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  • Guest Writer 11:51 on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Anderson – It’s time to take your chance 

    Anderson - time to take your chance

    Today, The Faithful welcomes Nathon Woodhead from Red Flag Flying High. You can follow the site @RFFH and Nathon @nathonw on twitter.

    They say love is blind. Never has there been a truer word spoken when it comes to football fans.

    Just look at the examples from the past 12 months, with the backing of Luis Suarez and John Terry by nobody but their own supporters.  All logic goes out of the window when you are defending your own player from criticism – especially that which has been directed from opposition or that journalist who seems to always be digging at your club.

    A defensive football fan can be compared to Eastenders’ very own Peggy Mitchell. Peggy was ‘that mum’ who would protect her boys Phil and Grant, no matter what they did. Theft? Adultery? Murder? “Nope, not my boys,” Peggy would say.

    With the above in mind, it baffles me how such a talented individual as Anderson can receive as much criticism as he does, on such a regular basis, from his own fans. Signed from Porto in July 2007 for a fee reported to be £20m, Anderson joined United with expectation on his shoulders. (More …)

    • Nigerian 22:32 on August 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I behemently beg to disaree! A CM who can pass only with one foot – and six years at United. This farcial experiment has gone wild, please stop it!

  • janmetcalf 11:49 on March 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Reds humbled by Athletic; Manchester United 2 Athletic Club 3 

    After a crucial 3-1 victory away to Spurs at the weekend, United looked to transfer their good league form into Europe, with the visit of Athletic Club to Old Trafford in the first knockout round of the Europa League. Having scraped past Ajax in the previous round, and largely struggling at home in Europe all season, the reds would need to be on top form in order to overcome an Athletic side sitting 5th in La Liga under the tutelage of new manager Marcelo Bielsa, and with star men such as Fernando Llorente and Iker Munain leading their charge up the table. For United, a strong side containing Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs, and Jonny Evans were charged with ensuring a solid start ahead of the second leg in Bilbao in a weeks time.

    Hopes that United would return to their former dominant selves in Europe were quickly banished by a frenetic opening to the game, with Bilbao controlling the ball, and looking dangerous, but vulnerable to the penetrating United counter attacks. Llorente’s fantastic hold up play allowed the Spanish international to turn and fire off a right footed shot narrowly wide, the first in a long line of warning’s for the United keeper David De Gea. The visitors were aggrieved to not be awarded a penalty, as Chris Smalling appeared to haul Llorente to the ground, the referee waved away protests, and United capitalised, as minutes later, Javier Hernandez’s left footed shot was parried out to the onrushing Rooney who slotted United into a somewhat undeserved lead. (More …)

  • janmetcalf 13:50 on January 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    United bounce back to knock out City; Manchester City 2 Manchester United 3 

    Following two disastrous consecutive losses, United faced league leaders and rivals Manchester City in the FA Cup third round, looking to avoid a hat trick of defeats, a record United have preserved since 2001. Having succumbed to a humiliating 6-1 reverse scoreline at Old Trafford earlier in the season, the reds were keen to make amends and set the record straight, albeit whilst in their worst run of form of the campaign. United welcomed back Chris Smalling to the defence alongside Rio Ferdinand, with Phil Jones occupying a right back slot after enduring a difficult evening against Demba Ba in midweek. Wayne Rooney was looking to score his 12th derby goal for United, and assure the fans he was committed to club following reports that he is looking to move on in the near future, as he partnered Danny Welbeck in an attacking United line up. Pre match chatter however was diverted towards the shock inclusion of United legend Paul Scholes amongst the substitutes, with news that Scholesy is taking up a playing role with the club for the remainder of the season to avert the current injury crisis. It was to be the first twist in what was a bizarre afternoon of football.

