Bad Math Gets a Pass When It’s Naturalistic

first_img“Now we know our place in the universe,” gloated Ohio State University astronomer Scott Gaudi, who told the science press that 15% of solar systems in the universe are like ours.  “Solar systems like our own are not rare, but we’re not in the majority, either.”  His calculation was based on how many relatively earthlike systems?  Just one.  And how earthlike was it?  It was a system with two gas giants around it that were not too close to the star.  That’s all.  But what did he compare that one to?  Based on his own models, he expected to find six.  One out of six is 16.7%, close enough to 15% for a low enough sample, though the error bars were not mentioned.    So out of a sample space of quadrillions of possible planet systems in the universe, this was the basis for Gaudi saying that we “now know” something – not just how many stars might have two gas giants, nor just how many stars might possibly allow an earth-orbit planet to avoid destruction, nor just the remote outside possibility that an earthlike planet might actually exist in the inner orbit clear of massive planets, nor just whether such a planet, if it exists, might be habitable, nor whether if that planet is habitable it would have sentient beings, – but something much grander: “our place in the universe.”    None of the science press, like PhysOrg, Science Daily, or Space.com, had any problem with Gaudi’s reasoning.  They seemed to think it was kind of cool.  In fact, Andrea Thompson at Space.com joined the bandwagon and headlined, “Plenty of Solar Systems Like Ours Expected.”    Gaudi hedged his comments with the proviso, “While it is true that this initial determination is based on just one solar system and our final number could change a lot, this study shows that we can begin to make this measurement with the experiments we are doing today.”  Nevertheless, he was prepared to present his calculation to the American Astronomical Society.    For some reason, this was not criticized on the Bad Astronomy blog, although a few of the readers at Space.com had problems with it: “A sample size of 1 to determine probability numbers of the universe?” one wrote.  “I think Gaudi is announcing his results much too early, and by doing this only takes away credibility from his study.”  Another opined, “It is way to [sic] early to be making these kinds of statements.  We have too little data to even speculate.  It is this kind of junk science that gets the scientific community into trouble.”Maybe this story explains why their project is named MicroFUN.  Since this kind of FUN statistical analysis is now an accepted scientific practice, it seems reasonable for the next Republican presidential candidate to claim victory in the next election when she gets her first vote.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Space science thriving in South Africa

