Manchester United have confirmed that the club will meet Barcelona in a pre-season friendly at the 43,000 capacity Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg on Wednesday the eight of August. The friendly encounter in Sweden will be a replay of the UEFA Champions League finals between Barcelona and Manchester United back in 2009 and 2011.
Following his recent summer free-transfer release from Manchester United, Michael Owen could end up at fellow English Premier League club Stoke City. Reportedly, the previous Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United and Manchester United goal plunderer is expected to sign up with the Britannia Stadium outfit in a few weeks.
Manchester United will kick off their summer tour to play Amazulu Football Club at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban and Ajax Cape Town at the Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town. The Reds will then journey to The People’s Republic of China for the first time in three years to take on Shanghai Shenhua at the Shanghai Stadium.
Following England´s Quarter Final exit to Italy at the 2012 European Championships, Roy Hodgson will journey to South America next month to prepare for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Accompanied by Managing Director of Club England Adrian Bevington, The Three Lions manager will look at potential training camps for the tournament.
Reportedly, Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic will start pre-season training at the Carrington Training Centre this week. Over the past six months the massive defender has been working hard on his rehabilitation following the knee injury he suffered in Manchester United´s 2–1 defeat against Basel at St Jakob Park in December 2011.
England and Italy both played for the draw at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Sunday evening and they got exactly what they came for. Roy Hodsgon´s men were lethargic for large periods of the match against a hard working and well organised Italian team and lacked the fighting spirit which had served them so well in recent games.
According to the latest transfer news, Sir Alex Ferguson could be in for a shock move for Benfica favourite Pablo Aimar. It is no secret, however, that the Manchester United boss has been an admirer of the dynamic playmaker for a long time now and he is reported to be ready to offer him a two-year contract with the Old Trafford outfit.
Roy Hodgson´s England players were defeated 4–2 on penalties by a well drilled and confident Italy team after a goalless 120 minutes at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Sunday. Ashley Young and Ashley Cole both missed from the penalty spot as The Three Lions were knocked out of the 2012 European Championships tournament.
Reportedly, Shinji Kagawa has joined Manchester United from Bundesliga Champions Borussia Dortmund for a fee believed to be somewhere in the region of £16 million. The Japan international has agreed to a four-year deal with the Barclays Premier League club after both sides agreed on the transfer fee for the much respected midfielder.
Roy Hodgson´s England face Italy at the Olympic Stadium in the 2012 European Championships Quarter Finals this Sunday. The Three Lions defeated Ukraine by 1–0 in their final group game thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal, while the Italians beat the Republic of Ireland 2–0 courtesy of goals from Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli.