Getting Manchester United’s Champions League campaign up and running last night, Javier Hernandez took a magnificent cross from fellow substitute Federico Macheda and put the ball behind the Valencia goalkeeper with just five minutes remaining on the clock. With Rio Ferdinand resuming his partnership with Nemanja Vidic, the desperate Valencia players found themselves unable to draw level as the game went into the final minutes.
Sir Alex Ferguson has left Wayne Rooney, who has scored just once in the league this campaign, out for the Champions League game against Valencia on Wednesday. Struggling under intense media pressure following explosive revelations about his private life, he gave a mediocre performance against Bolton Wanderers last Sunday and was replaced by Federico Macheda in the 61st minute of the game after receiving a knock to his left ankle.
Born and growing up in the small town of Ayr, Ian Ure kick started his roller coaster career as a central defender with Ayr Albion and Daltry Thistle. A strong and commanding player, Ian Ure eventually caught the attention of Scottish First Division side Dundee where the talented youth was offered professional terms in the summer of 1958.
In keeping with most Premier League derbies between Bolton Wanderers and Manchester United, the match at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday no doubt lived up to its billing as a tough encounter. The Trotters took an early lead through Zat Knight who flicked the ball into the back of the net from a Martin Petrov corner before free flowing flankman Nani made the score read 1–1 with an outstanding individual effort after 23 minutes.
Sir Matt Busby was the manager at Manchester United from 1945 to 1969, taking The Reds to both League and Cup honours. When he died on 20 January 1994, a vast amount of fans turned out to pay their last respects and two years later a bronze statue was unveiled in honour of the man who was known as Mr. Manchester United.
Manchester United, still undefeated in the English Premier League this campaign, are no doubt red hot favourites to beat Owen Coyle´s Bolton Wanderers team at Reebok Stadium this upcoming Sunday afternoon. Manchester United are expected to welcome back highly experienced central defender Rio Ferdinand from injury but Michael Carrick, Owen Hargreaves and Antonio Valencia are all out sidelined with long term injuries.
The Carling Cup Third Round tie between Scunthorpe United and Manchester United at Glanford Park yesterday was probably the biggest event in the history of The Iron. The hosts took the lead after 19 minutes when Martyn Woolford found Josh Wright who scored with shot from 25 yards but the visitors hit back as Darron Gibson executed a lob over Joe Murphy on 23 minutes before Chris Smalling scored a second goal after 36 minutes.
Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak is set for his second match of the campaign in the Carling Cup Third Round encounter with Football League Championship outfit Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park on Wednesday. The Poland international has no doubt endured a long spell in the wilderness after making his Premier League debut for Manchester United in a narrow 1–0 defeat against Arsenal at Old Trafford in September 2006.
Danny Wallace kick started his career at Southampton as an associate schoolboy in February 1977. A small and compact left winger, the Londoner was an instant hit at the club and his performances grabbed the attention of Alex Ferguson who brought him to Manchester United for a transfer fee of £1.2 million in the autumn of 1989.
Dimitar Berbatov completed a stunning hat-trick with just a few minutes remaining to give Manchester United a deserved 3–2 win over Liverpool on Sunday. After giving Manchester United the lead shortly before the interval, Berbatov netted his second goal in the 59th minute of the tightly contested game with a great overhead kick before the goal hungry centre forward sealed the encounter with a perfect header with only six minutes left.