Squad sheets: Everton v Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson has sounded ebullient this week. There can be no doubt that the purchase of Robin van Persie from Arsenal gives him an array of forwards that others will envy, but the implication was that Manchester United are not receding into the shadows merely because Manchester City are Premier League champions. He was also indicating once more that he is at peace with the policies of the owners, the Glazers. Everton, however, could cause United disquiet on Monday night in a demanding fixture at Goodison. Venue Goodison Park, Monday 3am
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Last season Everton 0 Man Utd 1
Referee Andre Marriner
Last season's matches 22 Y76, R5, 3.68 cards per game
Odds Everton 7-2 Man Utd 11-12 Draw 5-2
Subs from Mucha, Distin, Hibbert, Barkley, Gueye, Vellios, Anichebe, Duffy, McAleny, Coleman, Francisco
Doubtful Fellaini (groin), Gibson (thigh)
Disciplinary record (last season) Y60 R1
Leading scorer (last season) Jelavic 9
Subs from Lindegaard, Valencia, Nani, Anderson, Berbatov, Giggs, Hernández, Welbeck, Cleverley, Powell, Macheda
Injured Evans (ankle, 25 Aug), Jones (back, 15 Sep), Smalling (metatarsal, Oct), Fletcher (bowel, unknown)
Disciplinary record (last season) Y50 R1
Leading scorer (last season) Rooney 27
• United have not lost their first game of the season since Chelsea beat them 1-0 in 2004
• Everton have won just one of their last 14 top-flight games against United, losing nine times in that run
• In the last two seasons, United have twice gone into the final 10 minutes of a match with Everton leading by two goals and ended up drawing
• Nikica Jelavic was Everton's top scorer in the league last season despite not playing his first game until February
• David de Gea ended last season with the best saves-to-shots ratio (77.9%) in the Premier League
MANCHESTER UNITED FC
SQUAD OF 25 PLAYERS FOR 2012/13.
First Team / Under 21s (22 + 5)
English / Home Grown (6 + 4)
English Players - (6)
1) Rio Ferdinand
2) Chris Smalling
3) Tom Cleverley
4) Michael Carrick
5) Ashley Young
6) Wayne Rooney
Home Grown Players - (4)
1) Jonathan Evans
2) Darren Fletcher
4) Ryan Giggs
Foreign Players - (12)
1) Anders Lindegaard
2) Patrice Evra
3) Nemanja Vidic
4) Antonio Valencia
9) Dimitar Berbatov
10) Javier Hernández
11) Robin Van Persie
Under 21s Players - (5)
1) David De Gea *
2) Phil Jones
3) Danny Welbeck *
4) Nick Powell
5) Federico Macheda
* Players who will be considered 22 next season.Edited by zocoss 26 Aug `12, 1:14PM
MANCHESTER UNITED FC PLAYERS1. David De Gea2. Rafael3. Evra4. Phil Jones5. Ferdinand6. Evans7. Valencia8. Anderson9. Berbatov10. Rooney11. Giggs12. Smalling13. Lindegaard14. Hernandez15. Vidic16. Carrick17. Nani18. Ashley Young19. Welbeck20. Robin Van Persie21. Henriquez22. Scholes23. Tom Cleverley24. Fletcher25. Powell26. Kagawa27. Macheda28. Buttner33. Bebe40. Amos (Loan Out)20. Fabio (Loan Out)Edited by zocoss 21 Sep `12, 11:34PM
LEAGUE & CUP FIXTURES
FOR 2012 / 13.
19 ENGLISH TITLES
18 Everton (A)
25 Fulham (H)
1 Southampton (A)
15 Wigan (H)
22 Liverpool (A)
29 Tottenham (H)
6 Newcastle (A)
20 Stoke (H)
27 Chelsea (A)
3 Arsenal (H)
10 Aston Villa (A)
17 Norwich (A)
24 QPR (H)
27 West Ham (H)
1 Reading (A)
8 Man City (A)
15 Sunderland (H)
22 Swansea (A)
26 Newcastle (H)
29 West Brom (H)
1 Wigan (A)
12 Liverpool (H)
19 Tottenham (A)
29 Southampton (H)
2 Fulham (A)
9 Everton (H)
23 QPR (A)
2 Norwich (H)
9 West Ham (A)
16 Reading (H)
30 Sunderland (A)
6 Man City (H)
13 Stoke (A)
20 Aston Villa (H)
27 Arsenal (A)
4 Chelsea (H)
12 Swansea (H)
19 West Brom (A)
Time +7 hrs / +8 hrs between Nov to Apr
All fixtures subject to change for television coverage.
