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Rooney missing for Stoke visit

January 3, 2011 Tags: , Matches 116 comments

Wayne Rooney will miss Stoke City’s visit to Old Trafford on Tuesday with an ankle injury sustained in Manchester United’s fortunate victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. However, the 25-year-old striker, who scored just his third goal of the season against the Baggies, could return for next weekend’s FA Cup Third Round tie with Liverpool.

Rooney twisted his left ankle at the Hawthornes following Chris Brunt’s challenge, although the United star returned for the final few minutes of the game. However, with the player having suffered two serious ankle injures in the past nine months, it seems unlikely Sir Alex Ferguson will take any risks at Old Trafford.

Ferguson may also be without Patrice Evra, who suffered a nasty black-eye at the hands of team-mate Nemanja Vidic this week, while Nani may again miss out with an ongoing hip problem. United will also be without long-term absentees Antonio Valencia, Owen Hargreaves, Paul Scholes, and John O’Shea, while Park Ji-Sung is at the Asia Cup.

Not that United’s manager will be keen to risk too many of his stars against the robust Potters, who have gain a reputation for physicality and ugly football since returning to the Premier League.

“We know what to expect from Stoke,” Fletcher told MUFC.com.

“‘You know you’re in for a battle when you play Stoke and you have to win that battle and earn the right to play. They always have a go. They look at home in the Premier League now and they know what it’s all about.

“They can go direct if they want to but they also have some good footballers up front. You know Stoke will be physical at times because they lump free-kicks and long throw-ins into the box but we can’t neglect the other ways they can cause problems.

“Our defensive performances have been very good and we’ll do our homework and prepare for Stoke’s threat.”

Chalkboard v Stoke CityMatch-going United supporters will have noted the similarity between Pullis’ side and the club’s supporters, who have gained a deserved reputation for being among the most unpleasant in the Premier League. It is to the eternal mystery of United supporters that Stoke fans genuinely believe the two clubs to be rivals. They’re not. After all, Stoke hasn’t emerged victorious at Old Trafford in 34 years nor, indeed, beaten United in the league at any venue since 1984.

That Stoke supporters spent 90 minutes at Old Trafford in May jubilantly cheering each Chelsea goal in a match taking place 200 miles south is to the club’s eternal shame.

Meanwhile, Stoke defender Robert Huth will play after sitting out the Potters victory over Everton at the weekend through suspension. Manager Tony Pullis may opt to leave out both Jon Walters and Ricardo Fuller, with Kenwyne Jones ploughing a lone furrow.

One striker who may not feature in United’s matchday squad is Federico Macheda, with Sampdoria president Riccardo Garrone claiming a loan deal has been struck for the teenager to spend the next five months in Genoa.

“Macheda has easily filled the void left by Cassano, he will definitely do well,” Garrone told reporters today.

“In these five months we will try to treat him well. With him here, the enthusiasm has increased tenfold.”

Not that United should need the former Lazio striker against Stoke having won 10 of the last 13 league meetings without the Potters scoring. Stoke managed a goal at the Britannia earlier this season, only for United’s Mexican striker Javier Hernández to win the game for the visitors.

Opposition
Stoke – 451 – Begovic; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Higginbotham; Pennnant, Whitehead, Faye, Delap, Etherington; Jones. Subs from: Fuller, Walters, Sorensen, Gudjohnsen, Wilson, Whelan, Collins, Wilson, Tuncay, Diao.

United
United – 442 – van der Sar; Rafael da Silva, Vidic, Ferdinand, Fabio da Silva; Fletcher, Anderson, Carrick, Giggs; Berbatov, Hernández. Subs from: Kuzszazk, Amos, Evans, O’Shea, Brown, Anderson, Bébé, Gibson, Macheda, Owen, Obertan, Smalling.

Officials
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistant referees: Scott Ledger & Glenn Turner
Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick

Form
United – LDWWDW
Stoke – DDLWLW

116 comments

sheesh - January 3, 2011 Reply

Stoke City and their fans are the footballing equivalent of Aids.
By the way, where’s Hargreaves these days? He was only supposed to be out for 5 weeks.

