And it din help that RM and Juv din come up with concrete offers.
but selling to liverpool is not something that we supposed to do.. heinze can go anywhere except our rivals in the league.. this i agree with the man utd management..
used Nikon, Canon, Panasonic n Oly.. now Fujifilm
Man Utd still dun have the best strikers. I think Tottenham have the best 4 in the league. Bent, Berbatov, Defoe and Keane. Wah! Newcastle's strikers seems good as well. Owen, Martins, Smith and Viduka.
Man Utd net Scholes injury boost
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes may be fit for the start of the Premier League season - despite a recent exploratory knee operation.
Scholes, 32, was injured during a pre-season game against FC Seoul but has been included in the squad to face Dunfermline in a friendly on Wednesday.
If he plays some part, Scholes could be a substitute against Reading on Sunday.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson will not be at the East End Park run-out because his wife wants him to help move house.
Ferguson said: "I told Cathy that I had a match but she wasn't having any of that. She said it was a friendly and that I had to help her."
Man Utd set to wrap up Tevez deal
Manchester United are hoping to complete the signing of striker Carlos Tevez in the next 24 hours.
Tevez's agent Kia Joorabchian has now paid West Ham a £2m settlement, meaning the 23-year-old has been formally released from his contract.
United have put forward their proposed two-year loan deal for the Argentina striker to the Premier League.
The League's lawyers are now looking through the details of the signing before rubber-stamping the deal.
However, the League approved a similar deal allowing Javier Mascherano to join Liverpool, so there are not expected to be any further hold-ups with Tevez's move.
The champions kick off their league campaign against Reading at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said on Tuesday that the Tevez saga had been "unbelievable".
Report: Dunfermline 0 Utd 4
United notched a comfortable victory over Dunfermline in Scott Thomson’s testimonial, winning 4-0 through goals from Chris Eagles, Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney (2).
First team coach Mike Phelan guided a strong Reds side to victory at East End Park, with one of the highlights being a 90-minute appearance from midfielder Paul Scholes.
Scholes’ surprise run-out came just two weeks after a knee operation, and is a massive boost ahead of the new season. So too, was the 65-minute appearance of Owen Hargreaves, who turned in a solid display on his first United start.
Chris Eagles was within inches of putting United ahead after 13 minutes, only for Ryan Giggs’ inswinging cross to be deflected away from the youngster just before he could head home.
Pars winger Morrison fired a neat volley over Tomasz Kuszcak’s crossbar seven minutes later to underline that the hosts were not simply making up the numbers against their more illustrious opponents.
The Reds’ class told as they moved ahead after 23 minutes, however, and sadly man of the hour Thomson was involved, missing Giggs’ slotted through-ball and allowing Eagles time to clip home a calm finish.
Wayne Rooney was proving a constant thorn in the hosts’ side, and it was his inch-perfect pass which gave Giggs the chance to double United’s advantage in the 35th minute with an impudent chip over goalkeeper Murdoch.
It was the Welsh veteran’s second goal in successive pre-season outings after his Community Shield strike, and he was involved again just before half-time as he released Fletcher, only for the Scot to drag his shot wide.
Rooney drove a shot wide just before the interval, but he had to wait only 15 minutes of the second period before getting his goal. The England striker coolly slotted home a penalty after Fletcher had been brought down by Murdoch.
A second was almost forthcoming shortly afterwards as Rooney brilliantly diverted Sean Evans’ cross goalwards, only for a super one-handed save from substitute keeper McKenzie.
The game continued at an energetic pace before Rooney wrapped up the victory three minutes from time, racing through and clipping home after being inexplicably gifted possession by McManus.
The evening’s final highlight came in the final minute as Thomson was substituted in order to receive a rousing ovation, which was duly forthcoming.
While the Pars veteran was the undoubted man of the hour, United can be more than happy with the added bonus of a decent workout ahead of Sunday’s season opener against Reading.
Dunfermline Athletic: Murdoch (McKenzie, 65); McGuire (Shields, 46), Bamba (Wilson, 57), Thomson (Burchill, 90), Woods (Muirhead, 46); Williamson (Harper, 46), Phinn, Simmons (Young, 46), O. Morrison (McManus, 46); Crawford, Hamilton (Glass, 65).
Manchester United: Kuszczak; Bardsley, Brown (A Eckersley, 46), Pique, Silvestre; Eagles, Fletcher, Scholes, Hargreaves (S Evans, 65); Rooney, Giggs (Eikrem, 79).
Subs not used: van der Sar.
Report: Glentoran 0 United 3
Nani scores again 3 games 3 goalsNani was the star of the show in Northern Ireland as United beat Glentoran 3-0 at The Oval on Wednesday night, dazzling with his skill, impressing with his tireless work-rate and scoring the best goal on the night.
The 20-year-old completed the full 90 minutes and looks ready for the start of the new season. He scored United’s third, adding to goals from Fraizer Campbell and Patrice Evra.
With Sir Alex Ferguson absent as he moves house (it seems strange even writing that), Carlos Queiroz took charge of the team in Belfast, where United were afforded a warm welcome, with more red shirts than green among the 14,000-strong crowd, and the offer of the home dressing room at The Oval.
All eyes were on United’s young signings Nani and Anderson as the match kicked off, but it was two other youthful starlets that engineered an early breakthrough.
Livewire winger Lee Martin had already proved a persistent nuisance down the left flank in the first four minutes. He showed determination to win back possession in the penalty area, skill and pace to beat his marker and awareness to pick out young striker Campbell, whose acrobatic volley from close range gave Glentoran goalkeeper Michael Dougherty no chance.
United’s slick movement brought a second goal after thirteen minutes, this time from a speedy counterattack. Nani, Anderson and Campbell all played their part in a swift move that finished up with Evra cracking a low shot into the bottom right corner.
Nani’s pace was ever threatening and, once he had settled, Anderson too showed some neat touches in his role as a deep-lying striker. He went close with a low shot on the 16-minute mark, then teed-up a Campbell volley with a clever one-two on the edge of the area.
In recent years, United fans have become accustomed to a Portuguese No.7 running at defenders, cutting inside and rifling a shot past the keeper. But, Cristiano Ronaldo had remained in Manchester for treatment on a minor ankle injury. The architect of United’s third, an unstoppable thunderbolt into the top corner, was Nani – with Ronaldo’s shirt temporarily on loan – and he appears sharp, ready for the new season and potentially as explosive as his fellow countryman.
Glentoran made nine changes at the break, whereas United made stuck with the same eleven. The Reds continued to controll the game without ever really overexerting themselves.
Half-chances came and went for Martin, Evra, Anderson and Nani. But, late on, the Irish Premier League side went close to what would have been a memorable goal to mark their 125th anniversary. First United’s Lee Martin had to clear a shot off the line following a goalmouth scramble from a corner with 15 minutes remaining, then BJ McMenamin fluffed his chance to blast home a volley.
All in all it was a good workout for the Reds, and not just for Nani and Anderson. Youngsters Martin and Campbell both impressed, and Michael Lea, Darron Gibson and Dong Fangzhuo all got run-outs as substitutes. But, now the real football begins and the Reds' focus now turns to Reading's visit to Old Trafford on Sunday for the start of United’s title defence.
United: Heaton, Simpson (Gibson, 61), Ferdinand, Vidic (Lea, 69), Evra; Martin, Carrick, O’Shea, Nani; Anderson, Campbell (Dong, 61).
CR injured n loan out his shirt to Nani! Looks like he is really leaving end of the 07/08 season!
Carlos: We mean business
Carlos Queiroz says United’s players cannot wait to start their defence of the Premier League crown as he watched a Reds XI side comfortably see off Glentoran on Wednesday.
Nani, Patrice Evra and Fraizer Campbell scored for the Reds in Northern Ireland, whilst, simultaneously, Chris Eagles, Ryan Giggs and a Wayne Rooney double gave a Mike Phelan-led United team victory over Dunfermline.
“There is no doubt that the boys are ready,” Carlos told Sky Sports. “Everybody is excited about the start of the new season and ready to face the challenge of this championship.
