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!
Stat Attack: Rooney’s Revival Rattles Chelsea
Wayne Rooney scored two penalty kicks as Manchester United fought back from a 3-0 second half deficit to rescue a dramatic point from Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United looked dead-and-buried 5 minutes into the second half when David Luiz’s header was deflected into his own net by Rio Ferdinand, to give Chelsea a 3-0 lead.
Happy 31st Birthday Dimitar Berbatov! A Timeline of his United Career So Far
September 1st 2008 – Berbatov signs for Manchester United
Tottenham reach an agreement for the sale of Dimitar Berbatov to Manchester United, on a 4 year contract, in a deal reportedly worth £30.75m
Upon his arrival, Dimitar had this to say:
“Joining United is a dream come true. I look forward to playing my part in helping this club win more honours.”
Stat Attack: Welbeck Nets Winner at the Emirates
It wasn’t quite the performance between these two sides that saw Manchester United thrash Arsenal 8-2, earlier this season, but Danny Welbeck netted a vital late winner to keep the 19 times English champions within touching distance of the league leaders.
Luis Valencia made a telling contribution on the right wing, and later at right full back, against Thomas Vermaelen, who was making a rare appearance on the left for Arsenal.
A Word Of Caution For United
24 goals, 0 defeats, the future of the team sorted and an attacking philosophy to make the purists purr with delight – on the face of it United have it all sorted with just a handful of Premier League games gone and an international break to reflect on their own success.
21 And Counting: The Brazilian Boys’ Timeline
July 23rd 2005- Fabio’s Fluminise Side Storm The Nike Cup in Hong Kong
After seeing the Brazilian twins guide their side to victory over Paris Saint Germain in the Final, Manchester United scout, Les Kershaw, rings Sir Alex with a glowing report:
Introduction: Manchester United’s European Nights
For every generation of United fan, there is one trophy that means that little bit extra, the one you really want to see the players lift at the end of the season.
In the 60’s it was the European Cup, with the fan’s desire fuelled by Sir Matt Busby’s obsession with the trophy that he would have won in the 50’s, had it not been for Munich.
The Nani and Young Conundrum- Can It Really Work?
Let’s face it, when we first thought about strengthening our midfield this summer, our attention immediately turned to the likes of Luka Modric and Wesley Sneijder; not Ashley Young.
The Transfer Market…. Out of Control?
It has been touted as one of the most explosive summers for years, as Europe’s elite flex their muscles before the opportunity to do so runs out.