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    Euro Glory: Roma away

    Gerard Pique headed the goal as United's young guns, led by Wayne Rooney, secured a creditable draw in their final Group F encounter. Further success at the Stadio Olimpico would follow less than four months later...

    UEFA Champions League Matchday 6
    12 December 2007, Stadio Olimpico
    AS Roma 1
    Mancini 71
    Manchester United 1
    Pique 34

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    On the pitch: With both sides having already progressed to the knockout stages, this was never going to be the edge-of-your-seat fare that the teams had dished up at Old Trafford two months earlier. It was instead a chance for Sir Alex Ferguson to give some of his youngsters and fringe players a run-out in one of Europe's most venerable arenas – and they did not let him down. Rooney was handed the captain's armband for the first time and Pique powered home a 34th-minute header to help the Reds claim a pleasing draw.

    Star man: At the heart of the defence, Pique displayed an assuredness beyond his 20 years to keep the likes of Francesco Totti, Taddei and Mancini quiet for much of the evening. He also converted Nani's corner emphatically for his second goal in as many Champions League games.

    How United lined up: Kuszczak; Simpson, Pique, Evans, O'Shea (Brown 54); Eagles, Fletcher, Carrick, Nani; Rooney (Dong 72), Saha.

    Talking point: It has to be Rooney leading his troops at the ripe old age of 22. “Wayne has been pestering me for ages to be captain," Sir Alex said. “He has a lot of the ingredients needed to be a captain of this club in the future. He is like a Robson or Keane in his determination and will to win." Rooney himself enjoyed the experience, saying: “It was fantastic to captain the team, and I think it was a good result and a good performance.”

    What the papers said: "For long spells neither side seemed to be taking the game too seriously, but eventually it developed into a surprisingly entertaining contest, one that either side could have won." – Daniel Taylor, The Guardian

    Around the grounds: Dynamo Kyiv ended their Group F campaign without a point after going down 3-0 at Sporting Lisbon. Elsewhere, Lyon advanced at Rangers' expense with a 3-0 win at Ibrox and Arsenal were forced to settle for second place in Group H despite beating Steaua Bucharest 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

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    Park injury concern for Reds

    Ji-sung Park will undergo tests in Korea next week after complaining of “discomfort” in his knee while on international duty.

    The 27-year-old winger has played two 90-minute World Cup qualifiers for South Korea since United’s season ended, scoring in a 2-2 draw against Jordan on May 31.

    But the knee injury which required surgery and sidelined him for nine months last year has since flared up, ruling him out of Saturday’s qualifier in Turkmenistan.

    However, both Park and Korea’s medical staff are hopeful the setback is not serious and that he will return for the game against North Korea next Sunday.

    “I don’t feel any pain and walking is fine, but there is some water in my knee,” Park said. “This is the first time I have felt it since the operation.”

    South Korea national team doctor Dong-eun Shin added: “He is not feeling pain, but he is experiencing discomfort, so we are putting his knee under light treatment.”

    United are awaiting further news from Korea’s medical staff, who will assess Park further when he returns to Korea from Turkmenistan next week.

    Park made his United comeback at Christmas and played an important role in the Reds’ Double triumph, declaring that he felt fitter than ever.

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    Review: Michael Carrick

    Michael Carrick's most striking quality is his positive repertoire of passes but he became increasingly adept at the defensive art of breaking up opposition attacks during his successful second season at United.

    Consequently or coincidentally, the number of goals he scored dropped from six in the previous term to three. The last of his strikes in the 2007/08 campaign was a vital one, however, as it crushed a possible resurgence by West Ham at 3-1 after Nani's red card. Carrick’s deflected shot made it four and shut the door.

    The pedantic would point out he scored one more goal - a cool penalty past Chelsea's Petr Cech to put the Reds 2-1 up in the Moscow shoot-out. But the spot-kick won't be counted in his stats, even if it contributed to United's European Cup triumph - an outcome that corroborated Carrick's comment at the start of the season, "This is the pinnacle of the game."

