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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville is of the opinion that the club needs to give manager David Moyes more time in order to get the results that will once again make the club champions.
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The manager of Sunderland, Gus Poyet, has denied the reports that Vito Mannone might be making a move to Old Trafford soon.
Mannone has joined Sunderland just a few months back after leaving Arsenal. But, he hasn’t been the first choice shot stopper at the Stadium of Light so far. Keiren Westwood has been preferred ahead of him and that led to the speculations that the 25 years old goalie is willing for a transfer.
But, according to Poyet, that’s not the case. Mannone is not getting impatient.
However, now that Westwood is going to be on the sidelines till the end of this season because of his injury, Mannone can expect to get more playing time as there is no other experienced goalkeeper in the Sunderland squad at the moment.
The Black Cats are having a horrifying time this season and they would definitely not want to make things even tougher for themselves by selling one of their experienced players.
Last week, the reports had come through that the Manchester United boss David Moyes is looking for an experienced understudy for David de Gea and he has his eyes on Mannone.
Talking to the reporters about Mannone being on the radar of the defending league champions United, Poyet said, “Vito is quite composed at the moment and so am I. When you have got two quality players for the same position, it’s always difficult to pick one of them. With Westy there, I couldn’t give Vito that much playing time, but, he understands the situation. He is one of those blokes who are very easy to talk to.”
Sunderland which was right at the bottom of the league table a few days ago has moved a place up now and is at no. 19 at the moment.
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Arsenal have managed to extend the contract of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who has been in inspired form this season. The Poland international struggled for form last season, which even led to him being dropped by the manager on some occasions. The young goalkeeper, though, finished the season strongly by keeping four clean sheets in the last six matches. He has managed to continue that form into this campaign as well. Arsenal have one of the best defensive record in the country and this has helped them move to the top of the table after 11 matches of the season.
Szczesny has been looking solid and stable in defence, which have helped Arsenal build a platform. He was signed from Polish club Legia Warsaw in 2006, but it was not until 2009 that he made his debut for Arsenal. He had been competing with Lukas Fabianski for the first team spot, but it seems that he has emerged in front. The 23-year-old has so far made 123 appearances for the club. As with most other transfers, Arsenal failed to disclose the length of the contract signed by the player. It is most likely to be four or five years longer considering the age of the goalkeeper.
“I’m so proud to be an Arsenal player and am looking forward to helping our club towards success in the years to come,” said Szczesny. “I have always believed he is an extremely talented player, with excellent reflexes and good mental strength. He continues to grow and improve all the time too, so he has the potential to be even better. He can be an important part of Arsenal Football Club for many years to come,” said Wenger.
Arsenal have not won a major trophy since 2005, but they are top of the table right now.
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