Robin Van Persie’s Manchester United won the England’s most competitive and most popular football title Barclay’s Premier League. Man U confirmed their winning of premier league title before their last the four matches. Red Devils won by 3-0 with Aston Villa on Monday, April 22, 2013 and reached their destination.
With 84 points they reached the top of Barclays Premier League Points Table. And this is the 20th title of English Premier League of their own and Sir Alex Ferguson becomes the most successful manager of Man Utd.
Manchester City, the nearest competitor of the Man Utd earn 68 points and holding now placed the 2nd place of the Barclays Premier League. Last year Man City won the Premeir League title 2011-12 season. They have possibility to reach as the Runners Up of Premier League 2012-13 Season.
Robin Van Persie hold the top scorer position of English Premier League still now. The Devils were enjoying their title winning moments after the last match.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has wasted no time in hitting out at old foe and new interim Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez. The former Liverpool boss replaced Roberto Di Matteo who was sacked on Wednesday after eight months in charge. Benitez won the cup with Inter soon after taking over and could do so again with Chelsea next month. The Manchester United manager had a fractious relationship with Benitez during the Spaniard’s time at Liverpool. They fell out over Ferguson’s refusal to sell Gabriel Heinze to the Anfield outfit, and even more spectacularly in 2009, when the Scot suggested Liverpool would be affected by nerves during the Premier League title run-in. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says Rafael Benitez is “very lucky” to be named Chelsea boss ahead of the Club World Cup. Benitez’s astonishing response was to deliver a series of “facts”, backing up his belief that Ferguson benefited from more favourable treatment from the Football Association in his dealings with match officials.
As it turned out, United did win the title and within 12 months, Benitez had gone. He soon succeeded Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan but Benitez did not last long there either, even though he won the Italian Super Cup and the Club World Cup in his short San Siro stint. Not that Ferguson evidently holds much store by those achievements. Ferguson said: “On his CV he could have two world championships and nothing to do with the construction of the teams.” The Club World Cup is contested between champion clubs from all six of the world’s continental confederations. Ferguson added: “Rafael Benitez is very lucky. Jose Mourinho won the treble at Inter; Rafa took over and they won the world title without having to do anything. It is strange how it happens and sometimes you wonder if it encourages chairmen at football clubs to make changes because they think ‘if we get a new manager we’ll win the next two or three games. There is a mutual dislike between the two men which will make the next few months fascinating, even if United are not due to meet Chelsea again until the beginning of May.” “Everyone feels for Roberto Di Matteo,” said Ferguson. “The biggest disappointment for me is in two weeks’ time they are going to play in the Club World Cup. You would have thought they would have waited two weeks to give the guy a chance to win a world title. That’s why I really feel disappointment for Roberto.” Benitez, 52, who was involved in several disputes with Ferguson during his spell at Anfield from 2004-2010, won the Italian Super Cup and Club World Cup during a six-month reign at Inter but was sacked in December 2010 and has not been in a managerial post since.
Wayne Rooney will captain England in Friday’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino in front of a capacity 90,000 crowd at Wembley. The 26-year-old has inherited the armband due to regular captain Steven Gerrard’s suspension following his sending-off in the last qualifier against Ukraine and because of a knee injury suffered by official vice-captain Frank Lampard. Rooney, who has 76 caps for England and missed the opening two Group H matches after suffering a nasty cut playing for Manchester United, captained his country in a friendly against Brazil three years ago. “Frank had a scan earlier in the week,
He tried to train apart from the team on Wednesday morning and he still felt a problem with his calf. There has been a slight tear. It’s not a major problem but the best thing if for him to go back to his club and receive treatment on a daily basis. We will reassess the situation on Sunday.” manager Roy Hodgson confirmed. After that it was seen as a straight fight between Rooney and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart for the honour, and the Football Association has now confirmed Rooney is the man. He has captained England just once before, in a friendly against Brazil in Doha in 2009. “I enjoy working with Wayne, we had a good Euros, I was disappointed of course when he got that terrible gash and I was even worried it would keep him out not only of the September games but also of the October games.
Luckily he has made a quick recovery and will certainly captain the team in the first one.” manager Roy Hodgson told reporters on Thursday. Rooney is aware of the importance of putting on a good performance against a side ranked joint worst in the world, at 207, alongside Bhutan and the Turks and Caicos Islands. “This is something I’m really proud of. It’s a big challenge for myself, and I’m excited. Hopefully we can cap the day off with a good victory.The fans since I’ve been involved with England have been fantastic, It’s a great honour, something I’m really proud of and a big challenge for myself and hopefully we’ll cap the day off with a good victory.” Rooney said. “I think it’s magnificent, it shows how fantastic the support is, we are very happy with it and concerned not to let them down,” manager Roy Hodgson added.
