ONE GAME AT A TIME

Anderson has said that Manchester United should think about just one game at a time.

The Red Devils have had a dreadful time in the ongoing season so far. They have lost 50% of their Premier League games and they are at no. 12 in the points table at the moment.
United’s most recent defeat was against West Bromwich Albion. That was a home game for them and not many people had expected them to end up on the losing side in that game. But, they looked off colour again and got beaten by 1-2.

Now, the Red Devils will travel to Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk in a Champions League game.

Talking to the reporters at the end of the game against West Brom, Anderson said, “It’s definitely tough. No team wants to be beaten at home. But, now, we need to look forward to the next game which is a very important game.”

“We still have chance to win all the titles. It’s not easy, but, we can do that for sure.”

“We don’t lack quality. There are some great players in our squad. All we need to do is to keep training hard and try to do well in the next match.”

“We are in a difficult situation at the moment and we know that. But, we can’t think too far ahead. We should have our concentration on one match at a time.”

Anderson was in the starting line up of United in the match against West Brom, but, he didn’t look in good form at all and he was substituted by Marouane Fellaini in the 67th minute of the match. The 25 years old Brazilian midfielder is not expected to start against Shakhtar.

The match between United and Shakhtar will take place at Donbass Arena on Wednesday.

BRAZIL ARE CHAMPIONS

Brazil has defeated the world champions Spain in the final of the Confederations Cup 2013 at Rio de Janeiro on Monday. Brazil won the match by a profound margin of 3-0.

This is the third consecutive time that Brazil has won this tournament. They were not the favourites coming into this final, but, with a brilliant team effort, they made the world champions look ordinary on the ground.

Fred was the stand out performer for Brazil. He scored the first and the third goal for his team. The second goal was scored by the superstar Neymar who was also given the Golden Ball award in the post match presentation ceremony.

The Brazilian manager Luiz Felipe Scolari changed the fortunes of the team with his arrival. He was appointed as Brazilian manager for the second time in November last year. The Brazilian team was not going through a good phase at that time, but, Scolari brought a lot of freshness with himself. He just changed the attitude of the whole team. Brazil started looking like a different unit altogether on the ground.

Scolari’s first tenure as Brazilian manager was quite successful as well. He had guided the team to the World Cup title in 2002.

Talking to the reporters after Brazil’s victory over Spain, Scolari said, “We played fabulously well as a team. It was important to stick to the plans and we did that wonderfully.”
“This win will give the players belief that they can get better of any team in the world.”

“The fans are the real heroes. They cheered the team all the way through and I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.”

“We still have to make a lot of improvements before the 2014 World Cup. I don’t think we are a complete side yet.”

Betting on Celtic next season

Celtic FC amazed everyone last year, not by completing the Scottish Premier League (SPL) and Scottish FA Cup double – but by the unexpected heights they scaled in the Champion League.

However, whilst qualifying from a strong group that contained Spartak Moscow, Benfica and the mighty Barcelona was a marvellous achievement, they were firmly put in their place by Juventus (losing 5-0 on aggregate), a team who themselves were then brushed aside by better opposition. At 500/1, only die-hard dreamers will surely back Celtic to lift the Champions League.

Back on the domestic front, Celtic look certain to add another SPL title to their impressive tally. Unfortunately, the bookies agree and the best price you can get at the time of writing is 1/40 – a price that you can nearly get for leaving your stake in the bank.

The biggest price you can get for Celtic lifting a domestic trophy is the 5/4 for the Scottish League Cup but, whilst Celtic could lift it without breaking sweat, the statistics are against them. Indeed, they have only captured this prize twice in the last ten years and their focus is probably going to be on bigger silverware.

The Scottish FA Cup is a competition that Celtic has had great success in during the last decade, winning it five times, and this statistic is reflected in the bookies quote of even money. However, during that time, Rangers (a better team then) won it twice.

That even money quote looks the value for Celtic Punters this season whilst, those that have Celtic’s name running through them like a stick of Blackpool rock, probably won’t be able to resist backing them to win complete the SPL and Scottish FA Cup double.

Scottish Football Punters have been occupied during the summer months with slots like ‘Shoot’ and ‘Game on’. There have been an abundance of slot games created by online casinos to keep the juices flowing during the dry season, but with the 2013/14 season soon to be upon us, it’s time to check out possible wagers on Scotland’s best team.

FERGIE HAILS GUTS

The manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, has praised his team for putting up a gutsy performance in the recently played Premier League match against Sunderland. That match was played on Saturday at the Stadium of Light.

