With an aggregate score of 2-1, Manchester United has edged out a victory over Celta de Vigo and the English Premier League club will be facing off with Ajax in the finals which will be played on May 24.
This is the 1st
time that Manchester United has advanced into the finals of the European competition since it kicked off which was back in1971.
Manchester United has generally been able to compete and qualify for the UEFA Champions League on a consistent basis but recent struggles has seen them being dropped to the Europa League and if they are able to defeat Ajax in the finals on May 24, then Jose Mourinho and his squad will earn a qualification spot for the upcoming Champions League season.
Jose Mourinho is not very pleased about the date of the finals as Manchester United still has 3 more Premier League matches left to be played while Ajax on the other hand only has 1 match. (more…)
The tempers have been flying high between the supporters of Fenerbahce and Besiktas since the derby match of the two teams yesterday.
It was probably the most controversial game this season in Turkey and the entire controversy revolved around one player only which was RVP, the former Netherlands skipper.
He was the one who first displayed his outstanding acting skills to cook up a foul and make the referee issue an exit command to Dusko Tosic decreasing Besiktas by one player on the pitch.
And then shortly, the striker got indulged into an altercation with Oguzhan Ozyakup who incidentally happened to be someone he had played alongside for the Gunners and had a good equation before this.
RVP had the last laugh though after everything as he ended up delivering the only successful strike of the match and then the way he celebrated irked many of the Besiktas supporters because he went right into the face of Ozyakup who had taunted him earlier. (more…)
Manchester United ace, Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck the two goals in the 2-0 win over West Brom on Saturday and the Big Swede’s goal record at the same stage of the season surpasses that of the likes of Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie.
The 35-year old has so far scored 16 goals since his summer move from Paris St Germain to Old Trafford
. No player has scored more goals at this stage of the season at the club since Ruud van Nistelrooy managed 18 goals in 2002.
Robin van Persie scored 15 goals at the same stage in the 2012/2013 season and that season happened to be the player’s most prolific campaign for the Red Devils. He struck a whopping 30 goals during the season and no other Man United player has managed to beat that goal haul since 2012.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s best at the same stage of the season came in the 2007/2008 campaign when he scored 14 goals, a record which was matched by Wayne Rooney four years later. (more…)
Robin van Persie believes he could still be shining at Manchester United if the former coach Alex Ferguson was still the manager at Old Trafford.
The Netherlands international visited Old Trafford for the first time since leaving the club for Fenerbahce in July 2015 when the two teams met in the Europa League on Thursday 20th of October.
Van Persie netted 58 goals for United in three seasons and won the Premier League title in his first season – and sole year under Ferguson – at the club.
The left-shooter went on to play under the former Manchester United coaches, David Moyes and Louis van Gaal before being sold out and he thinks the situation could have been different if Ferguson did not retire from managing in 2013.
“We will never know,” he said to the reporters when asked what would have happened had Ferguson stayed. “It could have been that I could have been a player for Manchester United today. (more…)
Former Manchester United player Robin van Persie is going to be making a return to Old Trafford as Fenerbahce has to face off with the Premier League club on October 20 of the ongoing year for a Europa League match.
When this Europa League fixture draw was made a few days ago, Robin van Persie took to instagram as the Dutch attacker wrote: “Excited about the group we are in for the #EuropaLeague. Looking forward to play and meet the fans again of my former clubs @feyenoord.rotterdam and @manchesterunited”
Robin van Persie performed for Manchester United for 3 seasons where he managed to make over 80 appearances and scored 48 goals. His final season at Old Trafford was not a very memorable one as the Dutch forward sustained an ankle injury which kept him out of action for some time and he was later on stripped away from taking penalty kicks after Louis van Gaal decided to put this duty to someone else.
The 33 year old striker also voiced his excitement on his twitter account as Robin van Persie appears to be enthusiastic to see 2 of his former clubs locking horns against each other and facing off as Feyenoord and Manchester United are scheduled to battle each other on September 15. (more…)
There are certain statements that are not easily forgotten. For instance, in 2012 Sir Alex Ferguson by taking on Robin van Persie who was then footballer of the year and Arsenal striker of repute.
