Manchester United set one foot in the knockout phase of the Champions League this week with a professional performance from the club’s second string in Turkey against Bursaspor. United have yet to hit top gear so far this season, but another win at home maintained the Red Devils’ unbeaten start to their Premier League campaign.
The week has not been without controversy for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men. Portuguese winger Nani hardly covered himself in glory with his contentious goal at Old Trafford last weekend, and Wayne Rooney was spotted breaking a few rules of nutrition on a boozy birthday holiday. Ferguson will be keen for a break from the media glare after the intensity of the last few weeks.
This week’s top blogs have jumped on stories linking some of United’s old guard with big money moves to the Middle East. There are also entries concerning the potential of some of the side’s rising stars and concerns expressed about the issue of player loyalty in the wake of Rooney’s contract renewal.
We also have the best of what the web has to offer.
Rio has the X-Factor– The Busby Way
Carrick’s return welcome but only if it lasts– United Rant
A Salute to Sir Alex– The United Religion
Karel Poborsky: what could have been?– The Busby Way