Indonesian mission confirms third national diagnosed with COVID-19 in Singapore

first_imgThe embassy also said it would be monitoring the situation closely and coordinate with the relevant local authorities on all matters regarding the patient.Case 147 is the third Indonesian to be diagnosed with COVID-19 in Singapore.The first Indonesian case is a 44-year-old domestic worker whose test results came back positive on Feb. 4, along with the positive test results of her employer, a Singaporean national. The woman has since recovered and has been discharged from hospital.The second case is a 62-year-old woman who entered Singapore on a social visit permit and had no travel history to countries or territories affected by COVID-19. She tested positive on March 6.  As of Monday, 13 Indonesians overseas had been diagnosed with COVID-19: nine Diamond Princess crewmen in Japan, three in Singapore and one in Taiwan. Seven have recovered from the disease.Topics : A 64-year-old Indonesian man in Singapore has been diagnosed with COVID-19, but it is likely he contracted the virus outside of the island nation, the Indonesian embassy has stated, confirming an earlier announcement from the Singaporean government. The Singapore Ministry of Health announced on Sunday that the man, identified as Case 147, had just arrived in the city-state on Saturday and tested positive for the virus on Sunday.”It is not yet known how the Indonesian citizen contracted the COVID-19 [virus], but the Singapore Ministry of Health has said that this case is an imported case, meaning that the [man] is likely to have been infected before [arriving in] Singapore,” the embassy said in a statement on Monday.last_img read more

Three ways Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can hurt Arsenal even without Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial

first_imgMason Greenwood has scored in each of his last two appearances for Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Manchester United have only scored twice in their previous three matches in all competitions and each of those goals belongs to 17-year-old striker Mason Greenwood.The youngster opened his senior goalscoring account with a well-taken finish from his right foot against Astana before doing likewise on his left side in the Rochdale clash and Solskjaer has regularly talked up his potential in the early weeks of the season.‘Mason is one of the best finishers I’ve seen and I’ve played with quite a few decent ones,’ Solskjaer quipped before Greenwood had even scored for the first-team while he insisted on Friday that he is ‘ready’ to step up to Premier League football. Jesse Lingard has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other side (Picture: Getty)Much has been made of Jesse Lingard’s poor return in front of goal with the England international netting just once in 23 appearances for United this calendar year.That solitary strike also came right at the start of the year too with Lingard’s goal drought spanning eight months. The last team he scored against? Arsenal in the FA Cup.Lingard never has and never will be a consistent goalscorer as a return of 17 goals in 116 appearances for United indicates, yet for some reason, he usually raises his game against Arsenal. How Manchester United could line up in a 4-2-3-1 formationEntrusting Greenwood, who turns 18 on Tuesday, to lead the line against Arsenal would be some show of faith from Solskjaer even with United’s injury problems, but the youngster has not looked fazed since stepping into senior football.Rashford scored twice on his first Premier League start against Arsenal in 2016 and Greenwood will be out to emulate his achievements if selected to lead the line.2. Jesse Lingard as a False 9 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may opt to deploy Jesse Lingard as a False 9Indeed, Lingard has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other club in the Premier League, netting four times in only five appearances and his most memorable moments in a United shirt have come in those matches.If there is one United player Arsenal fans will not want to see score against them it is Lingard after his ‘Milly Rock’ and moonwalk celebrations against them at the Emirates over the past couple of seasons.AdvertisementAdvertisementLingard ended last weekend’s dismal 2-0 defeat to West Ham playing as a False 9 after Rashford went off injured and given his propensity to find the net against Arsenal, Solskjaer may be tempted to use him in that role from the start.3. Match Arsenal’s gameplan Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe have played up front together in Arsenal’s recent matches (Picture: Getty)Against a Pogba-less Manchester United, Unai Emery may be tempted to use the diamond system that made an appearance in the second half against Spurs and in away trips to Anfield and Vicarage Road in a bid to dominate the midfield.That formation also sets Arsenal up nicely to counter-attack against a United side who are likely to play a high defensive line at Old Trafford through the searing pace of Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang upfront.Emery’s use of club-record recruit Pepe has been interesting with the Ivorian playing as much of his football as a central striker as on his customary right-wing position which is where he spent the entirety of his final season at Lille. Three ways Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can hurt Arsenal even without Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a selection dilemma ahead of Manchester United’s clash against Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Manchester United’s 4-0 victory over Chelsea in early August suddenly feels a very long time ago.That result raised expectations amongst supporters that the 2019-20 campaign could be more successful than the horror-show of a season that preceded it, yet since that resounding win United have only won twice in seven matches, including against Kazakh side Astana.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side squeezed through their Carabao Cup third-round tie against League One Rochdale at Old Trafford on Wednesday but only via the lottery of a penalty shootout after a 16-year-old schoolkid had scored an equaliser in normal time.It was hardly the most ideal preparation for Monday’s game against Arsenal – arguably United’s biggest challengers for a top-four place – and Solskjaer’s hopes of securing a much-needed three points have been hit by a spate of injury problems.ADVERTISEMENT Daniel James and Mason Greenwood could be deployed in tandem through the middle against ArsenalUnited don’t possess the same level of firepower as their opponents, particularly with Rashford and Martial set to miss out, but Solskjaer could opt to emulate Arsenal’s system by deploying a speedy wide forward in tandem with a natural striker.Daniel James’ start to life in the Premier League has been excellent with the Welshman netting three times in his opening six Premier League appearances. Only Rashford with 18 has had more attempts on goal in United’s squad than James’ 14 so far.The speed and movement of a James-Greenwood partnership, not to mention the unpredictability each can bring into the game, could have the potential to unsettle Arsenal’s unconvincing central defensive pairing of David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopolous.AdvertisementMore: 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 Marcus Rashford went off injured during United’s last Premier League game against West Ham (Picture: Getty)Ahead of the game, Solskjaer said ‘I wouldn’t put my life on it’ when asked whether Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial would be available while also confirming that Paul Pogba is a doubt after suffering a knock to his ankle against Rochdale in midweek.AdvertisementAdvertisementShould that trio of players be unavailable to face Arsenal, Solskjaer will be without his two senior centre-forwards and his most creative central midfield player, making his task of securing a vital three points all the more difficult.Here are three ways Solskjaer could look to compensate for Rashford, Martial and Pogba’s absences to hurt Arsenal.1. Mason Greenwood unleashed Advertisement Oliver Young-MylesMonday 30 Sep 2019 6:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link611Shares Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Lucas Torreira has ‘confidence’ playing as Arsenal’s most advanced midfielder, says Unai Emery

