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Sir Alex Ferguson barged by linesman v Chelsea

More trouble for Fergie with officials… this time the linesman crashes in to him!

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

18:08 GMT, 10 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:49 GMT, 10 March 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson's relationship with officials has been strained this week, after Nani was harshly sent off in the Champions League against Real Madrid and his side crashed out.

And now they're physically turning on him too – the Manchester United boss was minding his own business on the touchline in the FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea when the linesman barged in to him.

But instead of exploding in fury,
Ferguson saw the funny side and cracked a smile afterwards while rubbing
his arm where he had been hit.

Watch out: The linesman barges past Sir Alex on the sideline

Watch out: The linesman barges past Sir Alex on the sideline

Barge: The linesman knocks Sir Alex

Barge: The linesman knocks Sir Alex

ITV pundit and former United player Roy
Keane also found the whole thing amusing, making a joke in the studio
referencing his outspoken views over the Nani red card.

On Wednesday, Keane fought against the tide of people claiming Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir was wrong to dismiss the Portugal star for a 'dangerous' challenge.

And he joked that the linesman could have been dismissed for 'dangerous play' after his skirmish with Fergie on Sunday night.

Ian Harte calls Giovanni Trapattoni a clown

You clown! Harte slams Trapattoni after claiming Republic boss 'didn't know he was Irish'

and World Cup 2014 campaigns.

The former Leeds, Levante and Carlisle United left back, 35, who earned the last of his 63 Ireland caps in 2007, has not been considered for selection since Trapattoni took over from Steve Staunton five years ago.

In a question and answer session on Twitter, Harte tweeted: ‘To all the people asking if I have retired from international football.no I haven’t trap didn’t even know I was Irish #whataclown’.

'Clown': Trapattoni has come in for heavy criticism since Euro 2012

'Clown': Trapattoni has come in for heavy criticism since Euro 2012

Back to his best: Harte has impressed for Reading in the Premier League this season

Back to his best: Harte has impressed for Reading in the Premier League this season

Two years ago Harte claimed that
Ireland’s predominantly Italian back-room staff had admitted to one
Irish player that they were unaware Harte was an experienced
international who had played in the 2002 World Cup Finals under Mick
McCarthy.

Trapattoni later dismissed Harte’s criticism during the pre-match press conference on Tuesday night, saying: 'I know him and saw many games and two years ago he was old enough.

'We have Stephen Ward and we welcome back Greg Cunningham now just as we knew about Kevin Kilbane. We know this.

'I don’t answer him. Which manager thinks about Sammon, Hendrick Ask manager of Harte who these players are.'

Meanwhile, Derby striker Connor Sammon will make his debut against Poland tomorrow night.

The former Wigan forward, sold by Roberto Martinez in the summer, has been handed his first game for the Republic ahead of Wolves striker Kevin Doyle.

Sammon, called up by manager Trapattoni last week, has impressed in training in Dublin over the last two days.

He will partner West Bromwich Albion
striker Shane Long from the start in the Aviva Stadium. Captain Robbie
Keane has been left out of the World Cup warm-up game – Ireland face
Austria and Sweden next month – as he prepares for the new MLS season.

Trapattoni said: 'He is robust and
quick. The big man they are not generally so agile and sensible with the
ball. He can defend the ball very well up front and attack their
defence quickly.

Veteran: Harte has earned 63 caps for the Republic, scoring 12 goals

Veteran: Harte has earned 63 caps for the Republic, scoring 12 goals

Veteran: Harte has earned 63 caps for the Republic, scoring 12 goals

'He can also play. He is big and bold
and strong but usually such players are not so quick. I hope he can
continue because we have been impressed over the two days with us and
with his club.'

The Ireland manager has left out Sunderland keeper Keiren Westwood after he failed to get a move out of Wearside during the January transfer window.

Millwall keeper David Forde, who has been a regular this season, takes his place and could now play his first competitive games next month. Veteran Shay Given will be available next month but Trapattoni looks set to ignore his availability for international matches.

