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Have A Laugh During United vs Arsenal

Picklive Preview: Man United v Arsenal – Saturday 5:15, ITV 1

This evening’s FA Cup Quarter Final now has extra spice; both on the pitch and on Picklive. Both sides left licking wounds after recent setbacks, not to mention being the latest chance for RoM readers to stake their claim for that £100 prize. Furthermore we will be giving £50 away to one randomly selected player who participates this Saturday.

The reds seemingly inexorable march to the title has wobbled a little of late, whilst Arsenal were taught harsh lessons at the Nou Camp on Wednesday. For that reason both will be desperate to get back on track and win this cup tie, with the sense being that this will be a return to the blood and thunder days of previous Arsenal clashes.

With that in mind here is some sage picking advice from Picklive themselves:

Top United Pick:

Dimatar Berbatov

To beat RoM league player Urchany Reds’ current high score, attacking players are by far the best option. The Bulgarian’s form has dipped a little of late, but when he is hot, then he is really hot. Had United’s game against Blackburn featured on Picklive he would have been the only player ever to score 200 points in a single game. He is a risky pick, but risks need to be taken to bag the three figure prize.

Top Arsenal Pick:

Robin Van Persie

By the same token, you may need to commit the ultimate sin and put faith in an Arsenal player. After his petulant red card prompted Arsenal’s capitulation in the Nou Camp, he will be very keen to atone for his error and put in a big performance tonight. As likely as Berbatov to do something out of the ordinary.

One to Avoid:

Jack Wilshere/Rafael

If the game does degenerate into the kind of battle synonymous with these two team’s clashes of the early noughties, then you want to avoid players likely to lose their call. Ill discipline can be incredibly costly on Picklive with three points lost for a foul, ten for a yellow card and forty for a red. Both of these players are blessed with incredible talent, but their youthful exuberance has got the better of them occasions – and they may be best avoided in the heat of battle.

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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. says:

    Samir Nasri translates in Arabic to “evening companion in victory”…..not tonight I am afraid…..again!

  2. TonyBee says:

    Townsend….who the fuck did he play for…can anybody even remember what sort of a player he was. …total cunt

  3. TonyBee says:


  4. byron1970 says:

    We’ve got to go with Rooney and Hernandez up front from now on. Nothing against Berbatov but the Rooney Hernandez pairing just has more energy and they really do look like they enjoy playing together. Notice how Carrick wasn’t even missed this evening, not that I’m suggest for one second that Gibson or O Shea are the answer but would Carrick really have made that much of a difference this evening, I doubt it. Sorry to be looking at a negative on a great result for us. A victory against Marseille and Bolton will really set us up nicely going into the international break. Scholes you lunatic you are an absolute legend!!!!!!

  5. Costas says:

    Edwin said that he won’t change his mind. Damn. :(

  6. North Stand Tier 2 says:

    Where is that twat gooner who is always on here slating utd now? Probably one of the idiots calling talksport baying for wengers blood…

  7. TonyBee says:

    North Stand….I’ve been waiting for that cunt as well

  8. m-united says:

    anyone know what time is the youth cup game tomorrow?

  9. TonyBee says:


  10. willierednut says:

    I’m surprised the club are trying to change Edwin’s mind. Don’t know what to read into that. Maybe Fergie isn’t convinced by the goal keepers out there ATM?

  11. xol says:

    First Suarez, now Nasri. What is it with over-bites and hair pulling.

  12. willierednut says:

    Or we’re really skint! Joke.

  13. Costas says:

    There’s noone better willie. Not for United anyway.

  14. arijc says:

    Confirmed that Scholes will miss the games against Bolton and West Ham.

  15. denton davey says:

    bchilds – “what a line-up! Even Costas couldn’t have predicted that! ”

    SAF strikes again ! No one – absolutely no one ! – could have predicted that. And, no one – absolutely no one on this blog – would have felt confident with Wesley Brown at right back, John O’Shea and Darron Gibson anchoring midfield. I had a sneaking feeling that one of the twins might get a look-see on the flanks – but both of them, running doen the pitch and not knowing which one’s which ? NEVER.

    This was a huge game for the squad – and Wayne Rooney playing at the back of an attacking diamond in what was an evolution of his game. Now, the team has a couple of days to rest and get themselves primed and pumped for Marseilles.

    SAF’s gamble turned up aces. He’s got a fresh Dimitar Berbatov, SirRyanGiggs, MIchaelCarrick, Paul Scholes, and maybe even Rio (?) – for Tuesday and Saturday. And the confidence must be oozing out of the players, too.

  16. denton davey says:

    AND, how good was Edwin ? What a big-game player !

