Juan Mata is one of the most important voices of Manchester United today, and our young players certainly expect Spanish to set the example.
When Mata first signed with the Reds, Wayne Rooney, who would later be the captain of the club, would play a similar role at a time when experienced players like Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand moved.
In the third of the four excerpts we publish from Juan's autobiography "Juan Mata: Suddenly A Footballer", the striker compares Rooney's captaincy style with some of the other great leaders he has played with ...
“Wazza is the type that makes everyone cheer up and shouted out loud in the locker room before each game, part time or even later if the performance wasn't up to par. And does not matter it is england premier league match or uefa champions league competition challenge.
"We could say that his way of leading was more vocal, more outgoing, united everyone and even took the time to sit with the players individually, trying to help, making everyone feel comfortable."
"If Wazza did his part to create that kind of atmosphere in his own way, I must say that I also met other players during my career with similar attributes or leadership styles.
"I will give you the names: Sergio Ramos, Carles Puyol, John Terry. All of them born leaders: vocal, passionate, intense. They had a key presence in the Spanish team and in the Chelsea locker room for many years. They were the key to our success. ".
Although the Spaniard arrived in Manchester after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, he also has a history that exemplifies the unique style of Scottish authority ...
"The feeling of when and how to surprise your players is a great advantage for a manager, which reminds me of a story that I love about Sir Alex Ferguson, something that happened in the United training camp when Cristiano Ronaldo was still in the club".
“Sir Alex, while leading a training session with the team, suddenly stopped the exercises and pointed to the sky. The players did not understand why. A group of geese flew in their usual V formation. "Look," he said suddenly. “Look carefully, when they change direction, everyone does it together. None of them are left behind. ” The players looked confused at each other.
"In football, it's the same. A team can't win with one, two or three players going in a different direction. Only with 11 together can we win. I like geese." And they kept training. And they won a lot together. Check the latest football livescore and find who will win.
"The surprising thing is that the behavior of the geese was something about what someone else had said to Sir Alex before." He had just kept that in his mind, thinking that the time would come when he could also use it for the benefit of his team.
"He did it. Geniuses do that. However, some geniuses don't know how to communicate their genius to the world and someone has to tell them.
"Having both skills, being a thinker and a maker, like Sir Alex, is incredibly rare."
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Manchester United Football Club has earned the reputation of being the most financially successful soccer team in England. First in its field to be listed on the London Stock Exchange, Manchester has a long history and is famous for the commercial feats that have taken it to both detractors and imitators. His aggressive style and high profile players constantly attract strong followers at home and abroad.
When Manchester United's predecessor, Newton Heath, was formed in 1878, football or soccer had evolved from a game of kicking animal heads to the pastime of a gentleman adopted and improved by working men. Formed in a section of northern Manchester, Newton Heath was composed of employees on the Lancashire and Yorkshire railways. The group entered Division I Football League in 1892.
Beginning with a tentative meeting in 1898, Manchester United players led the unionization of their newly created trade. The Football Association finally allowed the formation of such a union in 1908, however, it ordered all players to resign the same the following year when the union made arrangements to join the Federation of Trade Unions. The players union finally relented.
Newton Heath was renamed Manchester United in 1902. By then, business and football had become inseparable. Local entrepreneurs and newspaper publishers sponsored the games, while entrepreneurs organized teams as limited companies. Brewer J.J. Davies invested heavily in Manchester United when he was threatened by bankruptcy. He provided funds to build playgrounds in Old Trafford, which was completed in 1910. The same year, the club, then known as "moneybags United," was reprimanded for questionable financial reports. The team won a couple of First Division championships before World War I and the FA Cup (Football Association) in 1909.
The club's best manager, Matt Busby, was born in Orbiston, a mining town near Glasgow, on May 26, 1909. At an early age, Busby saw football as a way out of poverty and the sectarian struggle of his place of birth. But when his family considered emigrating to the United States for a better life, Busby convinced them to let him work in the mines at age 16 to bring extra money so they could stay close to football.
Busby rose to fame in youth soccer leagues and in the mining community. He moved to Manchester in 1926 to play professional football for Manchester City. Ten years later, after the hamstrings were injured, Busby transferred to Liverpool Football Club. He found the atmosphere there much more favorable than in City, and this environment became the basis of his management philosophy.
Matt Busby was being demobilized from the British army after leading a soccer team while wearing a uniform. He was assigned the management of Manchester United in 1945, an agreement made by his old friend and former United staff member Louis Rocca. Manchester United had tried to woo City Busby as a player, but could not find the funds. The situation in Old Trafford was still serious. Although Manchester United had become the First Division in 1938, its reputation had deteriorated between the wars and its playing fields had been bombed in 1941. The club was also in debt.
To economize, Busby held older players for longer. Meanwhile, Manchester United promoted a youth soccer program. From the beginning, Busby insisted that the managers were better able to make decisions regarding the game than the directors and, therefore, managed to obtain unprecedented autonomy from the board. Busby, who liked to play soccer with the "boys", had a completely different management approach than his most distant predecessors.
Football became an industry of £ 4 million a year in the 1940s. Old Trafford was rebuilt and in 1948 Manchester United was valued at £ 100,000. The team that Busby gathered that year cost £ 7,750 in transfer fees (signature). Busby also led the British Olympic team.
British national pride was at a low point in the 1950s, as even relatively inexperienced Americans defeated Britain in the World Cup competition. However, the team that Busby created in the 1950s, the "Busby Babes", has been considered one of the best of all time and included legendary players like Duncan Edwards. The 1956-57 league champion team cost £ 79,000 in transfer fees. Manchester United developed a characteristic attack style, as Busby imported European game techniques. Manchester United players also played in the English national team for the World Cup.
After winning the league championship, Matt Busby looked back at the European competition. On February 6, 1958, the plane carrying Manchester United home from a European Cup match in Yugoslavia crashed on a snowy runway in Munich after a refueling stop. Twenty-three died in the accident; The team was decimated. With the tragic news, however, came an unprecedented public recognition and sympathy for Manchester United.
For a while, Busby, who was seriously injured in the accident, gave up football. When I returned, I had to rebuild the team by buying players. The transfer fees I paid set records. I signed Albert Quixall of Sheffield for £ 45,000 in September 1958 and made several other acquisitions of £ 30,000 in the coming years.
The maximum salary was abolished in 1961 and transfer rates continued to increase. In 1962, the club paid an Italian team £ 115,000 for Denis Law, then an amazing amount. The teams that Busby gathered in the 1960s were full of lush and charismatic individuals who played with the "pop" spirit of the time and attracted crowds of 50,000 in Old Trafford. Players like George Best, who chose the name 'The Beatle' abroad, became half-stars. The team won the FA Cup in 1963; other championships followed. Manchester United finally won the European Cup, the main European competition, in May 1968, becoming the first British team to do so, Busby was later knighted.
Along the way, physical violence began to erupt in the field and in the stands, especially in the semifinal of the 1965 FA Cup against Leeds. At this time, the rival between Manchester United and Liverpool was intense but in a good mood. Abroad, Manchester United had an alarmingly unsportsmanlike reception at a World Club Championship match in Argentina in 1968.
Sir Matt Busby retired as a manager in 1969. Before doing so, he bought the lease at the team's souvenir shop. Louis Edwards, a meat merchant chosen by Busby for the board, became president in 1962. He also became the owner of Manchester United Ltd.
Wilf McGuinness followed Busby as coach, although Busby retained control of club affairs. McGuinness, who was only 31, did not relate as well to players as Busby, who returned to the coach while seeking a replacement for McGuinness. The next manager, Frank O'Farrell, was replaced by Tommy Docherty. As the team's performance faltered, it was difficult for Busby to define his new role as director. The 1970s belonged to Liverpool, not Manchester United, although the Red Devils somehow remained a great attraction.
Busby was named president in 1980. He resigned a year later, after the team awarded contracts of £ 2 million to Bryan Robson and Remi Moses. When Busby started as a player, the maximum salary was £ 5 per week. Martin Edwards, son of Louis Edwards, was appointed president in 1981.
Ron Atkinson replaced Dave Sexton as manager in 1981. He was also fired in 1986 and replaced by Alex Ferguson, a successful Scottish manager. Initially, his hands were tied in the acquisition of expensive players, although in the summer of 1989 Ferguson obtained approval to spend £ 8 million on transfer fees. (Martin Edwards had found a buyer for the club in August, Michael Knighton, who, however, was unable to raise the £ 10 million to complete the purchase). Despite the expense, the club did poorly in 1989-90, and Ferguson's work seemed to be in danger until next year, when his expensive team began to win.
In the 1990s, Alex Ferguson's teams managed to recover part of the glory of Busby's days. Manchester United won the championship of the new Premier League in 1993. (This league was formed by the best clubs to give them a greater share in television revenues). At the same time, football's popularity peaked worldwide.
When Martin Edwards could not sell the club, he recruited executives who made him the most profitable team in the United Kingdom. It began trading on the London Stock Exchange in 1991. In 1992-93, the Manchester United Football Club plc had an operating profit of £ 7.3 million with a turnover of £ 25.2 million, thanks in large part to marketing and brand extensions such as Champs Cola, which were worth £ 5.3 million, compared to just £ 828,000 five years earlier. In addition to soft drinks, the club soon rated beer, wine and even champagne. Selling the brand seemed to observers a more stable source of income than relying on winning games week after week. The club opened a Megastore in Old Trafford in 1994 and spent a lot (£ 13 million) to upgrade Old Trafford. In July 1993, the club paid a record transfer fee of £ 3.75 million for midfielder Roy Keane.
Sir Matt Busby died on January 20, 1994, after five years with blood cancer. His legacy in Manchester and in Britain was huge. Many soccer games around the world watched a minute of silence in his honor, and thousands lined the streets to watch the funeral procession.
At the end of the 1990s, the club was selling or helping to sell cell phone services. It was in a 16-year deal and £ 24 million with electronics manufacturer Sharp and a five-year contract and £ 743 million with the transmission arm of Rupert Murdoch BSkyB and the BBC. In 1997 he launched his own television channel, MUTV, in cooperation with BSkyB and Granada Media Group.
BSkyB offered £ 624 million for the club in September 1998. The offer rose to £ 1 billion, but the Monopolies and Mergers Commission blocked it because Murdoch was so powerful in broadcasting sports around the world that the deal would be unfair to the competition.
Manchester United Football Club plc continued to enter a new territory with its commercial exploits. In 1998, the team launched an online store sponsored by Lotus and Sun Microsystems. He also approached a large band of followers in Asia. In the spring of 1999, Manchester United International, a new subsidiary responsible for developing the brand abroad, began selling its Manchester United Premium Lager there and opened a large leisure center in Hong Kong. The club was planning several other complexes in Asia.
Manchester United continued to pay record transfer fees to maintain its winning tradition: £ 12.6 million for Dwight Yorke in August 1998. However, Manchester United Football Club plc looked like a money minting machine in the late 1990s. Its great success It provoked the sharpest criticism of those who felt that the true football fans were the ones who stayed with their teams in good times and in bad times. Those with a longer vision knew that Manchester United had seen many of the two.
Main subsidiaries: Manchester United International Limited; Manchester United Merchandising Limited; Manchester United Catering Limited; MUTV Limited (33.3%); Extramini Limited (25%).
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