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    A refreshing change

    Sir Alex Ferguson believes the Reds' training camp in Saudi Arabia will be a refreshing break for the players ahead of a busy run-in to the season.

    The Reds landed in the Middle East on Sunday morning having flown out after their hard-fought 2-0 victory at Reading.

    The squad will be in action again on Monday night when they play a friendly against Al Hilal Club in Sami Al-Jaber's testimonial.

    "It'll be a good opportunity for the players to have a little break away with some peace and quiet. And hopefully they'll get a bit of sun on their backs too," the boss told MUTV.

    "It's always nice to get all the squad together and the players who joined this season like [Carlos] Tevez, Nani and Anderson will enjoy the camaraderie and get to know their team-mates even more. So it'll do us good.

    "We return home on Thursday afternoon and hopefully we come back refreshed and ready to continue the challenge for honours, starting with the FA Cup game with Tottenham on Sunday."

    You can watch United's friendly in Saudi live on MUTV and MUTV Online. Kick-off is at 17:00 GMT. Both channels will also have post-match interviews with Sir Alex and his players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    A refreshing change



    I sure hope its a refreshing change as this weekend is FA Cup. Can certainly do without this tour.

    BTW, not surprised that we beat Liv again in the U18s! Their senior team buang again last nite. Talk about winning the league! They tot just 1 Torres can win them the league. Better wake up!

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    Man Utd opt for minute's silence

    Manchester United say they intend to stick with their plans to hold a minute's silence to mark the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster.
    United had been asked by Manchester City's supporters club to opt for a minute's applause prior to the rivals' game at Old Trafford on 10 February.

    It feared that the occasion could be marred by disrespectful visiting fans.

    But United spokesman Phil Townsend said they would not change their plans, telling the BBC: "It's a solemn event."

    He added: "We don't think applause is the best way to commemorate the death of 23 people.

    Eight United stars and former City goalkeeper Frank Swift were among those who lost their lives as a result of the crash, which happened on 6 February, 1958.

    Their plane was attempting to take off in poor weather conditions after stopping to re-fuel following the club's European Cup game against Red Star Belgrade.

    Both United and City have already announced they will wear special kits for the Manchester derby.

    United will wear a replica of their 1958 kit, devoid of the players' names or shirt numbers, while City's will incorporate a black ribbon with their sponsor's branding removed.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/foot...td/7201817.stm

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    Sunderland snap up Bardsley

    Sunderland boss Roy Keane has swooped on his former club again by taking United right-back Phil Bardsley to Wearside on a permanent deal.

    The 22-year-old's transfer takes the number of ex-Reds on the permanent playing staff at the Stadium of Light to six.

    Paul McShane, Danny Higginbotham, Kieran Richardson, Dwight Yorke and Andrew Cole have all plied their trade at Old Trafford at some point in their careers, while promising young defender Jonny Evans is currently on loan with the Black Cats.

    A tough-tackling defender, Bardsley made his debut for the Reds back in December 2003 against West Bromwich Albion in the Carling Cup.

    He went on to make 18 appearances in total for the Reds, although his time at United was interspersed with a number of loan spells away from the club.

    First there was a stint at Royal Antwerp in 2004, which was followed by his most involved season for United in 2005/06, where he stood in for the injured Gary Neville by making 15 appearances between August and February.

    However, the Salford-born defender was unable to hold down any further regular football at OT, and time with Burnley, Rangers, Aston Villa and, until now, Sheffield United followed.

    Wes Brown's excellent cover for long-term injury-victim Neville and Danny Simpson's emergence through the ranks meant Bardsley slipped down the pecking order.

    He becomes the third player to leave United in the January transfer window, following the departures of Ryan Shawcross and Adam Eckersley to Stoke City and Port Vale respectively.

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    Sad to say, Phil Bardsley didnt have a decent chance on a first team. Hey, at least he can boast he had played for Man U


    This shows the standard at Man U

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    Looks like Sunderland is providing us $$$ to buy players from Porto!

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    Looks like Sunderland is providing us $$$ to buy players from Porto!
    I hope Man U get The Hunter for the striking dept

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff49er View Post
    I hope Man U get The Hunter for the striking dept
    That guy is long over due SAF better get him others are drooling over him as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    That guy is long over due SAF better get him others are drooling over him as well!
    Yah man, just dunno what is on Fergie's mind. Maybe he no choice as he already spent over 70m this season. Hunter will have to wait till the summer.

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    BTW, Arse kenna hammered last nite and their strikers decided to fight each other instead!

    Hicks had said that he will use moeny earned by Liverpool to support his other NFL teams!

    Really hilarious!

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    A little Liverpool wind up rumour.

    Anything to wind Liverpool up: United offer FA Cup heroes Havant & Waterlooville a training base

    Manchester United are helping to plot Liverpool's FA Cup downfall — by giving giant-killers Havant and Waterlooville full use of their training ground this week.

    The Blue Square South minnows have been given free access to United's state-of-the-art indoor facilities at The Cliff ahead of Saturday's fourth-round clash at Anfield.

    The Hawks shocked League One leaders Swansea 4-2 in last week's replay and now hope to pile more misery on under-fire Reds boss Rafa Benitez.

    United also plan to invite the whole team as special guests to Sunday's FA Cup game against Tottenham at Old Trafford.

    Havant chairman Marcus Hackney said: "United have been very kind in agreeing to let us use their training ground.

    "As if it wasn't already a dream to be playing Liverpool, this just caps it all off."