PREMIER LEAGUE 2012
Everton vs Manchester United
Monday, 20 August 2012
Time: 3:00am - (Live) (Tue)
Mio Channel 102 in HD
EPL Game 01
Manchester United :
De Gea, Ferdinand, Rafael, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Valencia, Carrick, Young, Giggs, Scholes, Cleverley, Powell, Anderson, Kagawa, Hernandez, Rooney, Berbatov, Welbeck, Macheda, Bebe, Robin Van Persie, Lindegaard.
Smalling, Evans, Fletcher, JonesEdited by zocoss 20 Aug `12, 1:00AM
Messi mistake! New book reveals Manchester City once made £30m bid for Lionel by accident
A breakdown in telephone communication led to an offer being made to Barcelona, which was swiftly rejected<!-- Can pick up the first element because is searching for author name -->Not quite: City's bid for Messi was quickly turned down
Manchester City once made a £30million bid for Argentine superstar Lionel Messi – by accident!
A breakdown in communication between club officials on the day that Sheikh Mansour completed his £210m takeover of the club in August 2009 was behind the sensational offer to Barcelona for the best player in the world.
Barcelona rejected the proposal – and within hours the Blues had agreed the £32m capture of Brazilian star Robinho from Real Madrid.
The extraordinary episode has been revealed in a new book detailing the history of the Premier League champions.
Former chief executive Garry Cook told the tale in a new book ‘it’s all getting messy.’ somehow translated into ‘get Messi.’
Former City chief executive Garry Cook details the mix-up in ‘The Manchester City Years’ by Gary James.
City had made already made a failed bid for Fernando Torres and had attempted to hijack Manchester United’s deal with Spurs for Dimitar Berbatov.
But senior club officials based in Manchester, London and Abu Dhabi were formulating Sheikh Mansour’s plans by telephone.
And Cook explains: “He (an executive) made a comment like ‘it’s all getting messy.’
“Via the telephones and other communication lines, this somehow translated into ‘get Messi.’
“An offer was made for Lionel Messi of about £30million. Needless to say, it was rejected.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says referee to blame for club's worst opening-day defeat for 75 years
Brendan Rodgers endured an horrendous start to his career as Liverpool manager as his new club suffered their heaviest opening day defeat in the top flight since 1937.At a loss: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says referee to blame for opening day defeat Photo: ACTION IMAGES<!-- remove the whitespace added by escenic before end of </a> tag -->
Liverpool were thrashed 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion and finished the game with 10 men after Daniel Agger was dismissed for a professional foul.
A chaotic display from the visitors saw them fall behind to Zoltan Gera’s wonderful strike before they conceded two penalties in five minutes in the second half.
The first, awarded after Agger had fouled Shane Long, prompting the defender’s dismissal, was saved by Pepe Reina, but the second, given for a foul on Long by Martin Skrtel, was converted by Peter Odemwingie.
Romelu Lukaku added a third to seal a first win in charge at West Brom for Steve Clarke – Kenny Dalglish’s assistant at Anfield last season – and underline the scale of the task facing Rodgers, although the man himself claimed the performance of referee Phil Dowd was the decisive factor.
“I’m not going to go on about the referee, but I thought the two penalty decisions were very harsh,” he said. “I don’t think either was a penalty and Martin Skrtel doesn’t even connect for the second one.
“With the first one, Long’s pace has got him there. There is slight contact but I know Long well, how big and strong he is, and it was very harsh. With 10 men and then chasing the game, it’s difficult.”
Rodgers admitted Liverpool may consider appealing Agger’s red card, saying: “It is something we will look at. It was very harsh.”
Rodgers’ terrible day was compounded by Michael Laudrup, the man who succeeded him at Swansea, beginning his own tenure with a remarkable 5-0 victory at Queens Park Rangers.
“That was impressive,” the Dane said. “Winning the first game in my debut – and also the team’s first in their second season in the Premier – away and 5-0. I don’t think anyone could’ve dreamed about that.”
