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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ahn may still feature at World Cup

South Korea striker Ahn Jung-Hwan may make an appearance at next summer’s World Cup after all, as coach Huh Jung-Moo kept open the option of including the veteran.

In an interview with Ilgan Sports, Huh speaks about both Ahn and another 2002 World Cup player, Lee Chun-Soo.

“Ahn Jung-Hwan and Lee Chun-Soo will not be ignored,” Huh said.

“They have much experience between them. The players are special assets to Korean football. They’re players who can adjust and do their share of work even if they are called upon later.

“They are still on the reserve list.”

Ahn, who currently plays at Dalian Shide in China, ganed most of his fame for scoring a golden goal against Italy at the 2002 World Cup. Lee, also a key part of that South Korean team, currently plays his club football at Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia.


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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

World Cup dream behind Beckham´s Milan stay

LONDON (AFP) – David Beckham has revealed his dream of playing for England in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa was the motivation behind his desire to stay with AC Milan.After weeks of negotiations, Beckham has extended his loan with Milan from Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy until the end of the Italian season in an attempt to prove to England coach Fabio Capello that he can still perform at the highest level.The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star is desperate to have one last crack at winning the World Cup in next year’s finals, but he had been reduced to a bit-part role for England since his move to America.His switch to the San Siro has kept Beckham in Capello’s thoughts and he made a record-equalling 108th England appearance in last month’s friendly against Spain.

Beckham, 33, will return to California to see out the rest of the MLS season after finishing Milan’s campaign. He is set to return to Italy for the 2009-10 season, providing him with a platform to impress Capello, and he believes staying with Milan will help his England ambitions."There’s a few reasons for staying with Milan. One is I’m playing with one of the biggest clubs in the world and with some of the best players in the world. I’m passionate about that," Beckham told the BBC."Obviously the one everyone talks about is it gives me a chance to play in the 2010 World Cup. I personally have to do everything I can to be involved in that."Everyone knows how passionate I am about playing for my country and if this gives me a better chance of being involved in that squad that’s great."

Negotiations for Beckham to stay were slowed after Milan baulked at the size of transfer fee demanded by Galaxy, thought to be around 12 million euros.Beckham hinted that reports he paid three million dollars to make up the difference between the fee Galaxy wanted and the price Milan were prepared to pay were on the mark.

"I’ve done really well in my career and played for so many great clubs. I’ve been able to help myself stay in Milan, if I can put it that way. That is the big thing for me," he said.

"It’s never been about money for me. It’s been about football and my passion for the game. Hopefully this has shown it.

"Everybody knew how much I wanted this to happen and how much I wanted to stay and play my football in Milan. Obviously the Galaxy have been great and Milan have been great.

"I want to stay in Milan to help the club qualify for the Champions League.

"It also gives me a chance to go back to LA and finish the season. It is something I am very committed to. Then after that we will see."

Beckham insisted his move to California has not been a mistake.

"People have always asked me if I’ve regretted my decision. Throughout my career I’ve never wanted regrets and I’ve always said no," he said.

"At the time I felt it was the right thing to do. I’ve had two great years with the Galaxy. We might not have been successful on the field but statistics show the game has grown.

"If we continue to have the success we’ve had with attendances and the interest in the game, that will be positive and a sign that the game is moving forward."


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Ballack England one of the favourites

Germany captain Michael Ballack considers England to be “one of the favourites” to win next summer’s World Cup in South Africa.

The Chelsea midfielder believes Fabio Capello could lead England to a first major title since 1966, and admits his own nation is lagging a bit behind.

“They have a great team and many players with exceptional individual class,” he told the Rheinische Post newspaper.

“With Fabio Capello, they now have a manager who has brought stability. That is important and the team feels that.

“They have got to be able to win games even when they are not playing at the highest level and that is what Italian managers are good at, particularly Capello.

“England are oozing self-confidence and I can sense that here. They are one of the favourites.”

Other favourites, according to Ballack, are Brazil, Italy and France – but not necessarily Germany.

“At a World Cup, everything has got to work, and then even more – you need luck,” he added.

“There are certainly teams who are better than us at the moment.”

That may well include his club Chelsea, who he feels have a better chance of winning the Champions League this season than Germany do of triumphing in South Africa.

“Of course that (the Champions League) is the title that one wants to win, especially when you have a squad like ours,” he said.

“But if you also have a chance to win the league, then that is once again a big aim.

“At a certain stage of the season, you reach the point where the strain is very high and then you have to decide which competition you want to focus on in particular.

“We have such a good squad and class that we can compete in both competitions.”

And Ballack believes that even if it were not to work out for the Blues this season, he would still have more chances to succeed, even though his contract expires in the summer.

“We will sit down together and talk soon,” he added. “But I am not under any pressure.

“Both parties know what they have in each other.”


Tiger Woods-Sex Addict or Just A Jerk?

Unless you live in a cave you have heard the stories and speculation about Tiger Woods’ extramarital dalliances. Whenever a rich and powerful man is caught with his pants down it makes me wonder. Are these men really Sex Addicts (as many claim) or are they just self-centered idiots who take advantage of their power and position?

Thanks to Dr. Carnes and others who have studied Sexual Addiction we have a better understanding of this disease. But, not everyone who has multiple affairs, visits prostitutes and massage parlors or sneaks out of the closet every now and then is a Sex Addict. Some of them are just jerks.

It will be interesting to see if Tiger owns up to what he has done, admits that he was a total and complete jerk and throws himself upon the mercy of his wife and the public. Or, if he hides behind what may be perceived as a shield of Sex Addiction. We may never know for sure if Tiger or any of the other recent celebrities involved in sex scandals are really Sex Addicts or just pompous jerks but it is important that we know the difference in our own relationships.

So, how do you know if your spouse or partner is a Sex Addict or just a jerk? I think the line is pretty thin, and let’s face it, Sex Addicts are complete jackasses at times. But Sex Addicts have certain common traits that make them unique. Most have suffered some sort of abuse during their childhood that arrests their emotional development. Sex Addicts are driven by compulsion, they try to stop what they are doing but cannot and they use sex as a medication rather than for pleasure.

On the other hand, there are other people–the total jerks, who just feel entitled to their pleasures. They seek them out and take what they can, not caring who or how many they hurt. They know what they are doing and when caught will cry crocodile tears over being caught rather than feeling true remorse. They may enter a recovery program and feign rehabilitation, but these guys (and gals) have no intention of stopping their sordid behaviors. You can find a few of these guys in every SA 12 step group–they’ve been coming to meetings for years, sometimes decades, but still continue to act out.

