With new Chelsea manager, Jose Mourihno, set to make a third and possibly final bid to lure United’s Wayne Rooney from Manchester to London after Monday’s early season title clash, the rivalry between the two clubs looks set to increase. FA Cup encounters, League title clashes and even that special night in Moscow’s Champions League Final make this a mouthwatering fixture already.
United have enjoyed some special moments (and some not-so special moments) versus the Russian owned money train. This season Chelsea are hot favourites to land the Premier League title and United face a tough test to begin David Moyes Old Trafford record with a win. Can United under Moyes replcate some of these classic Fergie-inspired teams? Let’s begin…..
Dear Sirs and Scoundrels:
Let me first start by thanking you for making this summer the mother of all Hells. You along with your friends at Arsenal have made the “Silly Season” (aka summer transfer window) the “Stupid Season” and a period of history that will go down in defining your lack of competence, sincerity, honesty and integrity. You have gone and taken this club, once the beacon and shining light of football in Britain and around the world and turned it into to the standing joke of the year. And all this while you can still claim the title of defending Premier League Champions.
Impressive, most impressive.
OK, one down and 37 to go. So what have we learned from United’s first match of the season, first victory as well as first regular season match under new manger David Moyes?
First off let me congratulate David Moyes on his first victory. I have to say this, even though Dave was never my choice for manager of this prestigious club, I am one of those out there who is very happy for him and delighted with a tough road win that hopefully filled us all with some optimism while answering some immediate questions.
As Manchester United debuts go, Wayne Rooney’s was amongst the greatest and most memorable of all time. Ronaldo, Macheda, van Nistelrooy and Shay Brennan all received approving nods via our Twitter following last night, but surely none compare to Rooney’s? Shame then how the want-away striker could sour the occasion for a man who seems intent on sticking by him.
Today David Moyes takes centre stage as he marches his troops to South Wales for an early evening season opener against Swansea City, a fixture that looks and feels difficult for a number of reasons.
But what will be occupying Moyes’ thoughts throughout what promises to be a cracking spectacle? I can’t see how it can be anything other than Wayne Rooney.
This time last year RedRants told you United were a great bet in the handicapped market to win the Premier League and that’s exactly what they did.
With a +2 start they never needed, United romped to the title with a total of 91pts pipping EVERTON by just 4pts while City’s apparent slickers and their scratch handicap amassed a shameful 78pts. (See below for complete handicap positions for 12/13)
You can remind yourselves or look for proof if required by reading last years article entitled ‘United a good bet for the title‘. This season we’ve teamed up with LuxBet to try to bring you another great United tip.
Well the quiet didn’t last long, did it? Less than 36 hours have passed since United lifted their first trophy of the season – admittedly of very limited importance – but football has again been exiled from today’s back pages, with injuries and transfer gossip thundering back on stage, despite having very little to add to what we already knew.
England’s manager Roy Hodgson decided to offer his 20p on the Wayne Rooney saga, by claiming the striker has been injury-free for “several days”and will therefore feature when England face Scotland at Wembley tomorrow night, after missing out on Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial and on the Community Shield because of an unspecified shoulder injury.
Nine years ago, when United unveiled Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford, it appeared nothing could stop the 18-year-old from becoming one of the game’s brightest stars as Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United were deemed the perfect environment to nurture and develop the teenager into something special.
Almost a decade on, the teenager is no longer a teenager (although the petulance and self-pity characterising Rooney’s behaviour over the last 18 months do not do his 27 years any justice), and the relationship between player and club has deteriorated to such extent that parting ways is as inevitable as it could be beneficial for both parties involved.
Wayne Rooney could make his comeback for Manchester United in friendly behind closed doors against Spanish side Real Betis today. The 27-year-old is still to feature in a game under new manager David Moyes after returning home from United Australasian tour with a hamstring injury.
Rooney, however, could line up today alongside the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Nani and Antonio Valencia, as Moyes wants to get as many of his players up to speed as possible, particularly those who missed out on the tour due to injuries, ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield, the season’s traditional curtain-raiser at Wembley.