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    6-0 and Nani scores!!And he spins n spins
    But scholes hurt himselfHope its not too serious.
    man u looks in good shape

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    Scholes to miss start of season

    Reds midfielder Paul Scholes could be out for a month after suffering a knee injury on United's Asia Tour.

    The 32-year-old has been sent home from United's pre-season tour of the Far East and will be undergo an exploratory operation to determine the extent of the injury.

    "Paul felt his knee in the last game (against FC Seoul) and we've sent him home for an arthoscope to see what kind of damage there is," Sir Alex told MUTV.

    "We don't think it is serious, but we will keep him out for about three weeks to a month."

    That means the influential playmaker looks set to miss the start of the new season, which United begin at Old Trafford against Reading on 12 August.
    Hope he will be back soon!

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    Report: Shenzhen 0 United 6

    New signing Nani scored on his debut as United ran riot against Shenzhen FC in a humid Macau Stadium.

    The summer signing hit the Reds' third after just 23 minutes in a game that felt more like a practice match than a pre-season showpiece. Shenzhen rarely troubled United's rearguard and Sir Alex may have preferred a sterner workout. But the Reds did provide plenty of entertainment, including spectacular goals from Wayne Rooney and Chris Eagles.

    Only five players who started against FC Seoul last Friday kept their place in Macau, with the manager handing starts to a number of youngsters. Nani operated on the right side of midfield, while Jonny Evans partnered Nemanja Vidic in central defence. Paul Scholes' injury-enforced absence handed Darren Gibson a chance to prove himself in central midfield and he looked lively early on when he combined with Wes Brown to force a corner in the third minute. Cristiano Ronaldo rose highest to head the cross past Shenzhen goalkeeper Jianjia, but the referee had already blown his whistle for a foul.

    But the Reds continued to press and duly took the lead after 12 minutes. Rooney collected a curling Darren Fletcher pass inside the area and headed straight for goal. But while everyone expected the England forward to shoot, Rooney squared the ball inside to Ryan Giggs who rolled the ball into an empty net for a deserved lead.

    The home side looked comparatively ineffective going forward but could have equalised had the referee spotted Evans' 15th-minute handball as he attempted to block a cross. United took advantage on 20 minutes via another moment of magic from Rooney. This time it was Giggs who provided the splitting pass into the area. Rooney controlled the ball before sending a superbly disguised chip over Jianjia - a sublime piece of skill that called to mind a similar pre-season effort in 2005.

    Nani marked his debut with a goal shortly afterwards when he thumped Ryan Giggs' lay-off into the bottom corner. It was a well-taken strike that left the goalkeeper with little chance and prompted the 20-year-old's trademark somersault celebration.

    Giggs, now 33, enjoyed a sparkling first half and was involved in all three United goals. The Welshman certainly doesn't look like relinquishing his spot in the side, despite the arrival of Nani, Anderson and Owen Hargreaves over the summer. Giggs made way for Alan Smith at the interval, while the United boss also introduced Tomasz Kuszczak, Rio Ferdinand and John O'Shea.

    Shenzhen started brightest in the second period, with Ferdinand doing well to block a fierce Marek Zajac shot. But the more numbers the home team committed forward, the more the gaps opened up at the back. O'Shea kept his cool to net on 55 minutes after Ronaldo had drawn two men inside the penalty area, before the Portuguese winger capped a brisk counter-attack shortly afterwards to send the Reds 5-0 up.

    It was the last action Ronaldo saw, as Sir Alex made a further four changes. Among them was Chris Eagles, whose impact was felt almost immediately. With the ball bouncing almost 35 yards from goal, the youngster lashed a shot over substitute goalkeeper Lei and under the bar. It was a fine finish and one that rivalled Rooney's first-half gem.

    Smith should have made it 7-0 on 75 minutes but the striker almost seemed to have too much time when sent clear of the Shenzhen defence. Of course, it mattered little to the final result, as the Reds coasted to victory in front of yet another capacity Far East crowd.

