THE changing perception of sports from being only for the academically challenged to one which offers a genuine career path has upped the ante among local tertiary institutions, as they jostle to attract the most talented athletes through scholarships for study. In the last few years, several of Jamaica’s most successful junior and youth athletes have been going on to higher education at local institutions such as the University of Technology (UTech), University of the West Indies (UWI) and The Mico University College. In fact, the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, which was once the premier institution to attend for sports persons, especially those who wished to pursue a career in the teaching, has suffered. The school’s principal, Joyce Graham-Royale, told The Gleaner yesterday that many athletes had chosen other tertiary institutions because of the range of programmes offered. “Offering scholarships now has become very competitive. Most of the other prominent schools are offering scholarships. It’s a question of who can offer them the most,” she said. “The whole sporting landscape has changed and everybody is recognising that it has changed and a lot of sportsmen and women are springing up and there has to be an avenue for them to improve and get an education at the same time, and so we are creating them,” she added. Graham-Royale, who was an education officer for physical education and sports with the Ministry of Education before becoming principal at G.C. Foster, said a major part of the shift started when the curriculum for physical education in primary and high schools changed. “It is now examined at both CSEC and CAPE Levels. Sport is big business and everybody is wanting a piece of the pie right now,” she said. “The colleges and universities are getting more students who are more aware of the importance of participation in physical education and sport. The schools are preparing them at that level and the universities are coaching them at that level.” Netball has benefited significantly, with many national players now attending universities locally on scholarships. These include Vangelee Williams and squad member Trishana Hanson, who attend The Mico and Malysha Kelly, Tristina Harwood, Nadine Bryan, Shadian Hemmings, Antonette Stone and Shameera Sterling, who have or are attending the UWI. Director of Sports at The Mico, Raymond Graham, told The Gleaner that his institution started offering scholarships to netballers as intercollegiate sports became more competitive. “(We wanted) to give an education, a degree and also there are very good student athletes. Everyone has become very competitive. A lot more people are staying in Jamaica now and college rivalry is a big thing now for bragging rights,” he said. Heavy recruitment “They (universities) are recruiting hard and it’s about who can get the best,” he added. UWI director of sports, Dalton Myers, said the university opened up its scholarship offerings in 2010 and immediately reaped the benefits, having won the Inter-collegiate netball crown twice and made it to four finals in the last five years. “We recognised that we wanted to give more sports scholarships and Netball Jamaica wanted to keep their athletes home. A lot of them were going away and we wanted to help the association and Jamaica in general, helping them to be a part of the national setup.” Myers noted that 2016 Rhodes Scholar, Sherona Forrester, who attended the UWI on a football scholarship, also played netball for the university. Graham-Royale noted that helping students gain an education was of utmost importance. “They need something to backup if the sport doesn’t work out and that’s why they register at G.C. Foster,” she said.
Huawei also believes Messi’s passion inspires millions worldwide to strive for excellence and connect with people and considers the partnership “the perfect fit” and comes under the theme ‘connecting greatness’. “Lionel Messi will help our brand to encourage people to focus, persevere and breakthrough; to connect with greatness, especially in Europe, Asia and Latin America, where Huawei puts great devotion,” said Kevin Ho, president, Handset Business, Huawei Consumer BG, at yesterday’s press conference. Ho stressed that Huawei will seek to be number one in mobile phone sales in more than 170 countries, including Jamaica and the Caribbean. “We both honour the path we walked to what we have achieved and with each new challenge, we renew our commitment to find the path to success,” he added, while reiterating that his organisation’s belief that sport is a great way in which people enrich their lives, and through football in particular, which it considers a strong avenue. In the last few years, Huawei has invested in several teams – such as America, Santa Fe, Sporting Cristal, Arsenal, Atletico de Madrid, and AC Milan. Their brand ambassadors include Robert Lewandowski and Alexis Sanchez, and now the biggest of them all, Lionel Messi. “You have to sacrifice and go all in; always looking forward to achieving greatness. The day you think there are no improvements to be made, you have to keep working for reaching other achievements,” Messi said yesterday. Tyrone Liu, CEO, consumer business group for Huawei Latin America, said: “We are happy to announce our collaboration with an extraordinary individual who inspires people all over the world to pursue their dreams, to face challenges to become better with each day, a man who shares a lot of the same values with the Huawei brand.” MESSI AN INSPIRATION BARCELONA, Spain: World-leading information communication technology and telecoms firm, Huawei, scored big with the signing of Lionel Messi the only football player in history to win the FIFA World Player of the Year/FIFA Ballon d’Or five times as their global ambassador yesterday. The announcement was made here in Barcelona, Spain, at the Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I Hotel. While some global media have been speculating that the deal struck with the super-star forward will cost Huawei around eight million euros annually, the Asian-based organisation’s officials chose not to reveal an exact figure. They indicated, however, that they want to secure a long-term partnership with the world’s top-rated footballer, who is considered by many to be the greatest of all time.
