Predicted Man United XI for Southampton: Januzaj in and Fellaini out?

first_img 21. Ander Herrera (centre midfield) 11 11. Adnan Januzaj (right forward) 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – Click the arrow, right, to see Manchester United’s predicted XI v Southampton in squad number order 9. Anthony Martial (left forward) 11 11 Manchester United claimed three vital points with a win over Liverpool last weekend and will look to that for some much needed momentum.The Red Devils may have turned a corner in 2016 as they are undefeated the new year, with Wayne Rooney scoring four goals in three Premier League games.Southampton are the visitors on Saturday with United desperate to improve in order to be successful with their Champions League push.Fresh reports emerged this week suggesting manager Louis van Gaal could leave in the summer but, as always, the Dutchman remains defiant with United in fifth, only two points off Tottenham in fourth.However, it is not all rosy with news that Ashley Young requires major groin surgery and could be out for the rest of the season.This means another defensive reshuffled and the England international joins long-term absentees Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo.Bastian Schweinsteiger, Phil Jones and Michael Carrick are all yet to fully recover but Adnan Januzaj should be back in contention after scoring twice for the under-21 side in midweek.There is also the question of what to do with Marouane Fellaini? The Belgian has been poor in acting as cover for Schweinsteiger and Carrick, and Van Gaal may have finally lost patience with him.Click the arrow above, right, to see who is likely to take the field for the Red Devil on Saturday at Old Trafford. 10. Wayne Rooney (centre forward) 11 11 11 17. Daley Blind (centre back) 11 36. Matteo Darmian (right back) 43. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (left back) 11 11 28. Morgan Schneiderlin (centre midfield) 11 11 8. Juan Mata (attacking midfield) 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) last_img read more

Asia Cup is just the foundation, more to come: Harendra

first_imgBy Saumojyoti S Choudhury(EDS: REPEATING AFTER CORRECTING A WORD IN PARA 3)New Delhi, Nov 6 (PTI) Harendra Singh has a penchant for delivering results whenever entrusted with an assignment and has now set his sights at bigger goals after guiding the Indian womens team to Asia Cup triumph after 13 long years.The chief coach feels that it is just the beginning as the womens team embark on a more difficult journey in 2018, which includes Commonwealth Games in Australia as well as Asian Games in Indonesia apart from the big-ticket World Cup in England. Harendra already has his targets in place.”The Asia Cup is just the foundation, we have to achieve much more. The year 2018 is very crucial for Indian womens hockey. We have three important tournaments — Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and the World Cup and I expect minimum 2 medals out of these three tournaments,” Harendra told PTI during an exclusive interaction.By his own admission, he had barely watched womens hockey, leave aside coaching a side, but the Asia Cup title after a hiatus of 13 years in Kakamigahara, Japan yesterday made him believe that “nothing is impossible” in the world of sport.”I dont remember whether I had followed womens hockey closely before the Hockey World League (HWL) Semifinals in Johannesburg earlier this year,” Harendra was candid in his confession.But for someone who has been associated with national teams over the years, Harendra was confident that he could deliver in womens hockey too.”I knew I can deliver in womens hockey also. I can make a significant contribution for the Indian womens team,” he said.advertisementKnown to be an astute tactician, Harendra had also coached the Indian junior mens hockey team to World Cup gold in Lucknow, last year.”For a coach, every tournament is important. The Junior World Cup win and the Asia Cup title with the girls are completely different,” Harendra did not want to compare the two victories.But he did put things into perspective.”I had three years to prepare the junior mens team while I prepared the girls in just 23-24 days. So the satisfaction of both the wins are different. (But) I am never satisfied.”Harendra has always been an obsessive coach, always hungry for results.The hunger, though, can be gauged from the fact that he never got the opportunity to represent India at the Olympics.And whether it is in charge of his employer Air India or any other national team, Harendra is never satisfied and always wants to return with a podium finish.”Any medal would do. The colour of the medal, though, will be decided by the girls. Nothing is impossible,” Harendra replied, when asked about chances of medals in three marquee events next year.Prior to becoming the continental champions by beating China 5-4 in the shoot-out yesterday, India had already sneaked through to the World Cup by finishing 8th at the HWL Semifinals in Johannesburg, earlier this year.But Harendra said having qualified for the World Cup on merit, the girls can now hold their heads high.”Since taking over, I just focussed on team bonding and worked on developing their confidence. They have worked towards that and also showed the world that they dont need favours from others. They can earn their World Cup berth on merit,” he signed off. PTI SSC KHS SSClast_img read more