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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Fulham

De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Smalling, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Anderson, Giggs, Rooney, Chicharito.

Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise; Duff, Sidwell, Baird, Kacaniklic; Ruiz; Berbatov.


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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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236 Comments

  1. Ash says:

    Lol chelsea behind again

  2. DreadedRed says:

    Brentford 2:1 Chelsea

    Triple-jinx Costas! Let’s leave it there, aye?

  3. Costas says:

    @DreadedRed

    Yeah, I am not commenting on that topic again!

  4. DreadedRed says:

    Brentford 2:2 Chelsea – full time, and a replay.

  5. wayne says:

    Rent Boys got their First team playing can’t take care of a Div 1 team lol,just shows you how stupid the FSW is plays the first team except the keeper who was horrible,how the hell does that make any sense

  6. Costas says:

    Ah, the magic of the FA cup. When a team like Chelea manages to get a draw at Brentford.

  7. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Cracking goal from Torres. Torres and Rafa found their level playing the Bees.

    :lol:

    FACup throws a spanner in the mix. I love the FACup. Old school, but that’s me.

  8. DreadedRed says:

    wayne – fsw is an absolute blessing mate. It’s so good to have him back!

  9. DreadedRed says:

    A shit tie would be leeds away, wouldn’t mind them at OT though.

  10. wayne says:

    Dreaded yes he’s priceless I fucking love the guy lol

  11. Ash says:

    If mata gets injured chelsea are fucked big time.

  12. denton davey says:

    Costas @ 14:11: “Ronaldo’s presence could also mean a start for Young since he’s the best option in helping out a full back.”

    In terms of “helping out” against CR7, I’d rate AV7 first – strong and fast; Ashely Young second – fast and “responsible”; with Nani last/third. From what I recall of Ronaldo’s glory years at UTD, it’s important to squeeze him outside – always outside – so he can’t shuttle sideways and shoot from the corner of the penalty box. He really plays as an inside forward and the team’s benefit from his extraordinary skill is lessened when he’s not allowed to shoot or when he’s pushed outside to become an “ordinary winger”. I reckon that AV7 is tough enough to do that job.

  13. drv3011 says:

    so i was watching the sports news…and FSW said before the brentford game he feels he has done enough to secure a long term job at the chavs…lol…..sure….

  14. Marq says:

    Ronaldo usually starts from the left, so its a more natural position for Valencia. Ashley Cole showed that if you can match the pace of Ronaldo, you pretty much have half the job done. So if you ask me about a choice between Valencia, Clev or Young on the right, I’d go for Valencia, even if he offers nothing for attack at the moment.

    Seeing how Sir Alex handled Anderson the last time he returned from injury, I don’t see him starting a game soon. Clev & Carrick in the middle with Rooney dropping into midfield, like how we play against the big teams this season. Kagawa would probably get the nod ahead of Nani purely because he tracks back more

  15. fergie is the boss says:

    denton davey – I would pick the same side that beat shitty against Madrid, with a change or 2 at the back

    DDG
    rafeal ferdinand vidic evra
    carrick cleverly
    valencia rooney young
    RVP

    We have the balance of defense and attack, and plenty of width.

  16. samuel - united WE stand says:

    The redderdevil says:

    Samuel – United we stand.

    Bollocks hah!
    You must be scouce, living on past glory. Nani shone on that single season alone and if u don’t know it,its because of the quality players around him thay allowed him to shine. In comes new season ,new players ,different strategy. and the boy/now a man can’t cope.
    Cut your losses and release the player. I know this script coz av seen it before regarding one macheda. Nani will be offered a new deal, be turned into a bench warmer in league games, then be dropped from the bench to carling/capitak cup games and by then we’ll have forgotten about him. We’ll be reminded about him when we read an article in a corner of some sports page telling us how he’s going on loan to the serir A.
    If he is wise he better make the move now.”

    I still think you’re coming out with bollocks though, Give up the gibberish.

  17. Tope99 says:

    I am currently wishing we get a good result away at Bernabeu that will keep us comfortable a bit at least at OT.The Madrid game has been on my mind so bad since Wednesday.I’ll have to start going to Church regularly.

  18. Voice of reason says:

    The redder devil reminding me of the clueless muppet sitting behind me yesterday who seemed to be in the wrong ground – the Nani haters are usually welbeck haters and young and park lovers as well – wish they would fuck off and leave the club to people who understand football as it used to be – sadly too.many prats at OT these days

  19. wayne says:

    Well the way i see it no need for any haters support the lads who wear the Red so if you’re taking sides either way then having a go at someone exactly the same as you,one word that fits

  20. Tope99 says:

    Hey !!!!!!! I just remembered Usain Bolt should be in the club by now.What happened ?

  21. fergie is the boss says:

    Tope99 – united made their decision quicker than Boltz SPEED

  22. DreadedRed says:

    Tope99 having opened the door to more Bolt transfer window horseplay, I’d suggest that horse bolted in a sprint when he kicked kicking and chose to run.

