Red Rants Archives for January 2014

Jones: “Mata-effect already kicking in”

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Phil Jones has claimed that Juan Mata's arrival has had a positive impact on the Manchester United players, lifting the dressing room morale and delivering a much-needed psychological boost to a team that had endured a catastrophic season up until last week, when the Spaniard was signed.

Mata's debut against Cardiff on Tuesday coincided with United getting back to winning ways in the Premier League and Jones described the Spaniard's signing as the sort of exciting news capable of lifting the players' morale and delivering fresh impetus for the remainder of the season.

United target could leave on deadline day

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Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola might have just given United fans a reason to remain glued to TV screens and radios tomorrow, after admitting that Toni Kroos could leave the Allianz Arena before tomorrow's transfer deadline.

The Bayern Munich midfielder has been on David Moyes' radar for quite some time, after the European champions' Chief Executive, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, admitted that the club was struggling to come to an agreement with the midfielder over a new contract.

Five things we have learnt from United – Cardiff

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1) The (not yet) Special Juan

From the moment he signed, last night was always going to be about a man and one man only: Juan Mata.

The atmosphere as he entered the pitch was one of febrile anticipation, one we hadn't witnessed at Old Trafford since Robin Van Persie made his debut in a red shirt last season and while the expectations were only partly met, Mata's first game for United was a largely positive one.

Three men that will lift United

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David Moyes has insisted that Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie are the men that will lift Manchester United out of the doldrums and the doom and gloom that has crippled the champions this season.

Mata, a £37.1m signing from Chelsea, made his long-awaited debut against Cardiff last night, while United also welcomed back Robin Van Persie after a 11-game spell on the sidelines, with Wayne Rooney also returning to the first team fold after overcoming the groin injury that had forced him to miss the last three weeks.

The Juan we’ve waited for

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By the time Juan Mata fully settles into this United side, orchestrating the play and dictating passes mere mortals can't see, we will, hopefully, all look back to tonight and break a polite, almost embarrassed smile, at how low-key the Spaniard's debut in a Manchester United shirt was.

That is not to say that United's record signing disappointed in his first outing for his new club, but to classify tonight as a "dream debut" would be to get carried away too soon and too quickly.

The signing that is Moyes’ big chance

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When a player joins a new football club, the words that's mentioned more often is "opportunity".

Everything, from the new manager, to new team-mates to a new environment and fans is portrayed to offer the new arrival with a wonderful chance to revitalise his career, prove his former manager wrong, develop into a world class player or a bit of both, depending who the footballer in question might be.

“He is not the player we need”

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The signing of Juan Mata could prove to be a key factor in our challenge for top 4. My initial thought was "He is not the player we need"

As a versatile attacking midfielder, it's clear that he has demonstrated at Chelsea he is at his best in behind the striker, with right midfield being his other position.

United’s record signing poised for debut

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Had it not been for the surprising arrival of a diminutive, yet incredibly talented, Spaniard, tonight's Premier League at Old Trafford would have been all about one man and one man only, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returns to the ground where he so often found the net during his playing days.

As Ole returns as a visitor, there are few doubts that he'll be greeted to a raucous reception for Old Trafford does not forget his heroes unless they wash up on Merseyside and kiss the Liverpool badge, that is and the Norwegian, for his dedication to the club first and foremost, deserves a hero welcome.

Special Juan relishes Rooney partnership

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Juan Mata was today officially unveiled as a Manchester United player, following his first press conference as a Red during which, alongside David Moyes, United's most expensive ever player revealed that he was excited by the opportunity of joining the champions, despite their dismal season so far.

Meet United’s new captain

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"Wayne said that we should have pursued Mesut Özil. My reply was that it was none of his business who we should have gone for. I told him it was his job to play and perform," said Sir Alex Ferguson in his autobiography, as he explains his opinion over Wayne Rooney's desire to leave Old Trafford in October 2010 when the club, according to Rooney, wasn't ambitious enough.

United turn down offer for youngster

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Having done much of the wheeling and dealing over the last couple of days and having invested significant money on Juan Mata and on Wayne Rooney's new contract which is close to be finalised Manchester United have been given a taste of their own medicine as they received a bid for Adnan Januzaj.

