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Name and shame them. People like him are the reason why some people say the transfer markets in GCs are ruined. Asking for way too much for his players' date=' but making ridiculous offers for other players himself. Transferlisting 87rated deadwood for part exchange. Giving false infomation when negotiatin via PMs (saying Westermann will easily rise by 2 or 3 etc.). Stuff like that. Basically someone who thinks everyone in the GC is a complete idiot, who doesn't know anything about ratings, talent, and so on. However, I always find there are a couple of decent managers you can negiotate with ;)[/quote']

what team are you btw?

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All transfers completed

Transfers in:

  • Adler (GK 91)
  • Tony (RB 88)
  • Träsch (Def 85)
  • Khedira (CM,DM 89)
  • Ribery (Wing,AM 95)
  • Hulk (Fwd 88)
  • Müller (Wing, AM 85)
  • Alanis (CB 74)
  • Lazzarini (Fwd 70)
  • Orozco (Fwd, AM 75)
  • Ocampo (CM,DM 76)
  • Avila (Fwd 76)
  • Cordoba (Fwd 75)
  • Ramis (Wing 76)
  • Hadad (RM, AM 75)
  • Ghadir (Fwd, Wing 75)
  • Tasaka (CM 78)
  • Park (LB,LM 83)
  • Naki (Wing, Fwd 82)
  • Schürrle (AM, Wing 80)

Transfers out:

  • Bojan (Fwd 89)
  • Maxwell (LB, LM 92)
  • Milito (CB 92)
  • Pinto (GK 87)
  • Marquez (CB,DM 93)
  • Valdes (GK 91)
  • Henry (Fwd 95)
  • Yaya Toure (DM, CM 92)

Manager Sautter is very confident that his new team will start a great era of success.

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Managed to get a few deals done, some completed some not yet.

Jermaine Jenas & Alan Hutton come in for Nani

Fletcher goes to Atletico Madrid for £6M + Assuncao

Alvaro Negredo comes to United, Antonio Valencia going to Sevilla

Anderson going to Zenit for £10M + Zyryanov and Semshov, two olds for one young but they both play regularly so decided to accept.

Got quite a bit of cash left so going to look at external and unmanaged clubs in a bit.

Everyone else still available. Rooney can go for a striker and a winger. Need wingers desperately as I've let 2 go without getting replacements. Cheers.

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Real almost done at the transfer front

Transfers in:


Gabriel Tamas, Marc Janko

Both players arrived for cash from Romania and Austria respectively. Tamas was loaned out to Hamburg immediately as part of a deal, while Janko will be back-up in case of injuries or suspension, but will get his chances in due time.


Robinho, Emmanuel Adebayor

Those 2 players along with Vladimir Weiss arrived from Manchester City, Robinho will walk straight into the first, while Adebayor will be 3rd choice striker behind Raul and van Nistelrooy, but will still get enough playing time. Weiss has been loaned out to collect some game time and experience.


Serdar Tasci, Zdravko 'Kuz' Kuzmanovic

The 2 arrived from VfB Stuttgart and added important depth to the squad, and will occassionally play for first and cup teams.

Transfers out:


Gonzalo Higuain, Mahamadou Diarra, Royston Drenthe

Left in exchange for Adebayor, Robinho and Weiss. Letting Higuain go has been a big loss, but it was a neccessary step to bring in players in more important positions.


Raul Albiol

After disappointing performances for Real and losing his Spain spot to Pique, Raul Albiol went to Stuttgart in exchange for Kuz and Tasci.

Real have now nearly finished all their dealing, only players still up for sale are Raul, RVN, Guti, Gago, Garay and Metzelder, who can all go for younger replacements, in case of Guti and Metzelder one player around 85, if talented enough, could already be anough to secure the signing.

Alternatively, 2 of the aforementioned players can be swapped for a higher rated player.

Also, Arbeloa can still go for a CB of similar age and rating, or can be traded along with Garay or Metzelder for a better CB.

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AZ give Ryan 3-year-contract.

Dutch Champions AZ Alkmaar have given rarely know Scottish Manager Ryan the role of taking over at the champions. Ryan has signed a 3-year-deal at the DSB Stadion after 3 years out of management, the fee of the deal is expected to be in the region of £2m a year.

