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Sunday, 31 August 2008

Oooops, We Seem To Have Lost In The European 'Not So Super' Cup

some of
the barmy
headlines in
my time. But
Yesterdays 'The
Star Online' whoever
they are called absolutely
slayed me, lol. The headline
across the front of the paper -
"UEFA Cup Winners SLAY RED
DEVILS To Win Russia's first Super
Cup !!. Jesus, do they class it as a
proper cup competition ? I did
manage to not even watch it
and I avoided it when the
highlights were played
on TV. I think this
cup can safely
be classed
as the
European Community Shield.
I don't say this because United
lost 2-1, I was saying it before
the game, indeed years ago. It
is the same as that other cup
The Intercontinental Cup that
used to be played for. What
happened to that one ? Or do
we have to fly off to Brazil one
Tuesday night to play for this
and then get back home again
25 minutes before a Champi-
ons League game starts.

Friday, 29 August 2008

European Super Cup News

Owen Hargreaves will play no part in the European Super Cup final
against Zenit St Petersburg this evening, potentially widening
the rift between Fabio Capello and Manchester United before
England's World Cup qualifying matches against. Andorra and

Fabio Capello, the England manager, travelled to Monaco today in order to
watch Hargreaves make his first appearance of the season after a knee injury.
But he was alarmed by Sir Alex Ferguson's claim yesterday that Hargreaves
will not be fit to play for England and he will now be suspicious of the player's
absence from tonight's game, 24 hours after the United manager said that
Hargreaves would play for at least 45 minutes.

The word from the United camp is that Hargreaves asked to be withdrawn
from the squad, having felt that he was not 100 per cent fit. Capello will
now have to decide whether to take those claims at face value or to include
Hargreaves in his squad regardless and have him assessed by the FA's medical
staff on Monday.

Come on Fergie, what's going on ?

Thursday, 28 August 2008

United To Face Celtic Again

Champions League holders Manchester United
were drawn with Scottish champions Celtic in
the group stages of this year's competition.

The British pair will also face Spaniards Villa-
rreal and Danish side Aalborg in Group E.

The four English sides were guaranteed to be
kept apart after being made top seeds, but

Celtic could have faced any one of them after being drawn in the third pot of clubs.

They will get their chance to test themselves against the English champions in two mouthwatering clashes.

The fixtures will pit Celtic manager Gordon Strachan against his one-time boss
Sir Alex Ferguson.

The pair met in the Champions League group stages in 2006/07, with Celtic
winning 1-0 at home but Manchester United edging the return fixture 3-2
at Old Trafford.

"It was a great event the last time we played," said United chief executive
David Gill. "Both clubs have passionate fans and we're looking forward to it.

Celtic chairman John Reid added: "It's fabulous for Celtic fans. There are no
easy groups, there are no free passes in Europe.

"We're just proud to be Scotland's representative in there and to be playing
the European champions."

United star Cristiano Ronaldo was at the draw in Monaco, where he was
named Uefa's European Club Footballer of the Year.

Ronaldo scored eight goals in the competition last season and also won the
award for the forward of the year.

Full Champions League draw:

Group A

CFR Cluj

Group B

Inter Milan
Werder Bremen
Anorthosis Famagusta

Group C

Sporting Lisbon
Shakhtar Donetsk

Group D

PSV Eindhoven
Atletico Madrid

Group E


Group F

Bayern Munich
Steaua Bucharest

Group G


Dynamo Kiev

Group H

Real Madrid
Zenit St Petersburg
Bate Borisov

Games will be played on the following dates:

16/17 September
30 September/1 October
21/22 October
4/5 November
25/26 November
9/10 December

The Manchester United Almanac

This Weeks Book Review:

The Official Manchester United Almanac

Written by: John D. T. White Foreward by: Sir Alex Ferguson CBE

You've worn the shirt, you've witnessed the drama and now it's time to uncover
the great legacy that lies behind Manchester United.

In the new and revised Manchester United biographic dedicated to the past leg-
ends of the club, John D.T white serves up his latest instalment

'The Official Manchester United Almanac'

with a comprehensive overview of the reds ground breaking success both in Euro-
pean and domestic competition. In his fifth book about United, this offers an in
depth look at the players, movers and shakers down the years whose skills have
graced the Old Trafford turf.

Foreworded by Sir Alex Ferguson himself, this book offers those who truly bleed
red the ultimate United experience to feel a part of the club's illustrious history
with a look at the winning philosophy adopted by legendary manager Sir Matt
Busby that moulded the club's youth academy and became the pillar of their
success, marking a club tradition and identity still upheld today.

Whether it's Norman Whiteside making history in an FA Cup final or King Eric's poetic
justice of the mid 1990's, Reds fanatics are sure to be overwhelmed by this chrono-
logical account of events which is tracked over twelve calendar months. This timeless
documentation of all there is to know about United will please all readers as White
blends past and present events to underpin the Old Trafford club's unchanging identity
without limiting its genius to 'beginning' and 'end' as most club biographies do.

Undoubtedly the book touches on the most pivotal moments which shaped the club's
legacy - from their formation as a Newton Heath FC to the euphoria of their first ever
English league triumph, which would set a precedent for future success. It also feat-
ures a moving account of the victims of the Munich air disaster on February 6 1958
to which the book is dedicated.

However, the downside to this book is the absence of Manchester United's Champions
League final triumph in May 2008. The climatic end to a hard fought race with arch rivals
Chelsea for an unprecedented double, which came to the boil in a scintillating encounter
in Moscow. The game which ended in an epic penalty shoot victory for United was arg-
uably the most poigniant tribute to the Bubsy babes on the 50th anniversary year of the
disaster, but is not included here.

