Cllr Kevin Bradley has been elected as Deputy Mayor of the Letterkenny-Milford District. The Letterkenny bakery owner was appointed to the role at his first AGM of the local electoral area today. Cllr Bradley, an Independent, was formally proposed for the role by Cllr Michael McBride. Cllr Ian McGarvey seconded the proposal. Cllr Bradley said it was an honour to accept the position.Cllr Bradley will work alongside newly appointed Mayor John O’Donnell for the next year.Councillors of the new Letterkenny-Milford Electoral AreaKevin Bradley elected Deputy Mayor of Letterkenny-Milford was last modified: June 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal County CouncilKevin BradleyLetterkenny Electoral Area
(Visited 448 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 You can live in it without knowing much about it, but these facts should add to your sense of awe.Why pens have rubbery grips. That’s actually the title of an open-access paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on September 25.The answer points to some interesting facts about your fingers and fingertips.Why does gripping a pen, tool, or handle feel more secure when it is coated with a rubbery material? The keratin of the skin outer layer is stiff and rough at a small scale. When encountering a smooth, stiff, and impermeable surface, such as polished metal or glass, the actual contact area is initially small as is the friction. Because the keratin softens when it is hydrated by the moisture secreted from the sweat pores, it requires many seconds for the contact area to increase to the value reached almost instantaneously with a soft material, such as a rubber. This mechanism might be used by our tactile sense to identify materials and has implications for the design of tactile displays.Fingerprints are the result of this slow contact change. Moisture from the sweat pores softens the keratin in the skin and provides firmer contact, but this process takes about 20 seconds. Even though smooth glass and metal were not part of our ancestors’ daily experience at creation, we can easily lift a glass or grab a handrail. All that soft materials like rubber do is speed up the full contact, providing a better grip. As the European scientists say, this knowledge can help engineers make better displays that employ the sense of touch.Positioning the muscle nuclei. Something happens in muscle cells automatically that we should be glad about. The nuclei migrate to the edges of the cells. When they don’t, bad things happen. Getting the nuclei to the edges requires a force that has just been studied by scientists in Portugal. In an article titled, “May the force be with you,” Science Daily explains,A hallmark of muscle cells is the unique position of their nuclei at the cellular periphery. In multiple muscle diseases, this nuclear positioning fails to occur. Although the severity of symptoms varies amongst affected individuals, these diseases result in a gradual loss of muscle function that leads to a loss of autonomy….Researchers devised a unique protocol that allowed them to design a theoretical model to explain this natural phenomenon. The model was then tested in the laboratory and lead to the identification of the forces involved in nuclear movement at a molecular level.The article doesn’t say why muscles need their nuclei at the periphery, but points out the various muscle diseases and results of aging result from loss of the forces that keep nuclei where they belong.Growing healthy blood vessels. Researchers at the University of Heidelberg found two proteins that are essential for the growth of blood vessels, Medical Xpress reports. Named YAP and TAZ, these proteins must work properly to prevent serious vascular defects during development. Remember that all proteins come from DNA codes which are transcribed then translated into chains of amino acids. Those chains must then be folded and sent to their correct location to function.YAP and TAZ are the effectors of the Hippo signalling pathway, which has been identified as a central regulator of organ size and tumour growth. As co-transcription factors, the two proteins bind to certain transcription factors to regulate gene transcription, the process by which genetic information is copied from DNA to RNA, ultimately resulting in specific protein formation. In order to do this, YAP and TAZ must be activated and move to the cell nucleus.The Vagus Nerve and a Remarkable Rip Van Winkle StoryA man in a coma for 15 years is showing signs of consciousness thanks to a new treatment involving vagus nerve stimulation. “The vagus nerve connects the brain to many other parts of the body, including the gut,” Science Daily says. “It’s known to be important in waking, alertness, and many other essential functions.” Vagus nerve stimulation, or VNS, has already shown promise for epileptics and people with depression.By implanting a vagus nerve stimulator in his chest, and stimulating the nerve on and off for six months, researchers tested the man’s reactions as, for the first time, he showed ability to respond to questions. This shows that brain disabilities once thought irreversible can be overcome.To test the ability of VNS to restore consciousness, the researchers, led by Sirigu and clinicians lead by Jacques Luauté, wanted to select a difficult case to ensure that any improvements couldn’t be explained by chance. They looked