Butt sees a better United

first_img “I’m sure the new man in charge will say the same thing to the players. Hopefully the players will react, and I’m sure they will.” Butt worked with United’s youth set-up last term and asked about his current role under Van Gaal he said: “It is a bit of a wider remit now – I’m looking over all age groups. But that needs to be finalised in the next few weeks.” Then asked for his impressions so far of the Dutchman, Butt said: “Positive. He is obviously a very in-control man. “He has an aura about him – when he walks in the building, you know who the boss is, and I think that is very important. “We had that with Sir Alex for all those years and I think we have that now with Van Gaal. He walks into the building and he commands your respect. “All the players look up to him as the leader and that is how it should be. From afar, when I’ve looked at him it looks like he takes no messing about and if anyone doesn’t toe the line, I’m sure they will be out of the team.” Butt was speaking on Thursday at the AJ Bell Stadium, where he, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and Gary and Phil Neville rolled back the years as they lined up together in a ‘Class of 92 and friends’ XI for a friendly against Salford City, the non-league outfit they bought between them this year. The quintet went on to enjoy trophy-laden careers with United after all graduating from the club’s academy in the early 1990s – something Butt thinks is unlikely to be replicated. “It is possible – there are a lot of great young players out there,” the ex-England international said. “But we just need to give them a chance. We had a manager in charge and a club that believed in that, but it is harder now with the immediacy of it all. Everyone wants things instantly. “Owners that come in don’t necessarily know a lot about football – they just know a lot about business, unfortunately. But that’s the way football is. People don’t have the foresight to wait and see. “To be fair, managers come in now and why should they go four or five nights a week looking at academies when nine times out of 10 they are not going to be there to see the rewards? “I think good lads, top players, will still come through. But whether you will get five or six through together is something I doubt. “We played together since we were 12, 13. To prepare lads to come through takes a lot of patience and a good owner to say to a manager ‘we are going to give you time and stand by you’. “Unfortunately, for whatever reason, it doesn’t happen now.” Nicky Butt expects Manchester United to be challenging for the Barclays Premier League title this season. The sense of optimism around United is growing as the 2014/15 top-flight campaign draws ever nearer, with new manager Louis van Gaal having come in and so far seen his team emerge victorious from all five of their pre-season friendlies. The Red Devils are looking to bounce back after the debacle of 2013/14, when they struggled under David Moyes and finished seventh in the table – a year on from being crowned champions in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge. And Butt, the former United midfielder who was part of the coaching staff last term and is again this season, is in optimistic mood ahead of the club’s Premier League opener against Swansea at Old Trafford a week on Saturday. The 39-year-old said: “The new manager is in charge now, we are on an unbeaten run and now we are looking to make a good start to the season with the first five games we have got (Swansea, Sunderland, Burnley, QPR and Leicester). “Everyone expects Manchester United to contend for the title. “We finished as low as we have done last season, but when the season starts again, everyone will expect. I am a fan, and I will expect us to be challenging again.” Butt, a United player from 1992 to 2004, knows the strong desire within the club to respond after disappointing periods and has no doubt there will be that kind of feeling in the dressing room at the moment. “It (that desire) is immense,” Butt said. “In days gone by it has sometimes been when Man United are at their strongest – when they have had setbacks. “We were always told in no uncertain terms that you had to step up to the plate, otherwise you were not going to be at the club for very much longer. Press Associationlast_img read more

Persons caught dumping garbage will be charged

first_imgPersons caught dumping garbage behind the Guyana Bank of Trade and Industry (GBTI), Water Street, Georgetown, location— which is home to the John Fernandes Container Wharf— will be prosecuted, Solid Waste Director Walter Narine has said.The disclosure came on Wednesday following a clean-up campaign at the location which had a pile of garbage.The area before it was cleanedThe cleared area following the clean-up exerciseThe exercise, which lasted two hours, saw excavators from the Solid Waste Department, along with a bobcat provided by John Fernandes, being used to remove the garbage which was reportedly dumped by vendors and vagrants.According to Narine, the department is seeking to regulate the area beginning with the clean-up. However, the area is now expected to be monitored by constabulary officers and anyone caught dumping waste will be arrested and prosecuted.“We will monitor the area with constabulary and anyone caught doing that again there, we will prosecute them because I am totally fed up of it,” Narine told Guyana Times.The garbage at the John Fernandes Container Wharf had piled up over a one-week period, despite receptacles being placed at the location.Narine told this publication that person are not using the receptacles but are clearly just dumping the garbage.He is appealing to the vendors to properly dispose of their waste and forewarned that action will be taken.“We are appealing to everybody to have at least a receptacle, vendors they are the major problem because many of them do not have receptacles, they have plastic bags and so but in the interim this is our challenge. This is madness, garbage decomposes within a four-hour period, then you have the leaches, it has a lot of dangerous effects on humans and animals,” Narine cautioned.last_img read more

Everton 2-1 Dynamo Kiev: Romelu Lukaku completes Toffees comeback

first_imgEverton came from behind to gain a slender advantage over Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League last-16 at Goodison Park on Thursday.The Toffees went behind following a sluggish start when Oleh Husev whipped the ball past Tim Howard, but they were level before the break when Steven Naismith guided the ball past Oleksandr Shovkovskiy into the bottom corner.And Romelu Lukaku’s composed spot-kick ten minutes from time puts the Toffees in pole position when the tie resumes at the Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium next week.Everton’s season arguably rests with their progress in the Europa League, so the air of trepidation surrounding Goodison Park before kick-off was to be expected.And the home faithful were sent into silence when the visitors took the lead on 14 minutes. Kiev capitalised on a laboured Everton start when Husev swept home a delicate volley past Tim Howard, beating the American shot-stopper at his near post.The hosts appeared to look rattled from the setback as Kevin Mirallas was booked for a petulant foul, while Andriy Yarmolenko was emerging as the visitors’ main threat down the right, with Luke Garbutt responsible for marking the 25-year-old in the absence of Leighton Baines.Kiev continued to press as Dieudonne Mbokani’s goal-bound header was blocked by Phil Jagielka before Serhiy Sydorchuk forced a good save from Howard. But Lukaku could have levelled the scoring from 40-yards with Shovkovskiy caught outside of his area, but his shot bounced wide.The Belgium ace then came to within a lick of paint to equalising when his free-kick struck the post via a Shovkovskiy fingertip save. But the visitors could not withstand Roberto Martinez’s rejuvenated side when Lukaku stormed through the Kiev defence before sliding Steven Naismith in on goal, and the Scotland international produced an assured finish to level the match before the break.The Ukrainian league leaders looked a shadow of the side that commanded the early period of the first-half as Everton occupied the majority of possession and should have gone ahead when Mirallas’ cross whistled through the six yard area, but neither Naismith nor Lukaku could poke the ball into the net.Everton maintained their pursuit of a second goal with a string of half-chances and should have edged in front when Gareth Barry was presented with the ball inside the box, but the former Manchester City midfielder miscued his effort.Martinez wrung the changes in a bid to improve his side’s fortunes in front of goal and it paid off when Leon Osman – on for the largely peripheral Ross Barkley – saw his cross blocked by the arm of Danilo Silva inside the area. Lukaku did the rest with a cool penalty down the middle to put the Blues ahead with ten minutes remaining.And the 21 year-old almost created the hosts’ third with a sweeping cross, although Osman’s header flashed wide of the mark. Everton 2-1 Dynamo Kiev: Lukaku completes Toffees comeback 1last_img read more