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Thursday, 9 February 2012

Manchester United vs Liverpool will be a tense affair. #mufc

This weekends Premier League is gonna be huge guys n girls. We play the Klanfield racists again! This week the Scousers are coming to Old Trafford, I hope we smash them. I think we will too, we have been scoring freely we just need to stop leaking goals like we have been lately. Against Chelsea we showed both our strengths and weaknesses.

In the FA Cup loss to Liverpool we played well but still conceeded soft goals. Thankfully the absent Wayne Rooney and Luis Nani will be available.
so I hope we can defend a bit better and if so I am sure we will win. The atmosphere is going to be insane, especially after the scousers booes Patrice Evra at Klanfield in support of racism charged Luis Suarez. Apart from that there isn't much news on the United front today.
I've picked up a couple of news stories from the webs so here is an update: 
Ravel Morrisson left Man United during the January transfer window and is already acting the fool at West Ham United. He has been investigated by the FA for making homophobic comments on Twitter . The conversation was a confrontational one in whch he challenged a user to 'slap' him if he sees him around Manchester. The kid really is totally stupid. 
Edwin Van der Saar, Man United ex keeper has commented on David De Gea's debut season at Man United and has been basically told to man up and deal with it. I couldn't agree more as if De Gea is going to succeed at United he has to be able to take the pressure and respond positively to the huge responsibilty laid on his shoulders. It is the only way he is going to improve and survive at Manchester United. After losing in the FA Cup to Liverpool Man utd have a chance to regain some pride and hopefully some confidence for the Premier League rematch.

( Reuters ) - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson says it is time that soccer took a hardline stance against racism and that he could not believe the problem had re-emerged in the sport. Speaking before Saturday's clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford, their first league meeting since Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez served an eight match ban for racially abusing United defender Patrice Evra at Anfield in October, Ferguson told CNN: "I don't understand at all where its coming from. "This is a moment where we have to take stock and we should do something about it, if it's surfacing again, and be really hard and firm on any form or shape of racism.

"There have been a couple of examples recently which is not good. In 2012 you can't believe it. It was obvious maybe 20 years ago and the improvements have been there for everyone to see." Suarez missed the FA Cup win over the Premier League champions on January 28 while still banned but he returned to the Liverpool side as a substitute against Tottenham Hotspur on Monday and is likely to play at Man United at the weekend. Chelsea skipper John Terry is awaiting trial in July after being charged with racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand, which Terry denies. However, he was stripped of the England captaincy last week by the English FA, who ruled he could not lead the England team until the trial was over. (Reporting by Mike Collett; Editing by Alastair Himmer)

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United top soccer's rich list

AP Photo/Arturo Rodriguez

LONDON ( AP ) -- Real Madrid and Barcelona are soccer's biggest moneymakers for the third straight year and look set to top their rivals for the foreseeable future.The annual review of soccer finance by Deloitte shows Madrid topping the list for the seventh straight year with revenue of $636.5 million for the year ending June 30, an increase of 9 percent from the previous 12 months. 

English Premier League champions Manchester United was again third with $487.2 million, the highest of four English clubs in the top 10. Bayern Munich was fourth at $426.6 million, with Arsenal, Chelsea, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Liverpool and Schalke next. One more year at the top for Madrid would equal United's No. 1 streak from 1997-2004 but the accountancy firm says on-field success could yet push Barcelona into first place next year. 

Barcelona trails Madrid by seven points in the Spanish league but its revenue increased 13 percent to $599 million and it could rise further if the team retains the Champions League title. Defending Spanish and European champion Barcelona receives about $40 million per season in a sponsorship deal from the Qatar Foundation and earned $68 million from the Champions League, beating Man United 3-1 in last season's final at Wembley Stadium. It can already count on $4.65 million toward next year's total after winning FIFA's Club World Cup in December. "This may allow it to narrow, or even bridge, the gap to Real," 

Deloitte sports business group partner Dan Jones said. "However, relative on-pitch performance, particularly in the Champions League, may determine next year's top two Money League placings. United is certain to trail again next season after its early elimination from this season's Champions League, only the second time it has failed to progress from the group stage in 16 seasons. Madrid and Barcelona have both advanced to the last 16 and have such earning power that even a move to collective bargaining for broadcast revenue - the model long employed by England's Premier League - is unlikely to affect their financial dominance. 

Madrid earned 36 percent of its revenue from commercial activities such as merchandising and sponsorship, 26 percent from matchday income, including ticket sales, and 38 percent from broadcast agreements. The top 20 clubs in the Deloitte list generated a combined $5.8 billion over the 2010-11 season, about 3 percent up on the previous year's $5.6 billion 

Tottenham rose above Manchester City to 11th place following its run to the quarterfinals in its debut Champions League campaign, but City could leapfrog its English rival next year after six matches in this season's group stage. Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Napoli were newcomers in the top 20, replacing Atletico Madrid, Stuttgart and Aston Villa after a season of greater domestic success. French champion Lille was the only winner of one of Europe's five major leagues - Spain, England, Italy, Germany and France - not to make it into a top 20 entirely composed of European sides. Deloitte said that Brazilian clubs Corinthians and Sao Paulo, with reported revenues of between $93 million and $106 million, would only make a top 50 list.

Feb 7 ( Reuters ) - Bulgaria's second largest mobile operator Globul, controlled by Greek telecoms firm OTE, has signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with English Premier League soccer club Manchester United, Globul said on Tuesday. "Under the agreement, Globul will offer the club's fans in Bulgaria access to exclusive Manchester United news, interviews, special features and other content over its mobile network," Globul said in a statement. "Furthermore, Globul and Manchester United will jointly develop a promotional micro site in Bulgarian and English, specifically tailored for local supporters." Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
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