Sunday, September 29, 2013

European Football - Galatasaray 'appoint Mancini as manager'

Eurosport - Roberto Mancini was sacked by Manchester City
Galatasaray have appointed former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini as their new manager, according to reports from Turkey, following the dismissal of Fatih Terim over a contract dispute.
Mancini flew in to Istanbul on Sunday evening for final talks, with the official Galatasaray Twitter account released a photograph of the Italian sitting with President Unal Lufti Aribogan.
The club has yet to announce the move officially, but Gala TV reportedly claims that he has signed a three-year deal worth €5.5 million (£4.6 million) a season, which could rise to over €6m per season with bonuses.
Mancini’s first match in charge will be in his native Italy on Wednesday night as Galatasaray visit Juventus in the Champions League.
Among the players at his disposal in Turkey are Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder and former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.

‘Lazy’ De Gea spent too much time eating tacos and not enough training, claims ex-coach

De Gea 
Manchester United's former goalkeeping coach has laid into the Red Devils' number one goalie David De Gea, branding him "lazy" and suggesting that he resented training, slept all the time and ate too many tacos when he arrived at Old Trafford.
The Spanish star arrived at Old Trafford two years ago as the replacement for the retiring Edwin van der Sar, but struggled to make a mark in an opening season that was characterised by a string of blunders.
De Gea's poor start even prompted Alex Ferguson into the unusual step of defending his man, and his faith has been justified as the player has turned things round and earned respect for his goalkeeping since then.
Coach Eric Steele - who left United after David Moyes took over in the summer - has lifted the lid on the shambles behind the scenes that contributed to De Gea's terrible start to his career in England.
"He would finish training and want to go home. When I told him to come back in the afternoon he'd ask: 'Why?'" Steele told the United We Stand fanzine.
"There were lifestyle issues. He'd sleep two or three times a day. He'd have his main meal late at night. He'd eat too many tacos."
Steele was the man in charge of turning things round for De Gea after his arrival, and his reports tally with some of the misadventures suffered by the former Atletico Madrid player in his early days in England - not least the bizarre circumstances in which he was accused of stealing some doughnuts from Tesco.
The staff at Old Trafford were further exasperated by De Gea dragging his heels when it came to learning the local language - prompting desperate measures from his coach.
"David is lazy in his desire to learn English. So I learned [Spanish]," said Steele.
"We needed to be able to communicate with each other straight away, even if it was just the basic terms."
Steele read the riot act to the young keeper, and managed to whip him in to shape in scenes which we like to imagine will one day be made into a sort of film montage that could be football's answer to Rocky III.
"I told him he needed to train better, that he was on show every day. There were times in his first season when he trained poorly.
"I told him that players made decisions for managers, not the other way around. That he should be first, not last out for training.
"We pushed protein drinks on him straight after training. We physically made him drink.
"We had him in the gym a lot. He hated it. They don't do the gym in Spain as much. We needed to build his core strength."
There's a clear note of pride in Steele's comments - and to an extent there's no doubt that he's doing down how good De Gea was when he arrived in order to make his contribution to the player's career seem all the more important.
That obviously ignores the scintillating form for Atletico which earned him the transfer in the first place, but hey, it makes for a great story. And Steele does pay tribute to the keeper's own innate qualities.
"Calmness, composure and inner strength. Nothing fazes him," Steele added.
"Playing in front of 76,000? No problem. Very few possess that."

Real Madrid fans pine for Mesut Özil as Gareth Bale cannot stop first derby defeat since 1999

Ancelotti faces growing pressure after Barça open up five-point lead.
Gareth Bale looks on in frustration during Real Madrid's 1-0 derby defeat by Atletico at the Bernabeu on Saturday
Gareth Bale would have heard plenty about Spain having a two-team league before he left Tottenham this summer. He will not have bargained on neither of those sides being  Real Madrid.

