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.
One of Manchester United’s targets this summer revealed that he was set to join the club, but the appointment of David Moyes scuppered a deal that was as good as done.
Benfica’s centre-back Ezequiel Garay claimed that he was set to join United for a fee believed to be around the £18m mark this summer, until David Moyes refused to match the Portuguese club’s asking price, deeming the Argentinian defender as too expensive.
Yesterday’s World Cup qualifiers were a mixed bag for United players, with Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie on the scoresheet, while Jonny Evans was sent off for Northern Ireland.
At Wembley, Rooney scored England’s first goal as Roy Hodgson’s men thumped Montenegro 4-1, with Rooney and Danny Welbeck putting in a good performance, while Michael Carrick came off the bench in the second half.
Manchester United might sign a midfielder this January! However, those among of us who still dream of a classy continental schemer or of a tough-as-nails enforcer are set to be partly disappointed for the man on David Moyes’ radar is only 18 and, however promising he might be, he isn’t likely to solve United’s problems immediately, were he to join United.
The Independent reports that the United manager has been keeping a close eye on Derby County’s midfielder Will Hughes, one of the most promising prospects in English football, and Moyes is thought to be keen to secure the 18-year-old in January, while United could consider the opportunity of allowing the youngster to conclude the season on loan at Pride Park, as Sir Alex Ferguson did with Wilfried Zaha last season.
Antonio Valencia could be heading for the Old Trafford exit door this January, according to reports in the Turkish press that have linked Galatasaray with a possible move for one of United’s misfiring wingers.
Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini – remember him? Used to have a scarf constantly wrapped around his neck – replaced Fatih Terim as Galatasaray manager last week and he’s thought to be keen to revamp his squad in January, with Valencia being one of the Italian’s main targets.
When it comes to Wayne Rooney, my opinion is highly unpopular among many Reds. I do not like the man, the nonchalance with which, in 2010, he was ready to dump the club that had made him what he is now disgusted me and while I appreciate that a multi-millionaire footballer could not care less about the fans’ feelings, his behaviour at the time left a sour taste in my mouth.
Over the final months of last season, Rooney looked unhappy, distracted and out of shape but, incredibly, having become public enemy number one after Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that he had submitted a transfer request, good old Wayne’s reputation performed a remarkable turnaround in the eyes of the overwhelming majority of United fans.
It was the soap opera of the summer, the saga that divided United fans like few others had done in the past. After Sir Alex Ferguson suggested Wayne Rooney had handed in a transfer request, many fans decided they had had enough of the 27-year-old and wanted him out of the club, before quickly backtracking as Rooney decided to remain at Old Trafford.
The United striker, who was dropped for United’s return leg clash against Real Madrid last February, endured a rather poor season by his standards throughout the last campaign, but was adamant he had never, at any point, asked the club to leave and that he felt “angry” and “confused” by the way United had handled his case.