level you get punished. We need to be better defensively and the chances we have we need to be more clinical. We can learn from this be stronger from it.”In other games, Dortmund beat Sporting 1-0, the same margin of victory for Porto over Club Brugge and Leverkusen over Tottenham. Sevilla slammed four unanswered goals past Dinamo Zagreb, with Monaco brushing aside CSKA Moscow 3-0. Juventus were held 1-1 at home by Lyon with Copenhagen holding Leicester to a 0-0 draw.last_img read more

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Govt failed miserably to deliver on key policies

first_imgDear Editor,In a desperate attempt to deceive the electorate, leading up to the 2015 General Election, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government propounded one the most vacuous and misleading manifestos ever. Three years later, following a meticulous fact-check, finds reveal the coalition Government failed miserably to deliver on some of their key policies.According to the 2015 APNU/AFC coalition manifesto, the following measures and policies were supposed to take effect once the party got into office, however, as outlined thereafter, the contrary was achieved. Over the next few days I wish to examine each measure, so we can determine how faithful they have been to their promise.1. Achieve rapid economic growth and development driven by the Private Sector in combination with the State and cooperativesEconomic development has slowed significantly due to the underperformance of key traditional sectors such as rice, sugar, and timber. Contemporary growth in GDP is attributed mainly to high production level by the two major foreign mining companies.With respect to the Private Sector, over the past three years, a slew of counterproductive policies has been unleashed by the Government in their unstoppable attempt to boost domestic revenue. More than 200 tax measures have been levied on consumers, precipitating of the sharpest decline in private consumption by more than $32 billion in 2017, when compared to 2014. Thus, from 2014 to 2017, aggregate private consumption contracted by more than $196 billion. When compared to 2014, actual private consumption in 2017 is $32 billion less. What this tells us is that, on average, from 2014-2017, each household in Guyana has cut back on spending by more than $1.1 million or $30,500 monthly. With respect to domestic credit, Central Government increased their share by more than 259 per cent since taking up office, whilst the Public Sector got a mere 12 per cent increase. The implication is a larger Government, which is ostensibly seen in the huge increase in recurrent expenditure by more than $49 billion. Moreover, the Government continues to slumber in the development of the local content policy, a critical piece of legislation that is instrumental in insulating our future oil economy from the “resource curse”.Finally, based on the latest report of prudential ratios for financial sectors by the Bank of Guyana, return on equity of the five major commercial banks, Republic Bank Limited, GBTI, Nova Scotia, Demerara Bank Limited, and Citizen Bank, contracted by 10 per cent, 6.5 per cent, nine per cent, 8.2 per cent and 5.1 per cent, respectively, during the first six months of 2018. Thus these are all signs of an emasculated financial sector, one that is rapidly deteriorating. Given our burgeoning deficit, and forecasted low growth, Guyana may soon have to pursue restrictive fiscal policies: slashing of budgetary allocation to key sectors such as health, education and housing, et hoc genus omne.Sincerely,Mohamed Irfaan AliPPP/C MPlast_img read more

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Murder trial commences for 2013 Sparendaam shooting