The bid, described as "significant" by the Guardian arrives as somewhat of a surprise, given that the Belgian put pen to paper on new five-year deal in October and David Moyes has since reiterated that he will not even consider the opportunity to send Januzaj on loan, let alone selling him.

Juan Mata is a RED

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A picture speaks louder than a thousand words. Juan Mata is a Red!

Juan Mata: An overexcited analysis

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Followers of football, it is said, have some of the shortest memories around. If the transfer saga involving Juan Mata, who today completed his £37 million move to Manchester United to Chelsea, is anything to go by, they might be getting shorter by the month.

To a certain extent, Chelsea fans can be forgiven for their sluggish recollection ability.

Mata can be United’s Special Juan

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Juan Mata's transfer from Chelsea to Manchester United has been met with a mixed reaction, somewhat surprisingly. A substantial proportion of United fans are more than a little skeptical about the move, citing the hefty reported transfer fee of £37million and more pressing concerns in other areas of the side.

United confirm Mata signing

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The news we had been waiting for, finally began to filter last night, as first just a couple of sources, then the whole media outlet confirmed that, yes, Juan Mata will be a Manchester United signing, the second time in 18 months that United secure one of their rivals' best player of the season, having already done so with RVP.

Rooney set for new deal

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From August up until yesterday, pretty much everything involving Manchester United was bad news abysmal results on the pitch, disgruntled players suffering injuries, disillusioned fans doubting the wisdom of appointing David Moyes as replacement Sir Alex Ferguson and, more crucially, players wanting to leave the club.

Why are Arsenal and City bothered about United signing Mata?

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Football is a very strange sport, peculiar even.

Unlike other sports such as rugby, where the opponent is always completely and thoroughly respected, or others, such as boxing, where nothing is more satisfying for a fighter than to see his counterpart fall to the canvas, one of the many unwritten rule of the beautiful game is that superiority is best achieved by mean of silence.

United: still a rival’s obsession

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Football is a very strange sport, peculiar even.

Unlike other sports such as rugby, where the opponent is always completely and thoroughly respected, or others, such as boxing, where nothing is more satisfying for a fighter than to see his counterpart fall to the canvas, one of the many unwritten rule of the beautiful game is that superiority is best achieved by mean of silence.

Robbo: “It’s all up to Moyes”

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Bryan Robson has insisted Sir Alex Ferguson's presence at Old Trafford at away games this season has nothing to do with Manchester United's dismal season and while admitting that United's form is cause for concern, Robson maintained that David Moyes remains the right man to the club forward.

With United 14 points adrift of Arsenal in the Premier League, out of the FA Cup and denied a spot in the Capital One Cup final after Wednesday's defeat on penalties against Sunderland, pressure on Moyes is mounting to deliver results, with many claiming that Sir Alex's decision to attend games at home and away has had a destabilising effect on an environment already made precarious by his retirement.

Kagawa going nowhere

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Shinji Kagawa will remain a Manchester United for the foreseeable future despite Juan Mata's imminent arrival, claims Thomas Kroth, the former Dortmund player's agent.

Kagawa has yet again struggled to make a decisive impact on his United career, having started only 12 games between Premier League and Champions League this season without registering neither a goal nor an assist so far and only showing glimpses of his talent, such as in the 5-0 win away at Leverkusen.

Moyes’ future “not worthy of a debate”

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David Moyes has been assured that his job remains safe, despite United's dismal season plummeting to new lows on Wednesday, as United crashed out of the Capital One Cup after a spineless and shambolic performance.

With the FA Cup and the Premier League already gone down the drain, United are left with only one chance of trophy this season, but not even the most ardent of Reds or the most optimistic of gamblers would bet on David Moyes' men lifting United's fourth European Cup in Lisbon later on this season.

United in Serie A midfielder swap?

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If there's a man who epitomises Manchester United's fall from grace this season, that's Michael Carrick. The Geordie midfielder hasn't performed particularly bad this season certainly not when compared to some of his teammates and even though he hasn't reached the stellar standards he achieved last campaign, he's had a positive influence on United's midfield.