    A crackling atmosphere encouraged the home side to a strong start, controlling large amounts of possession and keeping United pinned back into their half for the opening 10 minutes. It was the red half of Manchester that struck the first blow however, when on 10 minutes, the much scrutinised Rooney bravely met Antonio Valencia’s cross to head United into the lead, triggering a match altering 5 minutes. Minutes after taking the lead, United were handed yet another boost, as City skipper Vincent Kompany was dismissed for a two footed lunge on Nani handing the reds a man advantage for the remaining 70 minutes of the tie. United asserted their dominance on the half hour mark, as they doubled their lead through Danny Welbeck, who pounced upon a loose ball in the City penalty area to volley home into the bottom corner. A dream half was complete for United when 5 minutes before the break, Ryan Giggs’s reverse pass to Danny Welbeck saw the England striker chopped down by a rash challenge from Alexsander Kolarov, handing the reds the chance to take a 3 goal lead from the spot. Stand in City keeper Pantilimon saved Rooney’s spot kick, but couldn’t prevent him from nodding home the rebound for his second of the game, sending the 6000 reds into a delirious celebratory Poznan! (More …)

  • janmetcalf 23:06 on January 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Sorry United succumb on Tyneside; Newcastle United 3 Manchester United 0 

    Following their disappointing defeat at the hands of Blackburn on new years eve, United looked to quickly bounce back with a trip to St James’s Park to face Newcastle United. Having not lost to the Tyneside club since 2001, United were confident of reducing the 3 point gap on league leaders city to merely goal difference, going into the second half of the season. However, with Demba Ba having scored 14 goals already this season, United’s  defensive woes of late would have to subside in order to get a positive result. Rio Ferdinand alleviated some of the pressure by returning to the side along with Wayne Rooney, as Antonio Valencia continued at right back in an auxiliary role. (More …)

  • janmetcalf 11:57 on January 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Reds falter against inspired Rovers; Manchester United 2 Blackburn Rovers 3 

    In United’s final game of 2011, Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers visited Old Trafford on what was Sir Alex’s 70th birthday and seemingly a perfect opportunity for the reds to end the year on a high against a side languishing at the foot of the table. A plethora of injuries have ravaged United’s squad the past few weeks, and with big games versus Newcastle and City on the horizon, an unusual team containing Park Ji Sung and Rafael as central midfielders were handed the task of granting the boss his ideal birthday present, 3 points.

    Having scored 12 unanswered goals previously, United were hot favourites to continue against a Blackburn side lacking confidence, yet began the game in cautious fashion, failing to build the tempo which had brought success in recent weeks. United’s disjointed performance did little to alleviate the flat feeling around Old Trafford, and the mood quickly worsened when on 13 minutes Dimitar Berbatov brought down Chris Samba in the penalty area handing the visitors a penalty. Up stepped in form Yakubu to dispatch the spot kick past De Gea, giving the away side a rare moment to savour, and leave United with it all to do. Naturally, having acquire the lead, Blackburn were happy to sit back and absorb what United had to offer for the remainder of the half, yet the reds failed to build anything meaningful, with only Nani managing to threaten the goal in any way. A lack of creativity in the middle and a lack of movement up front combined towards a turgid half of football from United, who found themselves a goal behind and at the mercy of a Ferguson hairdryer treatment at half time. (More …)

  • charlieklein 00:17 on November 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Manchester United’s Search For Mr. Right 

    Many club football fans typically abhor international breaks. They spend the intermittent time between their club’s fixtures to deplore the lack of “proper football” and complain about their national teams. I certainly am no exception and my distaste for the US national side is well-documented. But unlike others, I have come to enjoy the international breaks, mainly because it allows a brief respite from the cacophony of the regular season and provides perspective.

    (More …)

    • rick 00:47 on November 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      we dont need a rb we got rafael, hes kept bale quiet when he was on killer form and dont forget what happened to ribery. kyle walker is good but the twins are potentially the best fullbacks in the world. as for fabio it must be a real task taking evra the worlds best lb’s spot. your forgetting evans hes going to be ferdinands replacement.
      also fryers a left bk.

