Ferdinand admits festive schedule could decide Man Utd future | Transfers | Tribal Football

Rio Ferdinand is delaying a decision over whether to sign a new deal with Manchester United. Rio Ferdinand is delaying a decision over whether to sign a new deal with Manchester United.The defender wants to see how his body copes with the busy winter programme before making a decision on his long-term future.”The best thing I can do is to look at it after Christmas, and then again in the summer, to see how I’m feeling and go from there,” said Ferdinand. “But hearing the manager saying I could go on for maybe another two or three years definitely puts the spring back in your step.”I will have a better idea about that in December or January time when the games start coming thick and fast. That is when it really hits you and you know the hard work has to start.”I will probably then get a better gauge of where I am, fitness-wise, and the benefit of having the summer off then.”

Frustration starting to creep in for Martinez as Wigan lose again | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez was feeling a sense of injustice following his sides 2-1 loss to Everton on Wednesday. Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez was feeling a sense of injustice following his sides 2-1 loss to Everton on Wednesday.The Latics dropped the third match in a row to make it four losses in their past five which has them sitting 18th on the Premier League table.Arouna Kona gave Wigan some hope with an 82nd minute goal after Leon Osman and Phil Jagielka gave the Toffees a two-goal lead but it wasn’t to be, leaving the Spaniard with a massive headache after seven losses from nine outings on the road this campaign.”I’m frustrated and angry. It is a moment of the season where results are starting to be very important,” said Martinez.”We knew we were coming to a difficult place but the way we played the first half, I thought we stopped them from having any momentum.”We were starting to get into a good position to get a positive result and actions in both boxes cost us.”We need to make sure we don’t rely on third parties – we don’t rely on decisions to get positive results.”We will learn from it. It is not good enough just to play well in the Premier League, whichever ground you are playing at.”If we need to play extra well to get a positive result, that is what we have got to do.” Click here to reach the No1 destination for hard news and exciting gossip on Wigan Athletic

Mancini labels non-scoring Man City side as ‘soft’ | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Roberto Mancini has labelled his Manchester City side as too ‘soft’ after today’s 1-0 loss at Sunderland. Roberto Mancini has labelled his Manchester City side as too ‘soft’ after today’s 1-0 loss at Sunderland.Former City winger Adam Johnson came back to haunt the reigning champions with a 53rd minute winner at the Stadium of Light which left Mancini’s men seven points behind league leaders Manchester United.City have not been themselves in front of goal recently with just nine goals in their past seven matches and Mancini has urged them to improve their output in front of goal if they are to challenge for another title.”We deserved to win this game. We had a lot of chances, we played well, but we didn’t score,” the Italian said.”This is our problem, we don’t score, we don’t score enough goals to win the game.”Last year, we scored one, two, three goals every game. Now when we have chances, we are too soft and this is not good.”We are too soft in attack, too soft when we have chances, too soft when we shoot. Sometimes we don’t shoot, we want to have one touch more. This is not good.” Click here to reach the No1 destination for hard news and exciting gossip on Manchester City

Moyes thrilled as Everton break down difficult Wigan | Premiership News | Tribal Football

David Moyes was delighted with the performance of his Everton team in today’s 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic. David Moyes was delighted with the performance of his Everton team in today’s 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic.Leon Osman’s deflected shot in the 52nd minute and Phil Jagielka’s 77th minute header allowed the Toffees to record maximum points on Boxing Day and the showing against a difficult Wigan outfit was not lost on Moyes.”Wigan played well and I have to give them credit,” said the Scotsman.”They will do the same to most teams and they don’t get enough credit for the way they pass the ball and the way they play.”I thought before half-time we were starting to look the better side but we are never comfortable because of the way Wigan play.”We just raised it a bit at half-time and it made the difference.”The big thing was when Ossie (Osman) went into the middle of the park – it made us play better.”He has got happy feet. He danced through and got a shot away, obviously it took a bit of a deflection.”The second one was a good header. It was about time a centre-half scored a goal and I’m glad Jags got it.”Everton went up to fifth on the table with their eighth victory of the campaign whilst Wigan lost for the fourth time in five outings to stay in the relegation zone. Click here to reach the No1 destination for hard news and exciting gossip on Everton

Man City’s Mancini: Sunderland lucky to win | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Despite labelling his Manchester City soft, Roberto Mancini felt that Sunderland were lucky to win 1-0 at the Stadium of Light on Boxing Day. Despite labelling his Manchester City soft, Roberto Mancini felt that Sunderland were lucky to win 1-0 at the Stadium of Light on Boxing Day.Adam Johnson netted the only goal of the contest against his former club as City fell seven points behind league leaders Manchester United and the Black Cats moved up to 13th.It was the third 1-0 victory at home against City in a row for Sunderland but Mancini believes it was a lucky triumph for his opposition.”I think they [Sunderland] are really lucky against us at home because you can’t create every time 15, 20 chances like this year, last year, two years ago and in the end, you lose the game,” he said.”They are very lucky against us. They defend well, but we need to be stronger when we have a chance to score.” Click here to reach the No1 destination for hard news and exciting gossip on Manchester City

Benitez happy with Chelsea spirit after Norwich win | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez was thrilled with the spirit and character of his side after they beat Norwich City 1-0 on Boxing Day. Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez was thrilled with the spirit and character of his side after they beat Norwich City 1-0 on Boxing Day.The Blues remained third on the table thanks to a fighting victory at Carrow Road which came courtesy of Juan Mata’s 38th minute goal and the overall showing of the team was not lost on a proud Benitez.”We knew it would be a difficult game, they have won against United and Arsenal and it was a tough game,” said the Spaniard.”I am really pleased with the performance of the players and really pleased as it is another victory after Japan (Club World Cup), so the team is showing character.”We were working hard in defence, against Aston Villa we were attacking, it was a different type of game today and we showed character that the team can play football and at the same time can defend.”They didn’t have too many chances, we had two or three to score the second goal so I am pleased because it was a great performance.” Click here to reach the No1 destination for hard news and exciting gossip on Chelsea

O’Neill not bothered by Mancini comments as Sunderland down Man City | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Martin O’Neill was not reading into the post-match comments made by opposite number Roberto Mancini on Boxing Day. Martin O’Neill was not reading into the post-match comments made by opposite number Roberto Mancini on Boxing Day.O’Neill’s Sunderland downed reigning champions Manchester City 1-0 thanks to a 53rd minute Adam Johnson goal but Mancini felt his side were unlucky to lose at the Stadium of Light.However, O’Neill was not buying into the Italians excuses whilst suggesting it was his team’s best performance of the season to make it three wins in a row at home against City.”Honestly, I am really not particularly bothered, I am genuinely not bothered about what Roberto Mancini would say about the team,” he said.”I have seen it before with other managers. I’m not bothered. I thought we were terrific today.”Considering the opposition, I would have to say yes (it was our best performance).”We gained a bit of confidence form winning against Southampton and took that into the game, but we knew there would be times when we would have to play without the ball and we would have to defend strongly, and we did both of those very well.”And yet we were able to carve out some great chances in the game.” Click here to reach the No1 destination for hard news and exciting gossip on Sunderland