Preview: Spotlight on Martinez, Moyes and Fellaini
It will be an emotional reunion between current Manchester United manager David Moyes and his former beloved club, Everton. But during the 90 minutes, friendship will not count as both teams will do their best to beat each other.
Interestingly, the Toffees rank above the Red Devils in the English Premier League standings. The Liverpool-based side has only lost once in the campaign and counts 24 points, two more than Man United. A few days after recording an emphatic 4-0 victory at home to Stoke City, Roberto Martinez will be looking to embarrass his predecessor at the Theatre of Dreams.
Sirens increasing in volume for AVB
Spurs are definitely not firing from all cylinders and as a consequence, Andre Villas-Boas is under fire from all angles. The young Portuguese tactician was given a lot of cash to duly replace last season’s best player in the shape of Gareth Bale. And even though players who have arrived at White Hart Lane are all capable of taking the club to the next level, things have not gone according to plan and all the excitement about the new arrivals has vanished game by game.
Following a 6-0 mauling at the hands of Manchester City last week, many reports suggest that AVB might become the latest managerial casualty this season if his side is unable to make home advantage count against Manchester United.
Preview: Moyes out to restore confidence
David Moyes reignited harsh calls for his dismissal when Manchester United failed to win away to Cardiff City last weekend. The former Everton boss is having a hard time to please supporters since succeeding the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.
What is almost certain is that the Red Devils will be in the next stage of the UEFA Champions League. Condemning Bayern Leverkusen to their first defeat at the BayArena since March will guarantee Last 16 tickets for Moyes' men. However, they will need to improve on their performances along the way to increase the confidence within the team and among fans.
Preview: United eyeing a top four berth
Manchester United’s form has improved in recent weeks. The Red Devils are obviously known for famous comebacks after initial problems during a season. United knows how to complete the marathon; they do not always win the race.
Prior to the international week, they found a way past Arsenal using simple tactics – by defending as a team and by taking their chances. Indeed, a Robin Van Persie header dealt the Gunners a blow.
Van Persie will not be available for David Moyes this week due to injury. Nemanja Vidic is set to miss out too following a concussion against Arsenal a fortnight ago.
Preview: Arsenal could head into this match as favorites for the first time in a while
The last time Arsenal took points from a match with Manchester United at Old Trafford was in 2009, when they drew 0-0. At the time, Robin van Persie was still an Arsenal player, while Manchester United still had Cristiano Ronaldo on their squad.
On Sunday, Van Persie will take the field as a United player, but the hosts are struggling to find consistency in their game. One big absence for the hosts will be one Sir Alex Ferguson.
Preview: Resurging Red Devils tipped to break 1-year winless away run
If Sociedad lose on Tuesday, it would be the first time that they endure four consecutive defeats in Europe. Interestingly, they could extend Manchester United’s winless away streak in the UEFA Champions League to 363 days.
In fact, the Red Devils have not won any of their European matches away from the Theatre of Dreams since November 7, 2012 when they defeated Braga 3-1 in Portugal. An incredible comeback staged during the final 10 minutes of the game saw strikers Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez cancel the importance of the home side’s 49th minute opener through Alan.
After a dismal start to life at new club, Moyes has seemed to stabilise things now unbeaten in the last seven games. After a horrid month of September which saw the defending champions lose…
Preview: Man United looking to build on weekend victory
A comeback inspired by two late goals earned the Red Devils only their second victory in the last five games in the league as they defeated Stoke City 3-2. David Moyes’ side twice went behind as defensive frailties continued at Old Trafford but Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez scored within a space of two minutes to give their side a much needed victory.
Chicharito’s winner sent the Old Trafford into raptures and the United faithful would be expecting a renaissance following their heroic display on Saturday. The Mexican international who is expected to start against Norwich City expressed his delight on scoring the winner and insisted that Man United perform with the same spirit in their subsequent matches starting with Tuesday’s encounter against Norwich.
Preview: Stoke has not defeated Manchester United since a League Cup match in 1993
When you look at the current league table, it may come as a surprise. You need to look down to the eight spot to find Manchester United, something that has not been a normal occurrence for quite sometime. And although Stoke is eight spots below them, only three points separate the two clubs.
Moyes' job at Old Trafford was not going to be easy, and through eight matches, it has shown.
The former Everton manager has put together three wins, two draws and three defeats in their opening six matches. United currently has 11 points, which is the lowest they have had going into week nine since 1989.
Preview: Moyes tasked to get third time lucky against Spanish opposition at home
One of the venues that will attract the most number of spectators this Wednesday is Old Trafford. One man, in particular, will come under the spotlight: Who else but Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor, David Moyes?
