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    Heinze joins Real Madrid

    Gabriel Heinze will join Spanish side Real Madrid on a four-year deal, the Spanish club have confirmed.

    The 29-year-old, who on Tuesday was told by a Premier League arbitration panel that he could not join Liverpool as he had wished, will sign for an undisclosed fee.

    The La Liga champions announced the news on their official website. A statement said: "Real Madrid and Manchester United have reached an agreement for the transfer of Gabriel Heinze.

    "The Argentinian will sign a contract for the next four seasons and will be immediately incorporated into Bernd Schuster's squad."

    The move draws the curtain on three years at Old Trafford for the all-action left-back, who United signed for £6.9million from Paris Saint Germain in June 2004.

    Heinze made 83 appearances for the Reds scoring four goals, including a fabulous first season that saw him collect the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award. However, injuries hampered his second season with the Reds and last season he was under pressure for the left-back slot from Patrice Evra, now Sir Alex Ferguson's first choice.
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    Glad that RM came in for him. If not Liv and Benitaz will continue nagging and bugging us for him.

    They now can sign him during Jan or end of season window.

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    I feel its quite a waste to let him go. Cant think of a current Utd left back more dedicated and hardworking than him. Overall performance wise, i think in recent Utd times, only Irwin can be on par.

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    Reds examine rivals' conduct

    Sir Alex Ferguson vows United will "not let Liverpool off" after opening an investigation into the Anfield club's conduct in the Gabriel Heinze affair.

    The Merseysiders' drawn-out attempt to sign Heinze ended this week when a three-man Premier League arbitration panel ruled against the player's claim that a letter signed by United chief executive David Gill permitted him to sign for Liverpool.

    "We are looking at Liverpool's whole role in this," said Sir Alex on Friday.

    "We are not letting them off with it. That is what we are investigating."

    Asked whether it was a case of 'tapping up' Heinze, Sir Alex responded: "David Gill is working on it at the moment. We will get to the bottom of it and see how it comes out."

    Sir Alex insists he has no issue with Heinze, who eventually signed for Real Madrid.

    "I've got no axe to grind with Gaby whatsoever. The issue without question is how much he listened to us rather than his agent. But his agent will make his few bob."

    Sir Alex also responded to two points made by Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez. The latter lambasted the Premier League panel's decision but Sir Alex said, "There was never any chance of winning that case, so Rafa clearly did not read the Premier League rules."

    Benitez also bemoaned Liverpool's share of early Saturday kick-offs.

    "It is disappointing stuff," said Sir Alex. "He talks about the fixtures... he should have seen our fixtures over the last two or three seasons."

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    Saha set for bench place

    Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Louis Saha could be on the bench for Sunday's must-win clash with Tottenham at Old Trafford.

    The French striker has not played since the Champions League semi-final defeat to AC Milan on 2 May because of a knee complaint which resulted in surgery over the summer.

    Saha has now completed two full weeks' training and is in contention for a spot on the subs' bench this weekend.

    "With Louis Saha we’re hoping we can get him on the bench, but it depends on how he comes through training on Friday and Saturday," admitted Sir Alex Ferguson at his pre-match press conference.

    "Nevertheless, we are hopeful, he’s done very well in the last two weeks. There is some light at the end of the tunnel there.

    "He is an out-and-out front player," added the boss. "He has pace and power and at the start of last season he got close to fifteen goals. If he had continued playing all season he could have hit 30. So that was a big loss for us in the second half of the season.

    "We just never got him back on the field with the combination of his hamstring and knee injuries. But he has been doing well in training in the last two weeks and if he does come back then it is a big boost."

    Meanwhile, a scan has shown there is no damage to Edwin van der Sar's foot meaning the Dutchman is fit to start Sunday's game. The 36-year-old goalkeeper picked up a knock in training whilst on international duty for Holland earlier this week, but Sir Alex confirmed his No.1 stopper is okay.

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    Club deny Berbatov bid

    The club have responded to reports linking them with a bid for Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov.