Penalties, Kagawa and fear – five lessons from United’s Capital punishment

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Trying to metabolise a defeat on penalties is always a daunting task. Partly because the mind tends to cast back to a serious of moments and split second decisions that could have changed the game over the course of 90 or 120 minutes and partly because defeats matured in such cruel manner always feel a little bit more unfair than others.

United have bid accepted for Mata

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After watching last night's torture unfolding and for those who didn't, just to clarify, it was pure and uninterrupted torture it can be hard to find any reasons at all to be cheerful this morning, with United dumped out of another competition and increasingly look like a mid-table side one incapable of taking penalties, at that.

Pogba “disgusted” by Fergie’s choice

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Just when it appears that Manchester United might be about to whisper it sign a midfielder, another man who's been linked with a move to Old Trafford, which would be a return in his case, has spilled the beans over the reasons that led him to leave the club 18 months ago.

Paul Pogba has been making waves with Juventus ever since he joined the Serie A giants for free in 2012, after United had allowed his contract to expire and the Frenchman has admitted he left Old Trafford after been left "disgusted" by Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to pick Rafael ahead of him for a central midfield spot.

United pay a Capital penalty

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There's something quintessentially United about snatching victory from the jaws of defeat with the last kick of the game.

Unfortunately, there's also something quintessentially United at least as far as the class of the 2013-14 season are concerned in snatching victory from the jaws of defeat only to extend the agony and ensure that the blow, when it's finally delivered, is even more painful.

United make Mata bid

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The news Reds had been waiting for is finally arrived, as Manchester United have submitted a £35m offer for Chelsea's playmaker Juan Mata.

United have been insistently linked with a move for the Spanish playmaker over the last 36 hours and things look to have gathered pace over the last few hours, with Mata missing training at Chelsea and reportedly waving goodbye to his teammates, before the confirmation of an offer.

United’s old boys not in mood for favours

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Manchester United host Sunderland in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semifinal, trailing 2-1 to the Wearsiders and requiring a win to clinch a spot in League Cup final for the fourth time in eight years.

Ahead of tonight's game, we have caught up with Sunderland blogger Joseph (@SunderlandWorld) who was kind enough to share his views on tonight's game, Wes Brown and United's malaise.

The Real deal?

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After a day of bizarre speculation which saw Reds across the world debate over the wisdom of a possible offer for Juan Mata, United and a major force in Spanish football are linked yet again.

However, today United are the part set to receive an offer, rather than the one submitting it, as Real Madrid are reportedly set to present an offer for Wayne Rooney this summer, having decided that the United number 10 is an infinitely easier target to secure than Sergio Aguero.

Meet tonight’s opponents: Sunderland Q & A

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Manchester United host Sunderland in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semifinal, trailing 2-1 to the Wearsiders and requiring a win to clinch a spot in League Cup final for the fourth time in eight years.

Ahead of tonight's game, we have caught up with Sunderland blogger Joseph (@SunderlandWorld) who was kind enough to share his views on tonight's game, Wes Brown and United's malaise.

United won’t panic buy in January

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In news that will surprise nobody, Manchester United are expected to avoid any panic signings this January, with David Moyes' and the club hierarchy thought to be keener on long-term planning, rather than stop-gap signings.

While, theoretically, that would be an smart move and a route United and the Glazers should have embarked on many years ago, United's current predicament is such that news ruling out any January signings could have a devastating effect on the fans and the players alike, with the former category in particular desperate for a lift.

Trip to Wembley could change United’s season

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Describing a game against Sunderland on a Wednesday night in January as a last chance saloon for Manchester United would have raised a few eyebrows in years go by.

David Moyes and his team might not be at that stage yet, but tonight's second leg of the Capital One Cup semifinal is as big a test as any the former Everton manager has faced since replacing Sir Alex Ferguson in the Manchester United dugout last July.

Moyes not to blame for United’s problems

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Manchester United have underperformed this season and, as with all under-performing teams these days, much of the blame has been laid at the door of the new manager, David Moyes.