to a patient who had been lying in a vegetative state for more than a decade with no sign of improvement.After one month of vagal nerve stimulation, the patient’s attention, movements and brain activity significantly improved, they report. The man began responding to simple orders that had been impossible before. For example, he could follow an object with his eyes and turn his head upon request. His mother reported an improved ability to stay awake when listening to his therapist reading a book.The team has published these promising results in Current Biology. The condition formerly called “vegetative state” is now called “unresponsive wakefulness” says New Scientist. Now he is able to do things he never could before:As soon as the stimulation started, the man began to open his eyes more often. After a month, he began to track people around the room with his eyes. He was even able to respond to requests to turn his head from one side to the other. He also attempted to follow an instruction to smile. The team have [sic] not yet used these movements to ask him questions, such as whether he is in any pain.His scores on the “coma recovery scale” suggested he could now be defined as being in a minimally conscious state – in which a person has partial conscious awareness.Although the man may never walk or talk again due to the severe brain damage he suffered from a car accident in 2001, the ability to respond is a relational “handle” that caregivers and loved ones long for, especially after 15 years of no reaction at all. New Scientist posted a related story, “Meet the team who ‘woke’ a man from 15 years in vegetative state.”At Evolution News, bioethicist Wesley J. Smith considers the moral implications of this breakthrough: “as this research proceeds, let’s care for these seriously disabled patients — both apparently unconscious and conscious — as full and equal members of the moral community,” he says, recalling the decision to remove Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube in 2005. “And let’s think twice before removing sustaining treatment that can only have one result: a protracted and perhaps, painful death.”Do scientific discoveries indicate a trend showing that the human body and brain are easy to understand? Are they looking more and more like easy things to evolve by chance? Of course not. That’s why it is long past time to ditch the ‘Darwin-of-the-gaps’ strategy of explanation, and return humans to the exalted status that the Bible gives them: ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ beings created in the image of God.
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After living in the shadow of FCP and Media Composer, Adobe Premiere seems poised to gain a professional user base. Here’s what you need to know about the new additions to Premiere CS6.This is a guest post by Adobe Instructor and freelance editor, Clay Asbury. You can find more AE and Premiere tips and tricks on his site.A lot of video editors may remember Premiere as the application it was in the 1990’s. It was clunky, unstable and wasn’t geared for the professional editing market. When Adobe finally did a redesign of the app in 2003, it was only available for Windows users. This allowed Final Cut Pro to capture the Mac market. By the time it returned to Mac in 2006, FCP and Avid held the market share.Last year’s Final Cut Pro debacle has been changing that. Many former FCP7 users are now migrating to Media Composer and Premiere.The announcement of Creative Suite 6 at this year’s NAB show shows that Adobe is listening to the professional video editing user with the addition of many new Premiere Pro CS6 features.Premiere Pro is a good option for former FCP editors, especially those looking to replace Final Cut Pro Studio with the comparable Adobe Production Premium. Many new Premiere Pro CS6 features were added with the professional video editor’s needs in mind. Lets take a look…1. AudioAdobe has brought Premiere Pro CS6 audio features more in-line with those of Media Composer & Final Cut Pro. Audio tracks now have a standard type, which means mono, stereo, and surround can share the same tracks. In CS5.5, tracks had to be specified mono, stereo, or surround. The audio mixer/meters are much improved and give you more options than FCP had.2. ButtonsIn the source/record windows you now see less buttons, but they’ve been made bigger and easier to identify. You also have the option to customize the window by adding or removing buttons. One quick tip: add buttons for “go to marker” and “play around”. This is helpful when trimming in the timeline (a common technique in FCP & Media Composer). Even though I wish you had a choice of more buttons to add, it is a step in the right direction.3. Open CL supportOne under-the-hood Premiere CS6 feature is CL support for current Macbook Pros & iMacs (Radeon 6750M & 6770M). Now these systems can take advantage of Mercury Playback Engine acceleration. This is huge as it was previously only available for Nvidia cards, which aren’t an option on Macbook Pros and iMacs.4. Hover ScrubMedia Composer has had this ability for a while and FCP X has a similar function – moving your cursor over the thumbnail (in a project) will rewind or fast forward a clip. You can also use the J, K or L keys to play the clip and set in and out points while it plays.5. TrimmingMany editors will tell you trimming is the heart of