Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is pleased with how he has performed in the big matches this season. The England international has not always been a favourite among the club’s supporters but his form since February has been impressive with a couple of match-defining goals along the way.
Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho reportedly blasted Paul Pogba after it appeared that the star man interrupted one of his post-game interviews. The Portuguese is under pressure following below par results from the team.
A section of pundits claim the former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager is getting outdated. Mourinho, in response, said the team was “in transitions” hence the inconsistencies. After the 2-1 victory against Liverpool, which eased the pressure as both sides competed for the second place in the league standings, Mourinho was giving a Match of the Day interview. The player stepped into the makeshift studio and congratulated the boss, even as they were rumours of a rift between them.
Manchester United great Andy Cole believes the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic will bring the best out of Romelu Lukaku, who ended his recent goalless streak. The Belgium international had failed to score in any of his last seven matches for United, but he managed to end this run during the 4-1 triumph over Newcastle United last weekend.
In an interview covered on United’s official website, Cole, a treble winner with the club in 1999, feels that the competition for places with Zlatan could improve Lukaku’s showing on playing field, he said: “I’m excited. I was fortunate to be in that position at United, having other players after your place and that competition brings the best out of you.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that title rivals Manchester City could be hit with major problems due to the TV schedule, and that next season will be even more interesting because of the tiredness caused by Euro 2012.
Manchester City and Manchester United are the two teams fighting for the Premier league title this season, with the online betting markets making United the slight favourites. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been a staunch attacker of TV schedule affecting their Premier league season, but he has been helped by the same this time around. He has said that there is every chance that Manchester City’s chances of winning the title for the first time after a long time will be hit because of the TV schedule for the club.
Manchester United will naturally get the most amount of TV coverage due to their Champions tag, while Manchester City are also set to get the equal amount of coverage of as well due to their role as the main title challenger.
Roberto Mancini’s side are currently the leader in the Premier league table, but their advantage over Manchester United is very slender. Only two points separate both the clubs, which has been the reason for Sir Alex Ferguson to express his confidence at the possibility of winning the 20th Premier league title with Manchester United following the 3-1 win over Tottenham during the weekend.
“It doesn’t make a difference to us – but it may make a difference to them as they don’t have the same kind of experience. You never know,” Ferguson told Inside United. Sir Alex Ferguson is set to welcome Michael Owen back into the first-team fold.
Michael Owen has been absent from the Manchester United first-team for many months now, but Ferguson recently confirmed that the former England striker has indeed began training. Manchester United continued their impressive run against Tottenham – against whom they have not been defeated for 10 years now.
International shipping giant DHL has announced that it will be launching the second wave of the advertising campaign along with Manchester United in this month. Manchester United are regarded to be one of the greatest club’s in the world, with an estimated 670 million followers around the world.
They are especially popular in Asia, where they have twice the number of followers than Barcelona. As a result, it is not surprising that a company like DHL has decided to take advantage of the popularity Manchester United have on television. They have already released the first instalment of the International Specialist campaign recently.
Now, the company executives have revealed that the second instalment will be following suit soon. A number of high profile players from the Manchester United squad including the likes of Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Hernandez will be part of the advertising campaign. Even brilliant is the fact that Manchester united manager Sir Alex Ferguson is also part of the campaign as well.
DHL is also associated with Formula One as well. It is understood that the advertising campaign will be in such a way as to take advantage of the popularity of both the icons. Formula One is one of the biggest followed sports after the likes of football and NFL.
“For DHL, a claim in an advertising campaign means nothing without a committed team of international specialists and a world-class express delivery network behind it. This latest Manchester United campaign represents a celebration of the global partnerships which help our customers to connect emotionally with the DHL brand. However, we are also celebrating the investments we have made into the people and network that bring our brand to life and connect our customers with their own business partners around the world every day,” said Ken Allen, CEO of DHL Express.