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Gab: I Was Nervous But Evra Kept Encouraging Me

Gabriel Obertan has made a bright start to his Manchester United career, putting in a good performance against Barnsley in the week and impressing during his half hour run against Blackburn yesterday.

With ten minutes left to play and the game still at 1-0, Obertan had the opportunity to make it a dream start when Valencia presented him with a chance to score from five yards out. Somehow, he managed to miss though, something he is frustrated about.

“I was disappointed to miss my chance, but I was very fit and it all went well because we won in the end,” said Obertan. “It’s been four months now that I have been injured, so it was a good début. I ran hard and tried to do my best. I think I need a bit of rhythm; a few games to be fully fit. It’s going better and better and there’s no reason to end it. I think I’ll be better after a few games.”

Obertan reckons fellow countryman, Patrice Evra, has made his life easier since joining the club and he hopes to get in the first team squad more often.

“I was a bit nervous, but after a few minutes it was gone,” he added. “I really enjoyed the game and Pat Evra was just behind me encouraging me, so it was very good. With Pat it has been easier. I feel like I’m here for many years now so it is good to be here and I’m just enjoying it. I’ll just keep working hard to be in the squad and we’ll see what the manager will do.”

Sir Alex Ferguson has defended Obertan’s miss and reckons the Frenchman settled well in to the team.

“Gabriel was a bit nervous when he came on,” said Ferguson. “It was only his second game in seven months, so you have to put it in perspective. But then he settled down and did well. He is not happy with himself and that is a good thing.”

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  1. jesse says:

    Gabriel is just fantastic infact i’ve given him the name RONALDO SUPERIOR because from his start he shows what ronaldo did not.

  2. mara says:

    poor Nani, he was happy when Ronaldo leave, cause he can finally play, and now Obertan will take his place :)

  3. mara says:

    And about Nani, if Barca was asking for him, it means that he is good. Maybe the sistem, league, or something else..he just didn t settle down. There is small number of players that can play every sistem, every league, every role in the squad etc. Take for example, Rivaldo. In Barca he played great, but in Milan nothing. Schevchenko played great in Milan, but in Chelsea nothing. Also Veron in ManUnited…there is bunch of world class players that just didnt settle down…
    Hasselbank was good…

  4. JackenDasGrock says:

    Dont remember valencia taking a defender on at all. consistancly passin back to o’shea or carrick… never said nani was better than him though… i think you misunderstood what i was sayin. Also i didnt say that nani played amazingly well, but did he played better than valencia and obertan, although his final delivery lacked a bit. I just think everyone is far to harsh on nani. he is the only player who absolutely has to have an amazing game everymatch to have any chance of avoiding being slated. where as obertan, who it was obvious felt the extreme pressure of expectation everytime he touched the ball as i’d think anyone would, is being credited because he ‘showed good pace’. just take into consideration nani’s first few games at utd before you start labeling him the next zizou or the next henry and whateva else hes been labelled. nani was the new ronaldo remember..

  5. JackenDasGrock says:

    “jesse Said,November 2nd, 2009 @21:54 Gabriel is just fantastic infact i’ve given him the name RONALDO SUPERIOR because from his start he shows what ronaldo did not.”

    No offence, but thats just madness

  6. Carrick's Fuckin Magic....4-3 mate says:

    lol is jesse mad???
    did he see what ronnie did to bolton on his debut???


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