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  1. Jurgen Klopp has likened Liverpool's habit of enjoying dominant spells against opponents to Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United sides. The Reds scored three goals in 19 first-half minutes to take their Champions League quarter-final tie away from Manchester City, ultimately winning the tie 5-1 on aggregate. Klopp looks set to employ a similar tactic when they welcome Roma to Anfield for their semi-final first leg on Tuesday, after admitting he wants to use it to the same effect as rivals Manchester United in the 1990s and 2000s. "Is there something with Alex Ferguson, Man United," Klopp told Sky Sports. "At a specific time, they scored always twice? "Score, score? That is the opportunity. Score once, do it again. Use the momentum in the game. Of course we talk about it, of course we want to use that, but you still have to score. "The team is a really enthusiastic team. In a good moment, they jump and that's really good to see. "On the other hand, that's why the two Man City games were really special. We dealt with the very difficult circumstances in the two halves here and there on a high level. "That brought us to the semis, not that we can score one, two, three in a row. "In the moments when we are not in charge of the game, we are still in the game, that's a very important thing and that helped us massively." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  2. Arjen Robben has revealed that he was ready to sign for Manchester United after having dinner with Sir Alex Ferguson in 2003, but the Red Devils never offered him a deal. The Dutchman travelled to Carrington as a 19-year-old in December 2003 to meet the legendary Scottish manager ahead of a potential move from PSV Eindhoven. After a positive meeting, Robben returned to Eindhoven believing he was about to join another teenage sensation - Cristiano Ronaldo - at Old Trafford, but United were unwilling to meet PSV's asking price. Robben told FourFourTwo magazine: "I had a very good conversation with him (Ferguson) over dinner in Manchester and we spoke about football and life. "I also went and had a good look around the training ground and everything was good, but after I went back to PSV nothing happened. "There was no real contact and the deal didn't happen. PSV were also negotiating with Chelsea at that time, so maybe they offered PSV more money? I don't really know. "I spoke to Chelsea and I liked their plans. We had one meeting and everything was done pretty quickly. "Had Manchester United offered me a deal straight after I met them, I would have signed there, but it didn't happen and I have got no regrets." Robben instead joined Chelsea for £12m in the summer of 2004, winning back-to-back Premier League titles under Jose Mourinho before departing for Real Madrid in 2007. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  3. Arsene Wenger has acknowledged that games between Arsenal and Manchester United are no longer the "final of the championship" ahead of their Premier League clash on Saturday. The teams effectively boasted a duopoly in the league around the turn of the century, taking nine consecutive titles between them from 1996 to 2004 as Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson played out a heated rivalry on the touchline. Chelsea and Manchester City's emergence has seen the two-horse race for the Premier League widen since, while Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City have been in the title picture in recent years. Wenger, who will come up against Jose Mourinho in the United dugout when the two sides meet at the Emirates Stadium, has now admitted that the fixture has lost some of importance. "No, not as much," he told Sky Sports News when asked if the game defines the season as much as it once did. "We are early in the season and during some seasons when I was here it was the final of the championship but that is not the case anymore. "We have six or seven teams that fight at the top, but it is still a very big game and a very important one. "It (the history of the fixture) plays a little part because it is two big clubs and that always creates a big game and players know that a lot will be said before and after the game. Of course it has an influence." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  4. Former Tottenham Hotspur chairman Irving Scholar has claimed that Sir Alex Ferguson backtracked on a "concrete" agreement to manage the club before taking over at Manchester United. Ferguson was targeted by the North Londoners in 1984 following the departure of Keith Burkinshaw, despite the winning two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup in the previous three seasons. Scholar claims that the legendary United boss had caught his eye after guiding Aberdeen to three-successive Scottish Cup triumphs, as well as success in the 1983 European Cup Winners' Cup, but a deal was later reneged on. "The truth was that I had been talking to and negotiating with Alex Ferguson about a deal," The Sun quotes him as saying. "He and I had had very long and detailed discussions. I told him that I was a very old-fashioned type of chap and that the most important thing was that once you agree something, once you shake someone's hand, it's concrete. "Once you do that, then you do not - under any circumstances whatsoever - you do not go back on it. It's over. I told him that, when I first met him. So we had this big thing about the handshake. We went on and on and on, discussions, negotiations, down to the minutiae of the contract. "Everything was agreed. So I said 'Can we meet?', he agreed and I said I'd like him to meet someone else on the board, Paul Bobroff. We arranged to meet in Paris on a Sunday morning, just by the airport. "The idea was this was the moment, the seminal moment of the handshake. "We'd built up to this for weeks. So we met. I said, 'Are you ready?'