first_imgAccused: Junior HenryThe High Court trial into the shooting to death of 22-year-old Michael Hamilton of Lot 128 Sparendaam Housing Scheme, East Coast Demerara (ECD), commenced on Monday before Justice James Bovell-Drakes and a 12-member jury.The accused, 27-year-old Junior Anthony Henry also called “Oswald”, pleaded not guilty to the charge which detailed that on October 7, 2013, he murdered Hamilton at Sparendaam Squatting Area, ECD.The accused is represented by Attorney-at-Law Lyndon Amsterdam, while the State’s case is being led by Prosecutor Tiffany Lyken along with Sarah Martin.A number of witnesses took the stand on Monday to give evidence into the matter including the mother of the deceased, Karen Hamilton; aunt of the deceased, Donna Gillis and Linton Monroe, the taxi driver who transported the now dead man to the hospital.During her testimony, Karen Hamilton explained that on October 7, 2013, she was present at the Georgetown Public Hospital Mortuary to identify the body of her son to the doctors and the police. Meanwhile, under cross-examination by Defence Attorney Lyndon Amsterdam, the woman denied that before her son’s death, the young man did not “move out” from Sparendaam to Goedverwagting because he had a problem with the accused. Attorney Amsterdam suggested to the witness that several persons had complained to her about her son’s behaviour, since he was in the habit of threatening persons with weapons and was quick to become enraged. This Hamilton (mother) also denied.Meanwhile, the aunt of the deceased, Donna Gillis, told the court that on the day of the incident she had accompanied her sister (Karen Hamilton) to the Georgetown Public Hospital Mortuary to identify her nephew’s body.Linton Monroe, a taxi driver, informed the court on Monday that around 06:00h on October 7, 2013, he was transporting his niece from Plaisance to Goedverwagting when he saw a group of persons running from Goedverwagting over to the neighbouring village, Sparendaam, but nevertheless, he kept on driving.The court heard that after Monroe had dropped off his niece and was making his way out of the community, he was stopped by the said group of people he noticed earlier. After being asked to transport an injured Hamilton to the hospital, who was covered in blood at the time, Monroe refused to do same. However, after being convinced, the man admitted that he agreed and transported the now dead man to the Georgetown Public Hospital Cooperation (GPHC).Media reports at the time of the incident were that the deceased’s sister was at home when she was disturbed by a loud sound, and upon peering through her window she observed her brother (Hamilton) chasing the accused with blood streaming down his left leg. But as the deceased got closer, Henry reportedly turned around, shot him to his chest and made good his escape.Hamilton was taken to the GPHC, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The trial continues today.Dead: Michael Hamiltonlast_img read more

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Family, Minister call for inquest into death of nurse at Mahdia

first_imgDead: Schenise AppleEven as several theories regarding the alleged suicide of 26-year-old nurse, Schenise Apple, whose lifeless body was discovered at a hostel in Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence is calling for an inquest.Apple’s body was found on July 2 after she did not report for duty at the Mahdia Hospital.Minister Lawrence on Friday called for the inquest after meeting with Dexter Copeland and Shonette Apple, the parents of the deceased.Initially, the Public Health Ministry, along with the Guyana Police Force (GPF), treated the investigation as a suspected suicide. However, following a meeting with the grieving family members, the Minister said that an inquest was necessary.“I it is only in that way we will be able to have a deeper investigation into what really happened, so I am asking for an inquest… I am happy that I’m taking this step… All the answers to questions must come out in that inquest” Minister Lawrence is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying. The family of Apple said that they have not yet received an official post-mortem report which states the cause of death. Meanwhile, the father, Dexter Copeland, had queries that he wished answered. The family also asked that the Public Health Ministry be more cognisant of the security at nurses’ quarters and hostels, especially in far-flung communities.Meanwhile, a usually reliable source from Mahdia, Region Eight, told this publication that there are reports in the mining town that the nurse was murdered and the suicide was staged. “Everyone saying that the young lady was murdered. They are saying that from how the body was discovered, it was as if it was placed there and who would hang themselves with a towel? It just doesn’t add up,” the source opined.To date, the results of the post-mortem examination (PME) conducted on the woman is yet to be made public.Apple of Lot 323 Block 22, Linden, Region 10, was last seen after completing the night shift.This publication understands that she retreated to the nurses’ hostel. Speaking with Guyana Times, another nurse said that no one saw Apple during the day but that was nothing strange.“It is normal when you finish the night shift to sleep most of the day. So after no one saw her, we didn’t take it for anything,” a nurse told this publication.However, at about 18:15h, another colleague inquired about Apple and it was then that they visited the hostel and found her body. It is suspected that the woman committed suicide since she was allegedly found hanging in her room. The police were notified and the woman’s body was removed. The police have since launched an investigation.last_img read more

