David de Gea is ‘fully committed’ to Manchester United, says Morgan Schneiderlin

first_img De Gea’s future at United has been thrown into doubt following the news that Real Madrid will soon be hit with a transfer embargo. The Spanish giants, who missed out on De Gea’s signature last summer because they failed to submit the requisite paperwork in time on deadline day, will not be allowed to register anyone in the next two transfer windows after FIFA found them guilty of breaking the rules on signing young players, but are free to add to their squad this month. The ruling has prompted suggestions Madrid could rekindle their interest in the 25-year-old De Gea, but Schneiderlin has no doubt his team-mate will be staying at Old Trafford. “David is a very important player in our squad,” the United midfielder told MUTV. “We are very happy to have him and happy that he didn’t go last summer. He is fully committed to this football club. “When you have a player like this in goal, it’s good for us because we know we are not going to concede many goals and he is going to make some saves.” It is easy to see why Madrid would be tempted to launch another bid for De Gea. An uncharacteristic error at Bournemouth aside, the goalkeeper has been in outstanding form since Van Gaal recalled him into the starting XI. His latest superb display came on Sunday when United won 1-0 at Liverpool. Wayne Rooney grabbed the headlines with his 78th minute match-winning volley, but in reality it was De Gea who ensured all three points would be coming back down the East Lancs Road. De Gea rushed off his line to deny Adam Lallana when he was through in the first half and after the restart, the former Atletico Madrid man pulled off two athletic saves in quick succession to deny Emre Can and Roberto Firmino. Chris Smalling admits the 11th hour collapse of De Gea’s proposed move to the Spanish capital proved to be a big boost for the team. “When we knew he was lining up for us the whole season, it was a great feeling because he is one of the best,” the United defender said. “He pulled off a great save (against Liverpool) and his distribution, especially some of those balls down to Wazza (Rooney) and Jesse (Lingard) were terrific and really set us up on the attack. “David is a very calm guy but on the pitch he is talking to us as a unit. “We know his game inside out so it’s good to know that if we get beat as a defence, we have a great chance to keep that ball out.” Like De Gea, Rooney has had to spend some time out of the starting XI this season. The United captain suffered from ankle and thigh injuries earlier in the campaign and was dropped for the Boxing Day defeat at Stoke. A few eyebrows were raised when Van Gaal dropped his captain for the crucial match, but Smalling believes the move was beneficial for the striker, who has since gone on to score five goals in five matches. “It was a busy Christmas period, but since that game he has come back in and has shown he is a top-class performer,” Smalling said. “(Being dropped) can refresh you and spur you on a bit more to prove to everyone how good you are and people don’t forget that. “It’s good to see he is back among the goals. “Strikers go through periods where you don’t score but the best ones are the ones that come back and get on another run and Wazza has shown that throughout his career.” After Sunday’s match, Rooney admitted he had offered a few frank “reminders” to his team-mates at half-time about the importance of the biggest fixture in United’s calendar. Schneiderlin admits it was a heated atmosphere inside the dressing room at the break. “In the first half, we didn’t win enough second balls,” the Frenchman said. “When we came into the dressing room after the first half, there was some screaming and shouting but of course that is normal because in a derby you cannot lose the battle.” Morgan Schneiderlin insists David de Gea remains “fully committed” to Manchester United. Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse commits 27 total fouls, has 3 starters foul out in loss at Villanova

first_imgPHILADELPHIA – Jim Boeheim wasn’t about to let the elephant in the room define Syracuse’s 82-77 loss to No. 7 Villanova on Saturday.The Orange finished the game with 27 total fouls and three of its starters — Rakeem Christmas, Chris McCullough and Michael Gbinije — on the bench. Villanova totaled 17, and Wildcats starting forward Daniel Ochefu didn’t commit any in 25 minutes.Yet Boeheim, despite chatting with the referees throughout the afternoon, was quick to dismiss the foul discrepancy in his postgame press conference.“If they fouled they must have fouled them,” Boeheim said. “… I’m not talking about fouls.”SU’s foul total played a large part in the Wildcats win at the Wells Fargo Center, as Villanova went 26-of-32 from the line while Syracuse shot 13-for-18. It also led to the disqualification of all of the Orange’s starting forwards, which made it easier for forward JayVaughn Pinkston to collect a game-high 25 points to lead the Wildcats second-half comeback and exclamatory finish.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Honestly, the refs called a lot of fouls on us. Little touch fouls that wasn’t on us, really,” said freshman forward Chris McCullough, who fouled out in 25 minutes with just three points. “It really hurt because we need (Gbinije), (Christmas) and me in the game. That really hurt us.”Villanova head coach Jay Wright said that his team shot 14 more free throws than the visitors by continually pounding the ball inside. He thought the Wildcats got away from that approach in the first half, but went back to it when McCullough and Gbinije entered the second half with three fouls each.McCullough picked up his fourth foul 12 seconds into the half and Gbinije was tagged with his third four seconds later. Tyler Roberson checked into the game and the Orange was tentative defending the paint for the rest of the afternoon.“Second half we just said, ‘Hey, that’s how we gotta go, we gotta go inside and we gotta attack them,’” Wright said. “And we did, continuously.”With all three forwards out of the game in overtime, the Wildcats keyed its defensive efforts on guards Trevor Cooney and Kaleb Joseph and left Roberson, B.J. Johnson and Chinonso Obokoh in one-on-one matchups.That made the SU offense too predictable on one end and too small on the other, and Villanova clawed away with three parts of the Orange’s nucleus looking on.“A lot of people fouled out and they didn’t have that or foul trouble,” Roberson said. “It played a big factor in the game.” Comments Published on December 20, 2014 at 7:11 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Penalties abound in physical UW-UNO series