editing, and having the right tools is crucial. Trimming in previous versions was clunky and you were unable to trim numerically from the keyboard. Premiere CS6 features advanced trimming, with a new trim window and better trimming in sequences. It really shines now. You can use J, K and L keys to dynamic trim. Also, the timeline won’t stop playing as you trim, which is a major improvement.6. Improved Keyboard ShortcutsMuscle memory is a big deal when it comes to working quickly and efficiently with the keyboard. The FCP & Media Composer shortcuts have been updated to work in Premiere Pro. This will save time by not having to learn new shortcuts along with a new interface. Also, in previous versions shortcuts had categories (Application, Panels, Tools). Thankfully, this was done away with in CS6, making it much easier to find shortcuts.7. Working with EffectsYou now get several features from After Effects within Premiere Pro. You can apply an effect by selecting a clip and double clicking on a effect, instead of having to drag the effect on the clip. Effects can also be added and modified while the sequence plays – big timesaver. Other improvements include being able to apply effects to Adjustment Layers (which will apply the effect to any clips below the adjustment layer). This feature can give your footage a “filmic look” by adding fast blur to an adjustment layer and changing the blend mode to “Soft Light”.9. Warp Stabilizer & Rolling Shutter RepairIn CS 5.5 you had to send a clip to After Effects to stabilize footage. Premiere CS6 features the ability to correct shaky footage using Warp Stabilizer, a much more efficient way to work. The stabilizer function is similar to SmoothCam in FCP, but is more feature rich. You can also fix Rolling Shutter issues (common to DSLRs) using Warp Stabilizer or the stand alone Rolling Shutter Repair effect.10. General ImprovementsMulticam- The 4 clip limit from CS5.5 has been raised, so you can now use as many angles as your computer’s processor can handle.Merge Clips works the way you expect it to. Merge Clips is useful when syncing DSLR video with audio recorded separately (called dual system sound) Now when you merge, you have the option to remove the guide audio from the video.Media Browser- you can now search files in the Media Browser.You can now ignore the work area, and work with In & Outs like other editing apps.3 way color corrector is no longer confusing, and will be familiar to FCP users.If you drag a clip into a Sequence that doesn’t the match the Settings, you get options to match clip to sequence (similar to FCP)Option drag now duplicates a clipWe want to hear your thoughts on Premiere CS6 in the comments.
New Delhi, Dec 20 (PTI) Saina Nehwal has realised that worlds top players are supremely fit and she too has shifted her focus on attaining high level of fitness to remain a potent challenger on the circuit. Nehwal says she wont be bothered if she does not win many Super Series titles next season.”I am not challenging myself to win the Super Series because I have won a lot in the past, so I am not worried about that. But I have to get fitness at the right time, when I want to,” Saina told reporters on the sidelines of the inauguration of PBL.”I dont believe in tournaments anymore, so no tournament, no titles, just fitness will be my priority next year,” said Nehwal, who had suffered a career-threatening knee injury a few days ahead of the Rio Olympics.She clinched the Malaysia Masters in January, before winning a bronze at the World Championship and Senior Nationals this season.In a free-wheeling interaction, Nehwal said: “After a series of first round and second round exits in the first half of the season, I didnt expect to win a bronze at World Championship beating these top players. But I have to get my fitness higher to play five back-to-back matches in any tournament.”The reason I lost to Chen Yufei (at Hong Kong) was fitness. I lost to Akane (Yamaguchi). I think I have played Akane most this year, I also lost to Sun Yu. They were little bit more fitter than me.advertisement”Everyone is retrieving these days even if you smash hard, they still retrieve, so at the moment fitness is playing a big role in womens singles,” she added.Saina also clinched the Senior Nationals at Nagpur after beating P V Sindhu in the finals last November.”I beat Sindhu on that day, I was good. I was moving well but I know I was tired, my stamina was finished in the second game. If the match would have gone to the third game, I dont think I would have lasted. I know Sindhu is much fitter than me right now,” she said.”I won but I could see my fitness was a big problem. So I can improve only when I have more time. Otherwise, I did beat Carolina Marin, Sung Ji Hyun in the first round but beating someone in the third round is a big issue at the moment.”In any sport now, it is all about fitness, it is not about experience and I have this belief if Im fit then I can beat anyone,” added Nehwal, who would take on Sindhu in the opening match of the PBL on December 23.Nehwal said she focused on her knee and ignored other parts of her leg during rehabilitation post injury and it affected her fitness.”My knee was becoming all right and I was recovering from tendinitis but my movements were getting harder. I had to make it more stronger by playing more matches but I didnt focus on my ankle and shin and so it was