first_imgAdvertisement Lucas Torreira has ‘confidence’ playing as Arsenal’s most advanced midfielder, says Unai Emery Comment Lucas Torreira has been used as a No.10 by Arsenal manager Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery insists Lucas Torreira is more than capable of playing as an advanced midfielder in Mesut Ozil’s absence.Ozil has made just two appearances in all competitions this term and has failed to make the substitutes bench for Arsenal’s last five matches despite being the club’s top earner on wages of £350,000-a-week.With Ozil seemingly exiled, Emery has experimented with a number of combinations in midfield and Torreira has been used further up the pitch, most recently against Vitoria on Thursday evening.Though Torreira was brought to the Emirates as a defensive midfielder, Emery claims the Uruguayan ‘has confidence’ playing as Arsenal’s No.10.ADVERTISEMENT Emery has spoken to Torreira about his new role (Picture: Getty)‘He is playing. I think he is very important for us. We are sharing and changing some matches with the midfielders like [Matteo] Guendouzi,’ Emery said ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Crystal Palace in the Premier League.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I am very happy with him and we need him. Then we use different structures in different matches and he has confidence. I was speaking with him about his best position to help us in our shape.‘It depends on the shape. Last season his best position was playing as a deep midfield two alongside [Granit] Xhaka or Matteo.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 City‘This year we are playing also sometimes with just one and he can achieve with his quality to get to the box and get closer to score. He is very intelligent about getting space around the box and taking chances.‘Then also, when we prepare the team to do high pressing, for us he is very important because he is very intelligent tactically, but he can play in the two positions. [Either as] one of the two midfielders [or] he can play higher for the pressing and to get into the box.‘Sometimes we also use him as a one-man in midfield doing the covering for the two other players ahead.’center_img Arsenal v Crystal Palace: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:44FullscreenArsenal v Crystal Palace: Unai Emery press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Emery has heavily criticised following Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United last weekend, but Hector Bellerin has defended his manager and insists the entire squad ‘trusts’ the Spaniard.‘I think this team has evolved a lot since the beginning of last season,’ Bellerin said.‘When the board sign a manager like Unai, they know it’s all going to be part of a process. ‘He has his ideas and he’s done so well at Sevilla and Valencia and Paris – so everyone trusts in the manager.‘Sometimes things don’t go your way but then it’s about turning it around. ‘I think if you take out from last season those three games which we lost – it would have been a very positive season and turned out another way.‘It is part of a process and I think we are improving as players and the manager is getting to know us every single day and for us it is to just to keep going forward with the head up.’MORE: Harry Kane reminds Virgil van Dijk he is ‘not invincible’ ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Liverpool Metro Sport ReporterSunday 27 Oct 2019 9:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Multi-level home with lake views and home office hits the market

first_img79 Camelot Place, Bridgeman Downs.After 14 years at her Bridgeman Downs home, Illse Tsung has made the move to the Gold Coast.Looking for a sea change with her family, Mrs Tsung said the six-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 79 Camelot Place was the “perfect family home”.“We have three children and the youngest was born here,” Mrs Tsung said.79 Camelot Place, Bridgeman Downs.Mrs Tsung said the home was already built when they moved in. They added extensions later on.The multi-level architect- designed property is on 0.97ha and has been positioned with a north-easterly aspect, ensuring every room in the house, where practical, has lake views. Mrs Tsung said she loved the proximity of the water and said the open space had an amazing feel to it.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDream Home: Carlton North01:38 Related videos 01:38Dream Home: Carlton North02:10Dream Home: Manly00:45Dream Architecture: Mandalay House02:17Dream Home: Box Hill North02:08Dream Home: Buderim00:27Masterpiece home “When we first walked on the balcony, we absolutely loved it,” she said.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“This really has been a great entertainment house.”79 Camelot Place, Bridgeman Downs.The main bedroom on the most upper level of the three-storey home is a private oasis, taking full advantage of the views, with walls of glass and a glass-edged balcony.An ensuite with double glass vanities, corner bath and frameless glass shower is timeless in design. The main level of the home has a further three bedrooms all with built-ins, also with lake views.79 Camelot Place, Bridgeman Downs.At the other end of the home, on its own level, is the guest suite, with a walk-in robe.To keep the family entertained, there is a huge, purpose-designed media/theatre room, set well away from the living areas.79 Camelot Place, Bridgeman Downs.To further complement the home is a home office/study with its own private entrance from the street, self-contained with a powder room, which could be closed off from the home.Mrs Tsung said the office was perfect to run their home business.last_img read more

