In this project we were asked to find two pieces of technology that would help in finding out information about our chosen topic.

Here are the two sources that I used in gathering all the information I needed for this blog.

The first piece of technology was the Manchester United app for iphone. The app is called Team Manchester United is is free on the apple app store. Here is a short description of the app itself.

This application brings you news about your team gathered from more than 20,000 sources around the web. The extensive amount of news will keep you up to date on everything concerning your team at all times.
Features:
• Relevant news from over 20,000 sources, updated every minute!
• Updated and easily readable table.
• Updated list of upcoming matches.
• Comments feature to help you state your opinion.
• Clean stories to let you focus on the content.
https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/team-manchester-united/id405834403?mt=8

Another app I used for this project was the sky sports news app for iphone and ipad. This app provided up to date news on all sports related topics. Everyday there was a new story on Manchester United so this helped greatly in my research of the club. It also provided useful statistics such as the leage table, fixtures and goals scored etc.

https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/sky-sports-for-iphone/id500102120?mt=8

 

Manchester United take on Everton at Old Trafford on Wednesday knowing they need a win to keep in touch with runaway Premier League leaders Arsenal. There is a growing belief however in many people that the title is out of Manchester United’s grasp at this stage, with a Champions League berth increasingly looking the most realistic goal. That is all speculation at this stage, the truth being that if David Moyes cannot get his troops to pick up a big chunk of points until the new year then this could truly be a season to forget for the Red Devils.

Moyes spoke in the aftermath of the club’s 2-2 draw at Tottenham on Sunday and indicated that his side need to get back on the winning track. “I’m concerned we’re not as close as we’d like to be  but it’s a long season and hopefully we’ll be there or thereabouts”, said the Manchester United boss. “There are a lot of games to go. I think the Premier League is tight and we’ll try to stay on the shirt-tails and put ourselves in a good position at the start of next year.”

The midweek match will mark the first time that Moyes has taken on Everton since leaving the club last spring to join the Red Devils following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. Moyes would have hoped that his former club didn’t enter this fixture in such good form. If Manchester United are to get back up the league table then they will have to improve upon their home performances. The team have dropped points in three of the six matches they have played this term and must remedy that should they have aspirations of being near the top.

Everton’s 4-0 thrashing of Stoke on Saturday confirmed what many already knew, Roberto Martinez has managed in a short time to not only have his team pick up points but also play some attractive football in the process. The Spaniard seems to have been at Goodison Park for years rather than months and there is a growing excitement amongst supporters as to what this season could bring.

Gareth Barry and James McCarthy have been impressive  in the midfield have allowed the star players in the squad to thrive and the result has been some superb team displays. The match against Stoke was probably the team’s best  performance of the season with Gerard Deulofeu in particular impressing. While Romelu Lukaku is continuing to bang in the goals, the likes of Steven Pienaar, Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallas are all contributing to an exciting attack.

Now Everton must face Manchester United and Arsenal away in the span of four days. If the team can pick up points from these matches it would set them up nicely for their next set of fixtures which sees them playing three of four at home.

It will be interesting to see how Moyes copes with the pressure of facing his old club. Its not going to be easy by all means Everton look a dominationg force this season since David Moyes left funnily enough. To be honest I can see this match being a draw more than anything . United are still left without R.V.P, Carrick and Jones so its going to be a difficult task trying to overcome the toffees. None the less it will be a great game to watch and hopefully United can bag a point or three! and get a little closer to the top four of the table.

Come on United!!!

No rush in Rooneys contract

Posted: December 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

It was revealed today that United are not planning to open contract talks with Wayne Rooney in the immediate future, as the club seem happy to let the striker enter the final year of his contract which is a risky strategy at best and, at worst, the footballing equivalent of committing suicide.

After a turbulent summer during which Rooney seemed close to leave Old Trafford, before United turned down two offers from Chelsea, the 28-year-old has performed in inspired fashion for the Reds, returning to the form he last enjoyed three seasons ago when he almost single-handedly carried United to the title. Moyes, however, said the club are in no rush to open negotiations, despite Rooney’s contract is set to expire in 18 months and, based on current form at least, he isn’t likely to be short of options and offers.

Rooney was outstanding at White Hart Lane on Sunday as he twice drew United level and looked, as he has done all season, like his old-self, the sort of footballer who’s not distracted by off-field antics, but simply enjoys his football. Moyes was full of praise for the  striker, who has now netted 12 goals and assisted 10 in 21 games in all competitions this season.

