United seeks to end year on a high

Manchester United faces bottom club Blackburn Rovers this weekend, with top place in the Premier League on offer should Sir Alex Ferguson’s men achieve at least a point in the Saturday lunchtime fixture. In truth, United will be gunning for a third heavy win on the bounce against Steve Kean’s relegation-threatened strugglers, even if Ferguson’s injury list still runs 10 strong.

Indeed, United can grab a three-point lead with victory over the Premier League’s rank no-hopers, offering Ferguson a very happy 70th birthday, which the legendary manager celebrates on New Year’s Eve. The Scot should welcome Phil Jones and Rio Ferdinand back to the match-day squad, but is still likely to field an experimental back-four for Blackburn’s visit to Old Trafford.

Despite the patchwork nature of the Reds’ defence in recent matches, Ferguson will be confident of celebrating his special day in style, with United having scored 10 in the past two fixtures. And Ferguson’s belief is undiminished despite the ongoing injury crisis, with the Scot prepared to push players into unfamiliar positions if necessary.

“Obviously injuries to the defenders are quite a concern now, with Jonny Evans taken off at half-time [against Wigan Athletic],” confirmed Ferguson.

“We’re hoping Phil Jones will be fit, there’s possibly an outside chance that Rio Ferdinand will get on the bench. Other than that, we’re the same. We can cope, especially in home games. Michael Carrick’s form has been one of the key points in recent wins. He can pass the ball and has the height, pace and experience.

“It wasn’t a problem for him against Wigan. He was flawless. Patrice also has the experience and the spring to head the ball. If that is the case then fine. We will get on with it. We are at home. We will have the majority of the ball. We have to make sure we are positive when we have it and do enough to win.

“Chris Smalling has got tonsillitis. I know there are reports about glandular fever but they’re off the mark. He had glandular fever as a kid but that’s not the case here. He should be ready for the Newcastle game, at least definitely the Manchester City game in the FA Cup. He’ll be ready for those games.”

Manchester United versus Blackburn Rovers, Premier League, Old Trafford, Saturday 31 December 2011, 12.45pm.Jones returns to bolster Ferguson’s side, although the 19-year-old may play in central midfield, with Michael Carrick once again likely to fill in at centre-half. With Antonio Valencia probably starting ahead of Rafael da Silva on the right, Ferguson will field at least two players out of position against a Blackburn attack containing in-form Yakubu Aiyegbeni.

Meanwhile, in midfield Ryan Giggs may start a second game in a row, with Darron Gibson and Park Ji-Sung also in contention. Mexican striker Javier Hernández may come into attack – despite Dimitar Berbatov’s hat-trick on Monday – with Ferguson keen to rotate his squad over a busy Christmas and New Year period. Indeed, the Bulgarian may not be afforded the opportunity to repeat his five goal haul in United’s 7-1 victory in the same fixture last season.

Whatever the team selection it is a period in which the Reds will surely emerge as the Premier League front-runners, beginning 2012 leading the pack, and with the experience to bring home a 20th domestic title come May.

“We have plenty of options in attack and I’m pleased with the form,” added Ferguson.

“Hopefully we can keep the momentum going. The form is good and the players are enjoying themselves too. It’s only the end of December. We surrendered a 12 point lead to Arsenal some years ago and won the title despite being 12 points behind Newcastle. Last year, in November, Chelsea were so many points clear that they were odds-on. But they hit a bump and we took over.

“So I think, with some of the games coming up in the second half of the season, you can’t say for certain that’s going to be the case [Arsenal and Chelsea are too far behind to win]. The difficulty for them is they’ve got to overtake three teams so, unless the three teams collapse, only that will be an opportunity for Arsenal or Chelsea to take advantage of. As for Spurs, I think they play the best football in the country. The current team, in the form they’re in at the moment, is the best in the country.”

However, with City facing tough fixtures within a 48 hour period against Sunderland and Liverpool, Ferguson will consider the next few fixtures pivotal in the Premier League campaign. While the Scot may look enviously at City’s plentiful resources, Ferguson, 70 years young, will thrive on placing the Blue half of Manchester under pressure in the coming days.

It is Ferguson’s level of experience in the arena that Welsh legend Ryan Giggs says will be vital before the campaign concludes in May.

“The experience that the manager, the players and the coaching staff have of what’s required in the second half of the season, as well as the overall hunger and desire to win competitions, will help us,” Giggs told ManUtd.com.

