Friday, 18 September 2015


The eight quadrennial Rugby World Cup starts today in England from 18 September to 31 October. Twickenham Stadium in London will host the final. England was chosen to host the competition in July 2009, beating rival bids from Italy, Japan and South Africa. (Love this Google Doodle)

Of the 20 teams competing at the 2015 World Cup, 12 of them qualified by finishing in the top three places in their pools in the 2011 World Cup. The other eight teams qualified through regional competition. Of the 20 countries that competed in the previous World Cup in 2011, there was only one change – Uruguay replaced Russia.

Enough of the fine print it starts tonight in earnest with the host England taking on Fiji, im buzzing for it to start. Doesn't it feel like just yesterday it was 100 days away.

If I'm honest its not the most excited I've been for rugby's show piece event, but what I can say is that come match day I will be fully kitted out and so should you. It's the epitome of Rugby as a sport and once the first whistle blows all eyes will be on England. will have a dedicated results and schedule page RWC15 Results & Scores  updated daily during the World Cup and you can just click on the link and be up to date. As well as previews of some big matches with predictions.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Boss: "Be patient with young stars"

Report by Adam Bostock on the official Manchester United website.
Louis van Gaal had a message for both sets of supporters ahead of Manchester United’s Champions League opener against PSV Eindhoven – to be patient with the clubs’ emerging talents.
The United manager was sitting alongside 21-year-old Memphis Depay at the pre-match press conference, but the former PSV star was just one of the players namechecked by the boss when the talk turned to demographics. Specifically, van Gaal was asked by a local journalist whether fans should be concerned about the standard of the Dutch league given the increasing proliferation of young players.

“No, I don’t think so,” the Reds boss replied. “The Eredivisie is very nice to watch, the tactical solutions are very nice to watch also, but of course the players are young. The Eredivisie is becoming younger and younger and that is why you have to be patient.

“I also have to be patient for Memphis and the fans have to be patient too. We also have to be patient for Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Adnan Januzaj and players like them. You cannot demand that players of 19, 20 and 21 years are consistent. You have to accept that.”

French teenager Anthony Martial is also in that bracket of course, with van Gaal insisting that it’s too early to assess how United’s latest acquisition is adapting to his new surroundings. Speaking before an open training session at the Philips Stadion, the manager said: “We have only had one light training session since the Liverpool match because we have to play tomorrow against PSV.
“Martial's impression so far is good. But it’s the same as for Memphis, you have to give him time. And I am saying that to the fans as well, because he cannot change the market price.”

 himself can see the benefits of being among other young players in the dressing room. When asked if he would assist Martial and vice versa as the pair continue to acclimatise, the Dutchman said at the press conference: "We are both young so we can help each other. The same is true for Luke Shaw. I speak to him a lot and he has played more than me in the Premier League of course so I ask him a lot of questions. We can all help each other."

Former United player Mickey Thomas was dismayed by a degree of impatience in the crowd during the fruitless first half against Liverpool on Saturday. He told in Eindhoven: "Expectations for Memphis are so high but I think the fans need to give him more time to settle in and be more patient.

"People who are expecting more from him at this stage, and it’s partly because he wears the iconic no.7 shirt, are being a bit unfair because he’s only been here for a short period of time. Let him get on with what he needs to do and I’m sure he’ll be a wonderful player for this football club."

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Friday, 11 September 2015

Manchester United vs Liverpool preview

Manchester United and Liverpool will meet for the 194th time at Old Trafford tomorrow. A much needed fixture after the International break.

Well Done to Wayne Rooney for breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s record now he has his sights firmly on breaking Charlton’s record at Manchester United, and after going ten matches without a league goal Charlton's record looks safe for now.

Looking back to the first three fixtures both teams had exactly the same figures only for both to lose their fourth. Both will be searching for the a win if not for bragging rights then definately to stay in touch with the leaders of the pack City. A draw wont be a train smash but it will surely be frowned upon by both sets of fans.

Team News:
Manchester United
For me De Gea will be reinstated and Romero demoted. Michael Carrick is doubtful with a calf injury, which means that Schweinsteiger and Scheiderlin are to start in the middle. Martial will make his Old Trafford bow from the bench. Rooney has only scored 5 goals vs Liverpool in 22 matches . Phil Jones still injured and Marco Rojo's is available. Juan Mata netted three goals in his two league matches against Liverpool last season.
Henderson, Lallana, Courtinho and Sturridge might all miss out for various reasons and Joe Allen could start. Benteke will be deployed as a loan striker and back to back he has scored vs Manchester United whilst playing for Aston Villa.

Match Appointments
Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: S Burt, G Beswick Fourth Official: L Mason

I'm not sure whether I'm more excited for Martial to take the field or for my boy De Gea to start but what I am sure of is that nothing will be left on the field. The loss of Courtinho for this fixture is seriously bad timing for the visitors as he has been their spark somewhat this season.

