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‘Some say Gary Neville is still talking about Pogba’s penalty’ Has Neville overreacted to Man Utd star?

Gary Neville is being criticised for his relentless targeting of Paul Pogba after his penalty miss against Wolves at Molineux.

The Wolves v Man Utd fixture gave the fans, players and coaches plenty of positives and negatives to take away from the game.

For example, Man Utd’s defence looks incredibly solid and confident. However, Luke Shaw is a blatant weakness as he found himself in the back pocket of super-sub Adama. Daniel James has all the right ideas but needs more game time and confidence to become more clinical and consistent.

Martial and Rashford looked deadly, but with 65% possession and almost double the passes of their opponents, more chances need to be created.

But despite all of these lessons learned and improvements made, Gary Neville had only one thing to talk about after the game…

Gary Neville used his post-match analysis time to talk about Paul Pogba taking the penalty over Rashford. He makes fair and reasonable points about how the penalty taker should be decided in the dressing room and not on the pitch. But this conversation could have been five minutes long.

Neville’s constant criticism of Pogba has raised many eyebrows, particularly since the ex-Utd man isn’t perfect himself…

Uncalled for racial abuse

Paul Pogba received racial abuse on social media after his saved penalty that lost the Reds two points. People have made accusations that Neville’s monologues of Pogba’s shortcomings have incited this horrendous behaviour…

The likelihood is that Gary Neville did not want these repercussions. But merely targets Pogba due to his status as a world-class player. However, the persistent criticism remains unjustified, as there are eleven players with the World’s most prolific badge on their chest, not just one.

Some are waiting for Neville to address the issue…

Racism in football or anything at all is totally unacceptable by today’s standards.

But setting that part of the overall issue aside, there is still cause for concern with the amount of criticism aimed at Paul Pogba for his penalty after the 1-1 draw against Wolves…

…when there are so many positives, negatives, improvements and moments of brilliance to talk about instead.

Salford City, the team who just can’t please anybody

The sun was shining brightly for Salford City on the Peninsula Stadium, the latest sports ground in the country to hold a Football League member.

Yet this is no normal club. Salford City has been far from ordinary since the class of 92’s takeover in 2014. How many other of their footballing rivals have achieved four promotions in five seasons? How many have been promoted from the National League at the first attempt?

Both are an extreme rarity, yet this is Salford. For manager Graham Alexander, a shot at League One glory looks optimistic and the recent evidence with Tranmere Rovers shows it’s highly likely.

‘Look at Tranmere in their recent seasons, Lincoln another, although they had a year in-between. Bournemouth also, one season next to bottom in League Two then five or six seasons later in the Premier League. They prove it can be done, but no one has got out the National League at the first attempt until we did’.

Where the Ammies are concerned, when one league achievement is ticked off, the expectation for another is even higher. After dropping down from League One with Scunthorpe to the National League with Salford twelve months ago, Alexander does not seem phased with the challenge that lies ahead, or more importantly, the criticism that comes to his sides way.

‘I’m not out to prove people wrong, I’d rather prove people right. For myself, the owners, the players and supporters, I’m here to do that for them’.

On the tribalism show by their opposition last season. ‘I think we noticed it early on. We drew with Leyton Orient at home then lost back to back games at Gateshead and Sutton, where the elation shown against us was surprising. It opened my eyes up a lot’.

There was also criticism when the newly acclaimed league club, who could barely attract 100 spectators before Neville and Co came in, found themselves on Sky Sports for the opening game of the season against Stevenage.

The question surrounding the constant animosity against the Ammies is a puzzling one. The club’s financial muscle is the strongest argument, although the commitment and desire shown by the ex-Man United players rival the likes of Andy Holt at Accrington Stanley. He is acclaimed to be one of the best football custodians in the EFL, so too are the owners of Salford City.

Club strikers Adam Rooney, 31 and newest signing Luke Armstrong, 23, represent the keen ambition at the Peninsula, with eyes only for the top of the League Two tree next May.

Adam Rooney

Rooney is loving life in a red shirt saying, ‘It’s brilliant, so many players come here because of the clubs ambition. Our aim is to be competing at the top of the table come to the end of the season. Winning promotion at Wembley is always a day to remember and we hope for more great memories’.

‘Towards the end of last season, we saw more kids come with their dads and grandads. We sign autographs for the youngsters, Irish fans who speak to me say they’ll definately be back again’.

Armstrong, fresh from his move from Championship side Middlesbrough, echoes his senior striker’s views.

‘It’s a really ambitious club with the intention for moving up the leagues going from strength to strength, trying to push on every time, going as high as possible and that’s great for a young player’.

Listening to Rooney and Armstrong, it’s no wonder so many players are keen to board the Salford train. Where the journey will end will most likely be a better position to where it is now.

