Oscars 2015 fashion: Best and worst dressed, from Emma Stone to Lupita Nyong’o

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All the best dressed from the Oscars 2015 red carpet (Picture: Getty)

Finally, the day of reckoning Redmayne has arrived. The Oscars are here.

It’s the most glamorous night of the year.

Because, like it or not, the gowns are as scrutinised as the gongs these days. Probably more so.

And yes, to address the elephant in the room, actresses are so much more than the label they’re wearing.

But, they also get to dress up in the world’s most beautiful designer dresses and dazzling jewels for free, so don’t feel too sorry for them. Instead, just enjoy all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s biggest night.

Plus, we’ll be judging the boys in their tuxes too – we’re equal opportunities like that.

Anyway, here’s who won and lost on the – very wet (and dare, we say it, distinctly British) – red carpet.

Best dressed

1. Emma Stone

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Forget jumpsuits, this is how to do the Oscars. We knew Emma would slay the red carpet and she just did in this shimmering yellow couture dress by Elie Saab.

2. Naomi Watts

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Naomi always goes for something a little different and this monochrome, cut-out Armani dress definitely delivered. And yes, she did just wear a crop top to the Oscars. Great wavy bob too.

3. Margot Robbie

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From the sharp blonde bob and red lips to the sheer, plunging black Saint Laurent gown and vintage sparkler, Margot brought sexy back to the Oscars red carpet. The most annoying thing for everyone else is she probably wasn’t even trying that hard.

4. Cate Blanchett

Actress Cate Blanchett wears a  Maison Margiela gown as she arrives at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2015.    REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES  - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)   (OSCARS-ARRIVALS)
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This year’s red carpet was definitely the most low-key. If anything proved that, it was Cate’s black lace dress. But, what elevated it – other than the fact Cate was wearing it – was the stunning turquoise statement necklace and the cut-out back. It was effortless elegance.

5. Rosamund Pike

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When she said she wanted something fitted, she really meant it. This Givenchy rosebud dress, which featured a thigh-high split, was 100 per cent made to measure. The Gone Girl looked cool, calm and collected in this killer dress.

6. Lupita Nyong’o

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White was very popular this year but no one does it quite the way Lupita does. She wore a Calvin Klein dress made out of 6000 pearls. Casual. While it didn’t translate amazingly in photos, on video, the dress looked luminous against her flawless skin.

7. Keira Knightley

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This girl must have found every perfect Empire line couture gown going. This time it’s Valentino and super-sweet. We sort of had this one picked out for her to be honest. We love it when a plan comes together.

8. Jennifer Lopez

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If anyone was going to go full-out Elie Saab, it was J Lo. Repeat to yourself: she is 45. She is 45. Yep.

9. Jennifer Aniston

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Bringing up the rear, and what a rear, is Jen An. We’re team Jen all the way. And now she’s finally embracing colour after years of little black dresses, we love her a little bit more.

The jury’s out

Marion Cotillard

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She said she just wanted to be comfy so she pulled on some Dior Couture. Casual. Yes, it looks like she’s wearing hundreds of those hole-punch re-inforcers, but it’s also fabulously insouciant. And it sort of has wings on the back. As you do.

Sienna Miller

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Sienna, our current style crush, wore Oscar de la Renta. It should have been perfect but it was a little underwhelming. But, then we did expect so much.

Worst dressed

1. Lady Gaga

(Picture: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

But it’s an Alaia! We don’t care Gaga, we don’t care. This is ALL. WRONG. And are those rubber gloves you’re wearing?

2. will.i.am

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We think he came as a station master. Or a ringmaster. Either way, he clearly got lost on the way to The Voice blind auditions.

3. Felicity Jones

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Oh, Felicity. The Alexander McQueen showstopper looked absolutely stunning from the waist up but what was with the giant pouffy skirt? And why did it make us think of Yardley lavender soap? A darker colour and a stronger, less frou-frou, skirt would have done it for us.

4. Rita Ora

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As she’s prone to do, Rita threw herself into the fancy dress box. Who can blame her really, but the gold detail and fussy lilac (what is it with lilac?) strapless princess dress stood out from the simpler styles favoured by others on the night.

5. Julianne Moore

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She wore Chanel, instead of Tom Ford, and white instead of green. Sadly, the white washed her out a little too much. Still, no doubt she won’t care less if she’s holding that little gold man at the end of the night.

Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka melt Oscars red carpet with their cuteness

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Neil Patrick Harris(R) and David Burtka arrive on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Neil Patrick Harris(R) and David Burtka arrive on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

He’s hosting the 87th Academy Awards so it’s no surprise Neil Patrick Harris needed some moral support on the red carpet.

And turning up to Oscars on Sunday evening with husband David Burtka, the pair melted the red carpet with their cuteness.

It was a case of two shades of grey for Neil, wearing a dapper pale grey suit with a darker grey silk trim and a matching bow tie, while David opted for a smart cream jacket with black bow tie.

But perfection was the priority for the pair as they stopped in front of the cameras to check their bow ties a number of times before moving into the ceremony.

Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris adjusts the tie of his husband David Burtka as they arrive at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California

‘Are my eyebrows neat enough?’

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This is the first time the How I Met Your Mother actor has hosted the Oscars but having previously fronted the Tony Awards and the Emmys, he’s no stranger to pleasing large crowds of A-list audience.

Speaking on Sky Movies Oscars ahead of the show, he admitted he’d been doing Yoga and plenty of vocal warm ups to practice.

