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Monday, January 28, 2008

Danny Welbeck

Full name: Daniel Welbeck
Date of birth: November 26, 1990 (1990-11-26) (age 17)
Place of birth: Manchester, England
Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position: Striker, Winger

Welbeck joined Manchester United during the 2005–06 season, making his debut for the club's Under-18 side on 8 April 2006 in a league match against Sunderland. He then came on as a substitute in the next game, before being named as an unused substitute in the team's last two games of the season. The following season, he made a further 28 appearances for the Under-18s, scoring nine goals, including eight appearances and one goal in the FA Youth Cup, in which he helped the team to reach the final. Read more...

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Vidic hit by virus

Nemanja Vidic is suffering from a virus and faces a race against time to be fit for United’s clash with Portsmouth on Wednesday night.

The Serbian centre-back missed Sunday’s FA Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur, with Wes Brown shifting from his usual right back spot to partner Rio Ferdinand in the middle.

Speaking after the Reds’ cup win, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told MUTV 26-year-old Vidic may not be ready for Wednesday night.

“Vidic had a virus so he didn’t play against Spurs,” the boss said.

“The doctor went to see him yesterday and he was quite poorly. In fact, his whole family aren’t too good at the moment.

“We’ll see what he’s like during the week but whether he’ll be ready for Wednesday, I don’t know.”

Prior to Sunday's cup clash with Spurs, Vidic had missed just four matches all season. He had started 28 games for the Reds, more than any other United player except his central defensive partner, Rio Ferdinand, who moved on to 29 starts after helping United to victory at the weekend. Read more...

Owen's Wembley mission

Success in this season’s FA Cup won’t just provide Owen Hargreaves with another winners’ medal – it could also afford the 26-year-old his first run-out at Wembley Stadium.

It seems incredible that Hargreaves, now a regular in the national side, has never played at the home of English football. And yet, following United’s win over Spurs in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, Hargreaves told MUTV of his ambition to go all the way in this season’s competition.

“We’ll just take it game by game and we’ll focus on the next one once we know our opposition,” he said. “But hopefully we’ll get to Wembley. It’s still a long way away and there’s lots of football to be played.

“I’ve never played at Wembley before. I’ve sat on the bench for England once or twice and I was injured when United were there for the Community Shield last year. It would be nice if we could get there.”

There is a chance Hargreaves could fulfil his ambition of playing on the hallowed Wembley turf before May’s FA Cup final. If picked by new manager Fabio Capello, the former Bayern Munich midfielder could line up for England against Switzerland in a friendly match on Wednesday 6 February. Read more...

Park sings club's praises

Ji-sung Park has hailed United’s medical staff for their support during his nine-month spell on the sidelines.

The Korea winger admits he spent many “lonely” hours in the gym recovering from his knee injury, but says the club helped him to maintain a positive outlook.

“They encouraged me by making my rehabilitation exciting,” Park told

“They said a lot of good things like telling me that I would be back stronger than I had been before. That helped me concentrate on getting back – they really helped a lot.”

Park, who has made four energetic appearances since his Boxing Day comeback, revealed that frequent trips home to Korea also boosted his morale.

“I went home in the summer, and also for two weeks and then another week later," he continued. "That was really nice because it allowed me to see my family and friends. It allowed me to talk a lot and the mentality is very relaxed and quiet, and I felt so good there.

“I then had to come back to Manchester and start the rehabilitation training again, but mentally I was relaxed. That allowed me to concentrate again, so it definitely helped.” Read more...

Manchester United Vs. Tottenham Hotspur Result Report

A goal from Carlos Tevez and yet another Cristiano Ronaldo brace sealed United’s spot in Monday’s FA Cup fifth round draw.

Tottenham Hotspur came to Old Trafford and put up a brave fight – and indeed took the lead – but the Reds’ patience paid off to keep alive dreams of another trip to the new Wembley.

Juande Ramos’ side were far from favourites going into this fixture, despite thumping Arsenal 5-1 on Tuesday in the Carling Cup semi final second leg. History had been against Tottenham on that occasion – it was their first victory over their North London rivals in nine years – but to not nearly the same extent as when they arrived in Manchester.

Without a win at Old Trafford since December 1989, Spurs have endured a horrible run on the Reds’ turf and, despite going in front through Robbie Keane on 24 minutes, now see that record stretched to 20 games.

The match started brightly, with both sides venturing forward at startling pace. Wayne Rooney had two half chances in the opening five minutes; he first failed by inches to reach Edwin van der Sar’s mammoth clearance before sweeping a low Ryan Giggs cross into the side-netting.

The visitors didn’t create any firm opportunities until Dimitar Berbatov's header was cleared off the line by Wayne Rooney in the 15th minute. They had, however, shown promising signs in the early stages, stretching the Reds’ defence on a number of occasions.

