February 27th, 2010

Usain Bolt is a United STAN

Usain: I’m Man U nuts ‘n

USAIN BOLT says his Manchester United heroes are on the fast track to Carling Cup final glory.

The world's quickest man will be a keen viewer as United face Aston Villa tomorrow.

And he insisted: "I want to be celebrating at the end."

But the Jamaican admits his Red Devil worship has left him feeling frustrated this season.

Bolt, 23, said: "When it comes to January normally we play superbly all the way to the end.

"This time it's been up and down. We haven't found that right XI which blends together, although there have been injuries."

Bolt and his mates will gather round the TV at his Kingston home at 10am Caribbean time for kick-off.

The famously laid-back athlete nearly threw his spikes through the screen last weekend as Alex Ferguson's men capitulated at Everton - especially as he was up before 8am to watch.

Then Bolt was late for training on Tuesday because he was watching United's Premier League victory over West Ham.

The Olympic, world champion and double world record holder over 100m and 200m may be supremely confident about his ability to beat the opposition in his own sport - but he does not have quite the same faith in United at the moment.

Bolt said: "Whenever Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher are together in midfield, I feel much better.

"I also prefer two up front rather than Wayne Rooney on his own - even though he has done very well in that role this season.

"The problem is who the other striker should be because Dimitar Berbatov hasn't done it.

"We need him to step up. We were looking for big things from him but he has been disappointing.

"Our back four has been the main problem, though. We might play five games well and when it comes to the next important one we mess up.

"If Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand were playing together, we would be all right but, unfortunately, that isn't happening."

Like every United fan, Bolt gives thanks for Rooney who now has 27 goals after his midweek double.

Bolt, speaking after signing a two-book deal with publishers HarperCollins to write his amazing life story, added: "Wayne has shown what it is to step up with the character of a champion.

"He has taken on the big responsibility since Ronaldo left.

"In team sports if the main guy leaves, it's up to others to say 'Listen, it's my time' and that's what he's done."

Bolt has been a United fan since watching them on a grainy TV set as a kid.

Ruud van Nistelrooy was his first Old Trafford hero and last year he met the squad at their Carrington training base.

Bolt saw United clinch the Premier League title with a 0-0 home draw against Arsenal.

He said: "I had my video camera with me and recorded everything. Rooney was in goal during training, made a save and then said, 'Make sure you put that on YouTube!'

"I've still got all the video of that trip, it's one of my most favourite things."

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/2870755/Usain-Im-Man-U-nuts-n-Bolt.html#ixzz0gjlRn95B

There are pics of him with a united scarve around his head at the link sun does not allow you c/p pics

also i need to see this:



New rule means Alex Ferguson will have to speak to the BBC

LONDON (AP) -- Manchester United will be punished by the English Premier League if manager Alex Ferguson keeps boycotting the British Broadcasting Corporation in the upcoming season.

Ferguson -- the most successful manager in British soccer history -- has refused to speak to the BBC for six years since an investigation was aired questioning the business dealings of his son Jason, who was then working as a soccer agent. He was not found guilty of wrongdoing.
The Premier League is introducing the new rule, which will take effect at the start of the season in August. It will force the 68-year-old Ferguson to speak to the BBC, which pays to show highlights of matches on its popular evening Match of the Day program, and BBC Radio Five Live, which airs live commentaries.

The potential penalty hasn't been revealed, but could be a financial one. Ferguson also refuses to speak to members of the written press after Premier League matches.

"All managers are required to attend in person and participate in post-match interviews held by or for the benefit of a UK broadcaster or radio broadcaster," the Premier League rule book will state next season. "Failure to do so without just cause shall be a breach of these rules."

The English champions -- owned by American Malcolm Glazer -- are the only topflight club to boycott post-match press conferences on a weekly basis. But the league will demand that Ferguson or a member of the coaching staff speak to reporters after matches.

United also is prone to banning selected reporters of the written and broadcast media from attending some pre-match press conferences at the club's training ground.

Ferguson does fulfill his obligations for the UEFA Champions League by attending media conferences before and after matches.

Sports Illustrated

Props to him! I could never keep a grudge for 6 years...

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey suffers horrific leg injury

The Welshman appeared to have his lower leg broken in a tackle with Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross, who was shown a red card by referee Peter Walton. Shawcross left the field in tears, while players from both sides were visibly traumatised as medics administered emergency treatment and gave Ramsey oxygen.
The game was stopped for several minutes before Ramsey was stretchered into an ambulance and driven away from the Britannia Stadium. Sky television decided not to show replays of the challenge because they considered the footage to be too upsetting.

Manager Arsene Wenger said the injury was a consequence of the excessively physical approach teams take against his side. "I am not very happy with the tackle," he said. "We have lost three players - (Abou) Diaby, Eduardo and Ramsey - for nine months or a year on horrendous tackles. "I don't believe in coincidence when it happens as often as this."

Arsenal went on to win the game 3-1 with goals from Nicklas Bendtner, Cesc Fabregas and Thomas Vermaelen after Danny Pugh opened the scoring for Stoke.

Speaking after the game, Fabregas called for referees to stamp out on dangerous challenges, saying: "You could say we are not protected enough. I think so." Croatian striker Eduardo missed nearly a year with a compound leg fracture following a tackle by Birmingham City's Martin Taylor in 2008. Diaby was injured after a challenge by Sunderland's Dan Smith two years earlier.

Personally I disagree with Cesc and Arsene. Obviously after seeing one of their players suffer such a horrible injury emotions are going to be running high but Shawcross's reaction showed he didn't intend to injure Aaron and the tackle wasn't as bad as the injury makes it seem. Do you think that premier league referees should give players more protection and needs to be more strict when it comes to challenges?

Here's a video link for Cesc's full interview (courtesy of louis_quatorze) so you can see what you think of his quotes for yourself :

Here we go. Not many surpises.

England squad to face Egypt at Wembley.

ENGLAND NATIONAL TEAM Pictures, Images and Photos

England Squad: David James, Robert Green, Joe Hart; Wes Brown, James Milner, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Joleon Lescott, Ryan Shawcross, Leighton Baines, Stephen Warnock; David Beckham, Theo Walcott, Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry, Steven Gerrard, Michael Carrick, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Stewart Downing; Emile Heskey, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Peter Crouch, Carlton Cole.

Pleased for Hart. Sick of Heskey. Thought Zamora might of snook his way in here too. Who do we think will nail down the left back spot for the world cup if Cashley isn't fit?