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Manchester United were far too big a club for David Moyes

Manchester United legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson; has broken his silence on David Moyes’s troubled tenure at Manchester United, saying the former Everton manager underestimated the size of the job, dismissing the theory that he was also partly responsible for the club’s decline.

SAF: My Autobiography
SAF: My Autobiography

In an updated version of his book, My Autobiography, Ferguson has pointed the finger squarely at Moyes for the club’s struggles last season and rubbished suggestions that he was influential in the appointment of his successor. Moyes was sacked in April just 10 months after he had been branded ‘The Chosen One’ but Ferguson has hit back at accusations that he left behind an ageing squad and an “antiquated” club when he finally retired after 26 years in charge.

The book, released on Thursday, is Ferguson’s first in-depth account of the Moyes regime and he is adamant that his fellow Scot simply found the step up from Goodison Park to Old Trafford too big. He writes: “He hadn’t realised just how big United is as a club.” Sir Alex Ferguson also criticises the slower playing style that had been introduced, adding it went against the club’s traditions, and that he witnessed first hand Moyes’s self-belief crumbling with each poor result.

United were humbled by defeats against a string of smaller clubs under David Moyes
United were humbled by defeats against a string of smaller clubs under David Moyes

“As the results deteriorated, each defeat was a hammer blow to him,” he adds. “I could see that in his demeanour. In January we bought Juan Mata and that gave everyone a lift but I could see the walls squeezing in, leaving David with less and less room to breathe. “I know that feeling from 1989, when we went through a terrible spell. You feel you are being crushed. The results gnawed away at David. Nobody could dispute how disappointing the season was. And it cost a man his job.”

Particularly disappointing for Sir Alex Ferguson was witnessing United’s arch-rivals Liverpool claim the upper hand in the title stakes. While Brendan Rodgers’s men challenged for the trophy, United failed to even qualify for Europe.

“It’s hard to watch that kind of outcome when Liverpool are the ones dishing out the pain. It was a rough season for a United fan and it was tough for me because I knew there were plenty of good players in our squad. They weren’t showing their form – and that seemed to place a huge weight on David’s shoulders.”

Moyes was eventually sacked after an insipid defeat at Everton, which confirmed their absence from this season’s Champions League. Ferguson says he was not consulted over the eventual sacking of Moyes, claiming that he was out of the loop when it came to the final decision to dismiss him and then appoint the “formidable” Louis van Gaal. “I was in Aberdeen as the events unfolded. On the Monday, I was flying back to Manchester and sitting next to me was a lad with a newspaper that ran: ‘David Moyes to be sacked’. I was unsure what was happening at that exact moment.”

Wrong One - Moyes out' banner, which was flown over the Old Trafford ground
Wrong One – Moyes out’ banner, which was flown over the Old Trafford ground

Regarding a rumoured hotel meeting he said: “I would like to know which hotel, because I wasn’t there. Nor were Bobby Charlton, David Gill or Mike Edelson.”

Sir Alex Ferguson also attempts to put to bed what he considers one of the major misconceptions of Moyes’s reign – that he was solely responsible for the appointment. Ferguson writes that the Moyes role was a “Glazer-led one” and that “We did everything the right way: quietly, thoroughly, professionally”.

Sir Alex Ferguson played a big role in choosing Moyes as his successor
Sir Alex Ferguson played a big role in choosing Moyes as his successor

He wrote: “A clear process was followed. Surely people don’t really believe the Glazer family would allow the new manager to be chosen by one person. There appears to be an accepted view out there that was no process. Nonsense.”

United are thought to have worked off a shortlist of four or five names, including Jose Mourinho, who was already highly likely to return to Chelsea. Moyes, who was out of contract at Everton, was the most available of the top candidates.

Sir Alex Ferguson had recommended to David Moyes that he retained the services of Mike Phelan, the former assistant manager, but the new manager opted to recruit his own backroom staff. “I suggested he should keep Mick Phelan, who would have been a great help. Mick knew the club, could guide David and was loyal, 100 per cent United.

