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FZ: He Came, He Dazzled, He Left

Posted by Keano! on June 12, 2009

The inevitable has happened. We couldn’t be sure when, or under what circumstances, we couldn’t be sure who would be the one to sanction it, we couldn’t even be sure how much for. But yesterday, 11th June 2009, it was revealed that Manchester United had accepted a world record offer of £80M from Real Madrid, and Cristiano Ronaldo was finally getting his dream move.

The inevitable fact was that he was going to go at some point. But saying it wasn’t still a shock would be a lie in itself. After last summers media frenzy, it was widely known that Madrid would come at United again despite the fact that they said it was all over in January. However, the time scale is rather astonishing. It’s only been 2 weeks since the Champions League final, after which the first collective newspaper speculation began for this year. But going further, after the first notion of a bid came the first acceptance of a bid almost straight away. Not exactly the drawn out circus we thought all thought it would be.

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Fergie’s Chilling Words In The Dressing Room

Posted by Keano! on May 29, 2009

Sir Alex Ferguson is was known for his apparent trademark “hairdryer” treatment at halftime and fulltime in the dressing room toward his team when he witnessed not a bad day at the office, just a skipping work show more like. Well the wise old fella wasn’t in the mood for this course of action in Rome after United’s dismal performance against Barcelona which saw Ferguson loose his first Champions League final.

Speaking to SkySports reporter, Geoff Shreeves after the game, a man who was inside the dressing room after the match, who witnessed arguably the games most successful manager deliver his final words of the season, revealed the chilling words Sir Alex laid down,

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Ferdinand Insists United Will Bounce Back

Posted by Keano! on May 28, 2009

Rio Ferdinand has wasted no time in telling the media of United’s success already this season and that the team and club will bounce back stronger then ever after their 2-0 defeat to Barcelona in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.

Ferdinand who admitted he should have done better for Barcelona’s insurance second goal has jumped to the defence of the team who has an impressive haul after a great season. Premier League – winners, League Cup – Winners, World Club Cup – Winners, Charity Shield – Winners, Champions League – Runners up – FA Cup – Beaten finalists.

I don’t know if I speak on behalf of all United fans here, but if I was told last August, when Cristiano Ronaldo was looking set to leave, no new signings had been made and Chelsea had appointed a World Cup winning manager, that we would end up with the titles above, I would have snatched your hand off in an instant. Hindsight, a wonderful thing…

Ferdinand, before United boarded their luxury bus driven all the way from Manchester – with no Carlos Tevez – commented,

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Rome 09: Road To Rome

Posted by Keano! on May 26, 2009

Its been some season and the European campaign all comes down to 90 minutes, or maybe 120 and more, but the journey taken by the squad of players has been a wonderful feat knocking teams like Celtic, Inter Milan and Arsenal off course on their way to the Italian capital.

A wonderful compilation of that Road To Rome created by Zhaban can be viewed below, and I think you’ll agree with me in saying, that it really is a fantastic watch.

Show your appreciation by leaving a quick comment at the bottom. 

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Questions & Answers – Anderson

Posted by Keano! on May 26, 2009

Thanks to manutd.com, we can bring you a transcript of a questions and answers session with Manchester United midfielder, Anderson.

The Brazilian has never scored a regulation goal for the Champions, but did net a crucial goal in Moscow last year as he helped United beat off Chelsea in the Champions League final.

Here, Anderson talks of the final ahead and how he and the team will approach the task of tackling Barcelona at he Stadio Olimpico

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Rome 09: Suited And Booted

Posted by Keano! on May 23, 2009

Manchester United today completed their off the pitch apparel for their Champions League final next Wednesday. When the club jet off for Rome, they will be arriving as smart as ever in their custom made suites, designed by none other then, Sir Paul Smith, a lifelong United fan and the man who was responsible for last seasons suits worn to Moscow and back.

Manchester United was voted as the best dressed team in Europe a few months back, and they’ll continue the tradition for Rome. Sir Alex has always believed in having a smartly dressed team for occasions like this and the results below don’t disappoint.

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Gerrard To Cheer On United In Rome?

Posted by Keano! on May 21, 2009

Liverpool captain and England midfielder, Steven Gerrard who is currently in Cannes for the screening of a friends film was asked on who he hoped would win the Champions League final in 6 days time.

Steven Gerrard challenges Nemanja Vidic

Steven Gerrard challenges Nemanja Vidic

To the surprise of many, the Reds midfielder said he’d cheer on the team that beat Liverpool to the Premier League crown.

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Rome 09: Final Kit Confirmed

Posted by Keano! on May 20, 2009

We brought you news earlier in the week that United will don the white kit in their locker for the meeting with Barcelona after Barcelona were declared the home team effectively.

Well today the club announced the final shirt and have it available for sale in the clubs Megastore and Online Store.

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Rome 09: O’Shea’s A Starter

Posted by Keano! on May 20, 2009

Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that long serving defender John O’Shea will be the right back for United’s Champions League final appearance with Barcelona in Rome in a weeks time. The Irishman is set for his first Champions League final appearance and will get in ahead of Rafael and Gary Neville.

O’Shea, who is often left on the bench when all are fit with Wes Brown, Gary Neville and Rafael Da Silva, has been one of the performers of the season for United doing a sterling job when employed, most notably when Patrice Evra was out at left back.

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Rome 09: Council Approve United Parade

Posted by Keano! on May 19, 2009

Manchester City Council have confirmed that if Manchester United beat Barcelona in the Champions League final on May 27th, that the team will be allowed to have a parade through Manchester 24 hours after the game.

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