    • Mark 07:46 on November 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      While this is a very well written piece I disagree with the premise. At the ages Smalling and Jones are at now all first team experience with Manchester United will be beneficial to them irrespective of where Ferguson chooses to play them. Both have excelled in the position because both have plenty of pace and skill and like to get forward. There’s no reason this can’t continue. That’s of course without even mentioning the twins who are both right footed. Both have been inconsistent but both have shown that they have more than enough to succeed. If we should be worrying about any of the full back spots it’s left back that should be of concern. Evra is getting on now and his form has noticeably dipped in the last 12-18 months or so. We have Fabio and Evans who can play there but neither would count left back as their natural position. I noticed you mentioned Fryers, if anyone from the youth system is going to make the left back spot his own it will be him. He’s a left back not a right back. In summation I think we’re good for the moment at both full back spots and good at rich back far into the future with all our options there. Left back is much more uncertain once Evra has packed it in.

    • Danny Mason 16:43 on November 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I just want to say that Man Utd do look like there struggling without some players like vidic, John O’shea, Rafael, Fabio, Gary, scholes and any other players i have forgot to mension beacuse there defence and midfiald has’nt been at there best last few matches and i can know from watching and the results havent been at uniteds best but now that gary and a few other players have gone or not playing that they now need a better defence. even though i have never played for academy but gone to trails and not got in because they concentrate on their strikers and goalkeepers more they didnt give me enough chance to get use to the team and told me no but i have played for my schools sometimes and im now at college playing for the team and i think that now i have the avility to progress to a professional standard when i leave college which is sometime in the middle of 2012 i think that i could play for a goodish pro team and maybe later play for a team as good as man utd beacuse i am a brilliant defence player but i think im better midfield where i am currently playing for the college becuse im always finding space recieving the ball and making good passes which progress onto goals most times and ehn defending i am always back and i ahve good stamina becuse i hardly ever stop running and im always involved but given the cahnce when i leave college i will try out for this but i will ask for at least a 2 week trail to show thwm my true talent in football and that i am gifted i think anyway and even in high school sports teachers and other students were saying to me that i am a brilliant player and one day when i was raining i proved that at the best of my ability by stopping 8 players arund me from scoring because as soon as they got the ball i tackled them and got it out and that was the day i realised i had something special because we were playing on a flooded pitch were the other team had a massive advantage but we still won and im not trying to be big headed or anything here becuase im actually a quiet lad but arent we all suppose to follow are dreams and i think im am good enough to play for a pro team in the next few years and people will hopefully start to notice more becuase i have good agility, fitness levels, movement and i am aware of what happens around me and most times i can read most passes being made in a football match and no i dont win every match but i belive no team in the world could do that and even if they can then that doesnt mean there the best it just means they can’t accepth defeat when it happens to them. and im sorry if my spelling isnt perfect or my writing skills but this was rushed because i have assignments to do and i hope that the united defence take this one thing on that i am about to say for them them to tackle the players instead of following them and watching the ball because tackling them straight away works a lot better and makes it harder for there opponents to score or attack them and this is not me trying to be smart this is just from personal experience and the last thing i have to say is good luck to all the man utd players, coaches and managers on winning the FA cup, UEFA, barclays and anyother championship or cup ive not mensioned and i hope that i see you later on in the future. Thanks for reading and taking an interest in what i have to say

  • janmetcalf 01:52 on November 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Uninspiring United grind out win; Manchester United 2 Otelul Galati 0 

    Otelul Galati were the visitors to Old Trafford for the return of the group C Champions League fixture from a fortnight ago. Having dispatched the Romanian champions in rather unconvincing fashion in Bucharest, United were looking for a more emphatic result, on the back of some below par performances. With the group still largely in the balance, Fergie again opted for a strong line up, with the main talking point the selection of Wayne Rooney in the centre of midfield along side Anderson. Rio Ferdinand returned due to the suspension of Nemanja Vidic, keen to banish the demons of his previous outing for United. (More …)

  • Rob B 13:14 on November 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Manchester United’s Great Big Waste Of Twenty Million Midfield Pounds? 

    There is certainly one thing for sure with Anderson

    And that is, as the song says…he’s better than Kleberson.

    However, only time and history will dictate whether the boy will end up with the same failure tag, as his national compatriot acquired.

    And as it stands it aint looking good!