AZ captain Stijn Schaars commented on Ryan's arrival at AZ's training camp in Prague ahead of the Dutch season, 'I am pleased to see Ryan join our club. I hope he choose's to keep me as captain but i will not argue against his decisions'.

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Hibernian managed by: Paolo Tansey

Celtic managed by: Barry Golden


Celtic won their first game of the season under new boss Barry Golden last night, hammering Hibernian in Edinburgh yesterday. Celtic face Old Firm rivals Rangers in a friendly tonight ahead of their SPL clash on Saturday next.

The atmosphere inside the tiny ground was electric. Hibernian nearly opened the scoring after twenty five seconds, Maeda missing a sitter after some great work down the right hand side from Zemmama. Celtic were determined to start well to this campaign and Scott McDonald shot inches wide after capitalizing on a loose ball in the Hibernian defence. Hibernian’s players worked hard in this game, determined to get something out of it, and the atmosphere helped the Hibernian players rise to the occasion. Ishikawa missed a good chance, after being well placed inside the box, twenty minutes gone. Celtic broke the deadlock after that, Barry Robson smashing the ball high into the net from close in after a good run from the left hand sided player. 1-0 Celtic, twenty five minutes played. Riordan nearly equalised minutes after the opener, creating a stupendous save out of Jorg Butt. Maeda shot inches wide for Hibernian as they pushed and pushed for an equaliser. Half Time 1-0 to Celtic.

The second half was all Celtic. They played excellent football making sure they won this game and sending a clear message out to the rest of the league that they are in it to win it. Gojko Kacar shot from twenty yards out bringing a great save out of Graham Stack, who could only parry the ball into the path of Debutant Craig Bellamy who smashed the rebound into the net for 2-0. Scott McDonald dispossessed a Hibernian defender seconds later, and he drove a stunning twenty yard shot into the top corner to seal the points for Celtic, fifty one minutes played. Robson nearly grabbed himself a second soon after, shooting into the side netting. The fans thought it was in on the far side. Kacar again was creative on his debut for Celtic, playing a smooth ball out to Robson who tore past the last man and superbly chipped the out coming Graham Stack for 4-0 Celtic. Ishikawa nearly got a consolation for Hibs soon after, his wonderful twenty yard volley coming back off the crossbar. Scott McDonald put the icing on the cake in the eighty fourth minute, running past two Hibernian defenders before slotting past the desperate dive of Stack. 5-0 Celtic. Ishikawa got the goal he deserved in the eighty eight minute, curling a sublime shot from outside the box into the top corner. Hibernian 1-5 Celtic was the final score, and Celtic move top on goal difference.

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Line Ups


Ferrari ---- Friedrich ---- Munoz ----- Villagra

Gimenez ---- Ahumada ---- Correa ---- Arango



Owen ---- Negredo

Anderson ---- Jenas ---- Huggel ---- Obertan


Evans ---- Brown ---- Neville

Van Der Sar

United Kick Off SMFA Campaign With Win In Argentina

Manchester United's good start to the season continued last night as they returned from Argentina with three points in SMFA Cup Group E. Manager Harvey gave his second string a chance to impress and handed debuts to Benjamin Huggel, Jermaine Jenas & Alvaro Negredo. a 3-0 win sees them top the group early on as they now try and prepare for Liverpool's visit to Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

United came out the blocks quicker than their opponents and could have taken an early lead had Anderson been able to keep his composure infront of goal. To their credit, River Plate came back into the game and created chances of their own. Diego Buonanotte looked lively and on 17 minutes his squared pass found Juan Arango whose stinging left footed effort just went wide. Debutant Jermaine Jenas rattled the crossbar on 24 minutes but the signs were there of the deadlock being broken. Michael Owen was the man to do exactly that when the England striker met Obertan's cross with the outside of the boot and placed the ball into the bottom corner. On the stroke of half time, Owen came close to doubling his tally but his well-struck drive went the wrong side of the post.

In contrast to the first period, the beginning of the second half saw River Plate all over United. Juan Arango was giving Gary Neville problems down the left hand side and the Venezuelan should have grabbed a quick equaliser but he couldn't find the target. Cristian Villagra came closer to getting the all important equaliser but Wes Brown did well to clear off the line. The controversial point in the game was on 70 minutes when Brazilian midfielder Anderson went in two-footed on Diego Buonanotte, which resulted in a red card. Harvey explained afterwards he had no objections to the decision. River now had a man advantage and they pressed continuously, but the space they left at the back was exploited on 79 minutes. Gabriel Obertan rose high to meet Ben Huggel's cross and the Frenchman's header was equally impressive as the ball in to the box. Just three minutes later, Owen Hargreaves ensured victory for the Red Devils with a tidy finish inside the box.


