Paul Merson expects Manchester United to miss out on Premier League top-four finish

first_img Man City 1-0 Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:20FullscreenMan City 1-0 Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/man-city-1-0-tottenham-mauricio-pochettino-press-conference-1909346/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Palace are a funny team – they have flattered to deceive and should not be where they are.‘They can turn in a performance, but not this time. Arsenal will be able to start strongly at home and be too much for Palace.’Chelsea, currently fifth in the table, face Burnley on Monday evening while third-placed Tottenham were beaten by Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Comment Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United are going through a difficult period (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson says Manchester United are a ‘million miles off at the moment’ and will not finish in the top four of the Premier League.The Red Devils are currently sixth in the table, two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, having lost two of their last five league matches.United have also been knocked out of both the Champions League and the FA Cup recently, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side going through a difficult period.With five games of the 2018-19 campaign remaining, United can still qualify for the Champions League but Merson believes they will miss out.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Arsenal hero told Sky Sports: ‘Manchester United are a million miles off.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘They need to win the game [against Everton on Sunday] or they are out of the Champions League, but I don’t think they will get it – they are well short at the moment.‘Some of their results have been very fortunate. For me, the unbeaten run was covering over the cracks.’On Marcos Silva’s Toffees, Merson added to Sky Sports: ‘Could you get anymore different with Everton? Paul Merson expects Manchester United to miss out on Premier League top-four finish Solskjaer post-Barcelona defeat: work needs to be doneTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:46FullscreenSolskjaer post-Barcelona defeat: work needs to be donehttps://metro.co.uk/video/solskjaer-post-barcelona-defeat-work-needs-done-1907106/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘One minute they are ripping apart Arsenal and beating West Ham away, then all of a sudden, against a Fulham side that have not scored two goals in a game since day one, and they cannot keep a clean sheet against them.‘It is a bad attitude there – you cannot look at the manager, you have to look at the players.’Merson’s former club Arsenal are currently in the driving seat to finish in the top four – Unai Emery’s charge face Crystal Palace this weekend.On the upcoming match against the Eagles, Merson said: ‘Arsenal need to win this, they have to. The top four is in their hands still.center_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 20 Apr 2019 11:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link220Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Three arrested for OWI in Jennings County

first_imgNorth Vernon, IN—Saturday, Jennings County Dispatch received a call stating a female had rolled her vehicle on US 50 in the area of County Road 900 W. The driver, Devan Whitaker (26 of Seymour), was uninjured, however, the deputy allegedly detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage. Further investigation revealed that Whitaker was nearly twice the legal limit.While on the scene of the crash, her boyfriend, Jerry Hill (27 of North Vernon) arrived hoping to take her home, however, due to her level of intoxication she was transported to the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office for a certified chemical test.After getting Whitaker booked into the jail, the deputy went to speak with the boyfriend to advise him that Whitaker had been placed under arrest for OWI. At that time the deputy allegedly detected the odor of alcohol on Hill, who had just driven to the sheriff’s office. Further investigation revealed that hill was also well above the legal limit of .08. Hill was then taken into custody and booked into the Jennings County Jail for OWI.Later that evening, dispatch received a call in reference to a traffic accident in Muscatatuck County Park involving two vehicles. A deputy arrived on scene and through his investigation, determined that one of the drivers, James Durbin (49 of Whiteland), was also under the influence of alcohol. After certified testing, Durbin was placed under arrest and transported to the Jennings County Jail.All three were charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated with a BAC > 0.08.last_img read more

Cricket given leading role in British  sport re-opening plans, say ECB

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – English cricket’s governing body said it has been given the leading role for all sport in the country, including soccer, in examining how to create ‘bio-secure’ venues as leagues look for ways to restart their competitions without fans.Tom Harrison, chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), said his organisation has been asked by the British government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS), to look into how all sports might be able to resume in secure environments once COVID-19 restrictions are eased.“The ECB has been asked to lead by DCMS across football, horse racing, tennis and rugby,” Harrison said in comments reported by the website Cricinfo. “There has been a lot of communication between sports, particularly around health, as we are trying to guarantee safety.“I had a conference call with the head of the FA (Football Association) and the RFU (Rugby Football Union) about a range of topics: working together; how we share information about playing behind closed doors. I’m speaking to the Premier League later. We’re facing very similar challenges and taking decisions as a sector,” he said. The DCMS declined to comment on Harrison’s statement but it has been liaising with a number of sports bodies including the ECB on how things might work should the green light be given by the medical experts for sport to resume safely.The ECB has suspended the professional game in the country until July 1, but England are due to face Pakistan in a three test series from July 30.Harrison said that any attempt to play international cricket without fans would lead to a rethink on venues, with those best suited to a secure environment coming to the fore.“What we have to be really careful with here is to understand that right now testing elite athletes or people in sport just cannot be a priority in the context of the national health crisis and the issues frontline workers and vulnerable people are facing,” Harrison said.“Government tells us when the time is right. It’s not yet, clearly. We’re not lobbying the government; we’re working with them.”On Saturday, the Football League (EFL) which organises the three divisions below the Premier League, highlighted testing of players and others involved in games as the key issue. “Clearly, before any return to football can take place, suitable testing arrangements for participants must be in place and this is core to our current planning, as is ensuring there is absolutely no negative impact on the country’s front-line workers, the Emergency services, League and Club staff members,” the league said in a statement.“The EFL’s medical advisor is working with a select group of medical professionals and sports scientists to ensure their collective expertise is utilised to address these issues. This group will consider the latest medical information and evidence from both in the UK and abroad, particularly around the viability and accessibility of the various COVID-19 tests that are currently available”.The EFL said it “welcomes the current steps being taken by the UK Government to establish a group of governing bodies to look at the complex set of challenges facing the wider sporting industry.”last_img read more