Builder launches ‘ready-built’ estate

first_imgPlantation Homes Ready Built community is just 14km from the CBD in HemmantA Queensland builder has launched its first residential development – a 53-lot estate at southside Hemmant.Described at the “gateway to city living”, Plantation Homes has completed Eastpoint Estate, a “ready-built” residential development just 15km from the CBD. Just one of the homes within Plantation Homes ‘ready-built’ Eastpoint Estate community at HemmantPlantation Homes marketing manager Amanda Reilly said Eastpoint Estate offered a lifestyle full of adventure for the whole family, celebrating Brisbane’s love of the outdoors, and blended with premium features and fixtures into one stunning neighbourhood.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago“With a selection of single and double storey completed home designs on offer, each home features spacious, open plan living, complete with innovative design finishes and superior luxury inclusions, ready for you to move in immediately,” she said. Located just 8kms from the Manly/Wynnum waterfront, each lot within Eastpoint Estate has a predetermined house design matched to it.Ron Van Haren from Plantation Ready Built said Eastpoint was an exciting new venture for the Queensland builder. “There has already been a lot of interest for these homes, with at least two homes already under contract,” he said.Each Plantation home features a galley-style kitchen with a stone benchtop. It is also equipped with quality stainless-steel appliances and an abundance of storage space plus a butlers pantry. A resort-style, undercover alfresco area creates the ultimate outdoor entertaining zone and an individual facade adds to the streetscape. Ducted airconditioning, full floor coverings, contemporary landscaping, a driveway, path and fencing, and a remote-controlled double garage is also included. The homes are complete and ready to move in to now.last_img read more

Netherlands roundup: ​Parliament demands cost review of new pensions system

first_imgSource: CDAPieter Omtzigt, CDAHe argued that the ultimate pension benefits could be reduced by up to 30% as a consequence of excessively high costs.The Dutch parliament also demanded a qualitative analyses of the two new pension contracts that were being developed by a steering group of social partners and the government.The analyses must address the issues of  “collectivity, solidarity, certainty for participants as well as an adequate compensation for all generations”, the motion stated.Owase pension fund to join consolidation vehicleDutch company pension fund Owase has decided to transfer its pensions arrangements to a general pension fund (APF).In its 2018 annual report, the board said joining the consolidation vehicle would bring the €857m scheme under independent professional trustees, with Owase getting a say through the APF’s stakeholder body.Owase, which serves 26 employers including its founder, tubing manufacturer Wavin, declined to provide details about the APF.The pension fund also serves Hardenberg-based Dion Pensioen Services, which provides Owase with administration services.When the scheme joins the consolidation vehicle, Dion will lose one of its larger clients, which also include the Dutch pension funds of CitiGroup, PepsiCo, British American Tobacco and Ford.Martin Lemmers, director of Dion Pensioen Services, said he expected to welcome new clients “as smaller pension funds in particular felt at home with a smaller pensions provider”.Owase, which has a collective DC plan, attributed its reported costs per participant of €573 to the ever stricter legal rules and regulation for pension funds. At the end of May, its coverage ratio stood at 118.9%. In Omtzigt’s opinion, the introduction of a new pensions contract was the right moment to set new rules to protect participants. The Dutch parliament has asked the cabinet for an independent external survey into the implementation costs of both the current and the envisaged new pensions systems.A large majority of members of the lower house backed the motion, which also called for guarantees for low costs.The motion was initiated by Pieter Omtzigt, MP for the Christian Democrat party CDA, who said he feared that the transition from the current collective pensions contract to an individual one would lead to a significant cost increase.He cited the “nightmare scenario of Australia”, where he claimed that pensions reform 10 years ago “has caused costs to increase fourfold”.last_img read more

West Coast meth problem: It used to be cannabis, now it’s P

first_imgStuff 31 January 2016West Coast police want their planned “tactical squad” to tackle a growing methamphetamine problem.Police figures show methamphetamine (P) offending rose 252 per cent in the first five months of the 2015/2016 financial year compared to the previous year.Tasman District Commander Superintendent Karyn Malthus led a review into West Coast policing.She has proposed setting up a new “tactical squad” to target gangs and drugs. Proposals were released for consultation on Tuesday.Police Association president Greg O’Connor branded the plans as “centralisation” as some roles in Buller and Westland would move to Greymouth.“The Tasman management are implementing a national prevention model developed in Counties Manukau. It was successful in Counties Manukau because they were given an extra 300 staff. Without that extra staff on the West Coast it can’t be done,” he said.“The downturn in the West Coast economy and increasing unemployment creates more social problems and more work for emergency services especially police. That is reflected in the recent increase in methamphetamine on the West Coast. Police staff are telling me they used to find cannabis everywhere, now they see P,” he said. read more

