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 […]

Reds seek Emirates win to seal title

Arsenal v Manchester United

Needing just seven points to seal the Premier League title, Sir Alex Ferguson says that his Manchester United team will play to win against Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday. Victory, while not guaranteeing the title, will bring United to within touching distance of a 19th domestic championship. But, warns the Scot, all teams could […]

Rampant Reds head to cup semis

Fabio da Silva, Manchester United

In the books this will go down as an unremarkable 2-0 victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford. Unremarkable because Manchester United has now scored four victories in a row over the Londoners. In truth, with Sir Alex Ferguson selecting a line-up few could have predicted – including seven defenders – United’s victory was anything but […]

Fergie spins positives ahead of cup clash

Manchester United v Arsenal, FA Cup Fifth Round

Sir Alex Ferguson has warned his Manchester United side against turning a blip into a slump after defeats to Chelsea and Liverpool in the past 10 days. But the 69-year-old manager was in positive mood on finally breaking a week-long silence ahead of United’s FA Cup fifth round tie with Arsenal at Old Trafford. However, […]

Time for United to twist the knife

Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal

“They do not know how strong we are,” declared the Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger at half time during Tuesday night’s one-sided encounter between the Londoners and Barcelona at Camp Nou. Yet, as Arsenal slumped to defeat against the Catalans for the second time in as many seasons a certain sense of inevitability played out. The […]

Running scared

Stamford Bridge

Incredible isn’t it. It’s Manchester United’s worst team in five years but the opposition still can’t stand facing Sir Alex Ferguson’s men. First Chelsea inexplicably cancel Sunday’s fixture more than 27 hours ahead of the game; then Arsenal captain Cesc Fábregas admits the Gunners were terrified of visiting Old Trafford last week. For the second time in […]

United score vital win over Arsenal

Park Ji-Sung

Manchester United scored a vital win over Arsenal at Old Trafford despite Wayne Rooney missing a second half penalty. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side fully deserved the 1-0 win after a combative display in Manchester, with Arsenal rarely showing the free-flowing football that brought the visitors to the Premier League summit last week. The win gives […]