    "They say the easy part's getting there and the hardest part’s staying there," he added, "so I’ve got a big challenge ahead.”

    A new contract agreed at the tail end of the campaign, tying the Geordie midfielder to United until at least 2012, will help to keep him at the top of the football pyramid. And that can only be good news for connoisseurs of his subtle talents.

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    Heat on for No 1 jersey

    He may be yet to kick - or catch - a ball in anger at Cardiff City, but Tom Heaton is already thinking ahead to life as United's first choice goalkeeper.

    The 22-year-old England youth international has joined the Bluebirds on loan for the entire 2008/09 campaign, and he sees the move as a stepping stone towards a bright future at Old Trafford.

    "It would mean everything to become Manchester United’s number one,” Heaton told the official Cardiff website. "As soon as I first signed and started to play for United at under-12 level that was the goal I set out to achieve.

    "Nothing has changed since then. My move to Cardiff City is another step towards that target – and it is in the back of my mind all the time."

    Heaton had several offers from clubs wanting to take him on loan but, after a season in which Cardiff reached the FA Cup final and had been well placed for the Championship playoffs, he opted to head for south Wales.

    "All things considered it was decided that Cardiff City offered the best opportunity for me," said Heaton. "They have huge ambition to challenge for promotion next season and they play good football.

    "They are two of the main reasons I was keen to sign for Cardiff. First and foremost my aim is to be number one. I need to be playing. I talked to the manager (Dave Jones) and chairman (Peter Ridsdale) and there is no doubt the whole club is geared towards promotion and I am certainly no different."

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    Heavy defeat rocks France

    Patrice Evra was given a chance to shine for France at Euro 2008 but unfortunately the United left-back couldn't prevent his side from losing 4-1 to Edwin van der Sar and a rampant Holland side on Friday night.

    Holland are now through to the quarter finals, but the result leaves France, who drew their first game 0-0 with Romania, joint-bottom of the group and, alongside Italy, up against it to qualify.

    France must now beat the Italians in the final Group C clash and hope that Romania - second in the table, one point ahead of both Italy and France - don't beat the Dutch.

    Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt headed Holland in front inside ten minutes, then Arsenal's Robin van Persie made it 2-0.

    Thierry Henry pulled one back for France on 71 minutes, but Arjen Robben instantly restored Holland's two-goal advantage a minute later, before Wesley Sneijder's impressive late goal two minutes into injury time completed the scoring.

    Having beaten the Italians 3-0 in the opening group match, van der Sar and co. must fancy their chances of European glory, while France go away licking their wounds and hoping they can find the right result over the equally troubled Italy on Tuesday.
    So Patrice Evra most likely to be the first to return!

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    Papers: Back in for Berba?

    Reds back in for Berbatov
    Sir Alex Ferguson will go all out to sign Dimitar Berbatov when the United boss returns from holiday. Fergie is ready to go back to Tottenham with a £25million bid — the same amount he offered in a doomed attempt to capture the Bulgarian striker last summer. That cash is still available to Fergie, who has been on a break in France. United have also banked another £32m for winning the Champions League. Around £20m has been earmarked for making Carlos Tevez’s transfer permanent. Spurs are ready to sell Berbatov, 27, after bringing in Croatia’s Luka Modric and Mexican Giovani Dos Santos. And agent Emil Dantchev insists Berbatov must be playing in the Champions League.
    Neil Custis, The Sun

    The Daily Mail runs the same story, but claims Spurs will demand £25million for the striker and look to get a player in return with goalkeeper Ben Foster interesting them.

    Meanwhile, Roma are understood to be rivalling Bordeaux in a move for Mikael Silvestre. The United defender, 30, may stay at Old Trafford but he is wanted on loan by Bordeaux and Roma have offered around £2.5m.

    The daily update on Cristiano Ronaldo's future continues, with the Daily Mirror claiming United have warned the winger's advisers they will turn down any transfer request from Ronaldo, while the Daily Express reckons Sir Alex would consider walking out if Ronaldo is sold over his head.

