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Aug 15, 2014

Soccer-Hansen’s ‘kids’ jibe sparked trophy haul, says Neville

LONDON, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Manchester United’s golden generation was inadvertently sparked to greatness by Liverpool defender Alan Hansen’s infamous remark that “you can’t win anything with kids”, according to Phil Neville.

Hansen made the comment while in his early days as a pundit on the BBC highlights show Match of the Day in 1995 following United’s 3-1 opening day defeat by Aston Villa.

Aug 15, 2014

Iconic Match of the Day celebrates 50th anniversary

LONDON (Reuters) – Hours after the dust has settled on the first skirmishes of a new Premier League season on Saturday, fans across Britain will flick on the TV, grab a cup of tea and settle down to digest the day’s action from a comfy sofa.

It is a time-honoured ritual enjoyed by generations, young and old, since the BBC’s Match of the Day first appeared on flickering black and white screens on Aug. 22, 1964.

Aug 15, 2014

Soccer-Iconic Match of the Day celebrates 50th anniversary

LONDON, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Hours after the dust has settled on the first skirmishes of a new Premier League season on Saturday, fans across Britain will flick on the TV, grab a cup of tea and settle down to digest the day’s action from a comfy sofa.

It is a time-honoured ritual enjoyed by generations, young and old, since the BBC’s Match of the Day first appeared on flickering black and white screens on Aug. 22, 1964.

Aug 14, 2014

English clubs exploiting fan loyalty says supporters group

LONDON (Reuters) – Fans of England’s Premier League clubs will be digging deeply into their pockets again this weekend as a new season kicks off with ticket prices continuing to spiral upwards.

According to figures published last month, 11 of the 20 top-flight clubs have increased the cost of their lowest-priced season tickets for the 2014-15 season.

Aug 14, 2014

Soccer-English clubs exploiting fan loyalty says supporters group

LONDON, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Fans of England’s Premier League clubs will be digging deeply into their pockets again this weekend as a new season kicks off with ticket prices continuing to spiral upwards.

According to figures published last month, 11 of the 20 top-flight clubs have increased the cost of their lowest-priced season tickets for the 2014-15 season.

Aug 14, 2014

United hoping the only way is up under Van Gaal

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United’s pre-season performances have been encouraging but rehabilitation under new manager Louis van Gaal begins in earnest on Saturday when they kick off the new Premier League season at home to Swansea City.

Dutchman Van Gaal, whose managerial haul includes league titles in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany, faces arguably his toughest task to date in restoring United quickly back to the top of English football’s pecking order.

Aug 14, 2014

Soccer-United hoping the only way is up under Van Gaal

LONDON, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Manchester United’s pre-season performances have been encouraging but rehabilitation under new manager Louis van Gaal begins in earnest on Saturday when they kick off the new Premier League season at home to Swansea City.

Dutchman Van Gaal, whose managerial haul includes league titles in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany, faces arguably his toughest task to date in restoring United quickly back to the top of English football’s pecking order.

Aug 8, 2014

United ready for Van Gaal lift off but dangers lurk

LONDON (Reuters) – On paper it appears a match made in heaven. Serial winner Louis van Gaal at the helm of 20-times English champions Manchester United with a mission to steer the chastened giants back to the Premier League summit.

When United kick off the new season next Saturday lunchtime at home to Swansea City, however, reputations will count for precious little and if United are to confirm last season’s horrors as a ‘blip’ they will have to do it the hard way.

Aug 8, 2014

Soccer-United ready for Van Gaal lift off but dangers lurk

LONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) – On paper it appears a match made in heaven. Serial winner Louis van Gaal at the helm of 20-times English champions Manchester United with a mission to steer the chastened giants back to the Premier League summit.

When United kick off the new season next Saturday lunchtime at home to Swansea City, however, reputations will count for precious little and if United are to confirm last season’s horrors as a ‘blip’ they will have to do it the hard way.

Jul 23, 2014

Newcastle lead the Premier League jet-setters

LONDON (Reuters) – By the time Newcastle United kick off their Premier League campaign at home to champions Manchester City in little less than a month’s time the squad would have clocked up an astonishing 24,687 pre-season air miles.

Globe-trotting West Ham United will not be far behind while five other clubs would have covered distances in excess of 12,000 miles as they take their brands to far-flung destinations.