Wayne Rooney to stop taking penalties for Manchester United

Spot of bother: Rooney hands over penalty duties to Van Persie after series of misses

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

10:22 GMT, 2 February 2013

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UPDATED:

11:59 GMT, 2 February 2013

Wayne Rooney has announced will stop taking penalties for Manchester United and hand the responsibility over to strike partner Robin van Persie.

The England striker admitted his form from 12 yards has not been good enough and feels it is time to allow Van Persie to become the designated penalty taker.

Rooney’s record from the spot during his Old Trafford career is poor with 17 goals from 28 attempts and his most recent miss against West Ham in the FA Cup proved to be his last.

Over it goes: Wayne Rooney misses from the spot against West Ham

Over it goes: Wayne Rooney misses from the spot against West Ham

Ryan Giggs stepped up to take the spot kick against Fulham in the FA Cup last week – and scored – despite Rooney being on the pitch.

And Rooney said: 'To be honest, it was my choice. At a club like this, to miss two penalties the way I have and not hit the target was not good enough.

'I went in to speak with the manager and said, 'I spoke with Robin van Persie and said he can take them'.’

Rooney has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks with former United captain Roy Keane saying the miss against West Ham would be the 'last penalty' Rooney would take.

Over it goes: Rooney sees his effort go over the bar

Over it goes: Rooney sees his effort go over the bar

Meanwhile, Sir Bobby Charlton has hailed Rooney and backed the Manchester United striker to join the growing list of players to reach a century of England caps.

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole is set to become the seventh player to make 100 England appearances when Brazil visit Wembley on Wednesday, and Charlton fully expects Rooney – who has 78 caps at the age of 27 – to follow suit.

That's it: Rooney decided to stop taking penalties after this miss

That's it: Rooney decided to stop taking penalties after this miss

Charlton, England's record goalscorer with 49 goals in 106 internationals, said in the new book England Centurions: 'Wayne Rooney has the potential to reach 100 caps and much more. He is a great talent, an automatic choice when we have a shortage of top international talent.'

Cole will follow in the footsteps of Peter Shilton (125), David Beckham (115), Bobby Moore (108), Charlton, Billy Wright (105) and Steven Gerrard (100) in reaching the milestone if he takes the field against Brazil.

Charlton said of the 32-year-old: 'Ashley Cole is a good player, and no-one could not be considered top quality to reach 100 caps, and also in top condition because it does demand stamina to play on for so long.

'So I would wish all those reaching 100 caps 'good luck'.'

Robbie Keane training with Tottenham

Robbie returns to Tottenham… but he's only there to train

with Galaxy and Ireland.

'It's been a long season, with the Euros and what have you. I've a few little niggles that need to be sorted out so I don't think at this moment in time it would be right for me to go anywhere,' he told Sky Sports.

Galaxy of stars: Keane in action with David Beckham for the American side

Galaxy of stars: Keane in action with David Beckham for the American side

Edgar Davids – The Footballers Football Column: Players are predators that"s why Benitez may struggle at Chelsea

EDGAR DAVIDS: Players are predators that's why Benitez may struggle at Chelsea… And sometimes the best players are not the most talented – just look at Roy Keane

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Edgar Davids today launches a new series of columns for Sportsmail titled The Footballers' Football Column. They're about the game, written by people involved in the game.
European champion Davids has won 11 major trophies (and we mean 'major', we're not counting Super Cups and Community Shield-type trophies). He was capped 74 times for Holland. Now player-manager at League Two Barnet, 'The Pitbull' has plenty to say…

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Who are you People chant it at stadiums – 'Who are ya Who are ya' – but I think it’s a funny thing to sing, even to the opposite team, because what are they actually asking

Ask most people and they will say their name or profession, but you have to know who you are, both physically and mentally. It’s really important in football, because then you know your trigger points, how to adapt and improve.

