Big setback for Man United

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal cast doubt on his team’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League after a 2-1 loss at relegation-threatened Sunderland in the Premier League, placing the Dutchman under fresh scrutiny yesterday.The latest embarrassing loss for United this season was sealed by a late own goal by David de Gea in the 82nd minute, with a goal-line clearance from Anthony Martial cannoning off the back of the goalkeeper and into the net.Martial had equalised for United in the 39th minute after recently signed Wahbi Khazri put Sunderland ahead in the third minute.The loss left United six points behind fourth-place Manchester City, having played one more game.great chanceWith the top four in action against each other today – leaders Leicester are at Arsenal, and Manchester City host Tottenham – United wasted a great chance to close the gap on the Champions League places.”It will be very difficult now,” van Gaal said about United finishing in the top four. “It’s too much at this time. I think after this match, winning the Europa League is the best route.”Chelsea have endured an even more miserable season, but the ailing champions did manage to produce their most emphatic win of the campaign yesterday by routing Newcastle 5-1 to climb to 12th place. Manager Guus Hiddink remains unbeaten since replacing fired JosÈ Mourinho in December, but Chelsea are 14 points from fourth place.Diego Costa, wearing a mask after breaking his nose, took just five minutes to put Chelsea in front, and Pedro Rodriguez intercepted sloppy Newcastle, passing to score in the 9th minute.Willian completed a counterattack after being set up by Costa in the 17th, Pedro netted again in the 59th and Bertrand Traore became the first player from Burkina Faso to score in the Premier League in the 83rd.relegation zoneMeanwhile, Norwich threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to West Ham and stay in the relegation zone, now only a point above Sunderland. Swansea lost 1-0 at home to Southampton and are only three points above the bottom three in 16th place.Stoke beat Bournemouth 3-1 and Watford won 2-1 at Crystal Palace, for whom Emmanuel Adebayor scored his first Premier League goal since October 2014. Troy Deeney scored both of Watford’s goals.West Bromwich produced a steely defensive display to beat Everton 1-0 away, courtesy of a goal by Salomon Rondon.last_img read more

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MAJOR FLOODING ALERT AS STORM CONTINUES TO RAGE ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgCars left stranded on The PIer in Donegal Town. Pic by Rory O’Donnell.Donegal has been battered with overnight storms with many places flooded across the county.Parts of Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Annagry have been badly hit.Power cables are down, a boat was washed up onto the pier at Bunbeg while the car park in Donegal Town was completely submerged in water. Our pictures show the impact of high tides and strong winds have had on Co Donegal overnight.A boat was washed up onto the pier at Bunbeg this morning. Pic by Neil Campbell.People are being warned not to go walking along the coastline as storm-force winds of up to 120 mph continue to last the county.Met Eireann have kept a status orange alert for Donegal and other parts of the countryA huge section of Annagry village was left under water. Cars parked overnight alongside The Pier in Donegal Town were left stranded with the fire services attending at first light.ESB crews have been called out across the county with a number of reports of downed powerlines.The ESB are currently fixing a powerline which has come down on the Carnmore Road in Dungloe.Hundreds of homes in Lifford, Newtowncunningham, Dungloe and Bunbeg are without power.Despite the storm-like conditions there are no reports of serious injuries. Send all your storm pictures to [email protected] and we publish them as soon as we can.A large section of Annagry village was left under water this morning. Pic by James McDevitt.The tourist office in Donegal Town was in danger of being flooded this morning. Pic by Rory O’Donnell.A car left stranded on The PIer in Donegal Town. Pic by Rory O’Donnell.MAJOR FLOODING ALERT AS STORM CONTINUES TO RAGE ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: January 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AnnagrydonegalDonegal TowndungloeESBFLOODINGstormlast_img read more

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