Can anyone manage United?


Steve Bruce proved that a former United player under Ferguson could make a long-term career in management. But Bryan Robson proved that it wasn't a guarantee.

Giggs spent almost 30 years at Old Trafford and knows the club's psyche inside out.

A short caretaker spell after David Moyes' departure gave Giggs a taste, but his laid-back, relaxed and soft-spoken demeanour doesn't lend itself to an explosive half-time team talk.

There's still a sense that his time will come, just not now.


Combative and feverishly committed to his cause, the Argentinian comes across as an old-school firebrand.

His attacking emphasis at Atletico Madrid and a smart transfer policy have allowed the lesser club to challenge the La Liga top two.

But his temperament may be a little too close to Mourinho for the conservative hierarchy at United.


The Bournemouth manager kept the minnows up with an attractive philosophy. Bournemouth are unbeaten at home in four games and establishing themselves in the top flight.

Howe is a self-professed workaholic and committed student of the game, but at 38, he's not quite ready for United.


He's the most exciting manager in the English Premier League. The Argentinian's steady progress at Southampton and now Tottenham has been nothing short of spectacular.

He blends youth with experience, establishes a counter-surging model and drills relentlessly.

In other words, Pochettino is putting together one of the most authentic United sides since Ferguson's retirement. He's just doing it at Tottenham.

Should United eventually tire of Mourinho's antics, his replacement is waiting at White Hart Lane.


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Mourinho's angry earful

United boss apparently angry with Conte's touchline antics

"I have never seen Jose Mourinho looking so thoroughly embarrassed — and with good reason. His side were just that, an absolute embarrassment to the Manchester United name, from start to finish." — Alan Shearer, former England and Newcastle star
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Man accused of harassing young girls after taking their photo

BEWARE: A photo of the suspect being circulated on Facebook. Students are told to make a police report if they had been one of his victims.

He allegedly preyed on schoolgirls at bus stops and tricked them into allowing him to take their photos, which he would later manipulate and post online.

The man in his 40s had approached several female students from different schools in the Bukit Timah area on the pretext of doing a survey over the past few days.

He would then ask them for their mobile numbers and take photos of them. Some of the girls agreed to let him do so.

Afterwards, he reportedly manipulated the photos and sent text messages to the girls to harass them. He would also post the pictures online.

It is not clear how he had manipulated the pictures.

He had been seen loitering at bus stops near the schools and an overhead bridge at Bukit Timah Road.

The police said yesterday that they arrested a 40-year-old suspect for public nuisance. Investigations are ongoing.

The New Paper understands that two police reports were made on Saturday and the suspect was picked up yesterday afternoon near Raffles Girls' Primary School.

Yesterday morning, a policeman went to Nanyang Girls' High School to warn the students about the man's activities during their morning assembly.

The officer, who also showed them a photo of a suspect wearing a black T-shirt and light-coloured jeans, told the students to make a police report if they saw him or if they had been one of his victims.

The photo of the suspect has been circulating in parent group chats at Nanyang and Singapore Chinese Girls' School.

The parent of a Raffles Girls' pupil said her daughter was approached twice by the suspect but declined to comment further.

A mother of a Methodist Girls' School student told TNP that when another mother showed her daughter the photo of the suspect, the girl recognised him because he had approached her.

She said: "My friend's daughter just confirmed that she had been approached twice, to and from Tan Kah Khee MRT station, only after her mum shared this message with her.

"Their neighbour's girl was also approached by the same guy. They live near Raffles Girls."

Not quite a cup final dress rehearsal

Akbar and Naruo set to rest players ahead of Saturday's showpiece

Albirex Niigata star Tatsuro Inui (above, foreground) could miss their final S.League match of the season to keep him fresh for Saturday's Singapore Cup final. 


(Tomorrow, 7.45pm, Jalan Besar Stadium)

Newly crowned champions Albirex Niigata and second-placed Tampines Rovers meet tomorrow in their final game of the Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League campaign, just three days before they lock horns again in the RHB Singapore Cup final.

But anyone hoping tomorrow's clash at Jalan Besar Stadium will be a full-blown dress rehearsal for Saturday's showpiece would do well to temper his expectations.

With Albirex looking to complete an unprecedented quadruple, following the capture of The New Paper League Cup and Community Shield, and Tampines hoping to end a difficult year on a positive note, both sides are unlikely to take too many risks on the final day of the league season.

"Our main aim for Wednesday's game is to use it as a tune-up for the Singapore Cup final," Stags coach Akbar Nawas told TNP yesterday.

