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Rooney leads United renaissance at Everton

October 28, 2011 Tags: , Matches 132 comments

Wayne Rooney will lead Manchester United’s attack as the Reds visit Everton on Saturday lunchtime. The former Blue, dropped from this fixture by Ferguson last season, will face the inevitable cacophony of abuse on his return to Goodison Park. But at the end of a tough week for the club manager Ferguson insists Rooney will start the fixture.

While Rooney is retained from the side that lost 6-1 against Manchester City last weekend, Ferguson is expected to make several changes in Liverpool. Indeed, a quartet of players are under genuine pressure after the heavy defeat to near-neighbours City. Ferguson openly criticised defenders Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra on Sunday, while United’s dysfunctional central midfield pair of Anderson and Darren Fletcher could be relegated to the bench on form alone.

Yet it is Rooney on whom the greatest pressure resides, with manager, team-mates and supporters expecting a big performance from the 26-year-old striker.

“He’s had mixed success going to Everton,” admitted Ferguson on Friday.

“He’s scored a couple of goals in previous games and gets booed as normal. He got booked in one game and I took him off because he’d been booked and there was no way I was going to give the referee an opportunity to send him off.

“That’s where the hype around the ground in terms of him getting booed every time he makes a challenge comes into it. He’s had mixed fortunes there but he’s scored a couple of goals and done well in some of the games and hopefully that will be the case tomorrow.”

Everton versus Manchester United, Premier League, Goodison Park, Saturday 29 October 2011, 12.00pm.Saturday’s game will mark Ferguson’s first opportunity for ruthlessness in the wake of derby humiliation. While a largely fringe and reserve team beat Aldershot Town in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night, United’s visit to Everton is the first genuine test of the Scot’s ability to rally his troops.

United has previously suffered heavy defeats to Newcastle United in 1996, Southampton the same season, and Chelsea three years later. In those campaigns the club went on to win the Premier League title, underlining that one result does not a season make.

“It’s been a tough week for everyone,” added Ferguson.

“It was bad result but we have to get over it – the fans, players, employees, staff – everyone was involved in the disappointment. We must kick on. We enjoyed Tuesday night but we need to show ourselves tomorrow. We hope we can recover from the disappointment of last weekend. We’ve done that well over the years and we have to do it again. Nothing changes in football. The challenge is always there to be the very, very best which we hope we can do now.

“It’s not going to be an easy game. I went to see that game on Wednesday and in typical fashion of a David Moyes team they were all committed. He’s had a few injuries and he rested a few players which is the norm in the cup, but they still represented their club very well. They all put a shift in and are always committed. We know what Louis [Saha] is capable of – he has fantastic ability and we have to make sure we do our best.”

Ferguson may be without winger Ashley Young for the short trip west, with the former Aston Villa player suffering a toe injury in training this week. Young’s expected absence adds to the Scot’s selection dilemma in wide areas, with Nani poor against City. Antonio Valencia and Park Ji-Sung each completed a much-needed 90 minutes at Aldershot in midweek and at least one of the pair should start.

Ferguson will welcome back Tom Cleverley, who is pushing for his first Premier League start since 10 September. The 22-year-old midfielder was carried off with an ankle injury against Bolton Wanderers but started United’s 3-0 win over Aldershot. Despite the bright start to the season United’s performances have markedly deteriorated in Cleverley’s absence.

“We have one or two knocks,” Ferguson said of his playing resources.

“Ashley Young has a toe injury and we’ll see what he’s like today. The knocks are nothing serious and I hope we’ll have a strong enough squad for tomorrow.

“Tom has got the potential, the expectation lies with everyone. For any United player, we expect a certain standard. Tom played his first game on Tuesday night – we gave him an hour. He had trained for about 10 days so he was in good physical condition for it. Given that we have a game tomorrow, I think an hour was just about right for him.”

Meanwhile, Korean Park says the United squad is focused on the job ahead despite the disappointment of last week. The 30-year-old could start in Young’s stead at Goodison Park – just the third of his Premier League season – where United drew last season after conceding two late goals to David Moyes’ outfit.