Regardless of the books notable misgivings, it is packed with a glossary of handy club
trivia for those stato's looking to brush up on their club knowledge as its comprehensive
delivery of club facts and accounts bridges the gap between fan and club.

This is the ultimate club bible every Red across the globe has been anticipating for the
last 10 years and will teach you all you ever wanted to know about managers, players
and the history of Manchester United. Its infectious display of football history makes
an attractive read both for neutral and avid United fans and is sure to leave you hooked,
dare I say a converted Red as you uncover the phenomenon which is United with the
turning of every page.


Champions League Draw - Thursday 28th August

Five British clubs will discover their Champions League opponents when the
draw for the group stages is made at 5pm on Thursday.

Holders Manchester United, along with Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Celtic
will be involved.

The 32 teams in the pot will be split into eight groups of four teams, with the
first set of matches due to be played on 16/17 September.

The four English sides will be kept apart after being made top seeds.

Celtic could face any one of the English sides after being drawn in the third pot
of clubs.

Liverpool and Arsenal both came through qualifying, along with the likes of
Barcelona and Juventus to make it to the lucrative stages of Europe's premier

European heavyweights like Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich
come into the competition at the group stages.

But Scottish side Rangers failed to make it through the qualifying stages,
while 2007 winners AC Milan missed out after finishing fifth in Serie A last

The eight group winners plus the runners-up go through to the knockout
stages of the competition, while the teams finishing third go into the Uefa

Rome's Stadio Olimpico will stage the Champions League final on 27 May
2009. The stadium was the venue for Liverpool's European Cup triumphs
in 1977 and 1984 and also played host to Juventus' victory in 1996.

AS Roma and Lazio, who play their home games at the Stadio Olimpico,
are involved in the competition.

The winner of the Uefa Club Footballer of the Year will also be announced
on Thursday.

England's 'big four' clubs provide 17 of the 20 players on the shortlist for
the award.

Schalke keeper Manuel Neuer and Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Carlos
Puyol are the only non-Premier League players to be nominated.

Teams in the draw for the Champions League group stages:

Pot one

Inter Milan
Real Madrid

Pot two

Bayern Munich
PSV Eindhoven
AS Roma
FC Porto
Werder Bremen
Sporting Lisbon

Pot three

Zenit St Petersburg
Steaua Bucharest

Pot four

Shakhtar Donetsk
Atletico Madrid
Dynamo Kiev
CFR Cluj
Famagusta Bate Borisov

Games will be played on the following dates:

16/17 September
30 September/1 October
21/22 October
4/5 November
25/26 November
9/10 December

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Berba Ruled Himself Out ?

Gus Poyet, having had four days to think
about it has finally revealed why Berbatov
was not in the Spurs squad to play Sunder-
land on Saturday. Berbatov has already
said he wants to sign for United during
the summer transfer window and Poyet
now claims Berbatov ruled himself out of
the match.

That's odd, on Match of the Day Juande
Ramos said "I had to leave him out ......".

Poyet said: "After having a meeting he
did not find himself in the right frame of
mind to play, that is why he was not in
the squad. When the player says to the
manager that he does not feel in the right
condition to play a full game at this level,
I do not think you have any option. It is a
difficult situation."

Just to rub salt into the wound, they then
proceeded to lose their second game of the
season as Sunderland beat them 2-1.

Bummer !
While the goal itself was not pretty in Manchester United’s
1-0 victory away from home, it was a result they certainly
deserved thanks to a game full of impressive possession.
Still missing Cristiano Ronaldo and his more vertical, pace-
filled runs down the field, the Reds hounded Pompey
out of possession in the midfield and let their backs run
freely down the flanks while Carlos Tevez hung back and
controlled possession above the box. Tevez looked strong
on the ball in his first game of the season, although at
times he was more content to dance around instead of
making a hard cut and putting some more pressure on
David James in goal.
Portsmouth is going to have a rough night of sleep, and
their dreams are most likely going to include Wes Brown
and Patrice Evra streaking down the wings with the ball
…again…and again…and again.
It was Evra going down the left in the 32nd minute that
gave United the lead when he crossed the ball into the
middle. It appeared that Sol Campbell was the main
reason the ball went into the net, but Darren Fletcher
was given credit for the strike, as he was sliding in as
well. Regardless, James was helplessly forced to watch
the ball bounce away from him toward the right side of
the net, where a defender tried to clear but succeeded
only in smashing it into the roof of the net.
Pompey looked decent in the first half, and Peter Crouch
almost had a chance near the goal, but Evra got to the
bouncing ball just in time (although his poke might have
been goal-bound had Edwin van der Sar not reacted quickly).
But United’s possession took over in the second half,
particularly along the left where Evra and Tevez seemed
to be toying with the defense at times. Evra must have
been released down that side at least six or seven times during
the game, and Portsmouth was unable to consistently stop those
threats. United’s defense was its usual solid self, and although
Pompey had a few free kicks near the end, there was not much
drama on that end during the final 45 minutes.
A question heading into the game was how Wayne Rooney
would play, and if he would heed his manager’s advice to waste
less time upfield and more near the goal.
Rooney looked solid this game, and he was making the back-
post run on Evra’s cross before Fletcher scored it. He also
displayed a deft touch-and-turn in the second half while
posted up at the top of the box and should have done better
from straight-on (he curled it too far left). And while he didn’t
come out with a goal, that was more the linesman’s fault, who
called a clearly onside Rooney off when he slipped behind and
had beaten James with a deft touch of the outside of his foot
for a would-have-been goal.
Rooney had another opportunity in the first half that went
right to James, and the performance as a whole was more
threatening than the opener against Newcastle.
That said, United can certainly use a Berbatov up front, alth-
ough it appears they might be paying a pretty penny….more
to come on that later. What did you think? Impressed by United?
Did they deserve the victory? Do you think they need Berbatov
to take the title after seeing today's game?

