The Portuguese explained that if he left the Sporting of Portugal your number one choice would be Premier League and, more specifically, his current club. And so he made it known since the negotiations began: “I spoke to Sporting, who had already had some conversations with Manchester United about my transfer, and when they spoke to me, I told them that my first option was Manchester United. I feel that was what I needed for my career.” The midfielder confessed Sky Sports that the player who inspired him to play in Old Trafford is, how could it be otherwise, his compatriot, Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus): “When you start watching Ronaldo’s games and you see that his team won it all, you dream of being here, but the decision was easy. When I had the opportunity to sign for United, I didn’t think twice.” twenty Premier League* Data updated as of March 15, 2020 18 Bruno Fernandes has been a breath of fresh air for Manchester United. He hardly needed eight games to become the true leader of the team, pulling the car, scoring goals (three goals and four assists), winning over the fans with his gestures and making him forget Paul Pogba. With him he has never been defeated. Bruno Fernandes arrived on the winter market and has already adapted to the team very quickly, thanks in large part to his partner Diogo Dalot. The Portuguese side, who arrived two years ago from the Port, welcomed him at home and accompanied him every day to training. Both players have forged a great friendship and since then they are inseparable: “I have a car, but Diogo Dalot wants to take me to training and we always go together. We arrive early. Diogo wants to have company and then we always have breakfast and go to the gym. Since I arrived, he has helped me a lot. During the first days I slept in his He was in a hotel, but he told me to stay at his house. He helped me with everything. I am very happy to have him here. “Bruno Fernandes now has a challenge ahead: getting Manchester United to compete again in the Champions League next year. The stoppage due to the coronavirus left them fifth, three points behind the Chelseaalthough they may not have the option of hanging out if they finally Premier League decides to give as champion to Liverpool, canceling the descents and ascending to the first two of the Championship, thus being 22 clubs in the championship next year.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonWith tiny white picket fences and garlands that glinted in the sun, the family members fashioned an extension of their Christmas. “The shopping, the dinners, the parties – you escape all that,” said Trina Bailey, 37, Clarence Bailey’s sister. “It’s comforting. There is a sense of calm. You forget the living world.” At three cemeteries run by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, Christmas decorating is now officially limited to flowers placed in a maximum of two urns and potted evergreens no more than 12 inches high, with weekly sweeps on offending Santa Claus blankets, plastic-foam candy canes and the like. “Decorations can be an impediment to backhoes, and there are liability issues in tripping over candy canes,” said Kathy Atkinson, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. “People understand this with their head,” she added, “but with their heart they need to do something.” Though the tradition of decorating ancestors’ graves is an ancient one – most commonly associated in the United States with el Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican and Latin American Catholic folk tradition of the Day of the Dead – the ritual is gaining broader favor. CULVER CITY – Around the country, this is the season when cemeteries become homes for many families’ second Christmas tree as devotion meets tinsel, “Let It Snow” garden ornaments and the occasional Santa swizzle stick. A kind of populist ritual is flourishing far from front yards and transforming the graves of loved ones. Like memorial walls and the spontaneous shrines that appeared after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, displays in scores of cemeteries are at once intimate and public. Their sheer exuberance often poses challenges for cemetery officials who find themselves issuing decorating regulations and occasionally enacting crackdowns on “nonconforming” grave decor. Recently members of the Bailey family gathered, as they do every year, at the Holy Cross Cemetery and Mortuary in Culver City, better known as the final resting place of Bing Crosby, Bela Lugosi, Rita Hayworth and other Hollywood luminaries. Bearing a flotilla of evergreens, ornaments, guavas and oranges and carrying paper-cup offerings of tequila, coffee and cigarettes, family members decorated the unadorned markers of their departed, including Clarence Joseph Bailey, a tequila aficionado who died two years ago, at age 34, of diabetes. “The grave