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History slightly favours the Oranje, who have defeated les Bleus 10 out of the 22 times the two sides have met.
Preview: Deschamps drops some big names as his side welcomes a familiar foe
The two sides have faced off on numerous occasions, with the Netherlands enjoying the better head-to-head record as the last meeting ended as a 4-1 victory in their favour during the group stages in the EURO 2008 tournament.
However, a lot has changed since then, and with both teams having already qualified for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, French national team coach Deschamps has opted to mix things up in his side for the friendly encounter.
Gone are the likes of Manchester City stars Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy; in their stead will feature Real Sociedad youngster Antoine Griezmann for his first senior cap, as well as Porto's Eliaquim Mangala who has only featured once previously for Les Bleus.
It may be now or never for David Moyes to rescue any sort of pride from his first season as Manchester United boss.
The Theatre of Dreams was seen as a palace for the red half of Manchester and a dark and uncomfortable dungeon for it's visitors. Players would walk out of the tunnel with their crimson shirts with an air of confidence, a cocky strut but also they were the team to beat and no one would attempt to question it.
Iconic figures including the Charlton's, Best, Cantona, Beckham had created a history that no one would dare to touch never mind attempt to challenge. The success transcended through the generations to continue their dominance. Ferguson was untouchable, the man at the helm who was worshipped by all associated with the game. Now the tides have turned on his replacement and the Red Devils are running lower than Ferguson would never have imagined.
As Manchester United get ready to take on Liverpool at Anfield, here’s a look at some of the key battles that could define this fixture.
Sturridge vs RVP
The Manchester United striker has carried on where he left off last season and pretty much the same goes for Daniel Sturridge who since making the move to Liverpool from Chelsea earlier this January, has shown just why he is so highly rated by Brendan Rodgers. Both men are free-scoring players and a lot will fall on these two to deliver the goods for their respective teams.
De Gea vs Mignolet
Since leaving Sunderland for Liverpool, Simon Mignolet has been one of the best player for the Reds.
The EPL kick-off provided jubilation for David Moyes but embarrassment for Gooners. We take a look at the five best goals scored on Saturday, August 17, 2013.
The Premier League new season has finally arrived and delivered fans with some fantastic action, paving the way for next nine months of intense EPL football. With new managerial selections alongside an abundance of new faces and the introduction of the new Hawk-Eye goal-line technology, 2013-14 may prove to be one of the most significant seasons in the English game.
David Moyes began on the successful route with a blinding performance over a flightless Swansea City, with two goals from striking duo Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck either side of the half in a terrific 4-1 mauling of their opposition. An imposing start for the former Everton manager silenced many critics with Moyes receiving much criticism for his comments on a tricky fixture list at the start of the season.
Van Persie and Sergio Ramos were the newcomers, while Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho dropped places in the social media popularity chart for July 2013
There were big gains for some players and heavy losses for others during the course of the month on social networks. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United were the teams with the most candidates, and in this article, we bring you information on seven of the footballers in the Top 10 chart – from the occupant of the fourth place to the spot 10 owner.
Messi goes down, Van Persie arises
4. Robin Van Persie
Robin van Persie could be the sole man Manchester United fans look up to in attack next season, should Wayne Rooney’s name be erased from the squad. The Dutchman managed to reach the 30-goal mark in his first season at Old Trafford, and this achievement – combined with commitment – leaves room for excitement and much expectation over his input in the club next season.
The rumor mill rolls on as Cesc Fabregas is linked with Manchester United amongst the latest dramas.
Arsenal fans have seen too many of their heroes depart in recent years. Robin Van Persie famously switched from the Red of London to the Red of Manchester. The switch caused uproar amongst Arsenal fans of course. However, the Arsenal fans moved on as they have after losing their big players to teams with bigger ambitions.
They saw Samir Nasri, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor depart for the Blue side of Manchester. The Arsenal fans felt outraged by each of these transfers. However, one major transfer they were saddened by but not angered by was that of Francesc Fabregas. The Spaniard after all left his club of eight years for his boyhood club. As expected, to a certain extent, Fabregas could not hold down a first team berth in Barcelona. Manchester United, having lost out Thiago Alcantara to FC Bayern München, has now set their sights on this star.
There is a fifty percent chance that the best player of Europe will be Germany based. However, often bias stands in the way of the journalists and could do so once again.
