Friday, December 26, 2008

Stoke 0 - 1 United

United left it late before securing a valuable victory against 10-man Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

The Club World Cup Winners enjoyed long spells of possession and had to wait until the 83rd minute for the breakthrough when Carlos Tevez found the net from close range.

United were forced to make a late change with Jonny Evans replacing Rio Ferdinand who injured his back in the warm-up. He is expected to be out for around 10 days and they struggled to get their game together in the first half.

 The Alex Ferguson's team pushed forward at the start of the second half and Tevez cut inside but Sorensen turned his effort around the post after 47 minutes.

Carlos Tevez scored his only second league goal of the campaign and he helped to United team to following up in the Premierleague. 

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

LDU Quito 0 - 1 United

Wayne Rooney clinched a victory for Manchester United in the Club World Cup final with a late goal against LDU Quito after Vidic was sent off.

United's hopes were hit when Vidic saw red card after 49 minutes for lashing out with an elbow at Claudio Bieler. But Rooney won it with a neat finish into the bottom corner on 73 minutes.

United has becoming the first English Club to win the global event in its current format.

Nemanja Vidic will not play against Internazionale Milan in the first leg of the Champions League in February.

Edwin Van der Sar has done really well and get a various saves to obtain the title of WORLD CHAMPIONS.

Earlier on Sunday, Gamba Osaka had got a victory over Mexican team Pachuca 1-0 and the Japanese team got the third place.

United line-up:

Edwin Van der Sar, R. Da Silva (Neville 85), Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Carrick, Anderson (Fletcher 87), Park, Tevez (Evans 51), Rooney.
Subs not used: Kuszczak, Berbatov, Giggs, Nani, Scholes, Welbeck, O'Shea, Gibson, Amos.

Sent off: Vidic 49.

Booked: Anderson.

Goals: Rooney 73.

Attendance: 62,619.

Referee: Ravshan Irmatov.

Man-of-the-Match: Wayne Rooney.



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Friday, December 5, 2008

Ferguson feels for fellow bosses

Sir Alex Ferguson is convinced football management is becoming a precarious occupation with each passing year.

After bringing 10 Premier League titles and two European Cups to Old Trafford during an incredible 22-year reign, Ferguson need have no concern about losing his job.

At 66, the United boss has earned the right to end his tenure at a time of his choosing.

"It is a very precarious industry," said Sir Alex Ferguson.

"Very few managers last more than three or four years with a club nowadays and the lifespan of a manager is getting shorter and shorter."

"I count myself fortunate to spend so long at one club."

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Transfer News: Serbian could sign this winter

United have secured a work permit for potential new signing Zoran Tosic.

The 21-year-old Partizan Belgrade winger was linked with The Reds in various UK papers last weekend and the club can now confirm the application for his work permit has been successful. 

No move can be completed until the transfer window reopens on 1 January 2009.

Tosic is a dead-ball specialist, who played for Serbia, in the 2007 European U-21 Championships. He helped his country to finish runners-up to a Holland team featuring Liverpool's Ryan Babel. 

Now a full international, Tosic played in last month's World Cup qualifying win over Austria (3-1), as did United's Nemanja Vidic. 

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The Manchester's Derby is coming up!

This Sunday 30 November, these two teams got an important game on Eastlands. The Kick-off will be at 13:30 GMT.

Dimitar Berbatov is in contention after returning to training following a hamstring injury. Gary Neville have got a problem on his groin but he'll be playing on Sunday, while Paul Scholes, with a problem on his knee,  will be a doubt for the United squad.

Alex Ferguson has vowed not to rush back to Berbatov, who has missed the last two United's games. Alex has said that hamstring's problem is difficult to deal with. Berbatov has never had this problem and The United boss want to preserve him.

Berbatov is a strong doubt for this Sunday and maybe he might start on the bench. 

Dimitar Berbatov was injury on international duty, with the Bulgarian team. 

United from: Van der Sar, Foster, Kuszczak, Neville, Rafael, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Ronaldo, Nani, Carrick, Fletcher, Anderson, Giggs, Park, Rooney, Tevez, Berbatov.

