Manchester United: All the latest Manchester United flavoured news, views, rumours and other assorted bits and bobs
The Guardian reports on a fascinating radio interview (with Key 103) with Sir Alex Ferguson, in which the Man Utd boss reveals a more sensitive side to his personality. Fergie talks about his love of cookery and his friendship with fellow Scot Gordon Ramsay: ‘I was into cooking a great deal and I could do most things. In terms of what you see nowadays I would be lost, but I can still do a good pasta or a Chineseâ€¦ He’s fine, Gordon [Ramsay]. The problem with being a perfectionist is that it must be terrible to think about dropping even a fraction. In football there is room for error in a 38-game programme but if he has one bad meal in 38 he could lose business and his reputation. I think that’s what keeps the real rough edge on Gordon.’
Man Yoo’s Portuguese replacement for Ryan Giggs, Nani, scored a lovely, Cristiano Ronaldo-esque goal for the national team against Belgium on Saturday. Watch it belowâ€¦
That’s another sleepless night for Premiership defenders.
A few drunken louts, ‘spoiling it for the rest’, as usual. Bet this reporter never wants to cover a football match in England ever againâ€¦ [Via Guardian]
Today is most definitely a red letter day for Man Yoo fans. First Nani and Anderson, and now Man U have confirmed the signing of Owen Hargreaves the worst-kept secret in football. According to F365:
‘The Old Trafford club have confirmed a deal has been completed with Bayern Munich for the England international and with personal terms agreed and a medical passed, all that is required now is for the 25-year-old to officially sign what is expected to be a five-year contract.’
If Nani is a readymade replacement for Ryan Giggs, then Anderson has the potential to fill Paul Scholes’ big ginger boots. The 19-year-old Brazilian has wonderful vision, tremendous skill and pace to burn – not sure if he’s as bad a tackler as Scholesy though.
All this fuss over Nani, but is he actually any good? From what I can tell, yes, he is bloody good (and makes the ideal replacement for Ryan Giggs), but Fergie certainly won’t stand for those clownish back-flips:
What implications does the Nani/Anderson/Hargreaves triple deal have for the way Man Utd will play next season? The Sun reports that United fans can look forward to a new formation in 2007/08: ‘Sources close to Fergie say he will play a 4-2-3-1 formation next season â€” using Ronaldo, Anderson and Nani as his three attacking midfielders behind Wayne Rooney.’
Continuing on a Carlos Queiroz theme, I dug up this picture of him back in the day (the Eighties, I guess?) when he was rocking a magnificent moustache. I was thinking he reminded me of someone but I couldn’t put my finger on who. Then it came to me – Geraldo Rivera (just Geraldo to his friends), American talk-show legend and fellow moustache wearer.
If, as seems likely after a deal was agreed ‘in principle’, Portuguese starlets Nani and Anderson move to Man Utd in the summer, United fans should really be thanking Carlos Queiroz, not Alex Ferguson. Surely it’s no coincidence that Portugal’s greatest young talent, Cristiano Ronaldo, has chosen to remain at Old Trafford with Queiroz.
Wales captain Ryan Giggs will announce his retirement from international football this lunchtime, according to the BBC. Giggs’s decision to quite Wales means he will never play at a major international tournament, which undoubtedly makes him one of the greatest players never to do so. Here’s a video tribute to his almighty talent:
This remains the absolute highlight of the pulsating Champions League tie in the 1999/00 season:
Edwin van der Sar had a poor FA Cup final and generally looked shaky in the second half of the season. The lanky Dutchman is 36 now and probably has one more season left in him at Old Trafford. But will Alex Ferguson trust him to be his No.1 keeper next season, or will he turn to Ben Foster, back from a loan spell at Watford? A third option is Tomasz Kuszczak, or Ferguson could even buy another stopper, perhaps Craig Gordon from Hearts. And don’t forget John O’Shea and Rio Ferdinand have also worn the green jersey this season.
There are so many things you could say about this incredible stoppage time comeback but I am fairly certain Clive Tyldesley owns the copyright for most of them, which is hardly surprising given that he makes a living out of talking about this match over the top of television pictures of other matches. Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will always have a special place in the hearts of Man Yoo fans. This did win them the Treble after all.
The weekend papers linked Heart goalkeeper Craig Gordon with a move to Manchester United. If there is any truth in the rumours, the likes of Thomas Kuszczak and Ben Foster must be scratching their heads. Edwin van der Sar remains one of the best keepers in the Premiership; Kuszczak has never really let them down when he has stepped in and Ben Foster is pushing to be England’s number one.
The FA Cup final sponsored by Nytol was certainly the worst I can remember. At least the 0-0 between Manchester United and Arsenal in 2005 had some incident and intensity. This snoozefest was like a testimonial but without the fun and without the goals! It was played mostly at walking pace with no enthusiasm and no desire to create chances. Never mind an English FA Cup final, it looked like two Italian sides who both thought they had got a 1-0 lead!
Science boffins have found that each fan at tomorrow’s FA Cup final will leave an eco-footprint 10 times the size of that of a fan watching the game at home. And the main reason for this? The humble half-time pie and beer apparently. Andrea Collins of Cardiff University said: “They are highly processed food and drink products which require a lot of energy to produce.”
Who is to be, Pies fans? A Manchester United double and sweet FA for Chelsea, or sweet revenge for the Blues after the disappointment of losing their Premiership title. Have your say below.
Sadly the days of the FA Cup final single seem to be behind us, but here is a classic one from 1995. It is of course, Manchester United’s happy hardcore FA Cup anthem Move, Move, Move. Check out a young David Beckham grinning his way through his lines.
Football365 has alerted us to some of the outrageous prices for this weekend’s FA Cup final. They write:
Ronaldo’s tux must be worn out by now. And how much of a suck-ass is Jim ‘face of a Medieval gargoyle’ Rosenthal?