Saturday, April 26, 2008


Barclays Premier League
Stamford Bridge, Sat 26 April 2008

(Ballack 45+1, 86)

(Rooney 57)

Michael Ballack's penalty moves to Chelsea at top of the Premiership with Manchester united with two match left. 

In the first time, United lost a valuable player Nemanja Vidic and Ballack's goal to allow The Blues to go ahead in the scorer in the 45th minute. 

Wayne Rooney equaliser after Carvalho's error to put United back in the driving seat. And then, Carrick was penalised for blocking Essien's right-wing cross with his arm. Finally, Ballack sent the keeper to the wrong way and put Chelsea back into the lead. 

Team Line-ups: 

Chelsea: Czech, Ferreira (Anelka 66), Carvalho, Terry, Ashley Cole, Ballack, Obi, Essien, Kalou (Shevchenko 81), Drogba, Joe Cole (Makelele 87).
Subs not used: Cudicini, Belletti. 
Booked: Ballack, Obi, Drogba.

United: Van der Sar, Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic (Hargreaves 14), Silvestre, Fletcher, Carrick, Anderson (O'Shea 65), Nani, Rooney (Ronaldo 63), Giggs.
Subs not used: Kuszczak, Tevez. 
Booked: Brown, Van der Sar, Ferdinand, Hargreaves. 

Attendance: 41,828.

Referee: Alan Wiley.

Man of the Match: Chelsea's Michael Ballack. 

Source: BBC Sports. 

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Vidic is doubt for Clash with The Blues

Nemanja Vidic is doubt for the clash with Chelsea on Saturday because of a stomach virus.

Vidic visited a hospital on Tuesday and missed the match between Barcelona at the Nou Camp. 

"Nemanja was 24, 36 hours without eating" said Alex Ferguson. "I don't think he'll be ready for Saturday."

"He had very severe stomach pains, so we sent him off  to hospital."

Sir. Alex said Vidic had been under observation until late in the night on Tuesday. He's been improving on Wednesday but he wasn't fit to play against Barcelona in the first-leg in the UCL.

"Let's hope we can get him on Saturday" added Sir. Alex Ferguson. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty, in a chance to put up United in front. 

In the beginning, Gabriel Milito threw his hands up, to block a Ronaldo header in a box in only a second minute.

But Ronaldo wasted the opportunity to put United ahead in the scorer.

Barcelona dominated the game without creating much, although Henry almost caught out United Keeper later on. 

Team Line-ups:

Barcelona: Valdes, Zambrotta, Marquez, Milito, Abidal, Xavi, Toure Yaya, Deco (Henry 77), Messi (Bojan 62), Eto'o, Iniesta.

Booked: Marquez.

United: Van der Sar, Hargreaves, Brown, Ferdinand, Evra, Ronaldo, Carrick, Scholes, Park, Rooney (Nani 76), Tevez (Giggs 85).

Booked: Hargreaves.

Attendance: 98,000.

Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland). 

Man of the Match: Barcelona's Lionel Messi. 

Source: BBC Sports. 

Saturday, April 19, 2008


Barclays Premier League
Ewood Park, Sat 19 April

(Santa Cruz 21)

(Tevez 88)

Carlos Tevez's late equaliser kept Manchester United on course for the Premier League title as they earned a crucial point at Blackburn.

The Argentinian headed the ball home with two minutes to go after Paul Scholes had flicked on a corner from Nani.
Tevez's goal cancelled out the opener Roque Santa Cruz leaving the Red Devils three points ahead of Chelsea with the teams meeting next Saturday at Stamford Bridge. 

Victory for Sir. Alex Ferguson's side would surely see them retain their crown given their vasty superior goal difference.

Team Line-ups:

Blackburn: Friedel, Emerton, Samba, Nelsen, Warnock, Bentley, Reid, Vogel (Mokoena 85), Pedersen, Santa Cruz, Roberts.
Subs not used: Brown, Ooijer, McCarthy, Dunn.
Booked: Reid.

United: Kuszczak, Brown (O'Shea 81), Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs (Nani 46), Tevez, Rooney (Park 90).
Subs not used: Foster, Piqué.
Booked: Rooney.

Attendance: 30,316.

Referee: Rob Styles.

Man of the Match: Blacburn's Roque Santa Cruz. 


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Ferdinand agrees a new deal

Sir. Alex Ferguson has confirmed Rio Ferdinand is on the verge of signing a new contract with Manchester United.

The 29-year-old's representative, Pini Zahavi, had revealed the defender has agreed a new five-year deal, believed to be worth £ 130,000 a week.