 

Some red carpet action:

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Neil Patrick Harris (R) and his husband David Burtka arrive on the red carpet with a tray of food for the 87th Oscars February 22nd, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / MLADEN ANTONOVMLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

The obligatory pose in front of a giant Oscars statue:

Host Neil Patrick Harris (R) and David Burtka arrive on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Host Neil Patrick Harris (R) and David Burtka arrive on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

Is that enrves creeping through there Neil?

Host Neil Patrick Harris (R) and David Burtka arrive on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Host Neil Patrick Harris (R) and David Burtka arrive on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22:  Host Neil Patrick Harris attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 22: Host Neil Patrick Harris attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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Oscars 2015: All the women can go home, Lupita Nyong’o’s dress has trumped them all

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Actress Lupita Nyong'o wears a Calvin Klein gown and Chopard diamonds as she arrives at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2015.    REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES  - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)  (OSCARS-ARRIVALS)
How many pearls does it take to make one dress? (Picture: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Pearl accessories are a favourite for red carpet dos, but Lupita Nyong’o has taken it to the next level with her dress.

You might have been thinking Lupita’s sultry saunter along the 87th Oscars red carpet was for the benefit of the cameras and a bit of swagger. Oh no no no, that’s how one walks when lugging around a whole ocean of pearls.

6,000 to be precise.

She was dressed in a Calvin Klein gown, which she helped design herself, made up of a variety of pearls.

‘It’s actually quite comfortable,’ she said during an interview.

Twitter is now convinced this woman can do no wrong.

Actress Lupita Nyong'o wears a Calvin Klein gown and Chopard diamonds as she arrives at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2015.    REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES  - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)  (OSCARS-ARRIVALS)
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Fans were in awe of her fancy frock:

Well, maybe not everyone

MORE: Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka melt Oscars red carpet with their cuteness

MORE: Oscars 2015: Steve Carell definitely wins the award for dilf

Manchester United flop Nani scores belter for Sporting Lisbon

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Former Manchester United winger Nani compounded the misery for Manchester United fans tonight, with a cracking 30 yard half-volley versus Gil Vicente, just a day after his old side suffered a 2-1 loss away at Swansea.

Nani, 28, rejoined Sporting Lisbon on loan last summer and, after several difficult years at Old Trafford, looks to be back to his devastating best this season, while United have been widely criticised for playing unexciting football.

After bagging only four league goals in his last three seasons at United, the Portuguese star has already netted eight times in all competitions for Sporting Lisbon in the campaign.

If he continues his current rich vein form, Louis Van Gaal could be persuaded to keep him at United when his loan spell expires at the end of the season.

The Old Trafford faithful will certainly hope this is the case if he can get them off their seats again with goals of this quality.

MORE: Manchester United drop interest in Juventus’ midfield ace Paul Pogba

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Games Inbox: PS4 Trophy apathy, best Wii games, and The Getaway

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Trophies and Achievements - do you care?
Trophies and Achievements – do you care?

The morning Inbox shares stories of yet more pre-order problems, as one reader fears he’s bought a PlayStation 4 too early.

To join in with the discussions yourself email gamecentral@ukmetro.co.uk

 

Hidden features
I was chatting at work today to a colleague, who I discovered had a PlayStation 4 and Destiny – which he says he has been enjoying a lot. As I was talking to him he seemed to really know his stuff about the game, leading me to believe that perhaps he was a keen gamer.

However, when I asked him how many of the Trophies he had unlocked he didn’t have a clue what I was on about, he had no idea what his Trophy level was or the fact that Trophies existed on PSN. This is by no means his first PlayStation console either as he had a PlayStation 3. I couldn’t believe it.

He also didn’t know about features such as Share Play. I know I should know about these things seeing as I am a keen gamer but I thought it was quite amazing to find that some people don’t know about these features which are supposed to be key selling points of the console.
Truk_Kurt (PSN ID)/Angry_Kurt (Twitter)

 

One, two, CA is coming for you
I liked GC’s suggestion that Creative Assembly should do a series of games based on ’80s movies. There’s a horror franchise which would have great potential – more so than the recently announced Friday 13th, which could be very one note if it’s another Outlast clone. A Nightmare On Elm Street would be my suggestion; there’s plenty of scope to introduce some novel gameplay ideas, especially during dream state sequences.

Imagine playing a game where the lines between the real/dream world are blurred and your insecurities exacerbated. The only limitation would be the game creator’s imagination. The ideas explored in the third movie, Dream Warriors, was clearly inspired by video games and lends itself perfectly to a role-playing type game. Developing a character as you see fit would be far more rewarding than hiding away in lockers.

I just feel there’s even greater possibilities for interactive entertainment, more so than film, that’s if developers can avoid the trappings of a QTE fest. Hopefully Until Dawn doesn’t turn out to be said game, but I won’t hold my breath. A Freddy Krueger game is a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned.
Up4Banter

 

Second time lucky
It’s now the second time I have bought a Wii. I bought one in the year of release. Only to sell it after I barely played on it. I had bought Super Mario Galaxy, Mario Kart, and Zack & Wiki for it and I think that was it. There didn’t seem much more out for it at the time that I was interested in so I sold it to a friend.

Since the release of Zelda: Majora’s Mask on the 3DS it has reignited my desire to play it as I didn’t get around to it on the N64. I looked to buy it on the N64 (as I still have one with Ocarina Of Time) but it seems to have kept its value with unboxed copied going for around £30-£40 on eBay. Then someone told me that you could download it via the virtual console on the Wii.

A little shopping around done and I have managed to find a Wii with the Classic Controller for £25. In addition to this it seems that plenty of the games on the Wii are selling for pennies on pre-owned websites. I have already ordered Super Mario Galaxy 2, Zelda: Skyward Sword, and Zelda: Twilight Princess for a total of £14!

