Paul Scholes has written off Manchester United’s Barclays Premier League title chances but believes new manager Louis van Gaal can lead a challenge for the top four. “I find it hard to see them as Premier League title contenders this season,” he said in his column for the Independent. “My instinct is that the title will be between Manchester City and Chelsea, with United, Liverpool and Arsenal in competition for the two remaining Champions League places. “The chief reason I see little prospect of United winning the title is that they have not signed enough players in this window. “United needed to buy a top-level midfielder, of which there were very few available this summer. Just two, in fact. And Cesc Fabregas and Toni Kroos have already made their moves (to Chelsea and Real Madrid respectively).” However, following last season’s disappointing seventh-place finish under David Moyes, Scholes has plenty of faith in Van Gaal – a man he sees as very much in the same mould as Sir Alex Ferguson. The former England midfielder added: “Louis van Gaal has the respect of the players. He got it as soon as he arrived. This is a man who has managed some huge clubs: Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and he has just taken the Netherlands to third place in a World Cup finals. “He is a man with presence. He looks a bit of a scary man. Good. Sir Alex Ferguson was a scary man too, at times, and it is possible to push players into performances. From what I’ve seen in pre-season, he looks a bit mad. He’s a bit like a mad genius – he looks a bit crazy.” With the start of the new campaign just around the corner, Scholes is confident United have found the right man to guide them back into the Champions League positions. However, he does not think they can sustain a title challenge as they lack quality in midfield, despite the signing of Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao. Press Association
“The fact that the number of participants had increased in the last three years of Wichtech Ltd’s sponsorship shows that value had been added to the competition,” Nwankwo said.Games Captain, Tennis Section, Akeem Mustafa said in spite of the competitiveness expected at the tourney, fitness and bonding of members was the ultimate aim.“There are a number of other tournaments coming up to keep members fit, healthy and build a bond through tournaments and tennis tours to different parts of the world with other clubs of similar status and this year will not be different. The idea is to ensure that members play competitive tourneys, raise the standard of the game and competitiveness. But even within the competition, the fact that we are a recreation club is not lost.“There are various prizes for grabs. Aside giant trophies, winners would go home with vouchers to pick up things at mega plaza and Park & Shop.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The final of this year’s Wichtech Individual and team tennis championship which started on Monday with 64 participants will come to a close today at the Ikoyi Club tennis section.Sponsor of the competition, Mr. Chido Nwankwo, said he was satisfied with what he had seen so far and hope to continue sponsoring the competition.
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