Saturday, 19 April 2014

David Moyes Wants Transfer Business Done Before World Cup


Manchester United manager, David Moyes has stated that the Old Trafford giants will look to conduct their transfer business in the summer early, before the World Cup gets underway in Brazil.

After a disastrous outing in the summer last year in which saw long-term target Thiago Alcantara poked right from under their nose by Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola, the former Everton boss was made to settle for underperforming Fellaini while Mata has eased a disastrous season since joining in the winter. However, with the 20-time EPL champions set to miss out on Champions league football next season, the manager and the club’s board are ready to do business early.

"I’ve got to say I’m well into my planning with my thoughts and ideas getting ready for next year,” the 50-year-old former Preston North End manager started. “It will probably be after the end of the season before anything takes place, but we have got to look to do one or two things.

“It’s difficult as players are going to be going away for the World Cup so it’s maybe not quite as easy as ideally all clubs would like to get the work done early. We cannot guarantee it, but will try to make that happen,” Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor said.

Moyes was seen at last weekend’s game between Benfica and FC Porto in Portugal, sparking rumours of a couple of Portuguese deals in the pipeline, rumours which the manager laughed at.

“We’re linked with player after player and every time I go to a game, I’m supposed to be signing three or four players from that game.

“That isn’t the case, but everyone is well aware we are looking to make signings and will try to do that whenever the opportunity arises,” he responded.

Jackson Martinez, Edison Cavani, Luke Shaw, Toni Kroos, Ikay Gundogan, Marco Reus, Ezequiel Garay, Ross Barkley et al. have been linked with a move to Manchester and it will be interesting to see which deals the former Everton manager would pull off.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

David Moyes Still To Lure German With Big Salary Offer

Manchester United want Toni Kroos at Old Trafford next season and they want him real bad. They are reported to be willing to offer the German international a whopping £260,000 per week deal to lure the player down to Old Trafford. This is more than twice what he currently earns at Bayern Munich.

Several media houses have reported various figures as what United would be willing to offer the Bayern Munich player. But when a reputable source like the Guardian reports that Manchester United are willing to offer Kroos £260,000 per week, it is time to begin to listen with more attention.

Karl Heinz-Rumenigge has insisted that Toni Kroos is not for sale. But that was before United came with their mouth watering offer. £260,000 per week is really big money. This is about 33% higher than the highest paid player at Bayern Munich. This goes a long way to show how desperate United is.

The amount been offered is aimed at getting to make Kroos put pressure on Bayern Munich to allow him leave the Allianz arena. But whether the pressure would be strong enough to make the board of Bayern Munich cave in to their request is something else. You better believe me: Kroos is taking a long hard look at the figures been bandied and is weighing his options.

A lot seems to depend on Toni Kroos. The drama surrounding his future has gone on for too long, he should take a decision and spare us all the drama.

Would Kroos be willing to leave one of the best clubs in the world and the current German and UEFA champions for struggling United that are not even sure of qualifying for next season’s Champions League? If not the huge pay, what else would Kroos say is his motivating factor?

Moyes Keen On Getting The €42+ Million Deal Done

Manchester United are hoping to use this summer transfer window to bolster their team and significantly improve their lot in the Premier league as they prepare for next season. They are expected to be very busy in the transfer market.

But with the hope of playing in the lucrative Champions League next season dimming by the day, their chances of attracting world class talents to Old Trafford next season looks slim at best. They would need to attract quality players to their fold or else they may miss out of the Champions League for two or more consecutive seasons.

This time around, Moyes is going after the right quality. With players like Toni Kroos, Marco Reus, William Carvalho, Luke Shaw, Illkay Gundogan, Eliaquim Mangala all on their watch list, they hopefully should do better if they would be able to land some of these players.

In the previous transfer windows, David Moyes dissipated energy chasing some quality talents but ended up with mediocre Mourane Fellaini from his former club and Chelsea’s Juan Mata. Moyes made frantic efforts to sign Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund last summer but it was a failed attempt as he was told the player was not for sale.

United are prepared to try again one more time according to reports. Moyes is keen on getting the deal sealed this time around. The German international would cost United something in the region of €42 million to bring him to Old Trafford.

Reus is arguably one of the best players in the world for his position. Signing him is not going to be a piece of cake for United. With their chances of playing in the Champions League diminishing by the day, it would take something akin to a miracle to get Reus to sign for them.

One only hopes that Moyes would not end up again chasing shadows as he goes to the transfer window once again.

5 Reasons Why Manchester United Will Beat Everton

This may not have been the best of seasons for Man United, but there is all to play for even as the league draws to a close.

Everton on the other hand, have been having the season of their lives, and perhaps, all to play for as they hope to consolidate their grip on the 4th position at the expense of the Gunners. To register their determination to “gate-crash” the top 4 this season, they dealt the Gunners a massive blow two Saturdays ago by winning 3-0 at Goodison Park against the North London outfit.

They haven’t lost in their last 7 outings, which gives them some psychological edge, but that is not an indication that Man United will fall a second time to this season. We take a look at 5 reasons why we think Manchester United will beat Everton this Sunday.

Pride

Having lost in the first round of matches at home to Roberto Martinez’s side; the players have all to play for. Losing again a second time is not an option for the reigning Premier League Champions. They are probably going to come out as wounded lions this time around and seek their revenge.

Good away form

David Moyes’ team probably has the best away record in the league; and I don’t see that dropping at any point at Goodison Park this time around.

