Darren Fletcher has finally managed on getting back on form as he is recovered from the physical problem and bowel conditions which have been forcing him to stay out of the pitch for a substantially long period of time.
With the arrival of Louis van Gaal to Old Trafford, a lot of changes are expected to be done as the Dutch manager wants to avoid another disastrous season. The Scottish midfielder, Darren Fletcher admitted that this upcoming season will be crucial for him on and his future at the Premier League club.
Now that Darren Fletcher is able to play once more, he has a tough task ahead of him as he has to prove himself again in order to get a spot in the first team of Louis van Gaal.
Fletcher revealed just how important the pre-season will be not only for himself but for his teammates as well as he spoke to reporters: “Players always talk about how important pre-season is and I haven’t been in a position to do pre-season for about three years, so I’m dead excited about it. It almost brings you back to a level playing field with everyone else and you’re back at the same time as everyone else, rather than playing catch-up all season, which can be difficult’’.
“It’s the ideal scenario for me. I’m really looking forward to building up my fitness base as best as I can. Knowing a big part of my game is based on fitness, this pre-season will be vital for me for the season ahead. We’re all in the same position as we all need to impress the new manager and I’m no different’’
Having suffered such a long time out of the playing grounds will definitely make it harder and longer for Fletcher to make his return and comeback into the first team and it will be even more difficult considering that Louis van Gaal has already signed new players and has a few more targets he wants to sign before the summer transfer window concludes.
Hull City’s star man Tom Huddlestone has said that the club needs to improve its form away from home in order to stay in the Premier league. The newly promoted outfit suffered a defeat against Southampton, who are flying high in the league. Their opponents on the night were promoted themselves only last season, but they have done extremely well after some prudent signings. Huddlestone believes that Hull City should follow the example of Southampton, but first and foremost, they should improve approach to games away from home.
There have been cases where Hull City have been extremely lucky to drop points with the defeat against Tottenham especially a case in point. The team suffered a late controversial penalty and were defeated 1-0 by Spurs. Despite such defeats, they are comfortable on the table right now in the 13th place. However, they are just four points above the relegation zone and it will not take a long time before they get sucked into this relegation dogfight if results do not improve. They have managed just one win in the last five matches, which is starting to worry Huddlestone.
“I think we maybe need to go into games with more of a belief to try and implement our own style on away games. Once we’d gone 3-0 down on Saturday, we started to play more and we were a lot more confident on the ball. We have to look at ourselves individually and collectively and know that we need to be better if we want to pick up points away from home,” said the former Tottenham midfielder, who is an important member of the team.
Southampton managed to beat them 4-1 on the night. Their only victory in the last five matches came against bottom of the table Sunderland at home.
Lucas Moura and Ezequiel Lavezzi both are getting frustrated by not being regular starters for PSG. They are not the preferred choices of the new coach Laurent Blanc and now they are not sure about their future with the French club.
The Brazilian Lucas Mouras has made 11 out of his 21 appearances for his club as a substitute player and to make matters ever worse he was not taken into consideration by Luiz Felipe Scolari in Brazil’s latest friendly matches against Chile and Honduras and this might be due to the fact that his lack of playing time in PSG is affecting his spot with Brazil.
According toTuttoMercatoWeb, Lucas Moura could make a return to Sao Paulo in January, to the club he used to play for before making a move to PSG. Moura won the 2012 Southamerican Cup with Sao Paulo and it just might be the best move for him to make if the Brazilian wants to get back to his best form and even get a permanent spot in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.
Lavezzi on the other hand has seen his time in the playing fields diminished after the arrival of Edinson Cavani from Napoli. Arsenal and Tottenham have displayed interested in signing Lavezzi and his lack of games might just see him making a switch to the Premier League.
Speaking to La Parisien, Lavezzi said that he was unsure of his future.
“I do not know what will happen in the future,” said Lavezzi.
“A player never knows exactly all these things. But what I can tell you is that I will do everything to change my situation in Paris because I did not give my best shot and I do not want this to continue.”
The arrival of Edinson Cavani has seen Lavezzi’s time on the sidelines becoming more and more frequent and less influential for PSG.
David Beckham has praised his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson for the way he helped him regain his confidence after the 1998 World Cup.
While playing for the Three Lions in a game against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup, Beckham was shown Red Card because he had kicked out an opposition player. England eventually ended up being defeated in that game in the penalty shootouts and with that defeat; they got knocked out of the tournament as well.
That sending off incident affected Beckham’s image adversely. The English fans started hating him. He also got a few death threats.
According to Beckham, that period was very difficult for him. He had lost his self confidence and he was finding it hard to concentrate on his game but because of the support that he got from Sir Alex Ferguson and the fans of Manchester United, he managed to put his career on track again.
Talking to the reporters a couple of days ago, Beckham said, “It was really a horrible period. All of a sudden, I was a villain in England. People were intimidating me. I was getting death threats too.”
“Sir Alex helped me a lot during that tough period. The Manchester United supporters treated me pretty well too.”
“I am really happy that I managed to come out of that phase. I got stronger as a person after that incident. When you face criticism, you shouldn’t give up. You need to back your capabilities. If you do that, you can leave the difficult periods behind.”
One would definitely not have expected Beckham to give these sorts of statements especially after what Sir Alex has written about him in his recently published book.
In that book, the former Manchester United manager has criticized Beckham for his undisciplined behaviour towards the end of his tenure at Old Trafford.
Former England international David Beckham recently announced his retirement from the sport after several years at the top level. He has been one of the celebrated players in the history of football. He represented the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, and PSG during his career. He became the first English player to lift league titles in four different countries. He has also started a wave of excitement in the United States for football. After several years at the top level, Beckham ended his career playing for PSG.
There have been several rumours about what David Beckham is about to do next. Many have been suggesting that he is about to enter into football ownership when he takes stake in the MLS franchise that is about to be started in the next few years. MLS has announced that the league will be getting new teams – up to four – in the next few years. Beckham, though, has commented that it has been a difficult time to be out of football, while the decision was also equally tough as well.
During his stellar career, he managed to win all major trophies. He is also one of the richest sportsmen in the world. He has been rumoured to be on the verge of investing in a franchise located in Florida.
“The toughest decision I had to make was retiring when I have been involved in the sport I love for so many years, playing professional football for 22 years at the highest level. Making that decision, for me, was the toughest. I still question myself, of course, but I am 38 years old… I have had a pretty successful career. I feel it is the right time,” said Beckham. The 38-year-old star represented PSG for six months before retiring at the end of last season.
French club Paris St Germain were reduced to 9 men after David Beckham was sent off just a few minutes after coming on as a substitute. PSG were playing against Evian in the French league and they were leading 1-0 in the match after just 50 min following a goal from Javier Pastore. However, they had defensive midfielder Marco Verratti sent off for a second yellow card. Just when it seemed that things could not get worse for Carlo Ancelotti’s men, Beckham was given a straight red minutes after coming on for a lunge on the Evian player, Youssef Adnane.
After the match, PSG sporting director Leonardo criticised the decision of the referee to give a straight red to Beckham because it was totally unfair. He said that the referee also made several mistakes over the course of the match, but PSG managed to hold on to the victory that has put them one step closer to the title. There was also other dismissals in the match after assistant manager Claude Makelele was sent to the stands as well. Beckham has been at PSG last few months after signing in January on a five month deal. Carlo Ancelotti has been calling for the contract of the former England international to be extended.
“It was always a very tense match. Nobody wanted to lose, especially Evian, who are struggling to stay up. I also believe that our team is really tired at the end of the season,” said Leonardo. As a result of the victory over Evian, PSG have been able to maintain their top position in the league. They are also having a nine-point advantage over second placed Marseille. There are only four games left in the season, which has made PSG the unofficial champions France for the first time.
The former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson has revealed that he will be looking to sign the former England international David Beckham after taking over as the technical advisor of the Middle Eastern club Al Nasr. Sven Goran Eriksson has signed an 18 month contract with the club. Immediately after taking over, he was revealed that he will be looking to bring in the former Manchester United, Real Madrid, and AC Milan midfielder David Beckham. Beckham is currently available on a free transfer after leaving LA Galaxy at the end of the season. He has revealed that he will be taking a decision on his future soon.
There have been no shortage of offers for the 37-year-old despite coming to the end of his career. He has been linked with several high-profile clubs in the world like Monaco and PSG. However, the riches on offer at Al Nasr may be able to persuade the midfielder to join the Middle East club according to Eriksson. He also has good relationships with Beckham after making him the captain while he was the manager of the England national team. Aside from identifying the transfer targets, Eriksson will also be working with the youth teams as well. Eriksson, meanwhile, has said that he has not been working in brief spells just for the money.
