Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Has Manchester United's 'Identity' Been Broken?

It's been a summer of firsts at Manchester United. Following Louis Van Gaal taking over as manager, the first non-British and non-Irish coach to do so, United went on an
unprecedented summer spending spree. An outlay of over £150 million over six players from five different nationalities has come as a stark reminder to the traditionalists and supporters of values and homegrown talent that United simply couldn't afford to rely on careful, methodical spending and a host of fringe players anymore nor did the club have Sir Alex Ferguson's genius to win trophies with a squad in desperate need of quality. Last year's disappointing seventh place finish can be seen as a watershed moment for the club, forcing the club to evolve in a swift manner.

As the transfer window slammed shut, United had time to complete two transactions. Radamel Falcao, one of the world's best strikers signed for the club in a historically
expensive loan deal, while Danny Welbeck, a local Mancunian who has been at the club for 14 years, made way by signing for Arsenal. Despite having an underwhelming goal scoring record of 29 goals in 142 games, Welbeck was one of the first names on the team sheet when Sir Alex Ferguson promoted him to the first team and quickly became
one of his favorite players for his work ethic, energy and passion.

Ferguson's long-time assistant voice his concerns, claiming that this move shows a huge shift from Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United's principles. BBC Sport reported Phelan as saying:

"They have probably lost the way of Manchester United a little bit.
"Now, rather than produce, it may be the case where they are buying in.
"Someone like a Danny Welbeck has been part of United's identity and that has been broken.

"What will happen in the future now, nobody knows but that thread has been broken now."

David Beckham echoed the sentiments felt by the ex-United
coach and said he was hopeful United will continue investing in youth and promoting youngsters.

Speak to BBC Sport the former England captain said:

"Manchester United have always bought players in but also have had a great scouting system which Sir Alex Ferguson put in quite a few years ago, where we did create home-grown talent, and that is something we have done over the years."

While long-term planning is a must for a club, it can be argued that the same attachment to traditions and values has held United back a lot in the past. The change had to take place and seeds were planted when Ed Woodward decided to let go of David Moyes, despite the long-term tradition of giving managers time.

This was a classic case of those much talked about traditions holding the club back. In times where spending levels are growing quickly despite attempts of UEFA using the Financial Fair Play, it is inconceivable for a club to maintain
long-term success while staying committed to values established decades ago. In the same fashion, the reliance one homegrown players who are not good enough to maintain
first team roles held the club back last season. Welbeck along with the likes of Cleverley is a good player and will prove to be a decent contributor to Arsenal's aspirations.

However, Van Gaal has always been ruthless and doesn't factor in parameters such as age or nationality. He has shown this for
example by starting a 17-year-old Clarence Seedorf in his Champions League winning campaign in 1994-1995.

It should be also noted that while United's spending this summer has been impressive this summer, having broken the British transfer record with the signing of Di Maria, the massive spending spree comes after year of under investment.

The average net transfer spending from 2005 to 2013 was £17 million per year despite pocketing £80 million from the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009. The spending we have seen this year doesn't mean United are becoming a big spending club of mercenaries, it was required to bring the team back at the level it should be.

As for the academy as a whole, the club hasn't produced the quality from the ranks that it did in 1992 for example.

However, one must keep in mind that the primary goal of the academy is to produce professional footballers whether they end up being good enough for United or not. We all love to see an academy graduate become an Old Trafford star.

However, despite not producing quality players for the team, the United academy has managed to produce more players than any other academy in England and is the only English side to make the top ten in the category among Europe's top five clubs, according to a study made by Sporting Intelligence in 2012.

I'm not saying that United should ignore the foundations laid by the likes of Sir Matt Busby. By keeping the likes of Ryan Giggs at the club, United will try to connect the club's
ambitious future with the club's values. Giggs, speak to Jim White of the Telegraph said:

"I'm the person who knows Manchester United inside out.

"Just passing on my experience of the place to the new coaching staff, to the new players is important. It's my job to let everyone know what's it's all about representing this club."

In the future, we might see many young homegrown players given a prolonged stay in the first team if they aren't good enough. We will see more big spending to cover the team's needs and attract big players rather than settle for decent but not excellent players.

