There is a story that the first day a young boy arrived to train with a local football team in the suburbs of Buenos Aires three people were there to watch him. By the second day there were 10. By the third day, a crowd of more than 30 had gathered to watch this diminutive boy play with the poise and skill of someone much older. His name? Diego Armando Maradona. And he would come to be known in Argentina simply as ‘Dios’ – God.
When the Manchester United squad flies out to the United States on Monday at the beginning of their five match pre season tour, the organisation behind the scenes will resemble that of a military operation. The preparation for a new season is hectic at the best of times but when a long overseas tour is also on the agenda, much of the responsibility falls on the shoulders of kit manager Albert Morgan. The club’s official website manutd.com speaks to the man himself to find out what’s involved.
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.