Manchester United were handed a relatively group in today’s Champions League draw in Nyon, Switzerland. David Moyes’ first European campaign in charge of United will see them facing Shakthar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad.
The meetings against the Spanish and Ukranian sides will represent a first for United, while the trip to Leverkusen will evoke bad memories in many Reds, as United were knocked out in the Champions League semifinal by the Germans in 2002.
With the transfer window entering its final five days, Manchester United have been dealt a new blow as Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil has insisted he has no intention to leave the Spanish capital, meaning that David Moyes will have to look elsewhere if he is to bolster his midfield between here and September 2.
Ozil was thought to be open to a move away from the Bernabeu after doubts were casted over his position in the starting XI this summer, following the arrival of Spanish wonder-kid Isco from Malaga, while new Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti looks keen to resurrect the career of Brazilian playmaker Kaka.
They’re only rumours but TalkSport are reporting Leighton Baines has asked his club to allow him to leave thus paving the way for his dream move to Old Trafford.
The Everton fullback has up until now kept completely silent and been praised for his conduct while United attempted to lure him away. But, as the windows-end looms ever larger, it appears Baines has lost patience and changed his tactics.
With time now of the essence to finalise one or two of the ‘will-he won’t-he’ deals to finalise his squad for the season, events in Spain last night could offer David Moyes the opportunity to grab himself a last-minute bargain regardless of what develops with Wayne Rooney.
During Real Madrid’s fixture versus Grenada last night, Mesut Ozil trudged despondently down the tunnel signalling his dissatisfaction at the decision to substitute him.
Did this trigger the opportunity for Ozil to welcome offers from interested parties?
Today was a cagey and intelligent game of chess that played itself into an unfortunate but deserved draw. Despite the hard work and highly professional effort by Wayne Rooney United could not find that magical moment in the box that would break the deadlock and to be honest, both clubs were reduced to nothing more than half chances and hand ball let offs for Chelsea. Two blatant hand balls in the box were not called against Chelsea and that just seems typical considering I cannot remember the last time Chelsea have ever given up a hand ball penalty, especially to United. I’m sure they have but they never get their just punishment. Lampard’s handball especially was blatantly awful and unfortunately unjust. As for the match as a whole, let me call this segment the good, the bad and the ugly.
Dull affairs are a rare events at Old Trafford. Dull affairs involving United and Chelsea even more so but, despite all the hype that had preceded the fixture, tonight turned out to be the exception rather than the rule.
David Moyes’ home debut, Wayne Rooney playing in front of the fans he’s desperate to get away from against the side he’d love to join and Jose Mourinho’s return to the venue many thought could be his home turf had provided plenty of talking points ahead of kick off.
It’s time to write something from a lighter perspective and catch the tension before Monday’s epic encounter with Chelsea. I’m absolutely exhausted and frustrated talking about the transfer window so the upcoming clash of the titans is a welcome distraction and a chance to offer my two cents on and what I’m expecting to see.
I think this game has all kinds of possibilities but I also think both managers will approach the game with a lot of caution.
David Moyes has home advantage and the crowd in his favour while our form vs Swansea leaves many with much encouragement going into this game.
It’s an unusual place to be in when you’re sat laughing at some of the articles and comments posted by United fans who claim to be ‘sick’ and ‘angry’ about United’s summer business and about the standard of it’s current squad.
Since July 1st when David Moyes officially took control of the club, the positivity, support and backing he’s receiving from United fans has quickly ebbed away in some quarters. It’s embarrassing to hear many Reds talk so negatively about our chances of title success this season and more depressing to hear many judging Moyes on his performance in the transfer market over his performance with the current squad. This isn’t Fantasy Football or Football Manager you know, this is real life for David Moyes.