I can only see one victor....... Hashtag Manchester is Red!!!

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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

United issue statement

01/09/2015 19:15



Manchester United notes Real Madrid’s statement on the attempt to sign David De Gea and sell Navas to Manchester United. The club feels compelled to provide some clarification with the following facts. 
- Manchester United did not seek contact from Real Madrid for the sale of David. David is a key member of our squad and the club’s preference was not to sell.

- No offer was received for David until yesterday.

- At lunchtime yesterday, Real Madrid made its first offer to buy David. A deal was agreed between the clubs, which included Navas being transferred to Old Trafford. The deals were dependent on each other.

- In the last several hours of the process, with Navas at the Real Madrid training ground, Real Madrid were controlling the documentation processes of David, Navas and Real Madrid. Manchester United was in control only of the documentation of Manchester United.

- Manchester United sent transfer documents for both players to Real Madrid at 20:42 BST. David’s documentation was returned by Real Madrid to Manchester United without the signatory page at 22:32 BST.

- At 22:40 BST, minutes before the deadline, major changes to the documentation came through to Manchester United which immediately put the deals at risk. 
- Only at 22:55 BST were the documents that are needed to cancel David’s contract received by Manchester United from Real Madrid.

- At this point Navas’ documentation was still not returned by Real Madrid.

- At 22:58 BST, the transfer agreement was sent back by Manchester United, uploaded onto TMS and accepted – all before the deadline.

- It is our understanding that the deals couldn’t happen because:

Real Madrid didn’t upload David’s documents onto TMS in time (Manchester United did)

Real Madrid didn’t upload David’s documents to the Spanish league in time, per reports it seems some 28 minutes after the deadline

- The fact that Manchester United filed the papers on time was acknowledged by the Football Association, who offered to support that claim in any discussions with FIFA. The club offered this assistance, as well as its own timestamped documents to Real Madrid but they have chosen not to go down this route.

Manchester United acts appropriately and efficiently in its transfer dealings. The club is delighted that its fan-favourite double Player of the Year, David de Gea, remains a Manchester United player.
All I'm saying is play the boy vs Liverpool cos hashtag I never doubted the boy,
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Friday, 28 August 2015

Herrera is our #10!

Louis van Gaal felt Ander Herrera improved after switching to No.10 in Manchester United's "relatively easy" 4-0 win at Club Brugge. Hearing that was music to my ears coming from the United boss.

After a quite disastrous first half I thought, as many of did that he wouldn't take the field in the second half. He looked over eager and rushed his passes, got himself booked and actually gave it away more than anything else.

The difference though was in the second half he played as a No.10. And the boy put up his hand for more regular first team minutes. He was superb not just in setting up Rooney's hat-trick goal and he scored with sublime composure showed once again that he deserves to start more.

I remember his first outing in a Manchester United jumper a Man of the Match performance in the USA in pre-season last season. Back then I knew little to nothing about him and since then he has made a positive influence every time he plays and even scores a few.

He forced Rooney further up the field and the rest is history - 90minutes with 3 goals, 6 shots, 4 on target and 52 passes at 87% accuracy. Good numbers any day.

So just like I could not wait on the Champions League Draw on Thursday I can't wait to see LVG's team sheet come Sunday vs Swansea.

Herrera Herrera Herrera #NeverDoubtedTheBoy

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Friday, 24 July 2015

Five differences between Ronaldo & Messi.

Article by Los Blancos
We’ve taken a closer look at Lionel Messi’s and Cristiano Ronaldo’s attributes, and here are the differences between the Barcelona star, and the Real Madrid talisman.

While we know that Cristiano Ronaldo loves to shoot with power over precision, the little master Lionel Messi prefers to place his shots with precision. Both different styles of shooting, but both very effective.

We’re often used to seeing Messi going on long and dazzling runs, and while it works for him, that’s not the way the superstar ‘CR7’ does it. Ronaldo barely even tries to beat his man with skill anymore – but maybe that’s just his maturity.

The former Manchester United star is often known to be a more ‘complete’ player than Messi, and his great ability in the air seems to be everyone’s reason. It’s not often that Messi will out-jump his man, but Ronaldo does it time and time again.

We often see Messi delicately play a great through ball for one of his Barcelona teammates, and it has to be said – he passes better than Ronaldo does. The Portuguese star has probably less creativity, but he still makes up for that in other departments.

Time and time again we see Ronaldo fire the ball home with his left-foot, but we unfortunately can’t say the same for Lionel Messi. The Argentine’s weaker foot is considerably weaker than his stronger left, but it clearly doesn’t hinder his goal tallies.

You can decide who you think is the best, but for me there is only one CR7. 

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