United racked up six straight wins against some of the best teams in Europe during pre-season, but they were given a reality check in Van Gaal’s first Premier League game. Ki Sung-yueng and Gylfi Sigurdsson found the net either side of a Wayne Rooney scissors kick to give the Swans a surprise 2-1 win at Old Trafford. Some of United’s build-up play was slow, they lacked pace up front, and organisation at the back. Van Gaal’s toughest task of his reign so far will be picking his men up for next week’s trip to Sunderland. “We have built up a lot of confidence and then it shall be smashed down because of this result,” Van Gaal said. “We are not reaching our level. That’s the main thing. Because of that we didn’t play as a team.” Van Gaal claimed on Friday that Rooney struggled to handle the pressure of being Manchester United captain in Tuesday’s friendly win over Valencia. The United manager thinks many more of his players buckled under the pressure of trying to make a positive start to the season following last year’s dire showing under David Moyes. “I saw a lot of players looking very nervous, making the wrong choices and that is a pity,” the former Barcelona coach said. “These players have to forget that expectation because that is Manchester United. “You have to cope with that pressure. That is also a process. “But we have to know that it is only one game of many games. “You shall not be the champion at this moment. You shall be the champion in May.” With nine players out through injury, Van Gaal handed debuts to Tyler Blackett and Jesse Lingard. The duo performed reasonably well, although Lingard had his afternoon cut short thanks to a tackle from Ashley Williams. The 21-year-old left the stadium on crutches and looks set for a spell on the sidelines. Van Gaal’s men got off to the worst possible start when Ki turned home Sigurdsson square pass and the Iceland international drove past David De Gea in the second half after accidentally being teed-up by Wayne Routledge’s mis-placed shot. When asked whether he thought he needed to add new players to his squad, Van Gaal said: “Yes, but I thought that before this match. “I know in what positions we need better players. But you have to buy only when the player can fulfil the way of playing that I ask.” One plus-point for Van Gaal is that Robin van Persie is close to full fitness following his late return from the World Cup. “We are now training with Robin for three weeks so the point that he can come in to the selection is closer now,” said Van Gaal, who left his compatriot out of his matchday squad. Garry Monk was delighted to have led Swansea to their first league win at Old Trafford. The Swans are among the favourites to go down this year, but Monk thinks his team can go on to surprise a few more people. “Nobody gave us a chance before the game, but we can be better than that,” the Swansea manager said. “We can be sharper and improve in certain areas, but today we were right in many aspects, and we got the right result. “I’m very pleased overall. We were very good today and showed a great attitude. Hopefully we can have more days like this.” Press Association Louis van Gaal admits Manchester United’s shock home defeat to Swansea is likely to “smash” the confidence of his players. In typical Van Gaal style, the Dutchman pulled no punches after the final whistle. The new United manager criticised his players for being nervous. He also said they lacked confidence and did not play as a team. In fact, the 63-year-old said his first official game in charge of the 20-time English champions was the stuff of nightmares. “When you have preparation time and you win everything and your first match you lose, it cannot be worse, I believe,” Van Gaal said. “It’s a very bad day for us. “It’s very disappointing for the players, the fans, for me, and the staff.” Van Gaal swept into Old Trafford with a swagger after pre-season wins over a sextet of teams with 35 European trophies between them. But on a chilly afternoon in Manchester, United were brought back down to earth.
A second British lightweight tasted defeat when Dagenham’s Kevin Mitchell crashed to a second successive loss after being stopped in the fifth by unbeaten Ismael Barroso of Venezuela. Mitchell was dumped on the canvas by a southpaw jab and, although he rose to his feet, Barroso swarmed over him with a barrage of punches until the fight was waved off with 13 seconds of the round remaining. Barroso will now face Anthony Crolla for his WBA crown, while Mitchell’s fourth defeat in 43 outings will surely ends his dream of ever challenging for a world title. Tony Bellew was crowned European cruiserweight champion with a unanimous points victory over rugged Pole Mateusz Masternak. Bellew, who was fighting for the first time since completing filming for the new Rocky film ‘Creed’, finished with a flourish after battering Masternak in the 12th and was awarded a 115-113 115-112 decision. Chris Eubank Jr won the final eliminator for Daniel Jacobs’ WBA middleweight title after overpowering tough Irishman Gary O’Sullivan in seven rounds at The O2. Press Association By the third O’Sullivan had rallied, however, and Eubank wobbled when he was struck by a right as a thrilling three minutes ebbed and flowed. The sixth began with a wild slugfest as Eubank went in search of the knockout amid cries of ‘Eubank, Eubank’, but remarkably O’Sullivan remained standing, despite having taken some of his best shots. The seventh was the quietest round yet, but the damage had already been done and O’Sullivan was withdrawn. “It’s very satisfying to now have the chance to fight for the WBA title. Gary’s got a chin, I’ll give him that,” Eubank Jr said. Olympic champion Luke Campbell slumped to his first professional defeat after falling to Yvan Mendy in a split decision. Campbell, who had stopped his last six opponents, was knocked down in the fifth round and was outfought throughout by the Frenchman with the judges returning scorecards of 115-113 113-115 115-113. Mendy had lost four times in 38 bouts and was expected to endure the same fate as each of Campbell’s 12 previous victims, but instead claimed his most notable victory to date. “There are no excuses. That’s the first time I’ve done 12 rounds in my career. I feel as though I made a few mistakes in there,” said Campbell, who was floored for the first time in his career. An action-packed fight concluded after the seventh when O’Sullivan’s corner withdrew him from the contest with the 31-year-old from Cork fading before Eubank’s onslaught. Eubank, watched by his father Chris at ringside, looked set for an early stoppage when he repeatedly landed with the right uppercut in the second, but O’Sullivan showed resilience to survive a one-sided round.
Therwin Hopkinson, the minibus driver charged with causing the death of William Trim on March 5, was on Monday jailed for four years.He was convicted of driving minibus BBB 1302 in a manner dangerous to the public thus causing the death of Trim on March 5, 2016 at Aubrey Barker Public Road, Greater Georgetown.The Court heard that on the day in question, the defendant had passengers in his bus and was driving in a reckless manner, overtaking several motor vehicles, when he collided with the car driven by the now dead man.The impact of the collision caused the motor car to move some distance away from the point of impact and Trim to be thrown from the vehicle. He was picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to a city hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.In handing down the sentence, Magistrate McLennan stated that the prosecution’s witnesses were found to be credible. She added that the Court was also satisfied with the evidence that was presented by the prosecution.McLennan noted that the injuries sustained by the deceased as a result of the accident were the cause of his death. Thus, she said, the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt.The Chief Magistrate revealed that the Court did not find credible the defendant’s defence that theMcLennan found the defendant guilty as charged of the offence.Upon hearing the court’s decision, Hopkinson begged for leniency on the grounds that he has two young children – 18 months old and 4 years old respectively.However, McLennan did not waver in her decision, stating that a life was lost.