Emily - January 4, 2011 Reply

Comparing the second oldest football club in the world to a disease that kills over 3 million people a year. Matt Busby must be turning in his grave at what has become of Man Utd fans nowadays. “We’ll do what we want………blah blah blah”

Hang your head in shame.

Ed - January 4, 2011 Reply

Emily – Stoke aren’t even close to being the second oldest football club in the world. Perhaps the second oldest currently in the football leagues (inc PL)… but I’ll check my notes on that. Am writing book on the subject.

Emily - January 4, 2011 Reply

Certainly closer to being the oldest than United/Newton Heath etc. Stoke were formed in 1863 and there is no need to check your notes – they ARE the second oldest currently in the English Professional league pyramid as well as being founder members of the football league – I will gladly help you with you’re book if you like 😉 Stoke are certainly the oldest team to have played in the “Premier League”.

My point being lets have a little respect. Thankyou.

Ed - January 4, 2011

Emily – respect? from a Stoke fan? You’re also helping me to define irony I guess. Glad you’ve caveated your glaring error.

mongoletsi - January 4, 2011

//Certainly closer to being the oldest than United/Newton Heath etc //

Sounds like City’s “we have the biggest floodlights” or Dipper’s “we have the loudest fans” bollocks to me.

You’re still shit.

Actually you’re not shit.

But I still hate you.

Zabberdast - January 4, 2011 Reply

I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Wes Brown or John O’Pie playing in place of one or maybe both of the twins – a bit of height and um, weight in the mixer for those set-plays…

Howie - January 4, 2011 Reply

There is a slight inaccuaray in Eds article where he states
“After all, Stoke hasn’t emerged victorious at Old Trafford in 34 years nor, indeed, beaten United at any venue since 1984.”

Didn’t Stoke win the first leg of a league cup encounter in 1993 2-0.

Ed - January 4, 2011 Reply

Spike – Problem with wikipedia is that its too often a copy & paste of accepted wisdom. I can name a dozen clubs formed before Stoke – Sheffield, Crusaders, Dingley Dell, Barnes, Crystal Palace (no relation), Civil Service, War Office, Surbiton, No Names, Forrest Club, Wanderers, Hallam, Notts County.

mongoletsi - January 4, 2011 Reply

// Problem with wikipedia is that its too often a copy & paste of accepted wisdom //

Well then Ed dearest, may I humbly suggest you correct the entry? Wiki is all about the community (us) improving accuracy.

That said I keep editing Widnes when Joey Barton lived there so nobody knew he lived in my hometown, shithole that it is 🙂

Spike - January 4, 2011 Reply

anyhoo
1:1

gazno77 - January 4, 2011 Reply

According to Danny Taylor at the Guardian, Nani’s on the bus but Rio isn’t

Triggs - January 4, 2011 Reply

a bus to OT? i thought the players just drove?

gazno77 - January 4, 2011 Reply

No idea mate – but here’s his twitter message: http://twitter.com/#!/DTguardian

sidney - January 4, 2011 Reply

Didn’t Stoke hang a National Front banner in their ground

And Pulis basically defended it

Anyway, score early and it’ll be piss

Spike - January 4, 2011 Reply

True Ed-but its on their Banner, who gives a fuck anyhoo?

Ashish - January 4, 2011 Reply

I’m expecting atleast a 3-0 scoreline with Berba scoring a brace and Hernandez grabbing the third.

Unless we happen to slacken up big time today.

Daniel8 - January 4, 2011 Reply

Is this for sure? That Rooney will miss this game?

Heard that they will test his form today to se if hes fit.

uncleknobheadforfucksake - January 4, 2011 Reply

stoke are down syndrome cunts

mongoletsi - January 4, 2011 Reply

lolpissedmyself

danniitronix - January 4, 2011 Reply

as is Joke Cole

sidney - January 4, 2011 Reply

hughferris No Rio Rooney or VDS for #mufc: Kooshack. Rafa, Vidic, Smalling, Evra, Nani, Fletch, Gibson, Giggs, Berbatov, Hernandez
Horrific midfield – Gibson & Fletch – but it should be enough to beat the NF

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

not that enthused with that team
sweet pea is best as a sub in my opinion and can’t do the same when he starts
berbs hopefully will get some decent service from gibson and fletcher today
play anything resembling saturday and it will be a long 90 mins
come on united

madredmonkey - January 4, 2011 Reply

come on united, an early goal would be nice.

