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Kiseki takes Kikka-sho for first G1 win

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 It was the first Grade One victory for the three-year-old colt and was worth ¥115 million in prize money.“This horse is tense and 3,000 meters is not his favored distance but he races smart,” Demuro said after winning the Kikka-sho for the first time.“It was a tough race but he was good from the start and ran well along the way behind (third favorite) Mikki Swallow. I was confident that we would win the race once we entered the final stretch.”Tenth pick Clincher came second, two lengths behind Kiseki, while 13th favorite Popocatepetl placed third. Mirco Demuro pumps his fist after winning the Kikka-sho aboard Kiseki at Kyoto Racecourse on Sunday. | KYODO GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KYOTO – Top favorite Kiseki powered to victory on Sunday to capture the Kikka-sho, the last race of the Japanese triple crown.Ridden by Italian jockey Mirco Demuro, Kiseki made his move shortly after the final bend and charged down the outside channel before going on to cross the line in 3 minutes, 18.9 seconds at a rain-lashed Kyoto Racecourse.center_img KEYWORDS RELATED PHOTOS Kikka-sho, Mirco Demuro, Kiseki last_img read more

Manchester United 3-0 West Ham

first_imgWayne Rooney scored his first goal since March as Manchester United cruised to victory to remain two points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.Rooney converted a 33rd-minute penalty to end a 13-game drought after Jonathan Spector fouled Ryan Giggs.Nani’s cool finish from Rooney’s neat pass made it 2-0 while Kieron Dyer hit the post for winless West Ham.Dimitar Berbatov capped a fine performance by volleying past Robert Green from Nani’s chipped cross.West Ham’s defeat left them rooted to the foot of the table and without a point while Manchester United remain third, level with Arsenal.The Hammers’ task was always going to be difficult, with Avram Grant’s side without an away win in the league since the first game of last season. But Manchester United, who had won 11 of their previous 12 league games at Old Trafford, started sluggishly with Rooney in particular struggling for form.However, as the half wore on, United’s veteran midfield duo of Paul Scholes and Giggs started to impose themselves on the game with Nani – who replaced Antonio Valencia in the starting line-up – also finding space on the right.The Portuguese winger came closest to breaking the deadlock early on when his fierce 25-yard shot was palmed onto the crossbar by Green.At the other end Dyer proved a useful outlet for the Hammers, while striker Carlton Cole was only denied a shot on goal by a last-ditch tackle from the superb Nemanja Vidic.Dyer found the side-netting for the Hammers but Manchester United continued to press for an opening goal and just after the half-hour it came – albeit from the penalty spot.Scholes found Giggs on the left with trademark vision, and after turning Spector inside out, the Welshman was eventually brought down by the Hammers defender. It gave Rooney an opportunity to score for the first time since 30 March and the England striker made no mistake, finding the bottom of the net with a low penalty that sent Green the wrong way and brought to an end the longest barren spell of his career.Soon after, Darren Fletcher saw his curling 25-yard drive superbly tipped round the post by Green as the Red Devils continued to press.The hosts should have gone into the break 2-0 up but Nani wasted a glorious opportunity on the stroke of half-time, lifting the ball over Green but also over the bar from close range after a stunning clipped pass from Giggs.However, Nani made amends for his miss just after the break, lashing the ball home left-footed from the edge of the area after cutting inside his marker following Rooney’s weighted pass.Rooney himself was denied by a last-ditch Danny Gabbidon tackle before a fine passing move from West Ham saw Dyer crash a fierce shot against the outside of the post. Scholes then tested Green from the edge of the area after good link-up play from Berbatov as the game started to turn into a procession for the hosts.United soon increased their lead and having turned provider for Scholes, it was Berbatov’s turn to be on the receiving end with Nani’s clipped pass to the back post acrobatically volleyed home by the Bulgarian.Cole and Vidic continued their personal duel with the Serbian defender again coming out on top as another last-ditch tackle denied the England striker a clear sight on goal.Hammers striker Fredric Piquionne tested keeper Edwin van der Sar late on but the Dutchman was equal to the effort as Manchester United held on to keep their second clean sheet of the season.Credit: BBClast_img read more

