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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.
On the 13th of February 2013, the Santiago Bernabéu is poised to host its biggest event of the season, as they welcome Premier League leaders Manchester United.
The tie will put Manchester United’s own prodigal son Cristiano Ronaldo against his former side, who in an interview to UEFA’s official Champions League magazine was quoted saying that Real Madrid has a better team than United.
Is the Castillian side really better than the Red Devils? A position by position analysis will give us a better view
An injury to Real Madrid star Iker Casillas, has called upon the services of former Sevilla goalie Diego Lopez. Having made 3 starts for the Castillian side after his January move, Lopez has conceded only 2 goals. Though he has not been at the club for long, the 31 year old has done reasonably well at his former clubs Sevilla and Villareal both in Spanish as well as European competitions.
Manchester United on the other hand are yet to choose a Number 1, with both Anders Lindegaard and David de Gea fighting for the spot. De Gea is most likely to make the cut but has been on a very uninspiring form this season, which had let to rumours of the Spanish youngster’s exit from the club. He has managed to put up a number of decent performances recently, Diego Lopez however still seems to have an edge over his compatriot.
Real Madrid 1-0 Manchester United
Wembley Stadium will welcome some of football's most talented players in today's game as England hosts Brazil.
In celebration of the FA's 150th anniversary, England will get a chance to square up against Brazil at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night.
Brazil, five time World Champions will get a chance to show the world their abilities under Luis Felipe Scolari who just recently returned for his second stint with the Selecao.
The former Portugal manager is back at the helm in his native country where he led the Brazilian side to their fifth World Cup title. Along the way, Brazil managed to win all their matches including their three Group Stage matches.
Manchester United travel to London with an impressive league form to face an equally impressive Tottenham Hotspur.
The league leaders are unbeaten in the last nine games since their defeat at Carrow Road and Spurs are on a six game unbeaten streak.
The home side has not won against United at White Hart Lane since 2001 and they will be looking to do a double over United for the first time in 21 years.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand told Four Four Two magazine that eight years ago he was intimidated by a gang of hooded men to sign an contract extension with United.
Rio was nearing the end of his deal and he was speculated to move to Chelsea, after he was spotted in a restaurant with the London club's chief executive Peter Kenyon.
Soon after this news broke out, a gang of hooded men calling themselves the 'United Boys', approached the defender outside his house demanding him to sign the extension.
He was asked to come outside on the intercom, but he couldn't see anyone in his security monitors.
Sunderland will come to Old Tarfford this Saturday with a better defensive record than Manchester United.
There is a lot of build up to this fixture after what happened last season at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland fans did a Poznan at the end of the previous season's last match, mocking United players for surrendering the title to their neighbours. This now serves as an extra motivation for the United players to go out and give Sunderland a hiding tomorrow afternoon.
Which Manchester club is currently the best? Sunday’s derby will tell a ton about the Red Devils and the Citizens' old rivalry.
The Manchester Derby – down through history
The last time Manchester City entered a derby as champions at home, back at the old Maine Road in August 1968, it heralded a run of 13 successive league derbies incorporating only one defeat. That came in a meaningless end of season encounter in May ‘71. The run also saw them win 6 times in 7 years at Old Trafford, the other was drawn, as City became the top dogs in Manchester.
United in decline, still had the lauded triumvirate of Best, Law and Charlton, But City trumped that with their own quality trio of Bell, Lee and Summerbee. Now the names have changed, but are we seeing the same phenomenon develop some 44 years on?
Manchester United will meet Queens Park Rangers for the 50th time in a competitive match at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Manchester United will meet Queens Park Rangers for the 50th time in a competitive match at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Former Manchester United manager Mark Hughes was fired from his job at QPR on the same day Sir Alex Ferguson’s statue was unveiled in front of United’s stadium. The R’s have not won at Old Trafford since 1992 and are yet to win a game this season in the premier league.
Wayne Rooney returns to the squad after missing United’s last two games due to tonsillitis. Chris Smalling will be available for selection and Jonny Evans started training but he is a doubtful start.
Sporting de Braga prepares themselves for a big time match with Manchester United. The Portuguese side will encounter a motivated and in-form English side, but they will head into the match looking to make history.
Coming off a victory in their last Champions League match in Turkey, club President Antonio Salvador hopes that their last result will give the squad confidence and a morale boost heading into Tuesday's match.
"We know that we are going to face one of the top three teams in the world, but Braga is already used to dealing with matches of this caliber. We have to be humble when we present ourselves at Old Trafford," said Salvador.
"Our mentality needs to be the same as it was in Istanbul. If the draw is enough? We can only think about the victory. Braga is a club that has already made history and they will continue to do it again."
Wayne Rooney has blasted the media’s reporting as fake over the infamous World Cup 2006 red card incident in which Cristiano Ronaldo played an immense role.
England met Portugal in the quarter-finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Having crashed out to the same team in the Last 8 at Euro 2004, the Three Lions were pressured to defeat Portugal this time round.
It happened that Wayne Rooney committed a serious foul on Ricardo Carvalho. Cristiano Ronaldo then ran all the way from his position to meet referee Horacio Elizondo and urge him to show Rooney the red card.
This attitude from the Portuguese player provoked disbelief among the public knowing that Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo were Manchester United team mates at the time.
Roy Hodgson didn't have much time to put his England team together, but he faced the opportunity to play in the quarter-finals. The English players would have to forget the past of under achieving on the international stage.
Wayne Rooney was available to play after being suspended for the first two matches. Roy Hodgson didn't want to wait and inserted Rooney into the starting XI, replacing Andy Carroll who scored in England's last match against Sweden.
Ukraine started off the match with more confidence as the English looked very nervous and cautious going forward. Knowing that a draw could still see them through, England looked content to sit and defend hoping for a potential counter attack. The Euro 2012 co-hosts were playing very well, but were missing that final pass.
As Michael Ballack said in the post match interview, England parked the bus in front of Joe Hart's goal. Although boring to watch, Hodgson's men set out to stop the French attack and they did just that.
Roy Hodgson had a difficult task at hand before today's match which was to put together a competitive team in a short amount of time. Having to deal with the absences of Darren Bent, Frank Lampard and Gary Cahill made things a little more difficult. Now you throw in the fact that England tend to under achieve on the big stage leaves you with an incredible amount of pressure.
For the amount of talent on the pitch in today's match, one would have expected a more entertaining match. Hodgson's inclusion of Arsenal's young winger Oxlad-Chamberlain in the starting squad surprised a few fans. With Chamberlain, Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck, England had the pace needed to try and hit France on the counter-attack.