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Scott writes for Bleacher Report about how we may line up against Olympiakos.

Scott writes for The Metro about David Moyes’ comments about the Champions League and Liverpool.

The Busby Babe has a look in detail at Rooney’s impact at United.

The Guardian talks about Olympiakos’ coach.

The Independent discusses what Rooney’s contract means for United.

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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. tallestreD says:

    Scott on the piece on Metro, you do realise Mata is cup tied? And Gerard supposed dive was for the equaliser not the kickstart. I really surprised you made such errors, or was it deliberate?

  2. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    We can’t shy away from the progress we made against Palace. We have to keep attacking. I expect Rooney, VP and Januzaj to start again. I don’t know who will take the last spot. I just hope to God it’s not Young. I can cope with Valencia or Kagawa starting as the third Attacking midfielder but absolutely NOT Young. If only Nani was fit. He’s the only winger weh ave that you can see adapting as an attacking midfielder in a 4-2-3-1. He’s not one-legged and is by far the most unpredictable of all our wingers. He can’t return quickly enough. Gives us another decent option as far as attacking is concerned.

    The DM two will be Fellaini and Carrick again. Hopefully Fellaini can continue his good run of form. Rio’s played pretty well in his two games since his return from injury. I would be open to giving him another start in this one.

  3. wayne barker says:

    That’s quite the rambling article by the Independent,not really saying much and not being realistic.Considering all the new deals Utd have made commercially and with the new shirt deal being close how the fuck does he know the wage structure of the club has been compromised.One thing the Glazers aren’t is stupid,people have been predicting the downfall of Utd since the takeover,now the debt is well below 400mill and although i don’t have exact facts i’m sure revenue has tripled or quadrupled.Since the petro clubs showed up it’s not RIP Man Utd,it’s rip Football as we all have known it.Utd to stay competitive have to fight fire with fire and stop being bullied by these fucking idiotic Oil Barrens

  4. wayne barker says:

    I agree with Scott about the lineup playing Fellaini back to back after such a long layoff is a risk,i’d also think Moyes will be looking at playing Tony V away from home

  5. Fletch™ says:

    Not sure what the point is in the Independent article.

    Lot of hot air and says absolutely nothing new, profound or informative.

    Typical :lol:

  6. tallestreD says:

    That Independent piece was just uninformative. Badly written and thought of. What is wrong with journalism nowadays?

  7. Tommy says:

    The team I think he will go with against Olympiako is!

    De Gea
    Rafa Smalling Vidic Evra
    Carrick Fellani
    Valencia Rooney Januzai

    Rafeal trained today and is expected to have traveledand Moyes does not really fancy Kagawa hense why he has not played for 1 minute since Matas arrival.

    Its true Scott mate, we have a far better side than either liverpool or chelsea had in their respective champions league wins, It is a cup competition and in cup compeitions the best teams dont always win, Come on United

    Great article and shows that Rooney has went from a player playing like he would on the street to a man who seems to come accross as a man obsessed with money, with a lot of trophies won in between, It is interesting that United have never won the title when Rooney has top scored for United maybe just a coincidence though.

    What a respectful man Michel is, great interview, I am looking forward to traveling to athens, my 1st time their, Hope the atmpsohere is good, I am sure it will be. With them selling their best striker and Saviola being injured its a possitve, we should win but it will be a tough game, I am sure of that.

    The independent basically saying footballs a buisness, tell me something I dont know!

  8. wayne barker says:

    have a good trip Tommy Utd to win 2-0 one each half paying 10-1
    stats on Carrick Fellaini

    3) Fellaini and Carrick partnership

    The sitting midfield duo of Fellaini and Carrick played a huge role in the win against Palace, and allowed the front four to concentrate purely on attacking play.

    Between the two players they had 253 touches, made 200 successful passes with a 93% accuracy, four tackles and nine clearances.

    It built the foundations on which United were able to build upon and shows great promise for the future. Fellaini in particular arguably had his strongest performance in a Manchester United shirt, despite just coming back from injury.

    Player Touches Accurate Pass Passing Accuracy % Won Tackles Effective Clearances
    Michael Carrick 155 135 94.41 1 2
    Marouane Fellaini 98 65 91.55 3 7

  9. wayne barker says:

    it can’t be lost on anyone but over the last few days look how many ‘regulars’ have disappeared because Utd put in a decent performance,proper Utd fans would come on this blog all the time win or lose,not just to take shots when things aren’t going well,just tells the true story.

  10. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    As far as our chances in Europe, I still think we stand very little chance of winning the whole thing. I just can’t see us matching Bayern, Barcelona, PSG, Madrid over two legs. It’s up to the boys to prove me wrong and I desperately hope they can prove me wrong. It would be the best humble pie I’ve ever eaten and more importantly it would be the absolute BEST way to deny Liverpool that European spot. I would literally laugh my head off if Liverpool finish 4th and still can’t make the champions league because we won it. Talk about killing multiple birds with one massive stone. LOL.

