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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    Nani's Goal power man score from such a tight angle, Martin's shot similar to Chris Eagles.
    similar but eagles' shot requires more shooting technique and is more difficult.
    martin's shot is shooting with inside foot.
    eagles shot is a powerful dipping shot, shot by lifting the ball using top of the foot to give the ball a forward spin (similar to top spin in racquet games). thus giving the ball power and over the keeper, yet dipping down quicker into the net.

    something that gerrard always try for
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    I think the next season, the new signings are not the only ones to watch. The youth guys, Rossi, Pique, Evens and Eagles might get a chance. Eagles have already showed what he can do last season at Everton and the 2 goals during the Asia friendlies. Rossi managed 9 goals in 19 games for Parma and that is almost a goal every 2 games. Its more like a RVN record! Defenders Pique and Evens also did well during their loan spell.

    But I can forsee many difficulties for them esp midfielder Eagles. Man Utd's midfield already so packed that it will be hard for him to break into the team. Since 1990, I think SAF have always buy strikers and did not promote any one from the reserves and so Rossi might find it difficult. Strikers are quite critical at Man Utd and only the best can make it.

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    I think this season, our strength in depth is quite excellent. The 2nd 11 is able to beat many teams.

    The First XI: Van der Sar; Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Ronaldo, Scholes, Hargreaves, Giggs; Tevez, Rooney.

    The Second XI: Foster; O'Shea, Brown, Pique, Heinze; Anderson, Park, Carrick, Nani; Solskjaer, Saha.

    The Third XI: Kuszczak; Bardsley, Evans, Silvestre, Eckersley; Fletcher, Eagles, Lee, Martin; Smith, Rossi.

    The Fourth XI: Heaton; Simpson, Cathcart, Shawcross, Lea; Gibson, Gray, Jones, Barnes; Campbell, Fangzhou.

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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    I think this season, our strength in depth is quite excellent. The 2nd 11 is able to beat many teams.

    The First XI: Van der Sar; Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Ronaldo, Scholes, Hargreaves, Giggs; Tevez, Rooney.

    The Second XI: Foster; O'Shea, Brown, Pique, Heinze; Anderson, Park, Carrick, Nani; Solskjaer, Saha.

    The Third XI: Kuszczak; Bardsley, Evans, Silvestre, Eckersley; Fletcher, Eagles, Lee, Martin; Smith, Rossi.

    The Fourth XI: Heaton; Simpson, Cathcart, Shawcross, Lea; Gibson, Gray, Jones, Barnes; Campbell, Fangzhou.
    Sounds like u got some inside info

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff49er View Post
    Sounds like u got some inside info
    No la this info is avaliable at the club's site, including all player profiles.

    This squad is as good and strong as Chelsea's. Consistancy will be the key factor.

    I'm always intrigued by B. Munich's ex strikers, Pizarro and Santa Cruz. Now that they are at Chelsea and Blackburn, can't wait to see how they fare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    No la this info is avaliable at the club's site, including all player profiles.

    This squad is as good and strong as Chelsea's. Consistancy will be the key factor.

    I'm always intrigued by B. Munich's ex strikers, Pizarro and Santa Cruz. Now that they are at Chelsea and Blackburn, can't wait to see how they fare.
    i think pizzaro is pretty ok. i dun find santa cruz that good but for blackburn i think its quite good buy.
    i think this season bayern munich has power strikers! klose and TONI!
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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    I think this season, our strength in depth is quite excellent. The 2nd 11 is able to beat many teams.

    The First XI: Van der Sar; Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Ronaldo, Scholes, Hargreaves, Giggs; Tevez, Rooney.

    The Second XI: Foster; O'Shea, Brown, Pique, Heinze; Anderson, Park, Carrick, Nani; Solskjaer, Saha.

    The Third XI: Kuszczak; Bardsley, Evans, Silvestre, Eckersley; Fletcher, Eagles, Lee, Martin; Smith, Rossi.

    The Fourth XI: Heaton; Simpson, Cathcart, Shawcross, Lea; Gibson, Gray, Jones, Barnes; Campbell, Fangzhou.
    can use each of the team for different tournament 1 for CL, 1 for EPL, 1 for FA CUP, 1 for Carling cup n etc.....
    Like dat will not afraid that fatique...

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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    No la this info is avaliable at the club's site, including all player profiles.

    This squad is as good and strong as Chelsea's. Consistancy will be the key factor.

