Boss scoops LMA honour
Is there a manager with this kind of record?Sir Alex Ferguson's tenth Premier League title has been recognised by the League Managers' Association, who have voted him Manager of the Year.
The Scot scooped the top award from his peers for the second time at Monday evening's awards ceremony in Nottingham, having previously won it in 1999.
"I'm very proud to receive it," said a beaming Sir Alex.
"It is a tremendous honour that my fellow managers should deem me worthy of this award."
Having cemented United's position at the top of the pile in England, Sir Alex is now confident that his bubbling players can rule Europe by overcoming Chelsea in next week's Champions League final.
"The mood generated by the win puts us in a very confident position," he said.
"I expect my players to have the ability and confidence to play on the biggest stage in the world; of that I have absolutely no doubt."
Sir Alex's Honours List
10 Premier Leagues: 92/93, 93/94, 95/96, 96/97, 98/99, 99/00, 00/01, 02/03, 06/07, 07/08
1 Champions League: 98/99
1 Intercontinental Cup: 98/99
1 Cup Winners' Cup: 90/91
5 FA Cups: 89/90, 93/94, 95/96, 98/99, 03/04
2 League Cups: 91/92, 05/06
7 Community Shields: 90/91, 93/94, 94/95, 96/97, 97/98, 03/04, 07/08
Papers: Real still want Ron
We'll sign Cristiano Ronaldo for £100m, boast Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United future was cast into doubt again last night as Real Madrid insisted the Portuguese superstar could be ready to leave Old Trafford this summer. In a move guaranteed to infuriate Sir Alex Ferguson, sources at the Bernabeu were claiming Ronaldo's representatives are holding the door open for a move. "We are hearing there is still a possibility that Ronaldo will leave United," a spokesman at Real said. A Bernabeu source added: "The suggestion coming from Ronaldo's people is that he is not sure United will make good on the promises he has been made, and is starting to wonder of there is anything more he can do in England. "We are talking about the best player in the world, who has won consecutive Premier League titles and could have won the Champions League as well by next week. "If he is looking for the next challenge, then it can only come by leaving England and there could be no club better to go to after leaving Old Trafford than Real Madrid."
Martin Lipton, Daily Mirror
Elsewhere, supposed Reds transfer target Jose Boswinga looks set to join Chelsea from FC Porto in a deal that will make him the most expensive right back in English football.
The Times claim United’s attention has now switched to Seville striker Luis Fabiano, although the article also mentions Dimitar Berbatov and Klass-Jan Huntelaar as possible additions to United's forward line.
Round up by Nick Coppack
£100m is a joke lei.... maybe can pay for his hair leg?
Ronaldo: I'm at the right club
Cristiano Ronaldo has reiterated his desire to remain at Old Trafford after helping the Reds to title glory for the second year running.
The 23-year-old's sensational form this season, which to date has included a tally of 41 goals, has not gone unnoticed by Europe's top clubs, most notably Real Madrid who have gone public on their desire to sign the winger.
Ronaldo says he is loving life in Manchester and believes Old Trafford is the perfect place at which to further his football education.
"I'm at the right club, playing with the right players and I learn things all the time," he declared in an interview with MUTV.
"That's what great about being at United. I improve all the time and I want to improve every season. I think I'm a better player now than five years ago.
"This season has been a great one for me - I've scored a lot of goals, the team have played very well and we're champions. It's amazing."
Ronaldo set United on their way to sealing their latest Championship crown at Wigan , coolly converting a first half penalty at the JJB Stadium. Ryan Giggs' strike late on ensured the title would remain at Old Trafford after another memorable campaign.
"It's a great feeling to win the league - I don't have the words to describe how it feels to be champions, it's amazing," beamed Ronaldo. "I didn't think it would go to the final day of the season, but to be honest the feeling is better [to win on the last day].
"When the ref blew the final whistle it was brilliant. We've worked hard for nine months and I feel very proud to be champions."
Chelskis will continue to be a big big rival for EPL next yr.
LFC - not there yet. Raughing B will be bringing in new players plus his rotating system it take a few more yrs to get the right combo.
Arsenal - looks like Arsene is rebuilding his team again. Imagine Adebaayor earns $35k per week. He could earn $70k per week in Man U
LFC - Think they more interested in CL as long as they in top 4 at EPL can qualify can le..
Arsenal - Sad just after rebuilding when results are coming they got to rebuild again! Those youngsters are impatient!
So again next season the major threat for us going for a hat-trick of title will be le blues...
