Manchester United F.C Thread [2009/2010]

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Dipanjan

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Manchester United Squad 2008/09

Squad
1 - Edwin van der Sar
2 - Gary Neville (captain)
3 - Patrice Evra
4 - Owen Hargreaves
5 - Rio Ferdinand
6 - Wes Brown
7 -
8 - Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira
9 - Dimitar Berbatov
10 - Wayne Rooney
11 - Ryan Giggs (vice-captain)
12 - Ben Foster
13 - Park Ji-Sung
14 - Zoran Tošić
15 - Nemanja Vidic
16 - Michael Carrick
17 - Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha (Nani)
18 - Paul Scholes
19 – Danny Welbeck
20 - Fábio Da Silva
21 - Rafael Da Silva
22 - John O'Shea
23 - Jonathan Evans
24 - Darren Fletcher
25 -
26 – Manucho
27 -
28 - Darron Gibson
29 - Tomasz Kuszczak
30 -
32 -
33 - Sam Hewson
34 - Rodrigo Possebon
35 - Tom Cleverly
36 - David Gray
37 - Craig Cathcart
38 - Ron-Robert Zieler
39 - James Chester
40 - Ben Amos
41 - Federico Macheda
42 - Richard Eckersley
43 - Davide Petrucci

Club Officials

Owner: Malcolm Glazer
Honorary president: Martin Edwards

Manchester United Limited

Co-chairmen: Joel Glazer & Avram Glazer
Chief executive: David Gill
Chief operating officer: Michael Bolingbroke
Commercial director: Richard Arnold
Executive director: Ed Woodward
Non-executive directors: Bryan Glazer, Kevin Glazer, Edward Glazer & Darcie Glazer

Manchester United football club

Directors: David Gill, Michael Edelson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Maurice Watkins
Club secretary: Ken Ramsden
Assistant club secretary: Ken Merrett
Global ambassador: Bryan Robson

Coaching and Medical Staff

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson
Assistant manager: Mike Phelan
First team coach: René Meulensteen
Goalkeeping coach: Eric Steele
Fitness coach: Tony Strudwick
Strength & conditioning coach: Mick Clegg
Head of human performance: Dr. Richard Hawkins
Reserve team manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjær
Reserve team coach: Warren Joyce
Chief scout: Jim Lawlor
Chief European scout: Martin Ferguson
Director of youth academy: Brian McClair
Director of youth football: Jimmy Ryan
Club doctor: Dr. Steve McNally
Assistant club doctor: Dr. Tony Gill
First team physiotherapist: Rob Swire

Old Trafford: The Theatre of Dreams

Location Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England
Architect Archibald Leitch
Capacity 76,212





Manchester United Club Honours

Domestic

League
Premier League: 11
1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008-09
First Division: 7
1907–08, 1910–11, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1964–65, 1966–67
Second Division: 2
1935–36, 1974–75

Cups
FA Cup: 11
1909, 1948, 1963, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004
League Cup: 3
1992, 2006, 2009
FA Charity/Community Shield: 17 (13 outright, 4 shared)
1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965*, 1967*, 1977*, 1983, 1990*, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008
(* joint holders)

European
European Cup/UEFA Champions League: 3
1968, 1999, 2008
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1
1991
European Super Cup: 1
1991

International
Intercontinental Cup:1
1999

World Club Championship
World Club Championship: 1
2009

Doubles and Trebles
The Double (League and FA Cup): 3
1994, 1996, 1999 (as part of The Treble)
The European Double (League and European Cup): 2
1999 (as part of The Treble), 2008
The Treble (League, FA Cup and European Cup): 1
1999

The only major honour that Manchester United F.C. has never won is the UEFA Cup.

Trivia

The 2009–10 season will be Manchester United's 18th season in the Premier League, and their 35th consecutive season in the top division of English Football. Having equalled Liverpool's record of 18 English league titles the previous season, Manchester United will be looking to break that record with an unprecedented fourth consecutive Premier League title in 2009–10. They also have the chance to be the first team since Juventus in 1998 to reach three consecutive Champions League finals.

