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Scholes returns for Villa test

Ed April 14, 2012 Tags: , Matches 126 comments

Sir Alex Ferguson will recall influential midfielder Paul Scholes to his line-up as Manchester United seeks to restore a five point Premier League lead on Sunday. Manchester City’s thumping 6-1 win at Norwich City has not only cut United’s lead, but increased the Blues’ goal difference advantage, with just five games remaining. Indeed, after United’s humbling at Wigan Athletic in midweek, Ferguson will seek a response that not only secures three points against Villa at Old Trafford, but ensures the Reds take momentum into the remainder of the season.

Ferguson’s side plays twice – at home to Villa and then Everton – before City is in action again, offering the carrot of a potential eight point league lead. But as the midweek loss at the DW Stadium demonstrated, United can take no points for granted this season. And with the trip to Eastlands looming, Ferguson is well aware that domestic title number 20 is far from won.

However, if any player can restore calm in the wake of defeat at Wigan, then Scholes will do so. It comes to something when a club the size of United is reliant on a 37-year-old former retiree, but as defeat to Roberto Matinez’ outfit so ably demonstrated, Scholes must surely play each of United’s five remaining fixtures.

Indeed, Ferguson was the subject of some criticism for resting Scholes at Wigan, but the 70-year-old manager insists that his flaxen-haired midfielder will now be fresh for the rest of the season.

“Paul has shown his influence since he has come back,” said Ferguson.

“We did the right thing resting him on Wednesday. It may not have looked like that to the fans but, after playing on Sunday and then having another match three days later, we did the right thing. He will play on Sunday and he will be fresh.

“There are still five games to go. The twists and turns of the Premier League are fascinating. We experienced that last year. We had to play a vital game against Chelsea and won. Experience helped us that day. Hopefully it does again. Sunday’s game is the one to focus on.”

Manchester United versus Aston Villa, Premier League, Old Trafford, 14 April 2012, 4pmElsewhere, Ferguson is likely to restore Rafael da Silva to right-back after Phil Jones’ inconspicuous performance the DW. Meanwhile, Danny Welbeck could replace Javier Hernández as Wayne Rooney’s partner in attack for the Villans’ trip north.

However, the United manager will resist any temptation to make wholesale changes to the side that lost so meekly at Wigan. Scholes will partner Michael Carrick in central midfield, meaning that Ryan Giggs will drop to the bench.

Meanwhile, United goalkeeper David de Gea, who’s superb recent form has confounded many critics’ premature judgement of the Spaniard, says that the Reds must bounce back from midweek setback if they are to take the Premier League title.

“It was a disappointment on Wednesday but sometimes it can be a wake-up call just to remind us that anyone is capable of winning games in this league, against any opposition,” the stopper told ManUtd.com.

“We will be even more focused now going into these last five games, starting on Sunday, and carry on that battle for the title. I am really enjoying the title race. We know there is still a little way to go yet and there is still plenty of work to do. But we can’t wait for each game. I want Sunday to come round as quickly as possible. We want to keep putting in the performances we have been and we are determined to keep fighting to keep that advantage.”

Indeed, City’s fine result on Saturday ensures United will feel a little extra pressure to win at Old Trafford, especially with Villa in no great form. The Midlanders have won just once in the past six matches – and two in 13 – while Alex McLeish has been the subject of much home scrutiny for the dour style in which his side has played this season.

Yet Villa has lost only to Chelsea, Arsenal and City since mid-February, while the visitors have been beaten just four on the road this season. Only United has a better record on the road – it points to anything but a guaranteed three points for Ferguson’s side.

McLeish, who played under Ferguson at Aberdeen, welcomes back Carlos Cuellar, Charles N’Zogbia, Ciaran Clark and forward Nathan Delfouneso to his squad. However, Stephen Warnock faces a late test on an ankle problem, and Chris Herd has a head injury. Marc Albrighton, Darren Bent, and Fabian Delph are out.

“He was a great player, and he has had a good career as a manager,” said Ferguson of McLeish.

