Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Ryan Giggs has finally won the Professional Football Associations player of the year award which is the highest award that can be given by his fellow footballers.
It is astonishing that this is the first time in his 18 year professional career that he has won the award after having some fantastic success with Man Utd. Giggs has only had 12 starts this season so it is amazing that he has managed to win it this time round, but he has more than deserved it for his performances over the years.
Man Utd had 5 of the 6 nominees with Namanja Vidic being the favourite to pick up the award but Giggs was clearly delighted to have finally picked up the award.
Giggs has been one of the most consistent and star performers in a Man Utd shirt for the best part of 20 years and could still have a major role to play in securing the title and hopefully the Champions League.
Giggs has played more games for United than anyone else, even surpassing the great Bobby Charlton.
There is some disagreement as to whether Giggs should have won this year’s award but what we can say for certain is that he should probably have won it long before now.
Written by Danny Watson, a professional sports journalist who blogs about football news.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
The dream died of a 5 trophy haul at the weekend with a poor performance against Everton in the FA Cup which saw us getting put out on penalties. However we are still on track to bag 4 trophies this season which wouldn’t be too shabby, but do we have enough in the tank to see it through?
Our performances have been poor of late with the team looking out of sorts, particularly defensively. At the start of the season we were impenetrable but now we appear to be there for the taking at times.
Our squad is no different from the team that looked unstoppable earlier in the season but complacency creeped into the team and they haven’t been able to get back to winning ways. We should have enough to see us through in the league but the Champions League is going to be far from easy.
The teams left in the Champions League are all top quality teams and with Arsenal starting to show some form again, so they will be difficult to beat.
We need our top players to show they want to play for the Man Utd shirt and regain some of the form that saw us crowned European Champions last season. If we can see it through back to back European trophies would be no more than Sir Alex deserves.
By Danny Watson, a professional sports writer who blogs about football news.
Monday, April 20, 2009
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
You can guarantee David Gill will have no shortage of applicants to sift through but just who, if anyone, can replace Ferguson?
There are not too many candidates in my mind that will be able to follow Fergie's legacy at the Theatre of Dreams, but former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho stands out from the rest.
Mourinho has consistently been linked with the United post and when Ferguson's son, Darren, currently in charge of Peterborough, revealed he believed his father could retire at the end of next season if the club overhaul Liverpool's overall Premier League title successes, the speculation once again surfaced.
The self-proclaimed 'Special One' is by no means expecting Fergie to retire in the near future, but he revealed it would take a brave man to turn down the chance to manage United.
"Which is the manager that says no? Nobody can say no," said Mourinho. "Manchester United belongs to a small group of clubs from around the world where nobody can say no.
"But first of all I don't believe in 2010 he is leaving - I don't believe.
"I think year after year he is the same, he's exactly the same person; healthy, happy, so I don't see a reason for him to quit.
"And in a very fair way, I hope he still goes. I hope he still goes on, because he's good."
Mourinho's right- the 67-year-old has not shown any signs of slowing down and his hunger for success is still great, but when he does decide to bring the curtain down on his managerial reign, Mourinho will surely be on the short-list to replace him.
The Inter Milan boss has the ability to cope with huge pressure and turn big-name players into a strong unit. His tactical knowledge is also first class and his dealings with the media have been legendary.
So when Fergie does step aside I think Mourinho will be the ideal man to replace him and continue the success enjoyed by Ferguson.
By Phil Tomlinson