“Big players can’t wait for big games. Towards the end of the season the games just get bigger and bigger. For me personally, you want that in the run-in – you want to be involved in big games and going for the title. That’s why you become a footballer. Obviously City have got off to a better start but we’re pleased with where we are in the table and especially the form at the moment. We’ll just look to kick on as we always do in the second half of the season and hopefully we’ll have a bit more luck with injuries and have a strong run after Christmas.

“We’ve had setbacks throughout the years and you learn from them and they can help in a way. I’ve experienced that throughout my career – you might hit bad form or you miss a good chance, and you can’t wait for the next game so you can rectify it. I’m sure all the lads felt like that after the City game and after the Basel game, which was a big disappointment too. You’re going to get setbacks but it’s how you react to them and thankfully we’ve come back strong.”

Meanwhile, a thumping United win could yet relieve Kean of his Blackburn job before the New Year. Kean’s inevitable dismissal at some point this season will disappoint fellow Scot Ferguson, who has publicly supported the younger man.

Kean will bring his embattled troops to Old Trafford wit a plethora of key players doubtful for the fixture, including Paul Robinson, Martin Olsson, David Dunn, and David Hoilett. Ryan Nelsen, Gaël Givet and Vince Grella are definitely out. Meanwhile, Scott Dann’s twisted testicle will not be fit for action, of any kind, until January.

And to stretch the analogy, this is a fixture that, even in its current state of fitness, United surely cannot balls up.

Match Facts
Manchester United versus Blackburn Rovers, Premier League, Old Trafford, Saturday 31 December 2011, 12.45pm.

Likely Line-ups
United (4-4-1-1): De Gea; Valencia, Carrick, Evra, Fryers; Nani, Jones, Giggs, Park; Rooney; Hernandez. Subs from: Lindegaard, Rafael, Pogba, Cole, Diouf, Macheda, Berbatov, Welbeck.

Blackburn (4-5-1): Bunn; Lowe, Samba, Hanley, Henley; Nzonzi; Petrovic, Pedersen, Formica, Vukcevic; Yakubu. Subs from: Kean, Morris, Rochina, Blackman, Goodwillie, Roberts, Blackman, Anderson.

Form
United: WLWWWW
Blackburn: LWLLLW

Performance stats

  • Manchester United joined Manchester City on xxx points, and went a long way to equalling the goal differential with a 5-0 win over Wigan on Monday;
  • Dimitar Berbatov proved that he still is of use at United (or of value in the transfer market) with a brilliant hat-trick. Berbatov now has four goals in the Premier League this season from just eight shots at goal. His minutes per goal rate of one every 70 minutes 45 seconds has now surpassed Edin Dzeko’s as the best in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index;
  • United’s other goal scorers Ji-Sung Park and Antonio Valencia have also spent spells on the sidelines this season. Valencia completed 49 passes in his opponent’s half against Wigan, the second highest of any player in the last round of games and just one short of Luka Modric. He also delivered 13 crosses, the highest on the last round, and the second highest in any game this season;
  • Another United player resigned to ‘squad’ status, Darron Gibson, covered the most ground for United in that game with 5.71 miles;
  • Nani has now put in more crosses than any other player in the Index with 74, one every 19 minutes 11 seconds. It’s the fifth highest in the league, discounting players who have put in fewer than ten crosses;
    No fewer than five United players were named in the Index team of the week after the victory over Wigan: Lindegaard, Giggs, Valencia, Nani, and Berbatov;
  • Meanwhile, Blackburn’s tough start to the season was given a boost by a point at Anfield in the club’s last Premier League outing;
  • Morten Gamst Pedersen’s cross led to a Liverpool own goal to secure the 1-1 draw, and the Norwegian covered the most ground for Blackburn in that game with 7.3 miles, the 8th time he has done so this season. This was also the most ground covered by a single player in the Index in the last round of games;
  • Yakubu has scored ten goals so far this season, with a conversion rate of 33 per cent shots to goals, the best in the Index;
  • Christopher Samba remains the player to have made the most clearances in the Index with 58 clearances so far this season. Samba’s 11 against Liverpool was the most made by a single player in a game so far this season, while his 23 interceptions was the fifth highest of any player in the league so far this season;
  • Stand-in goalkeeper Mark Bunn impressed in the draw at Anfield, and his 13 saves was the joint highest in the last round of games and the joint third highest by a goalkeeper all season.

