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    'Lion' Tevez thanks Sir Alex

    Carlos Tevez feels he is settling in to life at Old Trafford thanks to Sir Alex Ferguson and his team-mates making him feel at home.

    Tevez has gradually settled into United's team and the 23-year-old is now proving a big hit with fans for being skilful and tenacious in equal measure. Goals against Chelsea and Wigan are merely confirmation of his arrival on the big stage.

    "The help I've had from Sir Alex is very important," he told The Sun. "I know he has total belief in me and I'm very grateful to him. Sir Alex knows a lot about football and I'm learning from him. He makes me feel relaxed and valued."

    The Reds boss described the Argentina striker as being "brave as a lion", but it isn't just his courageousness that has drawn such comparisons. "He called me a lion, and he's started doing it at training as well," revealed Tevez. "I turn up just after getting out of bed with my hair all messed up. And when my hair is like that, I look like a lion apparently!

    His team-mates have also provided inspiration on the pitch and support off it. "When I look around the dressing room and see my team-mates, I realise I'm at one of the most important clubs in the world, he added. That's a dream come true.

    "The most surprising thing about the squad is even though all the players are stars, they're all really humble and good people. I've now got various friends in the squad like Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. I'm doing quite well with my English now. I understand the boss and my team-mates perfectly."

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    Shock return for Fletch

    Darren Fletcher may make a surprise return from a fractured leg in Scotland's crucial Euro 2008 qualifier against Georgia on Wednesday after being called into the national squad.

    The 23-year-old midfielder hasnt played since fracturing his leg in Scotlands monumental 1-0 win over France last month, but his return in whatever capacity would be a major boost for Scots boss Alex McLeish after the withdrawal of injury victims Scott Brown and Alan Hutton.

    McLeish told Sky Sports News: "Sir Alex says Darren will play next weekend for Manchester United, therefore he can play for Scotland. It's fantastic news. Whether we start him, we'll have to wait and see, but he's got a big chance of playing."

    The Scots are tantalisingly close to qualification for next summer's finals, and McLeish is well aware of the need for strong characters in what is a tricky away tie. "Darren is a big player," he said. "He's a United player and they exude an aura. To be fair, though, the squad already has that aura because of the results and performances we've had recently."

    Elsewhere on the international stage, Patrice Evra played the full 90 minutes as France won 6-0 against Faroe Islands. He'll be hoping for another chance to impress against Lithuania on Wednesday.

    Cristiano Ronaldo was on form again for Portugal, who beat Azerbaijan away 2-0. The home side had captain Aslan Kerimov sent off for an elbow on Uniteds wing wizard, but the 22-year-old dusted himself down and continued to terrorise the home sides defence. Reds team-mate Nani came on as a second-half substitute.

    Portugal face another away match on Wednesday against Kazakhstan. Luiz Felipe Scolaris men are now four points behind Group A leaders Poland (who don't play on Wednesday) with a game in hand. Serbia, however, struggled without Nemanja Vidic as they drew 0-0 with Armenia. Portugal and Finland are now both three points ahead of the Serbs in Group A.

    There was good news for Wayne Rooney. The Reds front man grabbed his first England goal in 11 months in a routine 3-0 victory over Estonia at Wembley. Rio Ferdinand was substituted at half-time during the win as he is one booking away from suspension.

    Steve McClarens side now face a pivotal trip to Russia on Wednesday three points behind Group E leaders Croatia, who England play in the final qualifying match in November.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    Ya ... i think i saw on yday paper or when he will cost 100million! how we going to afford!
    Ya la, especially we already spent close to 70m in the summer. Only Roman can affford this kinda amount. I think Madrid will also struggle to raise this amount without selling.

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    Rooney pitching for progress

    Wayne Rooney is confident that England can seal Euro 2008 qualification with victory in Russia on Wednesday.

    The United striker was part of the side that secured a goalless draw in similar circumstances against Turkey just over five years ago, and he is certain that England can overcome the hurdle of Russia's plastic pitch to book a place at next summer's finals.