Some of the criticism is justified; in the summer, the Scot inexplicably turned down the chance to enter negotiations with Mesut Özil (also true of Sir Alex Ferguson, in 2010), with a doomed pursuit of Cesc Fabregas followed by the desperate £27.

United will struggle to land big signings

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Gary Neville believes that Manchester United need to sing three or four players if they're to return to the top of the Premier League as swiftly as possible, for the current crop isn't good enough to sustain a title challenge, which has been widely highlighted in the first six months of this season.

Moyes: “We won’t give up”

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For a man tasked with arguably the hardest job in football and pressure mounting on him by the day, David Moyes does an admirable job when it comes to remain defiant in spite of the many adversities he's faced so far this season.

Perhaps it really is staunch belief that his team will, at some point, turn the corner or perhaps the United manager is simply trying to desperately rally his troops, but Moyes' determination in insisting that United are still in the title race is beginning to look like a desperate and pointless exercise.

United “too far behind”

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Things at United aren't good these days, but at least the Old Trafford dressing room seems to be a very democratic place, given that no sooner had David Moyes said that he believed United could still win the title than Nemanja Vidic admitted having a complete different opinion on the subject.

Yesterday's defeat at Stamford Bridge saw United's gap from league leaders Arsenal widen to 14 points, with even fourth place looming increasingly distant, as Spurs and Liverpool are six points clear of United.

United feel the Blues

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The last time Samuel Eto'o thwarted our hearts, Manchester United were playing their second Champions League finalin 12 months and things looked rather different.

Back then, United boasted a superb squad capable of taking on Europe's finest, while today they crumbled against aChelsea side which, while looking solid, never got out of second gear.

Hazard ahead for United

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Travelling to face a direct rival knowing that they're the ones who have got all to lose from the context can only mean two things either the gap is so disproportionally in favour of the hosts that everybody expects them to win, or the visiting team have already run away with the league, thus they can afford to take the game lightly.

Who was Moyes scouting in France?

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Manchester United, it seems, have a penchant for the comic as well as for the dramatic (the drama is normally induced by some staggering ineptitude, but drama remains) when it comes to the transfer window and it appears as the club and David Moyes have decided to step it up a notch this month.

The United manager clocked up enough airmiles in recent weeks to grant himself a life worth of discounted flights, as him and members of his staff flew around Europe to scout different targets which may or may not arrive (the latter is alarmingly probably than the former).

RVP speaks out

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Robin Van Persie is the latest Manchester United player to publicly back David Moyes, with the Dutchman admitting that while United have been caught by surprise this season, the former Everton manager remains the right man to lead the club forward and out of the doldrums.

Van Persie has been sidelined for over a month now and has seen his team being knocked out at in the third round of the FA Cup by Swansea andlosing the first leg of the Capital One Cup semifinal at Sunderland, but the Dutchman insisted that coaching staff and players are united in a bid to turn things around.

United dealt fresh injury blow

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We can never have enough bad news, or so it seems.

What's certain is that among their ineptitude and poor form this season, United have also been desperately unlucky on the injury front, with players dropping like flies, left, right and centre and unfortunately for David Moyes, things are going to get worse before they get better.

A twin goodbye?

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Ahead of the January transfer window, David Moyes had admitted that he was determined to shake-up his squad, by offloading players who were at margins of the first team squad, but even the Manchester United manager would have been surprised to read the comments regarding Rafael and Fabio's future.

United in Gundogan bid?

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According to German newspaper Bild, Manchester United have made an offer for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.

Gundogan, whose contract expires at the end of next season, has long been on the Reds' radar and is widely considered to be one of the best midfielders in Europe, the sort of player United have been crying out for for the past five-six seasons.

Why is Mourinho talking about United again?

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With a trip to Stamford Bridge just a few days away for Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has again indulged in one of his favourite hobbies talking about the club many suspected he wanted to manage.

A man who loves mind games almost as much as he loves himself, Mourinho insisted that he didn't think United were a happy bunch these days you don't say, Jose!

United blind to let Pogba leave

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Juventus goalkeeper and World Cup winner Gianluigi Buffon has claimed that neither he nor his teammates can understand how Manchester United allowed a talent such as Paul Pogba to leave on a free transfer and claimed that United were blind to part ways with the Frenchman.