It’s one of the first things I do when I start working with players, especially the younger ones.

Post man: A 19-year-old Davids defending the near post for Ajax in November 1992

Post man: A 19-year-old Davids defending the near post for Ajax in November 1992. It was at Ajax he played on with serious dental work

As a footballer, for example, sometimes you have pain. But
is it pain you can play with, or will playing only make it worse I
think more than 70 per cent of players play with injuries.

They always have something wrong with
them. I can’t even remember playing a game without pain. People don’t
see the determination behind getting on the pitch every week.

If your manager needs you to play it’s like: 'Yes sir, I will play.'

I remember at Ajax getting a kick in
my face and when I touched my mouth for the first time I couldn’t feel
any teeth. I had almost about 40 injections and braces and the next day I
went in for training.

The manager wanted me back the following Sunday and that was it. Get on with it.

I know myself, so that’s the main
thing. Visually, my trademarks have always been my glasses and hair. My
knowledge of myself hasn't changed much over the years.

You need to develop and stay ahead of
the competition. Being a coach now, you see some young guys who don’t
know themselves – but they think they do.

Some of them really in believe in the
hype. When they’re asked who they are, they would say 'a football
player'. They believe all the hype that comes with that.

That's why I can understand people thinking Arsene Wenger should bring back Thierry Henry to Arsenal. If you have a young team, you also need guys to guide them.

With Thierry, he’s a charismatic
person and he was Arsenal’s team leader for a long time. He knows the
dressing room and how the club works.

Pain game: Davids, 39, suffers an arm injury during Barnet's draw at Exeter last weekend

Pain game: Davids, 39, suffers an arm injury during Barnet's draw at Exeter last weekend

It’s very important to have someone
like that, who isn’t a coach or an assistant manager, because most of
the time, the coaches have got to keep a professional distance from the
players.

If you look at a player like Roy
Keane you would say: 'He’s a great player but you don’t see the
leadership and the energy he transmitted to the team which make him a
world class player.

You can’t measure that. Sometimes the
best players are not the most talented, but what they do for your team
is very, very valuable: they help your team keep its shape, desire and
discipline and they know their limitations.

King Henry: Thierry scores to make it 7-1 to Arsenal against Blackburn last February. His worth to Arsenal is more than just goals

King Henry: Thierry scores to make it 7-1 to Arsenal against Blackburn last February. His worth to Arsenal is more than just goals

Keen on Keane: Manchester United's former captain, here clashing with Arsenal's Patrick Vieira in 1991, was not the greatest talent but was a top, top player

Keen on Keane: Manchester United's former captain, here clashing with Arsenal's Patrick Vieira in 1991, was not the greatest talent but was a top, top player

THE NEXT FOOTBALLERS' FOOTBALL COLUMN…

Tomorrow: Mad Dog Martin Allen – Did I dive 'Course I did…

Then you have players who are
brilliantly gifted but, if they’re having a bad day, it’s like playing
with 10 men. If he’s on fire, it’s like playing with 12, so you have to
take that risk because he’s that good.

In south America it’s different – if
you’re that good they’ll just leave you be – but, in Holland, we have
been taught that everybody has to be the same.

My philosophy is a little bit
different. If the group accepted it, I did too. Is this how I want to
play, or not You have to be flexible, but you can only be flexible if
you know yourself.

Football players can be like predators.
They will study you. They will try to find your weakness. It’s ego. The
guys who are not playing will watch you like hawks. They will be on
your case because they all want to play in their position no matter who
the coach is.

If a player or a coach is under
pressure and the others think he is going to leave there is only brief
respect. That could be hard for Rafa Benitez, for example.

