Posted September 16, 2013 on AP on Fox
David Moyes' experience in the Champions League amounts to two qualifying matches back in 2005, when he was manager of Everton. He lost both games. Moyes' pedigree in Europe is therefore under scrutiny as he makes his return to the competition eight years later at the helm of Manchester United. And he is unlikely to be given an easy ride in the group stage after United was pitted with Bayer Leverkusen, Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Sociedad. Moyes called predecessor Alex Ferguson after last month's draw and was handed a grim assessment by a man who won Europe's top prize twice - in 1999 and 2008 - in his near-27 years at Old Trafford. ''He said he thinks it's one of the hardest draws United have ever had in the Champions League,'' Moyes said. ''If that's coming from him, it must be tough.'' United opens its Group A campaign at home to in-form Leverkusen on Tuesday, when Shakhtar - eliminated in the last 16 last season - travel...

Big money movers make debuts in the Premier League

With the transfer window closed and the international break over it’s finally time to see those big deal late deadline debutants in action. So how did the multi million pound new boys do on their first appearances? Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid to Arsenal. Fee: £42.4m) Arsenal fans have been waiting for the debut of a big name signing like Mesut Ozil for years. Season after season the...

Where should Manchester United’s new signing lineup in the midfield?

Manchester United may have had unsuccessful summer in failing to sign some big names such as Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara but managed to prize away Marouane Fellaini from David Moyes’ former employers, Everton.  The 25 year old Belguim international joins Manchester United on a £27.5 million transfer but has brought a lot of criticism upon David Moyes and the Manchester United...

Man Utd v Bayer Leverkusen preview: Welbeck doubtful, Kagawa to return?

Man Utd v Bayer Leverkusen preview: Welbeck doubtful, Kagawa to return? - originally posted on Soccerlens.comManchester United manager David Moyes will get his first taste of Champions League on Tuesday, when the Red Devils will take on German giants Bayer Leverkusen at the Old Trafford. Moyes’ previous involvement in Europe was in 2005-06, when led his former club Everton to...

David Moyes refuses to deny Manchester United made a late bid for Gareth Bale

David Moyes refused to deny reports that Manchester United had made a sensational £125million bid for Gareth Bale before the ex-Tottenham ace completed his world record move to Real Madrid. The Spanish giants completed the protracted £86.3million transfer the day before the transfer window closed but reports have surfaced that Manchester United made a late effort to sign the PFA...

Van Persie and Rooney win it for Manchester – reactions

Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace Coach David Moyes reacts: “I’m very happy. I thought there was a lot of good play, in the early part of the first half we were very good. We created a lot of crossing positions and goal-scoring opportunities which we didn’t take. We made it a little bit nervy, so I was delighted when we got the penalty kick before half time. “I think he...

David Moyes sets Wayne Rooney 30-goal target at United this season

David Moyes says Wayne Rooney should be aiming to score 30 goals this season and also insists he should form a formidable partnership with Robin van Persie after a summer when the England striker agitated for a move away from Old Trafford. Playing with a headband to protect the wound that had ruled Rooney out since last month the 27-year-old registered his opening strike of the...

David Moyes: Young Moment of Clarity

David Moyes has called on the powers that be, to harness “retrospective video” for referees to properly punish players who dive after Ashley Young, A Manchester United player, caused a booking from diving on the weekend. On the weekend Manchester United defeated Crystal Palace 2-0, the victory however, was marred by a diving booking by [...]

Manchester United vs Bayer Leverkusen: Match Preview

The post-Sir Alex Ferguson era has been filled with twists and turns up until this point. The favoured one, David Moyesis about to embark on his first MAJOR EUROPEAN adventure tonight when Steffan KeiSling’s Leverkusen visit Old Trafford for the first time in 11 long years. The draw has pitted a European powerhouse with three other ambitious clubs and the great SAF has warned his...

Should FIFA Use Video to Retroactively Punish Soccer’s Divers?

What should soccer authorities do to combat the scourge of diving? That age-old question has resurfaced, after Manchester United winger Ashley Young appeared to dive on two separate occasions during his team’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday. Young was cautioned for simulation (cheating in layman’s terms) following the first instance. He won a penalty kick, which led...

United wins Champions League opener

Wayne Rooney reached the 200-goal mark for Manchester United by scoring twice in a 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday, giving manager David Moyes the perfect introduction to life in the Champions League. Free of the uncertainty of the offseason when he was constantly linked with a move to Chelsea, Rooney starred at Old Trafford by opening the scoring in the 22nd minute, grabbing...

Are City really better than United this season?

Are City really better than United this season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.comMajority of the journalists and bloggers had tipped Manchester City as the firm favourites to win the title or at least finish above Manchester United this season. It was obvious though. For the first time in the history of Premier League, Manchester United will be without their legendary Sir Alex...
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