Officials
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
Assistants: D Richardson, R West
Fourth Official: L Probert

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  1. Geno says

    I know this sounds insane but I have a horrible premonition that the Chickenmen are going to score first after about 20 minutes and we’ll spend the next 70 minutes launching an all-out assault on their goal. We’re in great form and they’re in terrible form so there is no logical reason for pessimism but we always seem to struggle in recent years on big occasions – not big games as such, but anniversaries and the like, and what with this being Sir Alex’s 70th I think this counts.

  2. han says

    they have a decent striker in Yakubu and with the defensive line up we will have, i’m of the view that it will be an uncomfortable game to watch/listen to, but ffs, our attack will rape them

  3. Geno says

    Stan Collymore’s just tweeted his predictio that we’re going to smash Blackburn 3-nil. I think this means we’re fucked.

  4. Geno says

    Starting 11:

    De Gea; Rafael, Carrick, Jones, Evra; Nani, Valencia, Park, Welbeck; Berbatov, Hernandez

    Subs:

    Lindegaard. Anderson, Diouf, W Keane, Pogba, L Cole and Fryers.

    Rooney doesn’t even make the bench.

  5. uncleknobheadffsuncleknobheadforfucksake says

    we’re on. Good run so taggart typically giving it the big bollocks with his lineups, what a cunt

  6. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    What the fuck?

    Is Rooney in the dog house again?

    I still expect us to win, but why is Rooney being dicked about? It’s not like he needs rest.

  7. han says

    that subs bench is a joke
    fatty hasn’t played for over 2 months and he makes the bench
    rooney must have pissed SAF big time – that cameo of the boss didn’t help his cause at the xmas party
    still, that 1st 11 should be strong enough to get a decent result

  8. Geno says

    No rumours on Twitter about injuries to Rooney so I’m guessing the boss is keeping him on ice for the Geordies and the Bitters next week.

    The betting market doesn’t like our starting 11, we were 1.15 to 1 to win before the team sheet came out and now we’ve blown out to 1.16 :)

    All jokes aside, I can’t believe Fergie found a spot on the bench for Diouf ahead of Macheda and Morrison…I’d even take Darron Gibson ahead of Diouf.

  9. han says

    Commenter said:
    No rumours on Twitter about injuries to Rooney so I’m guessing the boss is keeping him on ice for the Geordies and the Bitters next week.

    The betting market doesn’t like our starting 11, we were 1.15 to 1 to win before the team sheet came out and now we’ve blown out to 1.16 :)

    All jokes aside, I can’t believe Fergie found a spot on the bench for Diouf ahead of Macheda and Morrison…I’d even take Darron Gibson ahead of Diouf.

    doofus was at loan at blackburn last season so maybe that is the reason why he is a sub – long shot i know but what else can it be?

  10. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    Ferguson has taken liberties here, and it might cost him… there is no excuses for not beating this dross on our patch… none!

  11. Simon says

    Does this remind anyone of the Crystal Palace match? Too many players out of their normal positions? Little creativity. Slow pace. Poor first touches. Poor team play. I can’t say that I am surprised after seeing the team sheet. I know we have lots of injuries, but c’mon Fergie, you can’t say that we don’t need to invest in some back-up. Never mind the midfield, we need a central defender for cover and a proper right-back. This is dire stuff.

  12. uncleknobheadffsuncleknobheadforfucksake says

    so this is how berbashite celebrates the new deal, by costing us the title, again, against blackburn, again

  13. han says

    uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
    so this is how berbashite celebrates the new deal, by costing us the title, again, against blackburn, again

    thats right, blame 1 player for the team’s bollockless showing

  14. kramer says

    fucking dogshit. we need carrick in midfield. bring on fryers for rafael and put him at centre back, bring carrick to midfield.

  15. Geno says

    I hate it when the press start bigging us up as Fergie and the players end up believing their own press. The players have been crap in the first half and when Fergie looks at the bench for a game-changer, he’s going to be staring at Mame Biram Diouf as he made the decision to have Wayne Rooney sitting in the stands.