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    08/09 fixtures out today
    16/06/2008 07:47
    It doesn't seem long ago that the Reds were celebrating a dramatic Double in Moscow, but already the new season is on the horizon and ManUtd.com is the place to be to find out United's 2008/09 fixtures first today.

    The full list of United's Premier League fixtures will be available on ManUtd.com from 10:00 BST on Monday 16 June.

    It heralds the start of the Reds' title defence, which will get underway on the weekend of 16/17 August, a week after United face Portsmouth in the Community Shield at Wembley.

    Sir Alex Ferguson's men are already fired up for a hat-trick of Premier League titles which would equal Liverpool's haul of 18 championship crowns.

    If you're not at your computer, you might want to get the fixtures sent to your mobile. There will also be a special edition of Red View, ManUtd.com's email newsletter, with the fixtures, features and an exclusive desktop wallpaper.

    So if you want to find out who United will face first next season, or when the Reds play Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea or City, ManUtd.com should be your port of call.

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    Ole gears up for new role
    16/06/2008 08:21

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will face his first match as manager of United's Reserves in a pre-season friendly at Burscough on July 12.

    The former first team striker will team up with Warren Joyce to steer the Reds' second string next season.

    Three preparatory matches have been arranged to get Solskjaer's young side ready for the Lancashire Senior Cup final against Liverpool on July 30.

    After the Reds take on Burscough at Victoria Park, they travel to Altrincham's Moss Lane on July 19 and face Oxford United a week later at the Kassam Stadium.

    All three matches are Saturday, 3pm kick-offs, and precede the Reds' cup final date with Liverpool at the County Ground in Leyland.

    Victory over the Merseysiders will give United a cup Double for the 2007/08 campaign, having clinched the Manchester Senior Cup last month at Old Trafford.

    Tickets are now on sale for Solskjaer's testimonial match against Espanyol on Saturday 2 August. Find out more here.

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    Reds face tough start
    16/06/2008 08:00

    United have been handed a tough start to the Barclays Premier League season, with taxing trips to two of the Reds' perennial title rivals among the first five games.

    The champions will travel to Liverpool and Chelsea in successive September weekends, after facing Newcastle first at home and then Portsmouth away in August. The third match, home to Fulham, is set to be rescheduled with United playing in the UEFA Super Cup final on the previous day.

    United face a host of tough trips in the early part of the season, with games at Blackburn, Everton, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Manchester City all scheduled before the end of November.

    The run-in includes City and Arsenal at home, before a last-day trip to Hull.

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    Yo Guys! The fixture for 08/09 season is out!!!

    July 2008
    12 Jul Pre-season Aberdeen A 15:00
    19 Jul Pre-season Kaizer Chiefs N 15:30
    22 Jul Pre-season Orlando Pirates N 20:10
    26 Jul Pre-season Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates N 15:30

    August 2008
    02 Aug Pre-season RCD Espanyol H 15:00
    04 Aug Pre-season Peterborough A 19:45
    06 Aug Pre-season Juventus H 20:00
    10 Aug FA Charity Shield Portsmouth N 15:00
    16 Aug Barclays Premier League Newcastle H 15:00
    23 Aug Barclays Premier League Portsmouth A 15:00
    29 Aug European Super Cup Final Zenit St Petersburg N 19:45
    30 Aug Barclays Premier League Fulham H 15:00

    September 2008
    13 Sep Barclays Premier League Liverpool A 15:00
    20 Sep Barclays Premier League Chelsea A 15:00
    27 Sep Barclays Premier League Bolton H 15:00

    October 2008
    04 Oct Barclays Premier League Blackburn A 15:00
    18 Oct Barclays Premier League West Brom H 15:00
    25 Oct Barclays Premier League Everton A 15:00
    28 Oct Barclays Premier League West Ham H 20:00

