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Carvalho admires Cristiano Ronaldo's desire to improve

Carvalho admires Cristiano Ronaldo's desire to improve

Lisbon, May 26 : Hailing his country's football captain Cristiano Ronaldo as "the best", Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho said he is "surprised" that the striker still wants to improve.

"When I met him (Cristiano) he was the best but he still wants to improve, so I admire Cristiano for that desire," Carvalho told Efe.

"If Cristiano scores a hat-trick in a game, he will want to score four in the next. If he runs 100 kilometres in one match, he will want to run 150 in the next," the Sporting Lisbon midfielder added.

Ronaldo believes Man Utd lacked identity under van Gaal

Ronaldo believes Man Utd lacked identity under van Gaal

London, May. 26 : Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has said his former club Manchester United lacked 'a bit of an identity' under the tutelage of sacked manager Louis van Gaal.

Van Gaal was shown the door despite United won the FA Cup. This was believed to be due to the Old Trafford club's failure to qualify for the Champions League.

On the other hand, Jose Mourinho, the former Chelsea manager, is being widely considered as the favourite to succeed the Dutchman at the helm of the Old Trafford club.

Man Utd part ways with Van Gaal as Mourinho waits

Man Utd part ways with Van Gaal as Mourinho waits

Johannesburg, May. 24 : Manchester United have confirmed that the club have parted ways with manager Louis van Gaal, while a decision on his successor to be announced soon with Jose Mourinho being considered favourite to take charge at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal came under constant criticism amid United's failure to qualify for the Champions League. However, the Dutchman's hopes of staying at the helm for the final season of his three-year contract with the club ended despite winning the FA Cup.

Barca lift Copa del Rey title to seal Spanish double

Barca lift Copa del Rey title to seal Spanish double

London, May. 23 : Lionel Messi played the role of a playmaker with absolute finesse as Barcelona defeated Europa League champions Sevilla 2-0 in extra-time to win the Copa del Rey while completing a Spanish double at the Vicente Calderon last evening.

The Argentine international provided a well-crafted crossfield pass to Jordi Alba, who dispatched it clinically to break the deadlock seven minutes into extra-time. Messi then slipped another gorgeous ball to Neymar to make it two in the last minute, the Guardian reported.

De Gea ready to fight for FA Cup title till the end

De Gea ready to fight for FA Cup title till the end

Johannesburg, May 21 : Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea believes that the FA Cup victory could cap off their roller-coaster season on an emphatic note and insisted that they are ready to fight till the end to achieve the prestigious silverware.

United have not added any trophy in their shelf since former manager Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013.

United have had an topsy-turvy season, with the Old Trafford club making an early exit from the Champions League and finished the Premier League at a disappointing fifth.

Memphis Depay axed from Man U's FA Cup final squad

Memphis Depay axed from Man U's FA Cup final squad

London, May 21 : Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has dropped winger Memphis Depay from the squad for the FA Cup final clash against Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium today.

Depay, who joined United from PSV Eindhoven last May, has had a disappointing year and his omission from FA Cup final squad brought his debut season to premature end.

Depay, however, was brought as a late substitute in the side's recent win over Bournemouth and also played against Norwich City before that, the Guardian reported.

Van Gaal insists FA Cup triumph essential for Man U

Van Gaal insists FA Cup triumph essential for Man U

London, May 20 : Ahead of the FA Cup final clash against Crystal Palace, embattled Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has said winning the silverware is essential for his side, not only for his own future but also for the sake of club's players and supporters.

Besides Community Shield title three years ago, United have not won the silverware since former manager Sir Alex Ferguson secured the Premier League title in his final season in charge in 2012-13.

Sevilla beat Liverpool to complete hat-trick of Europa Cup title

Sevilla beat Liverpool to complete hat-trick of Europa Cup title

Johannesburg, May 19 - Defending champions Sevilla destroyed Liverpool long lasting hope of ending their 11-year European drought after defeating them 3-1 in the Europa Cup final at the St. Jakob-Park in Basel on Wednesday night.

Liverpool dominated the early stages of the game and went ahead through an excellent goal by England striker Daniel Sturridge in the 35th minute but Jurgen Klopp's side failed to capitalise and went to pieces in the second half, Sport24 reported.

Claudio Ranieri wins LMA, Premier League Manager of the Year gongs

Claudio Ranieri wins LMA, Premier League Manager of the Year gongs

London, May 17 : Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has been named League Managers Association's ( LMA) Manager of the Year after he guided his side to their first ever Premier League title in the club's 132-year history.

Leicester lifted their maiden Premier League title with a thrilling 3-1 win over Everton at the King Power Stadium, thus finishing the season ten points clear at the top.

Ranieri's efforts of leading Leicester from relegation candidates to champions in his first season at the club also won him ' Premier League Manager of the Year' award, goal. com reported.

Prince Ali bin Hussein accuses Infantino of 'betrayal'

Prince Ali bin Hussein accuses Infantino of 'betrayal'

London, May 17 : Former FIFA presidential candidate, Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan, has accused FIFA's current president Gianni Infantino of "complete betrayal" to all members of the international football governing body.

Citing an interview with Telegraph Sport Efe news agency noted that Prince Ali has said some of Infantino's proposals during the 66th FIFA Congress, held last week in Mexico City, were intended to undermine FIFA's measures against corruption.



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