Ryan Giggs has come out in defence of David Moyes, claiming that the club’s poor start to the season is down to the players, rather than the manager and rejected the thought that Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure might have influenced the club.
United have lost three of their first six league games, with back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion – following a 1-0 loss at Anfield earlier in September – leaving United in 12th place as the club endured its worse start since the 1988-89 season.
As if agents and clubs weren’t enough to unsettle footballers, now we also have players keen to act as career advisors for their colleagues, and when said player has changed six clubs in the last decade, fellow footballers should take note. Or maybe not.
Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has urged Wayne Rooney to resurrect his plans to leave Manchester United and cross the channel to play for PSG, a club with which the England international had been linked during the summer, as his future seemed to lie away from Old Trafford.
David Moyes was pleased with his team’s performance against Shakthar Donetsk last night, as the Reds earned what could prove to be an important point in their bid to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Having gone ahead through a Danny Welbeck’s goal, United defended well for much of the game before conceding an equaliser 15 minutes from time, but for the United manager it was a case of a point earned rather than two lost, particularly considering Shakthar’s qualities.
Wayne Rooney might have spent the summer trying to engineer a move to Chelsea, but the West Londoner tried to pounce on one of United’s biggest assets way before the 27-year-old arrived at Old Trafford.
Speaking on the American network PBS, Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that Roman Abramovich tried to lure him to Stamford Bridge in 2003, soon after Fergie had lifted his eight league title with United and the Russian empire at Chelsea was still in its infancy.
David Moyes has asked United fans to be patient and promised that he’ll turn things around after the club suffered their worst start in 24 years, losing three of the opening six Premier League games.
Having openly claimed that the current squad is not good enough to win in Europe, and that he spent the summer looking for a couple of world class players who could walk straight into the side, Moyes, who also warned fans that days like the 4-1 thrashing at Manchester City could happen again this season, was defiant ahead of United’s trip to Donetsk, where they face Shakthar tonight.
Shinji Kagawa has admitted he needs to improve to convince David Moyes he’s worth a regular spot in the starting XI, or his career at Manchester United might soon be over.
The Japanese international has endured a tough start under Moyes, as he’s struggled to cement a place in the starting XI, with the former Everton manager preferring Ashley Young to the Japanese international, who has failed to replicate the form he enjoyed at Borussia Dortmund.
David Moyes’ career at Old Trafford might off to a rather underwhelming start and the new manager might have made his feelings about the squad all too clear, but he will, nonetheless, be handed a£50m transfer kitty ahead of the January transfer window as United are well aware that strengthening the squad is an absolute priority.
Having spent the summer chasing unrealistic targets only to end paying over the odds for Marouane Fellaini, Moyes has admitted his squad simply isn’t competitive enough to challenge Europe’s elite, while United have picked up seven points from their first six league games, a rather inauspicious start.
Eric Steele, the former United goalkeeping coach, has revealed David De Gea’s career at Old Trafford didn’t get off to a flying start, due to the Spaniard’s “lazy” attitude towards learning English and to his penchant for eating “too many tacos”.
Steele is widely credited with being the figure who turned De Gea from a young, promising yet unreliable goalkeeper into one of the best shot-stopper in the world in the space of two years, after De Gea arrived from Atletico Madrid for £17.8m.