Manchester United travel to Cardiff this afternoon in the latter part of 'Super Sunday' and while most expect the Red Devils to pick up a routine victory in the south of Wales, my money is going on the not-so-blue-birds to pick up a result. Here's why.
Born in Cardiff, Ryan Giggs will naturally want to be involved with Manchester United's clash with the Welsh outfit on Sunday. The 39-year-old has managed to rack up a tally of 951 games for United in his 23 and a bit seasons with the Old Trafford outfit, but he has never had a run out against the club based in the city of his birth, but this could change at the weekend.
When I was eight years old, football was about the entire team rushing to the ball in order to get a touch to impress the proud parents on the touchline. A lot of the time it was one-touch football, merely because none of us had the technical facility, or in fact an awareness of what we were doing, and it was all kick and rush. Bad coaching, perhaps, or just the fact that were only eight. However, astonishingly, the Mirror are reporting that Chelsea and Manchester United are fighting for the signature of Claudio Gabriel Nancufil, who at just eight years of age is being likened to Lionel Messi.
When Paul Pogba upped sticks and left Manchester United last year it was seen as a backwards step in his early career by some. Fast forward 18 months and the Frenchman is taking the world by storm, piece by piece. His time at Juventus is going swimmingly and he is conjuring up interest from the elite of European football, including numerous Premier League clubs. However, the Daily Mail are reporting that Pogba will reject the advances.
Nemanja Vidic is a real warrior of a player and has served Manchester United admirably over the years. He arrived from Spartak Moscow in 2006and has since established himself as a fan favourite - playing 276 games for the Old Trafford club and scoring 18 goals. And now, alongside Michael Carrick, he has signed a contract extension according to the Daily Star, which is my opinion could be David Moyes' best move since taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson.
When Manchester United picked up Anderson from Porto in 2006 it was thought that they had signed one of the most exciting young midfielders around at the time. He was only 19 when he made the switch, but he had already proved just how effective he could be with a run of games under his belt. Now, six years later, we are still waiting to see just why there was so much hype around the Brazil international.
So, the Mirror are reporting that it is going to finally happen. Leighton Baines will join Manchester United in January in a deal worth £16m, apparently, to reunite with his former Everton boss David Moyes and team-mate Marouane Fellaini. Although this is good news for Manchester United, I thought that I would take a closer look into the England left-back'sstatistics and try and pick holes in his game to see if he is a suitable addition. So here goes.
Tom Cleverley really is a marmite man. While some slate him as a useless player who offers almost nothing into the Manchester United midfield, others see him as a young English player who is yet to hit his potential. I am leaning towards the former, however, and I would suggest that it is time that he was shipped out to make room for some real midfield talent.
Fear not United fans. Despite all the upheaval at Old Trafford in the summer, with the departure of the master Sir Alex Ferguson and the arrival of the apprentice David Moyes, Manchester United still possess the capabilities to add title number 21 to their list of Premier League accolades. True, United have not been firing on all cylinders in the league and have struggled against teams like West Bromwich Albion, Southampton, and Stoke City, but there have been signs in recent weeks that the tide is beginning to turn. The victory against league leaders Arsenal, although through a somewhat fortuitous goal, was one of the very significant Football results in the Premier League so far this season.
There have been a few standout players in the Premier League this season. Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey at Arsenal, Eden Hazard at Chelsea and Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez at Liverpool. But the one man who has sparkled for me is Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, the man who I consider the perfect man to complete Manchester United's midfield.
After 11 Premier League games this season, here are three things that we have learned from David Moyes' start as Manchester United boss.
Before Manchester United signed Shinji Kagawa he was a confident, creative player who was running things as a playmaker for Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund. Now the Japan international looks a shadow of his former self, struggling to get a sniff in a United midfield which is feeble to say the least. But if David Moyes is serioud about winning the title, he needs to start trying to get the best out of the 24-year-old.