Lindelof committed to Man Utd amid Barca links

first_imgVictor Lindelof insists that he is happy at Manchester United despite recent reports linking the Swedish defender with a move to Barcelona.Lindelof, 24, has spent the past two seasons at United after arriving from Benfica, but reports this month have linked the defender with a move to La Liga champions Barca.But the Sweden international moved to play down the talk, saying he was happy at Old Trafford in the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “I’m very, very happy to be a Manchester United player,” Lindelof told a news conference in Perth on Tuesday.”I’m really looking forward to this season. I’m very excited for a new season to start.”That’s my answer, I’m very happy here.“I always felt like a Manchester United player but last season was a better season for me, I performed better than I did in my first.“I’m happy that people think that [I’m the best central defender at the club].“I’m just trying to do my best every day and that’s what I work hard for every day to help the team and the club.”Lindelof made 40 appearances for Manchester United last campaign, including 30 in the Premier League as he became a vital piece of the club’s backline under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.In his first season, he made just 17 Premier League appearances but has now seemingly adjusted to the pace and style of the Premier League.The next step will be adapting to new faces coming in, including new defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.“Well new players, new signings, we as a team will always try to help them to settle in as quickly as possible,” said Lindelof.“This is my third season here, I’ve been through what it is to sign for this club and get a little criticism.“But it’s part of the game and, like I said before, everyone in the team is trying to help the new guys.”Manchester United are preparing to face Leeds United in their second pre-season friendly in Australia on Wednesday.The Red Devils topped Perth Glory 2-0 in their first match of pre-season with Marcus Rashford and James Garner scoring the two goals.last_img read more

Unionists demand removal of Sinn Féin posters from bonfires

first_img One is taken as the norm, outrage over the other. That both would be placed on a bonfire is abhorrent. Hate is hate. pic.twitter.com/G4XiStzrnu— Conor Keenan (@AnPhoblachtAbu) July 6, 2014 Source: Conor Keenan/Twitter The inclusion of the posters on the fires just days before the 12 July celebrations sparked condemnation on all sides in the North.Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt called on those responsible to remove the posters immediately and to “show respect for those of differing opinions”.“It is perfectly possible to celebrate one’s cultural identity without having to resort to burning election posters or seeking to offend anyone else. THE ULSTER UNIONIST Party has called for “respect” after election posters of Sinn Féin and Alliance Party candidates were placed on loyalist bonfires.Posters of Alliance Party MLA Anna Lo had appeared on bonfires in both Bangor and Carrickfergus, while Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson’s poster was also on the pyre in Bangor. The bottom line is that you cannot ask to be shown respect if you yourself are not prepared to show respect to others.Sinn Féin MLA David McKay said that the incident was a “hate crime”.“We have heard in recent days unionist politicians and the Orange Order speaking of tolerance and respect.Despite this election posters, Irish tricolours and other flags such as the Polish flag and effigies, including one of Fr Matt Wallace and Michael McIlveen have been burnt on bonfires.“These are hate crimes against sections of our community and should be treated as such.”Speaking to UTV, Lo herself called for respect.“It’s mutual respect. I have no problem with people celebrating the Twelfth with bonfires and I know they want their culture to be respected and I think that’s the right thing to do, but really if they want people to respect their culture they need to respect other people’s culture and religion as well.”Read: Peace process should not be put at risk over parades – AdamsRead: Hopes of getting through marching season ‘without public disorder on our streets’last_img read more