'Ambitious' Scott Sinclair doesn't regret Manchester City spell as he gets set for West Brom debut

Forgotten man Scott Sinclair insists he has no regrets leaving Swansea, and says he would have lacked ambition if he had snubbed Manchester City.

is in line for his Premier League debut for against his former club Swansea tomorrow.

It will be Sinclair’s first game against the Swans since ­quitting for City, the then champions, a year ago in a £6million move.

Sinclair, 24, collected £52,000 a week at the Etihad on a four-year contract. But he started just two league games.

A year on, and after getting no answers from ex-boss Roberto Mancini on his lack of chances, the unhappy star was desperate to quit.

He said: “People say why did you leave Swansea to go to Man City? But the thing is, if I stayed at Swansea, people would say  I am not ambitious enough.

“I was playing every week at Swansea and enjoying my ­football, but I was ambitious enough to go out and think I would try and improve and play with top-class players. When I did leave it was the decision I made and I don’t regret it.

“In football sometimes those chances don’t come around again. But I got so frustrated at not getting an opportunity at City.

“I knew it was going to be very difficult to break into the Man City team and they then spent another £100m this season. How is a player worth less than that ever going to get a chance to play? I have three years left on my contract and I could have sat there and not been bothered.

“But I wasn’t happy there and I am young and still hungry to play football. It is better playing for West Brom every week than being on Man City’s bench.”

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Sinclair is desperate to settle down and earn a permanent switch and believes Baggies coach Steve Clarke – who he played under at Chelsea – will bring the best out of him.

“I think Steve will be great for me,” said Sinclair. “Having a manager who believes in you and knows you is a big part of where I wanted to go and where I wanted to play.”

Sinclair’s season was rounded off in wretched circumstances in May when diagnosed with a blood clot in his shoulder which led to a rib being removed.

The fit-again ace added: “My arm blew up for six or seven days. I had a scan and they said, ‘You have a clot’.

“I had to go into surgery straightaway and a couple of days after that I had a rib out.

“It was a very big shock. It hasn’t been a good year so far but I have got over it and want to get my career back on track.”

WestBrom striker Nicolas Anelka is available against Swansea after missing the last two games while on compassionate leave. Matej Vydra misses out (hamstring).

Swanseamanager Michael Laudrup will hope to restore Ashley Williams, Wilfried Bony and Jonjo Shelvey to his side after minor injuries.


Southampton wonder-kid James Ward-Prowse snubs party lifestyle as he eyes World Cup place

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Teetotal James Ward-Prowse believes staying clear of the booze can help fire him into .

midfielder, 18, says he has never touched a drop of alcohol and turns down invites to celebrity parties.

Ward-Prowse, is aiming for a champagne performance at Norwich today, but said: “I am not a party-goer or a drinker. In fact I have never drunk at all.

“I have had loads of offers to go to parties, events and stuff like that but I turn them all down.

“That is how dedicated I am to getting the best out of myself. I have never been interested in getting attention from girls. I just ignore all that sort of stuff because I am not someone who wants to be in all the newspapers.

“Hopefully other players will realise if they really want to play at the highest level you have to look after yourself on and off the pitch.

“I model myself on Steven Gerrard. He is the perfect role model with the way he plays and the way he conducts himself.”

Ward-Prowse’s impressive form has landed him a place in Gareth Southgate’s maiden England Under-21 squad.

Liverpool vs Manchester United: David Moyes hopes to end Liverpool hoodoo by making it lucky number 13 at Anfield

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David Moyes is aiming to make 13 his lucky number tomorrow by ending his Liverpool jinx.

Moyes visited Anfield on 12 occasions – 11 times in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup – when he was in charge of Everton but never left there with a win.

Now in charge of Manchester United, determined to clinch a long overdue victory and finally put an end to his personal hoodoo.

With Everton’s financial restraints, Moyes always felt he was punching above his weight when he took the Toffees to the home of their Merseyside rivals.

