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." 

Line-up:

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. 

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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.

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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Friday, October 24, 2008

Everton v United

Rio Ferdinand (groin) and Patrice Evra (hamstring) should return, while Michael Carrick is expected to comeback to Wednesday.

Dimitar Berbatov (hip) and Cristiano Ronaldo (knee) have overcome knocks, while Paul Scholes and Owen Hargreaves (both knee) are still missing.

United line-up:

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

Wayne Rooney had said about this match:

"For obvious reasons, Saturday is a big game for me. It is always nice to any player to score 100 goals and If I can do that at Everton, where I started and at Goodison Park, where I scored my first premier league goal, it would be really pleasing. But it wouldn't really matter if it was my first or my 100th, it would still be really sweet."

Rio Ferdinand is the only remaining player to have been on the field for every minute of every one of United's premier league matches this season. 

Wayne Rooney, who scored nine goals in his last seven games for club and country and five in five appearances for United, needs one more to total 100 club goals (Everton and Manchester United)

Rooney will be playing the day after his 23rd birthday. 

The last match between these two teams was 0 - 1 for  United on 15 September 2007 and the only goal was done by Vida at 83 minute. 

The Referee will be Alan Wiley

Venue: Goodison Park

Date & Time of the match: Saturday, 25 October at 12:00 BST

If you want to listen Live Commentary about this match, you can do it on BBC Radio 5 or BBC Radio Merseyside and all the Highlights on BBC Sport website. 

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Red's Interview with Wayne Rooney



Not really. Going to Everton to myself is something I look forward to at the start of every season. I can't wait for it to come around. It's the day after my birthday this year and I'm sure it will be a nice present if I can score and we can win.

We take it your birthday celebration will be on hold until after the match...

Yes! I'll be in a hotel with the team on my birthday (Friday) so I won't see any of my family until Saturday.

Will there be mixed feelings for your family if you score against Everton?

Yes, I'm sure there will be. Most of my family support Everton and they go to all the games so I'm sure they'll want a score draw with me scoring - I think that would be a perfect result for my family. But I'm looking to try and get the victory for United which is important to us now we're in a good run of form. We need to continue that.

Will Everton's poor run make them more dangerous, like a wounded animal?

No, I think it's the same whenever we go there. The Everton fans are always really up for the game and my going back there gives them extra incentive to get behind their team. Their players work really hard and put a lot of pressure on you when you've got the ball. We have to just play our game and hopefully be good enough to win.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Berbatov display thrills Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Berbatov after scoring two goals in the UCL win over Celtic.

"It was fantastic, a marvellous performance from Dimitar berbatov again," said Ferguson. "He's bringing that composure to the final third of the field.

Berbatov's developing is run not only Wayne Rooney, but also with Carlos Tevez.

"The other players are beginning to understand what type of player he is," added Alex Ferguson. He has got five goals for us already and that is a terrific contribution.

"I was really pleased with our performance. It was a really bad night for Celtic to get us and a good night for us."

Ferguson was also pleased with another goal from Rooney to continue his recent hot streak that has resulted in him scoring nine times in seven games for United and his country.

"He has got a natural energy and sometimes he uses it in a wrong way, expending it all over the pitch, but that is a part of his enjoyment."

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Source: BBC News.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

United 3 - 0 Celtic, in the UCL's group E

Dimitar berbatov looked offside when he flicked home a close-range finish to put United ahead after 30 minutes.

And there were similar doubts about his second, turned in on the rebound after Celtic keeper Artur Boruc could not hold Cristiano Ronaldo's free-kick.

Wayne Rooney emphasised the gulf in class between the sides with a 20-yard shot on the turn with 14 minutes left.

United are now sitting pretty at the top of group E and on course to qualify for the knockout stages, but Villarreal's win against Aalborg leaves Celtic with an uphill task to emerge from the group phase. 

United lost Rio Ferdinand with a groin injury, but Ronaldo kept his place despite speculation that he might be rested and he played his part in a vibrant first-half display from Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

Ferguson made a double change over the hour, sending on Carlos Tevez and Wes Brown for Berbatov and Gary Neville. 

And the argentine got his chance to score with a 25-yard shot that was deflected just inches wide.

It was a fitting flourish to another outstanding display by Rooney as United continue to move ominously into top gear.

Line-up:

Van der Sar, Neville (Brown 59), Evans, Vidic, O'Shea, Ronaldo (Park 82), Fletcher, Anderson, Nani, Berbatov (Tevez 60), Rooney.

Goals: Berbatov 30, 51, Rooney 76.

Attendance: 74,655

Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)

Man-of-the-Match: Wayne Rooney

Source: BBC Sports
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Monday, October 20, 2008

Patrice Evra will not be to face Celtic


John O'Shea is set to come in, but Cristiano Ronaldo may be rested. United will have Carlos Tevez and Anderson back from international duty, although Michael Carrick and Owen Hargreaves are still missing.

