Lukaku revival can aid United’s top-four bid

first_img0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku is back in form after a barren spell for Manchester United © AFP / OLLY GREENWOODMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 28 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes Romelu Lukaku is ready to seize a starring role in his Manchester United revolution after the Belgium striker finally showed signs of emerging from his prolonged slump.United extended their impressive Premier League run with a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace on Wednesday that puts a third-place finish in their sights ahead of struggling Southampton’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday. That is a stunning turnaround given the troubled state the club was in when Solskjaer took over from the sacked Jose Mourinho in December.Paul Pogba has been a key figure in United’s 14-game unbeaten streak in domestic action, the France midfielder benefitting more than most from the arrival of the popular Solskjaer as interim boss.But Lukaku is also offering evidence he can blossom under Solskjaer after destroying Palace with the return of his trademark power and predatory finishing.The 25-year-old struggled in the first half of this season and lacked regular starts in the early days of Solskjaer’s reign.The Norwegian has encouraged a more attacking philosophy than Mourinho and initially based his formation around the in-form Marcus Rashford as United’s central striker.Lukaku was forced to adapt to a role off the bench as a replacement forward or as a winger, a job he performed well over his six substitute and three starting league appearances since Solskjaer took over.– Quality finisher –But, for the midweek win at Selhurst Park where Solskjaer’s options were limited due to injuries, Lukaku returned to his preferred number-nine position and proved he can still thrive in the new United era with two well-taken goals.“I think you hit the nail on the head, as in, he was through the middle today, we created chances for him, he put them away well,” Solskjaer said after Lukaku’s first goals since January 5.“He’s done loads of running up and down the line, right wing, left wing, he’s had a different role because of Rash’s form of course.“Today he got a chance up front, two very good finishes, could have had another one as well earlier on, so very pleased for Rom, he is a quality finisher.”Lukaku has won favour with Solskjaer by refusing to allow his lack of playing time to negatively influence his attitude or demeanour.“He’s a professional boy, a good boy, it’s great to have him in and around the place, always happy, always working on his finishing,” Solskjaer said.“I think he’s played more than you think actually, but he’s played wide right, wide left, so it’s Rash’s form that has moved him out there, now with Rash’s injury he grabbed the chance.”Lukaku’s adaptation to a new role may also offer his team a vital edge in what is shaping up to be a fascinating race to qualify for next season’s Champions League.It looks set to be a four-team chase for two spots, with fifth-placed United one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal and two clear of Chelsea, who have a game in hand on their rivals.But, with Lukaku looking back in the groove, Solskjaer can draw from arguably the deepest pool of attacking players in the decisive final weeks of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Redknapp: ‘Ditch the old guard and let England’s young stars shine at Euro 2016’

first_imgHarry Redknapp has called for Roy Hodgson to ditch England’s old guard and give the nation’s up-and-coming stars the chance to shine at next summer’s European Championships.A young Three Lions side comfortably beat Lithuania 3-0 on Monday night to ensure they finished their Euro 2016 qualification campaign with a flawless 100 per cent record.With injuries to a number of regular first-team players restricting his options, Hodgson’s starting XI for the Vilnius clash shared a total of just 140 caps between them.Captain for the evening Phil Jagielka was the oldest player in a white shirt at 33-years-old, with the likes of Ross Barkley, Harry Kane, Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Butland, Dele Alli and Danny Ings, all under 23, getting minutes.While inexperienced at international level, Tottenham striker Kane, Everton ‘diamond’ Barkley and Swansea playmaker Shelvey in particular have all impressed for their clubs over the past few years and established themselves as regulars in the Premier League.And, with the heroes of the previous ‘golden generation’ now out of the frame, Redknapp believes England boss Hodgson should begin build his team around his starlets.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “We’re in a situation now where we’ve gone tournament after tournament and experienced disappointment after disappointment – let’s give some of the young lads a go now.“Let’s give players like 19-year-old Dele Alli a chance. He’s only just broken into Tottenham’s first-team, but he looks a real talent and he’s got a bright future.“We’ve gone with the old guard year after year, so I’d love to see us throw a few of the kids in there and get some experience at the top level.“If we go to the Euros and we don’t make it to the later stages, at least it would be a great experience for them, and they’ll come back ready to go again when the World Cup comes around.“There have been a lot of good positives [from their qualifying campaign]. Some good young players have broken through, so that’s got to be good for England.“Roy has a good young group of players, it’s encouraging when you look at the team. Sterling has been in there for a few years now, we’ve got a group of young full-backs coming through and Chris Smalling has established himself as one of the central defenders.“Barkley is a real talent, too. I think he’s the kind of player you have to build the team around, he’s got fantastic ability. I hope he gets a run in the first team now. Let him have a go and see what he can do. He can be a really important player for the next eight or nine years for England.“Overall, it’s a good looking young squad of players which looks good for the future.”last_img read more