I think the Tiger Woods scandal shows us two important points. One–you just never know who has a dirty little secret life, no matter how squeaky clean they may look, and two–there are a lot of Sex Addicts and jerks in this world. We can never be too cautious about whom we trust.


Monday, December 28, 2009

Brilliant Deco sends Chelsea to Premier League summit

WIGAN, England (AFP) – A goal of pure quality from Deco sent Chelsea to the top of the Premier League, although Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side made heavy weather of overcoming a determined Wigan side 1-0 at the JJB Stadium on Sunday.The Brazilian-born Portuguese international, a summer signing from Barcelona, made it two goals in two games for his new club with a sublime finish from an early free-kick.But Wigan refused to surrender and it required a string of fine saves from Czech Republic keeper Petr Cech before Chelsea could celebrate a win which leaves them five points above reigning champions Manchester United, who are away at Portsmouth on Monday.England manager Fabio Capello was present to cast his eye over John Terry, the newly-installed England captain, and Frank Lampard but neither really sparkled. Indeed, Terry was booked in front of his international boss as Chelsea laboured to victory.Unlike the four-goal drubbing of Portsmouth seven days earlier, this was a hard-earned three points for Scolari’s team.Wigan, already denied the services of Austrian defender Paul Scharner to injury, were dealt a severe blow before the match had started when keeper Chris Kirkland was injured in the pre-match warm-up.That paved the way for second-choice stopper Mike Pollitt to make his first Premier League start since conceding two goals against Arsenal nine months ago.

Yet the 36-year-old’s first touch was to fish the ball from the back of his net after Deco’s magnificently executed set-piece on four minutes.It was conceded by Lee Cattermole, making his home debut for Wigan following a move from Middlesbrough in the summer, who handled just outside his own area and Deco did the rest.Having spent four years watching Ronaldinho hammer home free-kicks for fun for Barcelona, finally Deco is first-choice and he is clearly determined to make up for lost time. Pollitt’s positioning was not great but that should not take the gloss off what was a fabulous goal.But, as Chelsea discovered to their cost four months ago, Wigan are not short of character or spirit.Back in April, Emile Heskey snatched an unlikely stoppage time equaliser at Stamford Bridge to all but end Chelsea’s title aspirations.This time Wigan failed to find the Chelsea net, but it certainly was not for want of trying.Within two minutes of falling behind, Cech was forced into the first of three excellent first-half saves after Honduras international Wilson Palacios cut inside from the left before testing the keeper.The high-tempo start continued in the eighth minute when Amr Zaki, Wigan’s new Egyptian striker, found himself with a great scoring chance only to be thwarted by Cech’s body.Then a fine one-touch move resulted in the dangerous Zaki having another effort parried away by the busy Chelsea keeper.Wigan, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, continued to plug away in the second half without success.They are without a point after two games yet manager Steve Bruce will not be too concerned as long as his players take the positives of this game into the rest of the season.Scolari, on the other hand, will hope to see a bit more quality from his expensively-assembled squad in next week’s London derby with Tottenham.While pleased to see Chelsea sitting at the top of the table so early into his reign, the former Portugal coach knows now that the hard work is only just beginning if his first season at Stamford Bridge is to end in success.


Monday, November 30, 2009

Star focused on United stay

Man Utd ace Nemanja Vidic has told Barcelona, Real Madrid and AC Milan he has no intention of quitting Old Trafford anytime soon.

The Serbia international's future has been in the spotlight over the last 12 months but despite a few shaky performances - particularly against Liverpool's Fernando Torres - boss Sir Alex Ferguson would be reluctant to cash in on the 28-year-old.

Vidic cost £7m from Spartak Moscow almost four years ago and would generate the club a tidy profit if sold but the defender insists he does not want to move on yet.

He told Sky Sports: "I am happy at Manchester United and I am looking forward to winning more trophies and I don't think about leaving."
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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Ferguson gives Ferdinand the green light to enter Hells Kitchen contest

Sir Alex Ferguson has given Rio Ferdinand the green light to take part in a charity cooking contest at Old Trafford later this month despite reports suggesting he would halt the under-fire defender's off-field commitments.
The Manchester United star will battle against celebrity chef Marco Pierre White in the kitchen, alongside team-mates Edwin Van De Sar and Patrice Evra, on November 26 in aid of his latest venture, the Live the Dream Foundation.
But before being sidelined until December with a troublesome back problem, Ferguson was said to be planning an end to the England international's ever-growing list of engagements following a series of below-par performances.
Cooking up a storm: Ferdinand will try his luck in the kitchen
The 31-year-old came under intense scrutiny last month during his red-carpet promotion for new gangster flick Dead Man Running, a production both he and Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole played a key part in behind the scenes.
Dinner date: Hell's Kitchen celebrity chef Marco Pierre White is ready to give Ferdinand a grilling
And although he has received Ferguson's backing, Ferdinand's United future has been called into serious question with Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp registering an interest.
Ignoring calls to curb his appearances outside the game, the former West Ham and Leeds United ace will cook for a packed audience of discerning diners at the £275-per-person black tie function, where all proceeds will be donated to his new charity.
Ferdinand, raised on a tough south London estate in Peckham, is keen to provide deprived youngsters life-changing opportunities and follows Chelsea striker Didier Drogba in the latest offering of Premier League goodwill.
'I've always been passionate about helping those who haven't had the best start in life - particularly young people,' said Ferdinand, speaking ahead of the charity's official launch party on December 16, where singer Robbie Williams, TV star James Corden and Frank Lampard will lend star-studded support to the cause led by entrepreneur Chris Nathaniel's NVA Entertainment Group.
'I was fortunate enough to realise my potential as a footballer and I want to help others do the same in whatever area they believe they have the skills.
'The Live the Dream Foundation will help to change lives,' added Ferdinand, who misses England's forthcoming friendly with Brazil in Qatar through injury.
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Beckham helps Galaxy into MLS final

The Galaxy overcame the two-time MLS champions' stubborn defence to progress at the Home Depot Centre, a Beckham free-kick in the first half of extra-time setting up the goal which broke the deadlock in a Western Conference Championship game halted for more than 30 minutes during regular time as the area south of Los Angeles was twice plunged into darkness by a power outage.

The England midfielder, who joined the Galaxy from Real Madrid in July 2007, had helped the LA team reach their first post-season since 2005 and he sent in a 104th minute free-kick that found its way to veteran defender Greg Berhalter to fire home.

Landon Donovan added a second from the penalty spot soon after and the Galaxy moved on to next weekend's MLS Cup final in Seattle against either Chicago Fire or Real Salt Lake, who will contest the Eastern Conference final later today.

