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    Papers: Alternative target?
    02/07/2008 07:25

    Manchester United are tracking £15million-rated Colombian goal-scoring sensation Falcao as an alternative to Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has received glowing reports on the prolific River Plate forward - full name Radamel Falcao Garcia Zarate. Falcao, 22, is similar in style to United striker Carlos Tevez, and has scored 38 goals in 58 games for his Argentine club. His strike rate has also attracted interest from Real Madrid and Juventus. Berbatov remains United's top summer transfer target but Spurs are reluctant to sell to another English club, which is why they have quoted a fee of £30m for their prized asset. Falcao, nicknamed El Tigre, is renowned for his lethal finishing and has stated his ambition to move to a big European club.
    David McDonnell, Daily Mirror

    The Daily Express claims United will give Cristiano Ronaldo the chance to prove his commitment to the club, by offering the winger a further two-year contract extension.

    Sir Alex Ferguson was in court on Tuesday, providing a glowing character reference for former Reds trainee Ben Collett, who is seeking damages for a career-ending challenge from Middlesbrough's Gary Smith.

    According to the Daily Mail, Sir Alex's right-hand man, Carlos Queiroz, is weighing up an offer to manage the Portuguese national team.

    Finally, PFA chief Gordon Taylor has advised Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton to follow the lead of Eric Cantona if he wants to overcome his off-field problems.

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    Rivals Watch: Transfers

    Chelsea have been the busiest of United’s title rivals in the transfer market so far this summer with the Blues bringing Deco and his Portuguese team mate Jose Boswingwa to Stamford Bridge.

    The Stamford Bridge side signed Deco for a reported £8million from Barcelona while Boswingwa arrived from Porto back in May for £16.2million.

    Deco had been struggling to get a chance in the first team at the Nou Camp but impressed during Euro 2008 and is Luiz Felipe Scolari’s first signing as Chelsea manager.

    Scolari will surely have a few more signings in mind as he settles into his new job and looks to get his hands on some silverware.

    Arsenal

    Meanwhile, the Gunners have started to strengthen their squad with former United target Aaron Ramsey being their first signing in the summer transfer window. The Reds were one of three clubs to agree a fee with Cardiff City for the young midfielder, who eventually opted to join Arsene Wenger's men.

    Samri Nasri is expected to complete a £12.5million move from Marseille to the Emirates Stadium in the next few days now that Euro 2008 has ended.

    With Mathieu Flamini having moved to AC Milan, Wenger is expected to dip into the transfer market a few more times as he tries to build a squad to stay the course in the title race.

    Liverpool

    The Anfield outfit have started their transfer dealings with the capture of defenders Andrea Dossena for £7million from Udinese and Philip Degen on a Bosman free.

    Rafa Benitez is likely to add to that list. Aston Villa's Gareth Barry is reportedly a major target with the player himself expressing a desire to play Champions League football.

    Others

    Transfer news at other Premier League clubs includes Daniel de Ridder moving to Wigan from Birmingham to be reunited with former boss Steve Bruce and Bolton signing Fabrice Muamba and Swedish striker Johan Elmander.
    We are still very quiet in the market!

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    We can dominate Europe
    02/07/2008 08:09

    Gary Neville insists United have the wherewithal to become perennial challengers for the Champions League title, as well remaining the dominant force in English football.

    Having rescaled the European heights for the third time in the club's history and nine years after the glory of Barcelona, club captain Neville feels United's vibrant mixture of youth and experience can prompt sustained European success.

    No team has retained the Champions League in its current format, but Neville is itching to be part of a side bidding to do just that.

    "We have to make sure we go for it again and I'm desperate to be part of it," he said in an exclusive interview with MUTV. "I think we are better equipped than in 1999.

    "The strength of the squad is enormous. I do feel we are in a better position but we have to show that mentality and show we can do it again. No Manchester United team has been able to to that. We've had to wait nine years [since we last won it]."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Venom81 View Post
    Ok mah, we need 1 more gd striker. Saha and Dong CMI
    Yes, need 1 more good striker but 23m for Berba is a little ex? Somemore he is the moody kind, dunno can fit in or not. Also a bit lazy as he dun defend.

