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39 Comments

  1. james says:

    1st

  2. Ulster Red says:

    im 10th on the list yeooo gonna have to deposit more funds

  3. red devil says:

    gents Question for you? who are the only pair of brothers, to face each other in a manchester derby. any ideas.

  4. FletchTHEMAN says:

    How many were there at Selhurst park when our Captain was sent off? Giles was one, who else?

    Mathew Simmons was the skin head who taunted our hero as he walked down the entire length of the sideline. Looks like he is still being a pest at matches. Now at his kids games!!!!
    http://www.metro.co.uk/news/855134-man-kicked-by-eric-cantona-denies-football-pitch-fight

  5. aliasrns5 says:

    hey scott when you gonna start winding up shitty and them idiot fans…. come on united… cant wait….

  6. FletchTHEMAN says:

    ScotttheRed,
    Maybe we could have a discussion of the recent report from Deloitte on Unites financial picture.
    Seems like the company is still raking it in, but the TV contract might need rethinking.

    http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_GB/uk/industries/sportsbusinessgroup/sports/football/deloitte-football-money-league-2011/5596840c99e9d210VgnVCM2000001b56f00aRCRD.htm

    Prem has 7 in the top earners!
    But United retain 3rd place behind Virus and Barca due to ownership of TV rights.

  7. Ian says:

    i know its off topic, but its really pleasing to see scholes as well as past man utd players being recognised by another top, top player.

    Paul Scholes receives special praise: ‘In the last 15 to 20 years the best central midfielder that I have seen — the most complete — is Scholes. I have spoken with Xabi Alonso about this many times. Scholes is a spectacular player who has everything.
    ‘He can play the final pass, he can score, he is strong, he never gets knocked off the ball and he doesn’t give possession away. If he had been Spanish then maybe he would have been valued more.’
    ‘Rooney, Scholes, Cesc (Fabregas), Nasri and Giggs,’ he says, adding: ‘I was also a big fan of John Barnes, Chris Waddle and Matt Le Tissier. And although it is a different style, I liked the Paul Ince and Roy Keane partnership Manchester United had. They would have been my team had I moved to England.’

    -Xavi

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1355726/Xavi-Scholes-best-midfield-player-20-years.html

  8. Jeet says:

    If rooney scores an injury time winner tomorrow, would you forgive him???

  9. ancha says:

    @jeet

    The thing with rooney is that he used to have this icon status where many of us thought him to be a successor to giggsy,scholesy,gnev in taking the responsibility , which in turn made many of us ignore most of his bad run everytime and support him because of that icon status
    Now after what happened he turned out to be any other player at united albeit with world class talent and people started to take notice of how bad he can be
    As before now he is not able to getaway with such a form and that won’t change.now, if he scores a last min winner like Owen did last year he will be appreciated or if he doesn’t perform well he can’t getaway with that as it used to be before this season

  10. ancha says:

    To simple put.Rooney is no special to me he is as good as.his play on the pitch, and I don’t see the name.on the back of our jersey before supporting players I will only see the MUFC
    badge on the chest

  11. Jeet says:

    ancha – yes, agree with you about us ignoring rooney’s faults. Ive got a confession to make – I’ve always throught rooney to be overhyped by the british media. Not unlike, say, the way Bale is being overhyped. Top player, no doubt, but white pele? To be honest, I never thought so.

  12. ancha says:

    To rephrase my prev post

    ” support the badge and the shirt before going for names”

  13. ancha says:

    It.looks like we have signed certain Belgian Beckham from anderlecht on a four year contract with 120k per year and expected.to make rapid strides

    Any further info about this lad?

  14. Jeet says:

    Ancha – here is the link. Kid called Adnan Januzaj. It’s on doubtful souirces like Mirror and tribalfootball, and frankly, I dont believe it for a moment.

    http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Manchester-United-transfer-news-United-snapping-up-Belgian-teen-sensation-dubbed-the-new-David-Beckham-winger-Adnan-Januzaj-article694907.html

  15. mattbw7 says:

    The biggest derby in years in terms of the title and barely anything in terms of blogs, come on chaps

  16. ancha says:

    @mattbw7

    Here is one for you and for all on Derby eve, nice read on our noisy neighbours
    http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2896/premier-league/2011/02/11/2346551/everything-city-do-united-do-better-lifting-the-lid-on-the

  17. mattbw7 says:

    Cheers Ancha, a good read but I did mean on here.

  18. Costas says:

    According to reports, Fletch could miss the derby due the eye injury he sustained against Villa and an aggravated ankle problem that forced him to miss the Scotland friendly this week. I hope he is ready for it since on his day, he can help us win the midfield battle tomorrow. The eye thing sounds a bit weird. I hope it’s not another case of blurred vision.

  19. Jeet says:

    I wouldnt be too worried about Fletch, TBH, if Ando/Carrick/Scholes are on song. And if Park is back, he could play the Fletch role as well.

  20. kanchelskis says:

    Lads, seen this?

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/manchester-city/8317283/Manchester-City-order-closure-of-groundsmans-Facebook-site-after-attack-on-Manchester-United-on-eve-of-derby.html

    Some no-mark cunt City groundsman posts foul and abusive material about United on his facebook page.

    What do the club do?… Tell him to shut the page.

