The former star of Manchester United and Arsenal, named Robin Van Persie, on 19th January, proved that he still has it in him with a brilliant goal by free-kick while he was in action for the club of Feyenoord during a clash versus PEC Zwolle. The player who is 35 years old rolled back past experience with an excellent free-kick in only the 35th minute in order to restore the parity for his club of boyhood.
The club of Feyenoord found their team 1 goal behind in a very closely contested battle before Robert curled the football to the net’s back. The star of Dutch swept his foot in order to lift the football over the wall properly set up by the players of Zwolle in order to place the ball very far in the corner past a totally helpless Mickey who was completely between the sticks. The spiraled kick left all the fans completely stunned as they took it to social media in order to lionize the legend of Premier League.
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We have seen the home crowd doing funny things to distract the opposition, but what one of the Feyenoord spectators did during the previous home game against PSV Eindhoven was a first of its kind.
PSV has been in top form in the Dutch top tier this season and ahead of their trip to Feyenoord, they had won 13 games on the trot in the league. However their start at Feyenoord was not very impressive as they were reduced to 0-2 in the first half of the game itself, but later they bounced back with their first goal in the 72nd
minute and just a few moments after that, they got themselves into the position of scoring the equalizer as well.
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Mexico international Javier Hernandez has paid tribute to Juan Carlos Osorio shortly after it was confirmed that he has stepped down from the managerial role with El Tri. The 57-year-old had been with the national team for the past three years where he produced a number of impressive results including a shock win over Germany at the World Cup. Despite this, Osorio snubbed the prospect of a contract extension with El Tri and he has now decided to pursue a fresh challenge elsewhere.
Amidst this, Hernandez has taken his time to praise Osorio via his Instagram account and believes the Mexican was one of the best managers he has worked under during the course of a nine-year international career, he penned: “Thank you for these three years, profe. Thanks for so much. There are mixed feelings. The thankfulness is what sticks out the most because our paths crossed.
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Pep Guardiola would hopefully be the man to help Manchester City overcome a second season curse after an almost perfect last term. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich man helped the club break several league records last season.
Man City title winning run broke the record for most goals at 106; they also conceded the least at 27 goals. The Cityzens had over 100 points, which was the first time in the Premier League that any side would accumulate a century of points. Man City now holds the record of most consecutive wins, away wins and points gap.
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Netherlands sealed the 3rd spot of the 2014 World Cup and Manchester United’s Robin van Persie played a huge role in that task as he scored 4 goals in the tournament. Van Persie captained his country to what was a fairly impressive and successful event.
When the latest edition of the World Cup reached its end, the player of Manchester United went on revealing some of his plans in the future as the Dutch forward stated that he wants to compete in the 2018 World Cup and playing until he’s 40 years old.
Van Persie told reporters: ”I will be 35 then and I will do everything to be there. I live quietly, this saves a few years. My goal is to play at the highest level for as long as possible and being available for the national team is a part of that. I am 31 now and I have a little less than nine years to go. I won’t be playing for a major club at the age of 40, although I do still want to be playing professional football at that age. That’s my goal.”
The former star of Arsenal currently has a contract with Manchester United which runs up until 2016 and it’s not expected that the Premier League club would be extending his contract any further as the team is trying to avoid keeping hold of senior players and want to keep rejuvenating the squad.
One of the decisions that Van Persie could do in a few years’ time is to make a move to the MLS and continue playing at a high level which is what he said that one of his main goals was and if he can remain scoring goals as well as making standout performances, his chances of being named into the Netherlands squad for the 2018 World Cup could be alive.
Roy Keane returned back to the Premier league after taking on the assistant manager’s role at Aston Villa. This is quite a surprise given that he was manager of Sunderland only a few years ago. However, disappointments in the managerial career over the last few years have forced him to go back to square one. Keane has been a major influence at Aston Villa since coming according to manager Paul Lambert. He has also leapt to the defence of the former Irish midfielder by saying that the media criticise him for his temper, but they do not see him from the near.
Lambert and Aston Villa are preparing for tough season ahead. The club has allowed some key players like Marc Albrighton to leave on a free transfer, while the likes of Fabian Delph and Gabriel Agbonlahor could also leave in this transfer window. Since they have just 12 months left on their contracts, speculation has been immense about their futures. For the moment, Lambert is concentrating only on the pre-season. He says that having a top-class player like Keane as part of the coaching setup helps him a lot, while he also trusts the former Manchester United midfielder completely.
Keane is also the assistant to Gordon Strachan for the Republic of Ireland national team.
“I can really trust him. He is a really good football person – a top man. He has been great. People shouldn’t get caught up with Roy Keane being this aggressive person. With the career he has had as a footballer – and people forget he had a lot of success as a football manager – what he says is really positive, especially to the young players. If they don’t take a leaf out of his book then there is something wrong. If they don’t take in some of the things he says, I think there would be something wrong for them as an individual,” said Lambert.
The way the ongoing season has gone for Manchester United, it’s certain that there will be strict decisions taken by the board at the end of it.