That victory gave Manchester United a lead of 18 points over Manchester City for a short period of time. City faced Newcastle United the same day and defeated them by 4-0 to bring down United’s lead to 15 points again.

By defeating Sunderland, the Red Devils secured their 7th Premier League win on the trot. This victory took them closer to the title. Now, they need to win only 4 out of their remaining 8 matches to win the title.

In the match against Sunderland, United took the lead in the 27th minute with the help of an own goal from Titus Bramble. Robin Van Persie tried to claim that goal, but, no way, he was going to get that. The ball had certainly took a deflection off Bramble and it was undoubtedly an own goal.

A couple of United players suffered injuries in the match against the Black Cats. Rafael da Silva discovered a groin injury in the 33rd minute and went off the ground. He was replaced by Jonny Evans. Also, the goalie David De Gea collided with Nemanja Vidic and was looking in a lot of pain. He didn’t leave the ground though and continued playing after getting some treatment.

Talking about the overall performance of his team against Sunderland, Ferguson said, “We battled it out. In the first half, we were all over Sunderland. But, in the second half, they came out fighting and created some chances.”

“A couple of our players got injured during the match, but, we showed courage and didn’t lose the focus. That was a gutsy performance by the boys.”

ANDERSON WANTS TO STAY

The midfielder of Manchester United, Anderson Luis de Abreu Oliveira, has denied the reports that he doesn’t want to continue playing for the Red Devils.

Manchester United had bought Anderson in May 2007 from Porto after paying a huge transfer fee of 20 million Pounds. But, the Brazilian hasn’t yet managed to prove his worth. He has been in United camp since the last five and half years, but, he is still not a regular member of United’s starting XI. He has got starting opportunity in only 12 matches in this season.

There have been speculations that because of getting lesser starting opportunities at United, Anderson wants to leave the club. But, Anderson has denied all those reports and has said that he has never thought of leaving United.

Anderson was included in the starting line up of the Red Devils for the recently played FA Cup match against Reading. Talking to the reporters after that match, Anderson said, “The reports about me being unhappy at the club are false. Everybody knows that I have no problem at the club. I am absolutely fine here.”
“I haven’t been in the best of forms in this season, but, I have gone through worse times than this in the past. So, I am not that much worried.”

When asked about him getting limited starting opportunities in the ongoing season, Anderson said, “It happens when you play for a big club like Manchester United. There are so many quality players in our camp. So, if somebody is out of form, obviously, he would sit on the bench. I don’t take it personally. If somebody is in better form than me, he must be preferred ahead of me.”

Anderson has featured for the Red Devils in 164 matches so far and has managed to score only 9 goals.

ANDERSON UPDATE

The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has updated to the media and the fans about the injury to the Brazilian midfielder Anderson. The former FC Porto midfielder recently returned to first team action and has been one of the best players for the club.

Even Ferguson admitted that he was extremely surprised by the way Anderson has been rejuvenated in recent weeks. However, he suffered an injury in the 4-3 win over Reading a few weeks back. Ferguson said at the time of the incident that he expected the midfielder to be out for the next 2 to 3 weeks.

This meant that Anderson would be back in time for the start of the crucial run of matches during the Christmas period. However, the manager has now confirmed that the player will be missing a much lengthier spell of matches due to the fact that his injury has been much worse than initially feared. Ferguson has said that Anderson had suffered a tear in the hamstring, which will keep him out of action for up to 2 months. It is expected that the 24-year-old will not only miss the Christmas period, but also the FA cup third-round match with West Ham as well.

This comes as a major injury blow to Ferguson, although the return of several players like Darren Fletcher and Paul Scholes to full fitness mean that it is unlikely to affect him at least in the near term. Anderson, though, was playing extremely well after a long time and he would be extremely angry with himself was picking up an injury at this stage in the season. There have been reports that the 24-year-old would be sent out on loan for him to revive his career, but the recent form suggests that he may have a future at Old Trafford.

NO TRUTH

The Manchester United midfielder Anderson has said that there is no truth in the rumours linking him with a return to Portuguese football at the end of the season.

The former FC Porto midfielder has struggled for first-team opportunities in the Manchester United team in the last few seasons. He was an £ 18 million signing only a few seasons ago. He was a regular for the club and even started numerous important matches over the years. However, several injuries at key times in the season have limited his impact and there is a feeling that he may be not be able to recover if he continues at Old Trafford.

