Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku already looks in World Cup form.
The Everton striker (on loan from Chelsea) scored a hat trick against Luxembourg in the Red Devils’ first tune-up game, with his third being particularly impressive. Watch as he splits two defenders like a banana:
Okay, so we are only talking about Luxembourg here. But thanks to plays like that, Belgium’s Group H opponents are sure to have nightmares of the bullish striker in the weeks to come.
The start of a 24-year career at Old Trafford? (Getty Image)
Manchester United’s interim player-manager Ryan Giggs subbed himself on for one final run-out at Old Trafford on Tuesday, but it was a player just starting his United career — 18-year-old James Wilson — who stole the show in a 3-1 win over Hull City.
Wilson bagged a brace on his United debut to nab Man of the Match honors, while also becoming the first player in club history to score goals for the U-18, U-19, U-21 and first team in the same season.
When Wilson was subbed off (come on Giggsy, did you have to?) for Robin van Persie in the 63rd minute, the home crowd — which hasn’t had much to cheer about this season — even serenaded him with a “Wilson for England” chant.
Making his performance even sweeter, his parents were in the stands to witness it all. And they were besides themselves with happiness:
— Mack The Knife (@IdMjones)May 6, 2014
This season hasn’t been kind to Manchester United fans. After more than two decades of success under Sir Alex Ferguson, the sudden dip in form (and position on the table) has left Red Devils’ fans in a pit of despair.
When the once-fearsome club took on mighty Bayern Munich on Wednesday, no one expected Patrice Evra to score a stunner to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Euphoria. Tears of joy. Cloud nine. Hope.
But just 22 short seconds later, United fans came crashing back to Earth. Mario Mandzukic shut down the party before it even had a chance to really get started.
It was hard enough for United fans watching from afar to digest what unfolded on their televisions; for the supporters at the Allianz Arena, the pain was tenfold.
It’s the hope that kills you.
(H/T SB Nation)
Sky Sports lists Moyes’ accomplishments
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.
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.
It turns out that Manchester United fans aren’t the only ones that have been unimpressed by midfielder Tom Cleverley this season.
The 24-year-old was selected by Roy Hodgson in the 30-man squad for the Three Lions’ friendly against Denmark next week. England fans immediately made their feelings known.
The online petition, which says Cleverley doesn’t possess “any genuine qualities whatsoever,” has almost reached 5,000 signatures in just a couple of days.
According to the Daily Star on Sunday, Manchester United are convinced they have won the £25 million race for Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. If true, this would be the first piece of business in a busy summer of transfers for the Red Devils. The central midfield position has been a long-term target for United and they’ll be happy to get it sorted early doors.
For this rumor and the rest of Sunday’s transfer gossip, click here.
In January it was rumored that Manchester City missed out on Porto star Eliaquim Mangala. This summer they look set to go back for the highly-coveted defender and could be rivaled by Manchester neighbors United for his signature. The France under-21 international is thought to be valued at around £35 million by the Portuguese club.
For this rumor and the rest of Tuesday’s transfer gossip, click here.