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Fergie: Becks Couldn’t Have Played Against Us

Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed he wasn’t concerned about the potential of facing David Beckham this weekend, after our former player joined the London club for training.

“I didn’t expect David Beckham to be playing on Sunday,” said Ferguson. “You cannot all of a sudden come in to train for a few days and expect to play in the Premier League, even less so against Manchester United.”

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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. Costas says:

    Remember. I didn’t make it personal. Unless you feel calling United players “cripples” is classy.

  2. smartalex says:

    ‘Ello, I wish to register a complaint. ‘Ello, Miss? I wish to complain about this winger what
    we purchased not long ago from this very country.

    “Oh yes, the, uh, the Norwegian Blue…What’s,uh…What’s wrong with it?”

    “I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it, my lad. ‘E’s dead, that’s what’s wrong with it!”

    “No no he’s not dead, he’s, he’s restin’! Remarkable bird, the Magnus Eikrem, idn’it, ay?
    Beautiful plumage!”

    “That player is definitely deceased, and when I purchased it not long ago, you assured
    me that its total lack of playing was due to it bein’ tired and shagged out following a
    prolonged squawk.”

    “Well, he’s…he’s, ah…probably pining for the fjords…”

  3. parryheid says:

    Why do you always attempt to draw support in from your acolytes and what do you mean by keyboard tough?You really are going to have me crapping myself your reference to what somebody might or might do should I say to their face is ridiculous a bit like yourself and please dont try to justify yourself to your supporters by pulling the that’s not right card like I said Giruy .Ha

  4. parryheid says:

    Not so SmartAlex


  5. Costas says:

    See, that’s the thing. I don’t need to justify myself about anything. I don’t take shots at United players. You want to act all tough and do it? Then face the music.

    And how exactly did I draw support from anyone? If anyone else here is having an issue with you, it’s because your comment was full of shit. Kind of like you brain.

  6. parryheid says:

    Losing it Losing it Lost it.Ha call in some more Acolyte’s

  7. Costas says:

    Don’t need any acolytes. All I need is you. You are embarassing yourself.

    So tell me about Ronny Johnsen now. He was quite a cripple himself wasn’t he?

  8. parryheid says:

    Look dummy as I have previously posted do I have to explain the difference between an injury and condition or an illness.Broken leg and the likes Injury. Gout Tendonitus.Condition. Cancer.Ilness.Can you really not tell the difference So what does Ronny Johnson have to do with anything ask yourself what category he fall under it’s not hard Maybe you should stick to answering the posts made not the posts imagined.

  9. Costas says:

    -January 14, 2011 at 13:21
    parryheid says:

    Sir alex didn’t seem to have any problem like that when he threw the cripple that is Hargreaves on twice.

    -January 14, 2011 at 17:20
    Costas says:

    cripple (krpl)
    1. A person or animal that is partially disabled or unable to use a limb or limbs

    Looks like I have to repeat myself. You called Hargreaves a cripple and I proved he isn’t since he doesn’t fit the definition. My “acolytes” did the same by the way. Don’t try to talk around the subject. You embarassed yourself.

    Johnsen was brought up because he is someone who missed a lot of time due to injuries. Like Hargreaves. Cripple per your mindset…

  10. Zibbie says:

    Oh man came on late and must go. I see “parryheid says” is getting the wrath of the regulars.
    The Becks thing he was leaving as I became a Man Utd fan, I get so sick of his media mogul shit………..
    GLORY GLORY MAN UTD!!!!!!! KICK THE SPURS ASS!!!!!!!! GO ROONEY!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. King Eric says:

    parryheid – Yeah mate DEFINITELY talking about the same player. Ok I was wrong, he is 20 but he is very weak. Tunnicliffe is a bruiser mate, a young Keano. Up for a scrap, lets NOBODY outdo him in the middle and scores goals. Don’t get me wrong Eikrem is technically excellent but obviously Fergie thinks he aint a United player ………………yet at least.

  12. smartalex says:

    You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? Then who the hell else are you talking… you talking to me? Well I’m the only one here. Who the fuck do you think you’re talking to? Oh yeah? OK.

    Aparryheid: Sorry to hear about your ecoli condition, must feel lame.

