Gaudious has Brookdale women in first in GSAC

first_img BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer What a difference a healthy Amy Gaudious means to the Brookdale Community College women’s basketball team. For most of the season, the Jersey Blues were getting by with their 6-foot-0 forward hampered by hip and leg injuries that limited her mobility and overall effectiveness. Gaudious, a sophomore out of Long Branch High School, played through the pain and limitations without a complaint. “She was upset that she couldn’t play like she’s capable,” BCC co-head coach Joanne Cobb noted. “She never asked out of practice. We had to keep her away. She’s a workhorse and never complains. “She just wants to go and play ball,” she added. “She’s always double-teamed, but never grouches about it. She makes no excuses. Amy has a great attitude.” Since mid-January, Gaudious has been a new player. She was finally able to put her injuries behind her and play pain-free again. “Her lateral movement just keeps getting better,” said Cobb. “She’s moving around quicker and handling the ball in transition. How many 6-footers can bring the ball up the floor?” Just how good Gaudious is when she is healthy was clearly demonstrated last month when she became the first Brookdale women to be named the Division III College Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 16-22. All she did was lead BCC to a 3-0 record that included two wins over tough Division II teams. Gaudious had a triple-double — 20 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in Brookdale’s 72-61 win over nationally-ranked Lackawanna (Pa.). She followed that up with eight points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and three blocks in a 69-58 win over Burlington. She capped her week with 11 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in a the 78-41 win over Burlington. The new, old Gaudious has Brookdale running on all cylinders for the first time this winter. Although the Blues are only 12-8 overall, they are still ranked No. 10 in the country in the national polls. Voters obviously took BCC’s rugged schedule into account. The Blues have played a number of games against Division I and II teams (six of their eight losses have been to the higher-up divisions) and that was enough to convince voters that they are among the nation’s best Division III teams. “It’s where we are at the end that counts,” Cobb said. “We have a lot of work ahead of us.” To coaches Cobb and Marianne Campacci, the only record that counts is Brookdale’s 7-1 Garden State Athletic Conference mark. It’s good enough to have the defending champions in first place and headed toward a top seed for the Region XIX tournament that gets under way on March 1. Brookdale improved to 12-8 overall with its 69-39 win in Lincroft over Ocean on Feb. 1. Gaudious had 13 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks, while Danielle Vitalone, from Middletown South, had a team-high 17, including three treys. South River’s Tammy Wood added a double-double, 11 points and 10 rebounds. For Gaudious, the double-double was her 11th of the season. She also has two triple-doubles. Brookdale, though, as Cobb pointed out, is much more than Gaudious. “Our stats across the board for the other players are just under hers,” she explained. “This team is a real family and has the team concept.” Gaudious is ranked 10th in the county in rebounding at 10.45 per game. But Wood is 25th, pulling down 8.35 caroms a game. Perhaps more impressive, Gaudious ranks 15th in assists (4.05). That’s a high number for a frontcourt player. Teammate Becky Piper is 25th (3.4). Piper, a Colts Neck grad, leads the team in scoring (14.25) and ranks 24th in the country. She is one of four Jersey Blues averaging in double figures. Wood is averaging 11.4, Gaudious, 10.65, and Vitalone, 10.3. A coach can’t ask for better balance. Piper is also 17th in steals (3.05). Vitalone ranks sixth in the country in three-point field goal percentage (41.05), with Piper 15th (33.85). Wood is fourth in field goal percentage (54.86) and Ashley Healy (Howell) is 17th (48.12). The Jersey Blues have team national rankings as well. Their 68 points a game is 12th best in the nation, and on defense they are allowing just 58.947 per game — 10th in the country. Brookdale is home for two big GSAC games this week, Saturday against Passaic (1 p.m.) and Tuesday, Gloucester (5 p.m.) Their final home game is a GSAC game on Feb. 24 against Bergen. The Region XIX Tournament, whose winner advances to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Championships in Delhi, N.Y., starts on March 1 with games at the home of the highest seed. The tournament moved to Salem Community College in Carney’s Point for the semifinals and final, March 3 and 5. The national tournament is March 17-19. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

