Robin van Persie has completed his move to 19 Time English Champions Manchester United earlier today. The former Arsenal player signed a reported 24m deal which will see him at United until 2016, the 29 year old striker enjoyed his best ever season in the English Premier League last season .
Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Robin is a world-class striker with a proven record in England and in European football. His talents need no introduction to our fans – he has scored a number of goals against us in some classic battles with his former club. His movement, finishing and all-round ability are outstanding.”
An official unveiling will take place today, we’ll be sure to bring you a more detailed post on this major deal.
The battle of Manchester and the biggest derby match between both United and City went to the blue side.
Manchester City took a big step towards winning their first Premier League title when they defeated neighbors Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium from a powerful Vincent Kompany header.
The Citizens wanted the match more and it showed as they were the better side on the day. United came out with a strategy which was a relatively defensive one as they played with the intention of earning a draw. This negative thinking proved to be a failure as they were continuously giving away corners and finally paid the price in the 1st minute of stoppage time in the first half.
Manchester City captain Vincent was allowed a free header and he gratefully accepted his gift to give his club a 1-0 lead going into halftime. After Plan A failed everyone expected to see some changes in the United lineup but those changes never came until the 58th minute when Danny Welbeck replaced a seemingly useless Ji-Sung Park.
Regardless of the changes United made in the second half a goal was never on the cards for them as they never posed much of a threat on City’s goal, the City goalkeeper was barely called into any action during the entire match.
The most fight that was showed by anyone who were on the red side of Manchester came from Sir Alex Ferguson after the manager had to be separated from City manager Roberto Mancini on the sidelines.
After today’s victory the title is now in the hands of Manchester City as they only need to win their two remaining matches against Newcastle and QPR who is managed by their former manager Mark Hughes.
Ryan Giggs played his 900th match for Manchester United over the weekend. In the modern day football loyalty is something that is a rarity, no longer can you find a player fully committed to playing his entire career with one club. The 38-year-old made his first appearance for Manchester United in 1991 and has since gone on to win 12 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, 2 UEFA Champions League trophies along with some individual honors.
“To play 900 games for this club, who I’ve grown up supporting, is special – it’s a great day for me,” Ryan Giggs said. “I am sure there will be more twists and turns in the title race and I expect more drama and late goals.”
The Welshman’s 900th appearance was made to be more joyful when he scored the game winning goal in the 91st minute against Norwich City. After the match his manager Sir Alex Ferguson who reached a milestone of 25 years managing Manchester United this season heaped praise upon his evergreen midfielder and Legend.
“For a player to play for one club for 900 games is exceptional, and it won’t be done again,” Ferguson told the BBC. “He deserved that goal for his service to the club. He’s had an amazing career and he’s an amazing man.”
Having signed a one-year extension to his contract this season Giggs will have a chance to add more appearances to his well decorated career and more silverware aswell. Congratulations Ryan Giggs on such an amazing achievement.
On Wednesday 4th December 1957 the Busby Babes came up against Dukla Prague in an away fixture in the European Cup in which they lost but went into the next round on aggregate. A few delays in the team return journey home almost caused the team to miss their league match against Everton FC the following weekend. For United’s next away tie against Red Star Belgrade the team had a plane chartered due to their previous problems.
On the 14th of January 1958 at Old Trafford, United defeated Red Star Belgrade 2-1 in the first leg of their second round European Cup tie.
Monday 3rd February 1958, Manchester United boarded their flight to Belgrade and arrives a few hours later to poor conditions. The visibility there was poor and it was snowing, the standards are below the average required by British European Airways. The airport engineer saw the plane only when it was parked on the apron.
On Wednesday 5th February 1958, the tie between United and Red Star Belgrade ended in a 3-3 draw which was enough to see them through to the semifinals of the European Cup for a second year running. The team celebrated their achievement with a cocktail party at the British Embassy.
February 6th 1958, the team along with five other people departs Belgrade in the sunshine as they head towards Manchester but the takeoff is delayed by an hour as Johnny Berry lost his passport. The plane then finally makes it trip to Munich for a scheduled refueling and arrives to an airport filled with snow, rain and low cloud. Captain James Thain was forced to use anti-icing equipment in order to make his descent into Munich. Continue reading The Busby Babes Story
Yesterday saw the return of the Ginger Prince, Paul Scholes to the EPL. Rumors of a return to football were spreading like wildfire a few months ago and fans were hoping that they were true but United manager quickly defused the rumors as false.
Manchester United has been lacking creativity in midfield this season after the injury of Tom Cleverley and a dip in form from Anderson, United also had to deal with the long term absence of Darren Fletcher who could possibly be out for the rest of the season.
With the obvious void in midfield fans were pleading with their club to go out and buy a player who they think can make an instant impact in midfield, many names were tossed up but the most talked about was Wesley Sneijder but Sir Alex Ferguson said he won’t be buying anyone come January.
However in stunning fashion Scholes made his return against noisy neighbors Manchester City in the FA Cup where he made 71 passes with a 97% completion rate, which was more than any Man City player in the entire game. The return of Scholes is a telling sign to the likes of Darron Gibson and Anderson that they need to get better fast or they could be on their way out of Old Trafford.
Luis Suárez’s imgae has taken a big blow after details about what was said during his confrontation with Patrice Evra when Liverpool faced United at Anfield. During the match and after the match Evra made a complaint to the referee about what Suárez had said while a Liverpool corner was about to be taken.
Before the corner kick was taken Evra asked Suárez why he had kicked him, to which Suárez replied “Porque tu eres negro”, meaning “Because you are black”. Continue reading Luis Suárez Is Guilty Of Racism
Manchester United and Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher has been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, and will take an extended break from football. Ulcerative Colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel condition and it can affect anyone. Over the past few seasons Fletcher had some spells on the sidelines due to an unknown illness and now it is known he was suffering from this disease.
Ulcerative Colitis is a serious disease which increases the risk of colon cancer, in order to treat this illness the Scotland captain has taken the advice of doctors to and will now face a lenghty spell on the sidelines.
I suggest everyone do some research about this disease and find out ways to prevent or treat it.
Football Is Life, but your health comes first, Get Well Soon Fletch!
Since returning from injury in October, Manchester United have conceded two goals in seven and a half matches with their captain in their defense, in four and a half matches without their captain the Red Devils conceded 11 goals.
The impact of the Serbian on the pitch is undoubtedly massive and the impact of him missing in action can also be described as the same. When Vidic went down in Manchester United’s UEFA Champions League match against FC Basel in the first half fans collectively held their breath, the big Serbian was later seen with crutches and fans expected the worst.
It is now revealed that Vidic has torn three major ligaments in his knee and will be out for the remainder of the season. Manchester United manager has revealed that his team will not buy a replacement for Vidic in January. The Reds’ will rely on the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans to fill that void left by their captain.