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Rodrigo And Rafael Handed Debuts, Campbell Makes First Start.

With the first-team squad
depleted by a combination
of injuries, suspension and
Olympic duty, Brazilian
youngsters Rodrigo Possebon
and Rafael da Silva made
their competitive debuts for
United against Newcastle on
Sunday, while Fraizer Campbell made his first start for the Reds.

Campbell started upfront alongside the well-again Wayne Rooney
after Carlos Tévez recieved news of a family bereavement on the
eve of the season-opener and returned to his native Argentina, and
the 21 year-old was unfortunate not to open his United account
midway through the first half when he saw Magpies’ keeper Shay
Given repel his header with an unintentional header of his own.

Another header from a sublime Rooney cross .... More http//

That Was The Summer That Was !!

Summer came and went, seems like the transfer window will be similar
to the summer. It started, then finished and not a lot happened. This
Berbatov nonsense has freaked me out, I would have said here's my
offer, now take it or leave it. Wasting time and so much energy with
that Levy character is just not worth it !!

Some people panic with the strike force we have. We will rely heavily
on Tevez and Rooney, they are the lynch pins for this season. I think
that's OK though. Could you name two other players in the Prem
League that you would rather rest your hopes and dreams on ?
When you need 100% commitment, and the guys run themselves into
the ground, and you ask them for some more, just a little more, they'll
get up, brush themselves down and run some more for you !!! They
are a rare breed these days, players with so much commitment and
loyalty. To have one is lucky but to have two playing alongside each
other is good, very, very good.

Fraizer Campbell played many games last year and scored 15 in 23
games I believe, off the top of my head. So now he has to step up to
the mark and try to make the crossing from reserves to the big time !
It's up to him now, but I have faith in this guy.

Manucho ? I think he's still wondering the streets of Panathinaikos
looking for the railway station. On top of that does he have a work
permit ? Pffftt ... too complicated so yes, we have these three, and
we have to keep the faith. It's not Fergies fault he got no new players.
(Useless Scottish git, lmao)

Fergie In No Rush With 'The Slave'

'El Slave' Ronaldo has been making pretty rapid progress with his
recovery from surgery on his ankle. So much so that people are
starting to think about a return in maybe two weeks !

Luckily Fergie thinks differently. It would be pretty futile rushing
him back if he was only to break down again one week later. We
would end up with another Balsawood man.

Ferguson has suggested he will be out of action until the beginning
of October.

"If a player is out for a certain period there is no point rushing it.
You may as well wait the extra week or two to make sure they don't
suffer any setbacks.

"Sometimes the age of a player helps with their recovery. Cristiano
may get back quicker. But we are not putting him under any pressure.

"We have to let the physios do their job properly."

"The plan was to give him one month of rehabilitation work, jogging
and aerobic work in the gymnasium. It is difficult to say with young
players and long-term injury but Cristiano is making good progress."

Friday, 15 August 2008

John Terry - Why Wont He Just Go Away ?

John Terry's Bentley here.
Someone said to me he
has parked it in the wrong
place, I said "No, he hasn't".

It takes a certain degree
of arrogance to just park
your car wherever you
feel like. Some poor dis-
abled person will now
have to park away from
the store and struggle to
get inside. As long as
John Terry is alright
though, it doesn't matter !!

Then again, the nearer he is to the door the better. His
record of staying on his feet is a bit grim after all, lmao. Oooops, he's down again !!

There's only one thing that pisses me off more than John Terry and that's that
fat one, Frank Lampard ! I have a burning ambition to cut off his middle finger
on his left hand. Why ? Every time he scores, which isn't that often if I'm honest,
but when he does he runs off to the crowd kissing his ring. You can kiss my ring
too Frank !!

Anyway, enough of my favourite pastime, that is to say extracting the urine from
those two. I wanted to mention John Terry's announcement that Ronaldo peaked
last season and can't possible be as good again this year. United also apparantly
had the season of their lives and we only just beat Chelsea to the league. We have
no room for improvement, as we have peaked and will now go downhill.

Chelsea, however, were on free fall last season, didn't play at all and yet, they still
ran United real close to the end of the season.

Mr Terry had a little attempt at these mind games two weeks ago and Fergie took
him apart. Now he is saying things like this. It makes me laugh if nothing else.
He should check out the average age of the two squads ... I back the youngsters to
win this season, not the Chelsea Pensioners !!!

Berbatov Is Sulky - What A Load Of Old Tosh !!

Everyone is sulky sometimes. A lot of people always mention that Berbatov is sulky, moody and
disruptive and it makes me laugh to be honest. I personally believe Berbatov is nowhere near
his best, we haven't seen all he has. For four years now I have classed him as a footballing
genious if given the chance to grow. No disrespect to Spurs but they were hardly going to set the
world alight in the past 2 seasons. Berba was left up front alone, waiting for the kind of service
he needs to score. Given Spurs
erratic form week by week it must
have been frustrating for him. When
your team mates are simply not in
the same class as you, then it would
drive you to insanity.

Despite not getting the service he
requires, he has still scored 23 goals
in the past two seasons and 11 assists
last year. In a team that scored just
66% of the goals United did !!!

