criticism

Ben Davies: ‘Ryan Giggs criticism is unfair’

Ben Davies insists the criticism of Wales manager Ryan Giggs after hurtful back-to-back Euro 2020 qualifying defeats is unfair. Wales’ hopes of making the finals next summer were dealt a severe setback with losses to Croatia and Hungary in the space of four days. Giggs’ side now trail Group E leaders Hungary by six points, albeit with a game in hand, and are three adrift of Slovakia and Croatia in the race for a top-two spot. Ryan Giggs is under pressure after successive defeats dropped Wales to fourth place in their Euro 2020 qualifying group (Joe Giddens/PA) The Old Trafford great has had to shoulder the blame from most Welsh fans puzzled by the fact he has not profited from the attacking talents of Gareth Bale, David Brooks and new Manchester United winger Daniel James. R...

Republic of Ireland used Denmark’s criticism to advantage – Shane Duffy

Shane Duffy has revealed the Republic of Ireland used Denmark’s criticism as added motivation to secure a priceless Euro 2020 qualifying point in Copenhagen. Brighton defender Duffy’s 85th-minute header snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat at the Telia Parken Stadium on Friday evening to leave Mick McCarthy’s men still top of Group D and unbeaten after three games. Much of the talk in the run-up to the clash between increasingly-familiar foes centred around the Danes’ frustration with Ireland’s tactics under previous manager Martin O’Neill with Thomas Delaney having described their football as “primitive” and Christian Eriksen accusing them of being scared to attack. Asked about those barbs, Duffy replied: “Everyone has got their opinions on it, I don’t really look into it. Words get sa...

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba hits back at Roy Keane criticism

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba brushes off claims from Roy Keane that he is a “big problem” for the club. Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has brushed off criticism from club legend Roy Keane. Keane was serving as a TV pundit for last week’s Manchester derby when he claimed that Pogba was a “big problem” for United and suggested his words could not be trusted. However, the 26-year-old has insisted that he is unconcerned by the opinions of pundits and is instead fully focused on his performances on the pitch. “There’s no problem. They’re paid to say things in front of the camera. I’m just focused on what happens on the pitch,” Pogba told RMC when asked about Keane’s comments. “They can say what they want...

Chris Hughton: ‘Relegation-threatened Brighton must ignore criticism’

Chris Hughton insists it is business as usual at Brighton despite the club’s precarious Premier League position. Brighton’s midweek loss to relegation rivals Cardiff – their fifth straight defeat in all competitions – left them anxiously looking over their shoulder with five games left to play. The Seagulls hold a two-point advantage over Cardiff and do have a game in hand on the 18th-placed Bluebirds, but their daunting run-in includes fixtures against Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham. Brighton boss Hughton said: “I will always have regular chats with the chairman (Tony Bloom), Paul Barber (chief executive) and Dan Ashworth (technical director), who has come in. “They are the ones I will speak to on a fairly regular basis. Most of that is about the games, the...

Dele Alli: ‘Raheem Sterling criticism is worst I’ve seen’

Sterling faced intense criticism for his performances at Euro 2016. Dele Alli has described criticism directed at Raheem Sterling as the worst he has seen. The Manchester City forward was singled out in particular for his performances at Euro 2016 as England crashed out to Iceland in the last 16. Tottenham playmaker Alli told the OTRO app: “The worst I’ve ever seen is Raheem at the Euros. He is honestly one of the best people you could meet in terms of how he’s dealt with everything. “That was my first major tournament and Raheem’s a year older than me. I don’t know how I would have handled all the heat that they were putting on him. “Raheem was playing first team a lot sooner than I was and was a much bigger name before I started coming onto the s...

Derek McInnes launches staunch defence of Graeme Shinnie amid Scotland criticism

The Aberdeen skipper was asked to fill in at left-back against Kazakhstan. Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has sprung to the defence of Graeme Shinnie after the Dons captain came in for stinging criticism in the wake of Scotland‘s calamity in Kazakhstan. The 27-year-old midfielder was asked by Alex McLeish to stand in for Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson, who lost fitness battles ahead of the opening 2020 European Championship qualifier on Thursday. Shinnie, who has played left-back previously, struggled in the shock 3-0 defeat to a team ranked 117th in the world and admitted culpability and fears about his Scotland future after the match. He was left out of the 2-0 away win over San Marino on Sunday as skipper Robertson returned, but McInnes stoutly defended his skipper. He told Aberde...