Jack Grealish ‘crashes £80k Range Rover’ just hours after Aston Villa ace told fans to stay home over coronavirus

first_img DayZ Amazing Mods ~ More Cars, More Guns, More Gore! What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels PREMIER League star Jack Grealish crashed his car following a 4am party – hours after urging fans stay indoors for the virus lockdown.The Aston Villa hypocrite, 24, apparently smashed the £80,000 Range Rover into three parked cars near Solihull, West Midlands.Jack Grealish was seen talking to onlookers while wearing one black slipper and a white slip-on sandalCredit: TwitterThe star allegedly wrecked the £80k carCredit: TwitterGrealish appeared unsteady and confused moments after the alleged crash.The Aston Villa captain was seen arguing with onlookers at 8am yesterday — amid claims he had partied all night at a pal’s flat despite the virus lockdown.Hours earlier, he posted a video urging fans to stay safe at home.Residents’ photos show the midfielder standing next to his damaged vehicle in a hoodie, shorts and one black slipper and a white slip-on sandal.The 4×4 was said to have reversed from a designated parking bay, across a road and gone into a parked silver van, leaving it with a dented bumper and smashed rear lights.Witnesses said the Range Rover then drove 200 yards, veering on to the pavement and careering into vehicles including a £30,000 silver C-Class Mercedes, and a £20,000 blue Merc.Grealish’s vehicle also collided with iron railings in front of an estate agency.It was left parked on double yellows in front of flats, with damage to the rear and debris scattered nearby.Grealish was alleged to have boasted to motorists he would pay for the damage.Jack Grealish urged fans to stay home just hours before the crashCredit: FacebookJack Grealish’s video message to his fansThe damage on Jack Grealish’s £80,000 Range RoverCredit: TwitterHe was said to have left details with a resident then walked off before police arrived in Dickens Heath, near Solihull.A neighbour said: “The party had been going on all night. It was unbearable. The noise had only stopped a short while when, just after 8am, there were a series of almighty collisions which reverberated through the flats.“Outside, Jack Grealish was stood next to his car rowing with a security guard. It was strange to see an England ace looking so unkempt and dishevelled. He looked unsteady and confused.“There was an almighty row because Jack didn’t want to wait around but people wanted answers from him.”Grealish was said to have been at the flat of ex-Scottish striker Ross McCormack, 33, who left Villa last year.They were apparently joined by Tony Capaldi, 38, a former Northern Ireland international who played for Leeds.Residents said pals of Grealish raced to the scene in an Alfa Romeo after he vanished and attempted to drive away the Range Rover. CCTV in the street was said to have captured the events.A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “Jack was eager to leave and did so.“He was shrugging his shoulders and arrogantly telling angry motorists whose cars had been damaged that he’d pay for it all, as if it was no big deal. “But suddenly he wasn’t around to talk to. It all happened very quickly.”Damage on a silver van that Jack Grealish allegedly causedCredit: TwitterA parked Mercedes also shows some battle scarsCredit: TwitterGrealish has been at Villa since he was six years old and is tipped for big thingsCredit: PA:Press AssociationGrealish had recorded a video to say: “To help save lives you must stay at home. And always remember to stay at least two metres apart. This is urgent. Protect the NHS.”In a separate clip, Grealish revealed to fan Matt Dockray, who has been in hospital with the virus, that he himself had “not been feeling too good”.He told Matt: “Stay safe, pal.”A woman in the flats said: “I didn’t believe it was Jack at first because I’d just watched him talking on social media. I’m a Villa fan but this is hypocrisy at its finest.“Jack told us all to stay indoors then did exactly the opposite by embarking on a session around his mate’s house.“What he was doing with his car at 8am I have no idea. I think he’s got a lot of difficult questions coming his way.”West Midlands Police confirmed two vehicles were hit but residents say it was more.The force said: “We were called just before 10am to reports that a Range Rover had crashed into two parked cars.“The driver left his details with a member of the public before leaving on foot and will be spoken to by police in due course.Minor damage was caused to the parked vehicles. Anyone with information has been asked to get in touch.”Grealish has played seven times for England under-21s and is tipped to be in Gareth Southgate’s next senior squad.In 2015, he was caught on video inhaling nitrous oxide. He was once seen passed out in the street in Tenerife.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – STAY IN THE KNOWDon’t miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.To receive The Sun’s Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Get Britain’s best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more.Villa officials were frantically trying to contact him last night.A pal said: “Jack has suddenly become very elusive to track down. Everyone is trying to get hold of him.”The Sun approached Villa and the star’s agent for comment.Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish urges fans to ‘stay home, save lives’ in Twitter video Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017center_img 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Animals are so funny that you can die of laughter Source: Soccer – read more

