A hat-trick from Robin van Persie helped secure Manchester United’s progress into the Champions League quarter finals, as the Premier League side beat Olympiakos 3-0 at Old Trafford yesterday evening.
United, who needed to win by a three goal margin in order to remain in the competition, took the lead on twenty-five minutes when Van Persie converted a penalty he himself had won, after being barged in the back by Jose Holebas.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has admitted his frustration at the form of both Liverpool and Manchester City this season, according to the Metro.
The Premier League champions are eleven points behind Brendan Rodgers’ side ahead of their clash on Sunday afternoon, whilst City are nine points ahead of their neighbours with two games in hand and Rooney has said that is it ‘difficult’ to see the two sides doing well at a time when United have stuttered.
Phil Jones believes that the arrival of Juan Mata has raised spirits at Manchester United, according to the Daily Star.
The Spain international completed his club record switch from Chelsea at the weekend, and made his debut in the 2-0 win over Cardiff City on Tuesday evening.
On the back of winning the 2012 Ballon d’Or, Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that his friend and former teammate Rio Ferdinand tried to convince him to re-join Manchester United in the summer, according to the Mirror.
The Portuguese international, who beat Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery to the award at the ceremony in Zurich yesterday evening, was linked with a return to Old Trafford at the end of last season.
Manchester United face an uphill battle if they are to reach Wembley this season after losing the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final to Sunderland by two goals to one at the Stadium of Light.
An own goal from Ryan Giggs gave the hosts the lead on the stroke of half time, before Nemanja Vidic drew United level seven minutes after the break.
Manchester United will be without Wayne Rooney for tomorrow’s visit of Newcastle United after receiving his fifth booking of the season in Wednesday evening’s defeat to Everton.
Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa are both doubtful through injury and illness respectively, though Phil Jones could return after serving his ban.
Manchester United host manager David Moyes’ former club Everton to Old Trafford this evening, looking for the three points that could see them burst into the top four.
The hosts will be without Phil Jones, who serves a one match suspension after amassing five yellow cards, while a late decision will be made on Robin van Persie, who has been suffering with a combination of groin and toe problems.
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Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo is now the odds on favourite to win this year’s Ballon d’Or after firing Portugal to next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
The 28 year old scored a stunning hat-trick to secure a 3-2 victory over Sweden in the second leg of their play-off yesterday evening, in doing so replaces Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery at the head of the market.
Wayne Rooney is set to earn a staggering £52m as part of a new four year contract set to be offered to him by Manchester United, the Metro understands.
The striker, who is line to win his eighty-seventh international cap at Wembley this evening as Roy Hodgson’s side take on Chile in a friendly, was strongly linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer.
David Moyes secured his first home win as Manchester United manager with victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday evening.
Robin Van Persie opened the scoring with a penalty on the stroke of half time, before Wayne Rooney made sure of the points with his first club goal since March.