And Sir Alex Ferguson may rest Ronaldo as he wants him to fully recover from a summer ankle operation.

Evra tweaked a hamstring during Saturday's win over West Bromich Albion.

UEFA Champions League, Group E

Line-up for this Tuesday:

Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Brown, Neville, R. Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, O'Shea, Ronaldo, Nani, Fletcher, Anderson, Giggs, Gibson, Park, Tevez, Berbatov, Rooney, Manucho.

Venue: Old Trafford

Date: Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Kick-off: 19:45 BST

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

United 4 - 0 West Brom

Wayne Rooney sparked United into life against West Brom as the Champions moved up to fourth in the Premier League table.

The visitors battled hard early on while Rooney had an effort disallowed. But the in-form England international cut inside Ryan Donk to fire a superb opener on 55 minutes before setting up Cristiano Ronaldo for a simple second. 

Dimitar Bebatov added a casual third after poor Baggies defending before Rooney set up Nani to slide in late on.

Ronaldo slipped a neat pass in for Rooney who muscled in front of a defender and delayed his shot before scooping the ball past Scott Carson.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had to make a change after 35 minutes, bringing on John O'Shea for Patrice Evra, The Frenchman seemingly having collected a knock.

Dimitar berbatov made no mistake to score when the breakthough finally came in the 55th minute. 

Ferguson sent Gary Neville on for Rafael Da Silva in the 65th minute with the young brazilian fading after a strong first half.

Berbatov had made his first goal in this Premier League. 

United line-up:

Van der Sar, R. Da Silva (Neville 65), Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra (O'Shea 36), Ronaldo, Fletcher, Giggs, Park (Nani 70), Berbatov, Rooney.
Subs not used: Kuszczak, Brown, Evans, Gibson.

Goals: Rooney 56, Ronaldo 69, Berbatov 71, Nani 90.

Attendance: 75,451

Referee: Mark Halsey

Man-of-the-Match: Wayne Rooney

Source: BBC Sports.
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Friday, October 17, 2008

Ferguson praises in-form Rooney

Sir Alex Ferguson had added to the praise heaped on England's midweek hero Wayne Rooney.

Rooney score twice in England's World Cup qualifier win in Belarus on Wednesday and says he is in the best form of his international career. 

Ferguson said: "What we have noticed is when he goes on one of his bursts, his performances improve with it."

"That is how it has been since he has been with us. We know he can score. It is a matter of getting consistency."

Both Ferguson and England coach Fabio Capello have tried to tinker with Rooney's game this season in a bid to get him to adopt a more selfish approach.

He has now hit a hot scoring streak, but Sir Alex Ferguson admits Rooney will never be a goal-poacher in the Gary Lineker mould.

"Some goalscorers I have seen, like Lineker, never kicked a ball in the game but score two goals," he said.

"Other players do not accept that. They feel they have to play well. Wayne Rooney is one of them. But he will get to a period when he scores goals even though he is not particulary playing well."

Source: BBC Sports.
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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Red's Interview with Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs is ready to face West Brom at the weekend...

Journalist: West Brom are only a point behind United in the league and they're difficult to beat. But do you think they have the qualities to stay up?

R. Giggs: I've been impressed with W. Brom  and Hull, Both teams have good young managers in Tony Mowbray and Phil Brown. It's very difficult for teams coming up from the championship and trying to make it in the Premier League. But they got off to a good start and you have to respect that. We expect a though game on Saturday. They won't have had as many players away on the international break, so they will have been working all week to prepare for this game. We only start training as a group on Friday, so we know we have to be ready for them.

Journalist: Do the international breaks help or hinder those players who don't go away. Is the rest welcome or do you get rusty?

R. Giggs: I think that maybe used to be a problem. But now we have our sports science department and the fitness coach Tony Strudwick who makes sure we do our work in the break. We work hard. That's what I've felt over the last couple on International breaks , definitely, I've felt good coming back. It might be difficult coming back in for the first game. It takes a bit of time to be fully sharp, but after that the rest definitely does you good and you feel sharper for the coming games.

Journalist:  So the International break isn't time for you and Scholesy to put your feet up or lie on the sunbeds?

R. Giggs: [Laughs]. No, but the players not on international duty do get some time off. I went away for a couple of days in the last international break, but I stayed in Manchester for this one. But when you're back in training you're working hard in the week to keep yourself sharp.

Journalist: You've been doing your coaches badges in recent seasons. Has that helped your game at all?

R. Giggs: It's more that it helps me understand what we're doing in training and what we're trying to achieve. You understand that much quicker. When you're a player it's easy to turn up and train without actually thinking about what you're trying to achieve. Doing my coaching badges has helped me realise those aims.

Journalist: With no more international weekends this year, is the focus now on a solid run of results at club levels?

