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60′s Memories – The Law according to Denis


The best goalscorer Manchester United legend Denis Law has ever seen is Jimmy Greaves but when he looks around the Premier League the striker he can relate to best is Wayne Rooney. Law does not watch many games these days but he did travel to Wembley in May to see the Champions League Final. Like everyone else, he was impressed with Barcelona and Lionel Messi but Rooney’s ­equaliser was like a ray of hope. “Rooney will probably break all goal scoring records if he keeps away from injury” Law says ”he needs to be sharp and fit. That’s the secret. You can’t teach a person to score goals. There are loads of players who get into a position and you know they are not going to score. Then there are others like Michael Owen, Messi and Ronaldo who will score. Rooney’s in that category.”

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Sir Alex says Benitez is on the scrapheap


Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez may be on the football scrapheap at the moment but is certainly not forgotten by Manchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson who had no hesitation in continuing his feud with the Spaniard – while defending Jose Mourinho’s confrontational managerial style. Ferguson saw a picture of  Benitez during an interview in an Italian newspaper office and said “He is jobless and he is not my friend.” On the other hand Sir Alex says he is a close pal of Mourinho, tipped to follow him at Old Trafford but whose success has been blighted by disciplinary problems with the football authorities.

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The moment Red Nev KNEW his time was up


The end came for me on New Year’s Day, 2011 – and it came on a toilet at The Hawthorns. It wasn’t the way I’d have chosen to finish, but I knew for certain that this was my last game. After 18 years at Manchester United, after 602 first-team appearances, I was in the middle of playing for my team for the last time. And I couldn’t wait for it to be over. In the dressing room, the manager was barking instructions about how we were going to improve on a dire first half performance against West Brom.

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