Wayne Rooney looks set to miss Manchester United’s crucial tie with bitter rivals Liverpool on Saturday evening.The skipper, fresh from breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s England goalscoring record this week, was not among the 18 man squad who checked into the team hotel ahead on Friday night.James Wilson was also not present meaning new £36m signing, 19-year-old Anthony Martial, is the only recognised striker available to manager Louis van Gaal.Rooney looked as though he would kick on for the Red Devils after scoring twice during the international break leading to a wide range of reactions to his absence on social media.See the best tweets below … Wayne Rooney 1 //storify.com/talksport/who-s-going-to-not-score-for-manchester-united-now.js?border=false[View the story “‘Who’s going to not score for Manchester United now?’ – Fans react to news Wayne Rooney may miss Liverpool game” on Storify]
1 Under-fire Manchester United forward Memphis Depay has been named in the starting line-up for the Red Devils’ early kick-off against Watford, while full-back Matteo Darmian has been relegated to the bench.Dutch speedster Depay began his United career in fine form following his summer move from PSV, but his form has since dropped off and has been the target of angry fans as well as his manager.Louis van Gaal admitted in his pre-match press conference this week that he expects more from the 21-year-old, who scored 22 goals for PSV last season, and it seems he has given Depay the chance to prove himself against the Hornets.Injuries have forced Van Gaal to reshuffle his side for Saturday afternoon’s visit to Vicarage Road, with both Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial among those ruled out after picking up knocks in the international break.It means 22-year-old starlet Jesse Lingard remains in the side and starts for the third straight game, while Darmian – a firm fan favourite at Old Trafford – has been dropped to the bench, with Ashley Young seemingly taking his place at right-back.Check out the full team line-ups for Watford v Manchester United below!Watford: Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Capoue, Britos, Anya, Watson, Jurado, Abdi, Ighalo, Deeney. Subs: Oulare, Paredes, Ake, Guedioura, Ibarbo, Diamanti, Arlauskis.Man United: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Blind, Young, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Mata, Ander Herrera, Lingard, Depay. Subs: Rojo, Romero, McNair, Darmian, Rashford, Andreas Pereira, Goss. Memphis Depay
5 Believe they can win the title – Arsenal havent won the Premier League since 2004 and if they are to achieve that again then they must believe they can. Of their squad, only Danny Welbeck and Petr Cech know what it takes to lift the title, while Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have both won La Liga. This means the current squad is fairly green in terms of winning titles and their mindset going into the final months of the season will be crucial to whether or not they are successful come May. Arsenal are going into 2016 as the Premier League leaders and are second favourites to lift their first title since 2004.Dazzling displays against Manchester United and Manchester City have proven the Gunners are able to stomach it in the big games in comparison to previous seasons where they have just rolled over submissively.Mesut Ozil has arguably been the best player in the league so far and the likes of Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny are playing well enough to not have Gunners crying out for the return of Alexis Sanchez.Following the commanding win over Manchester City they were installed as title favourites but after stalling during the 4-0 defeat to Southampton, reality bit hard and highlighted the frailties within this Arsenal side.So what do Arsenal and Arsene Wenger need to do to ensure they do not falter again as they chase that elusive fourth Premier League title?Click the arrow above, right, to see what five things they must do to stay at the top. 5 5 5 Keep the faith in Aaron Ramsey in central midfield – Ramsey has spent much of this season exiled out to the right of the attack due to injuries to the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott. However, as a result of further injuries, he has moved to his preferred position in the middle of the park. Ramsey is the best box-to-box midfielder in the league and while the partnership of Cazorla and Coquelin has been fruitful, the Welshmans energy and contributions to both the attacking and defensive efforts are something neither player can replicate. Invest in a holding midfielder and a striker in January – The main criticism of Wenger is his reluctance to dip into the Arsenal transfer kitty to sign a top class player. While admitting he will be very busy during the January window, he must invest wisely, with a holding midfielder and a striker a priority. Both Coquelin and Olivier Giroud have been in good form but quality cover is needed to keep the positive results coming. 