David Moyes believes the days of long term planning at United are long gone.
That’s quite something to say by a manager who was given a six year contract despite never winning anything. A man who was given an entire season to improve the standard of football he dragged the club into playing, but never did. A man whose long term future would have been cemented purely by showing the club and its fans just a few seeds of hope in order to continue to receive their full backing. The signs never improved, neither did Moyes’ pathetic interview skills
In just a few short months, Moyes proved he was not up to the task of managing one of the biggest clubs in football despite being given one of the most faithful, long-term contracts ever handed out by any club.
Atletico Madrid midfielder, Koke, has today cast doubt over the possibility of any move to Old Trafford with his insistence of happiness at what he call his “home”.
United have long been linked with a potential move for Koke and were rumoured to be preparing a buy-out clause triggering £48m bid in the hope of luring him away from the current La Liga champions, those hopes seem to have been dashed by the players latest comments.
Manchester United have moved in for FC Dnipro star Yevhen Konoplyanka.
Liverpool have been long-term admirers of the Ukrainian and failed in a last minute deadline day bid to bring the highly rated midfielder to the Premier League in January but United are now favourites to secure the 24-year-old’s signature this summer.
Destiny, like many other words, is a term often overused in football, but it’s difficult to dismiss it when it comes to Manchester United.
The 1999 Treble was clinched on what would have been Sir Matt Busby’s 90th birthday, while had George Best not departed this world, he would have enjoyed the celebrations for his 62th birthday as United lifted the European Cup in Moscow in 2008.
How apt then, that 12 months on from Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge, United decided it was time to unveil the man tasked with the gargantuan job to restore the club in the upper echelon of English and, hopefully, European football.
In a plot almost reminiscent of that rather poor movie, ‘Freaky Friday’, the season which we’ve just rejoiced at seeing the back of has seen a switch in fortunes for ourselves and Liverpool.
It was unthinkable at the end of the 2012/13 campaign that a year on we would find ourselves languishing in seventh place, whilst our fiercest rivals would be experiencing the heady heights of the top end of the Premier League.
Louis Van Gaal went some way to dispel doubts over his future by publicly admitting that he wants to manage Manchester United, describing the Reds as “the biggest club in the world”. The Dutchman is largely thought to be the overwhelming favourite in the race to succeed David Moyes at Old Trafford and could be announced next week.
Ryan Giggs is expected to remain at Old Trafford as Van Gaal’s assistant manager, after the Dutchman has reportedly expressed his interest in keeping Giggsy on his coaching staff. Even though the Holland manager hasn’t formally been appointed, yesterday he gave the biggest sign yet that he will in fact replace Moyes in the Old Trafford dugout after the World Cup.
When the news broke on June 11th 2009 that Manchester United had accepted a world record offer for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, there was a feeling of great sadness amongst United fans, despite the clear inevitability of it all.
It was the end of what had been a glorious chapter for the club and Sir Alex, who had signed this skinny little teenager from Sporting Lisbon six years previously. What they created was a footballing genius, who will go down as one of the game’s greatest ever.
Much has been said since the turn of the year in regards to who Manchester United are going to target this summer transfer window. Everyone seems to have an opinion on who United require but perhaps the more pertinent question should be: who can they acquire?
I don’t buy into the theory that the club won’t be able to attract their targets simply because we can’t offer European football for a year. In this modern day game, money very much talks, so should you offer enough, they will come. The main stumbling block is more likely to be whether these players can see United rising again.