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Review of "Manchester United"
What can I say that hasn't already been said about England's most prolific football club. Most people know everything from the Munich air disaster to the treble season of 1998/99, two hugely differing events in the history of an absolutely fantastic football team. I personally have been priveleged to support such a great side ever since my birth in 1986, and having gone on to see them roughly 500 times in various areas of the country (and the world).Manchester United PLC.
Chairman - Sir Roy Gardner
Chief Executive - David Gill
Manchester United FC
Manager - Sir Alex Ferguson
Assistant Manager - Carlos Queiroz
President - Martin Edwards
The club also gave me the greatest day of my life - even though ive seen them play so many times, going to the title winning game at Old Trafford in 1999 against Spurs beats everything else in my mind. The title was still up for grabs going in to the final day with United needing to win to secure the championship. After going behind to a Les Ferdinand lob, United responded through David Beckham and Andy Cole, two goals which won the game and the title, aswell as the first leg of the infamous treble. I had never screamed so much and the following day I had completely lost my voice, but it was worth it.Recent Transfer Activity
Wayne Rooney (30m from Everton)
Alan Smith (7m from Leeds United)
Liam Miller (undisclosed fee from Celtic)
Gabriel Heinze (6m from PSG)
Louis Saha (8m from Fulham)
Cristiano Ronaldo (12m from Sporting Lisbon)
Tim Howard (1m from NY/NJ Metrostars)
Diego Forlan (7m from Independiente)
Rio Ferdinand (30m from Leeds United)
Diego Forlan (undisclosed to Villareal)
David Beckham (25m to Real Madrid)
Fabien Barthez (free transfer to Marseille)
Nicky Butt (2.5m to Newcastle)
You only have to look around the club museum at Old Trafford to understand the amazing history of this club. - ranging from waiting years to win the title and now winning the Premiership 8 times in 12 years. Just to see all the trophies and understand all the events that have happened in the clubs past, makes you priveleged to be part of an organisation, a family, that will always be there for you. It makes you understand that if it wasn't for what had happened in the past, all the trophies and sucess the club had, then there may not have been a club today. The family mentality was in force in the early nineties when United brought through a collection of players from their youth side. These players (david beckham, paul scholes, nicky butt, gary neville & phil neville) would go on to become the core of the United side that dominated English football during the nineties and into early 2000's. What other club can boast a list of greats including -Peter Schmeichel
(my personal all-time 11)The fact that my favourite all-time 11, doesnt include people such as Andrei Kanchelskis, Paul Ince, Alex Stepney, Mark Hughes and many others, shows you the depth of talent that this club has had over the years.
Also when you look at some of the foreign players that participate in the Premiership these days, when they loose an important game - it doesn't hurt them anywhere near as much as it should. This is the mentality that United have, when they loose big names you know that they are genuinly hurt, rather than just being there to pick up their pay packet, they are there to play for a great club that they know the history of and want to play their own part in that.
For me, Sir Alex Ferguson is the greatest United manager ever, but no-one can discount the part that Sir Matt Busby played in Manchester United's cherished history. He was manager when United won their first ever European Cup (arguably more important than the sucess of 99'). That sucess in 1968 was down to a 4-1 crushing of Benfica in the final. The goals scored by Bobby Charlton (2), George Best and Brian Kidd completed the dream achievement for Sir Matt and gave him a place in history that can never be taken, the first United manager to win the European Cup.This sucess was the perfect tonic for a United side still suffering the aftershock of the Munich Air Disaster of February 6th 1958. Despite the plane crash being ten years prior to the European Cup sucess, it was always said that United would never get over the terrible tragedy of that day. The crash occured when the plane that was carrying the majority of the United team aswell as crew members, attempted to take off in terrible conditions. The attempt went terribly wrong and the plane spun off the runway and crashed into a hut that contained a fuel-loaded truck which then exploded into a fire-ball killing 21 people, including 8 Manchester United players and 3 staff. Various players who were thought to be dead, eventually survived, Bobby Charlton being one. Sir Matt himself only just pulled through after being administered his last rights on two ocassions. But the fact was - Manchester United would never be the same again !
Some of the, shall we say, bad buys.Diego Forlan - I know that he is constantly criticised by virtually everyone wearing red and im not one to generally knock one of my own but I honestly believe that Forlan wouldn't make it in the lower leagues. At £7 million I believe him to honestly be a big waste of money.
