In football, it’s not unheard of fans writing to their club. Whether to request a ticket, to have their name flashed across the big screen on their birthday or simply to vent their anger and frustration, in the past many fans have wrote letters and sent emails addressed to the club they support.
Obviously clubs do their fair bit of correspondence too, but their letters and emails are normally aimed at advertising the latest merchandise product or to inform fans about ticket availability. United, however, have taken the rather pioneering step of writing to the fans to defend their business in the transfer window.
Manchester United kick off their Champions League campaign against Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford this evening, the first time United enter the competition with a different manager other than Sir Alex Ferguson.
The game also marks David Moyes’ debut in the competition proper, as the former Everton manager’s only previous experience in the competition dates back to the 2005-06 season when the Toffees were knocked out in the third qualifying round by Villareal, who would then go on to reach the semifinals that season.
David Moyes has claimed that Wayne Rooney should set himself a target of around 30 goals per season and that he believes Rooney and Robin Van Persie could develop into a fearsome partnership, now that the England striker is seemingly on his way to redemption, after agitating for a move away from the club throughout the summer.
Rooney, who made an unexpected return to action against Crystal Palace on Saturday, opened his account against the South Londoners on the weekend with a brilliant free-kick and provided two assists in United’s first league game of the season away at Swansea, a respectable start to the campaign.
Manchester United host Crystal Palace in today’s early kick-off looking to get their Premier League campaign back on track, after picking up only a point from the last two games and having failed to score in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since August 2007.
Having failed to significantly bolster their squad this summer, with the exception of Marouane Fellaini, and with the Manchester derby looming large on the horizon, David Moyes knows United can’t afford to slip up at home against newly promoted Palace, who boasted a rather unimpressive away record in the Championship last season, as they picked up 25 points from 23 games on the road.
Sir Alex Ferguson has explained his managerial blueprint, highlighting the factors that are crucial to succeed in football but has admitted that the conditions he found during his 26 years are extremely difficult to replicate and, in all likelihood, they never will.
In a series of interviews with the Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse, the former United manager stressed the importance of setting high standards within the club, from its personnel, to the players’ behaviour on and off the pitch, to ensure the club remains competitive.
Manchester United are expected to make a deadline-day move for FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez.
Martinez scored 26 goals in 30 league games for the Portuguese outfit last season, catching the attention of several top European clubs in the process.
A Colombia international, Martinez is delaying on signing a new contract with Porto as he is believed to be keen on a move abroad.
It was the news many knew was coming but nobody wanted to hear. After spending the summer chasing unrealistic, and probably ill-advised targets, David Moyes has admitted that United might not sign anybody between now and the end of transfer window.
“There is no pressure to do it. I have an idea of where I’d like to strengthen. If the right players are available, then great, but there is a possibility nothing may happen,” said the United manager today.
Just when one thought Ed Woodward was a mythological figure borne out of the fantasy of some over zealous fans and sold to the media as United’s chief executive, it turns out that Woodward does indeed exist.
However, the United chief executive has been unable to complete any transfers because his time has been spent writing letters to other Premier League clubs, it seems. Having written to Everton to apologise for the way United handled the appointment of David Moyes, Woodward has sent another letter, this time to Chelsea.