The excitement was high yesterday as several local footballers and fans got a chance to get a close-up view of the world famous FA Cup.A partnership between telecommunications giants FLOW and FA Cup holders Manchester United has given Jamaicans the opportunity to see the trophy here for the first time.”We are excited that Jamaicans can see the FA Cup for the first time,” Stephen Miller, FLOW’s promotions and events manager said, after the FA Cup arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.”Manchester United are holders of the trophy and based on our partnership with Man U, the trophy is here,” he added.Meanwhile, the FA Cup made a stop at The Gleaner yesterday afternoon and several Manning Cup football stars are now dreaming of playing in England for a club vying for the FA Cup after viewing it for the first time.”Seeing the trophy is added inspiration. The cup is beautiful, so I wish to be a member of a team that will play in the FA Cup,” said Jahwahi Hinds, captain of FLOW Cup champions Wolmer’s Boys’.OVERJOYEDOquin Robinson, captain of Manning Cup champions Jamaica College said: “It says a lot for local football that the trophy is here. I would certainly love to get a chance to play for the historic FA Cup trophy one day. I am excited that the trophy is here.”Aszett Williams of Holy Trinity High was also overjoyed after viewing the trophy.”It is a great inspiration for me to see the trophy. This moment will boost my desire to play overseas, especially in England. I would also love to play for the trophy as the competition has been around for over a century,” Williams noted.The trophy is in the Caribbean courtesy of a deal between telecommunications giant FLOW and Manchester United FC. The deal was inked last February and gave FLOW distribution rights of the MUTV channel in the Caribbean.The FA Cup is the oldest association football competition in the world. It was first played for during the 1871-72 English season.Students at Charlie Smith High in Arnett Gardens will get a chance to see the trophy this morning at 7:30. Tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to noon, there will be a fan event at 100 Hope Road.
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) marketing and communications manager Carole Beckford says that the body will not be drawn on speculation about the future of West Indies cricket should the International Cricket Council (ICC) go ahead with its proposed changes regarding team membership.Under these proposed changes, full members of the ICC would have their statuses reviewed every five years, after which, a decision will be made about their membership. Associate members would have their statuses reviewed every two years, and affiliate membership would be scrapped altogether.An email, which was circulated among ICC members, said full membership status is not permanent and “a full member may be reclassified as an associate member upon the recommendation of the Membership Committee, where it fails to meet the retention criteria.”Another proposal being suggested is that the ICC will withhold funding from members unless they provide information on their finances, as well as how it is spent.It is believed that these measures would put pressure on teams, such as the West Indies, that have been struggling with match results for a number of years.NO NEED FOR SPECULATIONHowever, Beckford told The Gleaner that these are only plans and nothing has yet been decided as a meeting will first need to take place between the council and each member, associate and affiliate team. As such, she says the WICB sees no need to be drawn on speculation at the moment as no decision will be made before such a meeting.The West Indies Test team is currently ranked eigth of ten teams in the world as at February 13, while, as of February 22, its One-Day International side is ninth of twelve ranked teams in that format. The West Indies Twenty20 team is fourth of 17.
LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans All five of his victories have come on clay.Despite losing, 25-year-old Hanfmann, the world number 170, enjoyed the best result of his career this week in reaching the final, having also knocked out third seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the second round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments MOST READ Spanish Liga to file complaint vs PSG over Neymar 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Italy’s Fabio Fognini kisses the sign of Gstadd after winning his final game against Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann at the final of the Swiss Open ATP 250 tennis tournament on July 30, 2017 in Gstaad. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINIFabio Fognini beat Yannick Hanfmann 6-4, 7-5 in the Gstaad ATP tournament final on Sunday to win his fifth tour title.The 31-year-old Italian, ranked 31 in the world, was playing in his 13th ATP final.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return
Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The Tornadoes overwhelmed the Lady Realtors in terms of attacks, 42-24, and committed fewer errors 17-21.But the telling discrepancy was in the frontline, which Foton declared a no-fly zone with a 3-1 edge in blocks. Foton also had more aces, 8-1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Torre logs back-to-back wins, grabs share of lead in World Seniors tournament MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES After losing to Petron recently, the Tornadoes have now caught up with the Blaze Spikers at the top spot with similar 5-1 records.It was a big morale bounce back for the Tornadoes, who fashioned out the win in an hour and seven minutes before a capacity crowd at La Salle Lipa Sentrum in Batangas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneTowering star Jaja Santiago scored 14 points, including two aces and a block.Foton led in all departments as it showed determination to pile up enough wins in the eliminations and secure a lofty spot in the knockout rounds. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jaja Santiago of Foton over Pam Lastimosa and Mar-Jana Phillips of SLR. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFoton displayed all the qualities that made it a back-to-back champion, exposing Sta. Lucia Realty for the struggling team that it really is Saturday night.The result was a lopsided 25-16, 25-10, 25-16 triumph for the Tornadoes, who spun back into title orbit with their fifth victory in six matches.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NLEX launches its new team logo ahead of the 2018 PBA Season. Photo by Randolph Leongson/INQUIRER.netNLEX coach Yeng Guiao admitted there’s added pressure heading into the new PBA season following the team’s launch of its new team logo.“We feel pressured because if we fail, all of you might mug us,” Guiao joked Monday in the team’s logo rebrand event at the MPTC Compound in Balintawak.ADVERTISEMENT NLEX signaled its move to a brighter path with a refreshed take on the team’s emblem as it brings in a renewed hope for the 43rd season of the PBA.“We wanted an embodiment of our business, our group, and all of us as one MPTC (Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation) family,” said NLEX alternate governor Rodrigo Franco.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseGuiao is just honored with the support thrown at the team’s way as he goes to war with a rejigged roster with the addition of the highly-touted Kiefer Ravena.Ravena, the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Draft, is expected to contribute right away as he joins Kevin Alas, and veterans Asi Taulava, Cyrus Baguio, and Larry Fonacier. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Jarencio confident GlobalPort is ready despite Romeo’s absence It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “It’s really a privilege, an honor coaching NLEX. We’ve been together for a year and the path we took wasn’t an easy one. We had to languish at the bottom of the standings for two conferences. It was difficult, but slowly, we’re seeing the team improve, develop its character, and build a new culture,” he said.The fiery coach vowed nothing but great things this coming conference as Guiao.“We will represent you and make you proud this year.”ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “He averages what 19 (points) and nine assists?” Harden asked after getting 25 points and 13 assists in a 104-97 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. “What are we rewarding? We’re winning and he’s putting up the numbers, there’s no question.“Obviously, we have a lot of depth on this team, but I’m not doing it out there by myself. He’s controlling the games as well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPaul scored 12 points with seven rebounds and four assists as the Rockets beat their Texas rivals for the sixth straight time. The streak started with a four-game sweep last season. Houston won its fourth straight game and seventh in the past nine.After missing the first 14 games with a left knee injury, Paul later sat another three with a left abductor strain. But the Rockets are 24-5 in games he has played, and won his first 15 starts. He is averaging 18.8 points, 8.8 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) shakes hands with Chris Paul after a foul during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)DALLAS — James Harden is an All-Star for the sixth straight season. New Houston teammate Chris Paul will miss the February party for the second year in a row following nine consecutive appearances for the Western Conference.The Rockets aren’t exactly pleased about the Paul part.