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    Yah, I feel that Berbatov is a bit 'over priced'
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    Queiroz gets backing to take Portugal job

    Former Portugal coach Agostinho Oliveira believes Carlos Queiroz is the 'right man' to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari.

    The Portuguese Football federation has reportedly offered the Manchester United number two a 1.8 million euro deal to take over the post vacated by Scolari, who left for Chelsea at the end of Portugal's participation in Euro 2008.

    Oliveira, who was Portugal caretaker boss for a period in 2002, believes the appointment of Queiroz would be a wise choice.

    'He's the right man for that job,' Oliveira told Portuguese radio station Antena 1. 'Our president (Gilberto Madail) should see that he, at this moment, is the right man for that job and should therefore do everything so that things will happen, and I hope they will happen.'

    Oliveira was part of Queiroz's backroom staff when he was coach of Portugal's Under-21 team between 1991 and 1993, and knows the former Real Madrid coach well.

    While Queiroz is ideally placed to take over at Old Trafford when the time comes for Sir Alex Ferguson to retire, Oliveira believes the temptation of steering his country through the 2010 World Cup qualifiers will prove too great.

    'I think it would be possible to get him,' added Oliveira. 'I know Carlos' personality and his way of dealing with situations around him.

    'His desire to serve the national team and the country, and to carry out a rebuilding work, could persuade him to accept to take hold of the reins.'
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    Ronaldo discusses surgery with Man United

    Cristiano Ronaldo will require further specialist advice to discover the exact extent of his ankle problem.

    Ronaldo reported the injury in the aftermath of Portugal's Euro 2008 exit and suggested he would fly back to Manchester for an operation.

    But the 23-year-old did not return as United medical staff felt a period of rest, which Ronaldo was due anyway, was a better course of action.

    However, Ronaldo has now met with medical staff from both Portugal and the Red Devils, with further information now being sought.

    'Manchester United medical staff met with the medical team from the Portuguese FA and Cristiano Ronaldo in Lisbon today regarding the ongoing treatment of his injured right ankle,' said a statement released by United on Wednesday evening.

    'As a result, further specialist advice is being sought and an announcement will be made on any action in due course.'

    The information is awaited with intrigue given Ronaldo's present position.

    Should it be decided an operation is required, it could have a major impact over the Madeira-born winger's fitness for the start of the new season, which in turn may determine how far Real Madrid are willing to push their attempts to lure him away from Old Trafford.

    Although Sir Alex Ferguson's squad began training today, Ronaldo is not due back in England for another fortnight.

    Ferguson is yet to speak to Ronaldo about the large number of statements from Madrid - which went unchecked by the player - during Euro 2008.

    Eventually, United grew so sick of Real's advances that they reported the matter to FIFA, although the world governing body subsequently rejected it.

    With 42 goals to his name and a world player of the year award much anticipated following United's Champions League triumph, it is little wonder the Red Devils want Ronaldo to stay.

    Both Ferguson and chief executive David Gill have insisted the winger is not for sale at any price and while it has been viewed with growing certainty Ronaldo would eventually get his 'dream' move to Real, there have been suggestions in the last couple of days he has decided to stay where he is.

    No matter what his future holds, United will want to make sure Ronaldo receives the best treatment possible for his injury.

    The player has an impressive appearance record since his move from Sporting Lisbon in 2003, since when he has rarely been injured and United will hope to have Ronaldo available when they begin the start of their Premier League title defence against Newcastle on August 16.

    Ronaldo refused to comment on his future when he returned to Portugal after a break in Italy on Wednesday night.

