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Friday, August 24, 2007

Welbeck stars in World Cup

Young United winger Danny Welbeck has helped England reach the last 16 of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Korea after victory over Brazil.

The Reds winger was part of Paul McGuinness' side that reached the FA Youth Cup final last season, losing on penalities to Liverpool. He has signed scholarship forms in United's Academy this year and has already been highlighted as a promising player for the future by Sir Alex Ferguson.

The 16-year-old midfielder, who was an unused substitute in England's first match - a 1-1 draw with host nation Korea - played in both of the last two matches to help John Peacock's side finish top of Group B.

Manchester-born Welbeck scored twice in England’s 5-0 thrashing of New Zealand earlier this week, and he also played 83 minutes of the Three Lions’ 2-1 victory over tournament favourites Brazil on Friday.

Source: Manchester United Official Website

Christiano Ronaldo's Profile

Position: Winger
Joined United: 12 Aug 2003
Transfer Fee: £12.24million
Previous Clubs: Sporting Lisbon
United Debut: 16 Aug 2003 v Bolton (H)
International Portugal


Team honours with Manchester United

* FA Premier League: 2006-2007
* FA Cup: 2004
* Football League Cup: 2006
* Community Shield: 2007

Individual honours and awards

* PFA Players' Player of the Year: 2007
* PFA Young Player of the Year: 2007
* PFA Fans' Player of the Year: 2007
* PFA Premiership Team of the Year: 2005-2006, 2006-2007
* Football Writers' Association Award: 2007
* Barclays Player of the Season: 2006-2007
* Barclays Player of the Month: November 2006, December 2006
* PFA Fans' Player of the Month: October 2006, February 2007
* FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year: 2005, 2006
* Portuguese Sports Personality: 2006
* Portuguese Footballer of the Year: 2007
* Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year: 2006-2007
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Sir Alex issues Spurs warning

Sir Alex Ferguson is confident that United will get off to winning ways against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Reds have drawn with Reading and Portsmouth and lost to Manchester City in the opening three games of the season. And in United’s title defence, Sir Alex admits the team has already given itself an uphill task. But he’s confident that the Reds’ poor luck cannot continue.

"We will win the game on Sunday," he said confidently. "Our performance level will win the game for us. There is no question Tottenham will come here with a great determination to help their manager. But with the ability in this team, I know the results we have been having will not carry on for long."

The Reds boss remains upbeat despite the disappointment of last week’s derby defeat, although he was significantly heartened by the performance and dominance of his team. "Has there ever been a derby game in history where the home side did not win one corner?” he said incredulously. "I am perfectly aware winning is the name of the game, and we do not like losing. But everyone played with great intensity and commitment, and their passing was excellent. It was just the finishing that let us down.

"You just have to ride along with it. There is no point me deserting players who have proved their ability at the top level of the game. So, what is the issue? The issue is that - because we are not winning games - there is a different slant on everything. I understand that. It’s the opposite of last season’s good start in terms of results. But performance-wise, we’ve done really well.

“We had the worst result. But if there is a saving grace, it’s that Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea all dropped two points. That in some way helped to ease the pain.”

Source: Manchester United Official Website

No Berbadov Bid

The club have responded to reports linking them with a bid for Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Media reports suggested the Reds would move for the Bulgarian international in the wake of Wayne Rooney's broken foot, which will keep him out of action until mid-October.

However, the club have denied making any bid for the Spurs front man.

"Manchester United is linked to many players in every transfer window. The club have categorically not made any offer for Dimitar Berbatov," said a club spokesman.

The 26-year-old will miss his side's trip to Old Trafford on Sunday after suffering a recurrence of an old groin injury. Read more...