It's time for Offbeat Wednesday, your weekly gossip special! This week, Olivier Giroud's scandal with a model hits French society, J-LO and Pitbull shoot the official World Cup music video, Maradona gets engaged and David de Gea's girlfriend billed as the next Beyonce.
Over the weekend, Arsenal's Olivier Giroud was caught in a mighty scandal after embarrassing photos of him were leaked to the British press.
Manchester United has announced its 25-man squad for the 2014 US summer tour.
The squad will feature stars such as Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Danny Welbeck, David De Gea, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and new signings Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera.
The club, who will fly to the United States today to begin its tour, will play a series of friendly matches across the United States:
• LA Galaxy vs Manchester United (Los Angeles) — July 23 • AS Roma vs Manchester United (Denver) — July 26 • Inter Milan vs Manchester United (Washington DC) — July 29 • Real Madrid vs Manchester United (Ann Arbor) — August 2
Manchester United may also play in Miami on August 4 if the club ends up being a group winner in the International Champions Cup.
PHOTO: Which Man Utd teammates did Juan Mata spend his 26th birthday with? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Juan Mata turned 26 today, with pictures appearing on social media showing him enjoying the day with teammates Shinji Kagawa and David De Gea.
The Spaniard, who moved to Old Trafford for a club-record £37m in January, has been in good form recently, scoring five times in his last four games, and surely deserves a little time off to enjoy his birthday!
David de Gea soon to be Manchester United great? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
David de Gea hasn't got himself into the team of the year this season, but you can bet your life he will win Manchester United's player of the year award, be it the player's player or the fan's player, in fact it is quite possible he will get both, he deserves both.
Much has been made of the urgent need for Manchester United to bring in new recruits this summer as they look to return to the top table of European football and make a swift return to challenging for the Premier League title.
Before Moyes' sacking yesterday, he seemed likely to oversee a fairly major player exodus in an effort to free up funds and squad space for incoming players.
David De Gea has vowed Manchester United will play in a European competition next season, not the Champions League but the Europa League. The young Spainard was named as United's Player of the Month for March after picking up 61 per cent of fans' votes to finish ahead of Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones. While accepting the award he acknowledged he has gained lot of confidence, consistency and
Last week, David de Gea was voted Player of the Month by the fans and there are strong calls for him to be voted Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year too.
De Gea received a lot of criticism in the press when he first joined the club and opposition fans used to chant "dodgy keeper" at him. Last season he was named PFA Goalkeeper of the Year though and has expressed his gratitude towards United fans for their support.
Can West Brom Do The Double Over Man United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
West Bromwich Albion face Manchester United in the league next as they battle against relegation and they will be hoping for the same result at Old Trafford. The fans will be asking, can they do a famous double over the Premier League champions?
Arsenal striker Joel Campbell, who scored a wonder goal against Manchester United last night, says he is ready to play for the Gunners next season. The 21-year-old fired a curling left-footed effort past David De Gea to give Olympiakos a 2-0 first-leg lead in their Champions League tie against United.
Manchester United's players have been posting photos to their social media accounts during their Champions League travels. Goalkeeper David De Gea posed for a photo with Javier Hernandez and wrote: "Champions League time!! Let's go to Greece." Wingers Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia also uploaded a photo, with Young commenting: "On the way to Greece!
Great to be with the best number 10!! "El Pelusa" pic.twitter.com/09XnNeJuFn David De Gea (@D_DeGea) February 17, 2014 Argentina legend Diego Maradona is said to be 'MADadona' after accusing is fiancee of flirting with Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea. The Spaniard and other members of United's squad met Maradona during their recent warm [.
In an interview with French TV channel, Canal+, Juan Mata has spoken about settling in to life at Manchester United.
"I've already had a tour around the city," he said. "The other day I was having dinner with David Silva and he recommended a couple of places to me. I think there are several beautiful places in this city and now I get to discover another city in England.
Manchester United to make move for former Man City player - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United are actively seeking to find a goal keeper, who will serve as a deputy to first choice David De Gea, and according to reports, the Red Devils could make a move for Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel.
He may be one of the best shot stoppers in the business but David De Gea was left with egg on his face after this error cost Manchester United their League Cup Final place even before the dreadful shoot-out loss which he made two great saves nonetheless he should have done better will Phil Bardsley's feable effort.
It looked like David De Gea had handed Sunderland a place in the Capital One Cup final with this awful error to gift Phil Bardsley. The Manchester United keeper's blushes were saved when his team went down the other end to grab an immediate reply and take the game to penalties.
In news that will surprise exactly nobody, Alexander Buttner is edging closer to leaving Manchester United, perhaps even in the January transfer window, if reports are to be believed.
Buttner, whose tattoos are inversely proportional to his ability to defend and sense of positioning, has endured a torrid time at Old Trafford since arriving in the summer of 2012 and immediately entering the top five of Fergie's most surprising signings.
David De Gea has hit back at the critics who had labelled him a liability during his first seasons at the club, when the Spaniard was heavily criticised for failing to cut an assured figure in goal and being to prone to committing costly mistakes.
As United regained the Premier League title last season, however, De Gea emerged as a crucial figure in the squad, proving that despite being just 23-year-old, he can already be considered one of the best shot stoppers in the world and definitely one of the best in the Premier League.
Iker Muniain Athletic Bilbao's struggling star at an early crossroads is a post from: Just Football
There was a time in which he was hailed as the golden boy of Spanish football, but since then many names have passed him by.
Isco arose from the shadows of Valencia's 'B' team to make his way to the heights of Real Madrid, Thiago dazzled at Barcelona and outgrew his status as bit-part player there while a new batch of youngsters including Gerard Deulofeu will threaten to surpass him in a year or so.
With the World Cup finally getting underway last night amid protests, opening ceremony of dubious taste and scandalously poor refereeing, today sees the first United players joining the action, with Javier Hernandez's Mexico facing Cameroon, while David De Gea and Juan Mata are likely to look on from the bench as Spain face Robin Van Persie's Holland.
Whilst Robin van Persie stole all the headlines after scoring a hattrick against Olympaicos, David de Gea played his part when making some fantastic saves. Had United conceded, we would have had to score at least four goals to progress.
On several occasions, the Stretford End chanted his name, which didn't go unnoticed by the keeper.
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.
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.
While the main gongs are yet to be divvied out (more on that as and when) and the official announcements are yet to be made, but The Guardian's live feed of the PFA Awards event has confirmed that the 2014 PFA Team of the Year is as follows.
Two really big wins for Liverpool and Arsenal on Sunday, away from home, and against bitter rivals. Liverpool heaped more pressure on David Moyes with a convincing 3-0 win at Old Trafford while Arsenal increased the pressure on Tim Sherwood with a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane.
With the win, both club moved to within four points of leaders Chelsea, and they both have a game in hand.
I genuinely wanted to support whoever replaced Sir Alex Ferguson until the bitter end. I've always enjoyed the siege mentality that our former manager instilled in us and was ready to back his replacement.
When David de Gea replaced Edwin Van der Sar, the press ate him up for breakfast. That first game against City in the Charity Shield was a nightmare.