    My expectations remain the same every year. Let’s get to the quarterfinals and then anything that happens from that point on is fine with me unless we are robbed in the manner Chelsea were robbed in their semi vs barcelona in 2009.

  11. wayne barker says:

    Well after watching Bayern and Barca last week not that overawed,refs did both teams a big favor,thought City and the Gunners were holding their own till the sending off’s both teams got burn’t by late goals.
    Don’t have many worries about Utd stepping up the intensity first time in years we only have one thing to compete for

  12. WeAreUnitedd says:


    exactly mate, and I think it also has to do with the fact that we really played well and seemed t oprogress and put a new system which hopefully will continue,

    I would put Kagawa in place of Mata, onyl that Januzaj to the right and Kagawa to the left and just continue from where we ended.

    This team has so much potential, now with Mata and Januzaj and the duo coming back from injury.

    we’ll see, I believe that the wway we played against crystal is our new way to progress!


  13. edcunited1878 says:

    Was there something about Gundogan over the weekend I missed, or just the typical transfer rumors? Mata and Rooney helped out in the midfield much more against Palace and Mata had lots more touches in the middle of the pitch and closer to goal.

    Fellaini put himself about and played well. Even though they lost their legs a few years ago, Rio and Vida, best centerhalf pairing in Club history.

  14. UnitedFaithful says:

    Good win against Palace,we looked like a team with a plan and although the execution wasn’t perfect still a sign of things to come maybe.Olympiakos won’t be a walk in the park,Luckily we’ve been playing well in Europe this season so I expect United to go through.

  15. UnitedFaithful says:

    Onto the league although the chances of us finishing 4th are looking slimmer but we have some tough away fixtures to look forward to,if we play well in all of them regardless of results that could bring the confidence back which has been part of the reason behind our poor form.Finishing the season on a high won’t be bad for the lads to go to the summer and with the right players coming in things could change before we start the next season.

  16. Fletch™ says:

    The “RUMOR” about Gundogan is that it is a done deal for 25m.
    Some of the rumors claim that Kags will go the other way.

    Take it for what it’s worth.

    I find it very hard to believe that we would do a deal for Gundogan given he has not played since August with a chronic back problem.
    Also find it passing odd that no serious news source is making a peep about this.

    I would save my money and put it on someone else.

    My list of linked players includes 15 midfielders. Just saying. Press isn’t the best place for information right now.

    Latests name to pop up? Alex Song (Late Arse, now Barca bench warmer)
    Always a handful when we played him. Take him over Fellaini any day. ;)

    RUMORS! 8O

  17. Koketso Brian Kupe says:


    The only person I have complained about more than moyes this season is cleverly. I think his attributes are those that are expected. For any good midfielder they come intuitively and shouldn’t be singled out as extraordinary. I just find it incomprehensible that fletcher can come back from a huge ilness and add slightly more. Rooney can drop to the middle of the park and be noticeably more influential and Fellaini can come back from and injury+poor form and make a very noticeable impact. There are so many no frills midfielders who have pround and noticeable impacts on their teams. I really have been trying so hard to see the value in clevs but that Fellaini+Carrick combo vs palace was so well balanced!!! If fellaini got the fitness to ADD to that box to box style he’d be worth what we paid.

    With regards to the palace game iv been praying so hard that the tactical progress was no fluke!

  18. m09538061 says:

    Manchester United U-21s 1 Sunderland U-21s 0 (half time)
    Mike Phelan is at the game !!!

  19. m09538061 says:

    Wayne Rooney has complained to the police after Crystal Palace supporters threw coins at him in an apparently unprovoked incident.He hasn’t, however, complained to anyone about Manchester United chucking 300 grand a week at him for no apparent reason !

    Manchester United U-21s 1 Sunderland U-21s 0 (Full Time)

  20. Fletch™ says:

    CL Presser in Greece:

    Moyes: “Jones and Evans did not travel. Mata is cup tied. Everyone else is here”

    “You always want to win”.
    “One is never enough, especially at this club. You have to keep trying to get into those finals. The feeling you get when you win the trophy is incredible.
    “There’s no way you want to stop at one. You want to win every year. That’s impossible, but if we can get to the final that will be great. It’s an opportunity to win another trophy. Hopefully we can do that.”

  21. Fletch™ says:

    m09538061 :lol: Too right mate ! oi me!

  22. Fletch™ says:

    Reserves win!

    Jessie Lingard incredible 20yard strike seals a 1-0 win v Sunderland U21.

    Don’t have a link, but the goal was a peach!

