COMPETITION: United are back!

Manchester United begin their 2013 pre-season tour against a Singha All Star XI at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand on 13 July. It’ll be the first chance for David Moyes to see his new Red charges in a ‘proper’ match environment, and a chance for the players to work off the weight they’ve gained from drinking a few too many Singhas in summer.

13 July is also our closing date for our exclusive competition to win one of three signed copies of ‘Fergie’s Finest: Alex Ferguson’s First Eleven’ written by Stretty News contributor, Andrew Kirby. Full details of the book can be found below.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is send your name and address, and the answer to this question to Dale at Stretty News. Information and answers must be sent by email.

Question: United face the Singha All-Star in Thailand, but which former United favourite and Fergie’s Finest star was previously manager of the Thailand national football team?

Fergies Finest Cover


Sir Alex Ferguson was one of the greatest football managers of all time.

In over 26 years in charge of Manchester United, his passion for winning and tactical flair made them the most successful club in the Premier League. Under his guidance, United won an eye-watering 38 trophies, including 13 league championships.

But who were the greatest players of the Ferguson era?

Over 185 players debuted for United under Ferguson and more than 200 players wore the red jersey for Fergie.

They included legends of the modern game from David Beckham to Ryan Giggs, from Roy Keane to Bryan Robson, and from Eric Cantona to Cristiano Ronaldo.

But which were the Greatest Eleven?

Is Robin Van Persie the greatest striker? Or Ruud Van Nistelrooy?

Was Paul Scholes the best player in the heart of the midfield? Or Bryan Robson?

In this fascinating study, Andrew Kirby selects the ultimate ‘Team Fergie’.

With interviews from football writers and former players, this book considers the leading contenders for each position in Sir Alex Ferguson’s First Eleven.

It is the one book every Manchester United fan – and indeed every football supporter – will want to read.

Andrew J Kirby’s sports writing has featured in BBC Sport magazine, and on the Radio Five Live website. He has written for Republik of Mancunia, Stretty News and Old Trafford Faithful blog sites. He has held a Manchester United season ticket for the entirety of the Sir Alex Ferguson reign at Old Trafford, and regularly follows the Reds across Europe and beyond.

He also writes award-winning crime fiction as AJ Kirby, and has published five novels including Sharkways and Paint This Town Red, which was shortlisted for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize 2012.

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