But now he is in charge of the and goes there with a far superior squad, Moyes believes victory at Anfield is finally within his grasp.

“I’m going there with a different situation now,” said Moyes. “I’m going with the champions to Anfield now, so it’s a different situation from where I was before.

“I’m going there certainly with a different group of players.

“I always went to Anfield confident, but I always knew they had a good team.

“It [his failure to win at Anfield] was down to the fact Liverpool had really good teams with people like Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Torres at his pomp and Steven Gerrard.

“They had really good teams at that time and were one of the teams that went on to win the European Cup.

“That’s why it was very difficult to win regular games at Anfield – because of the quality of the side they had.

“They had bigger finances than we did, but when it came to the game it was 11 against 11. That’s what people judged us on and that’s why the record there is poor.

“We couldn’t quite compete with them. We did our best to, and over recent years we did everything we could to try to catch them up and get as close to them as we could do.

“You can only get three points for a win, but obviously it would be a big win if we could get it. Liverpool will be one of the strong teams this season, so if we can win it will be a good start.”

Moyes knows he is in for a hostile reception at Anfield as a former Everton boss now in charge of United, Liverpool’s fiercest rivals.

The animosity between United and Liverpool is arguably the most acrimonious in the country and Moyes knows he is in for a tough time, given his past and present job.

“It’s always been a difficult place to go, Anfield,” said Moyes. “But it’s a great stadium so I’m looking forward to going back there.

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“I’ve been there, not just on football occasions, but also for Hillsborough [memorials] and other situations.

“I’ve not been involved in one of the games yet, but everyone tells me about the rivalry between Liverpool and United. It was certainly that way when I was involved at Everton, so I’m looking forward to it. It’s the sort of game I came here to be involved in.”

Moyes was afforded a hero’s reception on Monday for his first competitive game at Old Trafford in charge of United, a 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

The Scot, 50, said he was blown away by the ovation he received and revealed his determination to show he is worthy of the adulation.

“It’s been great,” said Moyes. “I’ve been really delighted with the backing I’ve got.

“I got a brilliant reception when I came out the other night and I’ve got to say it was the previous manager who sort of set that up for me because his words were fantastic before I joined the club.

“I said after the game I appreciated it and I reiterate that I want that to be because of what I do in the future.

“I thank everybody for their support because when you take on a new job, it’s difficult no matter who goes into it.

“So I have to try to get the backing by what I do.”


Paolo Di Canio salutes Ian Holloway and denies the pair of them are 'crazy'


Paolo Di Canio reckons it’s crazy to bill his head-to-head with Ian Holloway as the Premier League’s version of ‘madmen’.

Thetwo larger-than-life characters collide at as both clubs go in search of their first three-point haul of the season.

The emotional Holloway is facing a two-match touchline ban and heavy fine after pleading guilty to two FA charges for  criticism of Mark Clattenburgy after the opening defeat to Tottenham.

is a big fan of his opposite number – even insisted the Bristolian’s eccentricity hides a sharp footballing brain.

The Italian said: "In my opinion, I’m the better looking one, but neither of us is crazy!

"He’s done fantastically well at the clubs he’s managed.

"Somepeople underestimate the real value of the man. He’s got good tactical skills, but people don’t look at that because of his public expression. That’s not fair. I know that from the media’s point of view, there’s curiosity about his character, but for me it’s not important.

"I like his passion and it’s clear that he’s got tactical skill. He’s got knowledge – but I hope I can beat him."

Hollowayechoed the sentiment about the Italian. "I think his energy that he is team is quite immense and he certainly has got his own style," said the Palace boss. "He always has had that. Fantastic – I wish him all the very best but not this weekend."

Holloway’s second string lost at Bristol City in midweek and he needs a home win to get the season started for last season’s Championship winners.

And the former Blackpool boss promised to be on his best behaviour for the tea-time kickoff.