  17. Mykidscalledcantona says:

    Is he injured!!!way a difference Valencia makes,missed him badly..van der sar ur a legend…oh and does any1 else think that jack wilshere is a fuckin cock..hate him so much

  18. Costas says:

    Thanks arijc. Damn. I thought those bans were in effect until Dec 31. I hope Vida isn’t close to 10 yellow cards.

    You know, it doesn’t make a difference for the Bolton game because Scholes probably wouldn’t have started that, but he would have played against West Ham because it’s right after the international break. So like I said about Vida after Chelsea, it was a stupid card to get. Should have known better.

    Ferguson said he needs players back but didn’t say anything more specific. At least lets have Carrick and Fletch back for Bolton.

  19. denton davey says:

    thedonmassawe @ 18:12: “How excited I am about the future watching the DaSilvas and Hernandez !”

    No more than I am ! Add in Chris Smalling and Nani – both under 24. And let’s not forget Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley. The future looks very, very RED !

  20. 90+Until We Score says:

    You’re forgetting Kiko mate…..

  21. MG says:

    Sell United players and send SAF to a mental institution

    We are finished it’s over – print it to your hearts content fuckers.

  22. arijc says:

    @ Costas
    Scholes will also get a £15 fine…

  23. denton davey says:

    Tony Bee @ 19:50: ” think SAF told the twins to run their hearts out as he was going to bring on slower legs in second half…. SAF > master tactician”

    Spot on. But d’ya think the gaffer believed in his wildest dreams that Fabio would score a goal and Rafael damn-nearly scored another one ?

  24. Mutusamy says:

    Arsenal played badly because of diaby and denilson, one could see the difference after the substitutions but by then it was too late . The da silva twins made their presence felt with their energy and sadly i was glad that carrick didnt featured. It’s almost always frustrating for me to watch him play.

  25. willierednut says:

    Why? Was he parked in the handicap spot?

  26. Costas says:

    No. he just shit on the golden boy, Wilshere.

    15 pounds? Lol! That will hurt his pocket. ;)

  27. denton davey says:

    Zibbie @ 20:12: “Rooney’s future is a Totti like player in a 4-4-1-1?????”

    Nope – he was playing deeper, more like the back-end of an attacking diamond, with a free rein to wander and destroy. Even though he was able to score 34 goals last year as a center forward, I think that this kind of “withdrawn attacking midfielder” in some sort of 4-2-1-2-1 seems to be the way to get the most from WayneBoy.

  28. denton davey says:

    Costas @ 20:24: “Edwin said that he won’t change his mind.”

    Let’s wait until after the season to see if he’s so definite about retiring on top – or squeezing a few more years/medals out of his career. I think that he’ll come back – or else, if he’s absolutely definite about going out on top, then SAF has already secured the services of his successor who won’t be Lindegaard or Kuczszak, for sure.

  29. willierednut says:

    I hope he doesn’t turn out like Totti, vastly over rated.

  30. thedubdemon says:

    denton davey @ 21:10

    i do. fabio ws always considored better of the twins in brazil because he was better going forward. reckon we will be seeing more of him on the wing while evra is at LB. in fact i wouldnt be suprised to see him start there on tuesday what with all the injuries in MF

  31. Corea says:

    Great game. Seriously Arsenal were knackered and out of belief after the Barca game especially having to endure the trip to Spain but our line-up was SOMETHING! Imagine what would have been if Rafa had scored after that Fabio cross.
    So we are there, last 4 of the FA Cup and we must make sure mugs don’t win anything for a couple of decades more before this world goes into zeroes.
    Really strange evening it has to be said but we are there and hope we make it 3 points more against Bolton.
    MOTM Edwin.
    Nice to see us back even though it’s OT still. Goodnight.

  32. wayne says:

    @Mutusamy why don’t you give the carrick bashing a day off mate,he plays an important role in the team otherwise sir alex wouldn’t have extended his contract.utds shape has been out of sorts because of injuries thats not carricks fault.look what a difference getting tony v back made to the shape of the team.before you slag players off should take into consideration all the circumstances.

  33. parryheid says:

    A performance was required today from the pool and didn’t the pool deliver.Top rate stuff well played boys.

  34. wayne says:

    future so bright gotta wear shades

  35. portugueseprincess says:

    Bienvenido de vuelta Valencia. We truly missed you.
    I have to say I never imagined the day when I would miss Rio. Smalling,where have you been all my life? :)
    Really excited about the samba twins.

    Andy fucking cunt Townsend is a fucking cunt. That’s all.

  36. wayne says:

    the princess todo alvorocado

  37. smartalex says:

    Blinded by massive electrical storms, I lost the football, and contact with RoM, as the first team reports came through prior to kick off. Well done United! Thank you RoM for existing, that I am able to relive the match and especially the aftermath.


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