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  • DiskiFan 19:33 on September 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Man u, Manchester United, reds, rodgers, sir alex ferguson   

    Hopes for calm at the Man U vs Liverpool match 

    Manchester United vs Liverpool on Sunday

    Sir Alex Ferguson said the emotion of Manchester United’s visit to Liverpool on Sunday (8:30 a.m. ET) could have a negative effect on his players.

    “It’s a possibility, I don’t deny that,” said Ferguson of the match, the first for Liverpool at Anfield since the findings on the Hillsborough tragedy were announced by an independent panel last week.

    “Human nature can be that way. When we played Manchester City for the 50th anniversary of Munich the place was so flat in the dressing room before the game. I even felt it myself.

    “We just couldn’t perform and were glad to get it out the way. It was such an emotional day for us and it could be that way on Sunday.”

    Liverpool will mark the match with a number of significant gestures, including the formation of a mosaic across three sides of the stadium.

    Sir Alex has already appealed for calm from United fans in what is certain to be a tense atmosphere.

    Only time will tell whether Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra will shake hands before the match, if they both play.

    Quick stats for Liverpool and Man U

    • Liverpool: Unbeaten in last 4 home league matches vs Manchester U (3-0-1).
    • Liverpool: Winless in first four league matches in a season for first time since 1911-12.
    • Manchester United: Won last three matches after season opening 1-0 loss at Everton.

    • Manchester United: 17 league wins since start of 2012, most in Premier League (17-4-2).

    Liverpool desperate for points

    If the significance of the occasion cannot be understated, neither can Liverpool’s need for points.The team has yet to win since Brendan Rodgers’ arrival and remain precariously close to the relegation zone early in the season.

    United have stabilized their campaign with three successive victories since an opening weekend loss at Everton, but they have failed to win any of their last five matches at Anfield — their worst return for two decades.

    “It’s similar to when I came down here,” said Ferguson.

    “We could beat Liverpool but we couldn’t win the league.

    “The motivation leans on the side of Liverpool, particularly at Anfield. The crowd get behind them and they make it a real competition in terms of challenges and tackles.

    “We know that will happen on Sunday.

    “Last season we handled them much better. It was 1-1 in the league and nothing between the teams, then we threw away the FA Cup tie.

    “We were by the far better team that day. If we get that performance on Sunday we will be okay.”

    Rodgers has built an impressive reputation through his time as a coach at Chelsea and excellent managerial stints at Watford and Swansea.

    Yet some are already starting to question whether the 39-year-old is the right man to occupy the role of Reds’ coach.

    Ferguson is reminded of the position Andre Villas-Boas found himself in at Chelsea. And that did not end well for the Portuguese.

    “Any young manager needs time but in the modern world you don’t get a lot of that,” said Ferguson.

    “Look at Villas-Boas at Chelsea last season. He was a young man who lasted about seven months.

    “We’re in an age where patience is not a realistic thing. It’s just not there.”

    Give Rodgers time?

    Ferguson accepts times have changed from his arrival at Old Trafford, where he was into his fourth year before he finally managed to secure some silverware.

    But the key to success remains the same. You have to win.

    “The only route for any manager is success,” he said.

    “It’s a results industry so winning matches is important.

    “It’s a different game from when I started. There was less pressure.

    “The world has changed. The press has changed. But I always felt I needed to win games.

    “That’s what you’re in it for. It doesn’t matter whether you’re managing Port Vale, Liverpool or Manchester United, you have to get results.”

  • DiskiFan 15:09 on July 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Manchester United, results,   

    Man United defeat Amazulu 

    It was a closely contested affair but the English Premiership visitors, Manchester United, who are the most valuable sports team in the world, finished winners against Amazulu.

    Berbatov fed a beautiful pass to Federico Macheda, who beat Tapuwa Kapini in goal. It was not Berbatov’s only moment and he fed well while on the field.

    Sir Alex Ferguson singled out Tsewu Mokoro for particular praise for covering his areas well and a solid showing. Coming from the coach of 19 times English winners and last year’s runners-up, this is high praise indeed.

    Meanwhile, the Swedish coach of Amazulu, Roger Palmgren was thrilled with his side’s performance and rightly so. The local chaps appeared not to be overwhelmed by the occasion and created several opportunities that might have secured a draw on another day.

    All round, an excellent performance to celebrate the 94th birthday of former president Nelson Mandela.

    • DiskiFan 20:35 on August 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

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  • DiskiFan 13:57 on July 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Man United, Manchester United, Moses Mabhida,   

    Durban loves Man United 

    Tickets for the big game on Wednesday and the training session have all been sold.

    Some 51 000 fans are expected to watch local side Amazulu take on the mighty English Premiership giants, Manchester United. Kick off will be at 8pm in the Moses Mabhida Stadium and fans of both sides are expected.

    The English side has brought with crowd pleasers like the experienced captain Rio Ferdinand, midfielder Michael Carrick, midfielder Paul Scholes and striker Dimitar Berbatov, as well as some younger talent including strikers Federico Macheda and Javier Hernandez.

    The match will be played in pretty cold weather and those lucky enough to attend should dress warmly. The weather will be of no concern to the Amazulu players however, some of whom hope to catch the eye of talent seekers for Man United. The opportunity to be signed by a top side like Man United will be additional motivation for players, who will be giving their very best effort to sneak a memorable win.

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