Rivalries

United's number one rival is difficult to determine. Traditionally, the closest rivals have been Liverpool, Manchester City and Leeds, though Arsenal and Chelsea have come into the frame in recent years. Currently, most fans see Liverpool as their biggest rivals, due to the success of both clubs as well as their proximity to each other, while others rate intra-city rivals Manchester City as their biggest rivals. The Liverpool rivalry began during the 1960s when the two clubs were among the strongest in England, and have been competing closely just about every season since. The Manchester City rivalry dates back to the Newton Heath era of the 1890s, and has remained fierce due to both clubs being in the same division for much of their history.

Pre Season Schedule

18 July 2009 Malaysia XI


20 July 2009 Indonesian Super League Select XI


24 July 2009 FC Seoul


26 July 2009 Hangzhou Greentown


29 July 2009 Boca Juniors


30 July 2009 Milan or Bayern Munich


5 August 2009 Valencia


9 August 2009 Chelsea



Transfers :

In:

Michael owen (Newcastle United)
Gabriel Obertan (Bordeaux)
Antonio Valencia (Wigan Athletic)

Out:


Cristiano Ronaldo -> Real Madrid
Carlos Tevez -> Manchester City
Richard Eckersely -> Burnley
Lee Martin -> Ipswich Town
Fraizer Campbell -> Sunderland

Rodrigo Possebon -> Braga (Loan)

We
are not ManU.
(Only For United Fans and Genuininely Humane Supporters of other teams).

ManU is not a term United fans refer to themselves as. The term is only used by other supporters as a complete and utter insult to our club. The "u" is meant to be "you" by the rival fans.

An early example of its usage is this chant by West Brom fans: "Duncan Edwards is manure, rotting in his grave, man you are manure- rotting in your grave". The origin of "ManU" is a song to insult the dead Duncan Edwards.

Liverpool and Leeds fans copied this with their own man you /u versions to insult all of the lads who died at munich.

"ManU ManU went on a plane ManU ManU never came back again"

and..

"ManU Never Intended Coming Home" (if you combine the capital letters you get the word "Munich").

I hope this makes it clearer that saying ManU is an insult, particularly to the older supporters and to see United fans using it now is shameful. I hope a few might read this, understand and spread the word. :)


Manchester
United Fans at SG:



Manchester United Fan Club of SG.

^Join In^


Good Luck!:bob:

Wish All the Fans and the Team All the Luck! :innocent_smile_1:
 

Jaboldinho

Fan Favourite
By the way, at this ManU-thing - Isn't that used in tv too? On the scoreboard? Or is my memory letting me down? I bet they're not trying to insult the club.
 

adedawson

Senior Squad
Cant wait for the new season, will certainly make things interesting losing ron. Will we bounce back is the question? I wonder what SAF got up his sleeve. He wouldn't of let Ron go unless he had a plan.
 

Mus

Fan Favourite
Jaboldinho;2682999 said:
By the way, at this ManU-thing - Isn't that used in tv too? On the scoreboard? Or is my memory letting me down? I bet they're not trying to insult the club.

true, good point.
 

adedawson

Senior Squad
http://www.setanta.com//uk/Articles...usive-Sanchez-agent-on-Man-United/gnid-56701/

interesting. Alexis Sanchez looks real good on video... but then its not hard to make a youtube vid depicting how great a player is.

Also a interesting stat took from another site.

Golas plus assists in the last three seasons in the league:

1. Ronaldo 92
2 Rooney 68
Berba 68
....
Gerrard 62
Lampard 61


Rooney and Berba have the potential to form a great partnership IMO as both can score and assist. Berbatov and Keane were arguably the best attacking pair in the Prem, Rooney is superior to Keane...

Last season this partnership didn't blossom as both Rooney and Berbatov were played out of their usual positions for many games (Berbatov most of the season.)

I wonder how close Ronney and Rons stats would have been if Rooney took all the penalties and free kicks over that period. We all know he can do both... and he has the benifit of not missing in champions league finals :D
 

Pogba4Now

Team Captain
I believe that without Ronaldo and possibly Tevez, United's game will completely change. Without these 2, we'll have to rely more on Rooney and Berbatov for the goals and this will allow them to push further up front. I'm sure we'll see many goals between them in the upcoming season.
 

