Diego Armando Maradona, arguably the greatest player to play the beautiful game but less arguably the most flawed.
The little Argentinian was a football genius, of that there can be no doubt, a man who shared legendary status in his homeland with the likes of Che Guevara and Evita, a man who was known simply as, D10S….God.
Maradona’s life story and the thoughts of many of the games most respected figures are enthrallingly compiled in a film length documentary entitled ‘D10S: The Story of Diego Armando Maradona which is now available from Amazon.
When Robin Van Persie completed his hat-trick on Sunday not only did he ensure that his manager would celebrate his 1000th league game in charge of Manchester United with a win, he also confirmed that Sir Alex Ferguson has still an eye for a good transfer coup.
Since the Dutchman signed from Arsenal less than a month ago many speculated, perhaps rightly, that he wasn’t what United desperately needed if they were to wrestle the title back from City’s hands and have a real shot at reaching the final stages of the Champions League.
After another close game against Fulham, Manchester United travelled to St. Mary’s Stadium for Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1000th league game against newly promoted Southampton. Nigel Adkin’s side came into the game without any points but they had a close affair to open the season against champions Manchester City at the Etihad. The Red Devils had another near miss in this game, as they struggled to deal with Southampton’s pressure in the midfield and Rickie Lambert’s aerial ability. Southampton defended well, causing problems for Manchester United’s attack while Morgan Schnelderlin caused problems for United’s defense with his late runs. If not for 2 goals in the closing minutes of the match, the Red Devil’s would have lost their second game of the season. Continue reading
Robin Van Persie scored an injury time winner as Manchester United clinched a hard-fought 3-2 win at Southampton.
The Dutch striker had missed the chance to equalise with his club 2-1 down as he fluffed his line from the penalty spot with 20 minutes left but made amend with the clock ticking down as he converted Nani’s corner with a brilliant header to send the United end berserk.
While Fergie will celebrate a win in his 1000th league game in charge of United, Nigel Adkins and Southampton will feel hard done by as they were three minutes away to claim a famous victory – their first since their return to the top-flight.
Transfer deadline-day wheeling and dealing has distracted attention from this weekend’s Premier League action, and as such, much of the prospective action has gone unmentioned. As a result, a momentous Manchester United milestone has drifted somewhat under the radar, as the Red Devils travel to St. Mary’s for Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1000 league match in charge of the club. With this in mind and with Southampton yet to register a point on their return to the Premiership, Ferguson’s men will be hoping to breeze to an easy three points. If only it were that easy.
For the second year running the Champions League draw spared Manchester United tough opponents, with the Reds joined in group H by Portuguese side Braga, Turkish giants Galatasaray and Romanian club CFR Cluj.
Manchester United recovered from an opening day loss to Everton with a 3-2 win over visiting Fulham. Sir Alex Ferguson made changes after the disappointing first game, including dropping Wayne Rooney to the bench, while Van Persie gets his first club start. Meanwhile, Fulham came into the game after beating Norwich City 5-0 to open the season. An impressive performance, especially considering one of the club’s best player, Clint Dempsey, has been missing while trying to push through a transfer.
After giving up an early goal, United’s attack looked impressive. They moved the ball around the pitch quickly, linking up with smart runs off the ball by the players up front. United looked in control of the game until Moussa Dembele started to use his size and strength to out muscle the Red Devils in the midfield. This performance, and a sloppy goalkeeping error that resulted in an own goal made the end of this game more stressful than it should have been for Manchester United. Continue reading