However, with the likes of Ryan Giggs around, the academy won't be ignored, the likes of Januzaj will undoubtedly get a chance. That being said, mistakes won't be tolerated and the club will be more ruthless and less sentimentalist when letting go of young players.

The club's identity is not broken, it is just evolving to keep the club at the top.

Culled from MUFCLatest.com

Posted on Tuesday, September 02, 2014 | Categories:

ISIS Beheads Another US Journalist

ISIS released a brutal video today showing the beading of a second U.S journalist, 31 year old Steven Sotlof. Sotloff had appeared in another video where U.S Journalist James Foley was killed two weeks ago (left. Sotloff pictured right at the execution scene). And it looks like Sotloff was killed by the same executioner who killed Foley on August 19th. He had same British accent and before beheading Sotloff, the terrorist said;

"I'm back Obama, and I'm back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings on Mosul Dam, despite our serious warning. So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people."

Sotloff disappeared while reporting in Syria a year ago. He worked for Time, Foreign policy & others
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Ebola Hits Kaduna State?

Barley one week after the Federal government announced the containment of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, news reaching DailyPost indicates that a 19- year old student of Law at the Ahmadu
Bello University has been diagnosed with the killer disease in Kaduna.

The Public Relations Officer, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, ABUTH, Bilyaminu Umar, who confirmed the case to Premium Times said the student was diagnosed at ABUTH, Shika, Zaria.

"Yes, there was a case of a suspected Ebola patient.

He is with the Faculty of Law, ABU, Zaria and will be placed on isolation.

I am out of town, but I will confirm details on my return from the trip," he said.
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Big Brother Africa Hotshots Would Not Commence This Weekend Due To Mysterious Fire At The House

Big Brother Africa Hotshots which was supposed to begin this Sunday 7th September has been postponed indefinitely after a fire incident at the BBA House in Jo'burg, South
Africa. Below is a press release from M-Net.

"M-Net and Endemol SA advise that due to a devastating fire at the Big Brother house on 2 September 2014, Big Brother Hotshots will not launch this Sunday (7 September) as scheduled. The cause of the fire at this stage is unknown and investigations will commence as soon as it is safe to do so."

At this stage M-Net and Endemol are urgently looking for an alternative Big Brother house in which to film the production, however as this production has highly technical infrastructure, camera and edit requirements an alternative is not immediately available. Every effort will be made to find a solution as quickly as possible to ensure that Africa's biggest reality show will continue.
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Manchester United Signs Radamel Falcao On Loan From AS Monaco

Manchester United have signed Colombia striker Radamel Falcao in a £6m season-long loan deal from Monaco.

Falcao had been linked during the summer with a move away from the French Ligue 1 side, whom he joined for £50m in May 2013.

The 28-year-old scored 11 goals in 20 league appearances for Monaco, and two in three games this season.

Falcao was United's second deadline-day arrival after the £13.8m signing of Daley Blind from Ajax.

The versatile Netherlands international, 24, has signed a four-year deal with United.

Falcao's move, meanwhile, includes an option for United to buy him for £43.5m at the end of the loan spell.

The striker told his new club's website: "Manchester United is the biggest club in the world and is clearly determined to get back to the top.

"I am looking forward to working with Louis van Gaal and contributing to the team's success at this very exciting period in the club's history."

United, like most of Europe's top clubs, had been made aware of Falcao's availability over the past 48 hours.

Premier League champions Manchester City opted against pursuing a deal as they could not make space in their squad for the Colombian.

Van Gaal said: "When a player of this calibre becomes available, it is an opportunity not to be missed."

Falcao had also been linked with Arsenal, as well as Italian champions Juventus and Spanish side Real

Rumours of a move to European
champions Real gathered pace on Saturday when a comment on his official Twitter account, which was later deleted, read: "Dream come true #halamadrid."

In a later post Falcao indicated the first tweet was fake, saying: "I have to refute a story about a tweet I have not done and that is a photo montage."

On Monday, Madrid signed United striker Javier Hernandez, 26, on a season-long loan while England forward Danny Welbeck, 23, left the Red Devils to join Arsenal in a £16m deal.