    Team Line-up:

    United: van der Sar (Kuszczak, 45), Brown, Vidic (Ferdinand, 45), Evans, Evra (Silvestre, 59), Nani (Carrick, 59), Fletcher, Gibson (O'Shea, 45), Ronaldo (Eagles, 59), Giggs (Smith, 45), Rooney (Dong, 59)
    Heinze is not around so he maybe moving after all!


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    Boss pleased with Nani debut

    Sir Alex Ferguson was pleased with new signing Nani's scoring debut as the Reds hit Shenzhen FC for six on Monday.

    The Portuguese winger was one of half a dozen goalscorers as the Reds cruised to a 6-0 win at the Macau Stadium in the third and penultimate match of United's four-game Asia Tour.

    "[One game and one goal], it's a ratio that I hope he keeps going," Sir Alex told MUTV. "He did very well. It was his first game after an injury, but I was pleased."

    Sir Alex used 19 players in total during the match, a sign that the entire squad is benfitting from minutes on the pitch. "I wanted to use as many players as I can," he said. "It's an exercise in getting everyone fit, that's what pre-season tours are about.

    "We were able to do that, in the second half I brought on seven players which was good. Everyone had a share of the action. In the final game I will hopefully be able to give the likes of Phil Bardsley, Danny Simpson and Dong Fangzhuo more football.

    "I thought young Darron Gibson, who has been out injured, did well in midfield. It shows the judgement in bringing him to the club, it's good to see the results of our scouting missions."

    Although Shenzhen offered very little in the way of resistence, the humidity in Macau was difficult to deal with. "We found it a bit difficult at times in the heat," added the boss. "The humidity was very high but, nonetheless, goals are goals and some of them were very good.

    "In the first match there was a bit of rustiness, which is natural in your first game back. But in the last two games (against FC Seoul and Shenzhen) we've not looked like conceding."

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    Heinze 'won't go to Liverpool'

    Sir Alex Ferguson says he will do what he can to ensure Gabriel Heinze does not sign for Liverpool.

    Speaking after United's 6-0 victory against Shenzhen FC in Macau, the Reds boss reiterated his desire to see Heinze training at Carrington when United return from the Far East.

    "There is no change in the situation," Sir Alex said. "He won't be going to Liverpool as far as I'm concerned. I think the matter should rest there.

    "We're examining some of the statements coming from Heinze's agent regarding the first contact with Liverpool.

    "We're not happy with the agent's conduct in the matter. But, at the moment, I've got nothing more to say on it."

    Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez was quoted today confirming his interest in Heinze. He also said Liverpool's lawyers were working to take the Argentina international to Anfield.
    Rafa like very desperate to have Heinze!

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    United, Liverpool on Heinze collision course?

    The row over Gabriel Heinze's proposed move to Liverpool is threatening to spill over into open warfare after Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed Manchester United are investigating the possibility their north-west rivals made an illegal approach for the Argentina defender.

    United have flatly refused to do business with Liverpool, even though Rafael Benitez has matched United's £6.8million asking price for the 29-year-old.

    Although Heinze's agent claims to be in receipt of a letter which effectively gives the full-back permission to leave Old Trafford, United chief executive David Gill does not believe it over-rides the player's contract, which still has two years to run.

    In any case, Gill insists he verbally informed Heinze's agent that United would not be prepared to do business with any of their main Premier League rivals, specifically Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.

    Currently on a short break following his participation at the Copa America, Heinze is said to be considering a legal challenge to Gill's view.

    Yet the United stance only backs up Ferguson's previously stated opinion that Heinze had no chance of joining the Champions League finalists, a position that has only hardened over the past few days, with the United boss adding a further twist to the saga.

    'Gabriel Heinze will not be joining Liverpool,' he said immediately after his side's 6-0 pre-season win over Chinese League outfit Shenzhen in Macau.

    'We are examining some of the statements coming from his agent and when contact was first made with Liverpool.

    'We are not happy with the agent's conduct in the matter and we are examining that as well, but it will take a couple of days before we have anything more to say.'

