Daniel Taylor

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Name: Daniel Taylor
Date registered: September 27, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/manchester-united

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  1. Wayne Rooney deserves a Ronaldo-style welcome at Old Trafford | Daniel Taylor — September 16, 2017
  2. Sergio Agüero has been left feeling like a second-class Citizen | Daniel Taylor — September 2, 2017
  3. Gareth Southgate may still turn to Wayne Rooney for 2018 World Cup — August 24, 2017
  4. Nemanja Matic’s Manchester United move may leave Chelsea feeling blue | Daniel Taylor — August 19, 2017
  5. Danny Rose the rebel causes thorny problem for Daniel Levy and Spurs — August 12, 2017

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Sep 16

Wayne Rooney deserves a Ronaldo-style welcome at Old Trafford | Daniel Taylor

The Everton striker did alienate Manchester United fans at times but while other greats of the club have their sins forgiven quickly, his seem to linger

It is strange in football, an industry where the super-rich often give the impression that money is how they keep the score, how even the most financially endowed clubs can be guilty sometimes of blurring their priorities when it comes to saving a few quid behind the scenes.

In happier times at Manchester United, when Sir Alex Ferguson and his team were greedily accumulating all those trophies, did you know that England’s biggest club wouldn’t take up the option to have extra medals made up for his coaches? It changed when Ken Ramsden took over from Ken Merrett as club secretary in 2007 but, until that point, the coaches would receive a few hundred quid as a bonus rather than a piece of silverware that would have felt priceless. Each medal would have cost around £1,000 – peanuts for a club of United’s stature – but that, plainly, was too much and Ferguson’s staff went without.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/sep/16/wayne-rooney-old-trafford-everton-manchester-united-fans

Sep 02

Sergio Agüero has been left feeling like a second-class Citizen | Daniel Taylor

Pep Guardiola’s treatment of the still prolific striker, who is closing in on the Manchester City scoring record, has been mystifying

It isn’t easy sometimes understanding why Pep Guardiola gives the impression that he is never fully satisfied with Sergio Agüero, and it is even more perplexing when we cannot be too far away from the Argentinian going into the record books as the most prolific scorer in Manchester City’s history.

As it stands, Agüero’s 170 goals in their colours leave him seven short of the highest total and, to put it into context, it took the record holder, Eric Brook, 11 years to accumulate that number, from 1928 to 1939. Agüero is just starting his seventh season in Manchester and is almost there already.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/sep/02/sergio-aguero-pep-guardiola-treatment-manchester-city

Aug 24

Gareth Southgate may still turn to Wayne Rooney for 2018 World Cup

• Everton forward may be invited out of international retirement
• Players guilty of ‘hiding behind’ record goalscorer, says Southgate

Gareth Southgate has said there is still a possibility he might invite Wayne Rooney out of international retirement for the World Cup if the former Manchester United striker maintains his form for Everton this season and is open to the idea of playing for England in Russia next summer.

Southgate said he would not discount the idea, saying it would be “foolish” to eliminate Rooney from his thinking, but he also called on England’s other players to show they can prosper without the man who won 119 caps for his country. Some of those players, Southgate said, had been guilty of “hiding” behind England’s record scorer.

Related: Harry Maguire and Nathaniel Chalobah called up to England squad for first time

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/24/gareth-southgate-wayne-rooney-england-world-cup

Aug 19

Nemanja Matic’s Manchester United move may leave Chelsea feeling blue | Daniel Taylor

It was risky for the champions to help rivals solve a problem, something Manchester United try hard to avoid, as players such as Wayne Rooney and Gabriel Heinze can testify

It was the cartoon, published on the Daily Telegraph website a few years ago, that probably demonstrated the perception at the time that the man in charge of Manchester United’s transfer business was straying dangerously close to getting the reputation of being a bit of a pushover.

Entitled “Manchester United and the Transfer Market” and published shortly after the arrival of Ángel Di María and Radamel Falcao, the cartoon showed the club’s executive vice‑chairman, Ed Woodward, walking into a convenience store called Costless and asking to be shown the “very finest” chocolate they had for sale before handing over £80 for a Mars Bar.

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Related: José Mourinho: Chelsea are title favourites with no excuses for failure

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/aug/19/nemanja-matics-manchester-united-move-may-leave-chelsea-feeling-blue

Aug 12

Danny Rose the rebel causes thorny problem for Daniel Levy and Spurs

The Tottenham chairman, renowned as a tough negotiator, risks a major mutiny if he does not increase wages significantly

They tell a story at Manchester United that probably sums up why the previous regime at Old Trafford had a policy never to do business with Tottenham Hotspur and Sir Alex Ferguson once remarked that hip surgery was more enjoyable than trying to find common ground with Daniel Levy when it came to money. It goes back to Luka Modric’s final season at White Hart Lane when Ferguson was tipped off that the Croat would be keen on a move to Manchester to fill the void left by Paul Scholes’s retirement. In ordinary circumstances, Modric would have been the ideal fit. These, however, were not ordinary circumstances. Ferguson had never forgotten what it was like dealing with Levy in the protracted transfer saga he referred to as “the Dimitar Berbatov carry-on” and when he raised the matter with David Gill, United’s chief executive, the two men agreed they didn’t have the stomach to go though the same again. As good as Modric was, they simply couldn’t countenance another negotiation involving the Spurs chairman.