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Unlicensed boat operators plying Bartica route – speedboat association

first_imgSpeedboats at the Parika Ferry StellingA number of persons have been plying the Bartica-Parika speedboat route without requisite documentation and licensing. This is raising concern among boat owners about loss of income and safety of passengers.Speaking with Guyana Times, President of the Bartica Speedboat Owners Association Stephen Belle explained that the organisation comprises of over 50 water taxis.Each boat would take turns to load passengers and transport them along the route.Their operations have been affected by persons who are unlicensed to operate these small vessels.“We have an association and they have 53 boats. These boats are all licensed and they all have certificates of seaworthiness. What has been happening is that we have boats without license or captain plying the same route with us,” the boat captain relayed.Officials from the maritime administration are present at the Ferry Stelling and loading sites but Belle pointed out that these matters are overlooked. Passengers are travelling with the undocumented boats, thus stymieing their earnings as well.“This has been affecting us a lot because right now, every nine days we’re working. These boats are under the maritime administration. They are managed by the Association and these boats have all the required documents to load under maritime supervision. Every now and then, these boats come and steal passengers. The maritime people are right there and they do nothing about it”.The President of the association expressed that the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) was notified about the issue as well as the subject minister. However, they are yet to respond to these concerns.“It’s under watch of the Police, the Maritime officials at Parika and nobody is doing anything about it. I highlighted this problem to the Maritime Administration many times. I even wrote the Minister without any response. Currently, there are about ten persons without documentation. As far as I know, this has been going on for the last eight years,” said Belle.This publication understands that the boats are required to meet certain standards before transporting passengers across the river. Older persons are also tasked with declaring any medical problems which they may have.One operator who plies the Wakenaam route expressed that unlicensed boats can be dangerous for passengers since they are crewed by inexperienced persons who do not know the channel.Earlier in the year, boat operators were tasked with placing MARAD decals to identify certified vessels. However, travellers pay less attention to these indications.He explained that some licensed owners are charging more than the expected fares, causing some persons to resort to the cheaper medium.last_img read more

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Essequibo residents discuss oil and gas

first_imgResidents of Essequibo were recently given an opportunity to join in the creation of a process which would allow citizens to exercise influence over the way in which Guyana’s oil and gas sector would impact society.Participants at the sessionThis opportunity was made possible through a public consultation referred to as ‘Open Space’ hosted by Policy Forum Guyana (PFG), in collaboration with Guyana Human Rights Association and Transparency Institute Guyana Inc.The ‘Open Space’ initiative, held at the Essequibo Technical Institute (ETI), Anna Regina, aimed at generating the national consensus among ordinary Guyanese on how the “mega-revenues” expected from the country’s oil and gas sector can best deliver to the future of all Guyanese.It was the fifth in a series of eight initiatives which are set to be conducted in Corentyne, Lethem and Upper Mazaruni in the coming months.The PFG team to Essequibo was spearheaded by Benita Davis and a supporting team of twelve volunteers comprised of members from the University of Guyana Geographical Society, staff from ETI and youths from Anna Regina.According to Davis, the Open Space method is an excellent way to engage all citizens in a discussion on a complex issue like oil and gas. Apart from the ordinary people educating themselves about the consequences of oil and gas, Davis said, the event is also a valuable learning opportunity for many of the volunteers from Anna Regina who were experiencing the Open Space technique for the first time.Participants vote for main recommendationsThe long-term aim of the initiative, she explained, is to revive a collective belief among Guyanese that things could be different. “Rather than resigning ourselves to each one striving as individuals to better their own position within the existing society, if citizens act together, they can renovate society as a whole,” she explained.The groups engaged in discussions that were centred on developments they would like to see in the community and across the country coming from oil and gas revenues. This included the future development of Essequibo’s economy and job availability for graduates, among other things. They also embraced the opportunity to share issues and recommendations.The top three priorities for Anna Regina generated by the event are: the development of technical and agricultural training, improved healthcare system, and the creation of laws and policies specific to the oil and gas sector.Among those present at the activity, were representatives the Essequibo Technical Institute, Board of Industrial Training, Essequibo Chamber of Commerce, New Opportunity Corps, Church of Christ, Guyana Forestry Commission, Al Madinah Islamic School and Suddie Hospital along with a range of interested citizens.The first phase of this the project will close with the final Open Space event scheduled for Berbice in late August. The second phase consists of compiling the main conclusions into a consensus document that enjoys the demographic legitimacy of having emerged from the widespread discussion, as a tool for strengthening the oil and gas dialogue.last_img read more