“He will do a good job at Villa given time, trust and confidence. We all need a pat on the back at times and Alex has done a remarkable job. I do have sympathy for Alex. I have known him since he was a little kid. When I brought him into the team at Aberdeen he was always a very receptive, intelligent young man.

“You only need a couple of injuries and it is a massive blow. And in Bent you are taking away a goalscorer who gets between 18 and 20 a season. That is a big loss.”

Sympathy or not, United can show none on the pitch on Sunday, despite Villa’s precariousness to the drop and Ferguson’s affection for his fellow Scot. With the Reds still to visit Eastlands this season, and City regaining a goal difference advantage, one slip could yet cost United the title.

Match details
Manchester United versus Aston Villa, Premier League, Old Trafford, 14 April 2012, 4pm.

Potential Line-ups
United (4-4-1-1): De Gea; Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Young; Rooney; Welbeck. Subs from: Amos, Jones, Fabio, Smalling, Nani, Cleverley, Pogba, Giggs, Hernández, Berbatov.

Villa (4-4-2): Given; Hutton, Collins, Cuellar, Warnock; Bannan, Baker, Ireland, N’Zogbia; Agbonlahor, Weimann. Subs from: Guzan, Herd, Lichaj, Johnson, Clark, Gardner, Carruthers, Heskey, Delfouneso.

Match Stats

  • United’s Premier League lead has been cut to just two points after United’s mixed Easter, with Ferguson’s side beating Queens Park Rangers, before losing at Wigan Athletic;
  • Rooney and Scholes each hit the target in the game against QPR, although controversy surrounded the Scouser’s penalty;
  • Rooney’s goal was his 22nd in the Premier League this season, while Scholes has scored three times the league since returning from retirement;
  • Rooney’s goals have come from 118 shots at goal with 67 per cent on target;
  • Meanwhile, evergreen Scholes has covered 50.28 miles so far this season, averaging 4.19 miles in each of his 12 appearances;
  • Scholes has the best minutes per pass completed in the opponent’s half rate of any player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, averaging a pass every one minute 47 seconds;
  • Villa arrive to Old Trafford on the back of successive 1-1 draws in the Premier League;
  • Chris Herd scored against Liverpool to give Villa the lead and Andreas Weimann did the same against Stoke City before the Villans opponents equalised in the last 20 minutes in both games;
  • Midfielder Herd has made 14 appearances this season, winning 73 per cent of tackles attempted and making 54 interceptions;
  • Villa have some of the most impressive defensive stats in the league, with players consistently among the top ranked for each defensive discipline – Stephen Warnock is ranked second in the Index for tackles won, having won 79 tackles so far this season, while James Collins is the top ranked player for clearances having made 84 so far this season;
  • Collins has also made more interceptions than any other player this season with 206, and the second highest number of blocks with 33.

Form
United: LWWWWL
Villa: DWLLDD

Officials
Referee: Mark Halsey (Welwyn Garden City)
Assistants: D Bond, R Ganfield
Fourth Official: L Probert

126 comments

Alfonso Bedoya - April 14, 2012 Reply

5 games… 4 wins…

That’ll do me.

Herbie Simms - April 15, 2012 Reply

Still angry after that Wigan game. We did not even show up for that game! Do you know that if that was a cricket match, they would have been investigating the game for match fixing! Something was not right in that game. SAF claims there are going to be more twist and turns. Are we going to play so badly and lose at home against struggling Aston Villa? I’m not even going to watch the game because I’m beginning to smell a rat!

Alfonso Bedoya - April 15, 2012 Reply

Just brush your teeth Herbie.

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

we have an excellent record against villa
but we had an even better one against wigan…
SAF needs to stop tinkering and definitely cannot start with hernandez today
villa are shite but have only lost 4 away so it will not e a case of us trouncing them unless all of our players decide to pull their finger out of the collective arse and restore the 5 point cushion

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

and no “resting” rooney after his dire 1st half on wednesday, even if it is to teach him a lesson

DeadRevel - April 15, 2012 Reply

Anyone heard about Fabio? Apparently he’s going out on loan next season….

