Jesse Lingard explains how his role at Manchester United has changed under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still unbeaten as Manchester United manager (Getty Images)Speaking to Squawka, he said: ‘It’s a different role – it’s like a false nine I would say. It’s an enjoyable role as you’re free most times.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘You can hit teams on the counter-attack fast and you always have a player either side of you so it’s perfect for me. You’re closer to the goal, you’re going to get more opportunities to score and help the team.‘Mike [Phelan] and Kieran [McKenna] take a lot of the tactics and they’ve been great. Everyone has really taken to Ole and Mike and we’re enjoying life at the moment.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMarcus Rashford and Paul Pogba have taken most of the plaudits for United’s upturn in form since Solskjaer was appointed but Lingard has also been an integral part of his plans too, starting all but two of the Norwegian’s ten games in charge.The England international seems to be flourishing under Solskjaer and appeared to take a dig at his former manager Jose Mourinho by saying: ‘We are back to winning ways now and that’s the way it should be.‘Ole has been great since he has come in and he has got the lads working hard. He has got his structure and organisation in the team. We are back to our football and winning games.’United are still unbeaten under their caretaker manager winning nine of their ten games and drawing the other to Burnley and that form has propelled them back into top-four contention with only two points separating them from fourth place Chelsea.They face Fulham at Craven Cottage in the early kick-off on Saturday.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 8 Feb 2019 10:04 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Jesse Lingard was on the scoresheet as Manchester United beat Arsenal at the Emirates (Getty Images)Jesse Lingard has admitted that he is enjoying playing in a new false 9 role for Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The 26-year-old has been one of United’s most impressive performers since Solskjaer took charge, scoring three goals and providing two assists in nine games.One of those goals came during United’s impressive 3-1 FA Cup win over Arsenal at the Emirates in a performance characterised by United’s counter-attacking threat with Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial also getting on the scoresheet.Solskjaer has placed a big emphasis on counter-attacking during his time in charge and Lingard feels that style of play is perfectly suited to him as he has a greater license to get into dangerous attacking positions.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Advertisement
John Gribbin Real Estate. 24/03/2014. Photo: Michael Chambers.HOMES that are well presented and fully airconditioned, in suburbs close to amenities, are succeeding in attracting tenants in Townsville’s weak rentals market.Vacancy rates in Townsville have improved and are sitting about 5 per cent, but according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, the city is still classified as a weak market.It compares to September last year when vacancy rates spiked at 7.1 per cent before starting to gradually decline,John Gribbin Realty principal John Gribbin said homes with a modern feel, in locations close to employment, were usually easy to rent out. “Houses that are generally speaking in good condition, in a good position close to amenities and close to a lot of work positions go very well but units are moving quite well at the moment as well. However, having said that, rental prices have reduced significantly,” he said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“We find places like Annandale, Douglas and Idalia rent well and basically the suburbs that have houses that are presented well always move, but some of the peripheral areas are a little bit tougher.”Mr Gribbin said older properties often needed upgrading to make them attractive to prospective tenants. “People need to upgrade their properties in a lot of cases because they might have owned them for a long time and only done the bare essentials,” he said.“Sometimes the kitchens are quite old and it might be a matter of completely replacing the kitchen to bring everything up to standard. Floors, bathrooms and even little things like new taps can make a big difference. It just needs to look nice and fresh so that means if the curtains are all holey that’s not a good look.”Mr Gribbin said one issue in the rental market was Townsville’s economy had also affected landlords and many didn’t have the funds to upgrade their properties.“It can be a big expense and a lot of these owners aren’t exactly rolling in money,” he said. “A lot of landlords have had income drops as well.”Mr Gribbin said the rental market was starting to recover, but it would be a slow process.“There are definitely signs of improvement, but it’s not going to recover overnight,” he said. “We still need a lot of people to come back to Townsville because a lot of people actually left and that’s been part of the problem.”
Long-time national team player of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Amira Spahić, ahead of the “A” team match with Israel today, said goodbye to the jersey with the national coat of arms.Spahić is proud of her national team career:“It is a great honour to wear a jersey with the coat of arms of the home country, but also a responsibility. It’s the highlight of every athlete’s career. I am proud to have had the opportunity to perform for our national team for so many years. There were a lot of things that were of particular importance to me, and the most wonderful feeling in my career was when I was given the captain’s armband by the head coach”, says the popular Mikica and continues:“Thanks to the head coach and trainer Samira Hurem for everything she has done for me, because without her I would certainly not be where I am. I would like to thank my family for their support throughout my career and the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina for everything that works for women’s football in our country.”Amira Spahić also has a message for young girls who are interested in sports:“I would like to tell all the girls to play any sport. It doesn’t matter which one, the most important thing is that they feel nice with what they do and enjoy. I enjoyed football and would like as many young people as possible to be involved in sports.”Before the start of today’s match, Amira was presented with gifts by the FF BH executive director for sports, Elmir Pilav and the BH national team head coach Samira Hurem.Amira was born on 8th June 1983 in Travnik.She began her playing career in ŽNK Travnik, and since 2003 she has played for SFK 2000 Sarajevo, with which she won 16 titles both in the Championship and the Cup of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and she also played in the UEFA Champions League.She made her debut for the women’s “A” national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2004 in a friendly match with Croatia, which was played in Koprivnica.In her 15-year national team career, she was the captain of our women’s national team for a time.Along with her playing career, Amira has been building a coaching career, and today she is an assistant coach in the technical staff of the women’s futsal team of Bosnia and Herzegovina.The Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina thanks Amira for all that she has done as a national team player for Bosnia and Herzegovina and for the professional relationship in the jersey with the national coat of arms, and we wish her all the best in continuing her sports career.
MASON CITY — The City of Mason City has decided to immediately close all playgrounds and shelter houses in the city’s parks. City Administrator Aaron Burnett says the closure will be through April 30th at which time the closure will be re-evaluated. City staff will be installing caution tape and fencing around the equipment and shelters in the parks and placing signage as a reminder. Team sports, pickup games and contact play are prohibited. Burnett says the parks and trails, including the dog park, will remain open for recreation purposes, but he reminds people to use social distancing, avoid large gatherings over ten people, and wash your hands with soap and water after any activity.