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Player factory still churning out talent


Watching former Manchester United starlets Jonathan Greening and Erik Nevland bravely battling away for Fulham in a vain attempt to try and salvage something for their club last weekend one could not help but wonder how often they must have thought of what might have been when looking back on their careers.

The 31 year old Greening made 14 senior appearances in midfield during his 3 years at Old Trafford between 1998 and 2001 before going on to build a decent career for himself at Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion then settling at Fulham last year. Read the full story

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Respect, hard work and humility


A fascinating observation by a senior England official at the recent camp prior to the friendly match against Egypt gave an interesting insight into the vast difference in attitude between players from various clubs. This particular official was able to clearly differentiate between the players of Chelsea and those from Manchester United.

One of the groups had a certain swagger around the camp, a confidence that seeped into cockiness when compared to those from the North West who were far more humble and respectful. It is the difference between Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United and Chelsea, where managers have been chopped and changed almost at the whim of the squad, and respect for authority eroded.

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