affected,” she said.”If I would have been fitter in the last four months then I would have had more titles. It was challenging and I accepted it and didnt give up. I am thankful to my parents and Heath Mathews for guiding me.”Talking about Sindhus meteoric rise, Nehwal said: “I think the time she had before Olympics that is giving her confidence to play such tough matches back-to-back. She was not moving well in China Open but she was again doing well in Hong Kong and Dubai Super Series.”Sindhu clinched two super series titles at India Open and Korea Open, besides losing three finals at World Championship, Hong Kong Open and Dubai Super Series Final.Asked about the final losses that Sindhu suffered this season, Nehwal said: “It is little bit of luck, because both were the same till 19-19. So dont know what to say. It is tough. Look at Okuhara and Akane, how these short girls were rushing across the court and picking up strokes.””At such intensity rallies with 50-60 strokes, I salute them. The way they were fighting back in both the matches. I couldnt believe these girls would have such reach.”Nehwal said India will have the biggest medal haul from the Commonwealth Games.”We will definitely come out with many medals this time. It is quite sure that most of us will play in the medal round but we also have to do well in Asian Games and World Championship,” she said.advertisementNehwal returned to the Gopichand Academy after the Glasgow World Championship following a three year stint under Vimal Kumar at Bangalore.Asked if it was awkward to return to her mentor, Nehwal said, “When I came back, I just told him that I want to play again and he was like I know that, so there was no discussion about past. He is the same as he was before, we dont have any issue with all that happened last three years.”Asked about the resurgence of Chinese shuttlers in womens singles, Nehwal said: “Chen Yufei is new, she has the capability to beat some big players but she is still not consistent. But China, they are still challenging but I wouldnt compare the current lot with Li Xuerui, Wang Yihan or Wang Shixian.” PTI ATK AT AT
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While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. .@JTII_25 commits to #okstate on @KFORsports. pic.twitter.com/zl10yR757G— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) August 5, 2017AdChoices广告Taylor is the 18th commitment of the 2018 class for the Cowboys, and the third at his position. He joins Jarrick Bernard and Kanion Williams among committed incoming safeties.In addition to OSU, Taylor also held scholarship offers from SMU, Memphis and Tulsa. He is the fifth verbal commitment out of the state of Oklahoma for the Pokes 2018 class, which now ranks 25th nationally and fifth in the Big 12. Class of 2018 safety Jason Taylor II has committed to Oklahoma State over SMU and Tulsa.The Carl Albert High School product made his decision on Friday morning and the taped commitment video aired Friday evening on KFOR Sports.“I really came to the decision because it was the best fit for me, it felt like I could really see myself there,” Taylor said while thanking his friends and family who were on hand.
Coach Mike Gundy signed five tight ends in the 2008 recruiting class. He signed zero the following three years.“It’s turned a full circle,” Gundy said at Big 12 Media Days. “Years ago, you never saw an offense without one. Then nobody was using one.”Oklahoma State included.Over the next few years, Zac Veatch moved from fullback/tight end to offensive lineman and back again, and Keenen Brown went from receiver to cowboy back. It wasn’t until 2015 that cowboy back even became a recruited position.Coach Jason McEndoo was pulled on board from Montana State, where he ran the offensive line, and was told to get creative.AdChoices广告Over the three-plus years the cowboy back position has been in existence, players as short as 5-foot-10 Luke Hupp or as tall as 6-foot-5 Baron Odom have been raked onto the roster. This outlines a challenge OSU faces in attempting to bring players to be successful at a position that doesn’t exist anywhere in high school football.As of the 2017 roster, only four of the eight cowboy backs were offered a formal scholarship out of high school, and two of them were in the most recent class.“It’s really kinda of hard to find ’em and come up with enough to recruit,” Gundy said.True and false. There are invariably fewer fullbacks and tight ends than almost every other position out there. But when you look at only the states OSU has pulled these types of players from, there are still 24 uncommitted players of at least a two-star rating, according to 247 Sports. That includes recent decommit Nic McTear from Frisco Heritage and his could-be replacement James Palmer out of Westmoore.That’s not a massive pool, but it’s probably enough. One reason it’s not huge though is because of the allure of the position — or lack thereof.“There’s not a lot of guys who are fired up about playing fullback or tight end in high school,” Gundy said. “If they have the body structure, they’d rather go over and play defensive end.”Case and point: Cole Walterscheid. Tight end was Walterscheid’s primary position at Muenster High School, mostly because he only weighed about 210 pounds at 6-5.That happens a lot and it rarely goes the other way.