PICTURE SPECIAL: Champions United to take on Inter Milan wearing new kit
11 March 2009 04:36
Manchester United will line up against Inter Milan tonight in a kit that leaves no one in any doubt that the Red Devils are the best team in the world.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and Old Trafford legend Ryan Giggs have launched the new red strip with the Club World Cup-winners badge emblazoned on the chest.
That should show Milan manager Jose Mourinho exactly who is top dog.
Meanwhile, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has expressed surprise United will not be allowed to wear their 'world champions' badge in Premier League games.
United chief executive David Gill received the badge from FIFA president Sepp Blatter ahead of tonight's Champions League encounter with Inter Milan at Old Trafford.
World Cup in December, has not been embraced by the Premier League, who have rejected a request for United to wear it in domestic combat.
They argue that as United qualified for the Club World Cup through the Champions League, that is the tournament in which the badge should be worn.
Yet that argument ignores the fact clubs only compete in the Champions League by virtue of their domestic league position.
And last year, AC Milan were allowed to wear the badge both in European competition and Serie A until United were officially crowned world champions in Yokohama on December 21.
"We are happy for Manchester United to wear the badge in every game until the next Club World Cup but the Premier League says no," shrugged Valcke.
"AC Milan wore it all the time last year, including Serie A. It would seem to make sense for that situation to apply again but unfortunately it will just be in Champions League games."
The Premier League's stance was certainly not anticipated by Blatter when he was putting his name to a statement confirming the prestigious nature of the award.
"Manchester United have won a multitude of honours during their illustrious history but in Tokyo last December they added a new title, that of FIFA world club champions," said Blatter.
"This commemorative presentation recognises the achievement of Sir Alex Ferguson and his players and means that until late December 2009, every time the team takes to the field, they will take that honour with them on their shirts."