Van Persie: New deal not up to me

first_img “It is a very thin line between scoring a load or goals and only a couple.” Although Van Persie’s confidence may have taken a hit because of his poor start, his faith in his manager has not wavered one bit. Van Gaal made Van Persie his captain with the national side and the move paid off as the unfancied Dutch team made it through to the World Cup semi-finals last year where they were defeated on penalties by Argentina. It is not just Van Persie who believes in the 63-year-old. The former Arsenal striker insists the rest of his team-mates are fully behind their manager. “I have known him for over two years now, I know how he works,” Van Persie added. “We believe in him. We will still believe in him. “The players have been working with him only four or six months, everyone believes in themselves, our team-mates and our staff. We are confident it will change. “Him and his coaching staff and we as players are trying everything we can to win games, not only win games but win them in a nice way as well.” Van Persie admits United’s draw at League Two opposition last week was not good enough. The forward, who won the FA Cup with Arsenal, has been encouraged to see the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham exit the competition, though. “After the game against Cambridge, everyone was a little bit down,” Van Persie said. “But in a way on Saturday the whole mood changed. City were out, Chelsea were out and suddenly we are in it with a home tie against Cambridge. “We are the highest-ranked team left in the competition.” Van Persie is desperate to win the cup with United, who have gone through a barren spell in the competition of late. “I think it is vital (we win a trophy this year), especially with this cup,” he said. “I think it has been 11 years since Manchester United won it last. “That was actually the first thing that Sir Alex Ferguson said to me as well – he said ‘I want to win that cup’. “We want to win it.” :: Robin van Persie was speaking at the launch of Swissquote, Manchester United’s first global Official Forex and Online Trading Partner. The 31-year-old’s contract ends in the summer of 2016, and when asked if he would like to extend that deal, the striker said: “It is not up to me. For the moment I am staying here for 18 months. “That is it really. I can’t look into the future. I don’t know what is going to happen after that. We shall have to wait and see.” Van Persie was refreshingly candid when discussing his poor form at the launch of Manchester United’s new partnership with Swissquote at Old Trafford on Monday. Others are guilty of under-performing too. United’s 0-0 FA Cup draw with Cambridge last week was littered with mistakes, while in the Premier League the Red Devils have just three points more than they had at this stage last term. “Obviously we are not scoring enough goals, including me,” Van Persie said. “Everyone feels responsible. I do, definitely. This year I have played something like 20 games and I have scored eight goals. “I am not happy with that. I want to score more. I will do everything, every day in training and during the games I will keep doing what I have been doing for the last 10 years to make those goals. It makes so many people happy. Including me. “I am convinced that if we keep doing what we are doing – because we do create chances – if the strikers just take those chances I think we have a chance of scoring again. Robin van Persie admits he has no idea whether he will sign a contract extension at Manchester United. Van Persie enjoyed a successful World Cup with Holland under United boss Louis van Gaal but he has yet to replicate that kind of form at club level. Van Persie scored 30 goals in his debut year at Old Trafford, but last season he struggled for fitness and form and this term he has found the net eight times. Press Associationlast_img read more

WBB : SU’s ability to finish picks up in 2nd half as Orange pulls away from Leopards

first_imgCarmen Tyson-Thomas, Kayla Alexander and Elashier Hall didn’t hesitate at all.When asked the difference between Syracuse’s play on offense in the first half and the second half, they responded simultaneously.‘Finishing.’After a difficult first half in which the Orange struggled to capitalize on its numerous second chance opportunities, Syracuse (3-0) came out with a different mentality and cruised to a 74-54 victory over Lafayette (0-3) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. The Orange shot 43 percent from the field in the second half after a first half in which SU was a cold 32 percent, including an 0-of-6 from 3-point range. But 11 offensive rebounds in a 20-point, 17-rebound night from Alexander helped Syracuse pull away eventually.Early on, it was evident that SU was going to struggle to score points inside. In an attempt to combat a Lafayette starting lineup that featured two players taller than 6 feet, 3 inches, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman inserted 6-foot-3 center Shakeya Leary into the starting lineup to match that height.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut less than two minutes into the first half, dealing with Lafayette’s size was still a challenge for SU. After Alexander gathered a missed jumper, Lafayette forward Ashley Springer swung over to the cover her along with 6-foot-7 center Danielle Fiacco and latched onto the ball as Alexander attempted a putback.The call was a jump ball and the Leopards took possession.The height and strength in the Lafayette frontcourt stifled the Orange for much of the first half. Despite SU dominating both the offensive and defensive boards, the Leopards altered shots, forced numerous jump balls and limited the Orange to just 11 second-chance points in the first half.‘We definitely had to battle, be more physical and try to shoot over them and not back away from them,’ Alexander said. ‘A few times I was told I was going away and I had to keep going towards the pressure and I think all of us did that.’Syracuse never led by more than eight points in the first half. Even with all the offensive rebounds and follows inside, the Orange only shot eight free throws and led 31-30 at the break.But all that changed in the second half.Thirty-one seconds into the second half, SU guard Phylesha Bullard stole the ball and rushed up court for a fast-break layup. Although she missed the initial layup attempt, Hall trailed the play and finished for SU.On SU’s next offensive possession, Tyson-Thomas gathered a loose ball and missed a short jumper. But Leary caught the rebound about 10 feet from the rim and nailed a jumper to push SU’s lead to 38-30.‘We came out really good in the second half,’ Hillsman said. ‘I can’t really take credit for that second half because I really went in the locker room and said four or five things that I saw and I walked out and said, ‘You guys got to figure this out.”Six of the Orange’s opening nine points in the second half were a result of taking advantage of offensive rebounds. Alexander grabbed six offensive rebounds in the second half and added 11 points in the final 20 minutes to pace the Orange.The Orange’s strength on the glass began to wear down Lafayette and Syracuse began to draw fouls underneath the basket. Syracuse drew Lafayette’s seventh foul with 14:38 remaining in the second half, and the Orange got to the line for 16 free throws.With SU pulling away, about midway through the first half, Tyson-Thomas missed a turnaround jumper, but she followed her shot. She darted to the basket, following with a left-handed layup to put SU on top 57-37, its largest lead of the game to that point.The missed second-chance opportunities that plagued SU in the first half began to fall, and the Orange built a comfortable lead in the second half.‘In the first half we were getting the ball, we were getting second chance (shots) but we weren’t making them, it was the finish,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘We went in the locker room, coach told us some things and we came out and we started finishing.’adtredin@syr.edu Published on November 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more