Manchester United Thread [2008/2009]

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Learn about the history of Manchester United, The Busby Babes and the 1958 Munich Air Crash

Manchester United Squad 2008/09

1 - Edwin van der Sar
2 - Gary Neville (captain)
3 - Patrice Evra
4 - Owen Hargreaves
5 - Rio Ferdinand
6 - Wes Brown
7 - Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (Cristiano Ronaldo)
8 - Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira
9 - Dimitar Berbatov
10 - Wayne Rooney
11 - Ryan Giggs (vice-captain)
12 - Ben Foster
13 - Park Ji-Sung
14 - Zoran Tošić
15 - Nemanja Vidic
16 - Michael Carrick
17 - Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha (Nani)
18 - Paul Scholes
19 – Danny Welbeck
20 - Fábio Da Silva
21 - Rafael Da Silva
22 - John O'Shea
23 - Jonathan Evans
24 - Darren Fletcher
25 -
26 – Manucho
27 -
28 - Darron Gibson
29 - Tomasz Kuszczak
30 -
32 - Carlos Tévez
33 - Sam Hewson
34 - Rodrigo Possebon
35 - Tom Cleverly
36 - David Gray
37 - Craig Cathcart
38 - Ron-Robert Zieler
39 - James Chester
40 - Ben Amos
41 - Federico Macheda
42 - Richard Eckersley
43 - Davide Petrucci

Club Officials

Owner: Malcolm Glazer
Honorary president: Martin Edwards

Manchester United Limited
Co-chairmen: Joel Glazer & Avram Glazer
Chief executive: David Gill
Chief operating officer: Michael Bolingbroke
Commercial director: Richard Arnold
Executive director: Ed Woodward
Non-executive directors: Bryan Glazer, Kevin Glazer, Edward Glazer & Darcie Glazer

Manchester United football club
Directors: David Gill, Michael Edelson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Maurice Watkins
Club secretary: Ken Ramsden
Assistant club secretary: Ken Merrett
Global ambassador: Bryan Robson

Coaching and Medical Staff
Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson
Assistant manager: Mike Phelan
First team coach: René Meulensteen
Goalkeeping coach: Eric Steele
Fitness coach: Tony Strudwick
Strength & conditioning coach: Mick Clegg
Head of human performance: Dr. Richard Hawkins
Reserve team manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjær
Reserve team coach: Warren Joyce
Chief scout: Jim Lawlor
Chief European scout: Martin Ferguson
Director of youth academy: Brian McClair
Director of youth football: Jimmy Ryan
Club doctor: Dr. Steve McNally
Assistant club doctor: Dr. Tony Gill
First team physiotherapist: Rob Swire

Old Trafford: The Theatre of Dreams

Location Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England
Architect Archibald Leitch
Capacity 76,212

Manchester United Club Honours


Premier League: 11
1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008-09
First Division: 7
1907–08, 1910–11, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1964–65, 1966–67
Second Division: 2
1935–36, 1974–75

FA Cup: 11
1909, 1948, 1963, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004
League Cup: 3
1992, 2006, 2009
FA Charity/Community Shield: 17 (13 outright, 4 shared)
1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965*, 1967*, 1977*, 1983, 1990*, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008
(* joint holders)

European Cup/UEFA Champions League: 3
1968, 1999, 2008
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1
European Super Cup: 1

Intercontinental Cup:1

World Club Championship
World Club Championship: 1

Doubles and Trebles
The Double (League and FA Cup): 3
1994, 1996, 1999 (as part of The Treble)
The European Double (League and European Cup): 2
1999 (as part of The Treble), 2008
The Treble (League, FA Cup and European Cup): 1

The only major honour that Manchester United F.C. has never won is the UEFA Cup.

  • The 2008–09 season is Manchester United's 17th season in the Premier League, and their 34th consecutive season in the top division of English football.
  • Should Manchester United win the Premier League 2008-09 title, they will join Liverpool as the most successful club in terms of English top flight titles with 18.
  • The Club will make it's first trip to Nigeria, which has United's Fourth Largest Fan Base.
  • Ole Gunnar Slosjkaer, United Legend, will jointly take over as the Reserve Team Coach.
  • A new third kit is due to be released in September, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the club's European Cup win in 1968.
  • This season there will be four ex-United Players managing in the Premier League. Steve Bruce (Wigan), Mark Hughes (Manchester City), Paul Ince (Blackburn), Roy Keane (Sunderland) make up the list. Interestingly enough they have all played under Sir Alex Ferguson.