  23. fergie is the boss says:

    PPl go on about we have to keep Nani, well some are, the real target is keeping javier hernandez, who I feel has been one of our most underrated players by many outsiders, they rave about RVP, and then michu, javier Hernandez has been the real star this season

  24. jigpig says:

    Come on Oldham…..!

  25. WeAreUnited says:

    @fergie the boss

    YES YES and YES

    javier Hernandez has been a superstar this season, so underrated, just look at his stats, and after that look how his all aroung game ahs improved.

    I think now he’s a total striker + a poacher.

    Let’s preach more about Chicharito who is slowly becoming a legend in United. A long way to go, but he will reach his 100 goal tally if he keeps playing 90 minutes every game, which will be hard, but he has fought himself back to the top

    GO CHICHA!

  26. Marq says:

    Wow, that’s something new. Nani/Welbeck haters = Young/Park lovers? Some people really have good imaginations

  27. WeAreUnited says:

    @marq

    haha, yeah :D

    who i nthe earth hated Park? he was our engine and big game player, I doubt that people hated him.

    As for Young, well people haven’t welcomed him greatly to the team, but the lad has proven himself.

    Nani and Welbeck part of the team and part of those that can change the team in instant.

    Letäs support the whole team!

    Everybody loved Ji Sung Park.

  28. denton davey says:

    WeAreUnited @ 17:59: “javier Hernandez has been a superstar this season”

    No more than RVP or MC16 BUT that’s “walking in the tall cotton”. Chicharito is probably my favourite player on this current team – Anderson (with all the frustration and stop-starts to his career) might be second. Unleash these two guys – and get Nani feeling his mojo – and UTD will be HUGE FUN to watch.

    fergie is the boss @ 15:37: “I would pick the same side that beat shitty against Madrid, with a change or 2 at the back”

    If you’re going that route then you’re willing to sacrifice the attacking play of Nani/Anderson for the defensive “responsibility” of AV7 and AshleyYoung. My big worry with playing Valencia/Young is that in an away CL-match it’s really important to score so that you don’t end up @ OT having to keep a clean sheet; the away=goals rule really does create some incredible complications which are best avoided by scoring in the away=match. OT isn’t a “fortress” nowadays.

  29. fergie is the boss says:

    denton davey – we technically put 4 past shitty with that team, you cannot have all attack, but rooney and RVP gives us plenty of cutting edge, valencia and young not only gives united the balance, they help protect the fullbacks, and they can still cause other teams hell. You cannot think how nani and anderson etc played, they got to play, I still think those 2 have a long way to go before they should start in Madrid. And the side that beat shitty, was has attacking as ever, I still think cleverly and carrick is by far united’s best pairing, and they suit europe better, cleverly can nick the ball. Anderson is good, but cleerly and carick are better at ball retention, which is key in europe. Its better than playing RVP so isolated

  30. WeAreUnited says:

    @denton

    this season best players have been those you mentioned, Carrick RVP, then add Rafael and Chicharito. They have been fighting for every single ball. Cleverley has also started to become one of them. Not to forget Evra. These players have made us tick.

    @FITB

    I also would go almost with the same team, it depends on their form, Just that Nani instead of Young, you ask me why Young and not Valencia? I bet my ass that Valencia will be playing cause SAF will want to get Ronaldo off the game, and Valencia is a tough cookie for anyone.
    Nani would put that pressure on the left, cause Arbeloa is their weakest link and usually fouls players, and with Nani there, he and di maria has to be on their toes. Kagawa would be an option if we want to control the ball.

    ————————DDG——————————–
    Rafael——–Rio———Vida———–Evra
    ———- Carrick — Cleverley / Ando
    Valencia/Nani———–Rooney/Kagawa————— Nani/Young/Kagawa/Rooney
    ————————-RVP———————-

  31. NBI Red Onion says:

    Dreaded Red aka the banned @sm*rtalex & albertro*s – shussh psycho before I write to Scott and tell him the freak he has blocked is back.

    And Costas, I used to have some respect for your opinion, but the quality of your comments is now quite shit and you have turned into quite the snide shit stirring bitch. Silly bitch.

  32. NBI Red Onion says:

    @ Denton

    I think we need fullback cover away at RM, so can’t see all 3 of Carrick, Ando and Clev starting. Between the 3 I prefer Carrick and Ando as they are stronger in defence and Ando is better attacking in my view. On his day that is.

  33. Costas says:

    Thanks for not respecting my opinion NBI. I consider it a major insult when scum like you respect me. Cheers!

  34. fergie is the boss says:

    NBI – united do not need someone attacking through the middle, we have rooney valencia and young for that. I think cleverly is better suited to carrick, than Anderson. So for me its the balance, and the side that beat shitty, I feel will start

  35. Marq says:

    @Costas

    When people start attacking others for their opinion by name calling, you know they have something they desperately want to prove. For the rest of us, there are just the facts which are agreed by the majority =)

  36. ben says:

    Nani will stay. Haters always hate. =)

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