Former national youth and New York Red Bull striker Junior Flemmings watched from the stands as his hometown club, Tivoli Gardens, carved out a 1-0 win over Maverley-Hughenden, courtesy of Elton Thompson’s added-time goal. This was in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) game at the Edwards Seaga Sports Complex yesterday. The former Jamaica College Manning Cup captain, who is back home on holidays, starred for the Red Bulls’ affiliate team in the just-concluded USL season and, after his impressive debut campaign, has been called up to train with the first team. The highly-rated youth striker is not only confident of making the Red Bulls first team, but he also intends to establish himself as a professional and a senior national player this year. “So far, my journey (overseas) has been good and in the next couple of weeks, I will know what the interest (from Red Bulls first team) is. So far, it has been very positive with me getting into the first team. It’s just for me to go back in these next two to three weeks of preseason and show that I deserve to be in the first team,” Flemmings said. VERY CONFIDENT “I am very confident because of the feedback from coach Jesse Marsch, as the thing with Red Bulls is they like players with speed, and that’s what I bring to the table. When I get it (ball), I don’t hesitate, I go at people and make things happen,” he commented. Even though he is still recovering from a meniscus (knee) injury he got in the summer, he says he is ready to do what it takes to make the next step up. Flemmings also hopes to make his senior national debut this year. “I have received some words from them (national coaching staff) and they are looking to bring me into the team as soon as possible, but I am still nursing a knee injury. I think 2017 is the breakout year for me I am going to be 21 in a few weeks and I want it to be a good year and the year to start my profession career,” he said. Meanwhile, Thompson’s late strike gave Tivoli Gardens their eighth win in their last ten games as the West Kingston side stayed second with 35 points – three behind Montego Bay United, who stopped Waterhouse 2-1.
2 Jose Mourinho to Manchester United – it is now surely a case of when rather than if.The Portuguese boss is set to replace Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, less than a week after the club’s first FA Cup success since 2004. The 53-year-old and agent Jorge Mendes are in negotiations with the Red Devils and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, so what is the latest? Here, talkSPORT has the info…Terms agreedAccording to Sky Sports, Mourinho and Mendes have agreed terms with Woodward, successfully negotiating contract length and salary for the former Chelsea boss.Image rightsThe main issue so far has been agreeing terms on image rights and the two parties are set to meet in London on Wednesday to iron out the finer details. The contract cannot be signed before these issues are resolved and some of these include Mourinho’s deal with Jaguar – United’s shirt sponsor is car manufacturer Chevrolet – and the fact the two parties have different watch partners. Other existing commercial deals, however, such as Adidas, the sportswear giant with a 10-year kit deal with United, has Mourinho as a global ambassador.According to the Independent, Chelsea still own the rights to Mourinho’s name and that ownership will expire in 2025. That news has complicated the deal slightly, but is unlikely to lead to a breakdown in negotiations. TransfersDuring Tuesday’s discussions, Mourinho was keen to get assurances on player recruitment and the Red Devils’ transfer strategy, the London Evening Standard reports.Their previous attempts to sign players has reportedly been delayed while they get the go-ahead from their owners in America and the Portuguese wants a similar level of backing in transfers Sir Alex Ferguson was given. 2 Jose Mourinho outside his London home on Tuesday Rui FariaMourinho’s right-hand man, Faria has been his assistant at Porto, Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid and he is set to follow him to Old Trafford. The 40-year-old was seen with Mourinho outside his London home in Monday, fuelling speculation they will team up once again. What next for Ryan Giggs? The Welshman is contracted at Old Trafford, but where will he fit in Mourinho’s plans if he wants Faria as his number two? That is a question that may also pop up towards the end of negotiations. READ MORE: Paul Scholes calls for Ryan Giggs to STAY at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho