I'm gonna be right here on The Busby Babe during this match...who's with me?
TEAM ENGLAND/WAYNE ROONEY NEWS:
- The Daily Mail: Manchester United's Wayne Rooney is back, insists England boss Fabio Capello
- The Telegraph: Fabio Capello happy with Wayne Rooney's form
- The Telegraph: Stanimir Stoilov warns referee over Wayne Rooney temperament
- The Daily Mail: FIFA farce as World Cup flop Wayne Rooney is described as 'outstanding'
- The Guardian: Premier League managers offer to help Fabio Capello revitalize England
- Manutd.com: Giggs: We're getting stronger
- Sky Sports: Giggs happy with squad
- ESPN: Giggs happy with United prospects as players return
- football.co.uk: Giggs: Squad is looking strong
- Manchester Evening News: Berbatov ready to rock
- Manutd.com: Gimme 5: Nani's favorite 5 goals
- Givemefootball.com: United to make January move for midfield ace Never too early to start the January transfer window rumors.
- Manchester Evening News: Van der Vaart: United on another level
CAPTAIN NEMANJA VIDIC: Look, I respect the hell out of Giggs, Scholes and Neville. They are the reason the club is in the position it is in today. But Vidic is an everyday player and the Captain needs to be that. In truth, at United, the captains are Giggs, Scholes, Neville and Ferdinand...maybe Rooney...but to give Vidic the armband shows how truly special he is. So, congrats to Nemanja and thanks for picking up Jonny Evans' slack the last couple of games.
- Sky Sports: Vidic relishing skipper role
- The Sun: Vidic relishing captain's role
- Manchester Evening News: Vidic proud to take United armband
BEBE NEWS: I'll be glad when this stuff about his transfer is over with. For being a relatively young unknown player, alot of undue pressure is being applied to himself and Sir Alex to get him into the lineup. Let this kid run out with the Reserves a few games and see what he has before pushing him out in front of 75,000+ at Old Trafford and millions more at home.
- Sky Sports: United lose out over Bebe
- The BBC: PSV turned down Bebe 'for free'
- ESPN: Manchester United missed out on cut-price Bebe
- The Daily Mail: Bebe blunder! Manchester United could have had £7.4m signing for £125k
- The Daily Mail: Revealed: The incredible rise of a lost street kid who is now.. Manchester United's new Bebe If you only read one article out of this whole post, this is the one to read:
Manchester United’s new £7.5million forward Bebe flew from England to Lisbon with his Old Trafford team-mate Nani on Sunday morning, following his first call-up to the Portugal Under 21 squad.
Nani continued his journey north to meet up with his country’s full squad near Porto.
Bebe, however, took a taxi to the remote southern village of Santo Antao do Tojal and spent the night at the homeless shelter that was his home until just two months ago. Bebe, a man of 20, wanted to sleep among his friends at the Casa do Gaiato for one last time before his life changed forever.
He came and had lunch here with me and my wife and children,’ the shelter’s director, Jose Joao, told Sportsmail this week. ‘He shook hands with every single person here. He thanked them.
He spent the night here and the next morning someone from the Football Federation picked him up. I think he wanted to say goodbye properly. He lived here with us for eight years. He knows that without this place he would have been just another lost kid.
RESERVES: UNITED 2, OLDHAM 1 In case anyone missed it, Ferdinand played 45 minutes, but don't read into that. He'd played 2 simulated games the last 2 days in training, so he was due for a rest anyway. Also, Anderson played the full 90 minutes.
- Manutd.com: Reserves: Oldham 1 United 2
- Manutd.com: Rio makes Reserves return
- Sky Sports: Rio poised for return
- ESPN: Ferdinand and Anderson back for United
- The Telegraph: Rio Ferdinand eyes Manchester United comeback after reserve outing
25 MAN RULE NEWS:
- The Sun: Gordon Taylor blasts new Premier League rule
- The Daily Mail: After Premier League 25-man squads announced, we introduce the top-flight kids from ... Fame!
Corry Evans, 20, defender/ midfield, Northern Ireland
Can play in the centre of midfield or in central defence, like his older brother Jonny, and is a regular in United's reserves. He also has a handful of senior international caps for Northern Ireland.
- The Daily Mail: Manchester United squad for 2010-2011 Includes all registered players
GOAL LINE TECHNOLOGY: Sir Alex prefers giving 2 extra refs a try as opposed to bringing technology into the game.
The Sun: FIFA set to kick tech into touch
POOR SEASON TICKET SALES:
- The Sun: Fans turn backs on Manchester United as season ticket sales slump
- The BBC: Manchester United defend season ticket sales
JOSE MOURINHO/CRISTIANO RONALDO:
- We Aint Got No History (Chelsea): Packing the Midfield - Why the Blues Don't Use 4-4-2
- The Republik of Mancuina: The latest installment of 'This Is How It Feels To Be City'