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.
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.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce, also an ex-Manchester United player, expressed his delight of being able to capture a player of Wes Brown’s ability, experience and character. The new signing has already won 2 Champion League titles, 5 Premier League titles, 2 FA Cup titles and 2 League Cup titles with the Red Devils.
It was also reported that another Manchester United player, John O’shea, might be joining Sunderland, pending a medical review on Thursday.
In the latest report by Deloitte, Real Madrid have topped the league table of the world’s 20 richest football clubs for the 6th consecutive year, with a combined revenue of €438.6m. This is followed by Barcelona (€398.1m) in 2nd place, and Manchester United remains 3rd with a revenue of €349.8m.
4 English teams make the top 10 list; i.e. Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, in addition to Manchester United.
The Deloitte review does not include the cost of transfer fees or player wages, or VAT and other sales taxes, and concentrates solely on day-to-day income from football business.
Income includes money from ticket sales, sponsorship, merchandising and other commercial revenues, television monies, corporate hospitality and non-match day stadium use, such as for conferences.
Manchester United defender, Gary Neville, has announced his retirement from professional football with immediate effect, according to news reported by BBC yesterday.
He started his professional career with the Red Devils in 2001, and won the Youth FA Cup in 2002, with a group of youngsters – David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. Along with those players, he became a first-team regular at Old Trafford, winning the Champions League, 8 Premier League trophies, three FA Cups and two League Cups in his time at United.
Gary Neville was appointed the club captain in 2005, and eventually stepped down in 2010. Without a doubt, he always has the club’s interest at heart. Moving on, he could continue his career into football television punditry, or pursue the coaching side of the game.
Either way, he remains as a iconic legend of Manchester United.
Halfway into the 2010/2011 Barclay Premier League seasons in England, the only unbeaten team, Manchester United, stays in pole position for the first time in the club’s history in the Premiership. Could it be following the footstep of Arsene Wenger, who did it with Arsenal a few years back? No one can really tell, but the odds are high to bet against them not to win the title.
Staying with the Red Devils at the peak is Manchester City, but second-placed due to goal difference, and also having played 2 games more. Trailing not far behind is Arsenal, who won comfortably over the weekend, as well as Tottenham Hotspur.
Personally, any one of these top 5 teams is a possible winner for the BPL title. I won’t be surprised that Chelsea started to kick into 4th gear in the second half. Manchester United is no bullet-proof as well. Expect teams at the top to drop points and those at the bottom to catch up.
However, Sir Alex Ferguson and his team should have the experience to carry them through this season to bring the silverware back from Chelsea’s grip to Old Trafford. With 19 more games to go, things could look really tough, yet exciting for all top 5 title contenders.