5 Keep everyone fit – Click the right arrow above for more ways Arsenal can bolster their Premier League title bid… – Arsenal have a long history of injuries disrupting their season, such as in 2013/14 when Aaron Ramseys hamstring injury caused havoc to the Gunners midfield and eventually led to them surrendering their lead at the top of the table. Alexis Sanchez, Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin have all been victims of burnout already this season as a result of being forced to play every game. They must get the likes of Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere fit to ease the burden on the rest of the squad. Wrap Mesut Ozil in cotton wool – Ozil has been phenomenal this season, laying on 16 assists and scoring three goals in 19 games. Despite criticisms in previous campaigns, the German has finally been given a long run in his favoured No. 10 position. As long as Ozil is in the side, there is always a chance the Gunners will score and therefore he needs to be managed correctly and not fall victim to the Arsenal injury curse.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe Los Angeles Police Department Juvenile Division is investigating the case, along with the Department of Children and Family Services and the coroner’s office, said Officer Mike Lopez of LAPD media relations. No arrests were immediately made and an autopsy was expected to be performed early this week. ———————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! An autopsy was pending today on a newborn found dead in a closet at a family’s home in South Los Angeles, police said. The newborn’s mother showed up at Huntington Park Hospital yesterday morning, bleeding heavily, CBS2 reported. The girl initially denied having given birth, but eventually admitted to leaving the newborn in a closet at home, according to the TV station. The child was found in the closet, unconscious and not breathing, the TV station reported.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“That’s the one thing you use to judge a police chief. And he has done it without the officers he needs,” he said. But Councilman Bernard Parks, who preceded Bratton as chief, questioned whether the crime figures are accurate. Parks has long complained that the department changes the way it measures crime by eliminating domestic-violence cases. Bratton and the department argue that they follow federal crime reporting guidelines. “It’s easy to say you’ve reduced violent crime when you’ve taken 20,000 to 30,000 violent crimes out of the reports,” Parks said. “The fact is, the people I represent, if you ask them, do not feel any safer today.” Bratton does have the highest level of City Hall support, however, with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “Bill Bratton is the best chief in the United States,” Villaraigosa said in a statement. “We are lucky to have him. He is the right man in the right job at the right time.” Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton earlier this week touted his achievements to the new Police Commission and laid out future goals. Crime is down in all categories since he took office in 2002, with violent crimes down 31percent and property crimes down 25percent, he said. “The credit goes to the men and women of this department who have been able to achieve this with virtually no increase in the size of the department,” Bratton said. “We are only beginning to see the impact of new hires on the department.” And he said a federal consent decree governing the department’s use of force has put the city at the nation’s forefront in dealing with the issue. Bratton was hired after serving as one of the monitors of the consent decree and earns $300,422 a year in his post. To City Councilman Dennis Zine, an avid Bratton supporter, the chief’s ability is seen in a simple fact: “Crime is down.” And Bratton has merged well into the civic life of Los Angeles. Replacing an African-American as police chief, Bratton has consistently reached out to black leaders in the city, visiting churches and community groups. Bratton also has been able to repair relations with the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which was frequently at odds with Parks and former Chief Willie Williams. Bratton has opened a dialogue with the league and officers, has developed a more consistent discipline policy and is at the scene of all major incidents. “We support the chief for another five-year term,” the league said in a statement. “… He has shown the willingness to hear our views and weigh our positions on a variety of issues.” firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“We are embarrassed by this and apologize to the applicants and the council office,” said planner Michael LeGrand. “This is not our policy and we are using it as a training tool on the code of conduct we expect from our planning staff in dealing with applicants and the public at large. “We take this very seriously.” In his call, Chiang said he was calling for developer Gary Schaffel to say the appeal could not be blocked but that it would be rejected. Officials with the City Attorney’s Office said the call was made after the city Planning Commission decided to allow the 78-unit proposed development. But tenants who were evicted from the building previously at the site complained that the call showed collusion between the city and developers. A Valley Village condominium development will be allowed