Coronavirus: Ighalo Trains Alone Outside Man United Facilities

Odion Ighalo. PHOTO CREDIT: @ighalojude/Twitter

 

Odion Ighalo, Manchester United’s January signing from China, has been training away from the club’s facilities as a precaution due to the coronavirus outbreak, British media reported on Thursday.

The 30-year-old Nigerian international striker joined United on loan until the end of the season on January 31 — transfer deadline day — from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

He is due to meet with his United team-mates for the first time this weekend ahead of Monday’s clash with Chelsea as they have been away at a training camp in Spain — Ighalo did not travel because of fears he might have problems re-entering the United Kingdom.

Both The Times and The Daily Mirror reported Ighalo had been told to stay away from the club’s Carrington training centre — where hundreds of staff work — as he went through a 14-day quarantine period.

The former Watford star — who has not played a competitive match since December 6 — has instead been put through his paces by a personal trainer at the GB Taekwondo Headquarters in Manchester, not far from rivals Manchester City’s ground.

The British government called the novel coronavirus a “serious and imminent threat”, and said anyone with the disease can now be forcibly quarantined if they are deemed a threat to public health. There are nine confirmed cases in Britain.

More than 1,350 people have died in China from the virus, and nearly 60,000 others have been infected.

Most cases have involved people who had been in Wuhan, the quarantined central Chinese city where the virus emerged late last year, or people infected by others who had been at the epicentre.

AFP

Louis van Gaal Retires From Coaching

Manchester United, Louis Van Gaal Retires From CoachingEx-Manchester United and Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal says he has retired from coaching after a 26-year career.

He made the announcement on Monday after receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Dutch government for his contribution to football.

He cited family issues for his decision, with De Telegraaf saying it was partly motivated by the sudden death of his daughter’s husband last month.

“So much has happened in my family, you become a human being again with your nose pressed to the facts,” he said.

Van Gaal, 65, has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United hours after winning the FA Cup in May 2016.

“I thought maybe I would stop, then I thought it would be a sabbatical, but now I do not think I will return to coaching,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

The Dutchman also revealed he turned down lucrative offers to continue his coaching career in the Far East. “I could go there, but I’m still here,” Van Gaal said.

Veron Returns To The Pitch With Estudiantes

Veron Returns To The Pitch With EstudiantesFormer Argentinian international, Juan Sebastian Veron, is out of retirement to join his home country club, Estudiantes.

The former Manchester United midfielder signed an 18-month contract with the Argentine top-flight team.

Veron, who hung his boots in 2014, also promised to play in the 2017 Copa Libertadores, if fans bought 65% of the boxes at the club’s new stadium.

His first match would be on January 8, 2017 against Bayer Leverkusen in the Florida Cup.

The 41-year-old has promised to donate his salary to the club.

He won the Uefa Cup with Parma and the Serie A title with Lazio before moving to the Old Trafford in 2001 for a then British record transfer fee of £28.1m.

Voron also won the 2002-03 English Premier League title with United.

Manchester United Risk Europa Exit After Fenerbahce Defeat

Fenerbahce, Europa League, Manchester UnitedEnglish side, Manchester United are close to elimination from the Europa League after losing 1-2 to Fenerbahce.

Moussa Sow’s 65th second goal was the opener as Jose Mourinho’s side travelled to Turkey on Thursday night.

The visitors dominated possession but saw world record signing Paul Pogba go off with a leg injury in the first half.

Jeremain Lens also curled in a brilliant free-kick in the second half as the Red Devils struggled harder to get a goal.

Their effort later turned to celebration as Wayne Rooney smashed in a 25-yard consolation goal in less than two minutes to the end of the game.

Manchester United are now third in Group A with one point behind leaders Feyenoord and Fenerbahce.

They have two games left against the Dutch side at Old Trafford and away to Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk.

Olivier Giroud Returns For Arsenal, Fit For Manchester United Clash

GiroudArsenal striker, Olivier Giroud, has recovered from a broken leg, one month ahead of schedule.

Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, has confirmed that the 28-year-old French international striker is fit to face Manchester United on Saturday.

Giroud suffered a broken foot during a 2-2 draw away at Everton on August 23 and has been out of action since then.

Wenger was expecting to welcome Giroud back in January at the earliest, but the Gunners’ top scorer from last season has made a speedy recovery.

“Giroud and Arteta are both available. It’s just a question of how ready they are. But they are available,” he told reporters.

“He is three or four weeks ahead of schedule. Originally we planned to have him back for competition at the beginning of next year. So he’s one month ahead.”

Giroud’s return eases the burden on English striker, Danny Welbeck and Chilean forward, Alexis Sanchez who has beenArsenal sensational since joining from Barcelona in the summer with 12 goals in 17 games.

Giroud started off the season in good form too, scoring twice in his opening four games before breaking his leg.

The Arsenal’s boss, however, confirmed that defenders, Matheiu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny are both out on the training ground but still a month or so away from being available for games.

“Koscielny and Debuchy are doing well, they are out on the field again.

“We have to see now. Usually field work is three weeks away from full group training. Then there is fitness.

“It looks straightforward for Debuchy. It’s not inflammation, it’s just repairing surgery. For Koscielny, it depends how well he responds to training.

“At the moment he looks good. Ozil is doing well but he will not be ready before the start of 2015,” Wenger said.

The Gunners take on Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday as they aim to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat to Swansea City in their last game.