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Reds dragged into riot row

October 28, 2009 Tags: Shorts No comments

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 onto the pitch during the match. Two supporters confronted Ben Foster, the recalled United goalkeeper, as he took a goal kick in the second half.

During the violence, where supporters raided shelves and tills, eight Barnsley catering staff locked themselves in a cupboard seeking protection, police claimed. Jan Framp, area manager for Lindley Catering, said the attack happened after police told catering staff not to sell alcohol at half-time.

“That’s what upset them,” said Framp.

“They kicked the doors in and then ransacked the beer bar. They have ripped the water boilers off the counters, they have trashed everything.”

The FA, who will liaise with both clubs and the police to gather evidence, said that there is no place for anti-social or violent behavior in football.

“Any culprit found to be involved in these disturbances and identified as such by either the police or clubs should be subject to a lengthy ban from attending football matches,” said a spokesperson.

While the violence was disturbing, more troubling still was the pitch invasion by Barnsley supporters that placed players’ safety in jeopardy.

The FA surely must take action – and quickly – before English football witnesses an attack on a player ahead of a 2018 World Cup bid.

United is already under UEFA investigation after a fan invaded the pitch during the club’s Champions League tie with Wolfsburg at Old Trafford last month.

Fergie: I wouldn’t have been sacked

October 27, 2009 Tags: , , Shorts No comments

Sir Alex Ferguson has denied that Mark Robin’s headed FA Cup goal against Nottingham Forest in 1990 saved his job. Manchester United take on Robins’ Barnsley tonight in the Carling Cup fourth round. But the United manager does not believe defeat to Forest would have seen the end of his United tenure, as is widely believed today.

“You never know in football. Who’s to say how the club would have reacted if we’d lost and if crowds had tumbled?” Sir Alex told The Telegraph, today.

“One thing’s for sure though. Bobby Charlton [a United director] would not have let it happen. He knows better than anyone the heartbeat of this football club.

“This football club needed the foundation of youth and we were doing some great work on that side of it. Bobby knew we were on the right road.”

Ferguson, who has seen Mark Hughes, Roy Keane, Steve Bruce, Paul Ince, and Bryan Robson go into management from his 1990’s teams, praised Robins for his management success to date.

“Mark did a great job at Rotherham,” said Ferguson.

“They were going into administration and it’s not easy if that happens because you can’t get any players.

“He had to work with what he had and I think that’s a good start in management, I really do. Learning the hard way is the best way.

“When I was at East Stirling, there were only eight players when I joined the club. I had to get five players quickly just to get a team on the pitch. They gave me £2,000 to get five players!”

The kids are alright

October 27, 2009 Tags: , Matches No comments

Manchester United’s young players take up the mantle tonight when the club takes on Barnsley in the Carling Cup. With the first team still reeling from defeat at Anfield Sunday, United’s kids will provide some light relief to United’s downcast supporters. On the opposite bench will be former United striker, Mark Robins.

On the menu tonight will be a course of United’s exciting young talent including, we presume, Danny Wellbeck, Federico Macheda, Darron Gibson, Ritche de Laet, the da Silva brothers and Joshua King. With Wellbeck, Macheda, and the da Silva brothers closest to the first team significant focus will be on the quartet.

Wellbeck, called out as a potential inclusion in the England World Cup squad by Sir Alex Ferguson, is disappointed with the level of involvement in this season’s campaign. Prior to the disastrous draw with Sunderland, where the England under-21 international started on the left-wing, Wellbeck had made just one bench (outside of the Carling Cup) all season.

It’s a similar place for Macheda, whose season has been a major anti-climax after the 17-year-old’s impact towards the end of the last campaign. Indeed, the Italian, hauled off in the last Carling Cup round following Fabio da Silva’s red card, has seen his attitude questioned by senior staff.

The da Silva brothers each have reasons to make an impact in tonight’s match. Rafael has missed the season to date with a shoulder injury, after the major impact the teenage Brazilian made last campaign. Fabio, who suffered a similar injury last season, is yet to make the same impact on the team. Ferguson described the youngster as “outstanding” after the left-sided defender’s performance in United’s Champions League match at CSKA Moscow.

But as much attention is focused on the opposite bench as Sir Alex Ferguson’s team selection. Former Old Trafford alumni Mark Robins, appointed manager of Barnsley this summer, spent six years at United.

Robins is best remember at Old Trafford for his goal against Nottingham Forrest in the Third Round of the 1990 FA Cup. Dubbed the ‘goal that saved Fergie’s job’, Robin’s header from Mark Hughes cross was the first step on the way to victory in the final that season.

The Ashton-under-Lyne born striker burst on the United scene as a callow 18-year-old, scoring 17 goals in 69 appearances for United, although many of those games were from the bench. Sold to Norwich City in 1992 for £800,000, Robins also went on to play for Leicester, Copenhagen, Reading, Ourense, Panionios, Manchester City, Walsall, Rotherham United, Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday and Burton Albion in a journeyman career.

In addition to the 1990 FA Cup Robins was also victorious with United in the 1991 Cup Winners’ Cup, the 1991 European Super Cup and 1990 Charity Shield.

Robins joined Rotherham in 2000 first as a player, then coach and finally becoming manager in March 2007. He replaced the popular Simon Davey as manager of Barnsley this summer.

Not that Sir Alex holds any sentimental value in former United players coming face-to-face with the old team. If Robins challenged Ferguson to a game of tiddlywinks, the Scot would give everything to win.

To which end Ferguson will also draft some senior players into the team tonight, with both Wes Brown and Jonny Evans likely to start in central defence and Michael Owen, Nani, Anderson and Ben Foster playing some part.

Gabriel Obertan, United’s £3 million signing from Bordeaux this summer, has played three reserve games in succession and could start.