Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Aalborg 0 - 3 United

Dimitar Berbatov got off the mark with a double strike as Manchester United cruise to UCL' Victory against Aalborg in Denmark.

Wayne Rooney slid home a pass from Ryan Giggs to open the scoring after 22 minutes.

Berbatov opened his goal account when he took advantage of a defensive mix-up to score 10 minutes after half-time.

He then volleyed in Cristiano Ronaldo's cross for his second after 79 minutes.

Scholesy was left on crutches, while Rooney limped off in some discomfort just before the hour mark.

United suffered a blow after 16 minutes when Scholes was stretchered off with a knee injury following a challenge by Thomas Augustinussen.

A job well done by United - but at what costs in terms of injuries remained to be seen as the players prepared to fly back to Manchester.

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United line-up:

Van der Sar, R Da Silva (Brown 66), Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Scholes (Giggs 16), O'Shea, Nani, Berbatov, Rooney (Tevez 59).
Subs not used: Amos, Anderson, Park, Evans.

Goals: Rooney 22, Berbatov 55 & 79.

Booked: Rafael Da Silva.

Attendance: 10,346.

Referee: Olegario Benquerenca (Portugal).

Man-of-the-Match: Wayne Rooney.

Source: BBC News.
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Saturday, September 27, 2008

United 2 - 0 Bolton

United got their first Home win of the season, with 1 goal of C. Ronaldo and other from W. Rooney.

Ferguson said about the match: "We would have won the game OK, but when teams are defending the way they did, with determination. They are difficult to break down and you need a little break like that."

Ronaldo put United ahead after Referee Rob Styles awarded United a penalty because of Jlloyd Samuel's tackle, which was a fair one. Wayne Rooney curled in United's second after a Ronaldo back-flick as Bolton were left seething over the penalty.

The incident could spark renewed debate about video technology but in all honesty the official should never have given a penalty. 

Sir. Alex Ferguson rotated his side ahead to the UCL's trip to Aalborg in midweek. United could have doubled their lead in the closing stages and the only talking point afterwards was that incredulous penalty decision.

United line-up:

Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo (Nani 80), Fletcher, Anderson (Scholes 71), Park, Tevez (Rooney 71), Berbatov.
Subs not used: Amos, Giggs, O'Shea, Evans.

Goals: Ronaldo 60 pen, Rooney 77. 

Attendance: 75,484

Referee: Rob Styles

Man-of-the-Match: Cristiano Ronaldo

Source: BBC News.
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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pogatetz regrets Possebon tackle

Middlesbrough Emanuel Pogatetz has apologized to Rodrigo Possebon for the tackle that left the United player needing hospital treatment. 

Pogatetz was sent off during Manchester United's 3 - 1 Curling Cup win for a challenge that infuriated Sir. Alex Ferguson. 

Possebon was stretchered off  but has not broken his leg as was first feared.

Pogatetz said: "Misjudged the challenge" and wishes Possebon "a speed recovery".

"I am going to speak to Rodrigo by telephone and I will apologise for hurting him. I hope that he'll make a quick recovery and that he won't be out for long," added Pogatetz

A statement on United's website read: "We can confirm that Rodrigo did not suffer a break to his right leg. He was kept in Hospital overnight for observation and to assess whether there was any ligament damage to his knee."

Pogatetz will miss Middlesbrough's next three matches.

Source: BBC Sports.
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United 3 - 1 M'Boro

Late goals from Nani and Giggs put United into The Carling Cup fourth round.

United dominated and Cristiano Ronaldo, who back to action from injury, headed United to win this match.

Ryan Giggs finished coolly and Nani made sure of the win in injury-time. 

United playing in front of 53,000 crowd and started with a strong lineup, which included to Vidic, Brown, Giggs and Ronaldo. Along the youngster such as 18-year-old goalkeeper Ben Amos and 19-year-old striker Danny Welbeck. 

The portuguese put United ahead after 25 minute with a header from a Giggs corner which bore close resemblance to his goal in the UCL Final against Chelsea FC in May.

And Nani put a gloss on the scoreline when rounded stranded Jones to slot into an empty net.

United Line-up:

Amos, R. Da Silva, Vidic, Brown, O'Shea, Nani, Possebon (Gibson 72), Anderson, Giggs (Manucho 84), Welbeck, Ronaldo (Tevez 61).
Subs not used: Zieler, Cleverley, Grey, Eckersley.

Goals: Ronaldo 25, Giggs 79, Nani 90.

Attendance: 53,729

Referee: Andre Marriner.

Source: BBC Sports.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Ferdinand in Clear over Challenge

The FA will take no further action against United after 
seven of their players picked up bookings 
on Sunday's 1 - 1 draw at Chelsea.  

United were already expecting an automatic 25,000 pound of fine for more than six cautions, but Referee Mike Riley raised no more concerns in his reports. 

Riley did not take issue with Rio Ferdinand's challenge on Didier Drogba in the final second of the match.

And there was no mention of any incidents following the final whistle. Some United players, had reacted aggressively at full-time, but Riley's report makes clear he was happy with his handing of the game.

The incident was the last of the match - Riley blew the whistle for full-time after the pair collided in the air.

The incident is now in the hands of the police. 

Source: BBC Sports.
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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Chelsea 1 - 1 United

Barclays Premier League
Sunday 21, September 2008
Stamford Bridge 

Chelsea 1 (Kalou) 

United 1 (Park)

Kalou's late equaliser let Chelsea follows unbeaten in home and win a point against United.

Ji-Sung Park scored his goal to put United ahead 1 - 0 in the 18th minute, after Petr Cech fumbled Berbatov's shot.

Edwin Van der Sar left the game for injury in the first half, allowing Tomaz Kuszczak could make his debut in the Premier League. 

Sir Alex opted to leave Ronaldo on the bench, where he was joined by Carlos Tevez, as Berbatov and Rooney were paired up front. 

Van der Sar had a knee injury after an  accidental clash with Florent Malouda. Then, He was limped off  and replaced by Tomaz Kuszczak after 31th minutes following another fumble. 

Rooney was booked for a crude lunge at Ashley Cole, and the punishment was doubled when Kalou headed Mikel's obi free-kick beyond a static Kuszczak. And later, it took a desesperate block from Gary Neville to deny Kalou, deflecting his shot over the top as United hung on for a point. 

United line-up:

Van der Sar (Kuszczak 32), Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Neville, Hargreaves, Scholes (Ronaldo 55), Park (O'Shea 75), Fletcher, Berbatov, Rooney.
Subs not used: Giggs, Tevez, Brown, Nani.

Goal: Park (18th minute)

Booked: Scholes, Ferdinand, Neville, Berbatov, Rooney, Evra, Ronaldo.   

Attendance: 41,760

Ref: Mike Riley

Man of the Match: Ji-Sung Park

Source: BBC Sports
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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Preview: United v Chelsea

Cristiano Ronaldo and Dimitar Berbatov could start up front for United's first team against Chelsea on Sunday. 

Berba has recovery from a knee injury, while Ronaldo made his comeback against Villarreal last Wednesday in the 1st match of the UCL 2008/2009.

Alex Ferguson has revealed that Cristiano is desesperate to play against The Blues on Sunday.

"Cristiano is nibbling in my ear all the time. He is bursting to play," said The Scot

The United boss also said that Ronaldo has made a good recovery and trained very well.

Jonny Evans could be in the team, because of  his good play v Villarreal on Wednesday.

Nemanja Vidic won't play with United because he was suspended with a red card on last weekend.

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Ref: Mike Riley

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Date: Sunday, 21 September

Kick-off: 14:00 BST

Source: BBC Sports
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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fergie believes that goals will come soon

Sir. Alex Ferguson is convinced that the goals for United will start to flow very soon. 

Ferguson claims it will not be long before United are hitting the net on a regular basis again.

"We will improve from now." He said

 "We're a bit short but the games will bring us on. It was the same the last season, It wasn't until we got a victory over Sunderland that we really got on the road. We have a little bit to go yet, but once the sharpness of play comes I am sure the goals will come as well." He added

Alex Ferguson was happy with the performance of Jonny Evans and Carlos Tevez in the last game with Villarreal. 

