Mediawatch: De Gea ‘exclusively’ staying

Date published: Wednesday 15th June 2016 12:07

David de Gea

Friends RE: United
Strap in for this one, for The Sun’s Phil Cadden has a back-page ‘exclusive’: David de Gea wants to stay at Manchester United.

‘DE STAYER: David De Gea gives Man United boss Jose Mourinho huge boost by saying: “I’m staying here”’ the headline reads.

Cadden’s exclusive contains quotes not from De Gea, but from a ‘friend’ of the goalkeeper:

“Jose played a big, big part in this story. If the other one was still manager, David would be a Madrid player today. Jose has been texting David all the time to say ‘stay and play for me’. Madrid have been pushing and pushing the boy to come, but in the end it was his decision to stay in Manchester.”

It takes some gigantic balls to claim an exclusive on news that De Gea wants to stay with Manchester United by quoting his friend, when De Gea himself said this to Marca over a week ago:

“Talk about Jose Mourinho and you’re talking about a winner. Winning is United’s, Jose’s and my philosophy. We can make a great team and I welcome him. I’ve got three more years on my contract with United and the desire to win more titles here.

“When it comes to United, if you don’t win everything, it’s not good enough. This FA Cup is important for the club, it’s important for the fans, and it’s an important step towards winning major titles again.”

Shameless.

 

Too late to learn
We may have reached the lowest point of ‘learning’ things about football matches. In Wednesday’s The Sun, they ‘learned’ that Pepe ‘is not afraid to use the dark arts to intimidate opponents’.

Pepe’s a sh*thouse? Consider us truly educated.

 

A regular fixture

– ‘Supporters up and down the land have been wondering what’s in store for their side in 2015/16… Well, perhaps a team’s fortunes on the opening day are rather more significant than it might seem. For example, given that only one club has lost their first game of a Premier League season and gone on to win the title, as many as 10 clubs could effectively see their chances end on the opening weekend.

‘That team is Manchester United and they’ve done it three times – in 1992/93, 1995/96 and 2012/13 – so don’t rule out Louis van Gaal’s men if the first match doesn’t go their way. In fact, the opening game is more of an indicator of past success than future glory. The defending Premier League champions have never lost their first game of the season’ – Skysports.com, June 17, 2015.

– ‘Perhaps a team’s fortunes on the opening day of the season are rather more significant than it might seem. For example, only one club has lost their first game of a Premier League season and gone on to win the title. That suggests as many as 10 clubs could effectively see their championship chances end on the opening weekend!

‘Manchester United were the team to suffer an opening day defeat but emerge as champions – and they’ve done it three times (1992/93, 1995/96 and 2012/13). So, don’t rule out Louis van Gaal’s men if their first match against Tottenham doesn’t go their way. In fact, the opening game is more of an indicator of past success than future glory. The defending Premier League champions have never lost their first game of the season’ – Skysports.com, August 8, 2015.

– ‘While no medals are handed out in August, it’s considered important to get off to a fast start – but perhaps a team’s fortunes on the opening day of the season are rather more significant than it might seem. For example, only one club has lost their first game of a Premier League season and gone on to win the title. That suggests as many as 10 clubs could effectively see their championship chances end on the opening weekend!

‘Manchester United were the only team to suffer an opening day defeat but emerge as champions – and they’ve done it three times (1992/93, 1995/96 and 2012/13). So, don’t rule out Jose Mourinho’s men if their first match doesn’t go their way. In fact, the opening game is more of an indicator of past success than future glory. The defending Premier League champions have never lost their first game of the season’ – Skysports.com, June 15, 2016.

Quick tip, guys: If you’re going to just take the piece from last year, best to change the headline from 2015/16 to 2016/17.

First. Fast. Three times.

 

Keeping your options open #1
Martin Keown will presumably be nervous watching France on Wednesday evening, having picked them as his team to win Euro 2016 as part of the BBC Sport predictions.

Then again, Keown will also presumably watching Spain on Friday evening, having picked them as his team to win Euro 2016 as part of the Daily Mail predictions.

‘I think it will be a third straight win for Spain. They have so many winners but never get complacent — they just stick each new trophy in the cabinet and move on,’ Keown wrote for the Daily Mail.

Speaking of moving on…

 

Keeping your options open #2
Harry Redknapp, when asked on Tuesday to pick a winner of Euro 2016:

“I still think England have got a good chance. Spain keep the ball great, France will be right there and Belgium have got the players so could do well. You also can’t forget about Germany in the big tournaments.”

Pile your money on Italy.

 

Foul play
In The Sun, former England defender Tony Adams has some advice for England when faced with Gareth Bale: foul him.

‘If Bale drops deep, Dier needs to make early contact even to the point of making a foul. The same applies to Cahill or Smalling… It is easier to destroy than create. Bale has to know he is in a game.’

Giving away free-kicks was certainly a tactic that worked really well for Slovakia.

 

Digging up old graves

 

Minority report
‘It is not a ‘small minority’ who indulge in the Munich runway song, who mock the tragedy of Hillsborough and who screamed sexual abuse Eva Carneiro’ – Matthew Syed, The Times.

Thankfully, that’s really very, very wrong.

 

Ask a simple question
‘Is Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho’s trip to rival Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal the Premier League title decider?’ – The Sun.

We don’t know yet, and neither do you.

 

Saved you a click
‘Why Eden Hazard’s Chelsea career could be over’ – The Metro.

Actually, it might be over. If he doesn’t run more. Says Gianluca Vialli.

 

Worst paragraph of the day
‘Albania is a country invented only so we’d think better of Romania. About 20 per cent of Albania is unemployed. The other 80 per cent is in Britain. It’s the second poorest country in Europe, after Moldova. In fact, it’s so poor that the capital of Albania is about six euros’ – The Daily Mirror’s Derek McGovern continues his charm offensive.

Because poverty lolz are the best kind of lolz.

 

Worst headline of the day
‘Ordinary fans are as much to blame for the violence as thugs in Marseille’ – The Times.

‘As much to blame’? Oh do stop being so silly.

 

Recommended reading of the day
Sid Lambert on the roots of Tony Pulis 

Amy Lawrence on Paul Pogba 

Toke Moller Theilade on Andrey Arshavin 

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