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CONFIRMED TEAMS: Barca vs United

United: De Gea; Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Nani, Cleverley, Anderson, Young; Rooney, Welbeck.

Barca: Valdes; Dos Santos, Fontas, Busquets, Abidal; Keita, Tiago, Iniesta; Pedro, Villa, Afellay.

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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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  1. King Eric says:

    Giggsys lawyer. Yeah mate but let’s not forget Iniesta has five years on Anderson. Anderson is growing by the game. His passing was off BUT he did a fantastic job of getting in their faces and put himself about.

    Denton. Yeah fair play. Have to agree with most of your first post in particular Danny. Wow. He is like you rightly say a man now. A fantastic talent to boot. Doesn’t waste the ball and his touch is superb. Let’s hope now Fergie has their number. A huge physchological win.

    As I said they are quite ordinary and remind me of Arsenal without Xavi and Messi with their overplaying. This side however made very light work of Munich the other night.

  2. Giggsy's Lawyer says:

    Yeah I just worry he isn’t maturing fast enough to become world class. We’ve had him and Nani since the start of the 2007/2008 season, yet Nani DOES look world class. I see glimpses of brilliance from him every now and then, like when he gets hold of the ball and surges from midfield, but not often enough. At least he has learnt how to shoot, somewhat. I dunno… the jury is still out on him as for me. I hope he can fulfill his potential.

    Agree with you about the Arsenal comparison, King Eric. Other than their goal, which was a bloody good strike to be fair, they really just passed it about between themselves without causing us too much trouble. It would have been a different game is Xavi and Messi had played though.

  3. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    @Giggsy’s Lawyer, But then again Nani hasn’t been trouble by injuries as much as Anderson has and hasn’t had someone like Scholesy ahead of him. This is going to probably be his first full season with us where he gets to run the show. It is exactly shaping up to be like Nani’s career path with us after Ronaldo left. As long as Ronnie was here, Nani was overshadowed. But when Ron left, Nani stepped it up big time to become the force that he is today. With Scholes gone, I expect Anderson to step up big time. Of course, he still seems a bit stout and his petulance is too similar to Nani and Ronaldo at times, but these are minor nitpicks that can be easily overcome. So, this could just be Anderson’s year.

  4. h williams says:

    nani goal was brilliant

  5. mara says:

    I think that physchologicaly this win is great, although there was no Messi. We have great young players potential. Cleverly was great. As we talk about attack…for me there is 4 clear choices…Rooney, Chico, Danny and Owen. Owen is world class and i would give him a chance at any time. Danny show great potential and i would give him same time on the field like Javier last year.
    And Nani….he is more than great, and what i see amazing is, that in every game, no matter how great he is, i see so much reserve in his performance. I think he has posibility to do more than we can imagine.
    with Senijder and this team, we can win Barca….remember what i said…

    BUT…remenber also that guy Thiago…he will be good….

  6. Giggsy's Lawyer says:

    I hope you are right Balaji

  7. wiuru says:

    Just want to thank all contributors , i couldnt get to watch the match for a host of reasons . Ive felt a mixture of pride and confidence as i read this through . Lets hope its both the shape and intent of things to come . Right bring on the Citeh !!

  8. KR says:

    Anyone who cannot see that Nani is the best player in the squad is blind. So talented it’s ridiculous. Valencia is not half the player that he is and it’s a disgrace Fergie started Antonio over him in the final.

    Giggsy may be in my top 5 players of all time and scored my favourite goal of all time but he is just absolutely terrible and needs to retire, does he even complete 3 passes in a row anymore? He defo needs to call it a day because there is no room for sentiment in this team.

  9. denton davey says:

    KR @ 15:53: “he (SirRyanGiggs) is just absolutely terrible and needs to retire, does he even complete 3 passes in a row anymore? He defo needs to call it a day because there is no room for sentiment in this team.”

    You’re being harsh. And, forgetful – the pre-SirRyan often had spells when he looked out=of=it but his absolute class came to the fore again and again.

    Wasn’t it 2001-2004 that he was being booed by some of the denizens of the Stretford End ?

    SirRyan arose and was fucking brilliant for large stretches of the past few years.

    Yeah, he wasn’t up-to-much last night but if there’s one player who “deserves” patience then it’s SirRyanGiggs. Possibly the best player to ever to wear the red shirt; and if not “the best” then he’s still in with a shout.

  10. The Turfer says:

    Hurry up and get to united sneijder, anybody who knows anything about united should know that we need him big time.

  11. willierednut says:

    Good grief KR! You attack a legend for no obvious reason. Fergie will decide, when Giggsy’s times up. Not fucking you!

  12. King Eric says:

    Denton. Again pal I agree completely with your last post. Spot on.

    Willie. Well said mate. Piss take. Just remind me who only back in April provided all assists for our Champions league win over the rentboys?

  13. hugh williams says:

    weaker Barcelona side but a good side

  14. Giggsy's Lawyer says:

    I think some fans on here only think in terms of the last 90 minutes completed. Ok, Giggs wasn’t amazing in our ‘friendly’ against Barcelona, but he didn’t need to be. The main reason behind these friendlies is to get match fitness in pre-season. I would be willing to bet you any amount of money that Giggs plays a significant role in some shape or form this coming season. He always does.

  15. Sn says:

    This whole tour was also some kind of a tournament right? I read somewhere that the teams involved were Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, Milan, City, etc.. but i forgot the name of the competition. Does anyone here know ?

  16. Always Be Closing says:

    @RedScottX – you surely are a weird imposter then. Get in doesn’t mean game on at all.

  17. Sn says:

    I myself found it actually.. its called World Football Challenge.. Real Madrid are the winners !!

    We lost it on Goal Difference !!!!


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