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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Man United best counter attackers: Mourinho


Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho hails Manchester United as the best counter attackers in the world. United will face Inter in the UEFA Champions League in San Siro next tuesday.

Mourinho is under no illusions as to who the favourites are. But he wants his team to relax and go out to express themselves when Sir Alex Ferguson's team arrives in town.

"I don't want my players to feel under pressure, I want them to enjoy themselves and the first thing I will tell them is that I have great belief in their ability to win it," said the Portuguese boss.

"I've known Manchester since 2004, they're the best counter-attacking team in the world and can kill their opponents in transition (from defence to attack).

"They have (Dimitar) Berbatov, who has fantastic technical qualities and then (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Wayne) Rooney, (Carlos) Tevez or Park (Ji-sung) who can make the difference, give them width and pace. Our concentration will have to be spot on."

"From now we are totally focussed on the challenge against Manchester United," said Mourinho.

"I will tell the players that I have great belief in their ability to qualify for the next round and like the derby (against AC Milan) I expect it to be a great match.

"It's a challenge that has arrived at an ideal time for us from both a physical and mental point of view.

"It should be a pleasure to play in this match and we'll appraoch it with calm and without any added pressure."

Friday, February 13, 2009

Manchester United Second in World Richest Club


Manchester United placed second in the list of World's wealthiest club while Real Madrid top again for fourth year in a row.

Deloitte's Football Money League, based on financial information for the 2007/08 season, features seven English clubs in the top 20 positions. 

The authors said that United would have been top of the Money League if the pound was still at June 2007 levels. 

Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

"If the exchange rate value of the pound had not depreciated, there would have been nine, rather than seven English clubs in the top 20 and Manchester United would have topped the Money League ahead of Real Madrid," said Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte.

1) Real Madrid: £289.6m
2) Man Utd: £257.1m
3) Barcelona: £244.4m
4) Bayern Munich: £233.8m
5) Chelsea: £212.9m
6) Arsenal: £209.3m
7) Liverpool: £167m
8) AC Milan: £165.8m
9) AS Roma: £138.9m
10) Inter Milan: £136.9m
Source: Deloitte: 2007/8

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Vidic Misses the San Siro Clash


Manchester United central defender Nemanja Vidic will miss the clash against Inter Milan after getting one match ban by FIFA.

The Serbian International has been banned for his red card in Club World Cup final success against LDU Quito in December.

Vidic was sent off for swinging an elbow into the face of the Ecuador side's Claudio Bieler in Yokohama.

He had been facing the possibility of a three-game suspension but a FIFA disciplinary panel have confirmed a one-match ban. 

But this suspension should have been performed in a FIFA organized match. But why he is suspended in a UEFA organized tournament? Thats  a question.

Man United can win Quadruple


Manchester united former Asst. Manager Carlos Queiroz says Manchester United can win all the compititions this season.

Queiroz said: "For me there are no doubts. Manchester United can win all the titles this season.

"They are already in one final and they are the league leaders and will do well in the other competitions. 

"They are definitely my favourites to be the league champions - I mean no harm to Liverpool but I am backing my former club. 

"This can be a magical year for United and I am quite happy because I've been involved in this project for many years and I will always have the club in my heart."

Well, Thanks Queiroz for your comments. We all hope United will do that.