“It was very nice to see some of the football we played [against Glentoran],” he added. “The players took it seriously and we played with a lot pace.”
Nani, in particular, impressed against the Irish Premier League team, as did youngsters Campbell and Lee Martin.
“It was good to see the attacking combinations of our players, and we scored three beautiful goals,” said Carlos. Everyone was pleased with the performance.
“Anderson is a little bit light after his recent injury, but it’s coming for him. We believe in 15 days or so he will be fully ready.”
Nemanja Vidic, who suffered a cut above his eye following an aerial challenge, had a couple of stitches in the wound, but Queiroz says it will not prevent the Serbian centre-back from starting alongside Rio Ferdinand against Reading on Sunday.
Boss sad to see Smudge leave
Sad to see him leave but still want to sell himSir Alex Ferguson admits it was a huge wrench to allow popular striker Alan Smith to join Newcastle United.
The 26-year-old England international sealed a move to St James' Park last week after a rollercoaster three years at Old Trafford.
A well-liked figure with fans and colleagues alike, Sir Alex admits Smith will be missed as he starts his career anew with the Magpies.
"Alan has been a fantastic character in the dressing room and also a very important player for us," Sir Alex is quoted as saying in the Daily Express.
"There are few characters as big as him in this country at the moment and it was a very difficult one for us to decide."
Smith's firebrand approach quickly endeared him to United fans, despite his ties with previous club Leeds, and Sir Alex is confident that he will receive a warm welcome whenever he returns to Old Trafford.
"I was very sad to see him go," said the Gaffer. "He'll be remembered with great affection by everyone here and I'm sure that's the case with the fans."
Coppell unfazed by tough start
quite impressive pre-season record!Reading boss Steve Coppell expects no friendly favours from his former club when the Royals visit Old Trafford on Sunday, but he doesn't fear defeat against United.
Coppell surprised everyone in the Premier League by leading Reading to eighth spot and his managerial colleagues voted him LMA Manager of the Year for the second year running. But he is expecting another tough season, if not tougher, as they look to repeat last season’s heroics once again on a limited budget.
"You find yourself [awaiting the new season] in a state of nervous anxiety," Coppell told Reading's official website. "We’re anticipating a very difficult season. You like to think you've got enough but only time will tell, we’re not on the same financial footing as everyone else.”
The fixture list has not been kind to Reading. The Royals face United on Sunday, before entertaining Chelsea and Everton at the Madejski. It’s a tough start, but Coppell’s attitude is one of taking whatever he can get. “I don't think [the tough start] has anything to do with it, it makes no difference,” he adds. “I think teams last year recovered from a bad start.”
Reading began last season with a 3-2 win over Middlesbrough, but followed it up with losses to Aston Villa and Wigan. Coppell’s message to his players is simple: hard graft is required, but he won’t hit the panic button if his side fail to pick up any points against United and Chelsea. “People will make judgement calls after the first week,” he said, “but we know we just have to try hard.”
The Royals, who are without injured striker Leroy Lita, have lost just once during pre-season, against River Plate, but they have won six of eight friendlies this summer, including a 1-0 defeat of French champions Lyon.
Season Start liao!
Sunday 11pm singapore time
UNITED V Reading
My guess 3-0
tevez still not a reds yet?
Tevez is officially a Man U player
Man U has yet to announce jersey nos
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Tevez completes Man Utd transfer
Manchester United have finally completed the signing of Argentine striker Carlos Tevez.
The summer saga involving Tevez eventually came to an end when the Premier League approved the deal - thought to be a two-year loan.
The 23-year-old had become a free agent when his agent Kia Joorabchian paid former club West Ham a £2m settlement.
Tevez is eligible to play against Reading on Sunday but the striker is not yet match fit.
His first game is likely to be the derby at Manchester City on Sunday 19 August.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: "Carlos has surprised us. We thought he would need more training but he looks in great shape.
"It is a difficult situation to assess because a derby game can be frenetic. Once we know he can play, we can make a decision quite easily."
Jersey nos announced