Max Lonsdale, released by League Two side Macclesfield last season, sent a DVD of himself to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and secured a week’s trial, Metro reports.
The 18-year-old has since played twice for United’s reserves and is now waiting to see whether he can land a permanent deal. Macclesfield released Lonsdale after he was deemed surplus to requirements with the club. Lonsdale approached Ferguson with the clips and those were passed on to a United reserve coach, who was impressed and offered the week-long trial.
That week turned into two weeks and got Lonsdale the two appearances for the United reserves. The video has been uploaded onto Youtube and has so far amassed almost 100,000 views.
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Edwin testimonial success.
Edwin van der Sar’s testimonial provided an emotion filled night in Amsterdam as three matches commemorated van der Sar’s time in football, manutd.com reports.
Ajax staged a tribute to the goalkeeper with an under 13’s game first between Ajax and Manchester United, which included Edwin van der Sar’s son Joe playing in goal for United. The game ended in a 2-2 draw thanks to two goals from Callum Gribbin. The Ajax team from 1995 that won the Champions League beat the Holland national side from 1998 1-0 thanks to a goal from Marc Overmars, giving van der Sar a clean sheet.
The legendary Dutch goalkeeper then participated within his Dream Team of players against the current crop of Ajax’s first team squad. The team involved five of the current Manchester United squad as well as former United players Gary Neville and Luis Saha and Dutch players Bolo Zenden, Dirk Kuyt and Giovani van Bronckhorst.
Cantona blasts City spending.
Eric Cantona has unleashed a huge rant about Manchester City’s attempts to buy the title and also swiped at homesick stars Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez, The Sun reports.
United legend Cantona will be back at Old Trafford tomorrow as the director of football for the New York Cosmos as they participate in Paul Scholes’ testimonial. Cantona spent five years at Old Trafford and won four league titles with the Red Devils and he has poured scorn on what City are doing.
‘United is the best team. I don’t know exactly how City work. Maybe they do work on the academy, but today they want to spend to build a team, to buy players. They’ve been successful because they won the FA Cup. But if they only do that, they will not be as strong as United, because United are working for the long term by bringing through youth talent’, the Frenchman said.