The first stoppage came in the 18th minute when the floodlights failed as the Carson neighbourhood was hit by a blackout.

The players were kept on the pitch by referee Terry Vaughan during the delay but play did not resume for another 18 minutes.

Beckham had the first clear-cut chance after the resumption, whipping in a curling free-kick from 25 yards out that a diving Houston goalkeeper Pat Onstad turned around his post in the 26th minute.

The Galaxy were enjoying the better of the chances and Landon Donovan saw his 20-yard shot saved by Onstad a minute into the second half before Houston's Andrew Hainault fired from 30 yards and was denied by a diving Ricketts two minutes later.

Then came the second power failure, in the 51st minute, which halted play for a further 16 minutes.

This time Houston reacted best to the delay and Ching nearly repeated his heroics from the previous round when his strike knocked out Seattle.

His chance came in the 78th minute as he met a cross from the right with a powerful header on the six-yard line only for Ricketts to push onto the crossbar.

The resulting corner saw Hainault head home but referee Vaughan had spotted an infringement in the six-yard box and disallowed the goal to take the game into extra-time.

Then came the breakthrough, Beckham floating in a 104th minute free-kick to the back post, which was headed down by Omar Gonzalez to fellow defender Berhalter who poked it home through a crowd of players past Onstad.

Houston's agony was compounded four minutes later when substitute Alan Gordon was felled in the area by Ricardo Clark, Donovan converting the penalty.

Beckham nearly added a third with a free-kick from 30 yards out that curled past Onstad's top right-hand corner but the Galaxy were home and dry, and the England man has one more game in the MLS before heading to Italy for a six-month loan spell at AC Milan.

Beckham praised his team-mates and Tim Leiweke, president and chief executive of Galaxy owners AEG, for putting the MLS team within reach of their first title since 2005.

"It's so important for us to do well, we've had so many disappointments over the last four years and Tim Leiweke and everybody have put so much behind this team, this club and this franchise and the players are doing them proud," Beckham said.

"We've got a great bunch of guys that are working hard for each other and it's been tough, so we're happy."

Opening goalscorer Berhalter also admitted the delays caused by the power outages had made staying focused difficult.

"It wasn't easy. It was a choppy game with the lights going out and it was hard to get warm again and you just have to stay concentrated.

"I think both teams did that but we got the breaks."

Club captain and second goalscorer Donovan said his team would be watching Saturday's Eastern Conference final between Chicago and Real Salt Lake with keen interest to learn which side the Galaxy would meet next Sunday.

"It will be interesting, we'll watch the game and see what happens. They're two teams we obviously know well having played them a lot but either way we're happy to be there and we think we can win."


Friday, November 27, 2009

United linked with Cole


Manchester United plan to make a £20million bid for West Ham's Carlton Cole when the January transfer window opens.


Hull City, beleaguered by a second successive relegation battle and upheaval in the boardroom, are up for sale.


Didier Drogba has rocked Chelsea with news he will be out for three weeks with a broken rib.

Juventus and AC Milan are set out to battle for Manchester United ace Nani.

Everton chief David Moyes has joined the race for Bordeaux strike ace Marouane Chamakh.

Leicester winger Max Gradel's loan spell at Leeds has been extended until January 2.

Bolton chief Gary Megson is eyeing up a January swoop for Blackpool's Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam.


Birmingham, Bolton and Blackburn will battle it out in a £5m tussle for Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker in January.

Spurs goalkeeper is facing an agonising six-month wait before finding out if he will ever play football again.

David Gold may wait for boyhood heroes West Ham to be relegated before sealing a dream takeover.


Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed he rejected an attempt from Inter Milan to buy Lionel Messi.

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce is flying in French star Camel Meriem for a second look this week.

Ashley Young has landed a pay-rise to boost his annual earnings to over £3million after snubbing Spurs to stay at Aston Villa.

Liverpool are bracing themselves for more devastating news on the fitness of Fernando Torres.


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Fabio keen to see Bent on big stage

The Sunderland star looks almost certain to be handed a surprise start in Doha on Saturday evening, with the challenge of a place at next summer's World Cup the carrot being dangled in front of him.

With Emile Heskey and Carlton Cole both missing through injury, Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe might feel aggrieved at being overlooked.

However, Capello knows what the Tottenham pair can do. Now he wants to find out about a White Hart Lane reject, who last started for his country against Uruguay almost four years ago.

"I need to know more about Bent," he said.

"I like his pace. He is quick, he attacks the space. His movement without the ball is excellent and his ability in front of goal is very good. I want to see this again."

Fringe places for the 23-man World Cup squad are still up for grabs, including at least one striking berth and possibly two. Some of the squad men are keen to become regulars, and it will be a hungry England side that goes up against Brazil.

Although he did not quite name his starting line-up, Capello only left a few gaps.

Bent and captain-in-waiting Wayne Rooney up front. Shaun Wright-Phillips, Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick and James Milner across midfield, Wayne Bridge at left-back.

Matthew Upson will play in central defence, alongside John Terry if the England skipper overcomes an ankle injury, possibly Gary Cahill if not, which would be the first time a Bolton player has worn the Three Lions since Michael Ricketts in February 2002.

Unlike Cahill, Rooney does not require a stellar performance against the five-times world champions to book his ticket to South Africa next summer.

However, the captain's armband would be an amazing way to end a fortnight which started with the birth of his first child, Kai.

"Rooney is ready," said Capello

"Some of the best players in the world were captains and also scored goals; Pele, Cruyff, Platini, Maradona.

"My captain is John Terry and vice-captain is Rio Ferdinand because they are really good on the pitch and in the dressing room," he said.

"Rooney is not so much of a leader in the dressing room as he is on the pitch.

"But for this game, we only need a leader on the pitch because we are missing so many players."


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ryan made right decision - Fletcher

Giggs, who will be 36 on November 29, decided to focus on his club career by retiring from Wales duty in 2007, but recently revealed his hopes to manage the national team one day when his Old Trafford days are over.

In contrast, Scotland captain Fletcher hopes to make many more appearances for his own national team - beginning with Saturday's clash at the Cardiff City Stadium - but he can fully appreciate the choice made by Giggs, who won 64 caps.

"You can understand where he was coming from," said Fletcher.

"Ryan gave a good service to Wales. He was a great ambassador.

"He had a lot of well-documented injury problems at the time and I think for him, to benefit his club career, which is his bread and butter, he retired from international football.

"I'm sure he didn't want to but he felt that was the right option.

"I think you can see from his form, maybe at the age he is at now, maybe he has benefited from the breaks when the internationals come around.