UAAP: La Salle keeps Final 4 hopes alive, escapes UST

first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES PBA: Rain or Shine turns back Blackwater to end slide La Salle still in fight for a Final Four berth. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Don’t count De La Salle out just yet.The Green Archers delivered a second half performance to remember as they subdued University of Santo Tomas, 80-79, Wednesday night to stay in the thick of the fight for a Final Four berth in UAAP Season 82 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man The result further muddled up the Final Four race with University of the Philippines only securing a playoff for a postseason berth even with an 80-77 win over National U earlier.The Tamaraws eliminated the Adamson Falcons with a 63-60 victory earlier, while rising to 7-6. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Providing La Salle a lift when it needed it the most, Jamie Malonzo, Aljun Melecio and Brandon Bates all came through with big games as the Archers climbed to 6-6, while denying the Growling Tigers a Final Fourspot. Justin Baltazar also dished out a solid output of 14 points and 11 rebounds.Playing in his one and only year of eligibility for La Salle, Malonzo finished with a game-high 23 points, including an electrifying reverse dunk in the final period, while Melecio poured 11 of his 18 points inthe last two periods for the Archers, who are still in fifth spot, just half a game behind Far Eastern U.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceBates notched a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds as he more than held his inside the paint against a UST squad that seized control early, before fading in the second half.The Archers outscored the Tigers, 26-13, in the third period as they overhauled a 37-44 deficit and turned it into a 63-57 lead heading into the final period. Melecio’s triple gave the Archers a 72-61 lead with 6 minutes remaining. View commentslast_img read more

PeaceHealth joins Apple Health Records app

first_imgAdd Vancouver-based PeaceHealth to the list of local providers using Apple’s Health Records software.Health Records is part of the Apple Health app, which can be found on most iPhones. Health Records coordinates medical data from various providers into one space. That includes data on allergies, prior conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vital signs.Data are encrypted and also protected with a phone’s password and touch or face IDs. The program is also something patients have to opt into. If you choose to set up an account, you will receive notifications when the data is updated.Will Weider, senior vice president and chief information officer with PeaceHealth, said he thinks Health Records points toward the future of health care, where easy, on-demand access to patient information is becoming more important.“We’ve really been pushing greater patient convenience,” Weider said.Weider can speak to Health Records’ usefulness, as he recently took a spill during a bike ride in Las Vegas. He had to visit a local health care provider, and they asked if he was taking any medications. Weider just pulled out his phone and accessed his medical records through the app.“Your records come together in one place on your phone,” Weider said.PeaceHealth was officially added to Apple’s Health Records project in December, the same month the Vancouver health care provider acquired Portland-based Zoom+Care, which provides on-demand retail and digital care through the internet and neighborhood clinics. Zoom also focuses on a more modern approach to health care, allowing patients to schedule same-day appointments at Zoom locations through their phone or computers and chat with doctors online.last_img read more