Ex-star Reyes not worried over La Salle slide

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “People aren’t used to seeing La Salle losing back-to-back games,” Reyes told the Inquirer. “So I think they expect too much from the team, [considering] that La Salle lost several seniors from last season.”“It’s just the first round,” Reyes added. “The young players have to step up and use this as a learning experience.”The Lady Spikers have a relatively easy schedule on tap as they try to snap their skid when they face the struggling Lady Warriors of UE.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Those, however, who are privy to what goes on behind the veil of secrecy that traditionally shrouds the Lady Spikers’ program know that this is only a minor hiccup that La Salle can easily overcome.Mika Reyes, once the team’s star middle blocker, sees no reason to panic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Knowing coach Ramil [de Jesus], I know he can guide the team and make sure they are on the right path,” said the Petron star in the Philippine Superliga.Successive losses to UP and UST have raised some concern among fans and supporters, but Reyes said a lot of the apprehension comes from the success the Lady Spikers have had. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Park leads by 4; Saso keeps chase MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Aduke Ogunsanya and the Lady Spikers hope to rise from their first back-to-back defeats when they take on the Lady Warriors on Saturday. —Sherwin VardeleonBy the time UST’s inspired Tigresses were done inflicting a straight-sets schooling on La Salle on Wednesday, the defending champions Lady Spikers were thrust into an unfamiliar situation.They suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in four seasons in UAAP women’s volleyball and suddenly, there are questions on La Salle’s ability to win the crown for a fourth straight year.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Nimba, Montserrado in a Draw

first_imgNimba County yesterday forced last year’s semi-finalists Montserrado County to a 2-2 draw in their preliminary rounds in the group two of the 2016-2017 National County Sports Meet. However in the kickball encounter between the two counties, Nimba won 6-1.Montserrado took an early lead through inside left Mark Yarkpah who headed the ball into Nimba’s net in the 14th minute. The Mountainous Boys (Nimba) intensified their attacks and in the 22nd minute found the equalizer from the penalty spot.Both sides applied all their efforts thereafter to take the lead but were unsuccessful till the end of the first half. Upon resumption both teams again increased in their respective attacks but had to wait till the 80th minute when Montserrado took the lead 2-1.Silence fell at the Sanniquellie stadium as Nimbaians could not understand the trend of the game but somehow remained hopeful that their boys could avoid defeat. However, some fans expressed their frustration and began to leave the field, with 15 minutes more to go.Throwing caution to the wind, the Mountainous Boys redoubled their efforts and many fans saw that they were determined to avoid the defeat that seemed at the horizon. However Nimba County could not break the ice till injury time when substitute Daniel Tuazama found the equalizer.Early in the first game Sinoe County settled to a 0-0 draw with River Cess, while the girls of Sinoe won 8-1 points in the kickball match. Meanwhile, Nimba Coach Muta Fofana reassured Nimba County’s fans that his boys would make smile in their remaining games. He said first game with Montserrado was tough for his boys because most of the players were playing their first major competitive game, and secondly Mountserrado is not a push over team.However, some Nimba fans criticized the technical team for keeping a player who was not performing well on the field for too long, before replacing him.“We have more talented players on the squad, but they kept them on the bench too long,” said Odesious Dolo. “See what happened, the man who was brought in the last minute was able to find the equalizer.”Other games scheduled for yesterday included two times’ football champions, Grand Bassa County against Gbarpolu County, in both football and kickball in Robertsport and Lofa County Margibi County in Voinjama. Their results were not till press time.The preliminary stage continues on Tuesday, December 6 and ends on Thursday, December 8 in four venues – Voinjama, Sanniquellie, Harper and Robertsports.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nimba Budgets US$3M for 2018/2019