However, the best moment was the early return of Cristiano Ronaldo after a good recovery of his ankle surgery. 

"I hope Cristiano to get a perfect reception," said the United boss

He knows that the supporters trust on him, because of he had given them great moment and fantastic goals.

This Sunday 21 September, Ronaldo won't be with the squad who plays against Chelsea. Because he spent the last two months on the sidelines. 

Finally, Sir. Alex referred to Bebatov, if he can play or not against The Blues. 
"Dimitar Berbatov has a chance for Sunday but it is too early to say something about it," said AF. 

Source: Manchester evening news.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

United 0 - 0 Villarreal

Cristiano Ronaldo came back in his first 30's minutes of the season. He did a good game and he got some chances for score a goal. 

United dominated in the first-half without ever hitting top gear against an efficient Villarreal. 

At only seven minutes, Rio ferdinand wasted an opportunity to put United ahead, but he was surprised when Owen Hargreaves' corner arrives at his feet and he miscued his efforts off target.

Villarreal keeper Diego Lopez looked uncertain, and he was called into action to save efforts from Nani and Carlos Tevez. 

United deserved a clear penalty before the interval when Ji-Sung Park was tumbled by Joan Capdevilla, but German Referee Wolfgang Stark waved away the appeals. 

United pressed until the end, but Villarreal held on to frustate the holders. 

Sir. Alex Ferguson said: "Ronaldo has had a turbulent summer and a lot has been said about it, but when I had my meeting in June in Portugal with him that was over. He dedicated himself to getting fit for the club. The Crowd's reception was important for Cristiano."

United line-up:

Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Nani, Hargreaves (Anderson 62), Fletcher, Park (Ronaldo 62), Rooney, Tevez (Giggs 81). 
Subs not used: Foster, Brown, Vidic, O'Shea. 
Booked: Tevez

Attendance: 74,944

Ref: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

Man of the Match: Ji-Sung Park  

Source: BBC News

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

United is ready for Villarreal

Winger Cristiano Ronaldo will start on the substitutes bench for United's opening match against Villarreal at Old Trafford. 

Ronaldo, who was sidelined for two month after undergoing an ankle operation in July, was expected to be out until October. 

Michael Carrick and Dimitar berbatov is out, while Paul Scholes is suspended. 

"He's a magnificent player, he will certainly be involved but it is more likely he will start on the bench. He has been one of the best patients I have ever seen. He has shown a real desire to get back playing for us," Said Sir. Alex

If Berbatov not playing this Wednesday, United should have Angolan forward Manucho available. 

United line-up v Villarreal:

Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Foster, Brown, Neville, R da Silva, F da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, O'Shea, Evra, Ronaldo, Nani, Anderson, Hargreaves, Possebon, Fletcher, Park, Giggs, Tevez, Rooney, Berbatov, Manucho, Welbeck. 

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Carrick out for up to six weeks

Michael Carrick will be out for up to six weeks after it was revealed he has broken bone in his foot. 

 The 28-year-old suffered a injury in a tackle by Benayoun in the first-half of Saturday's 2-1 loss to Liverpool and left Anfield on crutches.

"It's not turned out well for us," Said Sir. Alex Ferguson

"He has a small crack in his foot which was diagnosed on Sunday afternoon. It isn't good news," added the United boss

Carrick's latest injury will also rule him out of  England's next two qualifiers against Kazakztan and Belarus next month. 

He will miss United's opening UCL game against Villarreal on Wednesday, their second against Aalborg on 30 September and possibly their third against Celtic on 21 October.

Source: BBC News   

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Kuszczak agrees a new deal

Tomasz Kuszczak has signed a new two-year extension to his contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2012.

"I am so happy as I have had a great time so far but there is still so much to prove and I want to continue working hard to ensure my position within this great team." said The Polish's Keeper. 

"We always like to sit down with all our young players as we want to look ahead and protect our future. Top goalkeepers are hard to find and I believe we have three of the best here and by securing Tomasz's future we can consolidate ours."said the United boss.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ronaldo set to make early return

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to make an early return from injury for United's opening UCL match against Villarreal.

Sir Alex Ferguson said: "Ronaldo could feature on Wednesday, as well as against Chelsea next weekend."