    November 2008
    01 Nov Barclays Premier League Hull City H 15:00
    08 Nov Barclays Premier League Arsenal A 15:00
    15 Nov Barclays Premier League Stoke City H 15:00
    22 Nov Barclays Premier League Aston Villa A 15:00
    29 Nov Barclays Premier League Man City A 15:00

    December 2008
    06 Dec Barclays Premier League Sunderland H 15:00
    13 Dec Barclays Premier League Tottenham A 15:00
    20 Dec Barclays Premier League Wigan H 15:00
    26 Dec Barclays Premier League Stoke City A 15:00
    28 Dec Barclays Premier League Middlsbro H 15:00

    January 2009
    10 Jan Barclays Premier League Chelsea H 15:00
    17 Jan Barclays Premier League Bolton A 15:00
    27 Jan Barclays Premier League West Brom A 19:45
    31 Jan Barclays Premier League Everton H 15:00

    February 2009
    07 Feb Barclays Premier League West Ham A 15:00
    21 Feb Barclays Premier League Blackburn H 15:00
    28 Feb Barclays Premier League Portsmouth H 15:00

    March 2009
    04 Mar Barclays Premier League Newcastle A 19:45
    14 Mar Barclays Premier League Liverpool H 15:00
    21 Mar Barclays Premier League Fulham A 15:00

    April 2009
    04 Apr Barclays Premier League Aston Villa H 15:00
    11 Apr Barclays Premier League Sunderland A 15:00
    18 Apr Barclays Premier League Wigan A 15:00
    25 Apr Barclays Premier League Tottenham H 15:00

    May 2009
    02 May Barclays Premier League Middlsbro A 15:00
    09 May Barclays Premier League Man City H 15:00
    16 May Barclays Premier League Arsenal H 15:00
    24 May Barclays Premier League Hull City A 15:00

    Please note: These fixtures will change. They do not take into account games which will be shown live on UK television, nor changes that will be made due to the club's participation in the UEFA Super Cup in Monaco on 29 August and the FIFA Club World Cup in Tokyo in December. Fans are strongly advised not to make travel or accommodation arrangements until final fixture dates are known.
    We got a challenging start!

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    Euro Glory:

    Lyon away
    In the immediate aftermath of December's second round draw, Sir Alex Ferguson conceded that, in perpetual French champions Lyon, his side had been handed their toughest possible draw. His assertion was validated in France, but Carlos Tevez's dramatic intervention gave the Reds a priceless advantage for the second leg.

    UEFA Champions League Second Round, First Leg
    20 February 2008, Stade Gerland
    OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS 1
    Benzema 54
    MANCHESTER UNITED 1
    Tevez 87

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    On the pitch: Karim Benzema scuffed an early opening for Lyon and continued to threaten throughout in a purposeful performance from the home side, and the French striker hit stunning opener just after half-time. The introduction of Nani and Tevez sparked a Reds revival and, after Coupet brilliantly saved Ronaldo's free kick, Nani crossed for Tevez to pounce.

    Star man: He was only on the field for 25 minutes, but Tevez made a massive contribution to United's evening. A display bristling with energy and attacking intent was capped by a deserved equaliser just before the clock ran out.

    How United lined up: Van der Sar; Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Ronaldo, Anderson, Hargreaves (Carrick 78), Scholes (Tevez 65), Giggs (Nani 65); Rooney.

    Talking point: Plenty of pre-match talk had centred around Lyon striker Karim Benzema being a potential transfer target for the Reds. If indeed the young striker had been in the shop window, he did his profile no harm with a scintillating performance against his alleged admirers. Despite being in the lone striker role, Benzema gave Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic as tough a test as they endured all season, and scored a superb goal to boot.

    What the papers said: "With an away goal, United will be firm favourites to progress to the quarter finals of the Champions League when they welcome Lyons to Old Trafford in just under a fortnight's time, but Ferguson and his players will have their hands full." - James Ducker, The Times.

    Around the grounds: Late goals from Dirk Kuyt and Steven Gerrard gave Liverpool a 2-0 first leg win over 10-man Internazionale, while Arsenal were held to a goalless draw by AC Milan at the Emirates and Chelsea fought out an even more tedious stalemate at Olympiakos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    Yo Guys! The fixture for 08/09 season is out!!!