"He is not having to put his body through it. He is getting that week's rest every couple of months and I think his form has shown it has definitely helped him."

Giggs continues to be the role model to every single player at Manchester United, according to Fletcher.

"We all look to what he has achieved in the game and the appearances he has had and the medals he has won," he said.

"It's his determination to do it again. He has won everything in the game and he wants to do it again and again and again.

"He is the inspiration to everyone in that squad - myself, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick.

"We all want to get to his level, we all want to achieve what he has achieved, we want as many medals and trophies as he's had.

"I'm not saying we will do that but he is definitely our inspiration to do that."


Monday, November 23, 2009

How to Play Indoor Soccer: Team Tactics, Part 3

  1. Step 1

    Involve the defenders in the attack. If your defenders are skilled with ball control or shooting from a distance, they can create havoc by beating the opposing striker who’s covering them or by creating just enough space to one side or the other to rip a shot that will create a rebound opportunity or a goal. Even your defenders with mediocre skills should be able to receive a drop back pass from a well-marked teammate and redistribute the ball to a teammate who is moving to open space. Keep one defender back if your backline has a big speed disadvantage against the competition.

  2. Step 2

    If you have a keeper with foot skills, try letting him/her bring the ball up field. This is high risk and completely dependent upon your keeper’s skill and the ability of your people to get open to receive a pass from him/her. If nobody challenges your keeper and marks your other five players, your keeper earns a one-on-one shot against the opposing keeper. That won’t happen much, but it’s a nice concept. What will happen is that an opposing player will rotate off the person he/she is marking to challenge your keeper. That leaves somebody open on your team. However, one errant pass leads to an open net opportunity for the opposing team. Optimize this by letting the keeper make one pass that allows a teammate to beat an opposing player, creating a temporary five on four scenario while the beaten player tries to recover. After making the pass, the keeper hustles back to your net.

  3. Step 3

    Use long ball once in a while to keep the opposing defenders out of the attack against you. The walls make this a little easier since you have little risk of giving up a goal kick. This can create opportunities if you have a speedster for a striker.

  4. Step 4

    Force substitutions. Nobody can sprint for minutes on end. Athletes can pace themselves to optimize shifts of 5-10 minutes or longer, but it’s an advantage to use substitutes liberally.

  5. Step 5

    Consider line substitutions. Like hockey, if you get a group of players who play many games together, you can have dedicated lines where the same two defenders substitute in and out together. Same for your front three or front two/one, depending how you line up. This allows for lines getting used to each other’s play, and it helps monitor the shift schedules. If, however, guys show up to games randomly when they can and have different conditioning levels, keep it simple and let them rotate in one at a time.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

How to Play Indoor Soccer: Team Tactics, Part 2

  1. Step 1

    Line up in a 2-3, or a 2-1-2, or in a 1-1-1-1-1! It hardly matters what you call it. International gurus like to meddle with intricate lineups in outdoor soccer, but it’s really easy indoors. Aside from the keeper, who is obviously tending the net, keep two players back, and let the other three play some form of midfield and striker. How aggressive the front three play is a matter of personal preference and game situation (protecting a lead or chipping away at one). And you can let people rotate between offense and defense on the field liberally, as long as they know that they’re doing so. Note that this requires extra attention on substituting, if certain players are only comfortable on offense or on defense.

  2. Step 2

    Start and end with your best players on the field. You want to let everyone on your team play, but you give yourself the best chance to take an early lead if you’re a-team starts the game, and you’re a-team is best for ending so that they know what their mission is. Are they protecting a lead or taking chances to catch up?

  3. Step 3

    If multiple doors are available, line up your defense near one and your strikers at the other. Midfield, if you use the position, can go to either one. This helps players on the field know where to run to and who to look at when seeking a rest, and it helps players on the sideline know where they’re going. It also helps the coach/captain keep track of the line up balance.

  4. Step 4

    Consider switching players between offense and defense. Players who specialize at defense, midfield, or forward in outdoor soccer can be great outside of their normal positions in indoor soccer. It’s fun to try a new position, and a talented player can help out by moving backwards or forwards in the lineup.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

How to Play Indoor Soccer: Team Tactics, Part 1

  1. Step 1

    Accept a wide range of abilities for your goal keeper. Anyone with the ability and desire to put their body parts between the ball and the net can have a good time being an asset to your team. You can teach a newbie the rudimentary foot skills he/she will need while he/she learns how to be a keeper. It’s a huge plus if your keeper is both experienced in net and with using his/her feet, but indoor soccer is a good way to give people a chance to try keeper.

  2. Step 2

    Place your endurance ‘Energizer Bunny’ athlete at midfield, or as a defensive-minded attacker if you don’t play with midfielders. You want one player on the field who is always going to immediately hustle in the opposite direction if there’s a sudden change of possession. He/she will hustle back on defense or will create numbers going forward by getting a jump on your counterattacks.

  3. Step 3

    Place your ball control and accurate passing player at midfield, too. Okay, so you may have a decision to make if your endurance athlete has no foot skills or your ball controller needs a break after running twenty yards. General guidance - if you’re ahead, use the enduro player. If you’re behind, use the one who can create opportunities.

  4. Step 4

    Put your speedsters and dribblers up front. You need someone in your forward position(s) with a burst of acceleration to get to open space or the ability to create their own open space by beating a defender. If you have players that can do both – great!

  5. Step 5

    Use your balance and agility players on defense. Defense is reactionary. Your players in back don’t need the sprinter’s speed, but they need to anticipate the opposing player’s moves and get themselves where they expect the attacker to be. Plus they need to be a bit acrobatic to dislodge the ball while maintaining their balance.


Friday, November 20, 2009

High hopes for Obertan

United’s fans took to him; his sharp touch, speed of movement and willingness to attack defenders from either flank bodes well. Reporters after the game neglected to ask Sir Alex for his views on the Frenchman’s bow, but I’m sure he'll be mightily pleased. Obertan’s summer on the sidelines was due to a back problem that went undetected at Bordeaux, an injury that hampered his development in the last 18 months.

United don't jump into signings blindly. In fact, Brian McClair - in charge of United’s Academy - told me he’d seen Gabby aged 17, was very impressed and the Reds kept tabs on him from then on. His transfer surprised a few people in France who thought he wasn't ready for a big move. But if his injury problems are now behind him he can really kick on - all the signs are he's ready to step up. He’s still only 20, so it'll take time and he’ll need to learn – fast – about the demands of the Premier League, but physically he looks up to it.

