ROONEY GETS DAY OFF AFTER FWA AWARD CEREMONY

Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney was full of thanks after manager Jose Mourinho gave him a day off after the award ceremony in his honour by the Football Writers’ Association.


The player had to appear in London for the event in his name after the writers honoured him for breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s club goal record.

Rooney scored an injury time equalizer when the Red Devils faced off against Stoke City in the Premier League. The goal earned the club a valuable point but also raised his goal tally for the club to 250 making him the all-time leading scorer in the club’s history.

Rooney thanked the association for the honour, then he thanked the managers who he has worked with. He appreciated his family and his agent Paul Stretford. The skipper did not forget to thank Mourinho for giving him a day off particularly during a crucial time in the season.

The player advised that the media and the players relate better, adding that it would be in the best interests of English football. Continue reading “ROONEY GETS DAY OFF AFTER FWA AWARD CEREMONY”

MOURINHO BELIEVES UNITED CAN FINISH HIGHER THAN FOURTH

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that his side can finish higher than fourth position in the Premier League this season.


Mourinho has endured a difficult start to life at the Theatre Of Dreams but his side seems to have finally found their feet – judging by recent performances.

Manchester United currently sit sixth in the Premier League table after winning their last three matches on the spin. Mourinho’s side have been struggling for consistency all season and find themselves four points behind fourth – placed Arsenal.

As belief and optimism grows among Man United fans, Jose Mourinho feels the club can finish above fourth place and qualify for the Champions League. Though he refused to set a particular target amid fierce competition, Mourinho is quietly confident of a strong finish to the season. Continue reading “MOURINHO BELIEVES UNITED CAN FINISH HIGHER THAN FOURTH”

Neville on Signing of Louis Saha and Cristiano Ronaldo

Gary Neville has revealed that he has recommended only two signings to Manchester United – Cristiano Ronaldo and Louis Saha. Regarded as one of the greatest French forwards in his generation, Saha was making his name at Fulham. He was signed by manager Sir Alex Ferguson for around £ 11 million.

This initially turned out to be a very good investment from the club, as Saha was able to come up with some crucial goals. He was seen as the eventual replacement for Ruud van Nistelrooy, who remains as one of the greatest forwards Manchester United have seen in the last two decades. Continue reading “Neville on Signing of Louis Saha and Cristiano Ronaldo”

Louis Saha is encouraging Alexandre Lacazette to leave Lyon

The former Manchester United player Louis Saha is certain that Alexandre Lacazette in order for him to become a better player, Lacazette has to make his way out of Lyon as this is something that all the big performers have to do at some point in time.

“It’s obligatory! It’s a step every great player has to take. He’s in his comfort zone in Lyon, he knows everyone. He would take a step up by discovering a new league, new demands, different competition for places. Kevin Gameiro isn’t the same player he was when he was at PSG.” Louis Saha stated as he wants to see Alexandre Lacazette continue improving and become a much better performer. Continue reading “Louis Saha is encouraging Alexandre Lacazette to leave Lyon”

HEATON: UNITED HELPFUL TO MY BURNLEY SUCCESS

Tom Heaton has hailed his time with Premier League giant, Manchester United as a huge contributing factor to his time at Burnley.


The goalkeeper was one of the 24 players former Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson took to Russia for their 2008 Champions League final clash against Chelsea. He was the third choice goalkeeper, so he merely followed the team everywhere. He was on the stands in Luzhniki Stadium alongside other stars like French star Louis Saha, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, Chris Eagles, Park Ji-sung, Danny Welbeck and others.

Tom Heaton has hailed his time with Premier League giant, Manchester United as a huge contributing factor to his time at Burnley.

The goalkeeper was one of the 24 players former Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson took to Russia for their 2008 Champions League final clash against Chelsea. He was the third choice goalkeeper, so he merely followed the team everywhere. He was on the stands in Luzhniki Stadium alongside other stars like French star Louis Saha, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, Chris Eagles, Park Ji-sung, Danny Welbeck and others.

Van der Sar was the shot stopper on duty and his save from Nicholas Anelka ensured the Red Devils ended up as conquerors – their third European title.

“That was a big moment. I trained every day and had been everywhere with them but never played a minute. It was strange, to be honest. You don’t feel like a fraud, but you feel [strange] celebrating.

“It was brilliant being in the dressing room, watching the build-up, how they went about it. It was absolutely incredible as a young lad being there, mixing around them and learning at that level. It certainly brought the best out of me. More than anything, it gave me a great grounding in the game,” the Burnley shot stopper said

Heaton added that he left Moscow a different man as he longed to be the main man after experiencing that level. Since exiting United, Heaton has gone on to have a decent career at Burnley. This earned him his first call up to the Three Lions set-up last season.

