Former Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has lifted the lid on the dressing room talk after Paul Pogba joined the club on a free transfer back in 2012. The French midfielder had been a Manchester United youth team product, but he was allowed to leave the club on a free transfer.
Juventus had to pay a training compensation fee of £ 800,000. Even though he was still a teenager, Pirlo claimed that everyone in the dressing room could see that Pogba was about to become one of the best in the world. Yet, they were amazed at how at how a big club like United would let him leave on a free.
Pirlo is not surprised that Pogba has become the most expensive player in the world. He has just made an £ 89 million move to Old Trafford. Pogba is seen as a complete midfielder because he is someone who can score goals, defend at the back, and also conduct play from the midfield. Even though his record in recent years has not been great, manager José Mourinho is the type of character to get the best out of a player like Pogba. Further, at 23 years of age, the midfielder has the best years ahead of him.
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
Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from their derby day disappointment when they take on Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
The champions welcome back Nemanja Vidic from suspension though fellow defenders Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are doubtful with hamstring and calf problems respectively and Robin van Persie remains out with a knee injury.
Tags: Aston Villa, Chris Smalling, Everton, Gary Neville, Jonny Evans, Nemanja Vidic, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Phil Neville, Robin van Persie, Ryan Giggs, Salford City, Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United will be hoping to continue their winning momentum when they take on neighbours Manchester City at Old Trafford this evening.
The Premier League champions can move to within two points of fifth place Tottenham Hotspur with victory over their fierce rivals, and close the gap on City to nine points.
Manchester United will be hoping to take the momentum gained from Wednesday evening’s Champions League last sixteen second leg victory over Olympiakos when they travel to West Ham United in Saturday’s late kick-off in the Premier League.
Top scorer Robin van Persie could feature despite being stretchered off at Old Trafford midweek, while Jonny Evans is also pushing for a return after missing almost two months through injury.
Manchester United will be without defensive pair Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans for this evening’s crucial Champions League last sixteen second leg against Olympiakos at Old Trafford.
Juan Mata will also be absent having already represented Chelsea in this season’s competition, while Nani remains side-lined with hamstring problem though Javier Hernandez could feature.
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has admitted that his side must ‘attack from the first minute’ as they try to salvage something from a disappointing campaign against Olympiakos in the second leg of their Champions League last sixteen tie, according to the Mirror.
The reigning Premier League champions fell to a ninth league defeat of the season in humiliating fashion at the weekend, losing 3-0 to fierce rivals Liverpool in a result which all but ended their slim hopes of finishing in the top four.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has apologised to his teammates following comments he made after Tuesday evening’s 2-0 Champions League last sixteen first leg defeat to Olympiakos, according to the Mirror.
The Dutch international had complained about his teammates running into areas he was supposed to be, but has insisted that his criticisms were aimed at himself.
Tags: Chelsea, Chris Smalling, Danny Welbeck, Juan Mata, Luke Shaw, Manchester City, Michael Carrick, Olympiakos, Robin van Persie, Tom Cleverley, Wayne Rooney
Manchester United came from two goals to beat Hull City at the KC Stadium yesterday afternoon, and secure a fifth straight victory in all competitions.
Former United youngster James Chester put the hosts ahead after just four minutes before David Meyler doubled their advantage soon after.
Tags: Antonio Valencia, Arsenal, Chris Smalling, Everton, Hull City, James Chester, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Phil Jones, Rafael, Southampton, Wayne Rooney
Manchester United head into this afternoon’s match with Hull City looking to secure a fifth successive win in all competitions.
The champions may be without Danny Welbeck, who suffered a knee injury in Saturday’s win over West Ham United, while the game may come too soon for both Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie.