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.

Don't miss this great match on Saturday 22 at 17:30 (GMT)

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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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