    I'm always intrigued by B. Munich's ex strikers, Pizarro and Santa Cruz. Now that they are at Chelsea and Blackburn, can't wait to see how they fare.
    Lets see how they perfrom if they good maybe can get Pizarro when the Jan transfer window open!

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    can use each of the team for different tournament 1 for CL, 1 for EPL, 1 for FA CUP, 1 for Carling cup n etc.....
    Like dat will not afraid that fatique...
    hahaha

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    Lets see how they perfrom if they good maybe can get Pizarro when the Jan transfer window open!
    Bro, make no mistake, Chelsea ain't gonna sell him during Jan window and at least not to Man Utd. That period is the African Nations Cup and they will lose strikers like Drogba and Kalou. Pizarro will be their key man during that period.

    Both Pizarro and Santa Cruz are no longer at Munich. Pizarro joined Chelsea and Blackburn signed Santa Cruz. I think Mark Hughes signed a gem again. 1st with McCarthy and now Santa Cruz. Dunno will he suit the league or not.

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    Hargreaves raring to go

    Owen Hargreaves is confident he will be fit for the start of the new campaign, despite missing all four matches on United's pre-season tour of Asia.

    The 26-year-old midfielder joined from Bayern Munich in July after a year of waiting patiently for the move to Manchester he craved.

    But tendonitis trouble in his knee has meant he has had to wait that little bit longer to realise his ambition of playing for the Reds.

    "I'm just dying to play and have the chance to pull that top on for the first time," he said. "There are some big games coming up but my goal is to be there on the opening day of the season."

    Sir Alex Ferguson significantly enhanced his options in the middle of the park by signing three midfielders over the summer. And with strong competition for places in central areas from Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher, Hargreaves is aware that the season will be a squad effort.

    "The manager has so many options," he said. "Every player is very different and unique. You look at people like Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, they are some of the best players in the world. All I can do is get the ball, then give it to one of them to do their thing.

    "Not every player is going to play in every game. That's a fact. But the important thing for all of us is that United need to be successful.

    "If we all miss a few games but end up with a couple of trophies in our hands, I'm sure everyone would be very happy indeed."

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    Inter gear up for Reds test

    Inter Milan suffered two defeats at the weekend in the Emirates Cup competition, and coach Roberto Mancini is keen to see an improved performance from his Serie A champions when they face United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

    “If Zlatan Ibrahimovic can play at Old Trafford and we have Maxwell and Dejan Stankovic back we will have a stronger team and will hopefully play better,” said Mancini after Inter’s 2-1 loss to Arsenal on Sunday.

    The Nerazzurri finished last in the four-team tournament after going down to the Gunners and Valencia but there were some positives for the San Siro chief, who used the game to give a debut to new signing Cristian Chivu.

    “He did well and has been training with Roma [his former club] so is in good shape," said Mancini. "Ibrahimovic had a slight problem so we decided it was best to leave him out of the team. He should play against United.”

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was reflective over the meaning of his side’s win over the reigning Serie A champions. “They were missing a lot of their South Americans, and Patrick Vieira, of course – although he’s more north London,” joked the Frenchman. "If we were to meet in the Champions League we know it would be a different game.”

    In the opening tie of the tournament Inter lost 2-0 to Valencia. The Italians appeared to lack match fitness and they were undone by their rivals’ energy. The Spanish side opened the scoring on 13 minutes when Jaime Gavilan raced to the byline and drove a low shot into the far bottom corner despite Francesco Toldo getting a touch.

    Then the lead was doubled after Marco Materazzi fouled Joaquin and Villa curled a marvellous free-kick in off the post, with the aid of a deflection off Gavilan.

    Against Arsenal, Inter had taken the lead through David Suazo on 62 minutes but Hleb equalised five minutes later and Robin van Persie hit the winner on 85 minutes. The result meant that the Gunners won the tournament.

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    Giggs eyes Euro tribute

    Ryan Giggs says success in the Champions League this season would be the perfect tribute to those who died in the Munich air disaster.

    February 6 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of the tragedy, which claimed the lives of 23 people - including eight United players.

    Giggs - the most experienced current Reds player - is keen that the tragedy be marked fittingly, and says there would be no better way than delivering European success.

    "To win the European Cup again this season to mark 50 years after Munich would be the most unbelievable tribute," says Giggs. "I think the players want to do well this season because of the anniversary and the supporters will want a big trophy because of it."

