David De Gea So Fergie has been proved right once again. The Spanish kid who had some dodgy moments (although that mistake at Tottenham was grossly exaggerated) has evolved in to the Premier League's best goalkeeper. Only problem now is keeping hold of him when Real Madrid and Barcelona inevitably come calling.
When a diminutive Frenchman was hauled off after 45 minutes of his first Manchester derby, not many amongst the United fans in the crowd would have imagined that the same player would go on to become captain albeit in absence of Nemanja Vidic and develop a cult following at the club. Seven years [.
Manchester United v Chelsea Rivalry: 9 talking points in the Abramovich era - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United and Chelsea lock horns this weekend, in what is a fixture with history. Although the Red Devils have already wrapped up the Premier League title, Sir Alex Ferguson will want to win at Old Trafford, while the Blues are involved in a battle for a top-four berth.
With the Barclays Premier League crown already heading to Old Trafford for a record 20th time Arsenal and Manchester United will clash at the Emirates this weekend in hopes of finishing the 2012/13 campaign strong.
The Gunners are currently in a close battle with Chelsea and Tottenham as all the respective clubs are in search of securing a spot in the Champions League for next term.
Manchester United players completed a lap of honour around Old Trafford after they sealed their 20th league title and fans showered them with ‘Champions' flags, red and black scarves...and severed arms. Pictures of the post-match celebrations, after United beat Aston Villa 3-0 thanks to a Robin van Persie hat-trick, showed left-back Patrice Evra wielding a (hopefully plastic) severed limb, as the Frenchman mocked old adversary Luis Suarez.
Manchester United completed their leisurely stroll to a record 20th league title with an all too easy 3-0 win over relegation threatened Aston Villa. After the match, Man United players and staff celebrated their title clinching win with the excitement of an accounting realizing a new way to decrease his client's tax bill.
No, not Manchester United Patrice Evra. After being led through to their 20th title by Robin van Persie, whose first call was to Arsene Wenger saying something like ohmygodthankyouforlettingmeleave, a Manchester United fan, presumably, flipped a zombie limb onto the pitch. Because...yeah. Anyway, Patrice Evra picked it up during the celebrations and pretended to take a bite out of it, Luis Suarez-style.
Left back is a position that has been in high demand in recent years because there just isn't much depth at the position across world football. Paolo Maldini, Roberto Carlos, Nilton Santos and Giacinto Facchetti represent some of the best left-backs of all time and all of them typified the characteristics necessary to excel at the left fullback position: work rate, crossing, pace, attacking support and defensive aptitude.
FIFA's new anti-racism chief wants to meet the perpetrators and victims of racial abuse in the Premier League - including John Terry and Luis Suarez - as part of a fact-finding mission. Jeffrey Webb, the president of the CONCACAF federation, said he wants to "hear both sides". Webb is to head up a new FIFA task force to tackle racism and is to come to England to see how the Football Association has responded to the Suarez and Terry cases.
Ferguson urged to sign Lille's Digne - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been urged to sign Lille full-back Lucas Digne in the summer by his brother and chief Manchester United scout Martin Ferguson as a potential long-term replacement of Patrice Evra.
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos became so attached to his pennant before tonight's clash with Manchester United that he nearly forgot he wasn't supposed to keep it. Having shaken hands with the ref's entourage and United skipper Patrice Evra, the Spain international took up his position to pose for a photo.
Javier Hernandez of Manchester United celebrates scoring with team-mate Wayne Rooney (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
The Red Devils are going to have quite a busy second-half to their season as a possible treble is on offer. Sir Alex Ferguson's men currently remain in the FA Cup, sit atop of the English Premier League, and have a clash in the coming weeks against Real Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16.
Bunny ears: they'll never got old. Manchester United defender Patrice Evra pranked Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov in the time-honoured fashion when he spotted the Bulgarian was being photographed following Saturday's FA Cup match between the two sides.
Robin van Persie has been speaking about how he has settled in at Manchester United and couldn't sound much happier.
"I'm having a really good period," he told Sky Sports. "It's been since day one basically. Everyone's been helping. Everyone makes me feel at home and tries to do their best for me to play well and feel well, on and off the pitch.
