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1. Fergie chewed gum throughout the minute’s silence. Classy guy. 2. Man Utd’s sponsorless kit looked really great – made me yearn for the days when all kits were that simple. 3. For all their talents, Man Utd are sorely lacking a) an incisive striker, and b) a decent right-back to replace Gary Neville. With […]

ronaldo%20united%20kit.jpgManchester United donned a special 1950s-style shirt for yesterday’s derby defeat to Manchester City in honour of the Munich air disaster. The club ditched its crest and the logo of sponsors AIG to remember the Busby Babes killed in the crash on February 6, 1958. The shirt – modelled here by Cristiano Ronaldo – is not going on sale to the public so any United fans wanting to recreate the look will have to buy retro or try the Fredi Kanoute approach and tape up the sponsor’s logo.

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Benjani Mwaruwari Scoring the winning goal in the Manchester derby is not a bad debut in anyone’s books, even if you are only there for the money!

I’m too young to have ever seen Duncan Edwards play, but I’ve seen enough video footage, and heard enough testimony from some of the game’s true legends, to appreciate that on 5th Feb 1958, English football lost its finest ever all-round talent. He was a giant of the game at 21, and we’ll forever be […]

Some of the most interesting football stories doing the rounds today: 1. Korean players are deliberately dislocating their own shoulders to avoid national service. Ouch. The Offside 2. Sepp Blatter wants a vote on quotas for home-grown players to take place in May. Under Blatter’s proposal, club sides would be forced to field a minimum […]

A memorial stone in Kirchtrudering, near Munich, recalls the location of the Munich air disaster, which happened on the 6th February 1958. Twenty-three people, including eight Manchester United players, lost their lives in the crash. A delegation of Man Utd supporters will commemorate the 50th anniversary today at the scene of the accident. Photo Johannes […]

Cristiano Ronaldo considers the meaning of life before Man Utd’s game against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Either that, or he’s just spotted a cloud that looks like a puppy. Photo Getty Images

Thanks to reader John Rain for this bizarre spot – they must share the same barber. I’ve never seen Nightbreed, and now I don’t think I ever will… this Peloquin character looks scary. More shit lookalikes

79494592.jpgFootball is a team game, but it’s amazing how much of an effect one individual can have on his ten team-mates. Witness Jimmy Bullard’s match-winning performance for Fulham against Aston Villa at Craven Cottage yesterday afternoon. His return from a long-term injury has lifted everyone at the club; it’s no coincidence that Fulham struggled in Bullard’s absence.

I have to agree with Ronaldo that his free-kick against Pompey last night is the best goal he’s ever scored (watch it here). It’s rare to see a ball struck so viciously, so accurately and so purely. Here’s a video compilation of 10 of his best goals. None of them is as good as the […]

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West Ham 1-0 Liverpool An injury-time penalty by Mark Noble denied Liverpool a point that they didn’t deserve anyway. West Ham had the best chances, whereas Liverpool looked flat, as if their players were painfully aware that any chance of winning the league had disappeared several weeks ago. Rafa Benitez’s team are now 17 points behind both Man Utd and Arsenal. Fourth place is the best they can hope for now, and even that is no certainty.
Man of the match Mark Noble. On this form, the England U21 star must be close to a full England call-up.
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Well, there’s no doubt which is the plum tie in the draw for the FA Cup fifth round – Arsenal‘s trip to Old Trafford to play Man Utd. To my mind, that fixture just increases the chances that Arsenal will end the season trophyless – it’s not been a great couple of weeks for the […]

We think he is a TV presenter anyway – from his line of questioning you could be forgiven for thinking he was from the customer services department of an airline. The video shows Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sir Alex Ferguson trying to answer questions as politely and diplomatically as possible while trying to work out what on earth the interviewer is talking about!

Most entertaining (i.e. bullshit) rumour I’ve read today? How about this – Cristiano Ronaldo met a promotions girl at the Trafford Centre in Manchester. He then wined & dined her, before taking her to a (pre-booked) hotel for some ‘sexy time’ (Borat®). During said ‘sexy time’ (Borat®), Ronaldo kept on his sunglasses, presumably to hide […]

The Daily Balls

January 24th, 2008

This morning’s five hottest football stories, rumours and lies: 1. Middlesbrough are happy to sell injury-prone Jonathan Woodgate to Newcastle Utd or Spurs. ‘Boro will want to recoup the £7m they paid to Real Madrid though. Independent 2. Arsene Wenger has been on the phone, offering Theo Walcott to any Premier League club that can […]

Man Utd have announced that they will not change their plans to observe a minute’s silence in honour of those who died in the Munich air crash (the 50th anniversary of the disaster is on Feb 6th 2008), before next month’s Manchester derby. United had been asked by Man City’s supporters club to opt for […]

A friendly in Saudi Arabia was probably the last thing Alex Ferguson wanted, but his Man Utd team turned up with many of their biggest stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez, for yesterday’s testimonial against Al Hilal in Riyadh. The match was played in honour of Saudi legend Sami al-Jaber, who scored the obligatory […]

This morning’s five hottest soccer scoops & rumours… 1. Sven-Goran Eriksson wants to bring Bayern Munich starlet Lukas Podolski (pictured) to Man City. Not gonna happen, Sven. F365 2. Tom Hicks has no intention of selling his stake in his beloved Liverpool. BBC 3. Alex Ferguson in hot water with FA over ‘gestures’ to Reading […]

Daily Club Pies 18/01/08

January 18th, 2008

The votes are in:Gooners want Arsene Wenger to sign cover for Kolo Toure Arsenal Pies Branislav Ivanovic’s wife is not as sexy as this Chelsea Pies Steven Gerrard named in Uefa’s Team of the Year. Liverpool Pies How well would a Man Yoo Old Boys XI do in the Prem? Man Utd Pies Does Tottenham’s […]

The hottest five football stories doing the rounds this morning… 1. Kevin Keegan to be unveiled at St James’ Park today, but not in front of the Toon Army. BBC Sport 2. Rio Ferdinand: ‘I’d love to be England captain, innit. I’d merk that job.’ Sky Sports 3. Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jermain Defoe issue ‘come […]

Daily Club Pies 16/01/08

January 17th, 2008

Arsenal Pies Will Mathieu Flamini join Claudio ‘The Tinkerman’ Ranieri at Juventus? Chelsea Pies Will Shaun-Wright Phillips be Kevin Keegan’s No.1 transfer target at Newcastle? Liverpool Pies Dubai Investment Capital are willing and able to buy out Tom Hicks’ stake in Liverpool. Troubling times ahead at Anfield? Man Utd Pies Five weeks and counting until […]

For all the entertaining football, promotions and close run title races, the defining moment of Kevin Keegan’s first reign as Newcastle United boss was arguably this blubbering moan about Alex Ferguson.

Subside Sports is selling a Man Utd shirt with Dimitar Berbatov’s name and potential squad number (No.14 is vacant) on the back. Very cheeky, and guaranteed to wind up Spurs fans. Good work Subside, although I’m not sure if it’s quite enough to convince Fergie to part with the £30m+ it would take to lure […]

Man Utd fans may have notcied that Giuseppe Rossi is doing really well for Villareal in Spain’s Premira Liga. I always got the feeling that Alex Ferguson never gave the Italian-American fox-in-the-box enough of a chance at Old Trafford. Your question of the day: was Fergie right to sell Rossi? surveys – Take Our Poll