Could personal training plan for Jack Wilshere at West Ham pave the way for England return?

Andy Sims 12/08/2018
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Jack Wilshere will be given a personal training plan at West Ham in order to keep him fit and pave the way for an England return.

The midfielder is set to make his Hammers debut at Liverpool on Sunday after joining his boyhood club on a free transfer from Arsenal.

Wilshere’s injury record cost him a place at this summer’s World Cup, but new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is confident he can bring out the best in the 26-year-old.

“He was very unlucky in some seasons with so many injuries, but he continued being a different player,” said Pellegrini.

“As a manager you can work a lot of different ways with a lot of different tactics, a lot of different systems, but if you don’t have good players it’s impossible to be a good team.

“Jack, in the 10 years that he played for Arsenal, he’s a different player. So if the injuries respect him, alone he will make the difference.

“We are always talking to him. Maybe he will not work exactly the same as the rest of the squad.

West Ham have made a flurry of summer signings, including Felipe Anderson.

West Ham have made a flurry of summer signings, including Felipe Anderson.

“But I am not scared about that because the last two seasons he played a lot of games. At Bournemouth and at Arsenal, he didn’t have too many injuries.

“He’s a young player and he knows his body and I hope that he will be fit for most of the season.

“Every day we have the players on the GPS and we know the most amount of metres that he does before he has a rest. So that, with the fitness coach and the sport science, will manage his work.”

Asked if there is hope for the midfield schemer to get back into the international fold after his summer snub, Pellegrini added: “Can he be an England player again? I think so, yes.

“The technical players make the difference and Jack is the special player that makes different things. So if he continues playing every weekend his performances will be better and I’m sure that he will have an option to return to the England squad.”

Pellegrini held talks over the vacant Liverpool job in 2010 but he has no regrets, having instead enjoying success with Malaga before guiding Manchester City to the title in 2014.

“My career of course would have been different if I was in Liverpool,” he added.

“But I am so happy about my career. It was not Liverpool but it was Manchester City when I came here to England after three years with Malaga, three beautiful years.

“Liverpool is a great club but I also had the options to manage some very big clubs.”

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Paul Pogba reveals he will be fined if he opens up about life at Man United

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Is everything okay Paul? Pogba has revealed apparent unrest.

Paul Pogba cast fresh doubt over his Manchester United future by saying he would get fined if he really opened up about his happiness.

Two years after returning to Old Trafford from Juventus in a world-record deal, the 25-year-old is reported to be so unhappy that he has informed executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward of his desire to leave.

United have denied that happened, while it was also reported that Mino Raiola, the player’s agent, had even struck a deal with Barcelona – the kind of interest that the club have vowed to reject.

A tense relationship with Jose Mourinho appears to be at the heart of it. Questions about their relationship were raised last term and the midfielder is said to have been annoyed by his manager’s comments around the World Cup.

Pogba only returned to training at the start of the week after helping France to win the tournament but he was thrust into the starting line-up on Friday and given the captain’s armband, with his penalty setting United on course for a 2-1 win against Leicester.

It was an impressive display that led to a standing ovation and hope that the Old Trafford faithful would now see the best from a supremely talented midfielder.

“What do you mean being the real Pogba?” he asked.

“You have to know one thing: a player that gets chosen and is happy, you always feel more comfortable than when he’s not happy. That’s all I say.”

Pogba was pushed on his response and said that “if you’re not happy, you cannot give your best” when asked about what represents happiness and comfort for him.

The 25-year-old believes that there is no point doing a job if you are not enjoying it, so he was asked whether he is currently happy and comfortable right now.

“There are things and there are things that I cannot say otherwise I will get fined,” Pogba said before walking off.

It was a striking comment from the midfielder in what has been one of few occasions that he has stopped to speak to the written media after a United match.

Maybe Pogba was keen to get something off his chest on Friday, or perhaps this is part of how he fulfils the role of captain.

“It’s not having just the armband,” Pogba said of his view on leadership. “I have always been talking to the team-mates.

“I am someone who is not (in) a role that I give to myself. Just try to help the team as much as possible, like they helped me too.

“Having the armband, it’s not like ‘oh, I will show that I am a real captain and have to do extra work’.

“No, I just have to be myself and do what I know, do what I can do and do what I know to do.”

Former captain Michael Carrick and fellow coach Kieran McKenna informed Pogba that he would skipper United in his first match since winning the World Cup.

“I am the same, it’s the same Paul Pogba, the France midfielder said, reflecting on his summer. “It’s a different team, obviously.

“I still enjoying playing football, I still love football and I still give my best with the team, for the team.

“Like I said, when you are comfortable, when people trust with everyone or confident, are good in the head, it’s going to be easier.”

Pogba said “everybody was on the same page” in the France dressing room, from manager Didier Deschamps to the kitman, physio and players.

“When we have everybody with you, everybody next to you know they want to fight for you, obviously it’s going to be easier, you know?” he said. “It’s going to be easier and it makes the team go higher.”

Coy on what United could achieve this season, Pogba knows the importance of aiming for success with the club and the responsibility that came with wearing the armband.

“I always love the club,” he said. “I love the club. I came in the academy, I grew up.

“I came from the academy, I played for the first team. For me, it was a dream come true.

“And wearing this, it’s even more because of the past, because of the players that played here, the people that have been wearing this.”

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Pep Guardiola expects the rest of the Premier League to catch up with Man City

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Warning to troops: Pep Guardiola.

Pep Guardiola claims Manchester City‘s best may not be good enough in the coming season.

City set a host of records – including most points, most wins, most goals and biggest winning margin – as they powered to the Premier League title last term.

It was a memorable campaign but City boss Guardiola is well aware that rival teams and managers will be determined to improve and cut them down.

Speaking ahead of his side’s opening game at Arsenal, Guardiola said: “We were the best, definitely, no doubts about that, but we don’t play alone. We can do our job but the others can do their job too.

“We can do our job the same as last season but maybe Liverpool or United, Arsenal, Chelsea or Tottenham can do much better and they win.

“We can be excellent but the others can be excellent too. We cannot deny the other contenders. There was a gap last season but this season I don’t know.”

Guardiola does recognise, however, that City do come into the new campaign from a good starting point following last season’s successes.

In addition to the title, City also won the Carabao Cup and they have already shown signs of maintaining the momentum by winning the Community Shield in comfortable fashion.

Guardiola said: “People say we now have to forget what we did last season. No way. I don’t want to forget that.

“I know exactly what we did to achieve that and we start from there. The principles are there. Now when I say something they know exactly what I want to do.

“Because of what we did last season now we are going to win? Nobody can assure me of that. We start again. That is why it is fascinating, it is a new challenge.

“But winning helps to win more. During the season we will have really bad moments – it is impossible to have the perfect season all the time – but when you win one title you can win another one. It helps for the future to know that.”

Guardiola has no doubt Arsenal, who are at the start of a new era under Unai Emery, can prove to be one of the challengers.

Emery replaced the long-serving Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium over the summer and has immediately put his mark on the squad by overseeing five signings.

Emery arrives with a good reputation having won the Europa League three times with Sevilla and most recently worked at Paris Saint-Germain.

Guardiola said of his fellow Spaniard: “No advice (from me) – I think he has enough experience to know exactly (what to do).

“He is so intelligent. I have a lot of respect for this career – starting at the bottom and winning titles. He always makes his teams difficult.

“Now he is at Arsenal, one of the best teams in England, and he is a contender to win titles.”

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