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How pre match disruptions can destroy team focus


There was a lot of hesitancy before writing this piece. Why? Because it will no doubt bring accusations of attempts to excuse Manchester United’s poor performance at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. So it’s worth repeating the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson refused to blame the pre match disruption caused by a collapsed ceiling and burst sewerage pipe which had effluent overflowing into the dressing room for his side’s tepid first half display. United had to incinerate their clothes, wash bags and kit after the pre match shower of sewage in their dressing room left it stinking to high heaven.

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Hernandez may give Ferguson a Rooney dilemma


Former Manchester United striker Frank Stapleton grabbed plenty of goals for the Reds in the 80’s so he knows when he sees a special one. As far as Stapleton is concerned, new signing Javier Hernandez has all the qualities to be one out of the box. Many United fans were asking ‘who?’ when Sir Alex Ferguson shelled out £10m for the 22 year old Mexican towards the end of last season but goals for his country against France and Argentina at the World Cup soon gave them an emphatic answer.
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Forlan goes from flop to one of the world's best


The many thousands of Manchester United fans who cannot wait to see the back of  a Bulgarian they nicknamed ‘Berbaflop’ will be well advised to remember the Uruguay hitman who was dubbed Diego ‘Forlorn’ during his two and a half years at Old Trafford. Perhaps his 17 goals in a total of 98 appearances warranted his nickname at the time but Forlan has certainly proven his ability to find the net in the five years since.

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