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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This may be the summer that Jose Mourinho really gets ruthless, but a young squad is already taking shape at United. Victor Valdes, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all departed on Mourinho's watch while skipper Michael Carrick is retiring at the end of the season. Marouane Fellaini, who is also entering the final months of his contract, may yet clear out his locker at Carrington for good. The Belgian turns 31 in November. Mourinho's desire to keep Carrick at the club, in a coaching capacity, reflects how keen he is to maintain that link with the Ferguson era and tap into his vast experience. "Michael as a person is more important than Michael as a player," he previously said ahead of revealing there was a 'chair' for him on his bench if he wanted it. The 36-year-old looks set to take up that offer and even if he is more involved with the development of the club's youngsters, you can't put a price on that experience - particularly when leaders like … [Read more...] about Manchester United are preparing for a new era
Phil Jones is being tipped to become the latest player to be launched in the seemingly never-ending rally of ‘transfer tennis’ between Everton and Manchester United. The defender is being backed for a summer move to the Blues on what is the Premier League’s most-trodden transfer paths – the two-way street that exists from Goodison Park to Old Trafford. While Liverpool haven’t done any direct business with the Red Devils for over half a century, Everton have no such qualms and a string of stars have turned out for both in the Premier League era alone. Wayne Rooney of course moved twice between the clubs – directly both ways – while Morgan Schneiderlin, Tom Cleverley, Darron Gibson, Louis Saha, Tim Howard, Phil Neville, Jesper Blomqvist, John O’Kane and Andrei Kanchelskis all moved directly from United to the Blues in the Premier League era. Going the other way were Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini while ex-Old Trafford favourite Mark … [Read more...] about Phil Jones backed to make transfer to Everton from Manchester United
Out of Europe, 16 points adrift of champions-elect Manchester City and just nine games left until the end of the season. There is not much to shout about for Manchester United fans at the moment. There' has been a big improvement in the league this season as Jose Mourinho's side look set to finish second - their highest position since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013. But United aren't the sort of club who should be measuring the success of a season based on 'progress'. They might still be a described as a club in transition but finishing second in the league and being embarrassingly dumped out of the Champions League isn't much cause for celebration. It's not all doom and gloom. There is still a potential FA Cup final on the horizon, with just a small matter of another away game against Tottenham to contend with first. Should United lose to Spurs again, it is no reason for concern according to former United defender David May, who claimed winning the FA Cup isn't the 'be all and end … [Read more...] about Manchester United claim will rankle fans and Jose Mourinho
With the final international break of the season now over, attentions turn back to the Premier League and, particularly, the top-four race. For Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, the task is quite simple: no team has ever finished lower than fourth after reaching 76 points. Three of those teams are currently on course to surpass that target, one is not. However, fortunes in the final weeks of the season are often dictated by the fixture list and those who benefitted from easier runs earlier in the season can suffer as the schedule evens itself out. By calculating each Premier League club’s average points-per-game home and away this season, we can approximate the difficulty of each fixture and see who, on paper, has the easier run-in. Top 25 players in Premier League history 25 show all Top 25 players in Premier League history 1/25 Behind Ronaldo and Rooney, the next-most important man to United’s recovery in the second half of … [Read more...] about Premier League top-four race: Who has the best run-in? Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham or Chelsea?