Jan 03 2014

Possible new signings could define United crisis

Manchester United's Patrice Evra is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring his side's second goal.Some people would argue that we are in a crisis. Hard to disagree when they come up with points such as, “How many of our players would get in to any other top side in the world. The answer would be only a handful; Van Persie, Carrick and Rooney. Rafael and David De Gea also possibilities but that’s about it. It’s easy to say, but a couple of big signings and small changes could change things dramatically.

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Jan 03 2014

Cole: “United will buy in January”

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailFormer Manchester United striker Andy Cole has insisted rumours from inside Old Trafford suggest that United will sign a player or two during January, but has warned that David Moyes might have to be prepared to pay a premium for his targets, while clubs will be reluctant to part way with their players.

The January transfer window has been open for a couple of days and while United have been linked to a host of players, there are still doubts over whether David Moyes will welcome some new faces at Old Trafford this month.

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Jan 03 2014

Was Rooney right to question ambitions?

Tag: Opinion Piece @ 9:26 am

134782261__01_442728bWhen, in October 2010, Wayne Rooney publicly criticised Manchester United’s ambitions he was largely branded as a “mercenary” and considered a man who “was no longer fit to wear the shirt”, while his agent’s antics were seen as a plot to orchestrate a consistent pay-rise for his client.

Rooney’s decision to question what he perceived as a lack of ambition was totally unnecessary and out of context, particularly as United had just lost the title to Chelsea, after winning three in a row and making two consecutive European Cup finals, winning one of them.

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Jan 02 2014

United’s midfield targets. Fantasy or reality?

Tag: Transfer Stories @ 10:18 am

Moyes v Newcastle Dec 2013It should have been a fresh, positive, start to the new year. It was, in many ways, a stale, uninspired return to the past, with United struggling to find their way around Spurs and Wayne Rooney deployed in central midfield for the last quarter of the game in what was, effectively, one last adventurous, yet futile, roll of the dice.

David Moyes’ decision to play Rooney in midfield spoke for itself in terms of defining the sheer desperation and paucity of options that cripple United’s engine room, with players either past their best, not as good as we had all hoped or, quite plainly, not good enough to cut it at Old Trafford.

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Jan 02 2014

Moyes rues “scandalous” decisions

Tag: Manchester United News @ 8:12 am

Hugo Lloris Ashley YoungDavid Moyes and Manchester United got the 2014 off to the worst possible starts, slumping to yet another home defeat as Spurs won at Old Trafford for the second consecutive year, leaving them 11 points behind league leaders Arsenal.

Despite a poor first half performance, United rallied when they found themselves 2-0 down but could not complete another comeback thanks, according to Moyes, to Howard Webb’s “scandalous decision” not to award a penalty when Ashley Young was clattered by Hugo Lloris with three minutes remaining.

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Dec 28 2013

United’s defence looks to the future

Tag: Opinion Piece @ 8:00 am

jonny-evans-doigt-leve-pour-celebrer-sonFour months into their first season without Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm for 26 years, Manchester United’s rollercoaster shows no sign of stopping, with Boxing Day’s result against Hull confirming that David Moyes’ men seem to have rediscovered the good old habit of snatching results from the jaws of defeat.

While the comeback was undoubtedly pleasing, United’s diabolical defending would have raised concerns with Moyes, particularly as Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling look to establish themselves as the first choice partnership at centre-back.

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Dec 27 2013

United look to finish 2013 on a high

Tag: Match Preview @ 3:40 pm

_71959401_459383507There is, the saying goes, no rest for the wicked. There definitely isn’t any rest for Manchester United nor for their traveling supporters who, having spent Boxing Day in the British City of Culture – that will be Hull, for those of you who missed out on that nugget of brilliance – will now embark on another long slog to Norwich.

Trips to Norfolk have been largely forgetful events in recent seasons, with United losing two of their last three at Carrow Road and, more worryingly, failing to get on the scoresheet in both of their defeats.

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Dec 27 2013

United dark horse for the title

Tag: Manchester United News @ 10:19 am

Hull-v-Manchester-United-2960648Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United could be the dark horse in the race to the Premier League title this season and the United striker insisted that yesterday’s 3-2 comeback win at Hull has put United well and truly in the mix for the title, even though they’re still eight points adrift of Arsenal.

With the Reds two goals down within the opening 12 minutes, Rooney provided the assist for Chris Smalling as the United defender headed home his team’s first, before going on to equalise with a wonderful strike that brought his tally of Premier League goals for the club to 150.

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