There have recently been more and more players that are starting to take up the position of manager/player of a specific club. This is the case of Ryan Giggs with Manchester United as he assists Louis van Gaal in the tactical side of the club and even more recently is the case of Didier Drogba with Chelsea as he made his return to the club where he was once considered to be one of the best players in the world and the Ivorian forward aids Jose Mourinho with decision making as well as making appearances and performing in certain matches.
Danny Gabbidon is one of the latest players to join the wagon as the Wales defender has made his return to Cardiff City in a one year long deal that will be seeing the 35 year old player turning into a first team player-coach of Cardiff City.
Gabbidon performed for Cardiff City between the years of 2000 and 2004 where he formed part of the squad that managed to push Cardiff City from the third league division to the Championship League as the Welshman made over 190 appearances for the team.
“It’s a chance for me to come back to a club that’s close to my heart. I was really delighted to accept the offer. This is the club where it all took off for me. When I came to Cardiff was when I really developed as a player. I owe a lot to the club so to have a chance to come back here and help the team is as exciting as when I signed for the club the first time’’ Gabbidon said after making his return to Cardiff City.
This is the first time that Gabbidon has accepted a coaching and player role in a club but he remains optimistic about doing it with the club where he managed on making more appearances than any other club in his entire career.
After only being able to make 22 league appearances for Manchester United in 5 seasons, the Brazilian defender Fabio da Silva was offloaded from the club in Old Trafford as he went on to join the newly relegated Cardiff City.
For the entirety of Cardiff City’s history it was their first time playing in the Premier League during the previous season as it was something that the club had never managed on accomplishing and this was huge milestone as they had the opportunity to play in the top tier English league, the Premier League.
Cardiff City struggled playing against some of the best teams that England has to offer which ultimately resulted with them taking the last spot of the Premier League as they got relegated.
Even with the disastrous debut season of Cardiff City as they played in the Premier League for the first time, Fabio da Silva revealed that all the players in the squad are hoping and aiming on earning a promotion spot in the Championship League and eventually make a return to the Premier League.
“I believe in the plan they have for our future here. Everyone in the team wants us to bounce back and I really hope we will bounce back this season. Every game I have to impress the manager and work hard every day because that’s what pre-season is about, working hard to be fit for the season.” Da Silva said.
Fabio da Silva could never really make an impact in Old Trafford at Manchester United which is why he was eventually released from the club and Cardiff City signed him. Now the Brazilian player has the chance to make a name for himself in a club where his chances of getting into the first time are guaranteed.
There have been a lot of rumours surrounding the future of Wilfried Zaha at Manchester United. After being signed for £ 15 million from Crystal Palace in the summer, the England international found very little first-team opportunities at Old Trafford this season. It is partly believed that he had fallen out with manager David Moyes, who was not responsible for bringing him to the club. It was the responsibility of former manager Sir Alex Ferguson to have signed him in the first place. After a very frustrating first half to the season, Zaha was loaned out to Cardiff until the end of the season.
After having impressed in his loan spell at the club, Zaha is widely expected to return to Old Trafford in the summer. However, fresh rumours have suggested that Moyes will not be interested in keeping Zaha at United on a permanent basis. After having played with him closely at Cardiff, Manchester United defender Fabio Da Silva, who is also on a loan spell at the club, says that Zaha has all the qualities to become a successful player at Old Trafford. It has been a troubled season for the Red Devils and they are expected to make significant investments on players in the summer.
This may reduce the chances for Zaha making an impact at Old Trafford.
“He has the talent to make a breakthrough at Old Trafford. Wilfried’s a fantastic player. A fantastic footballer. I think he can go back to Manchester United next season, perform and do well,” said the defender, whose own future at the club is in doubt. Zaha consistently made more than 40 appearances in the last few seasons, but this campaign he has managed just 11 – combined United and Cardiff figures. He has also not scored any goals during this period.
The Brazilian player Fabio da Silva never seemed to be stable at Manchester United despite playing over 4 years with the current champions of the Premier League. He only made 22 appearances in all of his time spent at Old Trafford.