Any others some people may recommend? I will have a go of Xenoblade Chronicles and would also like to try a Pokémon game as well as any Mario games I may have missed.
Woko

GC: Sin & Punishment: Successor Of The Skies, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Okami, Metroid Prime Trilogy (or at least Metroid Prime 3), and Little King’s Story, No More Heroes, WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, and The Last Story would all be good buys. Although some are going to be more expensive than others.

 

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Censored violence
RE: Toby Balcombe, I do believe The Getaway level in question, with the police station shoutout, was only available on early copies of the game. I seem to remember hearing it was taken out of subsequent copies, as well as BT’s logo, as they didn’t want to be associated with it.

I suppose Visceral could patch out all inappropriate scenes although I doubt there would be much of a game left.
GGLeigh (PSN ID)

GC: The BT logos were definitely removed, at their request, but we don’t remember anything about the police station section.

 

Premature purchase
After buying my PlayStation 4 for a great special offer price of £257 on Wednesday, it arrived Thursday morning before I was even awake. Except I’m experiencing the worst case of buyers remorse ever, I haven’t opened the box. I don’t want my PlayStation 4 and am considering sending it back under distance seller regulations… why? I have a PlayStation 3 with over 40 games, a few of which I haven’t even played yet like WipEout HD – which I got from the 2011 Sony hack debacle.

I’m currently swapping between my fourth play through of Assassin’s Creed II, which is so much fun and why I’m tempted to buy Assassin’s Creed Unity; Valkyria Chronicles which is quite difficult, I’m on the seventh main mission and the enemy has gained a laser lance in a WW2 era game.

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes looks and plays great on PlayStation 3, I’m actually sneaking and spying in this! Skyrim 200+ hours put in, so far and I’ll consider this complete once I’ve got all the trophies… just haven’t played it over a year.

Not too mention so many other great games that I want to play again. So many games so little time, and I’m supposed to be living a life too?!

I own a PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 (for now), Dreamcast (for Shenmue), and a GameCube which I’ve been looking after for a friend for six months, but that was eight plus years ago and he’s refusing to take it back.
Oni-Samurai (PSN ID)

 

9,986,421 casualties
On my transfer from 3DS XL to New 3DS XL Majora’s Mask Edition, I lost some of my data which you can download from Nintendo eShop again for free. It was some games that got lost in the transfer.

Some I’m not bothered about, like NES Open Golf, Mario & Yoshi, and Balloon Fight. So I didn’t download those again as I didn’t like them anyway. If people lose their games just go to eShop and scroll left to settings/other, then select redownloadable software and you’ll find what you had.

Everything else for me were carried over by pikmin, including StreetPass people – almost 3,000 of them, coins, puzzle pieces, but my DLC from StreetPass didn’t come over. I found it again but I have lost all my 9,999,999, troops from Battle Quest. Gutted it took me ages to assemble that. So now I have 13,578 troops!
woz_007 (NN ID)

 

Raising flags
RE: Nintendo Flag. Good call on the New 3DS featuring the colours, my eyes actually made a bee-line straight for them on its unveiling, purchase is inevitable as I’m a collector of flagship Nintendo handhelds, in fact I plan on treating my niece and myself to one each later today.

The Nintendo flag can also be seen in first party software, Super Mario World featured it in the title, also the rolling demo before you play shows Mario taking out some flag-coloured koopas. The Yoshis throughout the game can be found in each colour.

Another SNES launch title, F-Zero, features the colours in its vehicle selection. Each individual Link in Zelda: Four Swords carries the tradition, in fact I think you’ll find Nintendo exploits the flag, quite possibly, in any four-player game/game mode. Does anyone remember the various coloured N64 pads? Ditto.

Additionally, the flag may be seen elsewhere in-game, whether it be explosions, fireworks, highlighted text, four of a similar item, e.g. Zelda potions, or quest items, mushrooms, coin variants and so on. It’s a nice touch that I never tire of seeing, when even a momentary flash of light adds its name to the long list of cultured special effects, it’s possible that any sprite, no matter how big or small, can make a cameo appearance.
Bad Edit (gamertag)/Bitdead (NN ID)

 

No green light
Great letter from Bad Edit, really captures the excitement of finally getting your hands on a new console, especially when you’re young. I can vividly remember counting the days down until I got my Spectrum +2 one Christmas, to this day the initial unboxing of a new console is a special thing.

Anyway, on the Wii U the red standby light does turn a yellow(ish) colour when it connects to Nintendo to transfer data or what not when on standby. It is kind of orange but you could say it was yellow. But the green is a mystery, I think I’ll have a poke around later for that one.
al3xdelarge (gamertag/NNID)

 

50/50
Has anyone who pre-ordered Zelda: Majora’s Mask from Nintendo store and bought the new 3DS ambassador version from ‘em gotten their Skull Kid figure yet?

I must say I am worried, I’ve made four orders with them and two of ‘em they have messed up, I have only just got my special edition Majora’s Mask today (the 20th), I have asked them about it twice and had no reply. There’s nothing on my account about it at all.
Ryoko sparda

 

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Dark experience
Personally I’m not one for pre-ordering games without good reason. Having had a few negative experiences I am now wary of pre-ordering far in advance of release, or to receive extra in-game items or weapons/benefits as an incentive, as the way I see it there should already be a functional and (at least reasonably) well balanced experience contained within, rendering any extra gubbins as unnecessary.

When I do pre-order it is usually for the purpose of obtaining physical collectibles or limited edition versions of a game I know I will enjoy if those features interest me, or to take advantage of a Steam discount before release day. I feel that pre-ordering for other reasons is sending the wrong message to publishers.

