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Strong Juve squad for OT
23rd May 2011
Del Piero, Krasic and co are set to face United in Gary Neville's testimonial.
Strong Juve squad for OT

23rd May 2011
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Juventus have confirmed they'll send a strong squad for Gary Neville's testimonial on Tuesday night, including World Cup winners Alessandro Del Piero, Gianluigi Buffon and Luca Toni.

Other stars like Marco Motta, Giorgio Chiellini, Hasan Salihamidzic, Alberto Aquilani and Milos Krasic will also travel to Manchester.

The Italian club ended the Serie A season in seventh place and were specially selected by Gary Neville to play in his testimonial given the shared history of success between the two sides.

The game kicks off at Old Trafford at 19:30 BST and will also feature United stars past and present, including David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs. Tickets are still available.

Juventus travelling squad: Buffon, Motta, Chiellini, Melo, Salihamidzic, Marchisio, Del Piero, Manninger, Aquilani, Barzagli, Traore, Bonucci, Toni, Pepe, Martinez, Krasic, De Ceglie, Storari, Matri, Giandonato, Boniperti, Sorensen

 

 

 

Giggs backs Neville
23rd May 2011
Ryan Giggs hopes United fans turn out for Gary Neville's big night.
Giggs backs Neville

23rd May 2011
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Ryan Giggs is trusting the United supporters to turn up in force to honour Gary Neville in Tuesday night's testimonial against Juventus.

The Welshman will feature in the Old Trafford friendly against opponents he has plenty of history against and he feels it's important that the former Reds right-back is given a proper send-off.

Although admitting Neville's nerves will probably be jangling ahead of his final appearance, Giggs believes it will be a fitting occasion against the Serie A giants.

"Gary deserves a full house," asserted the United midfielder. "The service he's given, the person he is, he's dedicated most of his life to Manchester United.

"He's grown up watching them as a fan, he's been here since 11 or 12 and to go on and be the best right-back in his era by a long way is tremendous testimony and hopefully the fans will honour that.

"I can speak from experience of my testimonial that you're nervous, but, at the end of it, it's great to share with the fans and celebrate a great career. It'll be a good night for him because it'll be the last time he's playing at Old Trafford. He's been a great friend and team-mate for me, and a credit to himself and his family."

 

 

 

Skipper staying calm
23rd May 2011
Nemanja enjoyed the title celebrations, but now switches his focus to Barcelona.
Skipper staying calm

23rd May 2011
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Nemanja Vidic says United players enjoyed Sunday's trophy celebrations but must now calm down and focus on this weekend's Champions League final.

The Reds will meet Barcelona at Wembley on Saturday in a repeat of the 2009 final in Rome. And Vidic, who described winning a club-record 19th title this season as ''amazing'' says he's keen to end the season tasting similar success.

''We remember how it feels to go to the final and lose,'' he told MUTV. ''It's one of the saddest moments in my career and I'm sure the players haven't forgotten that.

''We have to calm down now after the excitement of winning the league. We have to prepare as best we can for Barcelona. Everybody is thinking about the next game - it's the biggest game of the year.''

Remarkably, despite playing the final at a familiar ground and on home soil, United go into the game as underdogs. Barcelona are Spanish champions and widely regarded as the finest football team on the planet. Vidic, though, is still confident the Reds can lift a fourth European Cup at Wembley.

''We know we're facing a very good team and we have to be ready both physically and psychologically. You also have to be intelligent - Barcelona have quality but also weaknesses and we'll try to exploit them and win the game.''

 

 

 

Papers: Carlo OT and out
23rd May 2011
The Sun claim Ancelotti's time was up when United beat the Blues.
Papers: Carlo OT and out

23rd May 2011
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It ended on May 8, 4:11pm
Carlo Ancelotti's fate was sealed at Old Trafford at 4:11pm on May 8. The Chelsea boss was a goner as soon as Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez scored in the do-or-die title decider after just 37 seconds. United went on to win 2-1 to clinch an historic 19th league title and condemn Chelsea to a season without silverware. That was the final straw for ruthless Russian owner Roman Abramovich, who is now seeking his seventh manager in eight years at Stamford Bridge. Ancelotti bowed out with a whimper, losing 1-0 at Everton in his final game, with news of his departure following swiftly after the final whistle. And the announcement came so quickly it was simply confirming the inevitable. That Ancelotti had been a dead man walking since that United defeat - just as SunSport had exclusively predicted the day before the fateful Old Trafford showdown.
Rob Beasley, The Sun

Elsewhere, The Sun also confirm news of Owen Hargreaves' exit (read our story, published before Sunday's kick-off v Blackpoool) and The Mirror carry a series of images featuring the United players celebrating with their families and children on the pitch.

The Daily Mail confirm surviving members of United's 1968 European Cup winners have been offered free tickets to this Saturday's Champions League final at Wembley.

 

 

 

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