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Bombs force Manchester United game to be cancelled

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Bombs force Manchester United game to be cancelled

Manchester United’s attempts to spread farther their gospel in South-East Asia could have been ended by the hotel bomb blasts in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday night. It is unlikely that the club will contemplate pre-season fixtures in Indonesia in the near future.

United had sought “expert” advice before agreeing to play a match in the country for the first time, especially after the Foreign and Commonwealth Office had warned them in April that it was a “high-risk” destination. After detailed discussions, the Barclays Premier League champions decided that it was safe to travel.

The game against the Indonesian Super League, which was to have been played at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on Monday, has been cancelled. It may be switched to Kuala Lumpur, where United are based for the first leg of their four-match Far East tour and where they take on a Malaysia XI tonight.”We were aware of the situation [the Foreign Office warnings] and had discussed it very carefully, taking the appropriate advice,” David Gill, the United chief executive, said yesterday. “We discussed it with the relevant authorities and it was the right decision at the time.

“We didn’t just take the decision ourselves. We discussed it with the experts and felt that it was a safe place to go. It was our first visit, everyone had worked extremely hard and it is an important market for us because we have a lot of fans there. Balancing everything up, we felt it was the correct decision.”

United called off the second leg of their tour after talks with the Indonesian FA. They have been speaking with the Indonesian and Malaysian FAs about restaging the match at the Bukit Jalil Stadium here, in which the United players trained in front of 20,000 often hysterical Malaysian fans yesterday evening.

“We are obviously shocked but, with regard to the safety of our players, staff and fans, there was no other way we could have looked at the situation,” Sir Alex Ferguson, the United manager, said. “We wouldn’t have been comfortable going there [Indonesia] and I believe that we have made the right decision.”

United were due to have stayed in one of the hotels that was bombed in Jakarta, the Ritz-Carlton, after flying from Kuala Lumpur this evening. They also play Seoul in South Korea on Friday and Zhejian Lucheng in Hangzhou, China, a week tomorrow.

In an atmosphere of uncertainty yesterday, Ferguson unwittingly revealed that he had signed another player — Mame Biram Diouf, the 21-year-old Senegalese striker who plays for Molde in the Norwegian league.

Earlier in the week, Ferguson said that he had completed his summer recruiting, which includes Antonio Valencia, the Ecuador and former Wigan Athletic winger, and Michael Owen, the former Newcastle United striker.

United have confirmed the sale of Manucho to Real Valladolid. Carlos Queiroz, the United assistant manager at the time, alerted United to the Angola striker 18 months ago. However, despite spells on loan with Panathinaikos and Hull City, he did not become a regular at Old Trafford.

Owen Hargreaves, the England midfield player, who is recovering from surgery to both knees, could join the squad when United stop off in Munich on the way back from China to play in the Audi Cup on July 29 and 30. “He should be ready to train by then,” Ferguson said. Hargreaves is keen not to jeopardise his long-term future by returning too soon.

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Attacks force Manchester United to call off Indonesian trip

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Attacks force Manchester United to call off Indonesian trip

Manchester United have been forced to cancel a trip to Indonesia to “safeguard” the team after terrorists targeted the hotel players were to stay in.

At least nine people were killed and 50 injured in the attacks on two luxury hotels in Jakarta.

The explosions blew out windows and scattered debris and glass across the streets.

Disappointed fans were last night cancelling flights and hotel bookings.

South Jakarta police colonel Firman Bundi said four of the dead were foreigners but the Foreign Office said it had no indication of any British casualties.

One of the attacks was on the Ritz-Carlton where United were due to stay for four nights.

The majority of fans who travelled from the UK to follow the team will still be in Kuala Lumpur, according to Ralph Mortimer, secretary of the Greater London branch of the supporters’ club.

“A group of about 20 went from here and they were planning to go to Jakarta on Sunday ready for Monday’s match and spend three days there,” he said.

“There were a few thousand fans going out there from the UK. I suppose they’ll be cancelling their flights and rearranging their accommodation now.”

Tony Burlton (50), from central London, is in Kuala Lumpur with his wife and two friends.

“We’ve just rung up to cancel our flights. From what we’ve heard they are trying to arrange another game to replace the one in Jakarta, we don’t know where it will be but it would be great if it was here,” he said.