As such I couldn’t really say that I’ve had ‘good’ pre-orders per se, as the quality of the game does not change whether I have the game on day one or I wait a few weeks before purchasing. So long as the game is successfully downloaded or through my letterbox, etc. on day one, my expectations have been met. Though I have had a few disappointing experiences.

On the strength of the contents of the Black Phantom Edition of Demon’s Souls, particularly the hints and tips book, I decided to pre-order the Limited Edition version of Dark Souls. However, a few weeks before release Namco Bandai stated they would no longer be including a guide book as part of the edition, instead replacing it with a link to a PDF file that turned out only to have a portion of a guide that you would have to purchase separately to view the rest of. A hints and tips book this was not.

Again from the same publisher, having finally chosen a retailer to order a PC/DVD copy of Dark Souls II from among the various outlets offering extras such as T-shirts or phone cases, I received an email from GAME stating that the physical release of the PC game was being delayed by a week, and there was no reason stated by Namco Bandai for it. There are other reasons why I regret pre-ordering Dark Souls II, but they would require a Hot Topic to cover.

I won’t be pre-ordering again from Namco Bandai in the future.
super_slackster (NN ID)/jonobabes13 (Steam ID) 

 

Inbox also-rans
Please find included a code that can be redeemed for a PlayStation 4 Evolve theme. Feel free to hand out as you see best.
Chaosphere616 (gamertag)

GC: That’s very good of you, we’ll pass it on to the first person that asks.

Is Suikoden and Suikoden II not available on the PlayStation 3 yet? I have looked for it on the user unfriendly store, but have had no joy searching for it.
elmickio

GC: They’ve both been there since February 4, but the PS Store is very poorly laid out so you have to search for them. Here’s a direct link via the website.

From the look of things if the new Terminator Genisys is gonna get a big hype so should a reputable company handle its gaming aspect.
Adie Gregg

GC: It’s far too late for that now. The film is out in July and no game has been announced. And the only publisher known to own the rights are the people behind the less than stellar Rambo: The Video Game, and that’s only for the first two films anyway.

 

This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Hot Topic was suggested by reader Onibee, who asks what is your favourite indie game?

Indie titles are often critically acclaimed, but do you actually play them? What is your favourite indie game and why? Did you know it was an indie title going in and what does the term ‘indie’ mean to you? Is it purely that the developer isn’t owned by a publisher or is it more the nature of the game itself?

If you don’t play many indie games why is that, and what would it take you to give one a try? How important do you think indie titles are to the current industry and do you feel they get enough exposure in the media and online stores?

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PS4 boss Jim Ryan 2015 interview – ‘we’ve learnt an awful lot from the Driveclub experience’

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Jim Ryan - he gives as good as he gets
Jim Ryan – he gives as good as he gets

GameCentral speaks to the boss of PlayStation in Europe, about broken games, day one patches, PSN, and the year to come for PS4.

One of the highlights of the gaming year for us is speaking to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe president and CEO Jim Ryan. We’ve met him five times now (here, here, here, here, and here) and on each of those occasions we’ve complained, criticised, and complimented all aspects of Sony’s PlayStation business. And for his part Ryan has answered our concerns as honestly and openly as he can, with a very minimum of PR fluff.

The problem is that the only chances we usually get to speak to him are at E3 and Gamescom, which are only two months apart. So we thought it would be better to move one of those meetings to the beginning of the year, especially as we had a lot we wanted to discuss following 2014’s annus horribilis.

So when we met him the other week we questioned him about everything from broken games and day one patches, to the PSN outage over Christmas and the madness of GamerGate. And as you can see for yourself he didn’t shirk from addressing any of the issues, although it’s up to you to decide how satisfactory his answers are…

GC: It’s good to see you again. But before I start I want to make it clear that many of these issues I’ll be raising apply equally to Microsoft, indeed the fact that these problems are industry wide is my main point really.

JR: [laughs] Last time we met… I enjoyed the reaction of your readership to my assertion that they were more intelligent than you were. [laughs]

GC: I’m sure they were very generous with their comments.

JR: [laughs]

GC: So… last year was such a terrible year for video games it made me genuinely worried about the future of the industry. There are three main areas I’d like to discuss in detail though: a lack of both quality and quantity in the games released, GamerGate, and the industry apathy over whether new games actually work or not.

JR: That was four!

GC: Well, I’m counting quality and quantity as one, as we’ve touched on that before. But do you accept 2014 was a disappointing year? Because from a hardware sales perspective it was obviously a very good year for Sony. But in every other respect… to me it’s no wonder that smartphone gaming continues to expand given how shambolically the entire industry has handled this latest generational leap.

JR: You got it all off your chest now? [laughs]

GC: [laughs] That’s my precis for the interview. But I’m not singling Sony out here, all that goes for just about everyone.

JR: I know, I know. And I’ve read quite a lot of the stuff that you’ve written on this sort of topic. It’s well argued, it’s cogent… if a bit rabid occasionally.

GC: I rant because I care.

JR: [laughs] I see where you’re coming from, but at the end of the day it is a subjective opinion that you express. And as you’ve pointed out our hardware sales are fantastic and they show no signs of abating. We come into the new year, I think the latest public figure was 18 and a half million sold through, blah, blah, blah.

An awful lot more hardware than we’ve ever sold before, and while you have a certain view on the quality and quantity of the experience that people had last year – and some of it I think is fair, and we’ll come onto that – but at the end of the day people wouldn’t be buying this hardware in such huge numbers if they weren’t enjoying it; if their friends weren’t enjoying it and recommending it to others. Because, as you correctly say, more than ever before the console proposition has to justify the considerable barrier to entry that it has in the form of £349 to buy a PS4 in the UK.