EPL - Match 01 - August 18 / 19 / 20 / 22 Fixtures
Saturday, 18 August 2012
Arsenal v Sunderland
Fulham v Norwich City
Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City
Reading v Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur
West Ham United v Aston Villa
Sunday, 19 August 2012
Manchester City v Southampton
Wigan Athletic v Chelsea
Monday, 20 August 2012
Everton v Manchester United
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Chelsea v Reading
Matches on Singtel Mio Tv :
Saturday, 18 August 2012
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool mio : 102 - 10.00
Arsenal v Sunderland mio : 103 - 10.00
West Ham United v Aston Villa mio : 104 - 10.00
Fulham v Norwich City mio : 105 - 10.00
Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City mio : 106 - 10.00
Reading v Stoke City mio : 107 - 10.00
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur mio : 102 - 12.30
Sunday, 19 August 2012
Wigan Athletic v Chelsea mio : 102 - 8.30
Manchester City v Southampton mio : 102 - 11.00
Monday, 20 August 2012
Everton v Manchester United mio : 102 - 3.00
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Chelsea v Reading mio : 102 - 2.45Edited by zocoss 21 Sep `12, 11:17PM
Jol: Kop are embarrassmentDEFIANT ... Martin Jol has blasted Liverpool over Clint Dempsey
Martin Jol says Clint Dempsey wants to leave Fulham and has admitted it will be "impossible" to keep him at the club
The wantaway forward has been left out of Fulham's squad for tomorrow's season opener against.
Dempsey, who scored 23 goals last term, pulled out of Fulham's pre-season training camp in Switzerland earlier this month after Liverpool confirmed they were interested in signing him.
The Anfield club have yet to make an official bid for the American, who has one year left on his contract, but Jol thinks the player is not in the right frame of mind to play against the Canaries at Craven Cottage tomorrow afternoon.
The Fulham manager said: "Clint was not involved over the last four weeks so he is not going to be in the squad.
"He is not committed to the club. He wants to leave.
"I would like to keep him, but I think it's impossible. It's a sad and an almost embarrassing situation."
Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers told his own club's website last month that he had made an inquiry about the player.
Then the website for Massachusetts-based news channel New England Sports Network (NESN), owned by Anfield proprietors Fenway Sports Group, also published a story claiming Dempsey was a Liverpool player.
Liverpool have infuriated Jol with these actions.
"That was very disappointing," the Fulham boss said.
"There was never an offer. Clint himself told everyone he was going to Liverpool before he came back so we really thought there was quite a firm interest in him.
Brendan Rodgers: Has yet to firm up his interest in Clint Dempsey with a bid
" Even (Rodgers) told everyone he was interested in Clint Dempsey, but our people never had an offer on the table, so it's almost embarrassing.
"If you have shown interest in a player, especially in England, you have to follow it up with an offer. They didn't."
Dempsey, 29, has made it clear he wants to move to a bigger club, and has been training separately from his team-mates this summer, but Jol insists the American will not be sold cheaply.
"Maybe Liverpool will come back," Jol said.
"I can assure you that our chairman is strong enough. At first we didn't want to get rid of him, later on we had to change our position.
"But our view is that we won't let Clint Dempsey go on the cheap, that's for sure."
'We had no choice': Arsene Wenger says he had to sell contract rebel RvP - and hints he won't spend cash now
"We have already recruited since we bought (Olivier) Giroud and (Lukas) Podolski who originally were intended to offset the departure of van Persie," he added<!-- Can pick up the first element because is searching for author name -->'We had no choice': Arsene Wenger was forced to sell Robin van Persie
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists the Gunners were left with "no choice" but to sell Robin van Persie to Manchester United.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side confirmed last night they had agreed a fee of £24million, for the Dutch striker who is today expected to undergo a medical and finalise terms.
"He is at Manchester United, unfortunately for us. The transfer was finalised in the afternoon," said Wenger whilst working for French TV station TF1.
"It's never great to lose players of that quality but he only had a year contract so we do not have a choice."
Wenger also suggested the money from the van Persie deal would not be immediately reinvested in the team, as he has already brought in new players this summer.
"We have already recruited since we bought (Olivier) Giroud and (Lukas) Podolski who originally were intended to offset the departure of van Persie," he concluded.
Van Persie will sign a four-year contract with United on £200,000-a-week in a package worth almost £40m to the Holland international.
After weeks of wrangling, Ferguson had made a personal plea to old foe Arsene Wenger to agree to allow van Persie to join United .
Wenger was reluctant to let his prized asset join the Red Devils, but was forced to cave in once the offer reached £24m.
The photoshop is so good it could almost be the real thing
The Dutchman had just one year left on his contract, and Arsenal faced the prospect of losing him for nothing next year unless they sold.
The capture is a formidable statement of intent from United on the eve of the new Premier League season, as they aim to reclaim the title from local rivals Manchester City.
United's attack now boasts the Premier League's two leading strikers from last season in van Persie and Wayne Rooney , who scored 71 goals between them.
