Robin van Persie has completed his move to 19 Time English Champions Manchester United earlier today. The former Arsenal player signed a reported 24m deal which will see him at United until 2016, the 29 year old striker enjoyed his best ever season in the English Premier League last season .
Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Robin is a world-class striker with a proven record in England and in European football. His talents need no introduction to our fans – he has scored a number of goals against us in some classic battles with his former club. His movement, finishing and all-round ability are outstanding.”
An official unveiling will take place today, we’ll be sure to bring you a more detailed post on this major deal.
Manchester United has reportedly agree £26m deal for 19 year old Brazil star Lucas Moura, the Reds have been trying to land the young Brazilian but faced a stumbling block over the fee his club Sao Paulo valued him at. Lucas’ move to Old Trafford is 100% completed as personal terms between the player and club has to be met and a work permit granted in order to complete the move.
Lucas’ signature was also being chased by Inter Milan and EPL rivals Chelsea but both clubs were put off by the price tag placed on the player by his club. Moura recently made a substitute appearance to Brazils 2012 Olympic team in a 2-0 victory over Team GB captained by his soon to be teammate Ryan Giggs. If the deal goes through Lucas Moura will be the third signing in the transfer window by Manchester United, the first two being Nick Powell and Shinji Kagawa who have featured on the Reds pre-season tour thus far.
The battle of Manchester and the biggest derby match between both United and City went to the blue side.
Manchester City took a big step towards winning their first Premier League title when they defeated neighbors Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium from a powerful Vincent Kompany header.
The Citizens wanted the match more and it showed as they were the better side on the day. United came out with a strategy which was a relatively defensive one as they played with the intention of earning a draw. This negative thinking proved to be a failure as they were continuously giving away corners and finally paid the price in the 1st minute of stoppage time in the first half.
Manchester City captain Vincent was allowed a free header and he gratefully accepted his gift to give his club a 1-0 lead going into halftime. After Plan A failed everyone expected to see some changes in the United lineup but those changes never came until the 58th minute when Danny Welbeck replaced a seemingly useless Ji-Sung Park.
Regardless of the changes United made in the second half a goal was never on the cards for them as they never posed much of a threat on City’s goal, the City goalkeeper was barely called into any action during the entire match.
The most fight that was showed by anyone who were on the red side of Manchester came from Sir Alex Ferguson after the manager had to be separated from City manager Roberto Mancini on the sidelines.
After today’s victory the title is now in the hands of Manchester City as they only need to win their two remaining matches against Newcastle and QPR who is managed by their former manager Mark Hughes.
Ryan Giggs played his 900th match for Manchester United over the weekend. In the modern day football loyalty is something that is a rarity, no longer can you find a player fully committed to playing his entire career with one club. The 38-year-old made his first appearance for Manchester United in 1991 and has since gone on to win 12 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, 2 UEFA Champions League trophies along with some individual honors.
“To play 900 games for this club, who I’ve grown up supporting, is special – it’s a great day for me,” Ryan Giggs said. “I am sure there will be more twists and turns in the title race and I expect more drama and late goals.”
The Welshman’s 900th appearance was made to be more joyful when he scored the game winning goal in the 91st minute against Norwich City. After the match his manager Sir Alex Ferguson who reached a milestone of 25 years managing Manchester United this season heaped praise upon his evergreen midfielder and Legend.
“For a player to play for one club for 900 games is exceptional, and it won’t be done again,” Ferguson told the BBC. “He deserved that goal for his service to the club. He’s had an amazing career and he’s an amazing man.”
Having signed a one-year extension to his contract this season Giggs will have a chance to add more appearances to his well decorated career and more silverware aswell. Congratulations Ryan Giggs on such an amazing achievement.
On Wednesday 4th December 1957 the Busby Babes came up against Dukla Prague in an away fixture in the European Cup in which they lost but went into the next round on aggregate. A few delays in the team return journey home almost caused the team to miss their league match against Everton FC the following weekend. For United’s next away tie against Red Star Belgrade the team had a plane chartered due to their previous problems.
On the 14th of January 1958 at Old Trafford, United defeated Red Star Belgrade 2-1 in the first leg of their second round European Cup tie.
Monday 3rd February 1958, Manchester United boarded their flight to Belgrade and arrives a few hours later to poor conditions. The visibility there was poor and it was snowing, the standards are below the average required by British European Airways. The airport engineer saw the plane only when it was parked on the apron.
On Wednesday 5th February 1958, the tie between United and Red Star Belgrade ended in a 3-3 draw which was enough to see them through to the semifinals of the European Cup for a second year running. The team celebrated their achievement with a cocktail party at the British Embassy.