Now that there are viable alternatives, entirely viable alternatives in the form of smartphone and tablet gaming – which don’t have that barrier of entry – we must be doing something right if all these people continue to buy in such massive, unparalleled numbers.

GC: That’s true, and certainly in terms of the hardware itself and the marketing you’ve done very well. But I think ultimately people were just so keen to embrace the new generation that they were happy to jump aboard immediately, many knowing that the first year probably won’t be that great. But I don’t think anyone expected it to be as bad as it was.

JR:

GC: And just to your earlier point I’m not sure that any of my three concerns really are subjective. The question of quality perhaps, although I’m sure a study of Metacritic will show a consensus that it was not a classic year. The quantity of games was certainly at an all-time low, I remember quoting a retailer survey to that effect in my end of year feature. And then GamerGate was incontrovertibly awful, and so was the situation with broken games.

JR: Yeah, let’s move on from the subjective, because you have a view on that and the vast majority of 18 and a half million people appear to have a different view on that.

GC: Just because they bought the console doesn’t mean they’re happy with any of the things I’m talking about.

JR: Well… true. But we’re now 16 months in, right? And they continue to buy it in numbers that are unparalleled for February, at any point over the last 20 years. You would think that if all of these 18 and a half million people were having such a terrible time they would be telling their mates, they would be telling their children, ‘This is a horrible experience, don’t buy into this!’ But that’s not happening.

GC: Well, let’s drill down to those three main points. The most straightforward perhaps is simply the fact that video games don’t work anymore, and nobody seems to care. And that’s a completely non-partisian point where the prime examples are Driveclub, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Battlefield 4, and Assassin’s Creed Unity.

JR: Even if your view is expressed with characteristic zeal we’re moving on to an area where we’ll find a bit more common ground. [laughs] Clearly – and this is fact, as you say – there were a number of games before Christmas that had problems that meant that to some great or lesser extent they did not work.

But to your statement that nobody cared, I shouldn’t speak at all for other publisher or platform holders, but just in the context of Driveclub, which as you say did not work correctly at launch, I gotta tell you that everybody in this building [we’re at Sony’s Europe HQ in London, which houses several internal development studios – GC] and in the development community was absolutely distraught that that was the case.

I don’t think anybody should labour under the opinion that there was any feeling of insouciance or anybody being relaxed about that being the case. People were working 24/7, and that’s an expression that’s lightly used but people were working 24/7 trying to fix this.

Now, should the game have worked at launch? Of course. Should people pay £50 for something and expect it to work? Of course.

GC: The problem is you could see it becoming an industry standard just in those few months: release broken game, refuse to admit game is broken, admit problems and promise to fix them, fail to fix problems in timely manner, offer free DLC to make up for it. I believe you when you say people were working on Driveclub 24/7 and that they were upset, but how could Sony not have seen these problems coming? For Driveclub and the other games.

JR: I’ll talk again a little more about Driveclub in a moment. But I think one thing that the industry appears to have misjudged in the generational transition – where there’s a lot spoken about moving to a more straightforward PC architecture that should make it easy for developers to come to terms with next gen and all of that – is I think the massively enhanced online ambitions a lot of developers and publishers have identified as one of the opportunists of next gen, appear to have been way more technically challenging than anyone realised.

And QAing this stuff… a lot of it is load placed on servers, simply due to concurrency. It’s hard. Again, that’s not to excuse publishing something that’s not fit for purpose. In any form of entertainment, in any business… whether it’s a washing machine, whether it’s a book, whether it’s television, whether it’s a video game you shouldn’t put something out until it’s ready.

One would hope, and certainly we’ve learnt an awful lot from the Driveclub experience, that those mistakes, once made, should not be repeated.

GC: Can you talk precisely about what changes occurred after the Driveclub launch? Did you put new QA policies in place? Did you tell third parties to clean up their own act?

JR: We have two roles to play, right? We are a publisher of content in our own right and we are the platform holder who overlays a level of what is called format QA. Obviously the lessons that we learnt in the context of Driveclub were many and painful, and will be applied internally in the context of every first party title that we publish going forward.

GC: In terms of third party though is there anything that you are willing to do? Because it’s not uncommon to hear stories of some indie downloadable title being delayed by a few months because it failed Sony QA, and it’s usually minor things like how their save screen works or something. And you think, ‘Well, that’s a shame but at least it shows that Sony’s QA is fairly rigorous’. But if you can be so pedantic about that sort of thing surely ‘Does it work?’ is the first thing you check for!

JR: It is very hard for us to QA the online expedience of a third party game…

GC: What about Assassin’s Creed Unity then? That’s primarily single-player and its problems were blindingly obvious the second you started playing.

JR: When a third party multiplayer game runs on the servers of that third party publishers, you’ll understand it’s virtually impossible for us to QA that online experience.

GC: Are there any financial penalties you can levy at them? Because it’s your name on the box too you know.

JR:

GC: From seeing it at a preview it was obvious to me a couple of months out that Unity wasn’t going to be properly finished for its release date, so it should have been obvious to you as well.

JR: You’re straying into the realm of conversations between publisher and platform holder that should remain private.

GC: And presumably that conversation was you saying ‘Does it work?’ and them answering with [starts winking and miming taking a bribe].

JR: No! No, no, no!

GC: Well, what happened then? If everyone reviewing the game noticed these horrendous bugs after just five minutes of playtime how did you miss it? You’re happy to put your foot down with little indie developers but because it was a big publisher apparently those rules are ignored.

