Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

'Puskas Was Special'

'Puskas Was Special'

Former Hungarian great Ferenc Puskas died today morning, at the age of 79. He was the captain of the Hungarian team that beat England 6-3 in 1953 and became the first ever contitental side to triumph in the Wembley. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson praised the phenomenal inside-left whose dazzling skills and footballing brain earned him a place among the all-time greats such as Pele, Charlton or Maradona.

'I was lucky to see Puskas play quite a few times,' said Ferguson. 'I have many memories of him. I was at the European Cup final in 1960 but I also saw him score the only goal against Rangers at Ibrox, before he got a hat-trick against them when Real scored six in the second leg.'

He added: 'In his day he was a special player without question, part of that great period for Hungarian football. How they did not win the World Cup in 1954 is beyond me.

'It is sad news. But when a great player like that passes, you can at least reflect on what a great player he was and the great games he played in.'

Fergie did not forget the so-called "Game of the Century", too, when the Magical Magyars thrashed England at Wembley - and he did not forget Billy Wright's embarassment...

'There was one point when Puskas cut back inside Billy Wright and took him so far out of the game he had to pay three and six to get back into the ground,' he laughed.

'He was a marvellous player in a fantastic team. The following month they went to Scotland and beat them as well.

'The European Cup final at Hampden was amazing. He scored four then but he also got three against Benfica in 1962 when Real Madrid lost.

'Can you imagine scoring a hat-trick in a European Cup final and not winning? That is amazing.'


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Zae
Date:Friday November 17 2006
Time: 8:56PM

Comments

0
A real great and legend, the terms "great" and "legend" are used to freely but Ferenc Puskas was really just both. Great loss to the footballing community... Two of the very best in Ferenc Puskas and Georgie Best have been lost in a short space of time...
pompeyrug
18/11/2006 00:01:00
0
very sad news....he was a great player and a great person with it........
ernshaw
18/11/2006 23:22:00
0
can sir alex sent for me that beautifull football shoes that i ahve seen for siyat farah of africa specifically kenya ,north eastern at a town called garissa my phone number is 254721112510 he can cal me any time am united fan and we are axpecting to hold FA,premeir and Ueafa champions this year if God says .
cadahey
19/11/2006 13:25:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester United Articles

AUDIO: De Gea's Real Madrid deal

It's an eye opener!

United Reserves Crush Norwich But at a Price!

Last night the Manchester United reserve team had a spanking result.

A Premier League Rebrand!

Obviously it's far more important than appeasing the masses on ticket pricing structures.

Blind on United`s Draw at Stamford Bridge

Stood alongside Chris Smalling at the heart of the Manchester United defence, Daley Blind continues to produce the goods week-in and week-out.

Archived Vital United Articles

Vital United articles from

Site Journalists

Red Boy
Profile
Charlie Bacchus
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM v Chelsea (a)?
Suggested By: Red Boy
De Gea70%
Darmian0%
Blind0%
Smalling5%
Borthwick-Jackson5%
Carrick0%
Fellaini0%
Lingard5%
Mata10%
Rooney0%
Martial5%
Schneiderlin0%
Depay0%
Herrera0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 53 20
2 Spurs 25 13 9 3 48 26
3 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 48 17
4 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 21
5 Man Utd 25 11 8 6 41 10
6 West Ham 25 10 9 6 39 9
7 Southampton 25 10 7 8 37 9
8 Everton 25 8 11 6 35 12
9 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 35 -4
10 Watford 25 9 6 10 33 0
11 Stoke 25 9 6 10 33 -7
12 Crystal Palace 25 9 5 11 32 -4
13 Chelsea 25 7 9 9 30 -2
14 WBA 25 7 8 10 29 -9
15 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 7 11 28 -12
16 Swansea 25 6 9 10 27 -9
17 Newcastle 25 6 6 13 24 -18
18 Norwich 25 6 5 14 23 -20
19 Sunderland 25 5 5 15 20 -19
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 16 -20
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 12:45PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Shrewsbury Town (a)
FA Cup
Feb 28 2016 2:05PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 2 2016 8:00PM : Watford (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 6 2016 4:00PM : West Bromwich Albion (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (H)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Manchester United Results (view all)