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Hargreaves Facts / Nani’s Goal / And Other News Updates

Hello people.

Lots of tiny bits and pieces of news and non-news floating around. Plenty of activity did happen over the past few days making us people overuse our keyboards for writing articles and posts. Poor keyboards. Must be begging for constant pounding with Counterstrike and FIFA 07 (or Pro-Evolution) games rather than Man United blog posts.

Anyway, let’s get on with the backlog of news that got left out in the heated discussions of our transfer activity.

1. has some lesser known facts about Hargreaves. Most notably, he’s never got a red card in his seven seasons. If that is true, then in the hard tackling hustle and bustle of the English league, I think even a yellow will be hard for him to earn. I’m just kidding anyway.

2. Nani the new United signing scored a goal for Portugal in today’s Euro qualifier win against Belgium. Couldn’t watch the game but read that the goal was against the run of play. Good going kid! Keep that confidence high.

3. As expected Ronaldo welcomed the arrivals of Nani and Anderson terming them “phenomenons”.

“I can only say that United will be stronger because they have signed two great players. Anderson and Nani are phenomenons and the side will be improved a lot by their participation.”
Ronaldo added: “I’m really happy that I will have Nani and Anderson as team-mates. They will be very welcome at Manchester United.”

The the coming of age of Ronaldo this season has already made him a sort of a ‘father figure’ and a role model for the new kids despite his relatively young age. One hopes that rubs onto them too.

4. Little Sam of Bolton has put his little foot down on the Anelka rumours. He does not want to sell him and has intention to budge on his stance. We’ll wait and see if his little foot is planted as firmly on the ground as he thinks it to be.

As an aside, the rumours of Anelka to Manchester United has sent shockwaves into some Gooners too, none other than the Arse top-dog Arseblog.

The idea of Manchester United with Anelka frightens me a bit, I have to say. I know there’s a feeling that sometimes it’s best not to look back but Anelka can’t be happy at Bolton, especially now that Sammy Lee – the smallest football manager alive today – is in charge and despite his history he would certainly add something to our squad.

Oh well! Moving on…

5. Dunga claims that Anderson is a great player in the making. I liked Dunga as a player, the disciplined no-nonsense Brazilian. Dunga the coach has also impressed me with his honest opinions and approach to management. Let’s hope this opinion of his proves right.

6. And finally, some Keano news as papers link him to every old teammate/friend of his as a probable signing. First it was Nicky Butt (which looks fairly believable), then it was Diego Forlan (which you can never say, as the player’s once said that he’s had unfinished business at England – although I think he meant Old Trafford, which is not likely).

Now Keane’s linked with *hold your breath* Paul Scholes. Yes the same red/orange haired guy that plays in central midfield at OT. Nothing more than journalistic banter really, methinks. Although this kind of banter is now getting tiring.

And that about wraps up the news round-up for the moment.



  1. Dash

    June 3, 2007 at 3:26 am

    Scholes to Sunderland … why??

    The ginger-ninja is a legend at OT and his recent season only boosted that. He is still good at top level for another year after which, I guess Anderson will start taking over from him. Why trade the chance to cement your place in history. What else has he left to prove to anyone (err his tackling notwithstanding)

    Pure journalistic rubbish, as you said 🙂

  2. Liam O'Kelly

    June 3, 2007 at 4:50 am

    why whould Fergie sell Scholes? He was one of our best players this season and if he was sold look at what we have in CM, we have Carrick who has been here for one season and despite playing well has hardly set the world alight. Then you have Hargreaves who hasn’t played in the EPL before and may need time to adjust. Then we have have Fletch and O’Shea who are only good enough to be backup. I don’t know if Anderson would be the best for tracking back if he was put there. Scholes will play less this season than last but he was out of the side a good bit when Veron came but he just got on with it like the true pro that he is.

  3. Jade

    June 3, 2007 at 7:03 am

    here is the link for nani’s goal

  4. Ahmed Bilal

    June 3, 2007 at 11:43 am

    regarding the Scholes rumour – people are bored because united completed their transfer business 3 months early.

    Personally I dont like the idea of another striker coming in and Anelka in seems more like fantasy football. Anelka could just as easily be going to Liverpool, you know.

