Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has inked a new deal that will keep him at Old Trafford till 2024. Shaw’s contract was due to expire at the end of the 18/19 season and he had spoken of his desire “to earn a new one” after being a peripheral figure under Jose Mourinho and the subject of his direct criticism several times over the last couple of seasons.
However the ex Southampton star has had a stellar year, scoring his first goal of the club, being named their Player of the Month for both August and September, and earning a recall to the England squad as well. The new deal will see his wages nearly double, from £100,000 a week to £195,000 a week. That is some turnaround for Shaw, who before this season would’ve been described as a squad player at best- a backup to Ashley Young.
The news was officially confirmed by Man Utd on social media today. Continue reading
The eighth gameweek of the Premier League, the last before the international break, saw a three way tie at the top of the table after Chelsea beat Southampton 3-0 at St.Mary’s and Liverpool and Manchester City played out a goalless draw. The Blues, the Reds and the Citizens all have 20 points after 8 games, but Jurgen Klopp’s side have slipped to third on goal difference.
Both Liverpool and Man City had conceded only three goals each in their previous 7 games, and seemed intent on not letting that figure change. Fans might have expected a high scoring encounter (like the 4-3 from last season), but had to be content with a goalless stalemate.
At the other end of the table, Cardiff remained rooted to the bottom, while Newcastle were within 20 minutes of potentially rendering Jose Mourinho jobless before the Red Devils got their act together and managed to win 3-2 Continue reading
Chelsea summer signing Jorginho created a new Premier League record when the Blues took on West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The former Napoli star made 180 passes- a record for most passes made in a league game since records were started to be kept back in 2003/04.
To put that figure in perspective, ten teams have made less than 180 passes in a full Premier League game as on date. Jorginho’s 180 effectively meant a pass every 30 seconds. The Chelsea player with the next highest number of passes in the game against the Hammers was defender Antonio Rudiger with 86.
Unfortunately for the Brazilian, his record breaking performance was not enough to stop the Blues from losing their 100% record. Continue reading
Here are the results from Week 9 of the 2018/19 EFL Championship. Four home teams lost this weekend, and all by the same single goal margin. The biggest result came at Elland Road, where Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds suffered their first loss of the season, going down 2-1 to Birmingham, with the latter claiming their first away win.
Wigan 1-0 Bristol
Aston Villa 1-2 Sheff Wednesday
Derby 3-1 Brentford
Ipswich 0-0 Bolton
Leeds 1-2 Birmingham
Boro 0-0 Swansea
Forest 1-0 Rotherham
Reading 3-0 Hull
Sheff Utd 3-2 Preston
Stoke 2-3 Blackburn
WBA 2-0 Millwall
QPR 0-1 Norwich
Round 9 began with Wigan edging Bristol City at home on Friday night thanks to Nick Powell’s header.