You will see him score a lot of great goals. If continues in the form he is currently in. Its mad to see how all the fans were against Rooney because Fergie came out and said he had put in a transfer request and wanted to go to a different club but Moyes managed to convince the player to stay and look at him now, in his best form yet some might say and the fans are back adoring their striker again. His performances have been great and he’s worked incredibly hard. And he deserves the rewards he is getting.”

Rooney’s goals on sunday, however, could only earn United a point, which saw them slipping nine points behind league leaders Arsenal and Rooney himself admitted United must turn draws into wins if they’re to retain their Premier League crown. They didn’t start the game too well, gave away a sloppy goal on the edge of the box with the free-kick and made it difficult for themselves,

Thankfully, United got back into it and played some decent stuff. They did well, but then spurs hit  with the goal – it was a great strike by Sandro. Spurs away is a difficult game but a point is probably a good result. It’s the other games where we need to turn those points into three, that will make a massive difference.

Hopefully United can start turning these draws into wins and climb up the table and more importantly start to get a bit of momentum / consistency going and carry on from there . Moyes’s record has not been too bad lately unbeaten in thirteen games is nothing to complain about about but a few more points and a jump up the table would be nice aswel.

Moyes has admitted that Ryan Giggs could be offered another one year  contract, which would take the Welshman past his 41st birthday with him still a professional football player at the very highest level. Giggsy  turned the big 4-0 on Friday, but the United manager says there’s no reason as to why United’s most capped player shouldn’t be offered a new deal if he felt he could continue for a further 12 months, even though Giggs has already joined David Moyes’ staff this season. Many people critiscise Giggs for being too old and he should retire bla bla bla but the fact is he might be fourty but he can still play with the best and not show his age.

I grew up watching Ryan Giggs play for Manchester United and I personally believe he is one of the best players the club has ever had. Even to this day he can still come off the bench and still turn a game on its head with his pin point accuracy in the middle of the field. He doesn’t look like someone who is going to drop considerably, so why not have him on the team for another year. Its not just skill that this man brings to the team he also brings knowledge and experience which is a huge factor in any football club

He has made the first step into coaching and management and sometimes when players do that they say: ‘Actually I have had enough of playing now’.He doesn’t look as if he is at that point yet, so who knows? And it’s only these sort of decisions you would make right at the end. At his age you don’t consider it six months before.

While the prospect of Giggs extending his incredible run of 22 seasons at the club and adding to the 952 appearances he’s already notched is obviously appealing for sentimental reasons and it’s a tribute to Giggsy’s fitness and professionalism, were United to renew a 40-year-old’s contract without strengthening their squad, questions would have to be asked. Obviously we would be hearing people say United have to keep on a 40 year old because they dont have decent players so on and so fourth but who cares at the end of the day he’s still a very good footballer and thats all that matters in my eyes.

United’s midfield has been in desperate need of an injection of quality and physicality for over three or four seasons now and the injuries that have sidelined Michael Carrick and Phil Jones could create problems for United  in the middle third of the pitch, with Marouane Fellaini, Giggs and Tom Cleverley the only options left at David Moyes’ disposal. The United manager, however, has admitted that he’ll be looking to recruit more midfielders in the future. The sooner the transfer market opens the better because this team really is screaming out for one or two decent midfielders and if we do manage to buy in January whos knows what could happen . Manchester United could be lifting the Premier League Trophy for the 21st time come May 2014!!

After a poor start to the season, United have seemingly started to pick up some momentum, winning three league games in a row and going nine games unbeaten in all competitions, as David Moyes looks to have finally found his feet at Old Trafford.

Sunday’s 1-0 win against league leaders Arsenal put United within five points of the North Londoners and only a point behind Chelsea, while despite losing 4-1 to Manchester City in September, the Reds are now a point ahead of their big spending neighbours, whose shaky form away from home shows no signs of improving.

Having endured our worst ever start to a Premier League campaign, United entered Sunday’s clash with Arsenal knowing that a defeat would see them slip 11 points behind Arsenal,  all but ending their hopes of defending the title.

Moyes’ arrival and a demanding run of games in the opening month saw United getting out of the blocks in a slow fashion, with the Reds winning only two of their opening five games, an incredibly slow start even for a time like United which, in years gone by, have become accustomed to solid, but not explosive, starts.