Extra Notes:
  • If Wayne Rooney scores one goal, this will be the 100 club goal with Everton and United. 
  • Ryan Giggs will be playing the day after his 35th birthday. 
  • John O'Shea will be playing his 200th appearances for United.
  • Patrice Evra is the only player that has played all games for United squad this season. 
  • Giggs could break another Sir Bobby Charlton's record. If Ryan plays on Sunday, he'll have appeared more times for United in a Manchester derby than any other player. Currently, Ryan and Bobby are locked on 27 appearances. 

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Aston Villa 0 - 0 United

Barclays Premier League
Villa Park, 
Saturday 22 November 2008

Aston Villa 0

Manchester United 0

United failed to close the gap at the top of the Barclays Premier League after being held to a frustrating goalless draw at Aston Villa.

A point may not be the worst result away at the top-four side. It meant the Champions were unable fully to take advantage of slips-up by Liverpool and Chelsea earlier in the day. 

United's only chance of note in the opening quarter of an hour came when Cristiano Ronaldo cut inside and unleashed a half-volley that Brad Friedel did well to palm wide. On a lush playing surface United were playing some coherent football, with Giggs, Rooney and Carlos Tevez.

United failed to carve out any more opening as the game drew to a close and the shares were spoiled, ending Villa's 14-match losing run against Sir Alex's men.

Sir Alex Ferguson talked after the game and said:

"I thought we were the better team apart from a 15-minute spell after half-time when Villa got the ball into our box from a free-kicks and corners and caused a lot of problems. Apart from that, we weren't in danger. I was pleased with the effort we put in against an aggressive and determined team who defended for their lives. With the amount of possession we had at the end I thought another chance must come along but they held on." 

Rio Ferdinand also talked and says that was a missed chance to reach Chelsea and Liverpool. (Here is the Video)
Phelan was dissapointed with a draw at Villa Park. (Here is the Video)

United line-up:

Van der Sar, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo (Anderson 82), Carrick, Giggs, Park, Rooney, Tevez (Nani 71).
Subs not used: Welbeck, Rafael Da Silva, Gibson, Evans, Kuszczak.

Attendance: 42,585

Referee: Chris Foy

Man-of-the-Match: Wayne Rooney

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Red's Interview with Gary Neville

Will you go into management when you stop playing?

I'm not sure. I'm doing my coaching badges now with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Giggsy. It's something that, when you do them, you do get a buzz about being out there on the training ground. But I'm not sure at this stage, I really want to concentrate on my playing career and whatever comes after that... who knows?

Who's the best - Maradona or Pele? and why?

Pele. Just for the way in which he looked after himself and the way he has been an ambassador to the game. He has led an almost faultless life in that sense, so for that reason I'd choose Pele.

Do you miss having you brother Phil at the club?

Sometimes... but I miss all the lads like Butty, Becks, Ben Thornley and Chris Casper. They were great years when we were coming through and seven or eight of us were playing together for so long. But you move on and new young players come through. We've got Anderson, Nani, Rafael and Rodrigo Possebon now coming through the ranks. It's important that the club always moves on. It's like a conveyor belt, some players fall off the end. Thankfully I'm still hanging on! But young players are so important to this club, they're the heartbeat of it.

In your United career, you've got seven goals in 552 games, averaging at 1 every 78,9 games. In the last four seasons you've played 78 matches without scoring. Are you due a goal?

Well, according to the statistics I am, yes! But unfortunately it doesn't work out like that. Sometimes I've scored two in a season and other times I've gone three or four years without scoring. I love scoring a goal, but most of all I love playing for United and whoever scoring doesn't really matter, as long as we win.

When you were out injured, did you ever worry that you wouldn't play again?

I don't think I ever thought, 'will I ever play again?' But there were moments when you wonder how many times you're going to have a setback. The first injury, the ankle problem which kept me out for six or seven months, never made me feel that way. I just knew it was something I had to get over. The most frustating thing was picking up the title niggles; calf, groin, thigh. I picked up three or four of those, which was the result of being our for so long. I remember thinking, 'how long is this going to go on for?' I've been pretty lucky in the last six months that I've not had more injuries than I would expect to have in any other season. I've been fit to play in nearly all the games. I might not have been selected to play in all the games, but I've been fit for 95 per cent of the matches we've had.

