Dec 30, 2011

Experience is the Key Says Giggs

RYAN GIGGS believes Manchester United's experience will prove pivotal in the race for the Premier League title.

United drew level on points with rivals Manchester City on Boxing Day after eight wins from their last nine games.

They will go into 2012 clear at the top of the league if they avoid defeat to Blackburn on Saturday, with City not playing until Sunday.

And Giggs — who has been part of 12 title-winning sides — insists their greater knowhow of dealing with the pressure of a title run-in will be vital.

The veteran midfielder said: "The experience that the manager, the players and the coaching staff have of what's required in the second half of the season, as well as the overall hunger and desire to win competitions, will help us.

"Big players can't wait for big games. Towards the end of the season the games just get bigger and bigger.

"For me personally, you want that in the run-in — you want to be involved in big games and going for the title. That's why you become a footballer."

"It's been a strong start from us. Obviously City have got off to a better start but we're pleased with where we are in the table and especially the form at the moment.

"We'll just look to kick on as we always do in the second half of the season and hopefully we'll have a bit more luck with injuries and have a strong run after Christmas."

Dec 25, 2011

Upcoming Game

Manchester United                                                   Vs                             Wigan

In-form Manchester United will be aiming to maintain their title push when hosting Wigan at Old Trafford on Boxing Day. United are looking in great form after their disastrous defeat at Old Trafford against their rivals (City) and the shocking exit of the Champion League in group stages. They have had a two refreshing victories which lets hope let them overcome the past events and eventually win the title race.

Some Statistics:
Form Guide:
Man Utd: Young, Ferdinand, Cleverly, Owen, Anderson, Vidic, Flecher
Wigan: Kirkland
Refree: Phil Dowd.
Possible Starting Lines:
Man Utd: De Gea, Smalling, Evans, Jones, Evra, Valencia, Giggs, Carrick, Nani, Rooney, Welbeck.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Stam, Diame, Jones, Gomez, McCarthy, Sammon, Moses.
Roberto Martinez (Wigan Manager)
Phil Dowd. (Refree)

Sir Alex Ferguson ( Manchester United Manager)

Suarez Vs Evra

ALEX FERGUSON says football was right to punish Luis Suarez for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

Boss Fergie said: "Our support of Patrice was obvious, right from the word go and that's still the same.

"The matter is over and I think we're satisfied they've found the right decision."

Liverpool striker Suarez was handed an eight-game ban by the FA.

Ferguson was also quick to prevent the situation escalating into a United-Liverpool club war.

He said: "It's not about Manchester United and Liverpool. It's an individual situation where a person was racially abused."

Ferguson clearly believes there is already enough tension between the two most successful clubs in English football history.

He said: "It doesn't take a lot to remind everyone this is the biggest derby game in the country, up until the present anyway.

"It's never needed anything to light the powder-keg, it's always there."

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish and his players wore T-shirts in support of Suarez before their game at Wigan on Wednesday.

The United boss pointed out that Evra received a four-match ban for an altercation with a groundsman at Chelsea in 2008.

Ferguson said: "Patrice got that suspension for the incident at Chelsea when no one was there, just a groundsman and our fitness coach.

"A four-match ban for that was well over the top for a trivial incident."

Source: The Sun