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Manchester United's domestic campaign has not gone according to plan, but they can help make things better in the Champions League. Olympiakos will be no push-over, so do not miss this match live on Fox Sports 1 USA.
Preview: The Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium is not an easy place to play
If Manchester United came across this fixture last season, analysts would likely expect a victory for the Red Devils. But with the way things have been going for United after Sir Alex Ferguson, no match is a guarantee anymore.
David Moyes’ side continues to struggle with consistency, and a meeting with the Greek champions promises to be another difficult fixture.
Trailing Liverpool by 11 points in the Premier League, the chances of United claiming a Champions League spot for next season are slim. So they are left with hoping for a serious let down from the teams above them, or they will have to claim the UCL title.
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 City welcome arch rivals Manchester United to the Etihad Stadium, here is a look at the top five battles between the opposing players that could decide the outcome of the Manchester derby.
Sergio Aguero vs Rio Ferdinand
The Argentine has so far, been a joy to watch this season. Despite being more of a number 10 player, Aguero has performed admirably as a secondary striker where his tenacity and supreme skill level becomes a nuisance for the best defenders out there.
Indeed, Rio Ferdinand will have his work cut out for him. Over the years, the England international has lost much of his pace which means that the former Leeds United man should look to use his experience as his prime weapon when he takes on Messi Junior’s godfather.
Former Red Devils team mates, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, got their respective teams to a flying start in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.
Both Real Madrid and Manchester United made some managerial changes this summer, with Carlo Ancelotti taking over from Jose Mourinho and David Moyes filling the huge shoes left behind by the departing Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ancelotti is no stranger…
England vs Moldova is one of the trickiest World Cup qualifying fixtures on Friday, September 6, 2013. The match will be live on radio, on TV and online via multiple channels.
Preview: Three Lions to head on top of Group H without injured Rooney?
Wayne Rooney’s “horror movie” head injury is making much noise among fans and journalists ahead of the match. The striker collided with Manchester United team mate Phil Jones in training last Saturday and could be out for three weeks, according to David Moyes.
After missing a couple of World Cup qualifiers already, the striker has been criticized for not being committed to the English national team. However, this terrifying head injury is at least a big reason enough to miss Friday’s encounter at home to Moldova.
“Some people seem to be questioning my commitment to the England squad and the fact I had to pull out of the 2 games,” the striker stated on his official Facebook page as he retorted to critics by posting a picture as an evidence to defend himself.
The whole Rooney to Chelsea affair has become quite irritating for all those connected to Manchester United and the board needs to sort out this issue sooner rather than later.
Back in 2010, Manchester United were put under a similar dilemma when Rooney handed in his first transfer request and it was believed that the star man will have to be sold to a rival club. Although the whole issue was put to bed by Sir Alex Ferguson, its déjà vu again for the Red Devils as the club’s top earner wants to leave Old Trafford again.
It is not surprising in the world of football to see a player hand in a transfer request but in case of Rooney, it is bound to cause a lot of chills, peppered with ramifications.
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 Manchester United striker has been put to his place by David Moyes and Jose Mourinho has used the whole situation to his advantage by offering the troubled striker a way out.
Angry, confused, and mistreated! Those would be exactly the kind of feelings that Rooney would be going through at the moment. While the media has spoken about the angry and confused part very thoroughly, it has been Jose Mourinho who has covered the last part pretty aptly.
Jose Mourinho who is the master of words and manipulation has used the national team card to inch closer towards getting a player he has been talking up for weeks now.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar had the strongest influence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube; whereas David Beckham was the winner on Tencent.
The social media data compiled by our friends over at Starcount for the top ten footballers in June 2013 revealed that the Premier League still has some walls to scale when it comes to player popularity.
La Liga vastly garnered the most attention, with its superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kaka underlining the weight of Real Madrid and Barcelona’s online fan base, along with icons Andres Iniesta, Mesut Ozil and David Villa.
But Brazil’s leading star Neymar, who had one of the most followed transfer sagas until he officially signed for the Spanish champions late last month, happened to be the one to rack up the most fans on Facebook in June – scooping 2.5 million ‘likes’.
The transfer window will kick off July 1st, and with that, Arsenal and football fans will have to prepare themselves mentally for a number of unreliable rumors.
Every few days, Arsenal has been linked with a number of different players. You would almost think that Arsenal was a club that tends to bring in a number of high profile players every summer, but as we all know, that has not been how they operate, at least for the last few years.
Heading into the 2013/14 campaign, Ivan Gazidis and even Arsene Wenger have hinted that the Gunners are finally ready to spend a significant amount of money, but is it really going to happen?
For weeks now, we have heard about how Gonzalo Higuain is very 'close' to signing for the London side, but a few weeks later, the Real Madrid striker has still not put pen to paper. This not only does not surprise Arsenal fans, but it leads them to believe that at anytime, a club like Manchester City or even Chelsea could come into the picture, making it difficult to compete financially.