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Red's Interview with Ryan Giggs: Victory at Villa is vital

Ryan Giggs admits that United's start to the title race has left title margin for error between now and season's end.

Having won two, drawn two and lost two of six away games in the league so far, the Welshman says It's imperative the Reds find some consistency on the road, starting at Villa Park.

Ryan told this week:"It's important for us to win on Saturday, because We can't really afford any more mistakes as We're already behind Chelsea and Liverpool at the top of the premier league."

Giggs is mindful that Martin O'Neill's current young team won't make it easy for United, who are looking to extend a 13-year unbeaten run in the league at Villa Park. Victory over Arsenal last week proves the villians can mix it. 

"That result wasn't a surprise because Aston Villa can do that to teams. They have quality and pace and have been there or near the top for the past couple of years. They have some dangerous players, especially going forward such as Agbonlahor, Carew and Ashley Young." added Giggsy.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

United 1 - 0 Queens Park Rangers

Carlos Tevez was the 'Hero' of the night after scoring his goal from the penalty spot in the 76th minute as United edged into the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.

The Argentine made no mistake from the spot after Danny Welbeck had been felled by Peter Ramage, but it was far from a vintage united performance. Ji-Sung Park hit a post but United side failed to turn their dominance into chances. 

United totally dominated possessions but - with Rooney, Berbatov and Ronaldo rested - attacks constantly misfired.

Last News: Owen Hargreaves will be out for the rest of the season with a knee problem.

Tevez, who has regularly been left out of the United starting line-up in recent weeks, made no mistake from the spot, sending Cerny the wrong way. 

It was en effort from visitors at the end of the match, but few could argue that United deserved the win and to go through to the last eight of the competition.

United line-up: Kuszczak, R. Da Silva, Neville (Vidic 89), Evans, O'Shea, Gibson, Possebon (Welbeck 72), Anderson, Nani, Tevez, Park. Subs not used was: Foster, Carrick, Manucho, Cleverley, Gray. 

Goals: Tevez 76 (pen).

Referee: Phil Dowd. 

Attendance: 62,539.

Source: BBC Sports.
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Blades must wait on Carlos Tevez verdict

Sheffield United may not hear until christmas if they can stop West Ham's appeal to the court of arbitration for sports in the Carlos Tevez saga.

An independent tribunal ruled that Tevez was not eligible to play for West Ham at the end of the 2006/07 season. The Blades went to the High Court in order to obtain an injunction to prevent West Ham appealing on Monday.

The Argentine, who now plays for Manchester United, was deemed to have played a key part in the london's club's premier league survival as The Blades were relegated in the 2006/07 campaign. 

"On the totality of the evidence, we have no doubt that West Ham would have secured at least three fewer points over the 2006/07 season if Tevez had not been playing for the club," the judgement of the tribunal said.

The decision leaves The Hammers liable for damages of up to 30 millions pounds. 

Source: BBC Sports.
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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Arsenal 2 - 1 United

Arsenal beat Barclays Premier League Champions Manchester United 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium. 

Samir Nasri got the first goal for the Gunners, after an attacking threat, to grab his fourth and fifth of the season.

Rafael Da Silva, one of the substitutes of United, volleyed Home to give to the Reds a hope, but it was not enough as Arsenal claimed the points. 

 It was a victory that Arsenal merited, with United creating and wasting chances and never carrying the same sense of self-belief as The Gunners was in highly charged atmosphere.

United: Van der Sar, Neville (R. Da Silva 63), Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Anderson (Giggs 72), Carrick, Park, Rooney (Tevez 77), Berbatov. Subs not used: Kuszczak, Nani, O'Shea, Evans. 

Goal: R. Da Silva (90th minute)
Booked: Evra and Carrick.
Attendance: 60,106.
Referee: Howard Webb.
Man-of-the-Match: Arsenal's Samir Nasri.

