Mar 05 2014

Vidic’s exit confirmed

Tag: Manchester United News @ 2:34 pm

vidic_getty_title-458463Nemanja Vidic’s departure from Manchester United was today made official as Inter Milan confirmed on their own website that they’ve agreed a deal to bring the Serbian defender to the San Siro from next season, ending speculations over which club Vidic will join this summer.

Vidic, whose contract with United runs out at the end of the season, had last month spoke of his desire to face a new challenge after eight seasons at Old Trafford and the 32-year-old has got his wish, as David Moyes and the club decided not to offer their captain a new deal.

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Mar 05 2014

United scrape Europa League plans

Tag: Manchester United News @ 7:47 am

Manchester-United-v-Real-Sociedad-2485304Manchester United might reconsider their plans of charging Champions League prices for Europa League tickets next season, after almost three quarters of the fans surveyed by the Manchester United Supporters Trust insisted they were ready to discontinue their season tickets, if the club didn’t change its ticketing policy.

With United set to miss out on a Champions League spot for the first time in 19 seasons, rumours emerged last week that the club was to charge the same amount for Europa League tickets as for they have for a Champions League tickets and that tickets for Europe’s second competition will also be included in the Automatic Cup Scheme.

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Mar 04 2014

United don’t need a sheikh

Tag: Manchester United News @ 11:09 am

rp_Glazers-and-Woodward-NYSE-200x200.jpgMUST chief executive, Duncan Drasdo, has dismissed the notion that Manchester United need a sugardaddy to follow in the footpath of Roman Abramovich and Sheikh Mansour to rescue the club and he maintains that the Glazers might have to accept the idea of having to sell the club for less than they would like.

Drasdo’s reply came a few hours after BetFred founder and Salford-born billionaire Fred Done claimed that Manchester United are in desperate need of a figure like Sheikh Mansour and Roman Abramovich or risk falling further behind Manchester City and Chelsea over the next couple of seasons, given the lack of investments the Glazers have made since taking over the club in 2005.

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Mar 04 2014

Did United sell Ronaldo for nothing?

Tag: Manchester United News @ 7:52 am

Ronaldo 2009Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that Manchester United could have made £150m by selling Cristiano Ronaldo, rather than pocketing a mere £80m when the Portuguese star was allowed to swap Old Trafford for the Bernabeu in the summer of 2009 for a then world record transfer fee.

Fergie revealed that he had instructed former chief executive David Gill to demand a fee in the region of £150m, confident that Real Madrid president would have paid any amount of money to secure Ronaldo, but Gill was determined that not even the Spanish giants with their almost unlimited transfer funds would have been prepared to spend so much on a single player.

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Mar 04 2014

Who should be United’s next captain?

Tag: Betting @ 7:11 am

With Nemanja Vidic leaving Old Trafford this summer to join Inter after the expiration of his contract, not only do United need a new dominant defender – they need a new captain.

The club is in a transitional phase with players sure to arrive at the club and some to depart at the end of the season.

There are a number of potential candidates to replace the Serb as club captain, but determining the correct one will be a key decision for David Moyes.

United have had some extraordinary captains over the last 15-20 years; players that have inspired the rest of the team, led by example and acted as the spearhead for a successful team.

Ideally the next captain will be someone that will play week-in, week-out, and as such be able to demonstrate their ability as an example for others. Someone vocal and a dominant personality is also ideal.

Looking at the side currently there are only really a handful of potentials, with the odds fluctuating and as unpredictable as betting on Cheltenham 2014 online.

Wayne Rooney looks set to finish his career at Old Trafford after signing a new contract with the club, and the England international will certainly be in the running.

The aggressive forward can inspire with his actions, but whether he has the temperament to be a skipper is another thing.

Michael Carrick could well be an option as he is all-but guaranteed a place in the side when available and is an intelligent footballer. Whether he has the dominant personality is a question mark however.

Some have mentioned David De Gea as a potential, but despite the goalkeeper’s ability he seems too young and lacking the authority and communication skills.

Jonny Evans could well be in line to replace Vidic in the United side and as such may well be an option as a new captain. The defender has been on the club’s books for ten years and is a dependable and level-headed character.

Who would you install as United’s new captain?

Mar 03 2014

United star is NOT indispensable

rp_Wayne-Rooney-3171109-200x200.jpgThe recent announcement that Wayne Rooney had signed a lucrative five-year contract with Manchester United, rumoured to be worth around £300,000 per week for the Liverpudlian, indicated the club’s determination, or maybe desperation, to prove that Old Trafford remains an attractive home for the most stellar names in football.

The extension keeps Rooney at United until he is 33, which is undoubtedly a gamble, but it is one that Ed Woodward clearly felt the club simply had to take as David Moyes sets about transforming the fortunes of his under-performing side.

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Mar 02 2014

United line up Moyes replacement?

Tag: Manchester United News @ 10:24 am

2014-FIFA-World-Cup-Final-Draw-2899588Reports on a Sunday newspaper suggest that Manchester United could be looking at appointing a Dutch duo at Old Trafford, were David Moyes to be relieved of his duties at the end of the season, which, on current form, would be a rather sensible choice, given how dismally poor United have been under the former Everton manager.

Louis Van Gaal and Frank de Boer are being considered as replacements for Moyes, with Van Gaal thought to be a perfect fit, given his pedigree and experience in international football, while de Boer would be an ideal assistant to the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern manager, a role he’s already familiar with, given he was part of Holland’s coaching staff at the World Cup in 2010.

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Mar 01 2014

Is this United youngster the next Adnan Januzaj?

andreas-pereira-charni-ekangamene-adnan-januzaj-manchester-united_3059181“If you’re good enough, you’re old enough” These are the words of Manchester United and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton. A man who is a supporter of the youth system at Manchester. A system that has produced world class talents such as Paul Scholes and George Best.

The system some believe, reached its peak when it produced some of the finest players of their generation in an exceptionally small space of time. These players were Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, the Neville brothers and Nicky Butt. These famous graduates were crowned the Class of 92′ as they lead Manchester United to title after title and thus helped lay the foundations for where we are today, as a worldwide footballing powerhouse.

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