Antoine Griezmann PUMA launch Future 18.1 in Singapore Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:05 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PUMA Antoine Griezmann PUMA have set a new benchmark when it comes to football boots with the launch of their new product named ‘Future’… PUMA have revolutionised the concept of football boots with the launch of their new product ‘PUMA Future’ in a glitzy and star-studded event at The Esplanade Annex Studio in Singapore on February 1, 2018.The PUMA Future Vault played host to a 200-strong crowd of football-loving teens, freestylers, coaches, S League players from the past and present, along with industry guests in a highly immersive underground bunker experience.The introduction of the boots by the PUMA athletes – Isa Halim, Anders Aplin, Raihan Rahman and Azi Trickster – was followed by a 2 vs. 2 exhibition match between the S League players and freestylers from the Trickster Academy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The guests were then treated to a freestyle football performance by the Trickster Academy, followed by a rap performance by top local rapper/singer Shigga Shay.There was also a FUTURE Quest Challenge which featured FIFA Gaming console, Kinect Football, VR, alongside lacing station where guests learned more about the latest net-fit technology, an infinite customization of shoes to suit any type of feet or style of play. PUMA Future will have:Infinite customization – NETFIT technology provides infinite lacing options for any foot, lock-down or style need.Untouchable speed – Lightweight RAPIDAGILITY outsole allows for high speeds on the break and 100% acceleration.Limitless Agility – evoKNIT sock and form-fit textile base provide the ultimate support for top on-pitch performance and agility.Retailing at SGD 299, The PUMA FUTURE 18.1 is available in Singapore at PUMA outlets (Bugis+, Suntec) and Weston Corp Outlets.The Future is here!
UEFA Champions League Salah forced off in tears as injury rocks Liverpool’s Champions League final quest Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 03:17 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Mohamed Salah Real Madrid Liverpool African All Stars After tangling with Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos, the Reds’ 44-goal forward had to be replaced after dislocating his shoulder Liverpool lost 44-goal talisman Mohamed Salah inside 30 minutes of their Champions League final clash with Real Madrid, with the Egyptian forward forced from the field in tears.The Reds had been looking for the Premier League Golden Boot winner and PFA Player of the Year to produce one more inspirational display in Kiev and guide them to European glory.His evening was, however, to be cut cruelly short after tangling with Madrid captain Sergio Ramos. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now As Salah attempted to evade the clutches of the Spain international defender, both men ended up on the turf.The Liverpool man came off worse and was eventually forced to accept that he could not carry on. The club confirmed at half-time that Salah had suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder.Ramos had got hold of Salah’s arm during an unfortunate coming together, but the inflicting of a game-ending injury was entirely unintentional.That, though, is of no comfort to the 25-year-old star who had been hoping to light up the grandest of sporting occasions, nor the Liverpool supporters who were looking to their Player of the Year to deliver the goods once moreSergio Ramos is a thug. To clearly target a fellow professional player with the aim of injuring him early in a Champions League final, ahead of a World Cup… Words fail me. #UCLfinal— Ewan MacKenna (@EwanMacKenna) May 26, 2018Boo @SergioRamos, boo. pic.twitter.com/TOkcPLltLE— mysupersoccer (@my_supersoccer) May 26, 2018Sergio Ramos scoring the winner in the 93rd minute is the most obvious ending since the ship sank at the end of Titanic.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) May 26, 2018Salah was unable to hide his emotions once it dawned on him that the biggest night of his career to date was over, with the tears flowing as he headed towards the touchline.Adam Lallana was introduced in his place, with Jurgen Klopp forced into an early tactical rethink.Former Reds captain Steven Gerrard told BT Sport on an untimely setback for a side he skippered to glory in 2005: “It’s a huge blow for Mo individually and the effect it’s had on everyone out there has been really big. Madrid have grown in confidence since then. Liverpool were excellent in the first 20-25 minutes when Madrid couldn’t get out.”Salah was not the only star turn to see their final showing ended by injury, though, with Madrid defender Dani Carvajal enduring a similar fate shortly afterwards.He was also forced to head off before half-time, with more tears on show from a performer who had entered the contest with such high hopes.Both Salah and Carvajal will be hoping that their respective problems are not too serious, with the pair having been included in the squads of Egypt and Spain, respectively, ahead of World Cup 2018.The latter did, however, appear to be struggling with a hamstring complaint and will be a serious doubt for the 2010 world champions. