Video: Neville’s former Man United team-mate condemns Valencia to ANOTHER loss

first_img 2 Save for a couple of chances that fell to Sofiane Fegouli, they were overpowered by the hosts for most of the game, and Rossi came close to giving Levante the lead in the first half, but hit the post.Valencia midfielder Dani Parejo was also fortunate not to pick up a second yellow card before the break, committing a late tackle while already cautioned.Levante’s best spell came towards the end of the first half, missing three chances in quick succession.Defender Zouhair Feddal had a header tipped away by Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves, who also saved from striker Deyverson, who then headed over the bar in the same move.Valencia offered little at the other end and then failed to track the run of Rossi, who met Juanfran’s throw in first time to break the deadlock and heap more pressure on Neville.There’s plenty of La Liga games coming on new station @talkSPORT2. Details on how to tune in are here. 2center_img Gary Neville’s miserable run in charge of Valencia continued as his side lost to bottom of the league Levante.A second half goal from the manager’s former Man United team-mate, Giuseppe Rossi, condemned his side to the 1-0 defeat.The Italy international pounced on slack defending by the visitors from a throw in to volley into the far corner to give Levante a deserved lead in front of their own fans.It wasn’t enough to lift them off the foot of La Liga, while Valencia’s third consecutive defeat in all competitions saw them miss out on the chance to move into the top half of the table.last_img read more


Why I was totally wrong about Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Opinion

first_imgtalkSPORT’s Ian Cruise explains why Manchester United’s super Swede is proving his worth, and proving his doubters completely wrong.Diego Costa is the Premier League’s top scorer and Alexis Sanchez continues to prove why Arsenal simply have to break the bank to keep him. (Or why Arsenal have to convince Arsene Wenger he has to break the bank to keep him. Anyway, you know what I mean…).Elsewhere, Sadio Mane’s sparkling form at Liverpool marks him out as one of last summer’s best bits of transfer business, while the remarkable statistic that surfaced last week showing N’Golo Kante has amassed more points since his arrival in England, with Leicester and Chelsea, than any other TEAM bears out both his contribution and importance.But still, for me, the player of the first half of the Premier League season is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. And, again for me, that has come as a surprise.I can’t have been the only one (although maybe I was?) who thought that, at the age of 35, after three years as the self-proclaimed ‘King of Paris’ bossing the less than competitive French Ligue Un, he would find the English top-flight a much tougher nut to crack and quite possibly a bridge too far.How wrong I was.Not only has he scored 13 Premier League goals so far, his all-round contribution to Manchester United has been little short of sensational.His work-rate is second to none, and the example he sets his younger team-mates surely can’t help but rub off on them. Already, despite his pre-eminence during his breakthrough season last year, you can see an improvement in Marcus Rashford, albeit in a predominantly cameo role, while Anthony Martial also seems to be rediscovering his mojo. I don’t think that’s a happy accident.Jose Mourinho clearly knew what he was getting when he signed the veteran Swede – the pair worked together at Inter Milan, of course – and his judgement in bringing him into the hurly-burly world of English football has been proven overwhelmingly correct. I don’t think any individual has been more influential on his side.His impact has been likened to that of Eric Cantona, and there’s no doubt he’s well on the way to achieving similar cult status as that attained by the mercurial but volatile Frenchman. (And if he can continue in that vein and usurp that frankly dreadful ’12 Days of Cantona’ festive terrace anthem, he will be doing us all a favour!)It’s not going to be enough for him to continue his remarkable record of winning the League title in his first season with every club he has played for, but it might just be enough to earn United a Champions League spot next season, a feat that looked highly unlikely not that many weeks ago.Mourinho has already stated publicly he intends to take up the option of keeping Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford for another year, and there’s every chance a genuine title tilt will follow next term.I certainly won’t be making the same mistake of writing him – or them – off. 1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic last_img read more