"Obviously, the match is of no consequence in terms of the S.League and some would even say we should just flip a coin to decide the result.

"Still, we have to be professionals and do our jobs so I will mix it up a bit, playing some first-team players with some of the fringe members of the squad that deserve a chance.

"I would have liked to rest as many players as I can but our Prime League team are playing a game on Thursday, so I won't be able to call upon too many of them."


It appears a similar approach will also be adopted by Albirex coach Naoki Naruo. His situation is even more intriguing, given that he has almost always called upon the same 14 outfield players throughout the year.

It means some of his reserves could be tasting first-team action for the first time tomorrow.

"I am thinking of making some changes with one eye on the final, but we will still go into the two games looking to win both," explained the 42-year-old.

"This is considered our home game so we will do our best to win with a good performance.

"Furthermore, Tampines have a lot of good players, so I'm expecting a tough game even if they leave out some of their key men."

Having wrapped up the S.League title over a week ago, Albirex were brought back down to earth last Thursday when they were beaten 3-1 by Home United.

Although that match, like tomorrow's game, was of little significance in the overall scheme of things for the White Swans, Naruo has warned his charges that they can ill afford a similar display.

Ahead of tomorrow's trophy presentation, he said: "Our last performance was very bad because there was a lack of motivation.

"But I suppose it was difficult in a way because it was right after we became champions.

"All throughout the season, we have shown passion in our football so as not to let our supporters down.

"We won't repeat the same mistake on Wednesday."

Obviously, the match is of no consequence in terms of the S.League and some would even say we should just flip a coin to decide the result.

— Tampines Rovers coach Akbar Nawas on their final league game against Albirex Niigata

Duo vying for Golden Boot

Both Ilso and Ramazotti looking for consolation prize after disappointing season for their clubs

HOT FAVOURITE: Brunei DPMM's Rafael Ramazotti (above) has the edge in the Golden Boot race, having scored two goals more than Home United's Ken Ilso going into the final round of matches. 

HOT FAVOURITE: Brunei DPMM's Rafael Ramazotti has the edge in the Golden Boot race, having scored two goals more than Home United's Ken Ilso (above) going into the final round of matches. 

One is a Danish maverick who captures the imagination with moments of magic, the other is an imposing Brazilian hitman who just cannot stop scoring.

Home United's Ken Ilso and Rafael Ramazotti of Brunei DPMM arrived in the Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League last season with impressive credentials, and both have undeniably lit up the competition.

Although neither has had the season he was hoping for from a team perspective, one of them could still enjoy personal success in the form of the Golden Boot, with Ramazotti's tally of 20 goals putting him two ahead of Ilso in the race.

Both have a game to go, with Ramazotti clearly the hot favourite.

Asked about his chances of overtaking the Brazilian when Home visit Geylang International at Bedok Stadium tonight, Ilso told The New Paper: "Actually, my personal goal before the season started was 20 goals. But it looks like even that might not be enough to win it.


"I know people will want to hear that I'm gunning for the Golden Boot, but my first aim is to meet my personal target, so I'll need to do my best to score two goals."


Ilso, who previously plied his trade in the German Bundesliga with Fortuna Dusseldorf, has been a key contributor in a prolific Protectors outfit that share the best attacking record of 49 goals in 23 games with champions Albirex Niigata.

The 29-year-old, however, was keen to share the credit with his teammates.

"The supply has been really good, with me and Azhar (Sairudin), in particular, having an excellent relationship," said Ilso.

"I think this year we've also had more opportunities and a lot more options.

"Shamil (Sharif) has given me a couple of assists, I've combined well with Song (Ui Yong) when he's been in an offensive role, and Faris (Ramli), who has been unfortunate with injuries, has contributed a lot when he played."

Meanwhile, Ramazotti's campaign ends tomorrow when 2015 league champions DPMM visit Toa Payoh Stadium to play Balestier Khalsa, and the 28-year-old is striving to end on a high.

"The main aim was for the team was to be champions again," the 1.93m-striker told TNP.

"Unfortunately, we couldn't and it's disappointing.

"But I'm happy that there's the consolation of me being in the running to be the top scorer like last year.

"To win the Golden Boot would not just be for me but also for my teammates, because no one can play, score and win alone.

"It will be an award for all of us."

Ramazotti's place at the summit of the top scorers chart is even more remarkable, given he had only scored six goals in his first 13 league games.

He then hit the "Go" button and scored 14 in the 10 matches since.