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Neymar ‘Neymar better and faster every day’ – Danilo offers positive update on Brazil talisman Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 06:25 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Neymar Friendlies Brazil v Croatia Brazil v Switzerland Brazil World Cup The Manchester City defender is confident a team-mate returning from injury will be close to peak form by the time World Cup competition starts Brazil right-back Danilo knows Neymar’s fitness is improving with the World Cup approaching – because he is starting to give him the runaround in training.All eyes are on Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar as he steps up preparations for Russia 2018 alongside his international colleagues, despite being ruled out of domestic action with a broken metatarsal since the end of February.Tite’s men kick off their World Cup bid against Switzerland in Rostov on June 17 but Neymar’s first target for match practice is Sunday’s friendly with Croatia at Anfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now According to Manchester City’s Danilo, everything is on track.”I’ve been talking a lot with him because, in these 10 days, I always got to confront him in the training sessions,” he told a news conference.”So, every day we talk because I always go and challenge him and each day he is better, faster and it is more and more difficult to block him.”We hope he can arrive at the World Cup, if not at 100 per cent then something very close to it, because for us this is very important.”Danilo is chasing a starting berth with the Selecao after PSG veteran Dani Alves was ruled out of the World Cup with knee ligament damage.“First of all, Dani Alves’ injury left us all sad because what he can give to this squad is unrivalled,” said the former Real Madrid defender.”What he gave to this group over all these years is his fighting spirit, his leadership and his style of playing. No doubt, that’s a big loss.”But [Corinthians full-back] Fagner and I have been working hard to do our best to contribute to Brazil also and we are focusing on this.”Dani, for sure, is an experienced man with a strong mindset. He’ll get over this and we’ll try to do our best.”
World Cup ‘Come on England’ – Mourinho backs Three Lions in World Cup predictions Ronan Murphy 22:00 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup José Mourinho England The Manchester United manager has chosen which teams he thinks will advance to the knockout stages of the tournament in Russia Jose Mourinho has made his predictions for the World Cup group stage, backing England to finish above Belgium in Group G.The Three Lions are drawn in a group including Panama and Tunisia, as well as Roberto Martinez’s Belgium, but the Manchester United boss believes Gareth Southgate’s side have enough quality to top the group and set up a knockout stage tie with Poland.Mourinho was asked to predict each of the eight groups by RT and cheered ‘Come on England’ when he got to Group G before choosing the Three Lions to advance as the top team from that foursome. Editors’ Picks 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 Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Argentina are also expected to top their group, with Mourinho tipping Lionel Messi to guide Argentina into the knockout stage.”I think the little fellow will finish first,” Mourinho said as he picked Argentina to finish ahead of Nigeria in Group D, meaning Croatia and Iceland both get knocked out in his prediction.Surprisingly, the former Real Madrid boss believes Spain will outperform Portugal in their group, meaning his home country will play Uruguay in the last 16.However, he hinted that Portugal could go some distance in the tournament, stating: “I will show later that I am totally Portuguese.”Mourinho had some trouble deciding who would progress from Group H, but eventually picked Senegal and Poland over Japan and Colombia as the two lucky sides to advance to the last 16 in Russia.
The NSWTA have released the Finalists for the NSWTA Awards. The winners will be announced and presented at the Blues Dinner held in conjuction with the NSWTA State Conference on Saturday July 26. The nominees are:- Affiliate of the Year Six regional winners and one State winner.Suns Wagga TA Kiama Juniors TA (Stingrays) Albion Park TARebelsEast’s TAUNSW TABankstown Juniors TA MetsPenrith TALower Blue Mountains TABlacktown TA ScorpionsManly TARyde Eastwood TANorth’s TA HornetsPeninsula TAParkes TAWallsend TA EaglesGlen Innes TATamworth TAInverell Juniors TA Administrator of the YearJohn Ryan East’s TAJulie Andrews Wallsend TAElijah Van Der Kwast UNSW TALinda Bruce Glen Innes TA Region of the YearSunsHornetsMets Rod Wise Medal- Volunteer of the YearKellie Johnston Wallsend TAChris Dollahenty Wagga TAGary Brickell Wollongong TA Coach of the YearAndrew Hawkins Wallsend TAPeter Forrester Canterbury TAMick McDonald Wests TAAnnette Mounsey Wollongong TA Selector of the YearCraig May Taren Point TABob Monkley Yass TAMel McMah Easts TATim Kitchingham Penrith TA Male Player of the YearJoel Willoughby Canterbury TAGary Sonda Canterbury TAJason Stanton Wests TASteve Roberts Canterbury TA Female Player of the YearKristy Judd Easts TAClare Winchester Canterbury TANola Campbell Wests TALouise Winchester Canterbury TA Junior Male Player of the YearBen Moylan Penrith TAMichael Singh Wests TANick Good Penrith TA Junior Female Player of the YearNicky Albury Wests TAAmy Regal Wollongong TAStephanie Halpin Tamworth TA Also presented on the evening will be the prestigious BLUES AWARDS for individual volunteer recognition from their peers. Tickets for the gala evening, the Blues Dinner, celebrating 40 years of Touch will be available from the office of the NSW Touch Association. Further information and updates will be posted on the NSWTA website.
