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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Video: Champions League Final highlights

May 22, 2008

Ronaldo goal (26): 1-0

Lampard goal (45): 1-1

First half highlights

Penalty shoot-out: 6-5

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Trophy celebration

Giggs’ post-match interview

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Next Stop: Moscow

May 19, 2008

Manchester United and Chelsea have set off for Moscow ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League final. The sides are due to land at 10pm Russian time (or 7pm BST), and will have their first training sessions on Tuesday.

Sir Alex has taken a squad of 24 players with him, and says he has picked a starting lineup, but picking the substitutes has proven to be difficult:

“I know my team, but picking the substitutes is the big problem. I’m not going to enjoy it, there will be some very good players left out.

I hope one day they extend the substitutes’ bench to 11 players as they do in World Cup games. The dilemma should be taken from me.”

Ferguson certainly has a point, being faced with the difficult task of choosing 7 subsitutes from a possible 13; having so many players to pick has its disadvantages too, it would appear.

Meanwhile for Chelsea, worries over John Terry and Didier Drogba have eased and the pair are likely to play, meaning both sides have fully-fit squads ahead of the final.

But United’s more youthful squad will have the experience of Ferguson, who’s already been through a European final, of course.

Travelling United squad:

Goalkeepers: Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Heaton

Defenders: Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Brown, Neville, O’Shea, Silvestre, Pique

Midfielders: Scholes, Carrick, Giggs, Hargreaves, Anderson, Fletcher, Park, Nani

Forwards: Ronaldo, Rooney, Tevez, Saha, Wellbeck