Moutinho strike seals Wolves draw at Man Utd

first_imgManchester United dropped points for a second successive Premier League home match on Saturday, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by promoted Wolves.Former manager Alex Ferguson was back at Old Trafford for the first time since his May health scare, but United failed to put on much of a show for him, instead producing a performance which surely would have resulted in the Scot’s infamous “hairdryer” treatment.Although United looked particularly off the pace early on and rode their luck, they broke the deadlock in the 18th minute, with Fred getting his first goal for the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Joao Moutinho scored Wolves’ deserved equaliser with a fine finish early in the second half and, although United upped the pressure late on, they could not find a winner in ‘Fergie time’, as they slumped to another disappointing result.Wolves looked vastly superior to their hosts in the early exchanges and forced David de Gea into two smart saves, as Raul Jimenez and Willy Boly threatened.But United made the most of those let-offs and took the lead against the run of play 18 minutes in – Fred finding the bottom-left corner from 20 yards after Paul Pogba’s clever disguised pass.The Brazilian nearly got a second on the stroke of half-time, but his fine free-kick was tipped on to the post by Rui Patricio.Wolves deservedly restored parity just after the interval, however, as Jimenez teed up Moutinho on the edge of the box and the midfielder found the top-left corner.United huffed and puffed towards the end, with substitute Juan Mata offering a little more creativity than Alexis Sanchez, but Wolves held on, Nuno Espirito Santo successfully frustrating his “inspiration” Jose [email protected] pic.twitter.com/OFFDisQFHG — Wolves (@Wolves) September 22, 2018  What it means: Lukaku’s supporting cast lacking craft Romelu Lukaku endured a difficult outing on Saturday, with the supply to him generally poor.Pogba looked the most likely to create chances for him, but otherwise United’s attacking players were disappointing, with Sanchez and Jesse Lingard particularly ineffective.But, to be fair to Sanchez and Lingard, neither would consider themselves to be natural wingers, yet Mourinho persists with them on the flanks. Selfless Jimenez leads from the front He may not have got on the scoresheet, but Jimenez made a real impact in attack for the visitors. His hold-up play was excellent, as shown when setting up Moutinho, he dropped deep to good effect and even his runs in behind troubled United. His former Benfica colleague Victor Lindelof had a difficult day. Sanchez produces little spark once again United’s Chile forward certainly cannot be accused of not trying but his passing was sloppy and he made little impact in the final third. You have to wonder how long Mourinho will continue to play him out wide. Key Opta Facts6 – Man Utd have dropped six points from seven Premier League games at Old Trafford against newly-promoted opposition under Jose Mourinho; more than the Red Devils had dropped in 10 seasons in the top-flight between 2006-07 and 2015-16 (5 pts). Glum. pic.twitter.com/LdIogg0eRP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 22, 2018- Wolves have avoided defeat at Old Trafford against Man Utd in all competitions for the first time since November 1980, stopping a run of eight successive losses.- Fred is the 500th different player to score a competitive goal for Man Utd (excluding own goals).- Paul Pogba has been directly involved in six goals in his seven starts in all competitions for Man Utd this season (4 goals, 2 assists). What’s next? After an EFL Cup date with Frank Lampard’s Derby County on Tuesday, United’s next Premier League outing sees them travel to West Ham. Wolves host Leicester City in the cup, before then welcoming Southampton to Molineux in the league. read morelast_img read more

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Thumri Expression of love

first_imgOnce hailed as the most popular art form in the royal courts of Awadh, Thumri is still adored and followed by the lovers of Hindustani classical tradition. The beauty of Thumri lies in the fact that it is a semi-classical form of singing which appeals equally to the connoisseurs of classical music as well as  to those who prefer lighter musical art forms.A three-day Thumri Festival that opens on August 7 at Kamani Auditorium in the capital is set to add to the beautiful melody of pouring raindrops and the rhythms of cool monsoon laden winds. Some of the veterans of Hindustani classical music such as Girija Devi, Pandit Channulal Mishra and Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khan will be among the vocalists participating in the festival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The annual Thumri Festival, presented by Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture & Languages and Sahitya Kala Parishad brings together the maestros of this art form along with some outstanding young talent. The festival will be inaugurated by Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Delhi. Kapil Mishra, Minister for Water, Law & Justice, Tourism, Art, Culture and Languages, will be the chief guest at the festival.Over three days, nine vocalists who have mastered the beautiful art form of Thumri will entertain the audience. The festival will have a fitting finale when Girja Devi, the 84-year-old maestro of Thumri takes the stage.last_img read more

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Mamata takes wraps off Soujanya

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday inaugurated ‘Soujanya’, a state-of-the-art venue at Hastings House Complex in Alipore, for holding industry and diplomatic meetings. The building is modelled after Hyderabad House in Delhi.”Hyderabad House in Delhi is used only for holding meetings and signing MoUs. ‘Soujanya’ has nine suites that will serve as a guest house for country heads and similar high ranked officials, along with captains of the industry. We will use this venue for specific purposes. Earlier, we did not have any specific venue for holding diplomatic meetings. From now, such meetings will be held here,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe further said that her government is considering construction of a skywalk beside Kalighat Temple, similar to the one which has recently been constructed by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) in Dakshineswar, which will be inaugurated on November 5. “We have received a proposal for constructing a skywalk near Kalighat Temple. I have asked chief secretary Malay De to go through the proposal and if feasible, we will construct the skywalk. It will be of immense help to the people,” she said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedTalking of the government’s huge investment in infrastructure, the Chief Minister said that several new flyovers are coming up in Kolkata. “The Mahestala-Jinjirabazar flyover is almost ready and will be inaugurated soon. We will come up with a number of flyovers to connect Tollygunge, Dhakuria, Cossipore, Jadavpur and Shyambazar. Around Rs 18,000 crore has been allotted for the new infrastructure, including bridges and roads. This apart, another Rs 25,000 crore has been included in the budget for additional infrastructure. I am sure no other state in the country has spent such a huge amount on infrastructure till now,” Banerjee maintained. ‘Soujanya’, which has been named by Banerjee, has a host of facilities including a community hall, conference room, special rooms for accommodating the Prime Minister or important world leaders and personalities, rest rooms and other required infrastructure. An auditorium named ‘Uttirnyo’ has already been set up in Alipore, while Milan Mela exhibition ground is being developed further, the Chief Minister said. Banerjee will hold the Bijoya meet with industrialists and diplomats at Eco Tourism Park on November 14. From the venue, the Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of an arsenic-free potable drinking water project for the people of Haroa, Rajarhat and Bhangar II Block in North 24-Parganas. The project, conceived by the department of Public Health and Engineering (PHE), will involve Rs 1,000 crore. PHE minister Moloy Ghatak was also present at the programme.last_img read more

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