    'I can only say that (I) will spend the period of my recovery in my house in Sintra, but regarding my future I cannot say anything,' Ronaldo said in Portuguese newspaper A Bolo.
    Still keeping quiet about his future!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galdor View Post
    Yah, I feel that Berbatov is a bit 'over priced'
    No choice for Spurs to sell him so exp. Spurs strikers all wanna leave. Keane n Berbatov leaving, Defoe is at Pompy now. They only left 1 striker, Darren Bent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    Queiroz gets backing to take Portugal job



    Boy...we are too good ain't we everybody wants a piece of
    If he stays at Man Utd, he is number 2, assistant manager only. If he take the Portugal job, he is number 1 leh. How to turn down such a job? Unless Man Utd offer him the manager post after Fergie leaves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    Yes, need 1 more good striker but 23m for Berba is a little ex? Somemore he is the moody kind, dunno can fit in or not. Also a bit lazy as he dun defend.
    i like strikers who dun def.
    provided he score score and score.
    aka torres hahaha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    If he stays at Man Utd, he is number 2, assistant manager only. If he take the Portugal job, he is number 1 leh. How to turn down such a job? Unless Man Utd offer him the manager post after Fergie leaves.
    Tot he is one of the candiate when SAF retires?

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    Tot he is one of the candiate when SAF retires?
    But no guarantees wor. Only SAF endoses him but the club din say anything.

    Its diff to keep Queiroz once a top job is offered unless he is offered the number 1 job at Man Utd.

    Who wanna be number 2 when he can be number 1?

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    Copa Libertadores concluded liao and the winner is LDU Quito. They will then play in the world club cup, direct qualify into the semis, same as Man Utd. If all goes well, the final could be Man Utd Vs LDU Quito.

    More info here:
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    Back with a bang

    The hard work has already begun for the United squad after they reported back for pre-season training on Wednesday.

    Ryan Giggs joined up with his team-mates - minus the Euro 2008 contingent - back at Carrington for the start of a rigorous regime ahead of the 2008/09 campaign.

    The Welshman enjoyed a six-week rest after last season's triumphant exploits, including a relaxing break with his family in Portugal. But he admits that's soon forgotten once the squad's punishing pre-season schedule begins.

    "Obviously last season ended brilliantly for the team and for myself, and it’s good to be back, but I’m not really looking forward to pre-season training," he told ManUtd.com.

    "Wednesday was just testing to see where your fitness is at. Thursday is another treadmill fitness test which will be quite hard, and that will start to build things up. I’m not really looking forward to it, but you’ve just got to get through it haven’t you?

    "Long distance running gets easier as you get older, I think, it’s just the quicker stuff that is quite hard. But you’ve done it all before and just use your experience to get through it."

    The Reds have a hectic schedule of matches over the coming few weeks. A United XI will travel to Aberdeen on 12 July, before the first team squad head to South Africa for the Vodacom Challenge. The trip will encompass three matches against local sides Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates (United will play one of them twice).

    On their way home to Manchester, the squad will stop off in Nigeria on 27 July where they will face Harry Redknapp's Portsmouth, whom they will also be up against at Wembley in the Community Shield on 10 August.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's testimonial clash with Espanyol at Old Trafford takes place on 2 August and that will be followed by two more friendlies - first up a trip to London Road to take on Sir Alex's son Darren and his Peterborough side. The Reds then entertain Juventus at OT on 6 August.

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    Papers: Ron's going nowhere

    Ronaldo wants to remain at Old Trafford
    The saga of Cristiano Ronaldo's future took a fresh twist last night when the winger's sister claimed that he wants to stay at Manchester United despite interest from Real Madrid.
    Ronaldo said last month that he was keen to leave Old Trafford and move to the Spanish club, provided they paid him and United the figures they were privately talking about, but the 23-year-old has since gone back on a promise to release a public statement on his future.
    "Cristiano wants to keep playing at Manchester United," Ronaldo's sister, Elma Aveiro, told the Sun. "Real Madrid keep making very strong advances for him. There is a lot of speculation in the newspapers all the time about where he will go and what he is doing but we know who he really is and what he is really up to. He wants to stay at United."
    Andy Hunter, The Guardian

    Meanwhile, The Times claim Cristiano Ronaldo’s ankle injury “threatens to complicate his potential transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid”. However, the paper believes the Spanish giants ultimately won’t be put off.

    The Mirror say Ronaldo may have upset United boss Sir Alex after the Portuguese winger allegedly backed the Portugal FA’s pursuit of Reds no.2 Carlos Queiroz for the national team job.