  16. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    No… we don’t need to invest… happy with the squad we’ve got…

    Two midfielders in defence… one defender in midfield… no creativity on the pitch… no creativity on the bench… ffs… what a sham…

  17. kramer says

    Alfonso Bedoya said:
    No… we don’t need to invest… happy with the squad we’ve got…

    Two midfielders in defence… one defender in midfield… no creativity on the pitch… no creativity on the bench… ffs… what a sham…

    agreed – its a fucking farce

  18. han says

    we cannot be as abject for the whole game
    unfortunately, i can’t even say bring on the cavalry…doofus???
    complacency from SAF after patting keane on the back with words of moral support
    ffs
    that hairdryer better be on full

  19. han says

    kramer said:
    agreed – its a fucking farce

    just imagine where we would be with a decent team….ffs
    to be sitting joint top after the shit we have is a miracle

  20. Geno says

    When they had that choir singing happy birthday to Fergie before kick-off, I started thinking about all those other anniversaries and commemorations where the players played like shit – Munich, Fergie’s 25 years, it never fails.

  21. kramer says

    this is where hernandez is a bit of a problem. if he’s not scoring, he’s not contributing much at all, and loses possession too often.

  22. Ichiro says

    hes not useless but a lot of people think he must be a defender because he is big and can tackle. Hes not even that tall actually.

  23. han says

    uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
    so this is how berbashite celebrates the new deal, by costing us the title, again, against blackburn, again

    and your love child jones fucked up big time for their 2nd
    berbssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  24. Geno says

    De Gea out.

    We may be about to drop points because Fergie decided to rest Wayne Rooney, a man who is, I would remind you, twenty-fucking-six years old.

  25. dozer says

    Jones, De Gea – all celebs who are playing far more games than they should.
    Fuck, even a top player like Cleverley was only given a run when he was 22.

    Sir Ryan Giggs? No no no. Sir Paul Scholes say.

  26. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    sidney said:
    De Gea has cost us

    Ferguson will have a ready made excuse… defensive injuries cost us… but the truth is… however many goals THEY scored… we should haver scored twice as many.

    Blackburn are shit, and we should have put up a cricket score.

    Ridiculous!

  27. Sidsidney says

    Ichiro said:
    DeGea should have done better, this is Blackburn at home ffs.

    Fergie will no doubt blame the injuries

    The prick constantly asks for help from the ref to get himself out of trouble on set pieces

    He got two soft ones, and rightly got fuck all for the third

    He’s STILL a shithouse on corners and he’s been here 5 or 6 months

    It needs sorting

  28. Geno says

    Fergie’s new years resolutions for 2012:

    1. Respect opposing teams and pick decent players in their right positions

    2. No more fucking ceremonies before games unless they are cup or title presentations ie when we’ve actually won something.

    3. Be sensible with the mind-games, not the smartest to slag off the Venkys for sacking your mate Big Sam until AFTER you’ve beaten Sam’s replacement, because you’ll look pretty bloody stupid if he beats you.

  29. Bill says

    Lindegaard the safer bet at the moment. Anderson dire, nani dire, rafael not with it. Get the Germans and Scandanavians in, organised, hardworking and tough. Too many fancy boys at ot at the mo.

  30. han says

    wonder what SAF will come up with now
    his pre match press conference mentioned the 3 defeats thus far and how well the players recovered but ffs this was taking the piss against a club destined for the championship next season
    injuries weakened the team but Jones played like he is still concussed and DG is too suspect under pressure

  31. Simon says

    Oh dear! Poor performance, although better in the 2nd half – apart from our defending that is. 80 million in the bank, but there are no players good enough for Utd. Can’t wait till we play City. Don’t think I’ll watch that one.

  32. han says

    to save us from total and utter humiliation, please send out the reserves next sunday otherwise we will be watching most of our 1st 11 getting buggered

  33. Pikey McScumPikey McScum says

    Dear Sir Alex,

    That wasn’t a very good birthday was it?

    I know what’ll cheer you up – many new good players, many shit players out.

    Cheers

  34. Herbie Simms says

    SAF has lost it. We had clean sheets with Lindegaard in goal. Players playing in wrong positions. This should have been another easy victory but instead it turns out to be a nightmare. What a load of rubbish. Is this match fixing? I need some answers because we could be just giving the title away to Man.City.

    • Geno says

      I put it down to Fergie’s complacency. Yes, we’ve got half a squad out injured but how does it help to play Valencia at right-back and Rafael in the midfield FFS? And no Rooney on the bench – I can understand him not starting in light of Newcastle and City next week but to not have him on the bench when he only played 30 mins against Wigan was a joke.

  35. han says

    we had to go 2 down before any of the team showed some balls
    oh well, looks like SAF needs to reassess his january plans but unless we plonk for someone decent, it will be difficult to patch this midfield up pending the return of cleverley – how sad to depend on 1 relatively inexperienced player to pull the strings

    • Geno says

      Bet we don’t buy anyone as Fergie won’t be able to bring himself to pay over the odds, even if it means handing the title to City. He’ll continue to keep faith with marginal players like Evans, Anderson and Owen (remember him?) and it’ll only dawn him that they’ve got no bottle when we fail to win at Wastelands.