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “People that should be watching games don’t watch the games and see how important a guy is,” coach Mike D’Antoni said before the game. “It’s perplexing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Gasol, Mills lead balanced Spurs attack over Grizzlies MOST READ View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Playing fantastic form, Alex Eala has made a name in the international tennis scene.The unseeded Filipina ruled the Les Petits As-Le Mondial Lacoste in Tarbes, France by capturing the girls singles title at the expense of Czech tennis wonder Linda Noskova in a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (5) cliffhanger.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Noskova, the seventh seed who took out top seeded Russian Diana Schnaider in the quarterfinals, seized the tight first set before Eala, the top singles player in the under-14 age bracket based on the Asian Tennis Federation rankings, struck back and evened up matters.With match going down the wire, the 12-year-old Eala cashed in on a Noskova error to close out her rival and write history as the 36th girls champion of the celebrated tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkEala, a wildcard recipient and part of 2017 Tennis Europe Junior Tour Doubles Team of the year, defeated Belgian qualifier Sofia Costoulas in the preliminaries before beating unseeded Japanese Kyoka Kubo and Hungarian 13th seed Katerina Dimitrova to set up the finale against Noskova.Eala said she would be ready in time for the grand slam juniors in May.“I need to build my ITF ranking to qualify for the grand slams,” said Eala. Fighting jihadism in the Sahel: Life inside the military camps PLAY LIST 02:46Fighting jihadism in the Sahel: Life inside the military camps02:55Tourism’s gifts and woes for Santa and Sami homeland01:29Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Pumaren gets the win over former player Pasaol in PBA D-League MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year
“It’s not the end of the world,” he said.No regrets. No genuine sadness. Indeed, Mourinho chose the occasion of one of United’s most miserable nights in years to highlight his own past successes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I sat in this chair twice in the Champions League,” Mourinho said. “I knock out Manchester United at home at Old Trafford. I sit in this chair with Porto (in 2004), Man United out. I sit in this chair with Real Madrid (in 2013), Man United out. I don’t think it’s something new for the club.”Hardly the words United fans would want to hear. Not after those two timid displays in the last 16 against Sevilla. 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Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Playing with caution in the away leg three weeks ago was understandable, despite the general acceptance that a 0-0 draw away from home is not so great a result these days. To be honest, it was never really going to be any other way under Mourinho.But at home? With United’s traditions? With the attacking riches at Mourinho’s disposal? That was never going to wash with United’s supporters.It felt there was anxiety in the air from the start of the 2-1 loss at Old Trafford on Tuesday, which began — somewhat fittingly — with a long ball lumped up toward Marouane Fellaini. By the midway point of the second half, Sevilla had grown into the game — Ever Banega and Steven Nzonzi controlling the midfield — and United’s players knew they were in a precarious situation.Then substitute Wissam Ben Yedder came on, gave Sevilla the cutting edge it was missing, and scored twice in four minutes. United needed a complete change in mentality, and had 12 minutes to score three goals. It was never going to happen.“I don’t have regrets,” Mourinho said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho walks to the dressing room after his side were defeated by Sevilla during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Sevilla won the game 2-1 and go through to the quarterfinals .(AP Photo/Dave Thompson)MANCHESTER, England — It was almost like Jose Mourinho didn’t care.Manchester United had just exited the Champions League in the meekest fashion and the team’s manager dealt with it with a shrug of the shoulders.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina How about giving Fellaini a first start in any competition since Nov. 22, in United’s biggest game of the season? How about sending the team out with a cautious mindset? How about the latest disappointing display by new signing Alexis Sanchez?“I did my best, the players did their best. We tried, we lost,” Mourinho said. “That’s football.”The stark facts are that United had four shots on target across both legs, against a team that conceded more goals (12) than any other side still in the Champions League and five goals on two occasions in its past seven Spanish league games.Sevilla’s 21 shots in the second leg was the most United had given up at home in a competitive match since 2013 — in that loss to Mourinho’s Real Madrid.Nemanja Matic did what Mourinho couldn’t do and accepted that United was eliminated by the better team over the two legs.“There is no excuse,” the Serbia midfielder said. “Sevilla were better than us, so they deserved it.”All the momentum built up from huge wins over Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League over the past two weeks has been lost. United fans will just about accept their team having 32 percent possession at home against Liverpool, as long as it results in a victory — like it did on Saturday in what was widely regarded as a “Mourinho masterclass.”But when the team plays so conservatively and doesn’t win, questions will be asked of Mourinho’s methods that have always seemed at odds with United’s heritage of entertaining soccer.The fact that, across Manchester, rival Man City is playing some of the best soccer ever seen in the English game just puts United’s style of play further under scrutiny. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew