David Moyes Believes Danny Welbeck Will Continue To Improve

Manchester United manager David Moyes believes that Danny Welbeck will continue to improve even more after his recent string of brilliant performances.

Danny Welbeck came off the bench against Norwich and managed to score the winner for United, which was the only goal of the match. Despite his winning goal, which lifted United to sixth in the table, Moyes believes that Welbeck will have to work on his finishing a bit more.

Welbeck, 23, got his fourth goals in five games to secure a sixth straight win for Manchester United.

Scotsmen Moyes was quick to praise Welbeck after his goal against Norwich.

“His performance changed the game. He’s a really good player. What he needs to become now is a really good finisher”, said Moyes.

Although Welbeck’s goal was fortunate after a double deflection, he still managed to keep composed and round goalkeeper John Ruddy in order to slot home just before the hour mark.

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CELEBRATION: Danny Welbeck celebrates with Hernandez after scoring against Norwich

With Robin Van Persie already ruled out with a thigh injury and Wayne Rooney missing with a groin injury, United struggled against Norwich. The game changed when Danny Welbeck came on. Moyes was pleased with the way in which Welbeck changed the game.

“Danny has been playing very well and came on to make the difference”, said Moyes.

With the games passing by quickly and players getting injured and that are recovering from injuries, it is important that Moyes gets the balance right and rotates the squad. And with the recent struggles in overcoming injuries, it has been difficult for United to consolidate a formidable midfield and attacking partnership.

Now, with the January transfer window opening tomorrow, David Moyes will be keen to add to the United squad, with players such as Atletico Madrid’s Koke and Galatasaray’s Wesley Sneijder already being linked to the club.

David Moyes Praises Wayne Rooney’s Form For Manchester United

David Moyes has praised Wayne Rooney after some amazing performances. Scotsmen Moyes called Rooney a ‘real team player’.

Rooney has been instrumental in the United squad this year, scoring some wonderful goals and assisting his fellow team mates with a lot of goals.

The England striker’s future at the club was unsettled in the summer after he was linked with a move away from the club.

The ongoing situation was evident even after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in May 2013. The first job for Moyes as United manager was to deal with the ongoing transfer saga between Wayne Rooney and Manchester United.

The 28 year old striker has scored 10 goals so far this season but Moyes was more impressed with Rooney’s contribution to the team. He has been United’s key player for a while and he is the second player in the Premier League history to score 150 goals for one club.

Moyes hopes that Wayne Rooney can become a mentor for the younger up and coming players into the squad such as Adnan Januzaj in the same way in which Ryan Giggs was a mentor for Rooney when he first joined the club from Everton in 2004.

The former Everton manager also believes that with Rooney’s wide contribution to the team along with his outstanding goalscoring record, he will be able to help improve the younger players and show the standards that Manchester United set as a football club.

Gareth Bale Is Fit To Start Against Valencia

Gareth Bale is set to make a comeback for Real Madrid when they travel to face La Liga rivals Valencia.

Bale, 24, has been out with a calf injury, which resulted in him missing out on Madrid’s midweek victory against Olimpic Xativa.

Madrid received further good news when Sergio Ramos’ red card was successfully rescinded, therefore he will be able to start against Valencia, courtesy of the manager’s decision.

In form goalscorer and potential Ballon D’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo also returns to the side after missing the midweek Copa Del Rey match through suspension.

Real Madrid travel to Valencia today hoping to get a victory and reduce the gap deficit between themselves and title challengers Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Currently, Madrid are on 38 points whereas Barcelona are on 43 points. Both teams have a game in hand. On the other hand, Atletico Madrid are first in the table with 46 points after their 3-2 victory against Levante.

Carlo Ancelotti has players returning to the squad but will be without Portuguese defender Pepe and Frenchman Raphael Varane.

Pepe picked up his fifth yellow card of the campaign therefore will miss the game through suspension, whilst Varane is struggling to overcome an ongoing knee problem.

Andres Iniesta Signs A New Three Year Contract at Barcelona

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta put pens to paper on a three year contract and has committed his future to the Spanish club.

Iniesta’s previous contract was set to expire in 18 months, but now Barcelona have renewed the Spaniard’s contract, president Sandro Rosell confirmed.