Lukaku scores on Inter debut in comfortable win over Lecce

first_imgRomelu Lukaku scored on his debut as Inter Milan beat Lecce 4-0 in Antonio Conte’s first game in charge.Striker Lukaku, making his first appearance since a £74million move from Manchester United, helped Inter to a comfortable opening Serie A win at the San Siro.Marcelo Brozovic and Stefano Sensi put the hosts in complete control in the first half and Antonio Candreva completed the scoring with a long-range strike late on after Diego Farias was dismissed for the visitors.Brozovic brilliantly opened the scoring after 21 minutes when he curled into the top corner from 25 yards.Sensi doubled Inter’s lead three minutes later, skipping past two challenges and drilling into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.Lukaku added the third after an hour, firing in after Gabriel could only parry Lautaro Martinez’s shot from 18 yards.Substitute Farias was shown a straight red with 14 minutes left for a tackle from behind and Candreva added a fourth six minutes from time.last_img read more

Nine new Fijian bees described, some restricted to a single mountaintop

first_imgAnimals, Bees, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, New Species, Research, Species Discovery, Wildlife Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Shreya Dasguptacenter_img From the island country of Fiji, researchers have described nine new, and four previously known, species of bees belong to the genus Homalictus, a group that’s not been taxonomically reviewed in Fiji for 40 years.Many Homalictus bee species either have very restricted distributions or are known only from single mountaintops, the researchers say, and could soon become extinct due to changes in climate and other environmental risks.The researchers underscore the need for repeated field surveys to document and describe species from Fiji before they are lost.One of the four previously described bee species may have already gone extinct, having not been recorded since 2010, despite extensive surveys in the area. From the island country of Fiji in southern Pacific Ocean, researchers have described nine new, and four previously known, species of bees, their colors ranging from black to golden-green and metallic, with hints of purple iridescence. All the bees belong to the genus Homalictus Cockerell, a group that’s not been taxonomically reviewed in Fiji for 40 years, the researchers report in a new study.Many Homalictus bee species either have very restricted distributions or are known only from single mountaintops, the researchers say, and could soon become extinct due to changes in climate and other environmental risks.One such species is Homalictus terminalis, a new-to-science species of bee that’s only been recorded from Mount Batilamu on the largest island of Viti Levu. On the mountain, the bee seems to be restricted to the top 95 meters (312 feet) of the mountain peak, which lies at an elevation of 1,195 meters (3,921 feet) above sea level. In fact, the researchers named the bee “terminalis” to refer to the limited range of elevation and temperature within which the species occurs.“Homalictus terminalis is named so to indicate that, like many Fijian bees, it is nearing its limit and is at risk of climate-related extinction,” James Dorey, lead author of the study and a graduate student at Flinders University, Australia, said in a statement.Another newly described species, H. ostridorsum, has only been documented on Mount Tomanivi, the highest mountain in Fiji on Viti Levu, while H. taveuni is named after the island of Taveuni, the only place it is known from.Homalictus terminalis is found only within 95 meters of Mount Batilamu’s peak. Image by James Dorey/Flinders University nature photographer.Of the four Homalictus species previously described from Fiji, one species, formally known as H. achrostus, may already be extinct.Researchers had collected six specimens of the bee from Mount Nadarivatu in 1978, followed by two more specimens in 2010. But the bees haven’t been recorded since then, despite extensive surveys in the area, the researchers say.“A likely driver of this possible extinction is changing climates,” Michael Schwarz, co-author of the study and associate professor at Flinders University, said in the statement. “The cooler climate of the Fijian highlands could be slowly pushed upwards and off the top of the mountains bringing with it the species that require this climatic refuge. With H. achrostus one of the four previously described species of endemic bee in Fiji, this raises real concerns about the extinction of many highland species in Fiji and across all of the tropics.”Given the restricted distribution of many Homalictus species, and the threats they face, the researchers underscore the need for repeated field surveys.“These field trips have allowed us to redescribe four known species and describe nine new ones, bringing the number of endemic Homalictus in Fiji to 13 species,” said Mark Stevens, a senior research scientist at the South Australian Museum and a co-author of the paper. “Most of the species diversity (11 species) live 800 metres [2,625 feet] or more above sea level, which highlights the vulnerability of highland-restricted species to a warming climate.”Citation:Dorey, J. B., Schwarz, M. P. and Stevens, M. I. (2019) Review of the bee genus Homalictus Cockerell (Hymenoptera: Halictidae) from Fiji with description of nine new species. Zootaxa, 4674(1), 1-46. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4674.1.1last_img read more

