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.
Spurs star Gareth Bale has been named as the PFA Player of the Year and its Young Player of the Year. The 23-year-old picked up both honours both of which are voted for by fellow professionals at a ceremony held last night. He said: "It's a massive honour. To be voted by [...]
It's been a strange kind of season. Any reasonable United fan would have bitten your hand off at the start of the season for a fifteen point lead at the top and a shot at the FA Cup by late March. And yet, one miserable week at the start of the month saw dreams of the treble drift into the ether and the double become a far more challenging prospect.
Sir Alex Ferguson lifts the 1990 FA Cup (Image Via Manchester United official site)
Sir Alex Ferguson closed his time at Old Trafford out in style with a 2-1 win over Swansea City with long-time defender Rio Ferdinand scoring the winner late.
Ferguson used the opportunity after the match to thank everyone involved with the club for the duration of his ridiculously successful tenure, but he also called on the fans to get behind the new manager in David Moyes and support him the same way they've treated him for so long.
Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates the 2002-03 EPL Title (Image Via Manchester United official site)
Let the tears flow football fans, Sir Alex Ferguson is only one match away from retirement. After 26 magnificent years with Manchester United, Ferguson stole the show after their 2-1 victory over Swansea City as he addressed Old Trafford.
1. Old Trafford gave a great goodbye to Sir Alex Ferguson. Prawn sandwiches were pushed aside to create some serious atmosphere. 2. Quitting works. Both Manchester United and Everton got good home wins to say goodbye to departing managers. 3. It was a bittersweet weekend for Wigan. They upset the odds to win the FA [.
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.
Manchester United veteran defender Rio Ferdinand has resisted offers from the US and China to sign a new one-year contract at Old Trafford.
The Guardiannewspaper reports that Ferdinand received serious offers from the US and China, but decided to stay with United because of his young family as well as extending his career with the Red Devils beyond the eleven years he's been there.
Rio Ferdinand now has six league titles to his name but has dismissed the possibility of becoming bored by the sucess he has enjoyed at United. Whilst conceding there have been times when they have been more nonchalent than others, most likely when celebrating in 2009 as it was the third consecutive title win, he intends to enjoy this victory as much as any.
Following Manchester United putting pressure on Rio Ferdinand to pull out of international duty to ensure that he continues with his fitness regime to ensure that he keeps fit, Ferguson faced some criticism for his role in club over country players. In the international games that followed, four United players started against San Marino.
Chelsea striker Demba Ba scored a sublime goal in the 49th minute of the FA Cup 6th Round replay match against Manchester United to make it 1-0 to the Blues with 40 minutes to go in the match.
Juan Mata floated the inch-perfect cross into Manchester United's penalty area, over Rio Ferdinand and over the shoulder of Ba, who turned his body and hit the ball with his right foot to send the ball into the corner of the net.
England manager Roy Hodgson took the high road yesterday after being asked what his opinion was regarding England fans singing abusive songs against Rio Ferdinand during the country's 8-0 victory against San Marino. Hodgson shrugged off the...
In my weekly column on SWOL, I take a look back at the weekend's English Premier League and domestic cup action and the talking points that it throws up, as well as any significant news related to English football at large. Follow me @theredarmchair for regular updates throughout the week.
Okay, so maybe it's not really that weekly of a column.
With seven sides managing to keep clean sheets and six others conceding just the one goals this weekend, EPL Week 30 was one for the defenders to be proud of.
With Manchester City's stars failing to perform at Goodison Park, bitter rivals Manchester United took another step towards reclaiming the Premier League title, establishing a 15-point lead over the Citizens.
In my weekly column on SWOL, I take a look back at the weekend's English Premier League and domestic cup action and the talking points that it throws up, as well as any significant news related to English football at large.
Follow me @theredarmchair for regular updates throughout the week.
Either Rio Ferdinand is fit enough to play for England, or he isn't. And judging by Ferdinand's decision today to pull out of the England squad because he's unprepared for England's fitness and medical program, then what on...
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It looks as though Rio Ferdinand's controversial return to the English National Team will be delayed just a bit longer.
The Manchester United defender has pulled out of the England squad citing a need to stick to a pre-planned fitness program that limits the amount of playing time the 34-year-old defender puts on his aging body.
Rio Ferdinand has voiced the opinion of football fans when claiming that the voting system for the PFA Award is flawed. With the votes cast months before the season has even finished, it often isn't a true reflection of the best player.
Robin van Persie is the top scorer in the country with 25 goals and lead United to win the 20th title, but the vote was taken during his goal drought, allowing Gareth Bale to scoop the prize.
A week ago Rio Ferdinand walked on the Old Trafford turf, with his Treble dream still intact and very much alive. Fast forward seven days and it looks like he might have to settle for just one trophy. The title is far from sealed, particularly when one considers last season's ordeal, and United still have [.
Amidst the many controversies related to Rio Ferdinand pulling out of the England squad, 37-year-old David Beckham would like to remind everyone that he is still very much available for international duty.
From the PA:
Beckham would rush to his country's aid if Roy Hodgson decided he could do a job for the national team again.
Following Rio Ferdinand's withdrawal from the England squad, this country has shown a bizarre overreaction, both in the media and by fans. Rio's back troubles meant he went through a phase of playing a handful of games of season but over the past couple of years the medical team at United has managed to keep our defender in good condition, thanks to a strict regime.
It's a Gadsby's England Matchweek Special as England prepare to travel to San Marino and Montenegro. All the latest prematch news, including the inclusion and subsequent withdrawal of Rio Ferdinand, as Gadsby prepares to cross the globe for another set of World Cup qualifiers.
England defender Rio Ferdinand has withdrawn himself from the England squad that will play San Marino and Montenegro in friendly matches this week in order to "manage his fitness". In a reported conversation with Roy Hodgson, Ferdinand reportedly addressed his need to get optimum rest this week in order to "manage (his) body between games.
Following the disgraceful treatment of Rio Ferdinand by Roy Hodgson and the FA, our defender was finally called up to the England squad for the World Cup qualifying games against San Marino and Montenegro. Whilst it was clear the player wanted to represent his country again, the manager hinted that there might be some issues because of Rio's personalised programme to ensure he avoids injury.
Sir Alex Ferguson has regularly been accused of trying to pull his players from International games so that they are in peak condition for the club, but he has long denied this and instead claimed he was happy to see his players representing their countries. You can see logic in this, as long as we're not talking about friendlies.
It must be strange to know that you'll be playing in both the Championship and Europa League next season. That's Wigan's predicament at the moment the irony of 21st century football, if you will, after a miserable 4-1 defeat in the hands of Arsenal last night.
The Gunners, who were clearly gunning for Champions League football, needed a victory as badly as Wigan .
If you take a look at the goals conceded column in the league table, you will be able to see that we third best in the league in that regard. Only 5 goals separates us from Manchester City, who have the tightest defence in the entire league thus far. Compare that to 2011/12 season in which we had the 8th best defensive record.