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Manchester United beat Aston Villa 3-2 in a thrilling encounter

If Liverpool can do it, Manchester United can do it better. After Liverpool’s injury time winner against Fulham yesterday, the pressure was on Manchester United who were without a win in there last two games and were facing a strong Villa team. For most part of the game, it looked like United were heading for there third straight defeat but Ronaldo goal in the 80th minute and an injury time goal from 17 year old Federico Macheda ensured that United are still the front runners for the title. It was a strong twist to a match the seemed to be heading Villa’s way for most parts of the game. read more »

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Liverpool beat Manchester United 4 – 1 to keep there title hopes alive

As a Manchester United fan, i am completely distraught by the result and more so by the margin. It was a must win game for Liverpool and to be honest, the played very well and Torres was absolutely top class today. Gerrard and Torres, who have been vital for Liverpool were on top form while for Manchester United, there top defender Vidic has a poor game. I thought it might turn out to be a poor afternoon for Liverpool as Manchester United opened the scoring with Ronaldo converting the penalty after Reina has fouled Park in the box. But instead of holding onto that lead, United allowed Liverpool to come into the game after that costly mistake from Vidic and United never looked comfortable afterwards. read more »

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Manchester United Defeat Newcastle United 2 – 1 in a Thrilling Encounter

Manchester United restored there top of the table lead to 7 points after a hard fought win over Newcastle United. Edwin Van Der Sar finally conceded a goal after 1,311 minutes when he spilled Gutierrez’s shot only for Lovenkrands to slot home and give Newcastle a surprising lead. But the lead didn’t last long as Wayne Rooney produced a brilliant first touch and fired in the equalizer from 20 yards. It was the turn of Newcastle to make a mistake, and Steven Taylor tried to chest back the ball back to Steve Harper only for Ji Sung Park to steal it and slide it to Berbatov to slot home the winner.

Manchester United made 7 changes to the team that started the Carling Cup final with Van Der Sar back in goal and Rooney partnering Berbatov up front. Newcastle started the game in the fine fashion with Gutierrez and Martins causing problems for the visitors and attacking on the break. Van Der Sar has been highly praised for his recent performances in which he has not conceded a goal since November but he was at fault which led to Newcastle taking an early lead on 9 minutes. Gutierrez shot from the left but Van Der Sar could palm it out to Lovenkrands to slot home a simple opener. Manchester United responded well with Rooney testing Steve Harper but Newcastle again attacked on the break with Martins shooting just wide. read more »

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Liverpool Sign Keane : Any more to come ?

So Liverpool have finally managed to sign one of the most proven goal scorer in the premiership. Even though he may have cost around $20m, he will be worth every penny. Now it will be interesting to see if he and Torres can form a good partnership, and I am confident they can. This is the the Liverpool’s biggest signing of the season so far and Rafa will need to sign a few more players of his stature if he wants Liverpool to challenge for the premiership.

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Who should Manchester United Sign ?

So while the rest of the big names such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham etc are busy in the transfer market, Manchester United have been quiet. Sir Alex has already confirmed that the club will sign utmost 1 player only but that might change if the Ronaldo moves to Real Madrid. But who is going to come to Old Trafford, striker, midfielder or defender.

There is a big chance that United will go for a striker. They currently have only Rooney, Tevez and Saha for that purpose. But with the injury problems of Saha, it will be no surprise if he is sold. A new recruit will be Manucho but he is the not a proven goal scorer and might take time to settle. So who are the players that Sir Alex might be interested in.

Berbatov : It is no secret that Sir Alex has been an admirer of Berbatov abilities for a long time. He tried signing him but he decided to move to Tottenham. But his current situation at Tottenham is not good and if the price is right, he might play is trade at Old Trafford next season. And with his already established record, what a signing he would be.

Benzema : He is another great option. He is young, got great pace and technique and there is no doubt that Sir Alex admires him. But price could be a big issue here, Lyon would want at least $30m and considering his below par performance at the Euro 2008, i don’t think he will be a good choice to take a risk.

Hunteleer : He is another good option. He has already expressed his desire to play for United and he has got the Dutch factor with him(remember Van Nistelrooy). His record at Dutch league has been excellent (31 goals in 34 games i think). He will be a great choice and will be easily available too.

Michael Owen: He is the latest Striker to be linked with United. He is the last year at his Newcastle contract and there is a chance that Newcastle will try to cash on him lest should he move away for free next season. He is a proven goal scorer in the Premier League but his injury problems will be a negative point. But if he is available for a cheap price, then i say why not take the risk ?

If the midfield department is considered, i think United have got enough talent. They have Fletcher, Carrick, Hargreaves, Scholes, Anderson. And the wingers are Ronaldo, Nani, Giggs, Park. But considering the age of Scholes, i would be happy to see an attacking midfielder join the United team. One of the players which i would love to see is Van Der Vaart. He is an amazing player and his performance at Euro 2008 were top notch. He will be a good replacement for Scholes in the long run. Another Dutch player that i would love to see is Wesley Sneijder. His performance at Euro 2008 speaks for itself but I don’t think Real would be interested in selling or he would want to come here (unless United get him in exchange is Ronaldo decides to leave). Arjen Robben is a good player that United should definitely bring should Ronaldo decided to leave. Though he hasn’t got the same pace like Ronaldo, his technique is top class. I wish United would have signed him before he moved to Chelsea.

Sir Alex should also be thinking about the right back situation. Last Season, Gary Neville missed most of the season because of injury, and it that age, it is difficult to get your same form back. Wes Brown was superb at that position last season. United have also got Danny Simpson who impressed in cameo performances last season. But a player that i would like to see is Phillip Lahm. He is an amazing player. Not only he can defend well, he got good attacking instincts too. He can come forward and even score goals. Out of these players, i would be happy to see Berbatov and Van Der Vaart in a United Shirt ? So what do you think ? Which player should Manchester United sign ?

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Manchester United without Carlos Queiroz

Ever since Scolari left Portugal to sign for Chelsea, Carlos Queiroz is being linked with the vacant position. And why not, he has been a great coach at United and that speaks for itself. In the latest development, it was being reported that he is close to agreeing a $1.5m four year deal with Portugal.

As a United fan, I would be disappointed to see him leave which i am almost sure is going to happen. But i wouldn’t blame him, who wouldn’t want to manage there country one day. That type of job doesn’t come often. For United, it will be a big loss, or we can say, a bad summer for united as the Cristiano Ronaldo drama continues with Madrid reporting there interest and Ronaldo saying nothing to deny it. Considering he was a big mentor to Ronaldo and one of the main reason behind his deadly form, a face which even Ronaldo agrees. So his departure will once again bring the Ronaldo saga to the fore front. The fact that Ferguson welcomed him back after his stint with Real Madrid, and Ferguson also saying that he is the ideal man to replace him after he retires, tells you about his importance to the club. Even Ryan Giggs mentions in his autobiography

He’d train us, prepare us for games, organise the team and decide the things we needed to work on. Some said he had too much influence, but I don’t agree. He impressed me from the start."

He was one of the main reasons behind United’s impressive defending and there tactical approach to big games. Not only was he a master tactician, he had a great eye of discovering talent. He was the man responsible for scouting Nani and Anderson, two impressive young talents. And most important, he had an amazing language skills as he could speak 5 different languages and a good network, as well as being a father-figure to Ronaldo.

Though the club hasn’t said anything official about this but I guess Ferguson must be looking for a new no. 2. One of the men being linked with the post is the great “Eric Cantona”. Though what will happen only time will tell. But it is a bad news for the club and it might also be for “Ronaldo”.

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