    The Munich air disaster is such an intrinsic part of United's history, and the 33-year-old Welshman says its importance is keenly felt among the current squad.

    "Every United player knows what Munich and the Busby Babes means to the history of our club," he adds. "Everything special about United stems back to that time. It's why we have so many fans around the world. Seeing video footage about that team has brought it home to me how important they were."
    Yeah....... lets bring back the cup!!!

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    £31m for two subs - now that's style Fergie
    Their prodigious talent is reflected in a combined cost of £31million, but Nani and Anderson have been warned they can expect to spend most of the coming season warming the bench at Old Trafford.

    After stunning his Premiership rivals with the most spectacular transfer coup of the summer, Sir Alex Ferguson was thought to have earmarked his two expensive newcomers for key roles in Manchester United's title defence.

    But assistant Carlos Queiroz provided an insight into the United manager's capacity for forward planning by revealing: "Sir Alex is looking at the next decade rather than just next season and he sees Nani and Anderson as part of the long-term future. It will be at least a year before they can consider themselves regular first-teamers."

    Manager Ferguson admitted to having monitored Nani's emergence since raiding Sporting Lisbon for Cristiano Ronaldo, while £14m Anderson is seen as a natural successor to Paul Scholes as the attacking midfielder with an eye for goal.

    Even at an overall outlay of £31m, though, he will not expose either to the demands of the Premiership until he is convinced they are ready.

    Asked about £17m winger Nani and Brazilian Anderson, in an interview with Portuguese paper A Bola, Queiroz said: "They are both incredibly talented, but nobody should expect too much too soon. For now, they are not in our plans for the basis of the team. If you are talking about the starting line-up, don't expect them to figure too much this coming season.

    "Perhaps in the 2008-09 season they will start coming into their own. Owen Hargreaves is different. He is more experienced and was a necessity for a particular role in midfield.

    "But these two are young and we are happy to give them time to grow up in their new surroundings and develop an understanding of Manchester United's culture and mentality. That won't happen overnight.

    "We are steadily collecting a group of players who can serve this club and keep it successful for the next 10 years."

    Queiroz is tipping Liverpool. Arsenal, Tottenham and even Newcastle to add a competitive edge to the title race but is confident United can not only repeat last season's triumph, but do it in style.

    He said: "Liverpool and Arsenal are looking strong, and Tottenham and Newcastle will be difficult to beat. But we will approach the Premiership in the same way as always. Winning is crucial but is not enough on its own.

    "We like to put on a show, win games with a flourish and we will be doing our utmost to be creative and stylish again."

    Ferguson echoed centre back Rio Ferdinand's claim that a clean sweep of all four major trophies could be within United's grasp.

    He said: "We have a good squad plus a few decent young players for the League Cup and back-up in the Champions League, so we'll have a go. We've known about Nani for a long time. When we signed Ronaldo, he was the next player in Sporting's set-up that we were keeping an eye on."

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    Manchester United's youth excites Ferguson
    It proved too much even for a Chelsea machine oiled by Roman Abramovich's money and Jose Mourinho's management flair but Sir Alex Ferguson is quite prepared to entertain thoughts of Manchester United winning all four trophies this season.

    When the United manager was reminded of comments from Rio Ferdinand that he thought the club should aim for a quadruple, he did not dismiss it as idle pre-season talk. "We have a good squad plus a few decent young players for the League Cup and back-up in the Champions League so we will have a go," he said.

    It is likely that one trophy at least will come to Old Trafford - only three times in the past 11 years have Manchester United failed to lift a major piece of silverware. But attempting to win everything, which was so often the downfall of Don Revie's Leeds United, was something Mourinho acknowledged at the culmination of a season in which Chelsea won both domestic cups sandwiched between a European Cup semi-final and second place in the Premiership. Chelsea, Mourinho suggested, might be more selective next time around.

    Ferguson has always maintained the Treble of 1999 was unrepeatable and if he has to make a priority this season it would be the Champions League, a competition in which his record has not matched his domestic achievements. There will also be challenges nearer home. Yesterday, the Liverpool chief executive, Rick Parry, warned that despite spending £40 million already this summer, Rafael Benitez's shopping might not be over.

    In an interview with Inside United magazine, Ferguson enthused about the pool of young talent at Old Trafford, stating that there was no possibility of any further loan deals. "My biggest management job in the next campaign will be with the young players," he said. "Jonny Evans, Gerard Pique, Danny Simpson, Chris Eagles, Lee Martin, Frazier Campbell and Giuseppe Rossi.