  36. captainhormonecaptainhormone says

    han said:
    we had to go 2 down before any of the team showed some balls
    oh well, looks like SAF needs to reassess his january plans but unless we plonk for someone decent, it will be difficult to patch this midfield up pending the return of cleverley – how sad to depend on 1 relatively inexperienced player to pull the strings

    i wish peopll would top wanking about cleverley…ffs..he played a handful of games early doors..he did ok, but he has been out for 3 months…

    he is not the answer by any stretch of the imagination

    no, new signings are

  37. han says

    tenants likely to be 6 points ahead before we next kick a ball
    what a fucking way to bring in 2012
    happy cocksucking new year to 1 and all

  38. han says

    captainhormone said:
    i wish peopll would top wanking about cleverley…ffs..he played a handful of games early doors..he did ok, but he has been out for 3 months…

    he is not the answer by any stretch of the imagination

    no, new signings are

    look at what i said cap’n – i said it is sad to depend on him

  39. uncleknobheadffsuncleknobheadforfucksake says

    yet again fucking arrogance from taggart, rotating keepers, our best current cm pair as centre backs, two random players picked out of a hat in midfield, no rooney for no apparent reason

  40. han says

    captainhormone said:
    i know…its not you its every fucker else

    and its the same with everyone jerking off over jones
    quality player but done nowt yet to be accoladed the way some jizz over him
    and to all the regular berba haters…at least he put his mark on the game unlike most of the others playingtoday

  41. says

    Been saying it all year, the trio of Fergie, Phelan and Gill are getting this wrong.

    Dumped out of UCL, a coach who is tactically weak and seemingly unable to get the best out of people and Gill and his crap negotiations. We get all our home targets like smalling and jones but cannot get an overseas outfield target for shit unless its bebe.

    An utterly inept medical team ruining our chances too. How the FUCK can you mix up glandular fver and a sore throat? Give smalling some strepsils and get the cunt on the pitch.

    Twat brigade will point out money as the issue but ffs Fergal’s donkey arse stubborness not to invest or promote youth is suffocating the life from this team. We will get excuses from the jock and another proclamation that we don’t need any players.

  42. captainhormonecaptainhormone says

    han said:
    and its the same with everyone jerking off over jones
    quality player but done nowt yet to be accoladed the way some jizz over him
    and to all the regular berba haters…at least he put his mark on the game unlike most of the others playingtoday

    but jones is clearly a better midfielder as opposed to a Center Back Han
    Its not his fault he was shit today it was fergie for playing him there..he is so clearly a midfielder that enough is enough now…

    LKHF

    faffing

  43. han says

    danniitronix said:
    Yeah Jones – new Keane, Robson, Ince, Viera apparently. FUCK OFF.

    knobcheesehead will be well upset slagging his bastard off like that Dannii
    remember jones is untouchable on this site but berbs is always fair game – in fact the more you abuse him, the better

  44. captainhormonecaptainhormone says

    danniitronix said:
    Yeah Jones – new Keane, Robson, Ince, Viera apparently. FUCK OFF.

    s’all right spouting that shite Danni when he was playing Centre back today..his performances in the middle of the park have been exceptional and give every reason to be mentioned potentially in the same breath as Keane, Ince, Robson etc
    you bike riding cunt!

    LKHF

    faffing

  45. han says

    captainhormone said:
    but jones is clearly a better midfielder as opposed to a Center Back Han

    Its not his fault he was shit today it was fergie for playing him there..he is so clearly a midfielder that enough is enough now…

    He was bought as a defender and SAF will be too stubborn to think otherwise
    don’t get me wrong, he is a quality player and one for the future but just too inexperienced to perform consistently
    tbh it was complacency that fucked us
    we started the game poorly and only started playing with urgency when they scored their 2nd

    • Geno says

      I’m with Han on this one. To be fair to Fergie, although he cocked up so many other selections today, he had to play Jones and Carrick at CB because every other senior CB was crocked.

      Still fucking livid. Nani was crap today. He could still be out there on the pitch now and he still wouldn’t be able to get a shot on target or get a decent cross in. Don’t know why we didn’t try more short corners as Nani’s deliveries from corners were never going to find a Utd player in the box today. I know we’re short of fit midfielders but that’s just another reason we needed Rooney on the bench today.