“As the new arrangement settled down, I retained a respectful distance. At the same time – was I meant to disappear? I was a director of the club I want to watch, and support, Manchester United, and David was never troubled by my presence at games.”

To summarize, Ferguson didn’t even give Moyes a choice in the matter. That’s how certain he was that only David Moyes could carry on his success. And with that in mind, here’s Alex Ferguson’s list of what was to blame for this situation not working out.

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: First and foremost, David Moyes “hadn’t realized just how big United is as a club,” Ferguson writes. The real question should probably be whether someone who had never won a trophy or managed a “big club” was prepared for such a jump. But, like Sir Alex, let’s skip that one.

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: Was the selection process for his successor carried out properly, considering Moyes somehow didn’t realize how big Man United were? Of course, says Sir Alex. He writes: “There appears to be an accepted view out there that there was no process. Nonsense. We feel we did everything the right way: quietly, thoroughly, professionally.”

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: Was the squad he left behind simply not good enough? No way, says Sir Alex. He writes: “It was a rough season for a United fan and it was tough for me because I knew there were plenty of good players in our squad. They weren’t showing their form – and that seemed to place a huge weight on David’s shoulders.”

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: Was the system he had in place antiquated? Of course not, says Sir Alex. He writes:“Antiquated was a bizarre description of the structure I left behind at Manchester United. Have you seen our new training ground?” Sadly, books don’t have rimshots.

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: Did he leave a team that was too old and destined to fall off? Preposterous, says Sir Alex. He writes: “Chelsea started the current season as favorites for the title, with a squad that also had six players in their 30s. I don’t hear any grumbles about the age of their group.”

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: Did Moyes ruin everything by bringing in his own backroom staff instead of retaining the one Ferguson already had in place? You bet he did, says Sir Alex. He writes: “Maybe David felt that at such a massive club he had to be sure that all corners were covered in terms of his support system. I felt that network was already there, with plenty of great people already in important slots.”

But wait, didn’t we already establish that Moyes didn’t realize “just how big United is as a club”? If that was the case, why did he feel the need to have all corners covered at “such a massive club”? Surely Ferguson has an full and not at all contradictory explanation for why his ghost writer is 100 percent at fault for this discrepancy.

Anyway, there you have it. Blame for the problems that have befallen Manchester United in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson’s move from manager to club director fall solely on the unprepared guy who was given the job and not at all on the powerful man who decided to give it to him without even asking for his thoughts on the matter first. Autobiographical case closed.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Louis van Gaal
Sir Alex Ferguson and Louis van Gaal

Van Gaal’s first three months at United have been equally difficult, with the club already 10 points behind Chelsea ahead of their clash with the league leaders on Sunday.

However, Sir Alex Ferguson is convinced the Dutchman will rebuild United’s shattered pride and help them recover from a difficult 12 months. “If I had to choose one word for him it would be ‘formidable’. His urge is to play attractive football. He likes to watch players play and players train and to be involved at all levels including in the development of young players.

Radamel Falcao has joined on a 1-year loan from AS Monaco with an option to buy
Radamel Falcao has joined on a 1-year loan from AS Monaco with an option to buy
Manchester United announced the signing of Angel Di Maria for £59.7m and break British transfer record fees
Manchester United announced the signing of Angel Di Maria for £59.7m and break British transfer record fees
Dutch sensation, Daley Blind
Dutch sensation, Daley Blind
Argentinian Defender, Marcos Rojo
Argentinian Defender, Marcos Rojo
Ander Herrera signed for Manchester United from Athletic Bilbao for £28.8m
Ander Herrera signed for Manchester United from Athletic Bilbao for £28.8m
Luke Shaw has completed his £31.5m move to Manchester United
Luke Shaw has completed his £31.5m move to Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson also amazed with Louis van Gaal big summer signings for Manchester United. “Louis knows what’s he’s looking up too.. He’s clean up the desk and create new of his own attractive philosophy in football. He’s has tremendous experience in football … He’s knows what his doing in the club now and Manchester United will do fine.”

“As the big decisions began to be made, I was delighted to see Ryan Giggs appointed assistant manager, which was a terrific decision by Louis. Louis could help Giggs learn about this business. In turn Ryan could help Louis in understanding the inner workings of Manchester United.”

