first_imgFlorentin Pogba has been handed a trial at Spanish second-tier outfit Elche.The central defender, 28, formerly of Saint-Etienne and, most recently, Turkish side Genclerbirligi, has been a free agent since the expiry of his contract last summer.One of two older brothers to Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, Florentin has plenty to offer Elche in terms of experience, having made 193 senior appearances in all competitions, including the first and second divisions of France, as well as the Europa League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Unlike his younger sibling, however, he represents Guinea at international level rather than France.Elche announced on their official website that the centre-back would train with the club for a week to give manager Pacheta a closer look at his qualities and decide if he would be a worthwhile addition to the squad.The club are languishing in 17th in the Segunda Division, just a point above the relegation zone. They have the joint-fourth worst defensive record in the league, having conceded 26 goals in 20 games, something they hope their potential new addition could help to combat.Florentin’s twin brother, Mathias, recently spoke out against Mourinho’s treatment of their younger brother, citing the United midfielder’s recent strong performances as evidence that he was being mismanaged by the Portuguese.The World Cup winner had been criticised for his performances this season, and Mourinho dropped him to the bench for the Red Devils’ Premier League fixtures against Arsenal, Fulham and Liverpool.However, since the arrival of interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the France international has scored four goals and registered three assists in just four league games, playing the full 90 minutes in each one and he looks like a player revived.Mathias plays as a striker for Tours FC in the third tier of French football, having joined on a free transfer himself last summer, after a year out of the game following the expiry of his contract at Dutch outfit Sparta Rotterdam.last_img read more


first_imgUdanta Singh after India lose to UAE in AFC Asian Cup 2019: It hurtsUdanta Singh reacts after hitting the crossbar during India’s loss to UAE in Asia Cupadvertisement Aditya K Halder New DelhiJanuary 12, 2019UPDATED: January 12, 2019 09:38 IST Udanta Singh said the Indian football team were disappointed with the loss (@IndianFootball Photo)Indian players probably walked back in disbelief to the dressing room after losing 2-0 in their second group game against host UAE in Asia Cup. Despite creating galore of chances, the team missed one chance too many and the best of the lot fell to Udanta Singh.Played through inside the box after a telepathic move with his national and club teammate Sunil Chhetri, the winger seemed to do everything right when he shot the ball past UAE goalkeeper Khalid Eisha. However, the ball agonizingly ricocheted off the post and probably ended any hope India had of making a comeback.”It really hurts when chances like those don’t go in. But it hurts more when the team loses. Whether I score it or not, the result matters. And after playing such a good game, if your team lose, obviously it pains,” the 22-year-old winger told Mail Today from Dubai.But while many are calling it bad luck given the commanding performance the Stephen Constantine and side gave yet again, one can’t ignore the impotency the Indian forwards have often shown in front of the goals barring star forward Sunil Chhetri.To quantify things, India had 9 shot attempts (three on target), while UAE made all their shot on target count.The scoring ability of the Indian forward line was in question before the side left for the Asia Cup. The team heavily relies on Chhetri when it comes to finding the net while other Indian strikers in Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sumit Passi and Balwant Singh have had dismal strike rate this season.advertisementHowever, Udanta refrains from that line of thinking and feels the goal scoring problem can be taken care of in days to come.”We have created so many opportunities yesterday (Thursday). So tagging us wasteful is probably not the right thing. We scored four goals in the Thailand match but paid a heavy price for not taking our chances in this (UAE) match. We have plans for that and we have already started working on them,” said the Bengaluru FC player.On a positive note, the team certainly deserves some credit for their bold performance in the Asia Cup so far. While many were skeptic about team’s chances against UAE, Chhetri and boys fought an even battle against a higher-ranked opponent.But areas of concern popped up when India’s reliable centre-back pairing of Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika were founding wanting in dealing with the pace of UAE forwards in both the goals.Udanta, who was seen putting in an extra shift to help right-back Pritam Kotal in defence in the last match, defended the backline despite the glaring mistakes on the night.”They (defenders) always play their heart out and they have done the same yesterday. Sandesh-bhai, Anas-bhai, Pritam, Subhasish, and others have risen the bar so high that we always expect more from them. Although we conceded two, they cut the attackers off so many times,” he explained.Despite the loss, India can feel positive about their chances to progress to the next round as beating Bahrain, who are yet to win a match in the competition, will give them safe passage to knockout stages. However, they can’t take things for granted, especially not with such shoddy finishing and inconsistent defending.Also Read | Stephen Constantine hits back at critics after India go down fighting vs UAEAlso Read | AFC trolls Indian fan wearing Argentina jersey in Asian Cup match against UAEAlso Reada | India lose Group A top spot after 0-2 defeat to UAEGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Udanta SinghFollow IndiaFollow UAEFollow AFC Asian Cup 2019Follow Sunil ChhetriFollow Indian national football teamlast_img read more