Erik ten Hag is attempting to turn around Manchester United’s fortunes (Picture: Getty Images)
Paul Merson thinks it’s ‘a bit lazy’ for managers to recruit players from their former clubs, referencing Erik ten Hag and Lisandro Martinez for Manchester United.
The new Red Devils boss has come in to attempt to restore the club to their former glories after a dismal last campaign.
United registered their lowest ever points tally in the Premier League last season as they finished sixth in the table.
Ten Hag has strengthened his new squad with the addition of versatile defender Martinez, who he worked with at Ajax.
The Dutchman also wants a reunion with Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, another former Ajax colleague.
But Arsenal legend Merson is not a fan of managers bringing their old players to their new clubs.
‘I’m not a great lover of managers coming in and buying players from their old clubs – it’s a bit lazy,’ Merson told Sportskeeda.
Lisandro Martínez worked under Ten Hag at Ajax (Picture: Getty Images)
‘Dutch football and English football are like chalk and cheese, and it’s going to be difficult for Lisandro Martinez.
‘We’ve seen it before with Sebastien Haller – he was brilliant for Ajax, and he couldn’t score a goal in the Premier League.’
Explaining what Martinez will bring to the side last month, Ten Hag told United’s website: ‘He’s a warrior and I think the fans will admire him.
‘He has an attitude, fighting spirit. He brings aggressiveness in the game, in a good way. I think we need that. But also, he’s also skilful and he can deal with the ball and he’s left-footed.’
‘I think the Premier League is high intensity, lots of challenges,’ Ten Hag added. ‘We need such players. I know from South Americans… I call it grinta. Controlled, aggressive. You need that in your game and with him we have such a player.’
‘Certain ideas, he knows them,’ the Dutchman added. ‘That is an advantage, clear. But also he has to adapt, to a new country, a new club, new team-mates. So also a lot of things will be different.’
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Paul Mescal Receives Apology From BBC After Broadcaster Makes Rather Awkward Blunder
Irish actor Paul Mescal has been called British…again (Picture: Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)
His tweet clarifying his nationality may have been the most liked post in Ireland three years ago, but the BBC has had to apologise after getting a crucial fact about Oscar nominee Paul Mescal wrong.
Earlier this week the Irish actor was announced as one of the nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards.
The 26-year-old, who is from Maynooth, was given the nod for his leading role in indie flick Aftersun in the Actor in a Leading Role category.
In March, Paul will be going up against Austin Butler (Elvis), Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Bill Nighy (Living) and fellow Irishman Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin) in the prestigious category.
But when covering the nominations, the national broadcaster made a rather awkward error.
In text appearing on screen, the BBC reported: ‘2023 Oscar nominations: British actors Paul Mescal and Bill Nighy are nominated for leading role.’
The BBC has apologised for this mistake (Picture: eyeswideshut/ Twitter)
It has now apologised for the mistake, issuing a statement that read: ‘In text running across the screen we reported that Paul Mescal was one of two British actors who had been nominated for an Oscar for a leading role.’
‘The text should have said that Paul Mescal is Irish. We apologise for the mistake.’
When the mistake was made, plenty of people pointed it out and reminded the media outlet that Paul is very much Irish.
‘BBC news seems to not know Paul Mescal is IRISH,’ one person wrote.
Another added: ‘The BBC should know that Paul Mescal isn’t British.’
Plenty of people called out the BBC oversight (Picture: Twitter)
This person pointed out that Paul is very much Irish (Picture: Twitter)
Paul was one of several Irish Oscar nominees (Picture: Twitter)
It wasn’t the first time this has happened though.
Back in 2020, when Paul picked up an Emmy nomination for his breakthrough role in Normal People, outlets including The Guardian called him British.
It lead the actor to tweet ‘I’m Irish’, which ended up becoming the most-liked post in his home country that year.
Paul picked up an Oscar nomination for his starring role in Aftersun (Picture: A24 via AP)
The message quickly racked up over 130,000 likes as well as over 12,000 retweets and over 1,600 replies.
His Oscar nomination helped break a record for Ireland too, with the country securing 14 nominations in the upcoming awards ceremony.
Other actors to get nods included Barry Keoghan, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon.
When his nomination was announced Paul said it was ‘truly a special moment for everyone involved in Aftersun’.
‘To be recognised by the Academy is such an insane honour and I’m so utterly grateful.’
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How Many Legs Are in the Carabao Cup Semi-finals? All the Rules Explained
Only four teams remain in the competition (Picture: Michael Regan/Getty Images)
With the regulations changing from one competition to another, here is your full lowdown of the rules in play across the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup 2023.
Are the Carabao Cup semi-finals played over two legs?
Yes, the Carabao Cup semi-finals will take place over two legs.
Newcastle beat Southampton 1-0 in the first leg of the first semi-final on Tuesday night, with the return leg scheduled for Tuesday, January 31 at 8pm.
Southampton and Newcastle played out an entertaining first leg (Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Manchester United will host Nottingham Forest in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday, February 1 at 8pm.
VAR is in use for the first time in the Carabao Cup this season, having not featured in earlier rounds to ensure fairness across every tie.
Will extra-time and penalties be used in the Carabao Cup semi-finals?
If the score is level after the end of both legs then extra-time, and if required penalties, will be used to determine the winner.
This is the first time this season that matches finishing level in the Carabao Cup will head to extra-time, with ties previously proceeding straight to penalties in the event of a draw after 90 minutes.
The away goals rule will also not be in use for the two semi-finals.
The English Football League scrapped the rule ahead of the 2018/19, which up until that point only came into effect following the conclusion of extra-time.
How many substitutes are allowed in the Carabao Cup?
Managers will be able to use up to five substitutes across three windows during the game (half-time not included).
An extra substitution is permitted in extra-time, whilst both teams can also use two concussion substitutes if required.
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