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Jones: We Thrive On Pressure At This Massive Club

Ahead of tomorrow night’s crucial game against Basel, Phil Jones has claimed the pressure on them to win and qualify will have a positive impact on them.

“It (pressure) does bring the best out of me,” said Jones. “As a group of players we thrive on it. Pressure comes with every game. We are at a massive club so we are used to it. Tomorrow is no different. We have prepared right and hopefully we will get the three points.”

The manager has echoed these sentiments, claiming we have enough experience in the squad to deal with the game.

“The pressure won’t affect us,” said Ferguson. “Look at the number of big games these players play in. Every year for the last few years they have been involved in finals and semi-finals and quarter-finals and big games in the Premier League. Tomorrow is exactly the same situation. It is another big game, but we have a strong squad and that squad will see us through without question.”

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  1. chica chica says:

    Well, Big Phil has got his own goal and also a proper goal. Time for his first hattrick tonight hopefully.
    Go Phil Go !!!

  2. Captain Park says:

    Absolutely, absolutely son! And listen to the advice from a star United developed, Ronaldo, ‘Work hard, be professional, respect your coach, your team-mates and respect your opponent.’ You and the other young lads in the team have everything at your feet, just follow the right advice and do the right thing for us to make us proud of you lads.

  3. utd_fc says:

    umm off topic guys but i just saw this link and it’s pretty disturbing news related to Pogba, was wondering if any of the more senior bloggers here know the real truth rather than tabloid bullshit

  4. smartalex says:

    Happy match day, Redfellows!

  5. smartalex says:

    ‘Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas took aim at Manchester United legend Gary Neville after their Champions League win over Valencia.

    The Portuguese manager believes the column inches dedicated to Chelsea is part of a wider “persecution” and called it “out of this world”.

    Asked whether he detected anger among players, Villas-Boas retorted: “No, I just think the reaction has been over the top. We don’t get a fair margin from you guys. That’s not the same as with us. I will never criticise your editorial choices, but it is the reality. People take perspectives that are out of this world, from criticising our players to criticising choices.”

    “We see a Manchester United defender (Gary Neville) today say in the preparations for the game and says things like ‘I don’t want to be one of the Chelsea players today’, ‘I couldn’t play this game’ and ‘It is a difficult game for them’.

    “This is out of this world for me, I don’t believe this. It continues the persecution of Chelsea, continues aggression to one club. We have become your target, we have to accept it. Tomorrow, it’s unfortunate for you guys because you’ll have to report on a brilliant win for Chelsea and finishing first. Tomorrow is difficult for you guys. I’ll never pick a fight with you guys.”

    What a a soft-cock! Whining little twat isn’t half the football man that Gary is.
    This idiot is a liability to Chelsea and football in general.

  6. rohan19 says:

    if pogba goes i sure hope tunnicliffe gets called back..

  7. Sandeep1878 says:

    Good morning Red Devils around the world,

    massive massive game..

    well said Jonesy,

    we will restore our grip and pride..

    Lets get ready for a great game..

    Manchester United

  8. Sandeep1878 says:


    That is fucking over acting by AVB..

    media targetting chelsea? for god sake since when did it start? :)

    Cry babies..

  9. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    Good Morning ROM!

    @Fred, LOL! You know how my mind works alright! So many fucking cliches. :lol:

    Guess King Eric was right about that whiny little bitch AVB. He looks like a fucking girl whining like that. Oh, look at the media, they always pick on us. What the fuck? Seriously, this is why you don’t allow kids who play Football Manager to manage Premier League clubs. I would venture a guess that people like our very own StatesideAussie and Giles Oakley know more about English football than this little brat.

    @King Eric, Haven’t really seen Tunni play, but I absolutely love following the lad on Twitter. Easily one of the brighter spots amongst the youngsters coming through. You know that he is a proper Mancunian lad and some of his tweets before and after our games are great to read through. I trust you when you say he is a right fucking player which truly does mean we’ve got a future United great to look forward too.

  10. Jeet says:

    Good morning, all you Reds! Today is the day when we march out and play like true devils! I start the days proceedings with my predicted line-up:
    Smalling Rio Vida Evra
    Jones Fletcher
    Nani Giggs Park

    What do you think?

