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VIDEO Fact meets Fiction: Black Roo v White Pele

It’s a 30 year old film which was panned by many but to me Escape to Victory is one of the greatest football movies of all time. The climax was that memorable strike from King Pele yet this weekend Wayne Rooney scored an almost identical effort lifting the roof off Old Trafford with one of the goals of the season. Henry Winter wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that “One fan declared it the best overhead kick since Pele in ‘Escape to Victory’. Anyone familiar with the movie will love this”. Apart from the ‘Black Rooney’, the movie also featured such football greats as Bobby Moore, Osvaldo Ardiles, Mike Summerbee and a host of other world stars.

How Red Nev can still be invaluable to United

Debate about the future of Manchester United veteran Gary Neville continues as he struggles to make a decision about his future. Since announcing that he has played his last game for United, Neville has been weighing up the options of going into a television commentary career or to remain at Old Trafford in a coaching capacity. If any doubts exist as to the value a player with his experience can give to the club, it must have been put to bed after young defender Chris Smalling’s outstanding performance in his initial Manchester derby on Saturday.