There might be a few sackings and it might be the manager himself to suffer it. Nobody knows, but, one thing is looking pretty clear that if Moyes continues to receive the backing of the owners and is given another season to prove himself, some heavyweight players of the club will start thinking seriously about their future and one of them will be Robin Van Persie.
There have been a lot of reports this season suggesting that all is not well between the Dutch striker and the manager. Although, nothing has been said in the public yet by the two guys regarding that but, it can be felt.
Moreover, the main reason behind Van Persie leaving Arsenal and joining United at the start of the 2012-13 Season was the chance to play under the guidance of the legend Sir Alex Ferguson, but, he’s gone now and United is looking like a club which will have to go through a transition phase.
Van Persie is already close to 31 years of age. He would definitely not like to waste his 2-3 peak years playing for a club which has very little chances of winning trophies in the near future and that too when his tuning with the manager is not great.
If some sources are to be believed, United might not be that keen to convince Van Persie to stay either. A long contract extension given to Wayne Rooney recently means that it’s him around whom the club wants to build the new team now.
Let’s see what happens. It’s going to be pretty interesting next few months for the Red Devils fans.
Dutch national soccer team chief van Gaal has further fueled controversies concerning Man U chief David Moyes saying that their captain Robin Van Persie stays far happier in the Netherland camp than he feels at his elite club.
Manchester United is presently on a plan to axe some of its existing players to make specie for a new set of world class signings. In fact, it’s said that Moyes has allotted a big 200 million pounds budget to incorporate the new deals. Among the existing Man U players most likely to be axed is Robin van Persie. The Dutch captain has even omitted from the Man U list of possible captains to head the team after Vidic’s end of contract, despite having profound experiences of captaining the Netherlands soccer team & Arsenal.
The 30 year old striker has always been expressive about his continuous differences with David Moyes and this is one of the main reasons why the Holland manager claimed of his dissatisfied stint with the Old Trafford club.
Albeit, Man U is on the plan to exclude Persie by this summer end yet the Holland chief alongside Hodgson (Roy) and all the managers of World Cup, has insisted that the player still has it in him to dazzle in Brazil – since he is more comfortable with his national team.
“I feel he would perform really grand in the upcoming World Cup as he prefers to play with his national Dutch squad. The Manchester United soccer team could be difficult for him at present but he would still come up with his amazing techniques there as well. Techniques in Holland team is always higher for him. Persie has displayed that in every qualification match as he is the top scorer here & I am hopeful that he would be able to continue it this way only”, remarked van Gaal.
Manchester United is in need of an injection of new blood, new talent in the defence and the midfield of the squad. Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are leading the frontlines of the attack and might just be the only area of the team that is not in need of any changes.
The team of David Moyes tried to make a late bid for Gareth Bale before he went on to sign Real Madrid, Everton’s Fellaini has not made the impact everyone expected him to be.
Ander Herrera and Marco Reus are big targets for Manchester United in the winter transfer window as they can boost the midfield that has shown weaknesses in this season and they can fill in the spot of certain players that just have to go. Wesley Sneijder is another target for Moyes although the Dutchman is reaching an age that might just be too much for him to play in the Premier League.
Ashley Young and Anderson have fallen out of favor under Moyes and are the most probable players that will be seeing their way out of the club in January, if they want to offload dead weight and create funds for the list of players that are on the radar of the club.
Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra are other players that might be playing some of their last years in Manchester United considering the uphill battle they will have with the elevated age.
Evra is suspected to leave the club at the end of the season with Leigthon Baines replacing him if Moyes can secure his services in January.
The list of targets that Manchester United has is ongoing as there are many areas that the team has been suffering from in this season. Moyes has 2 tough months ahead of him, the Scottish coach has to decide on which players to let go and which ones to sign if he wants to get into the top spots of the Premier League there is no doubt that new players need to arrive and a number of changes need to be done.
Arsene Wenger believes he made the right decision in selling Van Persie to Manchester United as the Dutch striker was ‘’impatient’’ on winning trophies and achieving the kind of glory that would have been much harder if he stayed in Arsenal.
The coach of Arsenal spoke to the media prior to their upcoming match against Manchester United.
“Of course it’s strange because for me he is an Arsenal man,” the Frenchman said.
“We have gone together through very difficult periods and he became a world-class player and for me he is an Arsenal player.” He is confident that his loyalties will always draw him to his former club and maybe even play again with the Arsenal jersey.
“It was more the fact that I had the conversations I had with Robin van Persie that convinced me, it is not the talk with Alex Ferguson that convinced me to sell Robin van Persie to Man United.
Also stating that it’s hard to see Van Persie playing in a rival club which they have to face off on Sunday and history not going in favor of Arsenal as they have not won at Old Trafford since 2006 and a defeat might see them lose the top position of the Premier League so it will be a very important fixture.
“We had periods where we did very well at Old Trafford but recently we have not done so well and this is a good opportunity to show we have improved. We can win there and that is our target.”
If Manchester United wants to defend their Premier League title, this will be the match that sets the tone for the rest of the season while Arsenal has to keep going with their positive run.