The news was greeted with fury by celebrity Arsenal fan and TV presenter Piers Morgan, who laid into the Dutchman on Twitter , labelling him "mercenary, heartless and selfish."
Meanwhile one Manchester United striker could be going the other way and joining Arsenal. Click here to find out which one.
Plus our Arsenal expert John Cross says that although van Persie's move will be seen as a betrayal by fans, at £24m the deal represents good business for the Gunners.
Robin van Persie secures £22m move after Manchester United and Arsenal agree on a fee
Robin van Persie is set to complete a £22 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.Him up north: Robin van Persie's move to Manchester United looks to have been finalised this evening Photo: GETtY IMAGES<!-- remove the whitespace added by escenic before end of </a> tag -->
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 £200,000-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.
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.”
Welbeck and Hernandez can stay as they need back-ups as welll as Carling cup players. Berbatov and Macheda can be sold as United don't need so many strikers anymore... They have most likely added teenage Chilean kid striker Henriquez as well. So a good mix of strikers they got for the new season.
Still can't believed they manage to get Robin. Thought it was just rumours at the start and even if they wanted, chances were he would go to City at the end of the day. But keep fingers crossed as the deal isn't done yet until it's completed...
The financial fair play rules won't apply much to them as they have a over $100m annual profit to back them. It's those like Chelsea and City who hasn't got a huge commercial income and are back artificially that the rules are aim at.
Anyway, United have takeover debts, Arsenal also have a $100m stadium debts yet to clear... Chelsea and City obviously don't have any... Spurs are probably manage the best in terms of accounting matters but not on pitch tho.
Sahin in, Tello no-go: Liverpool land one target but lose out on another
Real Madrid's Turkey midfielder is set to be unveiled on Thursday to kick off a year at Anfield as Barca starlet decides to stay at the Nou Camp<!-- Can pick up the first element because is searching for author name -->Turkish delight: Liverpool have sealed a deal for Sahin
Brendan Rodgers is continuing his overhaul of Liverpool by taking Nuri Sahin on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.
The agreement with the Spanish champions Real over the midfielder's move to Anfield includes an option for a permanent deal, and he is expected to be unveiled on Thursday.
Sahin, 23, is a German-born Turkey international who can play in midfield or defence.
He impressed with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, but has failed to make an impact since his move to the Bernabeu last summer.
While the Reds boss has completed one significant loan deal, to add to his purchases of Roma striker Fabio Borini and Swansea midfielder Joe Allen, another has collapsed.
Barcelona starlet Cristian Tello has insisted he will stay at the Nou Camp until at least January.
The highly-rated forward was also wanted by Rodgers on a one-year loan, but he has opted to stay with Barca in an attempt to force his way into the side.
Tello, 21, has confirmed he will sit tight for at least one more transfer window.
Van United: Fergie finally lands RvP with massive £40million package
Arsenal will get £24m for striker they faced losing for nothing in a year, he'll get £200k-a-week - and the Gunners may get Chicharito too!Take it as Red: Van Persie is United bound to end the summer's No.1 saga
Sir Alex Ferguson has finally got his man, with Robin van Persie poised to join Manchester United in a £24million deal.
As revealed by the Mirror on Tuesday, Arsenal agreed to sell their captain and star striker once their asking price was met.
He will travel to Manchester on Thursday, where he will undergo a medical at the city's Bridgewater Hospital before the deal is completed.
After weeks of wrangling, Ferguson had made a personal plea to old foe Arsene Wenger to agree to allow van Persie to join United. Wenger was reluctant to let his prized asset join United, but was forced to cave in once the offer reached £24m.
United's attack now boasts the Premier League's two leading strikers from last season in van Persie and Wayne Rooney, who scored 71 goals between them.
Be afraid... Rooney and van Persie are set to team up for Manchester United
Ferguson feared he had lost out on van Persie a few weeks ago, with the United boss privately claiming Wenger wanted £30m for the forward.
And only last week Ferguson went public with that dismay, accusing Wenger of trying to sell van Persie to any club other than United.
Yet despite interest from Manchester City and Juventus, United was always Van Persie's first-choice, with Arsenal's asking price the only stumbling block to the move.
Arsenal confirmed the deal on their website and United released their own statement moments later which said: "Manchester United is pleased to announce it has reached agreement with Arsenal for the transfer of Robin van Persie.
"The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms."
The news was greeted with fury by celebrity Arsenal fan and TV presenter Piers Morgan, who laid into the Dutchman on Twitter, labelling him "mercenary, heartless and selfish."