Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Jose Next United Boss?

Could Jose Mourinho take over at Old Trafford once Sir Alex Ferguson retires? When asked if he would consider the role, the former Chelsea manager said: "Who can say no? Nobody could say no. Manchester United belongs to a small group of clubs around the world where nobody can say no."

But, Mourinho doesn`t think Fergie`s departure will be anytime soon, certainly not at the end of next season, as some have suggested.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo is backing his team-mates to put their recent setbacks behind them and go on to claim the quintuple.

Ronaldo thinks that the Red Devils' Premier League defeats to Liverpool and Fulham have not scuppered their chances of winning five trophies this season.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Are Manchester United`s Wheels Falling Off?

Oh dear! The Manchester United wheels appear to be falling off big time!

The defeat against Liverpool last week was bad enough. But, the loss to Fulham was embarrassing, if not humiliating.

Fergie could be criticised for the team he put out against Liverpool, but when I looked at the teamsheet on Saturday I thought he`d got it just about spot on for their match down in London.

Scholes getting sent off for a handball on the line didn`t help of course. Playing with just 10 men for most of the 90 minutes isn`t ideal. But to add insult to injury, Rooney was sent off in the second half which made things even worse. Murphy`s penalty sent the keeper the wrong way, and Fulham went 1-0 up early in the match.

Losing Scholes, Rooney and Vidic through suspensions is the last thing United need.

As for the game, not much to say. Fulham were a different side to the one which got thrashed by United in the FA Cup round a few weeks ago.

Fulham looked like they were up for it, and thoroughly deserved the win against a lacklustre United. In the end, the 2-0 result was about right, though the Red Devils did miss some good chances.

The good thing is that Chelsea`s loss to Spurs meant they couldn`t pull point sback against United. The bad news is that Liverpool hammered Aston Villa, so are breathing down the necks of the Old Trafford side.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Champions League draw-Manchester United play Porto

The Champions League draw has just been made. It`s good that United have missed having to meet one of the English teams in the quarter finals. I suspect neither Chelsea or Liverpool wanted a draw with each other.


Tuesday 7 April

Villarreal v Arsenal

Manchester United v Porto

Wednesday 8 April

Liverpool v Chelsea

Barcelona v Bayern Munich

Tuesday 14 April

Bayern Munich v Barcelona

Chelsea v Liverpool

Wednesday 15 April

Arsenal v Villarreal

Porto v Manchester United


Manchester United or Porto v Villarreal or Arsenal

Barcelona or Bayern Munich v Liverpool or Chelsea

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Manchester Utd Taken Apart By Liverpool

Could someone please explain the logic in leaving the likes of Scholes, Giggs and Berbatov on the bench at the start, and playing Tevez, Anderson and Park?

Fergie is back to some of his old ways, that of starting with a (relatively speaking I accept) poorer first eleven, then, if things go wrong, making substitutions.

The team to start against one of the best teams in England right now-by definition-needed to have been the strongest possible. Only if United gained a decent enough lead should substitutions to the `weaker` players have taken place.

Not the end of the world of course for the Red Devils, but to go 1-0 up through a Ronaldo penalty and to eventually end up on the losing side by 1-4 to your arch rivals is incomprehensible. And the sending off of Vidic won`t help the title run in.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mourinho is Not Special Anymore

Chants of “sit down Mourinho” and “you’re not special any more” wre heard last night at Old Trafford as Manchester United scored twice to beat the Italian team Inter by 2-0.

It`s likely that United played the next Serie A champions, and current league leaders, who`ve won the Serie A title the last three times.

Last night though, United showed why they are co-favourites with Barcelona to win the Champions League title. After just four minutes Nemanja Vidic gave United the lead with a great header. Then early in the second half, a cross from Rooney reached Ronaldo who headed the ball home to make the score 2-0.

Even Jose Mourinho is backing the Red Devils to win all 5 titles. They`ve already picked up the Fifa Club World Cup and the Carling Cup. United are seven points clear in the Premier League and are also in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Fergie was critical of his side `showboating` after the first goal, and Inter had some missed opportunities to score, but it`s the final score which matters. And now United go through to the quarter finals full of confidence.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Fulham No Match for Manchester United

Manchester United moved effortlessly into the FA Cup last four after a 4-0 win against Fulham.

The losses of defenders Rio Ferdinand and John O’Shea through injury marred the proceedings a little. With the Champions League second-leg against Inter looming United could have done without potential defensive weaknesses.

United decided to rest Ronaldo who did not travel to London, and Dimitar Berbatov was left on the bench.

Tevez, Rooney and Park were the goal scorers.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Beckham Has No Need To Go House Hunting Just Yet

The saga over the David Beckham `will he/won`t he` move from LA Galaxy to AC Milan continues to run. And it`s now getting all rather boring. The ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder`s love affair with the U.S. appears to be over, and the only thing standing in the way of a move-or at least an extension to the loan deal-is likely to be money.

Well, at least while Beckham is in Italy he`s not living in a seedy flat. No, his good friend George Clooney has kindly loaned Becks his luxurious $6million lakeside mansion on Lake Como. As the villa is only about 30 minutes drive away from the Milan base, it`s close enough for commuting, but far away to `get away from it all.`

I`m not sure if he ever got round to purchasing a house for himself and his family in California, or whether he rented one. But, unless his house was incredibly expensive, with his fortune he wouldn`t have needed a home loan.

For lesser mortals though, even with the slump in house prices in the present economic slowdown (or should that be grinding halt!), home loans are part and parcel of finding somewhere to live, and paying for it.

Competition, whether on a soccer pitch, or in the world of business, is healthy. Why pay more than necessary by paying too high an interest rate on your mortgage? Mortgages need to fit your circumstances, taking into account your unique personal finances.

Most of us don`t have the time to look around at a long list of lenders checking out their deals, so anything that can speed up the process has to be worth looking at. That`s where the Internet comes in, because nowadays it`s so easy to find suitable home loans by simply tapping in some details, and before you know where you are you`ve got access to hundred`s of lenders across the country.

David Beckham might not need to concern himself with such mundane matters, but to the 99.9% of us who do I`m all for making life as easy as possible, especially when it`s going to save some money.

Hopefully Beckham will know sometime soon whether he will be staying in Italy or returning to L.A. Then the conversation can get back to what most of us are more used to-Victoria (Posh)and her... erm `singing` career, and what she`s wearing as the latest in fashion.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Two down, three to go for Manchester United

Hardly an epic cup final, but Manchester United just about deserved the victory on penalties.

Ben Foster was the saviour on the day.

In the Premiership the Reds are now seven points clear and with a game in hand at home to Portsmouth, the title is now Manchester United's to lose.