David Beckham has hailed Roy Keane has the best captain he ever had at Manchester United and defended the Irish midfielder only a week after Fergie had publicly criticised his former captain in his autobiography.
Sir Alex had strong words for Keane and Beckham in his book – as well as for another dozen of players and managers – but his treatment of Keane was by many considered particularly harsh, taking into account the Irishman’s dedication to the United cause over 12 years at Old Trafford.
Robin Van Persie has claimed Adnan Januzaj is one of the finest talents he’s ever seen and believes the young Belgian could develop into one of the best players in the world.
So far, Januzaj has been one of the few shining lights of United’s first post-Ferguson season, scoring twice on his first start for the club against Sunderland and making an impact after coming off the bench against Stoke last Saturday. The Belgian’s performances have been impressive and, having signed a new five-year deal, many believe the Belgian should be starting regularly.
David Moyes has rushed to defend Nani after the Portuguese was booed off the pitch by sections of United fans during Saturday’s 3-2 win against Stoke City.
Nani, who had been at his frustrating best throughout the afternoon, was substituted by Adnan Januzaj after 58 minutes and the Portuguese was targeted by boos as he left the pitch, after some fans had allowed their frustration to spill over and directed their anger to the Portuguese.
David Moyes has refused to get carried away after United snatched victory from the jaws of the defeat in customary fashion against Stoke on Saturday afternoon to claim a crucial three points.
Dramatic and welcomed though it might have been, the win barely masquerade one of United’s worst performance of the season, as the Reds looked incredibly pedestrian for the first 70 minutes and could have – and perhaps should have – been more than one goal down at halftime and had to thank David De Gea for keeping the scoreline acceptable.
Wayne Rooney has expressed his delight after Sir Alex Ferguson has put the record straight in his biography, backtracking on comments that had caused months of speculations as the striker seemed on the verge of leaving United for Chelsea in the summer.
Rooney was benched for Fergie’s final game at Old Trafford and the United manager revealed the striker had submitted a transfer request, while Rooney and his agent Paul Stretford firmly denied any such request, with the striker claiming he had been left “angry” and “confused” by the club’s treatment.
One of the most eagerly anticipated chapters of Sir Alex Ferguson’s biography was the one focusing on Wayne Rooney and on the Scotsman’s turbulent relationship with the United striker.
As expected Fergie pulled no punches, claiming that Rooney’s qualities can be undermined by a lack of fitness and that the United striker did ask to leave at the end of last season, despite the denials the club has since issued to protect one of his prized assets.
One of the most interesting chapters of Sir Alex Ferguson’s biography lifts the lid on the relationship between Fergie and David Beckham who, according to the former United manager, thought he was more important to the club than his manager.
The constant media attention and the number of agents that quickly turned Beckham into “Brand Beckham” were the cause for the former England captain’s downfall at Manchester United, explained Fergie at the launch of his biography, My Autobiography, yesterday in London in an explosive press conference.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s biography won’t be released for another two days but less than 12 hours since the book was unveiled at a packed press conference in London, the first murmurs of discontent – and that’s putting it mildly – have begun to emerge.
Earlier tonight, Roy Keane told ITV that Sir Alex Ferguson ignores the meaning of the word “loyal” and that he won’t lose any sleep over the chapter Fergie dedicated to Keane’s departure from Manchester United