Rooney hurt by United form

first_img For Rooney, though, the players need to do their bit. “We all have to step up,” he told a number of national newspapers ahead of Sunday’s away game with Aston Villa. “It hasn’t been good enough of late and we all have to come forward and show why we were champions last year and do better. We have a good run of games now and hopefully we can do that.” Rooney is one United player who could be admonished of blame for United’s form. The England international has been the club’s stand-out player this season, but still considers himself culpable. “It’s not about me, it’s about the team. If the team isn’t doing well then my form is not important – we have to do well as a team and roll our sleeves up and really pull ourselves together,” he added. “It’s not nice (the table). We are all proud players and it’s not nice being there. It hurts. Hopefully there will be a reaction.” Much has been said about the transfer business Moyes did in the summer and how much he is expected to do in the forthcoming window. Some have criticised the Scot for his dealings, with others claiming United no longer spend big, but he is adamant that the money is there for him to freshen things up should he so wish. The champions currently sit ninth in the Premier League and are nine points behind Everton who occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot. With David Moyes still adapting to life in Sir Alex Ferguson’s place as manager, the transition has been a long one and questions have been asked of where United are heading on and off the field. Press Association “We can definitely find the money for a big deal, 100 per cent,” he told national newspapers. “I know that because the money was available this summer. We were very close to a major, major signing, and if it had gone through it would have definitely shown what the club is worth. “We didn’t do it in the end, we didn’t quite get there because players had chosen other clubs or made different decisions, but we were close to a couple of major signings and we didn’t miss out because of money, that’s for sure.” With United’s pursuit of a top-four spot currently off-beam, questions have been asked in some places as to how the club’s owners would react if Moyes and his players fail to qualify for the competition next season. Moyes was dubbed as ‘the chosen one’ after being picked for the job by Ferguson and former United defender Gary Neville believes Moyes should remain, no matter what. “My view is simple: David Moyes deserves to have the same period of time that every Manchester United manager has had,” he wrote in the Mail on Sunday. “I don’t care what Chelsea or Real Madrid do in sacking their managers after winning trophies. “Manchester United should be different and stay true to their values. And even if United didn’t qualify for the Champions League, which would be a huge disappointment, I would maintain that view.” Wayne Rooney is “hurt” by the way Manchester United’s title defence has started and has told his team-mates they need to start delivering.last_img read more

Opponent preview: What to know about Virginia Tech

first_img Published on January 7, 2020 at 11:40 am Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (8-6, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) will try to jumpstart its conference campaign with a matchup against Virginia Tech (10-4, 1-2) Tuesday at 9 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Orange won their last three games of the decade before losing Saturday to Notre Dame. Here’s the scouting report for the Hokies ahead of Tuesday’s matchup.Gambling Odds: Syracuse is favored by 4.5 points per series: Syracuse leads, 9-4Last time they played: Virginia Tech beat the Orange by more than 20 points, 78-56, on Jan. 26, 2019 in Blacksburg, Va. The Hokies limited Tyus Battle to 10 points on 3-10 shooting and got a 35-point performance from eventual NBA Draft pick Justin Robinson.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Virginia Tech report: Another 3-point oriented offense for the Orange to figure out. Per KenPom, the Hokies take the 23rd highest percentage of 3-pointers in the country (46.5% of its field goal attempts) and shoot it at a slightly higher clip (37.9%) than SU (36.3%). VT is a good perimeter-shooting team, and they won’t turn the ball over much either. Much of the Virginia Tech offense runs through Landers Nolley II, a redshirt freshman who averages 17.4 points per game.How Syracuse beats the Hokies: The Orange have the No. 1 assist rate in the country at 70% per KenPom. But the Hokies don’t fare much worse at 29th in the country. If SU can take the Hokies out of their offense and force them into more isolation plays, the zone will win out. Georgia Tech tried to beat the zone with one-on-one play and lost by more than 30 points to the Orange. While the Hokies do have some players who pass very well, Syracuse could force them to play out of their element, and it could lead to one of the more secure teams in the country playing a sloppy game.Stat to know: 14.6 — The Hokies turnover percentage, the fourth-lowest total in the country. KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 64% chance to win the game, with a final score of 70-66 per KenPom.Player to watch: Wabissa Bede, No. 3, GuardThe Hokies point guard seems to take control of the ball movement the team makes. The highest-rated passer on the team and one of the best assist-men in the ACC averages 6.1 assists per game. When he has the ball in his hands, he has the ability to make plays all over the court. Though his scoring volume is low, his strong rebounding skills for a six-foot guard make him a near triple-double threat as well. Commentslast_img read more