I’m really starting to question Ferguson now. Evra has been awful this season and he hasn’t been a top player for 2/3 years now. Fabio is both more talented and less error-prone.

What the fuck is happening?

What happens if Evra is injured next season? Ezekiel fucking Fryers? Or someone played out of position yet again?

Just1n - April 15, 2012 Reply

Tough game. A boring 1-0 will do. SAF has proven this season that as long as we scrape a boring uninspiring win then he is happy.

sheesh - April 15, 2012 Reply

We play poorly every time I predict a comfortable win so, for a change, I’m predicting a poor performance today, when we really should be hammering Villa because they are such a dreadful team.

Fabio going out on loan next season suggests to me that we will be signing Evra’s replacement in the summer. I hope so, anyway.

Ben Hulston - April 15, 2012 Reply

Villa really have been appalling at times this season. I have a feeling they’ll come today trying to avoid a hiding at OT today. I think they’ll “park the bus” and won’t be looking to attack, except on the counter. I have a horrible fear it’ll be a boring boring draw.

Alfonso Bedoya - April 15, 2012 Reply

Commenter said:
Anyone heard about Fabio? Apparently he’s going out on loan next season….

I’m really starting to question Ferguson now. Evra has been awful this season and he hasn’t been a top player for 2/3 years now. Fabio is both more talented and less error-prone.

What the fuck is happening?

What happens if Evra is injured next season? Ezekiel fucking Fryers? Or someone played out of position yet again?

Statistics say that Evra’s had a good season… at least going forward… but admittedly, his defensive duties have been lacking… but then again, he was never a great defender.

DeadRevel - April 15, 2012 Reply

Are they online? I’d like to see them…

Point still stands though – what’s Fabio done wrong defensively, especially compared to Evra?

Evra isn’t a great defender, but before he at least used to run back and make an effort, but everything seems to have gone this season. No positional awareness whatsoever and gives free kicks around the penalty area too much.

If we buy a left back this summer… what is going on.

All I read is that we’re linked to 10 full backs and 10 fucking wingers.

It’s the twilight zone at Old Trafford. Someone opened up a portal to Narnia.

Berba is back in the squad…. the mystery fucking deepens.

Alfonso Bedoya - April 15, 2012 Reply

Ben Hulston said:
Villa really have been appalling at times this season. I have a feeling they’ll come today trying to avoid a hiding at OT today. I think they’ll “park the bus” and won’t be looking to attack, except on the counter. I have a horrible fear it’ll be a boring boring draw.

Let them park the bus… as long as Scholes plays, we’ll open them up…

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

kick villa arse this afternoon
just go for it from the off and get the fans behind the team

sidney - April 15, 2012 Reply

De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Young, Rooney, Welbeck
Subs: Amos, Jones, Cleverley, Giggs, Nani, Berbatov, Hernandez
No Giggs, no Jones bodging at right back, but still no Nani in the 11…

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

fucking hells bells
berba on the bench
about fucking time too
not that he will ever play again for us but still…

Bill - April 15, 2012 Reply

Looks solid enough and prob the best considering resources. 2 nil utd.

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

that team is the one which SAF should have played on wednesday
job would have been done and we wouldn’t be pissing around worried to pieces

uncleknobheadforfucksake - April 15, 2012 Reply

its a cloudyish day in manc today probably just about sunny enough to warrant berbashite playing

madredmonkey - April 15, 2012 Reply

Is this the game where United are experimenting by putting the Villa fans in the north stand upper.

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
its a cloudyish day in manc today probably just about sunny enough to warrant berbashite playing

and if he plays and gets the winner, i take it you’ll retract the garbage you have been spouting about him?

madredmonkey - April 15, 2012 Reply

Attacking line up.

