It’s official. Manchester United have announced that David Moyes will take over as the Manager of Manchester United from the 2013/14 season.
Announcing his successor, Sir Alex Ferguson said:
“When we discussed the candidates that we felt had the right attributes we unanimously agreed on David Moyes. David is a man of great integrity with a strong work ethic. I’ve admired his work for a long time and approached him as far back as 1998 to discuss the position of Assistant Manager here. He was a young man then at the start of his career and has since gone on to do a magnificent job at Everton. There is no question he has all the qualities we expect of a manager at this Club.”
Manchester United have confirmed that Wayne Rooney met with Sir Alex Ferguson a couple of weeks ago and asked to be sold this summer. Ferguson, it is understood to have told him in no uncertain terms that he would not be sold.
With the change in manager the big question is whether Rooney will stay put or whether he will hand in a formal transfer request? Rooney knows that Chelsea are said to be interested in taking him to Stamford Bridge, while I have written in the past about Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain interest in Rooney.
It’s official. Sir Alex Ferguson will step down as Manchester United manager at the end of the season after 26 years in charge.
The United boss won 38 trophies, including 13 league titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups, during his reign at Old Trafford and will now become a director and ambassador for the club.
‘The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time” Ferguson said.
According to the piece, Wayne Rooney has told team-mates he wants to sign for Bayern Munich this summer at that Bayern will meet United’s asking price of £30m for the United striker.
I have written repeatedly over the last twelve months that the writing has been on the wall that Rooney is unhappy at United. His relationship with Fergie has never been the same since he handed in his transfer request, and in the last 12 months he went from being the face of the club to playing second fiddle to Robin van Persie.
Strange stories coming out of Manchester today. The initial rumor was that Everton manager David Moyes was going to leave Everton and become Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant next season with the goal of taking over from Fergie in 2014 after the World Cup.
But that story has been topped by the rumor that Fergie will step down as United boss and the end of the season and that Moyes will take over the reigns at Old Trafford.
Bookies in the UK have been swamped with bets that Moyes is going to Old Trafford and interestingly United have failed to quell suggestions inside and outside the club that Sir Alex Ferguson is about to announce details of his retirement.
Reports in the Mirror suggest that United want to use Nani as part of deal to land Juventus playmaker Marchisio this summer.
The new Serie A champions have strength in depth in the middle of the park with Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba.
But coach Antonio Conte is seeking to reinforce other departments, with a new forward and a winger at the top of his wishlist.
The Turin club failed to lure the Portuguese winger last year and Sir Alex Ferguson has stated he wants to keep him at Old Trafford. But Nani has only one year left on his contract and failure to soon agree a new deal could see him used as part of the deal to bring in Marchisio.
Sir Alex Ferguson rued a lack of “edge” in his Manchester United team’s performance in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at Old Trafford.
The champions fell to a deflected late Juan Mata strike and the disappointment of a first goalless home game in three-and-a-half years was compounded by Rafael’s dismissal for kicking David Luiz soon after.
Rafael Benitez’s Champions League-chasing side had shaded an encounter that produced plenty of chances at both ends, if not the intensity Sir Alex desired.
Chelsea players must have been in shock when they saw the United line-up today. Lindegaard in goal and a midfield of Valencia, Jones, Cleverly, Anderson and Giggs. With that sort of line-up, it was no surprise that this game had all the hallmarks of a preseason game. Played at a pedestrian match this was not a game that will live long in the memory.
United created some early opportunities when both Rafael and Jones burst into the box, only for Petr Cech’s massive frame to get in the way.
Video-makers Copa90 have created a video documentary called ‘Manchester United – The Religion.’ In the trailer, Manchester United supporters share what the club means to them and what place it has in their lives.
Manchester United – The Religion’ is scheduled for release next week on Copa90.