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    Quote Originally Posted by .Hack View Post
    Don't think SAF is very concern with this competition. I can foresee he will be using alot of youngsters.
    His priority is the BPL and Champions League.
    I read today's newpaper report that Fergie wants to win the title but it seems like his senior players lik Scholes prefer to stay at home and concentrate on the EPL title. It seems like the club takes it seriously as they are in JP by Mon, 2 days ago but can't say the same for the players. They will prob hold back challenges. Fergie says the media takes it easily but to Man Utd, its serious.....so lol Dunno what to expect also.

    LDU won their match and are in the final. They look really good and strong. Will not be easy to beat them. Tomorrow's match against G Osaka will give us an idea how serious Fergie and the players are. Just hope that they dun give a screw up performance like what they did against St Petersburg in the Supercup.
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    Getting sick of the Ronaldo transfer saga.

    Cristiano Ronaldo will sign for Real Madrid in the summer according to a director of the Spanish giants.

    All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo, currently in Tokyo - yet again.

    Newspaper El Mundo is quoting director Pedro Trapote as saying Real already have a deal in place but cannot announce it officially.

    President Ramon Calderon had stated after last summer's protracted transfer saga that Real would end their long quest to pinch the player from Manchester United so as not to make an enemy of the European champions.

    Sir Alex Ferguson did little to hide his disgust at Real's conduct and is bound to be more than agitated by a resurfacing of the Ronaldo rumour-mongering.

    El Mundo report that after Madrid's loss at Barcelona Trapote mentioned the news in a recorded conversation, though it is not known whether it was meant to become public knowledge.

    "If you are asking me what we are going to do now then I would tell you that we have already signed the best player for the summer," Trapote is quoted as saying.

    "Are you talking about Cristiano?" was the reply.

    "The best of the best. It is Cristiano, there is no other. It is better that we do not say anything at the moment though.

    "Why can you not say anything. It is the best time because things are going badly and people need something to excite them in the middle of all this.

    Trapote replied: "No, it is best to not say anything because there are some clauses that prevent us from announcing it now."

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    Hmm.....5-3 win and there is hardly a tackle in the game. LDU will be a much strong team, can't go to sleep like today.

    Really disappointed with Neville and Nani's performances. Think they CMI already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by .Hack View Post
    Getting sick of the Ronaldo transfer saga.

    Cristiano Ronaldo will sign for Real Madrid in the summer according to a director of the Spanish giants.

    All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo, currently in Tokyo - yet again.

    Newspaper El Mundo is quoting director Pedro Trapote as saying Real already have a deal in place but cannot announce it officially.

    President Ramon Calderon had stated after last summer's protracted transfer saga that Real would end their long quest to pinch the player from Manchester United so as not to make an enemy of the European champions.

    Sir Alex Ferguson did little to hide his disgust at Real's conduct and is bound to be more than agitated by a resurfacing of the Ronaldo rumour-mongering.

    El Mundo report that after Madrid's loss at Barcelona Trapote mentioned the news in a recorded conversation, though it is not known whether it was meant to become public knowledge.

    "If you are asking me what we are going to do now then I would tell you that we have already signed the best player for the summer," Trapote is quoted as saying.

    "Are you talking about Cristiano?" was the reply.

    "The best of the best. It is Cristiano, there is no other. It is better that we do not say anything at the moment though.

    "Why can you not say anything. It is the best time because things are going badly and people need something to excite them in the middle of all this.

    Trapote replied: "No, it is best to not say anything because there are some clauses that prevent us from announcing it now."
    Aiya, Jan trsnafer window coming wat, thats why they will resort to such stuns again.

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    United reach final after 8-goal thriller

    Gamba Osaka
    Masato Yamazaki (74)
    Yasuhito Endo (pen 84)
    Hideo Hashimoto (90)

    Manchester United
    Nemanja Vidic (27)
    Cristiano Ronaldo (45)
    Wayne Rooney (75)
    Darren Fletcher (78)
    Wayne Rooney (79)


    Wayne Rooney scored twice following his introduction as a late substitute as Manchester United booked a Club World Cup final meeting with LDU Quito on Sunday.

