If I were the Gaffer I’d change everything. I am far from the pragmatic type and I generally throw caution to the wind. I believe in attractive attacking football and like Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona, I believe the best defence is an attacking team that loves a high percentage of the ball and who press high up the pitch and choke teams down and frustrate them with attacking foray after attacking foray and relentless possession. Oh once in a while you might get beat by a team that has talent and who can counter-attack, but that is why I demand a superior shot stopper and a world class back four.
SkySports are this morning reporting that Barcelona newboy – Neymar – wants Wayne Rooney to follow him to the Nou Camp.
Here’s the report which includes quotes from Neymar in which one of them he even (alledgedly) says Rooney is technically gifted!
Wayne Rooney has been encouraged to join Barcelona by Camp Nou new-boy Neymar as speculation continues to surround the future of the Manchester United striker.
Wayne Rooney might have been enjoying the atmosphere at Glastonbury Festival yesterday, but there’s likely to be a much somber mood when he sits down with David Moyes for their first meeting next week. The United striker is thought to have handed in a transfer request towards the end of last season, but reports suggest that the former Everton manager is keen to keep Rooney at Old Trafford.
Rooney monopolises the football pages on the Sunday papers, with the Mirror reporting that Arsenal have made a £20m offer for the United striker, who is still considered a prize asset by the United board, which made its position abundantly clear by declaring that Rooney was “not for sale”.
A United reserve player, currently on duty with England in the FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey, has tipped one of Sunday’s Egyptian opponents to shine and hinted he could be on his way to United.
Ramy Rabia plays his football in Cairo for Al Ahly and has already made full international appearances and, while proud to wear the colours of his hometown team, Rabia admittedly has a dream.
The 20-year-old has become infatuated by the English Premier League; by its history, its famous clubs and its fast, physical style of play that fits his own attributes to a tee.
With the Lions, Wimbledon and the British Grand Prix, football finds very little space on today’s back pages. The transfer rumours, however, are alive and kicking and, in the latest chapter of what has all the attributes of a possible saga, United are reportedly ready to increase their bid for Everton full-back Leighton Baines.
Having refused an initial offer of around £10m-£12m on Thursday night, Everton yesterday admitted the England international would be allowed to leave were United to meet Bill Kenwright’s economical demands. The response from Goodison Park led many Reds to wonder whether United really need to invest £20m on a left-back soon to be 29 and, therefore, not many years away from losing that all important extra yard of pace upon which full-backs build their careers.
With the news that Schalke CEO, Clemens Tonnies, has stressed that the Bundesliga side will not deny Julian Draxler a transfer to a club like Real Madrid or Chelsea if the opportunity arises it’s time David Moyes was coerced into making contact with the tremendously talented young German.
The U19 International recently admitted that it would be hard to reject one of Europe’s superpowers if they were to make a move for him and Tonnies has insisted that S04 are ready to open talks if a good offer comes in.
Now that I am back and raring to go, I feel my first article should ask the question all Manchester United fans have on their minds. Where do we go from here?
27 years of Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm has given all of us quite the ride and what seemed like a perpetual high. 38 trophies later and we all have to ask, where did all the years go? And will it now come to a screeching halt? Is David Moyes the answer and will the club continue to be the most popular and successful brand in world football?
Manchester United could still land Everton full-back Leighton Baines, but David Moyes has been told to significantly increase his bid for the England international. United had an initial £12m bid rejected by Everton late on Thursday evening as Everton chairman Bill Kenwright declared Baines was “not for sale at any price”.
Today’s newspapers, however, tell us a different story with reports that Everton are prepared to let their left-back go, but only for a price they consider satisfying. Newspapers being newspapers, the sum Everton would be happy to accept varies across different publication.