Wednesday, February 29, 2012

And They Should

Reds Rebels Told To Sign
29 February 2012

CONTRACT rebels Paul Pogba and Ezekiel Fryers have been told to sign new deals in the next 48 hours or forget about playing for Manchester United again

The talented teenagers look set to follow bad-boy Ravel Morrison out of the Old Trafford door after failing to put pen to paper.

Pogba, 18, and Fryers, 19, are out of contract in the summer but Red Devils bigwigs are now determined to force the issue by demanding they sign up by Friday.

TOM CLEVERLEY hopes to return to United action next week. The England midfielder limped out of the Europa League clash with Ajax last Thursday with an ankle injury.

But he could return for the clash with Athletic Bilbao next Thursday.

Luis Saha Stories

I scored 2 and still got Fergie hairdryer
LOUIS SAHA has revealed how Alex Ferguson left him deaf and dumbstruck with his 'hairdryer' — after he scored TWICE.
28 February 2012

The Tottenham striker faces former club Manchester United and ex-manager Ferguson on Sunday in a crucial match at the top of the Premier League.

And Saha will never forget how the man he still calls 'boss' laid into him at half-time of only his second appearance for United at Everton.

He said: "When I headed towards the changing-room, I was feeling proud. As soon as I sat down, I was woken up in a violent way — Sir Alex Ferguson rendered me deaf.

"I was surprised but yes, it was me he was yelling and screaming at.

"He was going mad and I quickly understood why — he was unhappy because we came in with only a three-goal lead when we should have wrapped the game up.

"He was furious about my missed chances and reminded me that this is the very top level. Wow. I woke up even more sharply when 45 minutes later Everton had come back to 3-3. Goodison Park was on fire.

"Only Ruud van Nistelrooy helped me escape the nightmare — with a stoppage-time goal."

Saha's form has seen him recalled to the France squad for tomorrow's friendly against Germany.

After that, Saha will be desperate to get Tottenham back on track after Sunday's derby defeat to Arsenal.

The former Fulham striker tells the tale of life under Fergie in his new book 'Du quartier aux etoiles' or, 'From the inner city to the stars'.

Despite the early Ferguson treatment, Frenchman Saha went on to develop a close relationship with the United boss during 4½ injury-hit seasons at Old Trafford.

He tells of how he was so low after one injury that he went to Ferguson's office and said he should be treated like a youngster and have to prove himself a first-team player.

But Ferguson simply cut short his self-pitying speech and told him he would come back strongly.
When Saha asked Ferguson if he could interview him for his book, the United manager spoke just five hours after arriving home from a Champions League match.

In the interview, Ferguson reveals how he has adapted as a leader from a culture of boozy bonding sessions to today's world of agents and scientific training methods.

Saha will now try to put a dent in Ferguson and United's title bid.

And he clearly believes the return of Carlos Tevez to Manchester City could also spell trouble for United.

Saha recalls how ex-United ace Tevez virtually forced Fergie to put him on in a European match in Lyon in 2008 by constantly warming up and glaring at his boss.

That may have been the opposite attitude to his behaviour in the row with City boss Roberto Mancini — but Tevez scored a leveller and Saha even compares him to the likes of Lionel Messi.

Saha's book is published by Anne Carrière. For more go to /du-quartier-aux-etoiles/

Now He Wants Talk

Pogba puts Juve and Milan on hold
28 February 2012

Paul Pogba won’t consider reported offers from Juventus and Milan until he’s held further talks with Manchester United.

The teenage midfielder is out of contract in the summer and the two Italian giants have shown an interest in the 18-year-old.

“It is a precarious situation and a difficult moment,” the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, told The Independent. “It is up to the boy to make some decisions.

“We know there are some clubs interested in him, but Manchester United want him to stay.

“The club give the indication that they want to keep him and we are talking contract terms. There is willingness from both parties at the moment.

“We must finish first with Manchester and after that we will see other options – if they are there.”

Pogba moved to Old Trafford from Le Havre in 2009.

This is very talented young player. Worth every cents to keep him at Old Trafford. He said he love United and wanted to say but in the same time put the team at ransom. He already got a lot of admirers a long the world so the reason he acting this way must be the money. He is just 18, the way he acted, many people might said that he was frustrated been no able to play in the first team. Maybe he got wrong advise saying that he should earn more and play more. So this could be the reason he was reported rejected £20,000a week deal.

believed he should listen to what people in Old Trafford said especially Sir Alex. How could you gain more if your appearance for the first team limited. He should set Hernandez or Nani as a guideline or example. Nani especially is very patient. After long been overshadowed by Ronaldo he grab his opportunity wisely. He showed to the gaffer, his team and fans what he is capable to do. Now people more appreciate his talent and adored him. Now the reward he got is super bumper new deal. Same to Hernandez he let the talking on the pitch that resulted his wages been increase.

To be in the great club like Manchester United any player should be grateful. Take the time and when it come grab it wisely. Pogba still 18. I believed Scholes played for the first team when he was 20. So Pogba you better had clear conscience in your career. If it is money than better you go.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Never Doubt Referee Calls

Premier League referees are always right* (well, 92 per cent of the time)
28 February 2012

The speed of top-level English football has increased by an astonishing 20 per cent in the last five years, according to statistics drawn up by the professional referees' body.  Using Prozone computer technology, it has been established a significant rise in fitness levels  has seen players in the Barclays Premier League running that much more at the 'high intensity' level; more than 21 kilometres per hour.

That, they believe, is the result of the increasingly competitive nature of the Premier League and the appliance of sports science producing fitter players.  It is putting more pressure on referees because the game has become that much faster in such a short space of time.

Even so, modern training techniques for professional referees to meet that challenge are being introduced and match delegates - officials who monitor and mark the referees on behalf of  Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL) - believe they are  getting results.  An event occurs in a Premier League match every six seconds on average, with a referee having to make a decision every 12 seconds. But PGMOL believe that, for the most part, the professional refs are getting the 'major  decisions' right.

Statistics compiled by the match delegates claim referees get 92.3 per cent of those calls right with results for assistant referees even better; a staggering 99.3 per cent. These figures might surprise a few managers and players, never mind fans, and they are open to interpretation given that what constitutes a 'major decision' is debatable.

In fact, any incident can divide a room - even one full of professional referees. But it is PGMOL's intention not only to meet the demands of the modern game but also educate managers, players, fans and  the media when it comes to the challenge facing referees today.

They are working in tandem with the FA's disciplinary officials, who also have new issues like social media - in particular Twitter - with which to contend.

Pogba To Leave?

Manchester United face up to losing contract rebel Pogba
27 February 2012

Manchester United's attempts to keep teenage prodigy Paul Pogba have hit crisis point.  United have been in talks for weeks with the 18-year-old French midfielder about a new contract.

But Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, admitted the teenager's future at Old Trafford was now 'precarious' after he was told to train alone after being left out of the squad for the second leg of the Europa League tie against Ajax.

Raiola and United refused to confirm or deny that Pogba, out of contract in the summer, was excluded from first-team training last Friday.
'It is a precarious situation. It is difficult,' Raiola said. 'United want him. It is up to the boy to make some decisions.'

Toward The 20th Title

The premier league in England now towards its end. With 12 games left the champion surely is the Manchester team. I really had no doubt about it. Only to decide is which club whether the red half or the blue half of Manchester. As true Red Devils fan, my vote surely for United.

When Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan bought Manchester United in 2008, the wealthy Sheikh splashed about £320m on transfers. But then Ferguson still not regards his noisy neighbor as main threat in the league. Things change in this season when Ferguson already admit before the season starts that City is a serious contender for premier league title. With money they have City could not be left out.

