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Nani dazzles | Kieran in Denial | Wins.

The headline says it all. It’s more of a roundup of some other news items that weren’t quite so big, but were United news nonetheless.

Nani shone through as a bright spot in Portugal’s 2-1 defeat to hosts Holland in the UEFA U21 Championships. As much as I would have wished, I badly wanted to watch that game but I don’t have access to any of the channels/streams here. (I’d be grateful for any links to streams of the U21 Championships). Anyway, shows highlights on their official site for free, but you couldn’t catch glimpses of Nani in the Holland game.

What you could do is read Henry Winter’s piece on the Telegraph with his thoughts on Nani after watching him in that game. Just that you know, it’s all good stuff about Nani that he’s written. So I repeat, go read it.

Meanwhile, still on the subject of the U21 Championships, Kieran Richardson denies the existence of any bad blood between him and manager Stuart pierce after his (apparently) petulant gesture on being substituted. (Again, I haven’t seen the game so I don’t have much of an opinion here. Hence my use of the word “apparently”) But generally I do have the feeling that Richardson might be in one of those deluded states that he is the most important player in the team. (I know he wouldn’t have dared to think so in United colors, but judging by his work rate when he’s played for us, I don’t find it the whole gesture thing surprising.)

Yes, I don’t like Kieran Richardson and I want him sold at the drop of a hat.

In other relatively less important news, has won The Webbys. Supposedly the most prestigious honor given to websites. The site won the award in the Best Sports website category. Oh yeah, they also thanked the fans for the votes. Nice interesting news, no? 🙂



  1. Alvin Lim

    June 14, 2007 at 10:15 am

    Hhaha, we share the same opinion – Kieran Richardson is a spoilt brat and he should not be wearing our Manchester United jersey next season. Why? Attitude problem (he has the habit of collecting yellow cards whenever he is on the field…), not much potential (Fletcher improved a lot over the last few months…. but Richardson? Don’t think so), and well…our squad don’t really need a player who thinks he’s so great right?

    Sell him off…3 mill or 5 mill…and make space for people like Chris Eagles, some other youngsters or use the money to get the striker that our squad really needs.

  2. panks

    June 14, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    with the arrival of nani keiran has slipped down the pecking order he has no chance in the united first team as a midfielder.probably he can play at left back but that too behind heinze,evra,evans,pique and also anderson.i also don’t like his attitude.we should definitely sell him to fund for our new the way any news about the two brazilian kids who we signed as right and left back?

  3. Odvall

    June 14, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    You can watch the full U21 championship games on the official UEFA website. You just have to register and then you can watch every game.
    And about Nani, i have seen him play much better then in the game yesterday. I think that he will be an excellent addition to the united squad and he should grow to become one of the greats. I absolutely agree on that Kieran should be sold yesterday, he’s a player who were a bright talent, but then again there have been many of those, the trick is to know when to give up on a player that you have had big hopes for. I believe that Sir Alex knows what to do with the Kieran situation, and if he’s still a Man Utd player when the next season kicks of I would be very surprised.

  4. BootifullGame

    June 14, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    I watched both of Nani’s opening games and i have to say i was a little disappointed with his performances, with the exception of the second half of the Holland match where Portugal as a whole played a lot better. Nani showed some flashes of a young Ronaldo. What did surprise me was his right foot. Ive heard countless Portuguese coaches and read many articles that say Nani is very much a left footed player, lacking any kind quality with his right, but in the second half against Holland he put some great balls in with his right boot and got off a few shots too. He looked like a player who was feeling the attention. The experience of knowing the whole world is watching you can only stand him in good stead for United.
    Next game for Portugal should be a game that brings the best out of them, wih them needing a win, so we could see some more of Nani in action.
    As for Richardson, his attitude has got on my tits for years now, but im going to avoid being too nasty about him. Like you all say his ego seems to be his worst enemy and his petulant tantrum the other night just highlighted that. Back ache my arse! He needs to go back to playing football at a level where he will learn that just because he has an Aston Martin it doesn’t make him a superstar. Ive been waiting for him to be sold for a cpl of seasons now and am always stunned when i see him in the line up.
    Whatever attributes you may have skill wise as a footballer, can all easily unravel if you dont wrap them all up tightly inside a football brain, and im afraid Richardson clearly doesn’t have one of those. You know soemthing aint right when you can say The Scottish Player has more vision and awarenes than Richaron.

  5. Jade

    June 14, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    Kieran probably thinks he’s the black Beckham, you guys know he’s been dating Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child?!… Nuf’ said a has-been (Kelly) and a never-was (Keiran)… Sell that moron….

  6. Sparx

    June 15, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    Not footballing related per se – but your including the news of’s Webby win makes me write this:

    The award function is held in the USA and as a general rule, Webby Winners’ Acceptance Speeches may consist of no more than five words in total.

    This is what the head of MU Interactive said:

    “He gave you David Beckham”

    A little dorky, wot?

  7. perif

    June 15, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    Nani is right footed

  8. Alvin Lim

    June 16, 2007 at 11:31 am

    Hmm funny…I’ve read somewhere saying that Nani is left footed. He can play with his right, but not as good.

    It’ll be weird to have a right-footed left winger, isn’t it?

  9. BootifullGame

    June 16, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    Yeah, a little strange.
    I dont think he is right footed.

  10. govind

    June 16, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    according to skysports chelsea”s scout has taken a dig at utd..saying we overpaid for nani..hope he turns out to be a hit…but he definitely needs to bulk up to withstand the rigors of the premiership.

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