Owen opens the scoring for United


Hargreaves seals the three points late on in Argentina

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Late Show For United

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Park 19'

Yobo 36'

Yakubu 74'

Assuncao 75'

Rooney 79'

Van Der Sar

Vidic ---- Ferdinand ---- Evra


Park ---- Scholes ---- Carrick ---- Giggs

Rooney ---- Owen


Pudil ----------- Osman -------- Pienaar

Rodwell ---- Neville

Baines ---- J. Yobo ---- Jagielka ---- Neill


Manchester United hosted Everton at Old Trafford last night as they looked to continue their unbeaten start to the season and take advantage of an Everton side that hadn't won all season. The Toffees started brightly however and made it difficult for United to create any clear cut chances. It was in fact former United player Phil Neville who had the first strike of the match and what a strike it was, though Edwin Van Der Sar was equal to it. United broke the deadlock on 19 minutes when Park Ji-Sung tapped home Patrice Evra's cross, giving Tim Howard no chance. Michael Owen saw his 22nd minute effort flash wide of the post before that same player struck a great overhead kick which clipped the crossbar before going over. The last action of the first half saw Everton get an equaliser. A corner from Steven Pienaar found Nigerian defender Joseph Yobo who powered his header past Van Der Sar. The teams went into the interval level.

Veteran Paul Scholes struck early in the second half and his low shot almost found the bottom corner. On the hour mark former Toffees star Wayne Rooney had a chance to put his side ahead but Howard did well to narrow the angle and saved down to his left hand side. Everton went up the other end and crafted a chance of their own, South Africa international Steven Pienaar had a free header from 10 yards out but it went way wide of the post. The away side took a shock lead on 74 minutes through Yakubu, as his hopeful shot from an acute angle deflected off Rio Ferdinand and crept into the near post. United's response was instant. Paul Scholes' wonderfully weighted pass found the run of midfield partner Paulo Assuncao, and the former Atletico Madrid man slotted the ball between the legs of Howard to once again level the scores. The game was crying out for one piece of magic to settle the fixture, and it came late on from Wayne Rooney. The boyhood Everton supporter was getting abuse from the travelling fans and he responded on the pitch with a stunning solo effort. Rooney beat Jagielka first before dropping his shoulder to get past Joseph Yobo and he hit an unstoppable shot into the far corner. Rooney hit the bar just two minutes later but his goal was enough to give United a well-earned three points.


Park Ji Sung opens the scoring on 19 minutes


Rooney takes on the Everton defence before...


Smashing past Tim Howard to get the late winner for Utd.

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Norwich City have appointed local boy, Rhys Hunt as their new manager, but that didn't spell the end for Scottish manager, Paul Lambert, who has been appointed Hunt's assistant manager at Carrow Road.

Hunt has always wanted to manage his local side, and he has his wish. He has said that he will get the Canaries promoted in his first season in charge and promises all the loyal fans of this club that they will be back where they belong in at least 3 seasons, and that is the promise land of the Premier League.

Hunt has already started to ring the changes at Carrow Road, with the club bringing in loanee's from Premier League top dogs, Chelsea. The first loanee to arrive in Norfolk was probably the most high-profile signing with Emiliano THIAGO SILVA arriving from West London, and will be a huge rock in the City defense and Hunt has already announced Thiago Silva as club captain. The second player to arrive from Chelsea was Serbian starlet, Nemanja MATIC. The 21-year old will be the main man in Norwich's midfield. It has also been reported that Rhys Hunt has been in talks with Birmingham City over the possible loan of Garry O'CONNOR.


"Mario (Matic) and Emiliano (Thiago Silva) are superb signings for us. They are fantastic young players, with bright futures. I would like to thank Dai Winston, for making these loans possible. Both players will be with us until the end of the season!".