His recent re-emergence is very well-timed because there'll be ample opportunities to impress. Antonio Valencia has shone in recent weeks and is possibly first-choice winger. But he won’t play every week. Nani hasn’t nailed down the other wide position, Ryan Giggs will be rested and used centrally, while Ji-sung Park is injured.

Obertan has looked good in the Reserves, but his fast-tracking to the first-team indicates he’s too good for that level. With his mostly steady, occasionally eye-catching performance at Oakwell, he’s given the boss plenty to think about. And, personally, the speed and directness of Valencia and Obertan on either flank, to me, has an exciting ring to it.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Valencia's made an impression

Taking over from Cristiano Ronaldo on United's right flank is an unenviable task. They are different players, but the Ecuadorian has brought his own qualities to the team.

"Antonio has settled very well. He's been terrific, the lad," Sir Alex said in his monthly column for Inside United magazine.

While Ronaldo was the major goal threat during his time as United's no.7, Valencia's strengths lie more in his ability to create opportunities for others - although his goals against CSKA Moscow and Bolton Wanderers are promising sign that he can contribute in that department as well.

But Sir Alex has chiefly been pleased with the service he provides from the wing.

"He's a good crosser of the ball," the United boss said. "He gets the ball in the box and gets it in from tight positions too. Very seldom are his crosses blocked, which isn't easy to do."

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

How to Troubleshoot a Computer


Things You'll Need:

  • Computer Tool Kits
  1. Step 1

    Restart the computer. Many software problems will correct themselves when you do.

  2. Step 2

    Check your cables. Keyboard not working? Make sure it's plugged in. Mouse not responding? Make sure it's plugged in.

  3. Step 3

    Check the electric power. Plug a lamp into the same power outlet that's connected to your computer to make sure the outlet is working.

  4. Step 4

    Make sure the computer and monitor are plugged in.

  5. Step 5

    Disconnect peripheral devices (such as a printer or external Zip disk) and restart the computer.

  6. Step 6

    Listen for unusual sounds. Is the cooling fan running? Is the hard drive making noises?

  7. Step 7

    Look inside the computer for wires that aren't plugged in all the way or other faulty connections.

  8. Step 8

    Start the computer from an external start-up disk, such as the system software CD that came with your computer.


Monday, November 16, 2009

How to Replace the Battery on an MP3 Player

  1. Step 1

    Check the back and bottom of your MP3 player for a battery. If you see a latch of some type, open it up. You will see the batteries that your MP3 player uses. If you have an iPod, most likely, it is charged with a USB port. So, on it, look for a USB connection area, which is usually a square piece of metal that sticks out the end of it.

  2. Step 2

    Find a dealer for your MP3 player battery. The easiest way to do this is to check the Internet or call the dealer at which you bought your MP3 player from. This process will help you find out who carries your MP3 player battery. After you get this information, go get your battery.

  3. Step 3

    For MP3 players that are charged with USB ports, find a computer or USB charger. The cheapest way is to stick your MP3 player into a port on the back of your computer. Check the manual for the time it takes to charge your MP3. If you don’t like this method, you can pay for a USB charger. It is usually can sit on a table or counter and be plugged into a wall. You can just stick your MP3 player into it and allow it to charge in this way.

  4. Step 4

    Keep track of the replacement or charging of your MP3 player battery. You can keep track by writing it down on a piece of paper and taping it to the back of your MP3 player. By doing this, you will always make sure that your MP3 player is ready to go when you are ready to listen to it. If you enjoy working out with an MP3 player or using it on the job, this is key. You always want to have a spare battery for your MP3 player handy or access to a USB port for charging.

  5. Step 5

    Check for a change in batteries if you upgrade your MP3 player. This can happen if you upgrade your MP3 player. So keep an eye out for it.


Maps and Directions - Old Trafford

Travellingto Old Trafford

We are blessed with excellent road and public transport facilities. Below are the links and maps that contain useful information to help you plan your journey to the Theatre of Dreams.

Road& Public Transport Travel

By Bus: GMPTE, Telephone 0871 200 2233,

By Rail: National Rail, Telephone 08457 48 49 50,

By Metro: Telephone 0161 205 2000,

Sunday, November 15, 2009



Manchester United - the most popular football club on earth. Most people have heard something of the triumphs and tragedy behind the scenes and on the pitch at Old Trafford, but how much of the story do you really know?

The Trophies
In 130 years of football, the club has lifted silverware on a global stage time and time again and a visit to the sacred trophy room lets you share in every timeless victory.

Men of Legend
Every story has its heroes, and the tale of the club that unites millions worldwide is also the story of individuals who have built it. Busby, Charlton, Law, Best, Ferguson, Cantona, Giggs, Ronaldo, Rooney; the list continues to grow and here you will find artefacts and insight that capture every kick and every dream Old Trafford has inspired.

To Touch Greatness
By using interactive exhibits, the Museum lets you get even closer to the world of Manchester United, including an audience with Sir Alex Ferguson himself in his own private office, recreated with flawless attention to detail.

Blending historical exhibits with state-of-the-art interactive experiences Manchester United Museum brings the remarkable legend to life like never before.

For collections and historical enquiries contact the Curatorial Team on

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Ronaldo out for a month

Cristiano Ronaldo is facing a month on the sidelines after picking up an ankle strain while on international duty.

The 24-year-old attacker returned to Real Madrid on Sunday after suffering the injury in Portugal's 3-0 win over Hungary in Group One of World Cup qualifying.

Ronaldo already had an ankle knock when he linked up with the Portugal squad, and could only manage 27 minutes of the game, with coach Carlos Queiroz receiving some criticism for playing him despite the injury.

A Madrid statement said: "After a clinical examination and an MRI scan, it is confirmed the player has suffered a recurrence of his injury to his right ankle, a medial collateral sprain with inflammation in the bone.

"The estimated recovery time is three to four weeks."

Ronaldo is now likely to miss a number of games for Los Merengues, including two UEFA Champions League ties against AC Milan




With the Old Trafford tour you can see the stadium through the eyes of Manchester United greats themselves.

From the dizzy heights of the North Stand, to Sir Alex Ferguson’s pitch-side dugout spot, and the atmosphere soaked players’ dressing room, every experience will seem to carry the roar of 76,000 fans in your ears - none more so than the ultimate honour of emerging from the tunnel and following so many famous boots into the Theatre of Dreams.

To commemorate your tour of the world’s largest and best-loved Club, you’ll also receive a special certificate to serve as a memento of your visit.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Defeat will galvanise us

The Reds may have felt a real sense of injustice as they left Stamford Bridge on Sunday night, but John O'Shea believes the defeat will now inspire a long unbeaten run.

O'Shea admitted to feeling 'terrible' after seeing United lose out to a controversial John Terry goal 14 minutes from time despite dominating for long periods of the game.