  46. Sidsidney says

    Jones was shite at centreback today

    I think he along with some of the other cunts in this team bottle high pressure games

  47. captainhormonecaptainhormone says

    han said:
    He was bought as a defender and SAF will be too stubborn to think otherwise

    cant and wont argue with that point…you are right

  48. Sidsidney says

    Fergie “We’re missing the craft of Michael Carrick in midfield and the experience of Ryan Giggs”
    He saw midfield as a problem today then… but thinking Giggs & Carrick are the solution is bollocks

  49. captainhormonecaptainhormone says

    sidney said:
    “We’re missing the craft of Michael Carrick in midfield and the experience of Ryan Giggs”

    HELLOOOOOO….PLAY CARRICK IN FUCKING MIDFIELD THEN YOU COCK

  50. sheesh says

    Well, fuck me, that was shite.
    Some people will blame the defeat on the injury crisis but what I saw today cannot be blamed on injuries. The team we had out was still good enough to win the match IMO. The problem was that there was no urgency in our play until we went 2-0 down. Before and after, we had plenty of possession but fannied about too much.
    WHY DID WE STOP PLAYING AT 2-2?
    Nani had his shittest game of the season. His inconsistency is beginning to really piss me off.
    Welbeck > Hernandez – even though Danny didn’t play particularly well he was still miles better that Chicharito.
    If Fergie was so concerned about the height of Yakubu, why not pick a fucking keeper who doesn’t flap at crosses?
    And finally…
    WHY DID ROONEY NOT PLAY?
    Happy New Year to everyone. I’ll be spending this evening in Liverpool of all places. FFS.

    • Damian Garside says

      Here’s a trivial pursuit question: how many football managers’ careers came to an end due to assassination?

  51. han says

    tbf that bollockless crowd at OT today is like playing with 10 men
    stop munching on each others cock sandwiches and get behind thhe team even if it means pulling your fingers outta your neighbours arse

  52. Damian Garside says

    Happy New Year everyone. Oh, sorry — word is we are happy with 2011, so we won’t be going into 2012, got this from an old Scottish geezer who used to be a god.

  53. uncleknobheadffsuncleknobheadforfucksake says

    if you’re gonna play someone of of position at centre half atleast make it a fullback ie someone who’s job is to defend so our form midfield can be in midfield

    park and rafael in midfield for man utd ffs

  54. Geno says

    Not sure if it’s just me but it looks like millions of angry Reds all hit Twitter to vent as Twitter has just exploded – literally, it’s not working.

    Spurs have just scored at Swansea, if they win this match I’m going to be worried about whether we can even keep hold of 2nd place.

  55. han says

    han said:
    tbf that bollockless crowd at OT today is like playing with 10 men
    stop munching on each others cock sandwiches and get behind thhe team even if it means pulling your fingers outta your neighbours arse

    PS
    LC’pnHK

  56. han says

    Commenter said:
    Not sure if it’s just me but it looks like millions of angry Reds all hit Twitter to vent as Twitter has just exploded – literally, it’s not working.

    Spurs have just scored at Swansea, if they win this match I’m going to be worried about whether we can even keep hold of 2nd place.

    van der vaart scored
    and who did we plonk for at the same price?
    bebe ffs

    • Geno says

      The difference was the wages. VdV is on something like 80 or 90k a week whereas Bebe is likely on something like 5 to 10 grand plus a can of Buckfast each week.

  57. han says

    SAF did have a hard on about spurs playing the best footie as well as giving that show of support to steve keane
    fucking mind games of a demented yoda couldn’t be worse

  58. sheesh says

    han said:
    tbf that bollockless crowd at OT today is like playing with 10 men
    stop munching on each others cock sandwiches and get behind thhe team even if it means pulling your fingers outta your neighbours arse

    Less of that lip from you, cunt!

    Seriously were you there? Crowd was better than normal because we were shit.

    Crowd got behind the team when we scored and encouraged the players to move their arses forward but when the players were too busy admiring themselves at 2-2 it killed things a bit. Their winner sucked the life out of the place.