    Did anyone see the hilariously funny Python rip-off posted by… well, some smartalec.

  13. King Eric says:

    By the way mate I don’t mean height wise I mean body mass. Tunnicliffe is fucking huge but doesnt get the praise Eikrem gets. He is absolute quality in my opinion mate. A forward running midfielder. Creates alot as well with terrific long balls and through balls. Eikrem did to be fair.

  14. Costas says:


    Can’t make any compliments your way. It would give away the fact that you are my acolyte. ;)

  15. willierednut says:

    Anyone suggesting, I’m likely to be an acolyte, obviously don’t know me. Be that as it may, there’s no point getting personal. That is the road to ruin and no one gets any benefit out of it.

  16. FletchTHEMAN says:

    King Eric, Heard alot of good stuff about Tunnicliffe. Still on schoolboy terms? The redyouth site says he doesn’t have a professional contract.

    I don’t follow the Academy as close as I might. Any reviews on this keeper Sam Johnstone? 18yrs 6’4″, 2 U19 caps, sounds interesting….

    Other news. DeLait is also off on loan. Portsmouth till the end of the season. Good move.

  17. parryheid says:

    Got you now your the name taker from yonks ago I said was a bit Stasi like.Been waiting a long time eh.It was one of your previous posts today dinged in my memory now I understand the sniping.Anyway you have not answered the category Johnson falls into and when you do you may get the point that Hargreaves came to United with a condition which is incurable and is not like a headache which pops up overnight you have it long time before it debilitates you but you know about it.If you and others want to convince yourself otherwise then your choice.Not mine so don’t try and snipe at me because my view differs and you don’t like facing it.But if you fancy trading insults all night and beyond be my guest you’ll find me a willing participant.

  18. smartalex says:

    Costas and parryheid
    You get my back up. Each in your own way.

    Anyway, it’s all Greek for me.

    If an acolyte says “Fuck You!” isn’t he an acoheavy?

  19. parryheid says:

    king Eric.

    Got you and I do watch him playing reserves you are obviously as big a fan him as i of Eikrem and if Tunnicliffe progresses to your expectations yet gets shipped out of the club not on loan but gone and has been on the bench yet goes without any first team playtime and somebody you consider a waste of rations did I’m prepared to bet you’d howl about much like me.Peace mate.

  20. Costas says:

    And how do you know that he came to the club with that condition Dr wise guy? Where are your facts? And even if he did, that doesn’t change the fact that the club could have stopped the transfer. We have a medical team don’t we? We took our chances with Owen, had him playing with injections and it backfired. You prefer to single out the player and trash him. I say it’s a load of crap. And we’ve been going back and forth for hours and you STILL haven’t justified why he is a cripple. His supposed “condition”? He would have been on a wheelchair..

    The Stazi comment was another piece of genius on your behalf. Thanks for reminding me. I always forgot who was the guy that brought so much joy and laughter in my life.

  21. parryheid says:


    Could well be,I really do appreciate humour

  22. willierednut says:

    Ironside was a cripple. He hated people pushing him around.

  23. Ulster Red says:

    every now and then we have a day like this on ROM 2 people going at eacother for a few hours…at the end of the day the people argueing have the most important thing in common in being united fans, lets keep the anger for the rest of the league….one love fellas.

  24. parryheid says:

    Well i’m not a wise guy but I was dux of Gorgie special school.No definite knowledge Logic and suspicion and the club if it had knowledge most definately would have stopped it I would say the club would have checking the recovery of his leg break not looking for something that doesn’t show up on scans and give it time and you will see him in a wheelchair if that’s your bent.The Owen comparison is a nonsense (see injury not condition)Now I didn’t know why your so concerned about a view I put forward at the time but now I do.and may I say I am delighted to have brought so much joy and laughter into your’s on me.

  25. smartalex says:

    When Irish eyes are smiling, sure it’s like a morning Spring
    In the lilt of Irish laughter, you can hear the devils sing
    When United hearts are happy, all the world seems bright today
    And when Sir Alex’ eyes are smiling, sure they steal your heart away

  26. Costas says:

    Still that doesn’t make him a cripple, but keep dodging the question. Didn’t bring up Michael Owen for your information. I mentioned Hargreaves by his first name. Believe it or not, sometimes UNited fans call their players by their first names instead of cripples.

