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.
Striker Robin van Persie has acknowledged that the 4-1 win over Swansea for Manchester United during the weekend was extremely important for the club. Manchester United were extremely overpowered in the first 30 min by a Swansea team that was attempting to run away with the match. However, Swansea were not able to take their chances that came along the way. United they managed to break away and score with probably their first big attempt. Unsurprisingly, it was Robin van Persie who came up with the first goal. The former Arsenal striker has been hugely influential for United since joining the club last year.
He was a £ 24 million signing, but he has already scored more than 30 goals in the league for the club. His second goal came in the second half with a wonderful strike that confirmed the three points for the club. Danny Welbeck scored the goals to improve his confidence, as he scored only one league goal throughout last campaign. Van Persie has praised the style of football adopted by Swansea and it was certainly pleasurable to score against such a team. After several years without a trophy Arsenal, the Dutch striker managed to make his first season at United memorable with his first English league title.
“It is the first game of the league away from home. They are a great team the way they play. I love the way they play and they are very hard to play at times. It is a big win. The first goal changed the game and we got the second shortly after so it helped us. The first one I had a touch and felt at the time it was quite heavy so I had to take it (the shot) as high as possible,” said the striker.