    United had already established superiority over Gamba Osaka thanks to first-half headers from Nemanja Vidic and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    But Rooney's arrival led to a frenzied spell of six goals in 18 minutes, the England man netting either side of a Darren Fletcher effort as the Red Devils kept spirited Gamba resistance at bay.

    The laudable objective of this tournament is to gather each continent's top team in one place to show off their respective talents.

    Unfortunately, there is a serious flaw in Sepp Blatter's plan as the European and South American sides are traditionally superior to everyone else.

    As winners of the Asian Champions League, Gamba did not need to be exposed to such high-class opposition to know defending at set-pieces is fairly essential in the modern game.

    The J.League outfit had actually started quite brightly, although United had begun to get on top when Ronaldo won a right-wing corner for his side.

    Ryan Giggs took it and expertly found Vidic at the far post. With his added strength, the Serbian simply guided his header beyond Yosuke Fujigaya.

    If Anderson, who has yet to score in 56 appearances for the Red Devils since his arrival from FC Porto last year, had been equally clinical when Ronaldo picked him out on the edge of the six-yard area shortly afterwards, the contest would have been over.

    Instead, despite being unmarked, the Brazilian failed to make a proper connection, prolonging Gamba's stay of execution until stoppage-time.

    Again Giggs was the provider with another accurate set-piece. This time Ronaldo was the finisher, powering home his 10th goal of the campaign, and his first in five weeks.

    Given Rooney was only a substitute as Ferguson opted not to take a chance with his fitness, and record signing Dimitar Berbatov remained in bed with a virus, it was an adequate return on the opening 45 minutes, especially as some United players were still suffering from jet-lag.

    United's second goal took the competitive edge away from a second half that was more akin to the pre-season games United have played in the Far East over the past few years.

    That all changed though when Rooney was introduced 18 minutes from time.

    Before he had even touched the ball, Gamba pulled one back through Masato Yamazaki.

    But it just proved to be the prelude to a blistering spell of United attacking, in which Fletcher nodded home a third United headed goal either side of a Rooney double.

    First the England man shrugged off Sota Nakazawa to finish, then he collected Giggs' pass and slotted home.

    Rooney was then booked for a foul on Michihiro Yasuda before Endo slotted home a calmly-taken penalty after a handball decision had gone against Gary Neville.

    There was still time for another Gamba goal from Hideo Hashimoto, although it not affect the outcome

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    Reds draw Jose's Inter

    United will meet Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan side in the first knockout stage of this season's Champions League competition.

    The Reds will play the first leg away from home at the San Siro on Tuesday 24 February. The return leg will be at Old Trafford on Wednesday 11 March.

    The sides have met twice before in European competition, in the 1998/99 season when United went on to win the European Cup. The Reds beat Inter 2-0 at Old Trafford in the quarter-final first leg on that occasion before drawing 1-1 in Italy.

    Elsewhere, Chelsea will play Juventus, Arsenal face AS Roma and Liverpool must beat Real Madrid to progress to the quarter-final stage.

    Other ties (not involving English sides): Villarreal v Panathinaikos, Sporting Lisbon v Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid v FC Porto and Olympique Lyonnais v Barcelona.

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    It is like Italy Vs England!
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    Boss relishing Jose reunion

    Sir Alex Ferguson is relishing a reunion with Jose Mourinho after the Reds were paired with Internazionale in the Champions League knock-out stages.

    Talking exclusively to MUTV in Japan, the boss said: "They kept us hanging being last out of the hat, but its interesting to come up against Jose again. He's a character with a good personality and I've always got on well with him.

    "He knocked us out of the competition with Porto, so I hope we have the luck they had in that tie this time round. Inter have had a tremendous domestic record recently and that speaks volumes for the consistency of their team.

    "They've got a lot of experience which includes a few South American players. In fact, I think they've only two Italians in their team. That represents a challenge because you know South American players are very tough defensively and resilient players.

    "We've played against most of their players over the years and met them in a friendly last year at Old Trafford. So we know about them. Hopefully we'll do the job in the first game and give ourselves a platform to take back to Old Trafford.

    "Playing against bigger teams always brings focus to our game, as we showed against Barcelona last season. The most important thing in that tie was to concentrate, and our concentration was terrific.

