Quiñahan tells NLEX players: Tough love from Guiao is normal

first_imgMOST READ Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Football’s next kick Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJR Quiñahan admits he felt weird playing against coach Yeng Guiao on Friday.“Nakakapanibago lang na nasa kabila si coach (It was a new feeling that coach is on the opposite side.),” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Admittedly missing Guiao’s tough love, Quiñahan offered advice to NLEX, saying they shouldn’t be discouraged with the mentor’s harsh words.“It’s normal. If he shouts at you, at least he loves you. Him yelling is his way of showing that he cares.”Under the fiery mentor for so long, Quiñahan and Guiao parted ways in the offseason when the mentor went to NLEX while the Cebuano big man was traded by Rain or Shine to GlobalPort.Moving on, Quiñahan is happy that he’s become a vital cog in the Batang Pier’s campaign this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, as the team remains in the running for that coveted top two spot.“We want every game to be important. We’re aiming to get to the top if we’re lucky. For us, you just have to follow coach’s system. There’s no jealousy here and we’re just helping each other.”ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Their new teams battled for the first time with GlobalPort topping NLEX, 110-96. Quiñahan’s squad improved to a joint second place and pushed Guiao’s side down the cellar anew.The Cebuano big man got 18 points and seven rebounds in the win against his former coach as he helped the Batang Pier move up to a 5-3 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnQuiñahan shared that he tried to shake Guiao’s hand after the game but failed as the coach made a quick exit after the Road Warriors’ frustrating loss. But he understands it’s all business, admitting he still gets a chance to talk to the fiery mentor from time-to-time.“We’re texting,” he said. GlobalPort faces San Miguel next Saturday in Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View commentslast_img read more

USAID FED Boosts Rice Production

first_imgThe United States Agency for International Development Food Enterprise Development (USAID FED) for the past four years has increased capacities of local farmers in the country to produce more crops, especially the country’ staple food, rice.Since its inception in the country, USAID-FED agricultural program has empowered over 50,000 farmers who are now operating 10,630 hectares of farmland. The program operates in four value chains, namely rice, cassava, vegetables and goats.In an exclusive interview, Chief of Party of USAID FED Madam Agnes Luz said within the four value chains in which her organization is operating, the rice sector has improved immensely.She mentioned Fabrar Rice Processing Industry as an outcome of USAID FED that her organization has supported to empower local farmers by marketing their produce to add value by processing the locally grown rice as a means to cut down the expense of imported rice.She said during the beginning of USAID FED five year project in 2013, the number of farmers was very low. “In 2013, there were only 7,880 farmers operating on 2,157 hectares of farmland, but the number later grew up to 20,000 farmers with 3,915 hectares in 2014 and has increased immensely in 2015 to 50,500 farmers and 10,630 hectares of improve seed rice and the sale of rice also increase to $1.2M,” Madam Luz added.As a means of responding to farmers’ plea for a safe plant, she said, USAID FED has built nine rice business hubs (6,800 MT/yr additional milling capacity , 1500M3 additional storage) responsible to keep the produce of farmers fresh, 30 power tillers and 1-2 warehouses .“Our responsibility at USAID FED is to increase productivity and profitability of agricultural value chains and improve human nutrition. We are proud of the farmers and we encourage others to join agriculture because very soon with the level of performance from local farmers, Liberia will export rice to other countries in the near future.”She described the rice sector as one of her successes with over 50,000 farmers into rice production which the country depends on for survival.She asserted that before the beginning of her five year project, farmers were carrying on subsistence farming for consumption and expressed joy about the efforts farmers are showing in the six counties of Lofa, Nimba, Bong, Grand Bassa, Montserrado and Margibi and promised to improve the sector.USAID FED Chief of Party also confirmed that farmers have generally benefitted from the provision of hand tools, better quality rice planting materials and training that have improved their knowledge and skills in the technology of farming.She pledged her organization’s commitment to continue empowering and improving the lives of farmers by ensuring that farmers in Liberia export food to other countries like the United States of America, France and other countries to boost agriculture production in the country. She said farmers keep demonstrating their willingness to grow their own food but need the Liberian government to make their work more effective by establishing centers that will be able to keep the products safe when harvested.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Michael Porter Jr. career-high helps Nuggets turn back Pacers

