Chicharito: Mexican waves through Manchester

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He is into his third season at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’, but it only seems like moments ago that Javier was the English Premier League’s new boy who shocked us with his talents.

When news broke that Fergie had rushed into buying this seemingly unknown footballer from Guadalajara, many (including myself), were left wanting to know who this boy was and what he would bring to one of the world’s greatest teams.

Of course we didn’t have to wait too long ‘’, was one of the rising stars to feature in the 2010 World Cup. With the excitement of witnessing some of the world’s greatest players competing for the best prize in football – it was a shock  when Hernandez stole the limelight, scoring two goals and becoming the quickest player in the tournament.

Simply watching him darting around the field got many fans excited to see what he would bring to Fergie’s team, and I think its fair to say he exceeded the expectations of many.  Even Fergie himself admits, “I really didn’t expect Hernandez to have this impact”.

The ‘little pea’ scored on his competitive debut in the 2010 FA Community Shield with that famous shot that deflected off his face and into the net. He ended his first season with United in style, his tally of goals making him the first player since Ruud van Nistelrooy to score 20 goals for the club in his debut season.

However, I must admit his 2011–12 season was a bit of a let-down for me, with Hernandez only scoring 12 goals he seemed a little weaker and lack-lustre compared to his outstanding start to the Premier League. Many sensed that the demands of playing for his national team for consecutive summers were finally catching up with him. This caused Fergie to take action. He made a deal with the Mexican national team that Hernandez would not be considered for the Olympic Squad, which is why I have high hopes for his third season with the Reds after a summer of recuperation.

He is reaping the benefits of Fergie’s demands. Despite a successful partnership between new signing Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney that restricted Hernandez to the bench, this has not stopped him from striving to equal the success of his first season. His vital goals against SC Braga and Chelsea hinted at a return of “the little pea” we know and love, and his performance against Aston Villa confirmed this with Hernandez coming off the bench to score a hat-trick, ensuring another win for his side.

 is an instantly likeable character. This clever youngster from Mexico would spend his time dreaming of Old Trafford and playing alongside the likes of Giggs and Scholes on his PlayStation – he never expected to get such an opportunity, and whenever interviewed he expresses a sincere sense of humbleness. His essential goals and passion for the club come across even in his goal celebrations. The fans see how grateful this young boy is, and that he joins them in recognising Manchester United as being one of the best football clubs to grace the Earth and the importance of its history as he once said, “We’ve never given up in the history of Manchester United…That’s what the gaffer and all the legends show you. You learn the game is 90 minutes, so you fight to the end.”

His enthusiasm and hard work are evident whenever he steps onto the pitch which is just one of the reasons why the fans love him so much – you can’t dislike him, especially when we are presented with his well-known smile and positive outlook on the team. He scores when it matters, with many of his goals this season being vital and have saved United from some embarrassing blunders!

One thing Hernandez has not lost in his move across the Atlantic is his work ethic. He is a natural finisher and a ‘goal-poacher’. Chicharito takes up positions within the box so easily, he has an instinct to move around players and his timing and speed are simply remarkable. He is by far one of Fergie’s best signings in the past few years, and I have a feeling that he will continue to prosper in Manchester and will make a full transition from the Mexican boy nobody really knew to a well-known, well-respected marvel…if he isn’t already?

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Ronaldo dan Mou menuju United?

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Ronaldo dan Mou Menuju United?

Mou dan Ronaldo menuju United?

 

Bola.net – Mundo Deportivo melaporkan bahwa ada kemungkinanCristiano Ronaldo dan Jose Mourinho akan menjadi milik Manchester united musim depan. Media yang berbasis di Catalan ini meyakini Ronaldo dan Mou telah melakukan persiapan pindah.

Mourinho dan keluarganya disebut sudah mencari tempat tinggal baru di Inggris. Mou juga menolak berkomentar setiap kali para wartawan bertanya mengenai kelanjutan masa depannya bersama Real Madrid.

Sementara itu, Ronaldo disebut masih memendam kesedihan sejak awal musim. Ia bahkan tak mau menjawab apakah hubungannya dengan klub baik-baik saja.

Kesimpulan yang diambil Mundo Deportivo adalah bahwa Mou dan Ronaldo ingin meninggalkan Madrid di akhir musim. Dua sosok asal Portugal ini disebut menuju Manchester United karena United memang menginginkan mereka berdua.

Mou dikabarkan sempat minum teh bersama Sir Alex Ferguson dalam kunjungan terakhirnya ke kota Manchester. ia adalah salah satu kandidat pengganti Fegie. Sementara itu, Ronaldo selalu ingin menghabiskan kariernya di Old Trafford.

‘Alex Ferguson Pelatih Terbaik di Dunia’

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'Alex Ferguson Pelatih Terbaik di Dunia'

Fergie bersama Nistelrooy ketika masih membela United. © AFP

 

Bola.net – Mantan penyerang Manchester UnitedRuud van Nistelrooy mengaku bahagia sempat dilatih Sir Alex Ferguson selama berkarir di sepak bola.

The Flying Dutchman bergabung dengan Iblis Merah dari PSV Eindhoven pada tahun 2001 dan telah mencetak 150 gol di 219 pertandingan. Saat itu, Van Nistelrooy adalah salah satu penyerang berbahaya di eropa, bahkan dunia.