    Also in The Guardian is a piece that claims referees will crack down on dangerous tackles in the Barclays Premier League this season. Referees chief Keith Hackett has apparently instructed officials to show straight red cards.

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    Papers: Please stay Carlos

    Reds fight to keep Carlos
    Manchester United have offered Carlos Queiroz a new salary of £1.5million to turn down the Portugal job and stay on as Sir Alex Ferguson's No.2. Queiroz has been formally approached by the Portuguese Football Federation to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari - now in charge of Chelsea - as chief coach of the national team on a salary of £1.1m. United's bullish confidence that Queiroz would turn down the Portugal opportunity to remain as Fergie's assistant is said to have wavered over the last 24 hours, prompting the hefty pay-rise offer. Fergie is understood to have implored Queiroz to stay but, having not stood in his assistant's way when the Real Madrid job came up five years ago, the United boss knows he may ultimately be unsuccessful once again.
    Staff reporter, Daily Mirror

    Following Cristiano Ronaldo's meeting with United's medical staff regarding his troublesome right ankle, the Mirror claims the winger will undergo an operation within the next 24 hours - but will be fit for the start of the season.

    The Daily Telegraph have a somewhat different view, believing surgery will see Ronaldo miss the start of the 2008/09 campaign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    Copa Libertadores concluded liao and the winner is LDU Quito. They will then play in the world club cup, direct qualify into the semis, same as Man Utd. If all goes well, the final could be Man Utd Vs LDU Quito.

    More info here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_FIFA_Club_World_Cup
    still must play semis abit of waste time lei... should go straight to finals!

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    Ronaldo surgery 'successful'
    07/07/2008 14:18

    Cristiano Ronaldo underwent surgery today (Monday 7 July) on his right ankle.

    The operation was performed by Professor C. Niek van Dijk at The Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam and initial indications are that the procedure was successful.

    Cristiano will begin his convalescence under the direction of club medical staff and an estimation of his return to full fitness will be possible following a review by the specialist in one month.

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    Looks like he might not be goin to RM but we will still have to wait as Gill will still be having talk with RM boss today regarding Ronaldo's future!

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    Hunter claims United interest
    07/07/2008 09:33

    Ajax striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has told Dutch media that he dreams of a potential move to United.

    The highly-rated 24-year-old claims that the Reds have voiced an interest in securing his services, following his decision to reject a new contract at the Amsterdam giants.

    "I know certain English clubs are following me, like Manchester United, who are very interested in me,' he said.

    "I love clubs with great history like Ajax. I also love United. They are a club that make me dream, especially as Ruud van Nistelrooy did great things with them."

    Huntelaar, nicknamed 'The Hunter', scored 36 goals in 39 appearances last season as Ajax finished runners-up in the Eredivisie.

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    SAF u heard that move in now man!

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    Rio returns to Nigeria
    07/07/2008 10:19

    Rio Ferdinand will return to Nigeria for the second time this summer when the Reds play Portsmouth at the Abuja Stadium on 28 July.

    Kick-off for the pre-season friendly has now been confirmed for 19:45 BST, with the match beamed live to UK audiences on MUTV.

    At a recent press conference announcing the match, David Gill revealed there are more than 14million United fans in Nigeria. Portsmouth’s status in the country is also growing, thanks to the success of homegrown striker Nwankwo Kanu.

    While most United players spent the summer relaxing, centre-back Ferdinand had other plans.

    Two weeks after lifting the Champions League trophy in Moscow, Rio flew to Nigeria on a charitable mission aiming to help promote education through football, and also revealed plans to build a new soccer academy in the country.

    Travelling as a guest of the state governor of Lagos, Babatunde Raji Fashola, his first engagement was launching the Lagos Street Soccer Championships, an initiative that aims to empower young children through sport, while also helping unearth Nigerian footballing prodigies.

    “There are huge talents here that can be as big as Yakubu or Kanu,” Rio confirmed.

    “They just need someone to inspire them and make them believe in themselves. With what I’ve seen, I can help build an academy here that will see the best of Nigerian talent realise their dreams of being a professional footballer. The power of football here is unbelievable.”

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