David Moyes has admitted United are not planning to open contract talks with Wayne Rooney in the immediate future, as the club seem happy to let the striker enter the final year of his contract which is a risky strategy at best and, at worst, the footballing equivalent of committing suicide.
After a turbulent summer during which Rooney seemed close to leave Old Trafford, before United turned down two offers from Chelsea, the 28-year-old has performed in inspired fashion for the Reds, returning to the form he last enjoyed three seasons ago when he almost single-handedly carried United to the title.
Patrice Evra believes Manchester United can not be written off as title challengers, but admits that the Reds can’t afford to lose against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
United conceded a late equaliser in the corresponding fixture last season, but arrive in North London on the back of an 11-game unbeaten run in all competition and face a Tottenham side still smarting from the 6-0 shellacking they suffered at the hands of Manchester City last week.
Jonny Evans has claimed that despite United’s stuttering start to the season, the players have never felt the need to hit the panic button, nor have they lost confidence in their abilities, despite a number of set-backs, including last Sunday’s draw against Cardiff.
United got off to their first season under David Moyes in the worst way possible way, with pressure mounting on the new manager to start delivering results, after defeats against Liverpool, Manchester City and West Brom. The Reds, however, have now gone 11 games unbeaten and despite being seven points adrift of league leaders Arsenal, Evans insist they’ll travel to White Hart Lane full of confidence this Sunday.
Ryan Giggs might turn 40 today, but the United legend shows no signs of being in a rush of hanging up his boots, nor has his appetite for success been satisfied by the unprecedented amount of trophies he’s collected during his career.
Should he play on Sunday against Spurs, Giggsy would become only the seventh player in history to take part in a Premier League match after turning 40 – Kevin Phillips, Teddy Sheringham, Gordon Strachan, Brad Friedel, Mark Schwarzer and Mike Pollitt did it before him – and after his vintage performance against Bayer Leverkusen, few would bet against him being involved again.
David Moyes insisted he’s determined to enjoy more wins like last night’s 5-0 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen and that best is yet to come for Manchester United this season.
An injury-depleted United arrived in Germany on the back of stuttering start to the season and facing a team that a lost just once in the last 12 games in all competitions, but the Reds produced a superb performance, putting the host to the sword from the start and ran riot throughout the games, scoring five goals and securing a spot in the knockout stage of the Champions League.
Former Manchester United number two Mike Phelan has claimed he was in charge of Manchester United over the last five years, given the amount of work Sir Alex Ferguson chose to delegate to his assistant.
Phelan, who departed the club in the wake of David Moyes’ arrival at Old Trafford, said that while Sir Alex Ferguson remained the public face of the club, much of the work behind the scenes and on the training ground was delegate to his coaching staff, including Phelan.
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.
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.