Robin Van Persie Says David Moyes Needs Time

Manchester United’s Dutch striker Robin Van Persie has admitted that Scotsmen David Moyes needs time, but United are ‘lousy’.

After a 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos in Greece on Tuesday night, Van Persie said that players were not providing him with enough service. It has been proven that David de Gea passed the ball to Van Persie more than any other player.

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CENTRE OF ATTENTION: Rooney, Carrick and RVP after defeat to Olympiakos

With United anticipated odds on favourites for victory, the pressure once hit under fire manager David Moyes as fans and pundits took on social media sites such as Twitter to express their opinions after United fell to shambles in Greece.

David Moyes is still adamant that United can reverse the 2-0 deficit, with the 2nd leg approaching in three weeks. The Reds need three goals and can’t afford to concede to progress to the quarter finals. Or United will have to win 2-0 to take the game to extra time.

United are out of the FA Cup and Capital One cup, and also 11 points behind fourth placed Liverpool.

But Van Persie, who has been injured for a chunk of this season, has come forward and said that David Moyes needs time. The Dutchman also understands how everyone associated to Manchester United are disappointed.

The Reds only managed to hit one shot on target and the tempo of the play was too slow, which resulted in Van Persie criticising his team mates saying the players are in positions in which the striker occupies.

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Wayne Rooney Isn’t Bothered By Abuse From Fans

Manchester United manager David Moyes believes that the fans who shouted abuse towards Rooney as he approached to take the corner kick, will be the same fans that would cheer him on in the World Cup.

Rooney, who has recently just signed a new five and a half year contract with United, was seen to have a coin thrown at him by some Crystal Palace fans during United’s 2-0 victory.

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TROUBLE: Crystal Palace fans throw coins towards Wayne Rooney

Further to the victory, Moyes was also happy with Rooney pledging his future to the club.

“It is great news. It is a great signing for us. To try and buy a player like Rooney is going to cost you a lot of money or they are not available”, said Moyes.

Rooney found himself on the score sheet as he shot a half volley into the top corner of the net, putting it out of the reach of Palace’s goalkeeper Julian Speroni.

Dutchman Robin Van Persie scored the game’s opener as he powered a penalty past the keeper after Patrice Evra was brought down inside the box.

Moyes selected an attacking line up as Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj also started the game. Moyes’ first signing as United boss Marouane Fellaini also made an impressive comeback after months out with injury, but did miss a good opportunity to score.

Wayne Rooney was also full of praise with the teams effort. “We have great flexibility in the team and I thought we linked up quite well”, said Rooney.

The England forward also remains adamant that United could secure 4th spot and overhauling the gap is still possible.

Manchester United Set Their Sights On Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala

David Moyes is poised to step up his bid for Porto’s French defender Eliaquim Mangala. After recent defeats for United, followed with injuries to key players, Moyes is set to start building the squad again with his own addition of players.

Since Moyes took charge last summer, the Scot bought Marouane Fellaini from previous club Everton for £27.5 million. And his most recent signing came in the January transfer window after capturing the signature of Spanish midfielder Juan Mata for £37.1 million.

Nemanja Vidic has already confirmed that he will be departing the club in the summer. Vidic signed for the Reds in 2006 from Spartak Moscow and created a strong defensive partnership with Rio Ferdinand as well as lift numerous Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008 after a rainy penalty shoot out in Moscow.

David Moyes had people watching the French defender for the third time in Porto’s 2-1 victory at Gil Vicente.

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ELIAQUIM MANGALA: Player in action for FC Porto

The highly praised and sought-after defender is also speculated to be wanted by other clubs such as Manchester City, although Pellegrini said in the January transfer window deadline day that no signings will be made until the summer. Chelsea are also speculated to bid for the defender.

Mangala, 23, has a £35 million buy-out clause in his contract, and Moyes has been promised a significant amount of money to rebuild his team.

Mangala joined Porto from Standard Liege in £6 million deal in 2011, and has since then proved himself to be one of the finest young defenders in Europe.

United manager Moyes will have to start rebuilding his team from the back. Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra are set to follow Vidic out of Old Trafford in the summer.

Ferdinand is expected to retire whereas Evra is set to return to his native France to join former club Monaco or French giants PSG.

Meanwhile, Vidic is understood to have agreed a two year deal with Inter Milan.