first_imgDelegates at the County Council Sitting.Nimba County authorities, including the county’s 11 lawmakers through the County Council Sitting on Sunday, September 2, budgeted US$3,680,092 for 2018/2019, with 24 percent of the money targeting road works in the county.The 113 delegates, including paramount chiefs, administrative district representatives, city councils, students, the disabled community, constituency representatives and traditional chiefs took the decision through voting, with 108 persons voting in favor of the budget, seven against, and one absent from the voting process.This year’s County Council Sitting agenda was one of the heavily debated issues, where the citizens turned out en-masse to witness the occasion and lobbied with some of the delegates to include them or their projects in the budget.Confusion ensued during the Project Management Committee’s presentation covering the period from 2016 to June, 2018. Some delegates suspected complications in the report, claiming it was  bulky, a situation that was, however, not immediately resolved.At last, the caucus, through the chairman, Senator Prince Y. Johnson, constituted a committee to work along with the county authorities and peruse the documents in order to distribute them among the district commissioners and other stakeholders.Co-Chair Representative Johnson Gwiakolo of District # 9 apologized to the citizens, informing them that the past document/report cannot stop the future plan. He added, “We should go ahead with the meeting, while we wait for a committee to peruse the documents and make their report subsequently.”In the new budget, US$804,165 will go to feeder roads rehabilitation and repair of the grounded machines, US$236,000 for affected communities; US$450,000 for electoral districts developments, US$569,505 go into debt owed institutions and other incomplete projects or liabilities.Other allotments include PMC operation of US$210,000; scholarship, US$90,000, Nimba Community Radio, US$30,000; Nimba County Community College, US$50,000; Disabled Community, US$45,000, ABC, US$25,000; LICC, US$30,000, Nimba County Health Team, US$30,000; Traditional Chiefs, US$40,000; County Meeting, US$75,000 and Cities, US$30,000.The amount of US$ 90,000 was allotted for statutory superintendents, district commissioners, township commissioners, paramount chiefs, city mayors, and the renovation of the  Superintendent’s Compound.The county is expected to generate income, including US$275, 825 from the Government County Development Funds, US$980, 000 from ArcelorMittal Social Development fund, US$186, 190.14 cents from North Star scrap proceeds and US$1,045,665.78 cents expected scraps proceeds from both North Star and Sethi Ferro Fabric Incorporated; but US$510,000 will come from the proceeds of Sethi Ferro Fabric Inc. It should have been US$600,000, but 15 percent was taken off by the government.This County Sitting brought together all the 11 lawmakers, along with chiefs and elders in the county.Each of the speakers, headed by Senator Prince Johnson, called for one Nimba, speaking against disunity and tribalism, even though there were some dissatisfaction raised among those whose entities, such as the Community Watch Forum, were not captured in the budget.David Mahn, head of the Community Watch Forum, expressed frustration, but begged for consideration to allocate money in the county’s budget for those regularly assigned with the forum. The forum is an auxiliary security of ordinary residents who devote their time, serving as proxies in places where state security, specifically police officers, are not assigned.During the last County Council Sitting in the year 2016, US$10,000 was allotted for the Community Watch Forum.Other institutions, including the Ganta Christian Community, the Ministry of Education-Nimba, Jackson F. Doe Hospital and women’s organizations were not also captured in the budget.Nothing was also allotted for agriculture or any agricultural-related programs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

