Patrice Evra may end up getting the wrath of many Premier League clubs after claiming that he had advised midfielder Paul Pogba to turn down a potential move to Manchester United. The Frenchman, who had been a bookmakers‘ favourite to return to OT, left United when he was still a teenager and joined Juventus on a free transfer.
Now 22, Pogba is regarded as one of the finest midfielders in world football. Juventus have reportedly placed a price of £ 70 million for his signature. Hence, a potential transfer could will exceed the figure of £100 million if the wages and bonuses are taken into account over a period of five years.
Sir Alex Ferguson had a look at David Silva while the midfielder was playing in the top division back in his homeland Spain, but, the Scot eventually decided against landing him at Old Trafford as he believed the midfielder would not be well suited to the Red Devils.
According to Ferguson, the thing with the number 10 players is that they don’t contribute anything defence wise. The defensive liabilities are not there on them whatsoever. So, if you go with them, it becomes really, really important that everybody else playing at the other positions do the job perfectly; otherwise, the team would be in trouble.
Jonny Evans has backed Wayne Rooney to silence his critics. Evans, who played a lot of games alongside Rooney while at Old Trafford, believes Rooney is a feisty character and is capable of bouncing back from any situation.
Rooney has not been that productive in the Premier League games for United in the 2015-16 Season and has drawn criticism because of that. His numbers in the other competitions and also, in the international games have been alright, though there is no denying that the star striker from England has not looked like playing his best Football at all lately. Continue reading
Finally Wayne Rooney managed to get to that magic number of 50 which made him the most successful English striker of all time in terms of numbers.
The Three Lions’ skipper found the back of the net in the 84th minute of the Switzerland game yesterday and with that, he pushed Bobby Charlton to no. 2 in the list of England’s top goal scorers. But, does that really mean Rooney is the best striker to be produced by England ever? Continue reading
Louis van Gaal believes that Manchester United have made sufficient progress over the summer to make the challengers for the title in this campaign.
United took full advantage of Manchester City’s shock home defeat against West Ham on Saturday by grabbing a 3-2 win over Southampton away from home. New summer signing Anthony Martial displayed his quality once more by scoring two goals while former club record signing Juan Mata scored the crucial winner. Even though Southampton responded in a positive fashion, United were able to hold on for the narrow victory.
Van Gaal believes that it is these kind of results that determine the success of a title challenge. Last season, United were not able to get over the edge despite playing better than their opponents. This was largely because of poor finishing and being unable to take their chances. The Dutchman says that these frailties have been corrected and United are now at their potent best. Beating Southampton, who have tasted only one victory this season, is unlikely to come as a major test of their strength. However, United have moved within two points of table leaders City with both teams having played six games each. The next three matches in all competitions for United are at Old Trafford. Continue reading
Manchester United’s record signing Angel di Maria has faced intense criticism following a string of poor performances in 2015. After being an immense reason behind the fortunes of United being revived at the start of the season, di Maria’s form nosedived in the second half of the campaign. Despite having cost the club £ 60 million only last summer, several astonishing transfer rumours linking him with an exit. Paris St Germain, who are one of the few clubs with the financial muscle to afford a player like di Maria, have been rumoured to be preparing an offer.
The Argentine, though, dismissed most of the transfer rumours by saying that he will definitely be at Old Trafford next season. After being an integral part of the Real Madrid team for several years, di Maria appears to be struggling with the large number of matches required from English clubs. Across the continent, teams often have a winter break and this is not available to players in England. Instead, they have to go through a rigorous schedule of matches and this largely appears to have caused di Maria’s alarming dip in form. The Argentine already came into the club with little rest following a World Cup campaign. Continue reading
The Colombian attacker Radamel Falcao was initially signed by Manchester United on September of 2014 in a season long loan deal. The contract that was agreed had an option for Manchester United of turning that loan deal into a permanent one but that would only happen if Louis van Gaal and the supporters of the Premier League club were impressed by what Falcao managed to do during this season and it turns out that actually nobody was impressed by what Falcao did during his stint at Old Trafford.
In 26 Premier League appearances, Falcao managed to score 4 goals. This is a very disappointing statistic for a player who was once considered one of the top players in the world a few years ago when performing for the Spanish side Athletic Madrid. Continue reading
Returning to the top four was undoubtedly the main objective for Louis Van Gaal upon his arrival, and, barring a miraculous fourteen goal swing, it appears that the Dutchman will achieve just that.
It may have been a rocky start for Van Gaal who arrived late into pre-season preparations after the World Cup, but the team has finally adapted to his philosophy and tactics to produce the results and performances when it mattered most. Continue reading
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville reckons that his former club Manchester United are returning back to their best. Neville was speaking after witnessing his former team get a fourth consecutive league victory. More importantly, this was against their arch rivals Manchester City. United have had a very poor record in the Manchester derby over the last two seasons. After more than four decades, they have been beaten on four consecutive occasions. There was a danger of City getting a fifth consecutive victory over United when Sergio Aguero opened the scoring inside the first 15 minutes.
However, United replied in stunning fashion and managed to win 4-2. The victory could have been even greater had it not been for some outstanding saves by City goalkeeper Joe Hart. This is clearly a United team playing with a lot of confidence and they look like the team under Sir Alex Ferguson. After being criticised heavily for his defensive tactics in the first half of the campaign, Louis van Gaal is starting to make his mark felt in the team. Neville was once critical of Van Gaal’s approach, but the Dutchman has altered the team’s style in such a way that they are now far more attractive. Continue reading