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Becks still has it in him to go on for another 3-4 years

Posted by unitedfanatic on February 15, 2010

Ryan Giggs, who is out with an elbow injury and missing the trip to AC Milan, has spoken about his relation with Beckham and has nothing but good things to say about him.

“We are different in the sense he has been in the limelight, front page and back, while I prefer to keep myself to myself.

But I still speak to him. He has not changed as a person.

He has always loved football. He has always been dedicated and that is still the same now.

Like myself, Becks looks after himself.

He is naturally fit and is a natural athlete, so I am not surprised he is still going at all. In fact I reckon he will keep going for another three or four years.

We had a couple of chances to meet when he was at Real Madrid but it is great that it will finally happen and great for Becks to come back.

It will be fantastic for the fans to see him again because he was a great player for United and still is a great player for England and Milan — and in America as well.”

About the looming encounter with AC Milan and the threat posed by Becks, he added, “I hope he doesn’t do anything nasty to us. He is a quality player and has always risen to the occasion.

With the right foot he has he can just ping balls 50 yards or make a five or ten-yard pass. He has amazing accuracy. And we must try not to give free-kicks away from 25 or 30 yards out because he is capable of putting them into the top corner.

Hopefully he will enjoy it – but not that much.”

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Heaton out on Loan at Wycombe

Posted by unitedfanatic on February 13, 2010

Tom Heaton, the former England U-21 goalkeeper, had returned to Manchester following the end of his loan deal at Rochdale in December, 2009 and has now been sent out on loan at League One outfit, Wycombe Wanderers.

The 23 year old had a decent run with United reserves in 2004-05, in which the Reserves side went on to win Premier League Reserves North & Central leagues, but has failed to make any further significant stints with United.

Wycombe Wanderers are his sixth loan club since 2005, and his loan deal expires at the end of this season.

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Van Der Sar : No thoughts about future

Posted by unitedfanatic on February 2, 2010

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Another encounter of men against boys

Posted by unitedfanatic on February 1, 2010

The title charge has truly been reignited! With this 3-1 pounding of Arsenal, the Champions continue building their momentum while dampening the North Londoners’ spirits.

After the humiliating 3-0 defeat at Craven Cottage, United have picked it up from there and gone about their ruthless streak. Found the back of the net 19 times in 6 Premier League games and picked up 16 points from a possible 18.  More than anything, United have strongly re-established their reputation of being feared.

There were simply too many positives yesterday, so much so that it would be rude to talk about the negatives. Arsenal needed to really show up and Arshavin looked like the only man who was fired up, but he could have done better.

Fabregas was kept quiet for the entire match and deprived of time and space.

Denilson was as anonymous as the Sardarji at Old Trafford who occupies his seat beside the dugout area and is to be seen only once or twice in the entire game as an unmissable backdrop to the shouting manager, despite it being such a conspicuous position.

Clichy was left gasping for breath. And the ball. Arsenal’s defence was pretty solid, keeping United from having their way in the box many times, but perhaps their cause was lost by Vermaelen rushing forward and helping in the attack, when it should have been Denilson doing that.

They sorely missed Van Persie, as a clueless Rosicky ran hither thither.

The United midfield yet again proved a point. That they won’t stand being underestimated, and let all the credit go to Rooney alone. Nani must make Valencia seem like a small time winger, and probably gives the gaffer a headache, but these sort of headaches are good to have. And all this, without even Giggs’ presence on the field! Simply “mind blasting”, as an amused Russell Peters would put it were he a United supporter.

Our defence was without two first choice centre backs and did a great job.

The only negative that I can see is the poor start to the game that we had – sloppy in possession, and bossed in the midfield despite having a man extra. The couple of chances Arsenal had early on were enough to give us a scare, and had they been converted into goals, it could have been a very different story.

But, oh well. Not a single shot on target until the 57th minute says something very obvious. The boys were put in their place.

Glory Glory Man United!

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Wazza !

