Sir Alex Ferguson has given his strongest statement yet that he see’s Michael Owen as nothing more than backup for Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney. Owen was signed from Newcastle United in the summer on a free transfer and has only started one game for United so far this season. The United number 7 has found the back of the net once already in the 5-0 mauling of Wigan Athletic – although he may have to wait a little longer until that ‘blend’ has been found. Have your say in our forum on whether you think Owen is United class.
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Former United captain and current Ipswich manager Roy Keane has defended Emmanuel Adebayor after his controversial celebration in front of Arsenal fans on Saturday. The £25 Million striker was slated for kicking out at Robin Van Persie and running the whole length of the pitch to show his delight at scoring against his former employers – which happened to be in front of the Arsenal faithful. However, United legend Keane – who is never short of a controversial remark – has defended the striker.
United face Besiktas for the first time this Tuesday – however United have travelled to the depths of Istanbul before. It hard to believe that the 0-0 draw against Galatasaray was sixteen years ago next month – when United were eliminated from the European Cup – the first time a United side competed since being knocked out by AC Milan way back in 1969. United faced an uphill struggle having drawn 3-3 at Old Trafford in the first leg – and a scoreless draw was enough to see the Turkish side through to the third round. Many United fans will remember the hostility that faced them and also the dangers that faced the players on the pitch that night.
It is fair to say that United gave their best performance of the season so far in what proved to be a masterclass in how to retain the football in the 3-1 victory over Spurs. Rooney was outstanding, Giggs rolled back the years – whilst Evra constantly bombed down the left providing an even greater attacking threat. I really enjoyed the game yesterday and hopefully this post sums up all the action and talking points.
Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 3 Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and White Hart Lane have always been three ingredients that are among the most likely to provide a high octane advert for the English League – and this clash was no different.
It is being reported that Manchester City have agreed a potential transfer fee of £47 Million for the services of the Argentinian forward. An initial fee of £15 Million has been paid – whilst two further installments of £16 Million have been agreed. This for a player who mustered five league goals last season for the Champions.
Reports in Spain have suggested that both Barcelona and Manchester United turned down the chance to sign young striking prodigy Mario Balotelli – who now applies his trade for Inter Milan in Serie A – earlier in his career. United beat Internazionale 2-0 (over two legs) last season – with Balotelli coming on as sub in first game and being subbed off at Old Trafford. On both occasions the youngster appeared to lose his head in the heat the game.
Manchester United centre half Rio Ferdinand could be fit for the trip to London to take on Spurs on Saturday after Sir Alex Ferguson claimed he had a ‘chance’ of making the squad. Ferdinand has been out for nearly a month after injuring a thigh muscle in training for United – with young Evans deputising for the experienced defender.
Having been away from so long I haven’t been able to update the Statistics on the website – until now that is. So far we’ve played five games (including the Charity Shield) , scored ten goals, conceded four and Wayne Rooney leads the scoring charts with five goals in all competitions.
Manchester United centurion Wayne Rooney has shrugged off the claims from Arsenal fans that he was on his way down already before contact from Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia in the 2-1 victory over the Gunners last Saturday. Rooney scored from the resulting penalty – which brought United back into the game.