Sir Alex Ferguson: We Must Stop Barcelona Trio

Following his team’s imperious dissection of Chelsea on Sunday, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson appeared to look forward to the Champions League final later this month with a degree of caution. ‘We have got three weeks to plan for the Barcelona game and we will need that,’ said Ferguson. Given the lesson the Spanish team handed United in beating them 2-0 in the Rome final of 2009, Ferguson is…

May 10, 2011

Premier League Preview: Manchester United Vs Chelsea

Manchester United host Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday in what amounts to a playoff for the English Premier League title. United top the table by three points from second-placed Chelsea, with the same goal difference as the defending champions. A draw will preserve their advantage going into the final two matches of the season, while a win will see Sir Alex Ferguson’s team take a six-point lead and virtually…

May 7, 2011

Sir Alex Ferguson Hails Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson acclaimed his Manchester United side for producing one of the more devastating European performances of his 24-year tenure to overwhelm Schalke and put themselves on the verge of a third Champions League final in four years. In a one-sided Champions League semi-final the Schalke goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, resisted almost unremitting pressure from Ferguson’s team before United finally established a position of command with two goals in the…

April 27, 2011

Rooney’s goal in pictures

As he raced to the corner flag, the cares of the world seemed to slide from his shoulders. He threw back his arms and closed his eyes while the demented din cascaded down the slope of Old Trafford. When Wayne Rooney is an old man, he will remember this moment. Already, the reel is running through millions of minds. It is the 78th minute and the ball is being played…

February 13, 2011

Ferdinand Injury Exposes Fault Line In Manchester United

So, unlike Arsenal’s class of 2003-04 that Sir Alex Ferguson was so keen to match, Manchester United were not unbeatable after all. In truth they were never the equals of Arsène Wenger’s “Invincibles” and that they should lose eventually was no surprise, even if the identity of those who ended their run obviously was. That the bottom club, Wolves, should be the ones to do it reinforces the belief that…

February 7, 2011

Rooney Showed His Sharpness To win Over Aston Villa

Manchester United chose not to splash out in the transfer window but perhaps they always knew Wayne Rooney could give them a mid-season boost. The striker looked a completely new player against Aston Villa, showing his sharpness in the opening minute and going on to treble his number of club goals from open play for the season. With Antonio Valencia also on his way back and Park Ji-sung due to…

February 2, 2011