    We got a challenging start!
    Ok la, not too bad. Only Chelsea is tough cos expect Liv to give free 3pts again.

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    Papers: First summer signing
    13/06/2008 07:58



    Anyone know anything about Davide Petrucci?
    No idea man. Tot Fergie said signings will be made after the Euros. He wanna go holiday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    No idea man. Tot Fergie said signings will be made after the Euros. He wanna go holiday.
    Maybe he scared till then all good buy tio snap up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    Ok la, not too bad. Only Chelsea is tough cos expect Liv to give free 3pts again.
    Still got Portsmouth lei... last season they really made us struggle near cost us title lei...

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    Euro2008 Talent Scout
    Scouted: Arda Turan

    The 21-year-old Galatasaray midfielder has already earned 21 caps for his country, scoring two goals in Euro 2008 so far.

    Having scored against Switzerland, he also found the net in Turkey's incredible 3-2 win over the Czech Republic. Here, red-ronaldo2004 runs the rule over his qualities...

    Scouting Report

    Player Name: Arda Turan
    Position: Midfielder
    Match Scouted: Turkey v Czech Republic
    Key Moment: Scored the first goal to aid Turkey's revival against the Czechs. Finished brilliantly as he was still sliding in to reach the ball.
    Strengths: A versatile player with good close ball control. Can play on either left or right side of the midfield. Has a keen eye for goal as well as creating chances for the supporting strikers.
    Weaknesses: He only has a small physique and does not muscle in for the ball often.
    Suitability: He will provide cover for the midfield, but could also be a goalscoring midfielder like the Scholes of old. Good attack-minded mentality.
    Estimated Value: Came through the youth ranks at Galatasaray and is reportedly valued at around £11million.

    What do you think? Have your say on this Scouting Report or write your own at ManUtd.com/talkingreds (Transfer Speculation conference)

    *The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Manchester United.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    Still got Portsmouth lei... last season they really made us struggle near cost us title lei...
    Ok la but I think Man Utd got away games after every 6 CL group games, really cork up the English FA. That is going to be very tough.

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    http://fourfourtwo.com/blogs/confess...6/17/alex.aspx

    "Two days before Sir Alex Ferguson went on his recent holiday, he drove to a suburb in Bury to see his long time friend, the former Manchester United kitman Norman Davies.

    Norman was seriously ill after a long battle with cancer, but Ferguson cheered him up, just as he had done on his frequent visits, playing football in his garden with Norman’s grandchildren and giving each £20 as a treat. Because of the convoluted makeup of families in modern Britain, one of those grandchildren is my little brother. Ferguson and wife Cathy never forget a birthday or Christmas present for him.

    Norman passed away a couple of days later. Last Tuesday, Ferguson broke off his holiday in France to attend the funeral in Flixton, west Manchester. He drove straight to a semi-detached house in an area full of United fans, where he picked up Norman’s wife Hilary and took her to St Michael’s Church, overlooking the Mersey valley. It’s a beautiful spot on the edge of Greater Manchester’s urban sprawl where Busby Babes captain Roger Byrne’s funeral service took place 50 years ago.

    At Norman's funeral, Ferguson spoke of the value of loyalty, trust, the nature of friendship and of the great loss of a dear friend. Davies, a former taxi driver with Crystal Cabs from Stretford, was given a job by then United manager Tommy Docherty in 1973 and served as kitman until his retirement in 1996. His retirement was marked by a large black tie dinner at the Midland Hotel, where Eric Cantona turned up without a black tie. The players chipped in and bought him a car.

    Cantona wasn’t at his funeral last Tuesday, but Denis Law was. And Paddy Crerand, Mark Hughes, Brian Kidd, Ray Wilkins, Ron Atkinson, Gary Pallister, Sammy McIlroy, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Frank Stapleton, Arthur Albiston, Tony Coton, Alex Stepney, Carlos Sartori, Martin Buchan and Martin Edwards among many others.