"HopefullyI am a little bit older and a little bit wiser," he said. "Obviously I let myself down in the first game and got a little bit too emotional with the decision.

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"I’ve realised I’m absolutely hideously ugly and horrible when I don’t get what I want. My wife has certainly put me in my place because sometimes I don’t understand why I can’t have every single decision that I want.

"I wish I was more like Bjorn Borg – but unfortunately I’m probably more like John McEnroe in temperament, but not in skill. I have had to learn the hard way. But this time I believe I have been hammered and I do believe it is completely and utterly unfair."

Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has defended Holloway after early speculation about his future. "I don’t doubt for one second that we have got absolutely the right person," he said. "We’re committed to Ian – and Ian is committed to the club."

Palace are pursuing the signature of Huddersfield right-back Jack Hunt.

EnglandUnder-21 forward Connor Wickham is set for his first start of the season up front alongside Jozy Altidore for Sunderland after Stephane Sessegnon was dropped from the squad by Di Canio in the wake of a drink-driving charge.

David Moyes tells Wayne Rooney he can become a Manchester United legend

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David Moyes has challenged Wayne Rooney to become a Manchester United record-breaker – after turning his back on Chelsea.

Rooney had his head turned by Chelsea this summer but decided not to hand in a transfer request after United refused to sell him.

And United boss Moyes believes Rooney, currently on 197 United goals, can go on to beat Sir Bobby Charlton’s club record haul of 249 and become an Old Trafford legend.

“I do think there’s a situation where Wayne could go on to emulate some of the greats at Manchester United with the goals he can score,” said Moyes.

“It’s there for me, the challenge is there. We’ve set it down for him – ‘Can you put yourself in this position?’.

“I thought, by the crowd reaction [against Chelsea] they’d all be happy if that was the case as well.

“If they can help get him to score the goals in the coming weeks and months, I think everybody will be right behind him.

“We’ve said he’s got an opportunity to reach the great heights here if he wants. He’s already reached great heights.

“But he’s got an opportunity to reach the heights of people like Sir Bobby Charlton who are on as high a pedestal as anyone at this football club.”

Moyes said Rooney had been forced to put his perceived disillusionment at United to one side after the club stood firm on their refusal to sell him.

“I think the defining factor was Manchester United saying they weren’t going to sell him,” said Moyes. “It was as simple as that.

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“I think when he’s realised that then he’s knuckled down.

“Sometimes a little bit of a change can change people and hopefully now Wayne is going to try to get back to the way we know everybody knows he can play.

“I’m really keen on getting him focused now on the goals, getting him on the goalsheet, and that will help him as well.

“A lot of the stuff he did the other night was very good. He maybe had to come back and sort of show people what it meant and I thought he did with his work-rate and what he did for the team.

“He was as much a team player as an individual the other night. I’ve been impressed by how he’s gone about it.

“Ever since day one, since the first day we started back at pre-season, his training has been great.

“For all the stuff that was supposed to have happened, that was supposed to have been, I’ve never had a minute’s problem with him.

“Strange enough, when we came back, I didn’t see this really. He wasn’t a bad lad, he was getting on with his work.

“Mentally I felt he was in a pretty good place, namely because I saw him training every day and thought he was getting himself in a good condition and he really is.”

Cardiff City transfer news: Fraizer Campbell is 'bargain' of the season says Cardiff boss Malky Mackay

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Malky Mackay says Fraizer Campbell can prove the ‘bargain’ of the Premier League.

Cardiff’s boss snapped up the former Manchester United trainee for just £600,000 from Sunderland in January.

And after firing to the Championship title last season, his double strike stunned Manchester City last week.

Mackaywants to with Ecuador international Jefferson Montero top of the list. But he believes he has already pulled off his best business in signing ­Campbell.

Mackay said: “I was ecstatic when we got him here for £600,000. It was a bargain at the time and looks even more so now.

“Hescored seven goals in nine games after arriving in January and that really helped push us over the line in the Championship. And he showed again last week how good he can be.”