has become the extension of the living room,” said Helen Sclair, a cemetery historian in Chicago. “If people decorate, they decorate. There seems to be no stop to it.” In Culver City, the normally staid landscape of Holy Cross, one of 11 Catholic cemeteries run by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles – which covers Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, becomes a glittering tribute to family creativity and loss. Seasonal displays are permitted from Dec. 14 through Jan. 9, and many offer a collective act of devotion born from the unpredictability of life itself: car crashes, freak accidents, illnesses, murders, the incomprehensible sudden death of a child. Milly Rodriguez spent four days decorating the grave of her daughter Vanessa, who died of cystic fibrosis last October at age 10, after a year in and out of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Rodriguez festooned her holiday tribute with Disney princess lights and a Cinderella doll as the star. During visits, she uses the cigarette lighter in her car as a power source to light up the tree. She wants to show Vanessa “that life is still out there,” she said. Lights are officially prohibited by the archdiocese, as are trees taller than 2 feet, battery-operated and electricity-operated equipment, anchoring spikes, easily breakable ornaments and standing Santa Clauses, snowmen and theatrical figures. But the urge to create has snowballed, making enforcement difficult. As when suburbanites bicker over property lines, tension among families occasionally occurs when displays spill over to neighboring headstones. “We want everyone to be able to honor their loved ones in a way that is respectful to the person but also to the people around them,” said Tod Tamberg, a spokesman for the archdiocese. In Los Angeles, climate, immigration and cultural experimentation have made the city’s cemeteries resemble outdoor galleries at Christmastime. This is especially so in memorial parks, where acres of uniform flat stones “beg for personalization,” said Sandra Mizumoto Posey, a folklorist and assistant professor at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. The seasonal practice also reflects a broader emotional proliferation of memorials in the culture, as symbolized by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, said David Sloane, a professor of planning at the University of Southern California and the author of “The Last Great Necessity: Cemeteries in American History” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991). In Los Angeles, cultures sit side by side, gravesite to gravesite. For instance, at the Asian Garden of Peaceful Eternity, a section of Westminster Memorial Park in Orange County, Tran Hop, who was born in Vietnam, combines the Vietnamese graveside tradition of lighting incense with a Christmas tree powered by a solar battery. “We decorate like Caucasians,” he explained rather proudly. “We have been here for a long time. We are very easy to adopt.” Nevertheless, cemeteries are not immune to the more secular competitive zeal seen in neighborhoods where huge inflatable Santas and computerized light displays dominate front yards. “Someone pushes the boundary a little bit, and then someone else tries to top it,” said Stephen M. Goldstein, who gives monthly tours of Los Angeles cemeteries for the Studio for Southern California History and founded the Web site beneathlosangeles.com. “Then it becomes a thing.” When 20-year-old Herberth Hernandez was killed recently, his brother Martin noticed the decorations in the cemetery. He was inspired to go all out, with a rich garden brimming with garlands, flowers and Superman balloons. “I think about him while I’m doing the work,” Hernandez said. Despite snowless ground, to enter the nondenominational Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, Hollywood Hills, where Liberace, Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton lie, is to have no doubt that Christmas is near. Alicia Montes and her daughter Lyz, 15, prayed beside a fragile tableau of beaded garlands and homemade eggshell ornaments they created in honor of baby Ivan, Montes’ firstborn, who died in childbirth 20 years ago. Nearby, Bernadette Filosa, a 56-year-old retired court administrator, hauled a Christmas tree from her Toyota Prius to her parents’ graves, though it appeared to exceed the regulation height of 4 feet. Her mother, Bernadetta, who lived to 91, never lost sight of her own parents’ Italian traditions. They ran an Italian restaurant across from Desilu Studios. Filosa said she had been baking chocolate cookies, with raisins, sprinkles, cloves and chocolate icing, from her mother’s recipe. They were cooling back home. “I’m making your cookies, Ma,” she said out loud as she wrapped garlands around the tree. “We’re still celebrating.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!