Monday, 23 May 2016

LOUIS VAN GAAL STATEMENT AS HE LEAVES OT.


Louis van Gaal issued the following statement at 20:30 BST(21:30 CAT) this evening (Monday 23 May)...
Sourced by www.manutd.com pictures various sources.
It has been an honour to manage such a magnificent club as Manchester United FC, and in doing so, I have fulfilled a long-held ambition.
I am immensely proud to have helped United win the FA Cup for the 12th time in the club's history. I have been privileged during my management career to have won 20 trophies but winning the FA Cup, which is steeped in so much history, will always be one of the most special achievements of my career.

I am very disappointed to be unable to complete our intended three-year plan. I believe that the foundations are firmly in place to enable the club to move forward and achieve even greater success.

I hope that winning the FA Cup will give the club a platform to build upon next season to restore the success that this passionate set of fans desire.

Having managed in Holland, Spain and Germany, I had always hoped for the opportunity to manage in English football and be part of English culture. Both of these experiences have lived up to expectations and been fantastic.
I thank my players and wish them well for next season. It has been a pleasure to work with them and it has been particularly rewarding to see so many young players take their chance to break into the first team and excel. I look forward to watching the continued development of these young players next season.

Thank you to the owners and board of Manchester United for giving me the opportunity to manage this great club.
I would also like to express my gratitude to the amazing United supporters. They are truly the best fans in the world.

I am indebted to my support and coaching staff, who have given me their all during their time at the club.

I am deeply grateful to each and every member of the club’s staff - the sports science team, the medical team, the kit and laundry department, club administration, the press office, the manager's team, the Academy team, ground staff and the catering team, both at Old Trafford stadium and Carrington training ground, all of whom have given me their unwavering support in my time at United. Never in my 25 years as a manager have I been so well supported in my role.
Finally, my special thanks go to Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton for always making me and my family feel so welcome throughout my time as Manchester United manager.
THE CLUB MAKES OWN STATEMENT

Louis van Gaal is to leave Manchester United, with immediate effect.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: "I would like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup for the club (and securing him a title in four different countries). He has behaved with great professionalism and dignity throughout his time here. He leaves us with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage. Everyone at the club wishes him all the best in the future."

A decision on a successor as manager will be announced soon.

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Monday, 9 May 2016

So Liverpool wins the Europa league, Then what?

If Liverpool win the Europa League, what then happens to fourth spot in the Premier League?
Well the answer is a resounding NOTHING!!!
Winning the Europa League would afford the Premier League a fifth place in the Uefa Champions League and not affect the Champions League place the fourth spot team would receive.
Manchester United supporters will be pleased to know that, as they find themselves in the fortunate position of having fourth place in the Premier League in their hands. Should they win away at West Ham United tomorrow they would find themselves a point above their cross city rivals and each would then have a game remaining. So should they win their two last fixtures Manchester United would get that fourth spot no matter what City does at Swansea of the Final Day.

The scenario is that first Manchester United have to win and though it pains me to say it has been a season that the Red Devils have struggled to win back to back away fixtures.
What I will say though is if they should go into the final weekend one point ahead I don't see them ending anywhere other than that fourth spot. Lets rack up a win, LVG!!

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Saturday, 23 April 2016

FA Cup Semi could see both managers get the sack.

Manchester United face Everton in the first FA Cup semifinal today, a massive match as not only will the two clubs compete for a coveted berth in the final but many believe both managers jobs will hang on the result.
In all honesty though, more so than Louis Van Gaal (LVG) the axe has been hovering over Roberto Martinez head for a while now. Roberto has won the FA Cup before as manager of Wigan. Since taking over at Everton it has been a case of two steps forward and three steps back from Moyes Everton era's shadow. The Merseyside club now sit 11th on the Premier League and they come into this semifinal off a 4-0 slaughtering by their Merseyside rivals Liverpool in mid week and the confidence is lacking right through the squad.
For LVG it may not be so clear cut that a loss today will see him hanging up his managerial boots, in fact he could win the FA Cup and still that wont be enough to finish out his final year of his 3 year contract. Especially because champions league qualification lays in others hands not his own teams.
MATCH FACTS
*** This is the third time Everton have met Manchester United in the semi-final.
*** They've been paired together 11 times in the cup, with Everton winning six of those games, and United winning five.
*** Under LVG they have faced Everton four times with LVG winning three.
*** Everton have won 6 of their last seven FA Cup semi-finals but have needed extra time and penalties in four.
*** Manchester United have only scored once in their last four Wembley games vs Everton.
*** Manchester United last 5 fixtures 5 wins in 6 (W W L W W W)
*** Everton last 5 fixtures no wins in the last 6 (L L D D D L)
TEAM NEWS
Everton
Everton face defensive problems for their FA Cup semi-final clash with Manchester United at Wembley.
Ramiro Funes Mori is suspended following his derby red card while full-back Seamus Coleman is definitely out and captain Phil Jagielka a likely absentee.
Roberto Martinez is optimistic John Stones will have recovered from illness but Gareth Barry (groin) faces a late fitness test. Defender Matthew Pennington has been recalled from a loan spell at Walsall to provide cover.
Possible squads: Robles, Oviedo, Stones, Baines, Barry, Besic, McCarthy, Lennon, Cleverley, Barkley, Deulofeu, Lukaku, Howard, Connolly, Davis, Pienaar, Kone, Osman, Mirallas, Niasse, Pennington.
Manchester United
Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luke Shaw and Adnan Januzaj are Manchester United's only absentees.
Germany midfielder Schweinsteiger (knee) is unlikely to play again this season but left-back Shaw (leg) is working with a physio as he steps up his rehabilitation.
Januzaj is building his fitness before featuring for the first team but Chris Smalling is fit to play at Wembley after a late knock in the midweek win against Crystal Palace.
Possible squads: De Gea, Romero, Valencia, Darmian, Varela, Smalling, Blind, Jones, Rojo, Fosu-Mensah, McNair, Fellaini, Carrick, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Lingard, Mata, Depay, Young, Rashford, Rooney
Prediction
It is going to be a long day at the office for a certain blue manager and  #JCBAlikeThat. It won't be a goal-fest because with LVG's Manchester United it never is but I can't see anything but a red win.

