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Pundit claims this Man Utd star may consider leaving

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has claimed that Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford may have to leave the club in search for first team football.

Alexis Sanchez’s arrival from the Gunners in January sparked a debate on what the move could mean for United’s youngsters.

Anthony Martial and Rashford in particular have been the ones who the press are seemingly concerned about given the position they share.

Both players play in Sanchez’s preferred left wing position and some people have claimed he will derail their development.

Henry appears to be on board with that assessment and thinks there may come a time for Marcus to reconsider his position at the club.

According to Goal, Thierry said on Sky Sports: “One of the most important things for me is that you have to play. You cannot be on the bench and missing games, missing learning about the game and stopping that momentum, and an example is Rashford.

“Michael Owen had the opportunity to back up what he did the year before because he played, and he played, and he played, and he played – and I can give you more examples.

“But Rashford at times could not capitalise on what he did from that year [after his debut], because sometimes he is playing on the right, [sometimes] on the left.

“Leave is a strong word. Obviously being from there, he wants to play for United. But he has to play and it is becoming even more difficult for him since Sanchez has arrived.

“I think at the end of the season, he is maybe going to have a thinking day of ‘do I stay?’”

Thierry Henry as well as the other pundits or critics’ assessment of the situation seems to be a little unfounded given how things actually are.

Anthony’s game time has not decreased at all since the Chileans arrival to the club whilst Marcus Rashford missed, for the first time this season, the Red Devils’ match squad due to injury and not Alexis Sanchez.

The Englishman has been heavily involved with Manchester United this season just as he had been last seen with Jose Mourinho showing him preferential treatment.

Perhaps the reason why some people are concerned is due to Sanchez’s arrival coinciding with Rashford’s poor form which has seen him drop to the bench.

In fact, it’s Anthony Martial who has overtaken the academy product due to his own good form that allowed him to win the January player of the month for Manchester United.

Abbreviated pundit roundup: White House unveils cruel and fiscally irresponsible budget

We begin today’ s roundup with The New York Times and its analysis of the administration’ s cruel and fiscally irresponsible budget:

On Monday, President Trump proposed a budget that would slash spending on Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, transportation and other essential government services, all while increasing the federal deficit.

Mr. Trump’s 2019 budget, combined with the tax cuts Republicans passed last year, would amount to one of the greatest transfers of wealth from the poor to the rich in generations. It would also charge trillions of dollars in new debt to the account of future Americans. It’s a plan that could please only far-right ideologues who want to dissolve nearly every part of the federal government, save the military.

John Cassidy at The New Yorker details the lies:

Mulvaney and his boss have presided over a historic smash-and-grab raid on the nation’s tax base—otherwise known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017—while doing little to restrain spending. The result is a sea of red ink that now stretches into the indefinite future. This time last year, Mulvaney and his colleagues at the Office of Management and Budget claimed that the budget would be balanced in ten years. Now they have dropped the pretense. In 2028, according to the White House’s new budget, the deficit will still be four hundred and forty-five billion dollars, or 1.4 per cent of G.D.P. And even these figures are highly dubious. They depend on some highly unrealistic assumptions about spending and economic growth between now and then.

Over at The Washington Post, Eugene Robinson catalogs all the broken promises:

Remember how the president promised a $1 trillion program to rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges, airports and railroads? Well, he claims to be doing even more — $1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending over the next decade. But the promise comes with little or no new federal money, which means it barely qualifies as an idle wish. Trump says he wants to spend just $200 billion over 10 years on infrastructure, with cities and states providing the rest. But mayors and governors don’t have $1.3 trillion lying around; ask them, if you don’t believe me. And since the $200 billion is supposed to come from savings elsewhere in the budget, Trump effectively plans to give with one hand and take away with the other.

Pundit: Chris Smalling was embarrassing against Newcastle United

Former West Ham United defender has lambasted Chris Smalling for what was an ’embarrassing’ defensive performance against Newcastle United.

