When United were knocked out of the FA Cup by Swansea I felt a guilty sense of relief as I had been planning to take my girlfriend to Dublin for Valentine’s Day and I could now do so without having to explain that I was going to be absent for a couple of hours on Saturday.
So, on Friday we crossed the Irish Sea and, considering the predicament United have inflicted upon us this season, I must admit I was quite looking forward to spend a weekend without having to worry about David Moyes’ tactics or Antonio Valencia’s refusal to get past his man.
Showing remarkable optimism – in fact more optimism than the majority of Reds would indulge in at this stage – Juan Mata has insisted that he believes more big names will arrive at Old Trafford as David Moyes seeks to rebuild his side after a dismal first season with the champions.
The United manager signed Marouane Fellaini on deadline day last summer, only for the Belgian to prove a large disappointment so far, having looked off the pace and sluggish in the few games he played before being sidelined by a series of different injuries that have limited his opportunities.
Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, who was scouted for a third time on Sunday as his side faced Gil Vicente in the Portuguese first division.
Mangala has long been on United’s radar, having been scouted when Sir Alex Ferguson was still at the club, but the 23-year-old has also attracted interest from Chelsea and Manchester City, with City almost clinching a deal to bring him and his teammate Fernando to the Etihad during the recent January transfer window but failing at the last minute to push the deal through.
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There have been reports of Rooney agreeing a four and a half year deal on £300,000 a week, despite no official confirmation from the club itself, many reports suggest he is set to sign the deal in the next few days.
Wayne Rooney is set to be the Premier League’s highest paid player. My view on this is that partly this is a good deal.
Tom Cleverley is feeling a little hard done by. “I feel I’ve been made a scapegoat a little bit,” complained the midfielder last week, arguing that the persistent blame he has received for Manchester United’s horrendous 2013/14 season has been unfair.
Yet poor Tom seems to be talking about the wrong man. He has, after all, turned in 31 largely underwhelming performances at the heart of United’s midfield this season, making any attempts to justify his meek inability to stamp his authority on games a little wide of the mark. Continue reading
News emerged today that David Moyes is allegedly tracking two Barcelona midfielders, having seemingly not learn a thing from last summer’s double fiasco when his pursuit of Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas ended with the former choosing Bayern Munich over United, while the latter decided to stay put in Catalonia.
The United manager, however, has his sight set on another pair of Barcelona midfielders this time, with Alex Song and Cristian Tello emerging as the latest names linked with the job nobody seems to want: being a midfielder for Manchester United.
Reports in Sunday’s newspapers suggest Wayne Rooney and Manchester United have agreed to extend their relationship.
The report (in The Sun) claims Rooney has penned the richest deal in Premier League history which means he could be earning approx £300,000 p/wk, not bad off a club with no ambition.
The club are yet to deny or confirm the contract extension.
“It’s your time to back the new manager” was the infamous war-cry of then departing Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.
Six months on and the words are still thrust upon any disillusioned United fan who dares to publicly question or blame Moyes for United’s current situation. The words are becoming tiring but in hindsight seem oh-so-wise from the man who took United to (and beyond) places they never dreamt they’d go. Did he see this coming?
But, as we sit here today, 15pts behind the league-leaders and 11pts off a Champions League play-off spot, questions must surely be being asked at the highest levels of the club about David Moyes’ continued employment?
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