Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal 1 Manchester United may have handed under-pressure manager Louis van Gaal a stay of execution as a much improved Red Devils side outplayed Chelsea, although they were unable to end their winless run in another frustrating goalless draw.Having suffered perhaps their lowest point in Van Gaal’s reign with a Boxing Day defeat to Stoke, reports leading into today’s Bank Holiday Monday clash suggested the Dutchman would be sacked if they lost against the below-par Blues at Old Trafford.But The Red Devils bounced back to put in one of their most spirited performances of the season which saw the hosts twice denied by the woodwork from Juan Mata and Anthony Martial, while both goalkeepers pulled off some fine saves in an entertaining encounter.The primary cause of fan unrest under Van Gaal’s regime has been the lack of attacking football, but they were not left wanting this time around in an electric opening period at the Theatre of Dreams.An invigorated United moved the ball well and enjoyed a lot of freedom down the flanks in the early stages which allowed Juan Mata the first sight of goal against his former club.Latching onto Wayne Rooney’s clever dink, the Spaniard’s arrowed effort beat the leaping Thibaut Courtois but thumped against the crossbar.Chelsea – who started without a regonsied striker – were disjointed in midfield but, powered by the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro, proved a real threat on the break, and Ashley Young was in the right place to clear as Chelsea soon hit back on the counter, with David De Gea pulling off a brilliant one-handed save to deny John Terry’s header from the resulting corner.United, meanwhile, were more composed with the ball and a neat sequence of passing on the left saw Anthony Martial run into space and deftly cut in on his favoured right foot, only to see his fizzing low shot also clatter the woodwork. After a lively opening 20 minutes, the game soon transformed into a scrappy battle, with both sides suffering from a lack of creativity in the fina third as the majority of attacks broke down around the box before a chance could be conjured.The forward breaks which did result in a goal attempt either produced a fine save from in-form goalkeepers De Gea and Courtois or saw a good chance escape through wasteful finishing.Chelsea came quickly out of the blocks in the second-half and De Gea was soon forced into a fine double save, first denying Pedro from range with a stretched palm before blocking Cesar Azpilicueta’s quick follow-up.Courtois then did the seemingly impossible at the anther end to deny Ander Herrera what looked a certain goal; the Belgian scrambling back to block on the line as the Spaniard slid in to prod a teasing cross goalward.Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic was then guilty of a howler as he fired wildly over the bar under no pressure after bursting free from another swift Blues counter-attack.But it is captain Rooney who will be kicking himself the most as he missed a gilt-edged chance for the winner late on. The England striker was perfectly placed to nod in 18-year-old substitute Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s whipped cross at the back post, but instead decided to go for the volley and fired inexplicably over from close-range.There was little doubt United’s performance deserved all three points against a poor Chelsea side, but despite their improvement there is an undeniable air that their efforts may just be delaying the inevitable for an out-of-luck Van Gaal.
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March 28, 2019 831 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News From announcements of key hires to joint ventures and platform integration, catch the latest from the mortgage industry in this update.Florida-based Black Knight Inc. has announced that U.S. Bank has chosen its Servicing Digital Solution to supplement its internal capabilities and offer its customers ongoing, detailed information about their loans, and tools to manage their housing wealth.The web solution delivers detailed, timely, and highly personalized loan information to U.S. Bank mortgage customers about their loans, and provides “what-if” simulators and tools to show how wealth can be built from these real estate assets.Black Knight said that Servicing Digital is a consumer-centric, responsive web and mobile solution that gives customers of financial institutions fast, around-the-clock access to home and loan information that is relevant and easy to understand. The solution was built with the consumer’s needs in mind and provides servicers with a platform for continual engagement with their customers to build stronger relationships.“At U.S. Bank, we work hard to provide simple and useful customer experiences by offering tools such as the new Servicing Digital solution,” said David Little, EVP of Servicing and Default at U.S. Bank. “This update allows us to give customers valuable details about their most important asset, their home.”____________________________________________________Tennessee-based Churchill Mortgage, a provider of conventional, FHA, VA, and USDA residential mortgages across 46 states, announced a joint venture with American Home Title to found Churchill Title Solutions, a title company intended to streamline the origination process and create a secure mortgage experience for borrowers, real estate agents, and lenders.Available to all lenders in every U.S. state, Churchill Title Solutions will provide borrowers the option of pursuing a digital mortgage, streamlining (or entirely eliminating) some tedious processes associated with traditional title management, while expediting lenders’ time to close. In addition, the joint venture will close potential security gaps within the mortgage process and help lenders and real estate agents provide borrowers with peace of mind that their information is safe and secure.“With the engagement and commitment of both companies’ staff and leadership, we’ve established a synergistic joint venture that will allow Churchill Title Solutions to become an integrated part of Churchill’s streamlined origination process,” said Jack Goisse, President of American Home Title. “This joint venture will employ solutions to ensure efficiency, security and transparency to all stakeholders providing a consistent and stress free experience.”____________________________________________________California-based Cloudvirga, a provider of digital mortgage point-of-sale (POS) software, and Ellie Mae, a cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry have announced an official partnership that integrates Cloudvirga’s POS software with Ellie Mae’s Encompass digital mortgage solution.The joint solution is a fully bi-directional integration that seamlessly maps all data fields, from disclosure tracking to itemization of fees, creating a more robust dataset than a FNMA 3.2 file. Additionally, both systems are fully synchronized whether the origination teams are in the Cloudvirga POS or Encompass.”Cloudvirga’s integration with Ellie Mae is the result of years of development and tens of thousands of closed loans on Cloud Virga’s POS,” said Tim Von Kaenel, Chief Product Officer at Cloudvirga. “Together, Cloudvirga and Ellie Mae bring exceptional user experience to both borrowers and loan originators while dramatically driving down the cost of lending.”____________________________________________________LoanCare, a ServiceLink Company, has named Sudhir Nair as its new EVP and CIO. Nair, who has nearly two decades of experience in the mortgage and consumer lending sector, will be responsible for planning, organizing, optimizing, and managing the overall operation of LoanCare’s IT department. He will also provide strategic leadership to ensure operational services are supported in a timely and cost-effective manner.”We are excited to have Sudhir join our executive team. Given his expertise, we’re confident that he will help take our business to the next level,” said Dave Worrall, President of LoanCare. “We are committed to innovation and providing the best digital mortgage experience for our customers and clients and we look forward to seeing how Sudhir can position us for the future.” Black Knight Churchill Cloudvirga Eye on the Industry loanCare 2019-03-28 Seth Welborn Eye on the Industry: Updates on Black Knight, Churchill, and More Share