On occasion patience has no virtue

Darron Gibson, Manchester United

Of Sir Alex Ferguson’s many faults, lack of patience is not among them. The great Scot has, according to recent analysis, the most stable squad in European football, with players remaining at Old Trafford almost six years on average. That lengthy tenure is aided no doubt by Paul Scholes’, Ryan Giggs’ and Gary Neville’s longevity […]

Obertan: the forgotten man

When Gabriel Obertan signed for Manchester United, little was known about the graduate of the prestigious Clairefontaine academy. Injury held the player back initially before a dash for the first team came last October. But generally since the player’s £3.5 million transfer from Girondins de Bordeaux at Old Trafford, little has been seen of the […]

Obertan promises brighter future

Gabriel Obertan

Barnsley in the Carling Cup is hardly the auspicious start that most Manchester United signings hope for. Injured, questioned and even derided since the France under-21 international’s £3 million move from Bordeaux, for Gabriel Obertan a début has been three long months in coming. Success Tuesday shows that after Ronaldo, life may go on. Obertan, […]

Obertan continues recovery in reserves rout

Gabriel Obertan continued his comeback from a spinal injury when he lined up for the Reserves against Blackburn Rovers tonight.The young winger, signed from Bordeaux in July, played in a front-three as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reserves routed Blackburn Rovers 3-0. Obertan, who again caught the eye with pace and direct running at the Blackburn defence, […]

United move for Johnson as Obertan nears fitness

Adam Johnson

Luis Nani’s place in the Manchester United team is once again under threat with speculation that the club is looking at bringing in Middlesbrough’s Adam Johnson. The 22-year-old left-winger, who has 19 England under-21 caps, is out of contract next summer and will be available for a cut-price fee in January. Johnson’s place in the […]

Obertan nears fitness

New signing Gabriel Obertan will be fit to make his Manchester United debut in four to six weeks, according to manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The French winger, who was signed for about £3 million from Girondins de Bordeaux, is currently out with a spinal problem. “Gabriel has had a spine problem, but I think he’ll […]