The Englishman could have easily given the hosts a penalty in the first half with a trip on Dwight Gayle just inside the box.

Referee Craig Pawson waved play on but Smalling eventually found himself in his book after a woeful dive near the halfway line having lost the ball in far from challenging circumstances.

Newcastle proceeded to score the winner from the resultant free-kick and Gale, speaking on Sky Sports, was quick to note that Smalling’s display was nothing short of embarrassing.

“Well I think he got embarrassed so quickly he got up so quickly didn’t he,” he said.

“He realised what he had done. His defence would be that he was anticipating the challenge, but that’s not enough.

“You’ve got to have a connection on you and it was embarrassing really, it was quite embarrassing. Watch how quickly he gets up here, he goes down and he’s ‘oh blimey, what have I done, up I get’.”

It is nothing short of astonishing to think that Smalling has been at this club for almost eight years.

Newcastle’s last win over Man United at St James’ Park came back in 2012 on a night that saw Smalling kill the came completely with an own goal, and six years on there he was, once again, needlessly gifting them a chance to score. Someone on Tyneside certainly owes him a beer.

The main point here, I guess, is that despite the number of opportunities and years of experience under his belt, Smalling hasn’t shown any discernible signs of improvement, or even upward trajectory. He continues to thrive and fall short in the same areas – strong in the box but technically way off the mark – and at a club of this magnitude you simply cannot accommodate players who stand still.

Pundit slams this Man Utd star for being 'predictable'

Former Chelsea player Tony Cascarino did not hold back in his assessment of Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku, calling the player ‘predictable’.

The Belgian has come in for his fair share of criticism this season and after not scoring during the club’s loss against Newcastle, received even more from the pundit.

Lukaku though was perhaps United’s best player on the day, winning arial battles, putting passes on a plate for his teammates and holding the ball up well.

The striker truly showed how his link up play has improved since coming to Old Trafford but still sees himself harshly critiqued.

Cascarino though simply believes the Red Devils’ stature means they shouldn’t have employed a ‘predictable’ striker in Romelu.

According to the Daily Star, Tony wrote in The Times: “Man City, Liverpool, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain: the most exciting teams in Europe have flexible, free-flowing attackers.

“Manchester United have a fixed point in their striker Romelu Lukaku and are therefore predictable. I feel for Lukaku as it’s not his fault, but United’s formulaic style does not suit Alexis Sanchez.

“They have spent all that money but are such a long way from the days of Carlos Tevez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. If they are to be a success with Sanchez I don’t see how Lukaku fits in, particularly for tough away games.”

This isn’t the first time Romelu Lukaku’s movement has been called into question but it’s done so a little harshly by Tony Cascarino.

The former Everton man does have a tendency to run to the far post in order to score his goals but it’s perhaps due to old habits and less so to do with his predictability.

Also, the cliche “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” comes to mind in regards to Lukaku as he’s proven himself to be a more than capable goalscorer.

Varied movement will certainly help the powerful forward but it will all come in time as he adjusts to leading the line for one of the top clubs in England.

Back at Everton he wasn’t really required to link things together as he is at United and he’s added that to his game so there’s no reason to believe he can’t improve his movement as well.

Pundit blames this Man Utd star for Pogba's 'suffering'

Former Arsenal man Martin Keown has surprisingly blamed Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard for Paul Pogba’s recent struggles.

Whilst most fans have attributed the Frenchman’s downturn in form to Jose Mourinho’s tactics, the pundit opted to point the finger at the Englishman.

Lingard has been in good form this season, moving from an outsider to one of the first names on the team sheet as he continues progressing.

His performances have been so good that Mourinho has even decided to move him inwards from the wings to allow him to play in his preferred position as an attacking midfielder.

Keown has at least acknowledged Jesse’s form but has blamed it for the reason why Pogba isn’t at his best as he’s unable to foray forward as much.

According to Give Me Sport, Martin wrote in his Daily Mail column: “Pogba has suffered from the fact that Jesse Lingard is prospering in this Manchester United team.

