Today will be the day where the English football titans for the last 10 years will meet head to head at Stamford Bridge. The Blues currently tops the league table with 73 points over the Red Devils who are at 65 points, but played one game more. This is not just special just for the 2 biggest football clubs in England, but goes back to the history where Jose Mourinho meets his ex-manager, Louis van Gaal, when he used to be his first-team coach back in the 1990s.
At this point in time, I don’t see Chelsea slipping up and they are likely to win the Premier League, unless something drastically happened, where mathematically, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City all stands a chance the clinch the title.
Well, for tonight, let’s see who gets the upper hand.
In order to boost the attack-defense capability of Manchester United, after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, the new boss, David Moyes, is adamant to get his star signing completed before the window closed on the transfer deadline day.
The Belgian, who joined Everton from Standard Liege for £15m in 2008, was contracted to the Toffees until 2016. He said:
“I am thrilled to sign for Manchester United. I have known the manager for many years now and I have a lot of respect for his way of working. When I was given the opportunity to work with him again, I jumped at the chance. Being a Manchester United player is something that every player dreams of and I believe that I can make a real contribution to the team’s efforts to win trophies in the future.”
He now joins the ranks at Manchester United for a transfer fee of 27.5M British Pounds.
The English football world continues to shock the world with surprises every other weeks. Not long ago, Manchester United secured their 20th Premier League title, and everyone thought the manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, is already planning on another assault in 2014. Within a week, the turn of event, the Manchester United boss decided that it is time to step down – after 26 years of managing the team at Old Trafford.
In quick succession, speculations began around the world news and tabloid as to who are likely to assume the role – 2 strong contenders were widely mentioned: Jose Mourinho (Chelsea ex-boss and current Real Madrid boss who still has 3 years left on is contract) and David Moyes (Everton manager). Before there is even enough time for the news and the world to compare and criticise the 2 possible candidates, Manchester United dealt another surprising blow by announcing the successor (David Moyes). That’s already 2 strikes coming from the English Premier League champion.
In the semi-final of the UEFA Champion League, Real Madrid needed 3 goals without reply against Borussia Dortmund to ensure their progress to the final stage after the latter scored 4-1 in the first leg of the meeting between the two.
Unfortunately, Real spurred a series of opening chances and managed to score 2-0, such that Borussia Dortmund will now progress with an aggregate of 4-3. After being knocked out from the Champion League, Real’s manager, Jose Mourinho hinted that he may not be around next season. After Tuesday’s match, he said: “I know in England I am loved, I know I am loved by some clubs, especially one.” Sadly for superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, he could not find a respond to the solid defense held by the away team.
For 14 times this season in the English Premier League, Manchester United has conceded the first goal in every of these matches. This time, it was away to face Reading, where 7 first-half goals sealed the fate of the match.
After going down to Reading’s opening goal, Manchester United fought back to 2-1, but two quick successive goals by Reading restored their 1-goal cushion. It took another moment of magic from Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie to swing the match back in favor of the Red Devils.
Although the victory was claimed by Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson was not at all pleased, especially with the defensive fragility his team has been displaying throughout this season. There were too many a times when he felt his team “was rescued”.
Having said that, he could not have been more glad (or pleased) to have extended the lead at the top of the Premier League table, knowing that second-placed Manchester City and third-placed Chelsea has drawn and lost their matches, respectively. Sir Alex Ferguson is unlikely to let go of his grip this month, to ensure he has a good New Year.
How often has Manchester United win from a losing position this season? Once again, Javier Hernandez came off the bench after half-time when the team is 2-0 down, to claim 3-2 win , against Aston Villa last weekend.
The only downside is, Javier was denied a hat-trick when one of his goals was deflected off the defenders. It was definitely a shot on target!
With Chelsea drawn against Liverpool and Manchester City winning against Tottenham, this leaves Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table. Sir Alex Ferguson will be relishing the grip his team is currently in now, as the season approaches Christmas. Learning from past experiences, he will never want to lose that 2 point lead at the top of the table from now moving forward into January 2013.
This attachment was picked up from an external source – displaying the trend of the World’s Record Transfer Fee in the history of English Football. Up to today, Cristiano Ronaldo remains to be the record-breaking transfer when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid.
Will this record ever be broken again? Probably not so in the next 5 years, as you noticed that the trend is increasing exponentially, and the time-frame in which the record is broken gets bigger. In order to break the 80 million pound barrier, the player has to be really good.
Yesterday, I was looking checking at the outcome of the draw from the Champion League Group phase; who would be put together in the same group. In summary, the result is provided below.
Group A: Bayern Munich, Villarreal, Manchester City, Napoli
Group B: Inter Milan, CSKA Moscow, Lille, Trabzonspor
Group C: Manchester United, Benfica, Basel, Otelul Galati
Group D: Real Madrid, Lyon, Ajax, Dinamo Zagreb
Group E: Chelsea, Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen,Genk
Group F: Arsenal, Marseille, Olympiakos, Borussia Dortmund
Group G: FC Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit, Apoel FC
Group H: Barcelona, AC Milan, BATE Borisov, Viktoria Plzen
Among the 4 English football clubs, it seems that Manchester City has the toughest draw in Group A. However, given the quality and the experience of the team, punters are predicting that all 4 teams should be able to negotiate through the group phase.
Let’s see how it goes in the next couple of months.