“I’d say that any UK fans who were planning to watch the Jakarta match will still be in Kuala Lumpur. The people we met last night in the bar were all flying out with us on Sunday.

“The general feeling here is that the team weren’t being targeted. If they actually did attack the team it would have caused huge resentment among people in this part of the world. They have a lot of Muslim supporters.”

One guest at the Ritz Carlton said the first he knew of the attack was when he received a phone call from some colleagues telling him to get out of the hotel.

Geoffrey Head told BBC News: “Then I noticed the TV wasn’t working. So I looked out of the window… I could see down to ground level and I saw there was a lot of broken glass. So I thought it was time to actually get out. There was no evacuation warning or anything.

“I guess the surreal thing was going down in the elevator and walking through the lobby and looking across to my left and noticing the actual cafe was completely blown out.”

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said it was “very disappointing” the club had to cancel the game against an Indonesia Super League XI on Monday.

Speaking at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Sir Alex said: “We got the news as we landed and it is very disappointing. I have never been to Indonesia before and I know the Indonesian FA have worked very hard on this.

“It is terrible news but we have taken what I believe to be the right decision in terms of safeguarding our players.”

United’s chief executive David Gill said they met with officials from the British High Commission before deciding to cancel their trip.

Mr Gill was asked if advice about potential trouble was given to the club prior to the start of the pre-season trip to the Far East.

“We were aware of the situation but we spoke to the right people and received the correct advice,” he said.

Although there have been no terrorist problems in the country for a number of years and presidential elections passed off peacefully recently, the other hotel that was attacked, the Marriott, was badly damaged by a car bomb attack in 2003 that killed 12 people.

That coincided with a period when Islamic militants from the Jemaah Islamiyah organisation were blamed for numerous attacks, including bombings on the island of Bali in 2002 that killed 202 people.

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Michael Owen will fill my shirt at Manchester United, says Ronaldo

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Michael Owen will fill my shirt at Manchester United, says Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has backed Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to hand Michael Owen the No 7 shirt, insisting the surprise free transfer is worthy of wearing Manchester United’s most famous jersey.

Having inherited the number from David Beckham, Ronaldo knows a thing or two about pulling on one of the most revered shirts in football.

Speaking from Real’s training camp close to Dublin, Ronaldo said: ‘Michael Owen is an experienced player who has played for some of the biggest clubs. He doesn’t have to feel extra pressure just because he has the No 7.

‘I think Manchester United did well giving him the shirt. He is a great player and an English player and he has everything you need to win. It was a good decision to give him the No 7.’

Ronaldo must now live up to the expectation that comes with Real’s No 9 shirt – worn in the past by his Brazilian namesake – not to mention a world record £80million price tag. But if the FIFA World Player of the Year is feeling the pressure of living up to the hype, he certainly did not show it as he was quizzed about how his integration into the Real squad is progressing.

The quality of players is not related to the price paid for them,’ he said. ‘I made good friends in Manchester and it wasn’t easy to leave, but life is a challenge. I am a challenge man, it is a good move for me.

‘Madrid have bought expensive players and we have to win the league. Madrid were full of good players, but the new players have to show they have been brought in for a reason.’

The last galactico era floundered and Ronaldo expressed his dislike of the word which has become synonymous with Real’s policy of buying football’s biggest names for huge transfer fees.

‘I don’t like the word galactico,’ he said. ‘I am not better than anybody else. I am another player who is here to help win titles.’

United will arrive in Malaysia on Friday without two of their three new signings as Antonio Valencia and Gabriel Obertan were not part of the squad who flew out.

It is understood that Ecuador star Valencia has had trouble obtaining the necessary visas while Frenchman Obertan has a groin problem.

United defender Nemanja Vidic has also not travelled due to an unspecified injury and there is speculation that the Serbia centre half’s absence is transfer-related.

But his agent Paolo Fabbri insisted: ‘No, no, no, no, no, no. Not at all. Absolutely not at all. There is absolutely no transfer for Vidic. We do not expect any transfer for the time being. No, he will stay.’

Ji-sung Park was also absent but Owen is expected to make his debut against a Malaysian select XI on Saturday evening. After Malaysia, United travel to Indonesia, South Korea and China.

Meanwhile, Bryan Robson has turned down an offer to coach Iranian Premier League club Persepolis Tehran to continue his job as an ambassador for United. Robson, who flew out on United’s tour, has also had offers from Turkey and Switzerland.

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