29 November 2009
28 November 2009
The ugliness wasn't over yet. Fletcher got involved in a very non-footballic incident with Pompey mid-fielder Boateng who initially pushed Fletcher. In response. Fletcher pulled his shirt and made him fall on the ground as well. This action certainly obeyed "Newton's 3rd law of Motion" if nothing else.!. It was really disastrous to watch, nonetheless.
Avram Grant's entry did make United struggle for the 1st half but the 2nd half performance was typical United!
It's Pompeys against the Red Devils in today's Barclay's 14th Premier League Week.
25 November 2009
The Final Score was United 0-1 Besiktas which could have easily been 2-1 or 3-1 as we had predicted earlier. Besiktas have come back with a strong reply having the same final score as United had in Turkey. Paul Scholes was the one to score at that time.
However, the kids certainly rocked... GLORY GLORY till the Pompey's game.
Sir Alex Ferguson is targeting the top spot in Group B of Champions League by challenging his young players to prove they are worthy of wearing the Manchester United shirt.
"In the situation we're in, we could have a non-event of a game against Besiktas if we wanted. But that's not the way we want it to be. We want an exciting game and we'll do our best to challenge the youngsters who play."
"I'll be making changes. Not a lot, but enough to freshen things up. It's a problem keeping players happy, but everyone has that when you have a big squad. We used the League Cup for that and, if we can qualify early enough from the Champions League group stage, in Europe."
"Darron Gibson will definitely play and young Rafa as well. We can use the likes of Welbeck. He will will definitely play and Macheda probably. They are the ones who need to challenge."
"We're also thinking of starting Gabriel Obertan to see how he does. And we're looking at Park Ji-Sung's fitness because he's back and has trained very well. We've put him on a programme that has brought him to his best level. He played for South Korea last week so he's ready for a game."
"Darron has not had the amount of football that he'd wish for. I wish I'd been able to give him more games, but he has a lot of competition from Carrick, Anderson, Scholes, Fletcher, and Giggs if I choose to play him there."
"But, credit to Darron, he's never let it unsettle him. His training performances have been excellent. Every session he comes in knowing that it's worthwhile. He has a purpose about his training. For quite a few weeks we've been saying, you can't hold a young one back. They tell you that themselves. And I think Darron is approaching that. He has
become a very good, powerful midfield player."
"The youngsters have reached a point and it happens in football, when a footballer has the ability to be a top player and you recognise that. You have to give them the challenge. If you don't, they lose the scent. But this club has been good at recognising that over the years."
"Sometimes it happens and you get good runs free of injury, and other times you don't. That's the value of having a good squad. It'll probably be the same back four as Saturday against Everton.
"When Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes came through, we thought they were certainties. We had to give them a chance, and we did. That's the nature of football. A young player turns the corner and then ends up taking someone's job."
So to conclude, Federico Macheda and Danny Welbeck have really gotta attack from the word GO! and have a good partnership between them. I am excited to see Obertan and Park (if he plays) working together in the mid-field. I wouldn't mind if Michael Owen warms the bench till the half time and maybe he can have a shot at a goal or two. United although need to be careful, they must be fully aware of what happened against Tottenham Hotspurs in the FA Cup semi-final against Everton when they lost and eventually lost the precious trophy!
I hope the youngsters dont let the Seniors down... GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED!!!
Chelsea skipper John Terry called on his club to sign the £35million-rated Valencia striker in the summer, but all of Villa's English admirers were told he had no intention of leaving Spain.
However, the 27-year-old has since been talking to Premier League-based compatriots about life across the Bay of Biscay and admits he could be interested in a move.
"Honestly? There can be a thousand scenarios," said Villa. 'I'm not saying that I am opening the doors to anywhere, but I'm not closing them.
'Neither Europe nor Africa, nor to America, nor Korea. I don't shut the door to anywhere because I have a short career and I want to enjoy it.' Villa may have been ever diplomatic, but the Spain star has previously been reluctant to fuel talk of leaving the Mestalla.
Villa has once again been in hot form, topping the La Liga scoring chart with nine goals in 10 starts to help Valencia to fourth in the table.
And the former Real Zaragoza and Sporting Gijon hopes for a successful season ahead of a likely exit next summer. 'There are no titles won in November, but we'll fight to win them to the end, we are sure of that. People are happy about our performance and hopefully we continue playing this for a long time.
'We want to be candidates when we get to the final two months, but not only in the league, also in the Cup and Europa League.'
Hope he comes to United, fingers crossed!
23 November 2009
22 November 2009
Michael Carrick has spoken out in praise of team-mate Darren Fletcher, whose superb strike helped his team to a 3-0 win over Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.
Fletcher has matured into one of the Premier League's finest midfielders and has missed seven out of United's last nine defeats. This includes the defeat against Barcelona in the Champions League final when Fletcher was wrongly red carded in the previous game (Semi Final) against the Gunners.
Carrick feels the Scotsman's influence on the side should not be underestimated.
"Darren is one of the best midfielders around at the moment," he said, according to Press Association Sport.
"His performances are at the highest level and it is great to play alongside him. He really is on top of his game."