Sheikh Mansour is a United Arab Emirati politician and member of ruling family of Abu Dhabi (emirate). Khaldoon Al Mubarak is Chairman Since September 2008 when Sheikh Mansour took over from previous owner, Thaksin Shinawatra.

Now the Citizen really showed that they meant business. They lead the league from the beginning of the season. With quality players at their disposal they really played well and deserved to be at the top of the league. Their strike forces should pose fear to others with 67 goals so far. They also had the meanest defense that conceded only 19 goals in 26 games.

All United have to do is win all the remaining games and the title will be theirs again. United only had two  tough games await them which are Tottenham Hotspur, away game on 4th March and the title decider match against The Citizen on 30th April, again away game. But United also had to watch out the games against Villa and Everton. These two are bogey teams for United. City meanwhile still had to face Chelski and Arsenal. Should they lose in these two game United quest for the 20th title would be much easier.

Richer Banker

HSBC boss’s £6m bonus – but bank made £14bn
28 February 2012

THE boss of HSBC has been given a £6million bonus after the bank made almost £14billion profit. Chief exec Stuart Gulliver, 51, earned a total of £7.2million — £1.3million in annual pay with bonuses of £5.9million.

Another 192 HSBC bankers pocketed £1million or more last year — 65 in the UK.

The total bonus pot across the bank was £2.65billion — down two per cent.

The pay day came after HSBC said it had made more than any bank in the Western world in 2011 — £13.8billion.

That was up 15 per cent as it cashed in on huge growth in the Far East. But bank chiefs said Mr Gulliver should have performed BETTER.

A scorecard showing how he earned his fortune gave him half marks for "profit" and none for "reputation" after a huge mis-selling fine last year. Chairman Douglas Flint described HSBC's performance as "satisfactory".

Unions slammed Mr Gulliver for taking the cash as 30,000 jobs could go by 2014. But HSBC — which was not bailed out — said it had to pay top wages to retain the best staff.

Monday, February 27, 2012

United Premier League Remaining Fixtures

March 2012
Kick-off Malaysia Time
Tottenham v Man Utd
Sunday 4 March
12:10 am
Man Utd v West Brom
Saturday 10 March
11:00 pm
Wolves v Man Utd
Sunday 18 March
11:30 pm
Man Utd v Fulham
Monday 26 March
04:00 am
April 2012
Man Utd v QPR
Sunday 8 April  
09:30 pm
Wigan v Man Utd
Wednesday 11 April
03:45 am
Man Utd v Aston Villa
Sunday 15 April
12:00 am
Man Utd v Everton
Sunday 22 April
10:30 pm
Man City v Man Utd
Monday 30 April
04:00 am
May 2012
Man Utd v Swansea
Saturday 5 May
11:00 pm
Sunderland v Man Utd
Sunday 13 May
11:00 pm

Lucky Lucky United

Man United
Grant Holt 84

Paul Scholes 7

Ryan Giggs 90+1

It was Giggsy day. On his 900th game appearance for Man United he scored another goal to remember. A record that second to Maldini but surely be no one in term of appearance. But most memorable one should be the goal he scored against the gritty Canaries. United was on the brink of losing two precious points that surely made the noisy neighbours happy. But Giggsy showed once again that never write off Man United until the fat lady sing and Man United is the master of late goals.

United recalled the normal line up after the defeat of Ajax. But still without Rooney who was out due to virus infection. The line up showed the real United for at least at early game. Again United scored an early goal through Paul Scholes. However that goal not totally killed the Canaries. Instead the host became more focus, positive and discipline. From there the Canaries rallied back. 

Their work paid off on 84th minutes. Great goal from Holt to defeat De Gea who had outstanding game. After pulling few magnificent saves finally the Spaniard conceded. But then it was Giggs who stole the thunder. His last minutes goal had brought United to live once again.

