Paul Pogba is “not working hard enough getting back”, says Clayton Blackmore, with there more an in-form Manchester United midfielder could be offering to the collective cause.Having endured a testing start to the 2018-19 campaign which ultimately led to him being benched by Jose Mourinho, a World Cup winner is currently enjoying a welcome upturn in form.He has delivered five goals and four assists across his last six Premier League outings, with his efforts helping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to open his reign as interim United boss with eight successive victories. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Plaudits are raining down on the 25-year-old once more, with another all-action performance put in during the Red Devils’ recent 3-1 FA Cup fourth-round victory over Arsenal.Pogba has, however, been told that he could do even more, with former United defender Blackmore telling Love Sport Radio: “It’s a team game.”You can have fantastic individuals who can win you the game over and over again but if the team aren’t playing well… I was a little bit disappointed with Paul [against Arsenal].”He was really good going forward but he’s not working hard enough getting back.”I know he’s got [Ander] Herrera and [Nemanja] Matic there but I like to see the whole team working as hard as each other.”While suggesting that Pogba could do more for United, Blackmore admits the same accusation could not be levelled at Solskjaer.The Norwegian has made a remarkable impact since being appointed as interim successor to Mourinho, with calls for him to be handed the reins on a permanent basis now growing in intensity.”Whoever is going to come in won’t do as well as he’s doing now so why would you bring someone else in?” said Blackmore, who spent 10 years as part of United’s senior squad after emerging out of their youth system.”It’s not just him either. He’s got Mick Phelan in there. There was a lot said about when [David] Moyes came in and he got rid of Mick Phelan.”You lose, on the coaching side of it, pretty much everything we had before.”They’ve got great experience now there in terms of the coaching side and obviously playing at the club.”For me, it’s a no-brainer. It was a no-brainer a few weeks ago.”Solskjaer, Phelan and Pogba will be looking to make it nine wins in a row on Tuesday when United play host to Burnley in Premier League competition. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Auto sales on pace for record, driven by popularity of light trucks TORONTO – Ken Dacko makes the 200-kilometre round trip from his home in Alma, Ont., to a factory in Brampton, Ont., where he works once a week, in his 2016 Jeep Wrangler.Dacko purchased the vehicle earlier this year because, he says, it’s reliable and guaranteed to start, giving him peace of mind.“Four-wheel drive is important for the wintertime because I leave for work around three-thirty, four o’clock in the morning, and sometimes the roads this far north are not plowed,” he says.Dacko, 76, is one of thousands of Canadians snapping up new vehicles in droves, despite concerns about the economy and mounting consumer debt.Data released Monday by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants shows that Canada is on track for yet another year of record-high sales, and light trucks — a category that includes pickups, SUVs, minivans and crossovers — are driving the trend.Canadians bought 989,177 new vehicles in the first six months of this year, up six per cent from the same period last year, when they snatched up 933,439 vehicles, according to the market research firm.Experts say cheap credit and economic strength in Ontario, British Columbia and to some extent Quebec are helping boost sales.“Interest rates are incredibly low, and as we all know, vehicles are one of the big purchases in people’s lives,” says Charlotte Yates, an automotive industry expert and vice-president academic at the University of Guelph.Monday’s data also highlights the continuing shift away from passenger cars and towards light trucks.Sales of passenger cars slipped 6.8 per cent to 346,584, according to DesRosiers, but light trucks more than picked up the slack.Canadians bought 642,593 new light trucks in the first six months of the year, an increase of 14.5 per cent over last year. The bestselling model was the Ford F-Series truck, with 72,233 vehicles sold so far this year.Automotive analyst Dennis DesRosiers says crossovers have become especially popular in recent years, displacing the minivan as the family vehicle of choice.“They fit everything, so the boomer has a vehicle that they can load up with their sports equipment and head out to the beach, and grandma and grandpa that are babysitting have a vehicle that they can put the kids in,” DesRosiers says.Their height also makes them convenient for people who may have mobility issues.“They’re much easier to get into and out of as opposed to a small sedan,” says Scotiabank economist Carlos Gomes.Yates says the relationship that Canadians have to the outdoors is another reason why sales of light trucks have been on fire.“I do think there is a kind of iconic culture around the SUV, the crossover, the truck,” says Yates.“We live a paradoxical existence. More and more of us live in cities, but we still have the myth that we need the four-wheel drive because we’re going to the country. … It’s about expressing a kind of lifestyle choice, and I think that it’s been very, very powerful.”Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 4, 2016 12:00 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 5, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ken Dacko stands with his newly purchased sports Jeep Wrangler in Alma, Ont. on Friday, July 1, 2016. Despite gloomy rhetoric about global economic conditions, Canadians are snapping up new cars in droves. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon
In the test match before the start of the EHF EURO 2012, Sweden beats Russia 31:23 (15:10). Home team in the sold “Kristianstad Arena” (almost 5000 fans) was clearly better rival and deserved a high win.SWEDEN: Andersson 4, Stenbacken 4, Ekberg 3, Nilsson 3, Jakobsson 3, Doder 2, Petersen 2, Ekdahl Du Rietz 2, Lundstrom 1, Larholm 1, Karlsson 1, Zachrisson 1.RUSSIA: Atman 4, Kovalev 3, Chernoivanov 2, Chipurin 2, Koksharov 2, Shelmenko 2, Starykh 2, Igropulo 1, Ivanov 1.Results: 4:2 (5 min), 7;4 (10 min), 9:4 (15 min), 10:6 (20 min), 13:8 (25 min), 15:10 (30 min), 17:12 (35 min), 20:14 (40 min), 21:14 (45 min), 23:16 (50 min). ← Previous Story Lazarov injured – misses a training Next Story → Hungary without Lekai at the EHF EURO 2012!