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01:57

FA Cup: I have changed my mind about Ighalo – Ferdinand


Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has admitted that Odion Ighalo has already proven him wrong at the club.


Ferdinand was speaking on BT Sport, as Ighalo netted twice in United’s 3-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup fifth round.

A lot of questions were asked, when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought in the Nigerian striker on a six-month loan deal in January.

Most pundits felt Ighalo, who had previously played for Watford in the Premier League, was not up to standard for the Old Trafford outfit.


However, the 30-year-old now has three goals in just two starts for the Red Devils.

“People and myself included were probably thinking Odion Ighalo, where does he fit into all of this?

“If you have an opportunity to sign a player at the beginning of the January window, he is not the guy you are going to sign.


“But what he does bring is a point. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial want the ball in behind and not to bring people in.

“To be there first is great considering the pressure he is under. He’s in the centre of goal and he’s a physical presence. That’s what he adds to this team,” Ferdinand said. Dailypost
01:49

Full fixtures: FA Cup first round draw completed


The draw for the first round of this season’s FA Cup was conducted on Monday night.

This is the stage where League One and League Two teams enter the fray.

Chichester City and Maldon & Tiptree are the two lowest-ranked sides left in the competition, having made the first round from all the way down in the fourth tier of non-league.

That means they have had to win four ties to reach this stage.

FULL DRAW:

Ipswich v Lincoln

Oxford City v Solihull Moors

Crawley v Scunthorpe

Harrogate Town v Portsmouth

Colchester v Coventry

Sunderland v Gillingham

Dulwich Hamlet v Carlisle

Bolton v Plymouth

York v Altrincham

Chesterfield/Wrexham v Rochdale

Maidstone United v Torquay

Leyton Orient v Maldon and Tiptree

Chippenham Town v Northampton

Haringey/Yeovil v Hartlepool

Cambridge United v Exeter City

Whitby/Stourbridge v Welling/Eastleigh

Salford v Burton Albion

Forest Green Rovers v Sutton/Billericay

Bristol Rovers v Bromley

Ebbsfleet/Woking v Notts County

Walsall v Darlington

Nantwich v AFC Fylde

AFC Wimbledon v Doncaster

Hayes and Yeading/Poole v Oxford United

Shrewsbury v Bradford

Grimsby v Newport County

Gateshead v Oldham

Mansfield v Chorley

Dover v Southend

Tranmere v Wycombe

Carshalton v Boston

Cheltenham v Swindon

Accrington v Crewe

Potters Bar/Barnet v Fleetwood

Macclesfield v Kingstonian

Maidenhead/Wealdstone v Rotherham

Blackpool v Morecambe

MK Dons v Port Vale

Stevenage v Peterborough

(Dailypost)
02:10

Carragher predicts clubs that will win EPL, FA Cup, Champions League


Jamie Carragher has said he expects Manchester City to edge out Liverpool in this season’s Premier League title race.



Jurgen Klopp’s side finished second last season, one point behind City, despite losing only once.
 

Carragher expects Liverpool to push Man City all the way again this season but cannot see the Reds winning the Premier League.
He also revealed in a column for the Daily Telegraph, that he is backing north London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League in third and fourth respectively.

Carragher wrote: “Premier League – Manchester City: They are so strong and with Pep Guardiola at the helm, there will no let up.
 



“Top four – Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal. Liverpool will be the closest challengers again, but keeping Mauricio Pochettino was crucial for Spurs. Arsenal will improve with their new signings.
“FA Cup – Liverpool. Klopp has a miserable record in this competition but he knows this is a great opportunity for more silverware.
“League Cup – Tottenham Hotspur. Pochettino is still waiting for his first trophy, despite doing an exceptional job. He should target any silverware he get his hands on.
 

“Champions League – Manchester City. It is Guardiola’s obsession and they have been beaten by English rivals in the last two years. They are the best team in the competition.”

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