    By coincidence Liverpool are only 40 miles away from United, having landed in Hong Kong yesterday ahead of the bi-annual Premier League Asia Cup competition.

    Speaking before Ferguson dropped his bombshell, Benitez confirmed he was keen for Heinze to become the first player to head down the East Lancs Road from United to Liverpool since Phil Chisnall in 1964.

    'We made the offer and they rejected it. Now the lawyers are working on it,' said the Reds boss.

    'We have to wait. We are still trying to push the deal through because he is a good player and a player we like.'

    It means United are heading towards the start of the defence of their Premier League title with two transfer wrangles needing to be sorted out.

    Ferguson is still hopeful of having Carlos Tevez on board for the season's opening game against Reading on August 12.

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    Hmm.....if he wanna go, let him go. I think he is slowing down liao. SAF said its his agent that is behind all this. Heinze is still on holiday but I dun mind if he leaves after seeing some of his performance last season.

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    Here are all the 6 goals against FC ShenZhen. Boy they're as good as Roma!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zda-_-qe1w8

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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    Here are all the 6 goals against FC ShenZhen. Boy they're as good as Roma!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zda-_-qe1w8
    The last goal by Chris Eagle was a gem of a goal. Superb goal!!! I personally find him better than Alan Smith and Rossi.

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    Hiaz....the Tevez saga is gonna be a long and messy one. Hope dun turn out to be as long as Hargreaves. The chances of him joining before 31 Aug is even slimmer now. Really dumb kuku and fustrating. Wanna pay money, big money but dunno who to pay.

    Fifa will not rule on Tevez saga
    Fifa has recommended that the Carlos Tevez dispute should go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
    The Argentine striker wants to join Manchester United, but West Ham and businessman Kia Joorabchian both claim to own the player.

    The Football Association asked the world governing body to rule on the matter but a Fifa spokesman said: "The recommendation is to go to CAS."

    CAS is yet to comment on whether it will hear the case.

    Fifa said in a statement: "Fifa has recommended to the Football Association and the Premier League to advise West Ham and Carlos Tevez to seek arbitration at the CAS.

    "Under the present circumstances this was deemed to be the best approach and in the interest of all parties.

    "What is more, we also believe this to be the fastest way to solve this impasse."

    Fifa spokesman Andreas Herren said: "Under the circumstances it was felt it would be in the best interest of all parties to take this course.

    "It looks like being the fastest way of resolving this matter.

    "It is not a refusal by Fifa to get involved, quite the contrary. It is a recommendation by Fifa to opt for this way."

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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    Here are all the 6 goals against FC ShenZhen. Boy they're as good as Roma!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zda-_-qe1w8
    Err... in terms of conceding goal they are slightly better let in onli 6 while the later 7. In scoring they lost 1-0 to Roma

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    Quote Originally Posted by redstorm View Post
    The last goal by Chris Eagle was a gem of a goal. Superb goal!!! I personally find him better than Alan Smith and Rossi.
    Yeah .....saw that goal also really swee... just like an eagle fast, acurate n vicious?!

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    Nani realises United dream

    Now that Reds' new-boy Nani has finally made his debut, he admits it is a dream come true to be playing in a United shirt.

    His rapid attacking play, well-taken goal and acrobatic celebration caught the eye on an impressive debut in the 6-0 victory over Shenzhen FC on Monday.

    The 20-year-old's first outing as a United player have given him a taste of what is to come, and he believes he has found a club whose footballing philosophy perfectly suits his own.

    "I like to play the sort of football Manchester United are famous for. It is so exciting to have joined this club," Nani was quoted as saying in The Sun.

    "When you look at the manager, the players and the stadium, you can see why I did move."

    The comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo are almost unavoidable, but they don't seem to faze Nani, who hopes to grasp the opportunity to follow his countryman's rapid development under Sir Alex Ferguson.

    "You look at the way Cristiano has grown as a player under Sir Alex. That is what I want to happen to me. To play next to him is like a dream for me."

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    Still waiting for Tevez to realise his dream to Man U

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    Joorabchian issues Hammers High Court writ

    Carlos Tevez's representative Kia Joorabchian is taking his fight with West Ham to the High Court.

