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Robin van Persie was ‘not fit enough’ for Manchester United, claims Louis van Gaal

first_imgRobin van Persie was ‘not fit enough’ for Manchester United, claims Louis van Gaal Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 26 Mar 2019 11:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link372Shares Louis van Gaal has criticised Robin van Persie’s fitness levels at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Louis van Gaal has claimed that Robin van Persie was ‘not fit enough for the Premier League’ in his final season at Manchester United.Van Persie spearheaded United’s attack for their most recent Premier League triumph, scoring 26 goals across a majestic 2012/13 campaign following a controversial £24million move from Arsenal.The forward’s stunning hat-trick at home to Aston Villa, which sealed the title for United, has since gone down in Old Trafford folklore.In the following season under David Moyes, Van Persie scored a respectable 18 goals as the Red Devils finished seventh in the league before the striker’s compatriot, Van Gaal, took over as manager.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityVan Persie was favourite to be named captain for the 2014/15 season but Van Gaal opted for Rooney instead and the Netherlands star only managed ten goals in what would be his final season for the club.Van Gaal, whose supposed negative style of play was widely blamed for Van Persie’s decline, has hit out at the forward’s lack of fitness.Asked about his reputation as a defensive manager in England, Van Gaal told the BBC: ‘It is not true.‘You say it was boring. Why was it boring? Maybe it was boring-attacking but that was because the opponent parked the bus.‘Then you have to play at a higher tempo, which is difficult. Then you have to see what kind of players you have. Van Persie scored ten goals in his final season at United (Picture: Getty)‘Wayne Rooney should have been the number 10 but Robin van Persie was not fit enough for the Premier League, which meant Rooney was the best striker we had.‘But Manchester United needs the best striker in the world.’center_img Van Gaal played down Solskjaer’s impact (Picture: Getty)Van Gaal disputed suggestions that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought attacking football back to United and claims the Norwegian is just as defensive as Jose Mourinho.‘The coach after me [Mourinho] changed to park-the-bus tactics and played on the counter. Now there is another coach who parks the bus and plays on the counter,’ Van Gaal added.‘The main difference between Mourinho and Solskjaer is that Solskjaer is winning.‘I am not there but there does look to be a change and the atmosphere seems to be better. It is also true that Solskjaer has changed Paul Pogba’s position and put him into an area where he is much more important.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘But the way Manchester United are playing now is not the way Ferguson played. It is defensive, counter-attacking football. If you like it, you like it. If you think it is more exciting than my boring attacking, OK. But it is not my truth.‘Solskjaer has just lost twice and he has to manage that. It is very important that Manchester United qualifies for the Champions League, as it was when I was manager.‘But they can also win the Champions League because they play a defensive system and it is very difficult to beat them, which, whether you like it or not, is the result of Mourinho’s work.’MORE: Manchester United boosted by return of eight injured stars for Watford game Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Milaha nabs long-term deal for Milaha Explorer liftboat

first_imgQatari maritime firm Milaha has managed to find work for its 2016-built liftboat Milaha Explorer.Milaha Explorer Crew (Image source: Milaha)The company on Tuesday said the liftboat – described as the “largest of its kind to be owned by a Qatari company” – will be working off the coast of West Africa as part of a long-term charter with a major international oil company. Milaha did not reveal the name of the oil company which hired the liftboat.According to VesselsValue, the Milaha Explorer is currently located in Nigerian waters.Commenting on the deployment of the vessel, Milaha’s President and CEO Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai said: “Over the past few months, we have been significantly ramping up our operations, and I am pleased to announce further growth in our geographic footprint and operational portfolio with this long-term deployment, which marks our entry into Africa. Milaha Explorer is a new and modern vessel, and we wish its captain and crew safe and successful operations.”Milaha took delivery of the liftboat in 2016.  The unit, managed by Milaha’s subsidiary Halul Offshore, was built by Bohai Shipbuilding.Heavy Industries at its yard in Liaoning Province in China, and was designed by the China-based Tianjin De-Sail Machinery Equipment. The liftboat can accommodate 300 persons on board.Milaha’s offshore fleet consists of 47 vessels, including anchor handling towing vessels, platform support vessels, dive and construction support vessels, and other vessel types supporting the offshore oil and gas industry.The mighty #Milaha Explorer, the biggest lift boat owned by a Qatari company, standing still and strong!#Qatar pic.twitter.com/GRAmZnOuIm— Milaha (Qatar Navigation Q.P.S.C.) (@qatarnavigation) June 18, 2017last_img read more

Next Level – Better Collective pushes for Stockholm IPO

first_img Bettingexpert crowns TheTrollmanSha World Tipster Champion  July 2, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Jesper Søgaard – Better CollectiveThe governance of industry affiliate marketing group Better Collective has disclosed that it intends to pursue a public listing on the Stockholm Nasdaq Exchange.Issuing a corporate update, the Copenhagen-based enterprise, details that it seeks to diversify its shareholder base, improving its access to capital markets.The funds raised through its Stockholm IPO, will be used to further Better Collective’s ongoing acquisition growth strategy, expanding the firm’s multi-market affiliate network.Founded in 2002, by Jesper Søgaard (CEO) and Christian K Rasmussen (COO), Better Collective has developed some the betting sectors highest coverage affiliate portals, including leading European sports betting community bettingexpert.com. Jesper Søgaard, co-founder and CEO of Better Collective:“Since Christian and I started the Better Collective journey together in 2002, we have made it our mission to make sports betting and gambling entertaining, transparent and fair. In recent years, we really went beyond the organic growth path and started executing our M&A-strategy. We have delivered solid growth, launched new innovative products, and lifted the company to new standards on all levels. We find ourselves in a strong position based on our scale, international presence, and technological expertise. We find that the time is right for accelerating our growth even further and taking a leading role in the ongoing consolidation of iGaming affiliates.”Throughout 2017 and 2018, Better Collective has moved to strengthen its governance structure, with the company having enlarged its operational entity through M&A, and with a view to assessing future corporate growth options.Furthermore, as a technology firm Better Collective has moved beyond the ‘betting affiliate space’, developing a number of innovative bookmaker API integrations, expanding its player community dynamics.Jens Bager – Better CollectiveJens Bager, Chairman of the Board of Better Collective: “Better Collective has been on a continuous growth journey. The financial results speak for themselves, with an average revenue growth of 52% (CAGR) since 2015. Better Collective is well-positioned to leverage the many opportunities in a booming iGaming market, and we believe the IPO offers an optimal funding set-up to continue the proactive acquisition strategy.“We have prepared for the journey ahead by building a talented management team that is led by the founders, both of whom have unusually long track records in this young industry. With equally strong experience from large-cap companies sitting on our board of directors, I believe Better Collective is in a great position to reach the next level.” Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Share Submit Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020last_img read more

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