Man United v Bayern Munich
Man United v Bayern Munich
MANCHESTER — You know you’ve been on the road too long when you walk out of the train station here, grab the paper, and the man looks up at you with recognition and says: “Welcome home, mate.”
His mistake is understandable: I’ve actually been in Manchester more days this year than I have in the place I actually call home by a significant amount. Part of it is the fact that not many folks walk around here looking like Frank Zappa gone to seed. But a part of it is that slowly but surely – and probably much to my Scottish mum’s disdain — England has become a second home.
The diner in Stevenson Square knows my order before I place it (to be fair, Americans drink a lot more black coffee) the newsagent next door knows I buy the Telegraph, the Mail and Private Eye on Thursdays and yesterday a guy at Port Street leaned over and asked me who’d won the early match…in Scotland. “Barmaid said you’d know.”
In January it was rumored that Manchester City missed out on Porto star Eliaquim Mangala. This summer they look set to go back for the highly-coveted defender and could be rivaled by Manchester neighbors United for his signature. The France under-21 international is thought to be valued at around £35 million by the Portuguese club.
For this rumor and the rest of Tuesday’s transfer gossip, click here.
Manchester United may have lost the derby against City on Sunday, but a United fan who recently married into a family of City supporters can still say he came out on top.
The fan — whose twitter alias is @aboycalledyoung — pulled an epic prank on his new in-laws while giving his wedding toast. Having lost his father the past year, he leads his in-laws into an emotional tribute to his old man before delivering the perfect punch line!
Later, the cheeky groom confirmed on twitter that this prank was indeed the best way he could think of to honor his father:
I’d like to reply to you all about that video, sorry there’s quite a few of you tho! But thanks, and yeah it’s what he would’ve wanted— Married Young (@aboycalledyoung)
Photo via @ManUtd
Manchester United — arguably the biggest sports club in the world — has finally done it: they’ve joined Twitter.
The Red Devils account, @ManUtd, fired off this tweet early Wednesday morning, officially entering the Twittersphere:
New era, same spirit. The season starts here. Let’s do this. #mufc— Manchester United (@ManUtd)
While it is quite comical that the sports club with the biggest fan following in the world has denied fans a chance to officially “follow” them for years, at least United looks like they figured this whole twitter thing out.
The @ManUtd account has already tweeted out several pictures from their summer tour preparations, and has promised unparalleled access to the club and its stars:
— Manchester United (@ManUtd)
In less than 10 hours, the Premier League champions racked up over 300,000 followers, but don’t be surprised if the number reaches several million by Thursday.
Thanks for finally joining the 21st century, guys!
Posted by: Thomas Hautmann
Manchester United’s new home kit
If you’ve ever wondered what a Premier League practice looked like from a player’s point of view, your questions have been answered.
Thanks to a GoPro video camera, Manchester City have given fans a look at what training is like through the eyes of Carlos Tevez, Joe Hart, and Samir Nasri. It’s fascinating to see the precision passing from such a close angle.
Hopefully next time they keep the cameras on after training so we can see what it’s like riding home in Ferraris and hitting the clubs in Manchester.
While Manchester City manager Roberto Manicini did not even make it to the end of the season, he took the high road and put out this classy ad in the Manchester Evening News.
Mancini is pictured with the 2011 FA Cup, 2012 Community Shield, and 2012 Premier League trophy, thanking the fans for three unforgettable years.
He was not a popular man among players and club officials, but fans have still held him in a high regard and he should receive plenty of support for a new position sooner than later.
Image via @Danmcfcjones