Aug. 2 – During United’s pre-season US tour Sir Alex Ferguson was quoted as saying that his team have just got to accept being second best to Barca right now. But don’t believe a word of it. Second best is not in the man’s DNA, writes INSIDER columnist Terry Baddoo.

March 31 – Major League Soccer confirms first-ever participation in World Football Challenge, with Man Utd and Barca the international headliners… USA’s 2022 World Cup bid leader to head second-tier American league. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports from Atlanta.

7/9/10 Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says England have a “great chance” of winning the race to host the 2018 World Cup finals… New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosts a reception for FIFA’s six man inspection team and US host city colleagues… Japan appoint new national coach Alberto Zaccheroni a 2022 bid ambassador