Possible Manchester United Starting XI vs Shakhtar Rooney Returns - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Man Utd will host Ukrainian championsShakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night, in what has turned into an absolutely critical game for manager David Moyes.
So often an impenetrable fortress, Old Trafford has of late been a place of wretched agony for the Man Utd faithful; with both Everton and Newcastle registering hard fought 1-0 wins over the last week.
Chelsea want £10m defender in January, Barcelona target Aguero & Van Persie - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Jose Mourinho's second stint with Chelsea hasn't been a smooth ride so far with strike problem remains a major thorn in flesh for the Blues. The cause for frustration further stems out from the fact that defence, which was Mourinho's major strength in his first spell, hasn't provided enough safety at the back, as Chelsea continue to leak in goals at an alarming rate.
Manchester United Transfer: Barcelona Eye Move For Robin van Persie, reports Catalan press - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Spanish media is abuzz with gossip of Robin Van Persie handing in a transfer request and on his way to join league leaders Barcelona in next window.
Van Persie reportedly has been critical of the training and management methods of David Moyes and the lethargic performance of last season's Premier League winners would have done little to vindicate Moyes's management abilities to the Dutch striker.
More Agony for Moyes Man Utd player ratings vs Newcastle - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Yoann Cabaye's second half effort condemned Man Utd to their second consecutive home defeat for 10 years, as a hard-working Newcastle outfit triumphed at Old Trafford, 1-0.
The result will heap further pressure on the beleaguered David Moyes; with the Scot having had the luxury of picking Dutch hit-man Robin Van Persie for the game, having been without him for the last three matches.
Pundit Mark Lawrenson claims Robin Van Persie has handed in a transfer request. The former Liverpool defender says the Manchester United star has asked to leave Old Trafford. Speaking to an Irish radio station, Lawro said he had heard from a friend working in the print media that Van Persie had submitted a transfer request.
Van Persie wants to leave Old Trafford, Arsenal target €26m Argentine winger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Ahead of Manchester United's home tie against Newcastle United on Saturday, former Liverpool hero and BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has dropped a huge bombshell suggesting that Robin van Persie has asked Manchester United for a move out.
Manchester United vs Newcastle: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Pressure is mounting on the shoulders of David Moyes. After 14 games in the Premier League, the Red Devils find themselves in an awkward position – 9th in the league table, 12 points behind league leaders Arsenal.
On 17 August 2012, Robin Van Persie transferred to Manchester Utd. The fee was £22.5 million, plus £1.5 million if Man U won the Premier League or Champions League title within the duration of the initial contract which was for four years.
So the question was raised: why spend £24m plus [.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Man Utd Preview: Team News, Likely Line-up & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United will face Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League Match Day 5, Group A tie at the Bay Arena on Wednesday where a victory for the visitors will guarantee a spot in the next round of this competition.
Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Leverkusen - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United will travel to Germany to face Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League Group A tie, where a victory for David Moyes' team would guarantee a position in the next rounds of this competition.
Cardiff City vs Man Utd: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United will travel to Wales to face Cardiff City on Sunday at the Cardiff City Stadium, where David Moyes would be looking to earn full three points, making it four consecutive victories in the league.
Excellent Manchester United YouTube channel Full Time Devils do a great job covering the Red Devils, and with the international break leaving us all with very little club excitement, they've taken a look at their side's top three players so far this season.
United haven't had the best of starts to their Premier League campaign, but recent victories over Stoke City and Arsenal have got people once again speaking positively about David Moyes' side.
Today we are taking a look at Manchester United's Robin van Persie and Arsenal's Olivier Giroud and their respective starts to the 2013-2014 season. The stats above reflect only Premier League and Champions League games to date.
Though Olivier Giroud wasn't considered a 'replacement' for Robin van Persie when he signed for Arsenal last season, he has become Arsenal's main striker over the past season and a half and continues to improve weekly.
On this week's podcast: Dan and Dave go head to head with positives and negatives from United and Arsenal's clash over the weekend, the New York Red Bulls crash out of the playoffs, and Chelsea gets the benefit of bad officiating.
Huge blow for Man Utd as Michael Carrick could be out till Christmas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, who is close to signing a new contract with the club, is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after undergoing a procedure to resolve his persistent Achilles injury.
More often than not, official club Instagram accounts will post photos of their club's players in action from the weekend. Photos of celebrations, tackles, laughs, and everything in between are commonly found across social media accounts of teams worldwide.
Manchester United, however, took a different approach with one of their most recent photos.
Sunday's Premier League action was like Groundhog Day for the two Manchester Clubs. For City, defeat at Sunderland added to a familiar tale of woe on the road, their away form continuing to undermine their title challenge and baffling those who have marvelled at their impressive home performances.
Robin van Persie may have scored the winner against Arsenal in the 1-0 win for Manchester United on Sunday, but it was Wayne Rooney who took the plaudits for his imperious performance in all areas of the pitch. After much speculation about his future in the summer, Rooney has been at his best in the last few weeks.
Man Utd talisman trumps Arsenal star to click Red Devils' title chase up a gear or three - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The game was billed as the big test of Arsenal's title credentials. Victories over Liverpool and a highly creditable win away to Borussia Dortmund had built the Gunners confidence, but this was the ultimate test of the Gunners new-found belief.
Robin van Persie continued to haunt his former employers, as his first half header pushes Manchester United within five points of league leaders Arsenal.
Van Persie returned to the starting eleven to lead the line ahead of Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia and Shinji Kagawa. Michael Carrick and Phil Jones formed a midfield duo, while Jonny Evans partnered Nemanja Vidic at centre back.
Having played his first game in a month at the weekend, Robin van Persie is looking forward to being reunited with Wayne Rooney tomorrow night when we take on Shakhtar Donetsk.
"What I enjoy most is the interaction together, that we both want to play together," Van Persie said. "We both realise that we are better off playing together, because we are stronger when we are playing together, as a partnership.
Every United fan has their favourite player in the squad. For some, it's Robin van Persie, the man who gave Alex Ferguson a fitting send-off, and who made Wayne Rooney look like the waste of skin he is. For others, it's Rooney himself, seeking to prove that running about a lot for a whole match will adequately replace things like a first touch, creativity, or being able to pass over a distance over longer than 10 yards.
If there's been one lesson to be learnt so far this season, is that the options at David Moyes' disposal resemble a blanket that it's never quite long enough, thus always leaving some vital parts of United not properly covered.
Wednesday's superb performance against Leverkusen highlighted how big a difference Shinj Kagawa can make when deployed in his favoured number 10 role but, given the injuries that sidelined Robin Van Persie and Michael Carrick, the formation Moyes adopted in Germany was borne out of necessity rather than conviction.
Thirty-one nations have booked a ticket to Brazil after a World Cup qualifying campaign that began in June 2011 and finished in November 2013 with Uruguay's scoreless draw in their second leg playoff match against Jordan.
A total of 820 qualifying matches were played by 207 nations across the globe, from Madrid to Manilla and back.
Since our last confabulation we have suffered something of an anomaly – an away defeat to Mr. Glazer's Redskins of Salford. It was a most unfamiliar sensation, watching a game of foot-ball away from home, and having the score reflect the unfortunate reality of defeat. Yet still, we find ourselves atop the Top Division, with some testing games in the past, and an opportunity to annoy and confound Alan Hansen et al by maintaining, nay, extending our position as the Christmas Fairy at the pinnacle of the gaudy tree that is the English Premiership.