JR: [deep breath] Ah, yeah. Well, it wasn’t just offline, there were…

GC: The co-op was a minor part of that game, and was not one of the issues most people were upset about. 10 minutes into Unity and I was controlling a flying apple instead of the main character. There was no way anyone involved in that game didn’t know the state it was in when it shipped. All they cared about was hitting their deadline. And by association you were okay with that, you were part of the conversation that said, ‘Ah, who cares? You can fix it later…’

JR: No! I… I think… let’s move on.

GC: OK, but that’s not an unfair question. I’m not misrepresenting anything there.

JR: It’s not an unfair question. But these games are now so big and complex that to test everything…

GC: I think everyone appreciates that. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wait until the game works before releasing it.

JR: I’m saying the format holder overlay… if we were to test absolutely everything, it could take months.

GC: Ask me next time and I’ll lend you my review notes!

JR: [laughs]

PR guy: Have you played Driveclub recently?

GC: I don’t really like serious racing games, so I don’t personally have much of an opinion about the game itself.

PR guy: If you play it now it’s really living up to its expectations.

GC: I understand that you did a lot better than some in addressing the situation, but that was still three months. And… is there still going to be the free PlayStation Plus version?

JR: That’s still being looked at.

GC: You can’t guarantee that it will ever happen?

JR: I can’t say anything at this stage.

GC: OK, well let’s move onto some of the other points. There’s no point arguing about the quality of the games last year as we’ve discussed that before, although clearly it was awful.

JR: [sustained laughter]

GC: But the question of quantity also concerns me. We discussed the summer games drought, which was particularly bad last year, at Gamescom and you admitted it was an issue. Have you done anything since then to avoid similar problems this year?

JR: At the end of the day, David, the decision when to release any game is down to the publisher in question.

GC: I’ll take that as a no.

JR: No, c’mon. A platformer holder has absolutely no… I’ll point out that we released The Last Of Us in early August. What else do you want us to do?

GC: You implied you were going to do something at Gamescom. Why doesn’t it worry you that the games industry, from a mainstream consumer’s point of view, only exists for four or five months of the year? I can get the summer games drought to a degree – it’s hot outside and a lot of people are on holiday – but it’s February now, it’s freezing cold out and dark at 4pm, but apart from Evolve we haven’t had a major retail release for coming on three months.

JR: Why don’t you just play all the games that were released in November?

GC: I thought we’d agreed not to talk about the poor quality of last year’s releases?

JR: [laughs]

GC: OK, so next issue. At Christmas both Xbox Live and PSN were attacked by the same people in what seemed to be exactly the same way. But Xbox Live was down for a few hours and PSN was down for three days. That seems a typical example of PSN not being as stable or reliable as its competitor, which I think people accepted when it was free – but that’s no longer the case. Gamers are being made to pay good money for a clearly inferior service.

JR: You say that PlayStation Network was down for three days in December…

GC: Don’t say it like it was three random days, that included Christmas Day and Boxing Day!

JR: What you omit to mention is that it was not working because it was the victim of a malicious criminal attack. It wasn’t because…

GC: I did mention that! And so was Xbox Live.

JR: Look, I dunno. I don’t work for Microsoft, I don’t know how the attack that they were subject to was different to our attack. All I know, again, is that our people worked around the clock to get the network back up. Now, I understand that many people unwrapped their PS4s from under the Christmas tree and were unable to get online and that is upsetting. And many of them tracked me down and emailed me over Christmas, and I was fully aware of their unhappiness and was doing my upmost to get the situation put right.

GC: Okay, but that Xbox Live seemed to suffer less is absolutely in keeping with the perception that PSN is less reliable. People are always writing into me: Why does it go down all the time? Why is it so unreliable? Why is the scheduled maintenance always at such a disruptive time?

JR: Can I go back to the Christmas thing? It was fixed as quickly as possible. We’re very sorry that it occurred, in an ideal world it shouldn’t have occurred but it was a malicious criminal attack and for those, that you’ve rightly pointed out, that have paid money for that service that they didn’t get we’ve extended five free days.

GC: And then there was that 10% discount, the seemed to be cynically scheduled just before payday and just after the sale ended.

JR: That was something else for people that hadn’t paid for the PlayStation Plus membership but had been inconvenienced, you offer something like that and people will always find a reason to complain.

GC: That’s true.

PR guy: You haven’t used the word hack actually, but that’s what galls me. People talk about this being a hack, but it isn’t.

GC: I tried not to use the word, because as I understand it’s always just DDoS attacks. That’s why it seemed fair to assume that Xbox Live had been attacked in exactly the same way.

PR guy: But in the broader context people talk about it being hacked, which is inaccurate. And it’s hard to defend against DDoS.

GC: I get that completely, but it was just a prime example of PSN being less stable than Xbox Live. Would you accept that it has that reputation? And that it’s also missing key features such as friend notifications?

JR: No, I don’t necessarily accept much of that you know. I’d say we’re working constantly…

GC: Would you say it is as reliable as Xbox Live?

JR: [pauses] I’d say we’re constantly working to make it better, we’re introducing new features, such as Share Play… do you see anything else like that elsewhere?

GC: No, it’s a very good feature, but you should have got the foundations right first.

JR: In your opinion. And in your opinion the foundations are not solid, and that’s, again, a subjective opinion.

GC: Well, it’s the opinion of many that will be reading this interview I’m sure.

JR: Well, I look forward to reading their comments.

GC: They’ll be saying, ‘That Jim Ryan doesn’t know what he’s talking about!’

JR: [laughs] I’m used to that, David. I get it all the time at work. [laughs]

GC: Yeah, me too.