Put him in a rampant United team, tearing up the pitch scaring the opposition half to
death and spraying the ball all over the pitch and Berbatov will be in heaven !!
He'll think he has died and been despatched to paradise. With feeling like this
flowing through the team as it does every year, Berba will have no need to be
stressed and go off sulking.

Lou Macari, talking to The Sun this week made some very good observations. I've
robbed the quotes off The Sun, in true Scouse fashion and now I have accredited
them with these quotes I'm sure they'll be cool.

Macari observed that Dimitar Berbatov will not disrupt dressing room harmony at United when
he becomes the Reds' only summer newcomer. The European and Premier League champions
pride themselves on team spirit. It has always been the cornerstone to the 18-year success
story Sir Alex Ferguson has forged since his first trophy in 1990.

Last summer Owen Hargreaves, Nani, Anderson and Carlos Tevez were integrated into the
senior squad family and the accord saw United to the double. But Tottenham's Bulgarian hitman
has a reputation as a sulker. Berbatov has allegedly been moody at White Hart Lane whilst the
controversial switch to Old Trafford see-sawed. But if United can land Fergie's only major
summer target then ex-Red Lou Macari is convinced Berbatov will slip smoothly into the squad

"He won't disrupt things with Sir Alex Ferguson in charge, nor will the long-servers
like Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes allow it. They wouldn't stand for
anything that would cause problems to one of the foundations of United's success. I
don't think Berbatov himself would come in with anything other than full commitment
and a desire to get to the very top. He has gone stale at Spurs but this is his big
chance and probably his last chance at a major opportunity like this. He's not
going to put that on the line. He won't get another chance to be a top player at
a massive club so he'll knuckle down and go along with whatever it is that makes United tick."

Macari believes, however, the 27-year-old will arrive with a burden of expectancy.

"It will be a huge fee that brings him to Old Trafford and there will be a lot of anticipation. He's
got to deliver. The price will be big and people will question it, but I think he will relish the
chance to show he is worth every penny. He doesn't look the kind who would let anything faze

Macari doesn't believe United's lack of transfer activity suggests the Reds won't be challenging

"I don't think Sir Alex Ferguson would have been biting his nails about cover at full back or
central defence or in midfield, but there may have been concerns about lack of firepower. If
Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez stay fit and you get Cristiano Ronaldo back soon then all well
and good. But if Rooney or Tevez is injured early on where do you go ? That would be a

"You can't afford to take that chance so targeting a striker like Berbatov was right and if he does
come then I don't think United need any more than that to show they will be challenging
again."The squad is stronger than 1999 and the one major signing would be enough."

Monday, 11 August 2008

Former United Player Awarded £4.5m

A former Manchester United player whose career
was ended when when he was injured in a tackle
has been awarded more than £4.5m in compen-
Ben Collett, 23, broke his leg in a reserve game
against Middlesbrough five years ago, at the age
of 18. Boro player Gary Smith and his club admit-
ted liability for the injury.
The total compensation will be decided when sums
for future loss of pension and interest on past loss
of earnings are determined at a hearing in October.
Sitting at London's High Court, Mrs Justice Swift
awarded the player £4.3m and
said the final sum payable to Collett was unlikely to be less than £4.5m.
Cup winner
Collett's solicitor Jan Levinson said the award "reflects Ben's talent and potential
prior to the tackle as one of the brightest young footballers in the country".
He added: "Having said that, Ben would have preferred to have earned this through
a full career in the game."
The match against Middlesbrough was Collett's debut for United's reserve team.
Manchester United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson described him as an "outstanding"
Collett joined United's youth academy aged nine and went in to become a member
of the club's FA Youth Cup-winning team in 2003.
But his right leg was broken in two places in the match in May 2003.
The compensation will be paid by Middlesbrough's insurers.
'Fantastic focus'
Mrs Justice Swift said had it not been for the injury Collett would have been offered
a three-year professional contract with Manchester United.
At an earlier hearing in Manchester Sir Alex said: "I thought the boy showed fant-
astic focus, a great attitude to work hard and they are qualities to give any player
an outstanding chance in the game."
The court had heard that Mr Collett could have earned more than £13,000 a week,
making a total in excess of £16m if he had played until the age of 35.
Mrs Justice Swift awarded Mr Collett £3,854,328 for future loss of earnings.
The figure for general damages for pain and suffering, loss of amenity and loss of
congenial employment was £35,000 .
Past loss of earnings was put at £456,095.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Plymouth Take Craig Cathcart On Loan

United’s Northern Irish centre-half
Craig Cathcart has joined Coca-Cola
Championship club Plymouth Argyle
on a six-month loan deal.
The highly-rated 19-year old was a
late call-up to Sir Alex Ferguson’s
first-team squad for the tour of
Africa and impressed in games against Kaizer Chiefs
and Portsmouth, drawing praise from the manager who also
stated the Belfast-born defender would likely be sent out
on loan this season......More....

Manchester United Kit History - Newton Heath (1892) - 1948 (Cup Final)

1892 - Newton Heath Home Shirt

The Newton Heath shirt from the 1890s was also recreated
and worn by the 1993 team to celebrate United's humble
beginnings. Like the current United side, Newton Heath
played in several strips including white shirts, black shorts
and the famous red and white kit adopted below.

1902 - Manchester United Home Shirt

This button-up shirt was worn from the Newton Heath days
until the 1920s and was graced by such greats as Billy
Meredith, Sandy Turnbull and Charlie Roberts.

