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Fergie: Not Sure Which Strike Partnership Is The Best

Sir Alex Ferguson has compared the competition for places up front with the situation we found ourselves in during the 98-99 season, with Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole our first choice, as well as the options of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham.

Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney were the two highest scorers in the league last season, so you would presume they would be United’s first choice this season, although Danny Welbeck and Chicharito are also competing to start. Shinji Kagawa might also keep one of those players out, given that his position is behind the striker.

Ferguson has conceded he isn’t sure what our best partnership is yet but hopes the competition for places inspires better form from our strikers.

“It is early doors but at the moment I don’t know where I am going in the sense of what my best partnership will be,” said Ferguson. “Probably the strongest part of the club will be in the striker department. It (Van Persie’s arrival) should give everyone a push. Danny Welbeck is in the same position as Javier in that they are not the first team choices at the moment. That doesn’t mean to say it will stay that way because competition is always healthy and them being the kind of young lads they are will be desperate to establish themselves. That is what competition is. We had it in 1999.”


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  1. mig78 says:


  2. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Agree there are lots of options. Not to be overlooked. I actually really like Welbeck up front. Creates alot of chances.

  3. WeAreUnited says:


    Nothing offended my friend, no problem, I don’t owe him nothing, he’s a player who plays for United. And United goes first., it’s just that, people seem to forget everything he has done. Yeah maybe you haven’t supported United these past 2.5 years when he has played like a superstar.

    Maybe his time is up at ManUtd and for us would be better for example to get Iker Muniain for Nani,
    but I will never forget what he has done and what he will do if he plays again for us!
    He is a quality player and people just seems to search a spacegoat, inconsistent etc. whatever you say.

    like they did suddenly with DeGea last year, when he plays, he’s the best, but when Lindegaard plays, suddelny Degea is shit. Same with Carrick (though I was also disappointed with him sometimes), and also with Rooney, though the guy scores goals, it’s always tge same.

    But like you said, this is life and every man sees the picture they want, but you shouldn’t be delusional and say Nani has been bad for us and never done nothing, cause that’s where you sink with your wagon.

    Anyway, we support the same team so we want only good for our team, no problem mate.

  4. Costas says:

    When Kagawa plays we are not talking about a partnership anyway. One striker is forced out on the wing,

  5. WeAreUnited says:

    And as for @Proverb

    that eye looked kinda nasty hahahahah, looks like Petruccis, a shame Daily Mirror hasn’t that pic.

    a shame he didn’t hit his other eye too :P


  6. Danizizu says:

    Welbeck’s finishing needs improvement..I’d prefer Rooney and RVP with Chicharito a 3rd choice

  7. Proverb says:

    Off topic:

    Must be hard being an Arsenal fan… I know I wouldn’t 1-2 be one.
    Now the pressure on us

    Let’s fucking go you reds!!!!
    United, united, united!!!

    On topic
    Rooney and van persie one can drop to the mid to support the play & help collect the ball up front but one must stay there up top. That way the partnership can gel.
    Imo we must find a way to play them together no matter how impossible it might seem, they’re both two established world class strikers and we must find a way to play them both

  8. FletchTHEMAN says:

    All the talk of Rooney and RvP, but we have never had them both play together. Everyone assumes that will be magic, and well it may be. But still have to get both on the pitch to see how it jells.

    Talk is cheap. I want to see the partnership in action. Maybe tonight!

  9. YorYor says:

    Fingers crossed for tonight… i don’t like it one bit when they start to bring up history and our supposed wonderful record against the upcoming opponents. Just need to recall Wigan last season.

  10. Proverb says:

    Shitty are a goal down vs fulham

  11. Marq says:

    Well, for all of Sir Alex’s brilliance, the 98/99 strike force of Yorke & Cole was quite a fluke because I remember Sir Alex saying he didn’t mean to pair those 2 together, lol

    Let’s see which 2 of our 4 strikers can form a good partnership

  12. The Devil in Me says:

    I would certainly love to see all 3(RVP,Rooney,Kagawa) in form at the same time.right now we havent seen an inform roo and inform rvp together & see the kind of damage they’ll do.

