Christian Van Slyke

Rooney Wants Out

on May 09 2013 11:09 PM
Rooney Wants Out

The first thing to do on David Moyes’ checklist is pretty obvious: what to do about Wayne Rooney? The irony is that he’s the man who unveiled, sold and sued Rooney being his boss once more will not be lost on either. Player and manager are understood to have had a agreement since comments in Rooney’s autobiography prompted Moyes to summon the lawyers, but the relationship is unlikely to ever be a warm one.

That does not matter. Managers and players do not have to get on to work together, the bigger problem appears to be Rooney's desire to leave Old Trafford. When he submitted his transfer request in late 2010 it was born of frustration at United seemingly being left behind by the wealth of Manchester City and success of Barcelona. In another ironic twist, Sir Alex Ferguson eventually acted on Rooney's demands and bought a top-class player, Robin van Persie, only for his arrival to lead to Rooney being replaced at the head of United's attack. Played out of position, on occasion left out completely, Rooney again asked to leave. Ferguson turned that down, presumably not wanting to force his successor's hand.

Who Will Replace Sir Alex Ferguson At Manchester United?

on May 08 2013 1:11 PM
Who Will Replace Sir Alex Ferguson At Manchester United?

 

 

Who will replace Sir Alex Ferguson? That was the question facing Manchester United on Wednesday after Alex Ferguson announced his decision to retire as manager at the end of the season.

Everton manager David Moyes was installed by British bookmakers as the heavy favorite. The Scot has spent 11 years at Goodison Park and is a fiery, no nonsense coach in the Ferguson mold.

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a former United striker who has made an impressive start to his managerial at Norwegian side Molde, are also viewed as contenders.

The 50-year-old Moyes has shown loyalty and staying power with Everton — something that will go down well at United after Ferguson's long reign of more than a quarter century at Old Trafford.

With a tight budget, Everton is likely to finish sixth in the Premier League, ahead of Merseyside rival Liverpool for the second straight season.

FC Barcelona vs Bayern Münich Match Preview

on May 01 2013 12:01 AM
FC Barcelona vs Bayern Münich Match Preview

 

FC Barcelona will have to produce one of the all-time European comebacks against Bayern Munich on Wednesday if they are to advance to the final of the Champions League next month. The German outfit secured a 4-0 win in the first leg last week, meaning that an away goal for Bayern would leave Barcelona needing to score six times at Camp Nou on May 1. However, Barcelona will take heart from the last time they welcomed Bayern to this stadium in April 2009, with a double from Lionel Messi enough to secure a 4-0 win over their German opponents. That score this time around would take the semi-final clash into extra time.

 

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FC Barcelona

Sergio Busquets was not fully fit in the first leg of the semi-final and it certainly showed. The Spanish international is again a doubt for the second leg as he tries to overcome a groin strain.

Javier Mascherano, though, is a bigger doubt, and Tito Vilanova will have to take a decision on whether to risk the Argentine against Bayern, with the Spanish club short on defenders.

Arsenal vs Everton Match Preview: Team News, Recent Form, Probable Lineups, Prediction, Location, and Live Streaming

on April 15 2013 10:17 PM
Arsenal vs Everton Match Preview:  Team News, Recent Form, Probable Lineups, Prediction, Location, and Live Streaming

 

Arsene Wenger's favorite word while describing any Arsenal performance is "spirit." Well, there was plenty of "spirit" among the Gunners in the dramatic 3-1 win over Norwich in the English Premier League which took them to third in the table, although aided by a couple of dodgy decisions.

There is not much time to rest on the laurels, though, as Arsenal face an extremely difficult test in the shape of Everton on Tuesday.

The Gunners can go four points clear of both Chelsea and Tottenham, if they take three points against the Toffees at the Emirates. Spurs, would of course have a game in hand, while Chelsea would have two. But then, as they say, points on the board is always better.

However, if Arsenal are to produce a win against Everton, they will have to play much better than they did against Norwich. Yes, there were enough chances created without having to score three goals in the final seven minutes, but at the end of the day, they were not put away.

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Arsenal

 

UEFA Champions League: FC Barcelona Vs PSG

on April 10 2013 12:12 AM
UEFA Champions League: FC Barcelona Vs PSG

 

FC Barcelona take on Paris Saint-Germain tomorrow looking to secure their place in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the sixth season in succession. 

Team News

Barcelona

Barcelona may be without Javier Mascherano and Carles Puyol for tomorrow’s crunch tie with PSG, but both Adriano and Pedro have shaken off injuries to be in contention for a place in the starting XI – even if they haven’t yet received medical clearance to return to action. 

Lionel Messi, according to the team’s website, is on the squad sheet for the team. That obviously means that the golden boy has been training and recuperating.

Victor Valdés may be leaving the club in the near future, and he was suspended for the past four La Liga matches but the Catalan will start between the sticks looking to replicate his impressive showing in the first-leg at the Parc des Princes. Valdés pulled off a number of good saves to keep the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Javier Pastore at bay, only to be denied a clean sheet thanks to a moment of madness from an assistant referee. 

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