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Robson Didn’t Cry… But Who Does?

“Some players even cry now in the dressing room – Bryan Robson never used to cry.”

Sir Alex Ferguson doesn’t appeared to be too impressed with the softer nature to football players these days, but who do you think he could be talking about? Whilst we obviously know that Cristiano Ronaldo is a crier, who do you think sheds a tear in the dressing room after games?

Patrice Evra certainly wears his heart on his sleeve despite not showing tears on the pitch. He managed to keep his emotions in check whilst in public at the World Cup, but could he show his sensitive side in private?

Did Darren Fletcher have a little cry following his unjust red card against Arsenal which saw him miss the European Cup final?

Nani is often compared with Cristiano Ronaldo. Is hard to believe that Nani might enjoy a bit of a cry during the good/bad times like Ronnie?

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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. King Eric says:

    Zelh – No mate, wasn’t meaning that.

  2. King Eric says:

    Lindergaard WILL NOT be back up for De Gea. He is a top keeper in his own right. I may of course be wrong.

  3. Zelh says:

    He’s good, but dunno if he’s good enough for Manchester United.
    Don’t want the same again after Schmeichel left and we won’t find the saviour in Denmark everytime.

  4. willierednut says:

    I haven’t seen Lindergaard, so I can’t really comment on him. I’d also be surprised if we signed 2 keepers, but with SAF, you never know. Or to quote Ronaldo, only god knows.

  5. Zelh says:

    willierednut – I saw him once against Portugal. I was really surprised by his performance, although he was condecing 3 goals. Imo he’s better than Kus but far far away from being a top class goalkeeper.

  6. Aig alex is god says:

    Why the fuck are we going for Lindegaard? He is very average.

  7. Zelh says:

    Aig – At least we’ll need two new gk’s. I think Kus will leave, because he won’t be No. 1

  8. Ash says:

    @king eric
    I also think the same.Lindergaard will not be a back up keeper.I wont mind him being our number 1.But we should be patient with lindergaard.He may not produce a magical performance immediately but will take some tome so thats why i would like him to join this january so that he can play some games then be our number 1 from next season onwards.Cant see both de gae and lindergaard coming.

  9. Aig alex is god says:

    Lindegaard is good at shot stopping, average at coming for crosses and poor at decision making. Saw him a few times. Far from impressive and certainly not the man to replace VDS

  10. NorwegianDevil says:

    @willierednut and Zelh:

    As I am from Aalesund I have watched him quite a bit and I can say that Lindegard is good enough if you look at ability alone.
    The thing I’m unsure about Lindegaard is if he’s mentally ready to make the step up.
    Can he handle beeing idle for 90% and still be on his toes when the opponent gets that one chance that can turn a win into a draw?

    We all know that Foster for instance didn’t have the mental abillity to do that. I hope that Lindegaard is not the same.

  11. Zelh says:

    I think there will be another gk in summer.
    Neuer for example has one year left in summer.
    Stekeelenburg could also be a realistic target.

    Then they have to fight it out.

  12. willierednut says:

    AIG – A tad harsh, lets wait and see if he actually signs first.

  13. Tony Starks says:

    @AIG… when did you become a goalkeeping scout mate?

  14. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Links to the Dane would put a lie to Fergies statements that they would do nothing in the transfer window. But Anders seems like he would be an excellent backup for the last year/ of the VDSaar era. 6’4″ and about 28years. He will be the next Danish #1 and he seems a very solid prospect. Still very young for a keeper, no real international experience to speak of, but we will see.
    Bet any link to deGae or another top keeper will wait until summer. But deGae only plays in the Europa league, so may not be cup tied for us as some have proposed. Still could happen in the summer. As I have said before, you don’t expect Spains #2 goalie to be playing outside spain, that lot is very nationalistic and have the $ to back it up. Also, the player himself has never bigged up United and the links with Barca seem more likely to me. I feel he will be pining for home before he is 26. Still a huge talent and just shy of 6’4″ himself. If he comes for on 15M, that would be some business. Great if he comes, but . . . more questions than answers if he does.

  15. Aig alex is god says:

    Tony Starks

    got info from a Norweigean friend who sees him week in week out.

  16. willierednut says:

    NorwegianDevil – Cheers pal. Like I said, don’t know much about the lad, but I’m sure he must have something about him, for United to be interested.

  17. Zelh says:

    NorwegianDevil – That what I’m concerned about. I was really impressed by his performance against Portugal, but he wasn’t idle for a long period of time.
    Besides the metality problem, right now he won’t be idle for 90% of a game ;)

  18. NorwegianDevil says:

    @AIG alex is god:

    I think your opinion of Lindegaard is very harsh. imo he’s that best GK in the norwegian league by far, and as I am from Aalesund myself I’ve seen him play a lot and as I’m a GK myself I think that I have an advantage when it comes to judging other GK’s as well.