Bale sat out Saturday’s sluggish first half against Atletico Madrid coming on at half time but was unable to prevent Real’s first league  defeat at the hands of their neighbours in 14 years. Coach Carlo Ancelotti is now under pressure to start the world-record signing for the visit of Copenhagen on Wednesday and prevent Real’s drama turning into a crisis.

There were isolated chants of “Jose Mourinho” outside the Bernabeu as home supporters filed away from a 1-0 defeat having seen their team slip five points behind both Atletico and Barcelona – five points in a league where the leaders win almost all their games is a sizeable gap to have allowed to open up after just seven matches.

There were also calls for president Florentino Perez to stand down and most of the postmortem centred on the player he had agreed to pack off to Arsenal in the summer – Mesut Özil. The Gunners’ position on top of the Premier League with the German heading the assists list was lost  on no one.

It was a measure of how under pressure Ancelotti was on Saturday night when Cristiano Ronaldo made a rare appearance in front of the post-match microphones and cameras to declare: “The manager is doing a great job; we have to stay united  behind him. The fault lies with  the players.”

Ancelotti had been unconvincing moments earlier in his press conference. “We had the same problem as in the previous game,” he said. “Our football was slow and we were not able to find any space. When you play against a team that defends well it is difficult if you play slowly.”

The Italian has a confusing remit at the Bernabeu. He inherited a team from Mourinho set up to defend deep and hit opponents on the counter-attack. But he was then bought midfielders Asier Illarramendi and Isco and urged to play a more elaborate, passing style. Then, with the season already two weeks old, he was given Bale to incorporate.

Between the cut-throat direct football that favours Bale and Ronaldo and the smooth passing game being called for by the purists, Ancelotti is offering up a hotch-potch that  resembles neither. 

The good news for Bale is the last time Real lost to Atletico, they want on to win the Champions League at the end of the season.

The 6-1 demolition of a defensively fragile Galatasaray in the opening game in Group B has given them the perfect springboard and a good result against Copenhagen, who were beaten by Brondby at the weekend and have lost their opening Champions League game to Juventus, would set them up for the double header with the Italians.

Anything less than a win and Bale will be calling David Beckham to ask for advice for how to navigate a Real Madrid crisis. Beckham went through six coaches and three  presidents in his four seasons at  the club.

Real were undone at the weekend by La Liga’s joint top-scorer Diego Costa who, having been snubbed by Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, is now being watched by Spain’s Vicente del Bosque. The  24-year-old Brazilian has a Spanish passport.

His goal on Saturday was his eighth of the season, keeping him level with Lionel Messi who scored in Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Almeria. The Argentine came off injured and Barcelona doctors yesterday diagnosed a small tear in his left thigh that will rule him out for three weeks.

The Barça No 10 will miss his side’s away fixture against Celtic tomorrow night, next weekend’s home game with Real Valladolid and the subsequent round of international fixtures. With their victory against Almeria, Barça recorded their best ever start to a season, winning all seven of their first seven games.

Atletico have matched them point-for-point and so find themselves in the table looking down on Spain’s third-force – Real Madrid.

The Independent

Manchester City offer Adnan Januzaj big money to quit Manchester United

Manchester City have told Adnan Januzaj they will triple his current salary at Manchester United if he accepts a controversial move to the Etihad.
Big offer: Manchester City will offer Adnan Januzaj big money
Januzaj, 18, is currently locked in talks with United over a new contract after David Moyes prompted him to the first-team squad over the summer.
But despite the club suggesting they are hopeful keeping the player, City have stepped into the race and have made it clear that they want Januzaj in the January transfer window.
Manuel Pellegrini has given his blessing to move for the Belgian-born youngster, and City officals are proposing a £45,000-a-week five-year-deal if he walks out on United.
The money is treble his current earnings at Old Trafford, and signifies City’s determination to land the winger who is being tipped for big things.
Moyes said on Friday that he was aware of ‘external influences’ in deciding Januzaj’s future, and hinted at a battle to sign him up.
‘Adnan is keen to stay, but he has some external influences round him,’ Moyes said.
‘We really think an awful lot of him.’
Januzaj has made four United first-team appearances to date.

