Tag: Alex Ferguson

Ex-United boss Ferguson reveals Rooney row, Balotelli interest

Ex-United boss Ferguson reveals Rooney row, Balotelli interest

London (AFP) – Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has revealed that he refused to allow Wayne Rooney to be paid more than him during a contract stand-off with the striker in 2010.

Rooney vowed to leave United after accusing the club of a lack of ambition, only to perform a sudden U-turn & sign a new five-year deal reportedly worth £180,000 ($279,000, 249,000 euros) a week.

But Ferguson reveals in his new book, 'Leading', which is released on Tuesday, that he engineered a deal of his own ensuring that no player could earn more than him, telling United's owners the Glazer family & then-chief executive David Gill he "did not think it fair that Rooney should earn twice what I made".

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Ferguson reveals Rooney wage row, Balotelli interest

Ferguson reveals Rooney wage row, Balotelli interest

London (AFP) – Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has revealed that he refused to allow Wayne Rooney to be paid more than him during a contract stand-off with the striker in 2010.

Rooney vowed to leave United after accusing the club of a lack of ambition, only to perform a sudden U-turn & sign a new five-year deal reportedly worth £180,000 ($279,000, 249,000 euros) a week.

But that was less than United initially offered him, with Ferguson revealing in his new book, 'Leading', which is released on Tuesday, that he told United's owners the Glazer family & then-chief executive David Gill he "did not think it fair that Rooney should earn twice what I made".

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Ferguson defends Martial price tag

Ferguson defends Martial price tag

London (AFP) – Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson joked on Monday that Anthony Martial's explosive start to life in English football proved the club were right to break the bank for him.

United reportedly paid an initial fee of £36 million ($55 million, 49 million euros) to Monaco for the 19-year-old French striker, which it is thought could rise to £58 million.

United manager Louis van Gaal said the price was "ridiculous", yet with Martial having netted three times in his first two league games — including a fine debut goal against Liverpool — Ferguson feels he is proving his worth.

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Ferguson defends Martial price tag

Ferguson defends Martial price tag

London (AFP) – Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson joked on Monday that Anthony Martial's explosive start to life in English football proved the club were right to break the bank for him.

United reportedly paid an initial fee of £36 million ($55 million, 49 million euros) to Monaco for the 19-year-old French striker, which it is thought could rise to £58 million.

United manager Louis van Gaal said the price was "ridiculous", yet with Martial having netted three times in his first two league games — including a fine debut goal against Liverpool — Ferguson feels he is proving his worth.

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Soccer-Young signs new three-year contract with United

Soccer-Young signs new three-year contract with United

Aug 7 (Reuters) – Winger Ashley Young has signed a new three-year deal with Manchester United which will keep him at the club until at least 2018, the Premier League club said on Friday.

The 30-year-old England international has made 115 appearances & scored 13 goals for the club since he joined from Aston Villa in 2011, & his new contract has an option to extend for another year.

"We are delighted that Ashley has signed a new contract," manager Louis van Gaal told the club's website (www.manuntd.com). "Ashley is a very multi-functional player.

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Depay off the mark as United ease to tour win

Depay off the mark as United ease to tour win

San José (United States) (AFP) – Memphis Depay opened his goalscoring account for Manchester United as the Premier League giants eased to a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Dutch international Depay, who completed a $38.9 million move to Old Trafford in June, scored United's second of the night at the Avaya Stadium as Louis van Gaal's side secured a second consecutive win on their US tour.

Juan Mata & Andreas Pereira scored United's other goals, with Fatai Alashe adding San Jose's lone effort.

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Mourinho rules out matching Ferguson's 'impossible' record

Mourinho rules out matching Ferguson's 'impossible' record

London (AFP) – Jose Mourinho has insisted he cannot equal former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson's record of 13 Premier League titles, saying it would be "impossible".

Chelsea boss Mourinho guided the Blues to the English title on Sunday following a 1-0 victory at home to London rivals Crystal Palace.

It was the third time the 52-year-old Mourinho, now in his second spell as Chelsea manager, has brought the Premier League title to Stamford Bridge following the 2004/05 & 2005/06 triumphs the Portuguese boss enjoyed during his initial period in charge.

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Soccer-All change as United and Liverpool resume battle

Soccer-All alter as United & Liverpool resume battle

By Toby Davis

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – What a difference a year makes for Manchester United & Liverpool.

As the bitter rivals prepare to resume hostilities at Old Trafford on Sunday, a reversal in fortunes has taken place that barely seemed possible at this time last season.

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Ferguson was a guiding light, says victorious McGinley

Ferguson was a guiding light, says victorious McGinley

By Tony Jimenez

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Captain Paul McGinley has saluted Alex Ferguson for his contribution to Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup campaign, calling the former Manchester United manager a guiding light to him & his team.

The 72-year-old Scot, who ended a glittering 26-year spell at United when he retired from soccer 16 months ago, was a constant presence in the locker room as Europe beat the United States by 16-1/2 points to 11-1/2 on Sunday.

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Golf-Ferguson was a guiding light, says victorious McGinley

Golf-Ferguson was a guiding light, says victorious McGinley

By Tony Jimenez

GLENEAGLES, Scotland, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Captain Paul McGinley has saluted Alex Ferguson for his contribution to Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup campaign, calling the former Manchester United manager a guiding light to him & his team.

The 72-year-old Scot, who ended a glittering 26-year spell at United when he retired from soccer 16 months ago, was a constant presence in the locker room as Europe beat the United States by 16-1/2 points to 11-1/2 on Sunday.

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