“We have to concentrate and everyone has to turn up to show the City game has not affected us,” Park told ManUtd.com.

“We have to get over that. We have to put it right on the pitch and we have to prove it. It’s a very important game to us and we have to go there and fight to get the points. It’s not an easy game at Goodison Park – it’s always difficult there. Just look at last season, when we were winning 3-1 and in injury-time they scored two goals.”

Everton, knocked out of the Carling Cup by Chelsea in mid-week, may have more than one reason to rue the 2-1 loss against the Londoners. While game went into energy-sapping extra time, midfielder Royston Drenthe was sent off for two bookable offences and will miss the fixture through suspension. Meanwhile key Evertonians Tim Cahill and Phil Neville are both out injured.

Yet it is on Rooney whom all eyes will focus, including a hostile home crowd against which Ferguson sought to protect his star player last season. It is, says Moyes, an animosity from which Everton supporters should move on.

“Wayne would be the first one to tell you – he would be delighted to come back with his wee boy and watch Everton,” Moyes added.

“He is bringing up his son as an Everton supporter and he will always be an Evertonian. He’ll get criticism because he left the club but time has moved on, we’ve moved on and so has he.”

By Saturday afternoon United supporters will know whether the team has moved on from last Sunday’s demoralising defeat or not.

Match Facts
Everton versus Manchester United, Premier League, Goodison Park, Saturday 29 October 2011, 12.00pm.

Likely Line-ups
Everton (4-4-2): Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Osman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Coleman; Vellios, Saha. Subs from: Mucha, Heitinga, Bilyaletdinov, Stracqualursi, Barkley, Hahnemann.

United (4-4-1-1): De Gea; Smalling, Jones, Vidic, Evra; Nani, Cleverley, Carrick, Park; Rooney; Hernandez. Subs from: Lindegaard, Fabio, Evans, Ferdinand, Pogba, Fletcher, Anderson, Berbatov, Welbeck, Valencia, Owen, Diouf.

Performance stats

  • Manchester United covered just 106.09km in the game against City last weekend – the side’s second lowest tally of the season – with Darren Fletcher covering the most ground with 11.29km
  • Yet United still contains three of the top ten players in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, including Ashley Young and Luis Nani, who have each put in 37 crosses so far this season.
  • Nani is also in second place for most dribbles completed (34) and Young in fourth (33).
  • In the opposition Marouane Fellaini remains the Toffees midfield heartbeat, averaging 11.911km per game.
  • However, the Index underlines how much Everton will miss Royston Drenthe, who scored his second Everton goal against Fulham last week. The Dutchman’s two goals have come from just five attempts, with four on target. He has also laid on three assists this season.
  • One time United transfer target Jack Rodwell scored his first goal of the season against Fulham. The young midfielder has returned to form this season, making 11 interceptions and winning 87 per cent of tackles attempted.

Form
Everton: WLLLWL
United: DWDWLW

Officials
Referee: Mark Halsey (Welwyn Garden City)
Assistant referees: S Bennett, A Halliday

132 comments

RobDiablo - October 28, 2011 Reply

I would put Smalling in for Rio, and Jones at Right Back. Smalling is, for now at least, the better Centre Half of the two, and plays much like Rio, so he should work well with Vidic. God help us, though, if Park and Evra are paired on the left side. Park will get tired of getting knocked down near the touchline, move infield, and leave Evra to do everything down the left on his own. If United do not score early, I expect a bore draw or United leaving it late to secure all three points. 1-1 or 1-2 is my guess.

denton davey - October 28, 2011 Reply

“with Nani poor against City.”

How was he “poor” ? TheLads’ tactics were to funnel the ball wide left at every opportunity so that Ashley Young could skin Micah Richards – but he didn’t do that. Nani – who usually eats Gael Clichy’s lunch – was starved of the ball.

uncleknobheadforfucksake - October 28, 2011 Reply

richards was named motm weren’t he, such was youngs shiteness

caps got a lot to answer for with him

uncleknobheadforfucksake - October 28, 2011 Reply

this is rodwells big chance to gain a move to us

and barkley

fucking rape us

3-1

ichiro - October 29, 2011 Reply

Just looking forward to seeing Cleverley play again. Hope he starts.