Premier League: Luis Suarez nets twice as Liverpool see off Sunderland 3-1

Luis Suarez scored twice on his first Premier League appearance of the season as Liverpool increased the pressure on bottom club Sunderland with a 3-1 win at the Stadium of Light.
Luis Suarez: Marked his Premier League return with two goals
Liverpool broke the deadlock with a controversial goal in the first half as Daniel Sturridge turned the ball in with his arm, before Suarez quickly doubled their lead.
Emanuele Giaccherini reduced Sunderland's arrears on 52 minutes but, despite a spirited performance, Kevin Ball's men could not find an equaliser and Suarez netted again in the closing stages to lift Liverpool to within two points of leaders Arsenal.
Suarez, returning to Premier League action following a 10-match ban, showed that he had not lost any sharpness with an early run and powerful shot just wide, while Martin Skrtel also had a goal disallowed inside the opening 10 minutes for offside after Keiren Westwood had brilliantly kept out a Steven Gerrard free-kick.
Sunderland played their part in a lively first 20 minutes, though, and there was a vibrant atmosphere at the ground as the home players showed an intensity which belied their standing at the foot of the table.
Sebastian Larsson struck the crossbar with a curling free-kick and Giaccherini had a penalty appeal turned down following a challenge by Kolo Toure, before Liverpool took the lead in fortuitous fashion on 28 minutes.
Sturridge leant in for a header from Gerrard's corner but ended up knocking the ball in with his arm and the incident was not spotted by referee Howard Webb or his assistant.
Sturridge turned provider eight minutes later as he collected a sublime Gerrard pass and beat his defender for pace before squaring an inviting cross across the six-yard box for Suarez to add the simplest of finishes at the far post and make it 2-0 to Liverpool.
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, making his first return to Wearside since a summer transfer from Sunderland, had a couple of anxious moments but did make a tremendous save just before the interval, rushing off his line to deny Craig Gardner with an outstretched right leg.
Mignolet could perhaps have done better early in the second period, however, as he could only parry Ki Sung-Yueng's low shot from 20 yards straight back out to Giaccherini and the Italian made no mistake from the rebound to pull a goal back for Sunderland.
It was almost level moments later as Mignolet reacted quickly to get down to his left and get the slightest of touches to a Gardner strike from the edge of the area.
Jozy Altidore also hit a ferocious effort from distance straight at Mignolet as Sunderland enjoyed a spell of sustained pressure, before Liverpool started to re-emerge as an attacking force and the game ebbed and flowed in an open finale.
A rasping 20-yard drive from Victor Moses was tipped over the bar by a strong one-handed stop by Westwood, while the Sunderland keeper also saved well from Toure and Suarez fired wide from the edge of the area.
The crowd spurred Sunderland on in the final 10 minutes and there were some tense times at the back for Liverpool before Suarez finally settled any nerves in the 89th minute with another finish from close range after good work by strike partner Sturridge on the break.

Premier League - Moyes questions United's European credentials

Eurosport - David Moyes' side have lost three of their first six league games this term

Manchester United manager David Moyes has questioned whether his team have sufficient class to win the Champions League this season.

United have lost three of their opening six games in the Premier League under Moyes, with the latest setback coming in a 2-1 home defeat to West Brom at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Premier League champions were unsuccessful in their pursuit of a number of summer transfer targets, with interest in Cesc Fabregas,Leighton Baines and, finally, Ander Herrera all coming to nothing, and Moyes is concerned that his squad may lack the quality to challenge for Europe's top club prize.
"To win the Champions League, you need five or six world-class players," he told several national newspapers.
"Look at Bayern Munich, they have it. Look at Barcelona, who had it in the past and Real Madrid, who have maybe got it now. That's the level you have to be at to win it. We've not got that yet but what we have got is experience."
The Red Devils began their Champions League campaign with a 4-2 home win over Bayer Leverkusen earlier this month and face a difficult assignment away to Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.
They have not enjoyed great success in either of their previous two European campaigns under former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, going out at the group stage in 2012 and losing in the last 16 to Real Madrid last season.
Domestically, United's start to the campaign is their worst since the 1989-90 season - one which ended with Ferguson's first silverware as the club won the FA Cup.
The defeat to West Brom was their first home loss to the Baggies since 1978.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Pastore to Liverpool FC? Herrera to Man Utd? Brandt to Chelsea FC?