204 junior Police ranks promoted

first_imgThe most anticipated time of the year for members of the Guyana Police Force is here, and some 204 junior ranks made this year’s promotions list.These promotions: from the ranks of corporal to sergeant, lance corporal and constable to corporal, and constable to lance corporal, have been approved by theActing Commissioner of Police, David RamnaraineActing Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine, and will take effect from December 31, 2017.In his New Year message to the Force on Friday, Ramnarine reminded members of the Force of their onerous calling, which he noted has been fulfilled to general satisfaction, notwithstanding the numerous demands and challenges faced, in particular by those who tarnished the image of the Force and brought it into disrepute.“Let us resolve to improve out quality of service, as already we are making great strides forward in solving serious and other crimes, but obviously much more can and must be done to prevent these crimes,” he posited.The acting Police Commissioner further noted that the year ahead would bring about greater demands on the Police Force, and therefore professionalism must be compatible.“I have no doubt that with increased human and other resources, those increased expectations from our master and other key stakeholders will be met to satisfaction; and in this regard, I urge that we each make that special resolve to improve individually and collectively, in pursuit of the objectives of the Force,” Ramnarine implored.While reflecting on his tenure leading the Force as acting Commissioner, Ramnarine expressed his gratitude for the support during the latter half of 2017.He concluded by telling those who have been elevated to higher rank that promotion comes with greater responsibility and increased expectations.In regard to the promotions, 31 officers were promoted from the rank of corporal to sergeant; while 43 ranks who were once lance corporals were promoted to corporals, and 22 from constables to corporals.Additionally, 66 ranks who held the position of constables will now serve as lance corporals.Meanwhile under Special Constabulary regular ranks, four corporals have been promoted to sergeants. Another five lance corporals and two other constables were also elevated to corporals, while 11 Special Constabulary regular ranks were promoted from constables to lance corporals.With respect to the Special Constabulary (GUYSTAC), one person holding the rank of corporal was promoted to the post of sergeant; while two lance corporals and a constable were all promoted to corporals. Further, four cConstables were elevated to the post of lance corporal in the GUYSTAC department.Moreover, three ranks under rural constabulary were elevated from the rank of corporal to sergeant, while nine constables were given new portfolios as corporals.last_img read more

Special Olympics athletes return home with new hardware

first_imgWatson earned herself a first place finish in the Division F02 100m event, finishing at the top with a time of 26.88 seconds.Both ladies raced in the Division F04 400m event, with Jakubowski placing first at 2:29.78 and Watson crossing the finish line fifth at 2:56.53.The athletes also partook in the 800m event, with Jakubowski earning another first place finish at 5:31.78 in the F2 Division, and Watson placing fourth in the F3 Division with a time of 6:38.94.- Advertisement -Finally, Jakubowski raced in the F1 Division 1600m race, finishing in third place with a time of 13:03.40.For a complete look at all the results, visit the Games’ official website.last_img

Kenyan teams at better level-Simba coach

first_img0Shares0000Simba SC head coach Pierre Lechantre watches from the bench during his side’s SportPesa Super Cup clash against Kariobangi Sharks at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 5- Simba SC head coach Pierre Lechantre has admitted that Kenyan teams will be tough to beat at the Super Cup as they are at a better physical level compared to their Tanzanian counterparts who have just finished their domestic season.Giants Young Africans and Zanzibar’s Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (JKU) have already been eliminated from the tournament by Kakamega Homeboyz and Gor Mahia respectively while Simba had to rely on the penalty lottery to beat Kariobangi Sharks. “All the teams from Kenya are good teams. They are at a better physical level because they are in the middle of the season while my team and all the teams from Tanzania, we are playing after the end of the championship,” the French coach said.“My team we have been celebrating winning the Championship for two weeks now and it is not easy to settle the players. You have to have big motivation to win this tournament,” the tactician noted.He expects a tough tie against Homeboyz when the two sides face off in the semi-finals on Thursday, noting he knows their strengths having watched them eliminate Yanga on Sunday.“They are a very good team with very fast players and I know it will be tough. Also, I see the players from Gor Mahia, they are very good. I told their coach, he must be very lucky to have such a team with all good players,” he added.Simba SC goalkeeper Aishi Manula and Kariobangi Sharks midfielder Sven Yidah enjoy a light moment during their SportPesa Super Cup clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, just like his Gor counterpart Dylan Kerr, Lechantre has blasted the Afraha Stadium playing surface, saying it could not give them an opportunity to play their passing game.“With the field it’s difficult to play with one touch. It was a big problem for us and with this kind of field you have to play long pass and run which is not our kind of football,” the tactician lamented.He has however praised his players for their attitude against a tough Sharks side and notes they still have areas to improve on before they face Homeboyz in the last four.Meanwhile, Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya was left dejected after his side wasted chance after chance and had an even more miserable ending in the penalties in a match they should have taken their chances and won.Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya during his side’s SportPesa Super Cup clash against Tanzanian champions Simba SC at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe however hopes the tough lessons the boys picked against Simba will spur them on back in their league campaign.“It is disheartening because sometimes you go back and see the chances you missed and you wonder. We take the lessons from here and move our focus back to the league. Had we scored the chances we had things would have been different,” the tactician noted.“The positives we pick is on the young boys who came in and did a good. It shows we have a good future ahead. Also, another thing is that if you are given a chance, you have to take it otherwise someone will take it and run away with it like Simba did with the penalties,” Muluya noted.Sharks will now take their focus back to the Kenyan Premier League and Football Kenya Federation Shield campaigns hoping to have a good season like they did in 2017.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Pochettino’s Tottenham future uncertain