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

hi mad red
glad to see you back for this
been jumpy for the past 3 hours

uncleknobheadforfucksake - April 15, 2012 Reply

obviously not, ive stated many times these home games against riff raff are the only ones he turns up in

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
obviously not, ive stated many times these home games against riff raff are the only ones he turns up in

aye obviously you’d rather have sitting in the stands when we needed him past 4 games to score against the riff raff nto improve our goal difference

uncleknobheadforfucksake - April 15, 2012 Reply

and yet i said he should play v qpr, this obssession is humiliating for you

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

don’t be overly surprised if villa try and press us like wigan

uncleknobheadforfucksake - April 15, 2012 Reply

and wigan was away so course he shouldnt have played

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
and yet i said he should play v qpr, this obssession is humiliating for you

what is pathetic is how you can slag him off the way you do

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

madredmonkey said:
Is this the game where United are experimenting by putting the Villa fans in the north stand upper.

they should leave them in the car park

uncleknobheadforfucksake - April 15, 2012 Reply

iTts no different to any stick any players get on here except youre obssessed with this one to the point of humiliating yourself frequently

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
iTts no different to any stick any players get on here except youre obssessed with this one to the point of humiliating yourself frequently

my obsession if i have one, is second only to yours

madredmonkey - April 15, 2012 Reply

han said:
hi mad red
glad to see you back for this
been jumpy for the past 3 hours

Been jumpy since Wednesday night.

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

madredmonkey said:
Been jumpy since Wednesday night.

stop letting uncle fiddle with you then

uncleknobheadforfucksake - April 15, 2012 Reply

well berbatovs unique in our squad, instead of being a shite player like most of em hes not, hes shite as a man, which is worse

Spudiator - April 15, 2012 Reply

Remains to be seen, but given our poor performance against Wigan in midweek, coupled with City’s sudden second-wind, I’d expect a strong reaction today.

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
well berbatovs unique in our squad, instead of being a shite player like most of em hes not, hes shite as a man, which is worse

like you know him on a personal level hmmmmmm

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

Commenter said:
Are they online? I’d like to see them…

Point still stands though – what’s Fabio done wrong defensively, especially compared to Evra?

Evra isn’t a great defender, but before he at least used to run back and make an effort, but everything seems to have gone this season. No positional awareness whatsoever and gives free kicks around the penalty area too much.

If we buy a left back this summer… what is going on.

All I read is that we’re linked to 10 full backs and 10 fucking wingers.

It’s the twilight zone at Old Trafford. Someone opened up a portal to Narnia.

Berba is back in the squad…. the mystery fucking deepens.

berba is back because SAF knows he has screwed up

madredmonkey - April 15, 2012 Reply

han said:
stop letting uncle fiddle with you then
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han said:
stop letting uncle fiddle with you then

No, dont mean No to Uncle.

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

please no ticky tacky bollocks in our half
just get it in their box and attack them from the off

uncleknobheadforfucksake - April 15, 2012 Reply

embarrassing point from han yet again, you can obviously tell a players personality on the pitch, and berbashite is a hider, big game bottler and bollockless faffer

madredmonkey - April 15, 2012 Reply

Come on United win.

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

if he was a winston bogarde or bosnich, i’d say you had half a point but as per usual, u spout shite about a brilliant individual

DeadRevel - April 15, 2012 Reply

han

just ignore him.

Anyone with sense could see Berba would have played better and scored more goals than Hernandez this season and that we’ve needed him recently.

Like you said, the fact he’s back in the squad shows Ferguson has got ‘desperate’ so to speak.

A bit like Tevez, except Berbatov is a true professional, gentleman and scholar.

uncleknobheadforfucksake - April 15, 2012 Reply

emphasis on individual

self indulgent loner who cant stomach big club pressure

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

much as i love tony v, i wish united would vary the attack instead of passing the ball out to him at every opportunity

uncleknobheadforfucksake - April 15, 2012 Reply

another dive from this absolute cunt

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

roooooooooooooooney
1-0
come on reds

Tommy - April 15, 2012 Reply

how do refs keep giving penalties when young goes down? Not that I’m complaining.

madredmonkey - April 15, 2012 Reply

1-0 yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.

uncleknobheadforfucksake - April 15, 2012 Reply

why has taggart not told him to stop cheating, is this what utd have come to in order to win

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

keep the pressure on and don’t sit back after taking the lead

Tommy - April 15, 2012 Reply

uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
why has taggart not told him to stop cheating, is this what utd have come to in order to win

apparently yeh

Alfonso Bedoya - April 15, 2012 Reply

uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
another dive from this absolute cunt

Yep… and what’s worse is, a lot of United fans are defending it.