BPL Matchday 26 Results

Saturday 25 February 2012
Newcastle United
Queen Park Ranger
Aston Villa
West Brom
Man City
Sunday 26 February 2012
Man United         
Stoke City

Europa League: United Squeezes Through


Hernandez 6’

Aras Özbiliz 37

Toby Alderweireld 87

United went into the game with healthy margin from 2-0  win over Ajax in the first room. Knowing that with BPL game on Sunday some players were rested. In the same time United welcome back few players that been sidelined due to injury. So some players need a rest while some players need games.

So Smalling and Jones were the prefered centre back with Da Silva twins as the fullbacks. So the average age for United backline for this game was 20 years old. Very young and inexperience backline. Then the midfield were Cleverley and Ji Sung at centre of midfield with Young and Nani as the wingers. Strikers were Hernandez and Berbatov.

Overall it was youthful squad with average age of 24 years old. And another surprised, Ji Sung Park was named as the captain. He is good servant of United with no question against his work rate and dedication, but to be the captain of United was another matter.

However United started brilliantly. Hernandez gave United the lead just after 6 minutes from brilliant forward move by United. From there United seemed to cruising and had comfortable evening. But then suddenly United lost their focus. They played without purpose and a little bit casual. Ajax just waiting to score and they did in 37th minutes.. From there on Ajax was the better side. Then Ajax set a nerving ending when they scored second on 87th minutes. United hold on and lucky enough to progress into the last 16 to meet Athletic Bilboa.

Again an inability to protect a lead and complacency almost made United pay. So buckled up United.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Europa Cup: United vs Ajax

Into The Last 16

United will be the favourite to advance for the last 16. De Boer in the first round admit that United have so much class that really made both team different. So there would be no trouble for United to see off Ajax at Old Trafford.

De Gea will be between the post. However United need to rotate their players since the rest time was reduced and there will be game on Sunday. So Phil Jones and Smalling should partner as centre back. Thus give Rio Ferdinand a rest. Da Silva twins would be the fullback in order to give Evra extra time to clear his head. In the midfield Ferguson may give Tom Cleverley a run out. Micheal Carrick may be started along him. Paul Pogba may also had a run out. For the wingers, the outstanding Valencia is out for a month. Nani should take the right wing while Young on the left. Park Ji Sung also in the contender for the left wing. Rooney is out due to throat infection so Hernandez should be in. Welbeck is another striker for this game. But I really hope that Berbatov play for this game.

  • The last time United faced Ajax at Old Trafford was in this competition in 1976. The Reds won 2-0 with goals from Lou Macari and Sammy McIlroy.
  • The last United player to score at Old Trafford in the UEFA Cup was Peter Schmeichel in 1995 against Rotor Volgograd. The Great Dane equalised in injury time for the Reds but they were still eliminated on away goals after the game finished 2-2.
  • Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are the only survivors that match. Paul Scholes scored United’s first goal that day.
  • United’s keeper David De Gea won the competition in 2010 as a 19 year old with Atletico Madrid, beating Fulham in the final . Chris Smalling played for Fulham that season, however he missed out on place in the squad for the final despite featuring in all the other rounds of the competition.
  • Ajax are one of only three teams to win all 3 European Trophies. The other 2 are Juventus and Bayern Munich. Manchester United have the chance to equal this record by winning this year’s Europa league, having already won the Champions League and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in their history.
  • Manchester United have lost only once in 7 years at Old Trafford in European competition since they lost against AC Milan in March 2005. That was a 1-0 defeat in the group stages against Besiktas in 2009, when the Red’s had already qualified.
  • No team had ever gone on to qualify after losing 2-0 at home in the first leg
Kick Off 4.00 am Malaysia time

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Nani Gets Bumper Deal

Nan bread
United winger gets serious dough
21 February 2012

MANCHESTER UNITED are to open talks with Nani over a megabucks new four-year deal — worth a whopping £130,000 a week. The champions are ready to spend after raking in a record £175million profit in six months.

