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Ferguson backs 'formidable' Van Gaal to revive United LONDON: Alex Ferguson has said the "formidable" Louis van Gaal is the right man to return Manchester United to winning ways once again.Ferguson, who retired as United manager at the end of the 2012/13 campaign after a career that saw him become British football's most successful boss during more than 26 years in charge at Old Trafford, looked on as struggling successor David Moyes was sacked after less than a season at the helm.Not only did United not win any major trophies last season, they also failed to qualify for the lucrative Champions League.In a bid to rectify both these issues, United brought in van Gaal, fresh from guiding his native Netherlands to third place at this World Cup in Brazil and a vastly experienced club manager.Ferguson, writing in the recently published updated version of his autobiography, said the 63-year-old van Gaal was a "good choice" for United."Louis, who took ...

Vidic defiant as EPL veterans struggle in Italy MILAN: Under-fire Inter defender Nemanja Vidic claimed he is still adapting to life in Serie A as the jury remains out on former English Premier League stars who have failed to spark in Italy's top flight."I always try to train and adapt as much as I can, but it's not for me to say who should evaluate if the system is affecting or not my performances," Vidic told reporters on the eve of Inter's Europa ...
Serena slumps to biggest defeat in 16 years SINGAPORE: Serena Williams won just two games Wednesday as she crashed to her heaviest defeat in 16 years and raised concerns over a knee injury that could dash her hopes at the WTA Finals.The 18-time Grand Slam champion was a shadow of her dominant best as she slumped 6-0, 6-2 to Romania's Simona Halep, her biggest loss since she was 16 and without a tournament win to her name.The seismic defeat ended a run of ...
Rokoduguni gets England call as Robshaw retains captaincy LONDON: Bath's Fijian-born British Army solider Semesa Rokoduguni was one of three uncapped players included in the England squad named by coach Stuart Lancaster on Wednesday for next month's internationals at Twickenham.The dashing wing forced his way into a 33-man squad for the Tests against New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia, starting with the visit of the world champion All Blacks on November 8, after impressing in the Premiership this season.Rokoduguni, 27, who forced ...
Murray eases past Melzer, Berdych out in Valencia VALENCIA: Andy Murray's return to form continued as he progressed to the second round of the Valencia Open on Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Austria's Jurgen Melzer.Murray claimed his second title of the season in Vienna last week and is hoping to boost his chances of reaching the World Tour Finals in London next month with another strong showing in Spain.And despite looking far from sure on his own serve, the two-time Grand ...
Klopp gets job guarantee despite horror run BERLIN: Coach Jurgen Klopp still has a job guarantee at Borussia Dortmund despite their horror run of five games without a win in the Bundesliga.Dortmund won their first two Champions League matches ahead of Tuesday's trip to Istanbul to face Galatasaray, but last season's Bundesliga runners-up are down to 14th in the German league with just two wins in their first eight matches.Despite losing their last three league games, Klopp still has a job guarantee ...
Bayern can improve on Roma rout, says Robben BERLIN: Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich still have room for improvement and must keep their feet on the ground despite routing Roma in the Champions League's group stages.The Netherlands winger scored twice in Tuesday's romp at Rome's Olympic Stadium as Bayern raced into a 5-0 half-time lead and the hosts suffered their heaviest defeat in Europe -- matched only by their 7-1 drubbing at Manchester United in 2007.With the return leg in Munich in a ...


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