    I remember where I was when I heard we had signed Ando. I was playing pool, and I got a text on my phone: ‘Gill is in Portugal and he’s signed that lad Anderson from Porto. Fee is enormous’ …I got a real bolt of excitement. United had signed one of the most promising teenage midfielders in the world…and we hadn’t shirked on the cost. It gave me a fleeting positive mindset about our owners. You could smell with the addition of Nani and Hargreaves as well, that MUFC meant business. And as we all know it is in the history books that we took our third European Cup and the Premier League that glorious season. The vibes were all good. The future was bright.

    Since that great finish to the 2007-08 season the lad has had a yo-yo time of it. Some excellent isolated performances of brilliance have been interjected with crashing Ferrari’s, visits to Burger King and more importantly various injuries. (More …)

    • lununcle 13:29 on November 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      he plays better when playing alongside Cleverley….very average when partnering Fletcher….he has been given too much chances already and has yet tp live up to the expectation….

    • ChrisW 13:59 on November 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      When I read the headline I assumed you were talking about Berbatov (assuming we could get £10m for him). For all his inconsistency I’d play Anderson over Fletcher or Carrick any day.

      • Rob B 14:23 on November 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Berbatov is not a midfielder and cost £30m and not £20m :)

    • bruce thomas 18:44 on November 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Anderson Is A Fucking Pudding

    • simon 20:17 on November 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Personally i cant put him in that bracket of worst 20 million spent, firstly it was 17 but i suppose thats not really relevent. Carrick cost 18 million and i for one would choose Ando everyday of the week over that waste of space. For me he is one of the worst signings to date, Veron was a world class player and noone could have predicted his faliure to adapt to the league, Hargreaves i agree with you was very unlucky with injuries and always played well when available.

      Now back onto Anderson, i dont actually see too much wrong in his game right now, for me he has been our best midfielder this season, the only one to play consistently in every game, now that obviously isnt too great a feat as our midfield has been very poor since Cleverely’s injury, however Ando is the only one who looks to make things happen. I would love to see some stats on his passing as all post match comments always seem to highlight his poor range of passing, but i actually see him make some excellent through balls along the lines and for the cf’s. To me it seems like everyone wants to jump on the lad when he puts a pass astray. He is one of the few cm in the EPL who can carry the ball 30/40 yards, clearly he needs a Cleverly beside him but so what, many players suffer when they are played with inferior players ie. fletcher/carrick.

      Another thing that i believe is effecting the midfield is that out of all the top teams in the EPL and europe for that matter we are the only ones who play 4-4-2, in fact 90% of teams who play against us play with 3 in the middle. If Fergie chooses to play Rooney in the middle again i would love to see the team setup like this :


      RIght now in football it is too hard for any cm to prosper in a 4-4-2 formation, i am actually quite surprised Ferguson has gone back it. Yes in the past when we were playing our free flowing best football that is the way we played, but unfortunately those days are gone. Barce = Xavi/Iniesta/Busquets Real = Ozil/Alonso/Khedira Chelsea = Lamps/Ramires/Mikel City = Toure/De Jong/Barry Arse = Ramsey/Wilshere/Song and so on….. So for me until Ando gets a decent run in the team with some real quality beside him then in wont be calling for his head yet, but i have to agree with you that into his 5th year he is not at the level we all expected him to have reached by now. But i still believe we are to see the best of him, either way if we were to sell him i would expect a min return of 15 mill so there would really be no loss.

    • simon 20:26 on November 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      actually just found this http://www.premierleague.com/page/Top10Midfielders/0,,12306,00.html – it has Ando ranked number 5 midfielder in the prem.

    • Kunal 20:54 on November 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I think you are being a tad over-critical here . True he is putting in performances that we would expect , but playing an anchor role doesn’t suit him . If you take the City game into account our midfield was having no chance against there three including the double pivot which I think was pretty evident even when we were on top for some time in the first half .

    • Diablo 21:52 on November 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Anderson is a Donkey and thats being kind,hes not fit to lace Keanos Boots and the sooner this useless lump of lard ships out to ciddy for 40mill the better,good riddance!