Posted by unitedfanatic on January 29, 2010

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Rooney’s hot streak continues as Tevez and Cook are silenced

Posted by unitedfanatic on January 29, 2010

What a game! Taken me 2 days to decide what to write about it!!

Tevez scored twice from bogus opportunities , and did all the talking after the first leg (with Garry Cook pitching in), while asking us to do the talking on the pitch, rather than in the press. Well, I expect he did that too. I reckon some shallow colleague of his gave him a mouthful during their training game and gave him a distorted version of Gary Neville’s comments, and the thick head took the “talking on the pitch” too literally.

Our midfield shone bright yet again and brushed aside all the flak they constantly receive from the press, supporters and other players, like Kaka, who are stuck with Ronaldo. So what if we can’t be the same. We can be good in different ways! We also dispatched the tag of us being a “One man” team. Despite the “one man” grabbing the clincher. Wazza’s streak continues as he added one more to his 21 goal kitty.

All in all, what a beating United gave ’em. And a coin and beer bottle too.  Cheers!!

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An explanation from the man in the form of his life

Posted by unitedfanatic on January 21, 2010

You got it right. Yes we’re talking about him!

What a pity. He just loves the press, doesn’t he? Why all the explanations? Why all the justifications?

Well, surely, If he’s started it, then he won’t be the one to let someone else have the last laugh. All the slagging off in the press about United and all the LIES, he won’t be one to sit quiet!

Yeah, he deserves the Player of the month for what he achieved in December. Yes he’s playing good football. But can he be accommodating for the club he loves? Firstly, he doesn’t “love” his employer club like he claims. Its just joy and liking. He’s appreciated by the fans, he achieves trophies with the club, sure he’ll like it! But FYI mate, love goes beyond liking. Love means sacrifice for the greater good. Even if it means having to adjust. Secondly, NO. He cannot be accommodating. He wants to play as much as he wants to play.

This does bring up the confusing question involving love and professionalism. Its his job, right? Why bring love into it when he’s merely taking a better paying, more opportune offer elsewhere? How does it matter if they’re rivals? Its morally the right thing to do if he’s not been kept “satisfied” by his present employers, right?

This is where the players themselves need to be clear. Draw the line. At any other job, you’d just keep shut, collect your paycheck every month, keep giving your best output for your employers, and be with them through thick and thin. Occasionally worrying about appraisals, growth, etc. But this is football. Professionalism has a slightly different meaning. Essentially its the same! But there are certain things other professionals couldn’t dream of doing at with their employers.

Slagging them off in the press while still employed? First claiming that your manager is the best manager in the world, gives you a lot of respect and then 3 months later, saying he hasn’t even bothered to talk to you the whole year, and he’s disrespectful. Really?

I agree he wasn’t given a lot of opportunities in his second season with United. Was brought on as a sub for more times than he’d like to have started. But get this Tevez. If you want someone to be understanding about you, you ought to be understanding of them too. Atleast, that’s how it works in the normal world for normal people. Doesn’t seem to be like that in yours. You got to understand that when SAF was forced to shell out £8m-10m extra for Berbatov, it was obvious that the gaffer had GRAND plans for United, with the firepower of yourself and Rooney already at his disposal. So, it made sense to play Berbatov so he can settle down well with the team. Get used to how it works with playing in a squad, rather than a team. That would, unfortunately, involve you having to adjust for some time. But if you loved the manager, loved the fans, loved the club, is it too much to ask to repose trust in them? Especially after winning so many trophies? And being given so much time on the pitch? Even if sometimes as a sub, you still are getting playing time right? Not as much as you’d like, but even temporarily? Its not like you were sidelined completely. This is where the “I’m doing a job. I am a professional” affirmation comes in and the misery begins. Very convenient.

