Why Manchester United return can wait for Dean Henderson and Sheffield United

Goal-line technology’s hitherto unforeseen fallibility was the immediate talking point upon Wednesday’s Premier League return.

Slack host goalkeeper Orjan Nyland was the luckiest man at a deserted Villa Park when a technological error, not witnessed in more than 9,000 previous matches under Hawk-Eye’s glare, saved him from the humiliation of carrying Oliver Norwood’s 42nd-minute free-kick over his line.

This goalless draw between Aston Villa and Sheffield United, however, also bore witness to a more-enduring image; the burgeoning brilliance of Dean Henderson.

An 11th clean sheet of a meritorious campaign – equal to Liverpool’s Alisson – could be cast as applying added pressure to parent-club Manchester United. This game should, though, be viewed as a microcosm of why a third loan stint with the Blades for 2020/21 is the right call for all involved.

At the opposite end of the park, and talent spectrum, to the consistently hapless Nyland, the England prospect did his blossoming reputation no harm.

The 23-year-old’s lightning-fast reactions had not been dulled by 100 days of inactivity. His startling near-post save from the willing Keinan Davis, instead, provided another example of a shot stopper on the verge of joining the game’s elite.

Comparisons with Old Trafford’s resident No1, David De Gea, are favourable to the usurper.

The Spain international’s three errors leading to goals is two more than his understudy. This disparity also showcases a startling assuredness of the junior party, whose sterling recovery is laudable from high-profile mistakes for England at June’s European Under-21 Championship and at Liverpool in September.

Henderson also, according to official Premier League statistics, has the upper hand for; goals conceded (22/30), save-success percentage (77.6/71.7), punches (11/7), high claims (16/5) and sweeper clearances (five/three).

But it is incorrect to cast Henderson as sole saviour for the promoted upstarts. They represent a

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Olympics-bound Eumir Marcial now engaged to longtime girlfriend

MANILA, Philippines—Filipino boxer Eumir Marcial continues to move on in life.

After deciding to go professional following a storied amateur career, Marcial also got engaged to his longtime girlfriend Princess Jenniel Cabradilla Galarpe on Wednesday.

The two have been in a relationship for eight years and Marcial decided to pop the question.

“My princess deserves a crown and she finally said Yes!” posted Marcial on Facebook. “I love you my future wife.”

My princess deserves a crown and she finally said YES! 💍 I love you my future wife

Posted by Eumir Felix DS Marcial on Wednesday, June 17, 2020

IBF World superflyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas was in attendance during the occasion.

Marcial is set to compete in the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics in what would become a culmination of an amateur stint that included a gold medal in the 2020 Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, a silver medal in the Aiba World Boxing Championships, and three gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games.

Galarpe, an amateur boxer herself, first met Marcial in the Philippine National Boxing Team program and have been together ever since.


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Greer no excuses after stunning loss: It was Mike Plania’s night

Mike Plania looks on after knocking down Joshua Greer in the sixth round of their catchweight bout in Las Vegas. Photo from Top Rank

MANILA, Philippines—Joshua Greer vowed to come back stronger after his bitter loss to Mike Plania, admitting the Filipino boxer was simply the “better man” during their fight.

Greer was considered as one of the top prospects of the bantamweight division but he fell to Plania via majority decision in their 10-round bout Wednesday [Manila time] at MGM Grand Conference Center.

Plania sent Greer crashing in the opening round and again towards the end of the sixth, both times courtesy of a powerful left hook.

Though the American had a strong finish to the bout, the best he got was a 94-94 card from judge Dave Moretti while Patricia Morse Jarman and Thim Cheatham had it, 97-91, 96-92, for Plania respectively.

“It’s a heartbreaker,” said Greer (22-2-2, 12 knockouts) said in an interview with ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna after the main event. “I did get caught with some shots that I didn’t see but… I gotta take my losses like I take my wins. I gotta go back to the drawing board, figure some things out with my team and work even harder.”

“I’m gonna make a push again, you know. It was just Mike Plania’s night (Tuesday). He done a great job… I take my hat off to him, but I’ll be back.”

Greer was riding a 19-fight winning streak that included seven KOs and was even tabbed to fight WBO World bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero, whose bout against Naoya Inoue was postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The American fighter even wished to face Inoue, saying that he’d be the first man to defeat The Monster.

It was Plania (24-1), however, who saw his stock rise

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