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Manchester United Galacticos Run Wild

di-maria-mufcIt took a few matches longer than expected but the Louis Ban Gaal era kicked off in style on Sunday as Manchester United thumped Queens Park Rangers 4-0 to hand Louis van Gaal his first win as manager. Angel di Maria, Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata all got on the scoresheet as United ripped QPR apart in the opening 45 minutes.

United fans arrived at Old Trafford ready to welcome new signings Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao but while all three impressed, it was the contribution of Di Maria that excited the United fans the most.


one_aaron_ramseyFinally we get back to Premier League action this weekend, and Arsenal and Wales star Aaron Ramsey is an doubt for Saturday’s blockbuster match between Arsenal and Manchester City after picking up an ankle injury on international duty.

Ramsey appeared to twist his ankle late in the game against Andorra, which Wales won 2-1 and was substituted before the final whistle.

Wales boss Chris Coleman said after the game that he was hopeful the problem was not long-term.

“He got a kick and there was a twist in his ankle,” the coach explained. “It was coming to the end of the game, and it was pointless taking a risk with him.


Man United Announce Record Revenue Of £433.2m

Any doubt as to how Manchester United could afford their summer spending spree with Financial Fair Play ended today when the club announced record revenues of £433.2m and profits of £23.8m for last season.

The engine behind United’s license to print money is its commercial side of the club, as sponsorship revenue increased by 49% and commercial revenue soared nearly a quarter to £189.3m. Commercial revenues account for almost half of United’s total turnover, which is why getting United back in the Champions League this season will be Louis Van Gaal top priority.


falcao-mufcWhile Manchester United embarked on the second most expensive summer spending spree in football history, financial fair play (FFP) forced other top clubs to sell accruing to the Soccerex Transfer Review by Prime Time Sport.

United spent €196 million on Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao.

Only Real Madrid in 2009, when they spent €265 million for Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka, has spent more than United in a summer transfer window.


Roy_Hodgson_is_ConfusedIt’s only the first match of Euro 2016 qualifying but England took a high step towards France with a 2-0 win over Switzerland in Basel. New Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck scored both goals, his first international goals in more than a year to lead the three lions to victory.

The 23-year-old showed why Arsenal paid £16m for his signature as he turned home a Raheem Sterling cross on a lightning counter-attack that also involved captain Wayne Rooney. And the former Manchester United man rounded off the win in injury time with a well-taken finish.


Revs Win Again

charlie-daviesNew England Revolution extended their Major League Soccer winning streak to four matches with a 2-1 victory over Chicago Fire on Sunday. Sanna Nyassi put the Fire ahead after 28 minutes but Diego Fagundez levelled things four minutes before the break, heading in a Lee Nguyen cross,

Then Charlie Davies turned the game on its head on the hour just two minutes after coming on when he scored late in the second half off of a Jermaine Jones through ball from midfield.

The Revs (12-12-3, 39 pts.) sit in third place in the Eastern Conference, three points back of second-place Sporting KC, while Chicago (5-7-14, 29 pts.) sits in ninth place.


Real Madrid Post Record Revenue Numbers

real-champions-leagueWhile Manchester United might have outspent everyone in Europe this past summer, there is no doubt what club who is the biggest club in the world in terms of revenue.

European champions Real Madrid have announced their financial results for the 2013/14 financial year and they show record revenues of £480 million (€603.9 million). Real are the first club to ever break the €600 million revenue barrier, and they have been the highest revenue producing club in the world for the last ten years.


Gunners Sign Danny Welbeck But Why No Defenders?

DannyWelbeckBig transfer deadline day for Arsenal as the Gunners signed Manchester United and England striker Danny Welbeck for £16m.

With Oliver Giroud out until the new year, adding another striker during this window was critical for Arsenal and in Welbeck they have someone who can play in any of the three attacking positions.

I expect Welbeck to move straight into the Arsenal line-up which will push Alexis Sanchez out to the wing, where he can be more effective. When Theo Walcott returns from injury, Arsenal might have the fastest forward line in Premier League history with Walcott, Welbeck and Alexis.


falcao-mufcA blockbuster final transfer day at Manchester United as they landed the best center forward in the world, Colombia striker Radamel Falcao in a £6m season-long loan deal from Monaco. Falcao’s move, meanwhile, includes an option for United to buy him for £43.5m at the end of the loan spell.

The 28-year-old scored 11 goals in 20 league appearances for Monaco, and two in three games this season.

The striker told the United website:

“Manchester United is the biggest club in the world and is clearly determined to get back to the top.

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New England Impressive In Win Over Toronto FC

Revs Coach Jay HeapBig win for the New England Revolution on Saturday as they beat Toronto FC 3-0 in Toronto.

Lee Nguyen and Kelyn Rowe each had a goal and an assist in the victory while Teal Bunbury added a second half tally to give New England its second straight victory and extend the club’s unbeaten streak to three games. The Revs are now tied with TFC and Columbus for third place in the congested Eastern Conference with 33 points.