Bryan Robson, Steve Bruce, Roy Keane and Gary Neville. They are all former Manchester United captains. Any one of them would take a rocketing ball to the head if it resulted in a United win, any one of them would play in any position required if it helped the team and any one of them would gladly take a pay cut if it lengthened their stay at their club Manchester United.
They all played for the club’s badge, with pride and honour and would fight tooth and nail to help ensure its success. In doing this they produced some truly mesmerizing performances, such as Roy Keane’s performance vs Juventus in the 1999 UCL Semi-Final. Not only were they fantastic footballers, they were also leaders, on and off the pitch, who could single-handedly motivate the whole team by leading through example, and carry them through the most grueling of matches.
In a season of lows and false dawns, today’s game runs the risk of being both without hopefully being neither, for it is complicated to fully analyse United’s 3-0 win at West Bromwich.
Did United simply make the most of West Brom’s deficiencies or has the penny finally dropped and has David Moyes realised that he has to build a system around his players to maximise their strengths, rather than shuffle his personnel around desperately trying to come up with the magic equation that will fit his archaic tactics?
How things change. The last time United traveled to this part of the country, they conceded five goals and scored just as many during 90 incredible minutes and yet the game itself was nothing more than a mere backdrop to what was the day’s main event – Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever game in charge of Manchester United.
As the travelling Reds basked in the May sunshine, incessenatly serenading their departing manager throughout the game, we all had the impression of witnessing a historic moment, one that few will ever forget and which has now tinged with melancholy, given the dismal turn things have taken since that day.
David Moyes has written to all season ticket-holders to thank for their support throughout his dismal inaugural campaign, while admitting that the job of managing Manchester United has been a lot more complicated than he could ever imagine and the season has exceed even his worst expectations.
With United seventh in the table and almost out of the Champions League, many feel that the United manager should be relieved of his duties at the end of the season, or else the club could run the risk of wasting a lot of money in the summer to sign players that Moyes has identified as prime targets, but who might not deliver if forced to play within United’s archaic system.
If you haven’t read or received the letter, here it is…
Reports today suggest that David Moyes has shown an interest in Real Sociedad striker Antoine Griezmann, after watching the 20-year-old make his debut for France on Wednesday night against Holland.
United have already faced Griezmann twice this season and while the Frenchman hadn’t been linked with a move to Old Trafford after both Champions League clashes between United and Real Sociedad, Moyes now seems to have stepped up his interest ahead of what promises to be a huge summer for the club.
Federico Macheda, Manchester United’s forgotten man, has claimed that David Moyes has shown nothing of the belief Sir Alex Ferguson had for the 22-year-old striker who is now resigned to leave Old Trafford in the summer, six years on from THAT goal against Aston Villa in April 2009.
Macheda’s turn and strike deep into stoppage time sunk Villa and put United on course for a record-equalling 18th title, as they managed to keep a resurgent Liverpool at arm’s length thanks, in no small part, to the then teenager late goal against Aston Villa in a 3-2 win and against Sunderland the following week.
Nemanja Vidic’s departure from Manchester United was today made official as Inter Milan confirmed on their own website that they’ve agreed a deal to bring the Serbian defender to the San Siro from next season, ending speculations over which club Vidic will join this summer.
Vidic, whose contract with United runs out at the end of the season, had last month spoke of his desire to face a new challenge after eight seasons at Old Trafford and the 32-year-old has got his wish, as David Moyes and the club decided not to offer their captain a new deal.
Manchester United might reconsider their plans of charging Champions League prices for Europa League tickets next season, after almost three quarters of the fans surveyed by the Manchester United Supporters Trust insisted they were ready to discontinue their season tickets, if the club didn’t change its ticketing policy.
With United set to miss out on a Champions League spot for the first time in 19 seasons, rumours emerged last week that the club was to charge the same amount for Europa League tickets as for they have for a Champions League tickets and that tickets for Europe’s second competition will also be included in the Automatic Cup Scheme.