It was another massive day of exciting Touch Football action at the 2016 National Touch League on day three, with finals places determined across all divisions. Finals day on Saturday is shaping up to be an incredible day, with close to 12 hours of finals to entertain the crowd as well as our friends watching live from home. In the Mixed Open division semi finals at 10.50am, the Brisbane City Cobras and Sydney Mets will meet in semi final one, with the Sydney Rebels, vying for their sixth straight title, to meet the South Queensland Sharks. The Menâ€™s T League will see the Cobras meet the Sharks, with the Central Queensland Bulls to play the Mets, with both games to tap off at 9.00am. Last yearâ€™s Womenâ€™s T League winners, the Hunter Western Hornets, will meet the Sharks in the semi finals in a replay of last yearâ€™s grand final, with the South Australia Heat and Victoria to battle it out in the other semi final, with both games to commence at 9.00am. The Womenâ€™s 27â€™s grand final will be played at 9.55am, featuring the Sydney Rebels and South Queensland Sharks, while the Menâ€™s 30â€™s grand final at 12.40pm will see the Sydney Scorpions also face the Sharks. The Womenâ€™s 35â€™s is another division which has already determined its grand finalists, with the Hornets to meet the Sunshine Coast Pineapples at 9.55am. The Menâ€™s 40â€™s division semi finals will see the Cobras meet the Mets, with the Hornets to play the Sydney Scorpions at 9.55am. The South West Queensland Swans and ACT Raiders will meet in the first Womenâ€™s 40â€™s semi final, with the Hornets to play the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones in the second semi at 9.55am. In the Menâ€™s 45â€™s division, the Sharks will play the Cobras, with the Scorpions to meet the Raiders at 9.00am. The Sharks and the Hornets will meet in the first Menâ€™s 50â€™s semi final, with the Scorpions to play the Pineapples, with both games to tap off at 9.00am. The Menâ€™s 55â€™s semi finals will see the Cyclones and Raiders battle it out, with the Mets and Southern Suns to meet in the other semi final at 9.00am. The Senior Mixed semi finals will be contested by the Sharks and Cobras, and the Suns and Scorpions.Stay tuned to the TFA website and social media channels on finals day for the latest results and information: Website â€“ www.touchfootball.com.au and www.ntl.mytouchfooty.comFacebook â€“ www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter â€“ www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram â€“ www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksNTL Day Three
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson: Why Klopp so specialby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson admits he loves playing for manager Jurgen Klopp.The 26-year-old has been full of praise for his new boss Klopp, who he has labelled as one of the best in the world.“His passion for football, for winning, for doing the right thing,” he said.“He does the best for the club and the players. Not just the players but all the staff, everyone involved in the football club.“He has this passion that he transmits to us that we then take on the field.”I believe that is the most important [characteristic] — that and his intelligence.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham star Alli avoids FA punishment for Arsenal gestureby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham star Dele Alli will not be punished for a sign he made to Arsenal supporters during his side’s Carabao Cup win last night.Alli netted the second goal of the game and made a gesture to remind the fans of the score.While his gesture could be seen as inflammatory, it was not abusive, which means he will be cut some slack.Sky Sports suggests that no further action will be taken.And the Gunners will not face any action after a supporter was caught on video throwing something at Alli. But that supporter does face criminal action and a stadium ban.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Howe admits Defoe talks planned over Bournemouth futureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits he plans talks with Jermain Defoe about his future.Crystal Palace and Sheffield United have been reported as potential loan suitors for the England international, while Defoe’s former club Sunderland have also shown an interest. Asked whether Defoe would be part of his squad after the January transfer window, Howe replied: “It’s a difficult one to answer.“I couldn’t give an absolute clear black and white answer to a lot of the players in the squad. The ones who aren’t playing regularly are very keen for football.“I will have to sit down with Jermain and have that conversation.“He is someone we hold in such high regard and has done such a great job here in many different ways.“Even before the game against Chelsea, he was talking to Lys (Mousset) and giving Lys his experience and guidance. That for me is like gold dust.“He has trained very well, his attitude and conduct has been first-class. Let’s wait and see.”