    David and Victoria Beckham sent a beautiful bunch of flowers, with David writing that he’ll never forget Norman because he gave him the best boots. The respect was genuine - Davies was invited to the Beckhams’ wedding in 1999.

    After the funeral, the mourners went to Old Trafford, where Manchester United laid on food and drink in a function room overlooking the pitch. United had suggested Manchester Cathedral for the funeral, but Norman – who was sent to escort Eric Cantona to the dressing room following his ‘Kung Fu’ kick at Selhurst Park in 1995 - wasn’t one for the fuss of “town.”

    There are many sides to Manchester United. And people don’t always get to read about the good ones. Nor do they get to read about people like Davies, characters at the hub of every football club who see much and say little out of loyalty. Faces that appear on television screens in front of millions as they sit next to the biggest names, yet faces which remain relatively anonymous. RIP. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    Ok la but I think Man Utd got away games after every 6 CL group games, really cork up the English FA. That is going to be very tough.
    Ya abit siao lor... but never mind we can take it! water comes cover with sand, fire come we use water to extinguishes it!

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    http://fourfourtwo.com/blogs/confess...6/17/alex.aspx

    "Two days before Sir Alex Ferguson went on his recent holiday, he drove to a suburb in Bury to see his long time friend, the former Manchester United kitman Norman Davies.

    Norman was seriously ill after a long battle with cancer, but Ferguson cheered him up, just as he had done on his frequent visits, playing football in his garden with Norman’s grandchildren and giving each £20 as a treat. Because of the convoluted makeup of families in modern Britain, one of those grandchildren is my little brother. Ferguson and wife Cathy never forget a birthday or Christmas present for him.

    Norman passed away a couple of days later. Last Tuesday, Ferguson broke off his holiday in France to attend the funeral in Flixton, west Manchester. He drove straight to a semi-detached house in an area full of United fans, where he picked up Norman’s wife Hilary and took her to St Michael’s Church, overlooking the Mersey valley. It’s a beautiful spot on the edge of Greater Manchester’s urban sprawl where Busby Babes captain Roger Byrne’s funeral service took place 50 years ago.

    At Norman's funeral, Ferguson spoke of the value of loyalty, trust, the nature of friendship and of the great loss of a dear friend. Davies, a former taxi driver with Crystal Cabs from Stretford, was given a job by then United manager Tommy Docherty in 1973 and served as kitman until his retirement in 1996. His retirement was marked by a large black tie dinner at the Midland Hotel, where Eric Cantona turned up without a black tie. The players chipped in and bought him a car.

    Cantona wasn’t at his funeral last Tuesday, but Denis Law was. And Paddy Crerand, Mark Hughes, Brian Kidd, Ray Wilkins, Ron Atkinson, Gary Pallister, Sammy McIlroy, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Frank Stapleton, Arthur Albiston, Tony Coton, Alex Stepney, Carlos Sartori, Martin Buchan and Martin Edwards among many others.

    David and Victoria Beckham sent a beautiful bunch of flowers, with David writing that he’ll never forget Norman because he gave him the best boots. The respect was genuine - Davies was invited to the Beckhams’ wedding in 1999.

    After the funeral, the mourners went to Old Trafford, where Manchester United laid on food and drink in a function room overlooking the pitch. United had suggested Manchester Cathedral for the funeral, but Norman – who was sent to escort Eric Cantona to the dressing room following his ‘Kung Fu’ kick at Selhurst Park in 1995 - wasn’t one for the fuss of “town.”

    There are many sides to Manchester United. And people don’t always get to read about the good ones. Nor do they get to read about people like Davies, characters at the hub of every football club who see much and say little out of loyalty. Faces that appear on television screens in front of millions as they sit next to the biggest names, yet faces which remain relatively anonymous. RIP. "
    wow din know he passed away, din even know he retired! Always hear the name Norman Davies but dun even know how he looks like.

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