Rohr predicts tough outing for Super Eagles in 2022

first_imgGernot Rohr has predicted a complicated 2022 for the Super Eagles following the postponement of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations by a year. The Confederation of African Football last week announced that the 2021 AFCON will now hold in Cameroon in 2022 after the coronavirus pandemic forced a change in the football calendar. Qualifying matches for the competition were also postponed in March, while games billed to hold later this year could now be shifted to 2021. Rohr, however, expressed confidence in his team’s chances of qualifying for the competition and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. read also:Consider inviting Saka to Eagles, Ikpeba charges RohrAdvertisement “The African Cup of Nations is postponed. It’s the same for everyone, so it’s not a drawback. We have more time to prepare as well as for other countries,” Rohr was quoted as saying by on Friday. “But it will be a difficult 2022 year because already in 2021, there are a lot of qualifying matches to play for the team (Super Eagles). I think we will have time to play a few friendlies. “In the year 2022, if we have qualified for the World Cup and the AFCON, there will be many, many games to play. So it will certainly be a difficult year (2022).” Rohr, who has been coaching the Super Eagles since 2016, led the team to a third-place at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt. The German tactician in June penned a new two-year contract with the Nigeria Football Federation in April. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content9 Heroes Of Popular Memes Then And Now10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldFascinating Ceilings From Different Countries5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkscenter_img Loading… last_img read more

West Florida Wins Second-Straight Game over Sixth Ranked Columbus State

first_img April 21, 2007 Box Score  COLUMBUS, Ga. – West Florida (34-14) continue their dominance over sixth-ranked Columbus State (38-12), as the Argonauts claimed the series win over the Cougars with a 7-4 victory in the first game of Saturday’s double header at Ragsdale Field in Columbus, Ga.The Cougars took the first lead of the game with a one run third inning, however, the Argonauts would take control of the ball game with a four-run fifth inning. With bases loaded, Peter Antoske (Olmsted Township, Ohio/ St. Edwards HS) drew a walk, pushing in Lee Huggins (Bay Minette, Ala./ Faulkner State CC) from third to tie the game. Jason Kohl (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/ Pensacola Junior College) kept the carousel going with another walk giving the Argonauts a one run lead. With bases still loaded and two outs Bo Williams (Ocala, Fla./ Pensacola Junior College) hit a two-run soft single to left field giving West Florida a 4-1 lead.Columbus State responded in the bottom of the inning with two-run fifth. With the bases juiced, Rodney Rutherford laced a two-run double over the head of Kohl in center field cutting the West Florida lead to one.The Argonauts added to their lead with a single runs in the seventh inning. Following a successful hit-and-run by Antoske knocking Kyle DeBos (Panama City, Fla./ Gulf Coast CC) to third. Kohl would drive in DeBos on a perfectly safety squeeze down the third base line.West Florida padded their lead with two insurance runs in the ninth inning on an Antoske two run single, giving him three RBI on the game.Jon Sintes (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./ Pensacola Junior College) picked up the win tossing six strong innings. He allowed three Cougar runs. Phil Lawhorn (Virginia Beach, Va./Pensacola Junior College) picked up the save hurling the final three innings for the Argonauts.With the win West Florida extends Columbus State’s loosing streak to three games, which is a season high for the Cougars. The Argonauts and Cougars will complete the three-game series with game two of Saturday’s double header beginning 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one. Listen to the live to the live broadcast at goargos.comPrint Friendly Version Share West Florida Wins Second-Straight Game over Sixth Ranked Columbus Statelast_img read more

