Solskjaer plays down Man Utd’s penalty woes

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has played down concerns over Manchester United’s prowess from the penalty spot after a second miss from 12 yards in two games cost them again against Crystal Palace. Marcus Rashford hit the post on Saturday with his team down 1-0 against the Eagles. Daniel James equalised at Old Trafford, before a Patrick van Aanholt goal in stoppage time stole ensured Palace took all three points back to South London.Paul Pogba saw his penalty saved in a 1-1 draw with Wolves on Monda y, after taking the ball from Rashford, who had converted a spot kick in United’s 4-0 win over Chelsea to open the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Solskjaer said that continuing to put themselves in good positions would yield results in the end.”Two games, two missed penalties. It’s part and parcel of it,” the Norwegian told the BBC after the game.“Sometimes it happens. I have missed a few myself. If we score them it’s a different story.“If we keep putting ourselves in those positions we will get more penalties and we will score. It is just one of those things. We trust them to score again.”United bossed the game, having 22 shots to Palace’s five, but each club mustered three on target.Palace’s opening goal came from their first shot after Jordan Ayew pounced on error by Victor Lindelhof.Solskjaer lamented his team’s profligacy, and also the errors that led to the Eagles strikes. Goalkeeper David De Gea will feel he could have done better with Van Aanholt’s winner.”They scored two and we scored only one,” he added “We just were not clinical enough in front of goal and they scored two very easy goals. I thought we got our act together second half, we just couldn’t hit the target.“We have dominated the game but we have not controlled it.”We should have dealt with the last five minutes better. We defended poorly at times today and it cost us. Sometimes you do not find that end product and that happened today.“We did not test their keeper enough. It cost us dearly today.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Kane isn’t undroppable for England – Southgate

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed Harry Kane will start against Kosovo on Tuesday, but is adamant his skipper is not “undroppable”.Tottenham striker Kane scored a hat-trick as the Three Lions eased to a 4-0 Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Bulgaria on Saturday.It comes after he had to settle for a place on the bench in the Nations League semi-final against Netherlands after missing much of the latter stages of last season through injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Southgate plans to make changes for the game at St Mary’s but says Kane’s quality makes it difficult for him to be left out, and he will resist the temptation to rest him for what will be the first ever meeting between the two nations at senior level.”In the summer we decided that he wasn’t ready to start, so I don’t think you can have a player that is undroppable, because that is a dangerous route for any team and it is not a healthy position for a player,” Southgate said. “But it is safe to say we won’t be dropping him for tomorrow. His level of performance is so high that dropping him would be a rare occurrence. “We might freshen the team a bit, that will be important. We don’t need to, everyone is fit and available. We need to make sure we get the balance right.”We need to get the right attacking and defending profiles to make sure we win the game.”Harry Kane England BulgariaSouthgate is wary of the threat posed by a second-placed Kosovo side, who have already defeated Czech Republic in Group A.”We are expecting a different sort of challenge to Saturday – but one we are looking forward to,” he said. “It will be a very different style of game. Kosovo will be very high pressing, hard working, a more attacking threat than we faced on Saturday.”Maybe there will be more space to play up front. Whatever we learned from Saturday’s game this is a completely different challenge.”Southgate, meanwhile, gave praise to midfielder Declan Rice for the way he has dealt with social media abuse directed towards him and his family after switching international allegiance to England from the Republic of Ireland. “When I spoke with Declan about the possibility of him transferring association across, I was very conscious that this was something that could happen,” Southgate said. “That is why I wanted to tread very carefully, to make sure him and his family had all the time they needed to make a decision.”I never pushed, because I suspected that this would be part of the consequences of that.”I think he has dealt with everything incredibly maturely.”last_img read more

UnCruise Adventures Expands in Alaska and Brings Adventure to the Columbia & Snake Rivers