first_imgSumbandilaSat has already proven to begood value for money, and has capturedover 1 250 images of earth.(Image: SunSpace)Dr Sandile Malinga, Sansa’s CEO, said thatthe South African space agency wouldpromote the peaceful use of space forthe benefit of all.(Image: Janine Erasmus)An image of Cape Town, covering an areaof 17km x 19.6km, which was captured bySumbandilaSat in 2010.(Image: Sumbandila mission blog)MEDIA CONTACTS • Anacletta KolokoProject coordinator, South African Agencyfor Science and Technology Advancement+27 12 392 9338RELATED ARTICLES• Blast-off for space weather centre• SA company selling tickets to space• SA space agency to launch soon• SA’s aerospace inductry takes off• New Dawn satellite now in orbitJanine ErasmusSouth Africa’s space industry is thriving – this is the message relayed to the public by professionals in the sector at a recent media briefing in Cape Town.The event also commemorated humankind’s first foray into space 50 years ago, when Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin spent 108 minutes looking at a view of the earth that nobody had experienced before. At a general assembly earlier in 2011, the UN declared 12 April as the International Day of Human Space Flight.The milestone was celebrated around the world, including South Africa, where experts in the local space industry came together in the Mother City to discuss the latest developments and current status.To mark the anniversary, Russian cosmonaut Valery Tokarev visited South Africa as a guest of the newly launched South African National Space Agency (Sansa).A former space commander and Red Army test pilot, Tokarev addressed several institutions during his tour of the country, including Pretoria’s Innovation Hub and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), which runs a flourishing satellite programme.Investing in space science“Can our government afford not to invest in space science?” said Sias Mostert, CEO of Space Commercial Services, opening the media briefing in Cape Town.Mostert revealed that the country had already invested billions in this field over the last three decades, and had been willing to do so because space science answers questions that are important to human existence.“Space science has improved the lives of South Africans through applications such as GPS. It’s enabled us to have a better standard of living at lower cost, and it’s helped us to increase productivity so that we can earn better wages,” he said. “It also helps us to better understand our natural environment.”South Africa is collaborating with Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt and Algeria, in an initiative known as the African Resource Management Constellation, to launch a fleet of satellites that will help African nations to more effectively manage their natural resources, and better monitor disasters. The latter three nations also have space agencies.“A satellite is a powerful way for a country to show its global status,” said Mostert, “as it makes a strong geo-political statement.”Advances in local earth observationSouth Africa’s first satellite was called Sunsat, and was built as a Stellenbosch University postgraduate project. The 64kg device launched in 1999 aboard a Nasa vehicle.The same team, which was soon to evolve into satellite solutions provider SunSpace, then built another, bigger satellite and followed this achievement with a third device, the successful earth observation satellite SumbandilaSat.SumbandilaSat, which took only 12 months to build, launched in September 2009 aboard a Soyuz 2.1b rocket from Baikonur in Kazakhstan. Contrary to media reports, it’s already proved its worth in the field of earth observation.According to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the satellite – whose name means “clear the way” or “pathfinder” in Tshivenda – recently produced five high-resolution images of the south-western Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, as well as the nearby community of Bushbuckridge.The CSIR team stated that had they bought the images, which are related to CSIR and South African National Parks research projects, they would have paid upwards of R40 000 (US$5 800) per image to an international supplier. However, SumbandilaSat is able to provide local users with the images they need at no cost.The 81kg satellite has taken more than 1 250 images of locations around the world, all at a good resolution of 6.25 metres per pixel and an area of 300 square kilometres per image, from its low-earth orbital height of around 500km.While this imaging capacity is not as great as other bigger and more expensive commercial satellites, SumbandilaSat is still expected to make a huge contribution to earth observation in South Africa.The device is advancing sectors such as communication, navigation and defence. Its images can be applied to the detection of illegal mining activity, reconnaisance of the country’s borders, monitoring of land degradation, calculation of the extent of land used for agricultural purposes, and more.Interested parties may request Sumbandila images from Sansa’s earth observation data catalogue.Using space for peaceful purposesSansa, which officially started operations at the beginning of April 2011, has the aim of promoting the peaceful use of outer space, as well as furthering South Africa’s national space strategy.Sansa’s CEO Sandile Malinga, speaking at the briefing, said that the agency is to focus on building international partnerships; stimulating the economy; developing relevant skills and technology; and using space for the benefit of citizens.