The Football Capital of Great Britain
Manchester is now, without doubt, the football capital of Great Britain, with London, Glasgow and Liverpool distinctly left behind. The recent investment in Manchester City, combined with Manchester United’s dominance of the Premier League-era, has given the city a preeminent place in world football.
Indeed, with Manchester City having recently won the Premier League, and looking to compete on a European stage, Manchester could become only the second city to be home two different European Cup winners. The other? Milan of course, with both AC and Inter having been European Cup winners. Although winning the Champions League is far harder than winning the Premier League, who’d bet against City spending big over the next couple of years and building a dream team of superstars?
In fact, from a neutral perspective, it is difficult not to be tempted by the next few years of rivalry between City and United. Much has been made of United’s dominance during the Premier League era, in comparison with the Spanish or German leagues, whose talent has been shared between more teams. Manchester United have, under Sir Alex, been famous not only for buying well, but for developing good young players. With the Glazers unwilling and unable to match Sheikh Mansour, it is likely that Sir Alex Ferguson will be putting his famous eye for talent to use to attract players before they become megastars.
Pre Fulham Interview: It’s Now or Never for Clint
In preparation for today’s Premier League fixture against Fulham, we talked to Cottagers blogger, Kyle, to discuss their recent form, Dempsey’s possible departure and array of attacking options!
Maradona good; Pelé better; George Best- 15 Quotes Which Define a Legend
Despite all the demons that haunted him off it, there is no questioning George Best’s ability on the football pitch.
Truly one of the all-time greats at the club, George was blessed with a rare talent which was his amazing ability to make other people smile through the way he played the game that we all know and love.
On the 6th Anniversary of his death, we’d like to pay tribute to George and look at some quotes which describe him better than any words we could create.
SAF 25- One Fan’s Thoughts
Around the midpoint of the last decade, I had a conversation with my dad who was then in his mid 60s. The conversation centred around a man we’d both respected and admired for the previous two decades, Sir Alex Ferguson.
Man United v Spurs, Premier League, 14.08.11- The Preview
Teams: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
Venue: Old Trafford
Competition: Premier League
Last Match: West Brom 1 – 2 Man United
Kick Off: 20 00 on TV on Sky Sports HD
Manchester United Hall of Fame- Denis Irwin
When someone earns the nickname “Mr Dependable,” whilst playing for a club like Manchester United, you know they must have been doing something right.
Pre Match & Line Ups, Man United v Blackpool, Old Trafford, 22.02.11
Teams: Manchester United v Blackpool FC @ Old Trafford
Competition: Premier League
Last Match: Blackburn Rovers 1 1 Man United & Blackpool 4 3 Bolton
Kick Off: 16 00 on TV @ Sky Sports HD
With the historic #19 finally wrapped up, tomorrow is sure to be a day of celebration, as the Reds pick up their Premier League crown at the end of an enthralling domestic campaign. However, as concentration inevitably drifts towards to the Champions League Final, on the 28th May, we still have the not so insignificant matter of a match against Blackpool to consider. Although some may say the result is irrelevant tomorrow, I am sure Sir Alex will see it as a matter of a professional courtesy that his team get a result and beat Blackpool, just as they have when (virtually) everyone else has visited the Theatre of Dreams this season.
Pre Match Interview with The ‘Tangerine Dreaming’
In preparation for Sunday’s hugely significant match against Blackpool, I asked John from the Blackpool blog, Tangerine Dreaming, some questions about this weekend’s match and Blackpool’s seasons as a whole.
Player Ratings – Manchester United v Chelsea, Old Trafford, 09.05.11
Edwin Van Der Sar – 7
As the last line of defence, Edwin was imperious, as usual. Making his penultimate appearance at Old Trafford, the Dutch keeper made some wonderful saves and performed the ‘sweeper’ role expertly.