Javier Pastore
- Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Javier Pastore is a January transfer target for Liverpool, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport.

- And Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said he wants to keep the club inside the top six of the Premier League before dipping back into the transfer market in January.

- Manchester United will send scouts to Spain on Monday to watch Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera again, according to the Daily Telegraph.

- And Manchester United manager David Moyes has set his sights on strengthening his defence by bringing in Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, according to The Times.

- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to end doubts over his future and commit to the club by signing a new deal at Emirates Stadium, he has indicated.

- Clubs from England and Italy are showing interest in Julian Brandt, Wolfsburg general manager Klaus Allofs has revealed.

- And according to both the Daily Express and the Daily Mail, the club from England is Chelsea.

- Liverpool will open contract talks with Luis Suarez at the end of the season, managing director Ian Ayre has told Sky Sports News.

- Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, who has been linked with Manchester United, has revealed that he wants to finish his career at Camp Nou.

- Valencia are lining up an ambitious move to re-sign Juan Mata from Chelsea during the January window, according to theDaily Mail.

West Brom stun Manchester United, City crash at Villa

West Bromwich Albion deepened the gloom around new Manchester United manager David Moyes with a sensational 2-1 win at Old Trafford on Saturday. 

David Moyes 
West Bromwich Albion deepened the gloom around new Manchester United manager David Moyes with a sensational 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday.

A week on from their 4-1 derby humiliation at Manchester City, United were looking to return to winning ways in the league but instead slumped to a defeat that left the champions in 12th place in the table.

On-loan Marseille winger Morgan Amalfitano put West Brom ahead with an exquisite individual goal in the 54th minute, picking the ball up on halfway and nutmegging Rio Ferdinand before insouciantly dinking the ball over goalkeeper David de Gea.

Wayne Rooney equalised three minutes later, with a free-kick from wide on the left that eluded everyone, only for 20-year-old midfielder Saido Berahino to restore West Brom's lead with a fierce left-foot drive.

Steve Clarke's side held on for victory, to leave Moyes with a dismal return of three defeats, one draw and only two victories from his first six league matches since succeeding the legendary Alex Ferguson at the United helm.

City fall to Villa

United's fans could nonetheless take a small crumb of consolation from the fact that their conquerors from last weekend fell to a 3-2 defeat at Aston Villa.

Yaya Toure gave City the lead on the stroke of half-time, with Edin Dzeko restoring the visitors' advantage in the 56th minute after Karim El Ahmadi had equalised for Villa early in the second period.

However, a fine free-kick from Leonardo Bacuna saw Villa equalise in the 73rd minute before Andreas Weimann ran clear and beat Joe Hart two minutes later to give Paul Lambert's side a stunning win.

City had been on course to take over at the top of the table from Tottenham Hotspur, who drew 1-1 at home to Chelsea in the first managerial meeting between former colleagues Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas.

Spurs manager Villas-Boas saw his side take a first-half lead through Gylfi Sigurdsson, but in a frenetic and keenly contested second half, Chelsea equalised through John Terry before having Fernando Torres sent off.

"The second half was not as good as we wanted. They did well to score from the set-piece," said Villas-Boas.

"The result suits them better than us, but it was a very tight game."

Torres was shown a second yellow card for leading with his arm in an aerial challenge with Jan Vertonghen, but Mourinho felt referee Mike Dean's decision to dismiss him was unjust.

"The team was very, very strong, until the moment the referee made a mistake; a big mistake, but a mistake that has a big influence on the result," Mourinho told Sky Sports.

The result nudged Spurs to the top of the standings, but Arsenal will replace them if they avoid defeat at Swansea City in the tea-time game.