“He will stay with us until 2018 and he could renew every year after that based on his playing performances”, said Sandro Rosell.

Iniesta has had an amazing career and has won trophies for both club and country. He has been instrumental and consistent which saw him contest as a participator in the Ballon D’Or in previous seasons.

The Spaniard joined Barcelona as a 12 year old in 1996 from Albacete. Andres Iniesta has made 496 appearances for the Catalan based club and has won the La Liga six times and the Champions League three times.

Iniesta also won the World Cup in 2010 after beating Holland in the finals. The Spanish midfielder scored in extra time to help his country winning the World Cup.

Iniesta also won Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 with Spain, and is now seen as one of Europe’s finest players, certainly in the last decade.

The Barcelona team of 2009-2011 era which consisted of Xavi, Iniesta and four times Ballon D’Or winner Lionel Messi is dubbed to be one of the greatest footballing teams the sport has ever witnessed.

Gennaro Gattuso Investigated For Match Fixing

Former Italy and AC Milan midfieder Gennaro Gattuso is being investigated for possible match fixing.

Recently, the midfield maestro was sacked by Serie B club Palermo after six games in charge. Gattuso has had a glittering career winning major silverware for both club and country.

Gattuso won two Serie A titles and two Champions League cups with AC Milan as well as the World Cup in 2006 with Italy.

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MANAGER: Gennaro Gattuso as Palermo Manager

The problem of match fixing has been common with many professional footballers in both past and present. Six players including DJ Campbell have been alleged of match fixing lately, and it is feared that it is becoming a problem in football.

Match fixing has led to severe punishments, including points deduction for European heavyweights AC Milan and a league relegation for rivals Juventus, after winning the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Other players who were involved in match fixing sagas are two former Lazio captains Stefano Mauri and Giuseppe Signori.

Match fixing has also happened in other sports. It is an illegal procedure towards the sports and a stop needs to be put to it.

English football’s anti corruption boss wants tougher laws which will have to be faced if people involved in the sport are fixing football matches.

European governing body UEFA have already taken action towards match fixing. UEFA have distributed a 11 point plan to combat match fixing in football.

Darren Fletcher Eyes To Improve Manchester United’s Fortunes

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is eager to help his side regain their form after months out with a chronic bowel injury.

Fletcher returned to action as a substitute in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa. He received a standing ovation from both sets of fans as he came on to replace Ryan Giggs.

Manchester United have faced a difficult start to the Premier League in Moyes’ first season, which has left United currently lying 8th in the table, 10 points behind league leaders Arsenal.

“We need to go on a winning run and put ourselves in a position where people are saying we are still there”, said Fletcher.

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COMEBACK: Darren Fletcher in the 3-0 victory against Aston Villa

Fletcher was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in December 2011 and has made 13 appearances since then for both club and country.

The illness was serious and almost made Darren Fletcher end his career as a footballer.

Darren Fletcher has made 310 appearances for Manchester United and has won numerous amounts of silverware at United, including four Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one Champions League.

Fletcher now feels that he is ready and raring to go after his useful impact as a substitute in the weekend.

The Scottish midfielder is hoping to play against Stoke in the Quarter Finals of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.

The Official Champions League Draw

The Champions League draw was made today morning. Some of the fixtures are eye catching and will be promisingly entertaining.

Manchester City have to meet Barcelona in the Round 16 of the Champions League, with the first game to be played at the Etihad Stadium. Arsenal also meet tournament favourites Bayern Munich, winners of the Champions League in 2013.

Manchester City and Arsenal both finished second in their groups respectively, therefore they have to verse tougher opponents to reach the Quarter Finals.

Manchester United have been paired with Greek outfit Olympiakos and Chelsea have been drawn against Galatasaray. Chelsea legend Didier Drogba will return to Stamford Bridge for the first time after leaving Chelsea in 2012.

Didier Drogba will also be against former manager Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager signed Drogba from Marseille in July 2004 for £24 million.

Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen will be against Paris Saint Germain and AC Milan will face Atletico Madrid. Schalke will face Real Madrid whilst Zenit St Petersburg will be against runners up of the 2013 Champions League Borussia Dortmund.

The Champions League draw means that some players will be playing against their former clubs, including Yaya Toure of Manchester City and Didier Drogba of Galatasaray.