1903 - Manchester United Away

United ocassionally wore this blue and white striped shirt
between 1903 and 1916. Umbro based their 1995 third kit
on this unusual choice. During a 1903 FA Cup game at Ever-
ton, United changed from their familiar red shirts into this
blue and white away kit at half time because of adverse
weather conditions. They lost the game 3-1. Ironically, 93
years later, United ditched their ill-fated grey kit at half
time (for other well documented reasons). The result that
day ? ..... they too lost 3-1.

1909 - Manchester United FA Cup Final Shirt

United reached their first ever FA Cup Final in 1909 against
Bristol City. Both sides agreed to change from their usual red
shirts and United opted to play in this white lace-up kit with
a red 'V', complimented by the red rose of Lancashire. The
company that made the kit was interestingly owned by winger
Billy Meredith. United won 1-0.

1920 - Manchester United Home Shirt - Edwardian Times

The Sunderland look-a-like kit of Edwardian times would
confuse many fans today.

1920 - Manchester United Home Shirt

The 'V' shaped lace-up design as worn in the 1909 Cup Final
reappeared during the 1920s.

1928 - Manchester United Home Shirt

1928 was the year Manchester United switched permanently
to the famous colours of red shirts and white shorts. The red
collar showed off glimpses of white on the inside lining to add
a nice modern touch.

1940s - Manchester United Home Shirt

The white collared, button up red shirt complete with the
Manchester Coat of Arms was worn by Red Devils such as
Johnny Carey and The Busby Babes during the 1940s and

1948 - Manchester United FA Cup Final Shirt

If ever a team deserved to win the FA Cup Final it was the
United team that wore this blue strip in 1948. They scored
18 goals against First Division opposition on the way to set
up a classic against Stanley Matthews' Blackpool. After com-
ing from behind, two goals from Rowley and one each from
Pearson and Anderson secured a wonderful 4-2 win in one
of the best finals ever seen.

The badge used for this final was the Manchester coat of arms.

Friday, 8 August 2008

Carrick Going To Wembley

Finally ...

Some good news on the injury front. Then again, with 9 injuries
amongst the squad they can hardly get worse can they ? Appar-
ently Micheal Carrick has recovered sufficiently from the virus
he and Rooney caught to take part on Sunday if needed in the
Charity Shield or Community Shield or whatever name they now
give it. We need a good team out there because we do, after all,
owe Portsmouth a really good whooping !! They seem to think
they can knock us out of the FA Cup at Old Trafford whenever
they like. Joking aside, it was a great result for them and I'm
happy Harry won the Cup.

Fergie spoke to today regarding Carrick and

"Carrick trained yesterday for the first time and I'm taking him
to Wembley,"

"Hopefully I'll give him some minutes on the pitch. If he is feeling
good then we have to get some minutes on the clock for him ahead
of next week against Newcastle."

Wayne Rooney is now also clear of the virus but he returned to
training only today (Friday) after missing every session since the
Reds returned from Africa on 28 July.

"We have a big job to get him ready for Newcastle," said Sir Alex,
"but with seven or eight days training, we may just make it now.
He's much better and the medical reports are good.

"Gary Neville and Nani are fit and they will travel. Nani will prob-
ably start on Sunday because he is suspended for the first two
league games of the season.

"Owen Hargreaves is not ready. He should be OK for Portsmouth
away (on Monday 25 August), that's the time frame we've put on it.

"Ben Foster had a bit of swelling in his knee which you can some-
times get after a cruciate knee injury. We're trying to manage that
but he's not ready yet to play in games. It's unfortunate for the lad
because he was looking forward to an uninterrupted run."

All in all ... it doesn't look too bad, fingers crossed.

Reds Stay Unbeaten As Fabio Takes His Turn In The Spotlight

Danny Drinkwater struck the winner for the second consecutive game
as United’s reserves came back from 2-0 down to preserve Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer’s unbeaten record as manager against a Northwich Victoria side
packed with former Reds.

Meanwhile Fábio da Silva, having watched his twin brother hog the lime-
light this week, made a real impact of his own at the Marstons Arena.

This was officially designated as a United home game but the entrance
fee was a tenner….a bit rich to watch a reserve game at home!

Nevertheless, the game attracted a fair share of locals and reserve team
regulars as well. It was interesting ................

Thursday, 7 August 2008

United Find A New Radio Partner

Key 103 will be the Official Commentary Partner of Manchester
United for the next three years, commencing this Sunday, 10
August for the Community Shield. Full live commentary on every
match will be available not only on the local airwaves at 103
FM, it will also be streamed live to many millions of fans
worldwide via Ex-United player Mickey
Thomas will lead Key's team, providing expert analysis on each
game. Gary Stein, Key 103's programme director, said: "Key 103
is proud to be Manchester's local radio station. We are del-
ighted to add Manchester United to our line up after working
with Manchester City for the past five years."Working with
both clubs gives us balance and the opportunity to connect with
football fans from both sides of fence, making our weekend line-
up unmissable.” David Gill, United's chief executive, said:
"We’re delighted to be teaming up with Key 103." The station
has been an important part of the lives of many of our fans for
many years. We're looking forward to working with Key to bring
supporters unrivalled radio coverage of the club as we begin
the campaign to defend our English and European crowns."Key 103
will provide build-up, commentary and analysis for weekend games,
while all live commentary during the week will be broadcast on
sister station Magic 1152. Fans can listen to every match live
via by subscribing to MUTV Online.

What Now For Ryan Giggs ?



This guy has done it all, won it all, seen it all. Despite this, every
time he runs on the field people start reading the record books
and re-writing them. When I discussed the beginning of last sea-
son with people I was not too hopeful for Giggsy to play too many
games, never mind actually winning anything.

