Rooney challenged to outgun Law and Charlton

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DENIS Law and Sir Bobby Charlton could help keep Wayne Rooney at Manchester United.
Since May, rumours have been rife that the Red Devils’ England international is looking to leave the club – with Arsenal, Barcelona and Paris St Germain among names linked with the striker.
But new Manchester United boss has enlisted the help of the club’s greats to give Wayne Rooney the motivation to remain at Old Trafford.
David Moyes said: “It is interesting to see Wayne is only 50 goals behind Sir Bobby Charlton and 40 behind Denis Law.
“We are looking to see how we get Wayne Rooney to get those goals which are going to challenge the likes of Bobby Charlton and Denis Law. I am more than happy to work with him to get success.”
Charlton remains United’s most prolific goalscorer, with 249. Law is second on the list with 237. Rooney ended last season with 197, behind only Jack Rowley in addition to the pair Moyes wants the Croxteth-born player to catch.
He added: “When I went down to the training ground, I looked at the pictures of the legends that have played for this club – I could see George Best, Denis Law, Bobby Charlton, Roy Keane and I thought Wayne isn’t too far away from that.”

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Bearded Footballers XI

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DESPITE the good work of hirsute Holst across in Germany, it has become obvious that the heyday of the footballing beard was the 1970s.
I had suggestions of Ricky Villa, George Best, Jimmy Hill and more made – but we were all left scratching out chins for currently bearded footballers to add to the gallery.
So I’ve come up with the following, a full XI of bearded footballers, all currently playing and as far as I can tell, currently with beard.
Of course, more suggestions are welcome in the comments.
GK – David De Gea (Manchester United)
DEF – Matthias Holst (Hansa Rostock), Olof Mellberg (Olympiakos), Carlos Cuellar (Villa), Gerard Pique (Barcelona)
MID – Gennaro Gattuso (Milan), David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Robert Pires (free agent), Daniele Di Rossi (Roma)
ATK – Lisandro Lopez (Lyon), Djibril Cisse (Lazio)

A collection of footballing beards

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AS YOU may have noticed, things have gone a bit odd on here due to a lack of competitive football.
As a result, beards have the been the talking point of late – thanks to the good work of Matthias Holst, Germany’s beardiest baller.
A shout-out for fellow follicled footballers was made, and a few came in, including Alexi Lalas.
Click here for a gallery of suggested beardy players, and please add your suggestions below.

Five In Midfield XI

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FOOTBALL blog Five In Midfield has been kind enough to let me put my words all over their excellent site, penning an all-time XI to be posted.
I had a lot of fun and a little brow-furrowing putting the piece together – if you think Sir Alex Ferguson has selection headaches, try picking a team from every player that’s ever lived, ever.
Nevertheless, I did it, and you can read the reasons behind my picks here.
For those with less time on their hands, here’s my selection, and if anyone else is brave enough to let me guest post on their site, get in touch –
GK – Campos
DEF – Desailly, Cannavaro, Lucio.
MID – Best, Gascoigne, Zidane, Maradona, Ronaldo.
ATK – Ronaldo, Henry.

Incredi-Bale – what the paper’s say…

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LAST night lightening winger Gareth Bale struck for the second time against Inter Milan – spurring Tottenham Hotspur onto a memorable 3-1 win to follow-up his hat-trick at the San Siro.
Naturally, the papers have been gushing today about the Welshman – here are some of my favourite nuggets…

  • “In one of the most mesmerising displays of the modern era – comparable perhaps to George Best’s destruction of Benfica that resulted in the legend of El Beatle – Bale rendered Maicon ordinary, vulnerable, almost fragile.”
  • “Gareth Bale’s humiliation of the Inter Milan right-back was so merciless that Spurs fans chanted ‘taxi for Maicon’. Leaving aside the difficulty of locating a cab during the Tube strike, a more appropriate vehicle for Maicon would have been an ambulance. The lauded Brazilian was left with twisted blood and stretched sinews by Bale.”
  • “From now on when the great Brazil right-back Maicon shuts his eyes and imagines his worst nightmare he will see the figure of Gareth Bale disappearing away from him up the left wing.”

And my personal favourite…

  • “Inevitably, it was Bale, running like a young stag, shrugging off challengers, covering the ground as though every inch of it belonged to him.”