The Irishman says the Reds can take heart from their solid display against the Blues and insists it's imperative United hit those heights again over the coming weeks.

"We hate losing games and we know that we now have to go on a great run," O'Shea told MUTV.

"The international break comes at a bit of a bad time - you'd prefer to have another game a few days later to help put the defeat out of your mind. There's a bit of a sour taste left, but hopefully we'll get over that.

"Not many teams come to the Stamford Bridge and dominate games. We had great spells in the game where we had Chelsea really pinned back and we caused them problems on the counter-attack as well, but our final ball or shot just didn't go for us and we were lucky at times as well.

"We stuck to our game plan very well and were the better team.


Monday, November 9, 2009

How to Get Your Computer to Boot Faster

  1. Step 1

    The biggest problem is that almost every time you install new software, it loads when you boot. I have applications that I rarely use like optical character recognition, and those I turn to several times a day like MS Outlook. By simply loading software only when you need it, you can cut your boot time significantly. To see what is loading now and to pick and choose in window XP click on your Start Menu. Go to Run. Type: msconfig. You’ll be presented with tabs. You’re probably operating under Normal Start Up which loads all device drivers and services. Choose Selective Startup instead. Under Selective Startup I’ve checked Process System.INI file, Process Win.INI.file, Load System Services, Load Startup Intems and Use Original Boot.INI. If you are an advanced user and you know what you are doing you can select or deselect these boxes as you choose. If you click everything except Services and then click disable all, followed by OK, you’ll end up booting in Safe Mode. Our goal here is to cut back on the Start Up programs. Click that tab. There you’ll find a long list of applications like ALCMTR and hpsysdrv. I took the time to enter each of them in Google to search for what they did. Sites like proved useful in determining whether or not I should enable or disable the applications on booting. Right now I’ve only selected about a third of those listed. My machine boots faster and I’ve notice no lack of performance.

  2. Step 2

    While you are in MS Config, look under the "BOOT.INI" tab. You will see a box labeled "Timeout." It is typically set to 30, which adds a half a minute delay. You can readily change it to 3 seconds, but no shorter. Close that tab, Click OK and reboot for the changes to take place. The first time you restart you’ll probably have a window pop up saying you’re in selective boot mode. You can disable the window while preserving your changes.

  3. Step 3

    Make sure that you are not loading Trojans or ad ware when you boot. Not only should you keep your anti virus software like McAffee or Norton up to date, you should load and install an adware fighter like Lavasoft’s Ad Aware 2007 which is free for private use and does a good job at removing pop ups, tracking cookies and other spyware.

  4. Step 4

    At least once a month, clear out your Internet temp files through your browser, empty your recycle bin, move unneeded files to a back up drive and perform a disc defragmentation. In My Computer, right click on your boot drive. Click on Properties, Go to Tools then defragment. This will take time, so don’t run any applications including screen savers while performing this task. When your files are closer together they’ll load faster. You can also go through your cookies folder, deleting those you don't need. I keep only the ones that allow me to log on quickly to my favorite sites.

  5. Step 5

    Use Standby Mode. Since most of the boot time is used by loading programs, standby mode saves time by retaining those programs in memory. It saves power by shutting down the drives and monitors, the biggest power hogs. In control panel you can set up your computer to go into standby mode automatically after a certain amount of time. In Windows XP the standby option is presented to you when you choose to power down. Open documents and programs are stored in volatile memory. It’s a quick way to get active and I usually use it when I leave in the afternoons for a workout, however it’s useful to save everything before entering standby. If there’s a power outage your most recent changes will evaporate. I don’t use standby much longer than a couple of hours because my PC is quirky and will tend to exit standby on its own. Still it’s my only way to set up my computer to use the hard disc to record a television program.

  6. Step 6

    Establish hibernate mode. A better choice for an overnight shut down is hibernation mode, which saves an image of your computer’s open applications and documents on your hard drive. If you go into your computer’s control panel, you can set this up so that you enter and leave hibernation by pushing your power switch. You can also establish hibernation after a fixed amount of time that your computer is unused. On your start menu access the Control Panel. Double click on Power Options. Click on the Hibernate tab to enable Hibernation. Choose your options then click OK. When you decide to leave your computer for the day, go through the start menu and click Turn Off Computer. By holding down your shift key, a new Hibernate option will appear. Click on it and your computer will snooze, coming back a lot faster than before when you need it.


How to Build Your Own View Camera


Things You'll Need:

  • Hard wood such as cherry
  • Ground glass
  • Bellows
  • Lens with shutter
  • Film holder
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Glue
  1. Step 1

    Decide what size you want to make your view camera. The three standard sizes in which film is available are 4-by-5 inches, 5-by-7 inches and 8-by-10 inches. These are the sizes the of the negatives, not the dimensions of the camera, but you need to make this decision before you cut your wood and buy other components. While Ansel Adams used the 8-by-10 format, the 4-by-5 is easier to carry and still produces negatives significantly larger than 35mm or medium format camera.

  2. Step 2

    Acquire the parts you can't make yourself such as the lens (150mm lens with shutter gives a normal perspective, the same as the human eye sees), monorail, gears, bellows and other materials.

  3. Step 3

    Cut the cherry lensboard first. This should be 4-by-4 inches for a 4-by-5 camera. Drill the lens hole. Next, cut the board for the rear of the camera. This should be about 6-by-6 inches. The rear board holds the ground glass for focusing and the film slide for exposure, so it needs to be a frame with the inside cut out for placement of the glass. You can glue the ground glass in place or for more stability you can use screw-in clamps, like those used on the back of a picture frame.

  4. Step 4

    Attach the bellows to both the lensboard and the rear board with glue or clamps. It is essential to make this tight to prevent extraneous light from penetrating during exposure. Then attach both boards to brackets made to travel along the monorail. These brackets can be made of the same cherry wood you used for the boards. Cut the bottom pieces to fit the monorail. The monorail, usually metal, is used to move the lensboard back and forth to focus the camera. It also is best to attach a tripod socket on the underside of the monorail since most images will be captured on a tripod.

  5. Step 5

    Attach the film slide to the rear board. This item should generally be purchased and not handmade because it needs to be light tight to avoid film exposure. Attach the lens to the lensboard. You can make this permanent or use a lens mount to allow for changing the lens.

  6. Step 6

    Use a view camera kit if creating your own parts is beyond your ability. A view camera is a precision instrument. Using a kit to build your first one gives you solid guidelines for your project. The prime builder of these kits is Bender Photographic.


