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Rooney is staying at Manchester United

(I know… ANOTHER post about Wayne Rooney!!! This is what football does to us fans!)

Photo from soccernet.com

From manutd.com:

“Wayne Rooney has agreed a new 5 year contract to stay at Manchester United until at least June 2015. The agreement follows intensive discussions between the Club and the player’s representatives and means that by the end of his contract Wayne will have been a Manchester United player for 11 years.”

Click here for the rest of the story.

Here are some extracts from the statement:

Sir Alex Ferguson: “I’m pleased he has accepted the challenge to guide the younger players and establish himself as one of United’s great players. It shows character and belief in what we stand for.

“I’m sure everyone involved with the Club will now get behind Wayne and show him the support he needs to produce the performances we know he is capable of.”

Wayne Rooney: “I’m signing a new deal in the absolute belief that the management, coaching staff, board and owners are totally committed to making sure United maintains its proud winning history – which is the reason I joined the Club in the first place.

“I’m sure the fans over the last week have felt let down by what they’ve read and seen.  But my position was from concern over the future.  The fans have been brilliant with me since I arrived and it’s up to me through my performances to win them over again.”

Moja: “I wonder how much ‘ambition’ Manchester United are paying Rooney every week…. Seriously, though, this was all about money. Rooney said he was concerned about the club’s ‘future’. Now that his agent has negotiated a new deal, Rooney’s future, sorry, I meant the club’s future is now secure. 😉

Rio Ferdinand tweeted that today was a good day, and now we know why. I hope this gives the club a huge lift, and I hope we use this news to improve our performances this season.

Rooney has now apologised to Sir Alex Ferguson and to other Manchester United football players. I’m sure the fans are waiting for their own apology too.”

Rooney saga timeline:

1) News gets leaked that Rooney is thinking of leaving. Man Utd 0 – 0 Rooney.

2) Sir Alex Ferguson releases his statement. Man Utd 1 – 0 Rooney.

3) Wayne Rooney release his statement. Man Utd 2 – 0 Rooney.

4) Fans and other managers criticise Rooney. Man Utd 3 – 0 Rooney.

5) Rooney signs new deal, gets the money he wants. Man Utd 4 – 2 Rooney.

I wonder how Manchester City feel. It looks like Rooney and his agents were using them as a way to increase his new wage package at United. More importantly, I wonder how Uncle Woy feels now that Liverpool’s relegation saga will soon be back in the headlines! 🙂

Wayne Rooney is leaving Man United

It’s official – Wayne Rooney has decided to leave Manchester United.

Two days ago, I mentioned how lots of sports journalists were excitedly tweeting that Wayne Rooney wasn’t going to sign a new contract. Check out the extraordinary statement given by Sir Alex Ferguson in today’s press conference at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson looks sad and disappointed. I’ve never seen him get so unhappy about a player leaving our club before. He’s denied having any arguments with Rooney and has clarified the ankle injury situation. A lot of people online (well, journalists and Lord Sugar, really) were impressed with what Ferguson had to say.

At the moment, Ferguson and Manchester United look like the victims while Wayne Rooney (and his agent Paul Stretford) look like the villains. I wonder how they are going to respond.

One thing you’ve got to admit about the whole saga is that this is what makes being a fan of football fan so fun. Crazy things are happening every season; it’s like we’re watching a soap opera. Let’s take a look at what’s happened so far this season:

01. Manchester City spent £126m on 6 players in the summer.

02. Manchester City gave Yaya Toure a contract worth £220,000 a week.

03. Martin O’Neil resigned as manager of Aston Villa.

04. Manchester United signed a former homeless player (Bebe).

05. Wigan lost 4-0 to Blackpool and 6-0 to Chelsea – in their own stadium!

06. Hicks and Gillett took the Liverpool board to court.

07. Hicks and Gillett eventually let go of Liverpool.

08. Liverpool lost to Northampton in the Carling Cup!

09. Liverpool slipped to 19th in the Premier League table!

10. Players have been condemned for too much dangerous tackling.

11. Danny Murphy named managers who apparently encouraged bad tackling.

12. Blackpool have played wonderful, attacking football.

13. West Brom have played wonderful, attacking football.

14. Manchester United keep dropping two goal leads. 😡

15. Wayne Rooney is dropped against Everton.

16. Sir Alex Ferguson confirms Rooney wants to leave Man United.

We’re only two months into the new season, and so many things have already happened. I’m looking forward to lots of other crazy things happening before the end of the season.

Wayne Rooney might be leaving Man Utd

A lot of the sports journalists on Twitter are claiming that Wayne Rooney will soon be leaving Manchester United. Apparently, Rooney has told the club that he won’t be signing a new contract. 😯

How dare he??? 😡 Players don’t leave Man U, Man U leaves players!!! 👿 👿 👿

Alright alright, everybody calm down! I’m only joking.

Blog editor: “Everybody calm down”? Isn’t that what Cenk Uygur is always saying?

(Cenk Uygur is pronounced “Jenk Yu-gar”)

Moja: You mean Cenk Uygur, the host of The Young Turks, the best political & entertainment show on the web and the leader of the TYT Army? Yes, I’m borrowing one of his lines. And I intend to borrow more of them in the future.

Blog editor: Just stick to one point. You were talking about Rooney…

Moja: Oh yeah, Rooney.

I think players have the right to move on to another club if they want to. People are always leaving their jobs to get better ones elsewhere, and no-one should be surprised to learn that football players want to do the same. <— Blog editor: Long sentence!

I hope Rooney stays at Manchester United, but if he does decide to leave, I wish him all the best.

