In the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to stand down as Manchester United manager, among the flurry of tributes that poured in for Sir Alex, Paul Gascoigne admitted his regret at not signing for the club.
“He always says one of his greatest regrets was not signing me, but I think it was the other way round, me not signing for the guy,” said Gazza, “I know I would have had a lot more trophies in my cabinet if I went with him, it was a massive missed opportunity.”
WE’RE GIVING AWAY A COPY OF WAYNE ROONEY: MY DECADE IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE.
With nothing to play for in terms of prizes today, United welcome Swansea City to Old Trafford in what could turn out to be an entertaining game between two sides who play the game the right way, the attacking way.
The game however is merely the under card to what will be some of the most emotional scenes ever witnessed inside Old Trafford.
United will officially be crowned Champions of England for the TWENTIETH time with a trophy ceremony after the game before even that takes backstage as United and its fans begin to say farewell to the man who made all this possible, Sir Alex Ferguson.
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United will be without Danny Welbeck for today’s Premier League match against Chelsea as the striker has not recovered from a knee injury. Midfielder Paul Scholes is expected to return to the squad after a near four-month absence with a knee injury.
United fans will no doubt be looking forward to seeing Chelsea perform a guard of honour. Will Chelsea have the class to show such respect?
With the result immaterial for United the only thing they have to play for is pride and Sir Alex admitted last weekend that it’s difficult not to drop off the pace under these circumstances but he’ll doubtless be urging his team to help him put one over The Spanish Waiter one last time before he leaves for pastures new.
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For those of you who know me personally, or know me closely, you’ll be aware that late last year my Manchester United loving Dad, Pete, passed away just before Christmas after a short fight with brain cancer.
Pete was 67. An avid United fan, season ticket holder, husband, father of two boys and an absolutely doting Grandfather to three grandchildren including my young son, Alex.
Now United have sealed their record extending 20th league title, I’d like to ask for your help raising £1,999 for MacMillan (Cancer Support) as I run the BUPA: Great Manchester Run next month.
Who would’ve thought that on March fifth this year, a simple, inocuous high foot at home to Real Madrid would lead to a twitchy away trip to Stoke City just five weeks later.
Much premature talk of trebles and doubles have ceased in those five weeks as United, the masters of their own downfall, were knocked out of both cup competitions leaving many onlookers pointing once again to midfield defeciencies as their achilles heel.
Despite being made overwhelming favourites at 1.60 by Bwin, United know todays fixture will be anything but straight forward.
After becoming the first team in history to win 25 of their first 30 Premier League fixtures on Saturday; United turn their attention to an FA Cup Quarter Final replay at Stamford Bridge.
In 12 meetings between the two sides since 1908 United boast an impressive record against The Blues (Won 8, Drawn 2, Lost 2) and won on their last two trips there in 98 & 99, the latter being a memorable replay after the sides drew at Old Trafford. United went on to win the treble that year and although that feat is now impossible for the Reds to duplicate, it seems there’s a real desire to add another League and Cup double both from the club and the terraces.
Both Benitez and Ferguson need this trophy for differing reasons and Robin van Persie believes the fans shouldn’t expect a classic thanks to both teams playing just 48hrs before kickoff, maybe that’s why the betting is neck-and-neck. Bwin are offering a free bet to all RedRants readers here.
Football fans may be many things from absurd to zealous but somewhere in between does not sit forgetful.
On the last day of last season as United trudged off the Stadium of Light pitch in the knowledge they’d just been pipped to the title by arch rivals City, Sunderland fans rejoiced and celebrated like it were them who’d just won the title. That hurt the players (Giggs has noted it as the lowest point of his glittering career), the gaffer who remarked at the time that the experience was ‘surreal’ and of course the fans who, quite rightly, were angered and gutted in equal measure.
Noon on Saturday sees United return to the scene as troubled Sunderland face-up to the reality that Martin O’Neil and his fairly expensively assembled Black Cats are well and truly involved in a relegation dog-fight to remain in a league their opponents are walking away with……are you still laughing at us Sunderland?
If you’ve been following our previews over the last few months you’ll know we lend a hand to Betegy (our favourite football predictions website) by highlighting their predictions for all United fixtures. So far the site has achieved a 92% strike rate with just Spurs deterring United from all three points in their last 11 league outings.
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United welcome managerless Reading to Old Trafford on Saturday for the second time in four weeks hoping to make it six league wins in a row and take another step toward recapturing the Premier League title.
Reading arrive with, I guarantee it, huge intrepidation knowing United have just suffered a massively disappointing week with the loss to Real Madrid and the hapless capitulation against Chelsea fresh in their minds and an eagerness to start afresh putting those memories behind them. That spells danger for Reading, beware the wounded beast!
Unbeaten in the league since November, United find themselves hot favourites to produce a performance akin to that of ‘Sprinter Sacre’ at Cheltenham this week. He won by 19 lengths and Betegy suggest United could win by an equally large margin.