Aquaculture Farming Increases in Bong County

first_imgAs small-scale fisheries and aquaculture farming are contributing to reducing unemployment in the country, Bong County is gradually becoming one of the areas for the industry.Several farmers in Bong County have now shifted their attention from the usual rice and cassava farming to cultivate both marine and freshwater species due to the introduction of a modern form of farming known as “aquaculture.”Aquaculture is the farming of water organisms such as fish, shellfish and even plants. According to the founder and president of the Bong County Aquaculture Association Madam Estelle Liberty, her membership has grown from 30 to 98, since she established the organization earlier this year.In a telephone interview with the Daily Observer recently, Madam Liberty said she harvested her ponds and there were different kinds of fishes, including tilapia, heterotis, (bonny ton.)“Aquaculture is very important because it creates a healthy environment for animals and from the beginning of this process, there were only 30 farmers, majority females but through my efforts I’m proud that the number of aquaculture farmers has increased to 98 in Bong County,” she asserted. She added “we continue to encourage others to boost the growth of aquaculture farming with money and their time.” Heterotis fish originated from Egypt and grows up to 12kg and it takes two years from fingerlings to maturity while tilapia takes six months for fingerlings to get mature and grow up to 1kg. “I invested in aquaculture and recently sold over LD70,000 worth of fish and hope that other Liberians involved will produce similar quantity or above.”She, however, expressed her frustration about the lack of storage facilities and access to marketing, which causes her to lose significantly.She said with possible support from government, non-governmental organizations and county authorities there would be huge increase in the sector.Madam Liberty encouraged local farmers to focus on their farming since it is their means of livelihood.She disclosed that the issue of roads to markets remain a major challenge for farmers because their produce decay and sometimes when they harvest their fish ponds due to the lack of storage facilities they rot and cause serious problems for them.Madam Liberty said there are plans to expand to other counties, including Grand Cape Mount.“What prompted me to set up the organization is the interest of the women of Bong County to engage in aquaculture, and following the support from organizations like Adventist Relief Agency (ADRA), with technical support from the Center forAgriculture Research Institute (CARI). I’m still encouraging my local farmers especially females.“Many people say that the field is only for men but this is false. Women know how to manage and take care of such farming. If you want to join this field, know that it is not for quick money making but involves patience and hard work,” she advised. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Manchester City look to loan out Argentine midfieler starlet in January

first_imgManchester City will look for a new loan club to take Bruno Zuculini off their hands in January.The Argentine midfielder starred in pre-season and featured in the Community Shield defeat by Arsenal following his summer switch from Racing Club.But the 21-year-old midfielder was then shipped out on loan to Valencia, where things have not gone to plan.The under-20 international has failed to make an impact in La Liga and Valencia are preparing to send him back to City at the end of the year.It is unlikely he will slot straight into Manuel Pellegrini’s first team plans, opening the way to another loan deal for the remainder of the season. Bruno Zuculini in action for Valencia 1last_img read more

On the map

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Valley deserves to know who and what it is, separate from the rest of the city over the hill. SAN Fernando Valley leaders who riled up the masses to send letters urging federal officials to keep America’s suburb on the U.S. Census map had their jobs cut out for them. It’s hard enough riling up the masses to vote in local elections, let alone something as abstract as federal demographic data collection. But clearly they illustrated that the Valley’s so recently granted federal statistical status has very real impacts, and if the U.S. Census Bureau follows through with its plan to wipe out the nationwide category, which is the one that is charged with collecting the Valley’s data, it will hurt. If knowledge is power, demographic data is money. Literally. Rep. Brad Sherman, who mobilized the letter-writing effort, said information gleaned from the Valley’s data helped influence the California Transportation Commission’s decision to fund $730 million to add another lane to the 405 Freeway. There’s no good reason to stop separately quantifying the Valley, which, with its 1.8 million residents, is larger than all but a handful of the cities the U.S. Census Bureau designates separately by a matter of course. And besides local officials, 23 members of the House of Representatives as well as Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., agree. last_img read more

Top 15 midfielders in the world – Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool men feature

first_img 15 15 6. Isco (Real Madrid) 15 15 15 15 7. Casemiro (Real Madrid) 15 This week FIFA revealed their FIFPro World11 at a star studded ceremony in London.The biggest stars in global game were ranked by position by their fellow players, creating a stellar line up which, sadly, won’t ever take to the pitch as a whole.But thanks to the voting for the awards we can now see how the which players made it into their list as the top 15 midfielders, according to their peers.So which superstars have been considered to be the elite across the last year? Click the right arrow above to find out who made the list… 8. Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain) 5. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) 4. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) 2. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) 12. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) 9. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) 3. Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) 15 15 15. Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) – Click the right arrow above to find out which players made FIFPro’s top 15 midfielders… 15 15 11. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 14. Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich) 15 10. Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich) 15 13. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) 15 15 1. Luka Modric (Real Madrid)last_img read more

