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United Will Face City On…

United will play City away in the FA Cup 3rd Round on Sunday, January 8th with a 1pm kick off.

United
December 31st – Blackburn (h)
January 4th – Newcastle (a)
January 8th – City (a) FA Cup
January 14th – Bolton (h)

City
January 1st – Sunderland (a)
January 3rd – Liverpool (h) League Cup
January 8th – United (h) FA Cup
January 11th – Liverpool (a) League Cup
January 16th – Wigan (a)

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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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233 Comments

  1. James21 says:

    Izzy
    I can see why you are concerned but don’t agree. Too much is being made of Shitty atm, lets see after Christmas when the pitches are like ploughed fields and their injuries start mounting. You always hear fans and the Media say Arsenal play the Best football but what have they won for 6 years. Mark my words The Shit Richard Madeley will be collecting his p45 long before SAF Retires.

  2. Zibbie says:

    1878 Hi dude!
    5 Man Utd launch first store in Mumbai How cool is that !!! Ruling India’s and China’s fan base will give Man Utd all the $ they need with FFP rules to hit, there will be loopholes, the rules will readjust a few times over 5 to 10 years and Manchester United with the academy, buying young talent to develop and and the occasional deal Like Rio, Rooney, Berba and Hargo every 3 to 4 years to fill in the spots with some mid range guys like Vida, Evra and Tony V.
    The team is in transition and still one of the top teams in the world. SAF is putting together a team for the next 7 years peaking in 2 to 3 years and powering on for 4 to 5 years wining many trophy’s.

  3. izzy says:

    @wayne

    I am hearing sarcasm in your respond. I agree that is not THE solution. But again, you can’t let the current quality of United’s play to be of no concern??? In modern football, you HAVE to invest to produce result. To what extend is a matter of debate, but that much we know is true.

    look at Barca and Real Madrid, do they pay cheap? I mean they still produce good homgrown players, but they bring in good players too. Look at the level that they are playing now.

    Like i said, the players should sort this situation out, because we know what they’re capable of, and we know for sure they’re far better players than those City merceneries.

    I hope we get out form back ASAP. By the look of it, our problem is in the offensive part of play.

    I think we still need to buy one player. That player which add extra dimension. Rooney needs a partner. He is now a lone gun. You can see it from his body language that he is not happy with his teammates recently.

    We need ONE really good player. And that, my friend will not be cheap.

  4. AntiScouser says:

    @stateside

    I don’t see what your point is. I wasn’t saying our youth policy is a failure. The manager’s made some mistakes, he’s the first one to admit it. I don’t want him to make another expensive one, that’s all.

  5. Zibbie says:

    DECEMBER 7, 2011 AT 18:18
    StatesideAussie YES!!! What he say’s!!!

  6. wayne says:

    smartalex I’d rather take Rooney for one game than Crouch or Bent for any.Englands strikers are woeful no way Rooney will be left out

  7. Sandeep1878 says:

    Izzy,

    you are mistaken mate,

    agreed City are flying high, i m not taking anything from their shows so far,

    but a real UNITED fan would know the resielent character the club and players have to overcome any challenge..

    this is December and history says we always improve and kick on from now on..

    This is a club built on principles and ethics, for that i woouldnt mind if there is a trophy drought..

    but i for one, would never like us going down the path of City, they arent just spoiling the game but they are spoiling themselves as well (not that i bother one bit)..

    so hold on my friend,

    with the loss of VDS, Scholesy, RedNev, JOS, Big bad Wes plus the injuries have been lot to take at once,

    we could have bought proven players in wholesale and started winning all over again,

    but that is now how we do it and that is what we should be and we will be..

    just wait for these young lads to build on the momentum and experience,

    you will see us back to ruling the bloody world again,

    until then, we gotta wait, even if it meant winning ugly,

    if other clubs face the situation of what we arevfacing today, i would be suprised if they stay in top ten..

    we arent at our powerhouse best, but still we are good enough to give a good run for the money..

