Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 12th 2013 Contents A46
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, August 12, 2013
David Moyes Manchester United career
ends, the first trophy he lifted is unlikely
to be considered a defining moment.
In fact, Moyes considers the Community
Shield---collected yesterday after United beat
Wigan 2-0---to be the 50th and final title
of Alex Ferguson s illustrious managerial
career that ended in May.
"It was his team that won the Premier
League by (11) points last season so today s
is really Sir Alex s (win)," Moyes said after
the clash of the league and FA Cup winners
at Wembley Stadium.
"The ones going forward will be down
to me. So big thank you for Sir Alex getting
me into this position."
For the former Everton manager, who
was hand-picked by Ferguson to succeed
him after nearly 27 years at Old Trafford,
the traditional curtain-raiser to the English
season was all about avoiding embarrass-
And Robin van Persie s double against
the FA Cup winners will lift some of the
anxieties around United following a lackluster
run of pre-season results before its Premier
League title defense begins next weekend.
The sixth-minute header and second-
half deflected strike reinforced Van Persie s
status as United s leading striker during
Wayne Rooney s absence.
The future of Rooney was the biggest
issue Ferguson left Moyes to resolve.
The former Everton manager has been
steadfast through an offseason of agitating
by the unsettled striker that he would not
be sold, with two bids from Chelsea reject-
ed.Rooney was ruled out of all the official
preseason fixtures and Sunday s match due
to hamstring and shoulder problems.
But, adding to the mystery, Moyes said
that while Rooney is in line to play for Eng-
land against Scotland on Wednesday, he s
unlikely to be fit for United s Premier League
opener at Swansea on Saturday.
"I don t see why you think that s con-
fusing," Moyes said at a post-match media
conference dominated by questions about
Rooney s future.
Moyes insisted that he "didn t fall out
The reason for Rooney s frustration seems
to be Van Persie, with the Netherlands striker
moving above him in the pecking order
since joining a year ago from Arsenal.
And Van Persie took just six minutes to
find the net at a sun-drenched Wembley
in north London.
After Van Persie sent the ball to Evra on
the left flank, the left back crossed the ball
back to the forward in the penalty area to
head past goalkeeper Scott Carson.
It was game over, with Wigan rarely posing
Winning the FA Cup was the high point
for Wigan last season, with its first major
trophy success followed by relegation from
the Premier League.
It was Moyes going to United that led to
Wigan losing manager Roberto Martinez
after the cup triumph.
After Martinez headed to Everton, Owen
Coyle was hired by Wigan.
The League Championship season is
already under way, and returning to the
world s richest league is Coyle s priority,
even with a Europa League campaign to
look forward to, starting in September.
The couple of opportunities Wigan did
have to equalize were squandered against
the 20-time English champions.
After James McClean worked his way
down the left flank, Grant Holt couldn t get
on the end of his cross.
And just before half time, Leon Barnett s
header was off-target.
Although it was a routine victory, the lack
of spark highlighted United s failure to rein-
force the squad, with moves for Cesc Fab-
regas and Thiago Alcantara both faltering.
Instead, Van Persie s goals served as a
reminder of the success of Ferguson a year
ago in prizing a top asset from a fierce rival.
Although quiet after the first goal he
sprang into life again to net again just before
Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck did
the hard work in carving out the opportunity,
and the low strike from Van Persie was
heading on target but landed in the net after
taking a deflection off James Perch past
And, for the first time in United s history,
a manager collected a trophy in his first
What was missing in the game was a dis-
This would have been the first time in
English football history when the referee
could defer to goal-line technology with
Hawk-Eye s 14 cameras in the ground fol-
lowing FIFA approval.
Man U opens Moyes
era with Shield win
Manchester United's players celebrate their win against Wigan Athletic at the end of their
English FA Community Shield soccer match at Wembley Stadium in London, yesterday.
LONDON---Despite blocking Chelsea s pursuit
for Wayne Rooney, Manchester United manager
David Moyes insisted yesterday that he has not
fallen out with the unsettled striker or banished
him to the reserves.
The Premier League champions have rejected
two bids in the last month from Chelsea for
Rooney, who wants to leave Old Trafford after
becoming unhappy at no longer being a regular
According to Alex Ferguson, a verbal transfer
request was submitted before he handed over
power at United to Moyes in May and the saga
has overshadowed pre-season preparations.
