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Beckham’s goal, Manchester United’s All-time XI and Ferguson blames Ronaldo



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A few news items to go through quickly this morning.

David Beckham is captain again

David Beckham scored his first goal for LA Galaxy, in his first competitive match, with his first shot on goal…with a trademark freekick. If it wasn’t for the visible relief on the faces of Galaxy fans who have endured a lot of stick (as has Beckham) for his ankle, the script was monotonous and predictable.

Becks followed the assist up with a goal and was subbed off after 63 minutes and all is well now for LA Galaxy. They never overran DC United but it was convincing enough to get peoples’ hopes up and now they’ll face Pachua in the Superliga final, which is supposed to be a big deal, or something.

Here’s the Beckham video:

Catch the match report and more coverage from the US soccer blog, StateSide Footy.

Manchester United’s All-time XI

Picked by thousands of Manchester United fans through a voting process that took all summer, here is the ‘Premier League’ XI for Manchester United:

Neville, Rio, Stam, Irwin
Beckham, Scholes, Keane, Giggs
Rooney, Cantona

Predictable in the most part, although in terms of impact on league fortunes I’d replace Rooney with Ruud van Nistelrooy and put Roo with Ron on the bench. Otherwise, it’s fair, no? Ronaldo’s has had one really big season and everyone’s crazy about him, but Becks was here for a lot longer and had a bigger impact on the club’s fortunes.

Ferguson says Ronaldo to blame for red card

Fergie’s right – Pompey players had singled out Ronaldo and were constantly provoking him. However, Ferguson is only telling half the story, because the Ronaldo we know and have seen from last season rises above provocation – that was a key part of his ‘growing up’ last season.

Ronaldo was more frustrated about not getting the ball yesterday, and like I said in the match report, it was that factor combined with the provocations that led to the red card.

And speaking of the referee (Fergie should really lay off the referees and the personal rivalry bullshit), Bennett gave another wrong decision when he gave Muntari a second yellow – Carrick played for the foul and went down very easily. Sorry Carra, love you to death but playing like that isn’t on any day.

That’s it for now – there’s a bit about Sheffield United suing West Ham over Tevez, but you don’t need me to tell you how pathetic that has become, do you?

If you’ve missed it, see the playing-like-shit midweek review and the portsmouth vs manchester united match report.