Roundup of the news I’ve been meaning to writeup on but haven’t had the time to.
Read the La Liga season preview (by Phil Ball) at Soccernet.
Ben Thatcher (who has the dubious honour of being more hated than Cristiano Ronaldo at the moment) has been charged with ‘serious foul play’ by the FA and suspended by Manchester City. More on this in tomorrow’s ‘off the record’ column. Thatcher has until 12 Sept to respond to the FA’s charge.
Manchester United have been trailing Kristofer Haestad for some time now, and there are rumours that he may be lined up as a backup in case the Hargreaves move falls through, or could even be a transfer target for January. More on skysports.
Kevin Nolan has a new column on BBC – enjoy.