As a result, Manchester United are thought to be interested in sending him out on loan deal to Portuguese football in order to help him or even sell him permanently. This has been dismissed out of hand by the midfielder, who is extremely keen on staying at Manchester United and fighting for a first-team spot. Even though he has spent more than five years at the club, he is still 24 years old only. Hence, he still has a lot of time to rediscover his form that made him appear 152 times for the club.

“In Portugal, I have only ever played for Porto and if one day I came back, I would play for them. But the return to Portuguese football is far from happening. United will not let me go and I will not put myself in that scenario,” said the 24-year-old in response to the questions about his future. The emergence of players like Tom Cleverley and the arrival of players like Shinji Kagawa has further limited the first team opportunities for the Brazilian. He was once on the cusp of being first-team regular for the Brazilian national team.

FLETCHER MAKES RETURN

The Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has said that he cannot wait to wear the Scotland jersey at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The 28-year-old Scotland captain recently returned from a long-term irritable bowel condition that had kept him out of the first team action for more than a year. It was a major doubt that the player would return to first-team action, but he recently returned to playing ways by appearing as a substitute in a match against Galatasaray in the Champions League. He then went on to make his first start for Manchester United in the match against Newcastle United in the league cup.

After the match, he has said that he is extremely delighted to play football again. He is only expected to be named in the Scotland squad that will take on Belgium and Wales in the next World Cup qualifying matches. Even though he is not going to be put back straight into the pressure of premiership football, manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Darren Fletcher has enough quality to be able to ease back into action as the season progresses. Fletcher has said that playing for Scotland once again will rest on the decision taken by the manager Craig Levein.

“Obviously it’s the manager’s decision to pick me and he’ll be looking at how much game time I’ve had for United. But I’m desperate to be involved. I was desperate to be involved in the Serbia and Macedonia games as well but it was just a little bit too early for me. I came up for the Serbia clash but United had a reserve game on Tuesday at the same time as the Macedonia match. I felt it would be better for me to get it under my belt,” said Darren Fletcher.

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Nani set for shock departure?

Even though he may have found his fair share of enemies in the Premier League, there is no doubt that Nani has become a hugely influential player for United over the past few years. However, after his performances took a turn for the worst towards the back end of last term, reports are now claiming that United are looking to cash in on the Portuguese star with just two years remaining on his contract.

It would be fair to say that Nani split opinion when he first joined the club 2007 and spent the majority of his early Old Trafford career standing in the shadows of compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo. However, over recent seasons he has shown massive improvement and arguably became United’s biggest asset at one stage. Despite the above, it’s thought that United are now considering the future of the 25-year-old after he finished last season in such poor fashion.

The speculation has stemmed from The Sun and while newspaper gossip should never really be taken too seriously, the fact that Nani has less than two years remaining on his contract seems strange. The paper have supposedly obtained comments from an individual close to the club, with the source saying, “The club did not think his form at the end of last season put him in a very strong bargaining position over a new deal. Right now United are happy to leave it until next summer unless his demands are dramatically dropped. But they won’t sell unless silly money comes in.”

While speculation will continue to rumble on about the player’s future, it looks very likely that he won’t be included in Sir Alex Ferguson’s starting eleven against Fulham on Saturday. Nani had an exceptionally poor game against Everton and following on from that, United are expected to replace him with Ashley Young.

ANDERSON MIGHT BE REPLACED

With the dust barley settled from the end of the season which saw the title taken by Manchester City, Alex Ferguson has already gone to work on scouting potential transfers to strengthen his United side in order to recapture the premier league trophy from their rivals.

A key area Ferguson has highlighted that is in need of strengthening is the centre of midfield. With an abundance of ball winning midfielders such as Carrick, Fletcher and Anderson, the Red Devil’s manager will be hoping to bring some creativity to the centre of their team.

Part of this problem has been the relative failure of Anderson to perform consistently at a high level. Anderson joined for a deal over £20million and has not really justified that price tag since arriving at Old Trafford. He has not been the creative spark that Ferguson had intended him to be and with recent injuries keeping him out of the side the 24 year old may be struggling to stay at the Manchester club for much longer. With transfer rumours rife of incoming players, many have backed Anderson to be outgoing in an attempt to balance the books.

It is believed that United will sign attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund as the player has already refused to extend his contract at the German club, and so Dortmund will want to sell the player before losing him under the bosman ruling. Equally the likelihood of the Wesley Sneijder transfer saga finally coming to an end seems more likely as he has declared interest in a move to Old Trafford. With these stars coming in many predict that 24 year old underperformer will be sold with interest coming from Spain. If he were to leave Anderson would most likely be sold in January after new signings have had time to settle.