All: [laughs]

GC: Well, speaking of gamers. I’m sure publishers were very glad to have been largely left out of GamerGate, and I don’t blame you for an instant for trying to keep your distance. But again I found that whole thing just profoundly depressing. I… [pauses] well, I’m literally lost for words. But it was just shocking to me to see that that level of misogyny existed today. And a whole movement based on the most ludicrous conspiracies, and convinced it’s fighting some great injustice. How was – and is I should say, because it’s still going on – GamerGate viewed by Sony? Did you just sit back and think, ‘Thank god that’s got nothing to do with us’?

JR: What do you mean it’s got nothing to do with us?

GC: Well, in that they weren’t attacking publishers or console manufactures. But it must have greatly damaged the public perception of gamers and gaming in general. All the mainstream coverage… apparently there was even an episode of Law & Order inspired by it last night.

JR: Well, more females are playing games now than ever before. I think the GamerGate thing is absolutely horrible. I agree, I read what you wrote about it, again your language was intemperate – as befits your views on an issue…

GC: Oh c’mon! Never mind games not working, that stuff was beyond the pale.

JR: Yeah, and I share your opinion on much of it.

GC: Did you consider any counter to it, to encourage more female gamers and/or developers? I’m not suggesting it was incumbent for you to do so, but I’m curious if GamerGate led to any positive new initiates?

JR: I don’t think you can or should discriminate one way or the other. Quotas in boardrooms, quotas in sporting teams, I personally don’t believe that these are the right way to achieve a world where discrimination is not prevalent. I think if you talk about this organisation, I think all that I should do is to set an example at the top. And indicate that any behaviour that is remotely inappropriate in this area will not be tolerated.

GC: The one thing that does make me laugh about GamerGate is their assumption that any publisher would bother to bribe a journalist. Nobody listens to reviews, they never have and never will. Which makes me curious as to how does Sony view the specialist media nowadays, especially now with the rise of YouTube celebrities?

JR: I wouldn’t be… I was going to say the word wasting [laughs]. I wouldn’t be spending my time here…

GC: You’re only here in the hope of more free Dundee Cake. [We bribed him with some free cake last time we met – GC].

JR: [laughs] You are one important conduit for communication between me, or my company or the industry, and people who buy video games.

GC: But are we? If they never listen to us?

JR: I think they do listen to you.

GC: You wouldn’t guess it to look at the sales charts.

JR: You know, I wouldn’t get too depressed to it.

GC: [laughs] Right, well I better wrap up here I guess.

JR: You had enough? Getting bored?

GC: No, no. I could go on for ages, if you’re happy to. And since you’ve offered….

JR: [laughs]

GC: Another thing I remember from when we first met, at the unveiling of the PS4, was a promise to improve the speed of updating and patching, which you identified as a problem with the PS3. But if anything things have gotten worse. And again I wonder what casual gamers must think when the time between inserting a game disc and starting to play it can be anything up to half an hour. Do you not feel day one patches have gotten out of hand?

JR: Yeah, I do…

GC: Come back in two hours kids and maybe you can play the game… maybe play some smartphone game until then.

JR: [laughs] Are you finished?

PR guy: This is like therapy for you, isn’t?

GC: Perhaps, but here I’m not ranting to a fellow journo, I’m talking to someone that can actually do something about these issues. You could go into a meeting today and make it a part of QA policy that you can’t have a day one patch bigger than whatever MB. That would instantly improve the gaming experience of everyone that uses a PS4. There’s no way of denying that.

JR: Yeah, it could also result in certain games being delayed for, let’s say, three or four months.

GC: Good! It might also result in games being delayed to the point where they actually work and have a degree of polish to them.

JR: What you’re talking about is an industry phenomenon, right?

GC: Oh, absolutely. But I’m talking to you as an industry leader, with an important role at the leading console manufacture in the industry.

JR: I think patching has a reasonable role to play, when it’s used to address bugs that are found at the last minute, right? You don’t disagree?

GC: No, no. That’s perfectly reasonable.

JR: But as a surrogate, or a safety net, for a proper QA process I agree that things are maybe swinging too far in that direction. And certainly, as regards our own games, we’re gonna tighten up.

GC: So something definitely has changed since last year?

JR: Yeah.

GC: Why can’t you do something about third parties as well? You force other standards on them, as we discussed.

JR: Would you rather the game was delayed six months?

GC: Yes. Or, I’d rather they gave it a realistic release date in the first place.

JR: Again, you’re expressing a personal opinion. There are many people who would be… who are quite happy to wait a small period of time while a patch downloads, rather than wait six months for the game to appear.

GC: But if you think it’s a bad thing for your games why don’t you think it’s a good thing to enforce for third party games? If you have strong opinions on save screens why don’t you have strong opinions on games working?

JR: You’ve got to be clear minded about the responsibilities of the publisher and the responsibilities of the platform holder. This is not some sort of nanny state and I don’t think anybody would want that to be the case. And if publisher X chooses to go down a road of persistent, massive day one patches then ultimately publisher X will reap the consequences of that.

GC: That’s always been my hope, but it doesn’t seem to be the case.

JR: Well, might that not be an indication that consumers are not that bothered by it?

GC: Well, you wouldn’t think it given how much they complain to me about it. And you seemed to think it was an issue worth addressing before the launch of the PS4. But okay, just to close…

JR: You always say that and then you ask five more questions!

GC: You just goaded me into carrying on!

JR: [laughs]

GC: Well, my last point is that you could see the Xbox One beginning to close the gap somewhat at the end of last year, at least in the US and UK. And I think many people feel that Sony has somewhat squandered its lead since launch. You’ve released no exclusives of note, you didn’t announce any more new retail games than seemed to be the bare minimum… if the reasons for your success are so intangible how can you hope to maintain your lead?