Match Preview: Manchester City vs Barcelona

The Champions League is back and Manchester City prepare ahead of tomorrow evening’s eagerly-awaited clash with Barcelona, which will take place in the Etihad Stadium.

Arguably, this match will be one of the biggest fixtures in this season’s competition because of a range of talented players such as Lionel Messi, Xavi and Iniesta playing against opposition with players such as Jesus Navas, David Silva and Alvaro Negredo.

However, Sergio Aguero is still out of action following his injury. On top of all the star studded players which will be against each other tomorrow evening, it will be the first time Yaya Toure plays against his former club Barcelona since his departure in 2010.

Manchester City’s Argentinian full back Pablo Zabaleta has told Sky Sports that he is ready to face the Spanish giants. He also admits the Barcelona game will show how much The Citizens have progressed.

“We know how important it is to win big games and of course, it’s a big challenge for us because when you play against the best, you see where you are,” said Zabaleta.

Meanwhile, former Manchester United defender Gerard Pique has issued a warning to Champions League opponents Manchester City.

Pique is looking forward to returning to England and says Barcelona are not only reliant on Lionel Messi as they have quality players across the pitch in Neymar, Pedro and Alexis Sanchez.

The defender was full of praise for Brazilian sensation Neymar.

Pique told the Daily Telegraph: “Neymar’s really young, he’s got a lot of hunger to show to the world that he is right for Barcelona and that he’s one of the best players in the word.”

“His quality, his skills, his goals, have added a lot to the team and at the same time maybe he takes a little bit of the focus,” added Pique.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has expereince playing against Barcelona. The Chilean previously managed Malaga and Real Madrid.

Whilst the players prepare, they were still full of praise for their opponents. But only time will tell who, if any, will go on to clinch a victory in tomorrow’s clash.

Manchester United 2-2 Fulham: Darren Bent Piles The Pressure on Moyes

Darren Bent scored a very late equaliser to secure Fulham a point. Rene Meulensteen returned to Old Trafford for the first time as manager of Fulham.

Steve Sidwell gave the visitors the lead after he made a run into the box and was completely unmarked to slide the ball into the back of the net past David de Gea to break the deadlock after 19 minutes.

Former United player Kieran Richardson missed a golden opportunity to give Fulham a 2-0 lead after a quick counter attack from a Manchester United corner kick

Although for most of the match Fulham were leading 1-0, Manchester United kept on piling on the pressure on the Fulham defence and continued to dominate the game. The stats were heavily in favour of Manchester United, who managed 81 crosses throughout the match, the highest in any Premier League match since 2006.

Two late goals in quick succession from Robin Van Persie and Michael Carrick in the 78th and 80th minute gave United a 2-1 lead. Michael Carrick’s shot from the edge of the box went in after taking a deflection off Fulham midfielder Scott Parker.

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EQUALISER: Darrent Bent’s header makes it 2-2 in the 94th minute

Meulensteen has managed to win three out of 11 league matches since being given the job in December, after the sacking of Martin Jol.

A dramatic equaliser after a superb save from de Gea to keep out Richardon’s effort in the dying seconds of the match has certainly piled the pressure on a beleaguered David Moyes. With Liverpool securing a 5-1 victory against Arsenal and Tottenham beating rivals Everton 1-0, it was a must-win game for Manchester United.

Manchester United now currently lie 7th in the table, nine points behind 4th placed Liverpool.

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea Travel To The Etihad In Search Of A Victory

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea travel to the Etihad Stadium on Monday in search of a victory. Both clubs are major contenders for the Premier League this season, and these two teams are the favourites to lift the Premier League trophy after a run of consistent performances.

Manchester City have a 100% home record in the league this season. City have played 11 times at home this season and have won all 11 matches in the league at home, managing to score 42 goals in the process.

Arguably, Chelsea and Manchester City’s squads are the strongest in England with great strength in depth and gifted players on the substitutes bench as well as the starting XI.

But Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho admits he is not under pressure to get a victory against Manchester City.

“We are going to try to win knowing perfectly we can lose or draw. Our intention is to try to win”, said Mourinho.

Manchester City have made finding the back of the net look really easy with four players hitting double figures already this season.

Chelsea also have players on form with Samuel Eto’o recently scoring a hat trick against Manchester United. Also, the West Londoners have Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard and Brazilian duo Willian and Oscar in terrific form, who are dubbed the ‘Three Amigos’.