    A writ was served this afternoon on the club's solicitors by lawyers acting on behalf of Joorabchian's companies MSI and Just Sports Inc.

    Joorabchian has called for the court to intervene to enable Argentinian striker Tevez, 23, to play for Manchester United.

    Joorabchian has decided to take this course of action despite FIFA recommending the dispute be settled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    Solicitor Graham Shear of lawyers Teacher Stern Selby said in a statement: 'I can confirm the companies (MSI and Just Sports Inc) have today begun High Court proceedings against West Ham.

    'This afternoon a High Court writ was served on the football club's solicitors.

    'The companies seek the court's intervention to compel West Ham to release the registration of Carlos Tevez in accordance with contracts entered into between the parties.

    'We are asking the court to intervene so that Carlos Tevez can be registered to play with Manchester United as soon as possible.'

    Shear added: 'We will be making no further statement at this time.'

    West Ham released the following statement in response to the High Court writ.

    'West Ham United is led to believe that MSI and Just Sports Inc. have issued a writ against the club this evening, although we are yet to receive this officially.

    'We will liaise with our lawyers and a further statement will be made when appropriate.'

    Tevez is registered as West Ham's player but Joorabchian claims he owns the player's economic rights and is therefore entitled to any transfer fee, which is at odds with the Premier League's stance.

    The League want West Ham to receive any fee for Tevez.

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    Giggs set to earn new contract with United

    Sir Alex Ferguson has dropped the clearest hint yet Ryan Giggs will be offered the chance to beat Manchester United's all-time appearance record.

    Giggs is currently 43 games away from matching Sir Bobby Charlton's club best of 759.

    Theoretically that could be done next season but in reality, at 33, Giggs is unlikely to be pushed quite so hard.

    With his contract due to expire in 12 months, there was the real possibility Giggs may leave Old Trafford before he beats Charlton's record.

    But, while chief executive David Gill confirmed earlier this week no talks were planned with the former Wales international, Ferguson confirmed both Giggs and fellow veteran Paul Scholes, would be remaining at United for a long time yet.

    'The situation with them both is straightforward,' said the United boss.

    'They are both fantastic professionals who have looked after themselves properly.

    'I don't have any doubts about them. They are both going to be playing at a very high level well into their mid-30s, certainly next year and the year after.'

    While Giggs turned in a man-of-the-match performance in a 6-0 triumph over Shenzhen in Macau last night, Scholes was heading back to England for further tests on the knee injury he sustained in Seoul on Friday.

    Although Ferguson does not believe the damage to be too serious, the former England star has been ruled out for up to a month, a period which includes the Premier League opener against Reading on August 12 and subsequent trips to Portsmouth and Manchester City.

    With fellow midfielder Owen Hargreaves yet to play a part in United's pre-season campaign so far due to his own knee problem, Ferguson could have done without such bad news.

    However, Scholes' situation is eclipsed by the row brewing between the Old Trafford outfit and north-west rivals Liverpool over the future of Argentina defender Gabriel Heinze.

    United are now examining the possibility that Liverpool made an illegal approach for a player who Reds boss Rafael Benitez has confirmed the Anfield outfit have made a bid for.

    'We are examining some of the statements coming from his agent and when contact was first made with Liverpool,' said Ferguson.

    'We are not happy with the agent's conduct in the matter and we are examining that as well, but it will take a couple of days before we have anything more to say. But our stance has not chance, Gabriel Heinze will not be joining Liverpool.'

    United have flatly refused to do business with Liverpool, even though Benitez has matched the Red Devils' £6.8million asking price for the 29-year-old.

    Although Heinze's agent claims to be in receipt of a letter which effectively gives the defender permission to leave Old Trafford, United chief executive David Gill does not believe it over-rides the player's contract, which still has two years to run.

    In any case, Gill insists he verbally informed Heinze's agent that United would not be prepared to do business with any of their main Premier League rivals, specifically Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.

