StubHub Center, Carson, California. – On Saturday July 16, just yesterday, England’s Manchester United defeat the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team, 5-2. The win marks the first of Man United’s success on their 2017 pre-season tour. The Red Devils score sheet includes 2 goals by Marcus Rashford, 1 by Marouane Fellaini, 1 by Henrikh Mkhitaryan and 1 by Anthony Martial in front of a crowd of over 25,000.
(Marcus Rashford during the match against LA Galaxy.)
The first game of the MU tour also featured the debuts of Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku. Both of the newly signed players are anticipated to become great additions to the Devil’s squad yet Lukaku, the former Everton player who was also bid for transfer by Chelsea, has received more attention due to MU boss Jose Mourinho being Chelsea Football Club’s former manager.
(David Beckham spectating during the MU/LAGalaxy match)
Phil Neville has recently explained that the transfer of Lukaku, initially at the worth of £75 million ($98 million) for a 5 year contract with an option for 6, could possibly be a tactic by Mourinho. Lukaku, according to Neville, was chosen for the possible reason to weaken Chelsea’s defensive play that is of an infamous reputation, often comical, in the English Premiere League.
The opposite transition, Everton to Manchester, has happened to former MU Captain Wayne Rooney. Dubbed by fans as the White Pele, Wayne Rooney returns to his initial club Everton after 13 years as a Red Devil. Rooney’s career with the Manchester United Football Club cemented his place in sports history, earning an impressive 16 trophies throughout his journey with the Devils. Alongside that feat, not a year has passed since Rooney became MU’s all-time top goalscorer, besting Manchester and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton.
(Michael Carrick, Manchester United’s new captain.)
Now that Rooney is off to Everton, the new squad captain is Michael Carrick; Rooney and Carrick are the only Englishmen to win the Premier League, Club World Cup, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup.
Wayne Rooney also expressed some words of wisdom to newcomer Romelu Lukaku, explaining that the standards and expectations are high yet dressing-room leaders such as Sir Alex Ferguson or Ryan Giggs are no longer present. Rooney ultimately urged Lukaku to outperform himself regardless of the absence of the legend-forging aspect that drove Manchester United players to become larger than life personas.
“Yeah it feels great and to be honest, I have kept it quiet for the last 13 years but I actually have been wearing Everton pyjamas at home with my kids so I had to keep that a bit quiet.”
Rooney jokingly said in an interview with Newsweek recently.
(Wayne Rooney with fellow teammates throughout his career with MU.)
Other new happenings in Manchester United news include the resigning of goalkeeper Sergio Romero for another 4 years with the option of 5 and MU scouts are reported to be eyeing Paris Saint-Germain’s Serge Aurier.
The most exciting news, however, would be ESPN’s upcoming ’30 for 30′ special on George Best. Best, the legendary North Irishman, was a winger at Manchester United in the 1960’s and a football superstar who brought a new caliber of understanding to what a footballer is in the sports celebrity world. Best was known best for his superb playing in the field and his wild antics outside of it; a character who possessed the absurd duality of infamy in his personal life and the stuff of legend in his professional career.