Born in East Belfast, Sammy McIlroy hails from a district that has produced numerous Manchester United players up through the years. McIlroy was spotted by Bob Bishop while still a schoolboy player and was adviced to seek his football fortune in the calmer climes of Lancashire as his country was tottering on the brink of Civil War.
Manchester United moved into third place in the league table thanks to a 3–0 win against West Ham United at Old Trafford on Saturday. In a somewhat one sided game, the Londoners were denied their first points of the season as a first half penalty from Wayne Rooney set Manchester United on their way to a convincing home victory.
After winning the Second Division Championship in style in 1974–75, Tommy Docherty´s Manchester United troops took the First Division by storm the following season. And in their first home match of the new campaign, they were looking to give their loyal supporters something to cheer about after spending a year out of the top flight.
Manchester United lock horns with West Ham United at Old Trafford this coming Saturday, having the edge over The Hammers in previous meetings. In the corresponding fixture last campaign, The Reds defeated West Ham to the tune of 3–0 thanks to a brace from England international Wayne Rooney and one goal from Michael Owen.
Sir Alex Ferguson has warned the Manchester United fans that he does not want the protest against the club owners to affect his players. The Scot has called for unity as he fears that the ongoing campaign against Malcom Glazer and the rest of his family could actually wreck Manchester United’s bid for the English Premier League title.
In the first match of the 2003-04 campaign, Manchester United gave neighbouring Bolton Wanderers a real lesson in the fine art of attacking football. The Reds ran out 4–0 winners in the end with a double from Ryan Giggs and a goal each from Paul Scholes and Ruud van Nistelrooy to ensure a highly convincing victory at Old Trafford.
Smirnoff now becomes official spirits sponsor of Manchester United. Chief Executive of Manchester United David Gill is most delighted to welcome Smirnoff as one of the club´s partners and looks forward to promote the popular vodka brand as he strongly supports the use of the sponsorship as a platform for responsible drinking which is a very important aspect of the partnership with both parties committed to communicating this message.
Although most people expected Manchester United to take the three points against Fulham on Sunday afternoon, the visiting team could only manage a 2–2 draw in a highly dramatic match at Craven Cottage. Manchester United went ahead after eleven minutes, however, when the irrepressible Dimitar Berbatov laid the ball back for evergreen midfield workhorse Paul Scholes to finish past Fulham´s deputy goalkeeper David Stockdale.
Manchester United travel to the banks of the River Thames on Sunday in what promises to be an exciting Premier League encounter against Fulham at Craven Cottage. Managed by former Manchester United marksman Mark Hughes, the West London outfit made an encouraging start to the season with a 0–0 draw against Bolton at Reebok Stadium last Saturday. Despite the fact Fulham recorded a surprise result when they beat Manchester United 3–0 at home last season, the Mancunians are favourites to beat the Cottagers following their convincing win against Newcastle.
Henrik Larsson made his breakthrough with local outfit Helsingborg where he netted 50 goals in 56 matches. The lavishly gifted youth was subsequently sold to Feyenoord where he spent four years before he was brought to the helter skelter of Scottish football by Celtic supremo Wim Jansen for £650,000 in the summer of 1997.