Captain, leader, Pitbull: Barnet player/manager Edgar Davids makes his point to referee Christopher Sarginson at half-time during the 2-2 draw at Exeter last Saturday

Captain, leader, Pitbull: Barnet player/manager Edgar Davids makes his point to referee Christopher Sarginson at half-time during the 2-2 draw at Exeter last Saturday

The main man: Davids (centre) has been installed as the solo head coach at Underhill after Mark Robson (left) departed the club. Director of football Paul Fairclough is seated (right)

The main man: Davids (centre) has been installed as the solo head coach at Underhill after Mark Robson (left) departed the club. Director of football Paul Fairclough is seated (right)

I don’t know what the dynamics are at
Chelsea, but if everyone knows a manager is only going to be there for
six months it’s very hard.

We have a saying: 'New round, new
chances'. That’s why you usually see an immediate improvement when a new
manager comes in, because that little game is starting again.

Football is very passionate,
of course it is, but it’s also a business. As a player, you want to
improve, you want to have a certain salary, play in the position you
want to play and maybe have a shot at a championship or play in the
Champions League.

You don’t think about playing in a
different shirt in front of different fans. It’s more about wanting to
go somewhere at the top and improve yourself. It’s a short career, after
all. But if you play for certain teams with certain fans winning and
high in the hierarchy is living the dream.

UEFA Champions League Final, Vienna, Austria, 24th May 1995, Ajax 1 v AC Milan 0, Frank Rijkaard (centre) and team-mate Edgar Davids hold the trophy aloft as they celebrate their victory

Torres warning: The Chelsea striker, in action during the 5-1 demolition of Leeds, must score more goals according to Davids

Show us your medals: Davids lifts the 1995 Champions League trophy with Frank Ri9jkarrd at Ajax and Torres (right) in action during the 5-1 Capital One Cup demolition of Leeds, needs to score more goals

Money often plays its part in
football. If you’re the best player but you’re not paid the best wages,
you can feel and can be seen lower in the hierarchy and that’s a pride
thing.

If you’re the best player you want to
be paid the best wages. It’s not necessarily about the money but it’s
about feeling appreciated and your skills and worth recognised. Titles
and a reflective wage is relevant is all businesses and industries.

Look at Fernando Torres at Chelsea.
He joined the club and he sat on the bench, but he still earned his
money and got a Champions League winner's medal. Would he have been
happy No.

He’s a good player but he hasn’t
scored too many goals for Chelsea. Now he’s doing better but he’s a
striker: he’s got to score more goals. He would definitely want to be a
more dominant force for his side than he currently is.

TOMORROW'S FOOTBALLERS' FOOTBALL COLUMN: MAD DOG MARTIN ALLEN – DIVE 'COURSE I DID

Leicester 6 Huddersfield 1 – match report

Leicester 6 Huddersfield 1: New boy Wood bags brace as sorry Terriers are hit for six

PUBLISHED:

18:01 GMT, 1 January 2013

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UPDATED:

07:25 GMT, 2 January 2013

Chris Wood marked his Leicester debut with two goals as the Foxes emphatically brushed aside struggling Huddersfield to maintain their place in the npower Championship play-off positions.

The New Zealand international, who netted 11 times on loan at Millwall before he was recalled by West Brom, completed his switch to the King Power Stadium this morning and needed just six minutes to open his Leicester account.

Wood formed an excellent understanding with the dangerous David Nugent and added his second midway through the first half before Ritchie De Laet's first Foxes goal capped off an outstanding 45 minutes.

Things got better for Leicester after the break as Anthony Knockaert bagged a quickfire brace and, after Scott Arfield netted a consolation, Martyn Waghorn converted late on to help City secure their second successive victory.

Impact: Wood scored twice on his Leicester debut

Impact: Wood scored twice on his Leicester debut

MATCH FACTS

Leicester: Schmeichel, Keane, Konchesky, Morgan, De Laet, Marshall (Dyer 66), Drinkwater, James, Knockaert (Gallagher 74), Nugent (Waghorn 57), Wood.

Subs Not Used: Logan, King, Moore, Futacs.

Goals: Wood 6, 24, De Laet 45, Knockaert 49, 51, Waghorn 76.

