9 to go…

March 27, 2009

Aston Villa (H) – Sunday 5th April, 4pm

Sunderland (A) – Saturday 11th April, 3pm

Portsmouth (H) – Wednesday 22nd April, 8pm

Tottenham (H) – Saturday 25th April, 5pm

Middlesborough (A) – Saturday 2nd May, 3pm

Manchester City (H) – Saturday 9th May, 3pm*

Wigan Athletic (A) – Wednesday 13th May, 8pm

Arsenal (H) – Saturday 16th May, 3pm*

Hull City (A) – Sunday 24th May, 4pm


Can the Reds get back on track?

March 27, 2009

After a long spell out of action, GloryGloryManUtd is now back – at the most crucial part of the season.

There’s certainly lots to talk about – 2 consecutive losses for the first time in 147 games…what is all that about?! Having just got over the misery of losing to the Scouse scum at Old Trafford, most expected United to come roaring back from their defeat, as they’ve done countless times under Fergie over the the years. But let’s not dwell on that – that’s all in the past.

We must look ahead to our clash against Villa in 9 days’ time at OT. Villa have had a superb season, despite their season catching up with them in the last few matches (they’ve lost their last 3), and so won’t be a walkover. The boys will have had 2 weeks since the Fulham upset as well, and this should be a healthy break for United – to re-group, get their act together and prepare for the crucial 9 remaining games of the season. Yes, we may have Scholes, Rooney & Vidic out for the Villa clash, but we’re the Champions after all; we’re United – losing just isn’t in our nature. Save the last 2 games, our defence has been awesome, and our attack the most feared in the Premiership.

The worrying thing is that the last couple of games has somewhat weakened our “invinicble” status, and so other times may feel a little more confident against us. But this shouldn’t make a huge difference. What we need is a good solid game against Villa = an early goal would be brilliant.

Interestingly, Liverpool play Fulham away the Saturday before; let’s hope Roy Hodgson and his men can pull off something against them. Of course, Liverpool also have the chance to go ahead of us, as they play on Saturday, whilst we meet Villa on Sunday.

Fingers crossed, there won’t be any major injuries sustained in the coming Internationals, and the United boys will come back rejuvenated on Sunday, and push into 5th gear against Villa from the word go.

We’re still a point ahead,  we’re still in all 3 competitions, and there’s still a game in hand (Portsmouth), so let’s dust ourselves off, hold our heads up high, and remind the rest of the League exactly who we are and what we’re made of.

A win against Villa will not only get us back on track in the League, but will up our confidence for the crucial FA Cup & Champions League games – we play Porta at OT just 2 days after the Villa tie.

 

Bring it on!


Video: All 3 United European finals – 1968, 1999, 2008

May 27, 2008

1968: Manchester United 4 – 1 Benfica; 3 United goals scored in the first half of extra-time.

1999: Manchester United 2 – 1 Bayern Munich; 2 United goals in injury-time.

2008: Manchester United 1 (6) – 1 (5) Chelsea; United win on penalties, in one of the most thrilling finals ever.

3 dramatic finals. 3 European titles. Long live United.

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We’ve won three titles…but now we want four!

May 25, 2008

So Manchester United have won the European title a historic 3 times in their history, and twice in 9 years, in the most dramatic fashion in Moscow. But do the players, the manager, the fans, want it to stop there?

The manager

Sir Alex Ferguson: “The satisfaction of winning it is fantastic. I’ve said before we should have won it more times and three wins has a far better ring to it. Hopefully we can build on that.”

“Defending the European Cup is not an easy thing to do but I think the team is good enough. They will improve next year.”

The players

Rio Ferdinand: “This is a great feeling to be victorious, but this is a bunch of players that are going to do it again. We’re not going to rest on our laurels. We’ll enjoy this moment. But we’ll be thinking about next season in the not-too-distant future because we want to be successful and the players are hungry for more success.”

Nemanja Vidic: “When you pick up the trophy and you celebrate with your team-mates and the fans it makes you want to do it all over again because the feeling is so good. It’s something I’ll always remember and I hope I get to experience it again.”

Cristiano Ronaldo: “We showed this season that we are the best team in Europe and in England and it’s a great feeling. Next season we will try to do the same. I feel very proud. It means everything to me – it is the happiest day of my life.”

Wayne Rooney: “I hope we can win it again. Doing it this year has given us a taste for it and we want to do well again next season. We’ve got some great young players in the squad mixed with experience, so hopefully we can do well again.”

Owen Hargreaves: “I’m not going to reflect on anything. It’s fabulous to get a reward for all the hard work you put in during the season, but for me that’s in the past and I’m looking to next season. I’m looking forward to improving on things I did wrong this season, we’ll sign some new players and keep improving. That’s my goal, I can look back when I’m finished football, but now’s not the time. I’m excited about next season already.”

Ryan Giggs: “I want nights like this again.”

The fans

“We want more, we want more, we want more!”

With such a quality-filled, youthful, hungry squad – with the likes of Rooney, Tevez, Ronaldo, Carrick, Nani, Anderson to name just a few – this Manchester United squad aren’t going to settle for what they’ve got, that’s for sure. And with a couple of extra Summer signings, the team will only get stronger.

Doesn’t it feel great to be a United fan right now?!

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Champions of Europe: Reds Victorious After Thriller Final

May 22, 2008

Manchester United 1 – Chelsea 1 : United won 6-5 on pens

Full match report below

Manchester United are Champions of Europe once again, after a dramatic win on penalties against rivals Chelsea. With the sides locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes and neither being able to break the deadlock during extra time, United went on to win 6-5 in the shoot-out.

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Video: John Terry spits on Carlos Tevez

May 22, 2008

Many might have felt genuinely sorry for John Terry when he slipped whilst taking his potentially trophy-winning penalty. But earlier, amongst the Drogba sending-off incident deep in the second half of extra time, he clearly spat on Carlos Tevez right under the referee’s nose, holding up his arm to disguise it – followed by Tevez wiping his neck with hand, bemused. Disgusting, absolutely disgusting.

Watch at around 12-14 seconds into the clip…not nice!

What goes around comes around, John…

What do you think? Should action be taken against John Terry?

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Video: The penalty shoot-out

May 22, 2008

Could watch this ALL day long.

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