    Manchester United

  8. JC says:

    Sky reporting: FA charges Liverpool’s Luis Suárez with improper conduct and Loserfool charged with not controlling their players after the Spearing send off. Well done douche bags.

  9. smartalex says:

    Zibbie with a powerful post 18:26. Wow!

    Said so much in 5 words. Way to go, Zibbie!

  10. Sandeep1878 says:

    Zibbie,

    how are you pal..all fine with fishing?

    read about that merchendise..

    Its a good thing, many Manchester United fans in India and at the same many plastics as well..

    i have a feeling that, India will provide the leading viewership for EPL in the whole of Asia in the next 5 years..

    the football craze here is selling faster than condoms..

    so one can expect, lot of Man City fans in India in few years, may be more than City fans in Manchester :P

  11. smartalex says:

    wayne – Do you reckon that they’ll reduce the ban? They won’t want to, but bottom line on the balance sheet suggests that they will. Reduce the severity of their findings, and his shame, so the video games don’t require re-branding.

  12. Zibbie says:

    I’m so with you lads and Man Utd not going after rent Boyz’s. I do thank Roman and now The Sheikh for raising the bar to win the PL and giving SAF a reason to live and beat your ass’s back to where you belong. The whole time doing it the Man Utd way. In 2003 when I became a crack head for the PL and Manchester United the Gunners did the undefeated thing and the cunting professor made me puke. The the Russian mob $$$$ raising the bar to 90 fucking points to win the PL, SAF lets Becks, Keano and Ruud go and R&R took over and off BAMM FUCKING 4 OF 5 PL 3 CL FINALS AND 1 CL TITLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The next great team to win 6 of 8 PL titles and 3 CL titles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Fred says:

    Izzy – nothing like a healthy dose of DOOM an hour before a huge game! :lol:

  14. Sandeep1878 says:

    and does anyone dare to say Sir Alex doesnt have a vision..

    at least, he is 3-5 years ahead than these pretending best managers in the world..

  15. Zibbie says:

    1878 the next fishing will be ice fishing. hehe
    Smartalex so good to see you back, so missed you standing up for reason. I missed you when this troll went after Cedars like 5 weeks ago. My typing skill have gotten better, But it is exhausting for me to keep up with fast typing trolls.

  16. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    United line up:

    De Gea; Smalling, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Park, Jones, Giggs, Nani; Rooney, Young

    I expect us to line up similar to Villa after Chicha got injured, with Nani up front. That is also what I predicted this morning after seeing Jeet’s line up who got everything right except Young for Fletcher. :)

  17. soren says:

    Hi everyone!!
    My boy’s injury, I’ll miss your smile and goals, but I hope that Welbeck has an extraordinary night if he plays today. Come on United!!

  18. izzy says:

    @Sandeep1878

    Thanks for your respond and comment my fellow comrade.

    You and the other here are the testament of this Great Football team. Its amazing that the high optimism, professionalism and mental strength run deep in the foundation of the Club down to the grass root fans.

    No other (or very very few) club have fans like this.

    Having said that, sometimes we still have to analysis things realistically. I mean, IF we are just having that temporary dip in form like we always do, then convince me, what is it that will make us get up on our feet and play fantastic football again? Is it when the injuries are gone? is it the change in tactics? or is it just plain old Braveheart moment of motivational speech that SAF is well known for?

    The reason i am concern is that i want to know what the club is doing to get back up again? I know some of you will say, SAF will know what to do or the players will get around this. But really, what does it take to get AROUND it?

    I am sorry, but i still think we need one more deadly talented player. The player that Rooney can play and anchor upon. Either that or one of our midfielder need to really step up and take that responsibility, which right now i dont think any of them are doing that.

    Then again, maybe you are right, we are missing ando and cleverly in that position……..

