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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Galatasaray

De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Nani, Kagawa, van Persie.

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  1. denton davey says:

    bah_humbug @ 21:41: “RVP, Valencia (suprisingly) and Nani had off days.”

    I disagree – a bit. RVP and AV7 and TheGingerNinja weren’t at their best; Nani – apart from his appalling attempt at confusing the keeper and flubbing the shot – was just terrific. His passing in the danger area was terrific – if his team-mates had been on-song there could have been some real magic.

    For me, however, the best news was the return of DarrenFletcherinho – not at his “football genius” mode but just great to see # 24 running around in something approaching fitness. He’s a key player and his absence has been as significant for UTD as GreatBigHugeYaYa’s was during the winter when he was at the African Cup of Nations. NoFletch/NoWin.

  2. denton davey says:

    RMJ @ 21:48: “All in all nothings changed in 4 years”

    Well, I’ll take that – 2 CL finals and one semi-final in addition to 2 EPL titles and “first-last” on the other two occasions as a result of a MartinAtkinsonMoment in the spring of 2010 and shitty refereeing that cost TheLads five points last year.

  3. denton davey says:

    WeAreUnited @ 21:51: “Valencia: 8,5 Very goood both sides, created lot’s of chances, faded away later on, but came back at the end again. Verygood.”

    Really ? AV7 ran around a lot but his final ball was really shitty, from the start to the end of the match.

    AND, Scholes 7.5 ? I’ll take some of that stuff you’re smoking. I’ve admired TheGingerNinja for almost twenty years but, really, he needs to be used judiciously (same goes for SirRyanGiggs). He shouldn’t start more than one match per week – and, really, he should be kept “in reserve” so that he can play flat-out when the game’s on the line and his incredible control/passing come to the fore on a tilted playing-field.

  4. denton davey says:

    Vivek @ 23:03: “Hernandez could have scored three after he came on!!!”

    Agreed. There has been a lot of complaining about how frequently Chicharito is caught off-sides but tonight his movement was tremendous but, alas, his finishing was sub-par. AND, correct me if I’m wrong, but I seem to recall that the through-balls came from the Nani/NinjaEvra axis.

  5. Vivek says:

    @denton davey, I think you are right and I felt the team played better after he came in. It was as if he provided a outlet to the midfield in the final third with precise positioning.

    When RVP was on the pitch, I have no idea why Nani was taking the penalty. And he must understand that he is not Ronaldo mk II. RVP was below par and Rooney’s return can’t come fast enough.

    Evra was ok today but he was at fault for passing to Vidic in the opening minutes which could have led to a penalty.

    Also I am not sure why were are still worried about the midfield. If the midfield is to create chances for the strikers to score goals, then I would be very happy, since our strikers seems to see plenty of balls and many chances to score.

    Welbz is in some great form even though he is not scoring. I would play him every match along with Hernandez/RVP.

    I want to see Hernandez/RVP combining with Kagawa. Both are very good at making runs/finding spaces, it would create more opportunities for the players to score with the defence spread out.

    Kagawa was good too. But we need to stop focusing on wings too much and have some play concentrated on the middle too.

  6. Marq says:

    Midfield got overrun. Surprise Surprise

  7. edcunited1878 says:

    Midfield getting overrun in Europe and at times in the PL is a case of tactical formation than anything else.

  8. fergie is the boss says:

    edcunited1878 – I did not see anything wrong with that lineup tonight, we played with 3 midfielders, 2 wingers and a striker who fits the no9 role perfectly. Problem is? maybe scholes and carrick’s level’s drop because of age, esp scholes, this is when we need the likes of cleverly fletcher and sooner or later powel can come in and take the slack off scholes, we add carrick and kagwa is well, there should be the strength to control games. And a midfield 5 of scholes carrick kagwa valencia nani, is quiet an impressive midfield to call on

  9. Utd4life says:

    Didnt watch the entire match but from the highlights, I got the feeling that Galatasaray should have got something from the game. The performance needs to improve and hopefully it will. However, call me a cunt or whatever but I don’t see us progressing far in Europe this time too. Hopefully the lads can prove me wrong.

  10. Passmaster16 says:

    We need to give enough service to RvP.. we are not using his abilities in the box enough.. frm the Gala game I dont remember a shot on goal frm him…
    We are better thn that… C’mon united

  11. Gofu says:

    Didn’t get to see the game live. Watching it now
    Their fans are louder than us. :/

  12. WeAreUnited says:

    denton davey says:

    maybe you’re right, and I give too much to Valnciea, :) for me he did his job, but nothing spectacular,

    and for scholes well, he played the second half good.

  13. Denton Davey says:

    Vivek @ 23:36: “I want to see Hernandez/RVP combining with Kagawa. Both are very good at making runs/finding spaces, it would create more opportunities for the players to score with the defence spread out.”

    Where do you fit in TheWayneBoy ? Nani/AV7 ?? or DannyTheLad ???

    The fact of the matter is that SAF has a wonderful assortment of attacking options.


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