Sunday, September 30, 2007

Birmingham lose 0-1 to United

Cristiano Ronaldo struck five minutes after half-time to give Manchester United victory at Birmingham and move them second in the Premier League.

United lost keeper Edwin van der Sar through injury at half-time and had to survive a spirited Birmingham display.

Van der Sar saved well from Cameron Jerome and Rio Ferdinand cleared off the line from Gary McSheffrey.

Ronaldo grabbed the winner when he took advantage of Franck Queudrue's error to round Maik Taylor and score.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

United sink 10-man Chelsea

Manchester United won its fourth straight Premiership game on Sunday by downing a 10-man Chelsea side 2-0 at Old Trafford.

John Obi Mikel was sent off in the 33rd minute for a hard challenge on United defender Patrice Evra, changing the course of the match. It was a harsh decision by the referee, but it put Chelsea down a man.

This allowed Carlos Tevez to score his first goal for the Red Devils right before halftime, and substitute Louis Saha added a penalty kick goal in the 88th minute to preserve the win.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Narrow Victory But Reds Win In Champions League

Not exactly vintage United, but the win against Sporting Lisbon last night is still a good start.

And the man to put the goal in the back of the net? Just had to be the ex-Lisbon player - Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

United Win By Wonder Header

Nemanja Vidic's 83rd minute header was enough to earn Manchester United a fortunate win at Goodison Park - and temporarily put them top of the Barclays Premier League.

Until that moment, Everton had more than matched the visitors with industry but equally could not fashion a genuine chance. United also looked shot-shy, but with seven minutes remaining Vidic headed home Nani's near-post corner to earn Sir Alex Ferguson's side a third successive single-goal triumph and take their record at Goodison Park to 13 wins in 16 matches.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Fergie Attacked at London Train Station

MANCHESTER United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was hurt when a man attacked him at a central London train station.

Sir Alex was attacked at Euston station at 4.30pm on Monday after getting off a train, British Transport Police said.

"We can confirm that one of the victims was Sir Alex Ferguson and he received injuries to his leg," a BTP spokesman said.

Sir Alex was not believed to have been badly hurt and later attended a function in the capital.

A 40-year-old man was charged with actual bodily harm, assault and a public order offence.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Charlton`s Autobiography

Sir Bobby Charlon`s autobiography should make interesting reading.

He was a dashing cavalier on the football field, but he has often been seen as a diffident, even dour, personality away from it.

“A grizzlin’ old misery,” was how he was once described by the former manager Ron Atkinson. Sir Bobby is the very opposite of his voluble elder brother Jack, who loves the sound of his own voice and revels in controversy.

In contrast, Sir Bobby is shy, uncomfortable with his celebrity status and awkward on the public stage. And where Jack has long displayed a rebellious streak, his younger brother is the ultimate establishment figure, a director of Manchester United and global ambassador for English football.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

United Beat Sunderland

United have been a shadow of the team that romped to the title last year with breathtaking attacking football. The side has been lacking the edge in front of goal, winning tight games by the narrowest of margins.

But two wins on the bounce have seen a revival of sorts at Old Trafford and few would doubt, even after their poor start, that the defending champions will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.

The difference between Sunderland and Manchester United was clear to see when in the second half Louis Saha made his first appearance of the season, taking less than half and hour to make an impact.

United, lacking a genuine target man for the first part of the season were transformed when they had somebody to play towards. In the end the goal came from a corner, but the attacking endeavor of the side was plain to see.

A win is a win is a win, and at the moment even 1-0 is very acceptable. It was great to see Roy Keane get a wonderful reception from the United faithful.