    Media reports suggested the Reds would move for the Bulgarian international in the wake of Wayne Rooney's broken foot, which will keep him out of action until mid-October.

    However, the club have denied making any bid for the Spurs front man.

    "Manchester United is linked to many players in every transfer window. The club have categorically not made any offer for Dimitar Berbatov," said a club spokesman.

    The 26-year-old will miss his side's trip to Old Trafford on Sunday after suffering a recurrence of an old groin injury.

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    Sir Alex issues Spurs warning

    Sir Alex Ferguson is confident that United will get off to winning ways against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Sunday.

    The Reds have drawn with Reading and Portsmouth and lost to Manchester City in the opening three games of the season. And in United’s title defence, Sir Alex admits the team has already given itself an uphill task. But he’s confident that the Reds’ poor luck cannot continue.

    "We will win the game on Sunday," he said confidently. "Our performance level will win the game for us. There is no question Tottenham will come here with a great determination to help their manager. But with the ability in this team, I know the results we have been having will not carry on for long."

    The Reds boss remains upbeat despite the disappointment of last week’s derby defeat, although he was significantly heartened by the performance and dominance of his team. "Has there ever been a derby game in history where the home side did not win one corner?” he said incredulously. "I am perfectly aware winning is the name of the game, and we do not like losing. But everyone played with great intensity and commitment, and their passing was excellent. It was just the finishing that let us down.

    "You just have to ride along with it. There is no point me deserting players who have proved their ability at the top level of the game. So, what is the issue? The issue is that - because we are not winning games - there is a different slant on everything. I understand that. It’s the opposite of last season’s good start in terms of results. But performance-wise, we’ve done really well.

    “We had the worst result. But if there is a saving grace, it’s that Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea all dropped two points. That in some way helped to ease the pain.”

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    Scholes wants goals galore

    Paul Scholes is confident United can rediscover the goal touch sooner rather than later, following a barren start to the season.

    The veteran midfielder is the Reds' only goalscorer this term, but is adamant Sir Alex Ferguson's side have the wherewithal to start converting the numerous chances they continue to create.

    "I would hope that the goals are just around the corner for us, but we can't take it for granted," Scholes told MUTV.

    "There are lots of players in the team who can score goals and create them. And it will hopefully soon all click into place so we can go and win some games."

    Injuries to Wayne Rooney and Louis Saha have kept them sidelined, while the sales of Giuseppe Rossi and Alan Smith have left the Reds short on numbers up front.

    New signing Carlos Tevez has been thrown in at the deep end as a result and, although he is yet to score, his displays have impressed Scholes.

    "Carlos has been brilliant so far and his work-rate is something to be admired," he said. "We all know the quality he has and he will hopefully go on to score a lot of goals for us."

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    Welbeck stars in World Cup

    Young United winger Danny Welbeck has helped England reach the last 16 of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Korea after victory over Brazil.

    The Reds winger was part of Paul McGuinness' side that reached the FA Youth Cup final last season, losing on penalities to Liverpool. He has signed scholarship forms in United's Academy this year and has already been highlighted as a promising player for the future by Sir Alex Ferguson.

    The 16-year-old midfielder, who was an unused substitute in England's first match - a 1-1 draw with host nation Korea - played in both of the last two matches to help John Peacock's side finish top of Group B.

    Manchester-born Welbeck scored twice in England’s 5-0 thrashing of New Zealand earlier this week, and he also played 83 minutes of the Three Lions’ 2-1 victory over tournament favourites Brazil on Friday.
    Looks like we have another up n coming youngster!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benchmarc View Post
    I feel its quite a waste to let him go. Cant think of a current Utd left back more dedicated and hardworking than him. Overall performance wise, i think in recent Utd times, only Irwin can be on par.
    I beg to differ. Heinze was good when he first came to OT. Last season his performance dipped badly and he made a couple of glaring mistakes. His injuries didn't help either. After being pushed down the pecking order by Evra, I thought, as a defender worth his salt, he should have stayed, train harder to prove his worth. I see he is no fighter and doesn't deserve to be in the squad.