A new home for Hicks and Gillett

I’m a Manchester United fan, but I’m really glad to see the backs of Hicks and Gillett. They are the former owners of Liverpool Football Club, and they placed the club into a lot of debt. They owed £237m to the Royal Bank of Scotland, and today was the deadline for repayment of the loan. They actually wanted to borrow more money to meet today’s deadline!

My club is also in debt. A lot of debt. According to this article in The Guardian, Manchester United owes £225m in high-interest PIK loans (no, I don’t know what a PIK loan is either!). We also have more than £520m in bond debt on our balance sheet. It sounds like a lot debt to me, but at least we are still winning trophies.

Anyway, now that the Chilean miners have escaped from the San Jose mine, I think it would make the perfect home for Hicks and Gillett. Not FOREVER, obviously! Just for a week or two, so they can have time to think about what they have done to the most successful club in English football history.

They bought the club in 2007 for £174m and now they are being forced to sell it for £300m (with most of the money being used to pay off the debts). Hicks and Gillett are going to lose A LOT of money in this deal. No wonder they were desperate to cling on to the club!

This is what all Liverpool fans have hoped for, and today I feel really happy for them. Only today though. Tomorrow, I’ll go back to my old Liverpool-hating ways. Good luck for the future, but I hope we continue to spank you guys home and away! 😉

Football, then more football

I played football today for the first time in ages! I was in two minds about going to play today, but I’m glad I decided to go.

Six versus Seven

I played in goal at the start of the match, and made a couple of world-class saves! 😀 We always switch keepers once we concede a goal, so after I conceded a goal, I moved out and played in attack. It was a 6 v 7 game because one of the players didn’t turn up.

I’m still not as fit as I’d like to be, and I kept running out of breath during the first 20 minutes of our game. The whole match lasted for just over an hour. I got better towards the end, and scored a couple of goals too. My side won the game, but we had 7 players on our team, so we had an extra man advantage.

Manchester United v Liverpool

I then met one of my friends in a pub in Angel and watched the Manchester United v Liverpool game at Old Trafford. The pub showed the match on a giant projection screen so it was really cool. Unfortunately, two guys were standing and watching the match in the middle of the pub, and they were blocking my view.

Manchester United scored a goal (through Berbatov) just before half-time, and the scores were 1-0 at the interval. I got up to buy a drink, and kindly asked one of  the guys if he would move slightly, as he was blocking my view.

Angry Liverpool fans

It was then I realised they were Liverpool fans (angry Liverpool fans!); they said they’d been standing there since the start of the game, and that I should move instead. Idiots! I just left them and carried on watching the game as best I could.

Steven Gerrard – captain fantastic!

Berbatov scored a wonderful second goal in the 59th minute, so I thought we had won the match. However, our defence has been so poor lately (please come back from injury Rio Ferdinand!), and Liverpool scored 2 goals in 6 minutes! The first was a penalty (which Gerrard scored) and the second was a free kick (which Gerrard scored again!). We need a midfielder like Steven Gerrard!

He who laughs last….

The Liverpool fan who had told me to get lost earlier was so happy that he ran towards the big screen and screamed at the top of his voice. The things football does to people! I had the last laugh though, as Berbatov completed his hat-trick in the 84th minute, and we hung on to win the match 3-2. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Carling League Cup draw versus UEFA Champions League draw

***** Looong football post! Apologies to those who hate football! *****

I sat and watched the draw for the UEFA Champions League a couple of days ago. It was big, flashy affair and it seemed to go on forever! Well, 30 minutes.

The UEFA Champions League is the largest tournament in European club football. This was the draw to determine which groups the best 32 club sides would play in.

My team (Manchester United) is going to play against Valencia, Rangers and Bursaspor (from Turkey). As for the others… who cares about the others? I mean, really, who cares? 🙂

I really wish they could speed it up! The only thing the officials had to do was take some balls out of one goldfish bowl and put them into another goldfish bowl. By the way, each ball represented a football club.

Unfortunately, one of the presenters insisted on telling us the rules in great detail. Boring! To be honest, I was happy when it was all over.

Okay, so it took me all that time to describe the Champions League draw. Now, for the Carling League Cup draw.

The Carling League Cup is a knockout competition played between club sides in English football. They had the draw for the 3rd round today. Just like the Champions League draw, this stage of the competition involves 32 teams.

This time, there were only two goldfish bowls, and they contained blocks instead of balls. Each block represented a football club. A block was taken out of the first bowl and it was paired with a block from the second bowl.

The whole draw took less than 5 minutes. It was great. That’s how to do a football draw.

£80 million on ONE player!!!

As a Manchester United fan, I’m a bit sad to see Ronaldo go, but EIGHTY MILLION POUNDS for one player is a lot of money!!

I’m sad to see our best player leave, but he’s been moaning about this move for a long time, so I think it’s time for him to go. Besides, he’s contributed to us winning lots of trophies (3 Premier league titles, 1 Champions league title, 1 FA Cup title, 2 League Cup titles, 1 Community Shield and Fifa’s Club World Cup).

Not a bad return on a player who cost us £12.24m six years ago. I was very excited when he joined, and I was a bit disappointed with how he played in his first 2 seasons. However, he soon settled down, and became such an influential player for us. Being a Man Utd fan, I was able to look past his arrogance and diving, concentrating more on his skillful tricks and amazing free kicks.

Now that he’s leaving, I hope that Rooney will be played in his preferred position in the middle, just behind the main striker. I don’t think that Ronaldo is the only player who should be on his way out, too. I think that players like Scholes, Giggs and Gary Neville should start less games, and players like Nani and Tevez should leave.

I’d like to see us bring in Karim Benzema (a striker) from Lyon, David Silva (a winger) from Valencia and Samuel Eto’o (another striker) from Barcelona. Maybe we only need one new striker, so I’d go for Eto’o. It would also be great if we could bring in another midfield ‘general’.

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