MU and Real also spend big in acquiring best player but the different is their tradition, playing style and attitute has never changed....so the fans will remain loyal and fringe admirers might convert....in the process.....their hater are growing in tandem hoping they will buang so that their supported team will finally has a grasp on whatever trophy that is left
IMO Adebayor has all the rights to whine....$35k/w???? Fletcher or Oshea gets more than that
Boss gets set for Moscow
Having allowed himself and his players the chance to savour their latest Premier League title triumph over the last 72 hours, Sir Alex Ferguson is now working on his plan of action to ensure the Reds finish as champions of Europe as well.
The Reds head to Moscow next week ahead of the Champions League final clash with Chelsea at the Luzhniki Stadium on 21 May.
Sir Alex has great faith in his squad of players and believes going into the final as champions gives them a great chance of glory.
"Winning the title gives us the confidence we need to go there," he told MUTV. "I’ve got players with the confidence and ability to play on the biggest stage in the world, don’t worry about that.
"We’ve a great chance. There is a mood, generated from Sunday’s result [at Wigan], that sees us in a very confident position.
"It won’t be easy. Cup finals are not easy. That’s the great experience I’ve got from them. We expect a tough game but we also expect Manchester United to express themselves in a fantastic way.
"After Sunday’s celebrations and a rest for the players on Monday, Tuesday morning will be the start of us winning the European Cup."
Sir Alex will take a 25-man squad to the Russian capital, but with only 18 places available for the match itself, the boss knows he has some tough decisions ahead.
"The hardest part will be leaving players off the bench," he admits. "We had 26 players at Wigan. Obviously Ben Foster can’t play [he’s not registered for Europe this season]. But even then, of the 25 players who are available for Moscow, seven can’t come in.
That’s a heartache.
"I’ve had to do it in the past. It was made easier for me in 1999 in the sense that Paul Scholes and Roy Keane were suspended and Henning Berg was injured.
"In Rotterdam I had to leave Neil Webb out of the squad and my own son Darren as well, and that wasn’t easy. But somebody has to make a decision in life, and a manager has to do that. I won’t look forward to it but I know I have to do it."
Papers: Keane backs Reds
Keane backs Fergie to beat L'pool records Roy Keane is convinced Sir Alex will clinch the double in Moscow, and won't rest until he's toppled Liverpool’s record haul of European Cups. The United legend reckons his former boss has achieved his big aim, to "knock Liverpool off their perch" at the top of the domestic game. But United's Premier League triumph took their title tally to 17, one behind Liverpool. And victory against Chelsea in Moscow next week will be their third time as champions of Europe, compared to the Scousers' five wins. Keane is backing Ferguson, 66, to drive his side on to even greater heights over the next few years. "I think the manager said it himself… his target was to knock Liverpool off their perch. He's done that in terms of winning Leagues but I think he'll be wanting to win European Cups as well. So the thing is to catch up with Liverpool next. They've won it five times."
Simon Bird, Daily Mirror
Elsewhere, The Sun report Patrice Evra is still awaiting a new contract offer from United. Evra has played 97 times for the Reds since signing from Monaco in January 2006.
The Daily Star report Portsmouth winger John Utaka is keen to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo next season. "I would like to think I can get somewhere close to him when it comes to scoring," the Nigerian said. "I need to be more like him. I watch Ronaldo a lot because he is quick, intelligent and technically very good."
Meanwhile, Manchester City won’t see Jose Mourinho in charge at the City of Manchester Stadium next season. According to the Manchester Evening News, the former Chelsea boss has ruled out a move to the Blues.
The Guardian report former United striker Alan Smith could be set for another move, this time from Newcastle United to North East rivals Middlesbrough.
Round up by Nick Coppack
Ronaldo clinches awards treble
The individual awards keep rolling in for Cristiano Ronaldo, who has picked up the Barclays Player of the Season and Barclays Golden Boot awards to complete a sensational season.
The 23-year-old Portuguese wing wiazard also collected a merit award for reaching 30 league goals this season.
Ronaldo was pivotal in United's Barclays Premier League title success and it was no surprise that he earned the Barclays Player of the Season accolade for the second year in succession.
Whichever way you look at it, Ronaldo has been exceptional this season, and the stats back it up. His 31 goals from 34 league appearances helped see off stiff opposition for the awards from Arsenal’s Emmanuel Adebayor and Fernando Torres of Liverpool.
It's the first time a player has scored more than 30 league goals in a season since Alan Shearer’s 31-goal haul for Blackburn Rovers twelve years ago.
The merit award for reaching 30 goals will also benefit one lucky charity as Ronaldo will receive £1,000 for every goal scored to be donated to a charity of his choice.
However, for all the personal awards showered on the Madeiran magician, his sights will be firmly set on the Champions League trophy in Moscow next Wednesday.