“The Frenchman is at his best when he is in the final third hitting shots, going at defenders, being creative and making those buccaneering runs into the box.

“At Juventus, he would often have a midfielder like Andrea Pirlo sitting deeper which allowed him to express himself higher up the pitch.

“He cannot do that when he is made to play deeper but the form of Lingard is keeping him from that more advanced position.”

There may be some truth to Martin Keown’s words as fans have struggled to understand why Jose persists with the 4-2-3-1 formation when the Red Devils have enjoyed themselves in the 4-3-3.

United’s best games have happened when the latter formation was employed but of course it means that the lack of an attacking midfielder would leave Jesse Lingard on the bench.

There’s possibly room for him on the wings but with Alexis Sanchez’s arrival and Anthony Martial‘s undroppable form, it’s unlikely he could feature there.

Jose Mourinho has to be careful to not fall into the same trap his predecessors did in trying to fit all of the club’s stars in the same line-up in expense for proper balance and eye-catching fluidity.

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Trump isn't very good at presidenting

If you don’t know who Paul Nehlen is, count your blessings. He’s one of several racists and Nazis running this cycle under the GOP party banner. The GOP doesn’t want them. But theirs is the party the white supremacists choose to run with. I wonder why?


Well, well, it appears that Paul Nehlen (@pnehlen) has been suspended. Only took thousands of complaints and two days to get his openly blatant racism off this platform. pic.twitter.com/MjXL7GCLfT

— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) February 11, 2018

Will Bunch/philly.com:

Donald Trump became president of the United States of Men today

The 1977 skit gently mocked the women’s movement and less gently mocked the patriarchy with a TV talk show called “You’ve Come a Long Way, Buddy” that promoted the work of male painters like Vincent Van Gogh (who “influenced many artists. And he was a man.”) while music written by men, like Beethoven, played in the background, The skit reached its absurdist crescendo when a cigar-smoking John Belushi appears as a character who’s launched a 24-hour rape hotline … for men who’ve committed a rape. Belushi’s “Sam Montgomery” says the hotline gives rapists “an opportunity to talk to someone who understands what he’s gone through” — and it’s completely anonymous.

“Very often, to be known as a rapist is a social stigma, and it can ruin a man’s life.”

That’s a quote from SNL and what was supposed to be biting social satire, in a time when the future absurdity of Donald Trump, 45th president of the United States, was beyond the ability of comedy writers to imagine.


Pundit explains what Paul Pogba must work on at Man United

Once again, in bizarre fashion Graeme Souness has been absolutely ruthless in his assessment of Manchester United star Paul Pogba.

The Frenchman can’t seem to escape from being scrutinised by the pundit who did not hold back by any means before the club faced Newcastle.

United ended up losing the match 1-0 in shocking fashion with Pogba playing a part from the start of the match although he was later substituted in the second half.

Some fans were concerned with the midfielder’s fitness as he seemed to pick up a knock in the pre-match routine and somewhat hobbled off after the game concluded.

Jose Mourinho denied claims of injury to Paul who wasn’t at his best against the lively home side and supporters can expect Souness to criticise him once more.

Paul Pogba has been in the limelight of late as critics, pundits, former players and fans all try to assess how to get the best out of him.

There’s no denying the former Juventus man’s ability but it might be fair to say he hasn’t been at his utmost best since joining the Red Devils.

Many supporters have grown frustrated with Mourinho’s insistence on playing Pogba in a double pivot 4-2-3-1 formation as it appears to restrict him.

Fans hope to see the midfielder given the freedom to express himself in a 4-3-3 formation as they witnessed in the match against Everton where he excelled.

Juventus also employed a three man midfield to get the best out of Paul, unshackling him and leaving the defensive work to the two other midfielders.

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: He-Man Woman-Haters Club, White House Chapter

The last two weeks would seem to demand another advance of the Fascism Watch. After all, we saw Trump and Nunes collaborate on a work of fantasy that was purpose-built to damage the justice system of the United States. Despite objections from both the FBI and the Department of Justice, Trump unclassified it in full and pushed the document back to the House where it was published without a single letter being redacted.