There are, however, plenty of reasons to be optimistic, as Moyes’ teams have always got off to slow starts, before powering home in the second half of the season.

During four of his last five seasons at Everton, Moyes never registered more than four wins in the opening 11 games, with the Toffees failing to pick up more than 15 points in each of those occasions.

However, Everton seemed to kick on from January onward, picking up more points than any other Premier League club in the final 11 games of the season, as Moyes’ men surged up the table, while other teams toiled away crippled by post-Christmas exhaustion.

Last season Everton suffered a slump in form midway through the season after a surprisingly positive start, before picking up their form yet again to secure six wins and three draws in the last 11 matches meaning that David Moyes has lost only eight times in the combined 55 (the last 11 games of each campaign) end of the season matches over the last five seasons.

Everton’s superb form from January onwards has often been attributed to Moyes’ gruelling training regimes, which might cost his teams a few points but ensures a strong second half of the campaign, and many United players have admitted being surprise by the fitness standard demanded by their new manager.

Obviously at Everton Moyes could concentrate on the Premier League without the distraction of European football, but he has a bigger squad at his disposal at United and with the January transfer window still to come, a strong second half to David Moyes’ first campaign at Old Trafford could be on the cards.

 

United in for Barca star ?

Posted: November 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

Manchester United are reportedly considering the option of submitting an offer for Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta in January, as David Moyes has been made aware of problems between the Spanish midfielder and the Barcelona hierarchy.

With United’s midfield now down to bare bones given the injury that will sideline Michael Carrick for the next six weeks, signing Iniesta would be  incredible  for David Moyes, for the Spaniard has consistently been one of the world’s top players for the last five or six seasons

Iniesta’s contract expires in 2015 and talks between him and Barcelona to extend the current deal have dragged on for months now  and nothing has come of it yet which has led to an increase in the rumours that want the Barcelona schemer unhappy at the Nou Camp.

while Iniesta and Barcelona clearly do not see eye-to-eye as far as the midfielder’s contract is concerned, the thought of Barcelona breaking the Xavi-Iniesta partnership to allow him to leave the Nou Camp is simply hrd to believe, not to mention that Iniesta has never played for any other club in his career.  Iniesta’s loyalty to Barcelona could prove an advantage for United, if the 29-year-old was to decide his time at the Camp Nou is up, for he wouldn’t consider moving to any other Spanish club. However, if Iniesta became available, just about every top club in Europe would be desperate to secure the 29-year-old.

United’s pursuit of two Barcelona midfielders ended in failure last summer and it’s hard to imagine a different result as far as Iniesta is concerned.

Just when our season seemed to have picked up speed, with three consecutive league wins and a nine-game unbeaten record, the Reds have been dealt a serious blow by the news that Michael Carrick could miss up to six weeks, with a persistent  achilles injury likely to be the source of his problems. Carrick’s setback was a surprising one and one that could keep the mercurial midfielder sidelined until after Christmas. The United midfielder, who is set to be offered a two-year deal by David Moyes to extend his current contract, was given an injection to reduce the inflammation and Moyes has granted him leave in the hope a break could speed up the healing process but, as things stand, Carrick’s hopes of featuring against Cardiff of November 24 are almost non-existent and the worst case scenario has him sidelined for about six weeks.

A lengthy absence for Carrick could have devastating consequences for United, whose shortage of options in the middle of the park has been embarassing to be honest this season. Phil Jones has arguably been United’s star performer in the engine room as Moyes has opted to deploy the former Blackburn man as a midfield enforcer, rather than at centre-back, while Ryan Giggs produced an outstanding performance when United beat Real Sociedad, but it’d be foolish to expect a weekly contribution from a man just short of his 40th birthday.

With Anderson having  fallen off David Moyes’ radar after a couple of brutal performances earlier this season, that leaves just Tom Cleverley and Marouane Fellaini at the United manager’s disposal.

Too often Cleverley seems to go missing at crucial moments and, perhaps more importantly, he does not possess Carrick’s composure and sense of positioning. Fellaini, on the other hand, has done absoutely nothing to justify his twenty seven million pound price tag .The Belgian may develop into an excellent buy for United, but has suffered big time so far.

The sooner the transfer market opens back up the better as united are in desperate need of a creative midfielder or two. Its up to moyes now to do his research so he can bid smartly and hopefully bring a few fresh faces into the manchchester united set up.