Shane Palmer, Author at Football Hub

Shane Palmer

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Shane decided to uproot from his convict home-land and move to the sunny shores of Manchester. He was deeply disappointed when he discovered a severe lack of sunshine, or beaches. So he writes about football instead.

Rooney to play against Bayern

Wayne Rooney participated in full-training this morning, before United’s clash with Bayern Munich

Manchester United has received a huge boost in preparation for their Champions League Quarter Final against Bayern Munich, with striker Wayne Rooney likely to be fit.

Rooney participated in training this morning at United’s Carrington facility, after previously sustaining a toe injury last week in the first leg of the tie.

Rooney missed United’s 4-0 away win over Newcastle on the weekend, but will be given until the last minute to prove his fitness by manager David Moyes.

Bayern manager Pep Guardiola is also convinced that Rooney will be on the pitch in Munich on Wednesday night, and was even prepared to wager a large glass of Bavaria’s finest.

“He is going to play. 100 per cent. He is going to play I bet you a big, big glass of beer,” said Guardiola.

“I believe he is… Continue reading →

Champions League Quarter Final draw

The last-eight of the Champions League were paired today in Nyon.

After an inspired performance to progress past Olympiakos, Manchester United has drawn reigning-champions Bayern Munich in the Quarter Finals of the Champions League.

The last-eight teams were paired today in Nyon at UEFA’s headquarters.

FC Barcelona will play an all-Spanish tie with Atletico Madrid, while league rivals Real Madrid will have a rematch of last-season’s Semi Finals against Borussia Dortmund.

And French champions Paris Saint Germain will take on Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.

Even though his side looked shaky against Zenit St Petersburg, Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp thinks his side can repeat last season’s performance against Real, especially with the second leg at the Westfalenstadion.

“It’s a good draw. It’s going to be two games with an extremely cool atmosphere. We are thrilled by this challenge and will try to take that little chance we have. It’s an advantage that… Continue reading →

5 Talking Points from the Round of 16

A Van Persie hat-trick helped United slide through to the Quarter Finals.

The first knockout round of the Champions League is complete, and now the tournament is getting toward the pointy end.

Perhaps the biggest shock of the round was five-time champions AC Milan being demolished by Atletico Madrid, who put five goals past the Italian side.

Premier League title-contenders Arsenal and Man City valiantly bowed out to Bayern Munich and Barcelona, while Chelsea cruised past Galatasaray with a controlled performance at home.

So what are the biggest talking points from the knockout stage?

Man United get the better of Olympiakos

Manchester United fans would have been reasonably pleased at drawing Greek champions Olympiakos in the knockout round, but were stunned with a 2-0 away defeat in Athens in the first leg.

David Moyes’ side looked flat, slow and uninterested at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, and faced an uphill battle… Continue reading →

Blackburn sign Keane from Man Utd

Can Michael Keane bolster Blackburn’s defence against Burnley?

England Under-21 international Michael Keane has joined Blackburn Rovers on-loan for the remainder of the season.

Blackburn are in desperate need of central defenders, after Grant Hanley and Matt Kilgallon are both under an injury cloud.

Keane is likely to start in the East-Lancashire Derby against Burnley tomorrow, and is looking forward to helping the Rovers peg-back the high-flying Clarets.

“I know there’s a massive rivalry between the teams as I’ve watched a couple of the games before from a previous season so I know what to expect and I’m looking forward to it,” Keane said to the Lancashire Telegraph.

Keane was looking forward to a personal duel with striker Danny Ings – who has scored 24 goals this season – after the two were in the squad for England U21’s 1-0 win over Wales during the week.

“He’s a top class striker,… Continue reading →

Rooney signs massive United contract

Woodward and Moyes are becoming a strong off-field partnership for United, after securing Rooney for another 5 years.

Wayne Rooney has become the Premier League’s highest-paid player, after signing a new deal reportedly worth £300,000 a week.

The massive wage increase is likely to discourage the number of clubs – including league-rivals Chelsea – who expressed an interest in the England striker last summer, and keep Rooney at Old Trafford until 2019.

With club captain Nemanja Vidic leaving the club at the end of the season, the 28-year-old Rooney is a strong favourite to skipper the club in the next season.

Rooney has scored 208 goals in 430 appearances for United, and has his sights set on breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s club-record of 249 goals.

“I am made up to be staying at United,” Rooney said to manutd.com.

“I now have the chance as one of the club’s senior players… Continue reading →

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