Neville belives United needs to spend big

Phil Neville believes that his former club Manchester United needs to spend in excess of a hundred million pounds during the mid season transfer window and then, in the next summer transfer window to build a team that can challenge for the premier League title.
According to Neville, United have to find a couple of players who can play in the centre midfield and a couple of players who can play in the heart of defence.
The Red Devils were not that smart in their purchases this summer. They did splash out a huge amount of money, but, their focus was more on the attack. They signed a couple of defensive players too in the form of Luke Shaw and Daley Blind, but, both of them are inexperienced.
United had struggled in defence the previous season and thus, it was important that they looked to make that area stronger. But, they didn’t do that.
Louis Van Gaal always says that he believes in playing attacking football. But, playing attacking football doesn’t mean that you leave a hole at the back end. If you do that, no matter how good your attack is, you will always be struggling because you will be leaking goals.
When Neville was asked what United needs to do this winter, he said, “They will have to spend money and lots of that and not only in January, they will have to do that during the summer too if they want to compete for the Premiership.”
“Yes, they’ve already spent money, but, they still don’t have specialist players for every position. A good, experienced centre-half is must for them and a defensive midfielder too.”
Manchester United has conceded 8 goals in 5 league games in the ongoing season.

Donovan Linked With Return To Everton

The American forward Landon Donovan spent 2 seasons performing as an Everton player on separate loan deals where he managed on earning the Everton Player of the Month award on 2 occasions and in this summer transfer window he was even being linked on making a return to the Premier League club.

Donovan is currently performing for LA Galaxy and during one of the latest pre-season matches for his club, he entered the pitch in the 2nd half as the MLS side suffered a 7-0 loss against Manchester United but the American attacker took the chance of voicing his emotions towards David Moyes.

David Moyes went through an underwhelming debut season with Manchester United as the club based in Old Trafford failed on winning any major trophies and considering that Landon Donovan has worked together with David Moyes some years ago when performing at the Goodison Park in Everton, the American voiced his emotions towards his former manager.

Donovan said: ’It was hard for me to watch last season, because I was pretty close to David Moyes when I was at Everton, and I was rooting for him to do very well. It was a little bit difficult to see them struggle. It’s never easy. I’m not a manager, so I don’t know what it’s like to go through something like that but, for me, David was first and foremost just a great man and a great human being. He believed in me and he believes in his players. Sometimes things don’t go your way. Sometimes results don’t go your way. That’s part of life and you have to deal with it’’

Donovan admitted that it was hard to see his former manager go through such a devastating season at Old Trafford but he is confident that David Moyes will be able to bounce back and learn from his mistakes.

Donovan Satisified To See Back Of Moyes

LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan has stated that he is extremely satisfied the back of David Moyes at Manchester United. The former Everton manager was appointed as the successor for Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer. He came with high hopes after being given a six-year contract in what was seen a statement of intent from the club to be involved with. However, a terrible first half of the season was compounded by more misery in the second half. As a result, United see themselves seventh in the table with no Champions League football next season.

The club had to make a change in order to revive the flagging fortunes, which went to new low after the 2-0 defeat against Everton. Donovan knows Moyes extremely well after having spent two seasons on loan at Everton. This came about in two spells, which shows the high regard that Moyes had for the US international. Moyes tried to bring Donovan to Goodison Park for the third spell, but the 32-year-old rejected the move claiming that he was extremely tired.

He says that Moyes is a great manager who would have turned round the situation with more time. He also says that Moyes should not be blamed for the poor results this season.

“I love David Moyes. Not only as a manager, but as a person. He was very good to me. He brought me to Everton, and I was very hopeful he would do well at Manchester United. It’s sad to see that he didn’t get a little more time. But that’s the way the world works these days and I’m sure he’ll fall on his feet and do well. It would have been nice to give him a little more time,” said Donovan, who will be travelling with the US squad for the World Cup 2014.

BACK IN FAVOUR

About 12 months back, Landon Donovan’s international career was looking like going nowhere. He had taken some time off from the game and there were doubts whether he would be seen representing the USA national side again.

But, things changed dramatically for him last summer. He had a fantastic time with his club Los Angeles Galaxy and that gave his career a new direction. Now, he seems to be a certainty in the US World Cup squad.

