Fighting spirit delights Van Gaal

first_img “At that time Crystal Palace could score the second goal and then it shall be very difficult for us to come again in the match.” Palace did well to get themselves into that position after falling behind to Mata’s early penalty – a decision which frustrated Palace boss Alan Pardew. Pardew did not want to come across as a “moaning minnie”, but thought the handball was harsh on Scott Dann, while he felt Radamel Falcao pushed Delaney in the build-up to Fellaini’s winner. “Well, I am a bit aggrieved about the penalty, obviously,” Pardew said. “I think from the referee’s angle that’s a real tough call on us. “Scotty Dann does gesture with his body, but he is away from the referee and the referee’s angle can’t be sure that’s hit his arm. “I asked him that after and he said he just went with his gut feeling that it was a penalty, but after the players’ reaction and seeing it on VT I think that was a really tough call. “First half, Man United played well, they dominated possession, their rotation in midfield caused us a problem and we couldn’t really get to grips with them until the second half when we changed our shape. “That helped us. We started to boss the game and we started to have a lot more control of possession, got the equaliser and had a great moment to take the lead. “Only a fabulous save from the goalie – who I thought was outstanding all game, his kicking and his distribution was really on the money – probably prevented us from winning that game. “Then, lo and behold, a little bit of a collision and a couple of little pushes, whatever, for the second goal has cost us what would have been a great point for us, even if we didn’t win the game.” “Football is crazy” was manager Louis van Gaal’s frank assessment after Manchester United rode their luck at Crystal Palace to bring their losing streak to a timely end. Press Association The triumph may have been unconvincing, but it opened up a seven-point lead over fifth-placed Liverpool, whose slim Champions League hopes will be ended if they lose at Chelsea on Sunday. “Football is crazy,” Van Gaal said, following United’s fortuitous win. “When you see how we have played against Chelsea, Everton and West Bromwich Albion and you compare it with today, in that row of matches this was not our best match. But you win and that is also the beauty of football “What I have seen today is a fighting spirit of my team and that I have said to my players, ‘When you fight like you have fought today, we are difficult to beat’. “I am very happy with this result. It brings us a big step closer to our goal and now I we shall sit (on Sunday) with a fantastic glass of wine to see the match Chelsea against Liverpool.” Van Gaal joked he may switch to champagne should the result at Stamford Bridge go their way – “When I don’t drink too much red wine, then maybe” – and United’s return to the Champions League be confirmed. De Gea deserves a lot of credit if they return to the top table of European football, and at Selhurst Park the Spaniard underlined his position as one of the best goalkeepers around. “He made a great save at the most important moment,” Van Gaal said, referring to an exceptional stop to deny Glenn Murray. Defeats to Chelsea, Everton and West Brom saw the Red Devils arrive in south London looking to avoid a run of four straight losses in the same season for the first time since 1961. There were moments when it looked like that may well happen, especially after Jason Puncheon cancelled out Juan Mata’s dubious penalty with a second-half free-kick. However, United saw out the storm – thanks in no small part to goalkeeper David de Gea’s fine display – and snatched a 2-1 victory, with Marouane Fellaini capitalising on a collision between Julian Speroni and Damien Delaney to head home the winner. last_img read more

USC poll shows shift in women and older adult voters

first_imgFifty-one percent of voters over 65 showed more support for Democratic candidates compared to 45 percent of older voters supporting Republican candidates. (Photo courtesy of USC Dornsife)Democratic candidates are gaining support from women and older American likely voters, making them more likely to win the U.S. House majority, according to a recent national poll by the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles Times. The latest poll conducted from Aug. 22 to Sept. 24 showed that 51 percent of likely voters would support a Democratic candidate if the elections were held today compared to 41 percent for a Republican candidate. The poll surveyed slightly over 5,000 U.S. residents, including over 4,100 registered voters and over 2,500 likely midterm voters. It also showed that 57 percent of likely voters disapprove of President Donald Trump and 45 percent saw their vote in the upcoming election as a “statement of opposition” to Trump. Michael Murphy, co-director for USC Dornsife’s Center for the Political Future, told USC News that voters’ dislike for Trump is hurting Republicans’ chances of winning House seats.“We now know from the data that President Trump is a drag on the midterm,” Murphy told USC News. “He has all of the problems of a president facing his first midterm. He is still trying to grab the primary rather than capitalizing on these other issues, like the economy.” Half of female voters saw their vote as an opposition to Trump, according to the poll. Compared with a previous poll from July and August, suburban women’s support of Democratic candidates grew nine points, giving Democrats a 61 percentage point advantage among likely female voters. “In the past, Republicans and Democrats alike have wooed suburban women through their identities as mothers, and this specific shift away from the Republican Party comes after the controversial images of immigrant children in detention hit the news,” gender studies and political science professor Hancock Alfaro told USC News. “Through their support of this policy, Republican candidates also became complicit in a policy of family separation.”Likely voters ages 65 and older also showed more support for Democratic candidates, with 51 percent supporting Democrats compared to 45 percent of older likely voters supporting Republicans. Half of these respondents said that health care is a key issue that can swing their vote if a candidate doesn’t support their views.Forty percent of likely voters supported building Trump’s border wall, while three out of four likely voters said they support a path to citizenship for immigrant children whose parents illegally brought them to live in the U.S.“The vast majority [of Republican voters] said [immigration] is one of the most serious problems facing the country today,” Jill Darling, survey director for the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research told USC News. “However, we are not seeing any evidence that it is driving the ‘red wave’ that President Trump has predicted.”last_img read more