Ryan Giggs believes “the big players are turning up” for Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the likes of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford performing to their potential.Too many so-called star turns saw their form desert them early in the 2018-19 campaign under Jose Mourinho.Reports of divisions in the Old Trafford camp did nobody any favours, but there was a collective inability to deliver on expectations – from the dugout and on the field. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? The dismissal of Mourinho and appointment of Solskjaer has helped to freshen things up, with United having taken maximum points from their last two games – netting eight times in the process.Pogba and Rashford have been back among the goals, while David de Gea has been keeping them out at the other end, and Giggs sees a feel-good factor returning to Old Trafford.The United legend told MUTV after witnessing a 3-1 victory over Huddersfield: “It was Ole’s first home game, and the positivity that came from Cardiff game, the performance and result and I think everyone was looking forward to the game.“The big players are turning up, Pogba with the goals, David with a great save and Marcus getting better and better each game.“There’s a real positivity around the place and we need that to carry on now going into the Bournemouth game [on Sunday].”Solskjaer has made a stunning impact since taking the reins on an interim basis, with Giggs – who has taken to management himself with Wales – always confident that a fellow Treble winner had the right personality to fill a high-profile post.“He was always quietly confident, believed in his own ability and even though people think he’s a nice guy, he’s got an edge to him,” he added.“He’s gradually got more experience and when he had that injury and time out he used to take notes of things Sir Alex [Ferguson] would do so I believed he would do a good job and go in to coaching.“You just need a little bit of edge to be a manager and he has that.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Kentville and area elementary students will soon be getting a kick out of their new school. The Department of Education will invest $19 million to replace Kings County Academy. The new 570-student, Primary-to-Grade 8 school will be located on a soccer field beside the Valley Sports and Events Centre on Park Street. It is expected to open in January 2011. “We are committed to building safe, healthy and effective schools for our students,” said Education Minister Judy Streatch. “Kentville and area students will soon be learning in a state-of-the-art school that will meet their needs and the needs of the community for many years to come.” The project was originally a three-year renovation to the current school, set to begin in 2007. But after looking at the financial viability of the project, it was changed to new construction and site selection began. “I am delighted that students will soon be enjoying a new school in Kentville,” said Lavinia Parrish Zwicker, chair of the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board. “Kings County Academy has a proud history, and it will be very exciting for students, parents and the community to watch a new chapter being written.” The site is being purchased from the Town of Kentville. “Town council wanted to help find a home for the school at a central site near the downtown,” said Mayor David Corkum. “We’re pleased with the location, which will provide the students with direct access to Kentville’s superb recreational facilities, and look forward to walking through the doors of the new Kings County Academy next year.” The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will oversee the design and construction, which is expected to start this summer.