Cristiano Ronaldo once again proved critics why he is considered as one of the best players world by scoring two goals in the UEFA Super Cup match against Sevilla. The 2-0 win for Real Madrid gave them the first trophy of the season and it was largely due to the brilliance of Ronaldo. Coming up against the Spanish team, it was not surprising to see Ronaldo, who has scored a goal a game in the last five seasons, to score the winner in the match.
His exploits led him to receiving the man of the match award. It was chosen by none other than former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who was in the stands to witness Ronaldo’s performance. Ferguson is widely credited with being the manager responsible for making Ronaldo into one of the best players of all-time. Ronaldo undoubtedly had the potential to develop into a great, but his qualities were fine tuned at United. After the match, the 29-year-old played his tributes to the squad by saying that he has been a huge influence in his career.
Ronaldo’s recent statements about returning to Manchester United one-day have sparked rumours about a possible return to Old Trafford in the coming seasons. Ronaldo lifted the UEFA Super Cup which was one of the trophies missing from his cabinet. “He made it easy for me to choose. Normally in a Cup Final it is difficult to choose a man of the match but Cristiano made it easy for me,” said Sir Alex Ferguson on his decision to choose Ronaldo as the man of the match. “This was a trophy I wanted because I haven’t won it yet,” said Ronaldo after winning the trophy.
Real Madrid have the possibility to win six trophies this campaign including the Champions League title.

Andres Iniesta has hailed the newly appointed Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal saying that the 62-year Old has always been a great supporter of the emerging young talents.

Iniesta had played under Van Gaal when the latter was in charge at Barcelona and there have been rumours that he is willing to unite with the Dutchman again at Old Trafford.

Iniesta has never played club football outside Spain so far in his career. After spending his youth days at the Barcelona academy, he played his first match for the senior team of Catalan giants in 2002 and has been representing them since then.

Speaking about Van Gaal in one of his interviews yesterday, Iniesta said, “I had just started my career when he came at Barcelona, I was very, very young, but, the way he supported me, it was so heartening. And not only me, he has always supported the young talents, wherever he has gone.”

However, despite these words of Iniesta, it’s really hard to imagine him making a move to Old Trafford this summer.

First of all, there are still 4 years left for his contract to finish at Camp Nou and secondly, United would not play the Champions League football this summer after having finished 7th in the Premier league last season. So, Iniesta clearly has enough reasons not to part ways with Barcelona at the moment.

The Red Devils also would be benefitted more in the long term if they sign young playmakers rather than signing somebody like Iniesta who has probably passed his peak.

In the last couple of seasons, Iniesta’s form has been a little up and down. He hasn’t been able to create that much of an influence for Blaugrana in the La Liga.

In total, the veteran midfielder has made 337 league appearances for Barcelona.

Barcelona is still monitoring the situation of Aaron Ramsey despite Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisting his star Welshman is not for sale at any price.

Ramsey was a revelation for the North London giants last season where he finished as the club’s player of the season and also helped the Gunners end their eight year trophy drought by helping them to the FA Cup with the winning goal in extra time.

At 23 years of age, Ramsey has the best years ahead of him and his form for the club last season was one of the primary reasons that Wenger didn’t try to bring Cesc Fabregas back to the club from Barcelona.

With Fabregas headed for Chelsea after failing to nail down a starting place at Barcelona, the Catalan giants have turned their attentions to Aaron Ramsey whose versatility and ability to play across the midfield would give new manager Luis Enrique a lot of options.
Moreover, with the veteran Xavi entering the twilight of his career, Ramsey could be a long term solution to their midfield problems as well.

But the Spanish giants will have to compete with former manager Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich to complete the signing of Wales’s captain if Arsenal were to sell.

Bayern are in the hunt for another midfield general with Toni Kroos attracting interest from Real Madrid, after his move to Manchester United was scrapped by incoming manager Louis van Gaal.
The Bavarians see the Welshman as the ideal replacement for the mobile Kroos who was a revelation in the last couple of years at the club but the club knows they will have to offer a huge sum to Arsenal if they want to prize the young player away from the Emirates Stadium before the end of the summer transfer window.

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has compared interim manager Ryan Giggs to club legend Sir Alex Ferguson. After Ferguson decided to announce his retirement as a football manager last summer, it was already heavily speculated that some of his famous players may decide to step into his shoes. Ryan Giggs was mooted as a possible successor even before Ferguson announced his retirement. However, the opportunity to succeed the Scot went to David Moyes, who failed miserably and was sacked from the job after just 10 months in charge of the club.

Giggs was appointed as the interim manager for the final four matches of the season. He started the managerial reign in impressive fashion after beating Norwich 4-0 at Old Trafford. For most of the 90 minutes, it looked like United were their old self. Giggs used a lot of tactics that were famous from the club during the regime of Ferguson. This has led to Dutchman van Persie saying that Giggs, who may finally decide to hang up his boots at the end of the season, reminds him of Ferguson in several ways.

Van Persie worked with Ferguson for only one season, but they were extremely successful together after lifting the league title, which also proved to be the Scot’s last.

“I witnessed two team meetings as I came in a bit late. The one from the last game against Sunderland, and Tuesday’s game, were incredible. They were Sir Alex-esque. He’s been brilliant,” said the striker, who has also dismissed suggestions that the players did not give their 100% under Moyes. Van Persie was one of the players rumoured to be unhappy with the training regime and tactics of the former Everton man, who was sacked after a 2-0 defeat against his former club at Goodison Park a few weeks ago.