Manchester United: Moyes sent to Gibraltar, West Bromwich Albion are shameful and Man City pounce on Januzaj
MANCHESTER United Watch: a round-up of the day’s United news in the media. United have made their worst start to a Premier League season in 24 years.
David Moyes wants more is United are to win the Champions’ League:
“To win the Champions League you have to have five or six world class players. If you look at Bayern Munich, they have five or six, nearly, world class players. To be considered to win it, you might have to have that in your squad. Look at Barcelona, who had it in the past, and Real Madrid have maybe got it now. That’s the level you have to get at to win it.
“We’ve not got that yet but what we have got is experience and several players who are in that category or close to it.”
Yesterday, United have lost at home West Brom:
“I’m concerned after today but only because we did not play well. It was a poor result and a poor performance. We never really got going. We did not defend well at all but we didn’t attack well either. People come here expecting us to play well but we didn’t.”
Oliver Brown was at Old Trafford for the Telegraph:
After this embarrassment at the hands of West Bromwich Albion confirmed Manchester United’s third league defeat of the season, not to mention their worst start to a campaign for almost a quarter of a century, the long shadow of Sir Alex Ferguson appeared to be haunting his beleaguered successor.
West Brown are a decent side – they finished eight in the PL last season. Why should defeat to them be an embarrassment?
Photo: FA Cup 4th Round Reply – West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United – The Hawthorns, 01/02/1978. Tony Brown blasts the ball past Manchester United’s goalkeeper Paddy Roche for West Bromwich Albion’s first goal. They went on to win 3-2
Joe Bernstein tells Mail readers:
Everything Moyes touches at the moment turns to mud.
He forgets that a few days earlier United beat Liverpool in the Capital One cup.
Tim Rich in the Indy:
This is, statistically, Manchester United’s worst start to a season since 1989, the last year when it seemed likely that Ferguson might be sacked. Losing to West Bromwich has cost in no particular order Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto di Matteo, Chris Hughton and Paolo di Canio their jobs. Towards the end their supporters, who had not won at this ground since the days of Big Ron and the Three Degrees, were chanting: “We’re West Bromwich Albion, we’ll sack who we want”.
It would take a fevered leap of imagination to picture Moyes losing his job but the stress was evident as he patrolled his touchline, pointing, encouraging and, when what would have been an equaliser from Marouane Fellaini was correctly ruled offside, seizing up with frustration.
What about some news players?
Man United are considering a move for Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto according to the Metro. The Express says United are going for Inter Milan’s Fredy-Guarin.
Metro also says:
Manchester City have told Adnan Januzaj they will triple his current salary at Manchester United if he accepts a controversial move to the Etihad.
But don’t panic United fans. There is a way out:
There may be two Manchester Uniteds in the Champions League next season after the latest boost for football in Gibraltar. The British Overseas Territory with a population of under 30,000 was given UEFA recognition back in May
Gibralter Football Association will have a team in each of the Champions League and Europa League qualifying next season.
With only 600 registered players, the Gibraltar Premier Division has only eight teams – Lincoln, who have won 11 titles in a row, St Joseph’s, Lynx, Lions Gibraltar, Glacis, College Cosmo, Gibraltar Phoenix and Manchester United, and the 2013-14 season has not kicked off yet.
On the prospect of the two namesakes meeting, ‘Manchester United’ captain Matthew Reoch told the BBC’s World Football Show: “It would be ambitious of me to say we can get that far but the sky’s the limit.
“If it’s not in the next five years, it might be in 40.”
Unsurprisingly, the two club’s names are linked.
“It all originates in 1962,” Reoch explained. “It was a band of supporters who followed our namesakes in England and they wished to establish a team in the league through their supporters club.”
Reoch could be lining up with a former player of the English Manchester United soon, after 34-year-old Chester defender Danny Higginbotham made himself available to play international football for Gibraltar.
Onwards and upwards…