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Guess who’s back!!!

Posted by unitedfanatic on September 30, 2009

Owen Hargreaves

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Owen is United hero in dramatic derby victory

Posted by united4ever2009 on September 20, 2009

Full-time:

Man Utd                        4-3                Man City

2: Rooney                                         16:  Barry

49: Fletcher                                   52: Bellamy

80: Fletcher                                   90: Bellamy

90 (+6): Owen


Michael Owen instantly wrote himself into Manchester United folklore with a superb winner in one of the great Manchester derbies of all-time.

Old Trafford was a throw-back to the days of the 1990’s as United – playing 4-4-2 – managed to grab all three points in an amazing seven-goal thriller.

Manchester City felt they had done enough to rescue a point after two wonder goals from Craig Bellamy – his second on the stroke of full time. But it was Owen, after a pass from Ryan Giggs, who struck the winner in the 96th minute.

Before then, City twice came back from going behind. First Gareth Barry levelled after Wayne Rooney had opened the scoring for United inside the first five minutes. Then after the break, Bellamy and Darren Fletcher traded goal scoring blows, with both players twice getting on the scoresheet.

City were convinced they were going back to Eastlands with a point – and Shay Given the plaudits – after the goalkeeper twice denied Dimitar Berbatov with point-blank saves and also turned over Giggs’ drive.

But it was Owen who popped up with the stunning winner to send Old Trafford crazy.

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United beat Besiktas away from home, Rooney loses his marbles and Sir Alex defends him

Posted by unitedfanatic on September 16, 2009

C_71_article_1095194_image_list_image_list_item_0_imageLast night, United beat Besiktas away from home in their first European night in a bid to reclaim the Champions League No. 1 spot from Barcelona.  Starting with a 4-5-1 formation and Rooney up front on his own, we didnt necessarily outclass Besiktas with them defending in numbers. After 60 odd minutes, Sir Alex made changes by bringing in Carrick and Rooney and sending on Owen and Berbatov.

Rooney shook his head in disappointment on being subbed, occupied his place on the bench and threw his boots to the ground. We went on to win the game, courtesy Scholes’ 77th minute header(yes, HEADER!!!) and it is 3 points in the bag.

Sir Alex has defended Wazza’s attitude by saying “He had played alone up front for 60 minutes and he was always coming off. He was disappointed because he is an energetic lad and he wants to play all the time”.

Well, you wouldn’t think SAF would choose to not comment on it. His defence for Wayne was expected, just like he defended Ronaldo for a hissy fit on the same lines last season. But then, it isn’t exactly right to compare the two. While I feel Wazza was justified for doing what he did, he shouldn’t have done what ronaldo does best.

We are not alien to Rooney’s temperamental bomb and there is nothing to gain. When he got himself sent off against Portugal at the World Cup, it wasnt his fault he got sent off and the whole world knows it. But what the heck does it matter. England were one man down and it was game over. It wasnt just any man. It was Wayne Rooney. This is what I fear for Wazza, and United in particular.

Rooney supports the heaviest burden of expectations by United fans from the whole squad and, god forbid, if he gets us in a difficult situation due to this, it will be a massive blow for the fans, the dressing room atmosphere, and our performance on the pitch. Making a mistake is not the issue. Not correcting it is. While Rooney keeps his cool most of the times and he is, no doubt, a thorough professional, it is these rare instances which get hyped, and have an impact on the referees who might need to take decisions within seconds.

So here’s hoping Wazza realizes his responsibilities, and proves his critics wrong that he is not material enough to captain United one day. Go Wazza!

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CL Matchday 1: Besiktas vs Manchester United

Posted by united4ever2009 on September 15, 2009

Manchester United begin their quest to avenge last season’s UEFA Champions League final defeat to Barcelona when they face Besiktas on Tuesday.

Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson and a number of his senior players have confessed the manner of their 2-0 defeat in Rome at the hands of Barca still wrangles, with the Scot admitting he would love another final showdown with the Catalans this term.

United travel to Turkey on the back of their 3-1 win against Tottenham at White Hart Lane in what many described as their best performance of the season.

However the Premier League champions have been handed a tricky opening group with long distance flights to Turkey and Russia, along with what promises to be a tough test in Germany against Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg.

Besiktas will be aiming to prove to be worthy opponents on home soil and will be determined to restore some pride after losing 3-0 to fierce rivals Galatasaray in the Istanbul derby on Saturday.

United have played against both Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe in Europe over the last 15 years and will have an idea of what to expect in the Inonu Stadium. The Besiktas fans are sure to have the ground shaking come kick-off.

Dismal start

Despite often living in the shadow of city rivals Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray, Besiktas are Turkey’s only representatives in the competition.

However the Black Eagles have begun this season dismally having taken just six points from their first five league games.

