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

Rooney Returns From Suspension

Wayne Rooney returns from suspension as Manchester United bid to extend their Premier League lead to nine points at Newcastle tonight. Rooney is back after missing the FA Cup semi-final because of the ban he received for his behaviour after scoring the third goal in his hat-trick against West Ham. The striker is expected to play behind Javier Hernandez with Dimitar Berbatov in danger of being dropped after missing two…

April 19, 2011

“Manchester United Would Not Tolerate City’s Sulks”: Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand has offered an insight into the reasons for Manchester United’s success by speaking of the togetherness he believes would prevent one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s current players from emulating James Milner’s reaction after being substituted in Manchester City’s defeat at Liverpool on Monday. “You don’t see anyone come off the pitch shaking their head, being disgruntled, or sitting on the bench in a sulk at this club,” Ferdinand…

April 14, 2011

Champions League Preview: Manchester United v Chelsea

Chelsea face Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Champions League quarter-final second leg, looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit. The first leg saw Chelsea denied a clear-cut penalty that angered Blues supporters and players alike but they could hardly complain with the result given their players’ performances. Manchester United took a deserved aggregate lead through Wayne Rooney’s first-half golf. And given the circumstances that Chelsea are in, the game…

April 11, 2011

Wayne Rooney Missing At Man U Training

Wayne Rooney was a notable absentee for Manchester United’s main group session during training ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. As required by UEFA, United opened the doors of their Carrington training complex for the first 15 minutes of their pre-match session and Rooney, in the spotlight following his reaction to scoring a hat-trick at West Ham on Saturday, did not appear. There was no…

April 5, 2011