I must also mention that Joorabchian had a major role to play. He wouldn’t even settle for the £25m we offered. City had come knocking till then. And the verbal abuse had done its damage too. £47m from City is too tempting to turn down. About the fans’ reaction, You can’t not ask for it by saying “I love you fans!”, then signing for bitter rivals due to personal issues. Why take it out on the fans when the manager disrespected you.

So 5 months down, he’s apparently happy at City? Sure. Now their fans applaud him so he “loves” it there. There’s NO way City can keep Adebayor, Bellamy, Tevez, Santa Cruz, and Robinho all happy. Unless they throw in lot of money into the equation.

Again the pang of “I’m a professional” sets in. “I’m getting paid shitloads even when I’m not playing! The fans still love me! Geez!”. Which one of us wouldn’t love to be paid a lot of money even when we don’t work? Sure. All of us.

So really, the fine line between professionalism in football and professionalism in the outer world has been, is being, and will be abused time and again by players. Also, please do yourself a favour Tev. Don’t offer any more deluded explanations for what was.

You can read Tevez’s latest justifications here.

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Quickie review of the 1-1 draw at St.Andrews

Posted by unitedfanatic on January 10, 2010

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A quick look at the youngsters out on loan

Posted by unitedfanatic on January 5, 2010

We’re into the second half of the season, with fixtures piling up, and as the Carling Cup and FA Cup proceed, this is the time for our youth to shine bright. So here’s a review of the young guns who plied their trade outside of Manchester to gain some experience while playing on loan.

1. Craig Cathcart

Position – Centre Back; Age – 20; Loan Club – Watford

Craig Cathcart, who is a former Under-18s Captain, and the Jimmy Murphy Player of the Year 2006/07, was first named on the substitutes bench as early as 2007 against Middlesbrough, then the game in which United gave Roma a 7-1 mauling in the Champions League, the win over Watford in the FA Cup and again in the win against Sheffield United. A serious Knee Injury kept him out of the limelight, following which he made a swift return for a couple of loan spells, and for United – most notably for the Audi Cup competition in 2009.

Loaned out to Watford on 14th September after scoring in the first reserve league game against Bolton Wanderers, he has put in impressive performances alongside fellow United midfielder Tom Cleverley to earn the Boss’ praises. He suffered a Knee Injury that kept him out of the 5-0 mauling by Chelsea in the FA Cup yesterday, and has since returned to Manchester following the end of his loan spell.

2. James Chester

Position – Centre Back, Age – 20, Loan Club – Plymouth Argyle

Known for playing in the Under-9s for his first club, Winkick Athletic, at the age of 5, and against players 4 years older than him, James Chester earned the Captain’s role for the Reserves in the 2008-09 season and won the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year-2008/09. He experienced first team action as an unused substitute against Bolton in January 2009, followed by a substitute appearance in place of Gary Neville against Derby County in the FA Cup.

After a loan spell with Peterborough United, he embarked on a 3-month loan with Plymouth Argyle on 18th September, 2009 along with United team mate David Gray, but in his third appearance, suffered Cartilage damage that ruled him out for 10-12 weeks. The injury would extend beyond the loan period, so he returned to Manchester United on 18th October, 2009.

3. Daniel Drinkwater

Position – Midfielder, Age – 19, Loan Club – Huddersfield Town

At United since the age of 10, Danny has since matured into a tough-tackling, skilled midfielder, who has also been capped for England at the Under-21 level. First taste of action with the senior team came in the dead rubber game last season against Hull City, the final game of the Premier League Season, when he was named on the substitutes bench.

Was loaned out to Huddersfield Town on 14th August, 2009 for the whole season, and scored his debut, and only goal for them in his second game, out of a total of 11 appearances till date.

4. David Gray

Position – Right Midfielder, Right Back, Age – 21, Loan Club – Plymouth Argyle

Arrived at United in 2004 at the age of 16, Gray broke into the Reserves team mainly as a Right Back, but is known to play in a variety of positions, from Attack to Defence. Debut for the Senior team came in October 2006 in a League Cup game against Crewe Alexandra.

