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Striker Problems At Just The Wrong Time

With Wayne Rooney suspended and Carlos Tevez making the long trip back to Manchester following Argentina’s humiliating 6-1 thumping by Bolivia, the last thing we needed to hear was that Dimitar Berbatov was injured.

Shit happens.

“It’s probably going to be another two weeks,” said Ferguson. “Hopefully he will be back training with us at the end of next week and he will be okay after that.”

Tevez didn’t get back until an hour ago but is our only option for Sunday’s game, which also puts pressure on us for Tuesday with him having little time to rest.

“I think he gets back from Mars about 4pm,” joked Ferguson. “With Dimitar out and Wayne suspended hopefully Carlos will be okay. That will give us one striker, then we will have to choose another. With the extra day’s rest I am relatively confident we can get a fit team out on the pitch.”

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  1. NicoQB says:

    Arise Federico Macheda

  2. dan_utd says:

    definitely wouldn’t mind seeing Macheda get his debut, him or Welbeck would be interesting selections. But Fergie will most likely push ronnie up top with Tevez.

  3. costas says:

    Against Porto it will be Ronaldo and Rooney up front.In hindsight,pushing the Villa game back was a good choice.

  4. 619 says:

    You know beyond Tevez being tired, the striker problem is not as bad as it seems I think. Last year, we played with Tevez, Rooney, and Ronaldo rotating between the three of them up top. On occasion, Giggs would slot in for one of the three. While we haven’t playing the same tactics as last year, I would not mind seeing Tevez, Ronaldo, and Giggs rotating between the three of them up top. Many a team would have their mouths watering if that was what they had as their attacking options.

    I really think that we can play with Park, Carrick, Fletcher, and Ronaldo in the midfield. Giggs playing a withdrawn forward role and Tevez leading the line and we will be okay. Giggs should be fresh and provide a lot of impetus. I am optimistic.

    With all that being said, I hate to say it but I smell a 1-1 draw.

  5. Drew Vader says:

    “Shit happens”

    Exactly. Pull your fucking socks up lads and get the 3 points. I don’t give a damn if its 1-0 off Gary’s ear in the 1 minute. Just the 3 points please. Thats all I ask.

    Oh, and Fulham to try half as hard tomorrow as they did against us.

  6. corea says:

    Drew Vader

    agree mate

    go united! fuck off!

  7. King Eric says:

    619 – I agree entirely with your midfield four and Giggsy just in behind Carlos. We cannot afford a draw though on Sunday. I am quite confident that we will do the Villa 2 or 3 nil. With Laursen out again their back four looks decidely shakey. NO more slip ups.

  8. sanj says:

    nicoQB- spot on, mate… would love to see macheda in action. wouldn’t be surpised if sir alex gave him a spot on the bench, and hopefully a run out if we up 2 or 3. let’s hope that happens.

  9. sanj says:

    619, King Eric, i agree with both of you, i’m thinking:

    van der sar
    neville ferdinand evans evra
    ronaldo fletcher carrick park

  10. Marq says:

    If Tevez is coming back from Mars, Park is no better, from the Moon you could say, so maybe Nani might start?

  11. ManU says:

    Whoever Fergi choose to play against Villa please do not include Gary N and John Oshea. Gary too old and Oshea clumcy, both of then are slow with pace and lack of skills.Bring out Wellbeck, Gibson, Fabio, Possebon and
    the rest of the young devils. Its time for them to gell with the present team because they are the future.

  12. five says:

    Go look up the history of the name “Man U” mate…then you ll think twice about making that your username.

    And Possebon,Wellbeck and Gibson dont play right back so how on earth will they replace O’Shea and Gaz Neville? Fabio has an outside chance but is it really worth the gamble?

  13. wazza says:

    well said five.its going to be a more open game if MON sticks to his 4-4-2 formation all through the match.Come on United !!!

  14. vidic will get ya15 says:

    raffa rio and johhny wiv fabio, he been awesome for reserves and youth teams, could see him startin wiv evra left wing, lest not for get he was signed to replace giggs origanally. play carrick and flecther with park out wide, push ron up top and give sir ryan a free role. Tevez on for impact later.
    plenty goin forward the wiv tha da silva’s pushin on, but plenty of cover wiv parky and pat to cover. plus the interchangeability o park ron giggs and fletcher could prove decisive.

  15. King Eric says:

    Marq – According to Sir Alex on MUTV Park went straight from the airport to Carrington to train. Fair play to him.

  16. rohail says:

    This can be a great opportunity for welbeck to prove himself at home against a decent team

  17. seanmc26 says:

    FIVE; could you explain to me why saying man u is so bad i tried to look it up but could find nothing bad

  18. five says:

    As far as I know “Man U” was a term made by Leeds fans to mock the victims of the munich air disaster, they used to sing about our players going on a plane and never coming back again.

    I wont pretend im some wise old united fan- I am not I learned about the term from this site as well and I am just trying to spread the word…I dont think its right that our fans are unintentionally mocking the greatest tragedy that occured in our club.

  19. seanmc26 says:

    Five; thanx very much ill spread the word and try not to use it myself

  20. bruce thomas says:

    Dear Young Friends

    Do not use the term “Man U” it was part of a derisory chant aimed at the victims of the air crash and was used with the connotations of “Man Ure”.

    Having ex-plained this to my firends who support other teams they now have the respect to call us Yoonatid or Man Yoo but never Man U. I perosnally use and prefer the term United. I doubt that it will ever be mistaken for Newcastle, Hartlepool or Ebbsfleet. There’s only one United.

    Hope this is clear.


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