Arsenal fans have been listening to the same old story year after year when it comes to potential signings. This time around, Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger appear determined to change their approach.
Arsenal fans woke up to some delighting, yet questionable news this morning. After hearing Arsene Wenger himself state his interest in potentially signing Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, it was reported that the English forward was seen arriving at the Emirates in a black Mercedes.
Hearing this speculation will have most Arsenal fans brushing it off, knowing the Gunner's past with players who could potentially join the club. But hearing Gazidis and Wenger speak about transfers in the last weeks, could the London side finally be ready to make that big signing, sending a message to the rest of the league?
Regardless of what Wenger, Gazidis or even silent Stan Kroenke say, given their past history in the summer transfer window, it is very hard to believe any possible big signing.
Future of England international, Wayne Rooney at Manchester United has been subject of much debate recently and many people feel that the striker might leave Old Trafford at the end of the current campaign.
Confining a star and a game-changer especially when you are facing Real Madrid in a Champions League knockout game is always going to be a debatable decision and will result in a lot of speculation regarding that player’s future.
The same thing has happened with England international Wayne Rooney whose future has become something of an obsession in European media in recent weeks. It all started back in February when Sir Alex Ferguson chose to use his star player as an impact sub during the second leg of the Round of 16 game against Real Madrid. The game ended 2-1 with Real Madrid scoring two goals in quick succession after a controversial red card to Luis Nani and the Red Devils were knocked out of the competition.
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 past week saw blistering performances from some of the top players in the world, along with Balotelli and Higuain five players were particularly impressive.
Since his return to Italy, the controversial yet extremely talented striker has been a revelation for AC Milan. And, the striker justified his selection in Cesare Prandelli’s side by scoring one goal for the national side as Italy drew 2-2 against Brazil.
He might have missed a few good chances but there’s no denying the fact that the former Manchester City striker is slowly yet surely on his way to realise a full potential that was seen only in small parts during his time in England.
Paired up with club teammate Stephan El-Sharaway, Balotelli formed an excellent partnership up front and together, the duo did well to make a nuisance of itself against a Brazil side that is still far from the finished product.
A 1-0 victory over manager-less Reading courtesy of Wayne Rooney’s deflected strike was good enough to place the Red Devils 15 points clear at the top with just nine games to go.
A 15 point lead at this time of the season for the league leaders, and with less than ten games to go, almost certainly ensures yet another Premier League trophy for the red side of Manchester.
United were efficient enough not to concede a goal at home against Reading. They have already conceded 31 goals this season, but the 69 goals that they have scored along with it give them an enviable goal difference of 38, 13 above rivals and second place Manchester city.
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.
Sir Alex Ferguson continues to deny rumours of any rift between himself and Rooney, he further ensures United fans that the star man will be offered a new contract when the time comes.
Rooney was dramatically left on the bench for the important clash against Real Madrid, whereas 40 year old Ryan Giggs and 22 year old Danny Welbeck were preferred to start against the Los Blancos.
Only moments after the match arguments started to stir up on Rooney’s future at the club, with top English newspapers claiming that Rooney was on his way out after falling out with his manager.
However Ferguson continues to deny any truth in such rumours, he reiterated that the former Everton man is approaching the peak of his career and United will want to retain their best players at the club.
"There is absolutely no issue about a new contract for Wayne,” he told The Mirror.
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.
Rumour had been making the rounds in top English newspapers, that Wayne Rooney might face a summer exit after falling out with his manager, however Sir Alex has reported that there is no truth to such rumours.
Rooney was dramatically dropped to the bench, for United’s important Champions League clash against Real Madrid on Tuesday night. The news instantly caused shockwaves on twitter, with football fans astounded at Ferguson’s decision.
One of these tweets came from Rooney’s wife Coleen, who expressed her disbelief just like many other United fans did.
“I can’t believe @WayneRooney isn’t starting tonight!!!,” she tweeted.
According to The Times newspaper, the ex Everton man remained calm upon Fergie’s revelation of the starting eleven, but later expressed his anger in front of his teammates on being left out.
Real Madrid have finally landed in Manchester, for the showdown tie between the two sides. Even with the score level at 1-1, Madrid appear to be favourites for the clash, so what must the Red Devils do to guarantee a place in the last eight?
This is very much stating the obvious, but United will definitely have to alter their tactics in order to control the Madrid man who has been in electrifying form recently.
Ferguson’s tactics did not seem to work in the first half of the first leg, when the Portuguese captain repeatedly tormented young Brazilian defender Rafael Da Silva. He was also left free in the penalty box and took his chance brilliantly, when he leaped well above a helpless Patrice Evra and scored the equalizer. However in the second half Ronaldo was tightly marked by the Phil Jones, who allowed him no breathing space and thus Ronaldo’s contribution was limited in the last 45 minutes of the game.
Ferguson will have to revise his tactics to stop the man he himself preached, perhaps he should drop Rafael for the more defensively sound Chris Smalling, or maybe play Antonio Valencia on the right flank to provide defensive support to the full back.