first_imgAgonizing losses seem to come in bunches.With 20 seconds to go in the game, the Badgers were in need of a score after giving up an early lead. Wisconsin couldn’t create any offense to secure the win and faced a heartbreaking loss. Luckily for the men’s hockey team (4-4-0, 3-3-0 WCHA), they had another game to even things up with the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (4-4-0, 3-1-0 WCHA).On both Friday and Saturday night, Wisconsin took an early 3-1 lead over Nebraska-Omaha. While they were unable to protect such an advantage Friday night, losing 5-4, the Badgers held on Saturday night, winning 6-3.A total of 18 goals were scored in the entire series – of which only one goal was scored in the second period per game by the winning team – the amount of goals was minimal when compared to the multitude of penalties.In the two game series both teams combined for a total of 33 penalties. On Friday night alone there were 19 penalties, 15 of which came in the first period. For a comparison, Wisconsin only managed 22 shots on goal in that game.Friday night, six of the games nine goals were power play goals, four of which were in the favor of the Mavericks.Head coach Mike Eaves attributes the loss to UW’s poor penalty kill.“When you give up four power play goals yeah,” Eaves said. “We blocked some shots, we did some decent things, but the details in the end allowed them to score some goals that’s what we have to shore up.”“In college hockey, there’s a lot of special teams that comes into play. … [Friday night] we didn’t kill off enough penalties, and that resulted in a loss,” sophomore defensemen Frankie Simonelli said.Saturday night the special teams play swung in favor of the Badgers, as sophomore forward Mark Zengerle started the night off with a shorthanded goal 7:52 into the first.Simonelli netted the Badgers lone power play goal of the night with 15 seconds left in the first, putting UW on top of UNO 4-1 with two periods of play left to go.“We play with, ‘You go if you got the ice,’ and we got the ice,” Zengerle said. “It was going to be a one-on-one, and [Tyler Barnes] kind of jumped it. He did a great job selling the D-man and the goalie too there, and he put it right on my stick and I put it in the 6-foot frame or whatever it is.”Much like Eaves wanted, those little details were executed in a more consistent and stronger way Saturday night with Zengerle and Barnes leading by example.“We started doing rehearsals on who can do penalty kills for us,” Eaves said. “Mr. Zenegerle and Mr. Barnes – above and beyond scoring the short handed goal – they did a very nice job of showing that they understood what the scheme was when we’re killing penalties. They were willing to block shots, and I thought they really stepped up. They got some serious minutes added to their game because of that fact. That was a real pleasant surprise.”Youth is no excuseAt the beginning of the season, with all his Badger cubs in tow, Eaves would have been more than happy to end the first month at .500.Now that he’s seen what his team is capable of doing on the ice and the amount of goals they’ve scored – 28 goals in eight games – and multiple moments of tough play beyond their years, Eaves believes his team was capable of more than just an average month.“I think if somebody would have said that before the first month started, I think we would have taken it, especially considering the youth that we have, the untested goaltenders and all of that,” Eaves said. ” … We’re learning quickly. It’s nice to get some wins in all the things that we’ve been going through because it gives us good motivation to stay on course.”As for the players, they’re trying to shed the youthful image. Rather than using it as an excuse – which was one thing even Eaves cited during Friday’s postgame press conference – the players want to move beyond it.“We’re trying to get rid of that right away,” Zengerle said. “We don’t want the term ‘young’ to be an excuse for us. We want to grow and get as good as possible. We’re trying to swipe that label off us as we speak.”last_img read more