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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Manchester United Vs. Roma Highlight


Ronaldo: I'm here to stay

Cristiano Ronaldo says he is here to stay for as long as the club want him.

As one of the best players in the world, the 22-year-old has understandably attracted interest from clubs across the globe. But he insists he is happy in Manchester.

"Sometimes in the past I have thought about other clubs but I took a decision to stay because this is the right place for me," he said at the launch of his new book, 'Moments.'

"When the club say they don't want me anymore is only when I will leave. I enjoy my life here.

"I have everything I need at this club, it's fantastic. Nobody knows what will happen in the future, only God. But at the moment I am at the right club and I enjoy my life here."

After a superb campaign last season when he cleaned up in the personal award stakes, Ronaldo is continually looking to improve his game. He feels he is at the perfect club to do this and says he is living his dream.

"This is the right club for me in every way - the people, the players, the fans, everything," he insists. "Everything has been fantastic for me.
"I've enjoyed playing for this club for the last five years and I want to keep going. I want to stay and be part of the history of this club.

"I never thought I would one day play for Manchester United. It's a dream come true. I've grown up very quickly and I feel very proud to be playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world."

After helping the Reds reclaim the title last season, Ronaldo admits his ultimate dream would be to lift the European Cup in Moscow next May.

The Reds currently sit top of Group F after securing consecutive 1-0 victories over Sporting Lisbon and Roma in their opening two matches and the winger hopes United can keep their winning form going all the way through to the final.

"Winning the Premier League was a great feeling, but my dream this season is to win the Champions League," he declared. "We have the players to do it, we have everything. So why not?" Read more...

Ronaldo hit by elbow

Cristiano Ronaldo claimed he was the victim of a vicious elbow which left him with a bloodied face as Wayne Rooney fired Manchester United to victory at Old Trafford. Ronaldo was forced off in the 86th minute with blood pouring from a cut above his left eye after a stray elbow from substitute Mirko Vucinic caught him full in the face. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson claimed he missed the incident, but revealed that Ronaldo - who needed four stitches in the wound - said he was deliberately struck in the face by Vucinic. "Cristiano said he was elbowed in the face," said Fergie. "He needed four stitches in his eyebrow. It was an unfortunate incident because the game was played in a great spirit. Considering what happened here last season, with Roma losing 7-1, it could have set off a course of problems."
David McDonnell, Daily Mirror

Kuszczak: I'm good enough to be United 'keeper

Tomasz Kuszczak insists he is good enough to become Manchester United's first-choice goalkeeper.

Kuszczak made his Champions League bow for the Red Devils last night and celebrated with a clean sheet as Sir Alex Ferguson's men overcame Roma to maintain their 100% start to Group F.

It was only the Poland international's 15th appearance for United since arriving from West Brom at the start of last season, initially on loan before completing a permanent £4million move this summer.

Largely though, it has been a time of frustration as Kuszczak continued to play second fiddle to Edwin van der Sar and with Ben Foster returning from two seasons at Watford, it appeared the 25-year-old's chances would be even more limited this term.

However, with Foster out until March with cruciate ligament damage and van der Sar currently sidelined with a toe problem, Kuszczak has finally got the chance to show Ferguson what he can do.

Although he was not overly extended by the Italians at Old Trafford, he performed most tasks competently enough and is already looking forward to Saturday's local derby with Wigan.

And, while he refuses to spend too much time wondering about the future, Kuszczak has enough confidence in his own ability to believe he can be van der Sar's long-term successor.

'I know I am a good goalkeeper, I just need the opportunity to show it,' he said.

'I don't think about how long I have got. Edwin is injured at the moment, so I have the chance to play in big games and I need to do well.

'I have been happy with my form and feel I did well in pre-season. I was determined to fight for my place but unfortunately, I started the year on the bench again.'

Ferguson has always tried to give Kuszczak first-team exposure where possible but the goalkeeper is one of the players to suffer because of United's unexpected Carling Cup exit to Coventry last week.

It means, until the FA Cup campaign comes around, obvious opportunities to rest van der Sar will be scarce, which is why Kuszczak recognises the need to impress now.

'I enjoy every game at Old Trafford,' he said.

'The fans are great and when you have a full stadium, it is dream to play there.

'But I want to play more. That is why it is important for me to perform in every single game.' Read more...

Patient Saha hails Reds

Louis Saha admits he'd like to see United score more goals but emphasised the greater need to continue picking up three points.

"The main concern is always three points," Saha told MUTV after Tuesday night's 1-0 win over AS Roma. "We do want to get back to scoring goals because we are Manchester United and that's what this club is all about, but sometimes the main thing is the result."

Saha, who's been sidelined for much of the year through injury, started his first match for the Reds since an FA Cup run-out in February and said his fitness is improving with every outing.

"I've been waiting for my chance and working hard. Obviously my fitness is getting better all the time, so I'm very pleased."

It was Saha's strike partner, Wayne Rooney, who secured United's win and, with it, extended the Reds' Champions League record to two wins from two games.

"Wayne always seems to score on the big occasions and that's what happened again today," Saha said. "Roma played very well but Wayne settled the game with a great goal. It was an important result because we know it's going to be a tough game away in Kyiv. But six points from two games is fantastic and we took a big step towards qualifying with that win tonight." Read more...

Edwin back at Villa

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Edwin van der Sar's toe injury is a recurrence of a knock that forced the stopper out of Holland's recent friendly against Switzerland.

The 36-year-old collided with Liverpool forward and international team-mate Dirk Kuyt during a Dutch training session on 21 August but recovered in time to face Tottenham at Old Trafford that weekend.

Van der Sar aggravated the injury at St. Andrews in United's 1-0 win last Saturday and United boss Ferguson says the goalkeeper is likely to miss "a couple of games".

"He picked up an injury training with Holland some weeks ago and it's resurfaced," Sir Alex told United Radio. "We'll give him a few days' break and it looks like we'll have him back for our trip to Villa Park [on Saturday 20 October]."

Ferguson insisted van der Sar's problem wasn't serious and ruled out any suggestion that United's no.1 had become the latest victim of a broken metatarsal.

"Every time a player goes down holding his foot these days you get people talking about metatarsals, but it's not that. It's a toe injury and he should be back in a couple of games." Read more...