first_imgDenver Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. reacts during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Indianapolis. Denver won 124-116. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLI — Denver Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. took command on his hometown stage Thursday night.He repeatedly beat Pacers defenders and even occasionally the shot clock with his nifty drives to the hoop. He knocked down 3-pointers. He even upstaged All-Star teammate Nikola Jokic.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LaMelo Ball, other athletes aid Australian wildfire victims SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption View comments Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall Pacers: “I felt like we had the feeling we were up more than we were. I felt like we were just cruising because we were making shots. But those are the times we have to improve as a team and go up by 20,” Sabonis said.UP NEXTNuggets: Will make their third stop on a five-game road trip Saturday at Washington.Pacers: Can pull off a second straight season sweep of the Hawks on Saturday in Atlanta.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He couldn’t have written a more perfect script.Porter helped the Nuggets get back on track after they gave up 37 first-quarter points, helped them take control late in the third quarter and was still playing well enough to help them close it out — with some help from his teammates.He wound up 11 of 12 from the field, 2 of 3 on 3-pointers, grabbed five rebounds and had one big assist.And on a night Jokic struggled because of foul trouble, the Nuggets needed someone else to step forward.Yes, Jokic finished with 22 points, 12 in the fourth quarter, and seven rebounds. But it was Porter who drew the rave reviews.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption ‘People evacuated on their own’ Porter scored a season-high 25 points, helping the Nuggets battle back from a double-digit deficit in the first half and leading them past Indiana, 124-116.“It was cool,” said Porter, whose first appearance on the Bankers Life Fieldhouse floor came as a fourth grader. “I was hitting some of my shots and doing some of my moves that I used to do, so I felt pretty good out there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4It probably looked familiar to some in the crowd, too.Porter spent Wednesday reminiscing with old grade-school buddies from an Indianapolis suburb and invited them to his first NBA appearance on the Pacers’ home court. “It’s another glimpse into a very bright future,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “He just got his first postgame water celebration, the guys dumped him. Everybody on the bench was happy for him.”Jeremy Lamb had a season-high 30 points for the Pacers, who have lost four of six.Domantas Sabonis had 18 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, falling just short of his first career triple-double for the second time this week.But it was a frustrating night for the Pacers, who led the entire first half and never trailed until another Indiana native, Gary Harris, knocked down a 3-pointer with 9:16 left in the third quarter to make it 73-72.Lamb answered with a 3, which turned the game into a back-and-forth contest until Monte Morris closed out the the third with a 3-pointer and an 18-foot jumper — off a rebound and pass from Porter — to give the Nuggets a 92-88 lead.Denver opened the fourth by outscoring Indiana 11-6 to make it 103-94 and the Pacers could only get as close as 107-104 with 6:31 to go. Jokic and Porter scored eight of Denver’s next 10 points to seal the victory.“You have to tip your cap to him,” Turner said, referring to Porter. “I’ve been following his career and I think he’s been through a lot. It’s cool and refreshing to see someone like that go off and have a good game. You hope, obviously, it’s against someone else.”TIP-INSNuggets: Will Barton III had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. … Jamal Murray also had 22 points. … Harris returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games with a bruised left shin and finished with 12 points. … Jokic picked up three quick fouls and played just eight minutes in the first half. … Denver had a 47-34 rebounding advantage and snapped a two-game losing streak in Indy … The Nuggets had 27 assists, improving to 17-4 when posting 25 or more this season.Pacers: Turner had 21 points and T.J. Warren added 20. … Aaron Holiday finished with 10 assists. … Lamb made all five of his 3-point attempts and also grabbed six rebounds. … Indiana’s first-quarer scoring total was a season high. … Malcolm Brogdon has missed four of Indiana’s last five games with injuries, this time with a sore back. … The Pacers had won six straight home games before Thursday.THEY SAID ITNuggets: “I think everybody’s getting more and more excited about what Michael’s going to bring, not just in the future, but right now,” Malone said. ‘People evacuated on their own’ MOST READ US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record highlast_img read more