    "The San Siro is a great stadium. We played Inter in the quarter-final in '99 and there were problems with the pitch, it had been relaid a couple of weeks before. But now it's much better. We've lost two semi-finals to AC Milan there so we want to go there and do better. Now the competition really gets going and all the English teams have a good chance. I'm happy with our draw."

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    Gill: Transfer talks ongoing

    United chief executive David Gill has confirmed that negotiations with Partizan Belgrade duo Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljajic are still in progress.

    The Reds have been granted a work permit for Tosic, but personal terms are yet to be agreed. Discussions with midfielder Ljajic are also continuing.

    "We're still in negotiations with both," Gill confirmed to MUTV. "We've agreed club terms, now we're working on the player terms. They may or may not happen.

    "Apart from those, I don't think there will be a lot of activity from us in January.

    "Perhaps the odd loan signing going out if Alex decides he wants to give some of the younger players senior experience elsewhere. But I don't expect there'll be much else."


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    Guys u all know anything about these 2?

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    Reserves: Everton 1 United 1

    Manucho bagged his first goal since moving to United as the Reserves came from behind to draw with Everton on Thursday evening.

    The Angolan striker powerfully headed the Reds level shortly after half-time, after Kieran Agard had slid the hosts into the lead after just three minutes.

    A slow start was perhaps predictable for a United side without a competitive match for exactly a month, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side gradually gained a foothold in the match.

    The lively Manucho, operating as a lone striker, demonstrated his neat touch and powerful shot after 12 minutes, but home goalkeeper John Ruddy was able to touch it wide.

    United continued to carry the greater menace, but it took an outstanding last-ditch challenge from David Gray to prevent Agard from doubling his side's lead before the interval.

    Within two minutes of the restart, United were within a whisker of drawing level. Matt James' inch-perfect raking pass released Danny Drinkwater, but the midfielder's lob was just inches wide of Ruddy's post.

    The Reds were all over the hosts by now, with Manucho invariably involved, and it was no surprise when the Angolan powerfully headed home Magnus Eikrem’s superb cross.

    Fabio, twin brother of Rafael, made his return from a shoulder injury as a second-half substitute, but it was fellow sub Cameron Stewart who almost had the greater impact, drawing a smart save from Ruddy with a left-footed drive and then blazing over from close range.

    United continued to call the tune, and were only denied a dramatic injury-time victory when Ruddy made a stunning fingertip save to deny Drinkwater.

    There was still time for Ruddy to be called into action again, and he had to react sharply to turn away an effort from Tom Cleverley on the edge of the area.

    Late anguish then, for United, who came close to snatching all three points, but the Reds’ surging finish will still provide festive cheer for Solskjaer and assistant Warren Joyce.

    United: Woods; Gray, C Evans, Chester, Derbyshire; Eikrem (Fabio 63), James, Drinkwater, Hewson (Stewart 63), Cleverley; Manucho.
    Subs not used: Devlin, Norwood, Brady.

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    Still waiting for him to score for the first team!

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    Wah its a very interesting tie but I think Inter is the club to avoid among the runners-up, so I think we got the worst possible draw. Any of Sporting Lisbon, Atletico Madrid, Lyon or Real Madrid will be better. I actually hope we got RM, so can kick their butts for all the trouble they created. Now, Liv get to kick their butts.

    Full ties:

    Chelsea v Juventus

    Villarreal v Panathinaikos

    Sporting Lisbon v Bayern Munich

    Atletico Madrid v FC Porto

    Lyon v Barcelona

    Real Madrid v Liverpool

    Arsenal v Roma

    Inter Milan v Manchester United

    Yes, its Italy Vs England. All 3 Italian clubs that made it got English teams. I think BM is also very strong this year.....if they tighten their defence, they will be more than a match for anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    Gill: Transfer talks ongoing

    United chief executive David Gill has confirmed that negotiations with Partizan Belgrade duo Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljajic are still in progress.

    The Reds have been granted a work permit for Tosic, but personal terms are yet to be agreed. Discussions with midfielder Ljajic are also continuing.

    "We're still in negotiations with both," Gill confirmed to MUTV. "We've agreed club terms, now we're working on the player terms. They may or may not happen.