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Another Force gets her shot in the seat

first_imgMelanie Troxel and Hillary Will were part of the Top Fuel field, Erica Enders was in Pro Stock while Sampey and Karen Stouffer competed on the motorcycles. That number will grow in 2007 by one – a high-profile one. Ashley Force, daughter of 14-time Funny Car champion John Force, will make her pro debut this weekend at the Winternationals in Pomona. For the past several years, she has competed in the sportsman ranks. The younger Force will join her dad, Robert Hight and Eric Medlen as part of the John Force Racing team. It’s an event her father has been waiting for, although admittedly very nervous. “I’m excited because, number one, I look at the next generation – I’m not getting any younger,” said the 56-year-old Force. “I want to continue to win. That’s why Ford pays me. But, bottom line, I’m building three kids – Eric Medlen; Robert Hight, my son-in-law; and now Ashley, driving for Castrol and Ford – and of course we’re all under the Ford Mustang brand. “Truth is, it’s kind of your legacy, that the company will go on long after I’m out of the driver’s seat. I’m in the game, I’ve just come off a 14th championship, but to see my daughter out there in this category, it’s the first time in NHRA history that they’ve had four women, one in every category.” Ashley has been under the media glare since announcing her future in January. In reality, she has grown up under such surroundings. “I grew up from within this team, so it’s not really any different from any other year, only now I’m a professional driver,” she said. “I was part of the team when I was younger. I would go to the team meetings, I would take in a lot of what (John Force) taught his team and his crew chiefs. I think the main thing that I’ve learned from him is coming together as a team – we’re one team, helping each other out.” The expectations are high, perhaps unfair, because of her background and her team’s history. “We want to qualify, we’d love to go as many rounds as we can, but it’s going to be tough,” Ashley said. “We just want to get through this weekend and not make mistakes, and if we make a mistake, not repeat it, fix it. Just be how we’ve been testing, not let all the extras of a national event get in our head.” The difference between tests in Las Vegas and Phoenix and the opener, according to Ashley, will be “fans and media.” “We can’t let it get into our minds,” she said. “We’ve got to continue running our cars just like we would if there was nobody around.” The Force team has already survived a scare during testing. Ashley escaped injury when one of her cars burned. “Ashley burned a car pretty decent at Vegas,” John said. “In the last few weeks, through testing between Vegas and Phoenix, I really watched her evolve as a driver and my other two drivers are telling me the only problem is me. They said the kid is ready to go. Ashley’s ready. She’s ready to win races.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The first victory by a woman in NHRA history actually occured at Pomona Raceway in 1966 when Shirley Shahan won the Stock class. In 2006, five women competed in the series there, the largest total ever. center_img There is nothing new about women competing in the NHRA Drag Racing Series. Since the sanctioning body was first formed in 1950, 39 women have competed in the four professional classes. In fact, those women have accounted for 73 national event victories – starting with a Top Fuel win by Shirley Muldowney in 1976 to Angelle Sampey’s Pro Stock Motorcycle effort last spring in Columbus, Ohio. last_img read more

