Man Utd news – Giggs De Gea praise, Yorke in Cosmos squad, Fergie takes FA swipe

Giggs De Gea praise.

New Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been commended by Ryan Giggs for his accomplished debut performance against Chicago Fire last night, a game in which the Red Devils ran out 3-1 victors.

By becoming United’s new no.1 De Gea follows in some illustrious foot-steps including those of Peter Schmeichel and predecessor Edwin van der Sar but, as Giggs testified to, the 20-year old Spaniard showed no signs of being daunted by doing so, as he helped United recover from the loss of an early goal to record another pre-season victory. “I thought he had a good performance. His distribution was very good and he is confident,” was the complimentary verdict Giggs offered on De Gea’s debut.

Although helpless to prevent a 12th minute header from Fire’s Corry Gibbs finding the net, De Gea went on to make a string of fine saves to keep United in the game before witnessing goals from Wayne Rooney, Rafael Da Silva and Nani clinch a win for the Red Devils.

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Yorke in Cosmos squad.

Dwight Yorke is to return to Old Trafford as a player on August 5th as part of the New York Cosmos squad which will provide Manchester United’s opposition for Paul Scholes’ Testimonial, the Metro has confirmed.

Yorke, who enjoyed a cult-hero status among the Manchester United faithful during his trophy laden 5-year stay at Old Trafford from 1998 to 2002, joins former United colleagues, Nicky Butt and Gary Neville in an all-star Cosmos team put together by Old Trafford icon Eric Cantona & Pele.

A host of other international stars including, Fabio Cannavaro, Robert Pires, Patrick Viera and Brad Friedel, along with a batch of U-23 Cosmos Academy players will also have the honour of lining up against Scholes in the Manchester United legend’s testimonial at Old Trafford, which is expected to be a sell-out.

Fergie takes FA swipe.

Sir Alex Ferguson opened another chapter in his controversial relationship with the Football Association by claiming that the governing body of English football is guilty of focusing unfairly on Manchester United’s disciplinary issues, whilst also reemphasising a commitment to defend his club, the Telegraph reports.

United were placed under the FA’s disciplinary microscope on several occasions last season which in the most high profile instances resulted in Ferguson receiving a five-match touchline ban for criticising referee Martin Atkinson and Wayne Rooney being suspended for two games for swearing into a TV camera after scoring in United 4-2 win against West Ham at Upton Park in April. Subsequently this disciplinary action taken against United appears to have strengthened Ferguson’s belief that the FA have something against and seek to make an example of, his club.

“I think sometimes there is an unfair focus on United on disciplinary issues,” Fergie exclaimed. “It will always be there and I think we know that. They’ve certainly always found a way to treat us differently. It has been happening for a while now and they always seem to find a way to do us when, with others, it is seemingly forgotten.”

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