    I will give it to you that you amuse me. Clowns always tend to do that. But don’t accuse me of any bias. I didn’t use a thread about Beckham to spill my garbage. That was your doing. I don’t even remember why you said I was part of the Stazi. What did I do then? Did I spy ROM and report to Hargo about who trashed him?

  27. Costas says:


    Appreciate what you are saying mate, but it’s not enough. There’s a difference in what each one of us perceives to be a United fan.

  28. Ulster Red says:

    no problem mate, had my fair share of arguements a while ago on this and it gets you no-where lol

  29. willierednut says:

    Ulster Red – I remember that, you were gonna take someones heed off lol.

  30. Ulster Red says:

    i know i was stupid and funny enough im now friends with that person on facebook and we talk now and then lol…did you see norn iron are allowed 200 fans fro the match in serbia lol, no serbs just us.

  31. willierednut says:

    Ulster Red – I seen it on the news mate. So yous two are best mates on facebook, who would’ve thought that, eh? lol.

  32. Costas says:


    I know mate. I’ve had my fair share too, lol.

  33. Ulster Red says:

    might be ingnorant here but i dont think ive seen as heated as this with you involved, your too calm for this.
    yea we both apologised and that was it, your right a few months ago if you had of said that id have called you mad lol.

  34. smartalex says:

    When city or ‘pool fans come on RoM and debate, we debate.
    When they call our player’s rude names, we debate and we tell them to FUCK OFF!

    When it’s our own fans / RoMmers doing it it is very upsetting.
    Nearly every day a regular will cross that line.
    If I ever do, berate me, chastise me and teach me!

  35. Costas says:


    You think. I have a temper too, I have you know. More on it on FB. ;)


    I like your post, but I couldn’t berate you even if you did that.. Your posts make me laugh. :)

  36. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    @ willierednut says:
    Ironside was a cripple. He hated people pushing him around.

    Fucking classic. Had me on the floor that.

  37. Ulster Red says:

    well said smartalex – one love boyo

    you should see my fb after a bad day lol

  38. willierednut says:

    NRD – I had to try and lighten the mood mate lol.

  39. Ulster Red says:

    *you should see my fb after a bad day lol* – was for costas

  40. parryheid says:

    I did assume you had brought M Owen into the debate.I said I was disappointed Becks wasn’t playing Sunday as it would be an advantage to United.But SAF in relation to the heading of Scotts article wouldn’t have any problems considering the Eikrem situation.So you can forget the smoke and mirrors and you can pretend not to know the difference between injury and condition Keep on wriggling and there’s no room on the spaceship for you.

  41. smartalex says:

    Well Costas the humour that runs through RoM is hilarious. It’s a bit like a TV show where the better you get to know the posters style the funnier it gets.

    Of course, it’s easy laugh when you’re top of the league in January.

  42. Costas says:

    Nah, I think I am bored now. As I told willie, I lowered my standards to respond to you long enough. I made my point, you talked out of your ass some more and we are good. Keep it up. I am proud of you.

  43. Costas says:


    It depends. This place has given me quite a few laughs even during hard times. Like last season when we began the “Sell Berbatov, buy Heskey” stuff.

  44. smartalex says:

    Costas. Of course. This is why a funny joke about Hargo’s injury is a better way to reference his situation. I’m sure that he gets plenty of stick from the other players. No harm done, laughs are better than apples.

    Sell crutches, buy boots.

  45. Dave Malaysia says:

    Respect for Hargreaves,contributed to our success in 2008.

    For having the courage to fight to return to his career,with us. It must be hell for him ,and I hope he makes it back into the squad this month.

    Petrucci is a huge talent and like many youngsters before him ,he had some injuries but he is backwith the team now and doing well. At some point he will be over all that and will have a consistent run. Then les see how good he can become.

    Becks is there cos of Harry sees him having some positive impact on his team, maybe, signing anyone is the same,always a risk attached. Good he is not playing against us.
    Bet he will be in ths stands or somewhere visible and the camera will focus on him as often as possible.


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