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Manchester United hit a new low after losing 5-3 against Leicester City during the weekend. The defeat has proven that the 4-0 win over QPR last week was merely a day in the sunshine for Louis van Gaal and has much maligned team. Despite spending more than £ 150 million on players like Angel di Maria and Luke Shaw, Van Gaal has been struggling to set up his team in the best possible manner. After five games in the league campaign, they are actually much worse than David Moyes did last season. One of the final buys of Moyes was Juan Mata and the Spaniard was surprised to be named on the bench against Leicester City.
He had come to the club for £ 37 million only last January, but there have been reports that van Gaal is not entirely happy with him and that he would like to sell him in the upcoming January transfer window. Mata did not help his case after giving the ball away, just a few minutes after he had come on as the substitute for di Maria, for Leicester’s fourth goal of the evening. United looked to have sealed all three points for the second consecutive match after taking a 3-1 lead due to Ander Herrera’s goal in the second half. Mata has now apologised for the poor showing against a newly promoted team.
“I keep thinking about how we lost a game that was under control. I could not imagine a day like this. On our way back to Manchester I was thinking about what had happened and felt as disappointed as all those that came with us to the stadium. Honestly, I feel very sorry that the weekend ended up for our fans in such a sad way,” said the Spaniard on his personal website.
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The absolute main obstacle that Jack Wilshere will face in the approaching season is without a glimpse of a doubt is trying to find consistency throughout the season as he has to avoid getting injured and this is an important factor for Wilshere now more than ever considering that Wenger has many alternatives available to him whenever Wilshere underperforms or gets injured.
This recently concluded summer vacations has attracted a series of negative headlines for Jack Wilshere as he was seen smoking on 2 occasions which is something that is certainly not beneficial for the player that wants to avoid having any types of health and physical conditions in this season which is only a few days away from kicking off.
When Wilshere was asked about the smoking incidents the Englishman replied by saying that he is young and people makes mistakes but he wants to avoid doing that all together.
Wilshere said: “The smoking? Of course I regret it. I’ve been seen before doing it. I said then I made a mistake and I have made a mistake again. People make mistakes .I’m young and I’ll learn from it. I realize the consequences it has and the effect on kids growing up. I have kids myself and I don’t want them growing up to think their dad smokes and it’s OK for a footballer to smoke because it’s not. It’s unacceptable and I will accept the consequences and I will move on.”
The head coach of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has already shown his dissatisfaction towards those incidents involving Wilshere and the Frenchman talked with the player with the hopes of avoiding doing that in the future.
If Jack Wilshere can indeed prevent getting injured and avoid attracting any more negative media headlines or incidents, the Englishman has a real chance of turning into one of the most influential players for Arsenal in this upcoming season.
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Former manager of Manchester City and England, Stuart Pearce claimed that Jack Wilshere would not be making any appearances for England during the 2014 World Cup as the 52 year old English manager was concerned about the recent performances that the player of Arsenal had been displaying.
‘’I think he Wilshere is very, very short of form. Watching the last game against Honduras I didn’t see a Wilshere that sprung on the scene many months ago. I just think he is very, very short of confidence and I see Lampard, Lallana or Barkley ahead of him now. I just feel his lack of form really will cost him and that will be on Roy’s mind’’. Pearce said to the media.
Those claims released by Pearce were wrong as Jack Wilshere did indeed represent England at the international stage although it only was during a match that had absolutely no importance as the team of Roy Hodgson was already eliminated from the World Cup.
The match against Costa Rica was the only encounter that Jack Wilshere had on performing since the 1st minute of the game as he was not a substitute and the former manager of Crystal Palace, Ian Holloway criticized the attitude of Wilshere during the worldwide tournament.
“He seemed to take Roy Hodgson’s decision to substitute him as a personal insult. If that wasn’t bad enough, he then gave a post-match interview in which he said how hard it had been to motivate himself for the final game of England’s World Cup because he hadn’t started against either Italy or Uruguay and our fate had already been decided. I couldn’t believe it. Who the hell does this kid think he is?” Ian Holloway told to the media.
Whether or not Wilshere was given the chance to play more minutes and represent England in the World Cup, it does not seem like it would have made any difference as the English squad just looked out of shape and struggled in every single match.
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England midfielder Jack Wilshere believes stopping Italian legend Andrea Pirlo will be a priority for England as they prepare to take on the former four time world champions in their opening group match of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The 35 year old Juventus midfield maestro ran England ragged with his range of passing and vision the last time these two nations met back in Euro 2012 and although England managed to hold on till extra time, a sublime penalty from Pirlo clinched the match for the Italians in the shootout.
And Wilshere, who knows how it is like to come up against a midfielder of the Italian’s caliber, says that the team has been preparing for the match against Italy with their warm up games.
Although Jack Wilshere says that they know Pirlo is not getting any younger, he also added that the team is smart enough to understand that his class cannot be overlooked.
Only goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is older than Pirlo in the Italian team and having played 43 times for Juventus last season, the former AC Milan and Inter Milan star is bound to suffer from some issues with fatigue.
Wilshere believes there will come a time in the match when Pirlo will get hold of the ball and the England players will have to narrow down the space and stop him from making the forward passes.
Jack Wilshere has said that Pirlo is the main player in the team, he is the anchor, and he picks up the ball and sprays it around as the central playmaker of the team. And the Arsenal man believes the England team has learned from its experience in 2012 and have a good enough plan set to thwart the advances of the legendary Italian playmaker as they plot their escape from the Group of Death.
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