Rooney has not played in any of the official
pre-season matches and injury also kept him out
of Sunday s Community Shield win over Wigan.
In a prickly encounter with reporters after the
2-0 win at Wembley Stadium, Moyes maintained
that there is no rift with the 27-year-old England
"Some of you might not like hearing this, but
I didn t fall out with Wayne," Moyes said. "Wayne
trained with the reserves because it was his asking
... anyone who wrote anything else was misleading
Moyes has said hamstring and shoulder injuries
have kept Rooney out of action, the latter problem
picked up in a behind-closed-doors game against
Real Betis last weekend.
But despite deeming Rooney potentially fit
enough to play for England in a friendly against
Scotland on Wednesday, Moyes said he is unlikely
to be ready for United s Premier League opener
at Swansea on Saturday.
"I don t see why you think that s confusing,"
Moyes said when asked about the situation. "Tell
me why you think it s confusing."
When challenged on the fact that the England
game---despite being a friendly---is a significant
fixture like the Swansea game, the Scottish manager
quipped in response: "You don t think I m going
to send England a fit player do you?"
"He s coming back, he s breaking himself back
into the team," Moyes added. "It will be great for
Manchester United because hopefully Wayne will
get some playing time (for England)."
United captain Nemanja Vidic questioned why
Rooney would want to leave "the best club in the
"I think there s no point to go anywhere (else),"
Vidic said. "There s so much speculation, so much
talk about whether he ll leave or stay. He s at the
best club in the world."
PARIS---Saint-Etienne strolled to a 1-0 win at
Ajaccio in the French league yesterday as Fabrizio
Ravanelli s first match in charge of the Corsican
side ended in disappointment.
Brandao scored in the 34th minute. Romain
Hamouma rolled the ball across the face of goal
from the right flank and the Brazilian striker
slotted into an empty net.
Ajaccio midfielder Benjamin Andre was sent
off in stoppage time for a second booking.
Both sides struggled to carve out opportunities
in searing temperatures in Corsica. The match
was halted at the midway point in each half to
allow players to rehydrate.
It is only the second time Saint-Etienne has
won their opening league match of the season
since 1992. It is also the first time it has won at
Ajaccio in 33 years.
BERLIN---Klaas Jun Huntelaar scored
twice as Schalke came from behind to sal-
vage a 3-3 draw against visiting Hamburger
SV in the Bundesliga yesterday.
The Dutch striker opened the scoring
within two minutes, when Julian Draxler
sent a perfect pass for him to surprise Rena
Adler with a 20-meter (yard) shot.
The visitors were given some help in the
12th when Joel Matip was adjudged to have
handled the ball from Marcell Jansen s cross,
and Rafael van der Vaart duly converted
from the penalty spot.
Draxler had to go off in the 23rd with
what appeared to be an injury to his left
foot, allowing the highly rated Leon Goretzka
to come on for his Bundesliga debut.
It got worse for Schalke a minute later,
when Maximilian Beister crashed his header
off the crossbar.
The rebound bounced in front of the line,
against unfortunate goalkeeper Timo Hilde-
brandt and into the net.
Huntelaar equalised just before the break,
however, meeting Christian Fuchs cross to
head unopposed past Adler.
Beister should have scored his second
only to be denied by Hildebrandt, but Lasse
Sobiech put Hamburg 3-2 up with a header
from a poorly defended corner in the 49th.
Adler denied substitute Adam Szalai from
close range in the 69th, but the Hungarian
striker pounced to score in the 72nd, when
the goalkeeper failed to hold on to Christian
Clemens long-range shot.
Matip missed two good chances late on
as Schalke pushed for the winning goal.
Earlier, Japan striker Shinji Okazaki scored
on his Bundesliga debut for Mainz in a 3-
2 win over his former side Stuttgart.
"Shinji was very unlucky with us last
year," Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia said.
"The goal that he now scores against us
was offside. The referee gave an unfortunate
performance. I told him this quite factual-
ly."Nicolai Mueller scored twice for the home
side, opening his account in the 14th minute
when he dispossessed Gotoku Sakai, skipped
past Benedikt Roecker and shot inside the
Vedad Ibisevic equalised two minutes
later with one touch from Ibrahima Traore s
Moyes insists he
hasn't fallen out
1-0 at Ajaccio in
Schalke draws 3-3 with Hamburg in Bundesliga
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