Luis Suarez claims to be a victim of English media - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez feels that English media are more suspicious towards Latin American players than local lads and are inherently biased towards Manchester United.
Suarez treated as pantomime villain by English press
The Uruguay international has been widely respected for his genius ability with the ball but at the same time he has been treated as English football's pantomime villain for some of his unsporting actions.
Manchester United defeated Liverpool on Sunday afternoon in the first of two massive matches in the English Premier League. It took United 18 minutes to score, and when they did, it was Robin Van Persie who used his gifted left foot to power United into the lead. Patrice Evra scored the second, though the goal will be reviewed and may be given to Nemanja Vidic if his slight touch is considered significant enough.
Not only is he the most illustrious manager in the history of British football, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson can be described as one of the most loyal disciples of the traditional attacking form of play.
Since taking over the managerial reins at Old Trafford, the Scot has been a fundamental advocate of the classic 4-4-2 formation.
It seems as though every out-of-favor or aging player at Chelsea has recently been linked to a move to Old Trafford. Veteran left-backAshley Cole is the latest name to be linked with a potential summer move to Manchester United
If the speculation proves right, the 32-year-old would join a currently struggling United back-line that continue to have defensive issues.
Boxing Day's most exciting match proved to be a tale of two United's, as Manchester United played host to Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Newcastle jumped out to an early lead, but it was the team in red that prevailed on the day. Chicharito Hernandez ultimately scored the winner in time added on in a match that saw United take the lead for the first team when the Mexican finally found the back of the net.
Manchester United's lead at the Premier League summit now stands at four points after the frontrunners could only muster a 1-1 draw at Swansea City, on day when Chelsea handed Aston Villa an 8-0 defeat.
Looking to respond to Manchester City's win against Reading on Saturday, it was United who went ahead after 16 minutes when Patrice Evra met Robin van Persie's corner at the near post and headed in.
What is it about Liverpool manager and their tone deaf support for Luis Suarez? Kenny Dalglish failed the understand the public's opinion of Suarez racially abusing Patrice Evra. Now it is Brendan Rodgers turn to fail to understand the public sentiment.
A day after Luis Suarez was given a 10-match suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League match Sunday, the Liverpool boss said that the length of the ban had left the club "bitterly disappointed.
Former Liverpool midfielder Ray Houghton has called Luis Suarez's 10-game ban for biting "excessive" compared to the eight he received for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra last season. And Houghton has blasted the FA's disciplinary procedures as being "outdated" and in need of radical overhaul.
Luis Suarez is unlikely to play for the rest of the season after biting Branislav Ivanovic on Sunday. The horrible little runt, who punched someone in the face when representing his country earlier this month, has been charged by the FA for this latest disgraceful act. This is the second time in the past three years that Suarez has bitten an opponent and was banned for 7 games the last time he did it.
Damage limitation is a strategy with which Liverpool are becoming increasingly familiar in their dealings with Luis Suarez. The striker's recent comments that if another team "with more prospects of competing in international club competition games" approached him "they are very welcome", will not only have put Europe's top clubs on high alert, but will [.
Several Man United players were pictured wearing matching Bugs Bunny pajamas on their flight to Qatar on Sunday. The reason for this is unclear. Perhaps this was the team's punishment for allowing a Clint Dempsey injury-time equalizer in their 1-1 draw against Spurs or maybe this is just cool now.
Benitez was denied a victorious return to the scene of many of his former glories by player of the year candidate Suarez who ensured the focus was all on him - again. It would not have been until, with Chelsea 2-1 up, he chose to sink his teeth into Branislav Ivanovic as the pair tangled in the penalty area.
This season, only Patrice Evra has started more games (27) than Michael Carrick, whilst Evra and Van Persie have both had more minutes on the pitch. Carrick has made 1843 accurate passes this season with an accuracy of 88%. Of those passes, 37% of them have gone forwards and just 8% backwards. In the opposition half, he has completed 1035 passes, with an accuracy of 82%.
Tottenham fans have a bit of fun throwing snowballs at Patrice Evra during their 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane on Sunday and fair play to Evra he didn't make a meal of it like some players would have done.