Neil Humphreys: Fellaini and Mata finally come good for United

Juan Mata.
Marouane Fellaini.

Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata once represented the failings of a coaching clown.

David Moyes was accused of bringing makeweights to Manchester United.

Fellaini arrived with an afro. Mata arrived in a helicopter. Both looked ridiculous, reports Neil Humphreys. 

The Belgian was soon dismissed as a clueless artisan among fading artists, all hustle and muscle with no finesse.

The Spaniard was considered damaged goods. Jose Mourinho had sold Moyes a dummy.

Against Liverpool on Sunday, they were United’s best performers in a thoroughly deserved 2-1 win. 

A few good Moyes men had saved Louis van Gaal’s bad signings, just as they had against Tottenham.

Fellaini rediscovered his brutish, often brilliant, Everton game as Mata discovered an unexpected tenacity to convince their suspicious manager.

Circumstances beyond their control offered a shot at redemption and they took it. The door was opened by others, but they stood tall and walked through.

Read the full report in our print edition on March 24. 

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Two S'poreans nabbed in Moldova for match fixing

CAUGHT: The two unidentified Singaporeans were arrested last Saturday for alleged match-fixing.
CAUGHT: The two unidentified Singaporeans were arrested last Saturday for alleged match-fixing.

If may appear that Singaporeans are again involved in the international football match fixing.

Apparently, Moldovan football had been targeted by two Singaporeans who are alleged match fixers, judging by a report published by Moldova-based ProTV Chisinau on March 21.

The two unnamed Singaporeans were said to have offered 50,000 euros ($75,000) in bribes to local football administrators so that their youth team would lose by a three-goal difference to a Belgian team.

The men are being held for 30 days by anti-corruption investigators.

Read the full report in our print edition on March 24.

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M'sia taxi fare hike goes ahead

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Attacked with Taser guns and bike locks

Three friends robbed after car breaks down in Petaling Jaya

BRUTAL: One of the victims needed 17 stitches after being beaten with a motorcycle lock.
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Man jailed for raping adoptive granddaughter, 9

He sexually abused his adoptive granddaughter seven times between November 2012 and January 2013.

Being a grandfather to six other children did not stop the 59-year-old machine operator from committing the offences against the then nine-year-old girl.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the girl's identity, was sentenced yesterday to 12½ years' jail after pleading guilty to two counts of rape and one count of performing an indecent act on her.

Four other counts of performing indecent acts on the girl were taken into consideration during sentencing.

Read the full report in our print edition on March 24.

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Bus driver jailed, banned for fatal crash

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Just say 'tidak' * Malay for 'no'

Judge scolds reoffender who gave excuses for criminal actions

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PICTURES: Sultan of Johor officially crowned

GRAND AFFAIR: The Sultan of Johor and his wife, Raja Zarith Sofia, at the parade.
Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar was crowned the fifth sultan of modern Johor with pomp and pageantry at the Istana Besar here on Monday.
The 1.6kg royal crown made by London jeweller J.W. Benson, which will be used at Sultan Ibrahim Ismail’s coronation on March 23.
People line the streets to celebrate the Sultan's coronation.

Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar was crowned the fifth Sultan of Johor yesterday.

The lavish affair was attended by thousands of Johoreans, with crowds gathering as early as 7am around the Johor Baru city centre, reported The Star.

Sultan Ibrahim ascended the throne in 2010.

He had said the delay for his coronation was because he felt there was no need to rush, and the places for the coronation had to be refurbished, reported The Business Times.

The parade proceeded along a 7.95km route that started from Istana Besar on Jalan Ibrahim, passing Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Jalan Gereja, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Persiaran Abu Bakar Sultan, before ending at Istana Bukit Serene.

Foreign dignitaries, including Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, were seen entering the palace.

Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam also attended the coronation accompanied by his wife, Dr Seetha Shanmugam, reported The Straits Times on its website.

ISIS-linked arrests in Indonesia, M'sia

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NTU app to promote green behaviour

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