Huddersfield: Smithies (Bennett 46), Wallace, Lynch (Dixon 55), Gerrard, Hammill, Hunt, Arfield, Southern, Clayton (Norwood 81), Novak, Vaughan.

Subs Not Used: Peter Clarke, Scannell, Robinson, Atkinson.

Booked: Lynch.

Goals: Arfield 60.

Att: 25,913

Ref: Mark Haywood

Click here for all the latest Championship table, fixtures and results

The Terriers' struggles continued and they have now gone 10 games without a win.

In a frantic opening, Town midfielder
Adam Clayton had to hack the ball off the line to prevent Knockaert
from breaking the deadlock, while James Vaughan – replacing Jermaine
Beckford who is ineligible to play against his parent club, fired over
from a tight angle.

The Foxes opened the scoring thanks
to Wood, who rose highest to nod in from close range after Alex Smithies
had brilliantly kept out Nugent's header from Knockaert's cross.

Nugent then burst into the box and unleashed a shot that Smithies saved
before the former England striker headed Paul Konchesky's cross wide.

The hosts' front two continued to cause havoc for the Terriers defence
and they were both involved in the second goal after 24 minutes. Wood
linked up superbly with the impressive Nugent and fired a low shot that
flew in off the post.

Wood wasted a chance to complete his treble, heading wide from 12 yards nine minutes before the interval.

Leicester went in at half-time 3-0 ahead. Knockaert picked up the ball
35 yards out and after teasing the Town defence, fed full-back De Laet
who fired past Smithies.

City started the second half where they left off in the first as Knockaert scored twice in three minutes.

Rout: Knockaert scored two goals in three minutes during the thumping win

Rout: Knockaert scored two goals in three minutes during the thumping win

The Frenchman swept home the overlapping Konchesky's cut back from 12
yards and then after fooling the visiting defence with some eye-catching
trickery, he darted through two players and curled a shot past Ian
Bennett, replacing the injured Smithies at half-time.

Huddersfield got on the scoresheet in the 59th minute thanks to Arfield,
who converted after Kasper Schmeichel had parried his initial shot.

That sparked the visitors into life, with Arfield heading over and
Schmeichel denying Lee Novak a goal on his 100th start for Huddersfield.

Arfield and Clayton combined to set up Adam Hammill and the on-loan Wolves winger fired a 25-yard shot wide.

Despite the pressure, Leicester grabbed a sixth 15 minutes from time
when Waghorn, a replacement for Nugent, volleyed home after Wood nodded
Konchesky's delivery back across goal.

Roy Keane favourite to take over at Nottingham Forest as Sean O"Driscoll sacked after beating Leeds

Keane set to return at old club Forest to replace O'Driscoll after watching his final win over Leeds

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UPDATED:

08:31 GMT, 27 December 2012

Roy Keane is the frontrunner to become the new Nottingham Forest boss.

Sean O'Driscoll was rewarded for
Forest’s Boxing Day thrashing of Leeds with the sack, leaving the
Championship club looking for their fifth manager in four years.

The Kuwaiti owners, who appointed O’Driscoll in July, just 25 games ago, have decided that he is no longer the man for the job.

Next in line Roy Keane was in the stands as Forest routed Leeds

Next in line Roy Keane was in the stands as Forest routed Leeds

Sacked: Sean O'Driscoll has left Forest

Sacked: Sean O'Driscoll has left Forest

Forest are one point off the
play-offs but that is not good enough for the Al Hasawi family, who may
now look to former City Ground favourite Keane.

Keane was a spectator as in-form
Leeds were put to the sword and is available for employment after his
failures at Ipswich and Sunderland.

Significantly,
the Al Hasawi family have targeted a manager with Premier League
experience and they have promised him money to buy players next month.

First name on the shopping list should be Billy Sharp, on loan from Southampton and scorer of two goals.

There was not much wrong with any
part of the Forest team against Leeds but getting it right on the day
was still not enough to save O’Driscoll.