Fabio da Silva had to settle with a place on the sidelines for the majority of time as he watched Manchester United sign new players each season and most of them advancing through the main squad of the club while da Silva stayed as a backup option more than anything else.
On 2012, United decided to send him out on a loan deal to QPR where he enjoyed making 21 appearances for the side that is currently on the Championship league after being relegated from the Premier League.
When making his returning to Manchester United, the Brazilian made 3 appearances for the club led by David Moyes and ultimately was offloaded to Cardiff City on a permanent deal.
The 23 years old defender spoke about what it felt like to join his new club, Cardiff City.
“I’m very excited to be part of this and I’m looking forward to helping Cardiff City. I know this is the right move for me.” Fabio said.
Cardiff City also managed to secure Wilfried Zaha on a loan a deal until the end of the current season as he made his way from Manchester United to the relegation threatened side Cardiff City.
Solskjaer praised the arrival of Zaha as he said: “He has pace, power, technical ability and goes past people. He will give us that extra change of tempo in the final third, where we really need it,” the Norwegian continued. He will bring that little final bit to find pockets of space and produce a bit of magic.”
Brazilian Fabio Da Silva looks very close to the end of his Manchester United career after his agent admitted that the player was looking at several options from abroad. His contract comes to an end in the next few months and there has been no talk about a new deal. He has rarely featured for the first-team during his time at the club. Fabio was brought to the club along with his brother Rafael Da Silva, who has gone on to become a first team regular. The pair were signed back in 2008. Fabio has made just three appearances this campaign, which demonstrates that he is not in the plans of David Moyes.
A couple of Italian clubs have been linked with a move and his agent has further fuelled rumours by admitting that Fabio could leave the club. It is very likely that Rafael will also follow him out of Old Trafford, as David Moyes looks to mould the team in his image. United are expected to undergo several changes in the summer after a poor spell in the first half. The club are seventh in the table and they face a fight to even finish in the top four. During the regime of Alex Ferguson, they never finished below third in the table.
“I do not know anything about these rumours. I think it is just media speculation. I can say that they will remain in Manchester until the end of the season, but in the summer it very likely that they can go,” said Fabio’s agent. It was only three years ago that he started in the Champions league final against Barcelona. However, the rise of Alexander Buttner coupled with the impressive form of Patrice Evra has limited his opportunities. Rafael has not had similar problems since the retirement of Gary Neville.
Manchester United defender Rafael Da Silva has said that the players are extremely worried about the poor form of the club this campaign. Manchester United had their first managerial change in 26 years after Sir Alex Ferguson decided to retire from management. David Moyes was appointed as his replacement and it seems that the players have not taken to his training methods. His tactics have also not produce the best results on the pitch because the United team after struggling to score goals for a regular basis. This combined with the defensive fragilities mean that the club find themselves in the ninth place with less than a few weeks to go before Christmas.
Manchester United lost back-to-back matches at Old Trafford after a long time, as both Everton and Newcastle were able to return with three points. Rafael Da Silva, who has become an important member in the right side of United’s midfield, says that the players are definitely not happy with the recent results. There was a lot of pressure on Moyes and it has only increased after these two matches. Prior to this run, United were looking half decent, but they are now in the same position as they were at the start of the season.
“Of course it hurts. As a United player I want to win every single game. We must work more and improve ourselves. We have been working in the same way. I think we have been unlucky some games, maybe that is why, since you lose one game you lose a bit of confidence. I think we will work the same way and you just have to have a bit of luck some games to try and win and get the confidence back,” said Rafael.
United face important matches against Hull City and West Ham during Christmas.
After spending the last season on loan at QPR, Brazilian defender Fabio Da Silva has returned to Manchester United. The 23-year-old will be battling for the first-team spot along with his brother Rafael Da Silva. Even though both these players came to Manchester United at the same time, Rafael has been able to establish himself much more than Fabio. His twin brother has said that he has no problems fighting with his own brother for a first-team spot. Unlike Rafael who has much less competition at right back, Fabio has to contend with the form of Patrice Evra.