“If he wants to come I’m sure they would open the gates for him. I still speak with him, although I don’t know where he will finish up. I can promise you the jobs with Ivory Coast, in Thailand and here are not for the money. Absolutely not. It’s for a love of football, seeing new parts of the world and a new football league,” said the former England manager. Beckham has also been linked with a move to QPR as well.
The former Real Madrid, Manchester United, and LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has said that he still thinks that he has the opportunity to play for the club in the Champions League. The 37-year-old midfielder recently became a free agent after deciding not to extend his contract with the MLS club LA Galaxy. He is expected to join the European club once again after completing his five-year stint with the American club. He has been linked with a number of clubs like the Premier League club QPR and the French club Monaco. However, very high-profile clubs like Paris St Germain have also been linked with a move for the former England midfielder.
Beckham has opened the door to joining the club like Paris St Germain by saying that he still feels that he has a lot to offer at the Champions League level itself. Beckham was last involved in the Champions League back in 2009 with the Italian club AC Milan. He recently ended his stint with the American club by lifting the second MLS cup in two seasons by helping the team beat Houston Dynamo in the final of the competition. The French club Paris St Germain represent the best opportunity for Beckham to take part in the Champions League once again.
“I always loved it when I went back to AC Milan being back in the Champions League. I still miss playing in it, they are the games you love playing in. Of course I’d want to play in it again. We’ll see where I go next. If it’s a team that’s in the Champions League then it will be nice to be back. It’s nice to see them still playing at United,” said Beckham about his future and his former teammates Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, who continue to represent United.
The defending champions LA Galaxy are extremely confident of retaining the title according to the star midfielder David Beckham. The 36-year-old former England international is ready to help his team left in the second consecutive title this season, as they prepare to face Vancouver Whitecaps in the play-offs before looking to get into the final rounds of the competition. Meanwhile, Chicago fire will be taking on Houston Dynamo in the other play-off round. The winner of these two matches will be playing in the MLS cup for a chance to win the title this season.
Due to the fact that LA Galaxy could finish only in the fourth position in the Western Conference table, they know how to play in this play-off match. David Beckham has praised the quality within the team and also the unity shown by the players. He has said that this will hold them in good stead when it comes to securing the result against Vancouver Whitecaps. Beckham has acknowledged that it will certainly be difficult to score a goal in this match because they defend in great numbers with organisation. Due to the fact that it is just one match, they will be confident of winning against LA Galaxy. Winning this match will make LA Galaxy play against San Jose earthquakes in the next match.
“I think they’ve got a lot of character as a team, a few good players as well and they’ve got a lot of unity. When we’ve played them in the past they’ve shown it is difficult to break them down and win the game. There will be many obstacles, especially with it being a one-off playoff game. It’s going to be difficult,” said the former Manchester United midfielder. San Jose earthquakes are the inform teams in the MLS right now.
Both David Beckham and Robbie Keane will not be part of the squad that will play in the Champions League against Puerto Rico because the manager has decided to leave most of the squad with the view of keeping them fresh for the rest of the campaign. Alongside Landon Donovan, both David Beckham and Robbie Keane have an important role in the squad.
Due to the fact that both Robbie Keane and David Beckham coming to the end of their careers, the manager Bruce Arena decided to not take these players for the match against Puerto Rico, even though its a bit like Barcelona leaving Lionel Messi at home!
He has said that this is the third game for the club in the space of a week, which has put tremendous pressure on the resources he has at its disposal. Further, it would have meant that David Beckham and Robbie Keane would have been overused. So, he decided it is best for them to remain home under this situation, which would mean that they would be fresh for the remainder of the season. LA Galaxy come into the match with comfortable lead under the favourites to go to the next round. Following this match, LA Galaxy will be having only a few days of recovery before they take on Toronto.
“We’re just in a week where we’re playing three games. We’ll have some different players on the field that we did in the first game. But we’ll have a mixture of players. When you’re out awhile, it takes some time to get fit. I was a little tired towards the end of last week when I came out, but I think if I had to go 10 or 15 more minutes, then I could have gone through it. The only caveat to that is that this is a different environment. It’s hotter, it’s humid and that could play into it,” said Bruce Arena.