EPL: Rashford Lone Strike Pushes Man Utd to Next Level

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer excited by return to Old Trafford The away win no doubt, lifted the club from sixth to fifth position since the interim manager took charge. Significantly too, it was the fifth consecutive victory for the club for the first time since 2012 under Sir Alex Ferguson.Marcus Rashford, whose appearance in the game was his 100th cap in Premier league scored his 26th goal against the Foxes. He continued his goalscoring form with the winner in the ninth minute – his 10th goal of the season.Ricardo Pereira’s poor clearance went straight into the path of Paul Pogba, who lofted the ball towards Rashford, the England striker allowing it to come over his shoulder before taking a neat touch and drilling a low shot past Kasper Schmeichel.Inconsistency has been the story of Leicester’s season and this defeat came on the back of a well-earned point at Liverpool on Wednesday, but they did have their chances.Jamie Vardy connected with a bicycle kick after James Maddison’s free-kick bounced off the wall, but fired straight at David de Gea.De Gea also made a diving one-handed save to prevent Rachid Ghezzal’s free-kick from hitting the top corner of his goal.United dropped their first points under Solskjaer in a 2-2 draw with Burnley on Tuesday, but boosted their hopes of a top-four spot and Champions League football next season with Sunday’s win.They move up to fifth, two points behind Chelsea in fourth. Leicester, meanwhile, stays in 11th.Later yesterday evening, Sergio Aguero’s 14th hat-trick for Manchester City closed the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool to only two points after victory over Arsenal at Etihad Stadium.Aguero – as he did in last week Monday’s shock defeat at Newcastle United – put the reigning champions ahead inside the first minute, but Arsenal swiftly restored equality as Laurent Koscielny escaped poor marking to head home from a corner.City’s nerves were eased by a magnificent second from Aguero just before the break, rounding off a perfectly constructed move between Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling with a simple finish at the far post.Aguero secured City’s win when he bundled in Sterling’s cross after 61 minutes as attention now switches to Liverpool’s visit to West Ham United tonight.Aguero may be 30 but he shows no signs of losing any of the natural marksmanship that marks him down as world-class and one of the greatest strikers of the Premier League era.The Argentine has now scored 157 goals in 227 appearances and he was the man Pep Guardiola was able to count on once more as Manchester City maintained the pressure on Liverpool in the title race.Aguero’s goals were all close range finishes but City could have no-one better at the sharp end of all their brilliant passing and movement and he could easily have had more.What is often overlooked is Aguero’s tireless work ethic, constantly defending from the front – one burst of energy to close down Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno and the Gunners’ defence drawing warm applause from both his manager and the City supporters.City needed to get the show back on the road after that slip on Tyneside and it was Aguero who gave them the perfect start then lifted them again after Arsenal worked their way back into the game.The standing ovation Aguero received when he was replaced by Gabriel Jesus with 10 minutes left was richly deserved.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Man City Hammers Arsenal to close gap with Liverpool By Femi Solaja with Agency reportsManchester’s two top clubs secured vital wins yesterday to consolidate their positions on the English Premier League log.Manchester United extended their unbeaten run under interim boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to 10 games with a narrow 1-0 victory against Leicester at the King Power Stadium.last_img read more

Time for Blues to learn their lesson

first_imgWhen New South Wales thundered to victory in record fashion at Suncorp Stadium in Game One talk of a Blues dynasty began emanating south of the border only for Maroons coach Kevin Walters to usher in his own next generation of Queenslanders and wrest away a series in which they had been dominated for the first 140 minutes.With Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater overseeing the introduction of eight rookies in 2017 Queensland’s blip is in danger of being only one game as the Blues struggle find the formula for sustained success.Led admirably by Boyd Cordner there is a core group of NSW players that Daley says will turn the tide but in order to do so must first come to terms with what it takes to be successful in the Origin arena.”We could have wrapped up the series in Game Two but it’s a learning process,” said Daley, who refused to discuss his future as NSW coach in the wake of the 22-6 loss in Game Three on Wednesday night.”It’s a hard lesson because in Origin you only get three cracks at it and it doesn’t matter what you do you’ve got to win two games.”We’ve shown glimpses of what we’re capable of but we’ve just got to do it more consistently. And when they do – when we do – we’ll have one hell of a footy side but at the moment we’re just not doing it consistently enough for a long period of time.”They’ll eventually get there. Obviously we thought it was going to be this year but this group of players that have come through, they’re the right people, and you’ve got some other guys that are on the verge as well.”NSW, while they should be disappointed, should be quite excited about what can happen.” ‌In a series that ultimately brought the same disappointment of 10 of the previous 11 years Jake Trbojevic was one of the few Blues highlights in his first Origin appearance.The Manly back-rower was one of his side’s best in each of the three matches and in what has to be a positive sign for Blues fans is already thinking about having another crack at Queensland in 11 months’ time.”It hurts a lot. We were in a position to win the series and we let it slip,” Trbojevic said of the 16-6 lead they gave up in Game Two.”It only makes you hungrier. It’s going to hurt for a bit and hopefully next year comes around quick.”It’s a long time between series obviously. After the second game at least it was only three weeks away to try and fix it up so it’s going to hurt for a while.”That second game we were probably the better team for most of the game and to come away with a loss was pretty frustrating. At this level you’ve got to play for the full 80 and they did that.”They were on top from the first minute. It’s really disappointing. It will hurt for a while. Just want to get back here next year.”The Blues threatened to drag themselves up off the canvas when Josh Dugan scored eight minutes into the second half but after a brief flurry a penalty conceded by Wade Graham swung the momentum back the way of the Maroons and it never came back.Still struggling to come to terms with the result, Graham said the only option for the NSW team is to use the pain of another series defeat and come back better next year.”That’s how you learn, you get beat. You get burnt,” said Graham.”The margin of error is so small and you’ve just got to learn. Every time you learn, you’re always constantly evolving, always trying to be better because as soon as you go backwards there will be someone else coming in and being better.”We’ve got to stick solid as a group and as a state. The margin of error is only so small so it’s not as if it’s a massive area we need to improve but we need to look at all three games and where we weren’t quite at our best and where that margin of error was.”The group [were together] through all three games and not just that group but the guys that were in camp like Jack de Belin, Jordan McLean, Tommy Trbojevic, Dale Finucane. There’s a core group there of 21-22 players that are good enough to get the job done.”last_img read more