Fergie says Reds will match Barça. How?

Lionel Messi, Barcelona

Sir Alex Ferguson has once again challenged his players to match Barcelona, with Manchester United facing the European champions in Washington on Saturday night. Just 63 days after the humiliating defeat by the Catalans at Wembley the question, with six senior players having left the club and no new central midfielder on the horizon, is […]

Fergie calls time on spending

Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson claims that Manchester United is unlikely to spend again this close season but it is the 69-year-old manager’s assertion that this summer’s retirements have financed the club’s spending that will raise eyebrows. While United’s Cristiano Ronaldo-sized cash pile has finally enabled Ferguson to loosen a vice-like grip on the Glazers’ cheque book, […]

Wenger gets it right and oh so wrong on ‘tapping up’

Arsene Wenger

Let there be no mistake ‘tapping up’ in professional football existed long before the Football Association set down its absurd rules banning the practice; governance that is unworkable, impractical and utterly pointless in a globalised football market. Yet, Arsène Wenger once again called for the FA to amend its framework, with Arsenal’s Samir Nasri and […]

Now Rooney must come of age

Wayne Rooney

The loss of five experienced players this summer has robbed the Manchester United squad of more than 2000 appearances for the club. Gary Neville’s decision to call it quits last winter, followed by Owen Hargreaves’ release, Paul Scholes’ and Edwin van der Sar’s retirement and the sales of John O’Shea and Wes Brown this summer […]

Ferdinand ready to fight ticking clock

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is facing up to the autumn of his career, with three young central defenders ready to challenge the 32-year-old for a place in Sir Alex Ferguson’s team. But, says Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and new signing Phil Jones will have to prove they are hungrier than the Peckham-born defender […]

de Gea starts as Fergie urges ‘keeper patience

Anders Lindegaard

Manchester United’s new €20 million goalkeeper David de Gea could start his first match for the club against Seattle Sounders on Thursday morning but manager Sir Alex Ferguson has warned that fans may need to be patient with the 20-year-old former Atlético de Madrid player. The player joined training with his new colleagues this week but the Spaniard will […]

Carrick’s midfield mission impossible

With Manchester United’s bid for Wesley Sneijder seemingly run aground on the financial rocks Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted this week that the Reds may not bring in a direct replacement for Paul Scholes. With United’s sights aimed high, Ferguson told press gathered on the club’s US tour that only the very best will do […]