Record signing Dani Osvaldo scored his first Southampton goal in a 2-0 win at home to Crystal Palace, which sent Mauricio Pochettino's side to the heady heights of fourth place.

An injury-time thunderbolt from Jordan Mutch gave Cardiff City a dramatic 2-1 win at Fulham, while Hull City beat West Ham United 1-0 via a 12th-minute penalty by Robbie Brady.

Mail & Guardian

Premier League - Inspired West Brom beat Moyes' miserable Manchester United

Premier League, Old Trafford - Manchester United 1 (Rooney 57) - West Bromwich Albion (Amalfitano 54, Berahino 67).

Eurosport - Manchester united react to a West Bromwich Albion goal 
Stephane Sessegnon, Morgan Amalfitano and Saido Berahino performed brilliantly as West Brom deservedly beat Manchester United.
There was nothing in the first half to hint of the excitement to follow. There were chances for Javier Hernandez from two excellent Luis Nani crosses, Anderson headed over a Shinji Kagawa cross, and Berahino glanced an Amalfitano cross a couple of yards wide. Then, just before half time, Sessegnon skied a Claudio Yacob flick-on.
The second half was marked by a drastic improvement from West Brom and a woeful drop-off from United, just as David Moyes inexplicably replaced Kagawa with Adnan Januzaj, who would go on to put in a dreadful performance reminiscent of Old Trafford antihero Bebe.
On the 54th minute, Amalfitano scored a superb solo goal, cutting in from the right, nutmegging Rio Ferdinand, and leaving David De Gea prostrate as the winger arrogantly chipped him.
United hit back almost instantly, when Wayne Rooney’s cross from the left hand side almost found Javier Hernandez’s diving header, but found its way past Myhill at the back post to equalise.
The scores were level for just ten minutes, as Berahino scored a wonderful goal. Sessegnon clipped a pass forward to Amalfitano, whose lay-off allowed Berahino to blast a left-footed shot from 20 yards past a static De Gea. West Brom thoroughly deserved their first Old Trafford victory in 35 years.

Friday, September 27, 2013

José Mourinho 'cried' after being overlooked for Manchester United job

José Mourinho is said to have broken down in tears at the news that David Moyes had been given the Manchester United job. The allegation is contained in a book by the respected Spanish journalist Diego Torres, who writes for El País.
José Mourinho is said to have felt 'betrayed' by Sir Alex Ferguson after missing out on the Manchester United job.

In the book, Prepare to Lose: the Mourinho Era, Torres says the appointment "provoked an earthquake" and that Mourinho felt let down by Sir Alex Ferguson, who had recommended Moyes to the United board.

"Mourinho ... thought that Ferguson was, besides his ally, also his friend and godfather. He was convinced that they were tied by a relationship of genuine trust. He thought that his fabulous collection of titles constituted an 'endorsement' unreachable to any other contenders. When he knew that Ferguson had chosen Moyes, the Everton coach, he was struck by a terrible disbelief. Moyes hadn't won absolutely anything!"

Torres said that Mourinho was on the phone constantly to his sports agency Gestifute. "Mourinho wouldn't stop calling them. His 'interlocutors' had heard him sob loudly and they were spreading the word. The most feared man in the company was crushed."

The book, whose account has been denied by Mourinho's adviser, goes on to describe the Portuguese spending a sleepless night in a hotel in Madrid, "the most unfortunate hours of Mourinho's phase as Real Madrid coach. He endured them between dozing and waking, glued to his mobile phone in search of clarifications, on the night of the 7th and the morning of the 8th of May, tucked into the Sheraton Mirasierra hotel." Moyes's appointment was made official on 9 May.

Mourinho, according to the book, was sure that Ferguson would call with an explanation but he heard nothing. He recalled reading comments from the United director Sir Bobby Charlton pouring scorn on the idea of him getting the job.
"He was tormented by the memory of an interview of Sir Bobby Charlton in the Guardian in December. His judgments gave him a big uncertainty. 'A United coach wouldn't do what he did to Tito Vilanova', stated Charlton, evoking the finger in the eye, when asked if he saw Mourinho as a successor for Ferguson. In regards to the admiration that Ferguson professed towards him, the veteran footballer implied that it was a fable: 'He doesn't like him that much'.

