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Aug 15, 2013

Soccer-Thrilling attack will be no defence if City fail

MANCHESTER, England, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Manchester City have bought into new manager Manuel Pellegrini’s attacking philosophy, but with no defenders signed yet their assault on the Premier League title may well be scuppered by goals leaking at the other end.

City’s back line has looked vulnerable in the close season and they go into their first match at home to Newcastle United on Monday having let in eight goals in their last three warm-up matches, including a 3-1 defeat by Arsenal on Saturday.

Aug 15, 2013

Soccer-Man United launch title defence without new tools

MANCHESTER, England, Aug 15 (Reuters) – David Moyes has no new weapons to deploy and instead must contend with a big question mark over the future of Wayne Rooney as he looks to mastermind Manchester United’s title defence in his first season in the Old Trafford hot seat.

This time last year, it had been an entirely different story for Alex Ferguson as he prepared to unleash prized new signing Robin van Persie, whose 26 league goals were to propel the club to a record 20th English championship.

Jul 24, 2013

Soccer-Ludogorets and Partizan into Champions League third round

July 24 (Reuters) – Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad overturned a first-leg deficit to reach the Champions League third qualifying round by beating Slovan Bratislava 3-0 on Wednesday to win 4-2 on aggregate and give new coach Stoycho Stoev a dream start.

They will face Partizan Belgrade in the next round after the 1966 European Cup runners-up squeezed through on away goals after a goalless draw in Serbia, when they were down to 10 men, gave them a 1-1 aggregate over Armenia’s Shirak Gyumri.

Jul 11, 2013

Man United’s Rooney out for a month with injury

MANCHESTER (Reuters) – Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney faces a month on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury training in Thailand on their tour of the Far East and Australia, the English champions said on Thursday.

The 27-year-old will be doubtful for the Community Shield clash with FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic at Wembley in the traditional season curtain raiser on August 11 before United begin their Premier League title defence at Swansea City a week later.

Jul 11, 2013

Soccer-Man United’s Rooney out for a month with injury

MANCHESTER, July 11 (Reuters) – Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney faces a month on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury training in Thailand on their tour of the Far East and Australia, the English champions said on Thursday.

The 27-year-old will be doubtful for the Community Shield clash with FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic at Wembley in the traditional season curtain raiser on Aug. 11 before United begin their Premier League title defence at Swansea City a week later.

Jul 10, 2013

Soccer-Pellegrini aims to bring style and trophies to Man City

MANCHESTER, England, July 10 (Reuters) – Manchester City’s
new manager Manuel Pellegrini promised a more attacking brand of
soccer and pointed to his experience of outfoxing local rivals
Manchester United as he pledged on Wednesday to win trophies.

At his first news conference since taking over from Italian
Roberto Mancini, Pellegrini said he aimed to improve City’s poor
Champions League record but reclaiming the Premier League title
they won in 2012 or FA Cup they lifted in 2011 was as important.

Jul 10, 2013

Fernandinho hopes Man City will help his World Cup dream

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Brazil midfielder Fernandinho is hoping to catch the eye of his national team manager before next year’s World Cup on home soil by shining for his new club Manchester City.

The pacy 28-year-old joined the Premier League club from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk last month for what British media have widely reported to be about 30 million pounds ($44.49 million) and is keen to prove he is worth every penny.

Jul 10, 2013

Soccer-Fernandinho hopes Man City will help his World Cup dream

MANCHESTER, England, July 10 (Reuters) – Brazil midfielder Fernandinho is hoping to catch the eye of his national team manager before next year’s World Cup on home soil by shining for his new club Manchester City.

The pacy 28-year-old joined the Premier League club from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk last month for what British media have widely reported to be about 30 million pounds ($44.49 million) and is keen to prove he is worth every penny.

Jul 10, 2013

Pellegrini aims to bring style and trophies to Man City

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester City’s new manager Manuel Pellegrini promised a more attacking brand of football and pointed to his experience of outfoxing local rivals Manchester United as he pledged on Wednesday to win trophies.

At his first news conference since taking over from Italian Roberto Mancini, Pellegrini said he aimed to improve City’s poor Champions League record but reclaiming the Premier League title they won in 2012 or FA Cup they lifted in 2011 was as important.

Jul 5, 2013

Moyes braced for ‘impossible’ task at Manchester United

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – New Manchester United manager David Moyes was under no illusion on Friday that matching the glittering record of his predecessor Alex Ferguson was anything other than “impossible”.

Holding his first news conference since taking over the Old Trafford hot seat, Moyes said he was far from being intimidated at the prospect of the now retired Ferguson watching proceedings from the directors’ box and instead welcomed his presence.

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      "I have been on the Reuters sports desk since 2006, before that was on the world desk and have also been a general news correspondent in Moscow. I report on sport in the north of England and also sub copy on all sports."
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