In December 1971, United Reserve player, Kevin Lewis, was given a 5 match ban for attacking a referee, Lewis never played for United again.
That’s one of hundreds of useful snippets and stories to be found in a recently acquired book called ‘The Man Utd Miscellany’ by Andy Mitten.
If you’ve never read it or, like me, never knew it existed until now, then I assure you it’s well worth the three quid you can pick it up for on eBay.
Pretend you’re the manager of Manchester United for a minute (shouldn’t be hard for most of you who do that every day anyway!!).
The chairman comes to you and says “you can do a straight swap using ONE player from the current first team squad with ONE FELLOW PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYER playing in THE SAME POSITION”
If it were me……..
A product of The White Lady’s youth system, Claudio Marchisio is to Juventus what Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are to Manchester United.
A one-club-man since his teens (bar a season on loan), Marchisio has admitted to being “proud” at reports linking him with United.
Although he clearly states that “I have not heard from anyone at Manchester United” the tone of his interview with Gazzetta dello Sport indicates the idea of such a move would be one he would be very keen on.
For those United fans who have picked up a paper this morning and thought it was April 1, don’t worry, we haven’t gone back in time of two and a half months, even though the miserable weather and today’s back pages are doing their best to convince us all of the opposite.
Tabloids and broadsheets are unanimous in choosing Cristiano Ronaldo as their main transfer story and, at least in theory, there are plenty of reasons to whet our appetite ahead of next season, considering that either Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale are going to wear a red shirt next season.
Recently we reported that Monaco midfielder Nampalys Mendy was a target for United.
Described as the ‘next Makelele’ the option of acquiring him on a free transfer looked a clever one. However, neither club nor player, or even agent for that matter, had commented on the rumours; until now.
Cristiano Ronaldo definitely knows how to tease football fans around the world. In fact, the Portuguese star is as good as creating unsubstantiated excitement as he is as gliding past opponents.
Earlier this afternoon the Real Madrid star took to Twitter to deny rumours that he had renewed his contract with the Spanish giants, setting thousands of United fans – and conspiracy theorists – in a frenzy. While from a purely syntactical point of view Ronaldo did not deny he would extend his current deal, simply than he had not done so yet, the tweet was immediately considered as a strong indication that the Portuguese intends to leave the Spanish club this summer.
When David Moyes officially takes charge at Old Trafford in two weeks, the file briefing him on potential transfer targets will contain only a couple of names, judging by the papers’ insistence to recycle the same rumours, week after week.
That said, United are today linked with a new player, albeit one whose name is regularly associated with the club virtually every time a transfer window opens. The Mirror reports that United have agreed a deal to sign Ezequiel Garay from Benfica for £17m.
New Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has expressed his approval at United’s decision to appoint David Moyes as manager following Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure.
The Portuguese, who at one stage had widely been tipped to succeed Ferguson, was adamant the former Everton manager deserves the opportunity to manage Manchester United after spending a decade at Goodison Park.