Football News Roundup – September 05

I’ll be travelling for the next week or 10 days, so you won’t be seeing the same level of posting here as usual. I’ll still try to cover the Man Utd games as well as provide regular news roundups.

On to the news.


Richard Williams thinks that Downing should play on the left for England with Joe Cole replacing Lampard in the middle of the park when he returns. I’m more inclined to replace Lampard with Gerrard and put Lennon on the right flank meself.

Kevin McCarra, also writing about England, appreciates McClaren’s approach but quite frankly, McClaren’s real test will start in Euro 2008, and before that, against the teams of Russia and Croatia in the qualifiers.

Other News

An interview with Kia Joorabchian and a dubious link formed between Chelsea and Tevez on the basis of a photograph showing Mourinho and Joorabchian together.

Michael Carrick confirms what we knew all along – he’s come to Manchester United to be at a big club that can let him play in the Champions League.

Ferguson calls for a winter break – for the umpteenth time. He’s been campaigning for it since before most of us were born, apparently.

A landmark decision by FIFA – they are allowing Andy Webster to join Wigan (from Hearts) as the first person to make use of the ‘buy out your contract’ allowance in FIFA’s rules. For a detailed analysis of how the law works, read this.

Sir Alex Ferguson talks about the pressures of management and reveals how he is in close touch with Keano.

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