"If you really must know the secret to the turnaround, it is simply confidence and hard work," explained Ramazotti, who also played top-flight football in Portugal, Switzerland and Japan.

"I continued to believe in myself and my teammates and I knew the goals would come.

"I didn't change anything but just kept my focus and confidence."

I think Ramazotti has certain areas of his game where he’s really strong and it fits perfectly with the way Brunei DPMM have been playing. It’s always good having this kind of ‘fight’ with the other top strikers and I think this excitement is very important for the S.League.

— Ilso on Ramazotti

He has big quality and also plenty of experience, but I don’t think of it as me battling against Ken Ilso... He is just doing his best for his team, while I am doing my best for mine.

— Ramazotti on Ilso


20 goals

Rafael Ramazotti
 (Brunei DPMM)

18 goals

Ken Ilso 
(Home United)

16 goals

Jonathan Behe
 (Warriors FC)

15 goals

Stipe Plazibat
 (Hougang United)

13 goals

Atsushi Kawata
(Albirex Niigata)

11 goals

Billy Mehmet
 (Tampines Rovers)

Jordan Webb
 (Tampines Rovers)

War, death, famine in Yemen

Over half of the country's 28 million people are starving - and it'll worsen

LIMITED: Six-year-old Salem Abdullah Musabih with his mother in a malnutrition intensive care unit at a hospital in the Red Sea port city of Hodaida, Yemen.
SPARSE: A view of huts (above) in al-Tuhaita district of the Red Sea province of Hodaida, Yemen, and a family eating breakfast outside their hut at a camp for people displaced by the war near Sanaa.
SPARSE: A view of huts in al-Tuhaita district of the Red Sea province of Hodaida, Yemen, and a family eating breakfast outside their hut (above) at a camp for people displaced by the war near Sanaa.
LIMITED: Food being prepared inside a tent at a camp for people displaced by the war near Sanaa, Yemen.
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Glass shards rain down on Jeanette Aw during filming freak accident

Actress Jeanette Aw hurt after glass door shatters on set of drama 118

Fellow actor Bryan Wong and crew rushed to brush glass out of Jeanette Aw's hair and body.
INJURED: Jeanette Aw shows the cut on her forearm from the glass panel of the door that broke.

A freak accident on set scared the entire cast and crew except for one plucky actress.

Local actress Jeanette Aw was filming a scene for the second season of long-running local TV drama 118 on Sunday night when the glass panel of a door shattered.

The 37-year-old, who has been acting for about 15 years, posted about the accident on her Instagram, calling it "the most epic yet".

She walked away with abrasions on her arms and knees, telling The New Paper she was thankful she was wearing a long-sleeved top instead of her usual sleeveless shirt.

After the glass pieces fell over Aw, her co-stars and crew, who were in shock, rushed over and quickly brushed the shards off her clothes.

Bryan Wong, who plays a goody two-shoes real estate agent, even helped comb her hair to remove the shards before Aw was rushed to Mount Alvernia Hospital for a check-up.

"While I was at the hospital, I told the doctor my scalp was a little painful," Aw told TNP.

"After she checked through my head, she found a glass shard on my scalp."

IN PIECES: Aw says she may have pushed the door too hard.

Aw said she had no time to be shocked and was quite calm when the accident happened.

"I placed my hand over my head and bent over to shield myself.

"I get injured on set quite often so I was quite calm when it happened. I think the crew were more anxious than me."

Aw admitted that while her body is still aching from the impact, she was thankful to have just suffered minor injuries.

She is on medical leave for two days.


A new addition to 118, Aw picked up wushu for her role as a triad member skilled in martial arts.

The latest season of the drama, which revolves around those running Yao Yao Fa coffee shop, will have 218 episodes. Returning cast members include Chew Chor Meng and Pan Ling Ling.

The season premieres on Nov 29 at 7.30pm on Channel 8.

The accident happened while Aw was filming a scene with actor Jeremy Chan.

INJURED: Jeanette Aw shows the cut on her forearm from the glass panel of the door that broke. 

She said: "Jeremy was hiding behind the door, and I was supposed to push open the door forcefully in order to get him out.

"We did a couple of rehearsals and all went well.

"But when it came to the actual filming of the scene, the push might have been a bit too strong and the glass shattered."

Aw said Chan became quiet after that.

She told TNP about how a previous on-set accident nearly left her disfigured.

While filming Destiny In My Hands some years back, she had a scene where she was involved in a catfight with an actress.

She said: "That actress had long manicured nails and she accidentally scratched my face.

"My face swelled up immediately. But thankfully, it did not leave any scar on my face."