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Man United under Mourinho boring, says Van Gaal

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes the club have become more boring under his successor Jose Mourinho, saying he would prefer to watch local rivals Manchester City in action. During the Dutchman’s two-year stint as United manager from 2014, the club secured fourth and fifth-placed league finishes along …

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Nigeria docked points, World Cup qualification unaffected

Nigeria have been docked two points for fielding an ineligible player in a World Cup qualifier against Algeria but their place at next year’s finals in Russia has not been affected, FIFA said on Tuesday. Nigeria, already qualified for the finals, drew 1-1 but FIFA awarded the match to Algeria …

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Real to play Al Jazira in Club World Cup semis

Al Jazira set up a Club World Cup semi-final against Real Madrid after an Ali Mabkhout goal saw the Emiratis past Japan’s Urawa Reds 1-0 on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real will take on the local side on Wednesday. The other semi-final, on Tuesday, will pitch Pachuca from Mexico against Copa …

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United can deal with Pogba’s derby absence – Mata

Manchester United have the talent to cope with Paul Pogba’s absence during their top-of-the-table showdown with Manchester City, fellow midfielder Juan Mata said ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash. Pogba, who has scored three league goals and provided five assists in eight appearances for United this season, impressed in the …

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Ronaldo’s son declares Messi his idol

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo’s son, Ronaldo Jr. has declared Barcelona forward Lionel Messi his “idol.” The younger Ronaldo appears set to follow in his father’s footsteps, with the Portuguese forward often posting clips of the seven-year-old’s goal-scoring exploits on social media. The 7-year-old is now on Instagram himself, with …

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