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Ahead of our game against Cardiff

It’s always good to go in to the International break after picking up a good result. Beating Arsenal a couple of weeks ago was a fantastic result for United, following the press and even our own fans writing us off. The popular line was that if we lost that game we had no chance of winning the title, so picking up the three points after a solid performance has certainly kept our critics at bay.

With the International games now over, with the likes of Patrice Evra and Nani confirming their places in Rio, our players’ attention can return to climbing the table. Only Arsenal and Spurs have a better away record than us this season so we should be fairly confident about going to Cardiff, and sports betting dime has us as favourites for the game. Still, this season they’ve beaten City at home and drawn against Everton, so they’re no mugs.

We’re likely to be without our two first choice central midfielders, with Michael Carrick recovering from surgery on his achilles and Phil Jones pulling out of England’s defeat against Germany with a groin injury. This means that it could be an opportunity for Marouane Fellaini and Tom Cleverley to show what they’re capable of. Neither have impressed this season though so it is a fairly worrying prospect. Anderson has been claiming that he is fit and raring to go, so Moyes might opt to give him another chance, despite the Brazilian being poor in all three of his limited appearances so far this season.

We’ve scored more goals per game away from home than any other team this season and will be relying on Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney for some more. Danny Welbeck is out but Javier Hernandez didn’t play in Mexico’s World Cup qualifying games, being spared the travelling to Mexico City and Wellington, New Zealand. Maybe our Mexican might be given a rare start, given his great scoring record of late, with rumours mounting that he is on his way out of United.

The player we all want to see at the moment is Adnan Januzaj though, who plays with such freedom and determination, and hopefully he’ll be starting on the left again. Antonio Valencia has been improving this season and has started taking more players on, but Januzaj is fearless when he’s on the pitch and is always testing the full-back.

It’s funny how just a few weeks can change so much in football and after the poor results of our rivals before the International break, we’re suddenly in a great position, and that could improve even further on Sunday. Liverpool are away to Everton and Arsenal take on 3rd placed Southampton. Maybe it’s a bit too much to ask for that results could go our way for a second matchday running, but it’s vitally important that we get all three points this weekend and make the most of our good momentum.

“I never thought we were out of it (the title race),” said Moyes. “We just go about our job and try and win each game. Everybody knew at the start what it was going to be like. We knew we had a change of manager and there were always going to be problems, no matter what – whether it be winning games or different personnel in the team. I have said many times that Manchester United have proved over the years they improve as they go on.”

Here’s to more improvements this weekend.


About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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75 Comments

  1. John says:

    @Zibbie…Hi mate!!..Thanks for information re Rom in past 3.5 years!

  2. zibbie says:

    you can just keep paging back to threads where he was NBI onion, then he or she attacked Wayne over and over and over again, then changed its name to NBImoyes… then went at me every chance finally I just went at it every time I thought its name. I say it because Wayne had a phone call from it it was a woman. for real like stalking bad.
    John attacked King Eric for whatever reason and jumped on with NBI to start attacking on me. Tommy then I jumped to a conclusion as you being multiple poster not just showing up, my bad.

  3. zibbie says:

    John we can smoke a peace pipe or at least I’ll smoke one for both of us peace out

  4. zibbie says:

    I might have attacked John first I do not know but again lets smoke a peace pipe

  5. Tommy says:

    @Zibbie

    Ive been a season ticket holder for many years at United and you’re not a plastic at all, hate it when that gets banded around, its good that all nationalities support our great club! Although I will say some foreign guys dont get it when locals like Scott and myself criticize certain players, that’s not an insult mate its just we live and breathe this football club, it is our life and when a player talks to another club and lies its like a wife cheating on us! We got off on the wrong foot but your always welcome as a United fan mate, no matter how many years you’ve supported us

  6. zibbie says:

    call me I try to understand that like my maid Wayne a hooligan the 70′s and 80′s.

    I truly feel for your type Manchester United has become the world’s club.

    your type I never mean to insult.

    that said I do mean to insult some haha.

  7. zibbie says:

    Mate Wayne time for dinner.

  8. zibbie says:

    Tommy not call me, wow voice thing I did not correct.

  9. Red Robin says:

    ROM has front gate now. What an improvement!

  10. RedHanams says:

    This place seems a bit more conducive since yesterday…long may it continue!
    Cardiff are, as Scott put it, ‘no mugs’. That being said, so long as we are not complacent, and continue with the improvement in defense and control the middle from the go, the attack would take care of itself. Here’s to another 3 points, hopefully.

  11. RedHanams says:

    Incase you are wondering, yes ‘RedHanams’ is my twitter handle…used to comment as ‘SirAlex’sSon’…until the much welcome improved gate was installed to cut out the faceless trolls. At least, now we can put a face on the trolls now, no matter how ugly they might be. Well done Scott!

  12. RedHanams says:

    May I add, cheers zibbie!

  13. swaggersho says:

    Hoping for 3points,and if results go our way we might be JUST 2points behind arsnl and possibly 3rd or 4th too.

  14. parjo says:

    Hoping for another 3 points too.. and hope L’pool and Arsenal slip
    my starting eleven:

    De Gea

    Valencia Smalling Evans Buttner

    Nani Fellaini Cleverley Kagawa

    RvP Rooney

  15. parjo says:

    Hey, how do I make my user name not to link to my twitter account?

  16. David says:

    How do I decide what Username appears on my posts ?

  17. Red Robin says:

    Parjo

    are u from indonesia?

  18. Red Robin says:

    Anyone know any truth behind the news that linked us with Iniesta?

  19. losomanutd says:

    hope we smash them

  20. Lloyd™ says:

    @ Red Robin

    I doubt that’s ever going to happen.

  21. zhuxhu says:

    @Fleth,always love reading your comments,thoughtful and precise
    @Zibbie-I don’t think Nigeria has got to the level of winning the Senior World Cup,we hope they get a crack at it
    Ahead of this game,glad that BPL’s back to our screens after the international break,I desparately hope we grab all three points and continue our climb up the table…I also hope that the plars who didn’t travel on international duty gets an opportunity,I’ll go with this line-up,De Gea,Rafael(if fit)Rio,Evans,Fabio,Felliani,Anderson,AJ,Nani,Chicha,RVP.

  22. Xyth says:

    if we apply ourselves as we did against Arsenal, we can beat any team let alone Cardiff City!

    @Red Robin
    I would take everything I read about us linked with Iniesta with a huge pinch of salt. Of course it would be a great signing if he became available and really wants to come to United, but I suspect his agent, as many before him, is only using United to get a better deal for his client.

  23. parjo says:

    @RedRobin, yes I am from Indonesia…

    @Xyth: I agree, i’ll believe a transfer when it happens and ManUtd.com verify it.

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