And Ferguson said: "He is on the point of signing a new contract and we are happy with that."

"We always try to get players on longer contracts so we are not chasing things. Rio has been fantastic this season."

Signed from Leeds for a British record £30m in 2002, Ferdinand has become the key figure in United's defence and has formed an excellent partnership with Nemanja Vidic. 

He has two years remaining on his current contract and talks over an extension were planned for the summer. 

Zahavi believes it may not be his last contract at Old Trafford, and that Ferdinand may even go on to surpass the remarkable achievement of AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini, who is still playing at 39.

"I believe he can play longer than Maldini - and they believe so at Manchester United as well," Zahavi said.  

Source: BBC Sports
Image: Getty images

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Barclays Premier League
Old Trafford, Sun 13 April

(Ronaldo (pen) 54, Hargreaves 72)

(Adebayor 48)

Owen Hargreaves secured the winner for Manchester United against Arsenal as they closed in on a title.

The England midfielder's superb free-kick in the 72nd minute all but ended the Gunners hopes in the process. Arsenal had gone ahead through Adebayor in the 48th minute, only for Cristiano Ronaldo to equalise from the penalty spot six munutes later. Then Hargreaves strike won it in the 72nd minute for the Hosts. 

 Team Line-ups:

United: Van der Sar, Brown, Ferdinand, Piqué, Evra, Ronaldo, Carrick, Hargreaves (Giggs 89), Scholes (Anderson 55), Park (Tevez 55), Rooney.
Subs not used: Kuszczak, O'Shea.
Booked: Brown, Carrick.

Arsenal: Lehmann, Toure (Justin Hoyte 85), Gallas, Song, Clichy, Eboue (Walcott 61), Fabregas, Silva, Hleb, Van Persie (Bendtner 76), Adebayor.
Subs not used: Djourou, Fabiansky.
Booked: Van Persie, Gallas, Lehmann, Adebayor, Justin Hoyte.

Attendance: 75,985.

Referee: Howard Webb.

Man of the Match: Wayne Rooney. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Champions League Q/F 2nd Leg
Old Trafford, Wed 9 April

(Tevez 70)


Carlos Tevez ensured United's progression to the Champions League semi-finals and a mouth-watering meeting with Barcelona as the Reds ran out 3-0 aggregate winners over AS Roma at Old Trafford. 

The Reds were already two up from the first leg, and Carlos Tevez glanced home Owen Hargreaves cross after 70 minutes to put the result beyond doubt. 

Earlier, Roma passed up a chance to haul themselves back into the tie when De Rossi basted a penalty way over the bar. 

Meanwhile, Barcelona beat Schalke to set up an intriguing semi-final. 

Ferguson decided to leave C. Ronaldo and W. Rooney on the bench with a crucial Premier League match to follow against Arsenal on Sunday. 

The goal eventually came in the 70th minute thanks to Tevez fourth goal in the Champions league and his 17th of the season. 

Further good news for the buoyant home fans arrived with 10 minutes left when Gary Neville came on for his first appearance since picking up an ankle injury on 17 March 2007. 

Team Line-ups:

United: Van der Sar, Brown, Ferdinand, Pique, Silvestre, Hargreaves, Park, Carrick (O'Shea 74), Anderson (Neville 81), Giggs (Rooney 74), Tevez. 
Subs not used: Kuszczak, Ronaldo, Scholes, Welbeck.

Roma: Doni, Panucci, Mexes, Juan, Cassetti (Tonetto 56), De Rossi, Pizarro (Giuly 69), Taddei (Esposito 81), Perrota, Mancini, Vucinic.
Subs not used: Curci, Cicinho, Alquilani, Brighi. 
Booked: Perrota.

Attendance: 74,423

Referee: Tom Ovrebo (Norway).

Man of the Match: Owen Hargreaves. 

Sunday, April 6, 2008


Barclays Premier League
The Riverside Stadium, Sun 6 April

(Alves 35, 55)

(Ronaldo 10, Rooney 74)

Wayne Rooney rescued a point for United after Alfonso Alves' double had looked set to give M'boro a shock win at a wintry Riverside Stadium. Rooney converted from close range with 16 minutes left after good work by substitute Ji-Sung Park to ensure the Reds extended their lead over Chelsea at the top of the table to three points. 

Cristiano Ronaldo's 37th goal of the season had given United an early led, but Alves produced two superb finishes in each half to put Boro in command in an end-to-end game. Ryan Giggs made his 750th United appearance and he follow counting matches. 