R. Giggs: Definitely. Once this international break is out of the way, you get the squad together for a long period of time and that's a really important period of the season for us. That's when we look to push on because, come christmas, you want to be right up there. That gives you the platform for the New Year.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Manucho is called into Angola squad

Manchester United striker Manucho has been called up to Angola's squad to play in Niger in a 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

If he plays it will be his first appearance of the World Cup qualifiers. 

Angola, who reached the 2006 World Cup finals, were rocked on Sunday as coach Luis Oliveira Goncalves quit his post. 

Manucho made his debut in United in the Carling Cup a few weeks ago. 

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Interview with Rio Ferdinand

This week Rio Ferdinand joined us to talk about his Red's Life:

Journalist: If you weren't a footballer, What job would you be doing now?

Rio: I'd probably be working in the communities in Peckham, where I grew up. I'd be helping out in youth centres or football coaching for kids.

Journalist: What do you say to your team-mates when they scores?

Rio: I can't really say because there are normally swear words involved! Usually it's along the lines of 'well done'.

Journalist: What's it like to walk out at the packed Old Trafford before a big match?

Rio: When you walk out and the crowd's going crazy, it's an amazing feeling - the best.

Journalist: Did you ever imagine captaining United in a Champions League final?

Rio: Never, I thought we'd have a chance of making the final but to lead the side out was like a dream. And to go on and win it and get our hands on the trophy was brilliant.

Journalist: Which team-mates have you played against at international level?

Rio: I've played against Giggsy, Ronaldo and Nani. Ronny's quite competitive and Portugal have been lucky to beat us on penalties twice. He's always got that to throw at us when there are arguments about England and penalties. Next I'd like to play against Sheasy or Fletch. 

Source: manutd.com
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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Blackburn 0 - 2 United

Manchester United defeated Blackburn 2 - 0 and added his second consecutive victory. The goals were turned Brown and Rooney. Tevez joined in the 2nd half. In this way, the last champions, was placed at three points of leaders Chelsea and Liverpool.

United defeated Rovers 2 - 0 and get his second consecutive victory in the Premier League. With this result, the Red Devils are only 3 points from the top, though with one-game less.

The Ferguson's babes had no significant inconvenience to overcome a rival low-level. At 31th minutes-of-the-match, Wes Brown get his goal after a confusing episode between Brown and Vida.

In the second half, at 19th minutes, Rooney score his goal to give United a little more of tranquility. Then, Rooney left his place and was replaced by Carlos Tevez, who got a chance to score, before 4 minutes of the final of the match. 

In this way, United have 11 points and start their defense of the Premierleague's title. 

"We said before the game this is one of most difficult grounds to come to, but it was a really emphatic performance. The confidence was outstanding and everyone was on song. Everyone's use of the ball was spot on and we controlled the match. We missed a lot of chances and it could have been a big score for us." said the United boss after the match.

United line-up:

Van der Sar, Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra (O'Shea 71), Ronaldo, Fletcher, Anderson, Giggs (Tevez 66), Berbatov, Rooney (Park 77). 
Subs not used: Amos, Nani, R. Da Silva, Evans.

Booked: Fletcher.

Goals: Brown 31, Rooney 64.

Attendance: 27,321

Referee: Steve Bennett.

Man-of-the-Match: Wayne Rooney.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Carlos Tevez is ready for Rovers

With the help of formers Reds & Blackburn Rovers defender David May, we assess the danger that Carlos Tevez poses to Blackburn on Saturday.

Carlos Tevez's Ewood Park equaliser in April earned a valuable point on route to the 2007/08 title. His late header spoke volumes for his never-say-die qualities. His enthusiasm is infectious, and his got the ability by the bucket-load.

David May said: "What I really like about him is that if  he loses the ball he doesn't throw his arms in the air. He gets up and goes right back at you. There's not a moment's peace. Carlos movement is key to the confusion he causes in opposition ranks."

"I don't see why you can't play with Rooney, Tevez, Ronaldo & Berbatov in the same side. Imagine that it almost seem unfair." added David May.

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United dealt Scholes injury blow

Paul Scholes will be out for 10 weeks after suffering medial knee ligament damage in the UCL win against Aalborg BK.

The 33-year-old midfielder was stretchered off after just 16 minutes of United's 3 - 0 victory in Denmark.

He may now miss 16 games, including against Arsenal FC and Manchester City FC, and Scholes could be out until the visit to Tottenham FC on 13 December.


Wayne Rooney was also forced off with an ankle problem. "We are hoping it isn't ligament trouble," said the Scot. Rooney could not be for the Blackburn game on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo admitted it will be another three weeks before he was fully recovered from his summer ankle operation.

"It will be another two or three weeks before I can give 100%. I feel very good. There is good impovement there and I am very happy to be back, but my ankle has still not fully recovered." said the Portuguese winger.

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