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Evra: I Wish Rossi The Best But Not Against Us

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed this week that the clause to buy back Giuseppe Rossi is still in place, meaning we could take our former striker back from Villarreal.

Ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League match, Evra has spoken about Rossi.

“If you give him time and space in the box, he’ll score every time,” said Evra. “He’s a great player and a good professional and I’m not surprised by how well he’s done. I wished him all the best when he left the club, but not against us!”

Evra explains why Rossi might have been sold, suggesting competition for places makes life hard at United.

“It’s not easy at United,” reasons Evra. “When I came here I had to compete with Gaby Heinze and Mikael Silvestre – we had three left-backs for one spot. When you look at the strikers now – you have Berbatov, Tevez, Rooney and Ronaldo, who can play there, as can Giggs. So even though Giuseppe is a great player, to play at United is very difficult particularly when you are a striker. Sometimes I joke with the lads and say ‘thank god I am a defender!’ It was easy to see what a good player Giuseppe was when he was here and he has gone on to prove that at Villarreal.”

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  1. PeeJay says:

    Ronaldo’s a striker now, is he?

  2. denton davey says:

    Yes, PeeJay, Ronaldo sometimes does play as the striker. Sometimes he plays like an “orthodox” winger but, mostly, he plays as a forward in a system that is neither fixed nor stereotypical but, rather, features interchange, movement, and variety. But, let’s get real here – Ronaldo is far and away the best header among the various “forwards” currently on the books; he’s not a bad finisher, either. He may be greedy but he does have a nose for goal.

    About Rossi – maybe, perhaps but I don’t see him being able to break ahead of Rooney, Ronaldo or Berbatov. He would face the same problems as Tevez in getting a continuous run of games. I don’t imagine that that would be attractive to him. On the other hand, if he could be invented to be a Scholes-type of “forward” – but, Rooney seems to have that role for his future. So, I don’t see JoeRed returning unless somethings unforeseeable happen.


    to be honest our front players interchange so much its hard to see whos playing where, sometimes ronaldos on a wing then hes down the middle with rooney out wide etc – the benefit of this is the opposition defenders dont know who they’re looking out for, the disadvantage is we have players who really should play upfront because they are best there.

    take the asnl game rooney missed 2 chances and i cant help but think had it been rooney passing the ball to berba and not the other way round we would have scored one of them

  4. Drew Vader says:

    Don’t think he would want to come back to sit the bench if he is getting regular games in spain.

  5. SteRDLK says:

    We dont need him anyway, but all the best for the rest of his career


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