Silencer

Superstar
Beautiful first post Dipanjan, add me to the list of MU fans I've been a fan for years, of course my 1st fav is Ajax but 2nd is MU :D

Just read what the prioritylist for SAF is at the moment when Ronaldo leaves:

- Luis Antonio Valencia (Wigan) -> 20m
- Karim Benzema (Olympique Lyon)
- Franck Ribéry (Bayern M)

These are the players he wants appearantly and he fears for Tevez leaving the club..
 

Coruja

Senior Squad
adedawson;2683024 said:
http://www.setanta.com//uk/Articles...usive-Sanchez-agent-on-Man-United/gnid-56701/

interesting. Alexis Sanchez looks real good on video... but then its not hard to make a youtube vid depicting how great a player is.

Also a interesting stat took from another site.



I wonder how close Ronney and Rons stats would have been if Rooney took all the penalties and free kicks over that period. We all know he can do both... and he has the benifit of not missing in champions league finals :D

Alexis Sanchez has golden feet, his running with the ball it's like Messi's one. But he need's to improve a lot yet.
 
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Dipanjan

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Jaboldinho;2682999 said:
By the way, at this ManU-thing - Isn't that used in tv too? On the scoreboard? Or is my memory letting me down? I bet they're not trying to insult the club.

Well, obviously. They don't wanna insult us. Maybe they are not aware of this..
But, I asserted that it was only for us Red Devils.

Added you, Martijn. :browsmiley:


Well as far as the Ronaldo saga goes.....We have already been linked with sooo many players.....

BBC Sports have even started a new column "Ronaldo Gossip"

Just see the Number of Names we have been linked with.:coffe-anim:
 

adedawson

Senior Squad
I hope we make some signing early on this year, like when we grabbed nani, anderson and owen. Instead of leaving it last minute being left with inflated prices ala berb.
 

silvone

Starting XI
Hm....Sir Alex seems to make the same major mistake as last season if those rumors with Luis Fabiano and Eto'o are true.Even though it will be interesting to see Eto'o to Old T.
He must give Carlitos more chances, he is a great football player!
 

adedawson

Senior Squad
Dave Whelan was on Sky Sports News and confirmed United's interest in Valencia (and their cash offer) and said he expects it to be tied up within the next 7-14 days.

whelan is talking as if the deals been done for £20mil for Antonio Valencia. Seems very pricey for a wigan player.

**edit**

Wigan confirm Valencia bids

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has told Sky Sports News that Manchester United have made cash offers for Antonio Valencia.

It was reported at the weekend that Premier League champions United and Real Madrid had bid in excess of £16million for the Ecuadorian.

Real - who are set to pay United £80m for Cristiano Ronaldo - have since stated that they have not shown an interest in Valencia since January.

However, Whelan has declared that United have been in contact with JJB Stadium officials for the past two to three months and that they have also submitted offers.

He told Sky Sports News when asked about Valencia: "They (United) have been in touch with us and we will be starting negotiations very shortly, I would imagine.

"United have been in touch with us over Antonio over the last two or three months, expressing an interest and putting cash offers on the table."

He added: "Things will develop over the next seven to 14 days."
 

ladylover

Senior Squad
Great first post! Valencia is a very good player and he is quite young too, so a lot of potential in there to be a great winger for us. Especially with SAF's guidance. People seem to expect big money signings, but I am not quite supportive about that. That means all the media hype would be around the club again and before you know it, Real Madrid would be knocking on our door.
 

thelordspawn

Starting XI
don know why we getting valencia we got Nani i dont care if they say he hasn't lived up to his potential how can he if he doesnt even play?
 

MikeyM

Big Daddy
ladylover;2683153 said:
People seem to expect big money signings, but I am not quite supportive about that. That means all the media hype would be around the club again and before you know it, Real Madrid would be knocking on our door.

That's media hype and I suppose it's natural to assume for some fans that we've lost a big name and that we should get a big name in to replace him.