Joe Hart is still eager to improve despite being hailed as the best goalkeeper in the world by England colleague Wayne Rooney and Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. After the game, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney described Hart as the best goalkeeper in the world. Joe Hart believes Wayne Rooney is next in line to captain England. “It’s a special honour for some special people to say some nice things, but we move on. In goal, you can be the worst in the world two days later.” said Hart. Goalkeeper Hart has been mentioned as a possible stand-in but Rooney, who has captained the side once before, is keen to take on a more senior role in Roy Hodgson’s group.
But the 25-year-old, speaking ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier with San Marino at Wembley, admits he is determined to scale even greater heights. Hart said: “It’s nice people say nice things but things are easily said. You’ve got to remain level-headed. If you don’t, it’s a big slap when you do something wrong. Then people are going to say bad things about you but that’s football. You can’t go too far one way or the other or you leave yourself vulnerable.” Goalkeeper Hart has been mentioned as a possible stand-in but Rooney, who has captained the side once before, is keen to take on a more senior role in Roy Hodgson’s group. He added: “I’ve not thought about it at all. How the captain is chosen is the manager’s decision. I’ve got a big responsibility to keep my place in the team for club and country. If I do get the nod, I’ll try and give as much as I can in terms of helping the team. But I think it’s between Wayne Rooney and Wayne Rooney if we are going to go on experience and how captains have been chosen in the past.” And the City No 1 knows even a side as lowly-ranked as San Marino are capable of causing a keeper embarrassment. Hart admits concentration is paramount as the solidity of the City and England defences means he has long spells when not called into action. He said.”It’s just not often that I get much opportunity to make many saves because City are so solid at the back,Concentration is always key. International football is not often ‘you have a go and then we’ll have a go’. It’s a chess game. I imagine, like most teams when they come to Wembley, San Marino are going to try and get people behind the ball.” Hart admitted: “I’m still trying to improve. I hate to say it but I am getting a bit older now so I have to get in a bit earlier and prepare my body a bit differently. I just know every day I want to be the guy you can rely on. I want to be the best. I want to work hard on saving every shot. Pretty simple really. I’ve got no silly targets like I need to win this and I need to do that. I need to keep working hard, keep my love and passion for the game and hopefully good things will come.”
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has warned his players they must keep their cool at Anfield on Sunday when his side take on Liverpool. Clashes between the two sides are usually heated affairs with six red cards in the last 11 meetings.Liverpool and United clashes have been famed for their atmospheres, which can lead to players getting carried away on the pitch.Nemanja Vidic has been United’s biggest culprit with three red cards against Liverpool in the last four years – including two at Anfield. “We’ve had a lot of players sent off at Anfield.
But I don’t think the games have ever got out of hand,” Ferguson said.”It’s going to be meaty, competitive, and we expect that. But I just hope our disciplinary record is good.” “There’s a great atmosphere, fantastic, and the kind of atmosphere you want to be involved in. “It does get emotive, but you just have to handle that,” he said. There is also the added spice this time as Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra are likely to go up against each other again following last season’s fall-out between the pair.
Ferguson praised the atmosphere at Anfield but has warned his players they must be able to keep their focus on the pitch despite what may be happening in the stands. The United manager will want his side to keep eleven men on the pitch as they go in search for their first win at Anfield since 2007, when they beat Liverpool 1-0.
Manchester United defender Phil Jones faces up to eight weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury. Jones suffered the injury in training earlier this week and was sent for a scan which has confirmed he requires an extensive period of rehabilitation. The defender was crocked in training this week and adds to manager Alex Ferguson’s defensive worries as Chris Smalling is also sidelined with a fractured metatarsal. A statement issued by the club read: “Phil Jones has had surgery on a knee meniscus tear sustained in training that will require six to eight weeks’ rehabilitation.” It is desperate news for the 20-year-old, who is yet to make an appearance this season.