Akida over the moon after Benfica hatrick

first_img“We didn’t believe it after the match that we had beaten a team such as Benfica. They are the champions in their league and have so much experience compared to us. Tactically, technically and physically they are very good and beating them shows something about us. It was such a joy for everyone after the match,” Akida said.On her performance; “I feel really pleased scoring three goals. I have been in good form in the league and as I said, I wanted to translate it to the national team and here we are now. It was a great day for all of us.” She added.The team had a slow start to the match but settled in well especially after Akida’s opener. Team manager Doreen Nabwire told Capital Sport the team was tensed at the start but managed to settle in well, capitalizing on Benfica’s fatigue.“It is the first time these girls play in such a high profile tournament and definitely, you would expect some nerves. Winning was a huge boost now let us see how we tackle the second match,” Nabwire said.Kenya faces Espanyol on Tuesday evening and the team is upbeat from the confidence picked in the opening match, they will be more relaxed and will put their best. They will have a chance of watching their opponents on Monday night when they face the Portuguese champions in the second Group B game.“We have a lot of confidence now after winning the first match and obviously we are less tensed up. We are going to see if we can go on and win this tournament. But we take each match at a time. Benfica is now done and we focus on Espanyol which we definitely expect to be a tougher match,” the forward added.Kenya will only need a draw from the final group match to qualify for the semi finals but will be assured of toping the group if they win.Espanyol won the Spanish top tier league in the 2005/2006 season and have won the domestic cup six times, the last time being in 2012. They finished ninth in the just concluded Primera Liga season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Esse Akida (jersey 14) watches part of the action as Harambee Stars played Portugal champions Benfica. PHOTO/COTIFVALENCIA, Spain, Aug 1- Harambee Starlets forward Esse Mbeyu Akida won plaudits after her performance in the team’s opening COTIF women tournament match against Portuguese champions Benfica in Valencia, Spain, the Spedag forward scoring all of Kenya’s goals in their 3-0 win.Akida was singled out alongside midfielder Christine Nafula for their performances and speaking to Capital Sport from Valencia, the attacker described the win and performance by the team as ‘unbelievable’.last_img read more

Neighborhood Council meetings

first_imgVan Nuys Neighborhood Council general meeting, 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Room 1B at the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys. Call (818) 374-9884 or see www.vnnc.org. Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 14, Mount Gleason Middle School, 10965 Mount Gleason Ave., Sunland. Call (818) 951-7411. Reseda Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 19, Canoas Banquet Hall, 18136 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540 or see www.resedacouncil.org. Arleta Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in the auditorium at Beachy Elementary School, 9757 Beachy Ave., Arleta. Call (818) 892-2457. Studio City Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21, CBS Studios, 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City. Call (818) 655-5400 or see www.scnc.info. Encino Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28, Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 255-1040 or see www.encinocouncil.org. Canoga Park Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 28, Canoga Park Community Center, 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 346-4892.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 7, Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 464-3511 or see www.chatsworthcouncil.org. North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in the recreation room at the Park Plaza Apartments, 6755 Rhodes Ave., North Hollywood. Call (818) 982-2174. Winnetka Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Valley Village, 20830 Sherman Way, Winnetka. Call (818) 676-9766 or see www.winnetkanc.com. Sun Valley Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the assembly room at the Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 767-6766. Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 13, Porter Ranch Library, 11371 Tampa Ave., Porter Ranch. Call (818) 360-5706. Reseda Neighborhood Council candidate forum, 6 p.m. today, Canoas Banquet Hall, 18136 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540 or see www.resedacouncil.org. Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. today, Van Gogh Elementary School, 17160 Van Gogh St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 831-0578 or see www.ghnnc.org. North Hills West Neighborhood Council will hold elections, 5-9 p.m. Tuesday at L.A. Baptist High School, 9825 Woodley Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 893-8613 or see www.northhillswest.org. Van Nuys Neighborhood Council will discuss board election information and hold a board meeting, 7 p.m. Nov. 5 in room 1B at Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys. Call (818) 787-2831. last_img read more

