For once, rather than on football, all the pre-match focus had been on books and music.
The books, or rather the book,was obviously Sir Alex Ferguson’s biography, whose revelations have grabbed all the headlines since yesterday’s press conference, while the music was supposed to be provided by Old Trafford’s brand new singing section, the first of hopefully many attempts to revive the stadium’s atmosphere.
One of the most eagerly anticipated chapters of Sir Alex Ferguson’s biography was the one focusing on Wayne Rooney and on the Scotsman’s turbulent relationship with the United striker.
As expected Fergie pulled no punches, claiming that Rooney’s qualities can be undermined by a lack of fitness and that the United striker did ask to leave at the end of last season, despite the denials the club has since issued to protect one of his prized assets.
One of the most interesting chapters of Sir Alex Ferguson’s biography lifts the lid on the relationship between Fergie and David Beckham who, according to the former United manager, thought he was more important to the club than his manager.
The constant media attention and the number of agents that quickly turned Beckham into “Brand Beckham” were the cause for the former England captain’s downfall at Manchester United, explained Fergie at the launch of his biography, My Autobiography, yesterday in London in an explosive press conference.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s biography won’t be released for another two days but less than 12 hours since the book was unveiled at a packed press conference in London, the first murmurs of discontent – and that’s putting it mildly – have begun to emerge.
Earlier tonight, Roy Keane told ITV that Sir Alex Ferguson ignores the meaning of the word “loyal” and that he won’t lose any sleep over the chapter Fergie dedicated to Keane’s departure from Manchester United
Today is the day. Five months after announcing his retirement and some 13 years since publishing his first book, Sir Alex Ferguson’s biography, My Autobiography, is released to the public.
There’s hardly ever been a more eagerly awaited football-related book, for Fergie being Fergie the book is likely to pull no punches and it must have more than a few people sweating. Revelations, personal attacks and scathing judgments, should have all made their way on the pages on the greatest ever British manager’s biography.
Patrice Evra has told a French television channel that he might leave Manchester United when his contract expires next summer.
The Frenchman’s contract runs out at the end of the season and after seven years at Old Trafford, during which he has won five Premier League titles, a Champions League and two League Cups, the 32-year-old could leave Old Trafford at the end of the campaign.
David Moyes has admitted that Manchester United’s slow start this season has left him disappointed, despite the club’s tradition for being notoriously slow off the blocks.
United conceded a late equaliser on Saturday as Southampton grabbed a deserved 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, which means that David Moyes has now won only once in four league games on home turf, with many suggesting that the Reds have lost their fear factor and that teams are no longer scared to travel to Old Trafford.
There were plenty of reasons to be optimistic about today. United, for a start, were back after a two-week absence forced upon us by the international break and they were back having just renewed Adnan Januzaj’s contract, as the talented teenager put pen to paper on a five-year deal just when most Reds had begun to expect a repeat of the fiasco that surrounded Paul Pogba’s departure.
If those weren’t enough reasons to be cheerful, David Moyes opted for an attacking-minded starting XI, with Ashley Young and Anderson nowhere near the first team squad, as Nani and Januzaj occupied the two flanks, with Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini deployed in the middle of the park.