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
why has taggart not told him to stop cheating, is this what utd have come to in order to win

i guess SAF has left that to you seeing as though you seem to have direct contact with the club, its players, staff and mice

danniitronix - April 15, 2012 Reply

Disgraceful dive. Fuck off with this shit.

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

fucking hell welbeck

Alfonso Bedoya - April 15, 2012 Reply

Second is coming.

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

if there was contact in the area and the player goes down, theres a case for a pen…
end of.

Tommy - April 15, 2012 Reply

well that’s why Evans doesn’t play right wing…

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

come on score a 2nd ffs and start putting this to bed

uncleknobheadforfucksake - April 15, 2012 Reply

Alfonso Bedoya said:
Yep… and what’s worse is, a lot of United fans are defending it.

only one cock defending it on here so far…

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

welbeck ohhhh

Alfonso Bedoya - April 15, 2012 Reply

Good defending is the only thing keeping Villa from a trouncing here.

madmax - April 15, 2012 Reply

how the fuck can anyone hit a volley at that speed

Tommy - April 15, 2012 Reply

Scholesy is having a fucking blinder

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

oh welbeck
come on man

uncleknobheadforfucksake - April 15, 2012 Reply

difference between scholes today and giggs against wigan….

Alfonso Bedoya - April 15, 2012 Reply

We need another before half time…

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

Alfonso Bedoya said:
We need another before half time…

we definitely do if scholes is crocked and not going to make it to h/t

Just1n - April 15, 2012 Reply

danniitronix said:
Disgraceful dive. Fuck off with this shit.

yeah he is a diving cunt.

Where you watching the game mate?

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

playing well but please ffs score another

Tommy - April 15, 2012 Reply

bervbatov on for welbeck. he can’t be any worse ffs.

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

Just1n said:
yeah he is a diving cunt.

Where you watching the game mate?

from your bed

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

2-0
welbeck you beauty

madredmonkey - April 15, 2012 Reply

yessssssssssssss 2-0.

Tommy - April 15, 2012 Reply

I’ll just eat my words then

madredmonkey - April 15, 2012 Reply

Needed that.

Alfonso Bedoya - April 15, 2012 Reply

Get in…

Now… let’s hammer these fuckers.

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

chance to bag a few this afternoon
lets wipe that goal difference out

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

we’ve had enough chances to bury them in 2 games
hope scholes is ok for 2nd half

Just1n - April 15, 2012 Reply

han said:
from your bed

shhhhh dont tell.

You fancy a roasting?

sidney - April 15, 2012 Reply

This is probably Scholes’ best game since he came back

On top of everything else he’s made 2 clean tackles

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

Just1n said:
shhhhh dont tell.

You fancy a roasting?

sorry but not into bries

Just1n - April 15, 2012 Reply

han said:
sorry but not into bries

braai? or you referring to the welsh cunt.

sidney - April 15, 2012 Reply

Anybody notice that after Young’s penalty we got fuck all decisions
Carrick got a bullshit yellow
Young goes down theatricaly, aye, but there is contact

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

Just1n said:
braai? or you referring to the welsh cunt.

aye the former but obviously my spelling is dire
as for that leek eating dragon fucker…

DeadRevel - April 15, 2012 Reply

Ashley Young is a diver, but it doesn’t change the fact that it was a clear penalty. Defender trod on his boot BEFORE he left his other leg hanging…

In that situation a penalty and a yellow card for Young would be fitting.

Great performance so far as long as we keep it up in second half.