8 months later he scores the goal at Wigan to win the Premier
League for us but ..... in this same game he was also busy equa-
lling Sir Bobby Charlton's all time appearance record for United
at 758 games.

Two weeks later he springs forth from the bench to go and win the
European Cup and become the All-time appearance record holder.
Nice one Mr Giggs, you made me look a fool again.

That's the magic of the guy though, he makes everyone look fool-
ish when he carries on performing as he does at his age.

Now he's at it again. He's plotting how he, and United, plan to sur-
pass last seasons escapades. Challenge number one could be an-
other record breaker. Since the European Cup changed it's name
to the Champions League in 1992, not a single club has ever ret-
ained the trophy, can you believe that ? So that's challenge num-
ber one. If we're looking to do that, then we might as well say that
winning the Premier League 3 seasons in a row is rarely done !
So there is another target to aim for.

I could live with that, if that's all we won. Talk is cheap though.
It's hard to win the two trophies we did last season, but we did it.
The odds of repeating it are pretty high I imagine. Before they won
a single thing I said this squad is the best Fergie has assembled !
Others said the '99 squad. I stand by what I said back then. They
have only really been together for 2 years now. Anderson, OH, Nani,
Tevez, all new on the scene and they make up a quarter of the team.
So as a complete squad they have 2 years, 2 Premierships and a
Champions League !!

The team averages less than 25 in ages, and with that antiquity
in goal, thats pretty good. The new guys from the beginning of
last year have had one year to settle in, and have already impress-
ed if the truth be known. If I'm really honest, I would love to see
a big tall, miserable sulking Bulgarian git up front, but that seems
unlikely now. This team was good enough to win the two trophies
last year. I think they have an even bigger chance this year !!

Let's all pretend to be Liverpool fans ......

Oooooooh no, I couldn't. The depression of another year, in
which they will be out of the title race by the end of November
AGAIN, would be too much to bear.

Youngsters Steal The Show As Sir Alex Gets One Over On Ferguson Jr.

Posted by nickogs20 on August 5, 2008 For
'United Youth'.

The United side named to face Peterborough
at London Road last night included international
stars and household names Rio Ferdinand, Carlos
Tévez, Nani, Patrice Evra and Wes Brown, and
yet it was a number of players whom the majority
of spectators would have been much less fam-
iliar with that caught the eye and earned the plaudits in the Reds’ 2-0 win.

Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough side arguably shaded the first-half against
his father’s United eleven, striker Aaron McLean in particular giving Ferdin-
and and Brown a real test while the Posh back four held firm against the threat
posed by the ever-lively Tévez. One player in a red shirt did stand out though -
right-back Rafael da Silva. The 18-year old was available for selection for the
first time after being granted international clearance to play, and Sir Alex duly
handed the Brazilian a debut from the start..... More

Paris Hilton Responds To John McCain Advert

Nothing whatsoever to do with Manchester United ...

I do realise this but this is such a cool video from good old Paris Hilton ...

She sure can extract the urine from time to time !!

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

Every Single One Of Us .....

This is a tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson, taken
from another site, I thought it was absolutely
brilliant and have reproduced it here.

It was written by Morris Sheftel:

Football's inexorable treadmill leaves little
time for respite or reflection. During a summer
dominated by Euro2008, the shameless duplic-
ities of Calderon, Blatter and Platini, and the
greed of perfidious Ronaldo - to say nothing of
the onrush of the Olympics and the start of yet
another football season - there has been little
enough in celebration of Manchester United's
outstanding double of League and European
Cup championships last May, nor of the place
in football history that must surely be accorded the club's manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

In statistical terms, Ferguson's career is, quite simply, incredible and would
be so even if it were fiction. The end of last season brought him a tenth English
league championship in 21 seasons as United's manager. No other manager in
English history even comes close: Bob Paisley won six with Liverpool, Matt
Busby five with United and Herbert Chapman four with Arsenal and Hudd-
ersfield in the 1930s. If we look outside England, Rinus Michels won five
league championships (4 with Ajax and one with Barcelona) whilst Fabio Capello
won seven (4 at AC Milan, 2 at Real Madrid and another at Roma; another two
at Juventus were subsequently set aside because of match-fixing). Only in
Scotland is Ferguson's achievement matched: Jock Stein, his friend and mentor,
led Celtic to 11 Scottish titles.

In all, United won 702 (58%) of the 1210 league games played under Ferguson
to the end of May. That surpasses even the record of Matt Busby: 576 (50%)
wins out of 1141 games. And Ferguson's teams lost only 18% of their competitive
games, compared with 26% under Busby. Since the inception of the Premier
League, Ferguson's record has been even more remarkable.
In the 16 years of the Premiership, United have totalled 155 more league points
than Arsenal, their nearest chall-engers, 221 more than Chelsea and 244 more
than Liverpool. That's nearly 10 points a season better than Arsenal on average,
nearly 14 points better than Chelsea and more than 16 points better than Liver-
pool - astonishing margins. In the process, United also played the more attractive
football consistently, averaging 1.97 goals per game (compared with 1.69 for
Arsenal, 1.58 for Chelsea, and 1.6 for Liverpool) and defended better (conceding
0.87 goals per game compared with 0.88, 0.98 and 0.98 respectively for their
main rivals).

If all that were not enough, Ferguson has also brought United two European
Cups, a European Cup-Winners Cup, five FA Cups (a record for a manager) and
two League Cups, 20 major trophies in all. Against that, Michels won a total of 14,
Paisley 13, Capello 9, Busby 7 and Chapman 6. But there's more. Before joining
United in 1986, Ferguson led Aberdeen to 3 league championships, 4 FA Cups,
one League Cup and a European Cup-Winners Cup in Scotland.
There's also the matter of two European Super Cups (one with each club) and
an Intercontinental Cup (United beating Scolari's Palmeiras in 1999 to become,
so far, the only English winners of that trophy). That's 32 overall, ahead even
of Stein's 29 in Scotland (and achieved in a much tougher competitive environ-
ment). Along the way, there have been three English League and FA Cup
doubles (the first to do it twice and then three times), and one League and
European Cup double. Above all, in 1999 Ferguson led United to the treble of
League championship, FA Cup and European Cup, the single greatest achieve-
ment by any club in English football history and something unmatched in Europe's
main leagues (England, Italy, Spain, Germany and France).

You could not make it up. However much partisanship might colour our percep-
tions of the relative merits of the great managers, indisputably Ferguson stands
pre-eminent in the history of English and European football.

Yet statistics do not give us the full substance of the man. It is all too easy to forget,
given the global monster that United now is, that Ferguson took over something
of an empty shell in 1986, a club living on (fading) memories of the Busby era, as
much about tabloid notoriety as football achievement. With a ferocity that many
found difficult to live with, he removed the drinking culture that he found, got rid
of some outstanding players who had lost their way, confined the media to the
fringes of the club's business, resurrected the club's youth development system,
built a professional training and coaching system still unsurpassed in England,
and demanded and got (as the price of being at the club) a unity of purpose and
clarity of focus that turned talented players into winners. (What might a team
including Robson, Muhren, Strachan, Whiteside, Stapleton and McGrath have
won with Ferguson driving it, instead of the nothing that it did in fact win?)
Perhaps his greatest achievement has been that he has managed to blend the
demands of a more tactical and defensive modern game with the attacking verve
and individual swagger established by Busby as the United way of playing, a way
that made a provincial club the best supported team in the world. It was a chall-
enge that defeated previous United managers (including even Busby in his late
years) but Ferguson's teams have managed to provide plenty of scope for indiv-
idual expression within the framework of team organization. Thus, players like
Cantona, Giggs, Rooney, Ronaldo, Scholes, Sharpe, Yorke, Cole, Beckham, And-
erson and others have developed into artists who could stretch the imagination
of those lucky enough to watch them while they still played winning football.
These skills have been paraded through four successful United teams built by
Ferguson. If the first (1990-2) was something of a transitional side, the other
three - 1993-4, 1999-2001 and 2006-8 - have all been great ones. The treble in
1999 must rank that side as the greatest of them, indeed as the greatest in English
club history, not only for the magnitude of the success but also for the flair and
style with which it was done. It exemplified what all Ferguson's teams are about -
skill and flair embedded in a high level of organization and a ferocious team spirit.

All this marks out Ferguson as something more than a successful coach and places
him in the ranks of those great managers who can 'build a club', as the saying goes,
men like Michels, Stein, Shankly, Clough, Nicholson, Wenger. In this company,
Busby stands supreme: we cannot begin to imagine what it took to turn a bankrupt,
provincial club without a stadium into one renowned throughout the world, to change
the ethos of football in favour of youth and flair, to drag English football into Europe,
to resurrect the club after the Munich air crash (by contrast, Torino have never
recovered fully after losing their great team in a 1949 air crash) and to win the
European Cup just a decade after Munich. Yet Ferguson, too, belongs here, adapting
the Busby legacy to new realities and taking the club to new heights.

It is only in his relations with the media that Ferguson can be considered less than
successful. If it is true he has had to deal with a more unscrupulous and contemptible
press than any that Busby, Shankly or Stein faced, it is also true that his constant
conflicts with them have done neither himself nor his club any favours. It has enc-
ouraged a sustained campaign against the club by the London media so that United's
enormous contribution to the community and to Unicef and other charities gets a
Chinese-government type media blackout. And it has led to a media caricature of
Ferguson with little basis in reality but with a life of its own. The ranting bully terror-
izing his players does not square with their fierce loyalty to him or with their unshake-
able will to win games from seemingly hopeless positions or with the flair and joy they
so often bring to their play. Nor does it square with the esteem in which he is held
throughout football, or with the appreciation by other managers of the support and
generosity he accords them or, for that matter, with the help and friendship he has
extended to individual journalists facing crises in their lives. The wealth and fame he
has achieved in football, and the political and business circles to which he has access
as a result, have not altered his friendships, most of which go back to his youth, or
his focus on family ties or his social values. Perhaps that is a truer reflection of the
nature of the beast than the media picture, and perhaps once he's retired and
no longer threatens them, they will finally give him his full due.

Danny Simpson And Rafael

Fergie has allowed Danny Simpson to go to Blackburn on a 12 month loan
and is busy now singing the praises of Rafael, the Brazilian right back who
made his debut Wednesday.

Fergie, as usual, took care of the small details ensuring Simpson can't play

against United. With Blackburn though, he will continue his development,
but Ferguson may already have found a younger, more exciting long-term
replacement for Gary Neville.

Rafael, who arrived at the club with his twin brother Fabio from Fluminense,

played the full 90 minutes of United's 2-0 friendly win at Peterborough and
did enough to suggest a competitive debut may not be too far away.

His brother Fabio also impressed, at left-back, after coming on for Patrice Evra at


Ferguson said: "The young players were fantastic and young Rafael the right-back

was a sensation for me.

"I thought it was a real eye opener for us. He hadn't played for a year but he's

played a full 90 minutes today. His brother Fabio has played 45 minutes and he's
also done well so we're really pleased by their contribution."

"You know what football's like. Sometimes it turns up some star, some little

nugget maybe. On the evidence of tonight I think we have got a good player here,"
he said.

"The squad we've got here tonight (at Peterborough) will play on Wednesday,"

"Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville will also be involved."

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Rooney To Miss The Start Of The Season !

After all the problems with The Slave making me
stressed out, it's now been revealed Mr Rooney
has caught some dodgy virus in Nigeria which is
NOT Malaria but they can't name what it is.
What's that all about then ?

When I go to the doctor and he says I have a
virus I ask why, where did it come from, what
strain is it etc etc etc. But the United doctor
must have said "Wayne has a virus" and Fergie
responds "Oh, OK". This all sounds a bit strange to me to be honest, but never mind that, the
fact remains he is going to miss the Charity Shield at best. The worst case scenario is the
problem could encroach into the beginning of the season proper.

United played four friendlies, including one against Community Shield opponents Portsmouth, on
the tour. Fergie told Sky Sports News: "I doubt we'll get Rooney fit for the start of the season
with the virus he's had.

"It's a virus he picked up in Nigeria and it's not a nice one, but quite a few have had it.

"It's such a bad virus and he's got to be training to be fit."

Maybe this news could bring a renewed move for Dimitar Berbatov as Fergie has only Carlos
Tevez, untested youngster Fraizer Campbell and Louis Saha to choose from up front.

I am getting a spot of deja vous from this. He also saw the start to last season disrupted by
injury when he suffered a broken metatarsal against Reading on the opening day of the
2007/08 campaign.

Add to this the fact The Slave will not be ready until October things are looking rather
challenging to say the least.

Fergie added: "I don't know whether we will have a team ready. Nani is suspended, Anderson is
in the Olympic Games. Carrick's come in this morning and he may play a part of the game on

Sir Alex sounds a little miffed, and who can blame him !!??

They Think It's All Over .....

So Real Madrid sign Van Der Vaart and this saga concerning The Slave
is all over ?

Fergie announced just hours after they made this signing "That's the
issue finished with now".

Calderon said "I think this will be our only signing this year".

I say "what a fiasco !"

This has been so unprofessional and childish it's beyond belief !
I always thought when you join a club then you play your heart out
for them or you don't join them. You have to be dedicated to the
cause or what are you doing there ?

The Slave has shown no commitment or loyalty at all during this
whole episode ! He worries about HIS dreams and HIS money. I
said 12 months ago he is greedy and ambitious to one cause, the
Cristiano Ronaldo cause. Seems I was right.

So now we have the question "How will the fans treat Ronaldo the
first time he runs out onto the hallowed turf of Old Trafford ?"

When I read stories about the likes of Albert Scanlon, Tommy Tay-
lor, Duncan Edwards, Liam Whelan, Harry Gregg, oh the list is
endless, it just makes you sit back in awe at their commitment !
They had loyalty second to none and they performed miracles.

Albert Scanlon spoke with the MEN back in February, I dont have
the article to hand but he was saying how, on match days, he
would get up with butterflies in his stomach, have a small meal
and then tie his bootlaces together and sling them round his neck
and walk to Old Trafford from his house in Salford.

They trained 5 days a week on top of this and were paid some rid-
iculous amount of money £10 maybe, probably less. Many of the
players back in those days had to have a second job just to survive !!

My God they played their hearts out too. They would be there for
the match no matter what ! Just as well because there were no
rest days back then, no substitutes to take your place if you were
a bit off colour. It was one way, once you ran on that pitch that
was it ... you finish the game.

So where did it all go so wrong ?

That question is for another day I think. All of this was way bef-
ore my time but I read about it and I am more in awe of these guys
from the Busby Babes era than ever before.

There was no questioning their commitment. They performed week in
and week out, winning league titles and cups left right and centre.
There was no cash cow or money carrot driving them on. The wages
were rubbish until the 80s.

It was all commitment and loyalty, shown by a rare few these days.

United have had some magnificent number 7s through the years but
right now we have .....

Ronaldo !!

Saturday, 2 August 2008

Milk Cup - Reds Reign In The Coleraine Rain

United’s march towards a third Premier Milk Cup title has had
something of an air of inevitability about it all week, and so it
proved this evening as Paul McGuinness’ side never really had
to get out of third gear on their way to a 3-0 win over South
Coast Bayern. Three top-quality goals from Oliver Norwood,
Nicky Ajose and Federico Macheda were comfortably enough
to overcome the plucky but ultimately outclassed Californians
at a sodden Coleraine Showgrounds.......More.....

United Finally Get Their Man ?


It would appear that United could finally be on the verge of getting their man !!
After a summer full with just two stories - the first being Real Madrids rather
odd fixation with The Slave, and Fergies continuation of his year long pursuit
of Dimitar Berbatov. It would appear that Daniel Levy has agreed Berba can
depart for the sum of £28m (OWCH), but the only hold up now is Levy's
understandable reluctance to let his star asset leave before he has a proven
replacement for him already in place.

So that will be Andrei Arshavin then. Levy and Ramos have been hounding
Zenit for 3 months to buy him !! This is apparently alright for them to do this,
it's just Fergie who can't according to Levy (prat). So that's how the land lies
this morning. As soon as Arshavin signs the dotted line we get our man and
I for one can't wait to see Berba in red. I just thank God we didn't get lumb-
ered with the 'Average Joe' from Holland !!!!