Manchester United could target Jurgen Klopp as replacement for David Moyes if they decide the Scotsman is not the right man to guide the club forward after a disastrous inaugural campaign at Old Trafford, which has seen the Reds fall 20 points behind league leaders Liverpool.
Last week it had emerged that United had met Holland manager Louis Van Gaal and even though the rumours were then swiftly denied by the club, the news was enough to place Moyes’ future under a cloud, particularly as an increasing number of fans seem to have turned on him.
Since taking over the club in July, David Moyes has repeatedly stressed the need to rebuild his team and part ways with many players of the current crop, regardless of how successful or how important to the club they might be.
It is, therefore, slightly surprising to see one players widely expected to leave Old Trafford this summer declaring that he’s determined to continue playing football with Manchester United, yet that’s exactly what Rio Ferdinand did yesterday, when he announced his intentions to remain at the club beyond the summer.
Darren Fletcher’s return to action has been one of the few positives of this wretched season and Fletch is one of the few senior players to have embraced responsibility, rather than shying away from it and the United midfielder has warned his team-mates that they’re all playing for their future.
United’s shambolic campaign was brought to an end in Munich and the Reds enter the last five weeks with absolutely nothing left to play for apart from dignity and personal pride, a stark reminder of how low the standards have fallen in David Moyes’ first season in charge.
David Moyes yesterday insisted that Manchester United will be back in the Champions League within a season or two and that while the 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich was hard to take, there were plenty of positives to be drawn from United’s performance at the Allianz Arena.
Not surprisingly given the way he’s conducted himself this season, Moyes also emphasised the need to rebuild the team and, if he’s allowed to remain in charge, one feels last night might have been the last European game in red for a few players who could follow Nemanja Vidic out of the door in the summer.
Manchester United have confirmed that after trials against Real Sociedad and Fulham this year, the Singing Section will become a permanent feature at Old Trafford from the beginning of next season.
Fans United, the group behind the initiative which includes different fanzines and forums among which feature Stretford End Flags, Red News, Andy Mitten and Reclaim United, have today announced that the Singing Section will be located in the J Stand, meaning that those season ticket holders who sit in that area of the ground will have to be moved, unless they’ve signed up to take part in the initiative.
Wayne Rooney has rejected accuses that he dived to get Bastian Schweinsteiger sent off in the closing stages of the first leg of Manchester United’s Champions League quarter final against Bayern Munich.
The Munich midfield, who had scored his side’s equaliser eight minutes after Nemanja Vidic had put United ahead, earned himself a second yellow card when he lunged at Rooney only a couple of yards outside the Reds’ penalty box, prompting referee Carlos Velasco to send him off.
David Moyes could suffer a sever backlash from Manchester United fans if, has it has widely been reported today, he decides to bring Ryan Giggs’ career at Old Trafford to an end after 23 years and 961 appearances in a red shirt.
Rumours that Giggs and Moyes do not see eye-to-eye and that the former has become disillusioned with the latter’s methods in training and with his tactical approach have grown louder in recent weeks, despite Giggs’ swift denial in yesterday’s press conference of any rift existing between him and his manager.
Pep Guardiola has warned David Moyes that failure to win at a big club is intolerable and that managers must deal with the pressure that comes with managing a club like Manchester United and deliver trophies, or else they risk losing their job even if they’ve only been in charge for a year.
The difference between United and Bayern Munich couldn’t be more evident. The former have endured a tumultuous season after Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson and the Champions League is virtually the only thing they’ve got left to play for, while the latter have already clinched the Bundesliga title and aim to become the first club to retain the Champions League under the tutelage of the former Barca manager, who replaced Jupp Heynckes last summer.