If your lucky enough to take a trip to the self-proclaimed ‘Theatre of Dreams’ in the future, you will have a newly named road to walk on around the stadium.
Manchester United are handing yet another honor to Sir Alex Ferguson, as the man who led the Red Devils through the most successful period in the clubs history will garner yet another accolade.
Sir Alex already has a stand named after him at Old Trafford and a statue of him overlooking what is currently known as ‘Waters Reach’ and out towards the Manchester Ship Canal. Now that road has been renamed ‘Sir Alex Ferguson Way’ as the former United manager was handed the freedom of the Borough of Trafford.
Just the fourth person in history to be given such an award.
“When I arrived at Old Trafford in 1986 I had little idea of the journey that awaited me,” Ferguson said. “Over a quarter of a century later, to receive the Freedom of the Borough of Trafford, and to have a part of Trafford carrying my name, is truly humbling.”
Ferguson follows in the footsteps of United legend Sir Mat Busby, who managed the club to their first-ever European cup in 1968, as the road leading up to Old Trafford is known as “Sir Matt Busby Way.”
After Ferguson’s loyal service to the people of West Manchester and being integral in the clubs success story that had spread the Borough of Trafford to the far flung corners of the globe, it’s a fitting tribute that Ferguson’s name will now be a permanent fixture in United’s home neighborhood.
Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.
The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.
The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.
Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.
Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.
As soon as Brendan Rodgers was dismissed by Liverpool on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s name was tossed around as the likely successor to the then-vacant Liverpool managerial position.
However, according to Klopp’s representatve Marc Kosicke, Liverpool did not make contact with the German until after Rodgers had been officially let go.
“The first call from Liverpool came after the dismissal as coach of Rodgers,” Kosicke told Bild. “Before Liverpool there were naturally quite a few inquiries. But Jurgen always asked me not to take it any further.”
Club management was less committal than Klopp’s rep, but did say they had their eye on the German for some time. “We have learned to keep certain matters confidential. We had a meeting recently with Jurgen that he has talked about and I don’t want to talk too much about these conversations. But we have thought about him for a long time and everyone who knows football knows he is an outstanding manager.”
It’s relatively hard to believe Liverpool would have canned Rodgers without knowing for sure that a top-level target such as Klopp or Carlo Ancelotti were on board to replace him. It also would mean discussions of the contract terms and logistics would have moved at lightning speed, with just four days between the Rodgers dismissal and Klopp’s official unveiling.