Copyright 2014 by Telegraph.co.uk, DailyMail, The Guardian and YouTube

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Louis van Gaal started new era with Red Devils

Welcome to Theatre of Dreams
Welcome to Theatre of Dreams

Louis van Gaal started a new era at Manchester United as the Dutch manager arrived for in charge of the fallen giants. Just days after securing the Netherlands’ third place finish at the World Cup, van Gaal jetted into Manchester to begin the task of restoring United to their position as the Premier League’s preeminent force.

The 62-year-old Dutchman was appointed as replacement for the sacked David Moyes two months ago, but his World Cup commitments meant he had to wait until now to officially take the reins at Old Trafford. Van Gaal faces a significant rebuilding job after United endured a miserable campaign under Alex Ferguson’s hand-picked successor David Moyes, finishing seventh in the Premier League and failing to qualify for the Champions League. Van Gaal was welcomed by his new assistant, United legend Ryan Giggs, and the club’s chief executive Ed Woodward, who gave the Dutchman a tour of the training ground after posing for pictures posted on the team’s official Twitter feed.

After revealing earlier in the week that he hopes to emulate the strong team-spirit which helped the Netherlands mount a strong challenge at the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Van Gaal, who won the Champions League with Ajax in 1995 and a combined seven domestic league titles in Spain, Germany and Holland, will be officially presented at a press conference at 3pm local time on Thursday before flying out to the United States on Friday for the club’s pre-season tour. Those matches will give van Gaal his first chance to see new signings Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera in action.

England left-back Shaw, 19, arrived from Southampton for £30 million, making him the most expensive teenager in the history of the game, while Spanish midfielder Herrera cost £29 million from Athletic Bilbao.

That £59 million spree isn’t likely to be the end of van Gaal’s spending, with the manager reportedly keen to sign an experienced centre-back following the departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, while also looking to add more pace and creativity on the wings.

Love MUFC
Love MUFC

Given United just announced a record £750 million (942 million euros, 1.28 billion dollars) kit deal with Adidas, there is little doubt he can afford to continue splashing the cash. Also on van Gaal’s to-do list is appointing a new captain to replace Vidic. United striker Robin van Persie filled that role with the Netherlands, making him the favourite to take the armband. But van Gaal must guard against annoying Wayne Rooney, who is keen on being captain himself and is said to have a prickly relationship with Robin van Persie.

 

Copyright 2014 by The Times.uk, ManUtd.com & YouTube

Goodbye David Moyes !

David Moyes has spoken for the first time since his sacking by Manchester United.

In a statement issued by the League Managers Association on behalf of Moyes, he spoke of the ‘immense’ scale of the job he faced at Old Trafford.

Moyes thanked the fans, the club’s staff and Sir Alex Ferguson for their support during his time at United but significantly did not thank the United players.

The statement comes as stories continue to emerge of rebellion within his squad.

LMA chief executive Richard Bevan was critical of United’s handling of Moyes’s sacking, which was confirmed by the club on Tuesday, less than 10 months after he took the job.

Bevan said: ‘The LMA is very disappointed with the nature of David’s departure from Manchester United and to read extensive reports in the press, confirming David’s sacking, before David himself had been spoken to officially by the club.

‘Throughout his time at United, David, as he always does, has conducted himself with integrity and professionalism, values that he believes in and that have been strongly associated with the club and its rich tradition.

‘It is therefore sad to see the end of David’s tenure at United being handled in an unprofessional manner.’

DAVID MOYES STATEMENT:

‘To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud.

‘Taking charge after such a long period of continuous stability and success at the club was inevitably going to be a significant challenge, but it was one which I relished and never had a second thought about taking on.

‘The scale of the manager’s job at United is immense, but I have never stepped away from hard work and the same applies to my coaching staff. I thank them for their dedication and loyalty throughout the last season.

‘We were fully focused and committed to the process of the fundamental rebuilding that is required for the senior squad. This had to be achieved whilst delivering positive results in the Barclays Premier League and the Champions League. However, during this period of transition, performances and results have not been what Manchester United and its fans are used to or expect, and I both understand and share their frustration.

