Ed Woodward endured a torrid time this summer, his lack of experience in the transfer window transforming him into a pantomime villain for United fans, who criticised Woodward’s choice to prioritise commercial deals over signing players.
However, the much maligned club’s chief executive could regain some respect among the supporters after he agreed to investigate the viability of reintroducing standing areas at Old Trafford, as United looked set to back the Football Supporters Federation’s campaign for safe standing inside football grounds across Britain.
Shinji Kagawa has claimed his lack of games at Manchester United is influencing his performance with his national side, and the Japanese playmaker has vowed to get more playing time under his belt at United to be able to have a bigger impact on his national team’s fortunes at the World Cup.
Japan lost to Serbia and Belarus during the international break and although they were already qualified for this summer’s showdown in Brazil, the former Dortmund playmaker has claimed that a lack of regular football at club level could affect his performances with the national side.
The January transfer window might still be two and half months away, but the rumour mill is in full swing and Manchester United seem to have yet again being caught in the thick of it.
Today’s backpages claim that Galatasaray are set offer £13m for Nani in January, as Roberto Mancini, who replaced Fatih Terim at the helm of the Istanbul club less than a month ago, begins to seek a replacement for Wesley Sneijder, who could be reunited with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.
The last international break of the year marks the moment when the gloves well and truly come off and clubs knuckle down and get down to business knowing that, as winter approaches and days get shorter and colder, the World Cup draw will be the only distraction to disrupt club football for the next six months.
Under Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United used to relish the months following the international break which would invariably see the Reds motor up the table like a steam train gaining pace after leaving a station. Sir Alex often pointed at the winter months as a crucial time of the campaign.
As England woke up wrapped in World Cup fever after last night’s 2-0 win against Poland, we can finally put international football aside and concentrate on club football which, whether the FA likes it or not, the bread and butter for the overwhelming majority of fans.
However, whether it’s a matter of clubs or internationals, one things remains certain: the rumour mill is constantly, relentlessly in action and Manchester United, who have seen Michael Carrick excel in an England shirt yesterday, have now been linked with yet another midfielder.
The international break might be the sort of week United fans would love to do without, but the England games offer the opportunity to deliver a first, early doors, verdict on this Premier League season.
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Sir Alex Ferguson insists that harmony is the key success and that David Moyes must ensure his staff are singing from the same hymn sheet, regardless of how rough the sea might get during the season.
Moyes has endured a difficult start to his managerial career at United, losing three of his first seven league games, which means United lie in ninth place, six points adrift of leaders Arsenal, with the former Everton manager coming under scrutiny for his cautious approach as well as for a summer during which he failed to strengthen his squad as required.
Having won 13 Premier League titles, two European Cups and having had one of the Old Trafford’s stands renamed after him, with a statue on display outside the ground, Sir Alex Ferguson has now received another tribute, following in the steps of the great Sir Matt Busby.
Sir Alex today received the Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Trafford and had a street named after him by the local council, who renamed one of the roads leading to Old Trafford from Water’s reach to Sir Alex Ferguson way.