Things are generally never quiet around Old Trafford and the last couple of days have been no different. Since the defeat against Chelsea the fallout continues to rain down in the media with Sir Alex Ferguson’s comments after the game attracting most attention.
After the loss Sir Alex said “You want a fair referee, or a strong referee anyway – and we didn’t get that. I must say, when I saw who the referee was I feared it. I feared the worst.”
It was these comments which have landed him with a charge of improper conduct and the manager has until 4pm GMT on Tuesday to respond to the charge. If found guilty he could be out for at least four matches, as he also has a two match suspension hanging over him from previous comments made about Alan Wiley in 2009.
Though, his comments may not be entriely wrong as Branislav Ivanovic said in an interview The Sun: “I find the penalty for Chelsea very dubious. It was too easily adjudged. I have to admit that after seeing it again. I thought it was a penalty when Zhirkov fell but, afterwards, I saw it never was.”
As many United this week – myself included – have been watching re-runs of ‘that’ goal against Arsenal, many defenders beaten and thousands of crosses made, all by Ryan Giggs who celebrated 20 years as a first team player this week. A tremendous achievement and one that won’t ever be surpassed. John O’Shea added his thoughts and sees Giggs playing until he is 40, whilst going on to comment: “You see how the manager has built squads and Giggsy has been a vital part of every single one of them, It’s just incredible. Maldini springs to mind with AC Milan but I think Giggsy has even gone past him,” he told FIFA.com.
But I ask where does Giggs rank among the all-time greats? Has he indeed surpasses Paolo Maldini for longevity and class? Is he the best player ever to put on a United shirt?
Another player who has signed on to extend his career at United is Michael Carrick. He put pen to paper on a three year deal that will keep him at Old Trafford until the summer of 2014.
After announcing the deal, Carrick was delighted, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at this great club. There is fantastic team spirit within the squad and I’m pleased to have committed my future to United,” he told the official website.
“We are in a very good position at the moment and I am confident this team will be successful for many years to come.”
Winger Nani leads the way in the Premier League assists chart with 15 so far this season, and combined with his nine goals, he is without a doubt having the best of his career. But he doesn’t attribute this to a Fergie rolicking or extra time spent on the training pitch. It is actually all down to his socks… yes, his socks.
The Portuguese wears his socks the wrong way round and in an interview with the Daily Mirror Nani said: “The first time it happened was an accident. It was a new kit and I didn’t know which way I was meant to put them on.” He explained.
“I realised I’d got it wrong when I saw everybody else had the Nike logo facing the front. But then when it came to the next game, I thought: ‘No, I might wear mine like this again.’
“Since then, it’s become something of a superstition.”
Finally, there have been some leaked pictures of the Manchester United home kit for next season. What do you think?