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 […]

Reds go west for fitness and fame

Gillette Stadium, Boston

Manchester United’s players head to the United States on Monday, with five matches in five cities over three weeks ahead before the squad returns at the end of July. In between Sir Alex Ferguson’s players will build fitness at Nike HQ and join sponsors in a rash of commercial events across the continent. As ever […]

Fergie’s right, friendlies worthless

Wayne Rooney, Fabio Capello

Sir Alex Ferguson has again condemned international friendlies as a “worthless waste of time” in a week that England reserves play Ghana in front of more than 80,000 duped fans at Wembley. And the 69-year-old Scot surely has a point, with neither players, nor club coaches taking friendlies seriously – normally prompting a host of […]

No panic on the streets of Kansas City

Kansas City Wizards Ryan Giggs

Manchester United went down to MLS outfit Kansas City Wizards late last night, with Sir Alex Ferguson blaming the Reds’ inexperienced defence for this summer’s first pre-season defeat. In truth though, United put in an embarrassingly haphazard performance, despite playing with a man advantage for more than half the match. Kei Kamara scored the host’s […]

Nani plays as Reds start season short

Nani starts for Manchester United against Kansas City Wizards tonight but Sir Alex Ferguson will begin the new season short of key players through injury and recuperation. Indeed, the Scot may not have a fully fit squad until the Autumn, with United navigating four domestic fixtures before the Champions League begins in September. Without Rio […]

United unveils new star striker

Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson attempts strike the ball through a target 51 feet away during a United for UNICEF charity event in New York yesterday. The manager missed, as did Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Darren Fletcher and Edwin van der Sar. Luxury watchmaker Hublot had promised $1 million for UNICEF had any of […]