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    I think this time our scoreline is 3-1
    Full 3 pts! no less!

    Expecting the rest to drop some pts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redstorm View Post
    I beg to differ. Heinze was good when he first came to OT. Last season his performance dipped badly and he made a couple of glaring mistakes. His injuries didn't help either. After being pushed down the pecking order by Evra, I thought, as a defender worth his salt, he should have stayed, train harder to prove his worth. I see he is no fighter and doesn't deserve to be in the squad.
    Agreed he was good in the first season but the rest......

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    Finally...first win of the season..it was quite a struggle..and the goal was quite lucky as well..as these type are not the main goals you get every match..early on in pre-season, I stated Man Utd needed 2 new strikers..they got 1 in tevez..but they still badly need the target man..

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    Fergie should consider chopping both Giggs and Scholes......they are the main culprit for MU poor start....they cannot control...nor can they inpsire the youngsters....on the silver lining...Nani starts to be Ronaldo No.2 now....winning the game single handly....imagine from next week onwards.....put them at one left...one right......if possible put Saha and Tevez up front....sorry Keano....Sunderland will be our first scapegoat

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    Bull lah, Nani did not win the game single handedly, and he throws tantrums like hissy fit. You must be watching a different game. The refree was the man of the match followed closely by the linesman. 2 obvious penalties and they gave nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kahuna View Post
    Fergie should consider chopping both Giggs and Scholes......they are the main culprit for MU poor start....they cannot control...nor can they inpsire the youngsters....on the silver lining...Nani starts to be Ronaldo No.2 now....winning the game single handly....imagine from next week onwards.....put them at one left...one right......if possible put Saha and Tevez up front....sorry Keano....Sunderland will be our first scapegoat
    i agree giggs hasnt be creating much chances, and scholes has been spraying passes to empty spaces at times. but i believe every team needs a couple of veterans, maybe just their presence. not just to lead the team, but to give the team confidence. sometimes the experience of the veterans helps to guide the youngsters to attack instead of running all over like headless chickens.

    anyway, the win wasn't a convincing 1, so lets not be too confident in our next match our players are currently not creating much chances still....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Parchiao View Post
    Bull lah, Nani did not win the game single handedly, and he throws tantrums like hissy fit. You must be watching a different game. The refree was the man of the match followed closely by the linesman. 2 obvious penalties and they gave nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Parchiao View Post
    Bull lah, Nani did not win the game single handedly, and he throws tantrums like hissy fit. You must be watching a different game. The refree was the man of the match followed closely by the linesman. 2 obvious penalties and they gave nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaknafein View Post
    i agree giggs hasnt be creating much chances, and scholes has been spraying passes to empty spaces at times. but i believe every team needs a couple of veterans, maybe just their presence. not just to lead the team, but to give the team confidence. sometimes the experience of the veterans helps to guide the youngsters to attack instead of running all over like headless chickens.

    anyway, the win wasn't a convincing 1, so lets not be too confident in our next match our players are currently not creating much chances still....
    ya...after watching all 4 games we played...dun think we found any momentum at all when it comes to attacking...

    hopefully after last nite's victory...we can string together betta passes n create more chances n convert them...

    still feel the new players need quite a few more games to adapt to epl n gel with the rest of the players...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kahuna View Post
    Fergie should consider chopping both Giggs and Scholes......they are the main culprit for MU poor start....they cannot control...nor can they inpsire the youngsters....on the silver lining...Nani starts to be Ronaldo No.2 now....winning the game single handly....imagine from next week onwards.....put them at one left...one right......if possible put Saha and Tevez up front....sorry Keano....Sunderland will be our first scapegoat

    man utd cant do without giggs and scholes , they are the key players leh , i think any coach would be a fool if they want to drop them , Nani won single-handly ??are u watching the match seriously ???

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