David Moyes takes “complete responsibility” for Manchester United’s shocking start

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Talk about having the weight of the world on your shoulders…

So far this season, not much has gone right for Manchester United manager David Moyes in his first season in charge at Old Trafford.

Following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle — the Red Devils second successive home defeat in four days, the first time that’s happened since 2002 — Moyes insisted he is to blame for the poor run of results that sees United sitting 13 points off top spot and in ninth place in the Premier League with the halfway point approaching.

“I take complete responsibility for the results,” Moyes told the clubs website. “Fortunately, they’ve been good in the Champions League but not in the Premier League. I take the responsibility. I would like them to be much better and have no doubt they will.”

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One of the main reasons for a string of bad results?

Poor substitutions from the 51-year-old Scotsman. That’s something he earmarks to improve on, as he aims to emulate or get someone close to the success achieved by one of the greatest managers of all-time, Sir Alex Ferguson, at United. Over the years Fergie was a dab hand at making the correct subs to help swing the game in United’s favor late on.

“I think in recent games we haven’t quite finished the games in the way I’d like to,” Moyes said. “I have tried to make changes to improve it and that hasn’t quite happened.”

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Moyes’ side continue to slip up and are 13 points behind league-leaders Arsenal

With Moyes’ men back in action on Tuesday night against Shakthar Donetsk in the Champions League, they’ll look to bounce back to winning ways after a string of losses has many fans questioning the negative tactics and ultra-defensive approach Moyes is taking.

Injured for the weekend defeat, creator in chief Wayne Rooney should return to the starting lineup for the home time against Donetsk. His presence will breath life back into the Red Devils after he was sorely missed in Saturday’s lackluster display against Newcastle.

Many will applaud Moyes for taking the blame and deflecting negative criticism away from his players. But he can only do so much.

It’s time his players delivered… because I’m not sure how much broader Moyes’ already heavily-laden shoulders can get.

AC Milan completes signing of forward Kalinic

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MILAN (AP) Big-spending AC Milan has signed another player, completing the transfer of Croatia forward Nikola Kalinic from Fiorentina.

In a brief statement on Tuesday, Milan said it signed Kalinic “on a loan deal with obligation to buy.”

Kalinic has signed a four-year contract through to June 30, 2021.

Milan has been in negotiations with Fiorentina for the 29-year-old Kalinic for a while, and he missed training last week as he attempted to push through the move.

Milan, which was bought by a Chinese-led consortium in April, has spent more than 200 million euros ($234 million) in the offseason, signing Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva, Ricardo Rodriguez, Franck Kessie, Andrea Conti, Hakan Calhanoglu, Lucas Biglia and Mateo Musacchio.

Alan Shearer has a message for Wayne Rooney

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Alan Shearer finally has a friend.

On Monday Wayne Rooney scored in Everton’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City (see in the video above) and he became just the second-player in history to reach 200 goals in the Premier League.

Rooney, 31, still has some way to go to catch Shearer’s all-time record of 260 goals in the PL but the former Manchester United striker has a few more years left in the tank to try and get as close as he can.

Take a look at the video below as Shearer (or, Mary Poppins to Newcastle fans) delivers a message to Rooney.

What’s next for Julian Green, and what’s gone wrong?

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Julian Green will have a new team again soon, in all likelihood.

A Stuttgart publication says Green is on the transfer market this month, just eight months after moving from Bayern Munich to the then-2.Bundesliga side for less than $500,000.

Now 22, Green is three and a half years removed from Jurgen Klinsmann’s long campaign to get him into a USMNT shirt. It’s been a little less time since he scored in extra time against Belgium in the World Cup, but also less than a year since he scored goals in consecutive USMNT matches. That shouldn’t be overlooked.

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Green scored one goal in 10 appearances for Stuttgart, who was promoted to the Bundesliga at the end of last season. He fell out of favor there, but was far from poor. Green completed 87 percent of his passes and averaged 1.3 dribbles per game (only four teammates had more, though 10 matches is a smaller sample size).

Before that, he spent parts of three seasons with Bayern Munich and made just four appearances, taking a loan to Hamburg in 2014-15 that saw him banished to Hamburg II after just five appearances.

What gives? Whether attitude or skill, Green has a lot of work to do to get back to a level where he’s a reasonable USMNT call-up (Green has a respectable three goals in eight call-ups, netting against Cuba and New Zealand in Oct. 2016). Still, it’s far from over for Green at 22.

There are legit questions here, as the list of not high-profile players Bayern Munich has used in its senior team at a young age and blossomed elsewhere isn’t necessarily impressive (at least relatively speaking). Nils Petersen, Thomas Kraft, and Sandro Wagner are exceptions to the rule. Better put: Bayern has a really good idea what it’s doing when it lets young players walk, and it begs discussion on the best path for Green.

It seems likely he could get a move to another 2.Bundesliga club, and there’s an outside shot he could get a look in the top flight. It would be interesting to know where the interest lies abroad. Would it be hard to acquire a work permit for France or Spain (England seems a hard sell)? Could a move to a free-flowing Eredivisie club work?

Obviously Major League Soccer clubs would welcome his talent and it’s difficult to imagine he wouldn’t be a useful piece in the United States’ top tier, even if on a short-term move as he looks to regain confidence. Would Green see it as below him?

Arsenal’s Wilshere sent-off after brawling in U-23 match vs. Man City

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere isn’t standing around waiting for his next team, he’s fighting.

Period.

Wilshere got into with several members of Manchester City’s U-23 side in a match on Monday, with the English midfielder taking exception to a hockey-style hip check from City’s Matthew Smith.

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Shoving the 17-year-old Smith, Wilshere saw the City man take a tumble and stay prone. Still riled up, Wilshere tangled with City’s Tyreke Wilson.

Wilshere and Wilson were sent off.

Given his injury history, we’re not surprised Wilshere took exception to a hard and needless foul in a U-23 match.

The Arsenal man has been linked with moves to Newcastle, West Ham, AC Milan, and Sampdoria, but Arsene Wenger wants to keep Wilshere at the Emirates Stadium.