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Fergie’s smile spells trouble for Premier League title rivals

January 5, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/When Alex Ferguson declares he is happy with his squad for the season remainder, it is time for Manchester United’s Premier League title rivals to start worrying.

Will United fans forgive and forget?

November 18, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/Football fans are very forgiving types – if my football club were a person I’d have stopped speaking to it a long time ago.

Breaking news: Rooney to stay at Manchester United

October 22, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/Well, what an extraordinary twist this is: Wayne Rooney has agreed a new five-year deal with Manchester United and is staying at Old Trafford after all. Here’s the club statement:

Rooney’s place on United periphery needs urgent resolution

October 18, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/In eight months Wayne Rooney has plummeted from “the best player in the world” to a substitute against West Bromwich Albion and his current position on the Old Trafford periphery will need to be sorted out very soon.

Set your watches for Rooney Recovery Time

April 26, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/ROONEYAnyone tempted to suggest Wayne Rooney’s minor groin injury might give him a nice rest before the World Cup would be wise to fire up their copy of the Mathematica GraphMonkey iPad app* and first try to factor in one of the great immeasurables of English football — Rooney Recovery Time.

A referee gets mobbed — for being good!

November 27, 2009

Around the world referees are forever criticised by fans, players, managers and the media but an Uzbekistan official has managed to buck the trend, receiving an unusually warm welcome after being named Asian Football Confederation (AFC) referee of the year.

Faithless Ferguson sounds a familiar tone (Updates with ban)

November 12, 2009

Thursday update: Nothing to do with this incident, of course, but worth noting that Ferguson has been banished to the stands, receiving a two-match ban and a fine of 20,000 quid for the comments he made about Alan Wiley in October.

Benitez hands Ferguson another lesson

October 26, 2009

A game between Liverpool and Manchester United is one of football’s great fixtures and it has recently been given additional spice by a number of clashes between the managers.

Elder statesmen may hold key to United’s title bid

October 7, 2009

Manchester United have a rich tradition of developing precocious young talents and relying on them to do a job that could be considered beyond their years.