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 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.
Everton have reportedly rejected a bid from Manchester United for full-back Leighton Baines and insist the England international is not for sale at any price.
Questions have been raised over whether new United manager David Moyes will raid his former club of its brightest talents, with Baines and central midfielder Marouane Fellaini both linked with reuniting with Moyes at Old Trafford.
However, the Merseyside outfit are adamant they will not allow one of their prize assets to leave and are not prepared to negotiate with the Premier League champions.
In December 1971, United Reserve player, Kevin Lewis, was given a 5 match ban for attacking a referee, Lewis never played for United again.
That’s one of hundreds of useful snippets and stories to be found in a recently acquired book called ‘The Man Utd Miscellany’ by Andy Mitten.
If you’ve never read it or, like me, never knew it existed until now, then I assure you it’s well worth the three quid you can pick it up for on eBay.
Pretend you’re the manager of Manchester United for a minute (shouldn’t be hard for most of you who do that every day anyway!!).
The chairman comes to you and says “you can do a straight swap using ONE player from the current first team squad with ONE FELLOW PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYER playing in THE SAME POSITION”
If it were me……..
A product of The White Lady’s youth system, Claudio Marchisio is to Juventus what Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are to Manchester United.
A one-club-man since his teens (bar a season on loan), Marchisio has admitted to being “proud” at reports linking him with United.
Although he clearly states that “I have not heard from anyone at Manchester United” the tone of his interview with Gazzetta dello Sport indicates the idea of such a move would be one he would be very keen on.
Recently we reported that Monaco midfielder Nampalys Mendy was a target for United.
Described as the ‘next Makelele’ the option of acquiring him on a free transfer looked a clever one. However, neither club nor player, or even agent for that matter, had commented on the rumours; until now.
Manchester United have signed 20-year-old Uruguayan, Guillermo Varela, on a five year contract after agreeing a deal with the defender’s former club Penarol last week.
Varela will represent his country later this month at the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey before joining up with his new team mates.
Varela represents the first signing of the Moyes era at Old Trafford after he took over from Sir Alex Ferguson who retired at the end of last season.