Kemarin (23/11), Ruudtje juga menyempatkan diri untuk menghadiri acara peresmian patung Opa Fergie di depan Old Trafford.

“Senang bisa kembali ke Old Trafford, pelatih (Opa Fergie) pantas mendapatkan penghargaan ini. Demi Ferguson, saya menyempatkan diri untuk menghadiri acara istimewa ini.” ujar Van Nistelrooy seperti dilansirMUTV.

“Selama lima tahun di Manchester, saya mendapatkan pengalaman serta prestasi yang berharga. Saya sangat menghormati Ferguson, buat saya, dia adalah pelatih terbaik di dunia.” imbuh mantan pemain Real Madridtersebut.

Fergie anggap Anderson kunci kemenangan United

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Fergie Anggap Anderson Kunci Kemenangan United

Anderson merayakan gol Chicharito di babak kedua. © AFP

 

Bola.net – Manajer Manchester UnitedAlex Ferguson memuji performa gelandang timnya, Anderson. Fergie menilai penampilan Anderson berhasil mengubah jalannya laga.

United sempat dibuat frustrasi di babak pertama dengan solidnya tembok lini belakang The Hoops. Ditambah lagi pada awal babak kedua, mereka harus tertinggal melalui gol Jamie Mackie memanfaatkan bola rebound.

Akan tetapi United seketika tersentak dan membuktikan predikatnya sebagai tim yang memiliki determinasi tinggi. Tak tanggung-tanggung, tiga gol sekaligus dibuat dalam kurun waktu kurang dari 10 menit.

Performa mengesankan tersebut dinilai Fergie tak lepas dari peran besar seorang Anderson. Energi yang ia bawa, plus satu assist pada Javier Hernandez untuk gol pamungkas membuat Fergie harus melontarkan pujian pada pemain 24 tahun tersebut.

“Anderson menciptakan sebuah perbedaan, tidak diragukan lagi,” terang manajer yang sudah 26 tahun di Old Trafford tersebut.

“Memang terlalu mudah untuk memberi penguasaan bola pada mereka, khususnya di babak pertama. Namun ketika mereka mulai mencetak gol, Anderson masuk dan kami mulai kembali hidup.”

Tambahan tiga poin di kandang tersebut membuat United kembali ke puncak klasemen sementara dengan 30 poin. Rival mereka, Manchester City menguntit di peringkat dua dengan selisih dua poin. Namun City masih memiliki satu laga, yakni menghadapi Chelsea malam nanti di Stamford Bridge.

Kemenangan come back bawa MU kembali ke puncak

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Review: Kemenangan Comeback Bawa MU ke Puncak

Manchester United vs QPR. © AFP

 

Bola.net – Lagi-lagi sebuah comeback disuguhkan Manchester Unitedguna memenangi laga atas QPR, di Old Trafford tamu bertekuk lutut 3-1, Sabtu (24/11).

Sir Alex Ferguson memimpin pasukannya dengan sumringah usai dihadiahi patung perunggu yang berdiri di gagah hari kemarin. Sementara QPR baru saja memecat pelatih Mark Hughes.

Hanya beberapa jam sebelum kick off mereka mengumumkan Harry Redknapp sebagai pelatih baru, namun Harry hari ini hanya hadir di tribun, sebab Eddie Niedzwiecki yang memimpin sebagai caretaker.

Babak pertama tak ada gol yang tercipta, MU mendominasi peluang namun kebanyakan melebar. Sementara shot on target Rooney sanggup dihadang Julio Cesar.

Ketika memasuki babak kedua pendukung tim tamu malah bersorak duluan, Jamie Mackie menghajar bola rebound tepisan Lindegaard dari jarak dekat. Tamu pun unggul satu gol di menit 52.

Gol balasan United tercipta 12 menit kemudian, ketika waktu menunjuk menit 64 Jonny Evans menanduk masuk bola corner kiriman Rooney yang sebelumnya disundul oleh Welbeck, 1-1.

4 Menit berselang giliran Darren Fletcher yang juga menanduk masuk bola dari situasi corner. Kali ini eksekusi Rooney langsung ditanduk keras oleh Fletcher dan membawa MU balik unggul 2-1.

Kemudian Javier Hernandez membuat Old Trafford semakin bergemuruh ketika menit 72 ia menambah gol tuan rumah, bola sodoran Anderson ia selesaikan dengan brilian.

Skor 3-1 tak lagi berubah hingga pertandingan selesai, Setan Merah kini bertengger di pucak tabel sementara EPL lagi dengan 30 poin menyalip City yang baru bermain esok hari lawan Chelsea.

Manchester United starting line-up: Lindegaard; Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra; Young, Fletcher, Scholes; Rooney, Welbeck, Van Persie.
Cadangan: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Anderson, Cleverley, Powell, Chicharito.
QPR starting line-up: Cesar; Mbia, Hill, Nelsen, Traore; Derry, Faurlin, Mackie, Taarabt, Dyer; Cisse.
Cadangan: Green, Diakite, Ferdinand, Wright Philips, Granero, Ephraim, Hoilett.