Manchester United’s season got off to a bad start as the Reds succumbed 1-0 to Everton at Goodison Park. Marouane Fellaini headed the winner after 57 minutes and not even the introduction of new signing Robin Van Persie with 23 minutes to play was enough to give United a way back into the contest.
Despite all the talk being about Van Persie since he joined from Arsenal in a £24m move, the Dutchman started on the bench as Sir Alex Ferguson chose Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney up front, supported by a midfield comprising Paul Scholes, Tom Cleverley, Nani and debutant Shinij Kagawa.
After the heart-wrenching way last season ended for all associated with Manchester United, the new season couldn’t get here fast enough.
It hasn’t been easy to relive the end of last season countless times through adverts, montages, and other unwelcome but unavoidable reminders, and reliving them many more times throughout this season won’t be easy either.
However, optimism that last season’s bad memories can be put in the back of the mind should be high. Sure, United haven’t signed that midfielder that many feel is required, and big-money targets Eden Hazard and Lucas Moura opted for other options, but the signings of two top talents in Japanese star Shinji Kagawa and one Robin van Persie have signaled some serious intent and generated a great deal of excitement and anticipation ahead of tonight’s season-opening visit to Everton.
Three months ago Manchester United were denied a 20th league title in the most cruel of fashion as Sergio Aguero slotted the ball behind Paddy Kenny sending the blue half of Manchester into raptures, while the other half wished the grounds would come open and swallow them.
City’s comeback might have secured the title in front of a worldwide audience – much to the delight of Sky Sports’, no doubt – but United’s title challenge had long lost momentum by the last weekend of the season as they stumbled to defeat against Wigan and dilapidated a two-goal advantage against Everton.
Since the inception and creation of UEFA in 1954 the World of football has witnessed an array of great goals in great European tournaments such as the European Championship itself and The European Cup to name but two.
This DVD is a must have for any serious football fan who likes to relive the goals he’s already seen but also the one’s he may never have seen before.
According to reports United are close to securing the services of Vitesse Arnhem’s Dutch leftback, Alexander Buttner.
With Patrice Evra suffering an irrational loss of form last season, Fabio moving to QPR on loan and Sir Alex admitting in his press conference on Friday that another player arriving was not unlikely, Buttner may be the latest player to join the Manchester United ranks.
You can see more of Buttner in this video clip.
Manchester United on Friday rejected an approach from Chelsea for Mexican striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, according ESPNFC reporter Miguel Delaney in London.
Although Chelsea did not put in an official cash offer, they made an inquiry to United, based on the team’s wealth of forwards in the wake of its signing of Robin Van Persie earlier this week.
The 4-4-1-1 started as a variation of the 4-4-2. It became more common in the 1990s, when teams started to combine a deep lying forward with a more traditional striker up front. The deep lying forward would drop deeper, playing in the space between the opponent’s midfield and defensive lines. This formation is a link between the 4-4-2 that has dominated the past 40 years, and the 4-2-3-1 that seems to be dominating football today. There are only a few differences between the 4-2-3-1 and the 4-4-1-1, with the main difference being the player in the gap, or the playmaker. In a 4-2-3-1, it is a playmaking midfielder (normally called a number 10), while in a 4-4-1-1 it’s a forward. Continue reading
It’s finally been reached. The worst kept secret of this years’ summer transfers has took a huge step to completion with MUTV exclusively revealing that the two clubs (United & Arsenal) have agreed that Robin van Persie will sign for United after a successful medical for a fee in the region of £22m.
A great signing and one that just clinched the title back in my opinion, it’ll be a great day when van Persie don’s the famous Manchester United shirt; plus you know he’s going to ship a ton of football equipment for United as well as high visibility for their sponsors (DHL would have kittens with the way RVP’s training photos were seen by millions of United (and Arsenal) fans around the world).