Archive | December 26, 2015

Mikel loving life under Hiddink….

 

Mikel loving life under Hiddink
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel is loving life under new manager Guus Hiddink and is confident the Dutchman can get the reigning Premier League champions back on track. Hiddink was brought in to replace Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese was fired following Chelsea’s dismal start to the season. Former Netherlands boss Hiddink was in the stands to watch Chelsea’s 3-1 victory over Sunderland last weekend and Mikel is pleased to be reunited with the 69-year-old after his previous tenure in 2009. “He is still the same man. He likes to get involved in training, have a bit of banter with the players but at the same time it is all serious business and that is what we need,” Mikel told the official Chelsea website. “He is always like a father figure to the team, speaking to the players individually, putting an arm around them and getting feedback from the team on what we think problems are and then trying to fix them.

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Van Gaal bows to player pressure….

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has relaxed some aspects of his management regime in a bid to turn around a dramatic slump in results that have led to speculation over his future at Old Trafford

Louis van Gaal has bowed to player pressure in an attempt to keep his job at Manchester United. The beleaguered United boss has agreed to relax the strict regime that has proved so unpopular among his squad following a meeting with senior players Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Chris Smalling and Juan Mata at the start of the week. Van Gaal still has the support of the players but recognised an urgent need for change after seeing United lose three games in a row. The run has plunged his future at Old Trafford into doubt as he prepares for their Boxing Day trip to Stoke City.

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Boxing Day Premier League Fixtures….

Manchester United players after the defeat to Norwich

Saturday 26 December, 2015:

Stoke vs Man Utd 1:45pm

Aston Villa vs West Ham 4pm

Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace 4pm

Chelsea vs Watford 4pm

Liverpool vs Leicester 4pm

Man City vs Sunderland 4pm

Swansea vs West Brom 4pm

Tottenham vs Norwich 4pm

Newcastle vs Everton 6:30pm

Southampton vs Arsenal 8:45pm