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

hi mad red
nowt happening thus far
just fingering each other

madredmonkey - January 4, 2011 Reply

Hello Han, it would be nice for us to play well, and win easy tonight.

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

we can but dream mad red

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

stoke are no mugs this season
defend in numbers and channel the ball to jones
need to keep the ball on the ground rather than in the air which suits them

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

ken dodd is at OT
oops sorry thats harry rednapp

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

come on united

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet pea yesssssssssssssssss

madredmonkey - January 4, 2011 Reply

yes 1-0 , the little man does it again.

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

come on reds
score another before the break and take it easier in 2nd half for the scouse bin dipping team on sunday

danniitronix - January 4, 2011 Reply

yeah Hernandez is just a finisher and can’t do fuck all ?!

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

what u talking about willis(danni)?

sidney - January 4, 2011 Reply

What I expected and what I hoped for so far

First gear

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

well i wish they would up it a tad and score a couple more before deciding not to bother

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

sluggish start to 2nd half
come on united – up the pace and give stoke a workout ffs
OT morgue like not helping

Don’t kiss your granny when she’s shaving!
han - January 4, 2011 Reply

fucking cunts

captainhormone - January 4, 2011 Reply

PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME WHY gIBSON IS IN A uNITED SHIRT?

AND WHY HAVE THOSE CUNTS SCORED??

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

those cunts have scored cos united have been playing like pussies since hernandez scored in the 1st half

captainhormone - January 4, 2011 Reply

YES…IT’S CALLED FAFFING

FAFFING

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

giggs has been poor im saddened to say
but there is no urgency at all in that side
everyone is acting like berba

captainhormone - January 4, 2011 Reply

i’ve decided…Gibson is our new Richardson

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

what the fuck are these twats waiting for?
come on reds
and gibson is pretty fucking shit as per usual

uncleknobheadforfucksake - January 4, 2011 Reply

caps boys are gonna win

we don’t like it up us

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

send owen on or do something ffs

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

nannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnni

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

fucking push on now
put this to bed

danniitronix - January 4, 2011 Reply

THAT was Ronaldo-esque.

He is a genius.

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

need a 3rd
wheres OG when u need him?

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

come on united
would love berbs to score

captainhormone - January 4, 2011 Reply

bring amos on for gibson

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

bring on amos from emmerdale for that waste of space in a red shirt

Ted - January 4, 2011 Reply

Is’nt nik nak head on the bench? He’s our new Bellion.

captainhormone - January 4, 2011 Reply

everytime gibson touches the ball, god kills a puppy fergie you cunt

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

michel silvestres younger sister is on the bench, yes
but i don’t think she will be used today since gibfanny is still walking

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

come on united
stop fucking around with the ball

Ted - January 4, 2011 Reply

Well as soon as cuntson gets the hook, on comes nik nak!

han - January 4, 2011 Reply

come on berba

captainhormone - January 4, 2011 Reply

faffing

madredmonkey - January 4, 2011 Reply

come on united , finish this game off.

uncleknobheadforfucksake - January 4, 2011 Reply

a bollockless man has come on

captainhormone - January 4, 2011 Reply

do we only sign bollockless players from Spurs?

captainhormone - January 4, 2011 Reply

teddy excluded

uncleknobheadforfucksake - January 4, 2011 Reply

tbf teddy was a self satisfied ponce

madredmonkey - January 4, 2011 Reply

he did ok for us though.

captainhormone - January 4, 2011 Reply

well, ponce or no ponce, we won tonight….we were shit, but we won tonight against a very physical shit stoke side.

uncleknobheadforfucksake - January 4, 2011 Reply

what a feast of football

“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
captainhormone - January 4, 2011 Reply

indeed

madredmonkey - January 4, 2011 Reply

win is a win. an easy win soon please. pool?

