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:
— Manchester United (@MUFC_today)March 25, 2014
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!
Sky Sports lists Moyes’ accomplishments
You could read the entirety of David Moyes’ open letter to Manchester United fans about his and the Red Devils’ shortcomings, but who has time for that?
Leave it to The Sun to put it succinctly:
Short, sweet and to the point. Perhaps Moyes should have focused less on being verbose and more on how he’s going to get United back to respectable footing.
Manchester United boss David Moyes has been promised funds for a huge foray into the summer transfer market. The Red Devils boss is to present the board with a £100 million ($164 million) hit-list. Juventus midfield duo Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba are believed to be on the list, along with Southampton defender Luke Shaw and Everton’s Seamus Coleman.
For this rumor and the rest of Sunday’s transfer gossip, click here.
Just a couple of days remain before the January transfer window slams shut, and the rumor merry-go-round is certainly in full swing.
One of the main protagonists of this transfer window has been David Moyes’ Manchester United, following their early-season struggles. They don’t look likely to stop spending after snaring Juan Mata from rivals Chelsea, and now they’re looking at another world class midfielder.
Pep Guardiola has admitted that Toni Kroos can leave Bayern Munich, opening the door to a move to Old Trafford.
Also in today’s round-up, there’s news of an alleged Arsenal bid for Julian Draxler from Schalke. Read about it and more on today’s Paper Chase.
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Two respected soccer number-crunchers are making a surprising claim that Manchester United’s seemingly miserable season really isn’t that miserable at all.
Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski, both AskMen contributors and co-authers of Soccernomics, claim that it’s the absence of Robin van Persie that has been the main source of United’s woes.
The Red Devils sit in 7th place, and are a whopping 18 points behind their points total at this time last year. New boss David Moyes is taking the brunt of the blame, but statistics suggest that that’s probably not fair.
At this time last season, star striker Van Persie had played in all 22 EPL matches and scored an impressive 16 goals. This season, he has played in just 11 matches and scored only seven goals.
When you crunch the numbers, if RvP had been healthy and in form for this entire season, United could have gained an additional 11 points and would sit in second in the EPL table, and would be just three points behind the first-place Gunners. Not so bad, huh?
Maybe fans should re-think where their blame lies for this season’s struggles, and hope that Van Persie comes back in time to make a late run at a Champions League spot. Oh, and the addition of Juan Mata won’t hurt, either.
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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:
— Man Utd Vines (@ManUtdVines)January 25, 2014
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5)January 25, 2014
— David De Gea (@D_DeGea)January 25, 2014
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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Fredy Guarin’s proposed move to Juventus could be scuppered following an injury to Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick. Red Devils boss David Moyes is thought to be mulling over a swap deal for the Inter Milan star which would see Javier Hernandez heading to the San Siro.
We’ve also got the latest rumors on John Terry, Demba Ba and Liverpool’s hunt for a midfielder to replace the injured Lucas Leiva. Click here for the best of the rest.