Ander Herrera makes ‘promise’ to Manchester United fans after PSG defeat Wenger believes United lost the first leg in midfield (Picture: Getty)Wenger added: ‘The difference technically, and speed of understanding of the game, between the two teams was huge and became bigger as the game went on.‘Man United played at home and had one shot on goal in a Champions League game – that tells you about the difference between the two teams.’MORE: Jan Vertonghen adamant that Spurs can beat anyone ahead of Borussia Dortmund clash Ander Herrera hasn’t given up hope just yet (Picture: Getty)Ander Herrera insists Manchester United have not given up hope in the Champions League and has promised to make fans ‘proud’ in the second leg against Paris Saint-Germain.Quickfire goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe stunned United after the break at Old Trafford and United were unable to respond in what was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s opening defeat as interim manager.The Red Devils now face an uphill battle in qualifying for the quarter-finals and must pull off a near-miraculous comeback in Paris without Paul Pogba after the Frenchman’s sending off.Rio Ferdinand believes United will have learned a lot from the defeat and Herrera has reassured supporters that the tie is far from being over.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 City‘We knew it was going to be impossible to be unbeaten forever,’ the Spanish midfielder posted on Instagram.‘But we wanted to give to our fans a special Champions League night and we couldn’t.‘We promise we will keep working hard to make you all proud.’Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes PSG were able to gain the upper hand by overpowering United in midfield.‘In the Champions League it is an important thing that you cannot be dominated in midfield and the whole evening Man United were dominated in midfield,’ Wenger told beIN SPORTS after the final whistle.‘Paris Saint-Germain played with five midfielders and they never lost the ball. Manchester United could never win the ball back and when they had the ball they lost it very quickly because Paris Saint-Germain dominated the midfield to win the ball back.‘And they lost the battle there, in midfield. When you play at home and you cannot keep the ball, you’re always in trouble and that’s what happened.‘Man United looked very poor in midfield compared to the class of PSG. And basically it was a little advantage for Paris Saint-Germain to play with five midfielders tonight and with less offensive players.’ Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 Feb 2019 12:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link656Shares Comment Advertisement Advertisement
MELBOURNE: Ashleigh Barty is relishing the pressure at her home Australian Open — but joked on Sunday that she is sick of seeing pictures of herself everywhere.The world number one is bidding to become Australia’s first women’s singles champion in Melbourne since Chris O’Neil in 1978.Expectations of the 23-year-old are huge and she has become the face of the year’s first Grand Slam, her picture heavily featured on billboards around the city and in local newspapers.”My face is everywhere a little bit, isn’t it? I’m a bit sick of it, to be honest,” the down-to-earth Barty said with a smile on the eve of the tournament.”(But) there’s no extra pressure, I don’t read the papers, I don’t kind of look into any more than I need to. I’m here with my team trying to do the best that we can. It’s amazing to have so much support and so much love from the Australian public. I’ve really felt that in an exceptional way over the last 12 months. It’s been incredible.”Barty begins her Australian Open title assault on Monday against 120th-ranked Lesia Tsurenko — the Ukrainian beat her in their previous meeting, in Brisbane in 2018.Barty has since surged to the top of women’s tennis, winning her maiden Grand Slam last year at Roland Garros and carrying Australia’s tennis hopes.Her Australian Open preparations got off to a patchy start when she suffered a surprise defeat to American qualifier Jennifer Brady in Brisbane at the start of the year.But on Saturday she triumphed against another Ukrainian, Dayana Yastremska, to win the Adelaide International — her landmark first title on home soil.”Obviously it’s the perfect preparation,” Barty said. “But regardless of whether I won the title or not last week (Saturday), I feel like I’m well prepared.”I’m happy, I’m healthy, I’m coming into the first Grand Slam of the year with a smile on my face.”That’s all I can ask of myself.”Barty, who hopes to feed off the “electric” Melbourne crowd, is determined to enjoy herself and cannot wait to step out onto the imposing Rod Laver Arena on Monday evening. AgenciesAlso Read: Ashleigh Barty fights to title victory at Adelaide InternationalAlso Watch: Watch Bhogali Bihu preparation from Guwahati ahead ‘Uruka’ (Night before Magh Bihu)
The Ghana Football Association has confirmed the Essipong Stadium in Sekondi as the venue for Ghana’s match against South Africa in the qualifying for the 2013 African Under-17 Championship.Ghana will host the second leg clash in the final round on Saturday, December 1.The Black Starlets go into the second leg, leading 3-2 from the first leg and need a good aggregate result against the Amajimbos to reach next year’s finals in Morocco.