Rooney warned over camera comment

Wayne Rooney is booked by referee Martin Atkinson during Man Utd's defeat by Chelsea
Rooney was booked for his protests about Chelsea's goal

The Football Association has warned Wayne Rooney over his future conduct for his remark to TV cameras after Manchester United's defeat by Chelsea.

United's England striker appeared to imply referee Martin Atkinson was biased in favour of the Blues during Sunday's game, which Chelsea won 1-0.

When leaving the Stamford Bridge pitch at full-time, Rooney mouthed the words "12 men" at a TV camera.

Atkinson had earlier booked Rooney for protesting about Chelsea's winner.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was also highly critical of Atkinson's decisions, but will not face any action from the FA.

Ferguson felt the free-kick from which John Terry scored should not have been awarded, and also felt Wes Brown was fouled as it went in.

"You lose faith in refereeing, that's the way the players see it," Ferguson said.

"The referee's position to make the decision [for the goal] was absolutely ridiculous. He can't see anything. It was a bad decision."

Atkinson awarded a foul when Darren Fletcher challenged Ashley Cole outside the box late on at Stamford Bridge, prompting protests from the United players, who felt the Scot had got the ball.

Ferguson also felt Didier Drogba pulled Brown's shirt as Terry's glanced header flew into the corner.


Terry heads MU out

Chelsea's chances of reclaiming the Premier League title were given a huge shot in the arm on Sunday as a 1-0 win over Manchester United sent Carlo Ancelotti's side five points clear at the top.

Chelsea captain John Terry was credited with applying the decisive blow with a header from Frank Lampard's 76th-minute free-kick, although Nicolas Anelka also celebrated as if he had got the final touch.

Either way, Chelsea were undeniably fortunate to take all three points after a contest that a depleted United side had controlled for long periods.

With a virtually full strength squad to pick from, Ancelotti resolved his one selection issue by opting for Deco rather than Joe Cole at the sharp end of his midfield diamond.

Sir Alex Ferguson, in contrast, had his options limited by the absence of the injured Dimitar Berbatov, although the United manager may well have, in any case, opted to start with Wayne Rooney as a lone striker ahead of a five-man midfield.

With a lingering calf strain restricting Nemanja Vidic to a place on the bench and Rio Ferdinand looking increasingly like a long-term absentee, Wes Brown and Jonny Evans assumed responsibility for keeping tabs on Anelka and Didier Drogba.

It was a task United's back-up centrebacks managed with some accomplishment in an evenly-balanced opening period that was easy on the eye yet devoid of clear cut scoring chances from either side.

On the one first-half occasion in which Drogba got a sight of goal, the Ivory Coast striker directed his header, from Branislav Ivanovic's cross, wide of Edwin van der Sar's left-hand post.

Anelka appeared more of a threat, particularly when dropping deep or wide to give himself the space to run at United's defenders.

The Frenchman had already tested van der Sar with one, skidding long range effort when, just after half an hour, he cut inside Patrice Evra from the right and curled a left-foot shot towards the far corner.

Van der Sar, diving full length to his right, proved equal to the challenge.

Petr Cech was not tested in similar fashion but United were not without opportunities of their own.

The visitors appeared to have legitimate claims for a penalty with quarter of an hour gone when John Terry muscled Antonio Valencia to the ground as the United winger threatened to go past him in the box.

And Ryan Giggs will have been frustrated not to have made more of the Darren Fletcher through ball which found him unmarked on the edge of the Chelsea box.

United's captain would have had the time to bring the ball down but opted to try and chip Cech with a first-time volley that comfortably cleared the cross bar.

Deco's ineffectual involvement in the match ended in the Portugal playmaker making way for Cole with just under half an hour left.

By that stage, United were looking the more likely winners with Rooney increasingly troubling the home side's back four.

A neat combination with Valencia on the right enabled the England forward to send a low drive inches wide, minute before he unleashed a curling shot that Cech clawed to safety as it dipped towards the top corner.

It was Chelsea however who were to have the final word after the outstanding Darren Fletcher was adjudged, debatably, to have fouled Ashley Cole close to the left touchline.

A United defence that had been scarcely troubled all afternoon made a hash of defending Lampard's inswinging delivery and Terry was unmarked as he rose to glance the ball past van der Sar.



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Group Adult Rate£7.50£11.00
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man u fist team

1. Edwin Van der Sar
Birthdate: 29 Oct 1970
Birthplace: Voorhout, Holland
Position: Goalkeeper
Appearances: 196
Goals: 0
Joined United: 01 Jun 2005
United Debut: 09 Aug 2005 v Debreceni VSC (H)
International Holland (retired)

2. Gary Neville
Birthdate: 18 Feb 1975
Birthplace: Bury
Position: Defender
Appearances: 578
Goals: 7
Joined United: 08 Jul 1991
United Debut: 16 Sep 1992 v Torpedo Moscow (H)
International England

3. Patrice Evra
Birthdate: 15 May 1981
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
Position: Defender
Appearances: 160
Goals: 2
Joined United: 10 Jan 2006
United Debut: 14 Jan 2006 v Manchester City (A)
International France

4. Owen Hargreaves
Birthdate: 20 Jan 1981
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada
Position: Midfielder
Appearances: 37
Goals: 2
Joined United: 01 Jul 2007
United Debut: 19 Aug 2007 v Man. City (A)
International England

5. Rio Ferdinand
Birthdate: 07 Nov 1978
Birthplace: Peckham, London
Position: Defender
Appearances: 318
Goals: 7
Joined United: 22 Jul 2002
United Debut: 27 Aug 2002 v Zalaegerszeg (H)
International England

6. Wes Brown
Birthdate: 13 Oct 1979
Birthplace: Manchester
Position: Defender
Appearances: 326
Goals: 4
Joined United: 08 Jul 1996
United Debut: 04 May 1998 v Leeds United (H)
International England

7. Michael Owen
Birthdate: 14 Dec 1979
Birthplace: Chester, England
Position: Striker
Appearances: 15
Goals: 4
Joined United: 03 Jul 2009
United Debut: 09 Aug 2009 v Chelsea (N)
International England

8. Anderson
Birthdate: 13 Apr 1988
Birthplace: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Position: Midfielder
Appearances: 86
Goals: 1
Joined United: 01 Jul 2007
United Debut: 01 Sept 2007 v Sunderland (H)
International Brazil

9. Dimitar Berbatov
Birthdate: 30 Jan 1981
Birthplace: Blagoevgrad
Position: Striker
Appearances: 58
Goals: 18
Joined United: 01 Sep 2008
United Debut: 13 Sept 2008 v Liverpool (A)
International Bulgaria

