MOURINHO CHASING ROONEY

Jose Mourinho’s quest for a striker that Chelsea can rely on still continues as the Portuguese coach failed on signing any of his targets during the January transfer window.

Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney and Mario Balotelli are just some of the high-profile targets that Mourinho has been trying to sign for Chelsea but still has not managed on securing the services of any of his targets.

Chelsea has been at the top of the Premier League for a while now but the side of Jose Mourinho has dropped crucial points which has allowed some of their rivals such as: Liverpool and Manchester City on not only catching up to them but also getting ahead of them. Read more »

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Striker Robin van Persie has tried to put an end to all the speculation surrounding his future at Manchester United by saying that he is happy at the club. The former Arsenal man has been linked with a move away from United in the summer with his former club being one of the potential destinations. This has primarily started after reportedly falling out with manager David Moyes over a number of aspects like tactics and training methods. Van Persie recently came out with a public criticism of the tactics of Moyes.

However, the club has not commented on this issue since the Dutchman is one of the important players in the squad. Further, there has also been rumours about a potential fallout with Wayne Rooney. Recent statistics have shown that Rooney and van Persie have passed the ball between each other only eight times in the last six matches. This statistic gets worse since six of them were from the kick-off. The 30-year-old has scored 14 times in the 23 matches this season. He has had a tough time with injuries and it has been reported that he thinks that the training methods of Moyes is to blame.

Van Persie previously struggled with injuries at Arsenal, but he has been fit for most of the last few years.

“I don’t mind if my performances get dissected and people criticise what I’ve done on the pitch. They can talk about my game 24/7 for all I care… and a lot of those opinions and criticisms may actually be right. So I don’t mind that. What I need to address are the situations when people are taking it upon themselves to think for me, make assumptions, or interpret things as if they are me. The truth is I’m very happy here at this club,” said van Persie ahead of the Liverpool match.

VIALLI HEAPS ON PRESSURE

Former Chelsea striker Gianluca Vialli has heaped the more pressure on Manchester United manager David Moyes by suggesting that the Scot would have been sacked at least three times by now if he had been managing a top club in Italy. After being appointed as of Alex Ferguson’s successor in the summer, Moyes was expected to lead United to more titles this campaign. Some of the pundits and critics expected United to struggle since it was a period of transition for the club, but none would have expected the monumental problems at United this campaign.

United are in danger of missing out on Champions League football after a long time, which would affect the finances of the club. Already the ownership has cost the club huge amount of money in interest payments alone, and the prospect of a season without Champions League football could cost them in excess of £ 35 million when the gate receipts are factored in. Vialli has experienced management in England, but he says that Moyes would have not had this much time in Italy. Most continental clubs do not give their manager a long time to implement his ideas in the team.

United, though, have not had this tradition and usually offer much more time than their continental counterparts.

“In Italy, managers are judged simply by results. Italian managers don’t enjoy themselves at all. David Moyes, in Italy, would have been sacked three times now. In the Premier League you get the feeling they give you a bit longer to sort out problems. They are more understanding and, most importantly, owners of football clubs don’t think they know more than managers. They let managers run it for a while and don’t just sack you after the first two or three defeats,” said Vialli.

United are seventh in the table after 27 matches.

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Manchester United’s underperforming squad have been making a continuous run of defeats not only in the Premier League but also in their respective cup competitions as they have already been eliminated from the FA Cup and lost in the 1st leg of the Carling Cup against Sunderland.

David Moyes will be keeping his eye out on the transfer market for potential players that can strengthen the squad for the remainder of the season.

One of those potential signings is Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan as the Premier League side is preparing a €24 million bid for the midfielder. Gundogan has not been able to play for his club since August due to a back problem and it is believed that Manchester United has already held talks with the agent of the midfielder.

The head boss of Borussia Die Borussen has already agreed to release one of their star players with Robert Lewandowski who will be making his way out of the club in June and now he has to seriously think about having to sell another one of the rising stars.

Wilfried Zaha will be seeing his way out of Manchester United with a loan move to Cardiff City. It’s a good decision by the winger that has barely had any playing time in the Premier League with players such as Nani, Antonio Valencia, Kagawa and Januzaj all being a preferred choice of Moyes.

Inter Milan’s Yuri Nagatomo has been a fairly consistent performer for the Italian club and a regular starter for the team of Walter Mazzari as the Japanese player can play on either side of the flanks, he is a versatile option that Carlo Ancelotti and David Moyes are keen on adding to their squad.

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Carrick to sign a new 2 year deal

Michael Carrick has accorded to a new £ 10 million 2 year deal with Manchester United. His present deal is all set to end this summer and the Old Trafford club is very keen to offer him an extra 2 years to give him for his magnificent form.

Footballers aged over thirty are not generally offered a deal of more than twelve months, but United manager David Moyes and chief executive Ed Woodward has made an exception this time for the thirty two year old midfield player. They think that Geordie is worth of some extra security as he is the linchpin of Manchester United’s midfield.

Contract negotiations have been taking place for few weeks and it have not been impacted by Michael’s Achilles injury that might keep him in the sidelines until Christmas period. Conditions have been agreed between both Michael Carrick and Manchester United. There are reports that the £ 100000 per week contract might be announced by United in 2 – 3 days.

Michael’s injury would hit Manchester’s expectations of getting back some grounds on EPL leaders Arsenal. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is heartened by Man Utd’s return of thirteen points from their past 5 matches in the league and claims that only Chelsea could stop them holding their title. The Norway footballer believes that David Moyes has reversed the team around following their orotund beginning when he succeeded former manager Sir Alex Ferguson