Manchester United have once again proved that their standing in the game has not diminished despite a very poor campaign last season. United finished seventh in the table last season and will be without any form of European football this campaign. Despite this, they have managed to sign a record-breaking sponsorship deal with Adidas. The German sportswear giant will be taking over as the new kit supplier for United after Nike decided to drop out in the last few weeks.
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand thinks that England manager Roy Hodgson decided not to take Michael Carrick to the World Cup 2014 simply because of the poor form shown by United as a club. United finished in a lowly seventh place – the first time they finished in this position in the Premier League history – last season. This poor performance was largely the result of an underperforming midfield, although Carrick was one of the standout players.
Dutch national team manager Louis van Gaal has to the first time expressed his interest in becoming the Manchester United manager. He has become the firm favourite to take over from Ryan Giggs, who has been appointed on an interim basis. The experienced coach has seen success at various clubs in the past, but more importantly, he has managed top clubs like Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The lack of top-level experience was seen as one of the major reasons for the failure of David Moyes, who has sacked towards the end of the season.
Manchester United have given themselves a fighting chance of reaching the semifinals of the Champions League after a 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich in the first leg. In fact, United could have won the match had they been more clinical in finishing. Danny Welbeck had the best opportunity of the match, but his effort was saved by the Bayern Munich goalkeeper. In the absence of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney continues to remain as the importance centre forward for United. However, he missed the weekend action due to a toe injury.
A few days ago Manchester United battled it out against Bayern Munich as they played each other for the 1st leg of the Champions League match which kicked off in Old Trafford and goals from Nemanja Vidic and Bastian Schweinsteiger forcer a draw.
There were a few controversial moments that occurred during the match and one of those incidents arrived when the German midfielder Schweinsteiger was sent off of the pitch after a challenge he made against Wayne Rooney and even though replays displayed minimal contact between both of the players, the referee Carlos Velasco Carballo decided to give Schweinsteiger his 2nd yellow card and he was sent off of the pitch.
Manchester United have improved their medical facilities by installing aspects like new ultrasound, CT and MRI scanners at their training ground.
Manager David Moyes said that he is extremely pleased with the improvements made in this regard and he termed the club as having the best medical facilities of any club in the world. The medical systems have been provided by Toshiba, who are one of the numerous sponsors for the club. It has been a troubled period for Manchester United on the pitch, but Moyes will be hoping that this improvement helps him avoid injuries to key players.
Manchester United’s January signing Juan Mata says that he is confident that the club will be able to finish in the top four and also fight for titles in the coming seasons. The future of United has been uncertain after the appointment of David Moyes. The Scot has been unable to lead the club like its predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson.
United are no longer competing with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City for the title. Even worrying for the club is their inability to finish in the top for this campaign, as they are a distant seventh place with only 10 matches remaining.
Despite being eliminated from the FA Cup, losing against Sunderland in the 1st leg of the Capital One Cup and consistent run of poor performances, David Moyes says that he sudden change in Manchester United is not because of the changes in coaches and the Scottish tactician will not change what he has been doing since being appointed as the coach of the club.
“You continue to do what you have been doing. If you have to change it, it suggests you were doing the wrong things in the first place, but we are not and the things we have been doing are right. In management, you are going to lose games. I don’t know any manager who hasn’t lost games and you have to go through it at some point of your career’’.
David De Gea, the Manchester United goalkeeper, has stated that winning over Manchester United fans has been very proud moment. De Gea has retrieved from a shaky beginning to life at Old Trafford to become an important member of new manager David Moyes' team this season.
David Moyes has already praised him and he has also got support from the fans of the club and now the Spanoard has talked about all his happiness in Manchester United. According to reports, De Gea told that when a footballer wins over a club's fans, it is a very proud moment. These are the people who pay money to come to watch you each week. He added that the footballer owe this to them and gives his best for the team. It makes him very happy when fans chant his name.
Manchester city's most important game of the season will come this weekend when they play host to Manchester United at the Etihad stadium. The two archrivals will be meeting each other in what will be billed as the clash of the titans. City and United have won the last two Premier league titles and there will be no doubt that they will be once again competing for the title at the end of the season. Hence, this is going to be a six pointer in many ways according to City manager Manuel Pellegrini.