When he looks back, nine draws
have probably cost him his job, especially after being allowed to bring
in 11 new players. His record reads: won nine; drawn nine; lost seven.

‘We cannot speak highly enough of
Sean as a man,’ said chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi, before delivering his
damning verdict.

‘He was appointed at an extremely difficult time for
the club and can count himself unlucky to have lost his job with the
team just one point away from the top six.

Hotshot: Sharp's double proved the difference in Forest's victory

Hotshot: Sharp's double proved the difference in Forest's victory

‘But we have a responsibility to look
to the future for this great club because we have huge ambitions for
it. We knew when we bought the club in the summer that it would take
time for the players we bought to settle but that process has taken
longer than we anticipated.

‘We feel we have developed a really
strong squad of players but are still searching for consistency in terms
of team performance, underlined by the fact that we have not won more
than two games in succession in the Championship this season.

‘And with the January transfer window approaching, we feel it’s the right time to make a change.

‘We are looking to bring in an ambitious manager with Premier League experience.’

Spot on: Sharp's penalty brought Forest level

Spot on: Sharp's penalty brought Forest level

Match facts

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Hutton, Ward, Collins, Halford, Cohen, Guedioura, Majewski, Reid, Sharp, Blackstock.
Subs: Darlow, Harding, Gillett, Moussi, McGugan, Cox, Lansbury.

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Agony: Leeds players saw Forest overtake them in the Championship table with victory

Not even Leeds boss Neil Warnock
accusing Sharp of diving, under a challenge from Tom Lees, could
detract from an impressive win. But the Leeds boss tempered his
criticism by adding: ‘I don’t blame Billy at all. He always used to get
penalties for me at Sheffield United.

‘He’s going to go down poleaxed for
the penalty. Don’t give them a chance to dive because they are going to
dive and that was the only way they were going to get back into it.
We’ve been mugged. It’s professionalism. If you look at it in slow
motion the kid (Lees) breathes on him. The goal killed us before
half-time and then we were amateurish for seven minutes in the second
half.’

Ecstacy: Forest are well-placed to challenge for promotion in the New Year

Ecstacy: Forest are well-placed to challenge for promotion in the New Year

O’Driscoll countered: ‘Anybody who has seen Billy Sharp knows he’s not someone who dives.

‘We needed that win after the
disappointing performance at Watford. Billy was a bit under the weather
too but he’s made his name scoring goals.’

Forest went a goal down to Paul Green’s scruffy effort but were level just before half-time when Sharp scored the penalty.

Three goals in seven second-half
minutes by Sharp, a Rodolph Austin own goal and a Dexter Blackstock
header, gave Forest a deserved win. Not enough to save O’Driscoll,
though.

Sir Alex Ferguson forgets dangerous tackles

Is Williams kicking the ball at Van Persie's head really the most dangerous, Fergie

PUBLISHED:

22:54 GMT, 23 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:56 GMT, 23 December 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson described the Robin van Persie incident as ‘the most dangerous thing I’ve seen on a football field for many years’.

But the United boss seems to have forgotten a few cases involving his own club.

APRIL 2001: Roy Keane on Alf-Inge Haaland

After being accused of feigning injury by Haaland when he had ruptured ligaments, Keane took his revenge with a horror lunge on the Norwegian. He later admitted in his book: ‘I’d waited long enough. I f****** hit him hard.’

Roy Keane (red) has his revenge on Alf-Inge Haaland

Roy Keane (red) has his revenge on Alf-Inge Haaland in 2001

JANUARY 1995: Eric Cantona on spectator Matthew Simmons

Sent off for kicking Crystal Palace defender Richard Shaw, Cantona was abused by the home crowd as he left the pitch before launching a kung-fu kick at Palace fan Simmons.

The Frenchman was banned for nine months.

