Manchester United likely to show patience with David Moyes…for now

September 23, 2013

Two defeats and one scrappy draw amid a hat-trick of pitiful performances in as many heavyweight bouts showed in no uncertain terms just why Manchester United manager David Moyes lamented over a tough Premier League start for the English champions when the fixture list was drawn during the close-season.

Has Alex Ferguson lost his edge?

May 1, 2012
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said in the run-up to his team’s 1-0 defeat by Manchester City that playing for a draw in the derby with so much at stake would be inviting trouble and he did exactly that with a cagey and defensive 4-5-1 formation lacking any sort of guile, creativity and bite.

If it was a last-gasp attempt by the wily and trophy-laden 70-year old Scot to outfox his Italian counterpart Roberto Mancini, it backfired spectacularly as United were second best throughout the contest and were lucky not to have lost by a bigger margin.

City v United is fitting climax to Premier League title race

April 29, 2012

Three weeks ago it seemed the Manchester derby would be little more than a dead rubber after City’s 1-0 defeat at Arsenal left champions United eight points clear at the top, in a commanding position to clinch their 20th league title and their fifth in the last six seasons.

Aguero adds name to football’s stupid injuries list

March 30, 2012

We don’t actually know what Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has done after manager Roberto Mancini refused to go into details about what his “stupid” injury was. All he did say was that the injury was not the Argentine’s fault.

English plight in Europe is no fluke

March 13, 2012

Anyone who might have assumed the deteriorating form of English clubs in Europe since Manchester United won the 2008 Champions League resulted from a convergence of misfortunate circumstances such as tough draws or mounting injuries to key players has been emphatically refuted.

And Porto will play…..Europa League draw provides some stardust

December 16, 2011

There was the usual hushed silence and then sudden intake of breath heard in Nyon on Friday, though not for the Champions League Round of 16 draw but the first two ties of the Europa League Round of 32.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Have City knocked United off their perch?

October 24, 2011

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was quick to say that his team’s 6-1 mauling of arch-rivals United meant little more than another three points in the bag, but the Italian must surely be hoping it could signal a shift in the balance of power.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Can’t win with kids? United just did.

August 8, 2011

“You can’t win anything with kids,” said former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen of Manchester United’s young team in 1995. Alex Ferguson’s troops went on to win the Premier League that season in 1996.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

What next for pampered players — overcoats?

November 12, 2010

ISOCCER-ENGLAND blame the late, great Keith Weller of Leicester City.

He started the trend for "cold-weather clothing" when he pulled on a pair of white tights one winter's day in the 1970s.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Will Rooney’s departure signal United’s decline?

October 20, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/Wayne Rooney's demand for a move away from Manchester United has stunned manager Alex Ferguson, especially given the striker's poor form and support the club have given him through personal problems.