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Thursday, November 15, 2007

O'Shea in double bid

John O'Shea reckons Manchester United must win at least two competitions this season to justify Sir Alex Ferguson's boast about the club's current crop of stars being his strongest-ever squad. "I'm sure he meant along the lines of 'potentially the squad has got the ability to be the best'," said O'Shea. "And I'd possibly agree with him but it won't matter what's been said unless we get doubles or trebles. Time will tell for that but, potentially, we've got the chance to do that with the attacking flair we've got at the minute."
James Nursey, Daily Mirror

Choccy: Room to improve

Ever the perfectionist, Brian McClair was unhappy with the Reserves' performance on Wednesday night, even though the Reds left the JJB Stadium with three points.

United beat Wigan Athletic 1-0 courtesy of a second-half Febian Brandy goal, but McClair was less than inspired by what was, at times, a scrappy affair.

"We won tonight and that's about all I can say," the former United striker told MUTV. "Apart from the defenders, who were excellent again tonight, we were ghastly. We didn't play well, we didn't play quickly enough and made too many poor decisions.

"I think we were trying to defy the simple laws of physics – solid objects just don't go through other solid objects. We were trying to pass the ball through opposition players, hitting it straight at them.

"I'm disappointed but it gives us a lot of things to work on in training." Read more...

Wayne's double aim

Wayne Rooney's injury-enforced absence hasn't dulled his hunger for trophies - the United striker wants to add a Champions League winners' medal to a second Premier League title come May.

The 22-year-old injured his ankle in training and won't be back in action until December. It was a bitter blow, halting his run of eight goals in seven matches. But when he does return, he'll be fully focused on fulfilling his ambitions with the Reds.

"Our main goal at the start of every season is to go far in the major competitions and, if we can, win them," he says. "It's the same this year. We want to win the Premier League and the Champions League, they're the main two, but there's also the FA Cup as well.

"Winning the Premier League is the highlight of my career so far. We went top quite early on in the season and we stayed there right to the end. It was a brilliant season for us. The Champions League is a massive tournament for every player, winning it is something I'd like to achieve in my career."

In an -interview with Myspacetv, Rooney also revealed his 5-a-side dream team: "I'd pick Messi, Ronaldinho, Kaka... and I'll throw Rio in because we'd need one defender!" Read more...