Monday, March 1
United in the news
Wayne Rooney seals Manchester United's Carling Cup comeback (Kevn McCarra, The Guardian)
United commonly have greater prizes in mind than that or the Carling Cup but today's victory is a fillip as the true challenges approach. More.
Villa see red over Carling Cup final defeat to Manchester United (James Ducker, The Times)
Martin O’Neill launched a scathing attack on Phil Dowd last night, effectively accusing the referee of costing his team the Carling Cup. More.
Wembley crowd see another off-day for referees (Patrick Barclay, The Times)
Once again, so much of the talk was about a match’s fraudulence rather than its technical merits and little dramas. More.
Trophy No 34 has Sir Alex Ferguson hinting at end (James Ducker, The Times)
“Hopefully, I’ll get one more this season,” Ferguson said. “Maybe I’ll be too old next year. We enjoy everything. You have to accept what you can get. Any trophy is good for us. Every trophy is special.” More.
Pato knock takes gloss off Milan win (ESPN)
An injury to Pato took the gloss off AC Milan's 3-1 victory over Atalanta with the Brazilian striker now facing an anxious race against time to be fit for the Champions League return leg against Manchester United. More.
Messi and Barcelona are most valuable media brands (234next.com)
Real’s record signing, Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo, was second with 19.6 and Manchester United’s England striker Wayne Rooney third with 13.6. More.