Rooney cut to size in United’s game of brinkmanship

Wayne Rooney

One wondered just how much Manchester United would take before a line was finally drawn. Briefing and counter-briefing a summer long, the club holding Wayne Rooney to the lucrative five-year contract signed the last time the player wanted out; the striker’s people  maneuvering the media game to only marginally credible effect. So it comes to […]

Moyes confident in high-risk transfer game

Thiago

The summer transfer scene; a political game seemingly played out in the media’s full glare. Of course, the reality is that only a proportion of transfer business is known to the press pack, let alone those supporters watching from the sidelines. But whatever the truth in an a myriad of rumours in the mainstream press […]

Pre-season starts here

Friends Arena

David Moyes’ Manchester United squad left the city on Wednesday bound for Bangkok, with fixtures to follow in Sydney, Yokohama, Osaka, Hong Kong and Stockholm before the new season begins. The planet’s great footballing temples. And as ever, with commercial imperatives forefront of mind, Moyes’ squad will travel more than 25,000 miles before the Community […]

Moyes begins with much to ponder

Wayne Rooney

David Moyes strolled into Carrington on Monday, keys to a sponsored Chevrolet gripped tight in the right hand, BlackBerry in the other; every bit the modern Manchester United manager. The new man toured United’s ever burgeoning complex, posed for photographs and, with his players not due to arrive before Tuesday, casually chatted to catering staff. […]

Baines bid goes in but Reds’ priorities lie elsewhere

Leighton Baines

Leighton Baines is unlikely to have topped many Manchester United supporters’ wish-lists in the summer transfer market. Not that the left-back’s qualities are few, with the Evertonian having deservedly secured the vote of his fellow professionals to make last season’s PFA team of the year. But with plenty of questions surrounding the club during the summer […]

Stupid season

Cristiano Ronaldo

The silly season they say. It is as if the collective media doth protest too much. Silly is the faces pulled at an infant, or Shinji Kagwa’s karaoke routine at the end-of-season party. Silly is perhaps even the media’s reaction to José Mourinho’s slaying of the truth this week – how Rant chuckled. All very silly. But when it […]

Nani not ok as transfer looms

Nani

There seems little to speculate in the transfer of Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha away from Old Trafford this summer; a performance in its final act. The winger’s destination and magnitude of fee Manchester United collects in the process is that is left to play out. After all, Nani’s transfer has been  an open secret after […]

The state of youth

Wilfried Zaha

What is the world coming to? Not only was Stuart Pearce positively defiant in the face of England’s humiliating exit at the European Under-21 Championships, but he confidently assured the waiting press that he expects to remain in charge of the country’s primary development team. It is a “long-term plan,” said the former Manchester City manager. “I’ve […]

Moyes, Mourinho and Pellegrini Makes Three

Jose Mourinho

It was the worst kept secret in football. No, not José Mourinho’s return to Chelsea six years after being unceremoniously sacked by Roman Abramovich, but the revelation that Portuguese coach was desperate to take the vacant Manchester United job this summer. Those following Mourinho’s flirtation with United over the past two years, whether in the […]