David Beckham has suggested Wayne Rooney should follow Ryan Giggs’ example and adapt his style of play, if he is to extend his career and overcome his recent struggles.
The Manchester United captain has scored just one Premier League goal since 4 April and has been consistently disappointing this season, coming under fire for a series of below par performances, while Louis Van Gaal’s refusal to drop him has also been scrutinised.
Sir Alex Ferguson has defended the decision to appoint David Moyes as his replacement, even though the former Everton manager lasted only nine months at Old Trafford.
In an interview with the BBC as part of the BBC’s new documentary, Sir Alex Ferguson: Secrets of Success, the former United manager yet again insisted the process that led to Moyes’ appointment in July 2013 was extremely thorough and was a decision taken by the whole club.
Jose Mourinho has claimed Sir Alex Ferguson knew he could not convince him to replace him at Old Trafford when he retired at the end of the 2012-13 season.
The Portuguese was widely thought to be the man to replace Fergie once United’s former manager announced his intention to bring his 26-year tenure at Old Trafford to an end.
Having returned to the top of the table last week, Manchester United came crashing down to earth on Sunday, as they suffered their second defeat of the season, losing 3-0 away at Arsenal. Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil within the first 20 minutes obliterated United, who were lucky not to suffer a bigger defeat and will now have to regroup ahead of a difficult trip to Goodison Park after the international break.
Here’s five talking points from yesterday.
Wayne Rooney has warned that Manchester United face their toughest ever challenge to a Premier League title this season.
Last week, United returned to the top of the table for the first time in over two years but Rooney believes winning the league is a much more difficult proposition now than it was at any stage during Sir Alex Ferguson’s era.
It has all suddenly gone very quiet. The ripple of silence is almost deafening. Similar to the reaction following an announcement that the Eurostar is delayed, no one is saying anything.
The media have put away their pens, binned their headlines and deleted their drafts. The critics have been silenced. United are top of the table (or at least were for a couple of days, until City trounced Newcastle).
Manchester United picked up their first three points in the Champions League as they overcame a good Wolfsburg side on Wednesday night. Following their 2-1 defeat in Eindhoven, United found themselves a goal behind after less than five minutes but restore parity through a Juan Mata penalty in the first half, before Chris Smalling scored the winner soon after the break.
However, it was far from for United and here’s five talking points from last night.
Manchester United v Wolfsburg
Champions League, 2015-16
Date: Saturday, 30 September, 2015
Time: 19:45 BST
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Where to watch: BT Sport Europe
Live Stream Info: BT Sport Live Streaming
Manchester United are cruising in the league as they went on top of the table after their latest 3-0 victory over Sunderland. David de Gea kept his second consecutive clean sheets in a row and the Latest bookie free bets back the English club as favourites to seal their fourth victory in a row.
What has been impressive so far for Louis van Gaal’s side is their defence. The Old Trafford club have conceded only five goals and are share the top spot with Tottenham for conceding less number of goals in the league.