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

well at least someone on here is back to form this week

Ichiro - October 29, 2011 Reply

Everton v Man Utd line-ups
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines, Coleman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Bilyaletdinov, Osman, Saha. Subs: Mucha, Stracqualursi, McFadden, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios, Mustafi.
Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Welbeck, Cleverley, Fletcher, Park, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Owen, Berbatov, Nani, Fabio Da Silva, Valencia.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

RobDiablo - October 29, 2011 Reply

Brilliant! Sir Alex puts Evans in at Centre Back with Vidic, so Vidic has to move to the other side.

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

terrible team. why cant evans just move?? dont think it matters that much anyway

RobDiablo - October 29, 2011 Reply

ltel said:
terrible team. why cant evans just move?? dont think it matters that much anyway

Too right. We’ve got inexperience down the right flank and incompetence down the left.
EDIT: or are we playing a 4-3-3?

uncleknobheadforfucksake - October 29, 2011 Reply

so where’s rooney playing

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

goodison park

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

will be welbbeck on the wing i would say,,442

uncleknobheadforfucksake - October 29, 2011 Reply

hold on fletchers playing, brilliant

a consolation goal means he keeps his place

madredmonkey - October 29, 2011 Reply

Evens great, as long as we win i dont care, will Rooney play on the left, or up front?

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

up front i would say…welbeck plays on the wing..

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

terrible team
i’d put berba in evans place for a start
going to be a long 90 mins
would have preferred him starting the kids even

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

should still win and we will be fired up.. come on reds

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

come on united
start with some fire in your bellies

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

evans letting coleman thru in the 1st 10 secs
nice
v nice

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

park should have scored

sheesh - October 29, 2011 Reply

Any streams on Justin website?

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

where is our defence?
absolutely nowhere

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

still getting abck for citys 6th

sheesh - October 29, 2011 Reply

I found links on hostream.net

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

post them then you cunt

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

carling cup draw anyone?

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

why is this match an early kickoff if its not on sky????

Alfonso Bedoya - October 29, 2011 Reply

http://www.sportz-for-free.org/channel1.html

It’s not a great stream, but it’s the only one I could find in english.

sheesh - October 29, 2011 Reply

We’ve done OK so far without really creating anything.

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

yawn yawn yawn

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet peaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

cabronyc - October 29, 2011 Reply

CHICHAAAAA

sheesh - October 29, 2011 Reply

Get in. 1-0

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

get in.. mexico mexico

madredmonkey - October 29, 2011 Reply

1-0 yes

madredmonkey - October 29, 2011 Reply

little pea.

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

madredmonkey said:
little pea.

sweet

cabronyc - October 29, 2011 Reply

Nice set of passes!

madredmonkey - October 29, 2011 Reply

han said:
sweet

sorry to excited,

sheesh - October 29, 2011 Reply

This game not being on TV is really irritating me. I hate watching football on the internet.

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

madredmonkey said:
sorry to excited,

no it is little pea but i just prefer sweet

Alfonso Bedoya - October 29, 2011 Reply

http://www.sportlemon.tv/v-2/12/20/v-322130.html

Better…

cabronyc - October 29, 2011 Reply

I get HD in this one ( if you can call it HD…)
http://espn.go.com/watchespn/player/_/source/espn3/id/272842/

sheesh - October 29, 2011 Reply

http://www.hostream.net/channel-1.html for anyone still hunting for a stream.

Alfonso Bedoya - October 29, 2011 Reply

Well read by Jones that.

uncleknobheadforfucksake - October 29, 2011 Reply

clearly makes a massive difference having someone who can play cm in the team

sheesh - October 29, 2011 Reply

Fletcher is so shit it’s embarrassing. Giving the ball away like that, typical of him.

cabronyc - October 29, 2011 Reply

The hell is wrong with Fletcher?