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Ssimbwa resigns at Sofapaka citing sabotage

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka FC head coach Sam Ssimbwa reacts angrily on the touchline during a Kenyan Premier League clash against Bandari at the Camp Toyoyo on May 1, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 8- Sam Ssimbwa has tendered his resignation as Sofapaka head coach just moments after his side’s 2-1 loss to hitherto winless Thika United at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on Sunday evening.Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa has told Capital Sport that they have already received the tactician’s resignation letter and have immediately elevated John Baraza to take over as interim coach. “The coach has alleged that the players have been sabotaging him and not playing to his instructions. We have accepted the resignation because once someone says he doesn’t want to continue working, what do you do?” Kalekwa posed.He added; “Baraza is a qualified coach and you remember he helped us to avoid relegation so we have full faith in him.”Sofapaka have lost their second successive match after a run that seemed to have taken them back on track with four wins off five matches.Kalekwa says he has been disappointed with the performance of the team and hopes Baraza can turn the fortunes as they look to battle for their second Kenyan Premier League title.“We have very good players and yet we have been losing. We have not been playing well at all. It would be a different case if we were playing well and losing but now I think the players also need to improve their game,” a dejected Kalekwa further added.Ssimbwa had riled Sofapaka earlier in the season after declaring the side would not be battling for the title after just four games. He went on to lament that he had not been consulted in signing of the new players while some left without his consent.Despite the loss, Sofapaka remained fourth on the table, seven points off leaders Mathare United.The slum boys continued with their brilliant start to the season picking a hard fought 1-0 win over Tusker FC at the Ruaraka Stadium.Mathare United midfielder Edward Seda attempts to make a shot under pressure from Tusker FC’s Boniface Muchiri during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Ruaraka Complex on April 8, 2018. PHOTO/Mathare UnitedJohn Mwangi got the crucial goal in the 44th minute capitalizing on goal mouth melee to score with a diving header from close range. Francis Kimanzi’s charges moved to four points off second placed Gor Mahia who have three matches at hand.Meanwhile, AFC Leopards firmed up their hold on third place with a come-from behind performance to draw 2-2 with Nzoia Sugar at the Mumias Complex.Elvis Rupia grabbed a brace to take Nzoia firmly in the driving seat scoring in the second and 39th minutes before Brian Marita pulled one back for Ingwe. Robinson Kamura’s well taken 47th minute freekick earned Ingwe the single point.At the Bukhungu Stadium, Nakumatt slumped to the bottom of the pile as first half goals from Eston Esiye and Moses Mudavadi saw them lose to hosts Kakamega Homeboyz, slumping to a fifth consecutive loss of the season.KPL resultsMathare 1-0 Tusker FC, Thika United 2-1 Sofapaka, Nzoia Sugar 2-2 AFC Leopards, Bandari 1-1 Ulinzi Stars, Sony Sugar 2-2, Kariobangi Sharks, Zoo FC 1-0 Posta Rangers, Kakamega Homeboyz 2-0 Nakumatt, Vihiga United 1-1 Chemelil0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Egypt get ball rolling as Africa prepares for World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Egypt’s midfielder Mohamed Elneny (C) celebrates scoring the first goal of the match with team mates Ahmed Elmohamady (L) and Mohamed Salah during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final football match between Egypt and Cameroon on February 5, 2017JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 25 – Egypt face Kuwait Saturday in the first of 15 warm-up matches the five African qualifiers for the World Cup will play ahead of the June 14 kick-off in Russia.The Egyptians, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia have three fixtures each to iron out chinks in their armour and fine-tune tactics ahead of the global football showpiece. Egypt must do without talisman Mohamed Salah in Kuwait City as he will be playing for Liverpool against title-holders Real Madrid the same day in the UEFA Champions League final.Another potential World Cup star, Sadio Mane of Senegal, will also be in Liverpool colours as they try to prevent Real winning a third consecutive Champions League title.After