His statement was in the Premier League and it was regarding being able to win the title of Premier League one last time. Even though the squad did come under financial pressure he took on the striker of 29 years of age and for 24 million Pounds. He had scored about 26 goals in the 2012-2013 seasons, which also lead to a hat trick win of Aston Villa
and resulted in United winning their league title for the 20th
Ferguson at that time indulged in buying Van Persie for the team. It was akin to a retirement present that he bought for himself and the team. It is a similar situation now as Jamie Vardy; the present player of the year is being bid for by Arsene Wenger who is on his way out. (more…)
Robin van Persie who is currently playing with Fenerbahce seems to be too good for the Turkish league.
Indeed, with the kind of goal that the former Manchester United and Arsenal player scored against Gaziantepspor, you will get the perception that van Persie is too good for the Turkish league.
Indeed, he received a ball that put him one against one with the keeper and instead of firing a shot into the net; he just dribbled past the keeper as if he was not there. At 32 years old, van Persie is still full of running and can definitely play at the top level for at least 2 or 3 years more.
There was news that Robin van Persie might make the move to the Major League Soccer during the summer, but these rumors have yet to be confirmed. With the European season coming to an end, we will have to wait for the transfer window to be open to find out. (more…)
The Ex-Arsenal striker, who once won the Premier League Golden Boot, was recently frustrated with his role at Turkish giants Fenerbahce SK. He says he is currently happy with the improvements. The 32-year old Dutch striker, who put 30 goals past the goal keeper whilst in the Premier league, has struggled with expectations since reaching Turkey.
The Netherland International, who matched Thierry Henry’s 30 goals in one season record in the 2011/2012 season at Arsenal, has completed full 90 minutes just four times for Fenerbahce.
The talented forward who played for Arsenal since joining in 2004 till he left for EPL rival, Manchester United in August 2012, voiced his frustration as he continues to struggle to meet set standards at the club.
“Fenerbahce paid a big transfer fee for me so I want to help the team, but I cannot contribute as much as I want when I am taken off each game. I cannot be efficient like this. We have to find a solution for this situation,” the striker cried.
He has played 40 matches in all competitions this season for the club scoring 15 goals. In the Turkish Super Lig, he has only started 14 matches out of 25 total appearances this season. He has scored 10 goals in the super Lig with the last coming in the match against Kayserispor. The match which was played before the international break ended in a lone goal Van Persie scored in the first half. (more…)
Wayne Bridge retired from playing competitive football back in May of 2014 but he still remains in the media and in these past few weeks he certainly has been in the spotlight after it was announced and confirmed that the former Chelsea player is the parent of his 2nd son which is named: Carter.
The wife of Wayne Bridge, Frankie Bridge gave birth to his 2nd son on August 15 and confirmed this with her twitter account as she wrote: ‘’Our gorgeous baby boy Carter Bridge was bron this morning. He is absolutely perfect’-Parker is so excited to be a big brother!
Frankie Bridge if part of the British –Irish group called: The Saturdays and after Frankie posted the news concerning her 2nd son, her bandmates congratulated her and Wayne Bridge through twitter.
Frankie Bridge and Wayne Bridge are incredibly happy and feeling blessed about having their 2nd baby but at the same time, the 26 year old singer revealed that it’s been a stressful period of time as she has had to get up every hour in the night in order to satisfy the needs of her newborn baby.
“Carter is only a few days old, but he already seems to be a very hungry baby. He’s up almost every hour through the night, but luckily Wayne is helping so it’s all good,” Frankie said. (more…)
Louis van Gaal has hinted that Manchester United may not go into the transfer market for a new signing, as he believes that Memphis Depay can accommodate into the striker’s position.
The 21-year-old was recently brought in from Dutch football £ 25 million. He is widely known as the winger, but van Gaal has revealed another dimension within the Dutchman. He says thatDepay has always shown the ability to learn as he goes in the game. This would allow him to become a striker in the future. Even though he is not the most physical player around,Depay can use his incredible pace to great advantage according to van Gaal.
The Dutchman was put forward the question of signing a replacement for Robin van Persie, who is believed to be on the verge of leaving the club for Fenerbahce. The Turkish club have reportedly agreed a £ 4.5 million deal for the 31-year-old. Only a few minor details regarding the contract are to be sorted and the player will be undergoing a medical in the next few days. Van Gaal, though, maintained that van Persie remains a Manchester United player until further confirmation. It is understood that van Persie is not happy with the assurances provided by van Gaal going into the new season. (more…)