Moyes confirmed as Manchester United manager on six-year contract

David Moyes will succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United

David Moyes will succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United

Manchester United have confirmed David Moyes has been new appointed manager of the Red Devils on a six-year contract.  Moyes will take over from the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson,  on June 31 after he finishes the current season with Everton.

Moyes’ ability to cope with the pressure of succeeding Ferguson had been questioned, but their is no doubt about the fifty-year-old’s talent.  He took over at Everton in 2002, and has since done wonders with the side on a very tight budget, consistently earning the Toffes’ a top ten finish in the Premier League.  Everton even achieved a top four finish during Moyes’ reign, despite only spending around £131 million during his 11 year spell at Everton, compared to Manchester United’s total of around £393 million during that time.  Although Moyes went without a trophy during his time at Goodison Park, his work their impressed Ferguson enough for the 71-year-old to recommended Moyes to be his successor after the Everton manager had been picked as favorite for the job. Continue reading

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Sir Alex Ferguson retires as Manchester United manager

Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United career: 26 Years, 13 Premier League titles, 10 Community Shields, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 2 European Cups, 1 Piece of Chewing Gum

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United career: 26 Years, 13 Premier League titles, 10 Community Shields, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 2 European Cups, 1 Piece of Chewing Gum

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has shocked the world of football after Manchester United announced that Ferguson will retire at the end of the season after a stunning 39-year managerial career.  Although the Scot, who has become the most successful manager in British football, will stay at United as a director and ambassador, he will leave behind one of the most successful managerial career’s ever.

Ferguson’s last competitive match as a manager will be played against West Bromwich Albion on May 19th, his 1500th game for United.  The 71-year-old took the reigns at United in 1986, and went on to stay at United for another 27 trophy-laden years.  United won an astounding 38 trophies during Ferguson’s reign, which will be an almost impossible feat to match by Ferguson’s replacement, who is set to be Everton manager David Moyes. Continue reading

Ferguson claims David Luiz’s “dying swan” reaction lead to Rafael red

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that David Luiz’s “dying swan”-like reaction lead to Rafael’s sending off during Manchester United’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea.  Rafael became the first United player to get sent off in United’s Premier League campaign after David Luiz elbowed the Brazilian twice, before Rafael reacted by lashing out with his right leg.  Although looking in considerable pain after the tackle, Luiz was seen laughing at the feet of assistant referee Sian Massey once noticing Rafael’s sending off a few seconds later.

The indecent happened in the eighty-ninth minute of United’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea, and Ferguson has smartly accused Luiz play-acting to get Rafael dismissed, taking the spotlight off of United’s lackluster performance. Continue reading

Ferguson criticizes referee Mike Dean following Manchester derby loss

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has criticized referee Mike Dean following United’s 2-1 loss in the Manchester derby for allowing City’s first goal of the match, which Ferguson has claimed should have been disallowed for offside on Carlos Tevez.  Ferguson argued that Tevez was in an offside position and obscuring United goalkeeper David De Gea’s view when James Milner hit a low shot, resulting in a goal for City.

“The first goal, certainly Tevez is interfering with play,” Ferguson said.   “But the linesman on the other side? There is no way he was giving that. It was disappointing as he was clearly in the road of the goalkeeper. If that is not interference then I don’t know what is. Continue reading

Van Persie doesn’t need rest says Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that United forward Robin van Persie does not need a rest, despite having not scored in United’s last nine games.  Van Persie, 29, scored twenty-three goals for United since joining the club from Arsenal in the summer, but has been on his longest drought with United having not scored for the club since February 10 in a Premier League match against Everton.  The Dutchman did claim United’s winner against Sunderland on Saturday, but the goal was recorded as an own goal by Titus Bramble.

With the Manchester derby looming, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has denied rumors that Van Persie’s goal drought is due to him being overworked, and has said that he will not be rested for the derby on Monday night.

“Robin doesn’t need a rest, that’s for sure,” Ferguson said. “He’s a strong lad with a great physique. It is disappointing that he wasn’t awarded the goal at Sunderland, but I can understand that because it took a wicked deflection. Continue reading

Ferdinand withdraws from England squad

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has withdrawn from the England national squad following a meeting with England manager Roy Hodgson on Sunday evening. Hodgson explained Ferdinand could not play in England’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro “due to the detailed pre-planned training and medical program he (Ferdinand) must follow.”

