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Fergie: a great result for us

April 17, 2010 Tags: , , Shorts 4 comments

Sir Alex Ferguson praised goalscorer Paul Scholes and hailed Manchester United’s never-say-die spirit as Reds overcame Blues at Eastlands today. United’s win brought Ferguson’s side to within a point of Chelsea at the head of the Premier League with the Londoners losing 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the late kick-off.

“We’ve three last-minute goals against them now this season but deserve it,” said Ferguson, whose team has scored at 90+6, 90+4 and 90+3 against City this season.

“We had the best chances but it did not look like anyone was going to win.

“The game became very open in the last 10 minutes.

“Derbies are derbies and the way we have won has given our supporters great excitement. To do it that way on City’s own ground is a great result for us.

“We wanted to keep a clean sheet because we know if we get back to zero against it gives us a chance. One-nil wins have played a big part in our title wins and 1-0 today shows that’s true.”

Ferguson also reserved special praise for the magnificent Scholes, who rolled back the years to dictate the game and score a match winning header with just 17 seconds remaining.

“No-one is better than him at ghosting into the box,” added Ferguson.

“He was man of the match today, he was wonderful, he’s such a skilful player.”

35-year-old Scholes signed a new contract with United this week that will keep the Bury-born midfielder at the club until June 2011.

Last gasp Scholes keeps hopes alive

April 17, 2010 Tags: , Matches 7 comments

Sir Alex Ferguson charged on the pitch as Gary Neville embraced match-winner Paul Scholes and fans danced on their seats. Scholes’ injury time strike won the Manchester derby in an encounter low on quality but high on drama. City may feel its time will come but for now, deep into ‘Fergie time,’ the Reds retained local honours.

The game began with Ferguson placing trust in veterans Neville and Scholes, together with Ryan Giggs. In recent fixtures the United legends’ ponderous displays have seen Ferguson’s side knocked out of Europe and all but cede the Premier League to Chelsea.

But experience told, with man-of-the-match Scholes rolling back the years. Imperious in the middle of the park, Scholes’ goal capped a team performance that places pressure on Chelsea with just three games remaining.

“Obviously we’re now hoping Tottenham win tonight,” said Ferguson, whose side was just 17 seconds away from a draw that would surely have ended the Premier League title race this afternoon.

“If they do, then the title’s back on

“Our win is a big boost to Tottenham because they can go fourth tonight, we think that’s where their incentive comes. After tonight we’ll know better.

“I think we’ve deserved to win the game. I don’t think there’s any question about that. But I couldn’t see a goal coming to be honest.

“Towards the end, City made a bit of a charge themselves. The game got a bit open. It freed us, I decided to put Scholesy up and it’s paid off.”

United began in frantic mode, eager to capitalise on Wayne Rooney’s return to the starting line-up. But withdrawn by the 75th minute, the striker’s inspirational qualities failed to mask Rooney’s obvious lack of fitness.

Before Rooney left the action, United created the first opportunities of an opening period the visitors dominated. First, Darren Fletcher struck a 20-yard shot just wide and then long-range specialist Darron Gibson missed the target with another overly ambitious attempt.

The first moment of controversy came with half an hour of the match gone. Wayne Bridge, returning to the City team after injury, handled in the area only for referee Martin Atkinson to miss an obvious spot kick. City’s vocal criticism of the official this week, who added six minutes to the Old Trafford fixture in September, having the desired effect.

But United continued to create opportunities with Antonio Valenica at the heart of the action.

The Ecuadorian created a chance for Rooney, whose drop of the shoulder bought space before he sent a left-footed drive wide of Shay Given’s goal. Valencia, giving Bridge a torrid time, then crossed for Giggs whose weak flick found only the City ‘keeper.

Not that United had the tie all its own way. City hit back with former United forward Carlos Tevez drawing a flying save from Edwin van der Sar in the visitors’ goal.

Much of United’s best work channelled through Scholes, who given time and space by City’s outnumbered midfield, dictated both tempo and direction of the Reds’ play. It took Roberto Mancini more than an hour to change City’s shape and bring the home side into the tie.

First Craig Bellamy fired wide with Emmanuel Adebayor well placed in the area and then City claimed a penalty when Gareth Barry fell under pressure. Replays showed an outrageous dive by the England midfielder that went unpunished by officialdom.

It mattered little with United pressing hard for a winner the spirited display had earned. First Giggs just failed to reach substitute Nani’s cross and then Dimitar Berbatov, on for Rooney, headed inches wide with the goal at his mercy.

Then came the stunning dénouement, with Scholes demonstrating the heading art to a tee to send United’s fans, players and management into raptures.

