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NI Milk Cup 2011 – Fixtures & Dates

Manchester United’s Academy annually compete in the Premier section of the Milk Cup over in Northern Ireland during the summer. This pre-season’s visit will see The Reds pitted against Zamora FC of Venezuela, Co. Tyrone and Hartlepool United.

If you don’t know the history of this competition, this was taken from their official website (


“Who would have thought that the Northern Ireland Milk Cup would have become such a magnificent event, one which is eagerly anticipated by football people all over the British Isles and farther afield?

It was all very much an experiment in 1983 with eight Ulster teams and an equal number of visitors including the Algerians and a side from Coleraine’s twin town of la Roche-sur-Yon in France.

Scottish stars Motherwell were the name on everyone’s lips that year after Irish FA president Harry Cavan declared the tournament open. Stephen Connors was the young lad to emerge with all the plaudits, scoring 12 goals for the Scots, three in the 5-0 win over hosts Coleraine in the final”

Manchester United and the Milk Cup:

Manchester United have won the tournament on  four occassions in 1991, 2003, 2008 and 2009.


Monday 25th July 2011

Zamora FC v Manchester United
Bolton Wanderers v Etoile Lusitana
Tottenham Hotspur v Otago
Athletico Del Pinto v Hartlepool
Aspire v Belvedere
Co. Armagh v Leonidas
Co. Antrim v Co. Londonderry
Cherry Orchard v Co. Down
Co. Tyrone v Co. Fermanagh
Oxford United v Desportivo Brazil
Vestmar L.E. V South Coast Strikers

Tuesday 26th July 2011

Belvedere v Zamora F.C.
Co. Armagh v Bolton Wanderers
Etoile Lusitana v Athletico del Pinto
Hartlepool Utd v Co. Antrim
Otago v Cherry Orchard
Co. Fermanagh v Tottenham Hotspur
Leonidas v Desportivo Brazil
Manchester Utd v Co. Tyrone
Co. Down v Vestmar L.E.
Co. Londonderry v South Coast Strikers
Oxford Utd v Aspire

Wednesday 27th July 2011

Zamora F.C. v Co. Tyrone
Bolton Wanderers v Cherry Orchard
Belvedere v Co. Armagh
Athletico del Pinto v Co. Fermanagh
Manchester Utd v Hartlepool Utd
Co. Londonderry v Oxford Utd
Co. Down v Etoile Lusitana
Co. Antrim v Desportivo Brazil
Leonidas v Vestmar L.E.
Aspire v Otago
South Coast Strikers v Tottenham Hotspur

The competition is staged at 14 different venues in the Coleraine, Limavady, Ballymoney and Ballymena areas. If you’re close by and attending please get in touch with me to help provide tournament feedback.

I will be providing up-to-date goalflashes and hopefully some pre-match team news during the tournament via Twitter…….so get following @Rimmerstweets



  1. Grognard

    16 June 2011 at 22:55

    @Moscow is my heaven: If it’s a diamond shaped 4-4-2 yes he can. He needs to play forward though and so there is much more room for the holding midfielder to cover which requires our wide midfielders/wingers to track back more and help0 out.

  2. Grognard

    16 June 2011 at 22:59

    @Moscow is my heaven: Sad pathetic little dreamers aren’t they. Denial is not just a river in Egypt. Anybody, and they know who they are, who thinks Anderson has talent seriously have their heads up their collective asses and no nothing about judging talent. There, I said it.

  3. Johnsom33

    17 June 2011 at 13:58

    @Grognard: I’m sorry but if you are still clinging to this notion that anderson has no talent your head us firmly up your ass. He added goals to his game but your so stuck in your ways, you refuse to change your assessment if him. When it comes to him your not objective and you want him to fail. If you can’t see the effect a on song anderson has on our club then I’m afraid your head might be stuck to firmly up your own ass.

  4. Jonny

    17 June 2011 at 14:23

    @Grognard: well, as i said before, its not a selection of players that i would support without bias, but I’m trying to see how both Sanchez AND Young fit into our team.


    for me, this use of players in the same formation makes loads more sense.

    what do you think about that?

