Wayne Rooney impresses for Manchester United in RvP's absence - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Wayne Rooney laid down a marker to new manager Louis Van Gaal on Sunday by scoring a brace and assisting the third goal as Manchester United beat AS Roma 3-2 in their pre-season friendly match in Denver.
Ryan Giggs has compared new Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal, to Sir Alex Ferguson, claiming both men have a special aura about them and both understand what it takes to make a team successful.
Van Gaal has only been in charge for nine days but that didn't prevent him from getting his United career off to a flying start as the Reds trounced Los Angeles Galaxy 7-0 in their first pre-season friendly on Thursday, and Giggs believes what he's seen of the Dutchman so far has a lot in common with what he experienced during the 23 yearshe played under Fergie.
The close season is, more than anything else, a time of change. Players and mangers come and go, club goals are reassessed and expectations molded. Similar to this summer, the corresponding months of 2006 also featured a World Cup, followed by its annual transfer merry-go-round.
That summer also featured change and uncertainty at one of the world's biggest clubs, Manchester United.
Luke Shaw cost Manchester United £30m Is he worth it? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Is Luke Shaw, Manchester United's new recruit at left-back, realistically worth the £30 million price tag the club paid for him? We're about to assess just that. Tipped as the best teenage left-back in the world, Shaw has certainly amassed a large fan base over the last year or two.
Former Manchester United striker slams Sir Alex Ferguson - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes the Red Devils made a big mistake in allowing Paul Pogba leave Old Trafford.
Just before the summer of the 2012, the midfielder decided to end his career in England as he felt disrespected and frustrated after United's legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson chose to snub him in giving a place in the Red Devils' starting lineup.
Manchester United: Louis van Gaal Has To Deliver On Summer Transfer Plans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Louis van Gaal will not be afforded a honeymoon period and has been told that he has to deliver on the clubs summer transfer plans. With rumours and counter rumours dominating the media this is a frustrating time to be a Manchester United fan.
Today is a fantastic day for Manchester United. Louis van Gaal is a great appointment and let me begin by telling you how delighted I am to be working with someone of his calibre. His credentials are second to none and I'm positive the club will thrive under his leadership over the coming years.
I would also like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement from professional football and embark upon a new and exciting chapter in my life, as assistant manager of Manchester United.
Once he's finally announced as David Moyes' replacement, Louis Van Gaal will keep players at Manchester United on a very tight leash, according to Dutch football expert Marcel Van der Kraan.
Van Gaal should be formally unveiled as United's new manager this week but his reputation for demanding total control over his players and for being strict and hardworking almost to the point of being obsessed have preceded him to Britain and might spell news for some of the players who have been stealing a living at the club.
Having been steamrolled out of the way by a rampant Manchester United last season who wrestled the trophy back out ofManchester City's hands, the Citizens must have known they had an opportunity to win it back this season with Sir Alex Ferguson gone. Last spring, the City executives acknowledged immediate changes were required at the club.
When the news broke on June 11th 2009 that Manchester United had accepted a world record offer for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, there was a feeling of great sadness amongst United fans, despite the clear inevitability of it all.
It was the end of what had been a glorious chapter for the club and Sir Alex, who had signed this skinny little teenager from Sporting Lisbon six years previously.
David Moyes: Portrait of a Scapegoat - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
When the news was confirmed early on Tuesday morning that Manchester United boss David Moyes had been sacked, it sadly came as no surprise as the writing had been on the wall for a while. The champions had 27 fewer points than they did after 35 games last season.
Sir Alex Ferguson will have a say in deciding which manager should replace David Moyes at Old Trafford, after the former Everton manager was specifically appointed on his advice, only to fail miserably and being sacked just 10 months into his United career.
Since Moyes was relieved of his duties yesterday,two managers have already ruled themselves out of the running, with Pep Guardiola stating that he's determined to remain at Bayern Munich for at least another two seasons, while Jurgen Klopp, who would have been the perfect choice for United, has made clear he has no intentions of leaving Dortmund.
Given that they probably won't be needing it around the place much any more, the 'The Chosen One' bannerwhich has been hung in the Stretford End at Old Trafford for the past ten months is to be taken down ahead of Manchester United's game against Norwich this coming Saturday, and itlooks like it may end up in the National Football Museum.
David Moyes "The WRONG ONE" for Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It takes a big man to fill big boots, and in the final analysis, I guess David Moyes simply wasn't up to the job. Whether it's true in reality or not, Manchester United have this self-imposed image of a club furnished with a success built on attacking football.
Manchester United: David Moyes on the verge of getting the sack - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Twenty-six years of elegance, fame and prestige murdered in just eight months. Perhaps this is enough to sum up David Moyes' tumultuous reign at Manchester United since taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer.
In a bid to supplement his state pension, Sir Alex Ferguson is set to auction off thevast collection of vintage wines he assembled during his time at the helm of Manchester United no sniggering at the back please!
The extensive collection, which numbers approximately 5,000 bottles (some of which are signed by Fergie himself), is to be flogged at Christie's in May and isestimated to fetch around £3million according to its pre-sale valuation.
Sir Alex Ferguson loves horses. He's also a metaphors man. (Probably.) So it's no surprise that he'd mentioned Devon Loch, both horse and metaphor, a few times in managerial career. Devon Loch is, for those that stumble upon something interesting and think "yeah, here's something I could use to introduce a piece of writing one day", the horse that crumbled under pressure.
The Best Football Ads featuring David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, and Ronaldo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Football isn't always played on a length of grass, with eleven players, in a stadium full of packed supporters. Football, in the minds of us all, can be played on any surface, in any arena, and in a host of different ways.
On Monday, it'll be a year since Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of his last ever game at Old Trafford but the way things have unfolded this season one'd be forgiven for thinking that 10 years have passed by since that rainy May afternoon. United's catastrophic season simply refuses to end, the feel good factor generated by David Moyes' sacking and Ryan Giggs' first game in charge evaporated in less than a week, as United were their usual inept selves on Saturday.
Tony Pulis' consultation with Sir Alex Ferguson about taking the Crystal Palace manager job reveals how difficult of a proposition it appeared to be at the time. But with 36 points in 23 matches since Pulis was named Eagles boss, the payoff has been enormous both in the continued growth of the Welshman's reputation in soccer circles as well as for the club who have maintained top-flight status for the first time in the Premier League era.