Robin van Persie will make his Manchester United debut at Everton, says Sir Alex Ferguson, as Arsenal deal agreed
Sir Alex Ferguson is prepared to gamble on the match fitness of Robin van Persie by handing the £22 million forward his Manchester United debut against Everton at Goodison Park on Monday evening.
Barcelona defeated fellow European heavyweights Manchester United on penalties after a 0-0 draw in a pre-season friendly in Sweden.
Ashley Young and Nani, who did not convert for England at Euro 2012, both failed in the shoot-out, which was limited to just three penalties for each team, meaning Xavi and former United player Gerard Pique gave Barcelona the win.
Wayne Rooney had seen a penalty saved by Victor Valdes in the first half but Tito Vilanova’s Barca, who gave summer signing Jordi Alba a second-half debut, had dominated.
Sir Alex Ferguson will be reasonably pleased with the workout, although after watching his side fire a blank in Norway on Saturday, maybe the deal for Robin van Persie cannot come soon enough.
With Lucas Moura’s move to PSG being confirmed and speculation intensifying that Van Persie was about to agree a deal with the Old Trafford outfit, it was a very busy day at United.
Compared to that, the opening stages were drab, certainly for a Red Devils outfit who were outplayed for long periods by a Barca team who have beaten them in two of the past four UEFA Champions League finals.
As ever, Lionel Messi was behind so many of the Catalans’ best moves.
The brilliant Argentina star only just failed to get on the end of Andres Iniesta’s delicate early pass beyond the Red Devils defence and he was marginally offside when David de Gea blocked a close-range effort.
Manchester United have only scored 3 goals so far in pre-season they will hope to land Robin Van Persie as soon as possible!
England have climbed to third place in the latest FIFA World Rankings – their highest position.
Roy Hodgson’s side exited Euro 2012 at the quarter-final stage and have failed to reach the last four of a major competition since 1996 and haven’t won a major tournament since 1966.
Yet somehow they have moved above Uruguay into third in the standings, which are led by Spain with Germany in second place.
England were outclassed by Italy in their quarter-final in Kiev six weeks ago, yet bizarrely are ranked three places higher than the finalists.
Portugal, who reached the semis at Euro 2012, are also lower, as are Holland and Argentina.
In a further quirk of the standings, Brazil are 13th one position below Greece and three beneath Denmark.
England’s lofty position asks significant questions of the way the rankings are calculated as im sure many England fans will be saying “Got to be joke? 3rd! above Brazil, Italy Holland? no chance”.
By the latest FIFA World Rankings shouldn’t England be expected to reach at least… the Semi-Finals at Rio then?… No pressure lads