Everton handed academy transfer ban by Premier League

first_img“In certain cases, it was found that the club provided false information to the League when questions had previously been raised about the circumstances in which Academy players registered with the club. In response Everton said in a statement: “Everton has worked alongside the Premier League over recent weeks to conduct a full and thorough investigation into allegations relating to our Academy’s operational methods in some areas of player recruitment.”In short, we are extremely disappointed with some of the practices we have found which are not in line with our values and not acceptable to Everton Football Club. Accordingly, we have accepted the penalties imposed on us by the Premier League and have given them our strongest apologies.”We have already commenced a full review of our Academy operations and are committed to ensuring that issues like this do not happen again at Everton.” “The Premier League received evidence alleging that Everton Academy staff offered inducements to a player and his family to encourage the player to register with the club. When presented with this information, Everton immediately admitted the allegations and set up its own internal inquiry which established that similar misconduct had occurred in relation to six other Academy players. Everton have been banned from signing academy players who have been registered with another Premier League or EFL club in the preceding 18 months for two years after breaching recruitment rules.The suspension comes after Everton admitted to the Premier League that academy staff had offered inducements to a player and his family to encourage him to register with the club, with a subsequent inquiry revealing similar breaches had taken place in relation to six other academy players.center_img “The club will pay a fine of £500,000 and will be banned for two years from registering any Academy player who has been registered with another Premier League or EFL club in the preceding 18 months. The club will also pay additional compensation payments to the former clubs of two Academy players.” A statement from the Premier League read: “The Premier League has sanctioned Everton FC for breaching Academy player recruitment rules.last_img read more

World Boxing Championships: Suranjoy and Akhil storm into Round 2

first_imgM Suranjoy Singh and Akhil Kumar continued India’s winning run at the World Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, as they won their respectively bouts convincingly on Tuesday.Commonwealth champion Suranjoy (52kg) gave India its first victory of the day, beating his Hungarian opponent Dobradi Zsolt 24-8 in the morning session.Akhil brought more good news in the evening session, pounding Filip Barak of Slovakia 16-8 in another lopsided bout.With his victory over Zsolt, Suranjoy has set up a clash with ninth-seeded Mongolian Nyambayar Tugstsogt, a silver medallist in the previous edition of the event, in the second round on Sunday. Akhil will be up against World No. 4 John Nevin of Ireland in the second round on Monday.Suranjoy, nicknamed ‘Chhota Tyson’, fought an aggressive bout and led from start to finish. The Manipuri started off well and was leading 6-3 after the first round.Once he settled in the ring, Suranjoy took Zsolt by storm and unleashed a flurry of punches to score 11 points in the second round. For some time, his rival was a mere spectator as he could score just one point during this period.Suranjoy entered the third round with a handy 17-4 lead and allowed Zsolt to score four points. However, Suranjoy earned seven points in the final round to complete an easy victory.”Suranjoy applied his mind and countered aggression with left uppercuts and hooks,” national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu said. “His rival made him run around a lot but Suranjoy’s fitness and guts helped him win. It is a very good win and will actually help him get into rhythm for the upcoming rounds,” Sandhu added.advertisementWhen he locks horns with Tugstsogt on Sunday, revenge will be on Suranjoy’s mind as his campaign was ended by the Mongolian in the opening round of the previous edition of the World Championships.Veteran Akhil (56kg), who is playing his first major tournament after the 2010 Commonwealth Games, cashed in on his vast experience and exhibited his skill and talent for an easy victory against Barak.Akhil, who remained out of action for a major part of the last two years due to several injuries, surged to a 6- 3 lead after the first round.He cashed in on the good start and landed crisp punches to score four points in the second against Barak’s two.Despite a five-point lead, Akhil kept on attacking in the final round, and with six points, stormed into the second round.The 30-year-old Indian, however, will have an uphill task on Monday against Nevin, who is a bronze medallist at the World Championships.Tuesday’s victory has a special significance for Akhil, who had crashed out in the first round of the 2009 World Championships in Milan after sustaining a wrist injury.On Wednesday, Dinesh Kumar (81kg) will be the only Indian in action. The 12th seed Asian Games silver medallist faces a potentially easy fight against Deepak Maharjan of Nepal in the afternoon session.last_img read more

The Reload: Elite 2019 QB Target Calls OSU Visit ‘The Best’

first_imgChaney also has offers from Baylor, TCU, Wichita State and OSU. If you’re thinking the schools, geographically, are a little weird, it’s because Chaney recently played for Frisco Liberty in Texas before transferring to Findlay Prep in Nevada last July.Findlay Prep has been an NBA talent producing factory over the years, with Avery Bradley, Anthony Bennett, Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson claiming Findlay as their alma mater since its origination in 2006.Three teammates offered over the weekendTrinity Christian School prospect Joey Baker of Fayetteville, North Carolina, reported a scholarship offer from OSU this week. Baker is a top-25 national prospect in the 2019 recruiting class with close to 20 offers who is considered a North Carolina Tar Heels lean — although his in-state school has yet to pull the trigger on him yet. Baker is an uber-athletic combo forward who can score it and play around the rim.He’s averaging 16 points per game on the Under Armour Circuit and has emerged as his teams go-to scorer for Team Felton. Two of his other Team Felton teammates were also offered over the weekend.Mike Boynton has offered 2020 wing Silas Mason, 2019 guard Joey Baker and 2018 big man Immanuel Bates. All three @TeamFeltonBBall products.— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) May 8, 2017Immanuel Bates is a 6-foot-9 power forward with 15 offers from the likes of UConn, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Cincy and others. Silas Mason, meanwhile, is an up-and-coming 2020 prospect whose first Power 5 offer is from the Cowboys. Watson is a 6-foot-6 small forward who has the frame and the talent to be a legit Division I player, and it seems OSU is looking to get ahead of that train.Here’s a little scouting of Watson from Phenom Hoop Report, who hosted him for an event last April.“Marcus Watson for CP3 was the true heart and soul of this team. He always came through when his number was called on offense, and was a top tier defender at multiple positions. Blessed with great length and size, Watson could play as a big guard, ideal wing, or even as a stretch big in the right circumstances. Range was excellent extending out past the three-point line; showed great intelligence at all times, really a do-it-all type of player.” [Phenom Hoop Report]2018 big man Reggie Chaney offered scholarshipFindlay Prep big man Reggie Chaney is another hoops target to emerge this week on the radar of Mike Boynton and his staff. Chaney is a 6-foot-7 prospect—typically the size you see in a small forward, especially in the Big 12—but he’s classified as both a power forward and center at recruiting service websites. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed on the latest news and rumors regarding Oklahoma State recruiting.Grant Gunnell calls OSU ‘best visit’The premier quarterback in the 2019 class, Grant Gunnell, has already garnered 25 offers from the likes of OSU, Texas A&M, Florida State, LSU and others. And to this point in his recruitment, his unofficial visit to Stillwater is the one that stands out to him thanks to the efforts of offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich.“They’re the first guys to jump on with me to be the first offer,” Gunnell told Scout of Oklahoma State. “That’s really special to be their first offer. Coach (Mike) Yurich is really awesome. That’s probably the most special visit I took. He put together a video of me in their offense with the same exact plays of me throughout the years. It was probably the best visit.”Gunnell is ranked nationally as the 54th best overall prospect in the 2019 class and the No. 2 ranked quarterback in the country, closing in on 5-star status. He says he’ll likely release a list of his top schools later this spring. Oklahoma State will be on the list but, as he broke down in the Scout story, he’s weighing options between landing with an air raid system or a pro-style system.“They both have their pros and cons,” he said of both systems. “I think it’s just that. You have to look at how the coach fits well with me and how I want to be coached, the head coach stability and stuff like that.”2019 SF Marcus Watson offered scholarshipA quick description for Watson in one word: under-recruited. (or is that two words?) Watson is a small forward from Clemmons, North Carolina. He holds offers from OSU, Iowa, LSU, Georgia and Mercer, despite being ranked as a top 100 prospect in the 2019 class.center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

