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Influence of Queiroz
The familiar swarve & cool confident character of Carlos Queiroz from his days at Bafana has had a major influence in the way football is run at OT. Being the shepherd of the “Golden Generation” of Portuguese talent which included players like Figo & Rui Costa Carlos has a lot of experience in the development of youth which is one of the main reasons SAF brought him back to OT after his season stint at Madrid. He has played a major part in the acquisition & stability of players like Ronaldo, Nani & Anderson. Queiroz runs the day to day coaching of United & mostly conducts training sessions with players while Fergie gets involved at a tactical level & man management. Queiroz also played a vital role in keeping Ronaldo at OT after the World Cup controversy with Rooney. Because of Queroz’s African roots (Mozambique born) the United net of scouting talent is starting to spread even wider with Carlos using his contacts in Mozambique & Angola to acquire potential talent. Recent signing Manucho is evidence of this. His Portuguese background has gone a long way in helping the growing number of Portuguese speaking players now at OT. Because of this United are now scouting talent in Brazil with recent acquisitions being the Brazilians twins of Fabio and Rafael Silva.
On the flip side there have been problems Keane & Giggs have clashed with Carlos on occasion. Particularly because of his 4-3-3 tactical formations adopted 2 seasons ago. Keanes comments about Queiroz made to MUTV were banned before he left United. In the end frustration got the better of him as he lashed out at Fergie for backing Queiroz & was forced to quit United. But the young talent coming through looks a class act & credit to Queiroz who has played a pivotal role.
New Signing Manucho has been absolutely superb so far for Angola bagging 3 goals including one against Banyana, huh. This dude looks a brilliant prospect, good physique; strong in the air & has the ability to lead the front line on his own. Can’t wait to see this guy at OT.
United have recently finalized a deal signing Brazilian brothers Fabio and Rafael Silva whom they had been scouting for quite a while. The pair were spotted at a youth tournament in Hong Kong & reportedly excelled at the under 17 World Cup for Brazil. The 17 year old identical twins are being compared to the Neville brothers operating on the left & right flanks as full backs. They have visited OT a few times on training camps & will now live in Manchester.
Madrid’s sporting director Padraig Mijatovic has come out saying they will never give up on trying to sign Ronaldo, with their recent reported £50 million pound bid turned down by United. When will these Spanish suckers sod off? Subsequently United CEO David Gill’s house was vandalized must have been those Madrid fans – b@stards!
An excellent all-round entertaining game. Spurs played open football & were not afraid to attack. They opened our defense up worryingly on a few occasions with Aaron Lennon causing Evra a lot of problems. Thankfully Van der Sar saved well in a one on one with Jenas. The excellent Robbie Keane put the Londoners in front but our attacking play never lacked ambition which kept us in the game. Tevez & Rooney lead the front line superbly with the Argie putting us back on level terms after good hold up play from Giggsy. Ron the DON firmly on course for player of the season yet again after his predatory double. A good cup run will do wonders for team confidence & fighting spirit. SAF has challenged the DON to hit 30 this season – too easy I say make it 40!!
The Clash of the Titans, another premiership opponent but we don’t fear anyone bring those Gooners on…
This game will be fireworks. Good to see Paul Scholes making a comeback our midfield is in superb shape with plenty of attacking options. We will need it challenging on 3 fronts, dare I say it – The Treble.
At home in this fixture, could be a tricky tie & we cannot afford to drop points here.
KOPics of Discussion
Nice of Alex Ferguson to let them train at the Old gutter, I’m sure he helped them in the game planning too!
That said, Havant scoring 2 goals at Anfield is the equivalent of the South End fisherman beating United last season.
Brazilian Lucas Leiva scores a beauty
HAVANT PLAYERS REVEL IN DREAM DAY
Havant and Waterloovolle winger Alfie Potter has described how the battle for Steven Gerrard
‘s shirt was almost as tough as his side’s FA Cup tie at Anfield on Saturday.
“When he came on they got a corner straight away and I asked if anyone had his shirt, and he said no,” said Potter. “So I thought, ‘right, I’ve got that then’. “Then a couple of our other players went up to him and asked if they could have his shirt, but he said ‘the little man’s got it’.”
“The Liverpool fans were amazing, they clapped us on and off the pitch, they’re probably the best fans in the country.” Midfielder Jamie Collins has also revealed how he gave an impromptu rendition of Liverpool’s club anthem to Steven Gerrard during the game. “As the Kop was singing You’ll Never Walk Alone, I couldn’t help myself and joined in,” he said. “I was singing it at the top of my voice and he looked at me like I was a weirdo, like I was an alien. But then I don’t suppose he gets that too much in the Premier League! “Then I turned around and told him about what he did to me. I’m a West Ham fan and I was at Cardiff two years ago when he scored that 30-yard screamer in the last minute of the final. I said to him, ‘You broke my heart’. I don’t suppose I was ever going to break his! “We were just determined to enjoy it.
“Singing You’ll Never Walk Alone along with 40,000 people is something we’ll never do again and it was magical. “We were like fans coming into Anfield on the coach. We all had our video cameras out and to get clapped off by the Kop at the end of such an incredible day was unreal.”
“My little boy Jake is a Liverpool fan and got Fernando Torres‘ autograph before the game. For me the memory of coming here three months into the job, will stay with me for the rest of my life. “Rafa knocked on the door and came in to say well done at the end. I’ve got the utmost respect for him. He’s one of the world’s best managers and what he did means the world to me. I’m gutted to lose but can accept it at Anfield. “Their players also came in, signed shirts for us, we were treated magnificently.”
West Ham away on Wednesday night, Rafa under pressure, hopefully not another draw on the cards.
I’m going for a scrappy 1-0 to Liverpool.