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I wasn't gonna do it but, Sunderlands added one now so I had to. :o

Sunday Times:

Would even Manchester United fans turn against Cristiano Ronaldo after his role in the downfalls of England and Wayne Rooney at the World Cup? That non-question was answered before kick-off when, somewhat predictably, Ronaldo’s name drew the biggest cheer when the line-ups were announced. But popularity was still the issue.

This grandiloquently titled "International Club Friendly" was arranged to celebrate the £43m upgrade of Old Trafford, a development Sir Alex Feguson described as "beautiful," but the stadium didn’t look too comely half-empty. The upper deck of the Stretford End was deserted and swathes of unoccupied red seats scarred the rest of the vista. The attendance of 40,134 was 35,866 short of the ground’s new 76,000 capacity. This wasn’t in the Glazers’ business plan.

United are used to better pre-season crowds and yesterday could be viewed as demonstrating how the club has slipped. Sevilla were the visitors only because sides such as Barcelona and Real Madrid declined invitations and the empty stands occurred despite tickets costing as little as £10 for adults and £5 for children and seniors.

United’s £600m or so debts resulting from the Glazer family’s takeover means every penny — never mind £5 — counts. The builders have done their bit: as Ferguson wrote in his programme notes "now the onus is on the playing side to fill the stadium."

Their efforts could not be faulted yesterday. After a first half several degrees chillier than tepid, United opened up to put three goals past the Uefa Cup holders. Ronaldo was central to two of them, cutting past Ivica Dragutinovic to set up Louis Saha for the opener and driving in a cross-cum-shot of a free kick from the left that Daniel Alves turned into his own net for 2-0. Substitute David Jones added a third in the final moments when, slipped through by a gorgeous pass from Keiran Richardson, he struck a powerful, low left-footed shot which Andres Palop allowed to pass under his body. There was also an encouragingly sound debut from Tomasz Kuszczak, who replaced Edwin Van Der Sar at half-time, and a huge ovation for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when he came on.

PA:

Ronaldo may be preparing to face a gauntlet of hate in the Premiership this term but the United winger is assured of a warm embrace every time he steps out at the Theatre of Dreams.

For all the mountain of headlines which accompanied Ronaldo at the World Cup, there was never any likelihood of a negative reaction among United fans to the winger's contribution to England's World Cup exit.

The consternation in Red Devils' circles was more due to Ronaldo twice declaring his intention to quit United for Real Madrid.

However, from the moment the former Sporting Lisbon player received a standing ovation the first time he jogged across to take a corner it was clear, just like Wayne Rooney, the United fans bear no grudges.

And the 21-year-old began his own personal payback by delivering the low cross which saw Saha put United in front against the UEFA Cup winners, before finding the net himself as Daniel Alves sliced home his late, goalbound free-kick.

On both occasions Ronaldo's team-mates raced over to a man and offered their hearty congratulations.

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Transfer Rumours: Aug 06; from the official site;

Following the sale of Ruud van Nistelrooy, United have been linked with some of the world's finest strikers as potential replacements.

Brazilian superstar Adriano is the latest big name tipped to be the subject of Sir Alex Ferguson's interest, while Fernando Torres is allegedly still arousing interest despite insisting that he will stay in Spain.

Another name thrown into the ring by the rumour-mongers is that of Dirk Kuyt, van Nistelrooy's international heir-apparent.

Despite the sale of van Nistelrooy, however, another midfielder is also a priority for Sir Alex Ferguson following the arrival of Michael Carrick. Villarreal's Marcos Senna is the name most frequently linked, with talks allegedly underway to secure a switch to United.

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Owen Hargreaves For Utd; From United we Stand. (not a lot but....)

Date: 9/8/2006

UWS understands from two different sources that United are in talks with Owen Hargreaves. Both say that he'll be coming to the club and that the Senna deal is still on. More when we get it.