    "We know if we get three points then weve qualified," he said. "Im sure it will be difficult and with a plastic pitch, we will not be used to it. But we wont make excuses if we win or lose we just need to do our job.

    "Its a similar situation to when we played Turkey a few years ago to qualify for the last European Championships. We went out there and did a job and I am confident we can do the same again."

    Rooney scored his first competitive England goal since 2004 in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Estonia at Wembley, and the mercurial striker was predictably elated to be back on target.

    "Im delighted to score at any time, but it has been a long time," he said. "As a striker, if you dont score, it does play on your mind a bit, but as long as we kept on winning I didnt mind too much. Im delighted to score, but Im happier with the three points.
    Good to see Roodney end his goal drought for england!

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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    Ya la, especially we already spent close to 70m in the summer. Only Roman can affford this kinda amount. I think Madrid will also struggle to raise this amount without selling.
    onli the roman could afford him! sianz.... think they should cap the players fees if not soon football will onli be a game for the rich n famous .... not for the common man...Haizzzz....!

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    onli the roman could afford him! sianz.... think they should cap the players fees if not soon football will onli be a game for the rich n famous .... not for the common man...Haizzzz....!
    But kaka worth 70-100m meh? I think 50m will be the realistic amount. But to Roman, any amount also can.

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    Evra's history lesson

    Patrice Evra has revealed he has immersed himself in books and DVDs to learn more about United's rich history.

    The 26-year-old Frenchman has become Sir Alex Ferguson's first-choice left-back since joining from Monaco nearly two years ago. Evra says an important part of settling into his surroundings was learning about United's past.

    "I joined a club that has such a strong identity so I had to learn it," he told France Football. "I watched many cassettes, DVDs of Eric Cantona and have translated a lot of books. Now when an ex-player shakes hands with me, I know who he is."

    Ferbruary's 50th anniversary of the Munich air crash is on the horizon, and learning about the tragedy has given Evra a better understanding of the fabric of the club.

    "[Learning about] the plane crash in 1958 moved me," he said. "When I take the plane with Bobby Charlton, I ask myself, how can he do it after what he has been through?.

    "I have more and more respect for this shirt. I advise everybody to be interested in his club, to identify yourself to it, it helped me."
    i think he is the onli one interested in history of the club

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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    But kaka worth 70-100m meh? I think 50m will be the realistic amount. But to Roman, any amount also can.
    Agreed ... nowadays all the stars are over-rated! Hope the fifa step in to control the pricing of the players

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    Maybe u wana try at manu web site: http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pa...-1D8462EE4ADD}

    Problem with that is you are left with only slightly more than 1 mth to arrange for everything else!!!! You are not even guaranteed tickets, due to time difference, etc....

    Sigh... Anyone has done this before - like arranging to go see a match live at Old Trafford??? I cannot believe that no one has done this before... The only thing is the method they managed to get the tickets may not be a viable method now... Sigh... Think might have to write an email to them and see what advice they can give.... Assuming there is an email address to email to!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpc View Post
    Problem with that is you are left with only slightly more than 1 mth to arrange for everything else!!!! You are not even guaranteed tickets, due to time difference, etc....

    Sigh... Anyone has done this before - like arranging to go see a match live at Old Trafford??? I cannot believe that no one has done this before... The only thing is the method they managed to get the tickets may not be a viable method now... Sigh... Think might have to write an email to them and see what advice they can give.... Assuming there is an email address to email to!!!
    Check with the guys here:
    http://www.manutdsg.com/forum/index.php

    Some have made the trip and some are planning as well. So maybe they can help. Actually, someone from this forum visited OT for a match as well but I forgot who.

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    Phil completes Blades loan

    United defender Phil Bardsley is looking forward to sampling regular first-team action, after joining Bryan Robson's Sheffield United on loan for three months.

    Bardsley has made just the one senior appearance for United this season, in September's Carling Cup defeat to Coventry, but have been temporarily snapped up by the struggling Blades.

    "The opportunity to get some first-team football was important and I know I need to come in and improve the side defensively," Phil told the official Sheffield United website.