The former Everton manager is not enjoying the best of adventures with the Red Devils. This has led man Manchester United fans to call for his resignation or sacking while Fergie continues to be sorely missed. Regardless of the panic caused due to unconvincing results in the Premier League and Champions League, Moyes has asked supporters to remain hopeful.
Preview: Saints looking to cause an upset at Old Trafford
Mauricio Pochettino‘s men have been this season’s surprise package currently placed fourth in the table and on level points with London giants Chelsea. A victory could take Southampton to the top of the table and keeping in mind their recent run an upset could be very well on the cards.
After their 1-0 loss to Norwich back on the 31st of August, the Saints have been riding on an undefeated streak which has seen them win four out of their last five matches in all competitions including a 1-0 win over second placed Liverpool.
Preview: David Moyes looking to avoid three consecutive defeats in the league
Last time the Red Devils lost three successive matches in the Barclays Premier League was back in 2001, when they lost to Arsenal, Chelsea and West Ham in consecutive matches finishing third in the league.
David Moyes’ men will be relishing their chances against the Black Cats who are rock bottom of the Premier League having lost five of the six matches they have played so far. Their dismal start to the league resulted in Italian international Paolo Di Canio being relieved of his duties and Kevin Ball is set to take charge of his second match as the caretaker boss.
Preview: A chance for Moyes to calm down nerves
Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and company offered David Moyes an explosive start to his 2013/14 UEFA Champions League campaign. The hosts triumphed 4-2 over Bayer Leverkusen to justify their intentions of claiming glory at the Estadio da Luz come May 24, 2014.
However, three weeks after this great night at Old Trafford, Manchester United find themselves lacking confidence following a series of unconvincing records and results on the domestic front. Things are not going their way in the English Premier League where they are 12th behind teams like Southampton, Hull City, West Bromwich Albion and even Cardiff City.
As if the ludicrous summer transfer window was not frustrating enough for the United fans they were acquainted with further humiliation as their side was at the receiving end of a 4-1 mauling at the hands of arch rivals Manchester City.
Following a crushing loss in the derby, the Red Devils were expected to make a strong response in their subsequent matches, something they have done so often in the Ferguson era. Instead the English giants were overpowered by West Brom who outclassed United at the theatre of dreams and Man United had to suffer their second consecutive defeat.
What awaits David Moyes now is a night at Donbass Arena, which is a fortress to say the least.
Preview: Moyes looking for a strong response after derby day humiliation
Moyes and his team will take motivation from their 1-0 victory over a strong Liverpool side in the Capital one Cup during midweek. A solitary goal from Javier Hernandez settled the tie for the Red Devils who really needed a victory following a heavy defeat at the hands of their title rivals last week at the Etihad Stadium.
Man United under their new manager David Moyes have had a dismal start to the Premier League campaign managing just two victories out of the five matches they have played so far in the league. As a result the Red Devils find themselves eighth in the table one position below Swansea City and their Scot manager is looking to make amends when his side meets West Brom.
Preview: Robin Van Persie out, Luis Suarez in – who wins?
After missing last Sunday’s Manchester Derby through injury, Dutch striker Robin Van Persie has still not been passed fit to feature in Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup home fixture against Liverpool. In contrast, Liverpool have been boosted by the return of prolific Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez. Whether he starts from the bench or not, the former Eredivisie star will certainly inject fear in Man United’s shaky defence.
“Everyone knows the depth of his qualities, and his attitude – his non-stop in his commitment,” said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Monday.
“I'm sure once he gets back onto the field again he'll show what he has shown since he's been here, which has been top quality.”
On Monday, the Canadian sports network released its TV, online and radio schedule for the EPL from now till early December 2013. It all kicks off this Saturday with Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion on TSN and Aston Villa vs Manchester City on TSN2 as the marquee games.
These fixtures are set to attract an increased number of viewers following last weekend’s outcome in the Manchester Derby.
The Citizens mercilessly banged four goals past Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea. Talisman Wayne Rooney pulled a goal back through an expertly-taken free-kick but he could hardly celebrate his feat. The battle for the Red Devils was already lost against their bitter city rivals.
This Saturday, while Man United will aim to bounce back from this disappoint result, Man City will be looking to torment the Villains. Of course, there is more lined up on TSN platforms within the next few months.
Some of the biggest matches include:
In what has been United’s worst start to a Premier League campaign in nine years, new manager David Moyes finds his team eighth in the table with five matches played. The Red Devils have had a disappointing start to the campaign and have already lost two matches so early in the season.
Moyes who claimed that it was the fixture list which had a part to play in Man United’s dismal start only has himself to blame for playing a brand of football which is unlikely to win the team any titles. Moyes’ men were outrun by their arch rivals in every aspect on Sunday and it is clear for all to see that amends must be made by the Scottish manager to put his team back on track.