Liverpool will only win the league when Sir Alex Ferguson dies!-Mamoo
Okay you MANCS, No OPRAH WINFREY post this time. I'm writing this post with a heavy heart and I swallow my pride to say "Congratulations". Firstly to the readers GET READY for a bumper Super Tuesday post that starts today. Well what can I say. We lost the title, we lost it early with those costly draws and losses against Stoke, Hull, Lucas selling against Everton,Spurs and Arshavin f$#king us up. But credit to the MANCS, they kept up the pressure all the way and everyone expected Arsenal to do the business, but it was not meant to be. I must admit United were complacent and anxious and afraid to concede and Arsenal were game but it was not to be and they are the CHAMPIONS at that's what counts.
For me, no wedding, not that I'm complaining lol but since I started this blog I would have to endure this painfull moment every MAY. As agreed The blog has read and I have kept to my word. It is too painfull for me to carry on. I'm sure our MANCS as agreed will send in their posts, Herbly,Joe Rasool, Go,Shakes,Joe Dindar,Azee, Biggy, Mamoo,Seth,Rash BC, Shoobs and anyone I have forgotten. I leave it to you guys and and an article from Soccernet.com. So any MANC that wants to post,Mail me your article in this Bumper Super Tuesday. The rest of the soccer and sporting action I will post tomorrow including a bumper day at the IPL.
The pain is too much now.Enjoy you f#4king MANCS and Congratulations with a Heavy heart and lots of Hasad (JEALOUSY).As I said I will give the MANCS free reign on the blog.Below is a picture sent in by Shakes
Just one thing I want to mention. About the arrogant Penaltinho. Did you MANCS notice that when the broadcast switched to the change room Sir Alex greeted every player and congratulated them, but when he came to Ronaldo it was seen by all that he just shook his hand and walked on. Is this the End of Penaltinho. Just a hand shake.
Sir Alex Ferguson will continue as manager of Manchester United for "a number of years'', according to chief executive David Gill.
More title joy for Sir Alex Ferguson
The 67-year-old sealed his 11th Premier League title in 23 years at the Old Trafford helm with yesterday's 0-0 draw against Arsenal.
That drew the club level with Liverpool on 18 top-flight titles, leading to speculation Ferguson could retire if they usurp their great rivals next season.
Gill, though, does not see an end to the Ferguson era in sight.
He told Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme: "He's still very motivated to go on and win things with Manchester United.
"He loves the game, he loves everything associated with the game, he's very well supported by his staff and by the players. He's very much still 100% working at Manchester United.
"I don't think you could read (much into) beating Liverpool - everyone makes great play of that.
"Equalling their record, which is a fantastic record, is obviously wonderful for the club but who's to say what will happen next year?
"What we've done this year in terms of the number of games we've had to play and what we've achieved is testament to everyone and he recognises there's a lot more to come from the squad and hopefully, as I say, it will go on for many years.
"What Alex has done quite correctly is understand how to structure the club and he just takes the big decisions, and he delegates very well to a very experienced staff, a highly motivated staff, and he's got a great team around him so it all works.
"As long as Alex continues to do that, which I'm sure he will, he'll want to stay involved with Manchester United and run the team.
"I envisage him being manager certainly for a number of years, but I'm not going to put a timeline on it.''
Liverpool have been United's fiercest challengers this season before finally having to concede defeat yesterday, leaving them still without a title in the Premier League era.
Boss Rafael Benitez pointed to the amount of money United have spent on players as the key difference between the pair - a view swiftly countered by Gill today.
"That's a nonsense,'' he continued. "Analysis was done that shows we're broadly in line with them over the last few years in terms of net spend on players.
"I think there's a lot of factors in it. We've not only got great players and a great manager but we've got a great off-the-field team as well.
"We've got a fantastic stadium, 76,000, which gives us a competitive advantage, our commercial team are doing fantastic deals, which we then put back into the club.
"We've got many advantages through our current structure, which keeps us apart.
"Benitez would say they've had a very good season, they've run us close and I'm sure they'll be even more motivated next season.''
Asked about the secret of United's continued success, Gill, who does not envisage major changes in the squad over the summer, said: "I think it's the very fact that everybody at the club understands you can't take things for granted. If you win one year we want to go on and improve and we've done that.
"Alex has revamped the squad continually over the past 10-15 years and that's what we will aim to do going forward.
"Special mention for Ryan Giggs, an amazing 11th title, I'm sure we'll never see that beaten. He personifies the club and what we're trying to achieve.''
United's trophy-laden season, which has already brought the Carling Cup and Club World Cup to Old Trafford along with the Premier League title, could yet get better still with the Champions League final against Barcelona to come on May 27.
"It has been a wonderful season,'' reflected Gill. "Obviously Japan and the Carling Cup and the league but it's not finished yet. We've got the little matter of a game in Rome in 10 days' time.
"It's wonderful, it's mouthwatering - two of the best footballing teams in Europe will be in it.
"The final is a day after (legendary late manager) Sir Matt Busby's 100th birthday and we're obviously hoping for a repeat of the Cup Winners' Cup final in Rotterdam in 1991 (when they beat Barcelona 2-1).''
