I love Manchester United: Ronaldo

Manchester United veteran Giggs was the dazzling star turn at White Hart Lane a fortnight ago despite Wales losing 2-0 to Brazil, still the world’s number one rated country despite their World Cup failure.

Facing Brazil’s superstars would have unnerved many youngsters, but Giggs said: “Lewin and Gareth coped really well with it all. They both put in good performances, which is a great boost for us in the future.”

The Wales captain matched anything that Ronaldinho or Kaka could produce in front of 20 000 fans in north London, and was delighted with the fine performances of rookie defenders Nyatanga and Bale, 18 and 17, respectively.

He added: “There were signs that they can both progress and go on to be very good players for Wales. The experience they had is only going to help them. Playing against great players in a smashing atmosphere will stand them in good stead for the future.

And the moment Nyatanga patted Giggs on the backside after one piece of fine tackling back and ball-winning, the 32-year-old knew there was confidence and assurance from the young brigade.

A laughing Giggs said after the game: “Yes, Lewin’s pat didn’t go unnoticed. Even if he is only a teenager he still had enough about him to believe he’s an equal part of what was going on.”

Mourinho takes to the skies

Jose Mourinho is in for the high jump ‘ and about to land with a thud.

The Chelsea boss reaches new heights as he parachutes from an aeroplane wearing a suit in an advert for the Portuguese bank BPL.

Mourinho’s place for the jump was taken by a stuntman, Jose Veras, though the Special One did have to be hoisted up on a crane for some of the shots.

Now the Stamford Bridge supremo wants to go back up and perform the trick for real. Stuntman Veras revealed: “Jose told me it had never entered his head to do parachute jumping before.

“But after this experience he was very keen to have a go ‘ he’s willing to do at least one jump.”

I love Man U: Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he now wants to stay at Manchester United ‘ and become one of the greatest players in Old Trafford history.

The Portuguese winger confirmed that he wanted to quit United to move to either Real Madrid or Barcelona.

But now Ronaldo insists he is happy to stay ‘ and United assistant Carlos Queiroz believes his fellow countryman can now go on to become the best player in the world.

Ronaldo (21) said: “It is true that before returning to Manchester after the World Cup I said in an interview that I might leave. But then I realised this was a club that had given me a lot of support, where I had won a lot of things, and I analysed the situation once again.

“I spoke to my agent and to (club manager) Sir Alex Ferguson and I took a calm decision and decided to stay. Whether I will be here for another two, three, five, 10 years, or until the end of my career, I don’t know. But what I want to do is leave my mark on the club as the first Portuguese who played there. I want the fans to remember me with affection.”

Liverpool fans fantastic: Kuyt

New Anfield sensation Dirk Kuyt says he can’t get enough of playing in front of the Liverpool fans.

The ’10 million summer signing from Feyenoord netted a goal apiece in the mid-week win over Newcastle and Saturday’s 3-0 defeat of Spurs.

After both games, the Dutch international hitman was last off the pitch after applauding the Anfield crowd, and later he explained why.

“I always go to the fans at the end of the game,” Kuyt told Liverpool’s website.

“At least I do when I score! I see it as respect for the supporters, as a way of thanking them for the incredible backing they give us. It was something I used to do at Utrecht and Feyenoord, because I like to thank them. I do it after every game if I score goals.

“It’s wonderful to play in front of supporters like these. They seem to respect me already and I wanted to show the same for them at the end.”

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