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. …
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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.
Striker Robin van Persie has said that he cannot wait to get the Premier league trophy in his hands. Van Persie has managed to win his first ever league title in England with Manchester United. This is also the record 20th league title for the Red Devils, who will be presented the trophy in the final day of the season. They have managed to win the title with several matches still remaining to play. Van Persie has been one of the main reasons for this comfortable league victory. The striker has scored more than 20 goals in the league alone this season.
Van Persie has managed to lift just two major trophies since coming to England almost a decade ago. He managed to win the Community shield and the FA cup with Arsenal, but even that was almost 8 years ago. It has been a huge trophy drought with the London club, and van Persie decided to end it by moving to Manchester United – one of the most successful clubs in England. Van Persie’s hat-trick against Aston Villa helped United win 3-0, which also handed them the title as well. Even though the celebrations have started after the Aston Villa match, van Persie is keen on lifting the trophy more than anything else.
“It is the feeling you dream of. Everything is about lifting the trophy. There were some great pictures taken after the Aston Villa game, but there was one thing missing from them all – the trophy. That’s the picture that will be framed in my house – me, lifting the Barclays Premier League trophy. I can’t wait for that moment,” said van Persie in an interview given to Manchester United’s official site. The club, though, will be looking to do well in the European competitions in the next season.
The United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has praised the Dutchman Robin van Persie by saying that his goal against West Bromwich Albion has put his team halfway towards winning the Premier league title this season. Many questioned the decision taken by Ferguson to spend £ 24 million on a player, who has a long list of injuries and is 24 years of age. However, van Persie has been one of the main reasons for United being seven points clear at the top of the table. He is currently the top goal scorer in the Premier league with 14 goals to his name, while he is close to scoring his 20th goal of the season.
This is an incredible performance from the player, who joined the club only in the summer. He scored his 14th league goal of the season against West Brom. It was the second goal of the match and it came at a time when West Brom were pushing hard. This second goal helped United relax in the final few minutes of the match. This also helped them to keep their first clean sheet after a long time. As a result of this victory, United have ensured that their seven-point advantage remains at the top of the table on New Year’s Day.
“He (van Persie) changed the game for us. When I brought him and Paul Scholes on, they settled the game down for us. It (van Persie’s goal) is fantastic. He is a fantastic player. He came on and changed the game for us. Every time the ball came up to him, he got hold of it. He turned on them. They were having to go back to their box all the time. He has done well,” said Ferguson. Van Persie has 14 goals in just 20 appearances for United.
The Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has said that he has developed a great partnership with the England international Wayne Rooney after just a few weeks of playing together. The arrival of Robin van Persie for £ 24 million from Arsenal was expected to be a threat for Wayne Rooney, but the 26-year-old has responded in brilliant fashion after striking a great partnership with the Dutchman. Even though Wayne Rooney has not been prolific in this partnership, his presence has been crucial in helping Robin van Persie get eight goals in the Premier league alone.
The secret towards the great partnership even if this still in the infant stages is due to the position adopted by the two players. Robin van Persie has termed the position as ‘nine and a half’. He has said that both himself and Wayne Rooney have learnt to accustom themselves as one of the number 9 and number 10. This means that the constantly switching between being a striker and someone who plays just became the striker. This has made it extremely difficult for teams to cope with at this early part of the campaign, and it has helped Manchester United open a one-point advantage over Chelsea in the table.
“I call it a nine and a half because you have two positions, the nine and the 10, and we are both nine and a half. We are just helping each other out. We both play behind and a bit higher up. It seems to be working well and I am very happy with Wayne – hopefully we can keep it going. There’s flexibility there and the right type of movement. They also both have the courage to play in these positions,” said the Manchester United striker, who has scored 10 goals in all competitions for the club.
The midfielder of Manchester United, Ryan Giggs, has said that Robin Van Persie is one of the greatest strikers going around and if he keeps playing in the same kind of form, it would help Manchester United to regain the Barclays Premier League title in the ongoing season.
In the last season, United’s dominance in the Premier League was ended by Manchester City which won the Premier League title of 2011-12 on the basis of goal difference. The lack of goals was one of the main reasons why United didn’t manage to win the Premier League last season. But, Sir Alex Ferguson has strengthened his team this summer by bringing the former Arsenal skipper Robin Van Persie in the squad. Manchester United has paid a huge transfer fee of 24 million Pounds for buying the Dutch striker.
Persie hasn’t let the United team management down in the ongoing season so far. He has featured for United in five matches and he has found the back of the net on four occasions which is not a bad record at all. Out of those four goals, three were scored in the match against Southampton which United won by a close margin of 3-2. However, the Dutch striker injured himself while playing for Netherlands in the World Cup qualifying game against Turkey, but, he featured for United in the Champions League match against Galatasaray and he seemed to be 100% fit. He didn’t score any goal for United in that match, but, he played quite well.
On being asked whether Persie is 100% fit or he still has got a bit of niggle, Giggs said that there is nothing to worry about Persie’s fitness at the moment. He is completely fit and is ready for the match against Liverpool which is going to be played on 23rd of September.
The Manchester United striker Javier Hernández has said that he is extremely happy at the arrival of the star striker Robin van Persie. The 29-year-old Dutchman came to Old Trafford in a £ 24 million deal from Arsenal. However, the Mexican striker Javier Hernández has said that he is not worried about the lack of first-team opportunities he will now have to face following the arrival of the Dutchman. Instead, he has said that he will work much harder in order to secure a first-team spot, while he also has the ability to learn from Robin van Persie.
It has been seven seasons since Robin van Persie arrived in England to play for Arsenal. In this period, he has developed into one of the deadly strikers in the world. This persuaded Manchester United to pay £ 24 million for his services, despite the fact that he had just one year left on his contract. The £ 7 million signing Javier Hernández was a huge hit in his first season at Old Trafford, but he struggled for first-team opportunities last season due to the emergence of Danny Welbeck. The Mexican has said that he does see Robin van Persie as another competition, but a competition that he can learn from.
“The great thing about this club is you know you will get opportunities because we play so many games in different tournaments. There is competition for places, but you always have that. I had that in youth teams when I was growing up and we have it here now because you need a big squad of players. There are only 11 places each week and you need to do your best to get one of those places,” said Hernandez after Robin van Persie scored his first goal for Man Utd in the 3-2 win over Fulham.