Jan 25 2014

Mata can be United’s Special Juan

Tag: Random Rant,Transfer Stories @ 3:07 pm

Juan MataJuan Mata’s transfer from Chelsea to Manchester United has been met with a mixed reaction, somewhat surprisingly. A substantial proportion of United fans are more than a little skeptical about the move, citing the hefty reported transfer fee of £37million and more pressing concerns in other areas of the side. However, David Moyes has been presented with the rare opportunity to purchase a world-class operator in the mid-season window and has rightly taken it.

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Jan 25 2014

Rooney set for new deal

Tag: Manchester United News @ 10:12 am

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailFrom August up until yesterday, pretty much everything involving Manchester United was bad news – abysmal results on the pitch, disgruntled players suffering injuries, disillusioned fans doubting the wisdom of appointing David Moyes as replacement Sir Alex Ferguson and, more crucially, players wanting to leave the club.

The last couple of days, however, seem to have signalled the start of a turnaround as far as the club’s fortunes off the pitch are considered, with the announcement of Juan Mata’s arrival followed by the news that Wayne Rooney is intentioned to extend his contract at Old Trafford.

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Jan 25 2014

United confirm Mata signing

Tag: Transfer Stories @ 9:49 am

1169445-21050957-640-360The news we had been waiting for, finally began to filter last night, as first just a couple of sources, then the whole media outlet confirmed that, yes, Juan Mata will be a Manchester United signing, the second time in 18 months that United secure one of their rivals’ best player of the season, having already done so with RVP.

The Spaniard arrives at Old Trafford with a club record price-tag on his back, the deal to take Mata to United thought to be worth in the region of £40m, thus dwarfing the £30.75m United shelled out for Dimitar Berbatov on deadline day in August 2008, a sign of times, perhaps.

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Jan 24 2014

Why are Arsenal and City bothered about United signing Mata?

Tag: Opinion Piece @ 5:40 pm

Arsène WengerFootball is a very strange sport, peculiar even.

Unlike other sports such as rugby, where the opponent is always completely and thoroughly respected, or others, such as boxing, where nothing is more satisfying for a fighter than to see his counterpart fall to the canvas, one of the many unwritten rule of the beautiful game is that superiority is best achieved by mean of silence.

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Jan 24 2014

Robbo: “It’s all up to Moyes”

Tag: Manchester United News @ 2:28 pm

bryan-robson-500x262Bryan Robson has insisted Sir Alex Ferguson’s presence at Old Trafford at away games this season has nothing to do with Manchester United’s dismal season and while admitting that United’s form is cause for concern, Robson maintained that David Moyes remains the right man to the club forward.

With United 14 points adrift of Arsenal in the Premier League, out of the FA Cup and denied a spot in the Capital One Cup final after Wednesday’s defeat on penalties against Sunderland, pressure on Moyes is mounting to deliver results, with many claiming that Sir Alex’s decision to attend games at home and away has had a destabilising effect on an environment already made precarious by his retirement.

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Jan 24 2014

Kagawa going nowhere

Tag: Manchester United News @ 12:50 pm

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailShinji Kagawa will remain a Manchester United for the foreseeable future despite Juan Mata’s imminent arrival, claims Thomas Kroth, the former Dortmund player’s agent.

Kagawa has yet again struggled to make a decisive impact on his United career, having started only 12 games between Premier League and Champions League this season without registering neither a goal nor an assist so far and only showing glimpses of his talent, such as in the 5-0 win away at Leverkusen.

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Jan 24 2014

United in Serie A midfielder swap?

Tag: Manchester United News @ 10:59 am

Fredy-Guarin-Inter1If there’s a man who epitomises Manchester United’s fall from grace this season, that’s Michael Carrick. The Geordie midfielder hasn’t performed particularly bad this season – certainly not when compared to some of his teammates – and even though he hasn’t reached the stellar standards he achieved last campaign, he’s had a positive influence on United’s midfield.

Carrick, however, symbolises the catastrophic bad luck United have endured with injuries this season, for having just returned from a six-week absence following surgery on his Achilles tendon, the 32-year-old will now miss up to a month after picking up an ankle injury in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semifinal against Sunderland.

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Jan 24 2014

Moyes’ future “not worthy of a debate”

Tag: Manchester United News @ 7:55 am

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailDavid Moyes has been assured that his job remains safe, despite United’s dismal season plummeting to new lows on Wednesday, as United crashed out of the Capital One Cup after a spineless and shambolic performance.

With the FA Cup and the Premier League already gone down the drain, United are left with only one chance of trophy this season, but not even the most ardent of Reds – or the most optimistic of gamblers – would bet on David Moyes’ men lifting United’s fourth European Cup in Lisbon later on this season.

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