Welcome to the very first installment of my daily media review!
Today’s big news is, of course, that Manchester United beat Celtic 3-1 in Toronto last night. Also in today’s news: Hargo needs more treatment, Vidic linked with Madrid, who his possible replacement is, Javier Mascherano lost his phone, and our noisy neighbors are in dire need of a dictionary.
For once a match was on at a reasonable time for me here in the U.S., but I suppose the same can’t be said for our UK readers. If you didn’t stay up to watch the match, you missed out on Manchester United opening their preseason campaign with a win over Scottish rivals Celtic. Berbatov, Welbeck, and Cleverly were all on target for the Red Devils. Chris Smalling made what The Daily Mail called “a debut to forget,” but I think he had a solid performance aside from the penalty. Berbatov was my man of the match, but I welcome a debate in our forum. After frustrating most of last season, he put in a fantastic performance in Toronto. Hopefully he continues to play at that level this season.
This one comes straight from the source. Hargreaves’ future seems in jeopardy after suffering a reoccurrence of the knee injury which has plagued him the past two seasons. There were some rumors earlier this week that he would be forced into retirement, although Rio Ferdinand dismissed these claims on Twitter. Sir Alex claiming that the knee injury is of great concern to the club is hardly reassuring though.
Zenit St. Petersburg is hurrying to complete a deal with Porto for Bruno Alves out of fear that United may make a move for the defender. Is there going to be a player that we aren’t linked with this summer? According to the article, Alves may be bought as a replacement should Vidic leave this summer. Personally, I’d much rather see Evans in the starting XI if Vidic leaves. I rate Evans very highly and think he’ll feature regularly. If it weren’t for Rio and Vidic, I reckon Evans would already be starting.
How many times are we going to hear this rumor? Once again, Nemanja Vidic has been linked with a move to Real Madrid. The Sun values Vidic at £18million, which is laughable. This is one of the best center backs in the world, he’s certainly worth more than that, especially in this inflated transfer market. I’m not buying it either way. Even across the pond I know how big of a joke The Sun’s transfer rumors are. You have to love their “clever” headlines too…
And now for a quick bit about our rivals…
Can somebody get a dictionary for our noisy neighbors? Apparently someone doesn’t know the definition of elite. Also why do they feel the need to be different? Reserve team seems to work just fine for every other club. Doubt they’ll be feeling so elite when the Manchester United reserves beat them this season.
This is actually from yesterday, but too funny to pass up. Hodgson is trying to sort out his star players’ futures and Mascherano won’t call him back. What kind of club allows their players to just ignore the manager’s calls? If Mascherano wears a Liverpool shirt this season I’ll be stunned. Not that I blame him; I wouldn’t be caught dead in a Liverpool shirt.
You can discuss all today’s news and rumors in the forum topic 17.7.10 Stretty Stories.
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