Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, who moved to Aston Villa on a season-long loan, has been enjoying a regular spell of first-team action in the last few weeks. This coupled with support from the fans has improved his morale significantly. He has been playing much better for Villa than he did for United last season. The England international was subjected to heavy criticism from his own supporters at United, while he felt that he was vindicated for the performances of the team as a whole. He is widely expected to make the move to Villa permanent with his contract at United set to expire in the summer.
The possibility of Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester United has once again occupied the back pages over the last few weeks. This is after the Spanish club made a very poor start to the league campaign by suffering two defeats in the opening three matches. Those defeats have raised questions about Madrid’s decision to sell Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso just a few weeks before the start of the season. Ronaldo is thought to have questioned president Florentino Perez over this issue and it has sparked rumours that he will finally decide to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.
Manchester United has planned to place a huge bid of over 40 million Pounds to Juventus for the Chilean playmaker Arturo Vidal.
Actually, there were reports that the Red Devils have already reached an agreement with Vidal about the weekly wages and now, it’s all up to Juventus to decide if they want to accept the bid or not.
But, it’s made clear from United’s side that there has been no agreement with the player.
One thing that United would want to be absolutely sure about in Vidal’s case is that he doesn’t carry any injury issues to the club.
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.