OSU’s Offense Needs to Improve in Red Zone Scoring

first_img20134.8610-3 Texas552193.98 YearRZ PassingRZ Pass TDsRZ INTsRZ Rushing TDsRZ TripsTotal RZ TDs 20094.439-4 Kansas321324.12 Iowa State411864.54 20164.5210-3 The 2010-2013 squads were very good which shouldn’t be a surprise because those teams had better offensive lines and, consequently, better running games. The outlier was that forgettable 2014 offense whose inconsistency along the offensive line was only outweighed by its inconsistency at quarterback. Zac Veatch started at guard.Aside from 2014, last year was the worst since 2009 in PPR. That decline can be partially attributed to the lack of a J.W. Walsh who was an ultra-efficient 10-of-22 (77.3 percent) with eight touchdowns and no interceptions in the red zone. He also added 13 rushing touchdowns inside the 20.Walsh called his own number 55 times (passing or running it himself) in the red zone in 2015 and came out with 21 touchdowns to show for it. Last year, Rudolph’s numbers were 68 snaps (excluding hand-offs) for 18 touchdowns and an interception. Nothing against QB1. That’s just not his game. The fact that he got close to Walsh’s numbers is actually kind of remarkable.Now that’s not to say this current version of the offense can’t be effective. It’s just a matter of playing to your potential and your personnel. Here’s the balance of red-zone scores the last two seasons. Oklahoma State may have the best offense in the Big 12. There’s a case to be made for best in the country.Let’s take inventory. You’ve go a senior Heisman candidate under center, a Biletnikoff favorite to one side and a bevy of skilled receivers to the other. An improved offensive line with returning starters and a big-time grad transfer to clear the way for a record-setting Freshman All-American running back who led all rookies in rushing yards last year.But in order to replicate (or exceed) the results of that landmark 2011 season, the offense will have to be elite. When asked about what he and the offense can do to get there, Mason Rudolph didn’t mince words.AdChoices广告“You can always be better in the red zone and the score zone,” said Rudolph. “There’s a lot of times last year, fade balls and incompletions there and different schemes. Decision-making is so key down there.“The ability to extend the play and get a couple of those scramble drill points down there in the score zone is key, and that’s something we’ve worked on.”Rudolph hit the nail right on the head. It’s an understated issue with an otherwise efficient offense. And it’s one that the Cowboys would like to improve on during fall camp.Last year, we talked about a stat I call points per red-zone attempt or “PPR.” It dives deeper into red-zone effectiveness than simple red-zone efficiency — the percentage of red-zone attempts that end in scores. “PPR” takes into account red-zone touchdowns over red-zone field goals. Simply put, six points are better than three. We take total points scored in the red zone and divide them by number of red-zone attempts.Here’s a look at each Big 12 team last season. 20154.7510-3 Baylor602434.05 20104.8711-2 Oklahoma592794.73 20084.749-4 Rudolph is never going to be J.W. Walsh — and that’s quite alright. There are other ways to be efficient in enemy territory. And fortunately for Rudolph his biggest boost in this department is 6-foot-4 and has been on a one-year hiatus.In 2015, Marcell Ateman caught five passes in the red zone and four of them ended with six points. Chris Lacy also fits that role going a perfect 3-for-3 in the red zone last season. Jalen McCleskey, James Washington, Tyron Johnson. We know all the playmaking receivers at Rudolph’s disposal.Add in cowboy backs Britton Abbott and Sione Finefeuiaki who could play the punch-it-in fullback role and Keenen Brown who is another option in the passing game and Rudolph has no shortage of weapons once he sniffs the goal line.There’s not one simple answer and not one simple change. Maybe it comes from a natural progression in the offense. Either way, Oklahoma State needs to be better when it gets within striking distance and that could make all the difference in 2017. 201628/50 – 56%141296943 West Virginia572374.12 YearPPRRecord 20124.798-5 Oklahoma State693124.52 TeamRed-Zone TripsRed-Zone PointsPPR Kansas State623004.84 201540/70 – 57.1%200206040 TCU602434.05 20144.217-6 Texas Tech633094.90 As we see here, Oklahoma State was right in the middle of the pack in 2016. Tech, unsurprisingly, was very good thanks to its offensive system and Pat Mahomes. Kansas was right behind Oklahoma State but only made 32 trips into the red zone all season (yikes) to OSU’s league-leading 69.To put it into perspective, here’s a look at some prior years’ numbers for Oklahoma State. 20114.6112-1 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