  11. scimitarherbatov says:

    just read in the paper ronnie wallwork has been jailed for 15 mths for sellin stolen car parts

  12. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    The above is a brilliant article on Socrates – albeit on a Cricket site – and the joy of entertainment as opposed to winning. The subject is close to home for us United fans who always value “entertainment” and “winning” as opposed to just the latter.

    @Jeet, That sounds about right. Especially without Carrick, I can certainly see Park starting to provide cover as he usually does. On the other hand, we might also see the formation we had against Villa after Chicha got injured, with Nani playing up front and Rooney playing in the MF role. That would allow us to play Valencia on the right – more defensive cover – and Park on the left. Giggs, I am not too sure about. As someone mentioned here a few weeks back, nowadays he seems to be perfect when brought on in the second half. The team would probably need a strong head to calm everyone down and lead United to victory and who better than Giggs. His recent apperances have also suggested this trend, so I guess we might see Giggs being used like that more often.

  13. Sandeep1878 says:

    Good afternoon Jeet,

    I would go with your line up but i would leave Fletch in the position where Carrick plays and then partner Jonesy with Giggsy, Park and nani on wings..

  14. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    Interesting article by Paul Hayward in The Telegraph. Though a bit haphazard and not having a proper point to make, it makes nice points on our dark days after Benfica in 2005 and our powers of recovery.

    Why is ROM so quiet all of a sudden?

  15. 68Devils says:

    With Basel at home and needing a win they will be much more offensive than they were at OT and with Shaqiri back in the team it just lends credence to this fact. With our limited choice for strikers playing a 4-2-3-1 formattion can give us solidity in defense,take control of midfield and use the speed of our wingers down the flanks.Hope we put our experience to good effect and get us through with patience and composure.. Just my thoughts.

  16. Sandeep1878 says:


    slow day in ROm,

    its all the more the evident that ROMmers are getting ready for this big game :)

    How are you my friend?

  17. RedBlizzard says:

    all i want to see is Jones, Valencia, Young, Nani and Rooney on the pitch at the same time. Time for Nani to start playing as a striker upfront

  18. Jeet says:

    For me Park has to play today. Much as I like Young, Park is better suited to Europe IMO and his experience, tirelessness and dynamism will be crucial. And would love to see a fluid front three of Nani, Park and Giggs swapping positions…would be a right handful for any defence…

  19. 68Devils says:

    Hope to see Rooney upfront where he is best at with Giggs off him and Nani and Young on the wings.Nothing againts Park but he’s not the same since CLF 2011 and Valencia been off the mark in recent games.Hope Rooney and Nani gets it right and put us in our rightful place.
    Follow me and Manchester United.

  20. CedarsDevil says:

    Morning all

    Cedars in the house baby and ready to liven things up ahead of tonight

    Come ON UNITED…… A point will do, not asking for much is it

  21. RedBlizzard says:

    This Article gives a pretty good number of possible lineups, the one that comes closest to my Jones-Nani-Young-Valencia-Rooney attacking conundrum is the one by GREG STOBART

  22. CedarsDevil says:


    Hi buddy….. Agreed on Park, very suited for big matches where getting your tactics spot on is crucial, I have always said that I believe Park is the best tactically aware player in our squad

  23. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    I miss roundabouts :-(

    Onto the game we’re not going to win the group that’s a dead cert. We lose we deserve to go out and the entire team deserves flack. The defence for the Basle game and forwards for Benfica. So no scapegoating.

    At least this time have a silver lining with Europa. The one trophy we have never won unlike 2005. As for the cliched interviews heard exact spiel in 2005 and look what happened then. Just shut up and go out and win.

    So many absentees that we’re not going to have many orthodox options on the bench. The XI he sends out have to perform tonight. No Welbeck if he isn’t 100% don’t risk him. No need to jeopardise our options throughout the Christmas period. I think we will do it but that doesn’t change the fact that our performances In the CL have been embarassing. Hardly playing against Europes elite.

  24. CedarsDevil says:


    So I take it there are non in Japan? hahahaha

    Agreed with your post my friend

  25. 68Devils says:

    Good luck all

  26. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    @cedars not on main roads only some mini ones on side roads stuck in traffic cos of an accident won’t get home for at least 90mins. Not amused.