Juan Sebastien Veron - £28 million United payed Lazio for Juan Veron in 2001 and considering that Ruud Van Nistelrooy cost £19 million, you can already see my point. Veron was however an exceptional performer in the European games but simply wasn't suited to the pace of English football and was out the door as soon as he'd walked in it.Kleberson - Admittedly he hasn't had much of a chance to impress over the last year but for a Brazilian, let alone a world cup winner, you would expect more of an impact from him.
When Sir Alex Ferguson came to Manchester United, his aim was always to emulate the sucess of the late, great Sir Matt Busby, by winning the European Cup and capturing the League title. Over his 18 years at the club, Sir Alex has now not only emulated these achievements, but he has now gone on to better Sir Matt's number of league titles and could still go on to double his Champions League tally. Some people, generally non-united fans, see him as an arrogant manager who always wants his own way. Truth is they are probably right but I dont see how that could ever be a bad thing due to the amount of sucess that he has had, not only at United, but also as manager of Aberdeen in his early days. Certain transfer decisions (David Beckham for example) have been severly questioned by sections of the United fan-base and the media but again, fact is that Sir Alex never gets it wrong and by now I dont believe that any decision that he makes can ever be doubted.It is also the clubs never-say-die attitude that makes them so amazing - Champions League Final of 1999 is the prime example. 1-0 behind going into stoppage time and as the commentator said 'can United score, they always score' you can guess what happened next. Teddy Sheringham's scuffed volley landing in the bottom corner of Oliver Kahn's net sent the United fans into rapture, and two minutes later when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's header won the game, I personally had never witnessed anything so incredible in my life - from tears to triumph in two minutes. But then again that is what is expected of United these days because it has happened so many times in the past.
That incredible season was largely thanks to the partnership of Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole, a duo that scored 60+ goals between them in the Premiership alone. They were also the duo responsible for a number of the Champions Lge sucesses of that year - most notably the semi-final with Juventus. Of course then United's defense was much more effective than it is at the current time, with a steady back four of Gary Neville, Jaap Stam, Henning Berg and Denis Irwin (Berg notably clearing off the line twice in the Champions Lge QF with Inter Milan).United play there home games at Old Trafford (perfectly situated on Sir Matt Busby Way). It was opened on 19th February 1910 and is a 68,217 all-seater stadium that still has the potential to be much bigger. Whilst most teams (even in the Premiership) struggle to sell out home games completely, United's demand for tickets is so high that ballots are held for virtually every game, regardless of the competition. Old Trafford, in my opinion, is one of the most picturesque grounds in the world, along with the San Siro (Milan) and Nou Camp (Barcelona). It is easy to sit in your seat and just float away because it is such an incredible atmosphere that on occasions you forget where you are. Old Trafford, like United themselves, has has to overcome tragedy. It was bombed heavily in 1941 and took along time to be restructured. United have always planned to eventually expand the South Stand (the only original part remaining from the bombing) but this is not likely due to a railway line running just behind the stand itself and the cost needed to be able to deal with this problem is much to high.
United's history of bringing great players through their youth team is in full swing once again. Recent graduates include Keiran Richardson, Chris Eagles, Jonathan Spector, Phil Bardsley and Paul McShane, they are a group of 'kids' that will all go on to fill the void left by Beckham, Butt and Co. and will ensure United's future sucess for many years to come. Cristiano Ronaldo has already progressed fantastically since joining United from Sporting Lisbon last season. Whereas previously his tricks had no end product, now he is able to go past the last defender AND deliver a perfect ball into the box for the strikers to feed off of. His improvement is no doubt down to the support and family feel of United as a club, and the backing and full experience of Sir Alex Ferguson is a massive help to Ronaldo.The recent acquisition of Alan Smith from Leeds United has proved a fantastic bargain. After moving across the Pennines for 7m, Smith has scored 5 goals for United in just 6 games. His never-say-die attitude is perfectly suited to United's way of playing and he has become an instant hit with the fans, particularly after scoring against Arsenal in the Community Shield, and his double against Dinamo Bucharest in the Champions League Qualifier 2nd Leg which secured United's place in the competition for the current season. .
Its not a lie to say that id be lost without my team who have given me so many great experiences in such a short space of time, but I would. Without them I really wouldn't know what to do with myself, but luckily for me, they will always be there !List Of Major Honours.
FA Premier League Champions
1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003
1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965, 1967
Football League Cup Winners
1909, 1948, 1963, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004
European Champions League Winners
UEFA Super Cup Winners
FA Charity Shield/Community Shield Winners
1908, 1911,1952,1956, 1957, 1983, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003
joint holders - 1965, 1967, 1977, 1990
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