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*I'm not sure about this one. I think it should be Carrick or Hargreaves and we already got one, not both. We need a tough one now to bolster defensive midfield duties

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no one cares!

stop writing to yourself!

Thankyou for caring and taking the time to post and, don't be so sore.

For every United fan that is in this world and, there are a few, there are another 5 that hate us. You all care, thats why you hate United, cos no-one cares about your club.... :o:D :D

Thankyou, and congratulations for being the subject of my 2000th post, I always knew you were special.... :D

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A Leeds fan, an Arsenal fan and a Manchester united fan escape from prison.

They ran for miles until they came upon an old barn where they decided to hide in the hayloft and rest. When they climbed up, they found three large sacks and decided to climb into them for camouflage.

About an hour later two police officers came into the barn. The sergeant told the constable to go up and check out the hayloft. When he got up there the sergeant asked him what he saw and the constable yelled back, "Just 3 sacks."

The sergeant told him to find out what was in them, so the constable kicked the first sack, which had the Leeds fan in it. He went, "Woof".

so the constable told the sergeant there was a dog in it.

Then he kicked the sack with the Arsenal fan in it. He went, "Meow", so he told him there was a cat in it.

Then he kicked the one with the man.u. fan in it, and there was no sound at all. So he kicked 6 more times, and finally the man.u. fan shouted... "Potatoes".

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Nice idea Redrus, thanks. :o

I saw this yesterday in the Guardian.. interesting, and I daresay it'll give all the ABU's something to jump on.

'In his smart and informative autobiography My Life In Football Gordon Strachan discusses the anxiety that torments even the greatest of managers. He recalls being a player at the 1986 World Cup when Scotland stayed in a hotel with flimsy walls and he was kept awake by the sound of Alex Ferguson's nervous cough in the next room.

The disagreements between the pair are famous, but that was not intended as a derogatory tale. The book is quite conciliatory towards a person who was a kind of mentor at Aberdeen as well as a tormentor. Strachan underlined the point in an interview. "Whatever is said," he insisted, "I do believe that he's the best manager of his generation. By a million miles."

Any pleasure that Ferguson takes in that remark will be fleeting because he is too bound up with the future, despite the fact that a 65th birthday lurks in December. It was a good weekend for him, with a 3-0 win over Sevilla in Saturday's friendly to follow success in the Amsterdam tournament.

There are several excellent footballers at the club and, in former times, United would have been deemed to have a squad capable of winning the league. Nowadays there is virtually no one who holds such a view of the Premiership. Ferguson ought to be clearing his throat as stressfully as he did 20 years ago. Thanks to Chelsea's domination, he is under more scrutiny than at any stage since it took the 1990 FA Cup win to restore job security at United.

Despite the £10.2m fee paid by Real Madrid for Ruud van Nistelrooy and the reported compensation of £12m negotiated with Chelsea to settle the John Obi Mikel affair, the sums available from the Glazer regime appear limited. In the circumstances, Ferguson's use of modest funds is the subject of fierce scrutiny and many fans were bewildered when he moved to bring in a left-back, Patrice Evra, and the centre-half Nemanja Vidic in January.

As the manager agrees, the midfield has still not been rebuilt completely despite the arrival of Michael Carrick and he calls for a great act of faith from his listeners when claiming that there is no need to purchase a replacement for Van Nistelrooy. Ferguson would have you believe that he is in possession of "a terrific squad".

In practice the manager is in a situation he could never have envisaged when he announced, after winning three consecutive Premiership titles, that he would retire in 2002. The change of heart arose from the unspoken conviction that the long-term prospects were too promising for Ferguson to surrender his stake in it.

Then as now, he and Arsène Wenger got on one another's nerves, but there was no cause to dread Arsenal. Ferguson was as incapable as everyone else of foreseeing a Russian billionaire who would ensure that henceforth clubs could only hope to buy a footballer once Chelsea had decided they did not want him.

