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May: Being At United Improves You

David May has sung the praises of Manchester United youngster, Chris Smalling, claiming he’s getting better all the time.

“He’s done really well, he’s been fantastic,” said May. “He’s only 21 and to go from non-league to Manchester United and the England squad is fantastic. He’s 6ft 3ins, he’s got pace and he’s getting better on the ball. At United it improves you. It’s not a question of whether you can play football, you have to play football. It’s all about confidence in the people around you. When you’ve got the quality of players around you like you have at United, you know you can pass it to them. If you take Vidic and Ferdinand out then you’ve got two fantastic centre halves in Jonny Evans and Smalling to fill in. They have the potential to be the future. Potential is a big word with footballers, it’s whether they step up to the mark.”

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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. CedarsDevil says:

    Always liked David May, great bloke and will never forget his celebrations when we won the CL in 99…
    As for Smalling, I agree, he seems to be getting better and better, I am sure he will get a game tonight

  2. kanchelskis says:

    Tonight’s line-up, anyone?



    Gibson (is he fit?)


    Not sure about the other CM. I fully believe we should stick with Ando and Carrick on Saturday – when they click they’re our most complete midfield partnership. But it seems silly to play either Scholes or Fletch in a match like this.

    What do you think?

  3. CedarsDevil says:

    I hope Ando plays, he needs games under his belt, the rest of your team seems very likely, not sure about Gibbo either…. I am sure that Sir Alex will have some experience on the bench though, just in case

  4. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    I can see that team being put out but I think Fergie will play

    Kuscasck, O’Shea Smalling Evans Fabio Bebe Gibson Anderson Obertan Macheda Hernandez, Subs: Amos, Rooney, Brown, C Evans, Nani, Morrison Gill

  5. five says:

    Always look forward to cup ties especially in a location thats bound to be intense…Upton Park. I think the fact that Kuszack is on his way out would mean Amos gets to play but I cant help but feel Fergie will milk everything he can out of what seems to be VDS”s last season so he starts. Giggs may start due to a lack of match fitness

    Van Der Sar
    Fabio Smalling Evans O’Shea
    Giggs Anderson Carrick Obertan
    Macheda Hernandez

    Subs: Amos,Brown,G.Neville,Gibson,Rooney,Morrison,Giggs

  6. Chep says:

    Smalling has been impressive so far, indeed. but I have concerns about Johnny. he goes from bad to worse

  7. CedarsDevil says:


    So you have Giggs starting and at the same time on the bench? lol

  8. wayne says:

    not telling us anything new we all know smalling is getting better and playing for utd normally makes players better.must be a slow newsday

  9. Hammertime says:

    Whatever team you put out tonight you will beat us as Kovac and Boa Morte wil play and they are awful to say the least. Up the hammers

  10. chicharito14 says:

    @five fletcher didnt play on saturday so it is very likely he will feature and vds is probaly not going to play.

  11. catotraa says:

    on Tonight’s line-up, anyone?



    Gibson if fit


    Agreed on Anderson/Carrick, altough Ando will benefit from more games, they should be played together after seeing that game against B’burn. They fulfill each other so well. Anderson driving midfield forward, playing short passes, and Carrick, staying put some way back Ando, and spreading the long passes. And both have the physical capasity to win the ball back.

  12. user404 says:

    off topic, just something id like to get off my chest. (and get some opinions)

    i was out w the boys last weekend and inevitably, we got talking abt football. and this plastic of all plastic United fan mentioned we need to sign Benzema. we slagged him off and he shut it after.

    however, my question is this: this benzema(&dzeko) thing is not just contained to my friend alone. various forums and many lesser RoM commenters have also thrown his name about whenever there is a striking debate going on. to me, he has not impressed at champs league, Real or at international level, so why are there people who keeps going on and on that he’s the best thing since sliced bread? i really dont understand this.

  13. United Nights says:

    Tickets on sale for the next United Nights fan night on Sat 11th Deecmeber at the Walkabout bar in Manchester.
    The night will be hosted by David May and Pete Boyle.
    To date we have confirmed Quinton Fortune and Wilf McGuiness as the ex players.
    More to be announced soon.
    We hope to have a special band playing live on the night.
    Tickets are £20 and include a buffet, United raffle and discount at the bar.
    Charoty auction to take place on the night of United items and a special Ian Brown signed canvass picture.

  14. RedMancundonian says:

    I feel the same as you do for Benzema, he is quite the lesser footballer when compared with Hernandez, and in my opinion, Owen, still. We don’t need none of them, and even if we need a striker, that’s Welbeck.

  15. wayne says:

    @user404 sir alex has followed him since he was a teenager and before moving to real benzema showed promise alot of players seem to struggle at madrid, if real hadn’t outbid us he would be a utd player.still think if he becomes available for a discount price utd will move for him

  16. bigphil2003 says:

    @user404 – Benzema played well against us three seasons ago and scored a nice goal – I think that’s it pretty much.