  19. Sandeep1878 says:

    new thread up pals

  20. Zibbie says:

    Fred hehe, If you have seen Kelly’s Heroes Sunderlands charter had a negative mechanic.
    There you go Moriarty ALWAYS WITH THE NEGATIVE VIBES!!!!!

  21. smartalex says:

    Zibbie, it’s impossible to keep up with them mate!
    They don’t discuss an issue, they look for openings.

    As you defend one jab, they launch another, usually unrelated to the first. You soon realise that they are not discussing your views at all, but merely trying to prove their intellect.

    Your improved typing skills will be far better utilized spreading good cheer with humour.

  22. Zibbie says:

    Thanks mate!

  23. United99 says:

    Hey all, regular follower of Rom but never post so this is a first! Some things to get off my chest- firstly, its great to be able to come on here and gage the feelings and thoughts of reds worldwide, regulars like cedars/smartalex/costas etc its great to see you share the same pasion as myself!! Secondly- this blog is geting worse by the day, with all due respect if someone like antiscouser has an opinion which differs from regulars dont call the guy a troll or whatever, we dont all have to blindly follow and accept that whateve utd/fergie does is the right thing. Fergies a hero/legend etc but for christ sake the guys human and gets it wrong every now and then and its not wrong for people like me who spend hard earned cash watching utd to voice an opinion when he does get it wrong and you have no right to tell me im anti utd or a troll!! Its plain to see fergies stubon sometimes, we need a cm but because everyone knows this he sticks to his guns and keeps faith with average players like carrick/gibson/evans (no there not scapegoats, just not our quality) so im going to go back to not writing and just reading, so for fuck sake keep it united and keep it realistic.

  24. Udhala says:

    In life there are optimists and pessimists and even those that are paranoid,but as long as they support Man Utd they should be heard.Please folks,bury the hatchet.That’s all I ask for.

  25. Sandeep1878 says:

    Izzy,

    I do understand the insight you are giving on the current situation with us,

    but then i again, i would just go back to the start of the season, when Tom was in,

    I would say to this extent that, few games played in the beginning of the season were better than Ronaldo days..

    so one can see that the future is there, we were in great tempo that time and its hard to continue that all the season..

    regarding your point on a new signing..

    I think lot of it depends on how Tom Cleverly will fare when he comes back from injury..

    the stats showed that Ando was still the top ten midfielders of REPL this season before he got injured..

    so the fitness of Tom is really crucial because the lad is simplt class apart,

    not to put too much pressure on him, but he was immense, he showed every potential that he can be that driving force in midfield..though he never looks like the boss of midfield, he still bossed it..

    it reminds of scholesy the legend,

    “practice hard, play, shower and go home”..

    that ever expected ” BIG NAME SIGNING IN MIDFIELD” will depend on Tom,

    if he ticks the consistecny box like he did, then i would assume Sir Alex wont go for any big name until Giggsy hangs up the boots..

    Young is pretty new, we all expect him to be more consistent and truly world class as he migrates to our team..and yes he can be the supplier for Rooney..

    Regarding what does it take get AROUND IT?

    I think time, experience, big games and gelling of the players over the period of time will get us around it..

    i m not sure if i tried to come close to what you were seeking,

    but with a club like our’s and the track record we have of winning, its really complex to satisfy many fans when there is transition or blip or drought..

    but i know you are not one of them, but i understand your concern mate

  26. izzy says:

    @Sandeep1878

    Thanks mate, very good respond.

    I just hope Tom fits the bill. Ando is there to guide him. Flecth will be there to cover if he gets injured again i think. As for Pogba, Carrick is his mentor. I really hope Pogba get more games next season. its a shame that Carling cup is over for us, because i think it is the best platform for him to condition himself with playing in England at the highest level.

