Eric Steele, the former United goalkeeping coach, has revealed David De Gea’s career at Old Trafford didn’t get off to a flying start, due to the Spaniard’s “lazy” attitude towards learning English and to his penchant for eating “too many tacos”.
Steele is widely credited with being the figure who turned De Gea from a young, promising yet unreliable goalkeeper into one of the best shot-stopper in the world in the space of two years, after De Gea arrived from Atletico Madrid for £17.8m.
The morning after the day before, United find themselves three points clear of the relegation zone, having not scored a Premier League goal from open play since the opening day of the season and with an unfamiliar feeling borne out of some the abject performances offered in the first six weeks of the campaign.
David Moyes, however, pleaded the fans to stand by the team, underlining that the support the players receive from the fans will be crucial to overcome United’s worst start since 1989.
“There’ll be more days like last Sunday” said David Moyes during the week, as he illustrated the transition Manchester United are going through at this moment in time. Well, David, thanks for the reminder but you shouldn’t have bothered to press your point home so swiftly.
Today’s defeat against West Bromwich, United’s first at Old Trafford against the Baggies since 1978, won’t hurt as much as last Sunday’s derby shellacking but is, in many ways, much, much worse than the abject performance that led to capitulate against a side that lost to Aston Villa today.
Manchester United are set to revive their interest in Athletic Bilbao’s midfielder Ander Herrera, with club scouts due to monitor the 24-year-old in action this weekend, as David Moyes looks to make sure the January transfer window doesn’t bring the same disappointment United had to face at the beginning of the month.
Herrera was seemingly on the verge of signing for United on deadline day, but David Moyes’ reluctance to meet the £30.5m release clause and the intricate nature of Herrera’s contract with his current club ground the deal to a halt, before the whole negotiation culminated into a fiasco of epic proportions with three impostors in Bilbao acting on behalf United.
Jose Mourinho cried when Manchester United appointed David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor, according to a respected Spanish journalist.
In his new book, Prepare to Lose: the Mourinho Era, Diego Torres, a sport journalist for the popular El Pais newspaper, claims that the current Chelsea manager was so certain to be the man Sir Alex Ferguson would choose to replace him that he broke down in tears when he was told he had been overlooked.
David Moyes vowed to turn things around at Old Trafford after Manchester United got off to a rather unimpressive start to their league campaign this year, and Moyes believes the way his players responded in last night’s Capital One Cup against Liverpool was the first step towards redemption.
Having lost to Liverpool and drawn against Chelsea earlier this month, the manner of Sunday’s embarrassing defeat at the hands of Manchester City had piled pressure on the United manager, but Moyes revealed the criticism hadn’t hurt him, despite coming only five weeks into his first Premier League campaign in charge of the club.
If Sunday’s capitulation against Manchester City had been United’s lowest point for quite some time, more for the manner through which the defeat arrived than for the result itself, tonight was the perfect response as far as David Moyes was concerned.
Granted, United did not exactly play entertaining football and, at times, were pegged by Liverpool and perhaps a tad lucky to escape with a clean sheet but while Moyes’ could have rightly criticised his players’ performance on Sunday, the effort his players showed tonight can’t be faulted.
David Moyes has warned United fans that the club are in a transitional phase and that those thinking that Sunday’s derby day shellacking at the hands of Manchester City was a one-off occasion could be hugely disappointed.
The United manager told the Guardian that failing to adequately strengthen the squad over the summer has made the transition from Sir Alex Ferguson to him even more difficult and that it will take time to start seeing results.