Nemanja MATIC joins Norwich on loan from Chelsea

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GC83 - Lyon

Bafetimbi Gomis Can Leave For Two Young 85/86/87 With A Future Or An Old 90 Striker

Pjanic The Same As Gomis But Midfielder's

Bastos The Same As Above

Cris Can Leave For Two 88's Youngish (Defenders)

Makoun Two Youngish 88's (Midfielder's)

Govou Two Youngish 88's (Strikers/Midfielder's)

Bodmer Same As Cris

If You Think Its Two Steap Just Dont Bid.

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Happy With My Lyon Squad Now, I Was Indecisive In The Previous Games As I Didn't Know What To Play My Strongest XI In But Now I Have Sorted That All Out, And I Am Fully Focused On The League In My First Season So I Have The Time To Build Up A Squad That Can Compete In All Competitions. So Tonight's Game Against Bordeaux Will Be A Test As My Best XI Will Be Playing Tonight So Will Be A Nice Insight On How My Season Should Go. But In Other News All Players Can Leave For P/E.

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English Premier League - Fixture 5 - Review

Manchester United 7-1 West Ham United

Manchester United recovered quickly from Wednesday's derby defeat to rivals Manchester City, hitting seven past West Ham. The Red Devils made an extremely impressive start to the game and took a 5th minute lead through Anderson. Rooney (2), Park and Carrick all added soon after to make the score 5-0 with just 20 minutes gone. Carrick grabbed his second against his former club before half time, and United's only goal of the second half came from Wayne Rooney to complete his hat trick. West Ham got a consolation goal on 78 minutes through Guille Franco but it didn't take the shine off a great performance from the home side.


Wayne Rooney scored 3 of United's 7 at Old Trafford.

Sunderland 2-2 Hull City

The smart money was perhaps on a home win at the Stadium of Light but Hull City showed they are certainly no pushovers. In fact, it was the away side who took a two goal lead early on. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink notched two goals before the half hour mark to give the Tigers something to protect. Macnelly Torres pulled one back for Sunderland on 33 minutes, incidentally his first for the club since joining from Colo Colo. The score stayed at 2-1 for some time despite the Black Cats' domination, but the North East club did grab an equaliser eight minutes from time through Steed Malbranque. All square at the Stadium of Light.


Steed Malbranque opened his tally for the season to earn Sunderland a point.

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Two clubs chasing top 4 finishes met at Villa Park in what was expected to be a close-faught game. Villa manager Joseph Birks rested his first XI and started with fringe players such as Cliff Gardner and Fabian Delph. It was a close game but two moments of magic from Luka Modric settled it. On 18 minutes, the Croatian opened the scoring with a nonchalant lob over Brad Friedel before just 15 minutes later adding his second, this time with a great dazzling run and a finish to match. The win for Spurs keeps them 2nd in the table while Villa slip down to 15th.


Luke Modric was the difference between the two sides.

Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Birmingham City

Not one for the neutral at Ewood Park as neither side played particularly well. Very few chances were created in the first half, probably the best falling to Nikola Kalinic, but the forward's effort didn't really trouble Joe Hart. The one special moment in the game came on 50 minutes when "Chuco" Benitez curled in a great shot from 25 yards, the goal which turned out to be the winner. It was Benitez's 4th goal in 5 games and he is clearly enjoying his football in England since joining from Santos Laguna. Birmingham stay in 6th place while Blackburn sit 19th.


Christian Benitez notched his 4th goal in 5 games.

Portsmouth 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves will feel slightly aggrieved to walk away from Fratton Park with just a point last night after a good performance. Despite having more of the ball and creating far more chances, they couldn't get the all-important goal. Matt Jarvis & Kevin Doyle were just a couple of the players denied by a seemingly unbeatable David James, although Michael Kightly had a glorious chance in the first half in front of an open goal but fired wide of the post. A bore draw at Fratton Park.


David James made a string of fine saves to keep Wolves scoreless.

Burnley 1-0 Stoke City

A game full of talking points at Turf Moor, but perhaps surrounding officials' decisions more than a great game of football. The first talking point came on 26 minutes when James Beattie was sent off for a last man challenge, although replays have since shown there were other Stoke players in close proximity. Next came the only goal of the game on 41 minutes, when Burnley's German Denis ran in one-on-one with Thomas Sorensen and finished well, but Stoke strongly appealed for offside. Referee Vladimir Hrinak then evened it out to 10-a-side when he sent off Tyrone Mears for two bookable offences. Stoke were unable to find an equaliser, and the win for Burnley moves them up to 7th.


