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Manchester United and Chevrolet Team Up to Auction Exclusive Fan Experiences‏

July 16, 2014 1 comment

Written by Chris Winterburn

Louis van Gaal touched down in Manchester early this morning to officially begin life as Manchester United manager. The experienced Dutchman comes to Old Trafford fresh from a wonderful World Cup campaign with the Dutch national team where he guided a team, not blessed with the masses of quality Dutch sides of the Cruyff, de Boer and Van Nistelrooy eras had at their disposal, to the semi-final of the competition. united chevrolet charity

Manchester United supporters eagerly anticipate the impact Van Gaal will have on the team’s fortunes with speculation surrounding moves in the transfer market likely to intensify following Van Gaal’s arrival at the AON Training Complex. 

Van Gaal himself is eager to start work as soon as possible, not even having a holiday following his adventure in Brazil and he will join Manchester United as the club fly out to America on Friday to begin the club’s pre-season tour.

Manchester United and Chevrolet are teaming up alongside ‘Charitybuzz.com‘ a charity auction site to give six lucky Manchester United supporters the opportunity to bid for exclusive fan experience packages for Manchester United’s pre-season tour match with Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium on August 2.

The auction is to support ‘United Way’ in Southeastern Michigan, an organisation which strives to improve lives by mobilising the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.

Here are details of the auction and how you can get involved:


Chevrolet Offers Ultimate Manchester United Experience
Proceeds of ticket packages auctioned for Manchester United-Real Madrid match to benefit United Way for Southeastern Michigan

July 8, 2014 — Chevrolet will offer six exclusive ticket packages for auction, including a once-in-a-lifetime “Ultimate Manchester United Fan Experience” for the highly anticipated match against Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium as part of the Guinness International Champions Cup (ICC) .

Proceeds from the auction hosted at Charitybuzz.com will benefit United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

Soccer fans can place bids now through July 22 for a chance to win one of six ticket packages that include four tickets to the match, hospitality, pre-game access and more. Complete auction details are available at Charitybuzz.com/ManchesterUnited .

As the Official Shirt Sponsor of Manchester United, the team will wear Chevrolet-branded shirts during the Aug. 2 match that also feature a commemorative United Way badge. Each auction winner will receive one of the game-worn shirts from the team’s new kit, which debuted earlier this week.

“Like the athletes who give their all on the field and the lifelong fans who go the distance to support them, Chevrolet wants to connect everyone with the spirit that makes soccer the world’s favourite sport,” said General Motors President Dan Ammann, chair for the 2014-15 United Way for Southeastern Michigan Workplace Campaign. “From backyards to the ‘Big House,’ Chevrolet is proud to support our local communities and United Way.”

The auction extends GM’s and the GM Foundation’s ongoing support of United Way and its mission to improve communities and individual lives by focusing on education, financial stability and such basic needs as food and shelter.

In 2010, the GM Foundation pledged its largest grant ever – $27.1 million to United Way for Southeastern Michigan to establish a “Network of Excellence” in seven Detroit-area high schools. The grant is also helping to advance early childhood education in the area. Over the last two years, GM employees and retirees have contributed more than $11 million through the company’s United Way campaign, and have donated more than 7,200 hours of volunteer service at the Network of Excellence schools since 2011.

“United Way for Southeastern Michigan is honored to partner with Chevrolet for the Manchester United auction packages — these are two of the most storied and beloved brands in the world,” said Michael J. Brennan, president & CEO, United Way for Southeastern Michigan. “With the same spirit that soccer fans unite to support their team, we are committed to uniting the community in support of making Greater Detroit one of the best places to live and work. We are deeply grateful to GM for their partnership and for this exciting opportunity to move our mission forward.”

The Manchester United ticket packages available for auction include:

Ultimate Package Four (4) VIP tickets (8/2: Manchester United vs. Real Madrid)
Pre-Game pitchside walk
Game Worn Shirt – Signed
Meet & Greet with Manchester United Players
On-field Mascot escorting player on field (7-13 year old)
Attend Open Training Session
Four (4) tickets to a match at Old Trafford Stadium

VIP Package Four (4) VIP tickets (8/2: Manchester United vs. Real Madrid)
Pre-Game pitchside walk
Game Worn Shirt
Four (4) tickets to a match at Old Trafford Stadium

Executive Package Four (4) VIP tickets (8/2: Manchester United vs. Real Madrid)
Pre-Game pitchside walk
Game Worn Shirt – Signed
Meet & Greet with Manchester United Players

Fred the Red Package Four (4) VIP tickets (8/2: Manchester United vs. Real Madrid)
Pre-Game pitchside walk
Game Worn Shirt
On-field Mascot escorting player on field (7-13 year old)

Super Fan Package Four (4) VIP tickets (8/2: Manchester United vs. Real Madrid)
Pre-Game pitchside walk
Game Worn Shirt

Red Devil Package Four (4) tickets (8/2: Manchester United vs. Real Madrid)
Pre-Game pitchside walk
Game Worn Shirt
Attend Open Training Session

Head over to www.Charitybuzz.com/ManchesterUnited in order to take part in this auction for a what is a fantastic cause, and you may be lucky enough to win one of the aforementioned Manchester United exclusive fan experience packages.

