By Simon Stone BBC Sport, Washington 17 Jul From the section Football Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44865704 Read more about sharing. Wayne Rooney left Everton for DC United because he did not want to "hang around and be a dead weight".The former England captain, 32, said he would not have moved to the United States if his wife and children were not going to join him.Rooney, who signed a three-and-a-half-year contract, said he remained hungry for success and wanted to win trophies.He left Everton in June after scoring 208 goals in 491 Premier League appearances over 16 years.In a wide-ranging interview, Rooney spoke to BBC Sport about his decision to leave England, whether Manchester United can challenge Manchester City, England's World Cup campaign and his coaching ambitions.Why Rooney … [Read more...] about Wayne Rooney: DC United striker on Everton, Man Utd, England & MLS
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The year was 1996 and Manchester United were in the hunt for their fourth Premier League title. Newcastle were the only team in their way, and after they dropped a 12-point lead, Sir Alex Ferguson and the Reds ruthlessly took advantage to clinch the title. United were set to dominate English football, but then unknown quantity Arsene Wenger was appointed at Arsenal. In his first full season as manager, Wenger was to win a double of Premier League and FA Cup. It set a rivalry was brewing between the clubs' respective managers that was fought out bitterly in the press and on the pitch for the next decade and beyond. Ferguson has paid tribute to the Frenchman this week following the announcement he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season after 22 years. But it wasn't always so. Here we take a look back at five Premier League classics between the two great managers. Arsenal 1-2 United (after extra time, FA Cup semi-final) April 14, 1999: The stage was set at a floodlit Villa Park as … [Read more...] about Manchester United vs Arsenal will never be the same again
In 2011 Manchester United won the FA Youth Cup with a 6-3 aggregate success against Sheffield United. The team included included current United stars Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard and were dubbed the next ‘Class of 92’ . United fans had high hopes for the crop of fresh-faced teenagers and Lingard reflected on the night they won the trophy, saying: “There were 6,000 United fans there that night and it was a brilliant occasion.” Although a team full of promise, their potential didn’t materialise for everyone, and Lingard added: “I have to admit if you'd told me I would be in the FA Cup final as a United first-team player I would have expected some of those team-mates to have been sharing it with me." Lingard isn’t the only one surprised that his youth teammates - Pogba aside - don’t share a dressing room with him today. United aren't in this year's final, which will feature Chelsea and Arsenal, but as the anniversary of the 2011 win … [Read more...] about Manchester United’s Class of 2011 Youth Cup team: Where are they now?
On social media and at Wembley, Manchester United played on the national stadium being a home from home, soundtracking their history in domestic semi-finals and finals with a suspect remix of the Take Me Home chant. Mi casa es su casa for Alexis Sanchez at the new Wembley and his header at the weekend made it eight goals in eight at his second home in Britain. At full-time, the muscular Sanchez sauntered around the pitch topless, like a diminutive Cristiano Ronaldo, grabbed the match ball and punted it into the United end to triumphant cheers. Sanchez would soon receive a bottle of champagne to add to his Wembley mantelpiece of Cup final winner's baubles and goals. Saturday was, comfortably, Sanchez's standout performance in United red. His goal was neat and the role in Ander Herrera's winner pivotal. Like Jose Mourinho's side's recent recoveries, there is a resilience about Sanchez which chimes with his manager's mentality. It is maybe not a coincidence Mourinho's United have won from … [Read more...] about Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba share the same Manchester United quality
Channel Five aired their Fergie vs Wenger: The Feud documentary on Monday night. It was as perfectly timed as Patrick Vieira's pass to Ryan Giggs, given Friday's Arsene Wenger announcement. The documentary, condensed into a one-hour slot with commercial breaks, featured rarely-seen footage of Sir Alex Ferguson giving United team talks (actually filmed for 1998's peerless Alex Ferguson Story) and also included amusing film of Wenger handling a handset so large he looked like Gordon Gekko. Five's focus was mainly on 2003's Battle of Old Trafford and its 2004 sequel, the Battle of the Buffet. Even though Arsenal's 49-game record started in the penultimate match of the 2002-03 campaign, the Invincibles' legacy effectively began with Ruud van Nistelrooy's added-time penalty miss in September 2003. Thirteen months later, Arsenal returned to Old Trafford with the intention of extending their unbeaten run to 50 matches but were undone on a day where Rio Ferdinand avoided a red card for … [Read more...] about How Arsenal T-shirts inspired Manchester United in Battle of the Buffet win