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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Rio fit to face Arsenal

United have confirmed that Rio Ferdinand is fit to face Arsenal on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium.

Reports in Tuesday’s press claimed that the Reds defender has experienced a recurrence of an old groin injury and would miss the key Premier League clash.

However, the influential 28-year-old centre-back trained with the rest of the squad at Carrington on Tuesday, and is considered fully fit and ready to play against the Gunners. Read more...

Webb's the right ref for Saturday

Howard Webb's appointment as referee for United's crunch match at Arsenal has come under fire from a former top official.

Recently retired referee Graham Poll is concerned that Webb will be taking charge of his second Arsenal game in a row, following the Gunners' 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

"Never before have you seen a referee in the Premier League get appointed to the same team in consecutive weeks," said Poll.

"It doesn't happen. There are all sorts of connotations with it. Is Howard Webb going to have to prove his impartiality and will that mean he is going to favour Manchester United?

"It's unfair pressure on a very good referee."

The Premier League has defended Webb's appointment, insisting his recent performances in matches like Arsenal's trip to Liverpool and Germany's Euro 2008 qualifier against Czech Republic make him the best man for Saturday's job at the Emirates.

A spokesman for the Premier League said: "Howard Webb is the best performing referee at the moment and it's only right he takes charge of the highest-profile games."

South Yorkshire-based Webb has refereed one United match so far this season, the 1-0 home win over Tottenham in August. His appointments last season included the Reds' 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford and the FA Cup semi-final against Watford. Read more...

Ron: We'll win Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo says Manchester United have all the ingredients to retain their Premier League title AND win this season’s Champions League. The Portuguese winger has smashed six goals already this season to help United go second in the top flight and win the first three games of their Euro campaign. And he said: “I believe we’ll win the Premier League and Champions League this season. We have the team, we have the players and we believe we can do it. There’s a good chance we will."
Mark Gilbert, The Sun