“Developing countries also need a space agency,” said Malinga, “because space science and technology has a broad impact on our activities. In South Africa we’ll use data for environment and natural resource monitoring and management, which will help with urban and rural planning, and economic development.”Sansa is planning a successor to Sumbandila, but the organisation is still waiting for a firm funding commitment – although, said Malinga, an agreement has been reached in principle.The new device will capture images at 2.5 metres per pixel, a much higher resolution than that offered by Sumbandila.“It will be an improvement on Sumbandila,” said Malinga, “which has completed over 6 000 orbits and given us great value for money”.African space science hubResearch physicist Lee-Anne McKinnell of Sansa Space Science (SSS) – formerly known as the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory – said that SSS aimed to be a hub for earth-space science and technological services in Africa by 2015.“We’re in a geographically advantageous position,” she said, “located in the South Atlantic anomaly”.This is the name of the area where the earth’s inner Van Allen radiation belt – a band of energetic charged particles, or plasma, which runs around the planet and is held in place by its magnetic field – comes closest to the earth’s surface.SSS keeps an eye on eruptions from the sun, and also monitors fluctuations in the earth’s magnetic field. It has been designated as the regional warning centre for space weather, one of 13 around the world, for the African continent. Part of its function is to carry out near-real-time monitoring of space weather and the resultant impact on biological organisms and electronic devices.“This is the only place in South Africa where we measure the earth’s magnetic field,” said McKinnell. “Hermanus is a clean environment in magnetic terms. There are no disturbances such as an electric rail system, which would interfere with our measurements.”SSS also offers technological services to the defence and aerospace industries, such as the maintenance and accurate calibration of landing compasses for aircraft, which are all required to have a manual compass on board in case electronics systems fail.Developing specialised skills for SA’s space industryAt the Cape Peninsula University of Technology a micro-satellite programme is in full swing under the guidance of CPUT Satellite Systems lecturer Francois Visser, also a speaker at the briefing.The satellite development programme operates from the French South African Technology Institute (F’SATI), a graduate school for engineers and communication specialists.One of the goals of the programme, which is funded by the Department of Science and Technology through the National Research Foundation, is to rapidly develop specialised skills to support South Africa’s growing space industry.Full-time students will graduate in 24 months with a masters degree or doctorate, while part-timers will need at least three years to complete their studies. Tuition is offered through agreements with partner institutions in France, including the universities of Paris-Est Créteil and Versailles Saint-Quentin.Using the innovative Cubesat technology, F’SATI students are currently building two satellites. Cubesat is a modular system that is used throughout the world, with over 40 Cubesats circling the earth to date.“We’re building a 3U and a 1U satellite,” said Visser, referring to the building blocks of 10x10x10cm that make up each Cubesat unit. A 3U satellite will therefore have dimensions of 10x10x30cm.“It weighs about four kilos and is the size of a loaf of bread,” said Visser. “We hope to finish the prototype by October 2011 and have it ready for launch, most likely on an Indian vehicle, in the first quarter of 2012 with a science payload.”The payload will include an earth imaging camera; a radio frequency beacon to calibrate the radar antenna patterns at the SSS’s Antarctica base; and other radio experiments.Visser described the project as a simple mission that will give all the students valuable experience in satellite mission development and operation. The team plans to demonstrate the satellite at the upcoming International Astronautical Congress, taking place in Cape Town in October 2011.last_img read more