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

cabronyc said:
The hell is wrong with Fletcher?

still suffering form that virus
must be the longest bout of flu anyone has ever had

madredmonkey - October 29, 2011 Reply

han said:
carling cup draw anyone?

UNITED V CRYSTAL PALACE

sheesh - October 29, 2011 Reply

Fellaini was looking for that. Diving twat.

madredmonkey - October 29, 2011 Reply

arsenal v man city
chelsea v liverpool

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

cheers mad red
we are getting out muscled again in the middle

cabronyc - October 29, 2011 Reply

Walls don’t jump anymore?

Alfonso Bedoya - October 29, 2011 Reply

Pffft…

Why doesn’t Baines play for a better team?

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

Alfonso Bedoya said:
Pffft…

Why doesn’t Baines play for a better team?

no value bollocks etc

RobDiablo - October 29, 2011 Reply

Park has been poor; bring on Nani or Valencia and put this game to bed. I wonder if Park will play every game until the IPO?

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

cup draw

Arsenal v Man City, Man Utd v Crystal Palace and Cardiff v Blackburn.

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

saha looking for a goal and we are helping him look for it too

sheesh - October 29, 2011 Reply

Everton will score, sooner rather than later. They are getting towards our goal far too easily.

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

Chelsea v Liverpool

goodnight liverpool

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

rent boys 1 up
not often i want the arse to win but…

sheesh - October 29, 2011 Reply

Ross Barkley on to rape our midfield.

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

why is rooney playing so fucking deep again
ffs stay in the middle and stick berba on to support hernandez

madredmonkey - October 29, 2011 Reply

han said:
why is rooney playing so fucking deep again
ffs stay in the middle and stick berba on to support hernandez

agree.

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

evans u fucking cocksucker

sheesh - October 29, 2011 Reply

Fucks sake Hernandez. WTF was Evans playing at earlier?

brianofnazareth - October 29, 2011 Reply

han said:
evans u fucking cocksucker

Must be your fav player!

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

ffs cleverley out

Alfonso Bedoya - October 29, 2011 Reply

Nani time…

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

come on reds
fucking grow a collective pair of balls instead of tickling your fanny

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

evans = the new gibson

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

some one needs to stop that italian afro cunt

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

welbeck unlucky

sheesh - October 29, 2011 Reply

We are playing a dangerous game here, letting Everton have a go at us. We need a second goal.

dozer - October 29, 2011 Reply

Rooney playing central midfield today is SAF finally waking up to the fact that we need quality there.

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

our 1st corner after 62 mins ffs
get the berbs on now – need some one to hold up the ball anywhere on that pitch

madredmonkey - October 29, 2011 Reply

berba on for little pea.

sheesh - October 29, 2011 Reply

Midfield is so so shit.

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

sheesh said:
Midfield is so so shit.

tell us something new

sheesh - October 29, 2011 Reply

Big Man has scored for the Rent Boys. 2-1
Evans is having a shocker.

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

cleverley injured????

madmax - October 29, 2011 Reply

we are definitely going to concede

madredmonkey - October 29, 2011 Reply

Come on united.

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

madmax said:
we are definitely going to concede

be nice ffs

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

why the fuck do we sit back waiting for them to come at us?

sheesh - October 29, 2011 Reply

lol Magaye Gueye.

madmax - October 29, 2011 Reply

ltel said:
be nice ffs

our defending has been like that, absolute chaos when Everton have the ball in and around the box

cabronyc - October 29, 2011 Reply

This game can;t end soon enough

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

come on reds
score a second and make it easy for the last 5 mins

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

ffs more added time for the linesman now

cabronyc - October 29, 2011 Reply

The assistant getting treatment :)))

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

fuck this is killig me……..

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

6 fucking minutes

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

6 minutes……….fuk off

sheesh - October 29, 2011 Reply

Get up Gueye.

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

arsenal level..

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

some cunt please hold the ball up

sheesh - October 29, 2011 Reply

We were shite but we won, which is the main thing.

madredmonkey - October 29, 2011 Reply

good win , we needed that.

