New faces Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw will be with the Red Devils as Manchester United makes its tour of the United States later this month.
The team’s official web site dished the list of players traveling for the International Champions Cup tour that will see United face AS Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid in addition to a match against the Los Angeles Galaxy being billed as the “Chevrolet Cup”.
Robin van Persie, Marouane Fellaini and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez are among the most notable names missing from the list after knockout round runs at the World Cup.
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The latter two are more interesting than the former; RVP is coming off a long World Cup run with the Netherlands, while Hernandez has been transfer fodder for months and Fellaini was recently among a rumored 10 names that Louis van Gaal may have up for sale.
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Four of those names up for sale are on the trip; Wilfried Zaha may get his chance to shine for Louis van Gaal, while Tom Cleverley, Nani and Ashley Young are both on the list ‘for sale’ and for the tour.
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In some ways absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it seems Sir Alex Ferguson‘s life after Manchester United has been filled with second guessing.
Whether the sales of Paul Pogba and Gerard Pique or the appointment of David Moyes, “Fergie” apparently can’t rest on his title-winning laurels.
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One thing that seems to bug him more than anything, though, is the idea that he hand-picked David Moyes to be his successor, and should be responsible for his failings.
In a new documentary, Ferguson both defends the appointment of Moyes and explains the process behind his choice.
From the BBC:
“I don’t think we made a mistake at all. I think we chose a good football man,” Ferguson says. “Unfortunately it didn’t work for David.
“Jose Mourinho was going back to Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti was going to Real Madrid, Jurgen Klopp had signed a contract with Dortmund, Louis Van Gaal was staying with Holland for the World Cup.”
The article also makes another key point, according to Ferguson: the manager claims he only gave United a few months notice that he’d be stepping down. That certainly didn’t provide a lot of lead time to secure a big boss.
What do you make it of it? If your answer is, “When can we stop talking about Moyes and United?” I tend to be with you, but it’s a talking point.
Lionel Messi will not face charges that he and his father defrauded the government in millions of unpaid taxes, though his father is not so lucky.
Messi’s father, Jorge, could face 18 months in jail and an approximate $2.25 million fine despite a voluntary payment of $5.5 million in 2013 to “correct” the missed taxes.
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The Barcleona star had plead ignorance to the charges, something that failed to impress prosecutors. But, it apparently worked out in his favor on Tuesday.
From the BBC:
Prosecutors allege that Jorge avoiding paying tax on his son’s earnings by using offshore companies in Belize and Uruguay between 2007 and 2009.
Messi’s lawyers argued that the player had “never devoted a minute of his life to reading, studying or analysing” the contracts, El Pais newspaper reported.