    I would say that he dosen’t really have a weak spot, he’s good at everything he does, but he is a great shot stopper. He’s not like Given for instance that will stay on his line almost no matter what. And as one that has watched a lot of Aalesunds games over the last 4-5 years I can’t really remember him making many errors while collecting crosses/corners.

    Is I said earlier. I’ve no doubt that his abillities are good enough, but I do have my concerns whether he is mentally tough enough to succed with us. Mostly because he’s never been in that position before and therefor has never proven his mental abillity.

  19. Tony Starks says:

    Aig – But others in the same region said he has all the attributes and a good signing, and United have had him watched quite a bit, so let’s wait and see – besides he might only be a no.2 or a no. 1.5 if the De Gea stories turn out to be true

  20. Sanj says:


    Being good at shot stopping is what matters, decision making and coming for crosses can be remedied by proper coaching quite easily. Also, those traits come with experience.

  21. bigphil2003 says:

    Sanj – Tell that to Ben Foster

  22. Aig alex is god says:


    since it appears that we are almost certain to sign him,i hope your assesment is right and he turns out to be a good signing.

  23. Aig alex is god says:


    i am afraid i would rather have a complete Package. That reminds me of Foster

  24. willierednut says:

    Foster wasn’t a bad keeper, he just couldn’t handle the expectation at United.

  25. Joel says:

    Foster had the ability, but he seemingly lacked the mental toughness required to be successful at United.

  26. Sanj says:

    haha, Foster is just a bungler, you’re right… Hopefully we don’t get Foster 2.0.

  27. CedarsDevil says:

    Shankhill Skinhead & King Eric

    I was at the match v Barca that night that Robbo destroyed them. Barca had Maradona in their team and we were trailing 2 – 0 from the first leg (Cup Winners Cup). Robbo netted twice with Stapleton getting the other… One of the best nights of my life, the atmosphere was beyond description…


  28. King Eric says:

    Well it appears some know better than Eric Steele.

  29. King Eric says:

    Cedars – You lucky lucky man. People say THAT night was THE best atmosphere ever seen and heard at OT!

  30. King Eric says:

    Hey up there Sanj. How is it going pal? Long time no speak.

  31. Onside says:

    Does Lindegaard cry?

  32. Dave Malaysia says:

    This goalkeeper situation ; as i commented before , the rebuilding of our goalkeeping dept is now in stage 3.

    stage 1: hiring Eric Steele the goalkeeping guru.He had the challenge to quickly adjust to this challenging role,improve itthe dept and prepare for the VDS retirement.

    stage 2: The reorganization done and dusted. foster,tom heaton ,ron zeiler have moved on.we now have VDS,Kuszak as senior keepers, with Amos,Connor,Johnston,Coll,Liam as youth keepers.

    stage 3: We will soon know as VDS likes to make his decisions around Christmas/New Year,one more year or retire this season.Kuzsak has said few times he wont be number 2,he wants number 1 and wil move,January or maybe summer. So that means we need 2 senior keepers and looks like we found out at least 1 is Anders.Also if Fergie gets his wish for VDS to continue with us as coach.

    Interesting times. By the way,Gea fits everything Fergie has said he is looking for in the youth intense times we are in. Young,affordable,exceptional to world class,and will learn the Manutd way .20years young as Javier and few others, brilliant.

  33. bchilds says:


    Hernandez is a good shout, definitely a crier!

  34. bchilds says:

    @Dave Malaysia

    I don’t disagree with stages 1 and 2 but do you think De Gea is ‘affordable’? Personally I think he’ll cost a lot more than we will be willing to spend on a potential number 2.

    I would be happy to have an outright number one, say Lindegaard, and have Ben Amos as his deputy.

  35. portugueseprincess says:

    I know 110% that it is Nani.Poor baby :)

  36. Dave Malaysia says:

    @bchilds ; If we want him ,we will get him ,it will less than people think,he has been on record of not moving to wigan ,cos he wants to come to us. If Fergie decides its this kid,then it will happen,just not sure about being cup tied in europe in january,summer perhaps.

    stage 1 and 2 has happened if u look closely at how things shaped up with eric.
    Now we will see the final shape of the team for years to come,if the signings work.

  37. LoveUnited4000 says:

    sorry to go off topic here guys but according to the danish club Aalesunds website, we have signed their goalkeeper lindegaard.

  38. MG says:

    I haven’t read through the posts but after the CL final Rio Giggsy were in tears

    It meant a lot especially as I believe that Rio captained this team the way it should be captained – much like Vidic now.

    I think it’s both sad and frustrating that we never turned up against Barcelona the year after – had we had fought that that final and lost it would have been a very proud thing nevertheless

    But to have lost like that when a year before we beat them was hard to take – and what makes it harder is that the first 10 minutes of that final we should have been out of reach of them anyway.


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