Triple-double magic from Russell Westbrook leads Thunder past Grizzlies

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LeBron James picks Kevin Durant first for NBA All-Star game US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Paul George scored 27 points and Jerami Grant added 20 for Oklahoma City, which has won nine of 10.Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 27 points, Bruno Caboclo had 16 and Conley added 15 points and seven assists for Memphis.There were only 10 players in uniform for the Grizzlies, and eight played. Even with that, Memphis led 53-51 at halftime before the Thunder found their groove.Oklahoma City center Steven Adams stole the ball and drove nearly the length of the floor for a layup to put the Thunder ahead 57-55. Adams was scoreless in the first half, but he had nine points in the third quarter to help Oklahoma City take an 83-72 lead. The Thunder scored the first 11 points of the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.“I think we just got a hold of their personnel,” George said. “Outside of Conley and Jackson, it’s not many guys who can make plays.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots in front of Memphis Grizzlies forward Justin Holiday (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY— The Thunder got a familiar performance from Russell Westbrook while the Memphis Grizzlies struggled to get used to playing without Marc Gasol.Westbrook had his eighth straight triple-double, and Oklahoma City rolled past the trade-depleted Grizzlies 117-95 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Westbrook finished with 15 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds. He now has the longest triple-double streak of his career and is one short of Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA record of nine straight set in 1968.Meanwhile, the Grizzlies were reeling from the news that Gasol was traded to the Toronto Raptors for three players. The Grizzlies also announced Thursday that they sent JaMychal Green and Garrett Temple to the Los Angeles Clippers for Avery Bradley, and Shelvin Mack to Atlanta for Tyler Dorsey.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe loss of Gasol hit the hardest. He had played his entire 11-year career with the Grizzlies.“You kind of try to prepare yourself as best you can, knowing that there’s a possibility that Marc might not be with us come the trade deadline,” Memphis point guard Mike Conley said. “You think you’ve kind of figured it out and you’re ready for it, but when it happens, it’s a completely different locker room. It’s a completely different feel. You get out there to play and you’re bringing the guys in the huddle and there’s no Marc.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grizzlies: Host the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.Thunder: Visit the Houston Rockets on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the Grizzlies tried to pull themselves together and make the best of their situation.“I think we ran out of gas a little bit,” he said. “Give them (the Thunder) credit. Don’t take anything away from what they did. But they ramped it up. They understood coming into the game the situation that we were under. Our guys competed. They gave it what they had. At the end of the day, they were just too much for us tonight.”TIP-INSGrizzlies: Fell behind 7-0 to start the game. … C Ivan Rabb started for the second time this season. He had 15 points and nine rebounds. … Bickerstaff was called for a technical in the second quarter.Thunder: George and Westbrook will play together on Team Giannis at the All-Star Game. Westbrook was traded from Team LeBron for Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons. … G Alex Abrines missed the game for personal reasons. … Westbrook has 21 triple-doubles this season and 125 in his career. … Donte Grantham, a rookie forward from Clemson, got his first action with the Thunder. He missed one shot in 1:34.STAT LINESGeorge failed to score at least 30 points after doing it for five straight games. He still shot 6 for 13 from 3-point range and made all seven of his free-throw attempts.HE SAID ITThunder guard Terrance Ferguson on continuing to shoot 3-pointers after a rough first half: “Russ (Westbrook) told me he was going to beat me up if I stopped shooting, so I had to keep shooting.”UP NEXT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Minerva Punjab moves court after AIFF goes ahead with I-League game in Srinagar

first_imgDefending champions Minerva Punjab FC Monday moved Delhi Hight Court after the All India Football Federation (AIFF) refused to relocate their I-League match in Srinagar in the wake of the Pulwama terrorist attack.Claiming that they were not given the written security assurances they sought, Minerva Punjab did not travel to the Jammu and Kashmir’s capital for the game, even as the host team players turned up at the TRC Turf Ground in their jerseys.Interestingly, the AIFF has not declared the match as forfeiture till now. According to FIFA guidelines, in the event of a forfeiture, full points are awarded to the team turning up for the game.”We have filed a writ petition in the Delhi High Court, seeking relief so that we are not forced to play in Srinagar at this volatile time,” Minerva Punjab FC owner Ranjit Bajaj told PTI.”Even today there was a 12-hour encounter where four Armymen have been martyred. And they are saying ‘come and play football here’. Unless the court intervenes, we are not expecting natural justice.”In a statement, I-League CEO Sunando Dhar said, “The local security authorities in Srinagar have given a go ahead to hold the match. The AlFF has assured of all the necessary arrangements for players and officials by the local authority.”He added that the “whole security arrangement of the players from the airport to the team hotel and from travelling from the hotel to the ground and return, everything was taken care of.”The fate of the February 28 match between East Bengal and Real Kashmir, scheduled to be played in Srinagar, has also come under the cloud.advertisementReal Kashmir FC co-founders Sandeep Chattoo and Shamim Meraj expressed disappointment that the match did not take place.”It’s very unfortunate that the match could not take place today at TRC, we had made all the necessary arrangements for the visiting team and had got the local authorities supporting us. Despite apprehensions, a lot of locals turned up for the match.”On Thursday, at least 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers were killed while several others injured in what is being termed as the deadliest terrorist strike in three decades in Jammu and Kashmir.Also Read | Srinagar not the place to play football right now: Minerva boss responds to Real KashmirAlso Read | What a shame Minerva Punjab did not turn up for I-League match, say Real Kashmir FCAlso Read | Minerva Punjab likely to face action after no-show in Srinagar for Real Kashmir tielast_img read more