England defender Danny Rose backs Raheem Sterling’s criticism of media

England full-back Danny Rose has praised his international team-mate Raheem Sterling for criticising the portrayal of black players in the media. Sterling, who has often been targeted by negative headlines, used Instagram to highlight the disparity in the way stories involving black players were reported by newspapers. In the wake of being allegedly abused by Chelsea fans, Sterling posted conflicting headlines about Manchester City duo Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden buying houses. “Raheem was only saying what we all say in the dressing room,” Rose told BBC Sport. “It’s sad really but he’s 100 per cent spot on with what he said. “The stick he used to get from the media was bang out of order. When he put the post up about the media we were all over the mo...

Ryan Giggs responds to Zlatan Ibrahimovic criticism

Ryan Giggs has responded to Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s criticism of the Class of 92 by insisting players with “over 2,000 games between us” are entitled to have an opinion about Manchester United. Former United striker Ibrahimovic claimed in a newspaper interview that the ongoing loyalty of Giggs and other pundits like Gary Neville and Paul Scholes to Sir Alex Ferguson has fuelled criticism of Paul Pogba. Ibrahimovic told the Daily Mirror that the criticism of Pogba dated back to his decision to walk away from Old Trafford and sign for Juventus in 2012 when Ferguson was still United manager. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has criticised the Class of 92 (Martin Rickett/PA) “Only Nicky (Butt) is connected with the club now but when you play over 2,000 games between us, we are going to ...

People have to keep calm, says Barnes as criticism of Klopp’s approach grows

Former Liverpool winger John Barnes believes the club can still win the Premier League and called for calm amid growing criticism of Jurgen Klopp’s approach. Four draws in the last six league matches have handed the initiative to Manchester City, with Klopp’s midfield coming in for most of the scrutiny after failing to create scoring chances. Since Boxing Day midfield has accounted for just one of the 22 goals Liverpool have scored in the league – Georginio Wijnaldum’s strike in the 3-0 win over Bournemouth a month ago. Georginio Wijnaldum’s goal against Bournemouth is the only one Liverpool have scored from midfield since Boxing Day (Peter Byrne/PA) It is why so many Liverpool fans are desperate for the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who played his first 45 minutes of competitive acti...

Chelsea ‘furious over Thibaut Courtois criticism’

Chelsea are reportedly angry with former goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who has suggested that the Blues went back on a promise to sell him last summer. Chelsea have reportedly been left furious by comments made by former goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian left Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid during the summer window with the stopper having less than a year remaining on his contract, but the 26-year-old has recently criticised the role of club director Marina Granovskaia. Courtois has claimed that Granovskaia told him in March that he would be allowed to move back to Madrid – where his family are based – before being later informed by Granovskaia after the World Cup that he would be required to remain at the Blues. However, according to Sky Sports News, Courtois was not pro...

Hughton dismisses Paul Ince’s criticism of Solskjaer’s flying start

Brighton boss Chris Hughton has praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s record-breaking impact at Manchester United in the wake of dismissive comments from Paul Ince. Norwegian Solskjaer has won six successive games since being appointed United boss, the first person to do so. But former United midfielder Ince has talked down the achievement and claimed “anyone” could have produced the same results following the departure of Jose Mourinho. Hughton, who takes his Albion side to Old Trafford on Saturday, feels Ince’s assessment of the situation is unfair. “I don’t think just anybody could have gone in and had the record that he has now,” said Hughton. “I think you have to give him credit for that. In whatever way he has done that – and I don’t know what way that is – he’s got results. “They haven’t l...

Deeney fined £20,000 over referee criticism

The Watford striker criticised official David Coote in the wake of the 3-3 draw with Bournemouth. Watford striker Troy Deeney has been fined £20,000 by the Football Association for his post-match comments after his side’s game at Bournemouth. Deeney accused referee David Coote of “bottling” several decisions in his side’s 3-3 draw with the Cherries on January 2. He admitted an FA charge, accepting that his interview “questioned the integrity of the match official and/or were personally offensive in relation to the match official”, the governing body announced. The 30-year-old, who scored twice in the thrilling draw, felt Dan Gosling should have been sent off for a foul on Tom Cleverley and that his side should have been awarded a penalty after Nathan Ake handled the ball in the area. He sa...

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