    • Spangle 22:42 on November 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      He’s not living up to his potential at all, and the question has to be how many more chances will Fergie give him?. There have been many before him who have had a lot less chances, the latest being Gibson, who has actually scored more goals than Ando in less appearances, so Fergie must see something really special in him.
      Spangle is admin @www.manutdreds.com

    • Jack 23:16 on November 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      i think the problem is that his a player that doesnt fit into a box.

      before he came to us he was an attacking midfield and when he joined he decided to be a holding midfielder whose tackling is lacking.

      for me his best role would be one as free as possible in behind rooney or at least next to a proper defensive midfielder which we dont really have at the moment.

      his got the talent but gets lost in too many games and if he doesnt fit into a role soon, either ferige we buy someone to replace him or a kid will come up and take his place.

    • RedScot 00:47 on November 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Even ‘The Faithful’ lose faith…………..Eventually.I dont believe I have ever read on this forum a headline article that ‘writes’ a United players Au revoir greeting card so clearly.Rightly so, he is so not a United player, or should not be, its painfull on the eyes to see him with our magnificent shirt on his massive overweight frame.
      He huffs puffs and blows and looks hideously unfit and in truth can barely last 75 minutes of a competitive match.Its not even his pathetic goal return its his overall contribution in tackling, give and go.I am sure when the likes of Da Silva,Milner,YaYa Toure or De jong see that player on the team sheet must rub their hands with glee, nice easy day today then lads.We have the powder puff, fancy dan to combat against.No contest.
      I also think for some reason, we at United have got this into our game and it infuriates me no end,pass the ball one touch pass it quickly again, regardless if its improving the opportunity to advance.Its crazy why not take on a man and try to beat him with dribbling in the last third, your allowed to lose the ball there if your defence is set.It makes my @rs* nip watching this.Its like the players are more bothered about possession stats and imitating Barcelona(impossible task).Reverting back to Anderson like the loss United suffered on waiting and waiting for Hargreaves(why) at around 500k cost per game played as a proportion of his transfer fee, who would give United even 50% of the inward fee based on what he has brought to Manchester United.Nobody I would suggest.its sometimes ridiculous these multi million pound football players get a lengthy extension on their contract (job done) and promptly down tools.Like wise when they are seeking an improved new contract a resurgence of interest and up their game and put some effort in, R v P at Arsenal as a current example.
      The bigger picture for me in what could be a fulcrum point in Uniteds season the unraveling of the fantastic free flowing football we were served up just a mere 5 games ago.With the loss of the big characters in the dressing room,like Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Edwin van der Sar,John O’shea,Wes Brown and to a lesser extent that other ghost like midfielder(the unmentionable) Hargreaves, all seasoned pros, where are the big mouths now?.The big players that are gonna say , this is not f*****g acceptable our performance and someone to grab the other players during the match and direct the younger players as what they need to do.We saw this during the City game and how we caved in, and no United player could take command of the situation and give as the on field general the instructions.
      Our lose of experience and knowledge , some will say, well their contribution was negligible, its not just necessarily on match day, its the whole effect they would have had on the complete club as well as at Carrington.Where is the general, like Roy Keane, to actually have the type of stature to say ‘what the f**k is he doing here?.
      We need more than a midfielder, both defensive and in the attacking sense.

    • becktona:-) 07:31 on November 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply


      When or will we ever see Ando taking charge and dominate the midfield? For more than every 15th game? I do not think that will happen, never never never. Sorry Ando, u r not the cmf we need.

    • Lyttle romeo 09:55 on November 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      United forever

    • Sarah 16:28 on November 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Ahhhhh Anderson….

      Such hope for the lad. Then blah…. really blah…. I want him to turn it around, we don’t like to see people “fail” at United…

      I went to the open training session at Old Trafford this year and as you know I’m potty about coaching methods. I have to say I was disappointed by his lazy attitude. Him (and Evra) I have to say were constantly last and always cutting corners and taking the easy route. Or am I being too picky? ;-)

      He did perk up though when Sir Alex came out ;-)

      Maybe he was having an off day in training, maybe he is just a lazy trainer (even the best footballers can be lazy in training) but I’ll never forget his attitude that day

      He needs to start dominating the midfield, starting tomorrow. Otherwise it is time to give those kids a go and then bye bye Anderson.