Related: Mauricio Pochettino forgives Danny Rose for Tottenham criticism

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/12/danny-rose-daniel-levy-spurs

Jul 10

Wayne Rooney rekindles his Everton love affair and wants to play up front

Wayne Rooney revealed he is looking forward to the Merseyside derby more than going back to Old Trafford and also that he wants his England place back

If nothing else, it was a more polished performance than the first time Wayne Rooney staged his own press conference, on a January evening in 2003 and the occasion of his first professional deal for Everton. At 17, Rooney was so unprepared for the barrage of flashing cameras the words stuck in his throat and his audience could hardly hear him speak. David Moyes told him off for chewing gum and there was an awkward moment, after his first uncertain words, when he reached for the bottle of water on his table. Rooney was about to swig straight from it until Moyes intervened. “Pour it in the glass, Wayne,” came the advice.

Related: Wayne Rooney and Everton are well placed for a fruitful and warm reunion | Nick Ames

Related: Wayne Rooney: Gareth Southgate was right to axe me but I want England recall

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/10/wayne-rooney-rekindles-everton-love-affair-england

Jun 07

Chris Smalling vows to prove Mourinho was wrong to question his bravery

• England centre-back describes himself as leader who puts body on the line
• United manager’s comments were him being professional, says Smalling

Chris Smalling, one of the players whose competitive courage has repeatedly been questioned by José Mourinho over the last season, has said it is wrong to allege he is not willing to put his body on the line and insisted he can supply the hard evidence to show the Manchester United manager was wrong.

Smalling chose his words carefully to make sure he did not say anything that could be construed as direct criticism of Mourinho but the centre-half said it was not true, contrary to what his manager had implicitly stated, that he was reluctant to play unless he felt 100% fit.

Related: Marcus Rashford: England seniors need me more than Under-21s right now

Related: Jack Butland back from ‘rock bottom’ into Southgate’s England reckoning

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/07/chris-smalling-jose-mourinho-wrong-bravery-manchester-united

May 30

England’s Gareth Southgate out to allay José Mourinho’s fears over data leaks

• FA suspects Manchester United have withheld sports science information
• United concerned other clubs will see requested data on their players

The Football Association suspects Manchester United have withheld key information about their England internationals because José Mourinho and his staff do not fully trust the governing body to prevent it being leaked to rival clubs.

Gareth Southgate, the England manager, is trying to improve the relationship between the FA and the relevant people at Old Trafford after admitting there had been a trust issue, citing “the perception of [information] being leaked”.

Related: England coach Steve Cooper sees hope in painfully familiar defeat to Spain

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/30/england-gareth-southgate-jose-mourinho-data-leak-manchester-united

Apr 22

Wayne Rooney at risk of going out at Old Trafford with a whimper | Daniel Taylor

Manchester United’s record scorer most likely has 10 games left, at most, for the club he signed for in 2004 and his chances of a fitting finale look slim

In the middle of the pitch, under the lights of the Bernabéu, one man could be seen going through his victory poses. Cristiano Ronaldo has choreographed these routines over the years. He kept his top on this time, maybe reserving that particular treat for the final, but you are probably familiar with the rest of the act. Ronaldo pointed at his chest. He nodded with appreciation at his own night’s work and it was the look of self‑adoration you might remember from the Fonz after a particularly impressive chat-up line to one of the girls from Happy Days.

A couple of nights later, it was midway through the second half at Old Trafford when Wayne Rooney, Ronaldo’s old colleague, started going through his warm-up on the side of the pitch. Manchester United were finding it difficult to shake off Anderlecht in their Europa League quarter-final and Zlatan Ibrahimovic had rarely looked so disorientated. Yet when the crowd called for a change it was another substitute, Ander Herrera, they serenaded rather than Rooney. A few moments later, they sang the Spaniard’s name for a second time. Rooney returned to the dugout and never had to remove his tracksuit top even when Ibrahimovic went down with the injury, ruptured knee ligaments, that footballers fear the most.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/apr/22/wayne-rooney-manchester-united

Apr 19

Manchester United’s Mourinho looks beyond Anderlecht to Europa League final

• Mourinho’s side to play second leg of quarter-final on Thursday
• ‘It will be the perfect finale for Manchester United’, says Mourinho of final

There is one possibility, floated in the presence of José Mourinho on Wednesday, that would mean a bittersweet subplot for Manchester United should their status as the only English team left in European competition stretch all the way to the final of the Europa League.

What better way, after all, for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to choreograph his own farewell than a European final at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, the stadium where a statue of the Swede is being erected? “For Zlatan it would be fantastic to play the final in Stockholm, in his country,” Mourinho agreed. “It would be beautiful.”

Related: Anderlecht’s Dendoncker denies Manchester United win with late header

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/19/manchester-united-anderlecht-europa-league-mourinho-rooney

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