Ferguson, blazing with youth and purpose, overthrew the Old Firm when he was in charge of Aberdeen, but toppling the Stamford Bridge side is at least as great a challenge. He undertakes it at a point when his energies must have subsided a little. The initial decision to stand down was proof that Ferguson felt, temporarily, that he had had enough.

Success could not bind him to the club as tightly as failure does now. It would be excruciating for him to leave as a failure after knowing so many years of mastery. None the less, the threats go on accumulating. Rafael Benítez, already a Champions League winner at Liverpool, has been spending his transfer budget with a gimlet-eyed pragmatism.

A rejuvenated Arsenal could be a worry as well. With the Glazers unlikely to be ousted, many United supporters will be grateful that Ferguson's continued presence guarantees a trace of stability. Who, after all, can be sure a replacement of the very highest repute will be talked into taking over the job?

Ferguson, for his part, has to pray that youngsters flourish, that older players such as Paul Scholes have one last season of splendour and, most of all, that Chelsea self-combust. Otherwise a man who cannot stand to tear himself away while things are going so poorly at Old Trafford may find that the Glazers simply cut him loose.

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thanks redrus dont let the bitter abu's get to you.

i have been on hols in thailand for the last month so not been posting i have one more week here and i will be back home on my laptop,so any info on united helps ,e. cheers mate.

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From Sky Sports; Bans Upheld....!

Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes have had their Amsterdam Tournament bans upheld by The Football Association.

The Manchester United duo were both sent off in the pre-season friendly game against Porto on August 4.

While The Red Devils had hoped the decisions would be overturned on appeal, The FA have now dismissed those claims of wrongful dismissal.

Both players were withdrawn from the second game of the competition at the Amsterdam ArenA, but Rooney's dismissal for violent conduct and Scholes' red card for serious foul play now means they must serve a three-match ban.

They are now set to miss the Premiership games at Charlton Athletic on August 23, at Watford on August 26 and Tottenham Hotspur at home on September 9.

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Hargreaves wants to play in England;

Bayern Munich's Owen Hargreaves has admitted he wants to play in England.

"I said in the past it would be a great opportunity to play here but so far it hasn't worked out.

"There's not much more to say on the topic except I would love to receive the opportunity.

"I'm 25 and I have a contract at Bayern for the next four years but anything's possible. We've seen that in the past.

"The deadline is not until the 31st of August.

"I can't say what will happen between now and then but with the way the World Cup went for me, more English teams have seen what I can offer.

"Before I don't think teams had really seen me play on a regular basis.

"I'm at a fantastic club in Bayern Munich. They've won many things in the past.

United are reportedly ready to make a bid of around £7 million for him.

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News From The Guardian;

In his smart and informative autobiography My Life In Football Gordon Strachan discusses the anxiety that torments even the greatest of managers. He recalls being a player at the 1986 World Cup when Scotland stayed in a hotel with flimsy walls and he was kept awake by the sound of Alex Ferguson's nervous cough in the next room.

The disagreements between the pair are famous, but that was not intended as a derogatory tale. The book is quite conciliatory towards a person who was a kind of mentor at Aberdeen as well as a tormentor. Strachan underlined the point in an interview. "Whatever is said," he insisted, "I do believe that he's the best manager of his generation. By a million miles."

There are several excellent footballers at the club and, in former times, United would have been deemed to have a squad capable of winning the league. Nowadays there is virtually no one who holds such a view of the Premiership. Ferguson ought to be clearing his throat as stressfully as he did 20 years ago. Thanks to Chelsea's domination, he is under more scrutiny than at any stage since it took the 1990 FA Cup win to restore job security at United.

Despite the £10.2m fee paid by Real Madrid for Ruud van Nistelrooy and the reported compensation of £12m negotiated with Chelsea to settle the John Obi Mikel affair, the sums available from the Glazer regime appear limited. In the circumstances, Ferguson's use of modest funds is the subject of fierce scrutiny and many fans were bewildered when he moved to bring in a left-back, Patrice Evra, and the centre-half Nemanja Vidic in January.

