22
Apr

Must be the Moyesie! Man United stock price soars after sacking

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How much can the value of the world’s most popular club depend on a single man? Evidently, quite a lot.

When the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as Man United manager last May, MANU stock nosedived from a share price of $18.44 to $15.16 in only a month! Under the disastrous reign of David Moyes, the stock continued to plummet, reaching a 52-week low of $14.26 in February.

But since March, MANU stock gradually rose once again. Coincidentally, this was around the same time rumors of Moyes’ possible firing first surfaced. Hmmm! And once Moyes did finally get the ax early Tuesday morning, United’s stock suddenly became a hotter commodity than rare Pokemon trading cards in a late 1990s middle school cafeteria.

Tuesday evening, MANU stock closed at $18.78/share after opening at $17.90. A week ago, the stock closed at $16.26; that’s over $2.50/share less. We are no financial experts here, but we do know that’s a big difference. In fact, the value of the club was at over $3 billion by market close Tuesday, an increase of $100 million since Monday, the last day Moyes was still in charge.

From The Associated Press:

Since 2012, when 10 percent of United was floated by the Glazers, the rise and fall of the club’s shares have been as keenly watched as the team’s results. Wall Street investors initially welcomed the dismissal of Moyes, with shares soaring by seven percent at one point after Tuesday’s announcement - reaching their highest level since Ferguson’s retirement.

”Following on as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson was always going to prove a Herculean task … with arguably deeper disappointment at stake should the trophy cabinet remain bare for a second season,” said Andrew Wilkinson, chief market analyst at Connecticut-based Interactive Brokers.

As hip-hop artist Nelly might say, “Hey, must be the Moyesie!”

Illustration provided by FOXSports.com / Eddie Hon

21
Apr

Man City fans back under-fire David Moyes

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Hey, have you heard?

Manchester United are said to be on the verge of parting ways with David Moyes after yet another loss this weekend. Yup! Apparently, that might happen to you if, in your first season as manager, your club suffers its worst finish in the Premier League era and fails to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 19 years. Imagine that.

It’s not all doom and gloom for Moyes, however. He still has his share of admirers in England, even in Manchester! On Monday, rival club Manchester City fans came out in droves to not only root on their own team against West Brom, but also to shower their rivals’ manager with messages of “support.” Check it out:

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See, David? Everything will turn out alright. Even if you do get the sack, football geniuses don’t stay unemployed for long.

27
Mar

Man United fans expand efforts on #MoyesOut campaign

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A group of agitated United fans has raised enough funds to fly a plane over Old Trafford towing an anti-David Moyes banner. It’s the latest attempt by supporters to voice frustration over the first-year manager, who has led United to their worst season in the Premier League era.

According to The Guardian, the banner will likely read: “Wrong One - Moyes Out,” a cheeky response to the “Chosen One” banner that has hung at the Stretford End since the start of the season. The banner has increasingly drawn the ire of fans, for obvious reasons. In fact, after Tuesday’s derby loss to Man City, a whole ring of stewards had to guard it from potentially hostile fans:

In a related story, the Manchester Evening News came up with a brilliant idea that might come in handy for us all: the “David Moyes Random Excuse Generator!”

Just like the Moyes, we all need a good excuse once in a while, and sadly, “the dog ate my homework” just doesn’t cut it anymore these days. Luckily, “Digital David” is now here to help us. You can test out the Excuse Generator here!

23
Mar

Loaned-out Man United forward scores superb volley

Manchester United disappointment Bebe has been anything but on his loan to Portuguese side Paços de Ferreira. He scored a breathtaking goal — one of several this season — that may give David Moyes something to think about as he tinkers with his roster for next season.

The talented 23-year-old Portuguese back-heel flicked the ball over his head and volleyed home against FC Arouca for a golazo that will surely be added to Bebe’s highlight reel.

H/T r/soccer

25
Jan

Juan Mata arrives for medical in helicopter

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The eagle has landed!

Juan Mata arrived at Manchester United’s training complex via chartered helicopter Saturday morning for his medical, which will finalize the club’s most expensive transfer ever at $61 million.

And obviously, everyone is really happy about it:

David de Gea didn’t waste any time getting a swipe in. He was a bit nicer when he actually greeted his new teammate for the first time.

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23
Jan

Drunk Man United fan calls 911 asking to speak to Sir Alex police claim

According to Manchester Police, an audibly upset and intoxicated Manchester United fan called up the Greater Manchester Police’s 999 line shortly after the Red Devils crashed out of the League Cup to Sunderland, asking to talk to none other than former manager Sir Alex Ferguson because “the result is all wrong.”

When told by the operator that this was, in fact, the emergency police line he dialed, the fan insisted he had a crime to report:

"Yeah I’ll report a crime. The crime… is that… Manchester United… Manchester United… were absolutely knackered!"

The GMP later went to Facebook to clarify the purpose of the 999 line and to direct other disillusioned United fans to try reaching the club directly:

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Interestingly, the “emergency” phone call comes just a couple days after some pranksters over at Paddy Power put up an “emergency” Sir Alex wax figure outside of Old Trafford:

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You have to forgive United fans for insisting that Sir Alex has all the solutions to the club’s sudden downfall since retiring. Still, maybe the calls for him to return have gone a bit too far.

H/T Telegraph

22
Jan

Sunderland eliminate Man United from League Cup after wacky PK shootout

It was a wild one at Old Trafford, to say the least.

With the Capital One Cup semifinal knotted at 2-2 on aggregate, Phil Bardsley scored in the final minute of extra time — thanks to a David De Gea howler — only for Javier Chicharito Hernandez to save United into the penalty shootout just a minute later.

That’s when all hell broke loose. Sunderland’s Craig Gardner stepped up first, and missed. And then Danny Welbeck missed. And then another. Really, all that was missing was the Benny Hill music in the background. (Come on, Internet, do your thing!)

It may have been the worst penalty shootout of all time, as seven of the ten PKs taken were either saved or woefully off target. In the end, Sunderland eked out a 2-1 shootout win, sending Man United out of the competition and into further despair.

Here are David Moyes’ thoughts on the game — or is his whole season thus far? — summed up in one Vine:

You kind of have to feel a bit for Moyes at this point, no? Even when some air of optimism finally returned to Old Trafford on Wednesday, thanks to the impending transfer of Juan Mata, it got immediately blown away by yet another gut-wrenching “defeat” at home.

Which makes you wonder how it can possibly get worse for United…

9
Dec

Man United’s Shinji Kagawa missed Newcastle game due to overeating

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For much of the season, Manchester United fans have been yearning for Shinji Kagawa to get more playing time. In Saturday’s loss to Newcastle, Kagawa again found himself on the sidelines, but this time it was all his own doing.

Kagawa apparently indulged himself in such an epic food binge that he soon fell ill and needed to get his stomach pumped!

What, did Shinji think he was countrymate Takeru Kobayashi all of a sudden?

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Here’s what manager David Moyes told the club’s official website:

"Shinji was very sick after the [Everton] game and he did a bit of training on Friday but he was low. All of the stats that we look at were low so we felt we had better not take a risk in case we got an injury by playing him."

"It was a bad sickness. He thinks he ate too much, and he had to get his stomach pumped, but I think he is okay."

Yikes! As if Man United didn’t have enough problems at the moment, now players are eating their way out of the matchday roster and into the hospital.

Could it be that Kagawa’s food frenzy was just a “heavy” consequence of United’s struggles? After all, pyschologists say some people overeat mainly out of depression!