United's number one rival is difficult to determine. Traditionally, the closest rivals have been Liverpool, Manchester City and Leeds, though Arsenal and Chelsea have come into the frame in recent years. Currently, most fans see Liverpool as their biggest rivals, due to the success of both clubs as well as their proximity to each other, while others rate intra-city rivals Manchester City as their biggest rivals. The Liverpool rivalry began during the 1960s when the two clubs were among the strongest in England, and have been competing closely just about every season since. The Manchester City rivalry dates back to the Newton Heath era of the 1890s, and has remained fierce due to both clubs being in the same division for much of their history.

2007/2008 Transfers In

Manucho (Deal Confirmed)
Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham Hotspur)
Adem Ljajić (Partizan Belgrade)
Zoran Tošić (Partizan Belgrade)

2007/2008 Transfers Out

Gerard Pique -> Barcelona.
Tom Heaton -> Cardiff City (On Loan)
Danny Simpson -> Blackburn Rovers (On Loan)
Manucho -> Hull City (On Loan)
Fraizer Campbell -> Tottenham Hotspur (On Loan)
David Gray -> Plymouth Argyle (On Loan)
Craig Cathcart -> Plymouth Argyle (On Loan)
Febian Brandy -> Hereford United (On Loan)

Pre Season Schedule

12 Jul Pre-season Aberdeen
19 Jul Pre-season Kaizer Chiefs
22 Jul Pre-season Orlando Pirates
26 Jul Pre-season Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates
02 Aug Pre-season RCD Espanyol (Solskjær's Testimonial Match)
04 Aug Pre-season Peterborough
06 Aug Pre-season Juventus

Manchester United Fans at SG:

Wow! Superb!
Sorry if I have forgotten anybody's name.

Good Luck!:bob:


No probs mate!
It is my duty as a United supporter. Thanks to Stotty because some part of that intro is from last year's thread created by Stotty.


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hopefully this will be just as good season as last season was (or even better if we somehow win the treble).

just checked and solskjaer testimonial tickets are on sale from tomorrow, could be a decent match.


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cant wait for next season. Lets hope we start better then last season.

Apparently there's been a development on Ronaldo. Sky sports news is saying Ronaldo is very confused because his family, Real, scholari have been putting pressure on ronny to move to spain.

I guess this is where ronny realises he ain't going anywhere, real have come forward to saying they wont put forward the money in the rumours and that all along he was always a red :blah:

I really looking forward to who we snatch up. I'm guessing there's at least 1 striker in the works. Not really heard anything though...


Yes, I will obviously like to see some new players. Snejder will be great as will Sergio Ramos or Ronaldinho. Robinho won't be that bad a choice either.

The only difference between last season and this one is that We managed to rap up most of our deals very early but there has not been much progression this time around.


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He would have to get a few due to the fact we sold one player, one retired and garry/saha injured practically all season with more on the verge of retirement.

Just a question of who they get. I wonder if they will get any stars of euro 2008.


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mnj2x;2542048 said:
haha what if we end up signing no one.

Don't worry - Fergie will send Darren Fletcher in to save us! (jk)

Apparently Paul Ince has warned us off Roque Santa Cruz, and Sneijder reckons he's playing at "the best club in the world" (in his opinion) but did admit he's flattered. There goes that idea then.

Arshavin wants to go to Barca.

Podolski is making enquiries about his future with Bayern (We have to go for him) and there's no squeak on the "he who must not be named" saga (unless you believe Daily Mirror BS that is)

All in all another day in the Silly season with United's transfer targets then. Fergie and David Gill are on their respective holidays (although you can bet Fergie's on his phone all day) so nothing official likely to happen in the next few days.

Oh and the ticketline for Ole's testimonial is in meltdown.


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I wonder what gems they have up there sleeve this season. There was Larson that season then the anderson, nani & Hargreaves bag. Wonder what mysteries will will get this season. Berb would be nice.


Big Daddy
Dunno - but when you mention transfer gems you gotta add Nemanja and Patrice! Fergie will bring the right players in - have faith.

Podolski and Berbatov would be on my wishlist though, as well as Quaresma.


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MikeyM;2542182 said:
Dunno - but when you mention transfer gems you gotta add Nemanja and Patrice! Fergie will bring the right players in - have faith.

Podolski and Berbatov would be on my wishlist though, as well as Quaresma.

2 right, Vidic snd Evra have been great! Took a while for Evra to settle and turn good but turn good he did! Talking about left backs, anyone know how Henzie has been doing at Real?

I hope we get the token British player this season.
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