Pogba arrived in Turin in 2012 and despite being only 19 at the time, he quickly developed into a crucial figure for Juventus, ousting Claudio Marchisio ironically, another midfielder on United's radar from the starting XI and becoming one of Europe's best midfielders.

“Crazy” season has taken United by surprise

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Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has insisted the players are fully behind David Moyes and that the United manager isn't the one to blame for the disappointing results his team have picked up so far in what the Serbian defender as described as a "crazy" season.

Days after Rafael leapt in Moyes' defence claiming that the blame should be laid squarely at the players' feet, Vidic has reiterated the concept, suggesting that the backlash from Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement and a testing opening run with fixtures at Liverpool and Manchester City contributed to the Reds getting off with the wrong foot.

No place like home for United winger

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Having almost successfully managed to loan Anderson to Fiorentina, David Moyes could soon part ways with another player who arrived to Old Trafford from Portugal seven years ago amid high expectations, as Sporting Lisbon are keen to bring Nani back to his former club.

The United winger has been a largely peripheral figure in the last twelve months at Old Trafford, playing just 21 games last season, but the arrival of David Moyes was thought to be the start a new era for the Portuguese, who had stated that he was desperate to shed the tag of inconsistent flash in the pan once and for all.

Two creative midfielders, a centre back and a left back.

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Nobody ever said it would be easy, but David Moyes' first half a season in charge at Old Trafford has been nothing short of disastrous. However relieving the Scot of his duties is not the answer although it has become obvious that the Red Devils need to bring in some new faces and offload some deadwood.

Henrick Larsson: an inspired January move

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Moments of inspiration are hard to come by during the January transfer window. Indeed, with numerous Premier League teams too often guilty of committing to overpriced and under researched transfer deals the month after Christmas, Manchester United have typically avoided high-profile dealings in the window altogether.

Agent dismisses Vidic’s rumours

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Nemanja Vidic's agent, Silvano Martina, has vehemently dismissed rumours that wanted his client close to agreeing a move to Turkish giants Galatasaray, days after admitting to the Guardian that he "would rule out signing an extension with Manchester United for the time being".

The United captain's contract expires in six months, thus allowing the 32-year-old to talk to other clubs, but Martina insisted that Vidic hasn't agreed terms with another club as yet, despite being linked with a move to the Istanbul outfit as well as Barcelona and Juventus over the last couple of days.

Moyes poised for defensive shake-up

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With the January transfer window approaching its halfway point, the rumour mill is in full swing and, rather predictably, United have been caught right in the thick of it, with David Moyes' necessity to begin a long overdue clearout at Old Trafford second only to his desperate needs for reinforcements.

Rafael: “Blame us, not Moyes”

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Manchester United right-back Rafael has defended David Moyes, admitting that it's the players who shoulder the blame for United's substandard season, rather than the manager who, instead, has been under scrutiny from day one at Old Trafford and has received intense criticism in recent weeks.

The Brazilian defender leapt to defend in his manager, after United avoided a fourth-consecutive defeat in all competitions by beating Swansea 2-0 on Saturday, thus picking up their first win of 2014.

Adnan and “Dat Guy” to the rescue

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Feeling excited after what would have been a routine win until six months ago speaks volume of how far United have fallen this season, for a 2-0 win over Swansea isn't anybody's idea of heroics nor would the scoreline, in normal circumstances, be something to remember and behold for too long.

And yet, in this miserable season, today's win is far from routinely and while it'd be foolish to believe United have turned a corner, they have made their life a little easier ahead of what would have been an excruciatingly difficult week before next Sunday's trip to Stamford Bridge.

Second time lucky for United?

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Normally, there wouldn't be anything better to escape the January blues than United games coming thick and fast, even more so when three of them are at home and the only away is the first leg of a cup semifinal.

Unfortunately, this season, more games simply mean more chances to get back on the horse or, as it's been the case in 2014 so far, more opportunities for United to inflict misery on us all, a task which, it has to be said, they've mastered in spectacularly brilliant fashion since the turn of the year.