After a couple of loan spells with Royal Antwerp and Crewe Alexandra, he was loaned out to Plymouth Argyle, first in January 2009, then following his return at the end of 2008/09 season, rejoined them in September 2009 on a 3-month deal. Has made 12 appearances for them till date.

5. Danny Simpson

Position – Right Back, Age – 23, Loan Club – Newcastle United

“Simmo”, as he is fondly called, is a product of Manchester United’s Youth Academy, and made his debut for the First team on tour in July 2006 at South Africa. He has tasted relatively more First team action, as compared to the other on-loan players, with a debut in the Champions League too! Has been on a lot of loan spells, with teams including the likes of Ipswich Town, Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers.

Enjoying a decent number of outings for Blackburn in the FA Cup and League Cup, as well as some rare appearances in the Premier League in the 2008/09 season before an early termination of his contract to return to Manchester, he was loaned out to the relegated Newcastle United in August 2009. Simpson has since made 19 appearances for Newcastle and scored 1 goal. His loan ends on January 18, but the full-back has iterated his desire to stay at St.James’ Park and a future away from United.

6. Tom Heaton

Position – Goalkeeper. Age – 23, Loan Club – Rochdale

Heaton, who signed for United in 2002, has been a regular at Youth and Reserves level, but is yet to appear for the first team, with counterpart Ben Amos eclipsing Heaton in the already limited number of chances in the presence of no.1 Van Der Sar, Tomasz Kuszczak and and Ben Foster.

Has spent a lot of time on loan at Swindon Town, Royal Antwerp, Cardiff City, Queenspark Rangers, and Rochdale – the most recent loan stint, while also being capped for England at the Under-21 level 3 times. Is now back at Carrington, following the end of his loan deal in December 2009 with Rochdale . Still needs to put in impressive performances to get the go ahead of Amos.

7. Tom Cleverley

Position – Midfielder, Age – 20, Loan Club – Watford

Shot to recognition for his goal against Valencia in the Pre-Season Friendly in 2009, Cleverley has been touted as a very good potential for breaking into the first team in the coming future. Joined United as a Trainee at the age of 15, he is known for his versatility in defence, in addition to the midfield skills. He was also nominated twice for the Reserve Player of the year, first losing out to Richard Eckersley, and then to James Chester. Capped 5 times for England at the Under 21 level, he is currently on a hot streak with Watford, making 21 appearances and scoring 8 goals, earning a lot of recognition from the Watford manager too and making him one to watch out for.

8. Rodrigo Possebon

Position – Midfielder, Age – 20 , Loan Club – Sporting Braga

Brazilian born, he joined United in January 2008, and immediately made his debut for the reserves in February. Made his senior team debut in August 2008 as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle, he has been fairly impressive generally, notably in the Vodacom Challenge in South Africa, and featured in all the Carling Cup squads in 2008/09 season to pick up his Winners’ medal.

Though he is Brazilian born, he qualified for an Italian passport due to his father’s Italian descent, and has been capped once for the Italian Under-20s. Signed a season-long loan deal with Portuguese club Sporting Braga in July 2009, but has made only 1 appearance for them in the Continental Cup.

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Van Der Sar to return to first team action

Posted by unitedfanatic on January 5, 2010

After reports surfaced of Van Der Sar’s wife receiving treatment for Brain Haemorrhage, it was understood that he’d been given a compassionate leave, and that was the reason for his absence from first team rather than the injury. It is still not completely clear if Van Der Sar is fit enough to play, but generally understood that he is.

Good news has, today, surfaced that his wife’s treatment has come through successfully. So that means Van Der Sar should be back at Manchester to bolster the defence, though not immediately, but in a few days.

Thats good news, considering the stability he brings at the back!!

I would hope he’s back in time for gaining some match fitness in the game against Burnley on the 16th of January, and then in a good frame to face the dippers in the second leg of Carling Cup on 19th January.

Welcome Back VDS!

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