Rio Ferdinand has claimed that despite a stuttering start to the season, Manchester United are still a force to be reckoned with in the title race and that he isn’t worried about the look of the current Premier League table, for the only that matters is to be at the top of the pile after the last game of the season.
United’s 2-2 draw at Cardiff on Sunday, saw the Reds conceding a late equaliser for the second time this season and have seen David Moyes’ men drop to sixth, seven points adrift of league leaders Arsenal.
Manchester United could soon turn to Everton. But before the conspiracy theorists get carried away, United aren’t planning to hire yet more members of David Moyes’ former staff at Goodison Park, nor are they planning to swap Adnan Januzaj for Leon Osman.
Instead, United are said to be considering a January move for Brazilian striker Everton Ribeiro, whose name alone is granted to generate widespread irony given the circumstances that have surrounded Moyes and United since the Scotsman replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
It’s not known whether football is played in Heaven, but if the beautiful game graces the abode of the angels, then November 25th must be the day when great players are introduced to their teammates.
Eight years ago today, Reds and non across the globe mourned the passing of George Best, one of the greatest players to have ever lived and arguably the symbol of a generation and a figure still idolised by United fans. Today, Manchester United Football Club (for the man himself lived throughout an era when teams were essentially just that, football clubs) lost a man who, despite being the polar opposite of Best, reached a status every bit as legendary as the Belfast boy.
David Moyes has admitted Manchester United can’t afford to concede late goals as the one that deprived of two points against Cardiff yesterday, or else their chances of retaining the league are going to be all but gone in the next couple of months.
United led 2-1 going into the final exchanges of the game but were pegged back by a Kim Bo-Kyung header in the first of four minutes of added time, after Chris Smalling had given away a free-kick.
Well, that was coming, wasn’t it? Having held on for large parts of the game United surrendered a late equaliser at Cardiff, a timely reminder that things are not going to come easy this season.
Not only are things not going to come easy for the Reds this season, but United conspired to make their life harder by missing a couple of chances in the second half which, had they been converted, would have put the game to bed.
David Moyes has admitted that Ryan Giggs could be offered a new contract, which would take the Welshman past his 41st birthday with him still a professional football player at the very highest level.
Giggsy will turn 40 on Friday, but the United manager that there’s no reason as to why United’s most capped player shouldn’t be offered a new deal if he felt he could continue for a further 12 months, even though Giggs has already joined David Moyes’ staff this season.
As Manchester United travel to Cardiff tomorrow they’ll not only hope to secure a fourth consecutive league win, but they’ll also want to kick off what promises to be an extremely difficult week in the best possible way.
A trip to the Welsh capital is followed by a potentially crucial tie away at Leverkusen on Wednesday, before United complete their hat-trick of away games with a visit to big-spending and goal-shy Tottenham Hotspurs next week – in case David Moyes assumed beating Arsenal would buy him some time, the next seven days will be a timely reminder that at United, tests are never too far away.
David De Gea has hit back at the critics who had labelled him a liability during his first seasons at the club, when the Spaniard was heavily criticised for failing to cut an assured figure in goal and being to prone to committing costly mistakes.
As United regained the Premier League title last season, however, De Gea emerged as a crucial figure in the squad, proving that despite being just 23-year-old, he can already be considered one of the best shot stoppers in the world and definitely one of the best in the Premier League.
Manchester United could face competition from Napoli in the race to sign Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay, after Rafael Benitez has declared his intention to embark on a spending spree in January and has made strengthening his club’s back four a priority.
United have been following Garay for almost 18 months now, with first Sir Alex Ferguson and now David Moyes having identified the Argentine defender as one of the players needed to shore up a back four in which Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are nearing the end of their careers.
In news that will undoubtedly ruin many Reds’ day, Anderson has today quashed rumours that have linked him with a move away from Manchester United, insisting he’s happy at Old Trafford.
Over the last couple of weeks, the Brazilian has been linked with a move to Fulham – presumably as the Cottagers are determined to secure a relegation spot – while a return to former club Porto and even a move back to Brazil were touted as more or less viable options for the 25-year-old.
Wigan are looking to secure Will Keane on loan for the remainder of the year, as the England U21 international looks to build on his fitness after returning from a serious knee injury.
The 20-year-old striker has impressed since returning to action, scoring three goals in his last four appearances for club and country and is expected to be the “exciting” striker Wigan manager Owen Coyle has revealed to be on his way to the DW Stadium.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed that, despite Arsenal’s impressive start to the season and Manchester City’s summer spending spree, only Chelsea can deny Manchester United a second consecutive Premier League title.
Despite United’s slow start to the season, the man whose goal sealed the 1999 Treble, now manager at Molde in the Norwegian’s first division, has been extremely impressed with United’s recent progress, which has seen David Moyes’ men pick up 13 points in their last five league games and winning the last three Premier League matches in a row.
As the international break continues to drag on and on, like a seemingly endless bus trip, there is, at last, something to be cheerful about, as United are expected to announce that Michael Carrick has signed a new contract by the end of the week.
Talks between the Geordie midfielder and the club had continued over the last couple of weeks and both parties seem to be satisfied with the terms of the new deal, which will keep Carrick at Old Trafford for another two and half seasons at least, with the option to extend the contract for a further 12 months.
Nani has spoken out in favour of David Moyes, claiming he’s received a much-needed confidence boost since the Scotsman replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in July.
Timely though the confidence boost might have been, United are still to reap the benefits, with Nani starting only five Premier League games this season and, much like fellow wingers Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, failing to impress this season.