In practice the manager is in a situation he could never have envisaged when he announced, after winning three consecutive Premiership titles, that he would retire in 2002. The change of heart arose from the unspoken conviction that the long-term prospects were too promising for Ferguson to surrender his stake in it.

Ferguson, blazing with youth and purpose, overthrew the Old Firm when he was in charge of Aberdeen, but toppling the Stamford Bridge side is at least as great a challenge. He undertakes it at a point when his energies must have subsided a little. The initial decision to stand down was proof that Ferguson felt, temporarily, that he had had enough.

Success could not bind him to the club as tightly as failure does now. It would be excruciating for him to leave as a failure after knowing so many years of mastery. None the less, the threats go on accumulating. Rafael Benítez, already a Champions League winner at Liverpool, has been spending his transfer budget with a gimlet-eyed pragmatism.

A rejuvenated Arsenal could be a worry as well. With the Glazers unlikely to be ousted, many United supporters will be grateful that Ferguson's continued presence guarantees a trace of stability. Who, after all, can be sure a replacement of the very highest repute will be talked into taking over the job?

Ferguson, for his part, has to pray that youngsters flourish, that older players such as Paul Scholes have one last season of splendour and, most of all, that Chelsea self-combust. Otherwise a man who cannot stand to tear himself away while things are going so poorly at Old Trafford may find that the Glazers simply cut him loose.

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Rangers get another red;

Rangers have taken Manchester United full back Phil Bardsley on loan until the end of the year.

Bardsley heads to Ibrox to be reunited with fellow United youngster Lee Martin, who joined The Gers in a similar arrangement last week.

He will look to secure regular first-team football in Glasgow and Rangers boss Paul Le Guen is delighted to sign a second Red Devil.

"I'm very pleased that Phil Bardsley has signed," Le Guen told the club's official website.

"I went to Old Trafford last year when Manchester United played Benfica when Phil was in the team and he played very well.

"Alex Ferguson has already been helpful in letting us have Lee Martin and I am thankful that we have Phil as well.

"I am sure that Bardsley will be a good addition to our squad this season."

The 21-year-old made 15 appearances for United last term after deputising for the injured Gary Neville at right back in the autumn.

Bardsley concluded the campaign on loan at Burnley, while he has featured regularly for The Red Devils in pre-season.

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Muckypups, (nice to see new reds :D ) and nev (an oldie but a goldie), cheers.

I live in Yorkshire now so, ABU's are breakfast fodder for me..... :o

From Sky, Rossi's makin inroads to Iti squad already.

New Italy coach Roberto Donadoni says he will keep a close eye on the progress of Giuseppe Rossi after the Manchester United starlet impressed for the country's Under-21 team on Tuesday.

The striker is highly thought of at Old Trafford and will be hoping to make a telling breakthrough for the first team in the coming months after the departure of Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Rossi, who joined United from Parma back in 2004, has already started the new season in impressive form by earning the plaudits in his first ever Under-21 game as Italy drew 0-0 with Croatia.

The watching Donadoni, who took over the reins at The Azzurri following their World Cup triumph, admits he was impressed by the Red Devils starlet and will be watching his progress closely during the coming months.

"Rossi is a really interesting player," Donadoni told Rai TV.

"He had quality and he's a really good level player.

"I didn't expect this, he's a guy I'll surely follow also for my national team."

Rossi rejected the chance to join the USA senior squad before the World Cup, as he qualified for Bruce Arena's side after being born in New Jersey, and could now land his dream Azzurri call-up sooner than expected.

Sir Alex Ferguson has already signalled that the 19-year-old could have a prominent part to play at Old Trafford this season by refusing to allow him to join West Brom on loan.

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Thanks Red.