first_img0Shares0000Pochettino is not ready to walk away at this point, but it remains to be seen how long the current working arrangement can go on for. Photo/TEAMTALK MEDIALONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 19 – Mauricio Pochettino’s future at Tottenham has once again come into question after reported talks between the manager and club chairman Daniel Levy.Spurs sit 14th in the Premier League standings following a disastrous start to the season by their lofty standards and it has been claimed that both Pochettino and Levy met to discuss his future during the international break. A decision has yet to be made, but it looks unlikely that Pochettino will see the season out with Spurs and a parting of ways could be on the cards sooner rather than later.Levy is hoping that a mutual agreement can be made between the two as he does not want to sack Pochettino following the fine job he has done during his time at the club.Such a move would also cost him a Sh 1.6 billion  (£12.5million) pay-off to the Argentine, so it is easy to see why there is a stand-off between the two.Pochettino is not ready to walk away at this point, but it remains to be seen how long the current working arrangement can go on for.The Spurs boss was disappointed with the fact Levy failed to move out certain players this summer and bring in new ones, and there has been constant talk of unrest behind the scenes.Pochettino himself has also been quite vocal when claiming the squad is as unsettled as it has ever been, and that is the reason why they have failed to perform this season.If Levy did make the decision to axe Pochettino, there is no suitable caretaker to step straight in and a quick appointment would have to be made.He would be unable to bring in Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe at this time, and would have to target someone who is out of work like Jose Mourinho or Massimiliano Allegri.It is all speculation at this stage, but the clock certainly seems to be ticking on Pochettino’s time at the club.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Justice expected to turn pro