Former Oldham Athletic & Birmingham City man is the key for Salford City this season

There is one particular man in Salford City’s squad who has the experience required to succeed in the English Football League.

Irishman Adam Rooney scored 22 goals last season for Salford City, making him the fourth highest scorer in the National League 2018/19 campaign.

Salford City will find themselves in the English Football League for the first time in the club’s history, after securing promotion to League Two. It is important that the players with experience step up to the mark next season to give Salford City a fighting chance.

Luckily, Salford has 31-year-old Adam Rooney at the top of their formation.

Experience in the EFL

Rooney has previously played for English teams such as Oldham Athletic, Birmingham City, Chesterfield, Stoke City, Bury and Yeovil Town. Amongst this experience, the prolific striker has 129 appearances in the EFL alone. Ranging from the Championship to League Two, in which he has 33 goals and 7 assists to his name.

This wealth of experience, partnered with his proven prowess in front of goal. Rooney can make up for the knowledge and ability his teammates may lack in their new competition.

Fellow forward Rory Gaffney bagged 11 goals last season, despite being capable of many more. Should the eagerness to impress the new competition bring the best out of Salford’s strike force, we could see the new boys on the block hit the back of the net well over 50 times. Which could be an understatement regarding the 77 goals they scored last season.

Should they defend capably, these projections would potentially see Salford City surpass the relegation zone of League Two.

Salford City may well provide a few shocks in their first ever season in the English Football League. The recent form of the side dictates that they will comfortably survive the league. Furthermore, the involvement of Adam Rooney could move the team from relegation survivors to a comfortable mid-table side.

Revolving door: Salford City’s 2 in, 2 out before their first transfer window shuts

Salford has a huge season ahead of them in the EFL League Two, what business can they can do to make sure this season is as good as their last?

EFL stated that “League One and League Two Clubs will have until 5pm on Monday 2 September, 2019, due to August 31 falling on a Saturday.”

Salford City have seen players such as James Jones, Kieran Glynn and Joshua Askew leave the club on season-long loans, which is a positive move in securing their future as their younger players can gain experience.

However, it is crucial that these young players rejoin a Salford City that has at least remained in the EFL League Two, if not asserted dominance on it in their first season in the EFL in their entire history as a club.

In order for Salford City to succeed next season, business must be done.

Here are two players they should consider to strengthen their squad for the upcoming season…

Paul McCallum

National League golden boot winner Paul McCallum is a 25-year-old striker who plays for Eastleigh. He bagged 27 goals last season, a goal every 134 minutes. With Salford City having 31-year-old prolific striker Adam Rooney in the squad, who achieved 22 league goals last season, this duo could be capable of bagging well over 30 goals for the club when combined together in League Two. Rooney is contracted until 2021, meaning that McCallum can soak up experience from the Irishman before he departs during McCallum’s peak at 27 years old.

Shaun Brisley

With days left on his contract, Brisley looks set to depart from recently relegated Notts County, and Salford could sign this 29-year-old centre-back for free. He has accumulated over 200 appearances at League 2, over 45 at League One and over 35 at Championship level. Playing for 7 different EFL clubs, his experience of the competition could prove vital to Salford’s survival in their upcoming campaign.

However, if players are coming in, perhaps some have to make way. Here are two players who should be shown the door at Salford City…

Rory Gaffney

Salford should bring in a super striker who can bag over 20 goals for the side in EFL League Two. Despite gaining 12 goals and 6 assists for his team in the National League last season, the 29-year-old is arguably taking up a spot and a wage that could be given to a younger and more prolific talent such as Paul McCallum.

Chris Neal

Without a doubt, Neal was a great acquisition for Salford City last season, he has over 200 games experience in the EFL with over 50 clean sheets. However, the 33-year-old is only contracted until 2021, and it is pivotal that Salford City look to the future and bring in a fresher and more prospective goalkeeper to learn from Neal and potentially share game time with him in some games for the upcoming season and even snub Neal of his number one spot during the season after. Neal shouldn’t be sold this summer, but the ultimate goalkeeping spot for Salford City will remain undecided until a player who will serve between the sticks for over 5 years can come into the side.

Round table prediction: Our writers predict where Oldham Athletic and Salford City will finish

Salford City will be up against neighbours Oldham Athletic as the two Greater Manchester teams battle it out in the EFL League Two.

Salford City clinched promotion through the playoffs at the dramatic ending of the 18/19 National League season. Whilst Oldham was bitterly disappointed throughout their EFL League Two campaign, finishing 14th, after capably remaining in League One for many years.

With Salford City’s large fan base, loyal support, high-profile owners such as the Neville brothers and Ryan Giggs, as well their incredible run in form – back-to-back promotions. They have high hopes of making a mark on their new league.