  • janmetcalf 15:35 on October 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    United humbled by rampant City; Manchester United 1 Manchester City 6 

    United continued their busy week with the visit of local rivals, and potential title challengers Manchester City for one of the most eagerly anticipated Manchester derbies in many years. With the victor claiming top spot, much more than local pride was at stake as two unbeaten records were on the line, and a chance to send out a message to the chasing pack was one both sides were desperate to take. Having rested many players for last weeks trip to Anfield, United returned to more or less full strength, with only the absence of Tom Cleverley and Nemanja Vidic hindering the reds.

    United began the game very brightly, with Ashley Young in particular isolating Micah Richards well down the left hand side, winning a few early free kicks and corners applying some early pressure. Whilst Fletcher and Anderson were able to enjoy large spells of possession, they ultimately failed to deliver any telling quality against a rugged and well organised City defence, who were competently absorbing what United had to offer. At the other end, David Silva was enjoying yet another brilliant afternoon, weaving in between a frightened United defence, who appeared to have no answer to the young Spaniard. Inevitably, it was a moment of individual brilliance from the much maligned Mario Balotelli which broke the deadlock on 21 minutes, as the Italian striker’s curling shot found its way into the bottom corner past the helpless De Gea. On the balance of play, it was harsh on United to go into the break a goal down, but Joe Hart had yet to be tested despite the reds enjoying large spells of the ball. (More …)

    • richard 16:20 on October 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Like you said, United enjoyed the better of the play up until City scored—they chased the game and then Evans saw red. The game changed radically with 10 men and the last 3 goals where just plain schoolboy stuff. Remember 1996 my United fans and take note—City beat United 5-1 and United also lost to Southampton 6-2 within the span of two weeks. Oh and by the way, United won the league that year :)

    • bob 16:50 on October 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      What an incredibly insane article. Hating Fergie and by extension United appears to cloud the judgement of most antii United fans.. This is about as objective as the Tea Baggers views on Obama.

      Fiirst – United were well in the game when all 11 players were on the field and an objective person might say that they were the team that looked most likely to score. Silva is an outstanding player that was allowed to look all of that with United chasing the game and affording him the space to be even more dangerous.
      Judging how well both teams will do based on this skewed game shows your football ignorance.. United are 5 points back after playing the very top teams in the EPL.. City have Pool at Anfield, Chelsea at the Bridge and an Arsenal team that will surprise them.

      Common in the above teams is their formation, ie, they will play with 3 MF players and one ( Song, Mikel & Lucas Leiva ) will man mark Silva and that will have a huge impact on the way City play..

      Further City have not been plagued by injuries at the back – lose Kompany and they will suffer – lose Lescott and they will struggle…All is well with Balotelli at the moment, however the boy hasn’t had a lobotomy so be assured that there will be further periods of insanity in the future..

    • zorrin 16:56 on October 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Fair play to City.

      After Robinho, they abandoned the “galactico” route, and built a non-obvious team with a non-obvious manager. The established sky 4 blackmailed UEFA into introducing “fair” play rules which would allow us to keep our massive debt, but still shut City out, but it was too late.

      City hammered every team they played before us (except for a draw at Fulham).

      We can pretend this isn’t happenning, like Richard, or we can learn a lesson in humility and spend big in the next 3 or 4 transfer windows.

      That was possibly the best football I’ve ever seen at old trafford. We should keep Rooney and Young, if we can, and build a new squad around them. Its going to be tough to persuade players to come to us rather than City, but SAF has rebuilt time and again.

      He looked very old on Sunday, but i think he can do it one last time.

  • janmetcalf 14:13 on October 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Rooney spot on as United struggle in Romania; Otelul Galati 0 Manchester United 2 

    Fresh off the back of their hard earned point at Anfield, United travelled to Bucharest to face Champions League debutants Otelul Galati. Having only managed two points from their opening group games, only a win would allow United some space to breathe in a group which on paper seemed relatively straight forward. With one eye on the Manchester derby at the weekend, there was some doubt about the strength of United’s starting line up prior to the game, however a strong side took to the field, with Fergie clearly appreciating the importance of three points in this fixture. Nemanja Vidic returned to the starting line up for the first time since the opening day of the season, providing the reds solidity at the back, and a huge boost ahead of the big match on Sunday. (More …)

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