first_img Bout on shaky ground The much-discussed middleweight title fight between Jermain Taylor and Winky Wright is on shaky ground after negotiations appeared to have broken down Monday. Lou DiBella, Taylor’s promoter, made an offer last week that would have paid Wright about $3 million for a live fight on HBO. Taylor would have received around $4 million. On Monday, Wright’s team asked for a 50-50 split, and DiBella responded by saying the fight probably won’t happen. “We are not going to be bullied by Winky Wright’s people,” DiBella said. Taylor (25-0) beat Bernard Hopkins in July to win the middleweight championship, then beat him again last month. After that first title defense, Taylor’s team said it wanted his next fight to be in his home state of Arkansas he’s fought before at North Little Rock’s Alltel Arena. But the WBC ordered Taylor to make his next defense against Wright (50-3). Had DiBella’s offer from last week been accepted, the fight would have probably been held in Memphis, Tenn. UT celebration set Texas will honor its national championship football team with a celebration Sunday at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Texas won its first outright national title since 1969 with the a 41-38 Rose Bowl victory over top-ranked Southern California. On Monday, state Rep. Corbin Van Arsdale asked the school to retire quarterback Vince Young’s No. 10 jersey. Young, 30-2 as a starter, scored three touchdowns against USC, including the game-winner with 19 seconds left. Ski chief upset The head of U.S. skiing on Monday called Bode Miller’s comments about drinking and racing “unacceptable” and “irresponsible,” and he plans to meet with the champion skier. Bill Marolt, the president and chief executive of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, released a statement in response to the profile of Miller broadcast on CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday night. He said Miller’s remarks “relative to alcohol use in conjunction with competition are unacceptable within the values expected of U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association athletes.” Marolt, who is based in Park City, Utah, is making an unscheduled trip to this week’s World Cup races in Switzerland to speak to Miller to “work with him to both recognize the seriousness of his comments and to reach a positive outcome.” Ruling on its way A New York Supreme Court judge will not decide until at least today whether to grant embattled U.S. skeleton coach Tim Nardiello’s request to have his suspension temporarily overturned, a delay that hurts his chance of joining the national team at a World Cup race this weekend. Essex County Supreme Court Judge James Dawson listened to 75 minutes of arguments in open court on Monday, and said he needed time before making a decision, which attorneys said was likely to come by e-mail and fax on Tuesday. InterLiga at HDC Guadalajara stands two games from a return trip to Copa Libertadores, South America’s club soccer championship, and needs only a tie and maybe less tonight against Necaxa at Home Depot Center to reach an InterLiga final. Guadalajara, which reached the Copa Libertadores semifinals last summer, is atop Group B after two rounds of InterLiga play in Texas. Doubleheaders tonight and Wednesday at HDC will determine four finalists, and Sunday’s games at HDC will decide Mexico’s final two entrants in the South American championship. — Scott French Fulham goalkeeper Anthony Warner plans to join Trinidad and Tobago’s national soccer team. Warner, who was born in England, agreed to join the Soca Warriors after meeting Sunday in London with officials from the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation, T&TFF spokesman Shaun Fuentes said Monday. Warner said he last visited Trinidad in 1995 and did not yet have a Trinidad passport, but that his father, Clyde, was born in the country and emigrated to Britain 44 years ago. Briefly New York City Marathon officials feel they have the best thing going for them in their bid to host the U.S. men’s Olympic trials: New York itself. The New York Road Runners submitted a plan to U.S. Track and Field on Monday, outlining their efforts to host the marathon trials on Nov. 2, 2007, two days before the New York City Marathon. Former Dallas Cowboys defensive back Dwayne Goodrich was sentenced Monday to five more years in prison for three counts of failure to stop and render aid in the 2003 hit-and-run deaths of two good Samaritans. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’ll make an announcement around the end of the week,” Justice said. Smith said Monday he would announce his intentions today, but told Carroll he would return, according to sources. “I talked to Steve today and I don’t think he’s going to go,” said former USC wide receiver Mike Williams. “A lot of guys his size are going in the draft. He could benefit from another year.” Meanwhile, tailback Reggie Bush said he was not sure when he would make his announcement to turn pro. Bush is currently trying to pick an agent and has re-opened the process after narrowing the field to three finalists. — Scott Wolf The status of those three players, along with junior safety Darnell Bing, are the top priority for Carroll this week as he looks toward next year. Justice met for an hour with Carroll on Monday morning and Carroll tried his best to convince the junior lineman to return for another year. However, it appears Justice will enter his name in the NFL draft. He is projected as going somewhere between the 10th-and-20th pick of the first round. center_img USC offensive tackle Winston Justice is expected to turn pro but won’t make an official announcement until the end of the week while his teammate, wide receiver Steve Smith, is expected to announce today he is returning for his senior season. Tailback LenDale White is also expected to make himself available for the draft after skipping a meeting with USC coach Pete Carroll on Monday. last_img read more