Having seen Owen Hargreaves performance last night for England I reckon he could be a great player for us. I hope it goes through despite the resistance from Bayern..

Most of the UK press seem to think so..:

[11] Times talk Hargreaves

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Posted Thursday, August 17, 2006 by ed:

'MANCHESTER UNITED expect to overcome Bayern Munich’s fierce resistance by securing a £13 million deal to sign Owen Hargreaves within the next seven days after the England midfield player pleaded with the German club to smooth his departure to Old Trafford.

Uli Höness, the Bayern general manager, said yesterday that selling Hargreaves “is not a subject for discussion” and “that means the issue is closed”, but United are determined to force the issue and, after the 25-year-old made clear his desire for the transfer to go through, they are confident that a deal will be finalised before the transfer window closes on August 31.

Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to drop his bid to sign Marcos Senna from Villarreal. It has been on hold for the past ten days while other options have been explored.

A deal is not yet certain, but United believe that Hargreaves’s comments in a German magazine yesterday gave the deal momentum. As well as calling United’s offer “simply fantastic”, Hargreaves said that he was contacted by Ferguson while on holiday after the World Cup finals and has discussed a move with Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand, his England team-mates.

Bayern feel that Ferguson’s alleged call may constitute an illegal approach, but they are focusing their efforts on trying to resist United’s bid, rather than accusing the Barclays Premiership club of foul play.

Relations between the clubs have been strained since United sold Ruud van Nistelrooy to Real Madrid, rather than Bayern, last month, with the German club so incensed by the United manager’s interest in Hargreaves that they refused to return calls from Manchester last week. It was unclear last night whether a formal bid had been made.

Hargreaves has made it clear since the World Cup that he would welcome a move to a top English club but now, to Bayern’s considerable surprise, he has all but demanded a move to United in an interview with Sport Bild magazine.

“The offer from Manchester United is fantastic,” he said. “To play for Manchester United is a great opportunity and I would be happy if I got that chance. You never know if such an opportunity will arise again. I have already spoken to Uli Höness and asked him to let me go. This would be a great deal for Bayern. I don’t understand why they wouldn’t be prepared to do this.”

Roman Grill, Hargreaves’s agent, declined to comment last night as he headed to Old Trafford to watch his client play in England’s win over Greece. It is understood that he, too, has been contacted by United in the past week.'

Even more positive..: :D

[5] SUN reckons Hargreaves is in the bag

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Posted Thursday, August 17, 2006 by ed:

'OWEN HARGREAVES will sign for Manchester United today.

The England midfielder is set to be unveiled at Old Trafford after agreeing a dream £13million move.

Hargreaves, 25, got his wish after revealing United manager Alex Ferguson had made him an offer he could not refuse.

And the Canadian-born star pleaded with his club to agree a deal and allow him to move to Old Trafford.

Hargreaves, who starred in last night’s 4-0 win over Greece, said: “The offer from Manchester United is fantastic.

“Particularly as an England player because you never know if such an opportunity will arise again.”

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich insisted they did not want to lose Hargreaves and initially demanded £17million while United only offered £12m.

But once the player signalled his intentions to leave, the two clubs thrashed out a compromise figure.

Hargreaves is the defensive midfielder Fergie has been searching for.

The United boss switched his attentions to the England star after his World Cup heroics when Hargreaves was the only one of Sven Goran Eriksson’s squad to emerge from the finals with any credit.'

I must say, I do think we need another striker.. especially after the ludicrous Rooney 3 match ban... :o

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Having seen Owen Hargreaves performance last night for England I reckon he could be a great player for us. I hope it goes through despite the resistance from Bayern..

Most of the UK press seem to think so..:

Gotta agree there. I must admit (and i always do when i'm wrong :D ) i was one of Hargreaves biggest slaggers before the world cup. I thought he was <deleted>. During the World Cup, he proved me wrong and last night he played out of his skin. :D

Hope you scum don't get him now :o:D

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