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Monday, November 19, 2007

Vidic KO is snow joke for Fergie

Nemanja Vidic could miss Manchester United's trip to Bolton on Saturday - because of snow in Belgrade. The defender faces a club-versus-country dilemma after UEFA rescheduled Serbia's twice-postponed Euro 2008 qualifier against Kazakhstan for the weekend. The Group A clash was a victim of snow on Saturday, but plans to restage it yesterday also fell through when the weather deteriorated overnight.
Daily Mirror

O'Shea closes on new deal

Reds defender John O'Shea is hopeful of signing a new contract that will keep him at Old Trafford for the rest of his career.

The versatile Irishman has become an important member of the United squad and he looks set to be rewarded with an extended contract.

"I have this season and the next on my current contract, but I am very close to signing a new deal that will keep me at United into my 30s," he was quoted as saying in the Sunday Mirror.

The 26-year-old has made 13 appearances for the Reds this term, and his value to United is evident in the variety of positions he has taken up in defence and midfield.

"It is something I want to do," he said of the prospective deal. "I want to stay here, everything is good and this is where I want to be. I have never looked to go elsewhere." Read more...

Kaka hails Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo and AC Milan's Kaka will be vying for the Ballon d'Or award next month, but the Brazilian ace believes there should be only one winner.

Ronaldo was exceptional for the Reds last season, helping to inspire United to the league title and a semi final spot in the Champions League. But Kaka, whose Milan team defeated United in the last four and went on to win the tournament, was voted UEFA Footballer of the Year for 2006/07.

With the prestigious Ballon d'Or award to be announced on 2 December by France Football magazine, Kaka has singled Ronaldo out for special praise.

“I would vote for Cristiano Ronaldo as the best in the world,” he told Italian reporters. "Not just for his quality, but also as he has been able to do so well with Portugal. Lionel Messi is also a great player, but he has not won any titles this year."

Sir Alex Ferguson clearly agrees with Kaka's assessment. "The season Ronaldo had last time around was unbelievable stuff," he told Inside United.

The Ballon d'Or award has this year has been extended to the best players in world football, which is why Carlos Tevez was among a handful of non-Europeans to make the 50-player shortlist. Read more...