Fergie needs to help Moyes

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Eric Harrison, the former Manchester United Youth team coach, has called for Sir Alex Ferguson to step in to help David Moyes who, according to Harrison, has made life difficult for himself since arriving at Old Trafford.

Harrison, the man who coached David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Phil and Gary Neville and Nicky Butt when they were plying their trade in United's youth team, believes that the only thing that could help Moyes turn things around at Old Trafford is help from his illustrious predecessor.

Moyes risks losing the dressing room

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If cars ran on bad news, Manchester United could just about supply every petrol head in the country, for the first nine days of 2014 have brought nothing but disappointment and, judging by the latest rumours concerning the club and David Moyes, things could get a lot worse before they get better.

Different newspapers today report that some of the senior players at United could soon start to question David Moyes as they're unimpressed by his lack of credentials and, crucially, unconvinced that the Scotsman neither the right man for the club nor he has what he takes to steady a sinking ship after three defeats in a row.

Moyes: “United about to get better”

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David Moyes has insisted he is confident to turn things around at Manchester United, despite suffering three successive defeats and having to deal with a serious injury crisis.

A home defeat against Spurs on New Year's Day was followed by consecutive cup defeats, with United suffering the ignominy of failing to progress past the third round of the FA Cup for the first time in 2010 after losing 2-1 at Old Trafford against Swansea and then suffered a defeat by the same scoreline away at Sunderland on Tuesday night in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semifinal.

Why David Moyes is right not to dive into the January window

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The pressure on David Moyes to open the Manchester United chequebook will doubtless intensify following three consecutive defeats. There was already angst from many sections of United's support following the Scotsman's comments prior to Sunday's match with Swansea City, in which he revealed it is unlikely that he will play a hugely active part in this month's transfer frenzy.

United must spend now or face years of mediocrity

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"Is a dream a lie, if it don't come true or is it something worse?" Bruce Springsteen, The River, 1980.

Much as I would like to think otherwise, I seriously doubt Bruce was thinking of the trauma United would experience in the post-Fergie era when he penned those words not least, because Fergie was still six years short of being appointed at Old Trafford when the record was released but he unwillingly summed up United's current predicament.

United pay the penalty at Sunderland

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It's a season of firsts, this. Unfortunately, as far as Manchester United are concerned, the novelties we have been treated to this season are all things we could have, quite plainly, done without.

And so, after a first defeat at home to Newcastle since 1972, after Everton's first success at Old Trafford in two decades and after having gifted Swansea their first ever win at Old Trafford in their history, United, having not lost to Sunderland in the last 20 meetings between the two sides, thought well of capitulating against Gus Poyet's men.

Beware of the January transfer window

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Rarely has a Manchester United squad entered January in more urgent need of an injection of quality than David Moyes' 2013/14 vintage. The Old Trafford side have spluttered through the first half of the season, possessing a squad made up of a makeshift central midfield, uninspired set of wingers and shaky group of fullbacks.

United in Serie A star bid?

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With the January transfer window barely a week old, the rumour mill is already in full swing and considering the desperate times facing David Moyes and Manchester United, it was merely a matter of time before the Reds found themselves tangled into different transfer rumours.

The latest to emerge wants Manchester United linked with Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic.

No new signings? Is this the best 11 to fire Moyes into the top 4 then?

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Having watched any realistic chance of overseeing a defence of his new charges' Premier League crown evaporate following New Year's Day's home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, David Moyes must ensure his team achieve the more modest objective of attaining a place in the top four.

The Scotsman quickly needs to navigate United into finding the consistency of performance and results he has often talked of in recent weeks, to stand any chance of successfully guiding them (and himself) into next season's Champions League.

United target Wembley showdown

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Having started 2014 in terrible fashion with consecutive home defeats against Spurs and Swansea, United travel to Sunderland tonight hoping to take another step towards the Capital One Cup final, at the moment the Reds' most realistic chance of silverware in this disgraced season.

Sunday's showing in the FA Cup was nothing short of embarrassing something we've become somewhat accustomed to in the first six months of the campaign and United must improve, if they're to secure a positive result against a side that might be bottom of the table, but will undoubtedly be fired up for the occasion.