  27. james21 says:

    I thought i could smell a Troll Hunter. :) Morning Cedars. :) I’ll settle for a draw although i don’t think the heart can take much more. Rather have a tight 4-0 with a Rooney brace. UTD UTD UTD.

  28. CedarsDevil says:


    Morning pal, ya a ‘tight’ 4 nil would do for me too! haha


    Get nostalgic my friend, that should get you through those dreadful 90 minutes of traffic

  29. CedarsDevil says:

    An interesting insight on terraces in England, a bit too anti Glaziers but still quite informative and debatable of course

  30. CedarsDevil says:

    Just to add to all you K standers out there, the Stretty rules……… Bring it on! hahahaha

  31. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    One things for sure if we get through need to buck up our ideas and stop being so arrogant/complacent in the next round even if we get Nicosia. Based on this season no such thing as an easy/preferable tie. Even though we’re champions it feels like we have something to prove at least that’s how it looks by some players body language

  32. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Tight 4-0. 1 goal in the first half with the other 3 coming in the last 5 minutes. Hopefully no injuries. How many times have we been in a position where we need a result in the last game to qualify?

  33. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Tight 4-0. 1 goal in the first half with the other 3 coming in the last 5 minutes. Hopefully no injuries. How many times have we been in a position where we need a result in the last game to qualify?

  34. CedarsDevil says:


    You pose an interesting question, in fact so interesting you asked it twice! hahaha

    We need our friend Costas on this ASAP

  35. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    By my reckoning think this will be the 7th time. Fuck knows about the 2nd group stage back in the early part of the millenium.

  36. CedarsDevil says:

    Lost count on how many times I have posted this video, never tire of watching it and neither should you….. I was there that night as was my good friend Mike

  37. james21 says:

    The Sretty is our lifeblood but East has a Cedars banner. :)

  38. CedarsDevil says:


    Just hit me where it hurts! hahahahaha Forever grateful pal

  39. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    That’s unfair about stretty Cedars trying to get a ticket there is like golddust. East Stand has some cracking sections and so does one seat in the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand Tier 3.

  40. Julian Joachim says:

    He’s only been here 5 minutes, I don’t think he’s come under real pressure yet to be honest. Just wait till the run in. Tonight won’t be the defining point of the season, I’m pretty sure of that

  41. CedarsDevil says:


    Spot on pal, just trying a bit of fun banter…. Getting into OT is a mere blessing, no matter where you end up…. Just during my days I was a die hard Stretty, all I had to do was make sure I arrived early enough and I am in through the turnstiles

    Great times

  42. james21 says:

    How was your date last night. :D I’m sure East matches the Stretty for noise. :)

  43. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    The only time I’ve done the whole terrace thing was for a Northwich Victoria game in 2005. Would loved to have done it at OT but its never going to happen. The world we grow up in isnt the same as the one you live in as a grown up.

  44. King Eric says:

    Balaji – Hello mate. Oh no doubt about it mate Tunnicliffe is a right player. Came out of nowhere really . Played the season before the youth cup win at full back. then became a midfield beast. Carried the team at times last seaosn. Is hard, fast, good on the ball, pops up in box. Times tackles to perfection. A real little hard case. Even has the Roy Keane skin head. Cannot wait to see him back here. Twice the player of Pogba. Hard as fucking nails. Some can argue that Pogba has been kept here while Tunni gone on loan. Well thats exactly what happened to Cleverley and Wellbeck.

  45. CedarsDevil says:


    Me with a date? I can only wish……… Have an idea what you meant though :-)

  46. james21 says:

    So Soren hasn’t caved in to your charms then Cedars. That RVP pic was harsh, i’ve got photoshop and couldn’t resist. I’ll stick him in a Utd shirt next time to cheer u up. :)

  47. CedarsDevil says:

    Cheers pal, RVP in a United shirt would be a sight for sore eyes indeed! Got us a troll on the new thread by the way

  48. CedarsDevil says:

    Oh and as for soren, she’s playing hard to get, which is understandable of course…. Way out of my league, but I can only try! Not every day that you meet a die hard RED babe from Mexico hahaha


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