"In the morning he called Mendes so that he urgently got in touch with United. Until the end he wanted his agent to pressure the English club as an attempt to block any operation. It was an act of desperation. They both knew that Mendes had put Mourinho in the market a year earlier."

The book says that "Mendes had already been told in the autumn of 2012 that Ferguson's first option was Pep Guardiola. He had been explained the reasons. In Gestifute, the message from a United executive rumbled like a drum: 'The problem is that when things don't work for Mou, he doesn't do club politics. He does José politics.'"
Mourinho, the book says, "felt betrayed by Ferguson and feared that someone might stop taking him seriously. For years the propaganda machine acting at his services had divulged the idea of a friendship that now was revealed as a fantasy image. To give coherence to the facts in the public light, Gestifute's advisers recommended he should say that he already knew because Ferguson had called him to inform him.

"On the 9th of May someone from Gestifute got in touch with Record newspaper to say that Ferguson offered his crown to Mourinho four months ago but that he refused it because his wife preferred to live in London, and that was why he ended up choosing Chelsea. At the same time Mourinho offered an interview to Sky in which he declared that Ferguson kept him in the loop about his decisions but that he never made him the offer because he knew perfectly well that he wanted to coach Chelsea. The contradictions were not planned."

Mourinho went on to take up the offer of a second term at Chelsea from the owner, Roman Abramovich. When he took up the job in June he claimed to have known of Ferguson's plans to stand down but said he was always intent on returning to Stamford Bridge.

"I knew that Ferguson was retiring many months ago," he said. "I would have turned down every job in the world – the Manchester United job, every one – for Chelsea."

Mourinho's adviser Eladio Parames has denied the book's account. "This story does not have any sense," he is quoted by the Portuguese newspaper O Jogo. "It is completely false. It has no head or tail."
Chelsea declined to comment.

  The Guardian

Premier League: Liverpool ready to offer striker Luis Suarez new deal in summer

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says the club are delighted to have Luis Suarez back in action and expects to start discussions with the Uruguay forward over a new contract at the end of the season.
Luis Suarez: Liverpool striker set to hold talks over a new contract in June 2014
Suarez returned on Wednesday in the 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Manchester United from a 10-game suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, having previously served an eight-game ban for clashing with Patrice Evra.
Ayre told Sky Sports News: "For all his controversy on the pitch, off the pitch he's a great guy, he's a family man and he's very well liked.
"He keeps himself to himself with his family, he's been committed he's worked hard, trained hard.
"It's been difficult, and been difficult for him really. It's always difficult being a footballer, and being a footballer like Luis Suarez you want to be on a football pitch.
"I think it's been a challenge for him but he's got through it and I think, and he's demonstrated last night, for a first game back, for somebody who hasn't had the opportunity to play in the Premier League this season, he acquitted himself very well."
Suarez signed an improved long-term contract with Liverpool in August 2012 and Ayre confirmed that the two parties would open talks over a new deal at the end of the current campaign.
Ayre said: "We sort of begin those type of discussions two years in from the end, so it'll be the end of this season. We'll do the same with everyone and at the right time we'll have the discussion with Luis and his advisors."
The Anfield supremo admitted Suarez's latest ban had hurt the global image of the club but that he and the player were keen to draw a line under it.
"Of course, any types of incident of that nature are damaging to a brand, but Liverpool Football Club is way, way bigger and always will be way bigger than any one player or one individual," Ayre added.
"Luis is a street fighter and we had to deal with it. We've worked a lot with him since the Ivanovic incident and he's back to what he's best at - terrorising defenders.
"We all move on together. Hard work and lessons have been learnt post-Evra and we now have a process in place for any crisis. Not a Suarez crisis, just any one."


Ayre also insisted he bore no ill will to Arsenal for trying to take Suarez to north London in a £40m and one pound transfer in the summer.
He said: "That's the transfer market. I have huge respect for Arsenal, they're a great football club, with some great people. I'm good friends with Ivan (Gazidis). Trying to get players, making offers for players, it's all part of the game.
"Anyone who says it isn't and makes a big noise is not really being honest. Everybody does the same thing in football, everybody's trying to achieve the same thing, we're all trying our best to buy the best players for the best price."
Ayre also gave Liverpool supporters some further encouragement when he described plans over the redevelopment of Anfield as having made "huge strides".
He added: "Our ambition is to stay at Anfield, and we're about 90% down the road in securing proprieties affected by redevelopment. I'm reasonably confident, the first phase will be closer to 60,000 capacity."
And he was also pleased with the way he and owners Fenway Sports Group were managing the club's operating debt and insisted that the cost of Anfield's redevelopment had also been considered.
He said: "You should always be worried but it is important we manage the debt. The business is headed in a positive direction and we will announce numbers in January next year.
"The business is in excellent health and moving towards a profitable position. The stadium's redevelopment is easily manageable."

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Man Utd new signings? Mangala to Chelsea FC? Pirlo to Arsenal FC?

Eliaquim Mangala
- David Moyes has admitted that he needs to sign players who will immediately improve his Manchester United team, as well as warning that last Sunday's derby demolition may not be a one-off.

"It’s not necessarily the squad players we needed, we needed one or two who might have just gone in [to the team], but that will happen," he insisted.

Moyes is expected to make fresh moves for a midfielder and a left-back in January, and said of his pursuit of players during the summer: "Going back to that transfer window, we always said it was going to be a tough one and it was going to take a little bit more time.

"Yes, it does mean I may have to take a few more blows, definitely - maybe even more than that. Maybe all season I knew this was going to be the case because I was taking over from a great manager and it was always going to take time for me to get my own ways and change things round a little bit."

- Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has claimed Real Madrid beat Manchester United to the signature of Gareth Bale and insists the club did not pay over the odds for him.

- Manchester United offered more than £120million in a desperate bid to get Bale, according to The Sun.

- Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants to make a January push for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, according to the Daily Mirror.

- Andrea Pirlo could end his career in the Premier League after it emerged his Juventus future is shrouded in uncertainty, according to the Daily Mail, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd and Tottenham possible destinations.

- Florentino Perez has also said it would be "difficult" for Iker Casillas to leave Real Madrid during the January transfer window.

- Ross Barkley has hinted that he is not looking to secure a move to Chelsea or Manchester United, insisting he is happy at Everton.

- Ciprian Marica's agent has revealed that his client, who has been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham, is likely to move to Spain.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Man Utd eye world-class signings as De Rossi, Iniesta, Baines linked with MUFC

Manchester United manager David Moyes has admitted that he needs to sign players who will immediately improve his team, as well as warning that last Sunday's derby demolition may not be a one-off.
David Moyes
City were thrashed 4-1 by Manchester City at the weekend and Moyes is ready to "take a few blows" during his first season in charge at Old Trafford.

And the United boss, who says he never expected taking charge of the reigning Premier League champions to be easy, wants to sign world-class players who can "go right into the team".

"It’s important that I took the punches," said Moyes, who officially took charge of United on July 1st following Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to retire at the end of last season.

"Not for a minute did I think this job was going to be easy.

"There will be days like we had on Sunday and there might be more of them because we are in a period where there will be transition - there’s a new manager for the players, and in turn there will be new players at different times - so obviously that will happen."

This week it has emerged that Moyes asked Fabio Capello for his advice on Daniele De Rossi, who was a summer transfer target, while Real Madrid have claimed United were preparing to table a bid for Gareth Bale before the Welsh winger moved to Spain.

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has in recent days also been linked with the Red Devils, and Moyes continued: "I don’t think it’s actually the squad [that is short], we’ve got numbers. Maybe where we’ve got work to do is bring players in not for the squad but to go right into the team, so that’s the slightly different equation.