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David Moyes remains defiant in face of the media

March 18, 2014 2 comments

Manchester United manager David Moyes faced the World’s media this afternoon as he and his side prepared for tomorrow’s huge Champions League tie with Olympiacos at Old Trafford. Manchester United hope to overturn a two goal deficit from the first leg in Piraeus just under three weeks’ ago and David Moyes was yet again defiant in his press conference that he felt his job was safe and that there is a long-term plan for the progression of Manchester United despite what various reports have claimed since Sunday’s dismal defeat to Liverpool.

David Moyes once again spoke of the confidence he has that he will be given time to turn Manchester United's fortunes around.

David Moyes once again spoke of the confidence he has that he will be given time to turn Manchester United’s fortunes around.

David Moyes began by addressing the good mood in training from earlier in the morning with MUTV’s cameras being given access to film the session due to tomorrow being a Champions League game. Patrice Evra would later allude to the fact that the match against Liverpool on Sunday had to be forgotten with full focus placed on putting on a significantly better performance against Olympiacos for the Old Trafford crowd.

It wasn’t long before the hard hitting questions were asked of the under fire Manchester United boss with the Scot having to assess just what impact the result of tomorrow’s match has on his job security,

“My future has not changed one bit, I’ve got a great job and I know the direction I want to go in. It hasn’t been the season we’d have hoped for at this present time however I’ve got ideas of what I want to do that I’m going to put in place when the time is right. The most important thing now is to get the Olympiacos game played and hopefully get through in that competition. If we can do that it would be a massive lift for us.”

Of course this sounds good in theory however some Manchester United supporters would question why ideas of progression aren’t being put into place right now with the club appearing to lurch from one on field disaster to another. Of course on the flip side of that David Moyes will argue he has had one fair crack of the whip in terms of transfer windows and during that period he managed to bring one of the better playmakers the Premier League has seen in recent times to the club and hopes to put more of those deals into place next summer.

Amidst the vast number of reports regarding David Moyes’ Old Trafford future penned since Sunday’s match with Liverpool there has been very little official word from the club with many simply suggesting the line from Old Trafford was still the same, “David Moyes will be backed.” Either David Moyes has a very, very good poker face or this is in fact one hundred percent true. The manager was asked what assurances he had been given by the club irrespective of what happens on the field between now and the summer and the former Everton boss’ answer was one of confidence,

“The biggest assurance is that they [Manchester United owners and directors] let me get on with the job, we never discuss it [job security], we talk about the future, we’re making big plans for years going forward, this is not a club that works on the short-term, Manchester United works on a long-term vision.”

The rest of the press conference was rather like many gone before with the manager pointing to the “phenomenal” support inside Old Trafford as well as the need to score the first goal against Olympiacos to give the place a real lift. Patrice Evra was also quizzed on his future with the club with his contract set to expire in the summer, despite having an additional year clause embedded within his current deal which was triggered once the Frenchman had played a certain number of matches in his final contracted season. Evra refused to comment on his own future only suggesting, “the important thing is Manchester United’s future, not mine” with many possibly taking that as a sign he may well leave the club this summer.

Whilst David Moyes once again quashed any rumours about his impending dismissal the press conference reached its close with one titbit from the manager particularly sticking out, “I think Manchester United are the biggest club in the world, it might not feel like it today, but it will rise again.” Whilst a very clichéd statement it is difficult to find fault with the final words. Manchester United historically do rise again, be that in a short-term period or over a longer term and at this moment it still very much looks as if the future rise of Manchester United is entrusted in the hands of David Moyes be that what some supporters desire or not.

Written by Chris Winterburn

Follow Chris on Twitter @Chriswin4

Greek Tragedy! Champions League Diary 26.02.14

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Another Champions League evening has passed and we are still waiting for a English club to avoid defeat in the first knockout round, admittedly Arsenal and Manchester City faced significantly more difficult opposition in Bayern Munich and Barcelona respectively but Manchester United were certainly set for a tough evening ahead of kick off in Piraeus last night.

Alejandro Dominguez celebrates putting Olympiacos a goal up against Manchester United in Piraeus.

Alejandro Dominguez celebrates putting Olympiacos a goal up against Manchester United in Piraeus.

Following the positivity taken from the result at Selhurst Park over the weekend it was expected that Manchester United would kick on in Athens on Tuesday even without Juan Mata eligible for selection in the competition courtesy of his pre-Christmas involvement with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. Manchester United hoped to continue their record of having never lost to a Greek team in European competition but David Moyes’ men were yet again unable to get out of second gear and were second best for almost the entirety of the evening.

Olympiacos were up for the fight, despite having the lower section of the North Stand closed as part of UEFA disciplinary action due to racial conduct by supporters and the use of lasers. Despite this the atmosphere at the Karaiskakis stadium was electric, it was very much a classic European evening for the hosts and Manchester United looked rattled from the off.