Pilot Hugh Thompson Jr. halted My Lai massacre

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Early in the morning of March 16, 1968, Thompson, door-gunner Lawrence Colburn and crew chief Glenn Andreotta came upon U.S. ground troops killing Vietnamese civilians in and around the village of My Lai. They landed the helicopter in the line of fire between American troops and fleeing Vietnamese civilians and pointed their own guns at the U.S. soldiers to prevent more killings. Colburn and Andreotta had provided cover for Thompson as he went forward to confront the leader of the U.S. forces. Thompson later coaxed civilians out of a bunker so they could be evacuated, and then landed his helicopter again to pick up a wounded child they transported to a hospital. Their efforts led to the cease-fire order at My Lai. In 1998, the Army honored the three men with the prestigious Soldier’s Medal, the highest award for bravery not involving conflict with an enemy. It was a posthumous award for Andreotta, who had been killed in battle three weeks after My Lai. Lt. William L. Calley, a platoon leader, was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the killings, but served just three years under house arrest when then-President Nixon reduced his sentence. NEW ORLEANS – Hugh Thompson Jr., a former Army helicopter pilot honored for rescuing Vietnamese civilians from his fellow GIs during the My Lai massacre, died early Friday. He was 62. Thompson, whose role in the 1968 massacre did not become widely known until decades later, died at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Alexandria, La., hospital spokesman Jay DeWorth said. Trent Angers, Thompson’s biographer and family friend, said Thompson died of cancer. “These people were looking at me for help and there was no way I could turn my back on them,” Thompson recalled in a 1998 Associated Press interview. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DONEGAL ROADERS ARE DOING A NON-STOP TOUR OF IRELAND FOR RELAY FOR LIFE

first_imgFEATURES: The Donegal Roaders are set to embark on an exhausting non-stop tour of Ireland on Saturday, to help raise money for Relay for Life! Hegarty’s Ford in Letterkenny along with the well travelled Donegal Roaders came up with a unique fund raising idea for this years Relay For Life. Hegartys have branded a new Ford Kuga in the Relay For Life logo’s – and Les O Donnell and Denis Ferry will leave Letterkenny on Friday evening and drive around Ireland – some 1300 kilometres of it .Some of the routes the guys will embark on are Donegal, Sligo, Galway, Cork, Wexford, Dublin, Belfast and Letterkenny.The duo who usually go nowhere without the third member of the team, Paul Doherty, are going as a double act this time as Paul has work commitments this weekend so Paul said “the two lads will become king of the selfie overnight!”.Paul also gave Denis and Les a camera for the trip and is said to be more worried about it than Andrew Hegarty is of the Kuga! Hegarty’s are selling the kilometres to raise money and Top Oil Letterkenny are supplying the fuel for the trip and CBM signs done all the graphics so this ensures that all the money collected goes to the charity as there is no expenses.The boys will be making regular updates via social media so you can see their progress.The Kuga will be back in Letterkenny after the no stop (except for change of driver) tour of Ireland on Saturday before the start of Relay For Life.So get out there and sponsor some kilometres and raise money for Relay For Life!DONEGAL ROADERS ARE DOING A NON-STOP TOUR OF IRELAND FOR RELAY FOR LIFE was last modified: June 3rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:charityDonegal RoadersIrelandnewsRelay for LifeTriplast_img read more

‘Wish I could take free-kicks like Dier’ – Tottenham man’s surprise ‘admission’

first_img1 Christian Eriksen is a danger from free-kicks Manchester City v Tottenham is live on talkSPORT on Saturday 21 January at 17.30 (GMT).Learning with Eric Dier isn’t fun judging by Christian Eriksen’s exasperated expression.The Spurs duo sat down and filmed this funny video for the club’s Facebook page where Dier, who is fluent in Portuguese, relished being able to get his team-mate to say whatever he wanted.Click here to see how to stream Man City v Tottenham. center_img BEN FOSTER SAYS ERIKSEN AND CO. ARE THE BEST HE’S FACED FOLLOWING WEST BROM DEFEATlast_img

