Following the well-established tradition that has characterised Liverpool managers for a couple of decades, Brendan Rodgers has chosen to prepare for tomorrow’s game by, unsurprisingly, talking about United and explain in detail the “dangers” the club are facing by missing out on a Champions League spot.
Rodgers is undoubtedly well aware of what it means to be left out of Europe’s top competition, for he’s never managed in the Champions League himself and Liverpool have missed out on a top four finish in the last four seasons and while there’s no denying that Liverpool have been superior this season, claiming missing out on the Champions League is dangerous is bit rich coming from him.
Robin Van Persie has dismissed speculations that he’s unhappy at Manchester United and that will leave the club in the summer, insisting instead that he’d be “delighted” to sign a new contract, to extend his stay at Old Trafford beyond the two years remaining on his current deal.
Like for everybody else connected with United, this season has been a troublesome one for RVP. The focal point of United’s attack last season and the catalyst for Sir Alex Ferguson’s last league title, the Dutchman has suffered a couple of injuries this season that have limited his appearances on the pitch and was happy to criticise his team-mates after the defeat against Olympiacos in Athens.
Marouane Fellaini has asked Manchester United to give David Moyes time, insisting that the United manager will turn things around despite a horrible first season at Old Trafford.
Fellaini himself has endured a troubled first campaign at United, after arriving from Everton on deadline day last summer for £27m, but the Belgian midfielder has stated he’s determined to repay the faith Moyes has shown in him and is desperate to help his manager and the club out of the difficult situation they’ve found themselves in throughout the season.
Javier Hernandez’s agent has dismissed rumours that wanted the Mexican striker linked with a move to Inter Milan in the summer, claiming that he has not been approached by any club and that Chicharito is likely to remain at Old Trafford for the foreseeable future.
Hernandez has been on the fringe of David Moyes’ squad this season, yet he’s still managed to find the net 10 times in 17 appearances in all competitions even though he’s only started only four Premier League games during Moyes’ inaugural campaign at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney has admitted he’d love to captain Manchester United and England and has revealed he’s been helping United youngsters this season as they work on their game, with Adnan Januzaj being one of the players who have put in extra work with Rooney.
While he might be as far from the stereotype of ideal role model as his agent is from acting in a transparent manner, Rooney is the overwhelming favourite to replace Nemanja Vidic as club captain at the end of the season, once the Serbian defender leaves for Inter Milan, while captaining England remains firmly in Rooney’s sight.
The American firm Baron Capital has bought 24% of all the shares Manchester United have made available on the New York Stock Exchange and now own almost a quarter of the shares the Glazers released on the NYSE in 2012 which, unfortunately, only represents 2.5% of the club, meaning Malc and his cronies remain in full control of the club.
The Glazers released 10% of the club onto the stock market 18 months ago and Baron Capital’s share purchase is believed to be motivated by the prospect of United remaining an alluring long-term investment, particularly after the club’s announcement of a new deal with Nike, which will pour £600m into United’s coffers over the next decade.
Manchester United are set to confirm Nike as their kit sponsor in a deal that will dwarf the current one and pour over £60m-a-year in the club’s coffers over the next decade, by when United will have had Nike as kit manufacturer for 23 seasons.
United’s current deal with the American sports apparel giant is set to expire at the end of the season and Nike’s rivals such as Adidas, Puma and Warrior were reportedly keen to win the battle to see their logo on United’s shirts from next season, but Nike have offered United the chance to sign a world-record deal worth over £600m over the next 10 years.
Bryan Robson, Steve Bruce, Roy Keane and Gary Neville. They are all former Manchester United captains. Any one of them would take a rocketing ball to the head if it resulted in a United win, any one of them would play in any position required if it helped the team and any one of them would gladly take a pay cut if it lengthened their stay at their club Manchester United.
They all played for the club’s badge, with pride and honour and would fight tooth and nail to help ensure its success. In doing this they produced some truly mesmerizing performances, such as Roy Keane’s performance vs Juventus in the 1999 UCL Semi-Final. Not only were they fantastic footballers, they were also leaders, on and off the pitch, who could single-handedly motivate the whole team by leading through example, and carry them through the most grueling of matches.