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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Wigan v. Man Utd – video highlights

May 11, 2008

Ronaldo goal (pen 33): 0-1

Giggs (81): 0-2

Post-match celebration scenes

Trophy presentation ceremony

Rooney & Rio interviews


Champions of England Again, And Now For Moscow…

May 11, 2008

On the day when it all counted in the Premiership, Manchester United managed to hold their nerve to clinch the title in thrilling fashion.

A 2-0 win over a determined Wigan side at the JJB meant a phenomenal tenth league title for Ryan Giggs, and for Fergie, bringing the club’s tally to seventeen league titles – and just one short of Liverpool’s eighteen.

For those who had any sort of doubt whatsoever, Ryan Giggs has most definitely confirmed his United legend status. On the day he also equalled Sir Bobby’s United appearance record of 758, he also came on to score the goal that settled United nerves, and effectively secured the trophy. If ever there was a player to hail today, it’s the Welshman.

As had been expected, it was pretty nerveracking and tense for the United contigent at time – from the very start Wigan lived up to their words before the match, looking determined to perform in front of their fans and putting plenty of men behind the ball – but United were boosted by the returns of Vidic and Rooney to the lineup. Rooney being in the starting 11 was a pleasant surprirse, and he got himself into a goalscoring position 15 minutes in, with his shot deflected wide. Scholes soon aftermanaged to shimmy the ball away from his man after a corner, but lashed his 20-yard effort, reminiscent of the area in which he’d unleashed his superb effort past Victor Valdes last week – wide.

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