10. Wayne Rooney
Birthdate: 24 Oct 1985
Birthplace: Croxteth, Liverpool
Position: Striker
Appearances: 252
Goals: 105
Joined United: 31 Aug 2004
United Debut: 28 Sept 2004 v Fenerbahce (H)
International England

11. Ryan Giggs
Birthdate: 29 Nov 1973
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales
Position: Midfielder
Appearances: 816
Goals: 150
Joined United: 09 Jul 1990
United Debut: 02 Mar 1991 v Everton (H)
International Wales (retired)

12. Ben Foster
Birthdate: 03 Apr 1983
Birthplace: Leamington Spa, England
Position: Goalkeeper
Appearances: 21
Goals: 0
Joined United: 19 Jul 2005
United Debut: 15 March 2008 v Derby (A)
International England

13. Ji-sung Park
Birthdate: 25 Feb 1981
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Position: Midfielder
Appearances: 128
Goals: 12
Joined United: 08 Jul 2005
United Debut: 09 Aug 2005 v Debreceni (H)
International Korea Republic

14. Zoran Tosic
Birthdate: 28 Apr 1987
Birthplace: Zrenjanin, Serbia
Position: Winger
Appearances: 4
Goals: 0
Joined United: 02 Jan 2009
United Debut: 24 Jan 2009 v Spurs (H)
International Serbia

15. Nemanja Vidic
Birthdate: 21 Oct 1981
Birthplace: Uzice, Serbia
Position: Defender
Appearances: 163
Goals: 12
Joined United: 05 Jan 2006
United Debut: 25 Jan 2006 v Blackburn (H)
International Serbia

16. Michael Carrick
Birthdate: 28 Jul 1981
Birthplace: Wallsend, North Shields
Position: Midfielder
Appearances: 157
Goals: 13
Joined United: 31 Aug 2006
United Debut: 23 Aug 2006 v Charlton (A)
International England

17. Nani
Birthdate: 17 Nov 1986
Birthplace: Praia, Cape Verde
Position: Winger
Appearances: 85
Goals: 12
Joined United: 01 Jul 2007
United Debut: 05 Aug 2007 v Chelsea (N)
International Portugal

18. Paul Scholes
Birthdate: 16 Nov 1974
Birthplace: Salford, England
Position: Midfielder
Appearances: 615
Goals: 144
Joined United: 08 Jul 1991
United Debut: 21 Sep 1994 v Port Vale (A)
International England (retired)

19. Danny Welbeck
Birthdate: 26 Nov 1990
Birthplace: Manchester
Position: Forward
Appearances: 17
Goals: 5
Joined United:
United Debut:

20. Fabio
Birthdate: 09 Jul 1990
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Position: Left-back
Appearances: 8
Goals: 0
Joined United: 01 Jul 2008
United Debut: 24 Jan 2009 v Spurs (H)
International Brazil

21. Rafael
Birthdate: 09 Jul 1990
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Position: Right back
Appearances: 29
Goals: 1
Joined United: 01 Jul 2008
United Debut: 17 Aug 2008 v Newcastle (H)
International Brazil

22. John O'Shea
Birthdate: 30 Apr 1981
Birthplace: Waterford, Ireland
Position: Defender/Midfielder
Appearances: 356
Goals: 15
Joined United: 03 Aug 1998
United Debut: 13 Oct 1999 v Aston Villa (A)
International Rep of Ireland

23. Jonny Evans
Birthdate: 02 Jan 1988
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Position: Defender
Appearances: 47
Goals: 0
Joined United:
United Debut: 26 Sept 2007 v Coventry City (H)
International N. Ireland

24. Darren Fletcher
Birthdate: 01 Feb 1984
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Position: Midfielder
Appearances: 224
Goals: 15
Joined United: 03 Jul 2000
United Debut: 12 Mar 2003 v FC Basel (H)
International Scotland

25. Antonio Valencia
Birthdate: 04 Aug 1985
Birthplace: Nueva Loja
Position: Winger
Appearances: 15
Goals: 2
Joined United: 30 Jun 2009
United Debut: 9 Aug 2009 v Chelsea (N)
International Ecuador

26. Gabriel Obertan
Birthdate: 26 Feb 1989
Birthplace: Pantin
Position: Forward/Winger
Appearances: 3
Goals: 0
Joined United: 08 Jul 2009
United Debut: 27 Oct 2009 v Barnsley (A)

27. Federico Macheda
Birthdate: 22 Aug 1991
Birthplace: Rome
Position: Striker
Appearances: 8
Goals: 2
Joined United:
United Debut: 5 April 2009 v Aston Villa (H)

28. Darron Gibson
Birthdate: 25 Oct 1987
Birthplace: Derry, Northern Ireland
Position: Midfielder
Appearances: 17
Goals: 3
Joined United:
United Debut:
International Republic of Ireland

29. Tomasz Kuszczak
Birthdate: 20 Mar 1982
Birthplace: Krosno Odrzanskie
Position: Goalkeeper
Appearances: 39
Goals: 0
Joined United: 10 Aug 2006
United Debut: 17 Sep 2006 v Arsenal (H)
International Poland

30. Ritchie De Laet
Birthdate: 28 Nov 1988
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Position: Defender
Appearances: 3
Goals: 0
Joined United: 08 Jan 2009
United Debut: 24 May 2009 v Hull City (A)
International Belgium

31. Corry Evans
Birthdate: 30 Jul 1990
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Position: Defender
Appearances: 0
Goals: 0
Joined United: 18 Aug 2009
United Debut:

38. Ron-Robert Zieler
Birthdate: 12 Feb 1989
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Position: Goalkeeper
Appearances: 0
Goals: 0
Joined United: 01 Jul 2005
United Debut:

40. Ben Amos
Birthdate: 10 Apr 1990
Birthplace: Macclesfield, England
Position: Goalkeeper
Appearances: 1
Goals: 0
Joined United: 01 Jul 2006
United Debut: 23 Sept 2008 v Boro (H)

41. Joshua King
Birthdate: 15 Jan 1992
Birthplace: Oslo
Position: Striker
Appearances: 1
Goals: 0
Joined United: 01 Jul 2008
United Debut: 23 Sept 2009 v Wolves (H)

42. Magnus Eikrem
Birthdate: 08 Aug 1990
Birthplace: Molde, Norway
Position: Midfielder
Appearances: 0
Goals: 0
Joined United:
United Debut:

43. Matthew James
Birthdate: 22 Jul 1991
Birthplace: Bacup
Position: Midfielder
Appearances: 0
Goals: 0
Joined United: 01 Jul 2007
United Debut:



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