    "This is a tough league with some really good teams, and I am looking ahead to getting stuck in for three months. The season has a long way to go, but we need to start picking up points quickly to climb the table."

    He becomes the eighth player to leave United on loan this season. Ryan Shawcross and Ritchie Jones joined Stoke City and Yeovil respectively back in August, while Michael Lea and Craig Cathcart are both spending five months at Royal Antwerp.

    Following the Reds' Carling Cup exit, Lee Martin, Darron Gibson and Adam Eckersley have joined Plymouth Argyle, Wolves and Port Vale respectively.

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    Reds face fight at Villa

    United will have a fight on their hands if they are to take three points from Aston Villa this weekend, according to Villans midfielder Craig Gardner.

    Martin O'Neill's side have won four of their first five home matches this season - including a 2-0 triumph over Chelsea - and United face a hard task in extending their fine record at Villa Park.

    "Villa Park isn't an easy place for teams to come," Gardner told the Birmingham Mail. "I'm sure Chelsea came here thinking they were going to get all three points and we won 2-0.

    "Nobody will come here and stroll to the points. We'll give teams a game and we'll put up a fight. We've got that 'never say die' attitude now under Martin O'Neill.

    "Even if we go 1-0 down, we have the character to bounce back and that's a good thing to have."

    Gardner has been carrying a slight groin injury of late, but the England U21 international is desperate to be fit for United's visit.

    "It's a game I really don't want to miss," he said. "Man U at home is one of the biggest, if not the biggest game of the season, so I'm determined to be fit and it would be nice to be a part of the team that plays against United.

    "These are the games no player wants to miss. You want to go out there and perform in front of over 40,000 and you want to play against the likes of Ronaldo, Rooney, Giggs - what more can you ask for?"

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    Match Pack: Aston Villa

    Villa Park is a happy hunting ground for the Reds, who have won nine of the last 10 league clashes between the two sides. Indeed, Aston Villa haven't beaten United at home in the league since 1995.

    Form guide: Villa's last three matches have ended in a win, a draw and a loss, although Martin O'Neill's team haven't lost at home since the opening day of the season. Since then, Villa have beaten Fulham, Chelsea, Everton and West Ham at Villa Park. Meanwhile, United go into the match on the back of six consecutive league wins and without conceding a league goal since 19 August.

    Ins and outs: Edwin van der Sar could return after missing the Reds' last two-and-a-half games with a toe injury, while Darren Fletcher may also receive his first run-out since fracturing his leg last month. Louis Saha (knee), Nemanja Vidic (concussion) and Wes Brown (knee) pulled out of their countries' Euro 2008 qualifiers last week but should be available, although Michael Carrick (elbow) and Owen Hargreaves (knee) are still sidelined. Villa have relatively few injury worries, with only John Carew (knee) likely to miss the match.

    Star men: Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in last season's fixture and has netted four times in his last five United appearances. But the Villa crowd will be hoping local Brum boy Gabriel Agbonlahor steals the headlines. The 21-year-old is fast, skilful and rapidly emerging as one of the country's brighest talents.

    What are the odds? 12/1 on Paul Scholes to score first.
    3-0 win for

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    Giggs extends Reds deal

    Manchester United is pleased to announce that Ryan Giggs has today extended his contract for a further season until the end of June 2009.

    Ryan has 18 major titles to his name including 9 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 2 League Cups and 1 European Cup. He made his United debut at Old Trafford on 2nd March 1991 against Everton and has played 727 matches to date - making him second only to Sir Bobby Charlton (759) in most appearances for the Club - and scored 141 goals.

    Sir Alex Ferguson said: I am absolutely delighted that Ryan has signed for a further season. Ryan Giggs epitomises the word loyalty, he signed here as a 14-year old school boy and is still with the club 20 years on. Apart from his playing ability he has a fantastic demeanour and is a great role model to the younger players. I am sure he will be at the Club for a long time to come.

    Ryan Giggs said: I am delighted to have signed for a further season. I am enjoying football more than ever and I hope to carry on playing football for Manchester United for as long as I can. I would like to thank Sir Alex, the fans and everyone at the Club for the great support I have received over the years.

