Jan 06 2014

Moyes admits United need signings

Tag: Manchester United News @ 8:00 am

Manchester-United-v-Swansea-City-FA-Cup-Third-Round-2992656Having seen his side capitulate to yet another home defeat and plunge even further into a crisis, David Moyes has partiaylly backtracked on his comments and admitted that Manchester United simply aren’t good enough and need to bring reinforcements in as soon as possible.

The United manager, who as little as two days ago had denied United would buy in the January transfer window, however admitted that while the need for quality players is there for all to see, it might be extremely complicated to sign players this month.

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Jan 05 2014

United’s final Swansong?

Tag: Match Reports @ 7:03 pm

Wilfried Bony Swansea CityThey say that when it rains, it pours. As far as Manchester United are concerned, this season is shaping up to be a downpour of biblical proportion, rather than some traditionally insistent Mancunian rain.

Transition, decline, widespread ineptitude. Call it which way you want, but whatever it is it’s not going to go away anytime soon. Not now, not tomorrow, not until the end of the season. Not, in fact, for a while.

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Jan 04 2014

Rooney unwilling to extend contract

Tag: Manchester United News @ 11:04 am

Manchester United's Wayne RooneyThe New Year might only be four days old but if the start is anything to go by, 2014 could be a very long 12 months as far as Manchester United are concerned, with bad news coming thick and fast.

Having suffered their fourth home defeat of the season against Spurs on Wednesday, United, who have to deal with a catastrophic amount of injuries ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup 3rd round against Swansea, have now been dealt a further blow, as different newspapers have reported that Wayne Rooney is unwilling to extend his contract until after the World Cup.

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Jan 04 2014

United seek cup comfort

Tag: Match Preview @ 9:00 am

Welbeck Cleverley and JonesPaul Lambert believes that top Premier League clubs could do without it, romantics baulk at the prospect of having the competition’s format further altered by the FA and are applying the finishing touches to the “magic of the cup” cliche, which is set to be given its first airing of the season over the weekend.

Whichever opinion one might agree with, it’s undeniable that there’s something special about the 3rd round of the FA Cup, even though a home draw against Swansea is neither the glamorous home tie some would have wished for, nor the rip roaring away trip the overwhelming majority of us hoped for when the draw was done.

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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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