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United hunt elusive silverware
Erik ten Hag has pledged to do everything in his power to end Manchester United’s long trophy drought.
The Red Devils have a rich history of regularly winning silverware but have not added to their collection since beating Ajax to lift the Europa League under Jose Mourinho in 2017.
United can take a step closer to ending that six-year wait when they face Nottingham Forest in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final tie at the City Ground tomorrow night.
Ten Hag, who won three Eredivisie titles with Ajax, said ahead of that encounter: "It’s the best feeling you can have winning a trophy.
"I had the luck in my career to win some trophies and it’s magnificent, especially for the fans.
"It’s so great and I think the fans here have some experience, especially the older ones.
"But now it is a period Manchester United didn’t win trophies and it is too long ago.
"We are aware of that fact and we have to do everything to bring a trophy in."
Adidas release Women's World Cup ball
Adidas have released their official match ball for the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
It is less than six months until the showpiece event kicks off on July 20 and we now know what the best teams on the planet will be striking towards goal as they bid for international glory.
The OCEAUNZ ball pays homage to the unique Australasian setting with greens and blues on a white pearlescent background.
Kiwi Fiona Collis has designed visuals on the ball nodding to the vast mountains of New Zealand, with markings portraying Australia’s connection to the Indian Ocean created by renowned local artist Chern’ee Sutton.
It is the ninth successive occasion Adidas have created the ball for the Women’s World Cup and is designed to cope with the demands and speed of the modern game.
Design director Franziska Loeffelmann said: "With record viewing figures for the Women’s Euros tournament last year, the upcoming World Cup is set to be a massive moment for the game that we love.
"We’re turning up with a match ball that we’re incredibly proud of — featuring our innovative technology and with a design that represents the natural beauty of the landscape in which it will be played.
"The game is always evolving, and the design of the OCEAUNZ is built to help players cope with the pace and demands of the modern game.
"We’re hugely excited for the Women’s World Cup and to see the women’s game lifted to even further heights, in two fantastic host nations."
Like the Qatar World Cup 2022 balls Al Rihla and Al Hilm, 1% of net sales for OCEAUNZ will go towards Common Goal’s Global Goal 5 accelerator, a collective project to increase female participation, representation and leadership in the grassroots game.
Darvel boss basks in dream night
Darvel manager Mick Kennedy believes his side’s "dream" victory over Aberdeen is Scottish football’s greatest upset.
The sixth-tier outfit extraordinarily dumped their top-flight opponents out of the Scottish Cup with a 1-0 victory in an incredible fourth-round clash at Recreation Park thanks to Jordan Kilpatrick’s deflected first-half strike.
And the Vale boss says claiming the scalp of the seven-time winners is the result of the immense togetherness within his group.
He said: "It's a dream. I said that to the guys in the team talk. It's not only our dream but the whole of the community's dreams too.
"What an occasion for the club. I've believed in these guys and have been drumming it into them all week that they needed to believe and trust one another. That's the sort of ethos and culture we have.
"Togetherness and love and respect but the most important thing was they believed in one another and that's what we have been driving all week. It's remarkable what you can achieve.
"I think this is probably the biggest shock ever and what a moment for the guys in their careers.
"I have a special group of players, they have a remarkable bond and I have no doubt as they move through life this is something they will look back on with fond memories.
"History makers. What an achievement."
Up next for Darvel in the Scottish Cup is a fifth-round tie with third-tier side Falkirk.
United add Naalsund
Manchester United have signed Norwegian international Lisa Naalsund from SK Brann.
The midfielder, 27, has signed a three-year deal with the Red Devils and hands Marc Skinner’s side a boost in their efforts to secure their first ever Women’s Super League title this season.
Naalsund won two league titles across her four-year spell at SK Brann and has nine international caps after making her senior debut in June 2021.
She told the club’s official site: "Manchester United is a great football club and I’m very excited to be here. The club is full of nice people and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the amazing fans.
"It’s great to come to a club that has everything to play for this season — I love that. It’s going to be great!"