United have also sold midfielder Shinji Kagawa, 25, to Borussia Dortmund for an undisclosed fee as Van Gaal reshapes his squad.

Speculation over Falcao's future grew when he was dropped from Monaco's squad shortly before Saturday's draw against Lille, after being expected to start.

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Impeached Deputy Governor Of Enugu State Redeployed Back To The Civil Service

A former deputy governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, has been redeployed to the state civil service.

A source in the Government House said that the development followed Onyebuchi's impeachment, and the subsequent appointment of a new deputy governor.

Onyebuchi was a staff of the Enugu State Civil Service before his appointment to political office.

However, the source, who did not wish to be named, did not disclose the particular ministry, department or agency of the government to which Onyebuchi was redeployed.

The former deputy governor's current rank in the service was also not disclosed.

The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Sullivan Chime, Mr. Chukwudi Achife, confirmed Onyebuchi's redeployment in a text message.

The text message reads, "Former Deputy Governor Onyebuchi has been redeployed to the State Civil Service where he was serving before being appointed to higher political offices.
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Monday, 1 September 2014

Funke Akindele To Give Marriage Another Chance?

Talented screen diva Funke Akindele is finally set to give marriage another chance and this is
authoritative. The pretty actress, who recently marked her birthday, is now engaged to wed and has concluded plans to have a secret
introduction ceremony with her UK-based boo next month, although she is keeping the details under wraps.

According to what City People gathered from a reliable source, Funke who has been in a blossoming romantic affair with her new heartthrob for quite some time now, has finally accepted his proposal to take the union to the next level. She decided to keep it a top secret considering her first bitter experience with her much-publicized celebrity marriage that packed up few months after.

Sources reveal the handsome dude who lives in the United Kingdom is head over heels with Funke and shows her a lot of affection.

However, she has currently moved into a new mini duplex located in the high brow China Estate, inside Chevron Drive Lekki. Recall that this magazine exclusively broke the news about Funke's new romance and her new apartment in Lekki.

Although the actress came out to debunk the story that she has a new lover in her life who has been pampering her silly, she however acknowledged that she has indeed moved into a new Lekki home.

Reason not far-fetched from the
fact that she has decided to keep her relationship very private. The couple we gathered started their romance shortly after she left her first marriage and the guy whom people close to Funke confirm is very crazy about her, is quite eager to walk her down the aisle but Funke who has been bitten once aint taking any chances.

Culled from: citypeoplegroup.org/i/star-actress-funke-akindele-plans-secret-wedding-with-uk-based-lover/
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Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger To Be Switched Off Worldwide

Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger will be switched off in China in October, marking a final end to the 15-year-old service.

Originally known as MSN Messenger, it was launched in 1999 but was switched off for most users in 2013, after Microsoft bought rival Skype.

Users in China continued to use the old service but will now be transferred to Skype by 31 October.

Windows Live still had as many as 330 million users as recently as 2009.

But those numbers later declined, while users of Skype rose to nearly 300 million by 2012.

The service came to China in 2005, but later faced stiff competition from domestic rivals such as QQ messenger, built by Chinese firm Tencent.

A number of Chinese Windows Live users received emails from Microsoft on Thursday, Chinese newspapers reported, informing them of the planned closure.

The emails told users they would get free Skype credit when they migrated over to the new service,
the newspaper said.

MSN Messenger began as a simple text chat service in 1999, a rival to AOL's AIM service and ICQ.

It later added features such as photo delivery, video calls and games as the technology developed.

But Microsoft's purchase of Skype for $8.5bn (£5.1bn) in 2012 spelled the beginning of the end for the service.

Source: BBC
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Nude Pictures Of Hollywood Actress Jennifer Lawrence Leaked Online

Nude photos of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence have been leaked online after an apparent hack.

While some stars have claimed the pictures are fake, others seem to have confirmed that it is them in the images.

The list of mostly female stars targeted also features names including Rihanna, Kate Upton, Selena Gomez and Kim Kardashian.

Lawrence's agent said her team would be taking legal action.

"This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence," her spokesperson told Newsbeat.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who has starred in films including A Good Day to Die Hard, also acknowledged
the pictures were of her.

"To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves," she tweeted.

"Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this.
Feeling for everyone who got hacked."

She later announced that she was going on "an internet break" because of the trolling she had received.

"Great day for the block button," she added.

Former Nickelodeon star and singer Victoria Justice said the images claiming to show her naked were not

A spokesperson for musician Ariana Grande told BuzzFeed that the images said to be of her, were "completely fake."

The list of celebrities who have supposedly been hacked is extensive and features other names including Avril Lavigne, Cara Delevingne, Jenny McCarthy and Kaley Cuoco.
Glee star, Becca Tobin also acknowledged her inclusion on the list with a jokey tweet saying, "Merry XXXmas".

Hilary Duff, Amber Heard, Hayden Panettiere and Kate Bosworth also appear.

A number of the stars on the list have trended on Twitter after the photos were shared online.

Apple has yet to comment about claims that the person who stole the images obtained them by hacking into iCloud, the remote storage service.
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Gunmen Kills UNILAG Security Chief

A group of gunmen have killed the Head of Operations, Security Unit, University of Lagos, Mr. Sunday Adejumo.

The 50-year-old was shot dead at a beer parlour on Oyenuga Street in the Akoka area of Lagos on Friday evening.

Our correspondent learnt that Adejumo on the fateful night was in the joint with three of his friends when some strange faces stormed the pub.

They were said to have headed straight for their target where he sat and hit him in the chest, before firing shots at him.

The gunshots were said to have caused confusion in the area.

It was learnt that the deceased died some minutes later because he could not get help on time.

When our correspondent visited Akoka on Saturday, he observed that the area was quiet, while the beer parlour was locked.

A resident, who did not identify himself, said the owner of the drinking house had been arrested and was being interrogated at the Bariga Police Station.

He said, "The incident happened around 8.30pm on Friday. We suddenly heard gunshots and we
all rushed into our different houses because we did not know what exactly happened.

"It was later we learnt that one of those in the beer parlour was killed.

"It was not a robbery because they did not steal anything or injure anybody else. Immediately they killed him, they left."

A source, who pleaded anonymity, told our correspondent that Adejumo might have been killed by suspected cultists.

He said, "When the gang got in, they went to where he was sitting.

They had different weapons, ranging from cutlasses to guns.

"One of them went to him, hit him in the chest and he fell down. He then brought out a gun and shot him point blank.

"On the table where he was drinking with his friends were a pay slip, his ATM cards and his car key."

Our correspondent learnt from another source that the men wanted to go away with the deceased's ash coloured Pathfinder, marked, Lagos APP 404 CM, but could not.

"We don't know exactly what their intention was.

But there were blood stains on the car and the car key also had blood stains. We suspected they wanted to drive it away, but abandoned it
when they saw it was not responding," he said.

Another police source told newsmen that the corpse of the deceased was taken to the police station late in the night from where it was taken to the Yaba mortuary.

It was learnt that Adejomo's car and that of one of his friends with whom he went to the pub, were taken away by the police.

Our correspondent gathered that his three friends were also being interrogated.

A source said, "Since he had been going out to drink, he had never gone out with these friends.

So, they are also suspects . Although one of them claimed to be injured during the incident, there may be more to it than meets the eye."

The Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Lelma Kolle, confirmed the incident.

He added that the Bariga Divisional Police Officer led his men to the scene where they found the deceased in a pool of blood.

He said, "Investigations revealed that the man parked his car a distance away from where he was drinking. The police also discovered that there was a blood stain on the car and the car key was found within the vicinity, also with blood
stains. This can only mean that after they killed him, they attempted to go away with his car.

They actually succeeded in opening the car because there were blood stains on the car seat.

But the car did not move because of the security system in it.

"The owner of the bar has been arrested and he has made statements. We cannot categorically say whether this was a robbery or an assassination plot.

The matter is still under investigation."

An official of the university in the information department confirmed the shooting to NigerianEye on phone.

The official, who pleaded anonymity, said, "We heard that he went to a party with some of his friends and there were gunshots. He was one of
the people hit during the incident.

That was what we heard. We are not aware that he died. I am just hearing that from you and I will have to confirm that information by making calls."

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