. He replied, 'I'm ready'. I said, 'Are you sure you're ready?'. He said, 'I'm sure'. So we had this seminal moment of the handshake. As you know, unfortunately, he didn't keep to it. He never told me why. I had my own theories but it doesn't matter anymore. It was a disappointment. He stayed at Aberdeen for another two years." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  5. David Moyes has claimed that nobody could have possibly done any better than him at Manchester United following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, such was the difficulty of the task ahead. The 54-year-old took over at Old Trafford in 2013 after the legendary Scot stepped down, but lasted only 10 months in the job before he was sacked. Since then, the Red Devils employed Louis van Gaal, who spent two years at the club before being dismissed and replaced with Jose Mourinho, who is now in his second season at the illustrious club. In September, the Portuguese head coach claimed that United "failed to evolve" under Moyes and Van Gaal, a claim that the former Everton boss has rejected. "Jose has his opinion, but there was always going to be a ­transitional period after Sir Alex's time was over," Moyes told The Mirror. "There was a changing of the guard. Not only did I replace Alex, David Gill had also stepped down as chief executive and Ed Woodward came in. "So it was always going to take time. Yes, I took over the champions, but clubs like Chelsea and Man City spent huge amounts of money that summer in a bid to overtake us. "Having said that, I accept ­totally that when you are ­manager of ­Manchester United, you have to win. I didn't win enough. "But I don't think there is a manager out there who would have been able to do something better or quicker in the time I was given after Sir Alex ­retired. It was all about small ­margins." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  6. Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has confessed to being the individual who threw pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson during the infamous 'Battle of the Buffet' at Old Trafford 13 years ago. The Spain international, now playing for Chelsea, had long been suspected as the culprit in October 2004 after Manchester United had beaten the Gunners 2-0 to end their 49-game unbeaten Premier League run. On the upcoming episode of sports panel show A League Of Their Own, host James Corden asks Fabregas: "Tonight, can we finally put the case of the flying pizza to bed once and for all? Were you the culprit that threw the pizza?" "Yes," replied Fabregas. "All of a sudden, I heard noises (from the tunnel) and I thought what's happening? So I go out with my slice of pizza and I saw Sol Campbell, Rio Ferdinand, Martin Keown... everyone pushing each other. "I was like, I want to get in but I don't know how to and I threw... peeew... just threw it. Once I saw it was hitting, like, who it was hitting, which I didn't mean. I apologise Sir Alex, really didn't mean to do that!" Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  7. Arsene Wenger has revealed that he turned down the chance of becoming Manchester United manager due to his love of Arsenal. Former Red Devils chairman Martin Edwards revealed earlier this month that Wenger was his first choice to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson when the Scot initially hinted at retirement at the end of the 2001/02 season. Fergie eventually signed a new deal at Old Trafford and stayed with the club for 11 more years, but Wenger insists that a switch to United - at the time Arsenal's fiercest Premier League rivals - was never of any interest to him. The Frenchman told reporters: "I am always very confidential. Maybe one day I will get all the contacts I had during my stay at Arsenal and it will make a few chapters, but you should ask Martin Edwards. "No (I was never tempted by Manchester United) because I was always happy here. More than people were happy with me, I was always happy here. Because I love the values of this club. "For me, a club is about values first and as well because I know what has changed. One day it would be a good chat to have with the press to look at the evolution. "A lot has changed, but when I came here this club was about values that I love in sport and that's why I'm still in the competition. So I will always question myself. "Yes, of course Man Utd is attractive, but am I happy here? The answer is yes." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  8. Jose Mourinho has controversially claimed that Manchester United failed to evolve under both Louis van Gaal and David Moyes. The Red Devils have struggled to replicate the success that saw them become Premier League giants under Six Alex Ferguson, who guided the club to the last of their 20 top-flight titles in 2013. Ferguson's successor Moyes was sacked after 10 months in charge while early promise under Van Gaal fizzled out, even though he won the FA Cup prior to being dismissed. This weekend, Van Gaal hit out at United over his sacking, accusing the club of putting his "head in a noose" before he was "publicly placed on the gallows." Mourinho told the Sunday Times: "There was an evolution in the other clubs; there was no evolution in this club. In all the areas that make a team successful, I think we stopped in time. "That was quite an empty period in the club with no evolution in areas that are important. It was the weight of the past on the shoulders of the players, managers, even boards, even probably owners, because when you are used to 'win and win and win', and suddenly you stop, it's like a heavy burden. "Today, we have better working conditions, a better medical department, a better analysis department, a better scouting department, a better media department, and in many cases we did it without changing the people, which is quite important." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  9. Jose Mourinho has stated that he is ready to forge a new legacy at Manchester United and remain in charge for 15 years. Both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal failed to last more than two seasons as manager at Old Trafford, while Mourinho enters into his second year on the back of EFL Cup and Europa League victories. "I am ready for this," he told ESPN. "I am ready for the next 15, I would say. Here? Yes, why not? "I have to admit that it is very difficult because of the pressure around our jobs, everybody putting pressure on managers and things that people say - that we have to win - but in reality only one can win and every year it is getting more difficult. "But what I try to do in the club is show that my work goes further than the football results, that it goes to areas that people don't think of as a manager's job. "In my vision, my job is much more than what I do on the pitch and the results that my team gets at the weekend. "This club, for so many years, was Sir Alex (Ferguson). People got used to it; people understood the great consequences of that stability. "After David [Moyes] and Mr. [Louis] Van Gaal, I come to my second year and hopefully I can stay and give that stability that the club wants. "I will try, but again, I will have to try to deserve that, but that's what I try every day that I work." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  10. Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has described Mino Raiola, the agent of Paul Pogba, as "a shitbag". The French midfielder spent the early part of his professional career at Old Trafford before he eventually signed for Juventus on a free transfer in 2012. Last summer, the Red Devils broke the world transfer record in order to secure a reunion with Pogba, just four years after his exit from the club. While delivering a speech to rugby union side Sale Sharks, Ferguson was quizzed about the situation and he blamed the release of the then 19-year-old on his representative. The Scot said: "Paul Pogba? He had a bad agent. A shitbag. Pogba was well known to us. We knew he was a good player. He's still a good player. We offered him the best contract." Ferguson has expressed his contempt for Raiola in the past, writing in his autobiography that: “There are one or two football agents I simply do not like, and Mino Raiola is one of them.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  11. Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and believes that they should be challenging Chelsea for the Premier League title, but for bad luck in home games. The Red Devils have spent most of this season in sixth place, only rising to fifth thanks to Arsenal’s decline in recent weeks, and find themselves 17 points off Antonio Conte’s league leaders. United have lost as many Premier League games as Chelsea this season – three – but Mourinho’s men have thrown away points in home draws against the likes of Bournemouth, Hull City and Burnley. Ferguson told SiriusXM: “I get on well with Jose and I think he’s doing a really good job. “He’s been a bit unlucky because they’ve been absolutely brilliant in most of their home games and drawn [seven of] them. "If they had got the wins they deserved they would be challenging for the league, no doubt about that. “In the Premier League at the moment, there is a real fight for the positions behind Chelsea – Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool, ourselves. It’s not going to be easy to get into the top four.” United currently sit four points off fourth-placed Liverpool with two games in hand and face West Bromwich at Old Trafford on Saturday. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  12. Jose Mourinho has claimed that the days of Manchester United raiding Premier League rivals for their best players are over. In the past, the Red Devils have signed Robin van Persie from Arsenal, Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham Hotspur, and Andy Cole from Newcastle United. However, they have not bought a player from a top-four rival since signing Juan Mata in January 2014 when he was no longer in Mourinho's plans at Chelsea. "Football has changed in the three years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. This is the new football," Mourinho told Sky Sports News. "Do you think I can go to Tottenham and buy two players to kill Tottenham? I can't. I cannot go to Arsenal and buy their two best players, or go to Chelsea and bring two of the players that I love very, very much. That time is over. "The situation where you could start to become the champions by attacking your opponents is over in this country. If you get a player from a top club, you only get a player those clubs don't want to keep. "You cannot attack your rivals any more. It used to be that when one of the big clubs was getting stronger, another of the big clubs was getting weaker. "The problem we are finding is that we are getting stronger but so are the others. That means we have to grow up again and it is going to take more time." Share your thoughts about this story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  13. Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Wayne Rooney's "outstanding" goalscoring tally for Manchester United and is unsure whether anyone will go on to break his record. The 31-year-old scored his 250th Red Devils goal in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Stoke City to move one clear of previous record holder Sir Bobby Charlton. "Well, it lasted for 44 years, I think, and when Wayne Rooney joined the club I could never imagine anybody could beat Sir Bobby's record," Ferguson told MUTV. "So his achievement is outstanding. It's amazing. He's 200-odd games short of Bobby's playing record and that makes it even more amazing. "I don't think [anyone can overtake Wayne]. I couldn't say never - never say never - but if you look at modern-day football, Manchester United are one of the few clubs who can keep players for over 10 years. "It is more difficult than ever... in the modern day, you see it happening less and less that players stay for that length of time." Share your thoughts about this story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  14. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has claimed that he is not overawed by the challenge of bringing back the glory years to Old Trafford. Since Sir Alex Ferguson departed the club's managerial hotseat, two men - David Moyes and Louis van Gaal - have come and gone, with Mourinho the third to try his luck at United. The Portuguese coach pits his wits against Moyes, the man who succeeded Ferguson, as United clash with Sunderland at Old Trafford. "I don't feel it as a burden, I feel the great history of the club as only positive things and not negative things," Mourinho told Sky Sports News. "The problem is, if you have the conditions to follow that success? Then that's a different story. "One thing is having Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt, all those guys 25, 26, 27 years old; it's another thing to have them at 30, 31, 32; another thing it doesn't happen. "Obviously that plays a part so there are generations and in a certain period when probably David came the situation was not so easy, it was not so easy to go in that winning direction. "At the same time - and I think this is even more important - the Premier League was changing. "I think a manager that's not sacked is not a manager, or at least is not a good manager. We have to be sacked. "I think it was just a bad moment in David's career and he has to do what I did, what we all do, move on and he did that. "After Manchester United he went to Spain, also a different experience for him, then back to England, back in the Premier League. I think he moved on and this is what we have to do." Share your thoughts about this story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  15. Sir Alex Ferguson has described Liverpool as genuine Premier League title contenders this season following the club's revival under manager Jurgen Klopp. The Reds are currently level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal, who are first and second respectively in the league table. Former Manchester United boss Fergie locked horns with the Anfield outfit for 25 years but now insists his old rivals are genuine challengers for the championship. “He has done a really good job and revived Liverpool’s enthusiasm,” Ferguson told The Mirror. “It can happen that big clubs lose it. For two decades, Liverpool changed managers without building their own identity. “You can now well and truly sense that you have to count them in this year. “You can see Klopp’s dedication on the sideline, I’m convinced his work in training is similar. He’s a strong personality. That’s absolutely vital at a big club.” Share your thoughts about this story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  16. Ryan Giggs is a man who needs no introduction – his accolades and achievements speak for themselves. Put simply, he is the most decorated player in football history. During his time at Manchester United, he won 13 Premier League winner's medals, four FA Cup winner's medals, three League Cup winner's medals, two UEFA Champions League winner's medals, a FIFA Club World Cup winners medal, an Intercontinental Cup winner's medal, a UEFA Super Cup winner's medal and nine FA Community Shield winner's medals. Earlier this month, however, the Welshman’s 29-year association with the Red Devils came to an end as new manager Jose Mourinho decided to replace Giggs, assistant manager at Old Trafford, with long-time associate Rui Faria. Welsh born-and-bred, Giggs first played for Manchester City but was duly snapped up by the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson at the age of 15. From there, the winger made over 672 appearances for the Red Devils and scored 114 goals in a professional career spanning nearly a quarter of a century. He also won 64 caps for Wales and captained Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics in London. It was a sad day when he announced he was hanging up his boots at the end of the 2013-14 season, but he remained with the club as he had decided to carve out a career in coaching, which began a year earlier when David Moyes had appointed him as player-coach. When Moyes was sacked on 22 April 2014, after less than 10 months in the job, Giggs took over as the club's interim player-manager, earning himself a record of two wins, a draw and a defeat in the final four games of the season, and after Louis van Gaal was appointed, the Welshman – who turned down an approach from Swansea City – was promoted to assistant manager. Despite many predicting that Giggs would soon clinch the holy grail of Man Utd manager, particularly after Van Gaal was fired, it wasn’t to be as early as 2016 as Mourinho was appointed instead. Now Giggs is at a crossroads in his life as he has decided to leave the club that has had him under its wing for nearly 30 years as he reportedly declined a different job role under Mourinho. Currently not tied to any club, speculation has raged as the likes of Nottingham Forest and Hull City have been linked with Giggs, but as of Sunday 24 July he is still not in any managerial or coaching job. However, in typical Giggs fashion, he has kept himself busy on the pitch and has yet another piece of silverware to his name – the inaugural Premier Futsal League title, which he won with Mumbai as a marquee player. One thing is for sure – Ryan Giggs will always be the beloved number 11 of the Devils that tore teams apart from 1991 up until 2014, and where he will spend the 30th year of a remarkable footballing career remains to be seen, but everyone interested in the beautiful game will be eagerly awaiting his next move.