    Pathetic. If that was Utd, I’m willing to bet he’d be sacked, or at least suspended from duty. But then I doubt a Utd groundsman would be classless enough to do that kind of stupid shit in the first place.

  21. sir ryan giggs says:

    off topic

    xavi jst metioned he’d love rooney at barca and that scholes has been the best central mid for the last 20years. Cool, so i hope they can do something tomorrow especially the overpaid no.10

  22. aig alex is god says:

    Rio and Evans out of the derby. Chicho hasnt returned yet. Wont be a part of the squad

  23. Costas says:

    Here are the main points from Sir Alex’s press conference:

    “Rio Ferdinand is out for a couple of weeks with a calf injury and Jonny Evans got injured training with Northern Ireland, so Chris Smalling will play. I’m sure he’ll do well.

    “Chicharito returns at lunchtime today after being in the States with Mexico.

    “It’s a derby game and an important game in the championship race, for both teams, so it will make for an interesting match.

    “We made mistakes in the 4-3 last season, and so did they. Our home form’s been outstanding this season and we hope that continues tomorrow. We go into the game with confidence because of our home form.

    “[After losing from Wolves] our focus shifts from the unbeaten run to winning the league, which is always the name of our game.”

  24. Costas says:

    So Rio will miss the Marseille away game. That’s a real worry. And yeah, we do have Smalling, but if he proves to be unready for the big tests that lie ahead, there’s always Wes Brown you know…I’d prefer to see him partner Vida more than O’Shea or Carrick.

    Chicharito is a blow for tomorrow in case we need a goal late in the game. Hopefully we won’t. At least we have Mikey Owen.

    No mention of Fletch, so I take it that he is ok.

  25. Mickjk says:

    So they glazers reign looks to be over!!!!

  26. kanchelskis says:

    Big test for Smalling tomorrow. At least we know with 100% certainty that City will be lining up in their usual 4-5-1, so there’ll only be the one central striker to occupy the CBs. We all know who that will be, and I’m sure Vidic will be on troll duty tomorrow, which hopefully will take the pressure off Smalling a bit.

    So, I’m guessing at

    VDS

    Rafael
    Rio
    Smalling
    Evra

    Park
    Fletcher
    Carrick
    Nani

    Rooney
    Berba

    Thoughts?

  27. Costas says:

    My predicted line up would be like this:

    VDS – Rafael, Vidic, Smalling, Evra – Nani, Anderson, Fletcher, Park – Rooney, Berbatov

    If Fergie wants to include Carrick to offer the back 4 more protection, Fletch could play on right wing with Nani on the left and Park on the bench.

  28. kanchelskis says:

    Costas

    Anderson/Fletcher?

    Not sure Fergie often pairs them as a midfield duo. It tends to be Ando/Carrick, Fletcher/Carrick, or anyone/Scholes.

    Still, you never can second guess our central midfield these days, so who knows?!

    You confident for tomorrow?

  29. Costas says:

    @kanchelskis

    I actually want to seem them together for once. I don’t recall them having a bad game as a partnership. They played together in the 4-3 win last season and I wouldnt say it was their fault that we conceded 3 goals. But yeah, who knows? Can’t imagine Fergie not starting either Carrick or Scholes to be honest.

    Not too confident about tomorrow due to Rio’s absence and 1-2 players playing international games this week. But then again, I am alwats pessimistic about our games. On our day, and with out OT form, we should beat them. What about you?

  30. shubhangmanred says:

    Hell!!!! Gambling not allowed in my country!!!

  31. RedFilip says:

    http://www.goal.com/en/news/9/england/2011/02/11/2347624/manchester-united-takeover-by-qatar-royal-family-nearing

    Don’t know if this is true, but if it turns out to be a real deal, I’ll be left with the moral dilemma:

    - More then happy to see the Glazers out , long has been the time that the blood of our vclub has been sucked out for personal reasons ( see Vardar FK in Macedonia ). Nothing against the Jewish people, I’m part Jewish myself by my paternal grandmother.

    - But I would hate to see our club turning into what Chavski, Shitty, and Looserpool lately, we are a family club where local lads and brothers(twins included) get the chance to be the greatest, to play for the club that they have always supported with the Red blood running through their veins, and my fear is that by being bought by an insanely rich billionaires that will change, maybe not until Fergie is in charge, but after it the change seems possible.

  32. kanchelskis says:

    Costas

    I really don’t know. Like Fergie says, our home form has been outstanding this season – only dropped 2 points there if I remember correctly, and that was freakishly to WBA.

    On that basis, we should be confident, but the loss of Rio is a big one (although he had a ‘mare in this fixture last season).

    Basically, it depends on our big game players having big games. If Rooney, Berbatov and Nani play to the best of their abilities, we should win.

  33. Sir Ryan Giggs says:

    @ kanchelskis: mate I read that article. City are fuckin twats with no class. Imagine one of our groundsmen doin something like that after Sir Alex told everyone not to. Jesus if Fergie said no, no one in our club would ever do that. Just shows what a small club city are. Lets beat them saturday and strengthen our position at the top. COME ON YOU REDS!!

  34. Dave Malaysia says:

    Say what league is this? lol why wud anyone call it the pickers? pick what duh?

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