Daley Blind praises Wayne Rooney for inspirational pre-match team talk before Manchester derby victory

first_img Wayne Rooney 1 Manchester United utility man Daley Blind has credited a pre-match team talk from captain Wayne Rooney as hugely pivotal to Sunday’s 4-2 victory in the Manchester derby.Arch rivals City had won the previous four contests before the weekend’s encounter at Old Trafford, but goals from Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Chris Smalling maintained the Red Devils’ faint title hopes.The win ensured bragging rights for the red half of Manchester and prevented what would have been a record fifth straight loss to City, and Blind believes Rooney’s intervention was vital.“It was a thing [the poor recent record] that was always in our minds. Everyone knew how important this game was, not only because it’s a rat race in the last games, but also because of the history of the last four games,” said the Dutchman.“Wayne Rooney mentioned that in the dressing room before the game to all the players and it is something that you have in mind when you go on to the pitch. You saw how everyone was fighting for each other.”United’s thumping win was their sixth consecutive league victory and their form has prompted many into thinking they could mount a realistic challenge for next year’s Premier League, but Blind wants to retain the focus on the rest of this season.He added: “I think Manchester United is always a club that is fighting for the title. Of course other teams are watching us, but we have to watch ourselves this season, our own games, focus on that and then we will see where it ends.“We don’t have to watch for Chelsea. We have to watch for our own games, we have to look at ourselves. Every game is a final to the end and we have to believe in ourselves.”last_img read more

Mind the Gap

first_img August 3, 2017 597 Views Most hardworking Americans already know about the gender pay gap. But recent data reveals there is a certain type of company that could be giving working women fairer wages. However, the gap has only lessened.According to a new analysis by real estate database Redfin, and PayScale, a company that gathers data of individual salary profiles, the gender pay gap is half the size at technology companies with more women executives.To determine these findings, Redfin examined the gender makeup of executive teams at 31 of the largest U.S. technology companies. PayScale then analyzed 6,562 salary profiles of people who reported working for these companies between June 2015 and 2017.Based on this conducted research, it was discovered that companies with more women executives have a two-cent pay gap. So for every dollar men earn, women earn 98 cents. While a mere two pennies might not sound like much, it adds up. In fact, the study noted that this inequality adds up to tens of thousands of dollars over a woman’s career.While the gap has only narrowed, it is notable that at least the issue is gaining attention. In 2015, Redfin decided to start publishing its pay gap and other diversity statistics as a way to encourage other companies to be transparent with its information, as well as hold itself accountable.”Increased transparency is one way we can work together to close the pay gap in our industry,” said Bridget Frey, Redfin CTO.However, the gender wage gap is just one challenge working women face with when it comes to issues of diversity. In a world once dominated by men, women continue to become trailblazers in the housing and mortgage industry. And each year, MReport magazine likes to celebrate these leading ladies in the industry with a special Women in Housing edition.Want to be one of MReport’s leading ladies? Know a female colleague that’s a groundbreaker for the industry? Click here. Deadline for inclusion is August 7. This issue is published in conjunction with the Five Star Institute’s Women in Housing Leadership Forum, the concluding event at the Five Star Conference and Expo, happening September 18-20, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Dallas, Texas.To view all of Redfin’s data, click here. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Mind the Gapcenter_img Diversity gender gap HOUSING mortgage Payscale Redfin Women in Housing 2017-08-03 Nicole Casperson Sharelast_img read more