‘Bad day’ for Van Gaal

first_img 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. last_img read more

NBA releases schedule for season restart in Orlando

first_imgGames will start as early as 1 p.m. ET on weekdays, 12:30 on weekends and ending with 9 p.m. ET starts.MORE: 16 out of 302 NBA players test positive for coronavirusHere are the schedules for the 22 teams:Boston Celticsvs. Milwaukee Bucks: Friday, July 31 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Sunday, Aug. 2 (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)vs. Miami Heat: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Brooklyn Nets: Wednesday Aug. 5 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Toronto Raptors: Friday, Aug. 7 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Orlando Magic: Sunday, Aug. 9 (5 p.m. ET)vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Washington Wizards: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Brooklyn Netsvs. Orlando Magic: Friday, July 31 (2:30 p.m. ET)vs. Washington Wizards: Sunday, Aug. 2 (2 p.m. ET)vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Boston Celtics: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Sacramento Kings: Friday, Aug. 7 (5 p.m. ET)vs. LA Clippers: Sunday, Aug. 9 (9 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Orlando Magic: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (1 p.m. ET)vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Dallas Mavericksvs. Houston Rockets: Friday, July 31 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Phoenix Suns: Sunday, Aug. 2 (9 p.m. ET)vs. Sacramento Kings: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (2:30 p.m. ET)vs. LA Clippers: Thursday, Aug. 6 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Saturday, Aug. 8 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Utah Jazz: Monday, Aug. 10 (3 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (5 p.m. ET)vs. Phoenix Suns: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Denver Nuggetsvs. Miami Heat: Saturday, Aug. 1 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Monday, Aug. 3 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. San Antonio Spurs: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (4 p.m. ET)vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Thursday, Aug. 6 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Utah Jazz: Saturday, Aug. 8 (3:30 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Monday, Aug. 10 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. LA Clippers: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Toronto Raptors: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)Houston Rocketsvs. Dallas Mavericks: Friday, July 31 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Sunday, Aug. 2 (8:30 p.m. ET, ABC)vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Thursday, Aug. 6 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Sacramento Kings: Sunday, Aug. 9 (8 p.m. ET)vs. San Antonio Spurs: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (2 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Indiana Pacers: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)Indiana Pacersvs. Philadelphia 76ers: Saturday, Aug. 1 (7 p.m. ET)vs. Washington Wizards: Monday, Aug. 3 (4 p.m. ET)vs. Orlando Magic: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (6 p.m. ET)vs. Phoenix Suns: Thursday, Aug. 6 (4 p.m. ET)vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Saturday, Aug. 8 (6 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Miami Heat: Monday, Aug. 10 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Houston Rockets: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Miami Heat: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)LA Clippersvs. Los Angeles Lakers: Thursday, July 30 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Saturday, Aug. 1 (6 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Phoenix Suns: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Dallas Mavericks: Thursday, Aug. 6 (6:30 ET, TNT)vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Saturday, Aug. 8 (1 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Brooklyn Nets: Sunday, Aug. 9 (9 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Denver Nuggets: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)Los Angeles Lakersvs. LA Clippers: Thursday, July 30 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Toronto Raptors: Saturday, Aug. 1 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Utah Jazz: Monday, Aug. 3 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Houston Rockets: Thursday, Aug. 6 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Indiana Pacers: Saturday, Aug. 8 (6 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Denver Nuggets: Monday, Aug. 10 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Sacramento Kings: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Memphis Grizzliesvs. Portland Trail Blazers: Friday, July 31 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. San Antonio Spurs: Sunday, Aug. 2 (4 p.m. ET)vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Monday, Aug. 3 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Utah Jazz: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (2:30 p.m. ET)vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Friday, Aug. 7 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Toronto Raptors: Sunday, Aug. 9 (2 p.m. ET)vs. Boston Celtics: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Miami Heatvs. Denver Nuggets: Saturday, Aug. 1 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Toronto Raptors: Monday, Aug. 3 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Boston Celtics: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Thursday, Aug. 6 (4 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Phoenix Suns: Saturday, Aug. 8 (7:30 p.m. ET)vs. Indiana Pacers: Monday, Aug. 10 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Indiana Pacers: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)Milwaukee Bucksvs. Boston Celtics: Friday, July 31 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Houston Rockets: Sunday, Aug. 2 (8:30 p.m. ET, ABC)vs. Brooklyn Nets: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Miami Heat: Thursday, Aug. 6 (4 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Dallas Mavericks: Saturday, Aug. 8 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Toronto Raptors: Monday, Aug. 10 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Washington Wizards: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (9 p.m. ET)vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)New Orleans Pelicansvs. Utah Jazz: Thursday, July 30 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. LA Clippers: Saturday, Aug. 1 (6 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Monday, Aug. 3 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Sacramento Kings: Thursday, Aug. 6 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Washington Wizards: Friday, Aug. 7 (8 p.m. ET)vs. San Antonio Spurs: Sunday, Aug. 9 (3 p.m. ET, ABC)vs. Sacramento Kings: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Orlando Magic: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Oklahoma City Thundervs. Utah Jazz: Saturday, Aug. 1 (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Denver