26 Oct

Januzaj blames ‘long ball’ for Man Utd struggles

first_imgAdnan Januzaj has suggested that a penchant for “long ball” in the Premier League and a lack of faith from Louis van Gaal are to blame for the struggles he endured at Manchester United.The Belgium international appeared destined for a bright future in England when bursting out of the Old Trafford academy system under David Moyes.His early showings were, however, to be as good as things got for the now 24-year-old winger. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Januzaj quickly fell out of favour at United and took in forgettable loan spells at Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland before securing a permanent switch to Real Sociedad in 2017.He has rebuilt his reputation in Spain, telling The Telegraph of his current standing and how he got to this point: “It’s been a good move.“I had other options but I really wanted to come and play in Spain. I also looked at how the team was … they love football and they love to play the beautiful game – that’s the most important thing in football and why you play.​“La Liga suits my style. It is much more technical, players are much more skilful. The positioning of the players is really clever.“In England, it’s a bit more physical, a bit long ball, more direct. In Spain, most of the teams try and play from the back. It’s great to have players around you who are comfortable on the ball, too, because it helps you. It makes attacking easier, it makes the difference.”​Adnan Januzaj Louis van Gaal Manchester UnitedJanuzaj believes his progress at United was stunted by the arrival of Van Gaal, with the Dutch coach placing little trust in his enigmatic talents.“I grew up there [United], I was really happy until one year I had a bit of a struggle with the manager and that slowed me down,” he said.“I always knew I had all the qualities to turn things around. The problem was, I was not playing and, then, every time I came in, it was difficult to change the game or make something happen, so, obviously, then imagine playing for a year like this? It makes it more difficult for you.”​Januzaj’s cause was made all the more difficult as a creative midfielder.He added: “Exactly, because you are the one player who can make the difference, score goals and you can imagine if he [the manager] does not give you the confidence to take your opponent on, it gets even more difficult for you because you don’t know what to do: to attack or to play simple.“I came in for a lot of criticism but, for me, it’s not a problem because I never look back on it. I just keep doing my stuff and now I’m in another league, I’m happy, I played in my second World Cup, I scored against England, too, so I showed to people that against an English team, who all play in the Premier League, I can still make the difference. It was a good moment.”​Januzaj netted against England during a group stage encounter at the 2018 World Cup, with the Red Devils then going on to edge out the Three Lions again in a third-place play-off. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

25 Oct

Vinod Rai on ICC vs Dhoni: Believe in conforming to rules of the game

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 20:39 IST MS Dhoni celebrates with teammates (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSThe controvery surrounding MS Dhoni’s gloves refuses to die downBCCI has written a letter to ICC explaining the situationVinod Rai said that the BCCI believes in conforming to ICC norms and rulesThe controversy surrounding Indian wicket-keeper MS Dhoni donning an Indian army insignia on his gloves during India’s opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, doesn’t seem to be dying down. In the latest news, BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) Chairman Vinod Rai today (June 7) told reporters that the Board will conform to the ICC norms regarding on-field attire.Rai also stated that the BCCI has written a letter to the world body stating that Dhoni’s ‘Balidan’ badge doesn’t break any of ICC’s rules but reiterated his faith in the latter saying that if required, BCCI will seek permission as they did earlier this year when Team India sported military caps in an ODI against Australia.”We are convinced that the ICC rules say that any insignia worn by the players should not have any religious, military or commercial significance and it should conform to the ICC rules. In this particular case, that insignia has none of those connotations. So we’re going to tell the ICC that it need not be removed but in any case, if they feel we’ll take permission from ICC like we had done when the team wore camouflage caps in Ranchi because we believe in conforming to norms of the game,” said Vinod Rai.Rai clarified that the letter was sent in the morning of June 6 and he is waiting for ICC’s response before taking further action.”We have already sent the request for ICC permission today morning saying that if you people feel that permission is required, we’ll seek it,” said Rai.advertisementOn the matter of whether the CoA or BCCI had a word with the legendary wicket-keeper, Rai replied in the negative,, saying “CoA has not spoken with Dhoni”.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rain forces India to cancel practice ahead of Australia clashAlso Read | MS Dhoni adamant on army badge but ICC unlikely to change stance: SourcesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Team IndiaFollow MS DhoniFollow World Cup 2019 Vinod Rai on ICC vs Dhoni: Believe in conforming to rules of the gameBCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai has said that the Board has written a letter to the ICC regarding the situation but believes in following the norms set by the world’s governing body of cricketadvertisement Nextlast_img read more