Ideally, there should be no question about which league the winner should come from. Both the sides in the UEFA Champions League finale represented the Deutsche Fussball League of which one went on to become only the seventh side in history to win the coveted treble and the fourth side to win five European Cups.
Yet, football is dominated by media bias.…
After wrapping up his first Premier League title, Robin van Persie returns to the Emirates after a summer transfer to Manchester United.
Although Manchester United already locked up their 20th title, Sunday's match will still have more than enough meaning behind it. A rivalry that for years was incredibly intense, not only between the players on the pitch, but also between the managers.
Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger were far from friends, but as the years have passed and the Gunners have fallen out of title contention, the two managers appear to have put that heated relationship behind them.
For the fans, the rivalry may have become even more tense after their leading scorer last season eventually forced his way out of the club. He not only wanted to move elsewhere, but he made the move across England and signed for United. While it was a great decision in regards to increasing his title chances, he also lost a remarkable number of fans by putting pen to paper.
With Van Persie stealing most of the headlines, ahead of the clash between rivals Arsenal and Man United, the Dutchman is expected to be the centre of attraction as he faces the Emirates crowd for the first time since his summer move.
His reception at the Emirates is expected to be harsh, but older followers of the game are well aware of the fact that this clash is a lot more than the Dutchman.
The rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United is one of the most fierce rivalries in English football, and although it has somewhat softened over the past few years, the truth remains that whenever the two sides clash, the stadium begins to buzz with an air of passion and energy. This is because of the vibrant history that the clash owns in past couple of decades.
Former Arsenal captain, Robin Van Persie, will head to his former ground on Sunday, hoping for a good reception.
A brilliant goal in the FA Cup against Blackburn Rovers for Arsenal set him up for a brilliant career with the Gunners. Unfortunately, his eight year career was marred by injuries and lack of trophies. Arsenal fans and management could not let go of him easily. He was after all, their talisman, their rescuer, their hero.
Van Persie wrote an open letter before heading to Manchester United. The words of the letter expressed thinly veiled insults at Arsenal; Arsenal was just not ambitious enough for him. He walked to Manchester United where Sir Alex Ferguson took him in with open arms. He almost forgot how much Arsenal contributed to his well being, including during a much publicized rape case.
On Sunday, Arsenal take on newly-crowned English champions Manchester United at the Emirates and a lot of focus would be on former striker, Robin van Persie who returns to a ground where he was once a hero.
The striker controversially left Arsenal for Manchester United last summer for a fee believed to be in the reign of 24 million pounds and his departure has changed things significantly for both the sides.
A hostile reception awaits the Dutchman for his first return to a club where he became one of the most lethal strikers in England.
Last season, it was the Dutchman who confidently took the goal scoring burden on his shoulders and scored a career high of 37 goals in 48 games. Unluckily though, his exploits were not enough to guide the club to any form of silverware.
8th May 2002 is a familiar date for many Arsenal fans. It was the day when just four days after defeating Chelsea 2-0 in the F.A Cup final, the Gunners went on to clinch the Premier League title, defeating their bitter rivals Manchester United 1 -0 in front of the Red Devils’ home crowd.
It was a time when Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal was at the summit of its dominance in English football, winning 12 straight games before this one, and achieving several great accomplishments during the time period. This historic game saw the end of the careers of two club legends in Tony Adams and Lee Dixon, both retiring after providing a mammoth proportion of their respective careers to the club.
Their strong presence and experience at the back can be judged from the fact that in this season, Arsenal was the second lowest goal conceders in the league, a major reason for its triumph.
It was in the month of March when Manchester United’s dreams of recording an immaculate treble came crashing down, when they lost to Madrid and then surrendered a lead against Chelsea in the FA Cup.
April did not bring good luck either, and on the first day of the month United crashed out of yet another competition when Demba Ba scored the only goal of the game in the FA Cup replay match.
Manchester United remain the only club in the history of English football to have achieved the most highly regarded treble of League title, European champions and FA Cup back in 1999. Ferguson himself was very confident of a repeat of the antics in 1999 and claimed that his current crop have the same vigour, the treble winners did.
The Champions League resumes tonight as Clubs battle for a place in the semi finals of this year’s competition. Ahead of the matches let’s take a look at some of the most controversial incidents in the history of the illustrious tournament.
