Preview: Real Sociedad v United

Real Sociedad

Manchester United’s second half performance against Fulham may have noticeably dropped from the blistering first period at the weekend, but there is still an inescapable sense of momentum surrounding David Moyes’ side. Four wins on the bounce – an unbeaten run now stretching to seven matches – leaves United hanging on to the Premier League […]

Preview: United v Real Sociedad

Manchester United Training

There is just a modicum of bittersweet irony in David Moyes tough start to life as new Manchester United manager. While the Reds have slipped eight points leaders Arsenal in the Premier League title race, Moyes side has secured four points from two games in Europe, with the home tie against Real Sociedad on Wednesday […]

Caution marks a new United way

Danny Welbeck, Shaktar Donetsk

“We didn’t play for a draw, we played to win,” insisted Manchester United manager David Moyes as the Donass Arena emptied on Wednesday night. It’s the way he tells them, with not a flicker in the straightest face. It was the second conference in succession that the Scot had drawn mirth from the gathered fourth estate. […]

Preview: Shaktar Donetsk v United

Donbass Arena

He is a man under pressure, criticised for a lacklustre performance in the summer transfer market, and suffering a disappointing start to the new season on the pitch. But enough talk of veteran Shaktar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu, it is David Moyes that desperately needs a result in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday night. Lucescu lost […]

Moyes’ gaffe-prone Euro trash

David Moyes

David Moyes has a problem; one that stems, it seems, not from the raft of changes in Manchester United’s coaching staff this summer. Nor the painfully embarrassing approach to the transfer market. And certainly not one born of the Scot’s tactics, no matter how jumbled the defensive mess fans have witnessed in recent weeks. No, […]

Preview: United v Bayer Leverkusen

Ryan Giggs, Bayern Leverkusen 2002

More than a decade on from Champions League semi-final defeat to Bayer Leverkusen and the memory of a chance lost still lingers. Real Madrid won the tournament, beating the German side in the final through Zinedine Zidane’s outrageous volley. But as close calls go there was much to regret in the manner of Manchester United’s […]

Ferguson’s new Euro challenge

Champions League

The United States naval Special Warfare Development Group, commonly known as SEAL Team Six, became famous for killing Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan on 2 May 2011. SEAL Team Six, along with its brother unit DELTA, is responsible for eliminating some 3000 alleged terrorists and capturing 9000 more during its deployment in Iraq. During the […]

The price of success

Champions League

What is success? It was an interesting question posed by Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeneß recently as the Bavarian side sneaked through to the Champions League quarter-finals by defeating Arsenal. Money, the determinant on many supporters’ lips, is only part of the solution says the former German international. After all, while finance is a […]

Euro disapointment at the heart of Fergie’s anguish

Sir Alex Ferguson

Defeat in the Champions League this week may have been acutely unfortunate, but Sir Alex Ferguson’s pain in the wake of Manchester United’s exit to Real Madrid says as much about the manager’s record in Europe’s premier competition, as it did about the club’s disappointment. It is the Scot’s desire to improve on his two […]

Preview: United v Real Madrid

Manchester United v Real Madrid - Champions League, Old Trafford - 7.45pm, 5 March 2013

It could hardly be bigger. Two out of the top three leading clubs in the world set for a grand European battle on what could be another famous Old Trafford night. Three weeks may have passed since these old clubs last met, but none of the focus or intensity surrounding the tie has drifted away. […]