Call open for local businesswomen to join rural support programme

first_imgFemale entrepreneurs in Donegal are being invited to join the latest cycle of ACORNS for business support.There has been an increase in early-stage female entrepreneurs in Ireland over the past year and the call is now open for those with new businesses, or well-developed ideas, to join ACORNS 5.And Donegal’s ACORNS participants, as well as ‘Lead Entrepreneur’ Deirdre McGlone, are urging their fellow business owners to apply before the September 20 deadline.  ACORNS is the highly-successful development initiative to support female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland who wish to start and develop new businesses or have recently started a business. Previous business owners from Donegal who have participated on the most recent cycle of the programme include Laura Hardaker of HardyBaker, Lorraine Quinn of Harbour Road and Taralouise McCaughey of ZINC.Taralouise McCaughey – ZINC‘Lead Entrepreneur’ on the programme, Donegal’s Deirdre McGlone, formerly of Harvey’s Point, said: “It is with great pride and pleasure that I look forward to being a Lead Entrepreneur for ACORNS 5, following the great success of the past four cycles.“The ACORNS initiative continues to offer much needed and appreciated support to female entrepreneurs in rural Ireland. This is turn is helping our local economy by creating a platform for new businesses to start-up and pave a path for success”. As a Lead Entrepreneur, Deirdre acts in a voluntary capacity to share insights and experience with the group and help the participants to address the issues and challenges they face in progressing their businesses. The lead ACORNS also act as role models, illustrating by their actions that it is possible to start and grow a successful business in rural Ireland.The programme will run over six months from October 2019 to April 2020.Many past participants of ACORNS report increased exports and job creation. Past participants are also invited to participate in a further development phase and to join the ACORNS Community, so they can continue to build their support network of valuable connections.Any woman with a new business based in rural Ireland or an idea for a new venture they want to get off the ground can get more information and register their interest at www.acorns.ie. There is no charge for successful applicants.Call open for local businesswomen to join rural support programme was last modified: August 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ACORNSBusinessDeirdre McGlonelast_img read more

Profile on Manchester United’s major summer signing

first_imgManchester United welcomes Brazilian maestro Fred through its doors after the club agreed a deal to sign him from Ukrainian club Shakhtar Dontesk.He arrives for a reported fee of £52million as Jose Mourinho looks to reshuffle the United team ahead of the 2018/19 season.The incoming Fred also provides a fresh option in central midfield, replacing the retired Michael Carrick.United will be pleased to get their man so soon into the transfer window as Fred will represent Brazil at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.But what else do we know about the player?Here, talkSPORT profiles the 25-year-old who looks set to partner the likes of Paul Pogba in the United midfield. Full name: Frederico Rodrigues de Paula SantosDate of Birth: March 5, 1993Birthplace: Belo Horizonte, BrazilPosition: Centre midfieldHighlights:What’s his career been like so far?Fred started his youth career with Atletico Mineiro in Brazil but his big break came when he joined Internacional in 2010. He won back-to-back local state championships as well as the Recopa Sudamericana.His form didn’t go unnoticed as Shakhtar snapped Fred up in June 2013. He had a very successful time in Ukraine – winning three league titles.Fred has made eight appearances for his country. However, it has not all been plain sailing for him.The midfielder was given a two-year ban from international football between July 2015-July 2017 after testing positive for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide during the 2015 Copa America. He was banned from taking part in CONEMBOL matches, however, FIFA extended this to a worldwide ban – ruling him out of club matches for four months.What are his strengths and weaknesses?Fred is 5ft 6ins tall and is a very mobile player with an impressive turn of pace, good short passing and good ball control.He is exactly the type of player Mourinho likes as he also has a huge amount of stamina, which means he can get back and break up the play of the opposition.Fred is also a good free-kick option, with his cultured left foot making him a threat with either deliveries into the box or his shooting.The new signing may need time to adapt to the strength of the Premier League but it could be something that comes naturally to Fred.How would he fit in at Manchester United?Centre midfield is an area where United need to recruit as Carrick has hung up his boots and Fellaini looks set for an Old Trafford exit.Fred is more of a defensive midfielder and if he is a regular starter for United, his stamina could give Pogba more freedom to express himself in the middle of the park while Fred does the less glamorous work in games. The Brazilian has joined the Red Devils for around £52million 1last_img read more