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  • 31 Jul
    All is not well at Manchester United.The arrival of Jose Mourinho, Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and company hinted at a change of fortunes at Old Trafford. But the reality has been disappointingly familiar for fans of United (4-3-3), who face Swansea City on Sunday.The Red Devils have not won in four league games, failing to even find the back of the net in the last three, while Thursday night saw Mourinhos side succumb to a hugely disappointing 2-1 defeat to Turkish club Fenerbahce in the Europa League.Sometimes teams dont score goals because of their philosophy, because the team isnt aggressive enough and doesnt risk enough, Mourinho said after the loss in Istanbul. But thats not our case, thats not our case at all.It is also easy to see that some players in our attacking areas lack confidence; theyre not sharp and getting the chances that they can. Probably one of the only good things (against Fenerbahce) was the fact that Wayne Rooney finally scored a goal. This could be one of the key points in terms of his self-confidence.Sundays trip to the Liberty Stadium should see United get back on track against a Swansea side (1-2-7) that has struggled to gel so far this season. Entering the weekend 19th in the table and without a win since opening day, the Swans havent even received a temporary new-manager boost with the arrival of the Premier Leagues first American coach in Bob Bradley.However, performances have improved since Bradley moved to the Welsh club, and his players believe that an upturn in results is just around the corner.When a manager leaves, you dont tend to focus on the speculation or who might be replacing him, midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson said. But when the new manager came in it was a good surprise to see how good his training was and how he has come across.He obviously knows his football, his knowledge is very good, and everyone Ive spoken to who has worked with him in the past say hes really good -- and we are seeing that ourselves. Players and managers are judged on results, but Im telling you he is very good.A lot of the lads like his training, even if it is very tough, and he wants us to play football in the way Swansea (have) been known for in the last few years. Its just a matter of just getting results. As players we believe in him and believe we are going to move forward -- and hopefully very soon.Soon could in fact be Sunday, if recent head-to-head results are anything to go by. The Swans have won three of their last four against United and both of their last two against them at the Liberty.However, Bradleys side will have to make do without the injured Nathan Dyer, while Jefferson Montero and Kyle Naughton are doubts.United are still missing Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly, while Pogba and Chris Smalling face late fitness tests. Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys .com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward James Neal on injured reserve Tuesday. Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys . MORITZ, Switzerland -- Fog prevented downhill racers from getting their Olympic dress rehearsal. . It is a cliché dragged out by fans and pundits regularly when discussions take place around which teams are better than others. China Jerseys Authentic . Numbers Game looks into the Canadiens securing the services of Thomas Vanek in a trade with the New York Islanders. The Canadiens Get: LW Thomas Vanek and a conditional fifth-round pick. Authentic Nike NFL Jerseys Outlet . -- Patrick Reed got an early start in golf. LONG POND, Pa. -- Things certainly do happen quickly in the Verizon IndyCar Series.?Will Power stole a stealthy victory Monday in the rain-delayed ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in a race that Ryan Hunter-Reay or Mikhail Aleshin looked destined to win.Powers triumph, coupled with his teammate Simon Pagenauds crash, moved the Australian within 20 points of his Team Penske teammate with three races remaining in the 2016 season. Coming into Pocono, Power was 58 points back.His goal was to cut that number by a quarter. Instead, he experienced one of the big point swings that he was often on the wrong side of before he broke through to win his first IndyCar Series championship in 2014.Powers 29th career IndyCar Series win was the product of a mature drive reminiscent of Team Penske advisor (and four-time Indianapolis 500 winner) Rick Mears -- with a little bit of Powers longtime rival Dario Franchitti thrown in.Now that Ive gotten older and mature as a driver, I can see how you just let the race unfold, Power said. I have a lot of respect for Dario, and I have more respect for him now that Im older, seeing how he worked and all that. He knew when to take risks, and it used to frustrate me because Id think, Im quicker!I just think the older you get, the more you let the race happen. You dont try to force it. If youve got it, youve got it. If you dont, you settle for where youre at. Thats what I was doing. You just have to play the game right.Meanwhile, Pagenaud, who has led the point standings since the second race of the season at Phoenix, crashed on his own on Lap 148 of 200.Certainly a real shame for the championship, Pagenaud said. Thats certainly not what we wanted to see happen today, but it happens, and its my first mistake of the year.Power, who had a reputation for cracking under pressure when he came out second-best in championship battles with Franchitti in 2010 and 11 and Hunter-Reay in 2012, instead was the driver who never put a wheel wrong on Monday.Power started the Pocono race eighth and ran in the bottom half of the top 10 for the first half of the contest. He said his car came to life around the midway point, which put him within reach of pole winner Aleshin and Hunter-Reay, who crashed in practice but drove through the field to lead several times Monday in an Andretti Autosport Honda that looked like the fastest car in the field.But Hunter-Reays car suffered an electrical glitch, and the American star fell a lap behind before making a furious comeback to third place in the last 20 llaps.dddddddddddd?It was a bitter pill for the 2012 IndyCar Series champion, who has suffered through a disappointing 2016 campaign. Just like at Indianapolis (he was eliminated in a pit lane accident), RHR felt like this was one that got away.The engine shuts off while youre leading ... I dont know, Hunter-Reay said. Something pretty freak happened. We just cant seem to catch a break.At the end, we just ran out of time. Its very frustrating. Im trying to smile about it, trying to be upbeat about it, but after the season weve had this year, its very disheartening.That left Aleshin to lead the chase of Power, who led the last 36 laps and 55 in total. Aleshin demonstrated the strength of the Honda superspeedway engine and aero package by leading 87 laps from pole, but a bad penultimate stint cost the Russian driver a shot at his first IndyCar win.This day was definitely great, but it could have been greater if I was standing on the top step of the podium, Aleshin said. Today, I think Will deserved it more because he was faster. I could catch him, but I couldnt get past. I was going sideways, and I almost lost my car a couple times. I wanted this win so bad, but it wasnt the case today.With Penskes Helio Castroneves crashing out in a pit incident that also ended a promising run for Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi, the championship is turning into a two-driver showdown between Pagenaud and Power.Josef Newgarden is third in the standings, 100 points behind Pagenaud, but Newgarden wont restart the continuance of the rained-out race on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway. Four-time IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon is -111 and Castroneves is -113.Even though its a two-man fight, its still shaping up as a good one, as Power and Pagenaud have been evenly matched on road courses this year. Expect to see the Penske teammates fighting for the title from the front of the field at Watkins Glen and Sonoma.It would be nice to be an IndyCar fan right now because its going to be a good one, said Hunter-Reay When I saw that flourescent bodywork into the wall today [Pagenauds bright yellow Menards car crashing], I knew things were getting interesting and its going to be interesting to see how it plays out. Simon is a big-picture thinker and a very calculated driver, and Will has got the bit between his teeth and hair is on fire.Its going to be interesting and I just wish we were in the mix. ' ' '