10 months agoEx-Arsenal striker Smith: Cahill not the signing Emery needs

first_imgEx-Arsenal striker Smith: Cahill not the signing Emery needsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal striker Alan Smith says they should ignore the chance of signing Chelsea captain Gary Cahill.Cahill was heavily linked with the Gunners before he signed for Chelsea from Bolton in January 2012.“Arsenal should have signed Gary Cahill before he went to Chelsea,” Smith told the Daily Express.“He spoke and had a meeting with Arsene Wenger and it didn’t happen.“But he went on to become a fine, fine defender.“Now you’d be signing somebody who’s in his latter years and is not at his peak.“I don’t see that as a goer.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoTraore thinks Wolves have advantage over Braga

first_imgTraore thinks Wolves have advantage over Bragaby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Adama Traore says the club have the edge over Braga ahead of their Europa League clash on Thursday.The Premier League club have a massive Portuguese contingent, including coach Nuno Espirito Santo.And Traore thinks the knowledge of Portuguese football will work in Wolves’ favour.He said: “The coach comes from Portuguese football and so do many of our players.”We know about Portuguese football, we know the Portuguese culture.”They know the players and the league, and they have played teams like Braga many times before.”We will accept any help we can as we attempt to keep moving forward to become a better team.”It has to help that we know so much about them and they don’t know so much about us.”It’s the same for me if I play a Spanish team – I come from there and I know their mentality.”That has to help if you know the mentality of your opponent, and how he wants to play.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Adam Silver Rides A Bear And Five Other Perfect Ideas For Fixing

Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed 4.) Bruce from Maryland suggests:The first 10 picks are assigned by placement in an essay contest for basketball fans in ~4th grade to ~8th grade. 500 words or less on an appropriate subject (not necessarily sports related) that would be announced at the All-Star break. All teams eligible, regardless of standings. The rest of the picks are in the order of finish from worst to first.The kids send their essay to a judging panel along with which team they would like to have the draft pick if they win (so no team gets more than one of the picks). The chosen 10 kids are invited to the draft order revealing show that replaces the lottery show, and they all have envelopes revealing their favorite team (not necessarily by geography). They are all called up in reverse order of finish, which they do not know at the time, and reveal the team they chose.I’m still unsure whether this is an earnest proposal or not. I choose to believe that it is. This would be wonderful. That’s the only con I can think of, too. Seeing Daryl Morey on a trampoline would be pretty fun. 3.) Adam from Madison, Wisconsin, suggests:If you miss the playoffs 10 years in a row your team moves to Seattle. 76ers fans would definitely start getting nervous after about year 5. Forces teams to attempt to be good or at least plan on being good quickly. Oh, man, I hope Seattle gets a team back sooner than this. But I like the idea of fans in the Emerald City actively rooting for a random team to be awful. 5.) Dave from Toledo, Ohio, suggests: Get rid of the draft. Actually, get rid of the NBA. Boom. No more tanking.It’s been right in front of us this whole time! For the last 10 days, our sports podcast, “Hot Takedown,” has been running a crowdsourcing project, soliciting ideas for ways to change the NBA draft and prevent teams from deliberately tanking their seasons in pursuit of better picks. Almost 7,000 people have submitted their ideas thus far, and I am slowly working my way through them. It’s pretty intense.We’ll announce our winner on next week’s podcast — a winner chosen from among the many very serious and thoughtful proposals. This is not an article about those. This is an article about our six favorite weird ideas.The proposals, in reverse order of how much we like them: 6.) Aaron from Spokane, Washington, suggests:To fix the tanking problem, I propose a system where the GM of every NBA team participates in a round-robin HORSE tournament. The GM with the most wins gets the first selection in the draft, followed by the GM with the second most wins, and so on. If more than one GM finishes the tournament with the same score, the tie will be broken by a trampoline dunk contest judged by Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.Pros:Removing the teams’ regular season performances from the equation eliminates tanking.GMs would have an incentive to become ballers. Also, there would be a great incentive for former players to become GMs.Whoever picked up the TV rights to this event would enjoy a ratings bonanza. Cons:Larry Bird and Magic Johnson might be busy. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. 2.) Andrew from Sarasota Springs, Florida, suggests:The bottom three teams would be relegated to English League 2 Football where they would have to play a year of soccer in towns like Accrington and Morecambe. Upon their return from a year in the (lovely) English wilderness, they would be guaranteed picks 1-3 based on their finishing order in League 2.Pros: hilarity of seeing NBA players play soccer; more media attention for League 2 matches; arguably players would gain new forms of fitness and stamina; Carmelo Anthony adopting an affected English accent; more demand for Brazilian players in trades.Cons: may stunt development of early career players; Maroon 5, Keith Urban, and Billy Joel would each need to play approximately 75 more stadium shows a year to make up lost revenue. Andrew has thought it all through perfectly. 1.) Bob in New Orleans, Louisiana, suggests:Each team is required to bring a fish to the lottery ceremony. Each one has to be a different species (salmon, tuna, etc), and release it into a pool. Then, Adam Silver will ride a bear into the pool, and the fish that the bear eats first wins the lottery. If the bear eats Adam Silver, then it goes by worst-record first.I would watch what should be called The Tank Tank in an instant. It’s simple, it’s elegant, it has a hint of danger. Bob doesn’t even mention that some bears would be ravenous, having recently emerged from hibernation. But has he really considered all the implications? What kind of bear? Who gets what fish? Do teams get to select or is it randomly assigned? If Silver is riding a grizzly, the team with the river salmon would have a much better chance of winning. But if your team is represented by an Arctic char or fourhorn sculpin, everyone knows you’ll want Silver to be riding a polar bear.Keep listening to “Hot Takedown” for updates, and next week we will announce our (real) winner! By Jody Avirgan read more