The visitors struggled in the early goings to at the very least keep their footing, particularly on the right hand side where the hosts had watered the pitch for a solid seven minutes just prior to kick off, this then transcended to the passing of the football around the back four with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic putting each other into all sorts of trouble with ill thought out and poorly executed passes across the defensive line. Olympiacos, despite not boasting the attacking talent they had in the group stage with Konstantinos Mitroglou and Vladimir Weiss both leaving the club in January, were still a threat to United with Arsenal’s Joel Campbell and former Valencia midfielder Alejandro Dominguez both putting United under pressure during the first half.

After a shaky start United seemed to ease into the tie with ball retention improving even if there was very little done with the ball once into the final third, it just seems a case of Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley not being able to function to their best when playing together. You have to feel that Cleverley needs a talisman next to him, someone who can tell him where to be, take the pressure away from Cleverley when he is on the ball. We saw a performance of that nature by Marouane Fellaini at Selhurst Park at the weekend but the Belgian was left on the bench in Piraeus.

As has so often been the case for Manchester United this season the visitors were punished by a bit of bad luck when Olympiacos took the lead just before half time. Giannis Maniatis received the ball just on the edge of United’s penalty area and not a single player was quick enough to close the shot down, Maniatis had essentially a free shot at goal, it was a minor miracle in itself that the Greek international’s shot was such a poor one however with the ball looking to be going wide the always alive Dominguez flicked his heel at the ball and directed it past the outstretched De Gea. United had gone from being in an okay position in the tie whilst not playing well to being under immense pressure to now go out and seek an away goal.

If there first half was poor then United’s second half performance at least until the last ten minutes was dire. Ball retention was nonexistent and chance creation was not a feature of the English Champions’ second half performance. Ashley Young looked to get forward when he could with Evra ably supporting him on the left hand side but it was futile, the players looked tired and by this point Olympiacos had their tails well and truly in the air. 

The evening got even worse for United later in the second half when again a lack of desire to close down a shot was punished. Michael Carrick was too late to make up the ground on Joel Campbell and when he eventually did the tackle was weak. Arsenal’s Costa Rican forward curled in a fantastic shot past De Gea to give the Greek side a deserved two goal lead. Try as they might in the last ten minutes following the introduction of Danny Welbeck and Shinji Kagawa, United could not break the hosts down although the best chance of the evening fell to Robin van Persie inside the penalty area only for the Dutchman to fire over the power. Had that shot gone in United’s continental prospects would have been looking far rosier with an away goal under their belt.

Take nothing away from Olympiacos, they were excellent. The energy they showed off the ball was impressive with the players feeding off the atmospheric crowd although some of their tackling was clumsy and on another night with another referee could have resulted in a foul. Manchester United have it all to do at Old Trafford in three weeks’ time with no away goal to take away from the Greek capital however the tie is by no means over. David Moyes will be confident his side can improve their level of performance and put a shaky Olympiacos defence to the sword on home soil, however United will have to really step up their game to continue this year’s continental adventure.

In another of the first knockout round ties which look all but over Borussia Dortmund ran out 4-2 winners away in Russia to Zenit St Petersburg in yesterday’s early fixture. In what was a nice break from the difficulties of domestic action, Jurgen Klopp’s team seem to take the shackles off and really play the way we all know they can yesterday. Maybe it is an early sign that the club are heavily going for European glory rather than trying to close the gap between themselves and the almost invincible Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga title race?

Zenit’s evening started horribly with Dortmund going two goals to the good inside five minutes with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marco Reus both netting for the visitors. Zenit did pull a goal back through Oleg Shatov but that was cancelled out by the first of two Robert Lewandowski strikes just minutes later. Hulk’s penalty made the game 3-2 but Robert Lewandowski’s second strike left the scoreline at 4-2.

Despite his upcoming move to fierce rivals Bayern Munich relations appear to still be more than cordial between Jurgen Klopp and Robert Lewandowski after last evening's 4-2 victory over Zenit.

Despite his upcoming move to fierce rivals Bayern Munich relations appear to still be more than cordial between Jurgen Klopp and Robert Lewandowski after last evening’s 4-2 victory over Zenit.

You wouldn’t expect Dortmund to face any real trouble from Zenit in the second leg however with the significant injuries the German giants have, squad management may become an issue ahead of the second leg however Mats Hummels is expected to return for the second leg which can only boost Dortmund’s defensive resolve.

Jurgen Klopp was left pleased with his team’s response to the weekend’s 3-0 drubbing at the hands of prime relegation candidates Hamburger SV and despite claiming the tie was “not easy” the German coach was pleased with his teams response to recent adversity, “It was clear to me that my team would produce a reaction, we were close to optimal this evening.”

Wednesday completes the first leg action of the Champions League first knockout stage with two of the outside favourites for the competition in action. Chelsea visit Istanbul to face Galatasaray with an emotional rendezvous with Didier Drogba likely to be the main talking point prior to kick off, whilst Real Madrid head to Germany to go up against Jens Keller’s Schalke team with the German coach suggesting his side will “need a miracle” if they are to overcome the might of Madrid.

Written by Chris Winterburn

Follow Chris on Twitter @Chriswin4