Paul Scholes Gary Neville

Pride on the line as derby beckons

April 17, 2010 Tags: , Matches No comments

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side make the short trip across town for the 156th Manchester derby safe in the knowledge that his side’s dominance of both domestic and local football matters is at stake. While nobody in the United camp is giving up on the title just yet, local pride dictates that fourth-placed City will do everything to end the Reds hopes today.

The stakes are hardly any smaller for City, with a place in the Champions League next season essential to the Blues’ ability to attract the players the club’s limitless wealth can afford.

Indeed, Ferguson rates the match as the most highly anticipated Manchester derby in his 23 years at the club.

“There is a definite emphasis on this game that has never been there before in my time at United,” said the United manager.

“It is the first time we have played City when they have a chance of actually achieving something. The neutrals would say that scenario is fantastic and it makes the game even more fascinating.

“City’s form over the past few weeks has been excellent. Five goals against Birmingham last week – nobody has done that to them this season.

“It is a different derby because of what both clubs can achieve out of it – and what both can lose. This fixture must be an accident because you couldn’t have planned it.

“It is the most pivotal week of the season for us, Chelsea, Spurs and City and the scenarios are fantastic.”

It’s a match United must win, with Chelsea four points ahead of Ferguson’s side. Victory for United will draw the reds to within a point with just three games to go.

Chelsea visit Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and must also travel to Anfield, with Ferguson realistically needing the Londoners to lose both matches.

“We hope Chelsea lose because it will put us back in it,” Ferguson added.

“It is not going to be easy for us because Chelsea can afford a draw but it all makes for an interesting and exciting day.”

Ferguson hopes to include Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand. The injured trio have trained this week, although Rooney’s injured ankle is now less worrying than injuries to Ferdinand and Giggs according to the Scot.

United also includes Owen Hargreaves in the matchday squad. The Canadian-born midfielder hasn’t turned out for the Reds in more than 18 months but is now considered ready for a place on the bench despite only one reserve team appearance in that time.

United’s limp performance against Blackburn Rovers last weekend means Ferguson will make changes for the Eastlands match, with Paul Scholes, Dimitar Berbatov and Gary Neville most at risk.

John O’Shea will continue his recovery from long-term injury and may start at right-back.

But Ferguson realises that challenge from City extends further than Saturday’s lunch-time kick off, with the Eastlands club set to spend huge sums of Abu Dhabi money in the summer.

The Blues’ challenge is to reach fourth this season but Ferguson recognises the club’s long-term oil-fueled ambition is to win the Premier League title.

“City would still have the small problem of United, Chelsea, Arsenal and, possibly, Liverpool, who have been disappointing this season, to overcome, but they will be revved up to do better,” added Ferguson, who called City small minded earlier this season.

“But the great thing about City is that they have an amazing amount of buying power. They can go and buy another team and you can be rest assured they will be buying.”

The great thing about football is that only 11 can take the field on Saturday. With United having already knocked City out of the Carling Cup and scored an injury-time winner at Old Trafford in September local bragging rights remain firmly in the Reds’ camp.

34 years

February 25, 2010 Tags: Just for fun 3 comments

“When we go to Old Trafford, we will take that banner down. This is the last year, because we will win.” – Roberto Mancini, Manchester City manager.

“This football club is, without doubt, going to be the biggest and best football club in the world.” – Gary Cook, Manchester City CEO.

Carling Cup semi-final second leg, Old Trafford, 27 January 2010

Manchester Untied 3 – 1 Manchester City

FA Cup Fourth Round replay, Britannia Stadium, 24 February 2010

Stoke City 3 – 1 Manchester City

Premier League
1. Chelsea – 61 pts
2. Manchester United – 60 pts

5. Manchester City – pts

Time to update the Stretford End banner…

34 years

The day Terry went a Bridge too far

January 29, 2010 Tags: , , , Just for fun 18 comments

John Terry may wish to look away after a high court today lifted a so-called super-injunction that banned publication of lurid sex secrets. England Captain Terry, alleges a popular Sunday tabloid, had an affair with former Chelsea left-back Wayne Bridge’s girlfriend. The Chelsea skipper had sought to stop details becoming public.

The News of the World, is it reported in today’s Guardian, is due to print an exposé that alleges Terry, 29, had an affair with Vanessa Perroncel, the French actress and model who dated the 29-year-old Manchester City defender until late last year.

Perroncel, who gave birth to a son Jaydon Jean Claude Bridge in November 2006, split with Bridge before Christmas 2009. She reportedly remained in Surrey following the defender’s £12 million transfer to City in January 2008.

But lifting the banning order, Mr Justice Tugenhadt said that it is no longer in the public interest to keep the relationship secret.

