"War-chest". A word with which football has become familiar to in the last couple of seasons, and one which has been thrown about by the Manchester United's hierarchy with the same frequency with which Antonio Valencia misplaces a cross or loses possession.
Sir Alex Ferguson was allegedly given a sizeable budget to spend in his last season, but £24m were enough to secure Robin Van Persie's services, while David Moyes has seemingly had a "war-chest" since arriving at Old Trafford, with Ed Woodward famously assuring him and us last summer that "United could compete with everybody in the transfer market," which doesn't really explain why we ended up signing Marouane Fellaini on deadline day.
Manchester United's midfielder from Ecuador, Antonio Valencia, showed his professionalism and skills off Saturday at Old Trafford by scoring the first goal in a 2-0 win over Swansea City.
After a scoreless first half while playing without stars Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney and their team stuck in the middle of the pack in the EPL standings, there were lingering doubts for fans of the Red Devils.
Manchester United eased the pressure on under-fire boss David Moyes with 15 minutes of brilliance as they avenged last week-end's cup exit with a 2-0 win against Swansea at Old Trafford.
After a rather subdued first-half United grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck be it just for 15 minutes as Antonio Valencia struck first and Danny Welbeck's deflection put the homeside at ease with a half-hour still left to play which seen Chris Smalling and Shinji Kagawa miss guilt edged chances with the goal at there mercy.
The number seven shirt has an extremely unique aura at Old Trafford, considering the number of United greats of yesteryear who donned it over the last half a century a list in which, by the way, Michael Owen does not feature but Antonio Valencia admitted he's relieved to have abandoned the iconic shirt after just 12 months.
Another week gone in the Barclays Premier League and another set of absolutely fantastic goals for fans all over the world. Week 10 saw go five points clear at the top of the Premier League table after they defeated Liverpool 2-0 as both of the Gunners' goals were excellent and made the countdown.
With photos of bust ups leaking from other training grounds, it's always great to see the great team spirit we have on show at Carrington. Patrice Evra regularly seems to be at the centre of it all, and on this occasion, even Antonio Valencia managed to crack a smile!
The January transfer window might still be two and half months away, but the rumour mill is in full swing and Manchester United seem to have yet again being caught in the thick of it.
Today's backpages claim that Galatasaray are set offer £13m for Nani in January, as Roberto Mancini, who replaced Fatih Terim at the helm of the Istanbul club less than a month ago, begins to seek a replacement for Wesley Sneijder, who could be reunited with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.
Yesterday's World Cup qualifiers were a mixed bag for United players, with Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie on the scoresheet, while Jonny Evans was sent off for Northern Ireland.
At Wembley, Rooney scored England's first goal as Roy Hodgson's men thumped Montenegro 4-1, with Rooney and Danny Welbeck putting in a good performance, while Michael Carrick came off the bench in the second half.
If Manchester United thought Roberto Mancini was glaring in their direction during his time at Manchester City, it turns out he was just making eyes at winger Antonio Valencia. One of Mancini's first moves since taking over at Galatasaray will be to lure the Ecuador international away from Old Trafford.
David Moyes' Old Trafford debut ended in a lacklustre scoreless draw against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.
Moyes made one change to the side that defeated Swansea at the Liberty Stadium last week. Wayne Rooney started in the no.10 role behind Robin Van Persie, pushing Danny Welbeck to the left flank, while Antonio Valencia kept his place on the right.
David Moyes has named his first ever starting eleven for Manchester United in the Premier League, and there are very few surprises. Ryan Giggs wins a starting position over new arrival Wilfried Zaha, with Antonio Valencia getting the nod on the right flank.
As expected, wantaway striker Wayne Rooney has not been included in the starting eleven, with Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck starting up front.
When Antonio Valencia relinquished his number 7 shirt to opt for a more sombre 25, the number he had worn during his first two seasons at the club, he obviously couldn't imagine that a relatively easy decision could trigger the hopes and dreams of many gullible fans, who were willing to believe that the Ecuadorian's [.
