Adnan Januzaj was booked for simulation against West Ham on Saturday. Stu Forster / Getty Images
Adnan Januzaj was booked for simulation against West Ham on Saturday. Stu Forster / Getty Images

Moyes insists Januzaj doesn’t deserve diving rep: ‘He has taken more tackles than any other player’



Manchester United manager David Moyes has defended young winger Adnan Januzaj against allegations that he could be developing an unwanted reputation for diving.

The 18 year old was booked for simulation in the first half of United’s breezy 3-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday after going down in the general vicinity of James Collins, but also scored a superb goal and might have earned a penalty.

However, while Moyes accepted Januzaj’s yellow card was justified, he was more concerned that referee Michael Jones only handed out a booking to West Ham defender George McCartney following a horrendous stamp on the ankle of Javier Hernandez late in the contest.

“He (Jones) saw a bit of simulation in another one, but didn’t see that,” said Moyes.

“I think Adnan was expecting a challenge from (James) Collins, but if you look at the last two games, the amount of tackles he has had to take, he has taken more tackles than any other player.

“So we’ll talk to him about it, but you (journalists) might be picking on the wrong person today.

“I said last week there were a lot of people having a kick at him, because he’s very difficult to mark, he’s elusive the way he moves, it can bring defenders into tackles.

“But it’s the referees who have to call it right and I just hope he doesn’t get a bad one before they get it right.”

Danny Welbeck and substitute Ashley Young were also on the mark for United before West Ham pulled back a consolation goal through substitute Carlton Cole.

The game witnessed Welbeck’s first goal at Old Trafford in 14 months and saw United’s recent improved form continue. They have now won four games in 11 days across three competitions, with only one goal conceded.

It also ended a run of two consecutive home league defeats for the champions and Moyes said: “We’ve had a couple of really good victories since then and today (Saturday) was another good win, so I’m really pleased with that.

“I’m pleased for the players. I think they’ve earned it and played well, and on another day we might have scored more and probably should have. I’m really pleased in how they’re performing.

“The rhythm in attack is beginning to get better, we’re beginning to create more chances. The first goal was great combination between Wayne (Rooney) and Danny and it was good for Danny to get himself a goal.

“It keeps his goals going. We want him to become a goalscorer as well as a good player and it was good he got that finish.”

Welbeck, scorer of the opening goal, came off with a knee complaint, which is a concern for Moyes given the absence for the next three weeks of Robin van Persie with a thigh injury.

The England forward will undergo tests this week to assess the damage.

Meanwhile, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce conceded that injuries and basic mistakes have left his team embroiled in a long, hard relegation campaign.

“We’re not in a very good position in the league,” he said.

“We’re obviously all concerned about that, the owners included. It’s a difficult task – 14 points after 17 games – and it’s going to be one of those long hauls in terms of getting us out of that position.”

ROUTE TO TITLE

Round 1: Beat Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-2
Round 2: Beat Naomi Osaka 7-6, 1-6, 7-5
Round 3: Beat Marie Bouzkova 6-4, 6-2
Round 4: Beat Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-0
Quarter-final: Beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-0, 6-2
Semi-final: Beat Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4
Final: Beat Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-2

THE BIO

Occupation: Specialised chief medical laboratory technologist

Age: 78

Favourite destination: Always Al Ain “Dar Al Zain”

Hobbies: his work  - “ the thing which I am most passionate for and which occupied all my time in the morning and evening from 1963 to 2019”

Other hobbies: football

Favorite football club: Al Ain Sports Club

 

SPAIN SQUAD

Goalkeepers Simon (Athletic Bilbao), De Gea (Manchester United), Sanchez (Brighton)

Defenders Gaya (Valencia), Alba (Barcelona), P Torres (Villarreal), Laporte (Manchester City), Garcia (Manchester City), D Llorente (Leeds), Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