February 6th 1958, the team along with five other people departs Belgrade in the sunshine as they head towards Manchester but the takeoff is delayed by an hour as Johnny Berry lost his passport. The plane then finally makes it trip to Munich for a scheduled refueling and arrives to an airport filled with snow, rain and low cloud. Captain James Thain was forced to use anti-icing equipment in order to make his descent into Munich. Continue reading
The win over Manchester United has been marred by another classless individual from the Mersyside area. There have been huge build up to the match with Patrice Evra being the center of attention after he was racially abused by Luis Suarez of Liverpool FC, the result of the altercation ended with Suarez receiving an eight match ban for his racist actions.
In the previous round of the FA Cup, Tom Adeyemi of Oldham Athletic was the target of racial abuse by a Liverpool fan which left the player in tears. The ugly behavior of Liverpool fans has shown it’s head once again.
A Liverpool fan was seen making a monkey gesture towards Patrice Evra in Liverpool’s FA Cup 2-1 win over their rivals Manchester United, the obscene gesture was caught on camera and started circulating the internet. Continue reading
Everton FC has completed the signing of Manchester United and Republic Of Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson on a four-and-a-half year deal for a fee believed to be in the region of 1.5m. The 24 year old United academy product has had a rough time at Old Trafford and has rarely been used this season, his final appearance for The Reds’ came in a 5-0 victory against Wigan on Boxing Day.
Gibson made the breakthrough to the senior squad for United in the 2005/6 season and has since made a total of 60 appearances and scored a total of 10 goals. His arrival at Goodison Park is the second signing made by the Toffees and could make his debut against Aston Villa and has been given the number 4 shirt.
“I was very frustrated at Manchester United, “It was hard for me at times. I think when I did get a chance I did well and obviously I was getting left out afterwards and I was playing one or two games here and there. It was very frustrating. I think it was the right time for me to move on”.
Luis Suárez’s imgae has taken a big blow after details about what was said during his confrontation with Patrice Evra when Liverpool faced United at Anfield. During the match and after the match Evra made a complaint to the referee about what Suárez had said while a Liverpool corner was about to be taken.
Before the corner kick was taken Evra asked Suárez why he had kicked him, to which Suárez replied “Porque tu eres negro”, meaning “Because you are black”. Continue reading
Blackburn Rovers came into today’s match against Manchester United at Old Trafford second from bottom of the table, with United starting to hit top gear and having won two matches 5-0 things were looking bad for Steve Kean and his Rovers.
Rovers didn’t follow the usual script of come to Old Trafford and lose, instead they came and got all three points today. A first half penalty from Yakubu and a second goal in the second half seemed to have doomed United to another loss at home but man on fire Dimitar Berbatov got a goal back 75 seconds after Rovers went up 2-0.
With The Reds’ in full control and dominating possession another goal was on the cards and it came once again from Dimitar Berbatov. Now levelled on goals everyone was expecting a winner to come for United but instead it was Grant Hanley who got the winner for his Rovers side after a goalkeeping error from David De Gea.
The goal took the wind out of the United sails but even though that happened they had opportunities to get level once again but some brave defending from the like of Samba denied them a third goal.
Luis Suárez has gotten of lightly by the English FA and has been given an eight match ban and fined £40,000 for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. When fans are found guilty of racial abuse they are given lifetime bans.
In a statement released by the FA they said:
On 16 November 2011, The Football Association charged Luis Suarez with misconduct contrary to FA Rule E3 in relation to the Liverpool FC versus Manchester United FC fixture on 15 October 2011.
The Independent Regulatory Commission announced its decision on 20 December 2011, which is as follows:
“Mr Suarez used insulting words towards Mr Evra during the match contrary to FA Rule E3(1);
- the insulting words used by Mr Suarez included a reference to Mr Evra’s colour within the meaning of Rule E3(2);
- Mr Suarez shall be warned as to his future conduct, be suspended for eight matches covering all first team competitive matches and fined the sum of £40,000;
- the [penalty] is suspended pending the outcome of any appeal lodged by Mr Suarez against this decision. Read Full Statement Here
Manchester United and Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher has been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, and will take an extended break from football. Ulcerative Colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel condition and it can affect anyone. Over the past few seasons Fletcher had some spells on the sidelines due to an unknown illness and now it is known he was suffering from this disease.
Ulcerative Colitis is a serious disease which increases the risk of colon cancer, in order to treat this illness the Scotland captain has taken the advice of doctors to and will now face a lenghty spell on the sidelines.
I suggest everyone do some research about this disease and find out ways to prevent or treat it.
Football Is Life, but your health comes first, Get Well Soon Fletch!