to proceed despite a phone recording in which a city planning official can be heard assuring someone he thought was the developer that a tenants appeal of the proposed project would be rejected. The City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee on Tuesday recommended rejection of the appeal by two tenants who were evicted from the building previously at the 11933 W. Magnolia Blvd. site. It also recommended that their request for more relocation money be rejected. The recommendation came as Planning Department officials said disciplinary proceedings are under way against planner John Chiang over the telephone call in which he said the appeal would be rejected because of the position of the department and City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel. “This shows how business is done at City Hall,” said Chuck Tennin, one of those objecting to the development. Tennin was one of 17 tenants who were evicted to make way for the condominium project. In addition to objecting to the site, the appeal asked for more traffic studies and higher relocation payments to the tenants. Councilman Ed Reyes, who chairs the PLUM committee, said officials have advised him they were limited in their ability to require higher relocation payments. Aides to Greuel said they believed that traffic studies that already have been conducted are sufficient. email@example.com 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Local Letterkenny company Orbit Security is celebrating 18-years in business by opening a fantastic new showroom. Local man Martin Hilferty set up the company back in 1996 and has seen the business go from strength to strength over the years.Through thick and thin Martin has built up a big a client base throughout Ireland offering various services including Static Security Guards, Event Security, Mobile Patrol & Key Holding. With the security industry growth has been going form strength to strength. In 2000 Martin added a System’s & services division to the business offering CCTV systems, Alarm Systems, Fire Alarms Systems Access Control & Automated Gates.In 2005 Martin’s brother Pauric joined the team and now Orbit Security employs over 80 full time and part time staff with their new showroom at the Mountain Top in Letterkenny and office’s in Dublin and now are expanding into the UK market.Martin told Donegal Daily, “Orbit Security’s growth has been both challenging and exciting over the years, but I would really like to thank all our staff for all there hard work and dedication.In 2013 Martin and Pauric launched another section to the business called Guardian I with cutting edge technology coupled with the very latest in monitoring offering clients a 24hour security solution at a fraction of the cost. Pauric told Donegal Daily, “Orbit Security is a local business with a national presence and now entering the UK market is a massive positive step for the company in the future growth.Gary Gamble will be broadcasting live from the official opening of their new showroom in the Mountain Top this Thursday from 1.30pm-3.30pm.Orbit Security is NSAI certified in “Intruder Alarms”, “Guarding Services” and Alarm Monitoring and is licencedby The Private Security Authority of Ireland.ORBIT SECURITY CELEBRATE EIGHTEEN YEARS IN BUSINESS BY OPENING FANTASTIC NEW ‘SHOWROOM’ was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewsOrbit Security
Former Swansea City assistant manager Pep Clotet has praised Rafa Benitez, following his fellow Spaniard’s return to the Premier League as Newcastle manager.The ex-Liverpool boss took charge of the Tyneside club last week, although he could not lead the Magpies to victory in his debut game.They lost to league leaders Leicester City by a 1-0 scoreline on Monday evening, and Benitez will be hoping to pick up his first win on Sunday against Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby, which you can listen to live on talkSPORT.However, despite his losing start, Clotet believes Benitez could prove to be an inspired appointment by Newcastle as they look to secure Premier League survival with nine games left of the campaign.Speaking to the Weekend Sports Breakfast show, Clotet said: “I think Rafa Benitez is a fantastic manager, and is a very good coach tactically.“In the situation Newcastle are in, I think it is a fantastic appointment because he will prepare for games and adapt to every game and every situation, going game by game and analysing how this opposition is.“Coming from Real Madrid, this is a fantastic experience to help Newcastle stay in the league. It works well for both.”
Ross McCormack celebrates scoring for Fulham 1 Fulham striker Ross McCormack and Birmingham right-back Paul Caddis have been called-up for Scotland’s match against Czech Republic, the Scottish FA has confirmed on its official Twitter account.The duo have been drafted in for the challenge match following the withdrawal of Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker.The Scots face Czech Republic in Prague on March 24 before hosting Denmark five days later and manager Gordon Strachan named two squads for the matches which will be used as preparations for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers which begin later in the year.