“I do not consider that an interim injunction is necessary or proportionate having regard to the level of gravity of the interference with the private life of the applicant that would occur in the event that there is a publication of the fact of the relationship, or that the applicant can rely in this case on the interference with the private life of anyone else,” said the judge today.

Terry claimed in January 2008 that he was sad to see Bridge go.

“He’ll be missed and I’m still in shock a little bit because it’s a shame to see one of the lads go who you have grown up with and been with a long time,” said Terry of the Bridge transfer to City in January 2008.

“I’m disappointed, but for him it was the right decision.”

Terry may now have reason to regret the decision he made to sleep with a teammate’s girlfriend far more.

City chief Garry Cook wiki hacked

January 28, 2010 Tags: , Just for fun 7 comments

Hackers have broken into hapless Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook’s Wikipedia page, making it far more accurate than ever before. Branding Cook an “experience liar” who lives in a “f*cking dreamworld,” hackers lampoon the former-Nike executive who is universally disrespected in the football and media communities.

The page goes on to claim that time-traveler Cook, who regularly plays golf with Bananaman, personally spearheaded a bid for Pélé, before inventing the colour yellow.

Cook recently claimed that City will become the “biggest and the best” football club on the planet, before predicting that it was a matter of when, not if, his side would beat Manchester United in this season’s Carling Cup semi-final.

Selected highlights of Cook’s wiki page include:

Cook worked at sports were giants Nike for 12 years, working his way up to head of the Nike project “Brand Opportunism”, before leaving Nike in June 2008 to take over as CEO of Manchester City. Although he’d been a resident of the USA since 1985, and spent four years in Amsterdam, Garry currently lives in a f*****g dreamworld. He’s an experienced liar, with experience at covering up child slavery at Nike, making him ideal for a deluded Manchester City.

Cook says he moved to the U.S in 1996 and started working for Nike eleven years earlier in 1985, presumably using a DeLorean DMC-12 travelling at 88 miles per hour. He would spend 12 years at Nike where he would become president of the very successful Brand Jordan, Cook says that he worked very closely with basketball superstar Michael Jordan while working at Nike. But then, he also told everyone that his dad is Thor, Norse god of thunder.

One of Cook’s first tasks with his new club was to find a new manager after Sven Goran-Eriksson had been dismissed; he targeted Herbert Chapman of 1930’s Arsenal. After finding out that he’d been dead for 74 years, he reluctantly settled on Mark Hughes of Blackburn Rovers.

Cook’s new task was player recruitment, and he did deals for Tal Ben-Haim, Jo, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta and Shaun Wright-Phillips but failed in a bid for Roy Race, who doesn’t actually exist.

After the 2009 January transfer window opened Cook sealed deals for Wayne Bridge, Craig Bellamy, Shay Given and Nigel de Jong. However, he failed in a world record bid to bring Pele to the club, blaming the breakdown in negotiations on Santos, stating, “If you want my personal opinion they bottled it, He clearly was for sale but we never got to meet with the player, the behaviour of Santos got in the way.” Santos replied by pointing out that Pele retired from football more than thirty years ago.

Cook also did much work away from transfers introducing the “I’m From Manchester, Honest” campaign where supporters of the club write in their opinions of why Stockport is actually in Manchester & that they shouldn’t go to watch County instead, these have then been placed around the interior of the stadium. Many fans have contributed to this including the likes of Ricky Hatton.

Along with Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Cook has seen the complete overhaul of the club’s training base Carrington and scheduled a 2009 summer tour of the Moon where the squad met Marvin the Martian and played the Arctic Monkeys in the Vodacom Challenge.

He made a gaffe by welcoming Uwe Rosler to the Manchester United Hall of Fame instead of the Manchester City Hall of Fame and was booed by Manchester City fans, although that didn’t actually happen because City fans are the most loyal in the world and never boo. He wrote apology letters to 70,000,000,000,000 Manchester City supporters clubs.

Cook is married to Girls Aloud and is a keen player of Golf amongst where he regularly competes against Adolf Hitler, Bananaman and Richard Blackwood. Garry invented the colour yellow.

Raise that City banner high

January 28, 2010 Tags: , , Just for fun 5 comments

Manchester City’s cocky nouveau riche attitude fell a peg or two last night as Manchester United deservedly reached the Carling Cup final. It was City’s biggest night in years and the Abu Dhabi-owned Bitters badly choked at the final hurdle. With City in the FA Cup it is premature to raise the “35 years” Stretford End banner, but surely that’s only a factor of time.

“This football club will be without doubt the biggest and best in the world,” the hapless City CEO Gary Cook said in a New York bar last week.