Kuwait, an Egyptian squad coached by Argentine Hector Cuper head for Europe to meet Colombia in Milan and star-stacked Belgium in BrusselsEight-goal El Kaabi is the runaway leading scorer in the tournament restricted to footballers playing in their country of birth, with his nearest rivals five behind.Morocco, back at the World Cup after a 20-year absence, tackle non-World Cup qualifiers Ukraine and Slovakia in Swiss city Geneva before taking on Estonia in Tallinn.Nigeria are the only African qualifiers to play a warm-up in the continent, hosting the Democratic Republic of Congo in Port Harcourt this Monday.The ‘Super Eagles’ then face England at Wembley and the Czech Republic in Austria before heading for Russia, the first east European hosts of the World Cup.Senegal, making a second appearance after reaching the 2002 quarter-finals, play in Luxembourg and Croatia before meeting South Korea behind closed doors at an Austrian venue to be announced.Tunisia, without a World Cup win in 14 matches since beating Mexico in 1978, are away to European champions Portugal before meeting Turkey in Switzerland and Spain in Russia.The five African qualifiers are returning to action for the first time since March when they experienced mixed results playing two friendlies each.Egypt fell 2-1 to Portugal after Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in stoppage time and a much-changed team went down 1-0 to Greece.Morocco overcame Serbia 2-1 in Italy, then returned home to achieve a routine 2-0 victory over Uzbekistan.Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi celebrates scoring Nigeria’s fourth goal against Argentina. PHOTO/DMNigeria showed the inconsistency that often dogs African teams at the World Cup as they triumphed 1-0 in Poland before performing poorly in a 2-0 defeat by Serbia in London.Senegal drew twice at neutral venues, 1-1 against Uzbekistan in Morocco and 0-0 with Bosnia and Herzogovina in France.Tunisia matched Morocco by winning twice, edging fellow qualifiers Iran and Costa Rice by 1-0 scorelines.No African qualifiers have gone beyond the World Cup quarter-finals and none of the Russia-bound quintet have been seeded to even reach the round of 16.Egypt are ranked third behind the hosts and Uruguay in Group A, which Saudi Arabia completes, and their clash with Russia will likely decide who progresses with the South Americans.Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring Senegal’s first goal from the penalty spot against Tunisia in an African Cup of Nations match in Franceville, Gabon, on january 15, 2017. PHOTO/AFPBottom seeds Morocco are in Group B with Spain, Portugal and Iran and well organised though they are under French coach Herve Renard, will probably have to beat one of the European sides to survive.While many pundits believe Nigeria can go far, they have already last four World Cup clashes with Group D favourites Argentina and Croatia and Iceland are unlikely to be pushovers.If Robert Lewandowski-inspired Poland justify being Group H top seeds, the result between Senegal and Colombia could decide the second qualifiers with Japan outsiders.Few neutrals are giving third seeds Tunisia or Panama any hope in Group G with Belgium and England firm favourites to go through.In the 2014 World Cup hosted by Brazil, Algeria and Nigeria made the second round before losing to eventual champions Germany and France respectively.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Ogden: ‘Man United are three players short of a Premier League title push’

first_imgDaily Telegraph football journalist Mark Ogden claims Manchester United are three players short of a Premier League title push.Former Red Devils assistant manager Mike Phelan told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show he believes Louis van Gaal’s side have the confidence now to be considered serious challengers.The Old Trafford side have been linked with a number of players this summer, including Arturo Vidal, Mats Hummels and Memphis Depay, among others.And Ogden believes Man United will need to dip back into the transfer market if they’re to regain their Premier League crown this season.“Man United will challenge for the top four but they’re a bit short of a title push,” he told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“They look a little bit jittery at the back and in midfield. They are three players short of challenging for the Premier League title.“They have three weeks left of the transfer window though and I’m sure they’ll try and get some people in before [the window] closes.”last_img read more

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