    United now use Carrington as their main training ground but The Cliff is still used by England when they meet up in the north or play at Old Trafford.

    A club source added: "It only took two phone calls and United immediately said 'Yes'.

    "Perhaps they like the thought of helping the non-league minnows get one over on their biggest rivals."

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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    BTW, Arse kenna hammered last nite and their strikers decided to fight each other instead!

    Hicks had said that he will use moeny earned by Liverpool to support his other NFL teams!

    Really hilarious!
    I seriously have no violent objection the way Hicks uses his $
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    fellow manu fan reporting in here

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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    A little Liverpool wind up rumour.

    Anything to wind Liverpool up: United offer FA Cup heroes Havant & Waterlooville a training base

    Manchester United are helping to plot Liverpool's FA Cup downfall — by giving giant-killers Havant and Waterlooville full use of their training ground this week.

    The Blue Square South minnows have been given free access to United's state-of-the-art indoor facilities at The Cliff ahead of Saturday's fourth-round clash at Anfield.

    The Hawks shocked League One leaders Swansea 4-2 in last week's replay and now hope to pile more misery on under-fire Reds boss Rafa Benitez.

    United also plan to invite the whole team as special guests to Sunday's FA Cup game against Tottenham at Old Trafford.

    Havant chairman Marcus Hackney said: "United have been very kind in agreeing to let us use their training ground.

    "As if it wasn't already a dream to be playing Liverpool, this just caps it all off."

    United now use Carrington as their main training ground but The Cliff is still used by England when they meet up in the north or play at Old Trafford.

    A club source added: "It only took two phone calls and United immediately said 'Yes'.

    "Perhaps they like the thought of helping the non-league minnows get one over on their biggest rivals."
    Wow ... hopefully SAF show them a rope or 2 to help the Giant killer all the way!
    Ploting the downfall of the reds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoosdat View Post
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    Hi! Welcome hope u drop by more often!

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    Manucho makes his mark

    Prospective United striker Manucho scored a superb goal in his first African Cup of Nations appearance as Angola drew with South Africa on Wednesday.

    The 24-year-old, who will join United if his work permit application is successful, gave his side the lead in exceptional style, powering home a brilliant diving header after 30 minutes.

    Just as the Angolans seemed set to make a winning start to the tournament, however, South Africa equalised with three minutes remaining through Elrio van Heerden.

    The result, allied to Tunisia's draw with Senegal, leaves all four teams in Group D level on a solitary point from the opening round of games.

    Angola face Senegal on Sunday and Tunisia next Thursday, with both games kicking off at 1700 GMT.

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    Reserves: Bolton 0 United 2

    Midfielder Tom Cleverley struck two goals in the dying seconds to help United overcome Reserve League champions Bolton on Wednesday evening.

    The Reds' victory takes them within a point of the top of the table, and extends their unbeaten run to nine games since October's defeat at Blackburn.

    The match started in drab fashion - a state which remained unchanged for much of the evening - thanks in no small part to the teeming rain and blustering wind at the largely unprotected County Ground.

    The first half was a story of few chances but plenty of endeavour from both sides, with each garnering two bookings. Sean Evans and Corry Evans both gathered questionable cautions for the Reds, while skipper Sam Hewson came closest to opening the scoring with a scorching 25 yard drive which clipped the top of the crossbar.

    Hewson was involved at the other end immediately after half-time, hurling himself at Robert Sissons' close-range shot to heroically block an almost certain goal.

    Both sides had their first clear chances a minute either side of the hour mark. First Michael Burns drilled a shot wide of Ron-Robert Zieler's near post for Bolton, before Chris Fagan could only steer the ball wide from 10 yards after fine wingplay from Richard Eckersley.

    The rain continued to lash down as both sides searched for the all-important first goal. It seemed United's efforts would be in vain, having laboured for almost 89 minutes without finding a breakthrough, until Cleverley struck twice in 65 seconds to snatch the three points.

    Firstly, the midfielder smashed home from close range after Eckersley's cross had been only half-cleared by Trotters midfielder Steve Basham.

    Then, just over a minute later, goalkeeper Bogdan left his area but fluffed his attempted clearance to the byline. As the ball spun loose some 30 yards from goal, however, Cleverley drilled a superb shot over the stranded goalkeeper and into the untended net.

    The result takes United fourth in the table, a point behind leaders Sunderland, and well in the hunt for a third league title in four seasons.

    United: Zieler; Eckersley, Lea, Cathcart, Chester; Cleverley, Hewson, C Evans, Bryan; Fagan (Drinkwater 76), S Evans.
    Subs not used: Amos, McCormack, James, Norwood.

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    Sir Alex has faith in Reds

    Sir Alex Ferguson believes his squad are better equipped to win the title this season and says the players are improving with every game.

    The champions ground out an important 2-0 win at Reading last weekend, making it eight wins out of their last nine league games which ensured they remained top of the pile in the table.

    Sir Alex says his players are well aware of the tough challenges that lie ahead, but has the utmost confidence in them to deliver.

    "We're into the run-in now. After New Year the games start to drop off very quickly and before you know it you're down to the last few. We're trying to stay focused and not get carried away," the boss told MUTV.

    "The players know they're going to have to work hard to win this title. But we've got a good squad and I think we're improving in certain aspects of our play."

    Sir Alex was particularly pleased with United's defensive display as a unit at the Madejski Stadium.

    "We had to work really hard and defend as a group," he observed. "There's a good understanding of the importance of the defensive part of our game and we're better than we were last season in that sense."

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