And Beckham, who wore the shirt with distinction between 1997 and 2003, says: ‘The No 7 is special for Manchester United. It’s special and personally I don’t think it comes with any pressure. Other notable players who have donned the No.13 shirt for The Reds include David James and Ray Clemence. David Beckham has told struggling Memphis Depay that he must not treat Manchester United’s No 7 shirt as a curse. The Nike England strip has a white shirt with pale blue sleeves, white shorts and red socks. Shorts with blue socks. He won four Premier Leagues at Old Trafford and two FA Cups (clinching the Double twice) and will forever be a hero to the red half of Manchester. Six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the 1999 Champions League isn’t a bad haul. England used two kits in that tournament: white, blue, white and red, white, red. Unfortunately, Ireland’s flag is actually green, white and orange – the emblem Rooney sent his followers belonged to the Ivory Coast. Still, a spokesman for the Football Association of Ireland said that if any of Rooney’s kids turned out to be good at football and wanted to represent the old country, posting the flag of the wrong nation wouldn’t necessarily be an obstacle.
It is gimmicky, needlessly fussy and without identity or familiarity – everything English football wasn’t in 1966, in fact. Things are not perfect by any means but the one thing Evertonians have now is the buzz on a Saturday or Sunday morning they will go to watch a team that wants to play open, attractive football. Watch video The Kardashians are boo’d as they arrive at Jimmy Kimmel Live! Matt Barbour sits on the board of supporters’ group Austin Anthem and is one of a number of fans busy at work in developing chants, organising watch parties and orchestrating future tifos. It’s going to split fans but we rather like it, although we are not sure of its intent. Like Cantona, Beckham wasn’t a man for a tap-in. He could bend a ball like no-one else, announced his arrival with a goal from the halfway line and, along with his pals from the Class of 92, helped himself to almost every medal in the game. With Austin’s population 35 per cent Hispanic, the inner stitching of the shirts best epitomised the sense of unity across the city heading into Saturday’s game.
Depay was hailed by Van Gaal as the best winger of his age group when he signed for United in a £25m deal from PSV last summer. The loss of Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain last summer helped them but it wasn’t the panacea to all that ailed them -. As for the move to Chelsea, I know the wisdom is that Stones dodged a bullet, and it certainly would not have helped him to be caught in the cross fire at Stamford Bridge this season. The away strip ticks all the boxes, with the cyan kit a massive improvement on the dull all-black number from last season and is sure to be a fan favourite. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived on crutches due to the season-ending knee injury he suffered last month. United were mid-table when the Frenchman arrived and by May their long, long wait for the title was over. Emenalo may have a service to perform in player development, even player sales, but if Chelsea want to mirror the advancement Tottenham have made under Mauricio Pochettino they will know that, often, the best recruitment executives are as close to the manager as they are to the boardroom.
With the exception of a drubbing at Burnley, his team have made a fabulous start, not only in terms of points but the way they play, in an attractive style and have plenty of spirit. But he has failed to cope and has been criticised by Van Gaal for not being a team player. When Liverpool beat Real Madrid 1-0 in the final 37 years ago, it was the only time an English team beat a Spanish opponent to lift the iconic, large-handled trophy in the competition’s 63-year history. A former England captain, he’s also his country’s most-capped outfield player (115) and represented Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy, liverpool uniform AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain after leaving Old Trafford. The biggest signing of the summer could well be keeping Pochettino from the grasps of Real Madrid as they seek to replace Zidane. If Middlesbrough’s players were hoping to ape Chelsea by showing how well they would fare without the negative influence of manager Aitor Karanka – a Jose Mourinho protege, tellingly – then losing 2-0 to one of the poorest Charlton teams in recent memory was not much of a statement.