Ibra’s offside goal against Barcelona April 2, 2013 - Quarter-Final
PSG drew against the mighty Barcelona at the Parc Des Princes in a Champions League Quarter Final encounter last week, courtesy of a controversial Ibrahimovic goal.
Ibra was not in an offside position when the cross was placed inside the box. It was however met by the head of Thiago Silva, after which the ball landed in the path of the Swedish striker who was then in an offside position. However the goal stood and PSG were lucky to end the match with the scores even.
Nani’s red card against Madrid March 5, 2013 – Round of 16
When Turkish referee showed Manchester United winger Nani a straight red, the club’s UEFA Champions League campaign suffered a severe dent as a 10 man United found it hard to neutralize a dominant Real Madrid side.
United enjoy a 15 point cushion over arch nemesis City, and with eight more games to play it is becoming more and more clear that the Premier League title is heading towards the theatre of dreams this season.
As things stand, Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United are romping towards what will be their 20th English Premier League title. After a heartbreaking moment when United lost the title to their City rivals on the last game of the season, Ferguson’s men were persistent in their quest this time around and provided City no opportunity of gaining an advantage.
Angry at how they handed that title to their ‘noisy neighbours’, Sir Alex knew that nothing less than a domestic title this season would ease that pain.
As the season approaches its closure, one player will be crowned as the best performer of the current 2012/2013 campaign, here we take a look at individuals who are most likely to win the award.
Robin Van Persie
The most likely winner is the Dutch talisman Robin Van Persie, having made a surprise multi million pound move from Arsenal at the beginning of the campaign the striker has seamlessly adjusted into a highly competitive Manchester United side.
While his strike partners Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck have misfired at times, the Dutchman showed superb consistency in the first half of the season driving his team ahead. He was labeled by many as a waste of money, given United’s prolific striking options, many regarded him to be a one season wonder, but the former Feyenoord man has defied all odds and is currently the best striker at the best team in England.
Manchester United defence could also be looked at, with Rafael and Patrice Evra expected to earn loads.
It's the 31st match-day at the Premier League and the couple of weeks off would have done the teams and their managers some good. Even as a football fantasy manager, every once in a while it is a good thing to sit back and relax without the pressure of selecting those players and choosing those captains to get the batteries recharged. And when the gas-tank is fully refuelled, it's an even better feeling to get down to the business of strategising.
The week begins with Sunderland hosting the current leaders and almost certain Premier League winners Manchester United. With Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole out injured and United going through a period of strong defensive resilience, I cannot see where Sunderland will score their goals from.
Manchester United return to the league after disappointing outings in FA Cup and Champions League fixtures, the league leaders must now do their utmost to not lose their concentration and maintain their lead over City.
The Red Devils suffered a major setback to their treble dreams, as they were controversially knocked out by Real Madrid in the Champions League. United were then under persistent media scrutiny as news surrounding Wayne Rooney’s imminent departure surfaced in top newspapers in England. There were further concerns when Ferguson’s men surrendered a two goal lead against Chelsea last week in the FA Cup semi-final.
United were infact lucky to not crash out of two tournaments in consecutive fixtures, after Juan Mata forced a great save from David De Gea in the dying moments of the match and United ultimately survived, now having to play a replay of the fixture.
Suarez's class and good form make him a blue chip while Michu has to get scoring sometime sooner than later.
It's the 30th match-day at the Premier League this season and the good news for all fantasy managers is that all the 20 teams will be in action unlike the last week-end.
Play begins with Everton hosting Manchester City at Goodison Park before Swansea welcome Arsenal and Manchester United take on Reading at home in Saturday action. On Sunday, Tottenham will hope to shrug off their loss at the hands of Liverpool as they take on Fulham last week before Chelsea look to build on their FA Cup performance against Manchester United when they play West Ham.
A fierce encounter can be expected on Sunday when the arch-rivals meet for an FA Cup match. Both have similar striker woes, and the team tackling this problem the best is more likely to taste victory.
With both sides suffering traumatic defeats in the preceding weeks, the upcoming FA Cup encounter between Chelsea and Manchester United promises to be a fierce contest in which both sides will try to make up for the pride they lost recently in Europe.
The match is also likely to be a goal fest, as Manchester United have scored at least three goals in each of their last four encounters with Chelsea. Chelsea will also look to dominate the game, and the only way to counter goals is by scoring goals yourself. The problem arises with the strike-force for both the teams.