Nuggets: Monday, Aug. 3 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Friday, Aug. 7 (4:00 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Washington Wizards: Sunday, Aug. 9 (12:30 p.m. ET)vs. Phoenix Suns: Monday, Aug. 10 (2:30 p.m. ET)vs. Miami Heat: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (8 p.m. ET)vs. LA Clippers: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)Orlando Magicvs. Brooklyn Nets: Friday, July 31 (2:30 p.m. ET)vs. Sacramento Kings: Sunday, Aug. 2 (6 p.m. ET)vs. Indiana Pacers: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (6 p.m. ET)vs. Toronto Raptors: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Friday, Aug. 7 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Boston Celtics: Sunday, Aug. 9 (5 p.m. ET)vs. Brooklyn Nets: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (1 p.m. ET)vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Philadelphia 76ersvs. Indiana Pacers: Saturday, Aug. 1 (7 p.m. ET)vs. San Antonio Spurs: Monday, Aug. 3 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Washington Wizards: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Orlando Magic: Friday, Aug. 7 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Sunday, Aug. 9 (6:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Phoenix Suns: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (4:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Toronto Raptors: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Houston Rockets: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)Phoenix Sunsvs. Washington Wizards: Friday, July 31 (4 p.m. ET)vs. Dallas Mavericks: Sunday, Aug. 2 (9 p.m. ET)vs. LA Clippers: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Indiana Pacers: Thursday, Aug. 6 (4 p.m. ET)vs. Miami Heat: Saturday, Aug. 8 (7:30 p.m. ET)vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Monday, Aug. 10 (2:30 p.m. ET)vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (4:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Dallas Mavericks: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Portland Trail Blazersvs. Memphis Grizzlies: Friday, July 31 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Boston Celtics: Sunday, Aug. 2 (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)vs. Houston Rockets: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Denver Nuggets: Thursday, Aug. 6 (8 p.m. ET)vs. LA Clippers: Saturday, Aug. 8 (1 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Sunday, Aug. 9 (6:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Dallas Mavericks: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (5 p.m. ET)vs. Brooklyn Nets: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Sacramento Kingsvs. San Antonio Spurs: Friday, July 31 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Orlando Magic: Sunday, Aug. 2 (6 p.m. ET)vs. Dallas Mavericks: Tuesday, Aug. 4 (2:30 p.m. ET)vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Thursday, Aug. 6 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Brooklyn Nets: Friday, Aug. 7 (5 p.m. ET)vs. Houston Rockets: Sunday, Aug. 9 (8 p.m. ET)vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)San Antonio Spursvs. Sacramento Kings: Friday, July 31 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Sunday, Aug. 2 (4 p.m. ET)vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Monday, Aug. 3 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Denver Nuggets: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (4 p.m. ET)vs. Utah Jazz: Friday, Aug. 7 (1 p.m. ET)vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Sunday, Aug. 9 (3 p.m. ET, ABC)vs. Houston Rockets: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (2 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Utah Jazz: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Toronto Raptorsvs. Los Angeles Lakers: Saturday, Aug. 1 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Miami Heat: Monday, Aug. 3 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. Orlando Magic: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Boston Celtics: Friday, Aug. 7 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Sunday, Aug. 9 (2 p.m. ET)vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Monday, Aug. 10 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Wednesday, Aug. 12 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Denver Nuggets: Friday, Aug. 14 (TBD)Utah Jazzvs. New Orleans Pelicans: Thursday, July 30 (6:30 ET, TNT)vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Saturday, Aug. 1 (3:30 ET, ESPN)vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Monday, Aug. 3 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (2:30 p.m. ET)vs. San Antonio Spurs: Friday, Aug. 7 (1 p.m. ET)vs. Denver Nuggets: Saturday, Aug. 8 (3:30 p.m. ET, TNT)vs. Dallas Mavericks: Monday, Aug. 10 (3 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. San Antonio Spurs: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD)Washington Wizardsvs. Phoenix Suns: Friday, July 31 (4 p.m. ET)vs. Brooklyn Nets: Sunday, Aug. 2 (2 p.m. ET)vs. Indiana Pacers: Monday, Aug. 3 (4 p.m. ET)vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (4 p.m. ET, NBA TV)vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Friday, Aug. 7 (8 p.m. ET)vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Sunday, Aug. 9 (12:30 p.m. ET)vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (9 p.m. ET)vs. Boston Celtics: Thursday, Aug. 13 (TBD) The NBA officially revealed its schedule for the resumption of the 2019-20 season following the coronavirus-enforced break, and opening night features a star rookie and a marquee matchup. Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans will face the Utah Jazz at the Disney World complex near Orlando at 6:30 p.m. ET on July 30 in the first game of the resumed season, which will consist of a 22-team format. The second game of the nationally televised doubleheader, at 9 p.m. ET, has LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers facing Kawhi Leonard and the LA Clippers.MORE: Key dates for the NBA’s restartThe opening game will come more than four months after the season was paused on March 11 after Utah’s Rudy Gobert became the first player in the league to test positive for COVID-19.On Friday, the league officially completed talks with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) on the terms for restarting the season, paving the way for the 88-game schedule of what are being called seeding games between 22 teams to be released. Who has the toughest road to the NBA Playoffs? #WholeNewGameWestern Conference Opponents pic.twitter.com/4e4Fw0cBUT— NBA (@NBA) June 26, 2020Eastern Conference Opponents #WholeNewGame pic.twitter.com/J5uHbKiYuy— NBA (@NBA) June 26, 2020″We’re coming back because sports matter in our society,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “They bring people together when they need it most.”Each team will play eight “seeding” games that will take place in a 16-day span before ending on August 14.The league will then begin a typical playoff format with the NBA Finals set to begin September 30 and ending no later than October 13. Excluding the opening night of the restart, there will be between four to seven games each day spread across three different courts. last_img read more