“People don’t like to hear it but I’ll make no excuses for saying it, and I will never stop saying it because I truly believe it with the resources and capabilities that we have – and when, not if, we’re at Wembley having beaten Man United yet again!”

Cook later backtracked and claimed to believe the meeting was “private” despite the presence of a TV camera crew. The CEO is widely mocked in football circles after City’s incompetent failed bid for former-AC Milan midfielder Kaká last year, where he accused the Italian outfit of “bottling it.” Classy. Not.

Then the Brummie lied to the national press, claiming not to have opened talks with manager Roberto Mancini before incumbant Mark Hughes found a P45 waiting in his Eastlands office.

Not that Mancini’s predictions have born any more fruit.

“When we go to Old Trafford, we will take that banner down,” said the former Italy international striker who no doubt believes City have the Premier League’s widest pitch, tallest floodlights and bluest shirts.

“This is the last year because we will win.”

Perhaps about time City stopped staring into that blue-tinted the crystal ball, eh?

It’s adios Carlitos as Rooney powers United to Carling Cup final

January 28, 2010 Tags: , Matches 4 comments

Old Trafford rocked as Manchester United reinforced local bragging rights after a dramatic win last night. City, fresh from taking a first leg lead amid claims of being the “world’s best,” slumped on the biggest night for the blues in decades. Heartbreaking for the men from Eastlands but magnificent for the majority at Old Trafford.

Inevitably it was the peerless Wayne Rooney who stole all the headlines with a wonderful performance and a match winning injury-time goal.

So long Carlos Tevez, who had scored twice at Eastlands and once again last night to bring City back into the tie. In between veteran Paul Scholes drove United ahead and Michael Carrick sidefooted home before the Reds’ claimed victory in a dramatic night of Carling Cup football.

United had made the late call to keep Rio Ferdinand within the side by appealing the Football Association’s violent conduct charge against the England defender. It proved the right choice, with the former-Leeds United defender adding calm authority amid the storm of an electric Old Trafford atmosphere.

In midfield, Ferguson chose to deploy Scholes, Carrick and Darren Fletcher. While some fans are rightly wary of leaving Rooney alone up front, the like-for-like formation against City proved the Scot right once again. Fletcher, in particular, was instrumental in supporting Rooney from midfield.

But it was Ferdinand who brought the first moment of controversy, challenging former-United striker Tevez in the area, for the Argentinian to fall under the challenge. Referee Howard Webb felt that the defender’s challenge was fair as Tevez only half-heatedly appealed.

The the striker, who had insulted United’s Captain Gary Neville in midweek, brought a good save from Edwin van der Sar as City stood toe-to-toe with United during a first period that failed to meet the heights of entertainment to come.

If the emphasis was on Rooney to spark United into life then the former-Evertonian rarely lets anybody down. Indeed, it was Rooney’s magnificent driven cross-field pass that set up the opening United goal. Ryan Giggs, forced wide by Shay Given in the City net when through on goal, found first Nani and then Carrick in support. But it was Scholes, playing further forward than is the norm these days, who needed no second attempt to drive the ball home when squeezed out to him on the edge of the area.

The goal deflated City and United, now well on top, drove home the advantage with 25 minutes to go. Carrick coolly placed the ball past Given after Fletcher’s attempt was blocked.

But for all United’s dominance, the home side was only ever a goal ahead on aggregate and within minutes Tevez had stooped in ahead of Ferdinand to flick home to bring the tie level. The defender, perhaps ring-rusty after three months on the sidelines, failed to attack the ball and United paid the price.

Then the dénouement in stoppage time, with Rooney heading home Giggs right-wing cross and celebrating wildly as the roof came off Old Trafford.

Rightly, Ferguson withheld his deepest post-match praise for the Scouser who in Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence has taken his game to the very highest level. But the Scot also praised supporters in a week when he offered no quarter to the fans’ anti-Glazer campaign.

“It was much better than Saturday,” Ferguson said of Rooney who once again ploughed a lone furrow up-front.

“I know he scored four goals but here his control leading the line and his link up play was fantastic. Overall it was a wonderful performance. World class.

“It’s a derby game and you like to win your derby games. The atmosphere tonight, and the fact it was a semi-final tie, added a lot of spice to the match. And the fact we scored so late in the game brought a special type of celebration.

“Nothing really happened in the first half. They sat very deep. What we said at half-time was to keep playing our football and keep spreading our play.

“I’m proud of the team. I also must pay tribute to our support. They were unbelievable.”

Indeed the supporters were, who traveled home jubilant after once putting local upstarts in their place. City’s time will come of course –  unrestrained spending is highly attractive to mercenary players like Tevez. But for now it is the Red side of Manchester that will travel to Wembley in a month’s time.