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Rooney hope a win at Arsenal

Wayne Rooney aims to fire United to a first win at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Over the past two seasons The Reds have twice match winning positions at Arsenal, and Rooney is determined to avoid a repeat.

Rooney scored on both visits so far to the Emirates, but on each occasions Arsenal mounted dramatic late comebacks. In January 2007, Thierry Henry scored a rare headed goal to give The Gunners a 2-1 win and last season W. Gallas scored seconds from the final whistle to secure a point.

"We've thrown away some points there in the last two seasons, despite them being really good games. I think we should have maybe won at least one of them. We know Arsenal are a good team, they pass the ball really well. They can make it difficult for you, especially at Home, so we'll have to make sure we're focused, we all do our jobs right and try to get the goals to win it," said Wayne Rooney

Rooney is confident that United squad is equipped to coped with the strains of competing in multiple competitions and says he relishes the hectic fixture list.

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

United 4 - 3 Hull City

The day after Halloween, United were given a terrifying fright by Premier League new boys Hull City.

United looked to be cruising to victory when Cristiano Ronaldo double and goals from Michael Carrick and Nemanja Vidic put them 4-1 up.

Sir Alex Ferguson brought back Rooney for Carlos Tevez and Van der Sar and Gary Neville were also back in the starting line-up.

And United were ahead inside just three minutes when Ronaldo rounded off a neat one-two with Dimitar Berbatov.

The Portuguese star is firmly back on the goal trail - hitting another double to follow up his brace against West Ham in midweek as he tries to emulate his incredible 42-goal campaign last season.

Rooney's near post was missed by Rio Ferdinand but Vidic did not as he steered home a side-footed shot from six yards. United were playing well but when Ferdinand hauled back Mendy and Geovanni converted the penalty, they were suddenly in a precarious position once more.

United: Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Carrick (Giggs 72), Anderson (O'Shea 88), Nani (Tevez 64), Berbatov, Rooney. Subs not used: Foster, Park, R. Da Silva, Fletcher.

Booked: Rooney and Tevez.

Goals: Ronaldo 3, Carrick, 29, Ronaldo 44, Vidic 57.

Attendance: 75,398.

Referee: Mike Dean.

Man-of-the-Match: Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Preview: United v Hull City

Venue: Old Trafford. Date: Saturday, 1st November 2008. Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

United will be without Wes Brown after he picked up an ankle injury, while Gary Neville is set to return to the first-team. Edwin Van der Sar and Michael Carrick should also be handed starting berths.

The Red Devils returned to winning ways midweek, after being held by Everton at Goodison Park, beating West Ham at The Theatre of Dreams with two Cristiano Ronaldo goals. United are unbeaten at Home.

Rio Ferdinand is the only player to have been on the field for every minute of every one of United's premier league matches this season. 
Wayne Rooney, who's scored nine goals in his last nine games for club and country and five in seven appearances for United, needs one more to total 100 club goals (Everton and United)
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in each of his last eight premier league appearances at OT. If he finds the net, it will be the best such run since A. Shearer netted in 16 consecutive home league matches for Newcastle in 1996-97.

If play Gary Neville will be making his 550th appearances for Manchester United and Ronaldo will be making his 250th appearances for United. 

Head to Head: United have won their last three meetings with Hull in league and cup. The ultimate league clash was 33 years ago in the Old Second Division, when United won 2-0 at OT on 15 February 1975.
Home and away: United wins 9, Hull 4, Draws 3. (In the actual Premier league format, these two clubs never have faced)

United starter XI: Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Foster, Neville, R. Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, O'Shea, Evra, Ronaldo, Carrick, Fletcher, Anderson, Giggs, Nani, Park, Rooney, Berbatov, Tevez.

Referee: Mike Dean.

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New sponsor deal for Hublot

United has signed a new multi-million pound sponsorship deal with Swiss Watch manufacturers Hublot. 

Hublot has paid us$12.000.000 for a three-year partnership deal with the English club. The Swiss firm will now has its brand name around OT Stadium. 

United chief executive David Gill has said about it:"We are delighted to welcome such a prestigious partner as Hublot to the United family."