  23. adam leszczak says:

    I’ve been saying since the preseason, my choice for first team run of games has been lingard. When RVP and Rooney were both injured I was certain Moyes would play him. He has a great eye for goal, great movement, rocket if a shot, and has played with Januzaj. Could have proved to be a great combo and an inspiration when we were sinking.

  24. adam leszczak says:

    IMO, none of the U21s can can adequately replace the void Vidic and Ferdinand will leave. Must purchase experienced defence. Won’t have time for on the job training next season, plus I have seen any pure quality on the U21 that deserve a chance tbh, too fragile.

    Lingard, pogba, januzaj were the only ones with potential IMO, and petrucci at some point, but not now. So that only leaves lingard.

  25. adam leszczak says:

    In regards to RVP comments about possible 10 teams able to win it, I’d prefer him tell us the 6 that can’t :)

    If you win your Domestic league and then the CL you are the best team in the world, no question. If you win the CL without winning your own league, you were fortunate to win it, not undeserving but fortunate.

    If you win your Domestic league and then the CL you are the best team in the world, no question. If you win the CL without winning your own league, you were fortunate to win it, not undeserving but fortunate.
    Moyes counts on luck and so far he’s been the unluckiest man…. Soo.

  26. wayne barker says:

    Don’t see the connection at all between winning the CL or and the Domestic league to many variables.In Utd’s case can look at the change in management,tough fixture list to start the season and key injuries to why the team didn’t click early enough to make a run at the prem.It’s now February the key injuries are back and it’s the only trophy left to play for,so if the lads step their game up and win the whole thing how is that being fortunate?.Just circumstances and the way the season has unfolded

  27. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Long term.. Against quality sides.. Can’t see carrick and fellaini working.. they looked okay against palace, well carrick looked decent enough anyway but still a lack of zip and dynamism which is required to generate tempo and control games. I still think united need investment in that area for the right calibre of central midfielders and hopefully a few like powell also step up.

  28. wayne barker says:

    Another thing depends on what League,if PSG win the French League and CL are they the best team in the World very much doubt it when their League is a fucking joke and the only Competition is the CL

  29. midfield-man says:

    @wayne, in order to be excused for the CL winner formula and not to be considered simply very lucky, you have to have a perfect storm, and United aren’t the only team to have deal with injuries to key players in a season, but have certainly been affected by the longevity of SAF.
    Bt the same reasoning, PSG will not win both.

    @samuel, don’t agree on a few things with you (#1 your long term support of wellbeck, although I’ve noticed you’re not been as vocal of his support lately) but definitely agree on Fellaini. He is what he is NOW, and will not be anything more. We need more in midfield.

  30. wayne barker says:

    midfield man you’re missing my whole point in reference to adam’s comment,one cannot say if a team wins both the domestic and CL that team is the best in the world but if only the CL league then they’ve been lucky,makes no sense because there’s to many varibles plus most European Leagues are dogshit with only one or two good teams in them anyway.Just for my reference though what other team this year in the prem had their 3 best players injured at the same time?

  31. WeAreUnitedd says:

    @midfield man

    don’t bring Welbeck into discussion, the lad scored 8 goals already in PL and when our both strikers were injured, Danny DELIVERED.

    Carrick + Fellaini are definitely not for long-term

    I see/hope our midfield next season as this Kroos/Gundogan XX-player Fellaini Cleverley Carrick 34 and Fletcher (it is what it is) playing part-time roles, Powell and Pereira getting that bench-time and game-time .


  32. WeAreUnitedd says:


    take Gerrard Suarez and Sturridge from their formation and lets see how they do without them for 10 games.

    take Hazard Oscar and Ramires out of Chelski’s formation and lets see how they do without them for 10 games.

    take Silva Aguero and Toure out of City’s formation and lets see how they do without them for 10 games.

    take Özil, Ramsey and Walcott out of Arsenal’s formation and lets see how they do without them for 10 games

    I think Arsenal would and are the strongest out ofthe bunch because they are playing without Walcott and Ramsey for a while, and Özil has not shined without the 2 of them and still they are going.
    City are of course strong too, but take 3 best players for the same time and lets see how they do.


  33. Mav says:

    Absolutely fantastic article on the Rooney situation. Lots of insider information. Not biased either. Take a read all

  34. kevk24 says:

    Happy Match day Reds. I hope to watch the match. We cant play the same 11 especially the forward players each match because we need to be unpredictable and others need to be sharp too.

  35. Ed-the red says:

    Hope we win this one. It will be great to have some back to back wins as it will restore some confidence in the team. I would like it if we retain the system employed on Saturday with Kagawa coming in for Mata. Young and Valencia should be relegated to Substitute role. I could see that when Giggs and Valencia came on we began to fade away at Palace.

  36. scoreboard paddock says:

    @wayne barker

    For your reference Arsenal have been without Ramsey , Ox-Chamberlaine and Walcott and erm .. still stayed in top3 entire season .


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