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Ten Hag commends Man Utd on a job well done



After Manchester United defeated Real Betis 1-0 on the road, Erik ten Hag praised his team’s strength and made a joke about how relieved he was that none of his players had personal fouls.

In the second leg on Thursday, a goal by Marcus Rashford early in the second half was the deciding factor, as United moved on to the quarterfinals of the Europa League as 5-1 aggregate winners.

With a three-goal advantage from the rematch last week, Ten Hag gave Facundo Pellistri his first senior start while also recalling Tyrell Malacia and Harry Maguire.

In the second half, Marcel Sabitzer, Anthony Elanga, Victor Lindelof, Jadon Sancho, and Diogo Dalot were also introduced, allowing Ten Hag to fully utilize his bench players.

He told BT Sport, “I think all the players did really well. “The people who came in performed well. In addition to having 11, we also have a squad.”

Although exaggerating the strength of his team, Ten Hag was happy that no players would be missing for the quarterfinals.

When asked what was best about winning, the Dutchman responded, “No red cards, no injuries. We have a sizable team, but not a large one.

Only Barcelona (22) has more clean sheets than United’s 21, but United has won more games than any other team in the major five leagues of Europe this season.

For the first time this season, United failed to have a shot on goal in the opening period of a game. Nevertheless, after Rashford’s 27th goal of the year, United improved and easily secured the victory.

Ten Hag stated, “I’m glad, but we welcome difficulties. “Betis is a tremendously good team, as we already knew. It has happened to Real Madrid and Barcelona.

“I believe we could also take the lead, but there were a few defensive transitional situations where they may score, so we need to prevent that and have better ball control.

“We didn’t always follow through, and the second half improved greatly. Yet, you can also tell that the opposition is less motivated, especially after you score the first goal.

The focus will initially shift to Sunday’s FA Cup quarterfinal against Fulham even though United is already in the pot for the draw on Friday.

Maguire should get another chance to start that game, and the United captain is anxious to prove he merits more regular playing time.

He told BT Sport, “I work hard at the training ground and that’s all you can do. “You may work hard throughout training; I gave it my all.

“Of course I want to play more and start more games, but I’m contributing on and off the field,” he said.

“It feels good to be out there leading the squad to victory, which is what matters most to myself and the team.

“Whether I’m playing or not, I try to make this club successful every day. For now, I’m primarily focused on that.”

United has won five and drawn two of their last seven road games in Europe against Spanish opposition.

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Jordan Ayew equals John Paintsil’s Ghana record



After earning his 91st appearance against the Central African Republic in the final round of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers, Jordan Ayew hit a significant milestone in his Ghanaian career.

The 31-year-old gained further honors when he assumed leadership of the team in the absence of his brother Andre Ayew. He entered Ghana’s encounter with his head held high after winning the Crystal Palace Player of the Month award for August.

Mohammed Kudus’ outstanding free-kick goal and Ernest Nuamah’s late goal for the Black Stars—who was making only his second appearance—in the 88th minute helped Ghana, led by Jordan Ayew, come from behind to defeat their opponents 2-1.

In terms of Ghanaian internationals with the most outings, Jordan Ayew is now tied for fourth place with Andre Ayew (114), Asamoah Gyan (109), and Richard Kingson (93).

The former Olympique Marseille player declared after the game that he was prepared to raise his total with other contests.

He added, “I still have games left to play.”

Ayew, who has played for the squad consistently since his debut in 2010, has scored 19 goals and is expected to play a bigger role in Ghana’s upcoming games, including those in the 2026 World Cup qualifications and the 2023 AFCON competition, which will take place in Ivory Coast next year.

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Neymar claims Saudi league could top Ligue 1 already



According to Brazilian captain Neymar, the football league in Saudi Arabia may already be more competitive than Ligue 1 in France.

The 31-year-old attacker left Paris Saint-Germain in August for approximately £77.5 million with add-ons for the Saudi Pro League.

In a transfer window that saw Saudi teams spend more than £700 million on foreign players, Neymar signed with Al-Hilal.

I wouldn’t be astonished if the Saudi league is superior to the French, he remarked, given the names that were sent to Saudi Arabia.

According to data from the football governing organization Fifa, Saudi clubs’ spending on foreign agreements this summer was second only to the Premier League, whose teams spent just under £1.6bn on foreign transactions.

Although Al-Ittihad was unable to lure Mohamed Salah away from Liverpool, other Premier League players, including Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino, and Fabinho, moved to Saudi Arabia.

Karim Benzema of Real Madrid, Georginio Wijnaldum of PSG, and Sadio Mane of Bayern Munich were also courted by Saudi clubs.

Marcelo Brozovic, the captain of Inter Milan in the Champions League final, Franck Kessie of Barcelona, Jota of Celtic, and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic of Lazio are among more players who have made the move to the Saudi Pro League.

A brand-new transfer world record might have also occurred. After making a £259 million offer, PSG allowed Al-Hilal to speak with Kylian Mbappe. However, the forward chose to stay with the French champions, and Neymar was instead sold.

Although Neymar’s tenure in Paris was limited by ankle ailments after transferring from Barcelona for a record sum of £200 million in 2017, he assisted PSG in winning five Ligue 1 championships.

While representing Brazil internationally, Neymar said: “I can promise you that Saudi Arabian football is the same. We have goalposts, and the ball is spherical.

“There is no mystery. There, we practice hard because we still have a strong desire to win.

“I want Al-Hilal to win championships. Not much has changed.

Saudi Pro League, according to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, poses a greater threat than not.
The Saudi deadline, which ended over a week after the top leagues in Europe, drew criticism from a number of Premier League managers.

Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, stated last week that the Saudi Pro League felt more dangerous than not. According to Klopp, it’s important to “protect the game and ensure that European leagues remain as strong as they are.”

Henderson, a staunch ally of the LGBTQ+ community, claimed that criticism of his transfer had “really hurt” him.

Given that same-sex sexual conduct is prohibited in Saudi Arabia, some LGBTQ+ activists have questioned his decision.

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Richard Ofori and Jordan Ayew train with the Black Stars in Kumasi



Prior to their upcoming encounter against Central African Republic (CAR), Black Stars teammates Richard Ofori and Jordan Ayew arrived in Kumasi in time for their team’s first training session.

After landing in Kumasi, the team held their first practice at the Baba Yara Stadium with 24 players present (Joseph Paintsil was not there).

when previously reported by DEK360ghana, the squad held its first practice on Monday in Accra with only approximately 12 players present. However, most of the players eventually joined when they traveled from the capital to Kumasi.

While his teammates continue to train in Kumasi in preparation for the crucial encounter, Paintsil is the only unfit player who is considered present in Accra.

However, because the event was intended to be private, access to the Baba Yara Stadium was refused to both media and spectators.

As the pivotal game in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier approaches, the team is slated to hold another practice that will likely be accessible to the media.

Ghana must either win or draw to qualify for the tournament, which will be hosted by Ivory Coast’s neighbors the following year, while CAR must win in order to advance.

The game kicks off on Thursday at the Baba Yara Stadium at 16:00GMT

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