Manchester United midfielder Fred has boldly declared that both he and the Red Devils as a collective will be “better than last season” when the 2019-20 campaign gets underway.Improvement across the board is required at Old Trafford.Another testing spell in 2018-19 saw Jose Mourinho relieved of his managerial duties, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed in his place. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks 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? The Norwegian oversaw an impressive resurgence initially as caretaker boss, but results took a slide after he was rewarded with a permanent three-year contract in March.Too many players are considered to have disappointed as United stumbled their way to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League, with Fred among those to have flopped.The Brazil international is, however, adamant that, with further fresh faces having been brought on board over the summer, the Red Devils will be more competitive this time around.He told Inside United ahead of an opening clash against Chelsea on Sunday: “My first season was a bit difficult,” he said. “The first year is always a little bit difficult, a year of adaptation, and, moreover, we had a season that wasn’t too strong in terms of the Premier League.“But now I’m more used to the league and I’ve been working hard. I’ve talked to the manager and backroom staff, and this season is going to be better than last season. I’m sure it is going to be very successful.”Fred is determined to ensure that he repays the faith shown in him by Solskjaer.He figured prominently in United’s pre-season preparations, but only after being granted leave in order to get married.The 26-year-old added: “I’m really happy to have got married and, thanks to Manchester United, I was able to get my whole family together with my wife on the day.“That was a really important day for me, for all of us, and I’m very happy.“I had a chat with Mr Ole and he was cool for being so understanding. He was really attentive to my needs and I was allowed to come out of training to go on and get married.“I did end up joining the team a bit late [on tour], but I was already training beforehand, so I’m in shape.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
zoom CaroTrans, a global non-vessel operating common carrier and ocean freight consolidator, has resumed its direct, 26-day, all-water Rotterdam to Los Angeles import service. CaroTrans says that over the last few months the lingering US West Coast port congestion has eased, which enabled the resumption of this weekly import service.The resumed service complements CaroTrans network of direct import services from Rotterdam including service to: Chicago, Charleston, Miami, New York and Houston.CaroTrans partners with Cleve & Zonen in the Netherlands and Belgium for these services.“The resumption of this service represents stable conditions at US West Coast Ports which allows for the reinstatement of the Los Angeles gateway. Shippers require direct, reliable service options to ensure supply chain integrity and effective management of associated transportation costs,” said Greg Howard, CEO of CaroTrans.Image: Port of Los Angeles/Facebook
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,While the market has slowed in 2017, this was in line with expectations and demand remains at a high level. In fact, LCV registrations have increased 62.5% since 20101. For 2018, however, we expect the economic and political uncertainty to continue to affect the market so government must rebuild business confidence and encourage operators to invest in new vehicles given fleet renewal is fastest way to reduce overall emissions.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) New light commercial vehicle registrations fall -3.6% to 362,149 units in 2017 – the first decline since 2012, but market still third highest in a decade.Demand for pick-ups continues to grow – up 7.8% in 2017 as large van registrations fall -3.1%.December van registrations increase 2.9% to 28,016 vehicles.SEE LCV REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLEThe new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market declined in 2017, a -3.6% fall on 2016, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).It is the market’s first decline since 2012 but with 362,149 new vans and pick-ups driven off forecourts in the year, demand is still at its third highest in a decade.The markets for vans under 2.0 tonnes and heavy vans weighing 2.5-3.5t drove the overall annual decline, falling-20.3% and -3.1% respectively. However, demand for pick-ups and smaller vans weighing 2.0-2.5 tonnes saw uplifts of 7.8% and 2.3% respectively, compared with 2016.December, meanwhile, saw LCV registrations increase 2.9% to 28,016 units. Pick-ups were particularly popular, with demand rising 6.0% in the month, while registrations of larger vans weighing 2.5t – 3.5t grew 7.5%. Demand for car-derived vans weighing under 2t and smaller vans weighing 2.0t – 2.5t fell by -20.4% and -5.7% respectively.