Oldham Athletic are under new management, Laurent Banide, an experienced manager worldwide but none at all in English football. Therefore, it is difficult to project where Oldham will end up this season, as Banide could either end up the hero or join a long list of Latic villains.

Writers at The Football Manc Cave gave predictions on where several clubs will finish at the end of the 19/20 season, and here are the results concerning Salford City and Oldham Atheltic…

Oldham Athletic averaged a 9th place finish according to our writers, indicating that there are signs of improvement in the club, and that Banide can push them further up the table. However, if you are expecting the Frenchman to perform miracles at Boundary Park and win Oldham the league, you may be kidding yourselves. With any luck, Banide can prove us wrong and take Oldham back to League One where they belong.

Salford City averaged an 11th place finish. In comparison to Oldham, this would be a fantastic achievement to a newly promoted club, who have never seen the EFL League Two in their entire history.

According to our writers, Oldham will slightly improve after employing Laurent Banide, and newcomers Salford City will give the EFL clubs a run for their money and finish mid-table alongside their neighbours in Boundary Park.

Curzon Ashton signed Salford City’s Askew, what can he bring to the Nash

Josh Askew has joined Curzon Ashton on a season-long loan to get some first team action in the National League North.

Starting out in the Blackburn youth setup, Askew joined Salford City on a free transfer in the summer of 2017, after a loan spell with Ramsbottom.

The now 21-year-old left-back may not be ready for the big leagues right now. As Salford City finds themselves in the EFL League 2 after a fantastic season in the National League, where they found promotion via the playoffs.

As a result, Josh Askew has been sent to gain experience two tiers below his contracted club; Salford City. He will be a loan player for the National League North side Curzon Ashton, who finished 18th out of 22 clubs in the sixth tier of English football last season.

The Nash conceded the most amount of goals in the league above the relegation zone, at 71.

Askew will be subjected to a lot of defensive experience, as he joins a fairly struggling squad who have shots and attacks thrown at them throughout the entire season. Meaning that he will be a much more prolific defender after the experience. However, if he can prove himself by drastically lowering the number of goals the club concede, he would be benefiting his temporary club, as well as his own chances of joining Salford City once again as a player contending for first-team football.

With owners such as Peter Lim, Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham, Salford City are a club with very high goals, and would not be giving loan opportunities to players that they don’t see as part of their future. With this in mind, Askew should be one of the more entertaining players to watch for Curzon Ashton next season, as he is potentially a future League Two player with possibilities of pushing even further, with or without Salford City.

‘The closest Leeds Utd are getting to Man Utd this season’ Big Carabao cup draw for Salford City as Twitter reacts

Salford City vs Leeds – you couldn’t write it, could you?

I wonder which Carabao Cup first round matches will be on Sky…I wouldn’t even hazard a guess.

I’m sure there’ll be plenty of banter in the build-up between ‘The Class of 92’ and Leeds fans. It’s good revenue for The Ammies, Leeds will bring 10,000 and half of United’s season ticket holders will turn up too. A quick upgrade of the ground may be needed.

Anyway, lets look at how Twitter reacted to the tie being drawn, 1-0 Gary Neville…

The 2 Salford City players who could have a major impact on the club’s league football debut season

Salford City have a big season ahead of them as they test the waters of the English Football League.

Salford City achieved a third-place finish in the National League, leading to a play-off final against AFC Fylde which resulted in a 3-0 win for the newly promoted side.

After an impressive season 2018/19 season, Salford City will be aiming to maintain and grow within the English Football League League 2. What can separate this promising side from the many clubs who failed to remain in the top flights of English football?

Here are two players to look out for in Salford City’s venture into the English Football League…

Tom Walker

This 23-year-old wide-midfielder joined the cause in January 2018 from Salford’s neighbours over at FC United of Manchester. After previously being contracted with Bolton Wanderers, and experiencing a year-long loan at Bury FC, this young man has a degree of experience in the EFL which could prove useful as they aim to stay there.

Oscar Threlkeld

Also a previous Bolton Wanderer, Threlkeld is a recent free signing of 25 years of age, whose versatility allows him to play full-back, centre-back and defensive midfield positions.

He already has a wealth of experience in the English Football League with a loan spell and a permanent contract with Plymouth Argyle. Threlkeld accumulated 97 appearances for the club and has played in both League One and League Two. Salford City gaining his signature shows their determination to build a squad suited to the top tiers of English Football.

Today Salford City or Fylde Will be Taking a Step Into The Unknown, Miles Ahead Of Expectation

Just over a decade ago AFC Fylde and Salford City were so far apart, one of the clubs had a different name and the others had a different colour for a home kit.