Fabinho I wasnt close to United move

first_imgLiverpool’s new signing Fabinho has revealed he was never close to joining Manchester United.The 24-year-old, Brazilian midfielder who spoke of his desire to play at Old Trafford for United last summer, confirmed he had minor talks with Man Utd but that no concrete offer was made for him.Fabinho who signed for Jurgen Klopp’s men for a fee around £42.3 million while speaking FourFourTwo magazine says:“I was never close to signing for Manchester United.”“I heard things about it but the truth is, it was never a strong possibility.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I won’t deny there were a few conversations about my situation with Monaco, but there was an official offer from United.”The former Real Madrid man is familiar with current Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho, who gave him his Madrid debut towards the end of the 2012-13 season in a 6-2 victory over Malaga.The Brazilian midfielder who can also play as a right full-back had no qualms about joining Liverpool.“As soon as they told me they wanted me here at Anfield, it was an easy decision. Every player wants to play for clubs with massive history and success,” he added.last_img read more

Report United join Willian race

first_imgManchester United has joined the race to secure Willian transfer after Brazil’s exit from the World Cup, according to The Sun.The winger is also a subject of interest from Barcelona and the Spanish club saw a transfer bid for the player rejected by Chelsea.The Brazilian is believed to be the number one target of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and the former English champions are hoping to pip Barcelona to his signature.The duo worked together at Chelsea after Jose signed Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala in the summer of 2013.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Willian is reportedly considering his future at Stamford Bridge and the understanding is the winger will decide to leave should Antonio Conte remain as Chelsea manager.Willian, 29, was one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise lacklustre showing by Brazil at the World Cup in Russia. Tite’s men were sent home following a 2-1 quarterfinal loss to Belgium.Should he join United, he’ll become the second Brazilian signing of the summer for the Carrington based team.last_img read more