    "Apart from those, I don't think there will be a lot of activity from us in January.

    "Perhaps the odd loan signing going out if Alex decides he wants to give some of the younger players senior experience elsewhere. But I don't expect there'll be much else."


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    Guys u all know anything about these 2?
    I know Tosic is a winger and is intended to replace Giggs if he signs and makes it. But I'm surprise that Man Utd still signing players. I tot no more transfers after buying Berba and still got Nani.

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    Half Time
    Manchester United 0 - 0 LDU Quito

    Man Utd Line-Up
    Edwin Van der Sar
    Patrice Evra
    Nemanja Vidic
    Rio Ferdinand
    Rafael Da Silva
    Cristiano Ronaldo
    Michael Carrick
    Anderson
    Ji Sung Park
    Carlos Tevez
    Wayne Rooney

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    Final Score
    Manchester United 1 - 0 LDU Quito

    Courtesy to a Wayne Rooney goal. But too bad Vidic was sent off for an elbow incident.

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    WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD!!!


    Finally after missing out on Super Cup! We are Finally up there! Where we belong!

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    LDU Quito 0 United 1

    United set the seal on an historic year by becoming the first British side to win the Club World Cup to end 2008 as the best team on the planet.

    First-half dominance gave way to second-half nerves as the Reds were forced to play 45 minutes with only 10 men following Nemanja Vidic’s sending off, but a 73rd minute goal from player of the tournament Wayne Rooney gave United a deserved victory.

    Sir Alex Ferguson had shuffled his pack, making four changes to the side that beat Gamba Osaka, while Liga de Quito coach Edgardo Bauza - managing the Ecuadorian side for the last time - named the same XI that started against Pachucha in Wednesday’s other semi-final. There had been pre-match speculation that the tough-tackling South Americans may target Cristiano Ronaldo, and sure enough, Claudio Bieler was in the book just two minutes into the match for a rough shoulder-check on Ronny. The Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov made it clear he was wasn’t going to stand for any nonsense during this game, and the yellow card was duly shown.

    With the eyes of the world on this match and a sell-out crowd of 68,682 inside the Yokohama International Stadium, United were determined to put on a show. Wayne Rooney had enjoyed a highly eventful 20-minute introduction to the Club World Cup at the end of Thursday’s semi-final, and United’s no.10 looked to begin the final where he had left off. He was involved in a handful of attacks in the first 15 minutes, and let fly with two powerful shots that made keeper Jose Cevallos realise he was in for a busy 90 minutes. Meanwhile, proof of Ronaldo’s global popularity was never more evident than during his stay in Japan, and the best player in the world was showcasing his full repertoire of tricks and flicks to the delight of the sell-out crowd.

    While the Reds had dominated the early exchanges, the Ecuadorians enjoyed a couple of breakaway attacks, generally started by Alejandro Manso. In fact, the clearest chance of the lot fell to the underdogs just five minutes in. The playmaker Manso passed a free-kick short to Bieler, who found the defender Jairo Campo unmarked in the United box, but Edwin van der Sar was relieved to see his shot flash wide of the post.

    This was unreflective of the flow of the match however, and Quito’s first-half chances ground to a halt as United’s stranglehold on the match grew stronger. Cevallos’ goal was peppered as chances fell to Carlos Tevez, Ji-sung Park, Michael Carrick and Ronaldo – to name but a few. But it was the on-song Rooney who came closest, and continued to give the keeper nightmares. Combining to great effect with the industrious Anderson, Wayne rounded the half off with another long-range shot that whizzed wide. Against all odds, the first half remained goalless.

    Although United were in complete control during the first half, the first meaningful action of the second 45 made the Reds' mission to be named the top side in the world all the more difficult. Vidic became tangled up with Bieler, and as he attempted to free himself, clashed with the striker. The referee immediately flashed his red card and United were down to ten men - shortly afterwards, Sir Alex sacrificed Tevez to patch up his defence with young substitute Jonny Evans.

