Sir Alex Ferguson has been named the Premier League Manager of the Month for August, to take his tally of such awards collected during his illustrious 20-year tenure at Manchester United to an unprecedented 26, Sky Sports has confirmed.
Throughout the month of August, Fergie introduced several young players and new recruits to United’s first team with devastating effect, particularly when the Red Devils mercilessly recorded an 8-2 victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford last Sunday.
This master class in football, followed victories over West Brom and Spurs, thus consolidating United’s 100% winning start to the Premier League season and occupation of top spot.
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Supporters: Must clear debt.
Members of the Manchester United Supporters Trust have issued a statement to reaffirm their unwavering belief that funds generated from the prospective sale of a minority proportion of United shares on the Singapore Stock Market, must be used by the Glazer family to eradicate the club’s existing debt, reported to be £308.4m, a story published by the Press Association.
Official financial figures for 2010-2011 released by United on Thursday confirmed that the club had made profits and revenues of over £100m and £300m, respectively, for the first time in their history. Whilst voluntarily conceding that these figures are impressive, MUST chose to acknowledge the performance of Sir Alex Ferguson and his players in helping achieve them, rather than the contribution of the Glazer ownership.
Conversely MUST drew the following conclusions about the Glazer family’s influence on the financial results. “While strong, they also show that the Glazers have taken another £51m out of the club in the last 12 months as well as using an even bigger chunk (£64m) of the club’s money to pay down part of their bond debt. This is money that the club has generated and money that should stay in the club rather than to pay down the Glazers’ debt and interest.” It is then on this basis – the Glazer’s knowingly burdening United with debt – that MUST rationalise their calls for the proceeds of any Singapore share sale to be put back into the club to clear existing debts.
Hernandez plans long stay.
After a successful first season at Old Trafford and witnessing the accession of an exciting group of young players to the club’s first team at the beginning of this term, Javier Hernandez has declared his desire to continue playing for Manchester United for the next decade, goal.com reveals.
Signed from Guadalajara in his native Mexico in April 2010, Hernandez – affectionately nicknamed ‘Chicharito’ which is Mexican for ’little pea’ – officially moved to United three months later, where he has become a fans favourite. Concerns over the long-term health of Hernandez briefly surfaced after he suffered from concussion during United’s pre-season tour of the USA. Experiencing this neurological problem, also prevented the Mexican International from partaking in first team duties until last Sunday when he was introduced as a substitute during United’s 8-2 win over Arsenal.
However now rapidly approaching a return to full fitness, Hernandez is excited about the potential of United’s current squad and looking forward to a long and illustrious career at the club. “Hopefully in 10 years I’ll still be here, because this life – playing for United – is a dream for me and I just want to keep enjoying it and working hard,” said Hernandez before commenting on the blend of youth and experience in United‘s squad. “The younger players run a little more and want to show why they are in the team, which can only be good for us. But it’s great because there are other players here with lots of experience too.”