Further, the club were also looking to sign Everton defender Leighton Baines, who is one of the best left backs in the world right now. Fabio made his first start for Manchester United since 2011 in the 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. The injuries to the likes of Rafael and Phil Jones has meant that new manager David Moyes decided to go with the 23-year-old for this encounter. Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney scored the goals for United in this victory, but Moyes will be disappointed that his team did not score more.
Fabio has also said that he is a much better player after the season long loan spell at QPR.
‘I have spoken about this with him in the past. Are we going to fight for this position? Why not? We have always fought over everything. PlayStation, anything, so this is no different. We are mature enough to deal with it. I learned a lot last season. Before it was very new when I played. Of course, it is a dream to play at Old Trafford. But I am calm about the situation. But I am still hopeful of playing here. I will try to the end to do that,’ said Fabio.
The Manchester United boss, David Moyes, has made it clear that Wilfried Zaha will travel with the team on the pre-season tour of East Asia.
Manchester United had bought Zaha in January this year from Crystal Palace and then, had immediately loaned him back to Selhurst Park. The Ivory Coast winger has returned to United now and Moyes wants to have a good look at him before the start of the season.
Talking to the reporters yesterday, Moyes said, “Wilfried is going on the pre-season tour. He has joined the camp only a couple of days ago, but, I’ve decided to take him on the tour and see how good he is.”
“Manchester United is known for developing young players. I hope Wilfried will be another one of those players.”
Meanwhile, Moyes has again denied any chances of Wayne Rooney’s transfer this summer.
The Scot said, “I have made it clear before as well that we are not going to put Wayne on sale. I have chatted with him several times and I can assure you that he is fully committed to the club.”
“He is going fine in training. He is getting his body into a very good shape and that’s a real positive. That’s what you want as a manager. You want your players to be completely prepared before the season kicks off.”
United is trying hard to bring Everton’s left-back Leighton Baines and Barcelona’s midfielder Thiago Alcantara at Old Trafford. When asked if any one of those two deals is close to be finalized, the Manchester United boss didn’t give any direct answer. He said, “We are trying our best to make the squad better. We are always interested in quality players.”
The Red Devils will start their Premier League campaign next season against Swansea City on 17th of August.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Robin van Persie by saying that he once again proved his quality after managing to bring an end to his goal drought with a penalty against Stoke city. United were leading 1-0 in the match after a goal from Michael Carrick. They were on course to securing three points, but there was always the threat of a goal from Stoke. The penalty from Robin van Persie sealed the three points for United. Immediately after scoring, he went and celebrated with Ferguson by hugging him.
Robin van Persie had not scored for 10 games heading into this match. Ferguson said ahead of the match that he was confident that van Persie will find the back of the net sooner rather than later. He said that strikers go through spells in which they find it difficult to score goals no matter what they do. There are also spells when strikers find it difficult to stop scoring. Ferguson also praised the way van Persie took his penalty. Striker Wayne Rooney was utilised in the midfield against Stoke, and he has said that van Persie’s goal may prove to be the kick needed for the Dutchman to go on another scoring spree from now until the end of the season.
“You go through spells when you don’t score where you never think you’re ever going to get a goal and then when you are scoring you think you’re never going to miss. Today was an important goal. He did really good work from Wayne’s pass to get brought down for the penalty. The ball moved off the spot two or three times, the composure to settle himself down and the penalty kick was a perfect penalty. Low hard, straight into the corner, great penalty,” said Ferguson.
The Premier league strugglers Reading recently sacked their manager Brian McDermott. The Royals suffered their fourth consecutive defeat in the league, which has left them four points adrift of safety. They are level on points with the bottom club QPR.
As a result, the club decided to change their manager in order to give them hope of getting out of the bottom three. There are only nine matches remaining for Reading in the Premier league season, and it is expected that the club will be making a swift appointment to replace McDermott. The Tottenham manager Villas-Boas, though, is of the opinion that the Premier league strugglers were wrong to sack their manager. Read more »