Ashley Young has admitted that he's well aware of having matured a reputation for diving but, while he understands the criticism, he has no intention to apologise for the controversial incidents that have seen him thrust under the spotlight this season.
The United winger came under intense scrutiny earlier this season as he was booked for diving against Crystal Palace, before subsequently winning an extremely soft penalty asKagisho Dikgacoi, while another of Young's theatrical tumbles earned United an extremely dubious penalty kick away at Real Sociedad.
Big-money transfers usually come with a lot of expectations; Cristiano Ronaldo has not only overcome those expectations, but he is close to redefining a new standard. As good as Gareth Bale may be, he will find it difficult to come close to the achievements of Ronaldo. The Portuguese star has simply been sensational since his then-world record Â£80 million transfer from Manchester United.
Manchester United have a massive ask to take on and defeat an in-form Arsenal side when the Gunners head to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
United have been on an upswing in form this past month with three wins from four in the league, but a disappointing draw with Real Sociedad in the UEFA Champions League sees David Moyes charges need a quick turnaround in attitude.
It's "as you were" at the summit of La Liga as the top three all won once again. Athletic Madrid overcame Villarreal, Barcelona beat rock-bottom Betis and Real Madrid won well at Real Sociedad. Atleti are a point ahead of Barca, who in turn lead Real Madrid by two points with just six matches to go.
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Reports today suggest that David Moyes has shown an interest in Real Sociedad striker Antoine Griezmann, after watching the 20-year-old make his debut for France on Wednesday night against Holland.
United have already faced Griezmann twice this season and while the Frenchman hadn't been linked with a move to Old Trafford after both Champions League clashes between United and Real Sociedad, Moyes now seems to have stepped up his interest ahead of what promises to be a huge summer for the club.
Real Madrid beat Elche to go three points clear at the top of La Liga, as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid both succumbed to Basque opposition. Barca were well-beaten by Real Sociedad while Atletico were humbled at Osasuna. The title race is poised to take another twist next weekend when Los Blancos visit the Vicente Calderon.
Lionel Messi may have notched another landmark goal Saturday, but the superstar forward and his Barcelona teammates were unable to hold onto their league lead at the end of 90 more tough minutes at the Anoeta.
Barcelona fell 3-1 to fifth-place Real Sociedad on Saturday as the defending champions surrendered their lead atop the La Liga table.
After a successful Champions League night in Manchester, Gerardo Martino felt at liberty to experiment with the Barcelona lineup away against Real Sociedad. Leaving Xavi and Fabregas on the bench, Martino chose a new midfield trio of Sergio Busquets, Song, and Iniesta. Even with the attacking trident of Messi, Neymar, and Pedro, Barcelona succumbed 3-1 to a much superior Real Sociedad.
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There was finally a shift at the top of La Liga as Atletico Madrid thrashed Real Sociedad to go top, while Barcelona were beaten by Valencia. Real Madrid were held to a draw by Athletic Bilbao and remain third.
Atletico Madrid went top of La Liga for the first time since 1996 after an impressive 4-0 victory against Real Sociedad at the Vicente Calderon.
What a wonderful footballing weekend in Spain: Valencia beat FC Barcelona and Real Madrid managed 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao. This meant that for the first time in a long time, neither of the teams are in first spot in the Spanish league; that honour was taken by wonderful Atletico Madrid, who trashed Real Sociedad 4-0 and are now four points clear of the two favourites.
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In the quarter-final second leg of the Copa del Rey in Spain, the match between La Liga side Racing Santander and Real Sociedad kicked off today, but the Racing players refused to play â€” and instead stood in the center circle in protest against their club owner. The substitutes and coaches also lined up in unison near the touchline.
Chelsea may throw Mata money at â‚¬29m Arsenal target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea have reportedly targeted Real Sociedad attackerAntoine Griezmann, as they look to replace United-bound Juan Mata.
After weeks of Manchester United transfer speculation dominating back pages everywhere, today saw Chelsea thrust into the spotlight, as their impending sale of Juan Mata has seen them linked with a plethora of attacking talent across Europe.
Arsenal fail with â‚¬14m bid for Antoine Griezmann report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal have failed with a â‚¬14m bid for Real SociedadattackerAntoine Griezmann, according to journalist Alfredo Duro(via the Daily Mirror)
Duro,who was speaking on Spanish TV show 'El Chiringuito', said that the bid was made by Arsenal, who are in need of an extra midfielder to offset the loss of Theo Walcott, who is out for the rest of the season.
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid both had to come from behind to win their respective matches in the final game week before the mid-season break. As a result, the two clubs remain level on points at the top of La Liga, with Barca edging ahead thanks to a marginally superior goal difference. Real Madrid stay five points behind the top two after beating Valencia, while Athletic Bilbao's win over Rayo Vallecano keeps them in the final Champions League berth.
Cristiano Ronaldo continues to give many of his remaining critics, including Sepp Blatter, plenty of proof of his brilliance that could finally capitulate him to his legendary status as the world's best footballer.
This past Saturday, Ronaldo recorded another hat trick, this time at the expense of a disappointing display by the Real Sociedad defense.
Real Madrid won't gamble with Cristiano Ronaldo's long-term health this weekend.
Ahead of their La Liga tie against Real Sociedad, Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti told reporters at a press conference that Ronaldo would be rested for Saturday's match, as he heals a lingering knee injury.
Since the start of the year, Barcelona have seen their form dip on and off the field.
On the field, the club have lost each of their previous two road matches, first to Real Sociedad and second to Real Valladolid, while off the field the club has dealt with the Neymar transfer tax fiasco.
EPIC FAIL GOAL -Enaut Zubikarai Epic Own Goal BARCELONA VS REAL SOCIEDAD 2-0 05_02_2014 by Zouhair Daif
A freak own goal inadvertently scored by Real Sociedad keeper Enaut Zubikarai when his team-mate Gorka Elustado smashed a clearance off him has all but ended their chances of reaching the Copa Del Rey Final.
FC Barcelona took a firm step towards securing their place in the final of Copa Del Rey with a 2-0 victory over Real Sociedad. One goal from Busquets and another an epic own goal was enough for Barca to secure a two goal advantage going into the second round. If succeeded Barca will most probably face Real Madrid who secured a 3-0 victory against La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid at home.
FC Barcelona sealed a place in 2013-14 Copa Del Rey Semi-Finals with spectacular fashion by destroying Levante 5-1 at Camp Nou in the second leg. The tie was more or less sealed in Barca's favour in the first leg, when a Messi inspired Barca scored four times away from home. This take the aggregate to 9-2 in favour of Barca in two leg.
Well last nights action like I thought was a pure minefield for us punters and our treble went down big time, as Barcelona failed to beat 10 man Ajax and Chelsea couldn't muster a shot on goal as Basel done the double over the Londoner's with a late winner.
Tonights action looks more of the same with qualification places up for grabs and some tight games in the mix, however I think this 11/4 treble at William Hill can see us back in profit.
This season a new competition has started for Under 19 teams of all the Champions League qualifiers. The teams are all in the same groups of 4 as the senior teams are and the top 2 go through to the next round.
United are at a bit of a disadvantage over some of their rivals as United don't usually have an U-19 team, instead having an U-18 team and an U-21.