Van der Sar
Fletcher scores again. 2 games 2 goals now. haha
Reserves roar back again!
Great fight back orchestrated by King of come backs! Ole Ole Ole!For the third time in pre-season, United's Reserves fought back from a two-goal deficit to avoid defeat - this time against Chelsea.
Late strikes from Fabio da Silva and Darron Gibson - the latter from the penalty spot - preserved Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's unbeaten record since taking the second string's helm.
United looked decidedly off-colour in the opening exchanges, and Jacob Mellis beat the Reds' offside trap to slot the hosts ahead just after the half-hour.
Ben Amos was again beaten in first half injury time, and again he had no chance as Scott Sinclair powered home a fine header from Carl Magnay's cross.
The Reds' occasional menace became a constant threat after the interval, however, and Blues goalkeeper Rhys Taylor had to be alert to save fine efforts from Danny Drinkwater and Kiko Macheda.
Drinkwater also struck the upright as he came desperately close to a fifth pre-season goal in as many games, but it was Fabio who reduced the arrears, thumping a 25-yard effort into Taylor's top corner.
United were in the ascendancy and kept pushing for a route back into the game. It came three minutes into stoppage time, when a foul by Liam Bridcutt on Drinkwater gave Gibson the chance to level from the spot.
The midfielder stepped up and converted comfortably, snatching a draw in a pulsating encounter and continuing the list of promising performances from Solskjaer's side.
Papers: Berba set to move
Go Berba Go!!!Berbatov set to move
Dimitar Berbatov's switch to Manchester United looked to be moving a step closer last night after Roman Pavlyuchenko claimed he had finally agreed a deal to join Tottenham. Spartak Moscow had earlier said the Russia striker, 26, had opted against a move because of family reasons, but last night he confirmed he had not travelled with the Spartak squad for the second leg of their Champions League qualifier with Dynamo Kiev as he was finalising the details of his move to Spurs.
Staff writer, Daily Mail
Several newspapers run with quotes from Nemanja Vidic saying that he doesn't like the Manchester climate.
The Serbian's defensive partner Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he'd like to be a manager when he hangs up his boots (various newspapers). "I love football so I'm sure I'll be involved in the game on one way, shape or form," he says. "As I get older, management seems like the direction in which I'd like to go."
The Reds defender also tells The Guardian that United couldn't afford to lose against Portsmouth on Monday. Says Rio: "I'm sure there were a few people who thought we were going to drop more points against Portsmouth but from our point of view it was a case of win at all costs."
Round up by Ben Hibbs
Another EPL Manager in the making! soon the EPL will be dominated by Ex-Man U players then we can collect the title every season till we sian!
New kit inspired by greatness
United's new third kit has been inspired by the success of 1968, when the Reds wore blue while becoming the first English team to lift the European Cup.
To celebrate the 40-year anniversary of the momentous night, Nike has created a kit worthy of that great team and their famous 4-1 win over Benfica at Wembley. United will therefore wear blue as their third kit for the 2008/09 campaign and as the preferred kit for this season's Champions League away matches.
The new blue shirt includes a number of details that celebrate the anniversary including the embroidery of the words 'May 29th 1968' and '40th Year Anniversary' around the crest.
The kit uses Nike Fit fabric technology, first used by Nike in national team kits worn by Nike-sponsored teams in the 2006 World Cup. This technology is designed to enhance player performance by wicking sweat through the material and away from the skin. A full mesh back on the player's jerseys also aids ventilation.
United defender Rio Ferdinand said: "When you look at the final image you will associate it with the great team of 1968 with the likes of George Best and Bobby Charlton.
"Obviously they won the European Cup in blue so we hope we can walk in their shoes again with this kit. It's such a big part of the history of the club."
The new third kit will be unveiled on ManUtd.com this Thursday 28 August, when you'll be able to place pre-orders in our online Megastore. We'll also reveal the winner of our competition to win a shirt signed by Sir Bobby Charlton and Ryan Giggs.
Giggs happy to juggle fixtures
Ryan Giggs feels United's fixture congestion may be a blessing in disguise.
The Reds' involvement in Friday's UEFA Super Cup means that Fulham's visit to Old Trafford - originally pencilled in for this Saturday - needs to be rescheduled.
At a point when the Carrington treatment room is still crowded, however, Giggs feels the trip to Monaco may have come at the right time.
"Hopefully we’ve got all the injuries at the start of the season and we can get everyone back fit, more or less, after the international break," he said.
"In a way it’s fallen nicely for us, having only two league games in the first four or five weeks of the season when we’ve got a few injuries. When we do have to play these games again, maybe we’ll have everyone back fit."
Last season's Champions League success means United will also have to juggle a Premier League fixture against Wigan during December's involvement in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Although the Reds are paying the price of success with this term's extra fixtures, Giggs admits such hurdles are there to be overcome.
"It will be a difficult season because of the game cancelled on Friday, we’re going to Tokyo for a week so we’ll have a game cancelled there, and we do have to cope with that," he said.
"But I always say the best team is always at the top of the table at the end of the season and they deserve it. You make your own luck."
Although he is creeping towards the end of his illustrious career, Giggs admits he is savouring his football more than ever.
"I think I maybe enjoy it more because this season I could be going into games thinking it might be the last time I play in that tournament," he revealed.
"You try and enjoy it. When you’re younger you’ve got another 10-12 years to go and maybe you don’t take it in as much. For example, in Moscow I took in the night a lot more than I did in 1999. It comes with age, so I am enjoying it more than ever – as long as we’re winning!"