The officials came in for criticism during the Burnley's 1-0 win over Stoke.

Wigan Athletic 0-5 Manchester City

Two teams from Lancashire met at the DW Stadium but there was only one winner here. Things didn't look great for Wigan when Gareth Barry opened the scoring within seconds of the kick off. Royston Drenthe and Gonzalo Higuain added goals before half time and City's rout completed in the second half with goals from Luis Suarez and Drenthe again. City stay top of the league with 13 points from the first 5 games, while Wigan are bottom with five losses and zero points.


Royston Drenthe was on form for City, grabbing a goal in each half.

Fulham 1-1 Everton

Fulham had enjoyed a good start to the season while their opponents, Everton, had been fairly disappointing by their standards. The two met at Craven Cottage last night in a very even game, with neither of them seeming able to score the opener. Fans had to wait until 73 minutes for the deadlock to be broken, and it was joyous for the travelling supporters. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov took advantage of some poor defending to slot the ball between Schwarzer's legs. With Everton looking good for their lead, disaster struck for the Toffees on 88 minutes. Young defender Seamus Coleman has been very impressive so far in his short career but he will certainly want to forget this, as he inadvertently put Zoltan Gera's cross into his own net.


It was a day to forget for youngster Seamus Coleman as his own goal lost the Toffees two points.

Chelsea 5-0 Bolton Wanderers

Chelsea proved their title credentials at Stamford Bridge as they defeated Bolton 5-0. Despite their impressive team performance, it was young Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato who stole the headlines as he netted a first half hat trick. His three goals take his season tally to 6 in 5 games, seeing him level at the top of the scoring charts. The other goals came from midfield partnership Frank Lampard and Michael Essien, leaving Chelsea in 3rd place and Bolton down to 18th.


Pato gave a man of the match performance for the Blues.

Liverpool 6-0 Arsenal

Probably the most surprising result of the evening saw Liverpool destroy Arsenal 6-0 at Anfield. The two title challengers, members of the "Big 4" were expected to contest a close battle but Liverpool were the only side that turned up. Dirk Kuyt gave them a 1-0 half time lead, before goals from Albert Riera, Jamie Carragher and Jeremy Toulalan (3) heaped more misery on the Arsenal fans.


Toulalan netted his sixth in five games for Liverpool since joining from Lyon.

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Lille OSC has just announced the hiring of Manager Daniel Vaz. In the press conference this morning, Vaz said that he was "more than ready to take control of what is more than a quality side." He also said that he would like to take full advantage of his untouched transfer budget.

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Napoli sign defender Maidana

Naples – ESPN reports, Former Banfield defender Jonatan Maidana joined the Seria A side Napoli on Thursday inking a deal worth 8.6million over 2 years. The Argentine player's contract with Argertine side Banfield has expired following four seasons in Argentina. He is joining Napoli on a free transfer after an impressive trial earlier this month.

The 24-year-old Maidana is set to play a vital role with in the Naples backline He has saw action sparingly with Banfield dressing only 6 times last season due to injury.

"This was the hardest decision I've had to make in my career, but at the end of the day I felt it was the right time to test myself at the highest level," Maidana said. "Having had a short spell over here when I was younger, I knew all about the passion for football in this country and that helped to draw me back."

"The Seria A is one of the best leagues in the world and I was really excited when this opportunity came up. Now I am looking forward to getting involved and getting started."

Napoli is currently in 5th place, 5 points back of first place Fiorentina.

"Maidana has been training with us and he has done well," Napoli manager Phil Wong said. "He has a great energy and desire, and he wants to show that he can play in the best league in the world, so he is a young man with a point to prove."

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Manchester City Latest News

Manchester City boss Bienfait Raven has told the press none of is Key players will leave in the summer.



The latest signing Jovetic is already been link with a move away from the club this summer with Roma. FC Porto. Internazionale. Chelsea. Atlético Madrid all interested but the manager Bienfait Raven will have the last word on that.

