Football Filtered

Hello and welcome to my latest look at what has passing through Football Filter this week.

Where else to start this week but the pulsating Manchester derby at Old Trafford where United prevailed over their “noisy neighbours” to reach the Carling Cup final thanks to an injury time Wayne Rooney header.

Contrasting emotions across the Manchester divide were obviously felt with THE STRETTY RANT full of praise for United’s performance while THE OFFSIDE reflects on what might have been for Roberto Mancini’s men.

Manchester United’s Carling Cup odds make them favourites to lift the trophy.

To make things worse for City unsettled Brazilian striker Robinho, the player who signing was meant to symbolise the Sky blue revival, joined his old side Santos on loan for the rest of the season. The ironically titled blog WE’VE GOT ROBINHO mourns his departure.

Another week, another collection of stories detailing the growing crisis at Portsmouth. Now it is the club website that has fallen victim to their financial woes, shutting down for a period this week due to unpaid bills. THE TELGRAPH and THE TIMES have all the grim details.

Pompey aren’t alone though, Championship side Crystal Palace fell into administration this week, admitting defeat in their quest to repay debts of around £30 million according to IN THE STANDS. A ten-point deduction has also seen them tumble down the table.

Happier news now and the spectacular and rapid rise of Chris Smalling made headlines this week. The Fulham defender was playing non-league football two years ago but will join Manchester United in the summer in a deal worth around £7million. THE DAILY MAIL charts his Roy Of the Rovers-esque rise to the top.

And finally…

List time everyone (you know you love ‘em!) If anyone needs anymore convincing that David Beckham deserves a place in England’s World Cup squad SOCCERLENS lists five reasons why Becks should be on that plane to South Africa. He’ll boost England’s World Cup chances, after all.

But you already know why didn’t you?