    Currently on a short break following his participation at the Copa America, Heinze is said to be considering a legal challenge to Gill's view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    Joorabchian issues Hammers High Court writ



    Wah lao high court. Then I guess this over rule the Court of Arbitration for Sport?

    Dunno when will it be resolve. FIFA is all talk and no action. In the end, they refer it to the legal system. Like that might as well dun talk so much!

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    Gill patient for Tevez solution

    Reds chief executive David Gill remains hopeful that transfer target Carlos Tevez will complete his drawn-out move to Old Trafford from Upton Park, although he admits a resolution to the dispute is now out of United's hands.

    The impasse between West Ham and businessman Kia Joorabchian over the ownership of Tevez appears headed for the High Court, despite world governing body FIFA's recommendation that it should go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

    FIFA said on Tuesday afternoon: "[We] have recommended that West Ham and Carlos Tevez seek arbitration at CAS. Under the present circumstances this was deemed to be the best approach and in the interest of all parties."

    Hours later, lawyers acting on behalf of Joorabchian initiated legal proceedings.

    Although staying positive that the 23-year-old striker will join United, Gill says patience is now required.

    "I have not been involved in this and it is not Manchester United's decision," he was quoted as saying on Sky Sports. "Clearly, it is a dispute between Tevez, the owners and West Ham.

    "Hopefully, that can be solved relatively quickly and he can come to join us. I would have thought they have taken this decision in the belief that he can join us."

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    Giggs tipped to keep going

    Sir Alex Ferguson may have added youth to his attacking ranks with the signings of Nani and Anderson, but the Reds boss says United veterans Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes have plenty of mileage left in them.

    Giggs, whose current contract runs out at the end of the forthcoming season, is currently 43 competitive matches away from equalling Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time club record of 759 appearances.

    The Welshman played 39 games in 2006/07, so he is unlikely to surpass Sir Bobby's total next term.

    United's chief executive David Gill said earlier this week that, as yet, talks over a new deal for the Welshman have not been pencilled in, but there is every indication that will happen after Sir Alex outlined his belief that the 33-year-old winger, alongside team-mate Paul Scholes, can keep on going for years to come.

    "The situation with them both is straightforward," said the United boss. "They are both fantastic professionals who have looked after themselves properly.

    "I don't have any doubts about them. They are both going to be playing at a very high level well into their mid-30s, certainly next year and the year after."

    Their experience, alongside the likes of skipper Gary Neville, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Edwin van der Sar could be vital again next season and the perfect accompaniment to this summer's youthful influx of players.
    Seems quite a good balanced of youth n experience for the team!

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    Rossi and Pique staying on
    Despite strong interest in United youngsters Giuseppe Rossi and Gerard Pique, Sir Alex Ferguson wants to keep the pair at Old Trafford next season.

    Rossi and Pique both shone during loan spells with Parma and Real Zaragoza last season. The Italian and Spanish clubs have both shown an interest in making the deals permanent, but Sir Alex has so far resisted their advances.

    "The lads going away proved themselves," said the boss. "Giuseppe scored nine goals in 16 matches for Parma and the consensus is that he kept them up. Everyone says that.

    "Gerard played 24 games for Zaragoza and did exceptionally well. We got all the videos of the players and watched what they did in training. They will certainly come back."

    It will further bolster United's squad. As will the likes of, among others, Jonny Evans, Danny Simpson, Phil Bardsley and Chris Eagles, who all had loan spells away from the club. They could find themselves more involved in the first-team squad this season.

    "Hopefully we now have a strong enough pool of players," adds Sir Alex. "That's one of the reasons I was keen to get the young lads who were away on loan last year back at the club. They will develop better with us. They may play more regularly away on loan, but training with us and being part of the squad brings them on immeasurably."

    With United flat out in the title race last season, injuries proved troublesome towards the end of the campaign, particularly in the Champions League, where the Reds just ran out of steam.

    "The really big test last season was when we got the injuries in March," says the boss. "When we got to the AC Milan game, we didn't have enough freshness in the team to prepare for a semi final. That was a blow. We hope now that if we do get those injuries again, this time we have better back-up."

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