Sir Alex Ferguson employed a silent protest on Saturday after seeing his United side dismantled at Old Trafford by title rivals Liverpool. Upset at the 12.45 kick off following a Wednesday night Champions League game, Fergie refused to speak to Sky Sports who, it seems, he blamed for the scheduling of the game. As it happens, all kick off times for live TV games have to be approved by both clubs, the Premier League and the local police. Personally, I think it’s a shame he decided to avoid the Sky microphones. I’d have loved to see him try and keep a straight face in front of the TV cameras while insisting, as he did to the written press that United ‘were the better team’.
How reassuring for us average players who don’t fancy forking out over £200 for a pair of Nike Superfly’s that we might not be missing out on all that much. Arsenal’s Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner wore a pair against Blackburn at the weekend and despite the boots advanced technology, proceeded to miss a hatful of sitters that a bloke in a pair of wellies (£11.69 at Argos) might have put away. Perhaps the words ‘barn’ and ‘door’ should appear somewhere in the Nike blurb.
Uefa and Rome
In this column a few weeks ago, I argued that the Champions League final should be taken away from Rome because of the violent nature of the Italian city’s football fans. Following another shameful week of stabbings and disturbances, I’m delighted to report that Des Kelly of the UK newspaper the Daily Mail has now also written a piece putting a similar argument. Uefa of course couldn’t care less and issued a statement which read: ‘Moving to another place would probably put the arrangements in danger. It would be less safe.’ This is complete rubbish. The game isn’t until May which means Europe’s governing body has plenty of time to make alternative arrangements. Rome does not deserve such a significant occasion. End of story.
Dive Dive Dive
Our next competitor is Blackburn’s Morten Gamst Pedersen. And here come the scores: 5.8, 5.9, 5.8, 5.9, 5.9, 5.9. Great marks there for technical ability. And now the scores following his “I wasn’t trying to cheat” comment: 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0. Oh dear. He’s going to be shocked about that. You’ll probably be able to knock him over with a feather. Or something else less scary!
Have to agree with you on taking CL final away from Rome.
It just doesn’t seem right that with the Italian authrorities seemingly powerless to do anything and Uefa so blinkered that they can’t see that there’s a problem that this showpiece event is being stage there.
Whilst you can’t argue with Ferguson’s first class management skills, why should he be able to get away with not talking to the BBC and now Sky?
It’s these channels which give Man Utd’s fans the best chance to hear from their manager, yet he dismisses them.
He needs to remember who pays his wages and provides the kitty to enable him to buy his squad!
It’s a scandal. The PL charge the likes of the BBC and Sky a huge rights fee then turn a blind eye when the package they have sold isn’t delivered in its entirity.
It’s not the Superfly’s fault that Bendtner missed all those chances, Ronaldo, Arshavin, King all scored in them. The fact is Bendtner is garbage, don’t blame the boot, they weren’t mis-firing, in fact, the opposite.
Hey JJ – I think Andy might be having a bit of fun here. I thought it was tongue in cheek.
However, it proves that if you aren’t all that good, not even Superfly’s can transform your performance.
The funny part about the Superflys is that Arshavin switched out of them at half time before scoring his nice goal against Blackburn. He scored in what looked like his Euro vapor IV’s. He wore the same boots against Hull in the FA Cup; he must like them better . . .
It’s Morten Gamst PedersEN… anyways.
According to a recent interview, he said he tripped up on his own legs and it wasn’t a penalty? Yet, he looked back at the ref, almost begging for one? Decide for yourself.
what you said about the superfly’s is pritty wrong nicolas bentner isn’t the best striker and also if you look at Pato and Ibrohemavic, and what they did over the past weekend, then you would see how good those shoes can be if put on the right feet. Bentner always seems nervous when he is playing also so without the confidence in the top flight of the premire league then you might have games like Bentner had.
I thought Arshavin was wearing the black and yellow superfly’s for the second half? Oh well, great goal anyway!
Pretty sure they were old MV IV’s