‘In my short time at the club I have learnt what special places Old Trafford and Carrington are. I would like to thank the United staff for making me feel so welcome and part of the United family from my first day. And of course thank you to those fans who have supported me throughout the season. I wish you and the club all the best for the future.

‘I have always believed that a manager never stops learning during his career and I know I will take invaluable experience from my time as United’s manager. I remain proud to have led the team to the quarter finals of this year’s Champions League and I remain grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson for believing in my ability and giving me the chance to manage Manchester United.’

Copyright 2014 by Daily Mail

Welcome Juan !

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Manchester United is delighted to announce that Juan Mata has completed his transfer for a club-record fee of £37.1 million.

Juan Mata, 25, has 32 caps for the Spanish national team and has played 135 times for Chelsea, scoring 32 goals since signing from Valencia in 2011.

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Juan Mata said: “I am thrilled to be joining United. I have enjoyed some very happy years at Chelsea but the time has come for a new challenge. United is the perfect place for me and I am excited at the chance I have to be part of the next phase in the club’s history.”

“Chelsea is a top club and I have many friends there but you cannot turn down the chance to join Manchester United. I look forward to helping the manager and the team be successful in the coming years.”

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David Moyes said: “Juan is one of the finest playmakers in the game today and it’s a real pleasure to have secured his signature. He’s been instrumental in Chelsea’s recent success, with a notable 28 assists and 32 goals in his last two Premier League seasons.

“I have been impressed with the excitement he has shown to be part of the new Manchester United. I know our fans have admired Juan for some time now – he has always played well against us and I know they will be delighted to see him in the red of United.”

Copyright 2014 by ManUtd.com

‘Fergie Time’ lives forever

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Those fearing big change at Old Trafford following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement can now rest assured. Despite changes expected in United’s squad under new boss David Moyes’ regime, Ferguson’s presence continues to be felt. Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Arsenal highlighted that United will continue to compete at the top.

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And even if Ferguson has retired and insisted he will live a more relaxed life, his passion during Sunday’s match suggests otherwise. As has been seen so many times throughout his career, Ferguson was counting down the minutes at the end of the game. And as has been seen even more often, he’s not afraid to celebrate. Some things refuse to change.

Copyright 2013 by DailyMail.co.uk & YouTube

Manchester United F.C ~ CHAMPIONS 20¦13

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MANCHESTER UNITED F.C clinch 20th Premier League titles with emotional day despite the legendary boss, Sir Alex Ferguson is announced his retirement at the end of the season.

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Sir Alex Ferguson ended with 38 trophies in 26 years reign at Old Trafford hotseat. It is an historic day for British football as Sir Alex Ferguson crosses the Old Trafford turf for the 723rd & final time to take his seat in the dugout. The traditional flourish of trumpets as the teams came out at Old Trafford sounded like we were saying goodbye to football royalty.

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The giant ‘Sir Alex Ferguson’ stand simply spells out the world ‘CHAMPIONS’ in giant white letters as the man himself is visibly emotional. And there’s also a lovely hug from the mascot. I’m sure he’s chewing his gum faster than ever to help hold back the tears.

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Manchester United players, staffs & Swansea City players give Sir Alex Ferguson a guard of honour when he entrance pitch at Old Trafford. A father, icon, legend & visionary all been state to him.. Thank You Sir Alex..!!

It’s always said that it’s best to quit when the ovation is loudest but not everybody knows how to do that. Well, the inimitable Sir Alex Ferguson certainly knows how to do that and so he did yesterday when he bowed out on a high note as he received an emotional farewell at Old Trafford.

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The stadium was a flood of red flags which stated simply ‘Champions 2013’ –Manchester United having won the 2013 Premiership weeks earlier and playing the end-of-season game against Swansea as a matter of formality. Even so, the players made sure that Sir Alex –perhaps the world’s most successful football club coach – was sent off on a victorious note, beating the Swans 2-1.

When the final whistle came, Sir Alex was smiling broadly, then shaking the hands of backroom staff and fans as he strode on to the pitch.

