February 18th, 2010



Spanish newspaper Sport: Barcelona interested in Manchester United's O'Shea

According to Spanish newspaper 'Sport', Barcelona have shortlisted their summer transfer targets which include Manchester United utility man John O'Shea .

The European champions are reportedly searching for two types of additions to their squad. They are keen to add another creative dimension and in addition to the ubiquitous mention of Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas, Franck Ribery and David Silva are highlighted as likely targets.

'Sport' also claims that the Catalans are looking to bring in another right-sided defender, especially with Brazilian Dani Alves currently their only real option in that position. In addition to Osasuna's 20 year-old Cesar Azpilicueta , Manchester United 's John O'Shea is said to be a target to fill the gap.

'Sport' speculates that O'Shea's experience and versatility make him an attractive proposition for Barcelona. The 28 year-old has spent his entire career so far at Old Trafford. However, O'Shea has been injured ever since Ireland's World Cup play-off defeat against France with a mystery leg injury. He is unlikely to play for Manchester United again this season.



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football: the serbs are coming

This isn't an 'I told you so' or anything...

Nemanja Vidic dismisses claims he wants to leave Manchester United


  • Vidic denies falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson
  • Serb says he will remain at Old Trafford until 2012

Nemanja Vidic has dismissed speculation that he wants to leave Manchester United and has fallen out with Sir Alex Ferguson, claiming that he wants to remain at Old Trafford next season.

Reports in Serbia and England had suggested the defender's relationship with the United manager has deteriorated but Vidic denied the claims, telling the Belgrade newspaper Vecernje Novosti that he had every intention of seeing out his contract, which runs until 2012.

"I have never had a conflict of any kind with Sir Alex Ferguson and rife speculation that I want to leave United is completely untrue," Vidic said. "I have a contract until the summer of 2012 and I have every intention of seeing it through to the very last day. United have made me the player I am today and there is no substance whatsoever in rumours that I have been looking for a move away to either Real Madrid or AC Milan."

Vidic has not played for the champions in 2010 due to a calf injury but hopes to be fit for the second leg of United's Champions League tie against Milan, on 10 March.

"I think I will return to action very quickly and hopefully I will be back to my best as soon as I am picked in the starting line-up again," Vidic said. "We got a great result at Milan [a 3–2 win] but we have to raise our game for the return leg and I am sure we can."



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Viera accepts violent conduct charge

Patrick Vieira has been banned for three matches after accepting the FA charge over his kick on Stoke City's Glenn Whelan.

The iconic Frenchman had been given until 6pm today to respond to the charge of 'violent conduct', but decided against an appeal.

The 6'2 midfielder has subsequently been ruled out for the crucial home game against Liverpool and tough away trips to Stoke and Chelsea respectively.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis had called for action to be taken against Viera after he deemed that his side did not get the same treatment as other clubs in the league due to the nature of their play, and the hostile atmosphere that the fans had created at the Britannia Stadium.

Speaking to SkySports after Tuesday's controversial draw with Manchester City, Pulls bemoaned: 'You just hope you get the same as other clubs, you just hope for parity, and again tonight we haven't got that, which is disappointing.

'When we've had players do things off the ball and the referee doesn't see it, we get the FA suspending our players for three games, so we just want parity.'

To be fair to him, he did go for the ball(s)