Ferdinand had been called up to the squad by Hodgson after previously being ignored by him and former England manager Fabio Capello since his last cap, against Switzerland in June 2011. There had been doubts about whether Ferdinand would play for England, and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson stated that playing for England would disrupt Ferdinand’s fitness program.

“Roy Hodgson phoned me to say he had called him (Rio) up and I was quite surprised,” Ferguson said. “I did say to him that I will talk to Rio.

“The issue is not that (amount of games), the issue is his whole preparation for football today.

“It involves treatment, it involves rest, it involves heavy days followed by some light days followed by some easy days.

“Our medical staff and fitness lads have done a great job with him. That’s the issue.

“Because he hasn’t been playing international football, when the international breaks have come along, we have detailed all the things he has to do: when he trains, when his treatments come along, therefore it is a disruption to his normal preparation.”

But on Saturday Ferguson announced that Ferdinand would join the squad, and when asked if Ferdinand would join, he answered “Yes.” However, following Ferdinand’s meeting with Hodgson, it has been announced that the thirty-four-year-old would not make the trip to the England camp.

“Rio Ferdinand has been forced to withdraw from England’s forthcoming fixtures with San Marino and Montenegro,” an English Football Association statement read. “The decision was taken following a meeting in London on Sunday evening with Rio Ferdinand and England Manager Roy Hodgson.”

Hodgson has expressed his disappointment on Ferguson withdrawing, but did not rule out the possibility of Ferdinand returning to the England squad. “I’m disappointed Rio will not be available, but due to the detailed pre-planned training and medical programme he must follow it’s not possible. However, I was pleased that Rio called and asked to meet with me. It was important to hear from him personally about the way he must manage his body between games.” This is not to say he cannot play back-to-back games – he can and has proven so. He’s out this time due to particular pre-planned details already in place for his programme. I must place on record how I was impressed with his commitment to playing for England and I look forward to hopefully selecting him for squads in the future.”

Ferdinand has also told of his disappointment on having to withdraw. “It was important for me to be able to speak with Roy face to face and explain the situation, and one thing I made clear was that my passion and commitment to represent my country is as strong as ever. It is disappointing that I won’t be able to play a part in the upcoming games but I told Roy that I want to continue to be available for England and I look forward to working with him in the future.”

Ferdinand has been replaced by Tottenham defender Steven Caulker for the qualifiers.

Rooney will not leave, says Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Wayne Rooney will not leave the club despite being omitted from Ferguson’s first team squad for United’s Champions League match against Real Madrid.   The match was United’s most important game of their season so far, and Rooney being replaced by Danny Welbeck in the starting lineup started rumors that the English international would leave in the summer.  But Sir Alex has squashed those rumors saying that the twenty-seven-year-old will stay with the club.  If true, that implies that Rooney could be awarded with a new contract in the summer (as he enters the final two years of his current contract), because of United’s policy to not let players enter the final year of their contract due to their market value decreasing.

“He will be here next year, you have my word on that,” Ferguson said in his Friday morning press conference. “There is no issue between myself and Wayne Rooney. To suggest we don’t talk is nonsense. He understood the reasons completely.”

“I don’t know this situation. I can understand maybe Rooney would be upset if he didn’t play but these are things that can happen in every team. After one week it is finished.”

Ferguson has said that Rooney will play in United’s FA Cup Quarterfinal match against Chelsea, but the Scot did not say whether Rooney would be starting “Why should I help anyone by telling them my team? We don’t do that,” Ferguson said. “But Wayne does need a lot of football. He has always been that type. That has always been the case.”

Before Ferguson stopped the rumors on Friday, it was believed that Rooney would leave United in the summer for somewhere in the region of £25 million and that Rooney would be asking for a contract of around £300,000 a week.  His main suitors would have been Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Paris Saint-Germain who all could afford him, but Manchester City (who tried hard to buy him in the 2010/2011 season) could be priced out this time due to Uefa’s financial fair play relegation’s.