Manchester United striker Michael Owen revealed last week via Twitter that the club would not be offering him a new contract. This brings an end to Owen’s three years at Old Trafford which have been marred with injuries. His imminent departure signals the availability of the famous Number 7 shirt for next season. “What’s the fuss over a jersey? It’s just a number” you may say, but the importance of this jersey to the Old Trafford faithful cannot be overlooked.
It goes without saying that it is arguably the most famous jersey in Manchester United’s history. The mumbles and the grumbles from fans when Owen was handed the jersey at the start of the 09/10 season said it all, with many claiming he would do the jersey a disservice.
Don’t let the end of the football season bring to an end your love of football. Don’t hibernate until August playing xBox or PS3. Don’t wait until the Olympics or the European Championships to be inspired to get your soccer boots on. Make the most of the weather and play some football.
Manchester United offer a fantastic range of Summer Football Camps during July and August with residential facilities an option.
The season has finally ended in nightmarish proportions for United fans.
Liverpool put out United in the F.A.’s famous show piece competition and even managed to reach the prestigious finale. Horrible Suarez and co did lift silverware in the shape of the Carling Cup this year a long time before Athletic Bilbao humbled us too, this time in the much coveted European Champions League in which John Terry unashamedly fondled, slavered and pawed at a trophy he never actually won, those moments were amazing and horrific in equal measures. For Hodgson to bump Ferdinand in favour of the same ‘alleged’ racist for ‘football reasons’ (that exist only in the southern driven media myth-dom) is pitiful. But these are only the beginning acts.
These are the Apéritifs’ to the main nightmare.
If 2011 had seen a disappointing end, 2012 didn’t get off to the best of starts either for Manchester United, as they suffered a second consecutive league defeat falling 3-0 at St.James’ Park against Alan Pardew’s high-flying Newcastle.
Four days later, United faced the mother of all third round tie in the FA Cup, away at holders Manchester City, presenting them with the perfect chance to make amend for the humiliation suffered back in October.
Just before kick off, news filtered that United legend Paul Scholes had come out of retirement following pleas from Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ferguson has pulled off many tricks and surprises in the past, so much so that Manchester United fans have learnt to expect the unexpected. But when Cristiano Ronaldo left for Madrid in 2009, no-one could have foreseen that Ferguson would try and plug the gap by signing the injury plagued goal scorer, Michael Owen.
After leaving a relegated Newcastle United at the end of the 2008/09 season, he was expected to sign for a mid-table club, with the likes of Stoke and Hull City rumoured to be interested. Yet Old Trafford turned out to be his ultimate, and unlikely, destination.
We had left at Wembley on a balmy night in May, humbled and outclassed by Barcelona’s spider-web of exquisite passes and touches, we reunited with them at the same venue barely more than two months later, on a sunny August afternoon for the most unfriendly of Community Shields against bitter rivals Manchester City.
After last weeks reply Paul has received further correspondence regarding his complaint letter sent way back in February of this year and the club have finally escalated the complaint to ‘an official complaint’, it’s only taken them three months!
Read on to find out what the club’s latest response is.
Manchester United came into this game needing help to retain the league title, but first they needed to win this game. The Red Devils came in with a strong attack, utilizing great passing and movement to open up a disorganized Sunderland defense. Young, Giggs and Rooney were able to link-up and combine well in the middle of the pitch to operate in gaps and get behind Sunderland’s defense. With United strong on the attack, getting numerous opportunities and moving through the Black Cats defense with ease, the Black Cats struggled to get any traction on the attack. Stephane Sessegnon struggled up front, frequently being forced out to the flanks to get any time on the ball and this left Sunderland with no attacking threat in the middle. The score line on this game was deceptive, as Manchester United could have easily scored more than 3 goals, but they thought it was enough for mere seconds after the game until the bad news filtered in from the Etihad Stadium. Continue reading