Keylor Navas still feels wanted by Real Madrid: But when I don’t…by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKeylor Navas says he still feels wanted by Real Madrid.He has lost his starting spot to Thibaut Courtois this season, but remains confident that he can win it back.”The day that I think I can no longer start, I’ll go home and focus on something else,” Navas told EFE.”I have always worked to start.”In the end the coaches make the decisions.”I’m not playing as much as I want, but when I go on the pitch I think that I’m performing well and you have to value this.”Courtois has suffered an injury, but the Costa Rican isn’t sure if that’ll open the door for him to return to the starting role in the long term.”I think that you have to wait, as we don’t know what’s going to happen and only the coach knows this,” he said.”I’m 100 percent committed to the coach and the team, above all to a team that has to stay united.”I see myself here for many years.”In the future nobody knows, like in life, but I try to live in the present and my present is Real Madrid and I’m going to continue giving my all.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool boss Klopp praises emergency centre-half Fabinho for Brighton winby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was delighted with stand-in centre-half Fabinho for victory at Brighton.Mohamed Salah struck his 14th league goal of the season from the penalty spot as the off-kilter Reds stretched their top-flight advantage over Manchester City back to seven points.Fabinho’s assured showing as an emergency centre-back waskey, especially with Joel Matip working back to fitness. Klopp said, “He’s a brilliant player and I was happy he could play today. It’s not that Brighton had one attack after the other – we had the ball most of the time so it makes sense to have a good footballer in that position. “Brighton tried a little bit to bring the long balls to Murray and around him, which they did, by the way, against Joe Gomez in the home game as well. But he did well in these situations and with the ball. He has a defending brain and can do that in different positions. It’s good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham open contract talks with Jan Vertonghenby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham have opened talks with Jan Vertonghen over a new contract.The key central defender is out of contact at the end of the season, when he could leave for nothing.But discussions over a new deal are underway, though there is an apprehension from Spurs to offer the 32-year-old anything over a 12 month deal given his age, says the Daily Mail.However, the fact Moussa Sissoko, who turned 30 in August, signed a four-year contract last week is likely to be a key bargaining tool for Vertonghen as he looks for a longer deal.Vertonghen said yesterday: “I feel like I still have a couple of good years left in me. That’s definitely how I’m feeling now. I hope I can help the team for as long as I can.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Mislintat: Arsenal striker Aubameyang too selfless to play for elite clubby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveStuttgart chief Sven Mislintat says Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is too selfless to play for an elite club.Aubameyang has been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona throughout his career.But former Gunners scout Mislintat, who signed the striker from Borussia Dortmund, was quoted by The Athletic saying: “He is one, maybe the only one, this exceptional top striker, who is an absolute team player.”Perhaps this attitude cost him the opportunity to play for clubs like Real Madrid or Barcelona.”A striker like Neymar or (Sergio) Aguero, for example, would never give up a penalty. I like his attitude. He is good for the team atmosphere.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Heurelho Gomes happy to have played on with Watford this seasonby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHeurelho Gomes is happy to have played on with Watford this season.The Brazilian goalkeeper claimed he was 99 per cent certain he would be hanging up his gloves at the end of last season, but that the Hornets convinced him otherwise.He told Voetbal Primeur, “Last year I was sure that I was going to stop.”Not because I was not fit anymore, but because I was mentally tired. We reached the cup final against Manchester City, but we lost it. I had it again the hunger to play. If I had to go to another club, I would have stopped. Watford said: no, we want you to stay longer.”
Sunday, Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd, who was clearly emotional during what was a rough SEC Tournament title game, tweeted during the second half that the Arkansas Razorbacks were playing “dirty” against her Wildcats. Unfortunately, in response, Judd claims she was both called inappropriate names and threatened with sexual violence by a number of users. She tweeted her frustration afterwards, and showed her followers an example.Monday, Judd, who has written in her memoirs about being a sexual abuse survivor, told MSNBC that she’ll be pressing charges on the users who sent her the tweets. She joined Thomas Roberts to talk about Kentucky’s chances in the NCAA Tournament and eventually got to the topic of social media. Start the video around 4:35 if you’re just looking for that portion.Judd made no mention of how many Twitter users she’d be pressing charges against. Hopefully this makes people think twice before tweeting offensive messages at celebrities – or anyone else.
