Premier League soccer round-up and briefs: David Beckham, Manchester United and Arsenal
BECKHAM PROMISES GALAXY A SPURS RETURN
David Beckham has promised LA Galaxy fans they will see the full benefit of his recent training stint with Tottenham Hotspur.
Beckham has just returned to the MLS side after six weeks training with Spurs as he recovers from a long term ankle injury.
Now entering his final season with the Los Angeles side, Beckham is confident his time with Spurs will benefit his Galaxy return.
“My only objective was to get fit for the Galaxy and the MLS season,” the 35-year-old told reporters at the Galaxy’s training ground.
“My objective was not to play for a Premier League team, and I am grateful to Spurs and Harry Redknapp for how they looked after me.
“If there was an option to play then I would have taken it, but without doubt I wanted to go somewhere and train and not take the three months off and sit around doing nothing.
“At this stage of my career and with the injury I had I felt it was more important for me to train.
“This was the time I was always going to come back, that was agreed and nothing would have changed that.”
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has thanked Beckham for his professionalism during his time with the club and admitted he would be interested in signing the player at the end of the MLS season.
UNITED WON’T BLOW LEAD SAYS FERGUSON
Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has dismissed claims by Chelsea captain John Terry that his team will throw their EPL lead away.
United can move back to four points clear of second placed Arsenal with a win at Wigan on Saturday before Tuesday night’s big clash against defending champions Chelsea.
Terry’s side are currently 12 points out of the title race but that didn’t stop the England defender claiming the runaway Reds can still blow it.
The wily Ferguson, whose side also face Liverpool next week, is refusing to countenance Terry’s claims.
“You try things. We all try things,” said Ferguson ahead of the match at Wigan that could move United 15 points clear of Chelsea, not in action again until Tuesday.
“But it won’t be easy for them to come back from that kind of points deficit.
“I said some time ago, the team that is most consistent would win the league. That is why I stress that we have to keep our momentum going and get that consistency.”
Ryan Giggs and Michael Owen return to the United squad for the Wigan game after missing the drab, scoreless draw at Marseilles in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Defenders Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans should return against Liverpool next weekend but Antonio Valencia and Anderson are still injured.
FABREGAS OUT OF CARLING CUP FINAL
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is definitely out of Sunday’s Carling Cup final date with Birmingham at Wembley – despite all his pleas.
The young Spaniard practically begged manager Arsene Wenger to let him play despite a hamstring injury picked up in Wednesday’s win over Stoke.
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