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

not much tempo thus far this half
pick it up again united

Alfonso Bedoya - April 15, 2012 Reply

Fuckin hell, Wayne is having a porker of a game.

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

send berba on for rooney

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

valencia has been quiet

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

fucking hell
heskey causing immediate problems
take your heads outta your arses united
they are there for the taking and there is no urgency at all

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

rooney cock

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

nice build up for rooney’s 2nd

madredmonkey - April 15, 2012 Reply

3-0 better.

Just1n - April 15, 2012 Reply

Commenter said:
Ashley Young is a diver, but it doesn’t change the fact that it was a clear penalty. Defender trod on his boot BEFORE he left his other leg hanging…

In that situation a penalty and a yellow card for Young would be fitting.

Great performance so far as long as we keep it up in second half.

you deluded mate. Its okay to admit Young is a diver.

madmax - April 15, 2012 Reply

what is Fergie waiting for? We should be taking Scholes off

Alfonso Bedoya - April 15, 2012 Reply

Nice football…

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

we should be putting another 3 past these

Alfonso Bedoya - April 15, 2012 Reply

OOOOOOOO… Berbs on for Han…

I’m surprised… I didn’t think Berbatov would play again.

Just1n - April 15, 2012 Reply

Berbatov playing. Wheres Han? Having a wank.

Just1n - April 15, 2012 Reply

Villa are fucking dire.

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

we should be 5 up

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

4 mins injury time to score a 4th

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

nannnnnnnnnnnnnnniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
4-0
deservedly so

madredmonkey - April 15, 2012 Reply

nice goal 4-0 Nani.

Just1n - April 15, 2012 Reply

Good goal but fuck me, Villa are really bad.

madredmonkey - April 15, 2012 Reply

Nice result.

Alfonso Bedoya - April 15, 2012 Reply

Brilliant from Evans…

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

nice win
shame every cunt and his uncle will be talking about the pen
played some great stuff without really having to break sweat
villa could have been gang raped but united really seemed to want to stay in 2nd gear
still recovering from berbs coming on

sidney - April 15, 2012 Reply

Good win, decent performance.

An in form Nani will get us over the line.

How shit is Rooney though. He can’t make simple passes and he is ruining our forward play.

Alfonso Bedoya - April 15, 2012 Reply

We really should have run up double figures against that shite… but I’ll take 4-0.

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

rooney really has lost something these past few games for sure
lack of competition for his place definitely doesnt help him

madredmonkey - April 15, 2012 Reply

have a good day everyone, till next time.

DeadRevel - April 15, 2012 Reply

Lots of bitter cunts whinging about the penalty. It was a clear pen – the fact Young was looking for it is irrelevant – the defender stamped on his foot BEFORE he took the dive.

Young should still be booked though for being a pussy.

We played well today, encouraging performance. If Rooney had been playing well it would have been 6 or 7.

Oh and thank fuck Nani’s back, I forgot he was a good player.

sheesh - April 15, 2012 Reply

Why does Young have to dive? I swear to God, he’s going to develop a reputation and, one of these days, he will cost us when he genuinely is fouled and we don’t get the decision in our favour.
He’s a silly little prick.
It’s the ref I feel sorry for. He was put in an awkward position.
Edit – Another thing that got me thinking. The minute’s silence earlier was specifically for the poor Italian player who had a heart attack and died but there was no mention of the Hillsborough disaster. Come to think of it, I can’t remember ever attending a game where there has been a minute’s silence for Hillsborough. Not sure if it’s a tit for tat thing as maybe the Scousers don’t commemorate Munich. Just seemed a bit odd.

Dinkinflicker - April 15, 2012 Reply

Rooney has been pants for the last 3 or 4 weeks and I have a theory why, though it’s probably bollocks.

Something about the body language today struck me – after the pen he made a point of waving and blowing a kiss to someone in the crowd. After his second he looked a bit flat and the way the players congratulated him had the feel of them trying to pick up someone who was down.