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

wow that was painful in the extreme
good 3 points but why make it so fucking tight?

madredmonkey - October 29, 2011 Reply

not a great performance, but a win at Everton is not easy, happy with that.

chelsea 2 arsenal 3.

brianofnazareth - October 29, 2011 Reply

Great win!
Arsenal V Chelsea is a class game..2-3 to Arsenal!
Theo just scored a great goal!

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits…..

Ichiro - October 29, 2011 Reply

Good win, especially if Arsenal beat Chelsea.

Violent Banana - October 29, 2011 Reply

Played some lovely football before the goal and ten minutes after it, but all the rest was pretty poor to be honest. Surely the necessity of playing Rooney, easily our best forward, in a midfield position shows how desperate we are for some quality in the centre of the park.
Great to see Vidic back.

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

if its not to arsenal then who is it too

RobDiablo - October 29, 2011 Reply

It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t reassuring, but it is three points.

madredmonkey - October 29, 2011 Reply

ltel said:
if its not to arsenal then who is it too

arsenal lol 2-3.

sheesh - October 29, 2011 Reply

brianofnazareth said:
Great win!

Arsenal V Chelsea is a class game..2-3 not to Arsenal!
Theo just scored a great goal!

You didn’t see the game, did you? Can’t blame you, to be fair.

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

our goalie doesnt look shit now does he?

brianofnazareth - October 29, 2011 Reply

sheesh said:
You didn’t see the game, did you? Can’t blame you, to be fair.

I was watching United online and I have sky to watch the Chavs/Arse game

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

de gea will be the top manin a few years

madredmonkey - October 29, 2011 Reply

brianofnazareth said:
I was watching United online and I have sky to watch the Chavs/Arse game

as i did. good match chel v arse, some shocking defending.

brianofnazareth - October 29, 2011 Reply

3-4 NOT to Arsenal! lol

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

fuck me its 3-4 arsenal.. or not to arsenal if your welsh

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

If this scoreline stays the same (which is maybe unlikely), then John Terry will DEFINITELY make the headlines tomorrow. He slips and falls flat on his face as he tries to retrieve a stray pass by Florent Malouda, allowing Robin van Persie to run clear, round Petr Cech and slot home. Now, can the Gunners hold on this time?

gotta love that cunt…

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

3-5 lol
renties love it up them

brianofnazareth - October 29, 2011 Reply

FUCK ME!!!

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

rvp hatrick…. think hes scored 29 goals in 28 games… if he wasnt made of glass he would be one of the best out there

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

brianofnazareth said:
FUCK ME!!!

only if u go and scrub ur arse

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

and mouth. scrub everything

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

our utter raping last week doesnt seem as painful after that rent boy result who had 11 on the pitch for the full 90 mins
now for wolves and west brom to do one too

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

ltel said:
and mouth. scrub everything

don’t do 3 somes or sloppy seconds
if u want him that bad, take him and punish him for his cheek

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

i dont do onesomes ya dirty brute.. was just looking out for ya,

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

ltel said:
i dont do onesomes ya dirty brute.. was just looking out for ya,

hmmm
not sure i understand
maybe u just like to play hans solo?

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

this is what i get for speaking to fucking nerds…

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

ltel said:
this is what i get for speaking to fucking nerds…

stop looking in the mirror then u twat

ltel - October 29, 2011 Reply

baahh. not one of your better ones han, you should be thoroughly ashamed

sheesh - October 29, 2011 Reply

Sir Alex Ferguson revealed on Saturday that defender Smalling picked up “a small fracture on his foot” which kept him out of the Premier League champions’ 1-0 win at Everton FC. “I think he’ll be out for a month and it’s unfortunate that one,” he said, adding: “Ashley Young has a toe injury that is not going away so he could be out for a couple of weeks.”

In other news, Sir Jimmy Saville has died. RIP.

han - October 29, 2011 Reply

ltel said:
baahh. not one of your better ones han, you should be thoroughly ashamed

can’t be on form all the time now can i???????

madredmonkey - October 29, 2011 Reply

han said:
can’t be on form all the time now can i???????

That’s what Brian, tells his ladyboy.

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