Arnold’s mandate

first_imgTUESDAY’S election couldn’t have gone better for Arnold Schwarzenegger: He scored a landslide re-election over Phil Angelides and big wins for five infrastructure bonds. Yet to hear the governor tell it, he doesn’t have a personal mandate. And he’s right. No, what Schwarzenegger achieved Tuesday is bigger – and more important – than some fleeting claim on the public’s approval. “Tonight I believe the people have given us a mandate,” said Schwarzenegger in his victory speech. “Not a mandate for me, not a mandate for any specific party, but a mandate to move the state ahead. A mandate for leadership. A mandate to build a better and brighter future for California.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’In an election that overwhelmingly went the Democrats’ way, across the nation and throughout the state, this Republican governor triumphed precisely because he eschewed partisan politics. Clearly Schwarzenegger learned an important lesson in last year’s special-election debacle: Picking fights is no way to move California forward. In a state with many powerful and vested interests, the only real path to progress is to try to get all the players together to work for the common good. Which is why the governor came up with his $37 billion bond program – the state’s first serious infrastructure investment since the days of Pat Brown. The plan will help to update California’s dilapidated and inadequate roads, freeways, schools, housing and levees. For decades, while Sacramento blissfully spent billions on far less pressing needs, no one took the leadership in addressing the state’s infrastructure crisis. Schwarzenegger recognized the need, and together with Democratic legislative leaders, provided the necessary leadership. For that, he gets a well-earned second term – and the people have been given a mandate to keep moving California forward. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Klopp provides positive update on Firmino ahead of Champions League final

first_img Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City He has finished a Champions League runner-up twice (with Borussia Dortmund and then Liverpool last season) as well as losing two more German Cups with Dortmund and League Cup and Europa League finals with Liverpool.It is a stick which Klopp has long been accustomed to being beaten with but ahead of their meeting with Spurs in Madrid, the 51-year-old joked about his record when asked whether he believed in fate or bad luck.“Do you think I have an unlucky career? All my career was not unlucky,” he said.“My missus always asks me before the season when is the final game of the season, because we are often in it, so I’m not unlucky. 2 Klopp is feeling relaxed ahead of his third Champions League final Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 tense LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Firmino has returned to fitness just in time for the Madrid showdown Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed the striker is fit, although he would not go as far as saying he would start.“Yes, he’s ready. If he will start… if Poch afterwards says his exact line-up then call me and I will tell you our line-up as well,” he said.“If not, then I thought I’d keep at least a few question marks open.“He’s fit, he’s trained, he’s here and if nothing happened from the moment he left the plane until now – I didn’t see him since then – he’ll be fine.”Klopp laughed off his appalling record in finals by rebranding himself a “world record-holder in winning semi-finals” and insisting he is not the problem.The German has lost the last six showpiece events he has contested since winning the German Cup in 2012. Liverpool have been given a huge boost ahead of their Champions League final against Tottenham – with Roberto Firmino returning to fitness.The Brazilian has missed the last three matches, including the semi-final victory over Barcelona, with a thigh problem. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January gameday cracker no dice deals Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REPLY Getty Images – Getty huge blow shining “Since 2012, apart from 2017, I was every year with my team in a final. We came there sometimes with luck.“I am the world record-holder in the last seven years in winning semi-finals. But if I were to write a book about it probably no-one would buy it.“If I were to sit in the room and think it is all about me, I am the reason, if I saw myself as a loser, then we would have a problem but I don’t see myself as this.“If I were to be the reason for losing six years in a row, then everyone needs to worry.“But we go in a situation where we learn – not from last season’s final as there were three strange goals – a lot from our time together.“We want to win with all we have and with things that happened in the past I can take confidence from.” Getty Images – Getty last_img read more