Though Manchester United fans' crowdfunding campaign to raise the money necessary to pay Cristiano Ronaldo's ginormous transfer fee and bring him back to his old club was shut down last month, the fervent desire to see him return has not dissipated. As a result, rumors and scraps of out of context information are melded together and blindly repeated in the hopes that he can be willed back onto the team.
Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia revealed his new number 25 shirt in today's Community Shield win over FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic. The winger wore the number 7 jersey for the Premier League champions last season, but the club confirmed his number switch just before kickoff today via their official Twitter.
Three key issues David Moyes must solve immediately - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Premier League champions Manchester United might have won the Premiership last season at a canter but there's a lot of work still needs to be done in order to roll their juggernaut for new manager David Moyes before the transfer window slams shut.
After a few early chances yesterday, United looked absolutely dreadful for the majority of the first half. They were slow, they were pressed by Swansea whenever in possession but didn't put the away side under anything like the same pressure, their passing was poor, when they got in to the final third they didn't know what to do, amongst a whole host of other things.
One of the things that Ed Woodward saidabout Manchester United's poor summer transfer window was that new United boss David Moyes wanted to "spend time with the squad" to understand what he had before deciding on what he needed to add via the transfer market.
Well four months later and Moyes should have a pretty good idea by now about who fits into his plans and who doesn't so that he can now start to shape the squad the way he wants.
As a Manchester City fan, this past week was about as good as it gets. The Citizens finally won in the Champions League after two years of dreadful performances. On Sunday, City absolutely dominated United, winning 4-1 and playing spectacularly. There were a couple key players and impressive performances, but it must be stated everyone did their job.
United: Edwin van der Sar, John O'Shea, Jonny Evans, Nemanja Vidić (c), Fábio, Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Park Ji-Sung, Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen. United substitutes: Tomasz Kuszczak, Chris Smalling, Ryan Giggs, Nani, Darren Fletcher, Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernández.
Antonio Valencia is on the team sheet for today's Community Shield against Wigan with #25 next to his name, his old shirt number, instead of the #7 he was playing in last season. This means Nick Powell will have to change his shirt number, as he took on #25 after Valencia.
The shirt numbers for the coming season will be finalised next Friday but as it stands, our #7 shirt has no owner.
Antonio Valencia has sung the praises of Sir Alex Ferguson, who signed him from Wigan in 2009, and claimed United need to beat Swansea today to do him justice.
"I never thought this moment would arrive. It never seemed real to me that Sir Alex would actually leave," said Valencia. "It's going to be a very emotional day and the boss will merit every cheer from the fans.
Someone, naming no names, wrote this about Antonio Valencia in April 2012:
They tell you that football is a game played by eleven, not one, but what is this sport, like the chocolate selection box you feel guilty for constantly treating yourself to, if you haven't got your favourites?
As the Moyes regime begins to take shape, it is a time for United fans to reminisce and remember the good times. Now, we all know the title race isn't over and a new manager needs time to settle, but the retirement of Fergie himself was the final stage of the clubs transition; one that has seen the club regress.
David Moyes will be weighing up the merits of the players in his newly inherited Manchester United squad, with some changes in personnel expected this summer. The Scot will surely want to bring in a player or two of his own, and there may well be some exits from Old Trafford over the course of the summer.
Michael Carrick It has only taken seven years for Carrick to get his own song and the praise he deserves. The players aren't stupid though and voted him their Player of the Year. Think about this: United have never finished outside the top two with Carrick in central midfield.
Antonio Valencia could be heading for the Old Trafford exit door this January, according to reports in the Turkish press that have linked Galatasaray with a possible move for one of United's misfiring wingers.
Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini remember him? Used to have a scarf constantly wrapped around his neck replaced Fatih Terim as Galatasaray manager last week and he's thought to be keen to revamp his squad in January, with Valencia being one of the Italian's main targets.
When David Beckham moved to Real Madrid and left the #7 shirt behind, a shirt he had been desperate to wear after Eric Cantona announced his retirement, Sir Alex Ferguson opted to give the legendary shirt to a spotty, skinny kid, who'd signed for £12m from Sporting Lisbon. He'd played just one season in the first team when in Portugal and had made no appearances for the national team.