    Off topic

    Is there any truth in the nani-petrucci incident

  13. yustaq says:

    Let’s just hope we are ease from injuries…
    and play in our best of form.

  14. parryheid says:


    Nani? I have never said a peep about him other than that Tony V demoted him from the right wing and when he comes back from his broken ankle would do so again and that has been exactly the case.DeGea I got a severe kicking on here before he had kicked a ball for us for stating the reasons why I thought he shouldn’t be our goalie.others are now seeing my point now.My gripes with Anderson I stated on the other thread and I am not alone in that.Alway’s been a big fan of the other pair you mention same as I used to be with Evra that apart everything is fine and dandy as far as I am concerned think maybe your confusing my view of Anderson.which you disagree with but I can live with that.

  15. Zibbie says:

    Marq I agree with the NBA taking the lead on cheats! You can tell a natural hard fall VS fake. Body language is spot on for fakes. Throwing hands up, no you pull them in for protection, so on.

    As for Rooney, bring it on!!!!!! A better Man Utd for the additions.
    How about Rooney and Carrick/Fletch in a 2 man CDM pare with Rooney rampaging forward at times.

    the 4-3-3 with FB’S for width

  16. Zibbie says:

    Nani ate the yellow snow.
    Nani a no, no!!!!

  17. WeAreUnited says:

    Yeah, well that’s true, when Valencia started playing he was our best player last year with miles, I also agree on that.

    It’s just those people who ha nothing to do and slates player. Anyway, I’ll leave the subject and let’s hope Nani starts playing better and we benefit of that, if not let’s hope he is sold and we buy somebody like Muniain to “replace” him.

    As for DeGea, well I think you again watch a different ManchesterUnited team, cause he should be our first choice and he is only 20! Lindegaard is great, but DeGea IS #1, and the future Spain international when Casillas retires, and that says it all.

    As for Anderson, I have always backed him up, but he always is injured, and when he plays I’m happy he does well.

    Now I will concentrate towards the game, cause obviously we see the game differently.

  18. LucasUTD says:

    Something I’ve noticed watching the City game:

    1) The City players seem much fitter than our players. Hell, even Aguero and Silva defend like their lives depended on it, even going all the way back to their penalty box to track the opposition. And they keep pressing and pressing they just don’t seem to get tired.

    2) Their players are never injured.

    Something’s wrong with our training/fitness regiment and I really hope something’s done about it.

  19. parryheid says:

    Teams play United with a frenzy they rarely play against other teams.that probably has a big impact on the number of injuries we get.

  20. Proverb says:

    City to draw again, hopefully.

  21. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Lindegaard, Rafael, Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Scholes, Nani, Giggs, Carrick, Kagawa, van Persie. according to Ian Irving

  22. tisya says:

    city are far better than us in so many areas:pockets,health,quality players.The only thing we beat them is smart coach.if our team was named swansea and given their coach,would it beat city?

    am a true red but our fitness zone is convincingly staggering.’m afraid of how will manage city without Vidic or ROONEY

  23. Mikael says:

    tisya: You’re saying we don’t players that would walk into the City first line-up? You must be mental. Just because City buys players for shitloads doesn’t mean they’re all that. Sure they have great players but. for me, the only ones worth mentioning is Silva, Toure and Kompany. Tevez and Hart comes close but the only players I would pick from City is the first three, we could use that… the rest is nothing that would improve our squad, just fill it out.

  24. Proverb says:


    Paul Scholes starts for Manchester United in place of Antonio Valencia, and Wayne Rooney is on the bench. Spurs make one change for the trip to Old Trafford, as Steven Caulker starts in place of midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.

    I think fletch’s is spot on regarding the line.

    Scholes and giggs in the starting line-up again?

  25. The Devil in me says:

    Scholes and giggs together???….lets watch and see


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