JR: PlayStation means different things to different people. For me, one of the great joys of my middle-aged life is sitting with my eight-year-old daughter playing Knack on a Saturday.

GC: Oh, had she been bad or something?

JR: [laughs] Well, that’s just your opinion coming through again! But on another morning it’ll be LittleBigPlanet, and millions of people think similarly.

GC: But in your dotage, when you look back at your whole career at Sony, are you really going to pick out Knack as a highlight? Will you be thinking fondly of anything that’s happened in the last year and a half?

JR: I won’t, but she might.

GC: You should’ve bought her a Wii U.

JR: [laughs]

GC: But you see my point? I don’t think anything you or Microsoft has done since the launch of your consoles has been in anyway notable, and that worries and frustrates me. When people are compiling best of generation lists in five years time this whole period is going to be completely ignored.

JR: I think time has to tell on that. You get so close to these things and you get so angry…

GC: Well I have to play them, if that’s what you mean.

JR: [laughs]

GC: At what point do you think – because as you know I was very impressed by Sony’s Gamescom conference last year – the PS4 will be at a point where I, and anyone with similar tastes, will be satisfied with what’s being released?

JR: I’m confident that we could have a meeting later on this year and you might not be quite so angry.

GC: [laughs] I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed. And I’m sure you understand what I’m frustrated about, and that there’s a reasonable percentage of other gamers that feel the same way.

JR: I understand completely. And I do absolutely get that you represent a reasonable point of view. And like I say, I’m hopeful that we can have a nice peaceful, calm chat at either E3 or Gamescom.

GC: Okay, well you could’ve said next year and that would’ve been fine. So you genuinely think it’ll be this year, with I guess Uncharted 4 as your lead?

JR: Yeah, yep.

GC: Well, I hope so. I hope so. OK, well I really will stop there, but you’ve been a great sport as always. I really appreciate your time.

JR: Not a problem, you know I always enjoy our little chats.

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Arsenal clear to seal Jackson Martinez transfer, Porto AGREE to sell

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Arsenal have got the green light to sign Jackson Martinez (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have been cleared to seal the signing of Jackson Martinez at the end of the season with Porto admitting that they’re ready to sell.

The Gunners were reported last week to have made Martinez their number one transfer priority for the summer, with Arsene Wenger seeing him as a ‘marquee signing’.

Porto have previously resisted a number of offers for their star man, but president Pinto da Costa says a deal is on the cards for the end of the season.

‘Jackson almost left last summer but we agreed he’d stay one more year,’ he revealed.

‘If somebody pays [his value] he will go.’

Arsenal are planning to offer £29.5million for Martinez, which should be enough to do business.

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Oscars 2015: Steve Carell definitely wins the award for dilf

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22:  Actor Steve Carell attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Steve Carell is a dilf apparently (Picture: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The Oscars 2015 has kicked off in a wet and windy LA, but although the outlook was pretty drab with the pouring rain, someone was hotting up the red carpet.

Steve Carell was the surprise red carpet eye candy of the night, sending Twitter’s heart all a flutter with his tuxedo-clad hunkiness.

While opinions were divided on Twitter on what the female stars were wearing,who’d got it right and who hadn’t, there was a collective agreement on Steve. Steve is now officially a dilf.

Lucky Mrs Carell.

Steve Carell, right, and Nancy Carell arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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From the snappy suit to the sexy glasses, viewers very much appreciated Steve’s appearance at the awards in LA.

He’s nominated for his role in Foxcatcher and is excited to be up for the prize.

Speaking on the red carpet he said: ‘All of this is very exciting, unanticipated. I did not see this coming and could not be happier.’

When asked if it was weird playing such a different and scary character, he said it was more like playing himself.

‘You should see me around the house, it’s as close to me in real life as any part I’ve ever played. It was challenging, I’m glad I did it.’

MORE: Channing Tatum reduced to tears in Cannes after Foxcatcher given standing ovation

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Manchester United flop Nani scores belter for Sporting Lisbon

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Former Manchester United winger Nani compounded the misery for Manchester United fans tonight, with a cracking 30 yard half-volley versus Gil Vicente, just a day after his old side suffered a 2-1 loss away at Swansea.

Nani, 28, rejoined Sporting Lisbon on loan last summer and, after several difficult years at Old Trafford, looks to be back to his devastating best this season, while United have been widely criticised for playing unexciting football.

After bagging only four league goals in his last three seasons at United, the Portuguese star has already netted eight times in all competitions for Sporting Lisbon in the campaign.

If he continues his current rich vein form, Louis Van Gaal could be persuaded to keep him at United when his loan spell expires at the end of the season.

The Old Trafford faithful will certainly hope this is the case if he can get them off their seats again with goals of this quality.

MORE: Manchester United drop interest in Juventus’ midfield ace Paul Pogba

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Manchester United flop Nani scores belter for Sporting Lisbon

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Former Manchester United winger Nani compounded the misery for Manchester United fans tonight, with a cracking 30 yard half-volley versus Gil Vicente, just a day after his old side suffered a 2-1 loss away at Swansea.

Nani, 28, rejoined Sporting Lisbon on loan last summer and, after several difficult years at Old Trafford, looks to be back to his devastating best this season, while United have been widely criticised for playing unexciting football.

After bagging only four league goals in his last three seasons at United, the Portuguese star has already netted eight times in all competitions for Sporting Lisbon in the campaign.

If he continues his current rich vein form, Louis Van Gaal could be persuaded to keep him at United when his loan spell expires at the end of the season.

The Old Trafford faithful will certainly hope this is the case if he can get them off their seats again with goals of this quality.

MORE: Manchester United drop interest in Juventus’ midfield ace Paul Pogba

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