herbie simms - January 4, 2011 Reply

Nani scored a great goal! Not yet impressed with the overall play of Hernandez, although he has scored some vital goals. But Giggs and Gibson should stay home and watch the game on TV.

sidney - January 4, 2011 Reply

We did enough when we had to

All the creative, thoughtful, intelligent balls from the midfield came from Giggs. And most of them didn’t come off as you’d expect

Fuck all from Fletch & Gibson in terms of creativity. Gibson never really once went looking for the ball

herbie simms - January 4, 2011 Reply

I really don’t think SAF has any money from the Glazers to do any business in January. We know, SAF knows and everyone around the world watching Man Utd play every week knows the midfield is crap. So the conclusion is, NO MONEY!

arunk - January 5, 2011 Reply

We should consider playing Rooney in the midfield as he will definitely be more creative than Gibson and Carrick put together. He drops deep most of the time anyway. Hernandez is our fox in the box and should be in the team as part of a 4-4-2.

herbie simms - January 5, 2011 Reply

Hernandez is a poacher, a different kind of striker and a poacher is a dangerous man in front of goal. A poacher usually ends up to be the leading goalscorer in a team and if Hernandez plays and starts in more games, he could catch or pass Berbatov in the most goals department. You will see more creative play from the midfield when we play Liverpool. Somehow, the midfield gets it together when we play top teams. Its against these lower rated teams were we seem to struggle more. SAF has admitted that he is interested in winning the FA Cup, so we will see.

dingleberry - January 5, 2011 Reply

some people never happy. we rested what is essentially the backbone of our team (VDS, Rio, Anderson, Rooney) and still win.

the team needs replacements for giggs and scholes (although anderson seems to be starting to step up) gibson is def not good enough. essentially john oshite in midfield. thats it.

the sooner valencia gets back the better

han - January 16, 2011 Reply

sky “pundit” saying sweet pea didnt touch the ball for the goal…….obviously a jealous scouse or bitter blue fan

sheesh - January 16, 2011 Reply

PIG should have saved the Stoke equaliser. It wasn’t even a particularly difficult stop to make. The sooner we get Lindeggaard in the better.

danniitronix - January 16, 2011 Reply

now i know what if feels like to commit suicide.

han - January 16, 2011 Reply

bindippers will not be easy – sunday will be their biggest game of the season and neanderthal gerard and ladyboy torres will be up for it no doubt
hence why SAF rested a few tonight

Alfonso Bedoya - January 16, 2011 Reply

3 more points… Nani fit again, Rooney not missed… can’t be too bad.

“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
han - January 16, 2011 Reply

result welcome but yet again flatterring to deceive
just can’t see why SAF persists in gibson because apart from his 30 yard cracks, he offers little
stoke had 1 shot on target in the game
should have given them a good shafting if the players looked interested

danniitronix - January 16, 2011 Reply

wasnt he about 45 when he left us

han - January 16, 2011 Reply

3 mins added on for what?

han - January 16, 2011 Reply

alan brazil wasnt too bad either

han - January 16, 2011 Reply

why is corner taking so poor from this side?

han - January 16, 2011 Reply

aye but he was a smug twat at times after
remember his love in with cole?

Alfonso Bedoya - January 16, 2011 Reply

uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
a bollockless man has come on

Well he’s gotta be better than Gibson was.

“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
Ted - January 16, 2011 Reply

uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
a bollockless man has come on
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A fuckin man?

Don’t kiss your granny when she’s shaving!
han - January 16, 2011 Reply

faffing cunts around again
give the ball to berba

Alfonso Bedoya - January 16, 2011 Reply

Good subs.

“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
danniitronix - January 16, 2011 Reply

Gibson was refused entry into the Spastics Society on the grounds that he was too much of shithouse 4 eared, seven armed, six left footed, 8 tongued, MEGA MONG.

han - January 16, 2011 Reply

hmm
gibcunt and sweet pea off
carrick and owen on

han - January 16, 2011 Reply

id take giggsy off and send on easter island head

Ted - January 16, 2011 Reply

han said:
come on berba

Fuck Berby, “Go Go Nik Nak!”

