First look at Valencia

Antonio Valencia scores against Boca Juniors

Antonio Valencia scored and put in a lively performance during his first outing for Manchester United since an £18 million move from Wigan Athletic this summer. The Ecuadorian winger, who was left out of the Asian tour to concentrate on fitness work back in Manchester, was a constant threat from the right wing in United’s 2-1 […]

Very special but we’ll take a pass

Jose Mourinho

José Mourinho confirmed today what many have long suspected – he would love to manage Manchester United when Sir Alex Ferguson retires. While the United board would be foolish to turn down a man who has won five league titles, a UEFA Cup and the Champions League since 2003, would the fans really want him? “I […]

Owen shaping up to be season’s bargain

Michael Owen versus Hangzhou

Whisper it quietly but former Dipper hero Michael Owen might just prove to be one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s most shrewd acquisitions if the striker’s pre-season form is anything to go by. While Owen’s move to United has been met with no little sceptism by United fans – not least on this site – the […]

A small club with a small mentality

Manchester City Crest

Sir Alex Ferguson broke his relative silence on Manchester City’s controversial city-centre poster campaign with an outspoken attack on the Eastlands outfit. Ferguson hit out at City’s spending, their mercenary players and that Carlos Tevez poster – branding the club a “small minded and arrogant.” While Fergie doesn’t normally pick fights with clubs that pose […]

Macheda stakes claim for first team spot

Federico Macheda

Federico Macheda’s two goals on United’s Asian tour have thrust the young Italian firmly into the first team picture, manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed yesterday. After a close range effort against Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Macheda struck a superb goal against FC Seoul in South Korea yesterday. With United having lost two forwards this summer, […]

Fergie refuses to spend cash claims Gill

David Gill & Sir Alex Ferguson

This summer Sir Alex Ferguson has returned to his austere Glaswegian roots, unwilling to spend the piles of cash he apparently has at his disposal. At least that’s the view of Manchester United’s managing director, David Gill, and the Glazer family, who have once again reiterated that the manager has money to burn. Quite how much […]

What do you call Steven Gerrard in a suit?

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard “totally lost it” and launched a series of punches “with the style and speed of a professional boxer” in a row over music, a Liverpool court was told. The Scouser beat up Marcus McGee, 34, in a 2am bar brawl at the Lounge Inn in Southport, it is alleged. The scally […]