‘He offers very little’ – Man United fan talks Lingard, James’ naivety, and more

first_img 7 Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Getty Images – Getty First-team regulars Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial will miss the clash at St Mary’s, with Ashley Young and teenager Mason Greenwood likely to deputise.But how are fans feeling ahead of the clash with the Saints, which you can hear live commentary of the 12:30pm kick-off live on talkSPORT as part of our GameDay coverage.Here at we spoke to Manchester United fan and football writer Marwan Harraz to get the lowdown on the situation at Old Trafford after an intriguing summer of signings, sales, and more. Lingard will need to pick up his performances Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs a win against Southampton AFP or licensors Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Jesse Lingard’s recent form has been questioned deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Getty Images – Getty 7 latest Getty Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ stalemate Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Getty – Contributor Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman rookie error Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas How have summer signings Harry Maguire, Daniel James, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka settled in?They’ve all settled in brilliantly and shown Manchester United fans just what they were missing.Aaron Wan-Bissaka has arguably been the best of them with Harry Maguire not as impressive as the former Eagle. Daniel James is probably the rawest of them  but even he’s shown what he has to offer with two goals in three appearances. 7 LATEST FOOTBALL STORIEScenter_img Manchester United travel to Southampton on Saturday evening as they attempt to bounce back from their defeat to Crystal Palace.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows he’ll have a tough task on his hands against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, while injuries are also taking their toll. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping United can bounce back after defeat to Crystal Palace 7 Instagram / @inter OFF How should Manchester United go about beating Southampton?Southampton lost their last two matches so they’re not in the best of form either but at home they’re likely to come out of their defensively shell a bit more. This means they’ll play right into United’s hands and so Solskjaer’s devastating counter-attacks could see us through if we hold our nerve defensively in the beginning.Unfortunately, playing on the counter-attack means Lingard’s pace will probably be needed, especially with Anthony Martial reportedly out for the match. How weakened have Manchester United been by the sale of Romelu Lukakau and exit of Alexis Sanchez?The argument could be made they both could have potentially adjusted to Solskjaer’s tactics but now we’ll never find out.Their departures means we’re weak in numbers but not necessarily in quality. The problem is it puts a little too much pressure, for my liking, on the youngsters to perform such as the likes of Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood.In my opinion they should be coming into a settled, consistent side so they have the best platform to perform rather than being thrown into the deep-end. targets How are you feeling about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s management right now?Simply put – I believe in Solskjaer. It hasn’t quite worked in terms of form from the tail end of last season but there are plenty of signs that he will turn it all around if given the right time.Transfer-wise he’s got it right in terms of incomings and when it comes to outgoings he’s getting rid of the right players, though he’ll probably feel let down by the board’s incompetence to sign more players and offload players properly.Tactically he’s playing just like how Manchester United fans want him to but he has to be given a few transfer windows to see his style in full flow. I feel those who criticise him are simply being impatient. 7 LIVE on talkSPORT Do you have any concerns about the naivety of James following his celebration last week?I don’t at all. I think it’s been blown out of proportion. It was always going to take time for him to adjust and while he hasn’t needed to in terms of his ability, he probably does need to alter his mentality.James will have to get that winning mentality on board and I have no doubts that’ll happen. We have to keep in mind everything he went through over the summer in terms of personal affairs and he naturally celebrated after scoring what he thought was a last-minute equaliser after being berated all game for ‘diving’. Cardiff vs Fulham (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Manchester United (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBristol City vs Middlesbrough (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Liverpool (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Daniel James celebrated his equaliser against Crystal Palace despite teammates imploring him to get back to the halfway line to restart before their eventual loss Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Aaron Wan-Bissaka made nine successful tackles against Wolves – three times the number of any other player at Molineux Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ What needs to be learnt after the defeat to Crystal Palace?Solskjaer needs a solution to his midfield problem.  Even though United won all their pre-season fixtures well, it was clearly they would struggle against defensive sides and unfortunately the majority of their opponents will play in a similar manner to Palace.Playing Fred alongside Scott McTominay and pushing Paul Pogba up to an attacking-midfield position may see United move the ball quicker and unlock defences better but a lot of that hinges on the Brazilian being ready to perform. Alternatively Juan Mata or Angel Gomes can be given a shot at the role.What does Jesse Lingard offer the team?The problem with Lingard is when he’s good, he’s pretty good and when he’s bad, he’s pretty bad so he gets praised, probably too much when he’s performing and he gets criticised, also probably too much when he’s not.At the moment he offers very little if nothing and so he has to be dropped despite Solskjaer’s favouritism. When he picks up his performances then he can get his place back in the side and hopefully put in displays similar to the one as when he took apart Arsenal at the Emirates. 7 LATEST statement What is your prediction for the match against Southampton?I think Solskjaer will be keen on putting an end to his side’s inconsistent form and stamp it out quickly so I expect a more lively performance and a relatively easy win. 3-1 is my guess with United’s defence weakened by Luke Shaw’s absence and Ashley Young’s potential inclusion.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action.We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever. on target AFP or licensors Sanchez poses in the iconic blue and black stripes of Inter 7last_img read more