  17. Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes that the time is right for Ryan Giggs to leave Old Trafford, saying that he has the "steel" to succeed in management. The 42-year-old ended a 29-year stay at United after new boss Jose Mourinho decided not to retain him on his staff, opting instead for longtime associate Rui Faria. Ferguson, who nurtured Giggs throughout his career at the Red Devils, told BBC Sport: "It is time Ryan stood on his own feet, got out there and accepted the challenge. "I talk about his poker face. He has a bit of steel about him. It is such a highly intense results industry, you need people who go into it to have a bit of steel about them, a bit of character and personality. "I think he is ready to manage and he has a lot of quality. He doesn't want to spoil that quality by going to a club where it is sacking a manager every two minutes." Ferguson and Giggs shared 13 Premier League title successes, two Champions League wins, four FA Cup triumphs and four League Cup successes during their time at Man Utd.
  18. It’s been three years since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, the man who built on Matt Busby’s legacy and made Manchester United the biggest club in the world. Since then they have placed their trust in David Moyes - a disastrous tenure that lasted less than a season. Now Ed Woodward has picked Louis van Gaal to take the Red Devils back to the summit of English and world football. Since Van Gaal’s appointment nearly two seasons ago, the Dutchman has rid the Manchester United changing room of players that Sir Alex put his trust and help built Old Trafford and brought in own dressing room spending a massive £250m. These players, however, have not lived up to their names nor their price tags, finishing fourth in the Premier League last season. On the plus side, it gave them the chance to qualify for the Champions League, and by beating Club Brugge 7-1 on aggregate, it meant they reached the group stage after an uncharacteristic year out. United made a decent enough start under Van Gaal, but slowly they began going down hill with injures to key players most in training You would have to say the LVG ways and methods are not working – they may be too harsh. This resulted in Man Utd firstly crashing out to Middlesbrough in the League Cup after extra time and penalties at Old Trafford (at least it was a round further than the previous year’s defeat to MK Dons). Then the league form also suffered as they dropped points to teams they would usually win. United started their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 loss over PSV Eindhoven followed by a defeat by the same scoreline against Wolfsburg. Things did pick up with a 1-1 draw with CSKA Moscow, a 1-0 win in the return leg with the Russians, and a goalless draw with PSV. It came to the last match day – United had to beat Wolfsburg, but instead they fell to 3-2 defeat to Wolfsburg leaving them 3rd in the group with just 8 points and a stint in the Europa League. Between Champions League games United’s league form also fell, taking them out of the top four. They had made a good run in the FA cup with a 1-0 win again Sheffield United in the third round, by a 3-1 win over Derby County in the fourth and a 3-0 away win over Shrewsbury Town in the fifth. West Ham United gave the Red Devils a tough game in the quarterfinals, which finished 1-1, consigning both sides to a replay. Will United beat West Ham in the replay? With their current form, I doubt it. Van Gaal’s side has also crashed out of the Europa League to Liverpool, our biggest rivals, with a 2-0 loss at Anfield and a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford not enough to secure progress to the next round. Manchester United now sit in 6th with 50 points and Everton up next – it’s a must win if they are to clinch European football next season, but a 1-0 win over noisy neighbours Manchester City has also given them a chance. They sit a point off 4th but need to keep up momentum – with key players making their return (Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia) among others could they be back on the road to success? Since the departure of Fergie, United have not been able to maintain their place at the pinnacle of football, a position that they are definitely capable of, and next season will a big push to reach the summit once more – which may include new management. Could Ryan Giggs be the man to save Manchester United from this crisis and take them to places they were once knew well? Or will it be the Special One Jose Mourinho to save the club? I guess we will have to wait and see.

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