  59. han says

    Commenter said:
    The difference was the wages. VdV is on something like 80 or 90k a week whereas Bebe is likely on something like 5 to 10 grand plus a can of Buckfast each week.

    i know who got the better value though
    we got a fucking dud – no disrespect meant to the player – it was hardly his fault, SAF signed him up without even watching the lad play ( anyone recall that player at southampton i think it was a good few years back who was signed up but couldn’t pass the damn ball properly….)
    sold down the swannie by one of SAF’s agents/spies/spivs ffs on this one tbf

    • Geno says

      Let’s face it, the Bebe deal was a favor to Jorge Mendes who made a fortune selling him to Utd, probably got paid to loan him to the Turkish club and ultimately will get paid to move him on to some Greek or Belgian club. Everyone knows it but the press are too scared to say it cos they’re terrified of Fergie plus Mendes apparently would be as likely to sue you as look at you.

      In theory keeping Mendes sweet should help if we try and sign Gaitan although Danny Taylor was reporting that the Gaitan rumour was bogus so who knows.

  60. han says

    Commenter said:
    Lindegaard
    Rafael jones evra fryers
    Nani park carrick Valencia
    Berbatov Hernandez

    Would have got the job done.

    what no shrek?
    hernandez has lost his spark for me and nani was back to his infuriating love it or leave it state of mind
    blackburn were fighting for their lives and SAF just got it wrong today

  61. Sidsidney says

    Commenter said:
    Lindegaard
    Rafael jones evra fryers
    Nani park carrick Valencia
    Berbatov Hernandez
    Would have got the job done.

    Fergie has fucked Carrick’s decent form by playing him out of position
    He might not have another good game for a year now

  62. uncleknobheadffsuncleknobheadforfucksake says

    surely someone at the coaching staff has got the bollocks to tell taggart he’s taking the piss with these selectiond

  63. sheesh says

    uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
    if you’re gonna play someone of of position at centre half atleast make it a fullback ie someone who’s job is to defend so our form midfield can be in midfield

    park and rafael in midfield for man utd ffs

    Fergies concern was the height of yakubu vs evra. I don’t know how tall zeki freyers is.

    If fergie was that worried about height he should have had lindegaard in goal.

    We still had a good enough team to win the match. We pissed about in the first half until the last two mins when robinson had something to do. We were bad defensively in 2nd half but at 2-2 we stopped playing.

  64. Simon says

    The problem is the constant rotation and players in the wrong positions. Obviously the injuries have caught up with us and we are having some dreadful luck with those, but I would rather see youngsters in the defensive positions where we have injuries, rather than putting experienced midfielders there and disrupting our flow. I want our best players turning out for every PL game as well. That’s why we went out of the CL and the LC. At least Villa have just gone 3-1 up at Stamford Bridge and Swansea have just equalised v Spurs. Fingers crossed that it’s not all doom and gloom today.

  65. han says

    sheesh said:
    Fergies concern was the height of yakubu vs evra. I don’t know how tall zeki freyers is.

    If fergie was that worried about height he should have had lindegaard in goal.

    We still had a good enough team to win the match. We pissed about in the first half until the last two mins when robinson had something to do. We were bad defensively in 2nd half but at 2-2 we stopped playing.

    robinson wasn’t even on the pitch……..

  66. chocolatteballs says

    Blackburn were 25/1 before kickoff to win that game. Thats was the biggest price on an away team to win a game this season so far.

    25/1

    United were 1/7

    But seeing that Red nose is happy with the strngth and depth of the squad its hardly surprising we lost.

  67. madredmonkeymadredmonkey says

    han said:
    aye mad red
    where the heck did you get to?

    was working, but glad i missed it,whats up with Rooney, is he not allowed to go out into the cold in case it damages his new fringe.

    MANCHESTER IS MY HEAVEN- SIR MATT BUSBY

  68. Herbie Simms says

    All SAF had to do was to play the same winning team from the last two games in the same positions. We have injuries so keep playing the team that keeps winning until players start to comeback from injury. And where is Rooney? What really got me angry was to listen to the Blackburn player who scored the winning goal, talking on BBC when he said that he was surprised to come away with the three points because the Blackburn team was majority KIDS! Yes we got beat by a team of kids! What bullshit!

    • Damian Garside says

      That would have deprived Sir Alex of the exquisite pleasure he finds in tinkering with the team.

      Park in central midfield? Is the man perverse or something?

  69. DamnedUnited says

    I went to Old Trafford for the first time in my life after years of watching them on TV (am from a different continent altogether) and we lose to the bottom club in the Premier League. It’s not surprise really, if you think about it, United have a habit of losing to relegation fodder teams (think 0-1 to Wolves, West Ham 0-1 at home etc. etc. etc.). We can’t beat the top team in the League nor the lowest one, I imagine expecting a loss when going to OT is in order from now on.