Don’t kiss your granny when she’s shaving!
han - January 16, 2011 Reply

Ted said:
Well as soon as cuntson gets the hook, on comes nik nak!

gibcunt surely
has a certain ring to it

Alfonso Bedoya - January 16, 2011 Reply

Gibsons biggest problem, is he doesn’t play enough simple passes, and he’s rubbish at the clever passes.

“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
Alfonso Bedoya - January 16, 2011 Reply

What about Ando?

“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
Alfonso Bedoya - January 16, 2011 Reply

captainhormone said:
bring amos on for gibson

Who do we have on the bench?

“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
danniitronix - January 16, 2011 Reply

captainhormone said:
i’ve decided…Gibson is our new Richardson

at least we got some money for Richardson. We would have to pay to get rid of this shithouse cunt.

we might as well have Stephen Hawing playing in the middle. Fucking Gibspakmongoflid.

Alfonso Bedoya - January 16, 2011 Reply

Good lad Nani!!!!!

“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
Alfonso Bedoya - January 16, 2011 Reply

Fuck.

“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
brianofnazareth - January 16, 2011 Reply

LINKS!!???? ANYONE?

Alfonso Bedoya - January 16, 2011 Reply

Now… let’s open these cunts up for a fisting.

“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
brianofnazareth - January 16, 2011 Reply

Any good links ladies?

Alfonso Bedoya - January 16, 2011 Reply

Great goal…

“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
Alfonso Bedoya - January 16, 2011 Reply

That’s better.

Crowd’s woken up a bit as well.

“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
Alfonso Bedoya - January 16, 2011 Reply

Shit game so far.

“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
brianofnazareth - January 16, 2011 Reply

uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
stoke are down syndrome cunts

Where’s the Cap from?

LOLOLOL

Any links fucko’s?

Alfonso Bedoya - January 16, 2011 Reply

Good to see Nani fit… hope he has a cracker…

“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
sheesh - January 16, 2011 Reply

Unregistered User said:
Certainly closer to being the oldest than United/Newton Heath etc. Stoke were formed in 1863 and there is no need to check your notes – they ARE the second oldest currently in the English Professional league pyramid as well as being founder members of the football league – I will gladly help you with you’re book if you like ;-) Stoke are certainly the oldest team to have played in the “Premier League”.

My point being lets have a little respect. Thankyou.

You’re either a Stoke fan (in which case you have no business hanging about on a United forum) or, in the alternative, you’re a United fan who spends more time at DFS than watching football.

I couldn’t give a fig that they may be one of the oldest teams in the country. The simple fact is that their fans are a bunch of simple muppets who sing about Munich and make aeroplane gestures. They consider United to be their closest rivals, such is their pathetic bitter hatred of us and they are so small-time that they celebrated every single Chelsea goal whilst watching their own team at Old Trafford on the final day of last season.

Their club is shit, their style of football is shit and their fans are shit.

In short, they ARE the footballing equivalent of AIDS and if this concept is a bit difficult for you to understand, kindly do us a favour and clear off so that no one needs to waste further energy explaining things to someone as clueless as yourself.

Oh, and it’s SIR Matt Busby to you. Stupid woman.

Alfonso Bedoya - January 16, 2011 Reply

uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
stoke are down syndrome cunts

That’s the way to extend the hand of goodwill.

“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
Alfonso Bedoya - January 16, 2011 Reply

Unregistered User said:
Comparing the second oldest football club in the world to a disease that kills over 3 million people a year. Matt Busby must be turning in his grave at what has become of Man Utd fans nowadays. “We’ll do what we want………blah blah blah”

Hang your head in shame.

This your first visit to Rant?

“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
Alfonso Bedoya - January 16, 2011 Reply

Unregistered User said:
I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Wes Brown or John O’Pie playing in place of one or maybe both of the twins – a bit of height and um, weight in the mixer for those set-plays…

Perhaps… if you approach the game defensively minded… you could make an argument for countering their height/aggression with speed and attack.

“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”

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