    The all-action tempo of the first half slowed almost to walking pace as the Reds, still the team in charge, adapted to a new system. Manso remained a danger to the European champions, looking to exploit the spaces in midfield, and the little Argentinian magician had van der Sar at full stretch to palm away a swerving shot. This gave the Ecuadorians a shot of confidence and were soon handed another opportunity by Patrice Evra. The full-back misplaced a pass straight to Manso, and as he advanced, the excellent Anderson made a lung-bursting run to intercept on the edge of the box.

    It was beginning to look like a nervous last period for United, but the Reds breathed a planet-sized sigh of relief after opening the scoring on 73 minutes. Carrick found Ronaldo on the 18-yard line and the Portuguese maestro slipped possession left to Rooney, who guided the ball past Cevallos. Wazza’s delight was evident, and his third goal of the tournament put him joint-top of the Club World Cup’s all-time goalscorers.

    The Reds tried to find a second goal to kill the game off but almost conceded an equaliser instead when, with a minute of normal time remaining, Manso very nearly sent the game into extra-time. Again advancing with intent, he let rip with a brilliant long-range shot that was tipped over by van der Sar. Just as in Moscow last May, the Dutch keeper had the final say and helped United lift arguably the biggest prize of all.

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    Edwin van der Sar - Another superb display to deny LDU Quito. Breathed a sigh of relief when both Urrutia and Campos missed from three yards early on, but thereafter he saved everything in sight.

    Rafael - The Brazilian never looked fazed in his first major cup final for the club, galloping forward to support in attack whenever he could.

    Rio Ferdinand - Not much to do for the skipper with Quito fielding just one up front, but did what he had to do well. Went close to scoring with a first half header that dropped just wide.

    Nemanja Vidic - Dealt with the threat of Quito’s lone striker Claudio Bieler well in the first period, but a clash between the pair five minutes after the restart led to the Serbian being sent off.

    Patrice Evra - Playing a last game before his ban, the Frenchman will have been delighted to sign off for now with a trophy. Looked solid in defence and, as ever, was always a threat going forward.

    Cristiano Ronaldo - A constant menace, particularly in the first half. Received some rough treatment from the Quito players, but that didn’t stop him thrilling his adoring public with a host of tricks and flicks.

    Michael Carrick - Another classy display from the England international who ran the show alongside Anderson in midfield. Produced his usual array of pin-point passing.

    Anderson - A typically busy display from the Brazilian who offered good support in attack and was also on hand to track back when Quito threatened on a rare breakaway in the second half.

    Ji-sung Park - Lively throughout, but will have been disappointed not to have opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time when he flicked an effort over the bar from three yards out.

    Wayne Rooney - Picked up where he left off in the semi-final against Gamba with another all-action goalscoring display. Could have had a hat-trick in the first half, but his 73rd minute winner ensures official world domination for United.

    Carlos Tevez - Was unlucky to not to score with a header on 20 minutes and was even more unlucky to see his night come to an abrupt end when he was substituted as the Reds reshuffled after Vidic’s dismissal.

    Substitutes

    Jonny Evans (on for Tevez 51) - The Northern Irish international was thrown into the mix just five minutes after re-start, but he adapted brilliantly.

    Gary Neville (on for Rafael 85) - A late cameo from the club skipper after Rafael looked to have picked up a slight knock.

    Darren Fletcher (on for Anderson 88) - Brought on to shore things up in midfield in the final few minutes.

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    Oh yes! World Club champions! At least, the trip to Japan din go to waste. Surprised that LDU din really play or attack and both clubs only came alive after the sending off.

    Now is crunch time back in the EPL. Ars drew with Liv, so its good result for the rest. Should be playing Stoke away on boxing day. Sians, another away trip in the EPL after a long journey away.

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    Quito has a number of decent players, especially that Manso, his shots are venomous.
    Too bad he's 29, if not i would say a number of European clubs will be interested in him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by .Hack View Post
    Quito has a number of decent players, especially that Manso, his shots are venomous.
    Too bad he's 29, if not i would say a number of European clubs will be interested in him.
    Yeah no team is going to win the Copa Liba without good players. LDU is strong but I think those Brazilian and Argie teams are stronger. Man Utd still managed to dominate and control the game even with 10 men. If its a brazilian team, ooooo its gonna be tough.

    I just hope the team can get ready for the away game against Stoke on 26 Dec.

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