  27. Sandeep1878 says:

    Izzy,

    welcome pal,

    Regarding Pogba,

    yeah the carling cup is our platform for youngsters to be tested,

    so i dont mind if we go in cup games with very young squad every season irrespective of the result and cunt ABU…

    if they dont play, they dont lose, if they dont lose, they dont learn..

    becoming great will have to go through lot of failures if needed…

    cheers pal and enjoy the Basel bash, we goona win tonight..catch you

  28. StatesideAussie says:

    Anti Scouser … When someone said “we should buy this player”, your response was that we shouldn’t do that because the manager has made mistakes before. But mistakes are inevitable. To say SAF shouldn’t do something, because he sometimes gets it wrong, is silly because he very often gets it right, and the rewards of getting it right far, far outweigh the downside of getting it wrong, and in any event, mistakes cannot be avoided. You did not merely say that Sir Alex has made mistakes (which would have been true but also self-obvious), you went further: you used that fact to make an argument that he should not buy a certain new player.

    But if we follow that logic to its ugly conclusion (“we should not buy player X because we’ve made mistakes before”), we would never buy any player unless we can be sure it’s not a mistake — which is impossible. Since it’s not possible to be infallible, a policy of “do not invest in any player unless we are sure he will be successful” would cause us to shut down our youth program (what other effect could it have?). That would be insane, undesirable and completely unnecesary. And it’s an old (but perfectly valid) rule of logic that if an argument leads to conclusions that don’t make sense, then the argument must be invalid, which yours is.

    Also, I did finally go back and peruse the earlier comments, and it is quite clear that you provoked SmartAlex. He said nothing to you prior to that, either directly or indirectly — you targeted him without provocation and therefore deserve everything you get.

  29. King Eric says:

    United99 – Fair enough pal but Carrick is not average. Infact since his arrival he has played more games in midfield than any other and been our most consistent. You will see tonight how average he is when we miss him. I just cannot believe folk say he isnt good enough. He has been excellent of late. The most experienced and intelligent player we have in that position and always has been. Reads the game. Intercepts. Blocks. Positionally top drawer. Breaks play up. Both footed. Great passer. Great one and two touch player and a great shield. Not average at all imo.

  30. parryheid says:

    Read this a year ago almost,and stumbled across it again.Pretty damn funny.

    http://www.redcafe.net/f7/all-turn-kopites-26-1-40-a-317952/

  31. RED-LEB says:

    @ Cedars

    Yes i am …. i live in Beirut to

  32. Fred says:

    Better get used to these Sunday games now that we’re in the Europa League.

    Wow, never thought I’d say that. :(

  33. smartalex says:

    United99 and Udhala

    Thank you both for politely expressing your dismay at the ugly remarks from myself, AntiScouser, and others. You are right. There is nothing being gained by anyone, and the happy vibe is tarnished, if not destroyed.

    I do apologise to all that read my comments.

    As an explanation, not an excuse, I offer the following:
    - I always wish and try to remain upbeat, especially about United
    - I despise those who claim to be fair, entitled to moan, and mistreated; yet are liars.
    - I treat the scathing attacks on United and our regulars with fair contempt.
    - Those wind-up merchants focus their divisive attention on responders like me.
    - I retaliate, usually at the heart of the matter, uncompromisingly, and often unremittingly.
    - The wum’s aim becomes ‘divide and conquer’, and a sequence of seemingly reasonable posts attempt to curry favour amongst onlookers.

    I’d like to be clear. My reaction to those who mock or attack United and RoM is NOT designed to please or satisfy anyone. In fact, I know that many people will dislike me for it. That goes with the territory. I do not and will not stand by watching those bastards attacking us. Protecting those you love comes at a cost. I give my life to that which I love.

    Allowing attacks for fear of disrupting harmony is tantamount to supporting the slander.

    Be happy! You are not the one who is being attacked, or despised for defending United.
    That load is borne by Reds such as CedarsDevil, MG, King Eric, and others, who stand in the fire, unafraid and unembarrassed to defend that which they love.

    I will not attack AntiScouser, unless/until he resumes his snide destruction.

    Thanks for listening! If you skipped the content, and looked for the bottom line, well done!

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