Legendary Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson famously stated that his mission was to knock his club’s great rivals Liverpool off their perch and he managed to do just that.The Scottish manager won 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and three Champions League honours during his time with the Red Devils, and is regarded as one of the greatest of all-time.Following Liverpool’s success in their sixth Champions League title in June 2019, however, Jurgen Klopp’s side have shown that they are able to challenge for the highest honours once again. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream But which team can claim to be the most successful side on English soil, and how many trophies has each side won? Goal takes a look.Who won has won the most titles in England?Well, it depends on who you ask. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!After Liverpool won their sixth UEFA Super Cup title in August, beating Chelsea through a penalty shootout in Istanbul, Reds fans were quick to claim that they became the most successful club in English football.In beating the Blues, Liverpool lifted their 46th major trophy, with supporters believing that they had surpassed great rivals Manchester United, who, they said, have 45 trophies.While it is indeed true that the Reds have now won 46 major prizes – including the league, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League/European Cup, the UEFA Cup/Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup – their count disregards one title.Liverpool’s 46 major titles excludes the number of Community Shield titles they have won, which is the key point of the discussion – as Man Utd have a record 21 Community Shields to their name, compared to Liverpool’s 15.And so, if Community Shield titles are to count in the trophy haul, Man Utd have won 66 major titles to Liverpool’s 61, sealing their status as the most successful side in England. Competition Man Utd titles Liverpool titles First Division / Premier League 20 18 FA Cup 12 7 League Cup 5 8 UEFA Cup / Champions League 3 6 Europa League 1 3 Cup Winners’ Cup 1 0 UEFA Super Cup 1 4 FIFA Club World Cup 1 0 Intercontinental Cup 1 0 Community Shield 21 15 Total 66 61 *Accurate as of August 22, 2019.Does the Community Shield count as a major trophy?The key point of contention between the sets of supporters is about whether or not the Community Shield counts as a major title. Once again, it depends on who you ask.The FA considers the Community Shield to be an official honour in English football, and it is seen as the first game of the new English top-flight season, though its status as a ‘major title’ has been contested by certain football figures and fans.The Community Shield is seen as a minor trophy to some compared to the likes of the FA Cup and League Cup, with some referring to it as a ‘glorified friendly’ – especially as yellow card and red cards earned in the match do not carry on to other competitions.In 2008, Ferguson stated: “The Community Shield is a prestigious match, but I have used players in it who were not quite fit, and we are more or less in the same situation again.”However, for the most part, players and managers involved in the Community Shield respect its status as a major trophy, and regard it as the first ‘final’ of the season.Speaking on his players’ fitness levels ahead of the 2018 Community Shield against Chelsea, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said: “We have just four or five days to prepare for the first final [Community Shield]. so we have to adapt. “Some of them are coming back before, some are coming back after the final.”Moreover, in 2016, ex-Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri added: “Why do you say this question, a friendly? [Since] when is the Community Shield a friendly?”Of course we will be at the maximum and Manchester United will be at their maximum. The two teams want to win. I am very excited.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Mesut Ozil says he feels “helpless” watching Arsenal from the sidelines but has vowed to get back into Unai Emery’s first-team plans.Emery has only used the 31-year-old playmaker in two of the Gunners’ 11 matches this season, for a total of 142 minutes on the pitch.With question marks surrounding his future at the club, Ozil admitted his dismay at being frozen out of the first team but said he is ready to make an impact if called upon. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “It’s disappointing, of course. But as a professional footballer, I have to respect the decision of the coach,” Ozil told The Athletic . “Not being involved, watching from home, makes me feel helpless. I want to be part of the side, I want to support my team-mates to succeed. I’m not training all the time just for the sake of it, I’m ready to play.”This should not be about me or the coach, only the club. I have to give everything, be fit and focused, and I’m training hard to be ready.”Following Ozil’s omission from the 18-man Europa League squad that defeated Standard Liege 4-0, Emery suggested that German is being left out of the Arsenal team because other players deserve to play more .However, the German bears no grudge about his current situation, insisting he has “respect” for his manager, just like the other coaches in his career.When asked if he fears Emery might not pick him for Arsenal again, he said: “I don’t think that will happen. I will play. I believe in myself to do what he asks of me and I want to help the club to reach our goals.”I’ve worked under some of the biggest coaches in the world – Arsene [Wenger], Jose Mourinho, Joachim Low – and always I show respect. It’s the same for Unai.”We might not see eye-to-eye on everything but that’s normal, it’s life and it’s the same with my family and friends. You have to accept it and go forward.”Ozil was the victim of a moped attack prior to the start of the 2019-20 campaign, along with team-mate Sead Kolasinac, which had an effect on his pre-season preparations.But the ex-Real Madrid player said he had recovered from the incident and had been working harder to keep fit because he hadn’t been playing matches.”Pre-season went very well and although things were disrupted by the [carjacking] attack, since then I’ve been fully available and when the coach has selected me I’ve been ready, played and always tried to give my best,” Ozil added.”I’ve trained at the same level my whole career but because I’ve not had minutes recently, I’m doing extra work with the fitness coach and in the gym to get even fitter than normal. I know what is needed and believe in myself.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
However today the singer had deleted the announcement from his social media accounts. The singer took to social media to announce that he will be on tour in Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Further details were not given. Controversial singer R. Kelly, who is facing multiple abuse allegations, has removed a post published on social media that he will be in Sri Lanka soon.The post was published two days ago on his official social media accounts. The announcement came weeks after Surviving R. Kelly aired featuring Kelly’s accusers and industry insiders detailing allegations against the singer that included physical, emotional and sexual abuse against women and underage girls.In response to the show, which gave rise to the #MuteRKelly campaign, a number of artists and former collaborators spoke out against Kelly, with Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Chance the Rapper, Jennifer Hudson and more either pulling their collaborations with Kelly from streaming services or expressing their regret for working with him. The following year, Kelly would court notoriety offstage by producing Aaliyah’s debut album “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number” amid a flurry of speculation that the pair had wed despite Aaliyah apparently being underage – the first of many controversial incidents in Kelly’s career. In 1996, he had arguably his biggest success to date with the anthemic “I Believe I Can Fly” from the movie “Space Jam”; it scooped him three Grammy Awards and remains his signature song. (Colombo Gazette)By Easwaran Rutnam He’s demonstrated an impressive penchant for being able to reinvent himself over the years; his early successes in the first part of the nineties saw him make a name for himself with his debut solo record, “12 Play”, and especially the smash hit single “Bump ‘N Grind”, which spent twelve weeks at the top of the charts in his native U.S in 1993. Additionally, Sony BMG — the parent company of Kelly’s record label, RCA Records — parted ways with the Grammy winner in the wake of the docuseries. Kelly’s music had also reportedly been banned from two Dallas-area radio stations, while some community organizers had begun to call on iHeartRadio and Radio One to ban his music from their playlists. The singer has also been banned from Philadelphia by its city council.Kelly was first arrested in 2002 for his alleged involvement in a child pornography tape. Surviving R. Kelly — which averaged 2.1 million viewers, a significant number for Lifetime — explored that scandal in particular, along with the stories and allegations from a number of women, including Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Lee, former underage partner Lizzette Martinez and former backup singer Jovante Cunningham.Over the course of a twenty-five year career that’s been marked by controversy off stage, Kelly has amassed a slew of hit records, awards and accolades – not to mention huge personal worth.