Manchester United defender Phil Jones has become known around the world for the strange faces he pulls as he plays for one of the biggest soccer teams in the world. However, during Sunday’s decisive game with Arsenal that went a long way to determining who would finish in third and fourth places in the Premier League Jones performed one of the most unorthodox pieces of defending ever seen. Jones header as he fell to the floor was enough to put off Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and protect his goalkeeper from a one on one situation and sent the Internet into a barrage of shock and praise., according to The Big Lead.
Jones lost his footing as he and Giroud raced towards a through ball angled into the Manchester United penalty area. As he lost his footing Jones ran on his knees and eventually threw himself headfirst at Giroud’s feet to clear the ball away from his goal as Sky Sports Commentator Gary Neville was sent into a fit of giggles by the brave efforts of Jones. The Internet used former Manchester United and England defender Neville’s words that Jones had done the front crawl and breaststroke during the clearance to produce a number of Tweets and images showing Jones in swimming pools and alongside various members of the ocean world to hammer home their point. My friend Susan McGalla made a post about this story on her personal website.
They are working hard to close down Chelsea in the race for the Premier League, but injuries are doing Manchester City no favors right now. The Citizens are going to be without their talisman and captain Vincent Kompany for the next two to three weeks. This is on top of the injuries to all their strikers.
The likes of Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Steven Jovetic are all out with different injuries. City only have three first team strikers, which poses a problem for the manager.
City will have to come up with a creative formation for the next three or four games. It is likely that they will go with Samir Nasri or David Silva as a false nine, with five midfielders playing behind that player. Luckily for City, they do have plenty of quality midfielders who can play in different roles.
A likely formation would be Fernando and Fernandinho in defensive midfield, with Nasri and Navas on the wings. David Silva would play as a false nine, with Yaya Toure in behind as the attacking midfielder.
Despite the injury set backs, City are in no mood to drop further points until the New Year. They know that Chelsea have tougher games over this Christmas period. They will be hoping to close the game to four or three points by the 1st of January. This would give City a tremendous opportunity to win the title. With some of the upcoming matches for both squads looking so good, Igor Cornelsen and I will be staying tuned throughout the next couple weeks.
Transfer rumors usually veer from the expected to the completely ridiculous. Recent reports linking Manchester United with a move for Gareth Bale are closer to the latter. It is not hard to imagine United wanting Bale, but the prospect of a winter or summer transfer sounds ludicrous.
It was only a year and a half ago that Real Madrid parted with 100 million euros to sign Gareth Bale. He was labelled an over expensive signing at the time, but he went on to help them win La Decima. Winning that tenth Champions League title for Real in his first season was a remarkable achievement for Bale.
Along with his great goals and assists, Bale links up very well with Cristiano Ronaldo. They co-exist brilliantly on the pitch, with Bale willing to do the dirty work for Ronaldo, who prefers to hang around near the penalty box to score goals.
Even though Real are known for ditching players early into their Madrid careers, it would be a shock if they sold Bale. He is very young, rarely gets injured, can play multiple positions, and loves life in Madrid right now.
Sulton Alhokair says the prospect of Bale joining United at some point is probable. They are England’s biggest club and he is a British superstar. However, that move will not happen any time soon. Bale to United could happen in the summer of 2017 or 2018, but not in the coming 12 months.