Manchester United’s Luke Shaw warns rivals: “We want to win the Premier League”

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Luke Shaw is only 19 and is about to enter his first season as a Manchester United player. That doesn’t mean he is just going to bed himself in quietly with the Red Devils. Oh no.

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The former Southampton left back, who became the most expensive teenager in the world this summer when he moved to United for over $55 million, has fired a warning shot to the rest of the Premier League.

Speaking to MUTV, Shaw spoke of his dream of playing at Old Trafford. He also discussed the teams aim to win the PL title this season.

“As a kid, it’s a dream to play at Old Trafford,” Shaw said. “It’s one of the biggest arenas in the world, you would say. To know it’s going to be my home ground is something special. I can’t wait to get my first touch on the pitch just to relish it… You have got to be positive and, for me personally, I have come here to win trophies,” he asserted. “It is something everyone wants, not just me. Everyone in that dressing-room is looking to do it.

“We want to win the Premier League. Obviously there is no Champions League for us this season so the main focus is on the Premier League and we all cannot wait to get started.”

England international Shaw has been publicly criticized by United’s new boss Louis van Gaal during preseason regarding his fitness. However after several sessions spent on his own and a few games adapting to playing out of position in a left wing-back role in LGV’s new 3-5-2 formation, Shaw is settling in.

The new-look Red Devils don’t have UEFA Champions League soccer to distract them this term and van Gaal will have plenty of time to bed in his new philosophy on the training ground during the week. Many, including myself, believe United will surge back into the top four and once again become a title contender.

However if that doesn’t happen, Shaw’s words may have a hollow ring to them in the not so distant future. What is he supposed to say though? ‘We don’t want to win the league, a top four finish would be lovely…’ It would. However if van Gaal really wants to get the fans and the board on his side from year-one, silverware is key this season. From seeing the Red Devils in action during preseason and their impressive displays to win the International Champions Cup, things are moving in the right direction rapidly.

United are a work in progress but their aim is clear: past glories need to become a reality this season.

Ronaldo explains his new chin hair at World Cup

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Now that Cristiano Ronaldo has taken to sporting a reasonable hairstyle atop his head, people are talking about the foliage on his face.

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Ronaldo, 33, drew speculation when he stroked his chin following a goal in his hat trick performance against Spain in the World Cup opener. Some said he was demonstrating defiance against Lionel Messi posing with a goat (Greatest Of All Time) in a recent photograph.

Ronaldo scored again on Wednesday, and there was seemingly little doubt his goatee was a wink to the speculators. But what did it mean, CR7? From ESPN:

“This goatee? It’s a joke I had with [Ricardo] Quaresma. “We were in the sauna [before Friday’s match against Spain] and I started to shave and I left the goatee. I said if I score tomorrow, I would leave it for the rest of the tournament. And it gave me luck.

“I scored in that game, I scored in this one, so it stays.”

Personally, I like to imagine Ronaldo starting to get as wild with his facial hair as he did his head hair.

Perhaps a beatnik style, or something like Serj Tankian from System of a Down. Get nuts, C-Ron.

Report: Southampton could sell Tadic to Ajax for $20m

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Could Southampton be selling one of its most creative forces?

Dusan Tadic, 29, is in the middle of a World Cup run with dark horse Serbia, but the Saints star is also being talked about as a purchase item for Ajax.

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The celebrated Eredivisie has traditionally been a selling club for the Premier League, but could be a $20 million buy for Ajax.

The report says director of players Marc Overmars and financial director Jeroen Slop have flown to Southampton to work out a deal.

Tadic starred for Dutch sides Groningen and Twente between 2010-14 before moving to St. Mary’s for a reported $12 million.

He’s scored 24 goals with 35 assists in 162 appearances for Saints, 21 and 30 of which came in the Premier League.

Toronto locks down USMNT backstop Bono with extension

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Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono is going to stay Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono.

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The newly-capped USMNT backstop, 24, has been attracting interest from abroad since breaking past Clint Irwin to win the TFC job and guiding the club to multiple MLS Cup Finals.

Now general manager Tim Bezbatchenko has locked down his young goalkeeper to an undisclosed contract extension. From TorontoFC.com:

“Alex was a big part of our success last season. He set club records for wins and clean sheets and was a critical piece of our championship team,” said Toronto FC Sr. Vice-President, Soccer Operations & General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “Since joining the club as a first round pick in 2015, Alex’s ability to make key saves in big moments has been critical to our success.”

The Syracuse-born product of Syracuse University has made 64 appearances for the Reds.

WATCH: World Cup, Day 8 — Argentina on the edge; France aims for berth

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France, Denmark, and Croatia can clinch knockout round berths on Thursday in Russia, the last nation also holding the opportunity to help deprive the World Cup of an extended Lionel Messi run.

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Messi’s Argentina drew Iceland in its opener, the megastar infamously missing a penalty, and will look to beat a Croatian side that looked quite good in dispatching Nigeria.

That’s the final match of the day, which begins with Denmark facing Australia and continues with a tasty match-up between France and Peru.

Below is Thursday’s schedule in full.

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2018 World Cup schedule – Wednesday, June 20

Group C
Denmark vs. Australia: Samara, 8 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE
France vs. Peru: Yekaterinburg, 11 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE

Group D
Argentina vs. Croatia: Nizhny Novgorod, 2 p.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE