Manchester United have had relative success from buying players in Portugal over the years. The standout player is naturally Cristiano Ronaldo but Sir Alex Ferguson also signed Nani and Anderson who are in the current set up. Now, with the January transfer window steadily approaches, Manchester United have been linked with a cut-price move for Porto midfielder Lucho Gonzalez. But what could he offer should David Moyes snap him up?
It's never easy replacing a player that has been consistently brilliant at the club for a number of years. You get so used to seeing that player on the team sheet and what they bring to the team, the kind of things that make you go 'Wow, we're so lucky to have him'. Patrice Evra is one of those players because he combines attacking and defending excellently to make him one of a special breed of left-back. Not many can combine the two well and often a player excels in just one of the areas.
Much has been said about David Moyes and his midfield of late and how he should look to sign some players to solidify it. One man who has been mentioned is former Liverpool star Xabi Alonso, who the Daily Star are suggesting the Red Devils are still interested in. But if he did make the switch, then where would he fit into the Old Trafford side?
Manchester United host Shakhtar Donetsk tonight in a crucial Champions League match at old Trafford. As United are already through to the knock out stages having won three and drawn two of their five group games already, it gives David Moyes the chance to unleash some of the players who haven't had much of a chance so far this season. But there is one man I think who he should take out of the side, rather than put in it.
Manchester United are set to play their third home game in a row as they host Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League in a clash that they must win to ease the pressure from David Moyes' shoulders. The Ukrainian side are no slouches though, and United will have their work cut out should they pick up a victory. Here are a few things that I would do if I was David Moyes.
Manchester United seem to be in turmoil right now. They are plummeting down the table at an alarming rate and the pressure is piling on David Moyes' shoulders. As they look at ways to rejuvenate themselves, the Guardian are linking United with a move to Netherlands international Wesley Sneijder in January. But I think there should be another man on the shortlist.
Manchester United were forced to do the unthinkable in the summer and replace Sir Alex Ferguson in the seat he held for 27 years. In came David Moyes in what seemed like the natural choice, but despite the majority of United fans getting behind the former Everton man things haven't gone to plan.
Manchester United had the chance to make up for their 1-0 loss at home to Everton in the week as they took on Newcastle at Old Trafford, and they did so by, err, losing 1-0. Alan Pardew's men picked up their fifth win in six games and climbed to seventh in the table while United now sit ninth, 12 points behind leaders Arsenal having played an extra game. Following the loss, here are three players who I think David Moyes should drop for Tuesday's Champions League tie with Shakhtar Donetsk.
Manchester Utd are not used to having Old Trafford viewed as anything less than impregnable so Newcastle can expect a backlash following Utd’s 0-1 defeat at the hands of Everton on Wednesday.
Manchester United invite Newcastle United to Old Trafford on Saturday in the weekend's early kick off. Both sides come into the game on the back of midweek losses - United losing 1-0 at home to Everton and Newcastle 3-0 to Swansea - and will be desperate to get their seasons back on track. I would argue that the Red Devils, and David Moyes in particular, need the three points more, so here are a few ways in which they can boost their chances, in my opinion.
Manchester United fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Everton on Wednesday evening and as a result now sit ninth in the Premier League table, 12 points behind leaders Arsenal. TWELVE. United fans will rightly be frustrated, so here are three players who should see their places pulled from under them ahead of the club's clash with Newcastle today.