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Then came the long goodbye as the Scot gave his farewell speech, warning he was close to “blubbing” and describing his 26 years as boss as “the most fantastic experience of my life.”

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Making a strong case for his successor, Everton’s David Moyes, Sir Alex said: “I would also like to remind you that when there were bad times here the club stood by me, all of my staff stood by me and the players stood by me. Your job now is to stand by our new manager.”

Fergie, dressed in a dark overcoat with a jumper zipped up to his neck, gave his speech, which he said was unscripted, with his left hand in his pocket.

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“My retirement doesn’t mean the end of my time at the club. I will be joining you and suffering!” he said. “The last-minute goals, the comebacks and even the defeats are all part of this great, unbelievable club. It has been an unbelievable experience and I want to say thank you for that.”

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The electronic board to show substitutions had cleverly been programmed to show 26 and 38 – 26 for Fergie’s years at the club, 38 for his trophies, 13 of them the Premier League one which was presented following his speech. In a moment that might as well live forever in football history, 71 years old Sir Fergie, all smiles and gumchewing as he is famously known to do, did a jig with his players as he lifted the trophy after the game.

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And thus ended the Fergie era. When next season blasts off in August, it will be David Moyes, not Fergie, who’ll be in charge. The good old Fergie who is now a Manchester United Director and Ambassador, will only be watching from the stands, less the stifling tension associated with coaching.

CHAMPIONS 20¦13 PARADE

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Sir Alex Ferguson’s final title parade saw Manchester United fans turn out in their thousands as the team bus took to the streets of the City to celebrate winning the 13th Premier League title.

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Absolute party atmosphere as the bus arrives in Albert Square. The players jump up and down on the bus singing ‘Champeones’ as The Courteeners continue to provide the entertainment on stage.

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United bus has arrived at Deansgate to swarms of spectators. It is rather late admittedly having been due at Albert Square 10 minutes ago. But, then again, the driver has probably been briefed to wait for Fergie time before delivering the goods.

Farewell to Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson.. THE END of FERGIE TIME..!!

Copyright 2013 by Daily Mail & YouTube

Farewell Sir Alex Ferguson. Welcome to Old Trafford, David Moyes..

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Manchester United have confirmed that David Moyes will become their new manager when Sir Alex Ferguson steps down after 27 years in charge at Old Trafford. Moyes, who agreed a six-year deal at Old Trafford but will remain at Everton until the end of the season, said: ‘It’s a great honour to be asked to be the next manager of Manchester United. ‘I am delighted that Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job. I have great respect for everything he has done and for the football club. ‘I know how hard it will be to follow the best manager ever but the opportunity to manage Manchester United isn’t something that comes around very often and I’m really looking forward to taking up the post next season.

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Sir Alex Ferguson, who is a great admirer of his countryman, admitted that he approached Moyes as far back as 1998 to see whether he would take an assistant role at the club. Announcing his successor, the 71-year-old said: ‘When we discussed the candidates that we felt had the right attributes we unanimously agreed on David Moyes.

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David is a man of great integrity with a strong work ethic. ‘I’ve admired his work for a long time and approached him as far back as 1998 to discuss the position of assistant manager here. ‘He was a young man then at the start of his career and has since gone on to do a magnificent job at Everton. There is no question he has all the qualities we expect of a manager at this club.’

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United legend Sir Bobby Charlton, who had a hand in the selection process, expressed his delight that Moyes will take up the mantle at the beginning of next season. He added: ‘I have always said that we wanted the next manager to be a genuine Manchester United man. In David Moyes, we have someone who understands the things that make this such a special club. ‘We have secured a man who is committed to the long-term and will build teams for the future as well as now. Stability breeds success. ‘David has tremendous strength of character and recognises the importance of bringing young players through and developing them alongside world class talent. At United, I think David will be able to express himself.’

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Moyes leaves Everton after 11 years and will be at the helm when United begin the defence of the Barclays Premier League crown they won under Ferguson this year. Everton announced that he was leaving the club on their website on Thursday afternoon and effectively said he was the new United manager. His arrival at Old Trafford was confirmed later. United chief executive David Gill said: ‘I’m delighted that David has agreed to join Manchester United. He has done a terrific job at Everton and has all the qualities that we are looking for in a manager to succeed Alex.’