“I’d never consistently played anywhere. There was no shortcut. I had to go and earn a career. That is what I needed to do,” Heaton said. He joined Cardiff after several loan spells before becoming the number one at Burnley since 2013.

Antoine Griezmann says many players have been pardoned for their misdeeds before

So, there is no reason why Karim Benzema should not be pardoned and should not be allowed back into the national outfit.


As per Griezmann, an individual can be discarded for a period of time, but, after that, his mistake has got to be put aside and he must be allowed to show a rectified version of himself. A permanent cross can’t be put next to his name.

So, there is no reason why Karim Benzema should not be pardoned and should not be allowed back into the national outfit.


As per Griezmann, an individual can be discarded for a period of time, but, after that, his mistake has got to be put aside and he must be allowed to show a rectified version of himself. A permanent cross can’t be put next to his name.

Griezmann reckons sometimes immaturity causes mistakes, but, it can’t be perceived that the person will be like that forever. People get mature as they go through the consequences of their mistakes.

Griezmann was quoted as, “Why this bitterness against Karim? I don’t have bitter feelings to be frank. Players have been lucky enough to have a second opportunity in the past and that includes me as well and I am now a much improved individual.”

“If a guy makes a mistake, you can’t link it to his character because he might have done it out of immaturity as in my case. At the time I was axed, I was naive, didn’t know how I should be behaving myself, but, it was only the effect of the teenage. However, after the axe, I reflected and now, I am not the same brat of 4 years ago.”

“Also, I want to say that sometimes you can have false information about someone. This is my own experience because I had been told a lot of nonsense about Patrice Evra that he was a negative person and all, but, later, while being in the same camp and close to each other, I found him a cracking bloke who gives you nothing, but, the positive vibes.”

WHAT HELD LOUIS SAHA BACK AT UNITED?

Louis Saha would appear on the list of top strikers of the Premier League ever, but the English import would likely lag behind the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Thierry Henry, Luis Suarez, Michael Owen and others.


The weak knees and constant injuries limited him from establishing a legendary status for the Red Devils. The former Frenchman joined Man United for £12 million in the January transfer window of 2004. The former Fulham player was added to the squad to support the efforts of United legend Van Nistelrooy.

Louis Saha would appear on the list of top strikers of the Premier League ever, but the English import would likely lag behind the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Thierry Henry, Luis Suarez, Michael Owen and others.


The weak knees and constant injuries limited him from establishing a legendary status for the Red Devils. The former Frenchman joined Man United for £12 million in the January transfer window of 2004. The former Fulham player was added to the squad to support the efforts of United legend Van Nistelrooy.

Saha scored more than 60 goals in his three-and-a-half year time at Fulham. An impressive record for a star player that could have ended up as a goalkeeper. He started out in the famous Clairfontaine academy in his home country, growing up with raw talents as Thierry Henry, William Gallas, and Nicolas Anelka. He moved to FC Metz in 1997, before joining Newcastle United to play under Dutch legend Ruud Gullit. He didn’t impress in England, and his return to France didn’t yield much fruits either. Fulham took a risk on him, and it paid off. He scored 27 goals to help them get promotion, aside picking up the Golden Boot award.

His Premier League showing attracted Sir Alex Ferguson, but his 15 goals in 22 matches record in 2003/04 forced him to reach out to sign the player. Saha started his career at Old Trafford with a bang, but Injuries soon became a constant distraction. His partnership with Wayne Rooney was epic, even the Red Devils skipper named him his best partner. After van Nistelrooy sale to Real Madrid, Saha was elevated, with Cristiano Ronaldo a budding force in the attack. His injuries forced him to move on from Old Trafford, signing a pay-as-you-play deal with Everton in 2008. He scored 35 goals in his over 100 games for Everton before his switch to Spurs. He has received a lot of praise from players and managers, but the what-if feeling exists. If only he was injury-free, what height he could have reached is a question no one can answer.

POGBA SAYS HE WOULD GET BETTER AFTER DEBUT

Arguably, the most talked about man in football this summer, Paul Pogba finally got his debut for Manchester United since returning to Old Trafford.


United took on Southampton in the second round of games at home, winning 2-0 courtesy of Ibrahimovic’s double.

The Frenchman was on the spot as everyone wanted him to justify every penny of the £89 million spent on him. His fitness for the game was under scrutiny ahead of the Friday night game, but he started alongside Marouane Fellaini in the middle, leaving Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, and Anthomy Martial in the front attack line.

Arguably, the most talked about man in football this summer, Paul Pogba finally got his debut for Manchester United since returning to Old Trafford.


United took on Southampton in the second round of games at home, winning 2-0 courtesy of Ibrahimovic’s double.

The Frenchman was on the spot as everyone wanted him to justify every penny of the £89 million spent on him. His fitness for the game was under scrutiny ahead of the Friday night game, but he started alongside Marouane Fellaini in the middle, leaving Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, and Anthomy Martial in the front attack line.

