9
Sep

Manchester United’s newest signing is not named ‘Flacao’

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Sometimes spelling is hard.

Manchester United was having issues with their latest signing and the fan merchandise to go with it.

Meet Radamel Falcao … or should we say Flacao.

The ESPN editor, Alex Shaw, who posted it happily provided some other examples of Manchester United’s typographical errors.

Maybe those typos will turn into collector’s editions. There’s a market in there somewhere.

(h/t 101 Great Goals)

16
Aug

Louis van Gaal gets David Moyes treatment following failed Premier League debut

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Manchester United’s loss to Swansea on Louis van Gaal’s Premier League debut sparked the predictable wave of completely original David Moyes jokes on Twitter, such as these:

Alright, this one was pretty good, though:

Of course, the defeat also led to the Dutch manager’s Wikipedia page being doctored within moments of the final whistle:

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Have we not had enough of these silly Wikipedia edits? No? Okay then.

15
Aug

Darren Fletcher does Ice Bucket Challenge, as awareness goes global

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We’ve already introduced you to the Ice Bucket Challenge, (which you’re probably aware has been making the rounds on the Internet), but in case you’ve forgotten, here’s a quick refresher:

The movement to combat the rare neurodegenerative disease ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) has gone viral since originating in Boston last month. Athletes and celebrities have joined the general public in pouring buckets of ice water over their heads and then “daring” more people to do the same.

The challenge has made its way over to Europe now, too, as a trio of AS Roma players took the plunge.

Additionally, Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher was recently tapped to do it. In turn, and to the delight of everyone here at FOX Soccer, he nominated none other than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Don’t let all the ladies down, CR7. We know you don’t need an excuse to remove your shirt anyway, so just do it.

H/T Daily Mail

8
Aug

Giggs saves Man United Class of 1992’s dignity in friendly vs non-league Salford City

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Manchester United’s Class of 1992 - featuring Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, the Neville brothers and Nicky Butt (David Beckham was busy doing David Beckham things) - were thrashed 5-1 in a friendly against Salford City, the semi-pro club that the players listed above are part owners of.

Despite the heavy defeat, there was one moment that did invoke memories of the United legends’ glory days. Having only retired last season, Giggs showed he’s still got that touch of genius in him, scoring a lovely Panenka penalty for his side’s only goal:

6
Aug

Howard Webb’s retirement ignites flurry of Manchester United jokes

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After being in charge of over 500 Premier League and Football League matches and having officiated every final from the World Cup to the Champions League, Howard Webb has put away his whistle for good after taking on a new role as technical director of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited:

It didn’t take long for the inevitable avalanche of Manchester United jokes to roll in. If you’re new to soccer, Webb has long been accused of favoring the Red Devils in games he officiated:

Photo provided by Getty Images.

27
Apr

Paddy Power brings David Moyes statue to Anfield, Liverpool promptly lose

The pranksters over at betting site Paddy Power were at it again this weekend, erecting a fake David Moyes statue at Anfield ahead of Liverpool’s title showdown against Chelsea.

Fans gleefully flocked to the statue to take pictures with the “Liverpool legend,” who led arch rivals Man United to their worst finish in the Premier League era, and played a small part in the Reds’ ascendancy this season.

But what started out as a clever joke turned into something dark and sinister by game’s end. Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners, handing Liverpool their first league loss in 2014 and taking away the Reds’ control of the title race.

The Curse of Moyes? It’s very much in play.

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