Manchester United Manager Sir. Alex Ferguson:
"We could have lost the game there's no question - they had some chances. At times the defending was a bit haphazard I thought."
"But in other ways we could have won the game because some of the approach and football was very good. At 1-0 we looked very strong."
"They changed their formation to a 4-4-2, got an equaliser, and it was a great game of football after that."

Team line-ups:

Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Young, Wheater, Pogatetz, Taylor, O'Neil, Boateng, Arca, Downing, Aliadiere (Johnson 90), Alves (Tuncay 77).
Subs not used: Turnbull, Cattermole, Grounds.
Booked: Young, O'Neil, Boateng.

Manchester United: Van der Sar, Brown, Ferdinand (Pique 70), O'Shea (Hargreaves 67), Evra, Ronaldo, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs, Rooney, Tevez (Park 65).
Subs not used: Anderson.
Booked: Rooney.

Attendance: 33,952.

Referee: Mike Riley (Yorkshire).

Man of the Match: Middlesbrough's Alves


Saturday, April 5, 2008

Cristiano Ronaldo: I'll be Champions League King

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed his desire to lead United to Champions league glory this season, like in 1968 and 1999.

"Many times on television I've watched United winning the Champions league in 1999", said Ronaldo, "It looked incredible and It's something I want to do as well".

"I agree with Sir. Alex that United should have won it more than twice. This is a fantastic club with a great players and a great fans. It's a biggest club in the world". 

"We have the players to win the European Cup this year, we have the experience and we have the team. So we must have a great chance".

"It's a fantastic competition and every one of the lads wants to win the Champions League and go down in history at United."

After netting his 36th goal of the season in Rome on Tuesday night, Ronaldo could to become only the third player in United's history to reach the 40-goal mark in a single campaign. With six games left in the Premier League and potentially another four in Europe if United go all the way to the final in Moscow, it is hard to see Ronaldo failing to break the 40-goal barrier. 

"At the moment the team is brilliant, everyone is so confident. I feel the team is more mature and I'm more mature, too."

"We know that there is a big difference between the Champions League and the Premier League. But the way we are playing right now, we feel we can win both of them."


Thursday, April 3, 2008

Vidic will be out for two or three weeks

Nemanja Vidic won't be available for two or three weeks, the club have announced. 

This thursday, Vidic had a second scan on his left knee, which it gave like result no damage. Vidic will miss three premier league matches, such as M'boro, Arsenal and second-leg match against Roma. 

The Serbian defender could also miss a semi-final first leg against Barcelona or Shalke. But he could be fit for the match with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 26 April and the second leg semi-final on 29/30 April. 

"There is no damage on his left knee and he will be out for two or three weeks," said a United spokesman. 

Sir. Alex Ferguson has plenty of defensive options such as John O'Shea or Gerard Pique both having played at centre-back in recent weeks, while switching Wes Brown from right-back is another alternative. 

Mikael Silvestre returned to first-team in Rome following a knee injury while Gary Neville is also close to a return. 

Source: BBC Sports
Image: Getty images

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Ronaldo 'Player of the Year'

Manchester United star had won the price 'player of the year'. 

Ronaldo is better than Kaka, according to Real Madrid's Coach Bernd Schuster. 
"Right now, Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world" said Schuster.

Schuster would like to sign him in a near future, but he think, "it won't be possible towards not less than four years."
"But in a couple of years, I believe he could be playing at the Bernabeu" he added.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


Champions League quarter-finals 1st leg
Stadio Olimpico, Tue 1 April

AS Roma 0

Manchester United 2
(Ronaldo 39, Rooney 66)

United showed a good performance in Europe and it got a valuable victory, scoring two goals away. 

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 36th goal of the season from Paul Scholes cross before half-time. In the 66 minute, Rooney scored his 4th goal in UCL. The result leaves United like favourites to reach the semi-final against Barcelona.

Team Line-ups:

Roma: Doni, Cassetti, Mexes, Panucci, Tonetto (Cicinho 69), De Rossi, Alquilani (Esposito 76), Taddei (Giuly 59), Pizarro, Mancini, Vucinic.
Subs not used: Curci, Antunes, Ferrari, Brighi.
Booked: Pizarro, Mexes.

United: Van der Sar, Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic (O'Shea 34), Evra, Carrick, Scholes, Anderson (Hargreaves 55), Ronaldo, Park, Rooney (Tevez 84).
Subs not used: Kuszczak, Giggs, Pique, Silvestre.
Booked: Anderson.

Attendance: 80,023

Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium).

Man of the Match: Cristiano Ronaldo

Source: BBC Sports