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The Premier League changes its logo.

The most lucrative football league in the world, The English Premier League (EPL), yesterday unveiled its new official logo, which will be used from the 2016-17 season onwards. The division's lion icon has been the face of England's top flight since its launch in 1992 but has undergone a makeover to give it a fresh, modern look.
It means, EPL is ending its 12-year association with Barclays bank and will from now on be known simply as ‘the Premier League’.
The new logo – has a crowned lion’s head gazing to the right, accompanied by either the words ‘Premier League’ or ‘PL’ -- will replace the current logo of a lion with its left paw on a football. All 20 clubs in the top flight have also agreed a new centralised sponsorship strategy, meaning the league will no longer have a named sponsor.
“From next season we will move away from title sponsorship and the competition will be known as the Premier League, a decision which provided the opportunity to consider how we wanted to present ourselves as an organisation and competition. We look forward to sharing more details of our new positioning in the coming months,” said Premier League managing director Richard Masters in a press release."
In doing so the Premier League will now be able to shake hands with iconic American sporting competitions such as the NFL and NBA.
My two cents on the new Logo
Change is always difficult and for a while it will be strange but in the end keeping up with changing times does call for you to step up and The Premier League has done just so. #JCBAlikeThat

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Sunday, 7 February 2016

DOUBLE Dutch .... at the Bridge

United and Chelsea find themselves in the unenviable positions in the rat race that is the Premier League. Normally this fixture has the title in the sub-plot yet to be honest both teams would be satisfied with just making the Champions League places, man oh man how things have changed.
The Dutch duo's of Guus Hiddink and Louis Van Gaal have a history of facing each other 8 times in their careers and the Blues temporary boss holds the advantage of just losing once to his compatriot. 
There is just 14 Premier League games remaining and with results yesterday, United must win today if not to possibly win  the league but to at the least underline their top 4 ambitions. The Reds unfortunately have a disappointing record at Stamford Bridge as well, with just one victory recorded from the last 13 Premier League visits, a 3-2 win in October 2012 when a former red Chicharito scored a late winner.
The reigning champions can  boast an undefeated run under Hiddink, granted more draws than wins but they still haven't lost since the Special One left. LVG's chargers are in good nick too after their midweek exploits goals do look more forth coming.
Player to watch Chelsea
Diego Costa has look like a man reborn after the change of manager at Chelsea and his form of late will have the United defence on high alert, he could well be a game changer.
Player to watch Manchester United
Wayne Rooney has been in rich goal scoring form with 7 in 7 and is well on his way to becoming the clubs record goal scorer. If Chelsea want to keep up their unbeaten run the will have to keep the United skipper at bay.
Referee: Michael Oliver will be the man in charge at Stamford Bridge. United have lost one and won one when he has officiated their fixtures this season, notably the Reds 3-1 victory over Liverpool.
Prediction
History smiles on the the home side especially at the bridge and it is about time United pull one over on the Blues. What better time that later today to just so. I wouldn't say United are favourites but I can say I'd much rather be in LVGs shoes than that of Guus Hiddink's. United to win by one if there is a winner!!!!

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Saturday, 6 February 2016

The Darkest Day


February 6th will forever be circled on the calendars of everyone connected with Manchester United.
From www.manutd.com official club site
On that day in 1958, the darkest day in United's history, 23 people - including eight players and three members of the club's staff - suffered fatal injuries in the Munich air crash.

Flying back from a European Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade, the team plane stopped in Germany to refuel. The first two attempts to take off from Munich airport were aborted; following a third attempt, the plane crashed.

Twenty-one of the people on board died instantly. Aeroplane captain Kenneth Rayment died a few weeks later from the injuries he sustained while Duncan Edwards - one of the eight victims from the team - passed away 15 days after the crash. The tragedy is an indelible part of United's history, as is Sir Matt Busby overcoming his injuries to build another great team which won the European Cup 10 years later.
Roger Byrne (28), Eddie Colman (21), Mark Jones (24), David Pegg (22), Tommy Taylor (26), Geoff Bent (25), Liam Whelan (22) and Duncan Edwards (21) all died, along with club secretary Walter Crickmer, trainer Tom Curry and coach Bert Whalley.
Eight journalists died - Alf Clarke, Tom Jackson, Don Davies, George Fellows, Archie Ledbrook, Eric Thompson, Henry Rose, and Frank Swift who was a former Manchester City player. Plane captain Ken Rayment perished, as did Sir Matt's friend Willie Satinoff. Travel agent Bela Miklos and crew member Tom Cable also died.
We will never forget.
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