    Ryan's Honours List
    Barclays Premier League: 1992/93, 1993/94, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1998/99, 1999/00, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2006/07
    FA Cup: 1993/94, 1995/96, 1998/99, 2003/04
    League Cup: 1991/92, 2005/06
    European Cup: 1998/99
    European Super Cup: 1991
    Intercontinental Cup: 1999
    Community Shield: 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007
    Who can beat him? Dun think there is anyone wif such a long list think he is becoming a legend soon

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    Giggs still looking ahead

    Having only just penned a new one-year contract extension, Ryan Giggs is already looking to further prolong his stay at Old Trafford.

    The veteran winger, who turns 34 next month, has extended his current deal until June 2009, and is hoping to play his way into a further elongation next season and beyond.

    "We said a couple of years ago when I signed the last contract that wed look at it year by year which is what weve done," Giggs told MUTV immediately after signing his new deal.

    "Im obviously delighted to get it sorted out. I can just concentrate on the football now. I had just under a year to go and now Ive signed a years extension. Hopefully there will be a couple more."

    Giggs made his United debut in 1991, but he insists his appetite for the game has not diminished despite over 16 years of sustained success.

    "I think a lots changed in 16 years," he said. "But Im enjoying more football more than ever. The nearer you get to the end, you try and enjoy it as much as you can. At 18 or 19, you think its going to go on forever and obviously it doesnt.

    "Im enjoying it, weve got a great team at the moment. Obviously winning the Premier League last year was a great buzz for everyone and hopefully we can do it again.

    "I feel as fit as ever and Im enjoying it as much as ever as Ive just said so hopefully I can go on a bit longer."

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    Gill salutes a loyal legend

    After securing a deal to take Ryan Giggs into his second decade at Old Trafford, Chief Executive David Gill admits the veteran winger should be regarded as a club legend in years to come.

    In addition to Giggs' sustained on-field brilliance, Gill was keen to note the Welshman's influence as a role model during his trophy-laden time at Old Trafford - a combination which ensures he is held in the highest regard throughout football.

    You would have thought (he will be regarded as a legend) for his trophy haul, and his 727 games already under his belt with many more to come," Gill told MUTV. "But its not only for what hes achieved, its also how hes achieved it.

    "Quite rightly hes got respect throughout the game, not only in this country but around the world. He clearly excites fans all over the globe with the way he plays the game but also I think everyone can recognise he is a true gentleman, a true ambassador for this great game and this great club.

    "I think in the modern-day game, someone whos loyal to the club, plays from being a junior right through to senior ranks, hes won 18 trophies and hes done it all - its very important. Im sure through Ryan a lot of knowledge and information is passed down through the ranks which is invaluable."

    With both parties keen to extend Giggs' tenure at United, Gill admits negotiations were particularly easy - and he hopes that such talks take place many more times before the 33-year-old decides to call time on his glittering career.

    It wasnt the most difficult of negotiations," revealed Gill. "Ryans been with us for many, many years, hes a great player for this club and a great ambassador. We were delighted to secure his services until June 2009 at the earliest.

    As you can see, hes fit, he looks after himself, he looks fantastic and we judge it by what hes doing on the pitch for Manchester United and hes clearly producing the goods week in, week out.

    I think Ryan recognises what the club has done for him weve looked after him but hes clearly done fantastic things for the club. I think that loyalty is something that is quite rightly recognised within the club and with all our supporters around the world as a fantastic asset in the game today.

    We obviously want him to stay, to play and to contribute for many more years to come.


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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    Gill salutes a loyal legend




    Yeah Giggs will break B. Charlton's record and hopefully win 2 mmote league titles to bring it to 11.....his jersey number!

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    Presenting to all!!!!!! The legend himself!!!!!!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    Yeah Giggs will break B. Charlton's record and hopefully win 2 mmote league titles to bring it to 11.....his jersey number!
    Ya man 2 more hopefully many more to come!!!

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    This one also nice.......9 champaign for 9 titles!


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