United also cut their debts in the second half of last year with the money owed to the Glazer family, under the terms of their takeover, reduced from £508m to £439m.

Portuguese winger Nani, 24, has two years to run on his current contract, worth £90,000 a week. He is perfectly happy at Old Trafford — despite interest from Juventus and AC Milan — and there are no problems over the terms of his offer.

The £18m buy from Sporting Lisbon in 2007 took time to find his feet in England but was last term voted United's players' player of the year.

Now United will rocket him into the same pay bracket as their highest earners.SunSport revealed in November that the Old Trafford paymasters pencilled in talks for early this year.

Those discussions are set to begin over the next week to extend Nani's stay until 2016. Boss Alex Ferguson is convinced Nani can develop into a similar player to Cristiano Ronaldo and become a Reds legend.

The mercurial star began this season in superb form and returned to the side for last week's Europa League win in Ajax after being out for nearly a month with a foot injury.

United released figures for the last six months of 2011 which show they will still be kings of Manchester off the pitch... even if their neighbours and Premier League leaders City take their title.

The £175m profit is £18.5m up on the same period in 2010, an increase of almost 12 per cent.

This season's Champions League flop means figures for the next six months are likely to be less impressive.

And while United remain England's richest club, they fell further behind Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona in football's money league.

Their match-day revenue was up from £52.4m to £54.5m. Media increased from £53.7m to £60.9m and commercial revenue from £50.4m to £58.6m.

Japan Tsunami A Year Later

Pictures recently taken at Japan's Iwate, Miyagi where heavy earthquake and tsunami struck last March show changes one year after the disaster.


Yes Please Sign Him

Ferguson planning £15m Eriksen move
Manchester United transfer news: Christian Eriksen on Old Trafford radar
21 February 2012

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is considering a £15 million move for Ajax starlet Christian Eriksen, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The 19-year-old, who featured for the Dutch Champions in the Europa League against Ferguson's men, has been attracting interest from afar.

He makes his first trip to Old Trafford this week during the second leg, which United take a two-goal lead into thanks to Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez's goals.

Eriksen has already had comparisons with Michael Laudrup bestowed on him, while he would be a potential long-term replacement for Paul Scholes, who came out of retirement earlier this season.

A bid has yet to be finalised, with the likes of Luka Modric and Nicolas Gaitan both attracting Ferguson's attention.

Modric was at the centre of a summer transfer window scuffle between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, before finally opting to stay in north London.

Gaitan meanwhile, who made five assists in the Champions League group stage, including against United, has been linked with a move to the Premier League champions, and their near-neighbours Manchester City.

However, the success of previous Eredivisie recruits, Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Jaap Stam, means Ferguson is unlikely to shy away from bringing in Eriksen despite still being in his early years.

“The standard of Dutch football is always good,” he said. “The Dutch people will tell you the problem is they always want to leave.

“That’s unfortunately the way it is with Dutch teams, but it is to their credit that keep producing new ones.”

It would be fantastic if United signs him. He great player with amazing skill. He is more attacking player but he could be the main playmaker. Sign him together with Jack Rodwell, United will have in dept players in midfield that consist youth, intelligence and energetic. Pogba and Cleverley would be another partner that could be used in the rotation system.

Yes yes sign him.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ed Harrison On Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes Was Great But I Still Dropped Him
4 February 2012

ERIC HARRISON. It is not a name which is instantly recognisable in football; but it should be.
A former Manchester United youth coach, he discovered the famous class of ’92, which included Paul Scholes, the Neville brothers, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and David Beckham.

And, he even once had the temerity to drop Scholes, not a decision the firebrand youngster took very well.

“Paul was a gem to work with as a kid, as were all the other youngsters who made it through to United’s first team,” said Harrison, now a scout at Blackburn Rovers.

“Their professionalism even when they were kids had to be seen to be believed. Paul was just a brilliant boy and what a talent. Mind you, I had to drop him once.