In LA LIGA Madrid lost and Barcelona deservedly won the Spanish Championship so in Rome its gonna be the Kings of Spain vs the Kings of England. Well done PEP, Sorry Riyad Loonat and lets be honest Messi and Co fully deserved it
What misery for me as INTER won teh Scudetto. Juve drew again and now must leapfrog Fiorentina. Milan and Juve have themselves to blame for giving Mourinho the Scudeeto. A string of poor results sent Inter Clear without any pressure. The Mancs won the league,Inter won the league, Del not coming to SA. Can it get any worse. But f#4k INTER.
Swoosh0018 goes Interactive. We got some comments from some of the lads that we came across the weekend.
Little Hash from Trichardt
"I got faith in Arsenal, But Man United are worthy Champions"
PAPI from Nescafe
"Swoosh you know Liverpool and Chelsea and the rest can not come near Man United. They played well the whole year and are deserving Champions
ZAHIER MOOSA-Bros swaar from Debonairs Lenz
"It was a massive, massive game for us,it was either taking a point against Arsenal or against Hull next weekend. It was awesome getting the result this weekend for two obvious reasons.Firstly it relieves alot of pressure going into the final weekend, the obvious reason being that Hull are fighting to stay up and that would have made it a tough trip.Playing smaller opposition is much more tougher than playing Big Boys like we saw against Wigan. Secondly it was more awesome getting the result this weekend because it gives us time to prepare for the Barca clash which is going to be a classic.On the whole its been another fantastic season.Pool fans are dissapointed again.Credit to Fergie, He took over with seven titles and brought us level with Pool on 18. Super Record,21 years must be a long time waiting for Pool fans but i sign off with just four words. Glory Glory Man United"
"It is really amazing to think that when Sir Alex Ferguson started his Manutd career, the record stood at : Liverpool 18 titles, Manutd 7. For every season since Liverpool fans boasted having the most titles! That record is now gone! The best thing for me as a Manutd fan, was the comments by the manager and players at the celebrations. The hunger to win the premier league for a 19th time next season was there to see! you've gotta love it!!After going 3 seasons without a league title, Roy Keane leaving, The Glaziers taking over, it seemed it was an end of an era and people were calling for Fergi to be sacked. He responded by assembling what could potentially be the greatest Manutd team of all-time. Long live Ferguson!"
This is me sitting at Nescafe. Dejected. But my word is my honour ,enjoy the moment you F#$king MANCS
Yusuf Saloojee (Trichardt)
"All I can say is Glory ,Glory Man United and Hard Luck liverpool"
Moosa Areff-Arsenal Fan
"Awesome endorsement for the beautiful game,Arise Sir Alex, You are a legend indeed"
Liverpool are the only team in the history of the league to lose the least games and yet lose the league. I refused to congratulate the MANCS as it was undeserved
(you can see he is the brew of legendary MANC HATER Faheem Vehzerz)
Zaid Saloojee-Trichardt-Arsenal Fan
Failure motivates. We shall come back stronger next season.Our teams stronger and theres still a lot to come.Its work in progress
I hope we gonna see the blog in United Colours for the next two weeks! Glory Glory Man UTD
FROM THE SHOOBS CORNER
ALL THE WAY FROM THE UK
So in 1994 there was this banner in Anfield, which read "Come back and sing Ooohh Ahh Cantona when you've won 18". Well, here we are ... 18 Titles !!! Eleven of these coming under the guidance and leadership of our gaffer Sir Alex Ferguson, without doubt the best manager in the Premiership if not the world !!!I was fortunate enough to be at Old Trafford on Saturday to witness Manchester United lift their 18th league trophy and 3rd in a row. I found the crowd not as loud as when we were awarded the trophy against West Ham in 2007 but this one is without doubt extra special, for a number of reasons; On the back of the season we had last year, winning the title again this year is huge and goes to show the will and determination of the United squad and SAF. Reaching the CL final and FA Cup semi-final along with winning both the League Cup and FIFA World Club Cup meant that we’ve played a fair amount of games and without the depth United have, the season would have been even that much more difficult. Players like Macheda, Wellbeck and Gibson that didn’t receive medals were still key to United’s success making this season’s title truly a team effort. Lastly, it’s number 18 which puts us on par with the scouse mob ... this one has obviously hurt them more than usual judging from the reaction from a lot of their followers and even the bitterness from their Gaffer who was not gracious enough to witness defeat.
I can hardly imagine what the scouse army must have felt when “Are you watching Merseyside???” filled the air at Old Trafford on Saturday. Still, credit must be given when due and Liverpool were fantastic this season especially during the run-in. They pushed United harder than any other club and up until the United game at Wigan it was too hard to call a winner and I think that is what made this season and this title so special. Ultimately, United and Liverpool are the powerhouses of English football. CFC can throw as much money as they want at the game and Arsenal can continue playing “Pop Idol” and discovering “unbelievably promising talent” but they will always take a back seat to United and Liverpool. Our clubs have the history and our fans have the passion. But WTF is up with Rafa, he’s really embarrassed himself in the English media and since his famous “FACT RANT” and he’s gotten worse ... yes United and Liverpool are sworn enemies but there still has to be mutual respect and the Spanish waiter simply does not understand that. His claims that Liverpool are the better team even though United won the title and United have spent more money than Liverpool have made him the laughing stock of English football. Also his comments about offering his congratulations to United but not to SAF have left him being portrayed as a bad loser. Managers and players in the Premier League have unanimously stated United have been the team to have set the standard and are the most difficult team to play against. Their dedication and effort are unmatched and are deserved winners, but Rafa refuses to acknowledge being beaten, it’s very sad. Liverpool and football deserve more from him than sour grapes...The buzz outside the stadium before kick-off was great ...
Mancs were going mental in the street, Pete Boyle was rocking the Bishop Blaize and during the game the Streford End was going wild. The entire stadium boo’d when Tevez was subbed and “Fergie, Sign him Up” was frequently chanted throughout the game, the chances of him staying are slim especially since he wasn’t in attendance at the Man United Awards Ceremony last night. That being the only downer for United at the moment. So now it’s off to Rome to face the mighty Barcelona ... a game to close to call but no doubt a dream final. Let’s hope United can cap off the season with what would be a glorious victory, but for now the REDS GO MARCHIN ON, ON, ON !!!
IPL ACTION:THE KINGS X11 PUNJAV vs DECCON CHARGERS
At the Wanderers in Johannesburg
SUPER 14 UPDATE
Why Bulls must be favoured
by Gavin Rich 18 May 2009
By finishing top it means that the Crusaders, who beat them narrowly in the league game in Christchurch a month and a half ago, have to come to Loftus for Saturday’s semifinal, with the Chiefs and Hurricanes clashing in Hamilton on Friday. Playing the Bulls on the Highveld is a very different proposition to playing them on the south island of New Zealand, and Richie McCaw’s men will know it.
The one thing that might help the Kiwis, however, is the fact that they were in South Africa not that long ago. Indeed, it is only just over a fortnight since they beat the Lions just down the road from Loftus, at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg. The previous week they played in Bloemfontein.
The Pretoria semifinal is going to be intriguing from the point of view that these are the two teams that have most recently tasted Super 14 success, and they are also undeniably the two sides in the last four best equipped to play finals rugby.
Remember there are no bonus points on offer in a semifinal. As will be the case when the Springboks play the British and Irish Lions in a three-test series a month from now, the winner, in the words of an old Abba song, will take it all -- and it won’t make a difference if there were ten tries in the match, or none.
The fact the Sharks had to score four tries to win probably helped the Bulls in their narrow win in what was a test match type atmosphere in Durban. A lot of people are saying that the Sharks scoring four tries in the game was proof that they should have had a more attacking mindset earlier in the season, but this neglects the small fact that the Bulls scored more points than them in the game.
As Saturday’s game showed, picking up try-scoring bonus points doesn’t count for anything if you don’t win the match. And the Sharks would arguably have been much better placed to win had the Crusaders not scraped home against the Blues earlier that same day and forced the home team to chase four tries.
For a start, needing just a win might have led the Sharks to be more composed and controlled in the opening half, where they wasted scoring opportunities by being too frenetic. They would also have taken their kicks at goal, particularly the one from right in front of the posts in the second minute.
That was a no-brainer, or at least it should have been, and some might argue that it cost the Sharks the match. But the point is that the Bulls, after coming through such an important game against a strong team like the Sharks and in front of such a large crowd, showed with their composure that they are well equipped to win this competition for a second time.
It would be understandable if they consider the Crusaders to be their biggest obstacle to the trophy. They beat the Hurricanes in Wellington on their overseas tour, essentially proving in that match that there are times when doing hardly any playing at all is the way to go, and they also beat the Chiefs when the two sides met at Loftus more recently.
Of all the semifinalists, the Hurricanes had the easiest passage through the last weekend, with their 37-28 win over the Reds being more comprehensive than the final scoreline might suggest.
The Crusaders had to rely on a late drop-goal to get them home against the Blues in a match where they also admittedly were probably better than that scoreline. Certainly the two TMO decisions made in the second half, both which went against Crusaders, were questionable.
The Chiefs were made to sweat much more than many critics would have anticipated as they got an exciting and tense final weekend of league action off by beating the Brumbies 10-7 in the early game on Friday. The Waratahs ensured that they maintained their challenge into the final day by scraping home against the Lions in another nailbiter.
Chiefs 10 Brumbies 7 Auto & General Lions 33 Waratahs 38Blues 13 Crusaders 15Reds 28 Hurricanes 37Western Force 33 Highlanders 28Vodacom Cheetahs 22 Vodacom Stormers 28Sharks 26 Vodacom Bulls 27
In the MADRID Maters Federer inflicted a rare defeat on clay to Nadal. He stunned Nadal who was bidding to win all three claycourt Masters titles this year. Maybe Nadal was tired after saving match points and battling Djokovic for four hours in the semi.But Federer winning on Clay. Cant wait for teh French Open