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This could lead many to suggest that Moyes is showing his limitations at Man United.
He may have had a good start — losing the Community Shield to Wigan was out of the question — and he overcame a tricky first fixture against Swansea, but it was very strange of him to moan about the difficulty of his first five games. For the manager of the champions to do that is bizarre.
The market Moyes is now in doesn’t have to be one where he only goes for his last club’s star players.
At Old Trafford, the world is his oyster — just look at where Man City, Spurs and Chelsea have gone for their new players!
Bale: the world record breaker!
ANYONE WHO was totalling up Spurs’ summer signings didn’t have to be a genius to figure out that the world transfer record was going to be broken, and broken by Gareth Bale. At the time of writing, the fee looks to be in the region of £93m, which is an astonishing amount of money.
I see it as Real making a statement, as they are often wont to do — they love being the club that persistently pushes back the fee barriers to underline how huge they are.
They clearly think he’s worth it because they’ve pursued him for so long. They get a player at the peak of his powers and Spurs get half a new first team, some very tasty acquisitions among them.
It’s a shame to see him go but as I said in this column a few weeks ago: you just don’t turn down Real Madrid.
Cortese has got it spot on!
SOUTHAMPTON’S MANAGING director, Nicola Cortese, may have had some stick along the line but he’s made some really tough decisions that are starting to pay off, and we’ve got to give him credit for that.
He sacked Nigel Adkins while they were doing OK last season and brought in Mauricio Pochettino. You have to admit that the little guy is improving the place. It could have been a disaster, but it’s turned out well for
Southampton – and Cortese proved he’s not afraid to go against public opinion. He’s also giving Pochettino everything he needs to be a success at the club – the Saints have just signed Dani Osvaldo for L15m and have bagged plenty of other big money players this summer. He’s set out their ambitions and given the manager every opportunity to achieve them. Brilliant!
Henderson: ‘We’re gunning for the top four!’
The Liverpool ace on the season ahead and his FIFA adversaries!
Hi Jordan! So, you’ve got Manchester United this week…
United always a massive game. The rivalry there is huge and it’ll be a special occasion inside Anfield again. It’s not the only game on our minds — every game is big for us to make sure we start the season off well. But it’ll be amazing, like it always is.
Is it best to play United early on, what with the new boss?
I know they’ve changed their manager and it’s a big thing but, in terms of how they play and the players themselves, they’re the same. I don’t think it’ll change things too much but maybe it could work out in our favour.
You’ve changed managers at Liverpool yourself. Do people exaggerate the upheaval?
It’s part and parcel of football. It’s always going to happen — you’ve just got to deal with it. Since Brendan Rodgers has came in, he’s helped me massively in terms of building my game and adding new things to it.
Do you think this is the year Liverpool can finally get back into the top four?
Hopefully. We ended last season strongly and we’ve made a few good signings to strengthen the squad. Philippe Coutinho has been brilliant since he’s come into the club, he’s improved in a short space of time and really adapted well to the Premier League. And, I have to tell you, he was brilliant in pre-season!
Top-four spot or an FA Cup winner’s medal?
Ooh, good question! With the FA Cup, you’d have the medal to show people what you’ve won, but the Champions League is huge, for the club and the players. I think the Champions League will take the club back where it belongs and from there we could grow, and get better.
Is it true that Jose Enrique’s a bit handy on FIFA?
Apparently he’s the best, he likes to play FIFA a lot and I know he’s very good, but we don’t generally get time to play very much. I’ve actually beaten him though, just to get it out there, last pre¬season, 1-0, but he’ll no doubt tell you it was a one-off!
Do you play as yourself to make you have a good game?
I just did exactly that! It didn’t really work out though!