    Off topic, I really hope that Nani was watching Pedro’s goal against Madrid last night – he could learn a lot from that. (Nani > Pedro, before I get accused of being an idiot)

  17. Utd4life says:

    Off Topic: Its going to be tough to predict the lineup for today’s match but i think SAF will field a strong team considering its at Upton Park against a team which has nothing to lose so my lineup for today would be:





  18. Danillaco says:

    Gimme Eikrem!!! If there’s a match for him, is today, cup tie against the Hammers.

  19. user404 says:

    wayne, i think sir and the scouting team probably follows quite alot of people, not just benzema.

    i’ve really never seen much from him personally. there’s probably quite a number of stikers that are better than him i feel. benzema is certainly not fit to polish either rooney or berba’s boots!

  20. wayne says:

    @user404 sir alex has already tried to sign him twice and when he came onto the scene in 07 he was only 19 and scored 31 goals,i agree hes not as good as rooney or berba and his form at madrid has been very poor all i’m saying the reason we always get linked with him is because sir alex really likes him.

  21. peak says:

    i think a strong team will play, but not eddy. Can see berbatov and rooney playing this one. Wazza needs games and you don’t drop berbs after the weekend, he did so after the liverpool match and his form suffered for it. Anderson was class on saturday and think he’ll start again due not having played much and to keep his form ticking over

    o shea, smalling, evans, fabio
    obertan, anderson, gibson, giggs
    rooney, berbatov

  22. peak says:

    about benzema, never been a fan plus he’s got those child prostitution charges hanging over him with ribery. With all the fuss over rooney don’t think we’d waste our time with him anymore. hernandez has the potential to be a 20-30 goals a season forward so signing another forward is last on the agenda unless we sell first

  23. Costas says:

    He’s got more medals than Shearer…

    As for the team tonight, my predicted line up:

    Kuszczak – Brown, Smalling, Evans, Fabio – Obertan, Fletcher, Anderson, Giggs – Chicha, Macheda.

    We are reaching the point where a loss will hurt a lot due to our undefeated run. If we don’t lose in the next 6, we will set a new record under SAF.

  24. Jeet says:

    @Costas: I was thinking of the same line-up…telepathy? Or that’s more in the MG-RedGem line LOL

  25. King Eric says:

    Costas – Hello mate. How is the weather in Greece ? Hope you are well. I agree with your team but I have a sneaky feeling Amos will get the nod.

    Off topic . Anyone hear Norman on Paddy show last night? Comedy gold? “The wetherby hillbilly” Superb.

  26. Costas says:


    Nah, I think that the MG-RedGem stuff is on a whole different level, lol. I don’t particulary to care to win the league cup again, but I’d hate if the streak was broken tonight.

    @KIng Eric

    Hi mate. I am good, thanks. Hope you are well too. I didn’t want to flaunt our weather over here, but it’s still quite warm here. People still walk around with t-shirts during the day. Winter probably got lost on its way to Greece, lol.

  27. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    Has anyone any idea who David Mays hero is??????????

  28. FletchTHEMAN says:

    @King Eric, So tell us about the show then.

  29. denton davey says:

    peak/Costas – I agree that it would be a good thing for SAF to give Anderson another start – even if he is limited to sixty minutes in anticipation of Saturday. The guy needs playing time – and lots of it. In that regard, I think that WayneRooney is another one who is likely to be starting tonight because he also needs playing time – and lots of it. But “predicting” the team sheet is sheer folly – it “almost” seems that SAF chops-and-changes just to play with our (supposed) minds.

    Somewhat off-topic: I was somewhat surprised that Jose Mourinho was so honest and so very “gracious” in defeat. He will probably use that total humiliation to provoke his own players – “see, that’s the level you guys have to reach if you want to be champions”.

  30. willierednut says:

    Thanks David for telling us something we already know.

  31. Xyth says:

    “Yaya Toure’s on about £200,000 a week. He couldn’t lace Scholes’ boots.” – I though this was a much better quote from May!!!!

  32. King Eric says:

    Fletch – There is this idiot “John from Wetherby” which incidentally is 3 miles from me who phones the show every week to moan. He suggested a while back we should buy Nolan. Anyway Norman is an old man who has followed United since the 50′s attends training and knows Fergie and the players inside out. Well he called Paddy last night saying where is that “Wetherby hillbilly, he is probably a Leeds Fan and never even seen United play, his best comment was a few weeks back when he said sell Rooney and get Carew” Excellent.

  33. King Eric says:

    Costas – You lucky man. Its awful over here mate.

  34. willierednut says:

    Xyth – There’s not many CM anywhere that could lace Scholesy boots, never mind Bore bore Toure.


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