On Monday morning, David Moyes arrived at Manchester United's Carrington training complex to start work, a whole 42 days ahead of schedule. In another line of work, Moyes would be commended for his professionalism, or, on the flip side, he might be encouraged to enjoy his time off by his flabbergasted employers.
Manchester United successfully regained the Barclays Premier League title this season for a record 20th time, and avenged their heartbreak of a finish last term losing the title on goal differential to rivals, Manchester City. Through the additional signing of Robin van Persie, Sir Alex Ferguson was once again able to mold a potent attack which threatened nearly every Premier League side week in and week out.
Robin Van Persie was last night crowned Fans' Player of the Year as he added the Sir Matt Busby award to his first Premier League medal and the Golden Boot. The Dutchman received 41,5% of votes, ahead of Michael Carrick (29%) and David De Gea (11.5%). Van Persie was superb in his first season at [...
Manchester United seem to have suggested that midfielder Michael Carrick voted for himself in the Players' Player of the Year award. A report on the club's official website says that Carrick was the "unanimous" choice after a vote by members of the squad. If nobody else received any votes, that means Carrick must have picked [.
Michael Carrick has been named Manchester United's Players' Player of the Year for the 2012/13 season. After having a brilliant season in the middle of the park, Carrick was expected to win this award. Robin van Persie once again missed out to win the top award but he did at least pick up the Fans' Player of the Year gong as well as Goal of the Season for his strike against Aston Villa.
With the Barclays Premier League crown already heading to Old Trafford for a record 20th time Arsenal and Manchester United will clash at the Emirates this weekend in hopes of finishing the 2012/13 campaign strong.
The Gunners are currently in a close battle with Chelsea and Tottenham as all the respective clubs are in search of securing a spot in the Champions League for next term.
Manchester United clinched their record 20th Barclays Premier League crown on Monday evening courtesy of a thrilling first half hat-trick by none other than Robin van Persie. After another excellent performance from the Dutchman, it would be almost unfair to compliment the play of Ryan Giggs who controlled the midfield and service into the box that was spot-on against Aston Villa.
What can Manchester United learn from Real Madrid? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United and Real Madrid are traditionally the biggest football clubs in their respective countries, and they came face-to-face earlier in this season's Champions League. The Spaniards prevailed before overcoming Galatasaray; they now face Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals of the competition.
Given his game-changing substitute appearance, there's no doubting Tom Huddlestone's commitment to the Tottenham cause. But he did provide a comedy moment when TV cameras caught him joining Manchester City fans in a rendition of Blue Moon from the comfort of the Spurs bench. It is a catchy tune. This follows hot on the heels [.
It isn't often that Sir Alex Ferguson makes a mistake but letting Paul Pogba go last summer looks to be a massive one. With United struggling for a regular and consistent partner for Michael Carrick in the centre of their midfield, people across Europe are wondering just why did they let French wonderkid Paul Pogba leave Old Trafford.
To paraphrase Henry B. Adams, it might be impossible to underrate human intelligence, but it's definitely possible to underrate footballing intelligence, particularly the one that Michael Carrick has abundantly shown since joining Manchester United. The 31-year-old might be about to finally receive some recognition for his individual efforts, after being shortlisted for the PFA's Footballer [.
Despite playing over 300 games for Manchester United, Michael Carrick has only made 27 appearances for his country. With too many England managers persevering with the failed Lampard-Gerrard partnership, Carrick insists that he has to respect the decision of those who didn't pick him, and that life at United keeps him busy.
Following Manchester United putting pressure on Rio Ferdinand to pull out of international duty to ensure that he continues with his fitness regime to ensure that he keeps fit, Ferguson faced some criticism for his role in club over country players. In the international games that followed, four United players started against San Marino.
This bizarre footage comes ahead of Manchester City catching the train to London for yesterday's FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea. Defender Micah Richards can clearly be heard strolling along the platform at Stockport station singing Manchester United fans' chant in honour of Michael Carrick. Richards sings: "Hard to believe it's not Scholes, it's Carrick, you [.
Michael Carrick has excelled in the centre of Manchester United's midfield this season, becoming a key figure in their title charge. He has been praised heavily across the country in recent weeks but that is definitely not how it has always been. He was somewhat of a ridiculed character in the past particularly after the Champions League final of 2009 where he was dominated by Barcelona's midfield with Carrick himself calling it the worst night of his career.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has issued high praise for Manchester United teammate Michael Carrick. The former Tottenham midfielder has been in scintillating form this season, and has been a large reason why the Red Devils are sitting comfortably at the top of the Premier League table.
Michael Carrick of Manchester United (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Champions League Round of 16 action resumes on Tuesday as Real Madrid travels to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United. After a 1-1 first-leg draw at the Santigo Bernabeu, the Red Devils realize that although a crucial away goal was accounted for courtesy of Danny Welbeck, Real Madrid will likely come into the match with the same passion and fire displayed in El Clasico as Jose Mourinho's side dismantled Barcelona.
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.
When the PFA's shortlist for the Player of the Season was announced earlier today there was much debate, as always, over who deserved to be named and who had been unfairly left out, but from the neutrals, it was Michael Carrick's name that seemed to cause the most surprise. In support of this, on the BBC Sport website they have listed the six players under the headline: "Carrick on Player of the Year list".
England faces a tough match this evening with a World Cup qualifier match against Montenegro inPodgorica.
Roy Hodgson has made six changes to his England side. It's a strong lineup today for England, so they can't have any excuses against a tricky Montenegro side who will be buoyed by a vocal home support.
For just the third time in history, one player has bagged both the Professional Footballers Association Player and Young Player of the Year awards in a season.
Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder Gareth Bale has achieved the feat, winning the PFA Player of the Year award for the second time in three seasons after scoring 19 goals in 29 Premier League matches this season, .
Ryan Giggs has arguably been United's best winger this season after putting in some great displays on the left wing. Last night he assisted two of Robin van Persie's goals which helped seal United's championship.
Michael Carrick, who was shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year last week, has sung the praises of Giggs who will still be playing for United in his 40′s.
On Sunday's pod we discuss the fall out from the weekend's events.
In section one the pod discuss deadlock at the DW as Gareth Bale's out Spurs and Callum proves he might just be the McManaman for Wigan. We also look at Manchester City's Hart problems as Joe lets a clean sheet slip through his fingers.
Michael Carrick has now won the Premier League five times in the seven years he has played for the club. Whilst some may wonder whether the magic wears off, Carrick insists it feels more special every time.
"It is an incredible achievement," he said. "Every year we win it just gets more special.
Manchester United have produced more English talent for the national team than any other club but when looking at the younger players in the England squad you could argue they don't match the ability of the so-called "golden generation". When asked whether he thought there were enough good English players coming through, Michael Carrick sung the praises of our youth players.
1. Can you imagine being told in May that the next time we came to the Stadium of Light we would finish the game 18 points clear? I don't think anything could have brightened our mood that day but it certainly would have helped. If there was to be any silver lining to the painful last minute of last season it was that Sir Alex Ferguson could use the hurt and disappointment to our advantage.