“He was 16 years old and he had been suffering with shin splints. I had been advised by the physio to leave him out of a youth game, so I called Paul into my office and said he wasn’t playing.

“Needless to say he wasn’t best pleased. But that was part of the make-up of the boy. He was fearless and superbly talented; and all he ever wanted to do was play. We used to get pretty sizeable crowds watching the youth team and they all saw that we had some special players coming through.

“I’d say the vast majority of those fans came to watch Scholes. Word had got around that he was something very special and in those days he played as a striker. He would score from anywhere and the knack of finding the net never left him. All I can say about his tackling is, I had nothing to do with that.”

When TV pundit Alan Hansen made the infamous assertion that you “never win anything with kids” – a comment which was to backfire on him – Harrison said the former Scotland and Liverpool defender was simply guilty of not doing his homework.
“Alan had never seen these kids play,” said Harrison.

“He had never seen what we’d all seen; these kids coming through were phenomenal talents. My job was to nurture them and get as many into the first team as possible. I never had any doubts a stack of them would make it and neither did Sir Alex Ferguson. The gaffer used to watch the youth side all the time so he knew. Alan Hansen did not realise the depth of talent.”

Scholes’ return to the first team this season has thrilled Harrison, who cannot believe, 20 years after he was part of a team which won the FA Youth Cup, he is still playing at the highest level.

“I’m surprised and delighted in equal measure,” he said.

“I always thought there were plenty more miles left in Paul’s legs, but for him to leave the game then come backshows how much he loves football. Paul has always had his own satellite navigation system in his brain. Did you see his goal against Bolton the other week? He laid the ball off then moved effortlessly into the penalty box. The ball fell to him and he tucked it away with all the ease I remember he employed as a kid. It takes a real footballing brain to know when to move and where; and Paul has always had that.”

With Manchester City faltering in the league in recent weeks, United’s clash withfourth-placed Chelsea today holds real significance.

“United are in the title race, no doubt about it,” said Harrison.

“They have so many experienced players who have been there before and done it. That could be the difference. City have great players, too, but experience is so vital.

“Paul Scholes coming back to football brings the class of the Nineties back home for me. It seems another age, another time; but it was a very special period for the club. I know people say there is a lot of luck involved in getting kids through, but I don’t think so. My job was made easier because the attitude of the kids was exceptionally good.
“I was tough with them because, ultimately, I was judged on how many made it through to the top. But kids are the same as they have always been – they actually like discipline. Paul did and look where it got him.”

● ERIC HARRISON is Head of Coaching for McDonald’s, Community Partner of the FA. McDonald’s are
helping young footballers shine and over four seasons have pledged to train a further 30,000 coaches and support more than 6,000 local clubs and 400,000 volunteers.

Eric Harrison was the man behind the success of class 92 and also known as Fergie's Fledglings. He was the one that nurtured these incredible talents that mesmerizing the world of football. Though he is not recognizable but his work had be applauded by world when he discovered the famous class of ’92, which included Paul Scholes, the Neville brothers, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and David Beckham.

Now the 74 years not longer with United to coach the youth team but he is always been remembered especially by the kids he nurtured to be the world finest. It was said that he was the first one to be seek by Beckham and others when they win any cups or titles. They love him so much. And he knew that the class of 92 had so much class.

So when TV pundit Alan Hansen made the infamous assertion that you “never win anything with kids” – a comment which was to backfire on him – Harrison said the former Scotland and Liverpool defender was simply guilty of not doing his homework.

“Alan had never seen these kids play,” said Harrison. 

Harrison now predicted that Manchester United Youth Team that win 2011 FA Cup will provide many talents for future United squad. He is right though United just offload the trouble Morrison to West Ham, Old Trafford still have many talents left for example Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Kean Twins, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Larnell Cole and Ezekiel Fryers.

These players surely will continue United supremacy in English and Europe football.