He missed United’s opening three Barclays Premier League games and the start of England’s World Cup qualifying campaign, but Jones’ return to training was supposed to be the prelude to his comeback. Now he is out until November and will miss England’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland next month, as well as league games with Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. He will also be unavailable for the Red Devils’ opening three Champions League group matches. Even when he has recovered, Jones’ lack of match fitness may prove a significant problem in regaining the form which at one stage saw him compared to Duncan Edwards during an exceptionally encouraging debut campaign following his big-money move from Blackburn in 2011. Meanwhile, United are on the trail of 17-year-old Morocco youth international Hicham Khaloua. But they face competition from Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid for the attacking midfielder, who plays for Almeria. United’s spies watched him hit a hat-trick for the Spanish club’s youth side last week.
Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is confident the club are ready to bounce back from agonisingly losing the Premier League title to rivals Manchester City, and believes they have improved as a squad. The Red Devils captain has recently returned from a long-term injury lay-off and believes the club have benefited from last season’s experiences and are ready to compete again. Nemanja Vidic believes Manchester United’s failures last season will make them a better team this time round.
He forced to look on from the sidelines as he recovered from a cruciate ligament injury, is now ready to lead a more resolute United back into battle this campaign.”We had some young players play a lot of games last season and they’ll have learned a lot – we all learned,” said Vidic, fit again after a knee injury. “In Europe we’ve had so much success in recent years – we’ve had three finals, a semi-final – and maybe we relaxed a bit last season. We were punished and we can’t allow that to happen again. We had a few injuries last season too. I hope everyone can stay fit this season. The young players can learn from last year, so I’m confident we’ll be better this year,” said Vidic. He told reporters, “It’s hard to take when you lose the league in the last few minutes, but we don’t think about that now. We’ve had success in the past as well, but we forget about that too. We move forward. That’s something we’ve always been good at. I’m training well and looking forward to the next few games. Hopefully, by the start of the season, I’ll be ready to play. The young players can learn from last year, so I’m confident we’ll be better this year. We have a lot of players in defence. But that’s good for the team.
The last two years we’ve had a lot of injuries in defence and we’ve had to bring Michael Carrick into that position sometimes. But I believe this year we’ll all be in good shape and we’ll do the best we can to help the team do well.” After eight months out recovering from his injury nightmare Vidic finally returned to action for United in Sunday’s goalless draw with Norwegian outfit Valerenga. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side now move on to a high-profile encounter with Barcelona in Gothenburg tomorrow, with Vidic insisting such a game is vital ahead of the season-opener with Everton on August 20. Speaking to manutd.com, Vidic added: “For me, it was really good to have 60 minutes in Oslo. Hopefully I’ll play even longer against Barcelona and I should be fit for the beginning of the season.” Defender Jonny Evans has resumed light training after undergoing an ankle operation and could be available for the trip to Everton. United team-mate Wayne Rooney is pleased with the state of his fitness after his first run-out against Valerenga. Rooney added: “I’m happy with how I’m doing. Everybody needs games to get up to match fitness, not just me. I’m training well, though, and I’m looking forward to the next few games. Hopefully, by the start of the season, I’ll be ready to play.” The Red Devils lost out on a dramatic final day but the Serbian believes the club have a history of forgetting past successes or failures, and believes the arrivals of Nick Powell and Shinji Kagawa and the extra experience will put them in a good position for the upcoming upcoming.
Italian source Tutto Mercato are reporting that Man United have reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund to sign Polish international Robert Lewandowski next summer ahead of the 2013/14 season. Italian reports state that Old Trafford side have made a deal with Bundesliga side. They began back in the 2012 European Championships when the Poland national coach stated that he felt the 23-year-old would be making a move to Old Trafford over the summer.
Franciszek Smuda was quoted via The Metro back in June as saying “Lewy [Robert Lewandowski] is going to Manchester United… they [the players] have a goal and they want to grow.” Sir Alex Ferguson may well feel the need to beef up his attacking options having released Michael Owen and seen Dimitar Berbatov plead for a Man United exit. With Javier Hernandez struggling for form after a successful first season at the club a move for extra firepower makes a great deal of sense. “This discussion [about Robert Lewanowski to Manchester United] makes me sick. Polish media, in which everything has been rumored, I honestly…Whether offers arrive for him or not, it’s totally irrelevant. If I explicitly say for weeks that Robert will definitely compete for the championship and return from his summer vacation for training with us, that is so.” This time, reports coming out of Italy that have linked the striker with a move to Old Trafford over the summer transfer window. According to tuttomercatoweb.com (h/t Footy Latest), the Red Devils have come to an agreement with Lewandowski and the Polish international is set to join Manchester United for next year’s 2013/14 English Premier League season. Perhaps the knowledge of having Lewandowski ‘in the bag’ is behind Ferguson’s apparent reticence at allowing Bulgarian international Berbatov from leaving this summer. The former Tottenham man will see his contract come to an end next summer, which would therefore allow further room to be made to theoretically welcome Lewandowski to Old Trafford. However, despite the apparently clear statement from Dortmund that they would not be selling their star striker and best player this summer, the rumors and speculation about a potential move by Lewandowski to the English Premier League—Manchester United in particular—simply continue.
Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has been fined £6,000 by the Football Association. In addition to the fine, the 20-year old has been hit with a charge of improper conduct by the governing body after using “a derogatory term” to a Tottenham fan on the internet. The governing body has also charged the former Wolves loanee with improper conduct as well as issuing a warning about the player’s future conduct on the social networking website. According to a statement on the FA website, Frimpong posted a comment “amounting to improper conduct and/or which brought the game into disrepute”. The offending comment also “included a reference to faith”.
The Ghana-born midfielder posted a comment on his official Twitter account on 15 July which read “if you going church today Pray For me Giving today A Miss”. This was met with a response from a Tottenham fan who replied: “I prayed you break your arms and legs”. Frimpong responded by retweeting the post and adding a derogatory term which “included a reference to faith”. Frimpong quickly removed the tweet, but it sparked a debate on the social networking site among supporters of both clubs and did not escape the FA’s attention. Emmanuel Frimpong Arsenal Emmanuel Frimpong is the latest Premier League player embroiled in Twitter controversy. The charge, issued under FA Rule E3, related to controversial comments the 20-year-old made on the social network site. Frimpong made 14 appearances for Arsenal last season before joining Wolves in a spell that was cut short by a knee injury in February. Arsenal last week confirmed the player had been ‘reminded of his responsibilities when representing the club’. On the same day the Premier League revealed new guidelines for social media by players, following consultation with the FA and the Professional Footballers’ Association. Frimpong said: “Just wanna Say didn’t even no the word is offensive as u hear it all the time but u live and learn from ur mistakes Have a gd afternoon.” The term that the midfielder is believed to have posted has been used to identify Tottenham supporters because of the proportion of Jewish supporters at the club.
This week, the FA charged Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand with improper conduct following comments he made on the social media site in reference to Chelsea’s Ashley Cole. The 33-year-old appeared to condone the use of the term ‘choc ice’ in relation to the Chelsea full-back, which is slang for a person that is ‘black on the outside but white on the inside’. A campaign was launched last year by comedian David Baddiel to stamp out use of the word in football chants as it can be viewed as anti-Semitic.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has said England boss Roy Hodgson never offered him the chance to return to international football. Paul Scholes would have made a shock comeback for England in the European Championship this summer, if he had been asked. Many people were calling for Scholes to return for England at the tournament, with midfielders Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard both absent due to injury. However, Scholes has revealed that he did not receive a request to come out of international retirement by Hodgson. Speaking on United’s pre-season tour of South Africa and China, 37-year-old Scholes said the absence of communication from the national team meant he had no decision to make. Scholes called time on his stellar career following the 2011 Champions League final defeat to Barcelona at Wembley, but returned six months later and had such a positive impact that it was suggested he might earn a shock call-up to Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad, eight years after his last international.
The 37-year-old said: “I wasn’t offered the chance. It was flattering to be talked about. But I wasn’t asked so it means nothing.” Scholes has since signed on for another season at Old Trafford, which Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson does expect to be the former England midfielder’s last, and needed little persuasion. However, Hodgson decided against trying to lure the midfielder out of international retirement on two counts: he thought Scholes’s priority would have been extending his United career and he did not want to risk rejection by the Old Trafford veteran.He signed a one-year deal with United in May, extending another chapter to his career at the Old Trafford club 18 years after he made his debut for them. He returned from self-imposed retirement last January when United were struggling with injuries in midfield. Yet the desire for his return was mutual.
‘I was itching to play again,’ he said.’I was all right for the first couple of months after retiring and didn’t really miss anything. If I’d stayed away from the reserves and the club I’d probably have been OK. But every day that I was going in I just wanted to train and be involved.’ His return to the United midfield was not enough to prevent rivals Manchester City claiming the Premier League title on a dramatic final day of the campaign, a scenario that he said persuaded him to continue his playing for a further year. “It’s always a motivating force when you lose the league,” he explained from his side’s pre-season tour of South Africa. “It’s not nice to see another team celebrate winning the title on the last day of the season. That picture stays with you.” He continued ‘But we have to look to next year, and if we’re in the same position we’ll have to make sure we finish the job.’