  5. Don

    17 June 2011 at 15:18


    I’m a self-professed Anderson fan but I have to say if we had the opportunity to get Modric I would take it in a heartbeat…I am not as sold on Sneijder as many of you just because of his age (i know he’s only 27) and some incidents of a questionable attitude (mr billy big boots) not to mention his salary would be huge …. the latest unfounded rumors areg that we’ve possibly had a bid accepted in the region of 33 million but that of course is probably just twitter muppetry and there is a possibility that Berba (18 million + Berbs) could be involved in the deal which would stink…but regardless..the club will be making some big announcement in the next 24-48 hours apprently…if any of these rumors were true I would be gutted for Berba since he has been so loyal and would ahve very mixed feelings about it…i will be glad with the transfer window seems like one long summer already even though the season has been barely over for a month! and the USA tour starts in just a few weeks! not to mention the premierleague in around 60 days! craziness…

  6. Don

    17 June 2011 at 15:28

    I think its funny how we are getting all excited about these potential transfer but to think that we actually have the following midfield players in our first team squad:

    Fletcher, Park, Carrick, Anderson, Valencia, Nani, Giggs, Obertan, Gibson, Cleverly, Ajose, Pogba, Tunnicliffe, Norwood, Morrison, Brady

    16 players! Can you imagine being one of those 16 with the rumors swirling that we are adding potentially Jones, Sanchez, Young and Sneijder/Modric as possible midfield options! That would cover the midfield for the next 5-6 years!

    Also it weird going on and seeing they have removed the faces of VDS, Neville, Hargo and Scholes…that’s a ton of experience right there…United will be a very different place come next season that’s for sure!

  7. Grognard

    17 June 2011 at 17:56

    @Johnsom33: Mate, why so rude? You and I do not have to talk to each other like that. Say I am wrong, tell me I am blind and biased but telling me my head is up my ass not once, not twice but three times is really rude and certainly not necessary between you and I. Fine I’ll accept your theory. Perhaps my dislike for that fat bastard has messed with my objectivity because yes, there was improvement in his game at the end of the season. But keep in mind that he has teased us before and then fallen in to bad habits. Until he can sustain his form, I refuse to buy in to the new and improved Anderson. Too many years of diminished expectations and truthfully, I have a right to feel that way until he can really prove me wrong over time. So please, enough of the my head up my ass garbage. Save that for those who really have their heads up their asses. I’m certainly not one of those people regardless of what you are thinking.

  8. Grognard

    17 June 2011 at 18:00

    @Jonny: That works a bit better but again I’d say you are playing the likes of Young and Nani/Valencia too far back. I also think that we either play with 2 DMF’s or two box to box CM’s, so as I see it you move Sanchez to RAM, Young to LAM between Rooney and then have two DMF’s behind them to protect the back four. I believe that Fergie will buy yet another midfielder whether it is Modric, Defour or somebody to partner either Carrick, Fletcher or Anderson. I do not believe we are good enough without that purchase.

  9. Grognard

    17 June 2011 at 18:09

    @Don: Well I cannot help you with your love for Anderson, but perhaps an analyst could. 😉 😉 But seriously, all kidding aside, I too hbave soured on Sneijder. Don’t get me wrong, I think he is world class and a true talent but the more I see it, the more I think he doesn’t suit our side because he is limited in the number of roles he can play and because really, Rooney can play that role and so can Sanchez or Young if we get them. I like Modric but am far from being a great fan of his. Yet the one thing I know about him is he is a deep lying box to box midfielder who can defend as well as start attacks from a deep lying position. Considering the fact that much of our setup, especially on the road is built around quick counter attacks from deep lying positions, Modric is more ideal for our needs. And he would be more suitable because of his quickness in helping out Carrick as the second of two DMF’s.

    I too would be gutted if we lost Berbatov because simply put, Berba deserved better, but right now, he seems to be demoted to number three and truthfully his value could better be used to buy us a player in a position of greater need. And if we get Sanchez, he could fill in as our #3 striker in a pinch. So money and Berba for Modric would be OK with me.

  10. Grognard

    17 June 2011 at 18:13

    @Don: Regardless of who comes into the team this year, I think we will get off to a slow start next season because Fergie will be attempting to change the look and the feel of the team both tactically and strategically. Their will a breaking in process and learning process for new recruits which will take some time and so our domestic form may falter at the beginning. It’s to be expected when a lot of changes happen but especially when a team has lost so many leaders like EVDS, Scholes and Neville. as well as Brown, O’Shea too.

  11. johnsom33

    17 June 2011 at 19:27

    @Grognard: Your right I was out of line, I apologies.

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