That bint who he rattled off has been in the press again lately. I wonder if it’s dragged up some shit at home and whether he’s been getting some flack from the Mrs. Personal strife has always seemed to be the biggest factor in his form when it’s dipped.

As I say, probably bollocks, but for a man who usually thrives on the pressure of big games and the run in, he doesn’t look right.

sheesh - April 15, 2012 Reply

Commenter said:
Lots of bitter cunts whinging about the penalty. It was a clear pen – the fact Young was looking for it is irrelevant – the defender stamped on his foot BEFORE he took the dive.

I’m not being bitter. I just don’t like idiots like Young embarrassing our club with their antics. Oh and here’s a replay:
http://www.101greatgoals.com/gvideos/ashley-youngs-dirty-dive-wayne-rooney-puts-manchester-united-1-0-up-v-aston-villa/
The defender leaves his leg hanging out. Young’s foot moves towards the defender’s foot, not the other way round. Young kicks the other guy’s foot which is hanging in the air (8 seconds in).
To me, Young is clearly looking for the contact.
Either way, Young should not be behaving like this. Fergie himself has admitted that Young went down too easily and he needs to cut that shit out of his game.

han - April 15, 2012 Reply

from the guardian

“Ferguson also offered rare criticism of Rooney. “He was careless. Wayne has to play on the edge of a game, when it is really close and competitive. When the game gets to that casual bit, he is worse than the rest of them. He gets really casual about it. It is better when he is on the edge, then he is a marvellous player.”

sidney - April 15, 2012 Reply

Spot on from Fergie. That’s the harsh truth; during quiet periods of the game he is too casual, too sloppy, can’t make simple passes and often ruins our forward play.
He’s been subbed twice now, and I dont buy that it’s because he needs a rest – not when we’re in just the one tournament and the games are nicely spaced out.
It’s weird that Fergie has criticised him publicly. He must be looking for a reaction.

han - April 16, 2012 Reply

Either that or something is up in rooney’s head

sheesh - April 16, 2012 Reply

I thought he only looked annoyed when he got subbed off. He scored a couple of goals but didn’t play well which is better than not scoring and not doing anything like Hernandez for much of this season. Welbeck and carrick had good games but scholes was my man of the match. Scary how desperately we need him.

Alfonso Bedoya - April 16, 2012 Reply

It does sound desperate to need Scholes, but to be fair, he’s been absolute class… it doesn’t seem to matter about his age, if he’s not asked to bomb around the pitch.

Nowt wrong with his skills, or his brain… he could easily play another year… Giggs however has not had a great year.

Dinkinflicker - April 16, 2012 Reply

Alfonso Bedoya said:
It does sound desperate to need Scholes, but to be fair, he’s been absolute class… it doesn’t seem to matter about his age, if he’s not asked to bomb around the pitch.

Nowt wrong with his skills, or his brain… he could easily play another year… Giggs however has not had a great year.

Scholesy got clattered after about 25 minutes. After that, he wasn’t moving around the pitch properly. And he was still the best player out there by a country mile. Fucking unbelievable. He can’t do it forever though and the need for a replacement is blindingly obvious when you consider how his absence impacts our performance.

DeadRevel - April 16, 2012 Reply

Scholes is class. Watching him play yesterday was a privilege yet again.

Apparently we might be buying Gaitan… this rumour seems to have legs. (Unlike Scholes after 80 minutes).

Rooney was dire yesterday, and the fact he scored a penalty and a fluffed deflected tap in doesn’t change anything.

Welbeck, Nani, Rafael, Rio, Scholes, Carrick… even Evra all impressive.

Much needed tonic after Wigan. Beat Everton in the same way and the title is ours.

Charmingman93 - April 16, 2012 Reply

Johnny Evans still looking for that illusive 2nd goal! Don’t worry man, your day will come! people seem to forget his assist for (I think, please correct me if I’m wrong) For Wellbeck was a midfielder’s pass! I think he deserves a mention for that. And thanks to Berbatov for coming on and playing better than Rooney, even though he couldn’t do much, he was trying his best.

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