“James Castleman, of course he was bigger,” Gundy said. “When we recruited him, he was 245 pounds. He ended up being 300, but he was that type of body structure. We didn’t know he was gonna be 300 pounds.”It didn’t matter anyway.Poor No. 9.Gundy said current defensive end Jarrell Owens is that same body structure. He played running back in high school but hasn’t ran a snap of offense, unless you count the one on defense.Wild play alert courtesy of @CowboyFB defense.#Big12FB on FS1 https://t.co/9wNohKypWe— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 22, 2016As for those who will own the position this season, Gundy still believes the cowboy back, on its face, brings an entirely new facet to the offense other positions cannot.“You have the ability to run a seven-man running play and a five-man passing play with that guy in the game,” Gundy said. “Part of the success with our running game was because of Justice (Hill), but the other part of it was because of our cowboy backs.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Bournemouth 2 Newcastle United 2: Hosts in thrilling fightback after Gayle double Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 00:56 25/2/2018 Getty Images A Dwight Gayle double was cancelled out by a late Bournemouth comeback as the hosts drew with relegation rivals Newcastle United. Dan Gosling completed a dramatic late comeback as Bournemouth came from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw with relegation rivals Newcastle United.Rafael Benitez’s side travelled to the Vitality Stadium after a shock 1-0 victory over Manchester United last time out, and looked like making it back-to-back Premier League wins after Dwight Gayle twice pounced on poor goalkeeping from Asmir Begovic.After allowing Gayle to beat him to a low delivery for the 17th-minute opener, Begovic enabled the former Crystal Palace striker to double his tally on the stroke of half-time as he let another cross slip under him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Bournemouth pushed to find a way back into the game, and a lifeline arrived courtesy of a fantastic long-range effort from Adam Smith 10 minutes from time.And parity was restored in the 89th minute as former Newcastle midfielder Gosling turned home from Nathan Ake’s ball into the box.Newcastle did cling on for a draw but missed a chance to go four points clear of the drop. The Magpies are two clear of the bottom three with Bournemouth three further ahead of them, a run of just one defeat in eight top-flight games cold comfort for Benitez after the late setback.A point apiece, as the Cherries come back from 2-0 down… #BOUNEW | #afcb pic.twitter.com/RHoVdoQo8S— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) February 24, 2018It took 10 minutes for either goalkeeper to be forced into a save as Martin Dubravka, coming off an impressive debut against Jose Mourinho’s men, sprung to his left to parry Callum Wilson’s effort on the turn.But, after Kenedy had fired over with a pair of long-range efforts, Newcastle took the lead with a well-worked move.Jonjo Shelvey played a brilliant ball down the right for Matt Ritchie, whose low cross eventually fell to Gayle as he won a challenge with Begovic before nonchalantly backheeling the ball into the empty net.Ritchie then curled wide from 25 yards out as Newcastle continued in the ascendancy.Junior Stanislas and Gosling both lashed volleys over before Newcastle, having struggled to retain possession in the closing stages of the first half, doubled their advantage against the run of play.Paul Dummett’s cross to the far post was met by Ayoze Perez, the Spaniard’s pull back going through the legs of Begovic and finding Gayle, who was presented with another tap-in.28 – Dwight Gayle has now netted 28 league goals since the start of last season, more than twice as many as any other player for Newcastle (Matt Ritchie next on 13). Sharp. pic.twitter.com/BVQ59TxqwN — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2018 Bournemouth had a penalty claim waved away by Roger East in the opening stages of the second half after Jamaal Lascelles collided with Ryan Fraser.Perez and Shelvey spurned gilt-edged chances to make it three either side of a fine Dubravka save from Steve Cook, and those wasted opportunities ultimately proved costly as Smith fired a stunning strike in off the bar before Gosling struck with a confident side-foot finish as a previously composed Newcastle defence crumbled.There was still time for Bournemouth to pull off a remarkable turnaround but Newcastle did at least save a point, yet they still have plenty of work to do to preserve their top-flight status.Key Opta Stats:- Bournemouth have picked up 13 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, a joint-high along with Everton.- Newcastle failed to win a Premier League game after being two goals up at half-time for the first time since February 2012 (2-2 v Wolves).- Bournemouth have gone eight Premier League home games without a clean sheet, their longest-ever run without a shutout at the Vitality Stadium in the competition.- Newcastle bagged two first-half goals away from home for the first time in the Premier League since March 2014 against Hull.- Dwight Gayle ended a run of 11 Premier League appearances without a goal, via his first Premier League double since May 2016. read more
Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1: Rashford double secures huge victory Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 22:24 10/3/2018 Getty Images Manchester United increased their grip on second position in the Premier League by beating Liverpool courtesy of Marcus Rashford’s double. Marcus Rashford emphatically marked his return to Manchester United’s starting XI with a double in a huge 2-1 Premier League victory over rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday.In the line-up for the first time since Boxing Day as Jose Mourinho made three changes with Paul Pogba ruled out through injury, Rashford scored a first-half brace to boost United’s hopes of finishing second to runaway leaders Manchester City.The England international ended a run of 10 Premier League matches without a goal to send United five points clear of third-placed Liverpool in the 200th competitive meeting between the sides, though Tottenham could close to within four by beating Bournemouth on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Jurgen Klopp made five alterations to the side that secured progression to the Champions League quarter-finals against Porto on Tuesday, with Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold reinforcing the defence, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mohamed Salah returned further up the pitch.But that backline was bullied by Romelu Lukaku, who proved a magnet for the long balls from which he helped create Rashford’s goals – the first of which came after a delightful change of direction in the 14th minute.An own goal from Eric Bailly on his first start since November having been sidelined with a knee injury gave Liverpool hope during an improved second-half display, but the Red Devils held on for a potentially crucial victory.FULL-TIME Man Utd 2-1 Liverpool@MarcusRashford inspires the Red Devils to an excellent victory at Old Trafford #MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/I4wrNBlL7i— Premier League (@premierleague) March 10, 2018Klopp on Friday said the clash was not “an attacking team against a defending team” but that was exactly how the opening stages played out, with United sitting back and Liverpool controlling possession.It was the hosts who took the lead, though. David de Gea’s goal-kick was flicked on to Rashford by Lukaku, and he brilliantly chopped inside of Alexander-Arnold and fired inside the far post.Gooallll @ManUtd— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) March 10, 2018Van Dijk wasted a glorious chance to equalise in the 23rd minute, his shoulder rather than head connecting with a corner from James Milner – wearing the captain’s armband as Jordan Henderson sat out with a dead leg – as he missed the target from inside the six-yard box.United made the most of that reprieve by doubling their advantage just 62 seconds later, again from a long pass from deep.Van Dijk’s challenge on Juan Mata after brilliant work from Lukaku inadvertently sent the ball to Rashford, who guided it beyond an out-of-position Loris Karius with the help of a nick off Alexander-Arnold.It should have been three when Alexis Sanchez picked out the unmarked Mata in the middle of the area before half-time, but the Spain international sent his overhead kick wide.1984 – Manchester United have not lost a league game at Old Trafford that they have been leading at half-time since May 7th 1984 (1-2 vs Ipswich Town). Dominant. #MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/6aniDqx1ne— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 10, 2018Liverpool stepped up a gear after the restart and saw penalty claims for Ashley Young’s foul on Salah and a handball by Antonio Valencia turned down by referee Craig Pawson.They were rewarded in the 66th minute when Sadio Mane beat Scott McTominay for pace down the left and sent in a cross that Bailly approached with the wrong foot and sent into the back of his own net.There were boos when Mourinho replaced Rashford with Marouane Fellaini to add an extra body in midfield with 20 minutes remaining, and the Belgium international was fortunate not to concede a penalty when he sent Mane to ground.Klopp sent on Georginio Wijnaldum and Dominic Solanke as Liverpool fought to restore parity, but Salah sliced a wild volley over in the sixth minute of stoppage time as United held on for a third successive league win.Key Opta Stats:- Manchester United defeated Liverpool for the 68th time in league competition; this is the most defeats that Liverpool have suffered against a single side.- United have won four of their eight games against fellow ‘big six’ sides in the Premier League this season (W4 D1 L3), twice as many as they managed in the whole of last season (W2 D4 L4).- Liverpool have won only one of their seven Premier League games on the weekends immediately following playing a Champions League game this season (W1 D4 L2).- United have won 20 of their 30 Premier League games this season, already surpassing their totals in both 2016-17 (18) and 2015-16 (19) and equalling their number of league wins in 2014-15 (20).- Only United (67) have profited from more own goals in the Premier League than Liverpool (58).- Manchester United had just two shots on target in this match – both of which were scored by Marcus Rashford.- He has scored seven of his 16 Premier League goals against teams in the ‘big six’ (44%).- Romelu Lukaku now has seven Premier League assists this season; more than he has in any previous campaign. read more