Moments after Eric Cantona (foreground) launched an astonishing two-foot drop kick on Crystal Palace supporter Matthew Simmons

Moments after Eric Cantona (foreground) launched an astonishing two-foot drop kick on Crystal Palace supporter Matthew Simmons in 1995

APRIL 2011: Paul Scholes on Pablo Zabaleta

There are plenty of Scholes tackles to choose from, but his rake on Zabaleta in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final left the Argentinian with a horrible gash on his thigh.

Pablo Zabaleta limps off after the thigh-high challenge from Paul Scholes

Pablo Zabaleta limps off after the thigh-high challenge from Paul Scholes in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final

Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini set for LA Galaxy

Yanks for the memories! Cudicini set for Spurs exit as stopper closes in on LA Galaxy deal

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22:15 GMT, 20 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:15 GMT, 20 December 2012

Carlo Cudicini is close to agreeing a two-year deal to join MLS side LA Galaxy.

Sportsmail revealed the interest last month and talks are at an advanced stage for the 39-year-old.

Moving on: Goalkeeper Cudicini is poised to leave Tottenham next month

Moving on: Goalkeeper Cudicini is poised to leave Tottenham next month

Cudicini is eager to play after falling behind Brad Friedel and Hugo Lloris.

Although 41-year-old Friedel is set
to join Blackburn in January, Cudicini is interested in the idea of
going to Los Angeles and following former teammate Robbie Keane.

Manchester United and City posters ahead of the derby

Welcome to Manchester's new poster boys! Ahead of Sunday's big derby, check out this brilliant collection… and see how they have immortalised Maradona, Pele, Messi and Ronaldo

PUBLISHED:

11:11 GMT, 6 December 2012

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UPDATED:

14:56 GMT, 6 December 2012

Sunday's derby between Manchester United and City brings together some of the world's best players on the same pitch – Robin van Persie and Carlos Tevez, Wayne Rooney and David Silva to name just a few.

And in the build-up to the title tussle at the Eithad Stadium, Sportsmail is showcasing these superb pieces of art that celebrate those involved in the big match.

Van Persie, Rooney, Tevez and Silva are among the Manchester stars immortalised in these stunning pieces from Bosnian designer Zoran Lucic.

He doesn't stop at Manchester, however. Lucic has also designed posters for the game's greatest names – and you can see the best of them below.

Lucic's series – Sucker for Soccer – will form part of an exhibition called Fantasista to be held in London next year. Click here for more details.

Robin van Persie

David Silva

Head to head: Robin van Persie and David Silva will square up in Sunday's derby at the Etihad Stadium

Carlos Tevez

Wayne Rooney

Friends reunited: Carlos Tevez (left) and Wayne Rooney once played together in red… but these days they line up on opposing sides

Safe hands: Joe Hart, one of the world's best goalkeepers, will line up for City on Sunday

Safe hands: Joe Hart, one of the world's best goalkeepers, will line up for City on Sunday

Nemanja Vidic

Ryan Giggs

Red legends: Nemanja Vidic (left) and Ryan Giggs have both experienced plenty of Manchester derbies during their years at United

HERE'S SOME UNITED LEGENDS IMMORTALISED BY THE ARTIST…

Eric Cantona

Roy Keane

Red Devils: Eric Cantona (left) and Roy Keane both captained United under Sir Alex Ferguson

Duncan Edwards

Dennis Viollet

Heroes: Duncan Edwards (left) and Dennis Viollet are also part of the United legends depicted in the series

Denis Law

Bryan Robson

Stars of the show: Denis Law (left) and Bryan Robson

Bobby Charlton

George Best

Busby Babes: Sir Bobby Charlton (left) and George Best are two of Manchester United's greatest ever players

AND HERE'S SOME OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST PLAYERS ON SHOW…

Ronaldo

Pele

Diego Maradona

Zinedine Zidane

Ferenc Puskas

Johan Cruyff

Romario

Gerd Muller

Dennis Bergkamp

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MESSI AND RONALDO ARE BATTLING FOR BALLON D'OR… BUT WHO'S GOT THE BEST POSTER

Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo

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