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Thursday, January 24, 2008

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Fergie Blast For Yanks

Alex Ferguson says Liverpool’s American owners lack class for undermining Kop boss Rafa Benitez. Manchester United chief Fergie said: “At big clubs it is paramount that the board shows its class. Big clubs should be seen to be big clubs.” Yanks Tom Hicks and George Gillett approached Jurgen Klinsmann about taking Benitez’s job. And Ferguson added: “That was a bad piece of business on Liverpool’s part, no doubt about that. That sort of thing can be very upsetting for a manager. In a moment like that, Rafa must feel very alone.”
Neil Custis, The Sun

Welbeck potential excites ex-Red

Former United defender Arthur Albiston has tipped Danny Welbeck to become a first-team regular after his impressive 25-minute appearance in Saudi Arabia.

Despite missing a penalty, the Mancunian’s assured display raised hopes he can become the first homegrown striker to make the grade at senior level since Mark Hughes.

MUTV pundit Albiston has seen Welbeck making waves in the Reserves and Academy this season, and he is convinced the 17-year-old will soon feature in Sir Alex Ferguson’s plans.

Albiston said: "Danny has the ability to drag the ball past defenders. He has a languid style and you might think, at first look, that he is not quick. But, believe me, he is.

"Often tall players don't look comfortable on the ball and their control doesn't appear great. But Danny is a really smooth mover, is confident on the ball and has great control.

"He can beat defenders using either foot and has a very nice unflustered temperament. He gets knocked about a lot but he just gets up and gets on with it.

"United have the likes of Rooney and Tevez who are low centre of gravity, powerful players. If Danny progresses as he should, he could offer another option."

Arthur Albiston was quoted in the Manchester Evening News. Read more...

Anderson handed Brazil boost

Reds midfielder Anderson has been called up to Brazil’s squad for February’s international friendly against the Republic of Ireland.

The 19-year-old has been in superb form in his first season with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, and has played his way into the plans of Brazil manager Dunga.

The 22-man squad to play in Dublin is comprised largely of young talents, with Dunga keen to give youth a chance ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games.

"I named players of Olympic age before," he said. "It's important for them to gain experience in the national team environment.

"The upcoming games will be useful to keep watching the men who can play in Beijing."

Anderson has not featured for Brazil since a brief cameo at last summer’s triumphant Copa America campaign. Read more...

Manucho Goncalves Video Clip

Prospective United striker Manucho scored a superb goal in his first African Cup of Nations appearance as Angola drew with South Africa on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old, who will join United if his work permit application is successful, gave his side the lead in exceptional style, powering home a brilliant diving header after 30 minutes.

Just as the Angolans seemed set to make a winning start to the tournament, however, South Africa equalised with three minutes remaining through Elrio van Heerden.

The result, allied to Tunisia's draw with Senegal, leaves all four teams in Group D level on a solitary point from the opening round of games.

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