Van Gaal wants a relaxed Rooney

first_imgLouis van Gaal has told Wayne Rooney he must relax if he is to be a successful leader of Manchester United. But before he handed Rooney the armband, Van Gaal reminded the player – who has had his moments of ill-discipline in the past – he must be a fine ambassador for the club away from the field of play, as well as on it. “His attitude, of course,” Van Gaal said when asked why he selected Rooney. “That is in the pitch and on the training ground and I have explained to him also outside the pitch is also very important for me. “And he accepted the responsibility and I like very much how he did train and also how he performed in the game and how he performed to his fellow players.” There was no sign Van Gaal was suffering from any pre-match nerves on Friday, even though he admitted his preparations have been disrupted by a series of injuries. Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw, Jonny Evans, Danny Welbeck, and back-up goalkeeper Sam Johnstone are unavailable. Van Persie is still short of match fitness following his late return from the World Cup and it is unlikely Adnan Januzaj and Marouane Fellaini will start against Swansea for the same reason. But after six straight wins in pre-season – against teams who have amassed 35 major European trophies between them – Van Gaal is not daunted by the prospect of trying to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford following last year’s seventh-place finish under David Moyes. “I am very confident. I am not nervous – don’t you see it?” said Van Gaal, his booming voice reverberating around an “unbelievable” new room at United’s training ground in Carrington. “I am not worried. We have beaten them all until now.” Van Gaal lamented the loss of Luke Shaw, the £27million left-back who is out for a month with a hamstring problem. The former Barcelona manager listed six reasons why Shaw suffered the injury. Three of them were related to United’s five-match 13,500-mile pre-season trek around America. United are hopeful of reaching an agreement with Sporting Lisbon over the transfer of Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, who has a 30 million euro (£24m) buy-out clause in his contract. For now, Van Gaal could deploy either Ashley Young, Tyler Blackett or Reece James at left-back. Neither Blackett nor James have played a competitive game for United, but their 63-year-old manager is not afraid of handing them their debut on Saturday. “I don’t think so,” Van Gaal said when it was suggested United are short of left-backs. “We have played in the USA with Ashley Young and Reece James in that position, so that position is very well-covered.” For the fans who became disenchanted with watching United under Moyes last year, Van Gaal had one final message. “The most important thing is the fans shall understand how we play and the way of playing will give pleasure to them,” Van Gaal said. His English may not be polished to perfection, but the message coming through was clear enough – Van Gaal is on a mission to put smiles back on faces at Old Trafford this year, and he would love to start with an emphatic win over Swansea. Van Gaal takes charge of his first competitive match as United boss on Saturday when Swansea come to Old Trafford. It will also be the first time Rooney has led the team out in his new role as United’s full-time captain. Press Association Rooney was announced as the club’s skipper on Tuesday night, following the 2-1 win over Valencia. Rooney also wore the armband in the friendly victory, but he put in a sub-par performance on the night, missing a penalty in the first half. Van Gaal believes Rooney has the potential to be an excellent United captain, but the Dutchman thinks the striker must not be overawed by the responsibility. “I said to him (after the Valencia game): ‘Maybe it was too much for you as a captain’,” Van Gaal told a press conference. “But I said to him – ‘let it fly’, because when we were (on tour) in the US, he scored a lot of goals, and made a great amount of assists so I wanted to say that.” Given that Van Gaal enjoys a good relationship with Robin van Persie, who skippered Holland under the United boss at the World Cup, Rooney’s appointment as captain came as something of a surprise. Van Persie even missed out on the vice-captaincy, which was awarded to long-serving midfielder Darren Fletcher, who had an excellent pre-season tour. It was Rooney’s work-rate and application in pre-season that won him the honour of following in the footsteps of club greats such as Sir Bobby Charlton, Bryan Robson and Eric Cantona. last_img read more