Chief executive of Hublot, Jean-Claude Biver, said it was an extraordinary partnership for Hublot. It mark was founded in 1980 by Carlo Crocco. As part of the sponsorship deal, the luxury watchmaker is to produce a Red Devil watch, with a 45-minute counter - the time of a half of play in football.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

United 2 - 0 West Ham

Cristiano Ronaldo has celebrated his first goal in an emphatic fashion.

Displaying flashes of styles, United raced into the 13th minute lead after the superb Nani cut the ball back for Ronaldo to slot into the corner.

Berbatov's skill saw him skip past James Collins, allowing him to square for Ronaldo to tap in. 

United are now eight points behind leader Liverpool, and returning to winning ways. 

And the second goal came on 29 minutes when Anderson caressed the down the left, and after Collins with a breathtaking moment of skill on the by-line, Berbatov squared for Ronny to slot in his second.

United assistant manager Mike Phelan said:

"We felt we should have attacked the game more and gone for more goals. We weren't as comfortable as we should have been in the second half. Berbatov showed his credential and that piece of skill was the highlights of the game. We need to realize in difference goals by the end of the season." 


Kuszczak, R. Da Silva (Neville 81), Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Fletcher (Carrick 69), Anderson, Nani (Rooney 70), Tevez, Berbatov. Subs not used: Foster, Giggs, Park, O'Shea.

Booked: Evra.

Goals: Ronaldo 14, 30.

Attendance: 75,397.

Referee: Peter Walton.

Man-of-the-Match: C. Ronaldo.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ronaldo is the new 'Player of the Year'

United and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has got 'The footballer of the year' award, leaving out 54 other top players.

Professional footballers of around the world has voted him, because he scored 42 goals last season. 

Besides this award, he was also included in the 'team of the year', alongside his team-mate Rio Ferdinand. 

"To be recognised by my fellow players is amazing," said The Portuguese boy.

"I would like to thank to my team-mates, coaches and the national team, as well as my family and friends for their support." added Ronaldo

"The number of goals he scored last year was phenomenal," said Sir Alex Ferguson

He was linked with Real Madrid last summer, but fortunately he decided to stay at United. He has clarified that the reason to stay at this wonderful club was his boss Alex Ferguson. "Sir Alex has been a big inspiration to me," he said. "He believed in me enough to buy me. I've learned so much from him and I'm continuing learning because he is a great manager"

The novel of the last season is finished and now he is thinking about United and to win the Premier League and Champions League again. Ronaldo has three goals this season, after he missing the start of the campaign because of an injury on one of his knees. 

The shortlist of Fifpro also included to Terry, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Wayne Rooney and Cesc Fabregas. 

FifPro is the worldwide representative organization for Professional football players, with more than 57,500 members. 

Here is the FifPro XI: 

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (R. Madrid)

Defenders: Sergio Ramos (R. Madrid), John Terry (Chelsea), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)

Midfielders: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Xavi (Barcelona), Kak√° (AC Milan)

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Fernando Torres (Liverpool), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Everton 1 - 1 United

United had dominated the first 45 minutes of the Barclays Premier League clash with a controlled and confident display, to the point that Everton were chasing shadows.

United held a deserved lead through Darren Fletcher at the break, but in the second period Everton stormed back with a physical performance, with Fellaini heading the equalizer.

Sir Alex Ferguson was able to make five changes to the United side that outclassed Celtic in the UCL midweek.

Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra were back from injury, while Ryan Giggs return as Captain. Wes Brown and Ji-Sung Park were also called.

Wayne Rooney was in search of his 100th career goal against his former club, but he missed an opportunity seven minutes before half-time when he saw a close-range effort scrambled wide by Joseph Yobo.

It was the final serious action of a pulsating encounter, that ended with Everton more satisfied with the result than United.


Van der Sar, Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Fletcher (Tevez 78), Giggs, Park (Anderson 67), Berbatov, Rooney (Nani 71). Subs not used: Kuszczak, Neville, O'Shea, Evans.

Booked: Vidic, Rooney, Brown.

Goal: Fletcher 22.

Attendance: 36, 069.

Referee: Alan Wiley.

Man-of-the-Match: Darren Fletcher.

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