Melbourne Victory managed a very good 3-0 win over Perth Glory in recent Australian friendly match, but Melbourne manager Kevin Muscat was not necessarily a happy man after the match. He said that his team should have won the match by an even bigger margin because they did not take advantage of the possession. Ahead of the start of the new season, Melbourne Victory were taking on Perth Glory in what was going to be a tough match for the home team. The match at the AAMI Park saw Melbourne comfortably win the encounter.
One of the more surprising moves on transfer deadline day was the transfer of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United to Arsenal.
The striker moved to the Emirates for £16m on a dramatic day of activity at Old Trafford that saw United sign Radamel Falcao on loan for the rest of the season. With the Colombian joining Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Juan Mata and Angel Di Maria, first team opportunities were likely to be limited for Welbeck, though United were thought to be reluctant to sell to one of their rivals for a Champions League place.
Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted he would love the chance to make a return to Manchester United later on in his career. While the reigning Ballon d'Or holder has admitted his love for the club where he really made his name has remained since his departure in 2009, Ronaldo has made it clear he isn't looking to leave Real Madrid any time soon.
With four years left on his current deal at the Bernabeu, United fans may have to wait a few years before ever seeing Ronaldo back in a red shirt.
After a summer of speculation, Jose Mourinho appears to have opted for Thibaut Courtois as his number-one goalkeeper ahead of Petr Cech after the Belgian youngster was selected for Chelsea’s opening game of the season.
Ten years younger than Cech, Courtois is undoubtedly one of the best young goalkeepers in world football and someone who could be Chelsea’s number-one for the next 15 years.
Germany’s star Mesut Ozil will be unavailable for Arsenal at the start of the new Premier League season according to Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman has confirmed that the German international has been given an extended holiday in order to help him recover from his exertions of last season. Ozil has had an extraordinary 12 months to celebrate. After making a £ 42.5 million move to Arsenal last summer, he went on to win the FA Cup with the club. This was their first major trophy after nine years, which made it more special.
Most years in the Premier League see a surprise package; one or two teams punching a long way above or below their expected weight in actuality – compared with the pre-season expectations.
At the top of the table, the season in prospect looks like a fascinating contest to be scrapped out by the big five, Man City, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal – all of whom have made very significant moves in the transfer market already – with surely more to come.