Midfielders Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri (Manchester City), Pedri (Barcelona), Thiago (Liverpool), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Ruiz (Napoli), M Llorente (Atletico Madrid)

Forwards: Olmo (RB Leipzig), Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Morata (Juventus), Moreno (Villarreal), F Torres (Manchester City), Traore (Wolves), Sarabia (PSG)

Tips for job-seekers
  • Do not submit your application through the Easy Apply button on LinkedIn. Employers receive between 600 and 800 replies for each job advert on the platform. If you are the right fit for a job, connect to a relevant person in the company on LinkedIn and send them a direct message.
  • Make sure you are an exact fit for the job advertised. If you are an HR manager with five years’ experience in retail and the job requires a similar candidate with five years’ experience in consumer, you should apply. But if you have no experience in HR, do not apply for the job.

David Mackenzie, founder of recruitment agency Mackenzie Jones Middle East

WHAT START-UPS IS VISA SEEKING?

Enablers of digital services
• Blockchain and cryptocurrency
• Crowdfunding
• Banking-as-a-service
• Banking identification number sponsors
• Issuers/processors
• Programme managers

Digital issuance
• Blockchain and cryptocurrency
• Alternative lending
• Personal financial management
• Money transfer and remittance
• Digital banking (neo banks)
• Digital wallets, peer-to-peer and transfers
• Employee benefits
• Payables
• Corporate cards

Value-add for merchants/consumers
• Data and analytics
• ID, authentication and security
• Insurance technology
• Loyalty
• Merchant services and tools
• Process and payment infrastructure
• Retail technology

SME recovery
• Money movement
• Acceptance
• Risk management
• Brand management

New categories for 2023
• Sustainable FinTechs
• Risk
• Urban mobility

COMPANY PROFILE

Name: DarDoc
Based: Abu Dhabi
Founders: Samer Masri, Keswin Suresh
Sector: HealthTech
Total funding: $800,000
Investors: Flat6Labs, angel investors + Incubated by Hub71, Abu Dhabi's Department of Health
Number of employees: 10

Tips to keep your car cool
  • Place a sun reflector in your windshield when not driving
  • Park in shaded or covered areas
  • Add tint to windows
  • Wrap your car to change the exterior colour
  • Pick light interiors - choose colours such as beige and cream for seats and dashboard furniture
  • Avoid leather interiors as these absorb more heat
The essentials

What: Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

When: Friday until March 9

Where: All main sessions are held in the InterContinental Dubai Festival City

Price: Sessions range from free entry to Dh125 tickets, with the exception of special events.

Hot Tip: If waiting for your book to be signed looks like it will be timeconsuming, ask the festival’s bookstore if they have pre-signed copies of the book you’re looking for. They should have a bunch from some of the festival’s biggest guest authors.

Information: www.emirateslitfest.com
 

KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN MARITIME DISPUTE

2000: Israel withdraws from Lebanon after nearly 30 years without an officially demarcated border. The UN establishes the Blue Line to act as the frontier.

2007: Lebanon and Cyprus define their respective exclusive economic zones to facilitate oil and gas exploration. Israel uses this to define its EEZ with Cyprus

2011: Lebanon disputes Israeli-proposed line and submits documents to UN showing different EEZ. Cyprus offers to mediate without much progress.

2018: Lebanon signs first offshore oil and gas licencing deal with consortium of France’s Total, Italy’s Eni and Russia’s Novatek.

2018-2019: US seeks to mediate between Israel and Lebanon to prevent clashes over oil and gas resources.

BACK TO ALEXANDRIA

Director: Tamer Ruggli

Starring: Nadine Labaki, Fanny Ardant

Rating: 3.5/5

Ipaf in numbers

Established: 2008

Prize money:  $50,000 (Dh183,650) for winners and $10,000 for those on the shortlist.

Winning novels: 13

Shortlisted novels: 66

Longlisted novels: 111

Total number of novels submitted: 1,780

Novels translated internationally: 66


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