Ferguson to alter Man Utd tactics

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits he will alter his team tactics in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Real Madrid.

Ronaldo was United’s top scorer for the last two seasons and Ferguson is keen that the shortfall is filled by others.

“Cristiano is a big loss in terms of the goals he gave us,” Ferguson told Inside United. “We will have to find the goals; our tactics will adjust.
“Fans will see us playing a slightly different style this season.”

Ronaldo, who left for the Bernabeu in an £80m deal at the start of July, was the club’s top scorer last season with 26 goals – a tally that eclipsed Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov’s 13 and 14 goals respectively. The Portuguese star hit an incredible 42 the previous season and bagged 118 in all in his 292 appearances for United. With Carlos Tevez also departing the club for neighbours Manchester City, Ferguson is likely to use Rooney as a central striker alongside either summer signing Michael Owen or Berbatov.

But the Old Trafford supremo is also demanding more goals from his midfielders as the Premier League champions chase a fourth successive league title.

“You look to score about 100 goals,” Ferguson added. “If we are going to win the league again or do well in Europe we certainly need players to step up.
“Going back a few years, we could always guarantee goals from Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham, who always pitched in with about 10 a season.
“Those goals from midfield have dried up a little in recent years, so we have to address that. I will be looking to (Ji-Sung) Park, Nani, (Luis Antonio) Valencia – even (Danny) Welbeck and (Federico) Macheda – to contribute 40 goals between them. The defenders will contribute a few from set-pieces too.”

However, full-back Patrice Evra has denied any suggestion that the club is weaker following the departures of Ronaldo and Tevez.
“Two players alone do not make a team. We have signed some good players and, like I say, Manchester United are a team and not only about two players”, he stated.
“I can already see a good team coming along and we are all confident about doing well with this team as it is.”

new tactics fergie?? yeah that sounds great.. glory glory man united! article from BBC Sport.

Former England manager Sir Bobby Robson dies at 76

Sir Bobby Robson, the most successful England manager since 1966, died at home today at the age of 76.

The Prime Minister and Prince William joined the world of football in paying tribute to one of the most popular men in the game, who finally succumbed to a fifth bout of cancer early this morning. Sir Bobby was best-loved for guiding England to the semi final of the 1990 World Cup, a tournament that led the sport’s charge into mainstream British culture. Gordon Brown said today: “His passion, patriotism, dedication and professionalism knew no equal during his time both as a player and a manager.”

Sir Bobby was a moderately successful international player in the 1950s but his wit and determination helped him to become one of the most well-respected managers in European football. In his later years, affectionately known as Uncle Bobby, he was a sage to younger managers including Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson. As a club manager in England, Sir Bobby’s most celebrated spells came at Ipswich Town, where he won the Uefa Cup, and Newcastle United.

The current Newcastle squad held a minute’s silence for him today and laid wreathes in the centre circle of St James’ Park, the site of his final public appearance this weekend. Sir Bobby, in a wheelchair, was accompanied by more than 30,000 Geordies at a match in the stadium on Sunday night which raised money for his anti-cancer charity, the Bobby Robson Foundation. Before the game he was given a guard of honour by players from the 1990 England World Cup squad and a Germany XI. One of those players was Paul Gascoigne, the star of England’s run to the last four at Italia 90, who famously broke down in tears during the semi final. Gascoigne said: “Sir Bobby is a legend over the world. It was quite heartbreaking to see him that way.”

Sir Bobby was born in 1933 in the village of Sacriston, County Durham, the son of a miner who missed only one shift in 51 years of work. He began his football career while still at school in Langley Park, Durham. As a player, he signed for Fulham in 1950 and went on to play for West Bromwich Albion and England. However, he was better known as a coach, not just in England but all over Europe. He was voted European manager of the year in 1997 after winning three trophies in a single season at Barcelona where Mourinho was his assistant. The Portuguese manager said: “It is difficult to accept such a person is no longer with us – but he is immortal because he leaves in everybody who knows him a mark of his personality. A great coach but, more than that, a great person.”

In Ipswich, the site of his first managerial triumph, the club lowered the flags over Portman Road to half mast this afternoon. Simon Clegg, the chief executive of Ipswich Town Football Club said: “Sir Bobby was held in the highest esteem within the local community and in particular by generations of supporters of this football club and will be greatly missed by all.”

He married Elsie in 1955 and leaves three sons. His fifth diagnosis of cancer, which revealed that the disease had reached both his lungs, was confirmed as terminal in February 2007.

a great loss to football world. article from TimesOnline.