    Arsenal fans scared of United? haha.

    Anyway, if Anelka comes we’ll see two strikers leaving – because Dong and Rossi aren’t going to be sold and Rooney is still there, leaving Saha, Ole and Smith. Two of them will go, I doubt Ole will and I doubt Saha will leave either.

    So I dunno – we might not have enough space for a new striker.

    Anelka might move to Tottenham too 😛

  5. panks

    June 3, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    hi,i heard spurs are interested in smudge and saha.shouldn’t we swap them both for berbatov?that won’t cost us anything and considering smith’s form and saha’s injury woes it’ll be a good bargain for us. Please comment.

  6. abood

    June 3, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    have a look at this:

    COULD corroborate the scholes claim…but hopefully this is just my own misinterpretation.

    also read the bit about Anderson’s preferred position :S
    does he want to be a left back? was he brought in as a LB?

  7. Rylie

    June 3, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    I thought that Anderson quote was very interesting too Abood. Who is Gareth Bale? 😉

    I can definately see the domestic side with backs pushing up, and then a harder side for Europe with Owen and Hienze in the side.

  8. BootifullGame

    June 3, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    Yeah, i didn’t know LB was part of his game. Thats great news. A left back with that amount of flare, hope he’s not another Cicinho.
    I also can’t see Scolesy going to Sunderland, although him and Keano had a great realtionship im sure that if he does quit United at some stage he will go to Oldham to finish his career. He has said this himself in the past.
    Hope we don’t buy Anelka. Im not sure that we really need another striker. If we are to get one though, surley there is a better option than Anelka. I think we should keep Smith and sell Saha, if we do spend more.

  9. Fazz

    June 3, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    I think Saha should be sold, despite his injury woes he is still good enough to demand a decent price, We do not need him, we should cash in on him now while he is still worth something. We have Rooney, Smith, Dong, Rossi, And Ole. And goals from midfield Ronaldo, Scholes, Nani and Anderson. For him and Manchester United that is the best move. Regarding a new striker I wouldn’t mind if we got Torres. Just a suggestion. Any other ideas for a striker??

  10. Miguel

    June 4, 2007 at 1:03 am

    I just wanted to leave the link to Nani’s goal on youtube:

  11. Little Dud

    June 4, 2007 at 1:38 am

    I think that Saha will only be sold if a really big name striker comes in as he will bring in the most money to help cover the costs. But if an Anelka or Bent or Owen were to be bought then Smith, who is the backup striker would go. Either way one of them will go, if another striker is bought. Can Anderson play as a striker as well as a left-back and forward midfield?

    Cracking goal by Nani by the way, thanks to Jade for that one, very Ronaldo-esk, against the run of play.

  12. Red Ranter

    June 4, 2007 at 5:49 am

    [abood], [Rylie], [BootifulGame]

    I think the Anderson quote should be taken in jest. I am sure that it would be foolish to buy him for the left back spot when we have a surfeit of players for that position.

    Thanks for the link.

  13. Rylie

    June 4, 2007 at 8:07 am

    I agree Ranter…..but it is nice to know we have someone besides Richardson to fill in if needed!

  14. Jonothan Freeman

    June 8, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    Hargreaves is hopeless and in my opinion its a waste of time and money signing him.

  15. BootifullGame

    June 9, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    Yes im quite sure Anderson won’t be employed as LB, but i wouldn’t be surprised if he was called upon to cover there from time to time. Like Rylie said, he’s gotta be a better option then Richardson or even Sylverstre.

    [Jonothan Freeman] “Hargreaves is hopeless and in my opinion of its a waste of time and money signing him”
    I wonder on what you base you assessment on? Is it perhaps the fact that he has been englands best player for the last 18 months/ 2 years, the fact that he regularly out shines the like of Gerrard and Lampard. Or perhaps the fact that he has been Bayerns best player for the last couple of seasons? Or perhaps you consider a waste of money to be buying a player that clearly has all the attributes that our current squad is missing?
    If McLown had any balls he would play Hargreaves over Lampard every time for England. Im sure that in 12 months time hargreaves’ peformances will have you eating your words. A great signing, in my opinion. Just what we were lacking in CL against Milan.

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