Are these really Moyes’ leftback targets?

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After an awful start to the season, Man United added more misery to their 2013/14 campaign this week with two mores losses, this time to Spurs and Swansea City in the Premier League and FA Cup respectively BOTH at Old Trafford.

This is the first of my three part series on who David Moyes needs to sign if his Manchester United side want to even stand a chance in reaching the top four this season.

What next for Moyes and United?

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The first working Monday of the year is a bad enough day without having its misery compounded by external factors. Unfortunately, if you happen to be a Red, today was made even worse by yesterday's spineless, embarrassing, yet utterly predictable defeat against Swansea.

The numbers alone are ominous a fourth defeat in the last six games at Old Trafford, another competition that disappears with the season barely five months old and a first third round elimination since 2010, when Jermaine Beckford gave Leeds fans their only reason to cheer in about a decade.

Moyes admits United need signings

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Having seen his side capitulate to yet another home defeat and plunge even further into a crisis, David Moyes has partiaylly backtracked on his comments and admitted that Manchester United simply aren't good enough and need to bring reinforcements in as soon as possible.

The United manager, who as little as two days ago had denied United would buy in the January transfer window, however admitted that while the need for quality players is there for all to see, it might be extremely complicated to sign players this month.

United’s final Swansong?

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They say that when it rains, it pours. As far as Manchester United are concerned, this season is shaping up to be a downpour of biblical proportion, rather than some traditionally insistent Mancunian rain.

Transition, decline, widespread ineptitude. Call it which way you want, but whatever it is it's not going to go away anytime soon.

United seek cup comfort

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Paul Lambert believes that top Premier League clubs could do without it, romantics baulk at the prospect of having the competition's format further altered by the FA and are applying the finishing touches to the "magic of the cup" cliche, which is set to be given its first airing of the season over the weekend.

Rooney unwilling to extend contract

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The New Year might only be four days old but if the start is anything to go by, 2014 could be a very long 12 months as far as Manchester United are concerned, with bad news coming thick and fast.

Having suffered their fourth home defeat of the season against Spurs on Wednesday, United, who have to deal with a catastrophic amount of injuries ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup 3rd round against Swansea, have now been dealt a further blow, as different newspapers have reported that Wayne Rooney is unwilling to extend his contract until after the World Cup.

Possible new signings could define United crisis

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Some people would argue that we are in a crisis. Hard to disagree when they come up with points such as, "How many of our players would get in to any other top side in the world. The answer would be only a handful; Van Persie, Carrick and Rooney. Rafael and David De Gea also possibilities but that's about it.

Cole: “United will buy in January”

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Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole has insisted rumours from inside Old Trafford suggest that United will sign a player or two during January, but has warned that David Moyes might have to be prepared to pay a premium for his targets, while clubs will be reluctant to part way with their players.

Was Rooney right to question ambitions?

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When, in October 2010, Wayne Rooney publicly criticised Manchester United's ambitions he was largely branded as a "mercenary" and considered a man who "was no longer fit to wear the shirt", while his agent's antics were seen as a plot to orchestrate a consistent pay-rise for his client.

Rooney's decision to question what he perceived as a lack of ambition was totally unnecessary and out of context, particularly as United had just lost the title to Chelsea, after winning three in a row and making two consecutive European Cup finals, winning one of them.

United’s midfield targets. Fantasy or reality?

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It should have been a fresh, positive, start to the new year. It was, in many ways, a stale, uninspired return to the past, with United struggling to find their way around Spurs and Wayne Rooney deployed in central midfield for the last quarter of the game in what was, effectively, one last adventurous, yet futile, roll of the dice.

Moyes rues “scandalous” decisions

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David Moyes and Manchester United got the 2014 off to the worst possible starts, slumping to yet another home defeat as Spurs won at Old Trafford for the second consecutive year, leaving them 11 points behind league leaders Arsenal.

Despite a poor first half performance, United rallied when they found themselves 2-0 down but could not complete another comeback thanks, according to Moyes, to Howard Webb's "scandalous decision" not to award a penalty when Ashley Young was clattered by Hugo Lloris with three minutes remaining.