Fylde were named Kirkham & Wesham until the 2008/09 season before winning the FA Vase at Wembley, the same venue of the play-off final. Salford’s main kit was orange until a controversial colour change following on from the takeover that changed Non-League forever. 2014 was the year the Ammies found fame, following the takeover of The Class of 92.

It’s fair to say Fylde and Salford have more than ambitious owners. As near neighbours, Blackpool have suffered aplenty under the Oysten Family, the new up and coming Lancashire club have been doing the complete opposite. Under chairman David Haythornthwaite, a top of the range stadium and academy named Mill Farm has been constructed.

Now with Haythornwaite’s backing, they too have aimed to make the Football League. 2022 is their desired aim for League Two football, meaning if David Chanillor’s men come up short against Salford, they’re still ahead of progress to one day be in England’s top 92 teams. Alongside businessman Peter Lim, Gary Neville and co have something similar planned at the Peninsula Stadium.

Both teams have clear objectives, but by sunset tomorrow one side will have exceeded all aims and objectives. By August one of Fylde or Salford will welcome Oldham, Scunthorpe or Bradford to their respective stadia, while the other dust themselves down and goes again in the league they’ve spent nine months trying to get out of.

For Graham Alexander at Salford, promotion to the football league would be nothing short of his set standards. Only over a year ago Alexander was managing Scunthorpe in League One, come next season he may be taking his present team back to Glanford Park in League Two where the Irons have now been relegated to.

The former Scunthorpe and Fleetwood Town boss has been working with a lucrative budget this season, the reason why few eyebrows were raised when he made the rare step down in league quality. Most likely one of the few clubs below the Championship, let alone the National League to be able to have £4,000 a week Adam Rooney within his ranks, managing the club neighbouring Man United and City certainly holds a fair few bonuses.

But with money comes expectation and Salford have revelled in that. Set for another promotion, possibly their fourth in five seasons, working out where the momentum will end for the Ammies has been impossible. Working out where that will stop with victory tomorrow is a troublesome task as well.

Signings from Bristol Rovers (Rory Gaffney) and Chesterfield (Scott Wiseman) have helped Salford in their attempt to complete the last leg of their Non-League journey. In their way stand the club of the Fylde Coast. After finishing 5th in the regular league season and taking down Solihull Moors in last Sunday’s semi-final, they now have dreams and expectations of their own.

Salford’s Full Backs are the Untold Stars of Their Promotion Push

The Class of 92’s spending on attacking talent such as Adam Rooney and Rory Gaffney has been well documented over recent months, but the greatest asset to Graham Alexander’s side may just well be his back four, in particular full backs Scott Wiseman and Ibou Touray. 

Consisting of Liam Hogan and Nathan Pond at centre back, Ammies full backs produced a performance owners and former defenders Gary and Phil Neville would have been proud of in their own playing days. 

Centre backs Pond and Captain Hogan were particularly impressive, Bromley striker JJ Hooper found himself short of any goalmouth action throughout the 90 minutes, while wingers Luke Coulson and George Porter both faced an uphill battle from the word go in their own personal duels with Wiseman and Touray. 

Having seen an upturn of form in March winning five of their six games heading into Bromley, the source of Salford’s unbeaten run isn’t hard to find. So much so, ‘keeper Chris Neal came into the game having not conceded a goal in 550 minutes of football, a run that goes back to the end of February. 

Despite playing a mid-table Bromley side with little to play for in terms of promotion and relegation before the season is out. Neil Smith’s side came into the game on the back of a midweek 4-2 win over Braintree Town, the visiting front three therefore had plenty of reasons to be confident upon their visit to The Peninsula Stadium. 

Bromley, who were at times dangerous on the counter attack during the first half, certainly found themselves to be the victims through endless Salford pressure. Alexander’s game plan looked a clever one to the watching eye: Deep, threatening  crosses out wide from Touray and Wiseman plus substitute Tom Walker provided a fresh attacking threat from the right flank which caused more trouble for the opposition.  

Trailing 1-0 to a soft Hooper penalty, down the right hand side Salford reaped the rewards, delivering drama that mirrored The Class of 92’s own careers with Man United. 

And it was only going to be down that flank if the home side fancied nicking anything as Maynard then Pond provided delivered the rewards. Bromley are no strangers to conceding late goals recently, but their collapse was not due to their inability to hold a lead.

Struggling for the most part to test Bromley keeper David Gregory, Alexander’s substitutes coupled with his sides never die attitude showed why Ammies promotion push shows no sign of slowing down. Ending March with six wins in seven games, the dream of competing in League Two looks rather more probable than five weeks ago after a 2-0 home loss to Eastleigh. 

At one point during the second half, Salford diehards began the goal started singing ‘we are going up’. If they are to do so, a look to their full backs may just an extra reason for what looks like an achievement so much more likely by the week.