United face Spurs in Carling Cup

Manchester United will face last season’s beaten finalists Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in the Carling Cup quarter-final. The match, played Tuesday 1 or Wednesday 2 December, is a repeat of last season’s final, which United won on penalty kicks. The tie offers another opportunity for United’s reserve and fringe players to take the stage […]

Injuries threaten United comeback

Manchester United v Blackburn

Manchester United go into the weekend’s fixture against Blackburn Rovers with a quintet of missing players threatening to derail Sir Alex Ferguson’s Premier League progress. Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, together with Ryan Giggs, Park Ji-Sung and the suspended Gary Neville will likely miss the Old Trafford match. “We have some doubts for tomorrow,” Ferguson […]

Macheda on Strachan’s list

Former Manchester United midfielder Gordon Strachan wants youngster Federico Macheda on loan, according to the Scot’s transfer target list. Strachan’s list, exposed in the media this week, includes the 17-year-old Italian alongside several other Premier League strikers. The former-United right-winger, appointed Middlesbrough manager on Tuesday, refused to comment. Macheda hit the headlines following goals against […]

Fergie criticises international friendlies

Sir Alex Ferguson has hit out at international friendlies designed to ‘create good revenue,’ labelling fixtures – such as England’s upcoming trip to Qatar – as a ‘thorn in everyone’s flesh.’ The Manchester United manager has long fought against international matches during the season, with players often withdrawing through injury. “You know it’s always a […]

Fergie defends Carling Cup policy … sort of

Sir Alex Ferguson has defended his policy of using younger players in the Carling Cup. The United manager, who has deployed young and fringe players in the competition for more than a decade, is often criticised for not taking the competition seriously. United has won the competition twice in the last four seasons using the […]

Bye Henrik, thanks for the memories

Henrik Larsson

Henrik Larsson appeared in just 13 matches for Manchester United but on the day of the Swedish forward’s retirement, aged 38, his impact at Old Trafford is still felt. In a glittering career spanning more than 700 games and 400 goals, Larsson drew his footballing days to a close at Helsingborg last night. Larsson, signed […]

O brother, where art thou?

da Silva twins

Damn! We’re in a tight spot. At least referee Chris Foy was on Tuesday night when the Merseyside-born official booked the wrong da Silva brother in United’s Carling Cup victory over Barnsley. Foy showed Fabio a yellow card for an 83rd minute tackle on Jamal Campbell-Ryce, when his twin Rafael should have received the caution. […]

Reds dragged into riot row

Barnsley Pitch Invasion

The worrying increase crowd violence continued during Manchester United’s 2-0 Carling Cup victory at Oakwell last night. South Yorkshire Police, who arrested four United supporters, today released details of last night’s incidents. The police held two for public order offences, one for theft and another for throwing a missile on the pitch. Three Barnsley fans ran […]