All to play for

Only 7 points separate 5th placed Arsenal and Man United, and they may just do themselves a massive favour by beating Everton in order to close the gap, while hoping that the Gunners who are experiencing a dip in form drop points against other teams.

Freshness

The Man United team are more likely to turn our fresh than Everton, who have an massive match to play against Crystal Palace in midweek. Moreover, Everton do not have the luxury of playing just the single match unlike Man United.

The experience of finishing the season strong

Man United have a reputation of always finishing the season very strong; and things may not be different this time around as they hope to finish in a more respectable position on the league table.

Do you agree with those 5 reasons?

Monday, 14 April 2014

A Year Of Failures In Manchester


The last hope of getting a title this year for Manchester United ended in the pitch of the Allianz Arena in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, after being eliminated by Bayern Munich.

The defeat joins a list of bad results in this season, the first one of the Red Devils in 26 years without coach Alex Ferguson. The Old Trafford team was among the favorites to win the Premier League title in consecutive years, however, the history has been very different.

With five games remaining in the season, Manchester United is in seventh place of the table with 57 points, 17 away from Liverpool, which seeks to end a 23-year drought without being able to win the championship. According to MyTopSportsbooks.com, Manchester City is favorite in the odds to finish first, followed by the Reds.

In the last seven seasons United had won the league five times, but this year was far from the top. One of the main reasons was their poor performance at home, where for the first time since 1978 they suffered six defeats in a single season.

After being thrashed by Reds and Citizens in their own stadium, England striker Wayne Rooney said that their opponents no longer fear playing at Old Trafford, a place where for a long time they were invincible.
Manchester is currently out of the spots for the upcoming editions of European tournaments. It is two points behind Tottenham, which has the last ticket to participate in the next Europa League. It’s been 19 years since the last time the Devils were not in the Champions League.

The team led by David Moyes will close the season with three of their last five games at home, the advantage is that they will face squads that are below the top 10 (Hull, Norwich and Sunderland). United has been the best on the road this season, with 33 points from outside the “Theatre of Dreams."

In the FA Cup were eliminated in the third round losing to Swansea City, while, in the Capital One Cup, they couldn’t win in the semifinals against Sunderland, so being out of the next European tournaments would close a year of failures in Manchester.

United At Biggest Odds Ever For Premier League 2015



Old Trafford Manchester United by Paolo Camera, on Flickr

Various bookmakers have now created a market for next year’s Premier League and are offering United at the biggest prices ever of around 6-1 or better.

This is understandable after the current season, but might just present an opportunity for far-sighted gamblers. It certainly represents good value if United can stage any kind of resurgence next year, as there are already signs that they are doing.

David Moyes will obviously make key changes over the summer and, though there is a huge amount of speculation as to what these will be exactly, they will certainly change things markedly - whether for better or worse.

It wouldn’t take much for United to close the gap on their rivals. There’s clearly work to be done, but the outlook isn’t as bleak as most pundits seem to think it is and human nature being what it is – pundits always have a way of justifying things in hindsight.

So this time next year, United may be under new management after a poor campaign. On the other hand, David Moyes may well be being congratulated on his shrewd insight after a few key signings; who really knows?  But if things do go according to plan, that 6-1 certainly won’t last long. At the same time however, it’s easy to see United’s odds lengthening further first as always seems to be the nature of betting markets, so it may be wise not to rush in.

Most bookmakers currently have the blue half of Manchester installed as favourites, followed by Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal.

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Such odds are, of course, unheard of in the Premier League era. For the last 20 years under Sir Alex Ferguson United have always begun the season as either first or second favourites, and always at a shorter price than next year’s.

But for the contrarianly-minded amongst us, this may be an opportunity. It’s always darkest just before the dawn and markets always factor in too much short-term recent news. The presumption currently is that United are on their way out whilst the current top three will inevitably go from strength to strength. But real life isn’t like that.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Paul Pogba Open To A Move To Manchester United?

Manchester United would be shopping for top quality central midfielders this coming summer to beef up their floundering midfield. In recent times, the Red Devils have been linked to several big names like Toni Kroos, William Carvalho, Illkay Gundogan to mention but a few.

United’s midfield troubles started following the exit of two of their key midfielders Paul Scholes and Paul Pogba. While the legendary Paul Scholes retired from the club, the highly rated Pogba turned down our contract offers to sign on a free transfer for Italian giants Juventus.

Pogba since joining Juventus, had shone like a million stars. His form for the Old Lady has been very impressive. Same may not be said of most United’s central midfielders. Although one can not blame Sir Alex for letting Pogba escape through the window, seeing his performance for the old lady as Juventus are otherwise known, one is left ruing the missed chances.

But recent reports reveal that Paul Pogba may be open to a return to Old Trafford. Although the news is coming from football news direct website which is definitely not one of the most reliable news outlets there is but in the crazy world of transfers, nothing can be ruled out.

West London club Chelsea too are said to be interested in the French international too. But does Chelsea need a central midfielder more than they need a clinical finisher? And should United be really interested in him and ready to pay the right price, do Chelsea really have a chance especially as Pogba will feel he has unfinished business at Manchester United?

We made a mistake by not doing enough to keep him and with this reports, if true, United should do all they can to re-sign Pogba and correct Ferguson’s mistake. Although the player is said to be worth £30 million, United shouldn’t have a problem paying for his services.

Pogba’s form has dipped slightly in recent times which will help in the negotiation even though a dip in form doesn't necessarily amount to lack of class.