I cant see torres finding inter a more attractive prospect than united, i think the premiership is a much more appealing league especially after the relegations. I would rather he went to inter than come to united having wanted to go somewhere else. Thats why i am annoyed at ronaldo, wanted to leave, then declares his love for the club, i dont want players playing for united unless they love playing for united.
mancred ur pm to me was very gud i have to say. i will reply as soon as all applicitaions are in.
smith can score goals, not many. i think saha is a 20 goal a season player personally. Martin williams said we would sign carrick and kuzack this week. times ticking away.
Walsall 1 United Reserves 1
A second-half equaliser from Paul McShane earned United's Reserves a 1-1 draw against Walsall at the Bescot Stadium.
The 20-year-old Irish defender glanced home a header after 66 minutes to level Kris Taylor's first-half opener for the hosts.
With the Reserves rendered managerless by Rene Meulensteen's departure to Brondby, Brian McClair took the reins in his second spell as caretaker manager.
Reds keeper Tom Heaton produced a wonderful one-handed save to deny Hector sam, but was helpless to stop Taylor's angled right-foot shot on 34 minutes.
United pressed for an equaliser, but were unable to forge any clear-cut openings before the interval. Then, six minutes after the hour-mark, McClair's side drew level as McShane glanced in Michael Barnes' cross-***-shot inside a packed penalty area.
Both sides had chances to snatch the win, with Fraizer Campbell denied by a tremendous last-ditch challenge from Ian Roper, while Saddlers striker Martin Butler headed against the crossbar in the final minute.
United's young Reserves will be satisfied with their solid pre-season start, while the game's major plus came through Floribert Ngalula's return from a hip injury after almost a year on the sidelines.
United: Heaton (Crockett, 46), Gray, Rose, McShane, Shawcross, R Jones, Marsh (Barnes, 46), Ngalula (Burns, 46), Campbell, Martin (Hewson, 60), S Evans (Mullan, 46).
not too arsed about the reserves lol. some good players in there but lets hope we sign mids soon guys. I'm getting worried utd wont sign a mid.
United suspect Real of illegal approach for Van Nistlerooy
MANCHESTER UNITED’S hard-line stance with Real Madrid over Ruud van Nistelrooy has been intensified by a distrust of the new regime at the Spanish club, whom United suspect of making an illegal approach to the Holland forward.
The Barclays Premiership club are unlikely to report Real, with an agreement over a transfer fee regarded as beneficial for all parties, but ill feeling has crept into negotiations between the clubs as they haggle over the terms of the expected £13 million deal.
The United board has been unhappy with Real’s conduct since it emerged that a verbal agreement had been reached with Van Nistelrooy’s agent, Rodger Linse, over a three-year contract. Their frustration is with Real, rather than Linse, and it has grown over the past 48 hours with the Spanish club’s unwillingness to meet a £15 million asking price at a time when Sir Alex Ferguson’s hopes of replacing Van Nistelrooy with Fernando Torres are receding because of Atlético Madrid’s resistance.
Predrag Mijatovic, the new Real technical director, has proposed success-related payments to bridge the shortfall over Van Nistelrooy — such as an extra ¤goalscorer in La Liga next season — but United are holding out for a guaranteed sum, mindful of what happened when David Beckham joined Real in 2003, with the Spanish club’s failures over the past three seasons leaving them with at least £2 million less than the projected £25 million fee.
Despite United’s unhappiness, Ramón Calderón, the new Real president, sounded comfortable with the situation yesterday. “We just have to wait with regards to Van Nistelrooy,” Calderón said. “From what Mijatovic has told me, the player wants to play for Real Madrid. Manchester United will want to obtain as much money as possible and that is logical.”
Real have signed Fabio Cannavaro, the Italy defender, and Emerson, the Brazil midfield player, for £13.7 million from Juventus. Barcelona, the Spanish champions, have kept pace, with the signings of Lilian Thuram and Gianluca Zambrotta expected to be completed next week for a combined . Gianluigi Buffon’s agent says that the goalkeeper will play for Juventus next season despite relegation to Serie B for their part in the Italian match-fixing scandal. Pavel Nedved, the Juventus midfield player, has also claimed that he will stay at the club.
United hope to exploit the situation in Turin, with Ferguson mulling over the idea of signing Patrick Vieira, on a free transfer or a loan, but their hopes of doing so remain unclear. One inquiry by an agent to Juventus this week was met by a firm insistence that Vieira will “not be going back to England”.
United’s attempt to sign Michael Carrick from Tottenham Hotspur is in limbo, with the impasse over a fee showing no sign of lifting. Ferguson originally planned to sign two midfield players, but the manager has hinted twice while in South Africa on his team’s pre-season tour this week that the Juventus situation has complicated Carrick’s prospects of moving to Old Trafford.
Complicated might also sum up United’s plans to sign Torres. They believed a week ago that the forward might be lured for about £25 million, but on Tuesday, Atlético dismissed an informal offer from Inter Milan in excess of that sum and insisted that they will not sell for less than the £41.5 million release fee stipulated in the player’s contract.
FOR many members of the Manchester United squad, the highlight of the South Africa tour came yesterday when they met Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. The former South Africa president was presented with a United shirt, inscribed with the number 88, the age he turned on Tuesday, as well as a giant volume of the club’s history and a signed photograph of Sir Alex Ferguson.
ah hello rafa, my day doesnt start without reading the news posted by u m8. Torres 41 mil waaaaaay over board. Plz sign carrick fergie, were going to run out of time.
i dont tink arsenal will be in any gr8 position to challenge utd. also lfc are getting a bit ahead.