"It’s not necessarily the squad players we needed, we needed one or two who might have just gone in [to the team], but that will happen."

United failed with deadline day bids for left-backs Leighton Baines and Fabio Coentrao, and also missed out on Thiago Alcantara, who opted to join Bayern Munich. Bids for at least two other midfielders - Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera - also failed to materialise.

Moyes is expected to make fresh moves for a midfielder and a left-back in January, and said of his pursuit of players during the summer: "Going back to that transfer window, we always said it was going to be a tough one and it was going to take a little bit more time.

"Yes, it does mean I may have to take a few more blows, definitely - maybe even more than that. Maybe all season I knew this was going to be the case because I was taking over from a great manager and it was always going to take time for me to get my own ways and change things round a little bit."

League Cup - Suarez impresses on return but United claim narrow win over Liverpool

League Cup third round, Old Trafford - Manchester United 1 (Hernandez 46) Liverpool 0.

Eurosport - Luis Suarez as Liverpool lose to Man United
Luis Suarez returned for Liverpool but could not prevent his side suffering a 1-0 loss to old foes Manchester United in the League Cup third round at Old Trafford.
The Uruguay striker - banned for 10 matches for a bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in April - seemed to do everything but score as he and Daniel Sturridge produced some lovely moments up front for the visiting side with Suarez seeing a free-kick clip off the United bar and fly over in the second half.
In the end, it counted for nothing for Brendan Rodgers's side with Javier Hernandez's opportunist finish 39 seconds into the second half enough to secure United a home tie with Norwich in the fourth round despite Liverpool's attacking play probably worthy of forcing matters to extra-time.
Hernandez's winning goal was a thing of real potency as the Mexican forward nudged Wayne Rooney's corner into the net with Jose Enrique failing to mark the forward in a crowded area.
United manager David Moyes will be relieved after making eight changes from the 4-1 thumping by Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.

Luis Suarez on last chance at Liverpool - Robbie Fowler

Luiz Suarez
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has one more chance at the club, according to former Reds forward Robbie Fowler.
Suarez could face Manchester United in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday after a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic last season.
But after a summer where the Uruguayan agitated for a move, Fowler thinks it is time Suarez showed loyalty.
Asked if it was his last chance, Fowler said: "Without a doubt. He has let a lot of people down, including himself."
Fowler, who scored 183 goals in 369 games for Liverpool, told BBC Sport: "The club have stood by him, so have the Liverpool supporters, and you can see why because he is a phenomenal player and you want phenomenal players in your side.
"I know in the summer it looked like he was leaving and quite rightly Liverpool expected a bit of loyalty back off him and thankfully he is still a Liverpool player.
"I don't think he'll get many more chances but I don't think he will be doing anything remotely as silly as he has."
Suarez was signed from Ajax in January 2011 for £22.7m by former boss Kenny Dalglish and has been involved in moments of controversy and brilliance in equal measure.
The 26-year-old has scored 51 goals in 96 appearances and is a key player in manager Brendan Rodgers's side.
But in addition to the 10-game suspension which was served for the last four games of last season and six games this term, Suarez was also banned for eight games and fined £40,000 for racially abusing Patrice Evra in December 2011.
After those two episodes, some supporters felt aggrieved when Suarez said he wanted to leave Anfield for Champions League football this summer.
Arsenal made two formal bids to sign him with Real Madrid also linked, but the club maintained Suarez was not for sale.
Liverpool finished seventh in last season's Premier League table and have made a positive start to this campaign while Suarez has been sidelined. They sit fifth in the table with 10 points from five games.
Now that a line has been drawn under the summer's saga, Fowler wants the South American to prove his greatness at Liverpool.
"You get players of the past who do silly and stupid things, it's not right but you do expect loyalty back," Fowler said.
"[I'd say] don't give anyone licence to shoot you down. Go and do the right stuff and be the player that we know you are.
"Let's start talking about Luis Suarez as one of the great players rather than the stupid things he does on the pitch."
BBC Sport