Without Nemanja Vidic, Wes Brown came inside to partner Rio Ferdinand in the heart of the back four, while John O’Shea slotted into the right back position.

Tottenham seemed to be allowing Cristiano Ronaldo a surprising amount of space in midfield and a minute before Berbatov’s header was nodded wide by Rooney, the Portuguese winger found himself unmarked 25 yards from goal.

With the crowd urging the no.7 to shoot, Ronaldo duly pulled the trigger but, unusually, his aim failed, the shot skewing wide of Radek Cerny’s right-hand post.

Tottenham took heart from Berbatov’s near miss and, spurred on by a raucous travelling support, took the lead through captain Robbie Keane. Aaron Lennon collected the ball wide on the right and, despite Patrice Evra’s close attention, found enough space beyond the Frenchman to tease a low ball across the Reds’ six-yard-box.

The cross eluded both Edwin van der Sar and Rio Ferdinand, but Robbie Keane stretched out a left boot to send the ball into the net and Tottenham into a shock lead.

United prodded and probed in search of a way back into the match but too often mislaid passes in vital areas of the pitch. Still, when Ryan Giggs forced Cerny to tip over a rasping half-volley on 37 minutes you sensed the Reds were getting closer. A minute later, Tevez met Ryan Giggs’ knockdown inside the box, fired hard and low with his left foot and the job was complete.

Former Spurs midfielder Michael Carrick then fired over from 20 yards as United looked to have wrestled momentum back from the visitors. But there was still time for a scare at the other end, as Jermaine Jenas forced a fine finger-tip save from van der Sar with half-time looming.

As the second half began, United fans were treated to the sight of Paul Scholes warming up on the touchline. The Reds' no.18 has been missing from action since 20 October and, although Sir Alex’s side has coped well enough in his absence, United without Scholes is akin to an orchestra without its conductor.

Out on the pitch, Aaron Lennon made life uncomfortable for Evra on the flank before clipping a cheeky cross onto the roof of the net. Jamie O’Hara then curled a free-kick past the post and Jermaine Jenas fluffed a golden chance in front of the Stretford End.

Last-ditch defending from Tottenham saved the visitors on a handful of occasions, although Ronaldo’s radar was again wayward just before the hour mark when he was sent through on goal.

Midfield maestro Scholes was introduced on 65 minutes and, with his first touch, sent a raking ball out to Ronaldo on the right flank. Penetrating and perfectly weighted, it was the kind of ball Scholes has played so many times throughout his career. Indeed, such skill from the 33-year-old is almost taken for granted these days. And yet, on this occasion, some three full months since he last pulled on United's red, it was met with rapturous applause from a capacity Old Trafford crowd.

An even louder cheer greeted referee Peter Walton's award of a penalty on 68 minutes when Michael Dawson deliberately used his arm to divert the ball from Rooney’s path. Occurring where it did, deep inside the Tottenham penalty area, Walton had little choice but to show Dawson the red card.

The delay while the Spurs defender trudged off the pitch did little to faze Cristiano Ronaldo, who calmly converted from 12 yards to give United the lead.

Although now trailing and reduced to 10 men, Tottenham pushed for an equaliser and threw on Jermaine Defoe with 10 minutes to play. It meant gaps appeared at the back from time to time, but the tactic almost paid off on 85 minutes when a curling cross saw Wes Brown deflect the ball onto the post.

The visitors may have felt they deserved an equaliser and it was a case of so near yet so far when Ronaldo’s shot squeezed underneath Radek Cerny a minute later to put the result beyond doubt.

The final scoreline may read 3-1 but it’s difficult to recall too many sterner tests at Old Trafford this season. Spurs were beaten but not outclassed.

United: Van der Sar; O'Shea, Brown, Ferdinand, Evra (Simpson 90); Ronaldo, Hargreaves, Carrick (Scholes 65), Giggs; Rooney, Tevez (Anderson 81).
Subs not used: Kuszczak, Nani.

Booked: Evra

Spurs: Cerny; Pyo-Lee (Gunter 59), Huddlestone, Dawson, O’Hara; Lennon (Boateng 72), Tainio (Defore 81), Jenas, Malbranque; Berbatov, Keane.
Subs not used: Robinson, Kaboul.

Attendance: 75,369.

Dimitar Berbatov's United Dream

It's clear Dimitar Berbatov has the ability to play for Manchester United - but does he have the pace? Tottenham's top talent has been linked with Old Trafford longer than any Spurs fan would like. And the heavy hints that he would like to play for a 'top team' are being dropped for Sir Alex Ferguson to hear. But, while the big Bulgarian showed once again yesterday that he has the flair to light up the United stage, there are real doubts about whether he would fit in with the way Fergie plays.
Alan Nixon, Daily Mirror

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