Mourinho UnShaw About Luke

In his most recent press conference, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho expressed his concern at 21-year-old left back Luke Shaw’s commitment and progression.

Having only featured 15 times this season, the youngster who is widely regarded as a future England international finds himself behind the likes of Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian and 31-year-old Ashley Young, who has seemingly come in from the cold after nearly leaving the club in the January transfer market.

Speaking of the comparison between Shaw and his fellow left back rivals, Mourinho said ‘I cannot compare the way he trains and commits, the focus, the ambition. He is a long way behind.’ Perhaps this is a final throw of the dice from the United manager, in the hope of giving Shaw a ‘jolt’ as ex-United player Phil Neville described it.

Some people would say that the ‘Special One’ should be careful in the way he criticises his players publicly. The Portuguese manager took a disliking to Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne in the past, and now one is one of the most prolific goal-scorers in the Premier League and the other cost Manchester City £55million.

Agree or disagree with Mourinho’s criticism of Shaw, there is no doubting that the left back has not been at his best when getting the chance to shine this season.

It is hard to pinpoint exactly why he has not been performing this season, perhaps he is still psychologically scarred from his horror leg-break in 2015, or maybe it is as Mourinho says, and he merely isn’t trying hard enough to claim the starting berth and lacks the ambition to succeed with the Red Devils.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Career in Numbers

Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United.

When thinking of household names from the world of football, one of the first players everyone thinks of is Ibrahimovic. With his huge frame, massive ego and immense talent, the Swede is hard to forget about.

Ibrahimovic with his first major trophy for Manchester United.

After scoring the winning goal in the 2016/17 League Cup final, we take a look at Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career in numbers from his early days at Ajax right up to present day.

8

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career has seen him travel all over Europe, playing for 8 hugely successful teams in the Swedish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, French and English top flights.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's career improved at Ajax.

The clubs the Swede has played for are: Malmo FF, Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United.

715

As of today (2/3/17), Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career has seen him play in 715 matches for his 8 clubs, the most of which he played at Paris Saint Germain (180).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's career brought him to PSG.

Below is a breakdown of the amount of games Ibrahimovic played for each club he represented:

Malmo FF: 47

Ajax: 110

Juventus: 92

Internazionale: 117

Barcelona: 46

AC Milan: 85

Paris Saint Germain: 180

Manchester United: 38

418

Despite being 35 years of age, the big Swede is still managing to score goals at the highest level in football. Having scored 26 goals in 38 games for Manchester United, there is no sign of him slowing down either.

Zlatan scoring for AC Milan

Through scoring 418 goals, he has become one of the most successful goal-scorers in European history. Below is a breakdown of  the goals scored for each club in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career.

Malmo FF: 18

Ajax: 48

Juventus: 26

Internazionale: 66

Barcelona: 22

AC Milan: 56

Paris Saint Germain: 156

Manchester United: 26

32

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career has seen him win 32 major trophies making him the second most decorated active footballer in the world after Maxwell of Paris Saint Germain who has 35.

Many trophies have been won throughout Zlatan Ibrahimovic's career.

Of the 32 major trophies, 11 of them have been League winners medals. He has in fact won two more league trophies, with Juventus, however they were revoked due to the Calciopoli scandal.
The prolific striker is yet to win a major European honour with any of his clubs.

133,200,000

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's career brought him to Barcelona.

Throughout Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career, a massive fee of £133,200,000 has been paid for his services. The most paid for him was £56,500,000 by Barcelona to Internazionale in July 2009, this deal also included Samuel Eto’o going the opposite way.

Below is a list of how much each club paid for the big man:

Malmo FF: Trainee

Ajax: £5,000,000

Juventus: £12,000,000

Internazionale: £20,000,000

Barcelona: £56,500,000

AC Milan: £24,000,000

Paris Saint Germain: £15,700,000

Manchester United: Free

Most Red Cards in Premier League History

Mark Clattenberg dishing out a red card.

With OGC Nice and ex-Liverpool and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli recently getting sent off against Lorient for the third time in Ligue 1 this season, we got thinking about which player has the most red cards in Premier League history.

Mario Balotelli after receiving a red card
It is a well-known fact that ex-England star Gareth Barry holds the record for receiving the most yellow cards in the Premier League, yet there are a number of players with more red cards to their name. Over the years, the English top flight has seen it’s fair share of ‘bad boys’ and villains, however below are the cream of the crop.

Duncan Ferguson – 8 Red Cards

Duncan Ferguson angry

The former Everton and Newcastle United man received a joint-top 8 red cards in his Premier League career, gaining the himself nickname ‘Duncan Disorderly’ in the process. In 1994, whilst playing for Rangers, the Scotsman was famously given a three-month jail sentence for head-butting an opposition player on the pitch.

Richard Dunne – 8 Red Cards

Richard Dunne receiving a red card

Irishman Richard Dunne played for Everton, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers over his 19-year career. In 2009, the centre back received his 8th red card against Wigan Athletic, meaning he equalled the record for most red cards in Premier League history. However, it must be noted that in the remaining 6 years of his career, he didn’t receive another Premier League red card.

Patrick Vieira – 8 Red Cards

Patrick Vieira with Roy Keane

Patrick Vieira is famous for being the captain of the Arsenal team aptly named ‘The Invincibles’ after managing to claim the Premier League title in 2003/4 without losing a single match. However, he was also known for his feisty nature and no-nonsense tackling, especially against his ‘arch-nemesis’, Manchester United captain, Roy Keane. This feisty nature managed to gain the Frenchman joint first place in the list of most red cards in Premier League history.

Lee Cattermole – 7 Red Cards

Lee Cattermole receiving a red card.

Lee Cattermole finds himself in second place on the list of most red cards in Premier League history… and he is still playing! After being given the nickname ‘Clattermole’, it is highly expected that the Sunderland man will eventually find his name at the top of this list, something which is nothing to be proud about.

Roy Keane – 7 Red Cards

Roy Keane finds himself in our list of players with the most red cards in Premier League history.

 
Roy Keane’s inclusion on the list of most red cards in Premier League history comes as no surprise. The ex-Manchester United captain was famous for his  his brilliant footballing mind and commanding midfield performances as well as his thunderous, no-nonsense behaviour on the pitch which often resulted in him getting into altercations with opposing players.

Yaya Toure Retires From International Football

Yaya Toure announced today that he has retired from international football.

Like most players aged 33 and up, this is most likely to prolong his club football career, however, after being pushed out of the Manchester City team after the arrival of Guardiola, it begs the question: is he retiring from international football to prolong his career in the Premier League, or elsewhere?

Guardiola has reportedly said that Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk must apologise for the comments he made about the Ivorian’s exclusion from the Champions League squad, before the ex-City captain can play for the team again.

This does seem slightly unfair though, as it was not the player who made the comments – perhaps another example of agents becoming the powerhouses in the world of football?

English Champions 2015/16

Premier League

Leicester City

Championship

Burnley 
Promoted – Middlesbrough (2nd), Hull City (Play-off Winners)

League 1

Wigan Athletic
Promoted – Burton Albion (2nd), Barnsley (Play-off Winners)

League 2

Northampton
Promoted – Oxford (2nd), AFC Wimbledon (Play-off Winners)

FA Cup

Manchester United

League Cup

Manchester City

FA Trophy

FC Halifax Town

FA Vase

Morpeth Town