Carrick also found the net yesterday, as did right winger Antonio Valencia (well, luckily!). The former West Ham United man feels it is important that the midfield contribute goals now that there is no Cristiano Ronaldo at the club.
"The goals Ronaldo scored were extraordinary for a wide man," he added.
"It's obvious that we cannot rely on the strikers every week.
"We have all chipped in and we need to do it more often. As long as someone is scoring it is not an issue. It is winning games that matter."
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has reiterated that he does not plan to spend massive amounts of cash on new players in the January transfer window.
The Scot maintains value for money is difficult to find in the winter market, when the short time available to deal means clubs demand ridiculous prices for players.
United have been linked with a swoop for versatile Everton youngster Jack Rodwell, with prices as high as £20 million being quoted in some reports.
But Ferguson insists that he has no intention to spend big.
"I'm in the same position as I was in the summer," said Ferguson, according to skysports.com.
"There are a lot of players out there, all valued by their current clubs at £50million. Given the prices being asked, I just do not see the value."
The first strike came from Darren Fletcher which was an awesome volley. The guy is turning out to be a crucial player for United this season. He put United in front with two spectacular goals in the Manchester derby back in September, 2009
Check out Fletcher's goal against Everton
The Red Devils' gaffer also had a kind word for Darren Fletcher, who put in a good performance that was capped with a spectacular goal in a 3-0 win against Everton on Saturday.
"We have to look at all the games as must-win now," Ferguson is quoted in The Sun as saying.
"We need to get on a run and be somewhere near the top of the league by New Year's Day. Then, in the second half of the season we can have a real go and give ourselves a chance."
Fletcher has been gaining plaudits for his stellar performances in recent weeks, and the Scot echoed a similar sentiment.
He added, "Darren is an improving player.
"Each year we have seen his performance level go up and up and it is still doing so.
"But I have to admit I did not expect that goal [against Everton]. It was really well taken."
19 November 2009
That hearing took place last week, and, as such, the Scotsman is free to take up his usual position on the sidelines.
He will be in the stands for the game against Portsmouth on November 28 and the League Cup tie with Tottenham Hotspur, according to BBC Sport.
Ferguson was handed a four-match ban (two of which were suspended until the end of the 2010-11 season) and a £20,000 fine for remarks he made in the wake of Sunderland's 2-2 draw at United last month.
The Red Devils manager publicly questioned the physical fitness of referee Alan Wiley after the game, comments which were deemed to be inappropriate and offensive by the game's authorities.
15 November 2009
Wickham, the youngest first-team player in Ipswich's history, is regarded in the game as the most exciting young Englishman to emerge since Wayne Rooney.
JOSE MOURINHO has targeted Manchester United as the ideal venue for a return to English football, and is optimistic that Sir Alex Ferguson will recommend him as his successor when he retires. Mourinho is in his second season at Internazionale, but does not see his long-term future in Italy, where the sport’s hierarchy has proved unreceptive to methods that have brought him five league titles in the past seven seasons.
Mourinho recently signalled his intention to return to English football given the right opportunity, stating that the Premier League is the place best suited to his style. “I am thinking about the future in terms of youth development and the age structure of my first team,” he said of his work with Inter, “but Italy is not the country for this. England is the country. And my football is English football.”
His prime target is the United job. Mourinho developed a strong personal relationship with Ferguson and has been given reason to believe the Scot will play a significant role in appointing his successor. While Ferguson, 67, has set no firm date for his departure, there have been indications that he will go after winning one more European Cup. He has said he will not be doing the job after the age of 70.
The only thing stopping from joining United for Jose is that his contract runs until 2012.
Mourinho’s interest in taking over United has affected his thinking on managing Manchester’s other club. He was asked twice last season if he would be prepared to replace Mark Hughes as the Manchester City manager, but declined both times!
The other strong contenders of the post are
1) Roy Keane- A strong push for promotion in his first year as manager with Sunderland the respect he commands in the Manchester United dressing room gives Roy Keane a good chance.
He lacks the experience though – should that count against such a distinguished and capable individual?
2) Carlos Queiroz- He is Ferguson’s right-hand man at Manchester United and the closest in terms to the players. He has the necessary experience (the Real Madrid experience shouldn’t count against him) but do the fans trust him, and does the board want stability instead of the chance to bring in a manager who will improve as time goes by at Manchester United?
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13 November 2009
The Portuguese winger immediately impressed with Madrid scoring nine goals in seven games before suffering an ankle injury which has kept him on the sidelines for the past month. And while he admits Rooney is unlikely to leave England any time soon, Ronaldo believes the 24-year-old would fit in at the Bernabeu.
"Wayne would be a sensation out here. I think we could do with Rooney to help us out,'' Ronaldo told The Sun. "He would be brilliant if he came. This is the ideal place for the world's best players and there's little doubt he is one of them.
"Wayne has all the skill and deetermination you need to make a fine career her. He has shown just how good he is over the last few years in England. And there's no doubt he would be the same sort of player in Spain. It would be lovely to see him here one day at Real Madrid.
"I realise it would take a lot for him to move from England. He loves the country, he loves Manchester and he is a Liverpool boy. And United is a good club for him. But you never know what could happen in the future.''
GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED