Manchester United centre forward Wayne Rooney helped England to come from behind to beat Japan 2–1 in their last international friendly game before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The first period in Graz turned out to be a rather dismal affair, however, as The Three Lions failed to take control against the aggressive Japanese team.
Sir Alex Ferguson´s confident Manchester United team went into the FA Cup Final of 1994 as Barclays Premier League champions, having won the title by a handsome margin. In sharp contrast, their opponents at Wembley Stadium that Saturday afternoon, Chelsea, had finished the 1993–94 season in the bottom half of the table.
Peter Barnes joined his local team Manchester City as an apprentice in 1972 and made his First Division debut for the club in a close 2–1 loss to local rivals Burnley at Turf Moor in October 1974. The promising left winger won the Football League Cup with The Citizens in 1976 and he was voted Young Player of the Year the same year.
Manchester United netminder Ben Foster has teamed up with Birmingham City after leaving the Old Trafford club in order to further his professional footballing career. The England international has agreed to a three year deal after being sold to the ambitious Black Country outfit for a fee said to be somewhere in the region of £6 million.
A goal from Ji-sung Park and a well taken penalty from Park Chu-young gave South Korea a 2–0 victory over their old rivals Japan at the Saitama Stadium on Monday. The Manchester United midfield man opened the scoring after only six minutes when he managed to beat three opposing defenders before he found the back of the net.
According to the latest reports, Manchester United are closing in on Real Madrid playmaker Rafael van der Vaart as the Old Trafford club prepare a huge bid for the sought after Holland international. The highly talented midfielder has also been linked with moves to fierce Premier League rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
Alex Stepney made his debut for Manchester United as The Red Devils locked horns with bitter crosstown rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford in September 1966. In front of a 62,000 crowd, Manchester United and Scotland forward Denis Law made the only goal of The Manchester Derby to give the home team a deserved 1–0 win.
Born and growing up in the very heart of Protestant East Belfast, David McCreery was steeped from an early age in a marinade of politics and religion. An incredible versatile player who offered considerable skill and hard work, the highly promising midfield man was first discovered by legendary Manchester United scout Bob Bishop.
Although the 1996 FA Cup Final at Wembley between old rivals Manchester United and Liverpool promised to be the highlight of the season, the match never quite lived up to expectations. Sir Alex Ferguson´s players finally got the winning goal when Eric Cantona managed to score the only goal of the encounter in the 85th minute.
The 1977 FA Cup Final was to be a special occasion for colourful manager Tommy Docherty with his Manchester United team determined to prevent arch rivals Liverpool from achieving the treble. There are of course plenty of classic encounters in British football but none of them quite match the intensity of the North West derby.