Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
It's not often The Sun prints a retraction and makes an apology, but they have done on Friday morning.
The tabloid had incurred the wrath of Sir Alex last weekend after reporting how United were 'investigating' an FA ruling that allowed teams drawn against each other in the FA Cup to play extra-time after their first game and not just the replay.
Fergie was quoted as saying: "It is in the articles of the Association that both teams can apply to have the game decided first time.
"The criticism would be we are not adhering to the principles and spirit of the FA Cup.
"But why have the FA got it in there? It is their problem. We will investigate it."
Well the report certainly got the goat of Sir Alex and after a few calls from United's legal team the tabloid printed the following: "Regrettably, our headline 'Cup Killers' gave a false impression that United, and their manager Sir Alex Ferguson, were deliberately trying to destroy the fabric of the competition.
We totally accept this is not the case and apologise for any embarrassment our headline may have caused."
The apology appears on the inside back pages of The Sun, which are largely dominated by an analysis of United's and Liverpool's contrasting results since Rafa Benitez's infamous rant about Sir Alex - four draws for Liverpool and five wins for the champions.
The differing results have seen United zoom into pole position to win the title in the Premiership betting with the champions as short as 1.43 to retain their crown.
By Phil Tomlinson, a professional sports writer who blogs about football and football betting.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
- Lost just one of 20 in all competitions.
- Won the last 4 Premier League games, against Stoke, Middlesbrough, Chelsea, Wigan and Bolton.
- Unbeaten in 10 league games; won eight and drawn two since losing 2-1 away to Arsenal on 8 November - their only loss in 18 top-flight outings.
- Not conceded in 10 games, or 942 minutes of Premier League football since Samir Nasri scored Arsenal's second in the Gunners' odd goal in three home victory on 8 November.
- Picked up 11 points from a last possible 15 on the road.
- Home to Everton on Saturday.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Manchester United might have a midfield packed with strength in depth, but Sir Alex Ferguson has still been linked with a move for highly-rated Wigan midfielder Wilson Palacios.
Fergie got a view of the Honduras ace first hand on Wednesday night as the 24-year-old more than held his own against Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick as United beat Wigan 1-0.
Latics chief Steve Bruce had the player on loan at Birmingham and when he left for the North-West he was quick to pounce on Palacios with new Birmingham boss Alex McLeish failing to see much of him and unaware of his talents.
Palacios was forced to return home after his younger brother was kidnapped, but after his release in November 2007 Palacios was able to concentrate on his football and he has become a huge hit at Wigan.
His powerful running, tackling and ability to drive forward have already alerted the attentions of the big guns with Real Madrid also rumoured to be keen.
Tottenham have already had a £10million bid rejected by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan, who revealed he's looking for considerably more for the former Birmingham ace.
It could just spur Sir Alex into action, who will have to offer closer to £15million to prise Palacios away from The JJB, but in truth the football odds are heavily stacked against Fergie opening his chequebook again before the end of the month.
Youngsters Ritchie De Laet, Adem Ljajic and Zoran Tosic have been snapped up already and the chances of Palacios following those three in the Old Trafford door seem remote.
However Fergie will undoubtedly be keeping tabs on the Wigan star, who signed a three-and-a-half-year deal at the JJB Stadium after joining from Deportivo Olimpia just over a year ago.
By Phil Tomlinson