"He's been making great strides in the direction towards first-team football," added the United boss.

Ferguson also added: "Ronaldo is training well and he may back to Chelsea's match on 21 September. He's making a rapid progress in terms on overcoming the injury problem. He's doing a good physios."

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Liverpool 2 - 1 United

Liverpool won for first time since 2004, with Liverpool's boss Rafa Benitez in charge. 

United started well, when in the 3rd minute, Berbatov throw in a center and Carlos Tevez doing well and scored a beautiful goal to give United an advantage on the scoreboard. 

Liverpool equalizer the match, when a mistake of  Edwin Van der Sar coming in, so Wes Brown was ahead the ball and it entered to the net. 

The last goal was coming through a Liverpool's corner, when Babel scored his goal and put Pool ahead in the scoreboard. 

Berbatov did his debut match, with an acceptable match for him. 

United have only 4 points, in their 3 matches. But Ferguson's boys have a game less. 

United line-up:

Van der Sar, Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Scholes, Carrick (Giggs), Anderson (Nani), Rooney, Berbatov, Tevez.

Booked: Vidic, Tevez, Nani.
Red Card: Vidic
Goal: Tevez (3)

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Friday, September 12, 2008

United v Liverpool

Dimitar Berbatov is set to make his debut after signing from Tottenham for 30m pound on transfer deadline day.

Owen Hargreaves and Michael Carrick both return for the trip to Anfield.

Steven Gerrad and Fernando Torres are in line to face United, so it will be a big boost for Liverpool.

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to return to the first team against Villarreal at Old Trafford on Wednesday. 

United line-up:

Van der Sar, Neville, Brown, R da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Evans, F da Silva, Fletcher, O'Shea, Hargreaves, Carrick, Anderson, Scholes, Nani, Possebon, Gibson, Giggs, Rooney, Tevez, Berbatov, Welbeck. 

Match's Info:

Referee: Howard Webb
Venue: Anfield
Date: Saturday, 13 September
Kick-off: 12:45 BST

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

United dismiss Ronaldo City link

United chief David Gill has rejected claims rivals City will make a 135m pound bid for Cristiano Ronaldo under new owner Abu Dhabi United Group.

But Gill told BBC Radio 5 Live he is treating it "with a pinch of salt." 

"I can't believe he is serious at those levels and, anyway, we are not looking to sell our best players," he added.

"Ultimately we discuss any offer with United manager Alex Ferguson and the owners, as that sort of money is very large for one person.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Phelan as New assistant of Man Utd

United have named their former midfielder Mike Phelan as assistant manager, while Rene Meulensteen become first team coach.  

Phelan, 45 years-old, replaces Carlos Queiroz, who left his position to take over as Portugal's coach in July. 

"Mike knows Manchester United inside out, having been associated with the club for the best part of 20 years," manager Sir Alex Ferguson said

"I am delighted that Mike and Rene have agreed to fill these important position," added United boss

Brian McClair and Laurent Blanc had also been linked with the vacant post. 

Phelan has been working as a first team coach since 2001, the year Steve McClaren left to coach Middlesbrough. 

He played more than 100 games in five years at United, earning a Premier League winners medal in 1993. 

Source: BBC Sports

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Berbatov signs with United

United signed the Bulgaria striker from Tottenham from 30m pound on Monday after a transfer saga.

Dimitar Berbatov has said that he not join to United for more money, because They are the biggest club in the world.

"If I want to play for the money, I would accept the Manchester City offer or Chelsea," Berbatov said to MUTV

"The Red Shirt is really a big thing for me. I want to play for the biggest club in the world." he added

"I have handled pressure and expectation all through my life. I am not scared of it." Dimitar Berbatov

"I am 27 now and maybe this could be the last step in my career." said the Bulgaria striker

"I know I can develop here in the way I always wanted. I always believed, people used to say 'keep the faith'. I went to some difficult times and it was a long battle, but I always thought it was going to happen and it the end it did." added Berbatov

Berbatov desire to play at Anfield on next 13 September. He has said about this: "We live for the big games and I think this is the biggest. I can't wait to play."

Source: BBC Sports

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