    Blackburn did not even try to win the game. 4 shots on target, 3 goals (or was it 3/3?) De Gea had a horrible game, Nani had a horrible game, same with Welbeck and to top it all off, we had a midfield of Park and Rafael (or was it Fabio?). How the mighty have fallen.

    Rio Ferdinand should have his contract terminated. Which was the least season in which he played 30+ games in the league? For his much touted squad rotation policy, Fergie sure gets a lot of injuries every damned season.

    Just wanted to vent. Fuck-all match. OT can suck it, I’ll just go to one of the London stadiums to watch them away.

  70. sheesh says

    The Mail claims that Rooney was dropped after taking his wife out for a meal on Boxing day.
    I am too lazy to find a link.
    If the above is true, Fergie needs to have a word with himself. Could well be bollocks, though. Who knows what the manager is thinking these days?
    Edit – Evans and Gibson were also allegedly axed for going out on Boxing Day.

  71. baggio365 says

    the thing that frustrates the most, is that at half time he realised how ridiculous everything was, and brought on one of the two central midfielders (the other being pogba) he had sitting on the bench, moved the right back into his correct position, and the right winger into his and suddenly everyone played better.

    even if anderson was half fit, at least let him start the game, rather than this ridiculous central midfield of rafael and park.

    hopefully fergie can see the ridiculousness of his actions, and go out and buy a central midfielder

  72. han says

    Commenter said:
    I went to Old Trafford for the first time in my life after years of watching them on TV (am from a different continent altogether) and we lose to the bottom club in the Premier League. It’s not surprise really, if you think about it, United have a habit of losing to relegation fodder teams (think 0-1 to Wolves, West Ham 0-1 at home etc. etc. etc.). We can’t beat the top team in the League nor the lowest one, I imagine expecting a loss when going to OT is in order from now on.

    Blackburn did not even try to win the game. 4 shots on target, 3 goals (or was it 3/3?) De Gea had a horrible game, Nani had a horrible game, same with Welbeck and to top it all off, we had a midfield of Park and Rafael (or was it Fabio?). How the mighty have fallen.

    Rio Ferdinand should have his contract terminated. Which was the least season in which he played 30+ games in the league? For his much touted squad rotation policy, Fergie sure gets a lot of injuries every damned season.

    Just wanted to vent. Fuck-all match. OT can suck it, I’ll just go to one of the London stadiums to watch them away.

    De gea was at fault for the 3rd but where was the defence
    3 of their players attacked the ball whilst our defence stood their stroking their cocks
    cunts all of them

  73. uncleknobheadffsuncleknobheadforfucksake says

    actually its a good point that damnedunited cunt makes, we always rotate more than everyone else in the league yet we still get the most injuries so what’s the point, and our football is always shit because of it an all

  74. sheesh says

    Not sure there’s any point in getting pissed off anymore. We won’t win the league this season and 2nd place is not by any means a given IMO.

    Irrespective of where we end up in May, we won’t be spending any money.

    Oh well, at least we all had a handy excuse to get pissed last night and forget that shower of shit.

  75. kramer says

    fergie’s the new old benitez. a tinker man.

    i’m not even sure what the point of shuffling players and playing them in different positions is, unless its to give a game to everyone in the bloated squad. that’s the real problem – we have chosen to go for quantity over quality.

  76. Matthew Riley says

    United have to buy in the transfer window surely there is manchester united out there irrespective of what Fergie says the shower that played to day is awful and dropping our only world class player because he went out for a meal is ridiculous.David Gill will most likely give the supporters some shit about them bidding for a 30 million pound player in the window like hes done the past two transfer windows or we’ll end of with Messi and play him as a left back.

  77. captainhormonecaptainhormone says

    going out for a meal with the missus 5 days before your next game, is the new going out ang shagging whores

  78. han says

    i guess it was SAF showing shrek he had the bigger donkey dick
    bit pointless having fucked us on saturday
    should have jettisoned gibcunt and fanny evans for their insubordination

  79. squigs says

    captainhormone said:
    going out for a meal with the missus 5 days before your next game, is the new going out ang shagging whores

    I imagine there is more to this then stated, for one Gibson has problems with the bottle already. This don’t imagine this was a bottle of wine with dinner stuff. Fergie has his spies and the players were wretched the next day. He wouldn’t take such action otherwise.

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