Thursday 19 April 2018

Outside the box

Tweets of the week

Aidan O'Hara

Aidan O'Hara

Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5)

Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5)

Morning all...managers getting cleared out like old clothes these days!! And we expect managers to blood youth into 1st teams?? No chance

Manchester United defender puts his finger on one of the many problems facing the game's under-pressure managers.

TUESDAY

Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton)

Good, solid home win again for us last night. Referee was lucky his major mistake didn't come back to cost us.

The only thing worse than a bad loser is a bad winner.

WEDNESDAY

Anthony Pilkington (@Pilkington_11)

I wish Suarez would just leave us alone!! Big bully

The injured Norwich winger laments another destruction by the four-goal Livepool striker.

THURSDAY

Nicklas Bendnter (@bendtnerb52)

Fantastic feeling hitting the back of the net again! #3points #nr1spot #believe. Tough tests lie ahead ...

After his goal against Hull, the Arsenal striker makes the most of a rare moment in the sun.

FRIDAY

Wilfried Zaha (@wilfriedzaha)

I've never dated or even met David moye's Daughter so that isn't the reason for my absence in games ... I would like to stop all these false accusations .. I will play for Manchester United when my manager feels I'm ready...

The rumours aren't true says United winger, who got his first Premier League appearance the next day.

SATURDAY

Charlie Adam (@Charlie26Adam) Who fancys seeing @RodneyMarsh10 cleaning all the players boots @stokecity. After his shocking comments. #getcleaningmarshy

Pundit Marsh once said he would clean all of the Stoke players' boots if they were ever first match on Match of the Day. The win over Chelsea ensured they were.

SUNDAY

Noel Hunty (@boyhunt)

I'm very Sorry guys that's what happens you leave your phone Around ur Footie mates unlocked! #schoolboyerror

Leeds striker, thankfully, didn't mean any of the things he had tweeted minutes before.

The question nobody asked

Who are the 18 players who have played 100 or more Champions League games?

If he features for Chelsea this week, Petr Cech will join an elite batch of players who have played 100 or more Champions League games from the group stage to the final. Apart from Cech, there are three other goalkeepers on the list – Iker Casillas (131), Victor Valdes (104) and Oliver Kahn (103), while Edwin van der Sar came up just short with 98 games.

According to UEFA.com, Raul leads the pack on 142 appearances, while Ryan Giggs (138) and Xavi (136) are second and third, meaning the United midfielder would need to play every game up to and including the second leg of a quarter-final to go past Raul in this year's competition.

In fifth place is Clarence Seedorf (125), followed by Paul Scholes (124), Roberto Carlos (120), Carles Puyol (115), Thierry Henry (112), Paulo Maldini, Gary Neville (both 109) and David Beckham (107).

Luis Figo is level with Kahn on 103 appearances, while Ashley Cole (102) is two ahead of Andriy Shevchenko and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was the last of the 18 players to join the 100-club in the last round of fixtures.

After Cech, the next player likely to make it to 100 games is Andrea Pirlo (currently on 98), while Cristiano Ronaldo and Frank Lampard are on 96.

The bet you should have done

NEWCASTLE UTD TO BEAT MANCHESTER UTD 13/2

It's rare that the team who is higher in the table is such long odds against to win a game, especially when their opponents are in such poor form.

Newcastle led David Moyes' team by a point ahead of Saturday's game and, with United starting without the suspended Wayne Rooney and after a defeat to Everton, Newcastle's price seemed generous.

Prior to the midweek defeat against Swansea, Newcastle had been on an excellent run, making odds of almost 7/1 tempting.

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