Former Red Devil Brings His Team To OT

2 10 2009

Victory over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium last weekend sent champions Manchester United back to the top of the table and with Chelsea taking on Liverpool on Sunday, they have the chance to consolidate that position with the visit of Sunderland.

Despite failing to really sparkle so far in this campaign Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have won their last eight games in a row thanks largely due to the impressive form of the evergreen Ryan Giggs.

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Fergie: Eduardo Ban Is Good Message

4 09 2009

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson thinks that the two-game ban handed to Arsenal striker Eduardo for his dive to win a penalty against Celtic in the Champions League is perfectly justified, and feels that such tough action is necessary in order to cure the game of the blight of simulation.

“It was a high-profile game and something has to be done,” The Guardian report the Scotsman as saying.

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Fergie Includes Owen In Euro Squad

2 09 2009

Manchester United have registered 35 footballers to participate in this season’s group stage in the Champions League, which kicks-off on September 15 with a fixture against Besiktas in Istanbul.

The Red Devils, who followed up their triumph in the competition in 2008 with an appearance in the final in 2009, but were defeated by history-making Barcelona, have also been grouped with Russian Premier League side CSKA Moscow, and Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg.

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PREVIEW: United vs. Arsenal

28 08 2009

Arsene Wenger’s side have surprised many of their critics by getting off to a buoyant start with four wins from four games, but a trip to Old Trafford to take on the defending Premier League champions will be seen as the first true test of their credentials.

Sceptics will say that, in sweeping aside the opposition with 15 goals in four games, Arsenal have had a relatively easy ride thus far. They caught Everton in Lescott-induced disarray on the opening day and duly hit them for six, then proved far too good for Celtic over two legs in the Champions League, and encountered only moderate resistance from troubled Portsmouth at the Emirates last weekend. United on their own patch represents a much sterner challenge.

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Fergie: We Got A Tough One

27 08 2009

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has reacted to the news that his side will face VfL Wolfsburg, CSKA Moscow and Besiktas in the group stages of this season’s Champions League by claiming that his men will find it difficult to progress.

Wolfsburg, the German champions, were the rogue side in pot four which the major clubs were hoping to avoid, and two long trips east to Russia and Turkey could also present problems when dealing with a potentially cluttered fixture list.

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Gill Relishing United Draw

27 08 2009

Manchester United were today drawn against VfL Wolfsburg, CSKA Moscow and Besiktas in the group stages of the Champions League, meaning that they will face testing away trips to Russia and Turkey, as well as facing the highly-rated Bundesliga champions.

Nevertheless, club chief executive David Gill felt that there were reasons for optimism.

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FEATURE: UCL Pots

26 08 2009

Wednesday night saw the closing stages of the Champions League play-off legs and the final decision as to who will compete in the eagerly anticipated group phase.

The big guns, such as Barcelona, Manchester United, and Chelsea, had long since qualified for this round already. But the play-offs brought qualification to the likes of Arsenal and Lyon, who had to negotiate the non-champions round.

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