Tag: Premier League

Soccer-Mourinho hints at third Chelsea bid for Rooney

Soccer-Mourinho hints at third Chelsea bid for Rooney

By Tony Jimenez

LONDON, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Manager Jose Mourinho has given a clear hint Chelsea will make a third big-money attempt to buy Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney before the transfer window closes on Sept. 2.

The Europa League holders have already had two sizeable offers for the unsettled England international rejected, with media reports putting the most recent bid at 25 million to 30 million pounds ($46.84 million).

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Soccer-Soldado penalty gives Spurs opening win at Palace

LONDON, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Spain striker Roberto Soldado’s penalty on his Premier League debut gave Tottenham Hotspur a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace in their opening match of the season on Sunday.

Spurs, who were not awarded a single penalty last season, were given the spot kick early in the second half for an unfortunate handball by Palace defender Dean Moxey as he tried to block a dangerous Aaron Lennon cross.

Soldado then coolly slotted his effort inside Julian Speroni’s right hand post with the keeper going the other way.

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Moyes hails Van Persie, Welbeck after Swansea doubles

Moyes hails Van Persie, Welbeck after Swansea doubles

David Moyes praised the quality of Robin van Persie after the striker scored twice in Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Swansea on Saturday.

The Dutchman scored the first goal of the Moyes era in the Premier League with a perfectly executed volley, before adding the third goal of the game with an emphatic strike from the edge of the penalty area.

Danny Welbeck moreover scored twice in United’s victory – to eclipse his league goal tally from all of last season – & Moyes moreover recognized the impact the England forward had on the game.

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Rangel laments 'two minutes of madness' in Manchester United defeat

Rangel laments 'two minutes of madness' in Manchester United defeat

Angel Rangel bemoaned “two minutes of madness” as Swansea City slipped to a heavy opening-day Premier League defeat to Manchester United.Robin van Persie & Danny Welbeck netted in quickfire fashion, as they set the champions on their way to a 4-1 win in David Moyes’s first league game in charge.Wilfried Bony fired a consolation goal home for the Welsh side on his Premier League debut, yet it ultimately counted for little, with both United scorers netting again either side of the new man’s strike.”Obviously we’re disappointed,” Rangel told the club’s official website. “We hadn’t lost a game up until now, including preseason, so sometimes it’s a satisfactory thing to have a result like this.”It was two minutes of madness, really, & it ended up changing the game.”If they hadn’t scored the second goal, then I think we would have had a chance in the second half. That killed it, really, yet we gave it everything & we have to accept the defeat & move on.”It puts things into perspective, because we have to obtain used to losing as well as winning.”Michael Laudrup’s side next faces Romanian outfit Petrolul Ploiesti for a place in the Europa League group stage, & Rangel is hoping for a satisfactory performance in order to put their heavy loss behind them.”Thursday’s game will assist us forget the defeat & it is one of those games that we want to win at home,” Rangel said. “I thought we played well [on Saturday] & created lots of chances, yet they were clinical & the finishing was the difference in the end.”

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Rodgers on Suarez: 'Everything has been resolved'

Rodgers on Suarez: 'Everything has been resolved'

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that “everything has been resolved” regarding the future of Luis Suarez.Arsenal has pursued the Uruguayan for much of the summer yet has not upped its bid from its most recent, which was said to be more than 40 million pounds, & the Reds boss was adamant on Friday that the saga would not “sabotage” his club’s season.The forward was in attendance as Liverpool opened the Premier League campaign with a 1-0 victory over Stoke City, & Rodgers seemed content that there would be no more question of an exit.”The only thing I will say approximately Luis is that I am very satisfied how everything has been resolved & now we can move on,” Rodgers told reporters. “He is a part of this team & this club. The supporters are a class act here, & it is the classic Liverpool way to support the players & the manager.”Suarez is unavailable for the next five games as he continues to serve a 10-match ban incurred last season for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

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