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United win at West Brom soured by injuries


Manchester United may have picked up three points from their opening game at the Hawthorns but Sir Alex Ferguson’s mind will be full of questions. Captain Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand will need to be assessed for the calf and hamstring problems that heralded their second half departures. Ferguson will need to find some confidence for De Gea. In addition to a crash course in dealing with crosses, the Spaniard’s inexplicable error in gifting West Bromwich Albion an equaliser turned his Premier League debut into a disappointing one.

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Video: How United kicked off the new season at the Hawthorns


Manchester United started their journey to win their 20th Premier League title with an away victory against West Bromwich Albion. Wayne Rooney scored United first goal of the season in the 14th minute. Shane Long pulled WBA level in the 38th minute. But with nine minutes to go, Ashley Young ran into West Brom defence and his cross was deflected in off Reid to gift United their first three points of the season.

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Book Review: A fascinating insight into 'Robbo'


As former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson fights his battle to overcome throat cancer, it becomes relevant to have a look at his 2007, 302 page paperback autobiography ‘Robbo’ in which he reveals a fascinating insight into his days with England and United. He straddles several unique eras in football, from the seventies through to Ron Atkinson in the 80’s then on to the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson, the coming of Eric Cantona and the advent of the Premier League as we know it today. Robson was nicknamed ‘Captain Marvel’ by his late, former England manager Sir Bobby Robson which aptly described a colourful, aggressive and vibrant legend.

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