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Time for United’s quiet man to step up Michael Carrick (Man Utd) Carrick is the football equivalent of a Saab – he’s classy and efficient but a bit dull. That’s not a criticism. I’m a huge fan of Carrick, and still think he doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves. He makes United tick, […]

Et tu, Fergie? Italian capital living up to “stab city” reputation A Man Utd fan has been stabbed in Rome ahead of tonight’s Champions League final. Greg Wheldon, 34, suffered a knife wound to his left leg after being ambushed as he walked to his hotel near the Vatican early this morning. According to reports, […]

What the teams will be wearing in Rome Manchester United With Barcelona awarded official home team status in the CL final, Man Utd have chosen to wear an all-white kit (C-Ron can see if he likes playing in all white) with blue trim. The last time the two sides met in a European final, in […]

English fans of “Anyone But United” want Barcelona to win. Is that a good thing? As I write this post with Radio 5 Live on in the background, all I can hear is angry Scousers and Gooners, talking bitterly about how much they want Man United to lose tonight’s Champions League final. Yep, the Anyone […]

Ex-Arsenal full-back to deputise for suspended Abidal? Patrice Evra (Man Utd) Evra is the best left-back in the Premier League, and one of the best in the world. Most importantly, he has recovery pace to burn, so when he does make mistakes he almost always gets away with them. Comfortable on the ball, and never […]

He comes from Serbia, he’ll fookin’ murder ya Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd) United’s Player of the Year, as voted for by his team-mates and the club’s fans, makes the perfect foil for Rio Ferdinand. The Serb is a footballing Terminator who absolutely will not stop when it comes to doing his defensive duties. If Barcelona […]

Will Rio merk his former team-mate? Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd) Ferdinand is one of the best centre-backs in the world, and he’s now at his peak. There’s nothing he lacks really, but he tends to lose concentration at times – though not often enough for me to label it as an obvious weakness. The one […]

Battle of the right-backs John O’Shea (Man Utd) The much maligned Irishman will never win a place in United’s Hall of Fame, but Alex Ferguson trusts him, and that vote of confidence means a lot to a player. I’m sure it’s no accident that Fergie endorsed O’Shea’s place in the starting line-up before that of […]

Throughout the day, Pies will look closely at the respective teams of United and Barca. We begin at the beginning, with the No.1s Edwin van der Sar (Man Utd) The Dutch veteran has enjoyed a vintage season, breaking Petr Cech’s Prem record for minutes played without conceding a goal. He’ll be 40 next year though, […]

C-Ron’s giant ego separates into two beautiful, tanned parts Well, looks like Ronny is definitely staying in Manchester. You heard it from the man himself. Great scoop, er, Ronny. [@ Dirty Tackle]

Berby finds true fame, ITV capitalises on Champions League fever In an upcoming episode of Corrie, Jason Grimshaw (no idea who he is) argues with Sean Tully (no idea who he is either) and his new love interest Leon (OK, so Sean is gay, I’m guessing). Jason opens up with this gem: “Say what you […]

The headline and story don’t quite fit Like many people, I made the mistake of clicking on Soccervoice.com’s tantalising story titled: “Man Utd to make signing of the century”. Was Messi heading for Old Trafford, I wondered? Or Kaka, or Ribery? Or a re-animated Duncan Edwards, even? I had to know… … Like many people, […]

Suits you, Sir (Alex) It’s a grey suit, get over it.

“I am not a man. I am Cantona.” Here’s the UK trailer for the new Ken Loach film, Looking For Eric. The film is the story of a depressed postman who is searching for a hero and finds one in the form of… Eric Cantona. Early reviews suggest it’s one of Loach’s most enjoyable movies in […]

Liverpool fan sells unique commemorative shirt I’ll let the seller pitch you this opportunity to own a piece of history… “THIS IS LIVERPOOL FC UNIQUE EMBROIDED AWAY SHIRT SHIRT,THIS BEAUTIFUL SHIRT HAS BEEN EMBROIDED PROFESSIONALLY AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE PICTURES ,IT HAS THE MATCH DETAILS AND RESULT FROM THE MANCHESTER MASSACARE ,THE DAY […]

Fergie faces his biggest fear Nothing scares the hardest manager in the Premier League, except his assistant Mike Phelan popping a balloon.

Guess which player has been confirmed as a definite starter for United in Rome Fergie revealed today the first name in his starting XI against Barcelona on 27 May. Who do you think could be? Answer after the jump…

More fun times with Jim Rosenthal and the champions Nice to see Vidic get the recognition his performances this season merited. And nice to hear his praises being sung: “Nemanja, woah-oh!/ He comes from Serbia, he’ll fooking murder ya!” Lovely stuff. And hands up if you think Bolt is a plastic fan… yep, I just […]

Another gong for C-Ron’s trophy cabinet “In my opinion, I think it’s a fantastic goal.” Yes, Cristiano, it is a fantastic goal, but there’s no need to spell it out. And it didn’t win three points, you dunderhead - it helped your team make it through to a Champions League semi final. Doh. Bonus video: watch […]

Pride before a fall and all that Liverpool fans: Come back when you’ve won 18! United fans: Hi, remember that banner you held up in 1994? Yeah, about that… Now who’ll be the first to 19? Hmm, I know who my money’s on (United, if that wasn’t already clear). [@ Football Banter]

Fergie set to play reserve team against Hull A couple of points to scare Newcastle fans ahead of this weekend’s crunch relegation battle: 1) Sir Alex Ferguson is mates with Phil Brown, Hull’s boss. Hull play Man Utd in their final game. 2) With the Champions League Final on 27 May, and the league title […]

Fergie reveals real reason why he loves the Champions League “The Wednesday night atmosphere when you, maybe, go to Madrid and Barcelona. You can smell the cigars and there’s perfume wafting down from the stands. It’s wonderful, it’s different. I love it. “You go to Milan and everyone’s so stylish. Every woman who passes you […]

Leaked photos show champions’ next shirt. Possibly… It’s a bit naff, no? But it does tie in with Nike’s recently launched “V” range of sportswear, so there’s every chance it’s not a fake. Another variation on this theme, with a different collar, is also doing the rounds. Check it out below…

C-Ron is a funny guy After Man Utd’s 0-0 draw at home to Arsenal, a result that saw United win the league (congrats to Fergie and co. – you deserved it), Ronaldo grabbed the mic from a Sky reporter and proceeded to interview Anderson, who is one of his best mates at the club. The […]