OSU Favored by 17 Points Over Tulsa in Season-Opener

first_imgBy the looks of it, the line at 72 is a gift from above. But against elite level competition like Ohio State last season, TU managed just 3 points and barely escaped Columbus without a goose egg.If OSU is the elite level team I think most people expect them to be, I would guess their point total next Thursday will look closer to 3 than the 41.2 average they put up throughout their entire 2016 season. So from that, here’s my advice: Take the under on the line (72), and take OSU -17. It’s going to be a rout in favor of the Cowboys. 2016 PPG Avg.36.841.2 2016 PPG Avg. — Non-Con.44.338.5 When Tulsa comes to Stillwater next Thursday, the Golden Hurricane will be doing so as heavy underdogs against the 10th-ranked Cowboys. That much we all could’ve guessed. But Vegas has now acknowledged as much, setting the betting line for the game as OSU -17 at both Bovada and Vegas Insiders.The over/under line is set at 72 at Vegas Insiders.So should you take OSU as the favorite? If 2016 told us anything, it’s that OSU — outside of, well, a game we won’t speak of — did very well against the spread. In fact, the Pokes went 8-5 against the spread in the season, ranking among the top 25 teams in the country according to广告Here are the numbers from last season on how each team fared both in the regular season and in non-conference play.center_img OSUTU While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Matic: United can do big things

first_imgNemanja Matić Matic insists Manchester United can still do ‘big things’ Nicholas McGee 22:37 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Matic-Cropped. Getty Images Manchester United Manchester United v Chelsea Premier League The midfielder still sees big things ahead for the Red Devils, despite Manchester City’s dominance of the Premier League Midfielder Nemanja Matic is confident Manchester United can do “big things” despite the Premier League title looking beyond them this season.United go into Sunday’s home top-flight meeting with Matic’s former club Chelsea trailing neighbours and runaway leaders Manchester City by 16 points.That gap can be trimmed to 13 with victory at Old Trafford on the same day City face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp United are still in contention in the Champions League, though Jose Mourinho’s men were fortunate to escape their away last-16 first-leg clash against Sevilla with a 0-0 draw, and are in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.And Matic has plenty of hope of a successful conclusion to the campaign, the Serbia international telling United Review: “I think that we have improved.”Of course, in the Premier League, it is difficult to win every game, but I think step by step we have improved and in the future I believe, as a team, we can do big things together. “I’m happy to be with the team and how we are working together. I’m sure we can do something this season and in the future for sure.”We have to be honest and say we have had some very good games, but we have also had some bad games. We have to improve together. We have the Champions League and the FA Cup still to play for.”To win the league is going to be very hard as we know because the gap is very big, but we have to fight until the end and we will see what we can do.”A victory for the Red Devils would see them go six points over fourth place Chelsea. However, a defeat would see the Blues draw level on points with them.last_img read more