The hosts will have to do without defender Ibrahim Toraman due to a heel injury but other than that, Besiktas will be at full strength.

Besiktas goalkeeper Rustu Recber will be looking to banish memories of the last time he faced Wayne Rooney after the England striker put three goals past him on his United debut in a 6-2 win over Fenerbahçe at Old Trafford in 2004.

United will have to be wary of the attacking threat posed by Nihat Kahveci after he joined Besiktas in the summer following a successful seven year stay in Spain, playing for Real Sociedad and Villarreal.

Meanwhile Besiktas will be looking to do better than the last time they faced English opposition after they lost 8-0 to Liverpool at Anfield in 2007, a record Champions League loss.

United team news

Rio Ferdinand should keep his place after he came through the full 90 minutes at Spurs unscathed having missed the first four games of the season with a thigh injury.

John O’Shea was expected to miss the match against Spurs having returned from international duty with a calf complaint but he came through to complete the full game and he should start again.

Ferguson is likely to mix his squad up once more so Michael Carrick, Nani and Park Ji-Sung could all be pushing for a place in the starting line-up.

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Its great to be involved in the squad again: Ferdinand

Posted by unitedfanatic on September 14, 2009

02_Jermain_Defoe_sc_887601aUnited captain Rio Ferdinand has expressed his joy at being back into the team. While he looked slightly rusty in the opening minutes and could do nothing to stop Jermain Defoe scoring that absolute belter, he did pick up from where he left off and got better as the game wore on. Is it just me or is there a connection in the return to form of United and return of Rio?

“When you’re out injured it’s never good to sit and watch in the stands or be restless at home while the lads are playing. So it’s great to be involved in the squad again,” he told Manutd.com today.
On finding himself back in the physically tough and challenging Premier League football, and conceding a goal by the Spurs inside the first minute of the game, he says “It was a bit of a wake-up call, it hits home the fact you’re back playing in the first team again. But we responded in the right manner, getting the ball down and playing some of our best football this season.”

What strikes me as laudable about Rio is the fact that despite him being a first choice Centre back for the World’s Most Valuable Team, he appreciates how good it feels to be back in the team. It is important to have loyal players who do not place themselves above the team and feel happy to be back in the squad after an injury rather than take it for granted and this is what sets world beaters United apart from the billionaire-owned Manchester Cities and Chelseas of the world.

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Thats why they win titles and European titles : Redknapp

Posted by unitedfanatic on September 13, 2009

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ManUtd 3 – 1 Spurs

Posted by unitedfanatic on September 12, 2009

Result:   Manchester United 3 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur

Giggs 25′                               Defoe 1′

Anderson 41′

Rooney 78′

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Transfer Gossip: Akinfeev keen to join United

Posted by united4ever2009 on September 11, 2009

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CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has claimed he would welcome the opportunity to play for Manchester United.

The young Russia international has attracted admiring glances from some of Europe’s leading teams after his impressive displays for club and country.

Akinfeev has also been linked with Bayern Munich and Arsenal, while Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been credited with an interest.

With Holland international Edwin van der Sar approaching the latter stages of his career, Ferguson could be tempted to bring in further competition for England hopeful Ben Foster.

And the 23-year-old has intimated that he would find it hard to ignore the prospect of a move to the Premier League champions.

The Sun quotes Akinfeev as saying: “CSKA is a great club but every player would love to prove their worth at United.

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Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

Posted by united4ever2009 on September 11, 2009

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Date: 12th September, 2009

Venue: White Hart Lane

Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

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Kick-start to the season

Posted by united4ever2009 on September 11, 2009

There have been only 4 rounds of fixtures in BPL till now. But there are numerous indications about what we can expect in the coming months. From United’s perspective, the opening fixture against Birmingham at home wasn’t a blistering start by any means, but a solitary goal by Wayne Rooney assured United of a win. Nevertheless, this was the start of the battle against critics on whether United could cope with absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez. Since the start, United have been blowing hot and cold, making the critics even more vocal. But when the going gets tough, the tough get going. After the disappointing defeat at Burnley, United bounced back with a brilliant second-half display at Wigan, with Wazza doing the double in a 5-0 drubbing. In the game against Arsenal, being second best for most part of match, United emerged victorious with a touch of luck. Both these matches are a tribute to United’s perseverance and ‘never say die’ spirit.
On the other hand,Liverpool have been lukewarm in their start. Chelsea,under Ancellotti have been making steady progress and pose a grave threat to United’s dreams of yet another title. Arsenal, started off brilliantly, but I have my doubts about their consistency to stand the entire season.
If the start is anything to go by, we have a mouth-watering contest on hand to decide the best in the Premier League.
United rarely cease to amaze and I doubt this season will turn out any different.

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