Spanish super weight Real Madrid and Premier League giant Manchester United have been ranked the most valuable clubs in football, according to a study by one of the Big Four audit firms KPMG.
The valuations for the clubs were at least £2.5billion at the end of 2016. Both clubs were ranked ahead of La Liga champions Barcelona – though they followed closely at £2.4billion.
German champions Bayern Munich came at a distant fourth with valuation of £1.89billon. Arsenal made the top five most valuable clubs with worth of £1.45billion.
The report might be surprising to some considering that Manchester United have struggled with getting the results since the retirement of long time manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
“It’s a study that associates several criteria. These include the popularity of the clubs with their number of followers on social media, their sporting potential given the value of their players, TV rights and their ownership situation, notably the stadiums,” an analyst from KPMG explained. Continue reading
Eric Bailly is getting better at English slowly and steadily as he says himself.
As per Bailly, he is not uncomfortable even now as some of his Man U colleagues know the French language which he knows as well. So, with the help of those guys, he is able to stay connected with everyone so far.
But, he knows he can’t do without English if he has to be in the Premiership for a long time. So, he has joined a coaching institute as his coach had suggested to him and the lessons in the institute are benefitting him already.
Bailly was quoted as saying, “I can communicate with a couple of boys in French and they are getting me to gel in the squad. I am working on my English as well and in some time hopefully, my English will be good enough for communication.”
“United is like a dream for everyone in Football, for me too. I have felt thoroughly welcomed, so much warmth here.”
“I will grab this opportunity. This is a great opportunity.”
Manchester United icon Ryan Giggs says that the club should get used to do Jose Mourinho adopting a defensive approach in some of the key games.
Manchester United have been criticised for changing their style of play and going all out defensive in the recent match at Anfield. Many saw this as a sign of Mourinho giving too much respect to Liverpool and their recent form. United have a tradition of playing attractive football and very rarely have they performed so poorly in the last three decades. However, Giggs says that Mourinho’s judgements should be trusted
since it may be one of the ways to win trophies.
Even the great Sir Alex Ferguson used defensive tactics from time to time if he thought that it was the best possible way for United to win trophies. Ferguson, however, provided beautiful and attractive football to the club on most occasions and the defensive minded games were largely forgotten. Mourinho is struggling to match the same since he has a reputation for being a defensive coach on almost all occasions. Giggs tried to look on the positive side by claiming that a defeat would have caused a lot of pressure on the team going into the next few weeks.
Manchester United are rationing the shirts of its players this season, according to reports rife in the English media.
The reports say that the rich club moved to ban players from swapping shirts with opponents or gifting it to fans, and others, after a game. The move is reported is one that would save the management cash.
Old Trafford splashed as much as £150 million this summer to land top stars, but they would not be spared from the new regulations. Swede international Zlatan Ibrahimovic, French superstar Paul Pogba, and United and England skipper Wayne Rooney are believed to be suffering a similar fate as the rest of the squad.
The move is a surprising one, if true – as we await official confirmation, because Man United is reported to be worth over £2 billion. Someone in the know told news outlet, The Sun: “They are asked not to swap shirts so they don’t have to be replaced,” he claimed. “It seems daft given how much the club is worth,” he added.
Spanish giants, Real Madrid are convinced that they would sign Manchester united goal keeper, David De Gea.
David De Gea is likely to stay at Manchester United this summer in the event Jose Mourinho becomes the club’s next manager but the United goalkeeper’s future at Old Trafford will become much less certain if the club opt to keep faith with Louis van Gaal.
Another player whose future could also be linked to the managerial situation at United is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Reports in France on Monday night that United had offered the Paris St-Germain striker a one-year deal with the option of a further 12 months were denied as “not factual” by the player’s agent, Mino Raiola. The Red devils are believed to be interested in signing the Swede as a free agent when contract with PSG expires at the end of the season. It remains to be seen whether any deal for the 34-year-old would also hinge on Mourinho succeeding Van Gaal.
Ibrahimovic has been highly critical of Van Gaal in the past but has a close relationship with Mourinho, under whom he won the Serie A title with Inter Milan in 2009.
United would need to win the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace at Wembley on Saturday as it represents Van Gaal’s last opportunity to salvage something from a miserable season. They would also get the chance to play in the group stage of the Europa League next season. United have an agreement in principle with Mourinho, but despite the former Chelsea manager’s belief that he will succeed Van Gaal in Manchester this summer, nothing has yet been signed with the Portuguese. Continue reading
Kevin Muscat prepares his Melbourne Victory team to take on an inform Perth Glory and he says that he has taught his team the ways to cope with the opposition.
A brilliant run in the last few weeks has seen Melbourne come up as competitors for the likes of Brisbane. The top two places in the Australian A League qualifies for the final series. Brisbane and Western Sydney Wanderers occupy this position but the likes of Melbourne are not far away. They need a run of wins in order to overtake Melbourne City for this spot.
Perth Glory are outside the play off places at the moment, but they are one of the inform teams in the division. A 6-1 win over Newcastle Jets in the previous league match confirmed their strength and Muscat will know that his team cannot afford complacency based on league position. Glory especially have a good record when it comes to games against Melbourne. They are undefeated in the last five meetings against Muscat’s team. This statistic has to change for Melbourne if they are to remain in contention for a final series position. The team are just a handful of points away from Brisbane and have the ability to overtake them if results go their way this weekend. Continue reading
Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has revealed the real reason behind leaving the club despite being considered as one of the best strikers during his time at the club.
The Mexican had a very high goals to games ratio. Despite this, he found himself out of favour immediately after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. David Moyes did not rate him much and he was sent on a loan spell to Real Madrid soon afterwards. Even though Moyes was soon replaced by Louis van Gaal, the Dutchman also do not help the situation upon his arrival.
After waiting on the sidelines, Hernandez finally decided to move to German football with Bayer Leverkusen in the summer. He has been an instant hit in German football. Even though the German outfit failed to get past the Champions League group stages, they have done exceedingly well in the league so far. Hernandez has already scored 10 goals in just 13 matches. He has revealed the reasons behind finally moving away from the Old Trafford outfit. Hernandez says that he had an open talk with van Gaal, who failed to guarantee him more than 5% of a starting spot in the team. 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
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
Manchester United moved to within nine points of the top-four after comfortably beating West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.
Phil Jones gave the champions the lead on thirty-four minutes with a powerful header, before Wayne Rooney doubled the visitors’ advantage twenty minutes into the second half with his fourteenth goal of the season.