There it is then. The unthinkable has actually happened and come july 1st 2013, Manchester United will have a new manager at the helm. A certain Glaswegian who has made a name for himself at Everton, who on a shoestring budget has wheeled and dealt his way to making a consistent side that over the years, has steadily enhanced its reputation.
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14 trophies out of a possible 19 in 4 years is a very impressive record. Consistently playing the greatest football on the planet is also very impressive. Playing the English Champions off the park in not one, but two Champions League finals is a feat not to be sniffed out. Going to the Santiago Bernabeu and beating a Real Madrid that consisted of Ronaldo, Ozil, Alonso, Pepe and Casillas among others 5-0 is an achievement that probably couldn’t be replicated by any other side in the world.
Is there such thing as loyalty in football these days?
The likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Francesco Totti are all in the twilight of their careers and while there are still a few one-club men out there, with the exception of players such as Steven Gerrard, Iker Casillas and Carles Puyol who are unlikely to move anywhere but their respective clubs, the loyalty is largely gone.
Antonio Valencia rightfully was Manchester United’s best player last season and is one of the best wingers in the world. A certain Pep Guardiola has waxed lyrical about him in the past and who’s he to disagree with?
When Paul Scholes retired from Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson focused his attention on replacing the Old Trafford legend with a player who mirrored the same attributes.
It really is no hidden secret that the reds made a serious and lucrative offer for Inter Milan midfield play maker Wesley Sneijder, the deal never happened and United suffered without that touch of calmness and class in the centre of park.
Aside from being a Manchester United fan, I am an avid fan of Real Madrid too. I have always wanted to write about Barcelona from my point of view, of a Madridista. The duel between the two has been rather fascinating, especially over the past 4-5 seasons, the clashes have assumed a bigger proportion than ever before.
It’s the mother of all battles. Gran Clasico. Real Madrid against Barcelona. Only here, my focus is not on a league meeting between the two teams. I’ll be doing a comprehensive analysis of both teams wrt the immediate future, say 3-4 years at the max. We’ll have a look at what makes these two so irresistible to watch.
Over the last couple of months we have had a quite a few articles on our website to do with Manchester United’s midfield. In particular the one problem area that our writers have been on focusing on is the team’s lack of strength in the heart of midfield.