Manchester United Drop Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand has not been named in Manchester United’s squad to face Otelul Galati in Tuesday’s Champions League clash in Romania. The centre-back completed 90 minutes in Saturday’s Premier League match with Liverpool with no sign of injury, but Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Nemanja Vidic will be the options at the heart of defence in the forthcoming Group C encounter. Ferdinand was previously left out for United’s…

October 17, 2011

Sir Alex Ferguson Backs Mancini

Sir Alex Ferguson has defended the way in which Roberto Mancini has dealt with the current issues surrounding Manchester City and Carlos Tevez. The Argentine appeared to refuse to come on as a substitute in City’s Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich, with the club subsequently suspending the striker for two weeks while the manager told reporters after the game that he was ‘finished’ with the Argentine. Ferguson, who managed…

September 30, 2011

Ferguson: I’m Hoping Rio Will Be Okay For Saturday

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping to call on Rio Ferdinand for the league leaders’ trip to Stoke on Saturday, with the Scot believing the veteran defender’s experience will be valuable at the Britannia Stadium. Ferdinand has only featured in two of United’s seven games this season because of injury problems, with the England defender missing last weekend’s victory over Chelsea with a calf strain. But against a…

September 22, 2011

Petr Cech Remains Firm Despit Defeat

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech insists there are positives to take from his side’s 3-1 loss to Manchester United on Sunday. United raced to a 3-0 lead by halftime thanks to goals from Chris Smalling, Nani and Wayne Rooney, before Fernando Torres pulled one back for Chelsea immediately after the restart. But despite dominating proceedings for much of the second half, the Blues were unable to put away their chances, handing…

September 19, 2011

Frank Lampard: I Never Thought I Was Undroppable

England midfielder Frank Lampard insists he has never believed himself to be undroppable for the national team and promised to continue to make himself available for Three Lions duty. Lampard, 33, was left out of Fabio Capello’s starting line-up for Friday’s Euro 2012 qualifying win in Bulgaria, leading to suggestions that the curtain may have been coming down on his international career. It was the first time he had not…

September 7, 2011

Wayne Rooney Hungry For More England Goals

Wayne Rooney warned he was hungry for more after ending his year-long England goal drought. The Manchester United star has begun the season in flying form and followed up his hat-trick against Arsenal with a double for his country in the 3-0 win over Bulgaria in a Euro 2012 qualifier. Rooney had not enjoyed the happiest of 12 months with his criticism of England fans after the World Cup clash…

September 3, 2011