LSU Florida Trash TalkFile this one away in the “You can’t make this stuff up” category.According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, 32-year-old Everett L. Beauchamp IV engaged in a drunken, armed car chase after taking exception to a remark made about his orange Florida Gators t-shirt in a Baton Rouge strip club.Per police reports obtained by the Advocate, Beauchamp was at The Penthouse Club in Baton Rouge at 2:15 a.m. Friday morning when one member of a six-man bachelor party made a comment about Beauchamp’s UF t-shirt. Beauchamp first picked up a stool from the valet entrance and tried to assault the man, and things just further deteriorated from there. Beauchamp threatened to get a weapon and walked to his vehicle to get a handgun, the report says, at which time the men drove away in their vehicle.Beauchamp followed them in his 2013 Ford Raptor down College Drive onto I-10 eastbound, the report says. The men exited at Essen Lane, only to get back onto I-10 going westbound, at which point Beauchamp tried to ram his vehicle into theirs.Beauchamp followed them onto the interstate and as they reached the I-10 westbound, I-12 eastbound loop Beauchamp opened fire on their vehicle, striking the vehicle once under the driver’s side taillight.Ultimately, Beauchamp was found by police after he ran his SUV into LSU Lakes. He was found to have a 0.19 BAC and was booked on six counts of assault by drive-by shooting, one count of aggravated criminal damage to property, DWI, reckless driving, failure to maintain control and one count of illegal use of a weapon.They sure do take their football seriously in the SEC. [ CFB Talk ]
Cristiano Ronaldo claimed the Best Player as the Juventus superstar scooped two honours at the 2019 Globe Soccer Awards. Ronaldo reigned supreme in Dubai, where he beat Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann and Paris Saint-Germain sensation Kylian Mbappe to the award on Thursday. It marked the third consecutive year Ronaldo was crowned the award’s best player, and fifth in total since 2011. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Last season Ronaldo and Real Madrid took a clean sweep of the awards, with Ronaldo claiming Best Player, Zinedine Zidane taking Best Coach and the Spanish giants earning Best Club. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner also received the Fans’ Award at the ceremony in the United Arab Emirates. “What better way to start the new year. Thanks for the appreciation and the care that I have received today,” Ronaldo wrote in an Instagram post as he shared a photo of the award alongside Jorge Mendes, who was named Agent of the Year. Ronaldo has made a seamless transition from Real Madrid to Juventus following his sensational €112million transfer in the off-season. He has scored a league-high 14 Serie A goals to help Italian champions Juve sit nine points clear atop the table.World Cup-winning France boss Didier Deschamps took the Best Coach award, beating out an impressive list of nominees that included Zinedine Zidane, Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid, Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri. Simeone’s Atletico, meanwhile, were named Best Club of the Year with chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin Juve’s Blaise Matuidi and Brazil great Ronaldo were also among the recipients of the various honours handed out. Matuidi was recognised for his career progress, while the Brazilian Ronaldo, Fabio Capello and Zvonimir Boban were given awards for past achievements in the game. Ronaldo’s Juventus have been out of action since his two-goal showing thier December 29 win over Sampdoria. They will return to the pitch January 12 with a Coppa Italia round of 16 match against Bologna and face a Supercoppa Italiana final against AC Milan four days later.The club won’t be back in action in Serie A until a date with Chievo on January 21.
Daniel James is excited by Manchester United’s transfer plans and future ambition after completing his own £15 million ($19m) move to Old Trafford.The Wales international winger has become the Red Devils’ first signing of the summer.He has joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ranks from Swansea and, at 21 years of age, is considered to be a shrewd addition for the present and future. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? James, who has committed to a five-year contract, is expecting other similar deals to be put in place before the current window slams shut.United are looking to rebuild with a mix of youth and experience, with a desire to return former glories to the club by sticking to the principles that have served them well in the past.James told the Red Devils’ official website of his discussions with Solskjaer: “Yeah, I’ve spoke to him since I’ve been here.“I think the ambition they’ve got for the club is amazing for the next few years – to get players in who are hungry and ready to work hard.”I believe [in] that and I’m one of those players. I’m willing to work hard. It’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.”James has arrived at the Theatre of Dreams with just one full season of senior football behind him.The 2018-19 campaign did deliver five goals, 10 assists and an international debut, but he admits the last few months have been something of a whirlwind.He added: “Last season I didn’t think I was going to get much first-team football. I remember going into the office at the start of this year and saying I wanted to go on loan, so I got told that I’d be a part of something.“Obviously, you go out of the office thinking, ‘Is that true?’, and to get more opportunities this year has been amazing.“It’s been a great six months for me – to get that many games for Swansea and to obviously get my Welsh debut as well has been amazing.”James now has the opportunity to take his game to even greater heights and is confident that he can make a positive impact at United.Quizzed on what his game is all about, a man already earning comparisons to United legend Ryan Giggs said: “I’d say I’m quite a direct player.“I don’t just like to get the ball into feet and dribble at players; I like to get the ball in behind. I’m quite a pacy player.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.