Ahead of the game, coach Jose Mourinho said on Pogba: “I don’t know. Paul is a young guy and has been working hard for two weeks so I am not expecting him to have big difficulties but let’s see what happens and I have very good solutions on the bench to make changes if I want.” He didn’t make the changes as Pogba played the full game. It wasn’t that much of a great debut but the added an improvement to the squad. He definitely has the chance to cement his status at the Theatre of Dreams, like his countryman Louis Saha did many years back.

Pogba had a few poor first touches during the game, but was a bit imaginative as well, chipping a through ball to Mata during the first half. His offense wasn’t as great and Mourinho affirmed this when he said: “He is learning to play with us. I am very happy; there are obvious things he has to improve. One day he can play more offensively than he did today.”

“It was great. My debut and we won, so I’m very happy. I hope o carry on like this, getting better and better. I feel very good. My legs feel good, I can carry on,” Pogba said after the game.

WHEN TRANSFERS DRAG ON

This summer Manchester United signed four new players as Jose Mourinho wanted to revamp the team and return them to winning ways being a top club. the Red Devils were involved in a long transfer deal for a former player of the club who eventually returned to Old Trafford.

Paul Pogba’s deal is Man United longest transfer saga of the summer, and one of the longest in the current season. Looking back there are other transfer that dragged on unending as well.

This summer Manchester United signed four new players as Jose Mourinho wanted to revamp the team and return them to winning ways being a top club. the Red Devils were involved in a long transfer deal for a former player of the club who eventually returned to Old Trafford.

Paul Pogba’s deal is Man United longest transfer saga of the summer, and one of the longest in the current season.

Looking back there are other transfer that dragged on unending as well! Whilst Louis Saha’s move to Everton was an open secret for almost a month whilst the two teams negotiated terms to take him to Goodison Park, others seemed to take the whole summer…

Goodison Park

Before Manchester united signed Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham, it wasn’t an easy task. The club’s chairman Daniel Levy is known to be a difficult negotiator, giving the club a tough time but a deal was finally struck and the Bulgarian striker moved to Old Trafford.

United already had a host of world class strikers like Argentine Carlos Tevez, Wayne Rooney and Louis Saha, despite his injuries. Sir Alex Ferguson wanted another as he wanted to retain the Champions League title they won in 2008. Spurs already accepted the bid of Man City but Ferguson was able to still get the star player.

Rio Ferdinand’s deal was another drawn-out deal. The former Leeds United player moved to United in a £30million deal in 2002. It was the highest fee paid for a defender until Davis Luiz’ deal.

Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Real Madrid in 2009 but the deal was already sure to happen a year earlier. Madrid chased the player heavily in 2008 and the Portuguese star couldn’t resist the move to his dream club. The club had to beg Ronaldo to remain for one more season before they released him for a world record fee.

The deal for Wayne Rooney also took some time before Everton allowed the deal to go through. After a brilliant campaign at Euro 2004, Rooney was the most coveted striker wanted by everyone. He eventually joined United on transfer deadline.

Rooney excited ahead of new season

Wayne Rooney has stated that he is excited ahead of the new season.


He believes that Manchester United has a great chance in the Premier League and that with the appointment of Jose Mourinho as manager, there is a new hope in the team.

Wayne Rooney was speaking to a local radio and said that Jose Mourinho had made a positive impact since his appointment as a manager. He stated that he has made changes to the way players trained and that the players are really putting in practice what they have been taught. He admitted that the training had been hard some time, but the players have adapted well.

Wayne Rooney has stated that he is excited ahead of the new season.


He believes that Manchester United has a great chance in the Premier League and that with the appointment of Jose Mourinho as manager, there is a new hope in the team.

Wayne Rooney was speaking to a local radio and said that Jose Mourinho had made a positive impact since his appointment as a manager. He stated that he has made changes to the way players trained and that the players are really putting in practice what they have been taught. He admitted that the training had been hard some time, but the players have adapted well.

He believes that Manchester United will be able to compete on all fronts next season and that they will be able to win at least a trophy. He said that Jose Mourinho has made some exciting signings and that the new players have integrated well with the other team players. He believes that Manchester United will be ready for next season and that they will be able to challenge for the title.

Wayne Rooney said that there is a positive atmosphere in the team and that each player knows what is expected of him. He stated that it is always a good experience to have a new manager and that it is always a great pleasure to be playing under a manager such as Jose Mourinho.

He said that they have well adapted to his methods and that he has inculcated his winning mentality in the team.

Wayne Rooney said that Jose Mourinho is a fighter and has always won trophy wherever he has managed and believes that he will be doing the same thing at Manchester United. He has urged the Manchester United fans to get behind the team and help the team reach their targets.