    ''That's going to take a lot of handling. They are terrific young players and there's no way we'd even think about letting them go out on loan because they are the future."

    The more immediate future is represented by Ferguson's summer buys. Owen Hargreaves is likely to make his United debut at Peterborough on Saturday - the day before the Community Shield encounter with Chelsea. Ferguson has invested plenty of expectation in Nani and Anderson. Though they may not feature immediately in United's front line, Ferguson considers their combined transfer fees of some £30 million is justified by potential.

    ''We have known about Nani for a long time," he said. "When we signed Cristiano Ronaldo, he was the next player in the Sporting Lisbon set-up we were keeping an eye on. He was playing as a centre-forward for their youth team at the time. However, he can play wide on both sides.

    ''Anderson is another fantastic talent. He can play centre midfield or in the middle of attack. We have taken a bit of a risk with him because he broke his leg last year but we thought that if he starts the season at Porto it won't be long before everybody wants him, so we decided to do the deal now.

    ''They'll give us terrific options because Ji Sung Park won't be available until February. We missed his energy in the run-in so the new lads will help fill that void."

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    Yeah....... lets bring back the cup!!!
    Oh Yeah! The time has come!

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    I think we can do better this season. Let's hope the new guys are settling in well and be able to prove themselves.
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    followin' forlan's footstep...rossi off to villarreal...

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    Finally, Smith is moving out of OT together with Rossi who is heading for La Liga. Obviously, Tevez's case is ending very soon and SAF is getting him otherwise ManU wouldn't want to be caught exposed without cover if Rooney and company (touch wood) get injured. Yay!!!

    ALAN Smith is set to join Newcastle after United accepted a £6m deal for the striker.

    The 26-year-old was today due to hold talks with manager Sam Allardyce over personal terms, with the transfer expected to go ahead this week.

    Smith was also the subject of a bid from Middlesbrough, who wanted him to replace St James' Park-bound Mark Viduka, but the former Leeds striker was not keen on a move to the Riverside.

    Smith now seems certain to leave United, who he joined for £7m just over three years ago. He has made 93 appearances for the Reds, scoring 12 goals.

    Smith has been reluctant to leave Old Trafford, but the impending arrival of Carlos Tevez and the singings of Nani and Anderson over the summer means there is little room for a player who has struggled to make an impact on the first team since he broke his leg and dislocated his ankle against Liverpool in February last year.

    The transfer is also a sign that United are optimistic they can still secure a deal to bring Tevez to the club before the August 31 transfer deadline.

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    Nani a doubt for Inter

    Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Nani may miss Wednesday night's friendly against Inter Milan due to an ankle injury.

    However, fellow new signings Anderson and Owen Hargreaves should make their non-competitive United bows in the coming days, and Gary Neville, Louis Saha and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are racing to be fit for the start of the new season.

    Portuguese winger Nani, who scored twice in as many appearances on United's Asia Tour, has been hampered in pre-season with an ankle injury he sustained in the European U21 Championships. An ankle injury in training this week is likely to rule the 20-year-old signing from Sporting Lisbon out of the match.

    "Nani got a little injury in his ankle in training on Monday," said the boss. "He's a bit of a doubt for Wednesday's game."

    The good news is that Hargreaves and Anderson, whose first day was on Monday, are both now in full training and could be involved in the match against Peterborough on Saturday. Brazilian teenager Anderson, who missed the Asia Tour due to his involvement in the Copa America, could also feature in Friday's trip to Doncaster Rovers.

    As for Neville, Saha and Solskjaer, who all underwent surgery over the summer will be "roughly a couple of weeks for the three of them," according to the boss, which means they may not be fully match fit to start the season. Sir Alex also added that Paul Scholes is contuining his recovery from knee surgery, but gave no indication as to a return date.
    Another injury!

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    why does saf likes to sell young potential players at low price and buy young potential players at high price? rossi hasn't even break into the team to see how he will perform yet 1 exciting talent gone.

    tat leaves only rooney, tevez and saha expected to perform. 1 haven't found his finishing touches, another 1 just arrived and haven't got used to the team yet, and the last 1 is injured half the time.
    solskjaer cant play 90 mins already. hmmm, is SAF too overconfident on these 3 strikers? i myself aint too confident about those 3 yet....
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