The White House then “considered” a memo drafted by Democratic members of Congress that pointed out the eras in the Nunes memo and debunked the central theme concerning Republican efforts to demean the FBI and halt Robert Mueller’s investigation. After waiting all week, on Saturday, White House counsel Don McGahn emerged to say that Trump would not be releasing the Democratic memo. His excuse — the FBI and DOJ asked that the memo not be released.

In fact, the exact same people appeared before Trump with concerns about both memos. When it came to the memo Trump wanted to release, he was completely deaf to those concerns. When it came to the memo showing that everything Trump had supported was less substantial than hot hair, suddenly those concerns from the DOJ became concerns.

The absolutely asymmetrical, partisan approach to documents on a matter of genuine national import would seem worth at least another minute of movement toward fascism midnight — especially as Trump continued to make false statements about the FBI in general and FBI leadership in particular. 

Really, the only thing that stops the Fascism Watch from advancing is … incompetence. The last two weeks were a showcase of incompetence on the Republican side, from Nunes to Trump to Porter to Kelly to … everything. Trump has certainly demonstrated often enough that it’s possible to be both ridiculous and ridiculously destructive, but this past week has also made it clear that even a direct assault on democracy can be so poorly executed that it simply … fails. This week, these jackasses were simply too bad at everything to fear.

I’ll probably regret that when everyone is forced to take part in the All Americans Must Attend, two thousand mile, Pledge Allegiance to Trump Parade, at the end of which Trump will press his giant button while sitting on his golden throne.

But for now, let’s go read pundits.

Pundit makes damning statement on Sanchez transfer

Pundit Jamie Redknapp has not held back on his assessment of Alexis Sanchez’s transfer to Manchester United and what it could mean for Marcus Rashford.

The youngster has reportedly been moved to sit alongside the Chilean international in the club’s dressing room as it appears that Jose Mourinho wants the latter to mentor the former.

In theory the move is exactly what Rashford needs as he could certainly learn a lot from a ready made, star player like Sanchez.

Good players improve by playing with better players and on paper it doesn’t seem like the two are likely to cause each other any problems.

However, Redknapp believes that Alexis’ transfer is only going to harm Marcus, stopping him from developing any further and hurt his future England plans.

According to Caught Offside, Jamie said to Sky Sports: “I can’t help but feel disappointed about what it does to a player like Marcus Rashford,’ the former Liverpool man told Sky Sports.

“Some would say that great players come and go and you’ve got to get on with it, but the bottom line is that Rashford has now dropped down the pecking order.

“That’s what football is like. When I signed for Liverpool at the age of 17, I went straight ahead of all the other players in the youth team because I had been bought in from outside.

“It’s the same with Sanchez now. Due to his reputation and the fact he has been bought by the manager, Sanchez will always go ahead of Rashford whether he is playing better or not.

“It’s the hardest thing for a young English player. You feel like you are just getting to the top of the pecking order and then suddenly, bang, it’s like a sledgehammer hits you. Your club have signed a world star.

“Mourinho has said Sanchez can be an inspiration to Rashford but I don’t think that’s what he needs right now. We’re talking about an established England international. There is only one way to learn, and it’s not by sitting next to someone in the dressing room, it’s by playing in the team.”

The pundit’s accusations seem to be pretty wild, particularly since it’s too early to make any judgement on the effect of Alexis Sanchez on Marcus Rashford‘s development.

However, if one was to go on what has already happened so far this season then one can assumed the Englishman should be safe of what Jamie Redknapp has said.

Rashford has been Mourinho’s go to player from the moment the Portuguese boss arrived at Old Trafford and he has consistently called upon the academy product, showing his faith in the young man’s talent.

In terms of positions, yes Sanchez has a preference to play on the left wing but his versatility is perhaps what encouraged Jose to chase after him so desperately.