Leicester City 5-3 Manchester United: Key Observations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Leicester City earned a historic 5-3 victory over Manchester United at the King Power Stadium in Sunday's lunch time kick off in the Premier League. The Red Devils cruised to a 3-1 lead just before the hour mark, but the home side scored four goals in the next twenty minutes to seal an emphatic victory.
Manchester United signed Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon on August 19th for a reported fee of £16 million. But the defender has not been able to suit up for the Red Devils since his arrival at the English club due to a lingering issue with his work permit.
Earlier today,United informed the media and fans that the Argentina international has been granteda work permit and is now eligible to make his debut for the club, whichshould be on September 14th versus Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford.
Manchester United officially announced the signing of Angel di Maria amid the backdrop of a 4-0 insult at the hands of impudent league one side MK Dons. So abject was their display that if you were watching both teams for the first time you would struggle to believe United was the team purchasing the£60 million player.
Manchester United stumbled out of the block with a season-opening loss to Swansea, but Louis Van Gaal isn't standing by and settling for the team he has at Old Trafford.
Amid reports that Argentinian winger Angel DiMaria is on his way to the Red Devils, Manchester United will look for a victory on the road against Jozy Altidore's Sunderland, which came back for a dramatic draw last week.
During the World Cup we saw the renaissance of the 3-5-2 formation. Typically known as the classical continental formation of the 1970′s and 1980′s. Louis Van Gaal, who took charge of The Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup, has stood by a philosophy akin to the Dutch "total football" during his managerial career.
David Beckham and Paul Scholes react as Man Utd are dumped out of League Cup by York in '95
Having missed out on Europe under the failed reign of David Moyes, Manchester United were involved in the Capital One Cup second round draw for the first time since 1995 (when 'Fergie's fledglings' lost 4-3 on aggregate to York City).
Sport giants Nike have pulled out of a shirt sponsorship deal with Manchester United. The Red Devils have asked for £60million+ a year for Nike to supply the kit and training gear. Nike has decided not to renew their contract with the club. However Nike have the first right of refusal in case they want to reconsider.
The new home kit modeled by Manchester United's Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa marks the start of a new era for the Red Devils — a new manager, a new sponsor and possibly a new sense of hope ahead of the upcoming season.
American supporters will be the first to see the new kits in action on July 23 when Manchester United play against the LA Galaxy at the start of their summer tour.
Manchester United began the new Louis Van Gaal era in a big way today with the signing of Ander Herrera for a reported £29m from Athletic Bilbao. Herrera was pursued last summer by the Red Devils but ultimately that pursuit not only fell short but was the possible subject of sabotage.
Herrera told the official Manchester United website:
"Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true.
Manchester United look to beon the brink of sealing their first transfer of the summer window, with reports suggesting that the Red Devils are currentlyin advanced talkswith Athletic Bilbao about a deal for central midfielder Ander Herrera.
According to reportscoming out ofSpain (h/t The Telegraph), a £29 million deal is close to completion and the midfielder is set to become the first signing of the Louis van Gaal era at Old Trafford.
The 2014 World Cup is almost upon us, and while the sight of the likes of Spain, Brazil and Germany battling it out for the greatest prize in football will be quite enough intrigue for most, there will be a fewfans keeping one eye on their own beloved club's representatives in South America.
Manchester United, for one, have seen14 players fly off to Brazil this summer, all gunning for that precious little gold trophy.
From Ukraine: Liverpool target set to snub Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to latest reports from Ukraine, long term Liverpool target and FCDnipro wingerYevhen Konoplyanka has snubbed potential interests from Manchester United, preferring to stay at the club in the summer.
In a blow to Manchester United supporters who were hoping that Louis Van Gaal would be able to convince Thomas Müller to join the Red Devils, the German international looks set to reject the chance to move to Old Trafford. While, at the same time, Van Gaal has ended his interest in trying to sign Bayern Munich midfield star Toni Kroos.
Another transfer failure: Manchester United end their interest in Toni Kroos - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
So was Manchester United's pursuit of Toni Kroos from February a fruitless ordeal or a smokescreen to link big names usingthe club's brand value? The Red Devils are set to end their chase for the 24 year old German who has been linked with the Manchester outfit over the past few months.
Manchester United star to decide future after World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa will decide his future after the World Cup according to reports in TMW. The Japanese play maker has struggled to get ample game time on the pitch since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund in 2012.
It's confirmed! Louis van Gaal has been named Manchester United manager. He will quit his current role as National coach for Holland after the 2014 FIFA World Cup and lead the Red Devils from the 2014/15 season after signing a three year contract. As expected, Ryan Giggs will be assistant manager of Manchester United after announcing his retirement from professional football today.
Manchester United are close to a deal with adidas to be the official kit supplier beginning with the 2015/16 season, but until a decision is reached, the Red Devils will continue to wear Nike shirts for the 2014/15 season, featuring a brand-new sponsor emblazoned across the front of the shirts.
Whether the above shirts are legitimate leaked photos of what Manchester United will be wearing next season, we'll have to wait and see.
I must admit, I was pretty darn disappointed in the result on Tuesday afternoon. In all honesty, I needed a day or two to really recover from the 2-1 loss to Belgium. I may not even be really over it as I write this post either.
Going into this World Cup, I had the United States escaping from the Group of Death to play Belgium.
We did it. We survived, when no one told us we could. But hold the celebrations, business is far from finished. The last time these teams met was just over a year ago in a friendly that ended with a 4-2 Belgium win. People are going to want to use comparisons between the two games, but don't. Both lineups look different, especially considering Klinsmann was still experimenting with lineups at that time.
What if I told you that a team that didn't even qualify for the 2006 and 2010 World Cups will win their group with ease? What if I told you that I am not the first person to mention this? Before this starts sounding like the script to an ESPN 30 for 30 film, let me explain: if the Belgian National Team was a human, it would watch Pretty Little Liars, drink Starbucks coffee, and wear Ugg Boots, yoga pants, and lens-less glasses.
PASADENA, Calif If anyone wanted to assess where American soccer stands in comparison to the European football, they need not look at the lopsided result on the scoreboard at the Rose Bowl, where the LA Galaxy hosted international giants Manchester United on a warm Wednesday night in Pasadena.
With a calm and collected first-half finish, Gonzalo Higuaín earned Argentina a narrow quarterfinal victory over Belgium to reserve his side's spot in the semifinal round. After both teams endured taxing 120-minute matches earlier this week in the Round of 16, the Argentines, buoyed by Higuaín, came out on top today and ended hopes of advancing for Belgium's Red Devils.