But, it’s hard to tell if the 31 years old veteran would be starting the matches regularly for the Yanks in Brazil. Jurgen Klinsmann, the US manager, likes to play with just one striker and if he continues doing that in the World Cup too, it would become hard for Donovan to find a place in the starting line up. Even if he gets there somehow, he will have to play wide which is not his preferred position.

However, Donovan is a guy who has played at different positions in the past and has done well, but, he has put up his best performances playing upfront and that’s why, most of the experts want him to be utilized as a forward only.

As far as Donovan himself is concerned, he is ready to stand anywhere in the field for the sake of the team. He reckons that the uniformity of a player is more important than anything else.

Talking to the reporters yesterday, the Galaxy star said, “I am just willing to contribute for the team in whichever way possible.”

USA has to play a friendly match against South Korea in a few days’ time in Carson and it would be interesting to see at which position Donovan is asked to play in that match.

LOAN MOVE?

Roberto Martinez has no plans in splashing out cash during the January transfer window. The coach is going to be given a budget of approximately £10m for him to spend but it is believed that he will not be using it.

According to the reports that are emerging surrounding Everton, instead of buying players, there will be a number of them that will be seeing their way out of the Premier League club while a few of them make a return from injuries and possibly making moves for loan spells.

Aiden McGeady from Spartak Moscow is available on a free transfer which is one of the targets that Martinez is keeping a close eye on. Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone will be making a return from injuries. Landon Donovan is another player that could be spending another season with Everton on his 3rd loan spell although still nothing has been officially confirmed.

John Heitinga will be out of contract in the summer and West Ham was linked with a possible move for the Dutchman. Everton wants to sign Gareth Barry but they are planning on waiting until the end of the season before offer him a contract.

The boss of Everton, Roberto Martinez also denied any claims of selling Ross Barkley as he has no intentions in releasing him from the club even if there was an offer of £86million for the young midfielder, which is the amount that Real Madrid offloaded in order to sign Bale from Tottenham.

“Even if we got a Gareth Bale-size valuation we would never even consider it in January. Ross is an icon for us. He represents everything we are trying to do this season, so even if a stupid offer arrived in January it would never, never affect us’’. Martinez said.

Landon Donovan and USMNT regulars urged to keep playing

It hasn’t even been a year since American international Landon Donovan took a three month sabbatical from the game in order to prevent burnout from excessive stress and playing time.

But now, it seems that the LA Galaxy playmaker will have to work overtime in order to secure his place in the United States Men’s National Team for the trip to Brazil for the World Cup next summer.

According to Jurgen Klinsmann, the national team manager, the American international players who play in the Major League Soccer must remain active during the off season of the league which begins in December after the conclusion of the MLS Cup. And the German born manager has urged players like Clint Dempsey of the Seattle Sounders, Graham Zusi of Sporting Kansas City as well as Galaxy man Landon Donovan to go out on loan to clubs in Europe to remain in peak condition.

According to the German, if the opportunity arrives for a player to go overseas, he must seize that opportunity. The main reason for such a diktat is the coach wants the players to test them out against the top players in Europe and also keep in shape ahead of the World Cup. He also mentioned that it is important for the players to understand that everything that they do now will have a bearing at the World Cup in Brazil and as a result, they shouldn’t take things easily.

He mentioned that if it were up to him, he would want all the regulars to get to play and win the MLS Cup but only few will have that chance and that is why, the others must have a plan of approach beforehand. Looks like Landon Donovan and the rest will have their work cut out to please the boss.

Landon Donovan considering his MLS future

American midfield maestro Landon Donovan is attracting quite a lot of interest from major European clubs and according to a source close to the player; he could leave the Major League Soccer when his contract with the league runs out in December.
With the MLS trying to bring the country’s best players back to the league, the departure of Donovan could be considered very ironical as he might be leaving the MLS just months after the return to the American shores of Clint Dempsey.

A source close to the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder stated that the player has been the centre of attraction for many European clubs and has received several offers as well and at the moment, the 31 year old is weighing up his next move and evaluating the options he has in front of him. Landon Donovan has played in Europe in several stints before, coming through the ranks at the Bayer Leverkusen academy and spent three loans spells in Europe, one with German giants Bayern Munich and two with Premier League club Everton.