Things To Do

first_imgCampfire program, 8-9 p.m. Saturday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsTesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Classic Wine Benefit for the Senior Center Home-Delivered Meals and other programs that serve the homebound, 11 a.m. Saturday at Le Chene French Cuisine, 12625 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Tickets: $60. Call (661) 259-9444. Night hike, 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call (661) 255-3606. Comedy Concert to benefit families and soldiers, 7-10 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 6885, 16208 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Golf Ball Drop to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Special Olympics, 4 p.m. today at the conclusion of the annual charity golf tournament at The Players Club, Valencia. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 253-2121. International Family Film Festival will feature films, seminars and award shows, Friday through Sept. 30 at Regal Entertainment Group Theatres, 24435 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Call Patte Dee McKee at (661) 257-3131 or visit www.iffilmfest.org. “Proof” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Native American Heritage Pow-wow will feature storytelling through dance performed by 50 different Native American Nations in their respective costumes, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at William S. Hart Park, 24251 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Admission is free. Call Maryline Schultz at (661) 255-9295. last_img read more

Ex-Man United striker makes Paul Pogba warning and identifies ‘next Van Dijk’

first_img Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Berbatov thinks United must find the next Virgil van Dijk Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 5 “He’s mature, comfortable on the ball, and he is not bothered who he plays against — Ronaldo or whoever. He doesn’t care, he just plays his own game.“He moves with grace and doesn’t panic on the ball. He has everything you want from a defender.“That guy will be an unbelievable player. He’s a great talent and I hope United go for him in the summer and get him.” gameday cracker “Ole needs a centre-back who can control the ball, pass into midfield and not be intimidated — just like Van Dijk,” he added.“If I am a striker with Van Dijk in my team, I know it will be OK. They need someone like that.”And the striker, who won two Premier League titles at Old Trafford, reckons they should battle Barcelona for Ajax’s 19-year-old defender Matthijs de Ligt.He continued: “For a player so young, De Ligt’s performances are incredible. MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Reports on Friday evening from the UK and the continent claimed Paul Pogba had agreed a move away from Old Trafford and that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was struggling to deal with his attitude.Although the Norwegian insists this is not the case, the World Cup winner’s continued lack of respect and remarks about a ‘dream’ move to Real Madrid are likely to have caused discontent in the dressing room.However, Berbatov is admant the £89million man can rediscover his early form under Solskjaer and lead the Red Devils to glory.The once mercurial striker old The Sun: “Why is Pogba the problem? Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update JIBE Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? revealed latest Dimitar Berbatov believes Manchester United will be making a HUGE mistake if they decide to cash in on Paul Pogba this summer.And the former Tottenham Hotspur striker believes he has identified the next Virgil van Dijk and urged United to sign him. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY 5center_img Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT whoops 5 SORRY The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 “They criticise some players more than others, which is unfair. You cannot escape criticism in one form or another — we all have phones and are on social media.“Even if you are mentally strong the critics can get in your head. But when everyone is attacking you, we are all humans so it can affect your game.“He’s not a robot, but if you don’t feel appreciated, what do you do? Go somewhere else.“But leaving would be a mistake. I really hope Ole will tell Pogba he will build the team around him to give him the confidence to perform at his best. “I have first-hand experience of how good Pogba can be when he trained with us as kid and he is a good boy as well.“Pogba needs to know he has a player to cover his back, he needs to have the freedom to make decisive passes. It doesn’t matter if he makes mistakes as he is trying difficult passes.”The 38-year-old was at the Manchester derby on Wednesday evening and dismayed to witness first hand the gap between United and their bitter city rivals.In order to bridge that chasm, the Bulgarian believes Solskjaer must find his own version of Virgil van Dijk. Man City are a far greater threat now to rivals United 5 5 getty Paul Pogba looks set for the Manchester United exit door Matthijs de Ligt is challenged by Kylian Mbappe Man United ace Paul Pogba found it tough under Jose Mourinho tense last_img read more