Itis a dramatic upturn in fortunes for the 25-year-old who managed just six goals in three years at the Stadium of Light after his £3.5million move from United.

Mackay said: “I always believed in Fraizer Campbell. I knew at the timehe was potentially a top centre-forward and if we could get him in the right frame of mind and believing in himself that he was going to be a good player for us.”

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Campbell’sblistering start to the season has softened the blow of losing record-signing Andreas Cornelius for a further two weeks.

The Denmark striker has yet to start in the Premier League since arriving from FC ­Copenhagen for £7.5m.

Mackayalso now has a job to keep a lid on expectation at Cardiff City Stadiumas they host Everton just six days after humbling Manuel Pellegrini.

Hesaid: “Everyone has tipped us to go back down but that result has giveneveryone a lot of belief. We deserve to be in the league but we still know the size of the task. We have to stay calm and level-headed.”

Joe Hart only one mistake away from Manchester City axe says Manuel Pellegrini

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Joe Hart has been warned he is one mistake away from the axe at Manchester City.

boss Manuel Pellegrini has issued the ultimatum to England No.1 Hart after his latest high-profile blunder.

Hart, 26, was at fault for Cardiff’s second goal in , coming off his line for the ball and missing it.

That error came just days after his mistake allowed Scotland to score the opener in England’s narrow 3-2 friendly win at Wembley.

Pelegrini said Hart’s place was safe for now, but told him any more gaffes would see City No.2 Costel Pantilimon take his place.

“For the moment Joe will continue being our goalkeeper,” said Pellegrini.

“But I spoke with him and he knows he must be quickly in the best shape again and on top form.

“He is a top goalkeeper and I’m sure that he will do it again.

“We know that it’s a difficult moment but players need trust in those moments.”

Asked if it was the right time to drop Hart, after his latest gaffe, Pellegrini said: “Not at the moment.

“But it doesn’t mean we don’t have another goalkeeper.

“We have Costel Pantilimon and I said from the beginning that my team play with performances, not names.

“Joe knows perfectly he has to perform well in the next games but at the moment he has all the trust.

“But of course Pantilimon has to have the competition with Joe.”

Hart was 23 when he succeeded Shay Given as City keeper in 2010 and assumed the role of England No.1 after the 2010 World Cup.

Pellegrini suggested Hart, despite his huge talent, had risen too far too soon and was perhaps suffering now as a result.

“Joe is a very young goalkeeper,” said Pellegrini. “He arrived at the top in England maybe too young.

“He needs to improve a lot of things and Xabier will improve it.

“For a goalkeeper 22 or 23 is young but he has the quality to do it, that’s why he’s the No.1 in England.

“I repeat, for this moment we have all the trust in him and I’m sure he will also be critical of what he’s doing and he will improve.”

Despite winning the Golden Glove for the third season running last term, Hart’s impressive displays were blighted by several costly blunders.

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Pellegrini said he had watched Hart’s performances from last season but said he would keep faith with him for the time being.

“I saw the whole of [Hart’s performances] last season but that is the past,” said Pellegrini.

“Now we must see the present and the future and, for this moment, the best thing for the team is that Joe continues.

“Joe is working with another goalkeeper coach. But I trust a lot in Xabier Mancisidor.

“He’s a very good goalkeeper coach, I worked with him at Malaga and Real Madrid.

“I’m sure that Joe must improve on a lot of things during the whole year.”

Pellegrini had to use midfielder Javi Garcia as an emergency defender in the defeat at Cardiff, with Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic out injured.

But Nastastic, on the bench at Cardiff, has recovered fully from an ankle injury suffered in pre-season and is available to start against Hull.

Suspendedstriker Yannick Sagbo is the only absentee for Hull. The likely return of Stephen Quinn after a hamstring problem is good news for manager Steve Bruce. Bruce made 11 changes for the midweek win against Leyton Orient and has not ruled out doing the same again as he recalls his first-choice players.