Luis Suarez


Uruguayan Inernational Suarez after some poor form in the last couple of games and loosing is position to Highuain he was able to kick back with some amazing performance also helping the team to beat Arsenal 3-0 at home but Jovetic was man of the match with 2 goals. but is future at City is decreasing every week but Bienfait told the press he doesnt want to let him go.



the team Captain Tevez still on top form since the start of season and also sign a 2 years deal to stay at City and want to help the team to win trophies.



after is move from Real Madrid to City. Highuain had to work hard to get into the starting 11. and he manage to break in with some stunning performance in UEFA CUP. but he also made it clear he will not leave City this summer.



The young Brazilian striker Neymar was asked in the intervieux in a Brazil Radio how will manage to make into the starting 11 with Jovetic , Suarez , Highuain , Tevez all fighting for a place after you rejected 5 loan Move?

well first of all they are all good players and l dont want to go on loan l want to fight like everyone else l have a lots of respect for the manager am sure he will make good decision he laugh.
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Giggs 3 & 10'

Pato 5'

Scholes 11 & 58'

Anderson 39'

Essien 60'

Rooney 66'


Vidic ---- Ferdinand ---- Evra


Park ---- Anderson ---- Scholes ---- Giggs

Rooney ---- Berbatov

Pato ---- Anelka

Malouda ---- Lampard ---- Hamsik ---- Trochowski


Bosingwa ---- Terry ---- A. Cole


Manchester United clinched the Premier League title last night in a dramatic final day of the season. United went into their home game with Chelsea lying in 2nd place in the league, one point behind local rivals Manchester City. With a SMFA Cup semi final 2nd leg fast approaching, Harvey risked his first XI in the hope that Man City would drop points, and it paid off. 6-2 certainly flattered the home side in what was quite an even game at Old Trafford.

The Blues went into this game with Champions League qualification assured and just playing to maintain 3rd place, while United still had hopes of winning the title. It was a fast and furious start to the game and the Red Devils took the lead on 3 minutes. Ryan Giggs was put through on goal by Anderson and the Welshman kept his cool, sending Petr Cech the wrong way. It was the perfect start for United but they threw it all away just two minutes later. Alexandre Pato had enjoyed a great debut season for Chelsea and after his first shot was saved by Victor Valdes, the Brazilian international followed it up with a toe poke to silence Old Trafford. Ji Sung Park went close on 8 minutes as his long range effort narrowly went wide. The Korean had already netted 16 times this season and is United's 3rd highest scorer. His opposite winger Ryan Giggs was in fine form though and it was the veteran who regained United's lead. Giggs broke the offside trap and yet again beat Petr Cech, this time slotting through the keepers legs. Cech was helpless for the first two goals but his mistake resulted in United's third of the game almost immediately after the restart. Chelsea gifted away possession and another United legend Paul Scholes struck the ball from distance. It was a tame shot by Scholes' standards but the ball squirmed under Cech's body and over the line. 3-1 to the home side with just 11 minutes gone. The game slowed down a little and most of the play was in the middle of the park. Piotr Trochowski looked to be through on goal when he ran onto Michael Essien's through ball but the linesmans flag stopped him in his tracks. Six minutes before the half time whistle, Brazilian Luis Anderson burst into the Chelsea box, rounded Cech and slotted home to make it 4-1, but celebrations were dampened at Old Trafford as news filtered through from Villa Park that Gonzalo Higuain had put City 1-0 up. Eddie Ilderton blew the whistle and brought an end to an eventful first half.

Chelsea started brightly in the second half and almost pulled one back had it not been for a fine fingertip save from Victor Valdes, denying Florent Malouda. On 58 minutes the game was as good as over, Paul Scholes grabbing his second of the game finishing off a slick move from close range. United must have become a little complacent though. Just two minutes after Scholes' goal, Michael Essien scored a beauty from distance to make it 5-2, and gave Chelsea some hope of a comeback. The Old Trafford crowd were in full voice on 63 minutes - not because United had scored but because Aston Villa had equalised against Manchester City. Wayne Rooney added his 31st league goal of the campaign three minutes later but all eyes were on Villa Park. Villa keeper Brad Friedel made some good saves late on and United fans could celebrate when the full time whistle went. An amazing last day of the season had ended in celebration for the Red Devils and they can now focus on Sunday's SMFA Cup semi final against Marseille, where they currently hold a 2-0 lead.


Ryan Giggs opens the scoring with just 3 minutes played.


Paul Scholes makes it 3-1 with just 11 minutes on the clock.


Wayne Rooney celebrates his 31st of the season and in the meantime made it 6-1 to United.



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