With less than six months to run on his contract with the MLS, Donovan is free to negotiate with any club and sign a pre-contract agreement from outside the league. According to the source close to Donovan, several European clubs have reached out to Donovan in the past few weeks.

It is reported that having spent the last eight years in the MLS and having won any and every possible accolade in the league, Landon Donovan is considering his future away from the league and is looking for a fresh challenge in Europe. And his move to Europe will also be good enough for his career with the US Men’s National Team with the coach preferring players playing in the tougher leagues of Europe.

Landon Donovan named in MLS All Stars team

Los Angeles Galaxy star Landon Donovan was the star man as the United States of America cruised into the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup this weekend and his performances for the national team has had a very unexpected result with Don Garber, the commissioner of the Major League Soccer adding his name to the All Star team of the MLS.

This is the 13th consecutive time that the Los Angeles Galaxy star finds him in the MLS All Star team, which is a record that seems very unlikely to be broken in the foreseeable future. Donovan was left out of the original team that was announced but after team mate Robbie Keane sustained a hip flexor injury playing for the Galaxy against the Vancouver Whitecaps, Landon Donovan finds himself in the thick of things once again.

Donovan has three goals as well as six assists to his name in the 13 games he has played for Los Angeles Galaxy so far this season and alongside David Beckham, was the star performer as the team lifted the MLS Cup last season in what was the Englishman’s final season of his American adventure.

He surpassed all those numbers in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, however, scoring five goals and helping seven more in assists during the tournament as he led the team into the final where they will play Panama on Sunday and are hot favorites to win the title.

Landon Donovan, who has had a brief spell on loan at Premier League giants Everton, will team up with the MLS All Stars as they get ready to take on the Italian giants AS Roma on the 31st of July, just a day before Galaxy are scheduled to open the International Champions Cup against the mighty Real Madrid in Phoenix in Arizona.

HARD WORK

LA Galaxy striker Landon Donovan has said that he wants to work hard in order to regain his position within the United States national team. The 31-year-old recently returned from his self-imposed sabbatical from the game.

He has stated that constant football in the last few years have taken the pleasure of playing the game from him. As a result, he needed some time off from the game in order to find his love for football. It sparked several rumours that Landon Donovan may not continue playing football.

US national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann also suggested that he will be the final authority when it comes to deciding whether Donovan returns to national team action or not. LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena, though, has been supportive of the 31-year-old by saying that he will be considered for selection as soon as he returns back. After having returned following a four-month absence from football, Donovan has said that he is ready to play in his national team spot, while he is also heavily motivated for playing football.

Donovan has admitted that he almost went into retirement following LA Galaxy’s victory in the MLS cup final last season. Donovan currently holds the record for the most number of goals and assists for the national team.
“I have a long way to go and a lot of work to do. But if given the opportunity, I would love to play for the U.S. and I would love to represent my country again.

Unfortunately, we have a sort of stigma that being in a different mental place is not acceptable. We should pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and fight through it and all this. It’s my job to earn my way back in. And that’s what I’m motivated to do,” said Donovan after returning to LA Galaxy.

PLAYING TO WIN

Even though the MLS club LA Galaxy will consider a draw against Herediano in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals to be a great result, the manager Bruce Arena has said that his team will not play for one.

He intends to aim for a victory prior to the start of the match. The first match of the MLS season ended in a 4-0 victory for LA Galaxy over Chicago Fire. They will now be taking on the Costa Rican team Herediano in the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League. The first leg will be away from home for the MLS club.

As a result, a draw has been seen as a great result for the team since it would allow them to make use of the home advantage and claim a victory in the second leg. Arena has said that he will be playing his strongest team because the club does not have any matches during the weekend to worry about. The manager has been using his reserve teams in the group stages of the competition especially the match against Puerto Rico Islanders. The return leg will be taking place in just over a week. Getting a victory against Herediano will certainly not be easy, as they have a very strong defence.

“Right now, we don’t have a game this weekend. We can play whomever we want and not have to be concerned about that for this game. We’re certainly going to try to put a team out on the field that can win this game, no doubt about it. What we think is our first team. I’m worried about just getting through this game and seeing if we can get out of here safely, and get home and then worry about whatever we have to worry about then,” said Arena.