first_imgThe full 2018 deployment of small ship adventure cruises from Alaska to South America  Seattle, WA, June 7, 2017— Known for off-the-beaten-path adventures, UnCruise Adventures has launched its 2018 schedule of small ship cruises highlighted by a new adventure itinerary on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, plus a fresh lineup of itineraries and an expanded selection of ships in Alaska. The 88-guest S.S. Legacy transforms into an adventure equipped ship to offer kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff excursions, hikes on remote trails, whitewater rafting down the Deschutes River as well as other active adventures. New in 2018, the ship heads to Alaska from April through mid-August, then sails on the Columbia and Snake Rivers from August through November. Based in Seattle, Washington, the line operates eight adventure ships, plus a partner vessel in the Galápagos, carrying 22-88 guests in Alaska, coastal Washington, British Columbia, Columbia & Snake Rivers, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Hawaii, Galápagos, Costa Rica and Panamà. “The Columbia & Snake River system is an outdoor enthusiasts’ mecca, and extending our style of adventure there is a natural fit,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO. “In order to make it an UnCruise, we need to slow down, take time to kayak, sightsee by skiff, and go hiking. We purposely build flexibility into our itineraries to make each day the best day possible.” Columbia and Snake River cruise – New itinerary The S.S. Legacy sails eight departures between Portland, Oregon and Lewiston, Idaho (or reverse) on a new weeklong Rivers of Adventure itinerary from mid-August to October. An included charter flight to/from Lewiston makes it roundtrip Portland, Oregon. With a new focus on adventure, river exploration includes a jet boat ride into Hells Canyon, Deschutes River whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, yoga, paddle boarding, kayaking, skiff tours, swimming and a winery tour. Rates begin at $4,995 per person, double occupancy. From October through mid-December, seven departures on a Rivers of Wine itinerary sail roundtrip Portland, Oregon with a guest wine expert and sommelier on board for a week of winery tours and tastings. Rates begin at $3,745 per person, double occupancy.  Southeast Alaska – 5 new itineraries, 1 additional ship With the addition of the S.S. Legacy in Alaska, seven ships will sail 10 adventure cruise itineraries on 160 departures lasting one or two weeks from April through September. Homeports are Seattle, Washington; Ketchikan, Juneau, Petersburg and Sitka, Alaska. Five of 10 itineraries are new in 2018 and seven include a visit of one, two or three days in Glacier Bay National Park. The adventure outpost of Haines, Alaska is a new port of call. The Safari Endeavour and S.S. Legacy sail two alternating itineraries between Juneau and Sitka providing more two-week adventure opportunities. The Safari Quest’s new itinerary is specially designed for guests returning to Alaska with explorations of rarely visited wilderness areas. Alaska cruise rates begin at $2,995 per person, based on double occupancy. Costa Rica and Panamá The 62-guest Safari Voyager sails 28 departures one-way between Costa Rica and Panamá (or reverse) from January through April, June, August, and again from October through December. An eight-night Unveiled Wonders itinerary includes a pre-cruise hotel night and a full transit of the Panamá Canal. Monkeys, birds, sea turtles and other wildlife are seen on explorations in national parks, a refuge and conservation areas. Rates begin at $4,395 per person, based on double occupancy.  Panamá In May, June, August and September, the Safari Voyager sails 12 Pure Panamá adventure cruises roundtrip Panamá City. The off-the-beaten-path adventure visits the Guna Yala (formerly San Blas) Islands, Chagres River, Pearl Islands and Darién Jungle. Highlights include a full transit of the Panamá Canal, meeting locals in an Embera village, and a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fort San Lorenzo. A pre-cruise hotel night is included in Panamá City. Rates begin at $4,395 per person, based on double occupancy. Many Costa Rica and Panama itineraries may be combined for a 15-night Ultimate Costa Rica and Panamá adventure cruise. Mexico’s Sea of Cortés From January through March and December, the Safari Endeavour sails 14 departures on a weeklong Baja’s Bounty itinerary roundtrip San José del Cabo with an included land tour to the ship in La Paz. A week of exploring remote islands and waters in the UNESCO World Heritage Site includes a burro ride into the arroyo in Bahía Agua Verde, snorkeling with sea lions at Los Islotes, desert hikes and marine life searches. Depending on the time of year, guests will either don snorkels and swim with whale sharks (gentle giants) or cross the Baja peninsula to Magdalena Bay to see grey whales and calves up close from panga boats. Rates begin at $3,595 per person, based on double occupancy. Galápagos Islands The La Pinta sails five departures on an 8-night Darwin’s Islands and Colonial Quito exploration with six nights on board the ship and two at Casa Gangotena Hotel, an award winning hotel in Quito, Ecuador. Turtles, birds, land iguanas, sea lions, penguins and other wildlife encounters are highlights during expeditions on seven islands—Seymour Norte, Isabela, Fernandina, Rábida, Santa Cruz, Floreana and Baltra. Adventure activities and a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Center are included along with internal air between Quito and Galápagos. Rates begin at $8,545 per person, based on double occupancy. Hawaiian Islands The Safari Explorer sails 22 departures on a Hawaiian Seascapes itinerary one-way between Moloka’i and The big Island of Hawai’i (or reverse) from January through March and November through December. The island hopping cruise visits Maui, Lana’i, Moloka’i and the big island of Hawai’i. An overnight and full day on Moloka’i explores traditional Hawaiian culture with locals in Halawa Valley, as well as a Pa’ina feast in the evening. Snorkeling and small boat explorations unveil the underwater universe of marine life—dolphins, tropical fish, whales, green sea turtles and a night snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta rays. Rates begin at $3,995 per person, based on double occupancy. Coastal Washington and British Columbia In spring and fall, 10 departures on a weeklong Explore! Olympic Wilderness and San Juan Islands adventure sails roundtrip Seattle exploring coastal Washington shores from South Hood Canal to the Olympic Peninsula and around the San Juan Islands. The Wilderness Discoverer sails the itinerary in spring with the Safari Quest taking over in the fall. The Safari Quest also sails 10 departures on a weeklong British Columbia’s Yachters’ Paradise itinerary in spring and fall from Seattle. Highlights include high tea at Victoria’s Empress Hotel, gunkholing and paddling among islands and inlets and a visit to Princess Louisa Inlet and Chatterbox Falls. Rates begin at $2,495 per person, based on double occupancy. With a focus on exploring nature and wildlife outside, the line carries its own adventure equipment and employs a team of knowledgeable expedition guides to lead adventures off ship. Guests are immersed in the destination and can choose from varying levels of activities—kayaking, hiking, beachcombing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, skiff excursions and wildlife searches. Inclusive cruises are available in nine destinations and include fresh, innovative meals; all beverages including alcohol; adventure activities; transfers day of cruise and wellness amenities. Port taxes and fees are additional. Theme cruise topics include photography, marine biology, ornithology, music, wellness, wine and craft beer. A family Discoveries program encourages families to bring children eight years and older along with a savings of $500 for kids ages eight to 13 years old. To book or to request additional information, contact your travel agent or UnCruise Adventures at 888-862-8881 or [email protected]uncruise.com.  About UnCruise Adventures UnCruise Adventures’ boutique yachts and small ships carry 22-88 guests on voyages in Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Columbia & Snake Rivers, coastal Washington, British Columbia, Galápagos Islands and Costa Rica and Panamá. UnCruise Adventures, under the parent company of InnerSea Discoveries Alaska Inc., is a member of Trusted Adventures, dedicated to the highest standards of small-group travel and to giving back to the places visited.last_img read more