Man United line-up v West Ham: Another academy gem to shine?

first_img1 Paddy McNair could feature for Man United against West Ham They have looked irresistible going forward and Van Gaal should stick with 4-1-3-2 to utilise his attacking weapons.The main issue for the Dutchman, though, is who will play next to Rojo in the centre.Daley Blind is the most likely candidate given his versatility, and that could mean a return to the starting XI for Darren Fletcher in defensive midfield.Luke Shaw is poised to make his full first team debut following his £27m move from Southampton in the summer, moving Rojo from the left.Alternatively, Van Gaal could opt for teenage defender Paddy McNair, with the 19-year-old centre-back rumoured to be close to a call-up.Given Blackett’s promotion from the reserves this season, it would be no surprise to see the young Northern Irishman take to the field against the Hammers.Going forward has not been an issue for the ‘Gaalaticos’, and United will likely continue with a front three of Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.Juan Mata is a popular figure among United’s fans, and his omission from last week’s first-team was a surprise and despite Van Persie’s languid performances, he is still likely to partner Falcao up top.Man United fans, how do you think you’ll line against West Ham? Comment below… 1 Man United can put their humiliating defeat to Leicester City behind them when they host West Ham at Old Trafford on Saturday.The 5-3 loss to the Foxes saw Louis van Gaal’s side throw away a two-goal lead, which leaves the Red Devils with just five points from five games.And to compound the home side’s woes, centre-half Jonny Evans left the King Power Stadium on crutches, while Tyler Blackett is suspended following his late dismissal for bringing down Jamie Vardy.Chris Smalling (thigh), and Phil Jones (hamstring), are both absent, leaving Marcos Rojo as the Old Trafford side’s only fit centre-half.With this in mind, will Van Gaal stick to a 4-1-3-2 formation that has yielded seven goals in the past two games, or will he go back to 3-5-2 given the lack of defensive cover?And with the Merseyside and north London derbies this weekend, Man United have the chance to close the gap on the teams above them in their quest for Champions League football.Possible Man United line-up against West Ham:last_img read more

Popular Convoy man had heart attack in bath and drowned

first_imgA man who had been rumoured to have taken his own life drowned in his bath after suffering a heart attack.Manus Harkin, from Longlands, Convoy, was found dead at his home on August 20th last year. The well-known and popular 65-year-old had recently been in hospital before his death.An inquest into his death heard how his friend Kenneth Gillespie had called to his home and found him lying on his sofa.He told the inquest at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court how Manus sad he was badly depressed and had an unsettled feeling.However, he planned to go and see his doctor the following day.Brian Lynch told the court that on August 20th last year he met a sister of Manus’ at a local shop in Convoy and she said she hadn’t seen Manus.He went to his home and arrived at about 8.20am and found the back door open.He could not find Manus but eventually checked in the toilet and found Manus lying face down in the bath.The water was still luke-warm but Mr Lynch said he knew that Manus was dead.Garda Tom McNally arrived and Mr Lynch identified his close friend Manus to the Garda.Mr Harkin’s remains were removed to Letterkenny University Hospital where an autopsy was carried out.Pathologist Dr Jerry O’Dowd said a post mortem carried out on Manus showed he had moderate to severe heart disease.He said his findings were that he quite likely suffered a heart attack and collapsed in the bath with his head under the water.He added that even if Mr Harkin had not been in the bath then he may not have survived because of the level of heart disease.Coroner Dr Denis McCauley said there had been a lot of rumour and suspicion locally about how Manus had died.He asked family members if they had any questions.One family member said the family did not realise until the inquest that Mr Harkin had been found face-down in the bath.Dr McCauley said it was good that the full facts had now ben made known from the inquest.He said that the cause of death was drowning as a result of acute coronary deficiency and that Mr Harkin died from natural causes.He added “I’d like t pass on my sympathies to the family. Manus was a wonderful man who was much-loved in Convoy.”Garda Sgt Jim Collins also expressed his sympathy on behalf of An Garda Siochana to the extended Harki family who were present.Popular Convoy man had heart attack in bath and drowned was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bathconvoydrwonedHeart attackinquestManus Harkinlast_img read more