12 days until the start of the Premier League 20 clubs: Manchester United

By Thomas Matthews @mafuse33

The days seem to be flying by until the start of the Premier League season in just 12 days. And it’s time to look at one of the big spenders of the league and a team that has struggled with form since old manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

Manchester United are a very historical club which humble beginnings begin in 1878  where the club was found as Newton Heath LYR Football Club. Based in Old Trafford Greater Manchester they changed their names in 1902 and moved to their stadium which is also called Old Trafford in 1910.

As the club stands they are the most successful club within the English top division, they have the most Premier League titles 13, join them with the old Division 1 titles they won  (7) they remain better than old league rivals Liverpool who have been on 19 league titles for twenty years. Attached with the league titles the Red Devils have also won the Community Shield 17 times. The club haven’t stopped there, with them winning 12 FA Cups, and 5 League cups which brings the total of domestic trophies to an impressive 54 cups since 1908 when the first title was won.

The clubs have had a number of great performances within Europe as well with them winning three Champions League Titles with the 1991 trophy being part of the clubs famous treble season. There first UEFA Europa League trophy came last year when they beat Dutch team Ajax. Other notable trophies won by the club have been the UEFA Cup Winners Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup.

With Manchester United being one of the most successful  clubs in the country it’s only right to mention some of the players that have brought that silverware. Sir Bobby Carlton has to be up there for one of the most famous of he united faithful, with hum being involved in the Busby Babes Airplane crash in 1958 and surviving to winning England’s only World Cup in 1966. Up and till last year he was also the Red Devils leading top goalscorer with 249 goals in 758 appearances for the club.

Other legends come in the form of Bill Foulkes a defender that played for united from 1950 to 1970, played 688 times for the club. Not to forget the craziest and world-class goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel who made 294 appearances for the club in an eight year career, including the famous treble in his first year at the club in 1991. Last but not least, the biggest legend in many eyes of the Unite faithful Ryan Giggs a player that dedicated his whole career to United playing for 24 years making an impressive 948 appearances in the league, and scoring 168 goals.

Talking about the upcoming season United will be left to fill some voids within the squad, with players like Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaving the club with Rooney going back to boyhood club Everton, and Zlatan still a free transfer. Also Adnan Januzaj once dubbed the next Ryan Giggs leaving the club to play his football Real Sociadad for around £7m

With three attacking players leaving the club it was only right that united was to bring in a striker or two, by the look of things they have decided to bring in Everton Striker Romelu Lukaku for a fee that will reach £75m which is a huge amount of money. But as shown last season  they are willing to pay the bigger fee for the bigger talent when they brought back Paul Pogba from Juventus. United have also strengthened their position in defense with Benfica’s Victor Lindelof for a pretty standard fee of £30m for a defender in the modern game is a fee which a lot of teams look to pay for a top centre back

With another season outside the Champions League, will the Manc side be able to break that top four which they haven’t been unable to do for the last two years. With the addition of Premier League goal scoring machine Lukaku will that be enough or will united have to dive into the market again this season? and where will the club finish this season? leave your comment and your thoughts in the section below.

England’s woman triumph in Holland with a 6-0 victory over Scotland

The first game in the 2017 Woman’s Euros competition was meant to be a tough contest, with people surrounding the sport saying how much Scotland will fight against bitter rivals England.

This wasn’t the case the lionesses smashed through the Scottish defense with lethal blows scoring six goals, with Jodie Taylor being the first English woman to score a hat-rick at a major tournament. Going into the finals England were touted to be one of the fittest groups at the competition, and if other performances go as well as last nights then it looks that this England squad could be the first to win a major trophy in over five decades.

Two Arsenal ladies run the show in the Utrecht stadium last night with three goals coming from striker Jodie Taylor, but Jordan Nobbs also ran the show from midfield scoring the 5th goal from a volley just inside the area. Ellen White added to the scoring with England’s third goal of the game, whilst Barcelona striker Toni Duggan came off the substitutes bench to finish of the rout in the 90th minute.

England face Spain in there next game on Sunday with the same kickoff time 19:45. Spain last time out won there first group game the same as England against Portugal scoring two goals in the process. Whoever wins this game will go though to the knockout stages of the competition, which is where the competition starts to hear up.

 

 

 

 

Chelsea on the verge of mega deal for Alvaro Morata.

By Thomas Matthews @Mafuse33

Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata has been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu all summer with his most likely destination to have been Old Trafford. But with Manchester United deciding to bring Romelu Lukaku into the squad it looked like the Spanish international was set to stay at the Los Blancos.

Chelsea reportedly put in a £70 million offer for the 24 year old which for a striker that has a decent goal scoring record in La Liga could turn either way in a league such as the Premier League. Morata has been living within Benzema and Ronaldo’s shadow in goal scoring terms for Real Madrid even with an impressive return in the 2016/17 season.

Image result for santiago bernabeuAfter the apparent falling out with Diego Costa, Antonio Conte will be looking to strengthen a position that in recent years struggled to replace the mountain that was Didier Drogba. The mega deal would be Conte’s fourth signing on the season so far showing the Italian  strengthening his squad trying to emulate or better what he did for the blues last year.

With the 24 year old  supposingly missing the teams flight out to America for pre-season matches against Manchester United, City, and Barcelona it looks like a deal has been struck and now player and club will be waiting on a medical before a transfer can be confirmed.

Lionesses to face strong Scotland team in woman’s Euro 2017

By Thomas Matthews @Mafuse33

England arrive at the Euro Finals touted to be firm favourites along with world beaters France and Germany, after an impressive run in the 2015 World Cup in Canada finishing third. This recent surge in success within the woman’s international game could be down to the fact that the game has seen far more woman’s footballers turn professional within the last couple of years.

This could also be down to the Football Association pumping in just over £15 million into the game to improve the quality. The tournament takes place in the Netherlands which sees the kick off being an hour later than it would be in the UK which could cause a bit of disruption within the England camp.

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Scotland’s form has been a bit mix and match with the last five games loosing two and winning three with one being on penalties against Wales in the Cyprus Woman’s Cup. With the last three games in England’s friendlies ending in wins, there form going into the competition shows that there preparation could be enough to ease past the Scotland team.

The fight to finish top of group D starts tonight with a 7:45 kickoff on channel 4, showing for the first time Scotland Woman’s team in a major international tournament. With the lionesses hoping to bring back a major trophy for the first time in 51 years.

English football has seen great success within the last couple of weeks seeing the under 17s loosing in the final of the European finals against Spain, with the under 21 team loosing narrowly on penalties to a strong Germany side. But the woman’s team would like to emulate what the under 20s side were able to do by lifting the under 20s World Cup last month.