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Moyes’s move across the North West will see the dawning of a new era at the 20-time champions of England.

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Sir Alex Ferguson called time on his illustrious career on the touchline yesterday when he announced he was stepping down as manager of Manchester United. After 27 years at the helm of one of the biggest clubs in the world, the Scot is preparing to hand over to his successor, David Moyes.

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Copyright 2013 by Daily Mail & YouTube

The curious case of Robin van Persie’s Twitter account

Robin van Persie has plenty to shout about right now. Only, he isn’t.

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Robin Van Persie

The Dutchman may be in the form of his life with 21 goals in just 27 appearances for Manchester United, but his Twitter followers can be excused for feeling a little neglected.

Van Persie (@Persie_Official) hasn’t “tweeted” from his Twitter account since August 14, two days before the Dutchman completed his move to Old Trafford.

United have a couple of serial tweeters in Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) and Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5), but RVP, an active member of the social media site during his time at Arsenal, seems to have abandoned his 2,730,764 (and growing) followers –but not before updating his bio to: “Manchester United & Holland Player”.

Has the striker been advised against using the site perhaps? Or are the “boo-boys” getting to him? While his relentless campaigning against gun control is exemplary, Piers Morgan’s (@piersmorgan) incredibly childish and tedious taunts of “Robin VanPursestrings” may have taken their toll on the ex-Arsenal hero.

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Either that, or Sir Alex Ferguson’s comments on August 17 – the day after RVP signed – have dissuaded the star from using the site. “I don’t understand Twitter. I don’t now why anyone should get involved with it,” said Fergie.

“We have given instructions to the players that nobody should tweet about Manchester United.”

He added: “Remember that one word can make a difference on these things. You can’t take it back.”

Copyright 2013 by Sports 360 Mobile

Robin Van Persie sold his soul to the Devils

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Robin van Persie is set to complete a £24 million move to Manchester United on Thursday after Arsène Wenger sanctioned the sale of the Arsenal captain to Old Trafford following a day of haggling over the final terms of the transfer.

The Dutch forward, last season’s double Footballer of the Year, will fly from Brussels to Manchester this morning after being with the Holland squad for Wednesday night’s friendly against Belgium and will undergo a medical before signing a £220,000-a-week deal with Manchester United.

United have overcome opposition from neighbours Manchester City and Italian champions Juventus to sign the 29 year-old, who had made it clear to Arsenal that he would not be extending his contract at the club beyond its expiry next June.

Van Persie’s defection from the Emirates to Old Trafford, a rarely trodden path, will see him become the first direct transfer from Arsenal to United since England defender Viv Anderson completed a £250,000 move in 1987 to become Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signing as United manager.

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United released a brief statement on Wednesday night to confirm the agreement between the two clubs. The statement said: “Manchester United is pleased to announce it has reached agreement with Arsenal Football Club for the transfer of Robin van Persie. The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms. A further announcement will be made in due course.”

The capture of Van Persie is regarded as a major coup by Ferguson and senior figures at Old Trafford, who regard the signing as a response to City’s recent dominance of the transfer market and a sign of the club’s ambition to recapture the Premier League title.

It is understood that Ferguson’s determination to sign Van Persie convinced the Dutchman that his future lay at Old Trafford, rather than at City, who failed to match Arsenal’s asking price or United’s salary offer.

Van Persie is also believed to have placed high importance on playing for a club steeped in tradition and with a long history of success and United, along with Barcelona, who failed to join the pursuit of the player, were the forward’s favoured options when he announced his decision not to extend his Arsenal contract.

Speaking last week, United forward Wayne Rooney admitted his excitement at the prospect of playing alongside Van Persie.

“He’s a fantastic player,” Rooney said. “He’s been amazing for Arsenal over many years. If he does come here, he would be a great addition to the squad.”

WELCOME TO MANCHESTER..!!

Copyright 2012 by Daily Telegraph