People forget, United replaced Beckham with a precocious 18 year old, who no-one had heard of - then turned said player into a world superstar. Who's to say that it can't be done again? (Mind you we'd have had Ronaldinho too if it hadn't been for that muppet Kenyon! )

Talksport radio really was p*ssing me off today, they were saying that United will win nothing without Ronaldo - and the Liverpool fans calling in verbally w*nking themselves off over it was tragically amusing! But then I tend to find Liverpool fans are tragically amusing anyway.

Also in addition to the likely incoming players, United already have several young talented wingmen, Nani being the first - but we have Zoran Tosic too and Adem Laljic will join us in January.

Dave Whelan (Wigan Chairman) comes across as a genuine guy, so I'm inclined to believe that Antonio Valencia will be a red soon. He looks an exciting prospect.

Nani has just issued a statement through MUTV

" It (Ronaldo's fee) is a fantastic amount, excellent and fair value for what he has done. Real Madrid are a great club (steady! ) and will be good for him. I think I can have more opportunities now. Cristiano was very important for Manchester. But now the time has come for Manchester United to put their faith in me."


Good, that's a good sign from Nani, we know he's got talent - it's up to him to show it. Just watching some of his goals now!

I'd love to see him step up now. But the player I expect to explode now is Wayne Rooney - He will revel in his status as United's inspirational leader. I would love to see him take the #7 shirt too. Some people say "it's only a number" but to a lot of United fans, the #7 is iconic, and is usually worn by the very best in the United team. Best, Charlton, Robson, Cantona, Beckham etc...
 

cfdemarco

Reserve Team
MikeyM;2683221 said:
That's media hype and I suppose it's natural to assume for some fans that we've lost a big name and that we should get a big name in to replace him.

People forget, United replaced Beckham with a precocious 18 year old, who no-one had heard of - then turned said player into a world superstar. Who's to say that it can't be done again? (Mind you we'd have had Ronaldinho too if it hadn't been for that muppet Kenyon! )

Talksport radio really was p*ssing me off today, they were saying that United will win nothing without Ronaldo - and the Liverpool fans calling in verbally w*nking themselves off over it was tragically amusing! But then I tend to find Liverpool fans are tragically amusing anyway.

Also in addition to the likely incoming players, United already have several young talented wingmen, Nani being the first - but we have Zoran Tosic too and Adem Laljic will join us in January.

Dave Whelan (Wigan Chairman) comes across as a genuine guy, so I'm inclined to believe that Antonio Valencia will be a red soon. He looks an exciting prospect.

Nani has just issued a statement through MUTV

" It (Ronaldo's fee) is a fantastic amount, excellent and fair value for what he has done. Real Madrid are a great club (steady! ) and will be good for him. I think I can have more opportunities now. Cristiano was very important for Manchester. But now the time has come for Manchester United to put their faith in me."


Good, that's a good sign from Nani, we know he's got talent - it's up to him to show it. Just watching some of his goals now!

I'd love to see him step up now. But the player I expect to explode now is Wayne Rooney - He will revel in his status as United's inspirational leader. I would love to see him take the #7 shirt too. Some people say "it's only a number" but to a lot of United fans, the #7 is iconic, and is usually worn by the very best in the United team. Best, Charlton, Robson, Cantona, Beckham etc...

I disagree on the number thing.

7 is your playmaker
9 is your goal scorer
10 is your superstar and the face of your team

Rooney is perfect for the 10 shirt. Someone like Ribery or Kaka (or Ronaldo) is a perfect 7...and someone like David Villa or Fernando Torres is a perfect 9.

I would love to see Ribery wearing a United 7 and David Villa wearing a United 9 next season...but there is a slim chance either will happen I think.
 

MikeyM

Big Daddy
Arguably our greastest number 7 was Eric, and he played in the hole - where Rooney favours. I don't think the world would cave in if he doesn't get 7 - but from a marketing perspective I think it'd be a masterstroke. I'm sure it'd be popular if it happened.

The days of numbers being tied to positions is long gone - but those numbers will always be iconic in football. In South America 10 is iconic, but ask any United fan and they'll tell you United's no 7 is THE shirt to have.
 
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