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Valencia Misses Out On Pre-Season

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Antonio Valencia has flown back to Manchester to receive treatment and will play no part in our tour of the US.

During Ecuador’s Copa América match against Paraguay, Valencia picked up an injury which the team doctor said nearly fractured his ankle again. The initial hopes were that he would just miss one game then be ready to face Brazil, however he hasn’t recovered in time so the club believe Carrington is the best place for him.

“Antonio has gone straight back to Manchester,” said Ferguson. “He got an injury playing in the first game for Ecuador so he is back in Manchester. It is nothing serious but he wasn’t going to be taking part in the rest of Copa America, so there is no point in him coming out here if he is injured. We have the facilities back at Carrington. That is the best place for him.”


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415 Comments

  1. Devil310 says:

    @WHAT???

    I’m also exited to see both the Da Silvas own those full back positions, as I am exited to see Cleverly get the opportunity (just like Gibbo got his last season), but my point is mainly that our depth and quality is not like it could be. The same argument could have been made before we purchased Hargo, and this is when we still had younger Scholes and Giggs, but we still bought him for a nice sum of money from Bayern, and yes it was worth it.

    I’ll be ok if no one comes in. Wont be loosing any sleep, really. All we have here are opinions, and I respect where you’re coming from, but we won the league with 80pts. Look back at previews season when 2-3 teams (including us) were surpassing that. All I’m saying is that we shouldn’t get complacent. Didn’t mean to come off as cynical. Cheers!

  2. willierednut says:

    WHAT??? – It’s not about about trusting the players we have. I think, bar a few headers, most do trust the players and the manager. It’s about accessing, what some of us think we need. If we were to get that CM, I wouldn’t care if we went the next 2/3 transfer windows, without adding anyone.

  3. fergie is the boss says:

    WHAT ??? – yes the midfield played some good football, but when the team went up against a stellar midfield, that sets the standards in Europe, then the united midfield should look to be improved, when it has let itself get older, and picking up more injury’s. If the youth players come in and become top players I will be delighted.

    But for the time being, we need the quality for the here and now, heck if united improve the central midfield, then it gives the boss the confidence to play a Morrison welbeck cleverly or a pogba with an already established midfield, look at the likes of sharpe giggs butt beckham scholes break through, they learnt from the likes of keane ince robson kanchelskis mcclair, established experienced players they could learn from, not throwing them into the lion’s den, and expecting them to be the solution.

  4. Clint-IamYourPapii says:

    :lol: No More Signings the RoM’ers are going to rot, bloody fiends leave paper talk out of the summer or your brain will melt faster than a gay man out the closet during a Lady Gaga Europ Tour.

  5. CedarsDevil says:

    Papii

    I am gonna celebrate! :-)

  6. Clint-IamYourPapii says:

    Go Ahead Cedars

    Operation: Get Sneijder Out has Suceeded

    Mission 2: Mutiny on RoM, Make it Bill Bob’s Blog and He shall be named BillBob The Knob

    8) Party Time 8)

  7. CedarsDevil says:

    Hahahahaha

  8. King Eric says:

    Some folk think lashing out top dollar on players would bridge the gap with Barca. Would it fuck imo. Those lads have been playing together for time. You cannot buy that. That’s why I hope in the next couple of years morrison pogba and tunni will have that telepathy with each other. You cannot attribute defeats at anfield just down to the midfield. It was one of those days. Think newcastle and southampton drubbing in ninet five or six. We had keano in there bit it didn’t fucking matter. Shit happens.

    Sparkz. Could not agree more about Scholes and Carrick in the middle. I didn’t like that pairing the last season or two. Carrick did suffer in form but he was always to blame for some. In reality he was doing two peoples jobs. Look at him and ando together. A good pairing I think. Blackburn and brum at home for starters. We cut them to pieces.

    Oh I thought that fucking scum cunt megleeker had corked it. Apparantly not. No cunt likes you or captain cunt so do us all a favour and fuck off. Cheers.

  9. Devil310 says:

    @King Eric

    Lashing out top dollar is necessary and it is pretty much a norm on any big club. Yes, others are more spoiled than other (City, Madrid), and it has been ineffective for them, but that doesn’t prove that you shouldn’t spend big at all.

    The reality I see is that there has to be a balance between spending big and using your youth, and what you already got. We haven’t bought anybody in CM since Hargo and Ando. That’s was 4 years ago. Plus we just lost Scholes, and Hargo is gone. Yes, we can cope. But we need a CM.

  10. Devil310 says:

    @King Eric

    Lashing out top dollar is necessary and it is pretty much a norm on any big club. Yes, others are more spoiled than other (City, Madrid), and it has been ineffective for them, but that doesn’t prove that you shouldn’t spend big at all.

    The reality I see is that there has to be a balance between spending big and using your youth, and what you already got. We haven’t bought anybody in CM since Hargo and Ando. That’s was 4 years ago. Plus we just lost Scholes, and Hargo is gone. Yes, we can cope. But we need a CM.

  11. xol says:

    I agree Anderson could have brought something to the table against Barca. Same can be said for a fit Fletch and that rarest of things – a fit Hargreaves. It’s as if the boss already had the pieces in place but fate denied him the chance to deploy them.

    I do think though, as I’ve mentioned before – the twins could do a decent job on Xavi and Iniesta. They’re not your typical DM build, but they have the acceleration, speed, tackling ability and attitude to get in their faces. Fuck Busquets, he’s shit. Leave him unmarked to try to do what the other 2 do and that carousel is fucked.

  12. King Eric says:

    Devil310. Hello mate. Oh I think you have misunderstood. I would love us to get Sneijder and yes we do need to spend relatively big. What I meant though is signing a nasri (perish the thought ) or sneijder wouldn’t really make a blind bit of difference against that current barca team. As i say you can’t buy that chemistry.

  13. Mr C says:

    Sneijder isn’t coming – at least I hope he isn’t. Another £200k a week player in the dressing room isn’t worth the potential aggro, particularly if Sneider’s as injury prone as suggested. The midfield certainly needs strengthening but I hope SAF can do that by reconfiguring the players we’ve already got. Hopefully Fletcher will be back (and strengthened up a bit), there are promising kids coming through and we can always drop Rooney deeper.

  14. WHAT ??? says:

    @ Devil310 – no worries mate, is that balance between not being complacent and not being over reactionary I guess. With so many youngsters in our squad they all get better every year anyway.

    @Willie – I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised, because I think we will get a midfielder, but then I’ve thought that before and it didn’t happen. For the last two seasons I’ve gotten used to scrapping it out with what we’ve got, so if we don’t get an out and out midfielder, I’ll be happy with Jones (DM) and Young (AM) as potential options that will give us the depth we’ve lacked. But a Hargo all rounder would be perfect. Still, lets see what Fletcher looks like in August, plenty of time to get some Scots Oats down his neck Lol

    @ FITB – your guess is as good as mine Pal. We’ll soon find out, but like I said to Willie we have already strengthened the middle of midfield with Jones and Young. A player like Sneijder would be brilliant its just the cost and the value im thinking about. IMO its too much money, and when Alex says Inter don’t want to see, im assuming he means at a reasonable price. So maybe we’ll look elsewhere. Still, even if we stick with what we’ve got, Jones and Young are both proven in the middle, and even though people don’t seem to see it, we have much stronger midfield options now with those two transfers

    King Eric @ 22.47 Spot on mate.

  15. Zibbie says:

    @GOAT!!!
    AC/DC Let there be rock (1977, Unedited video version) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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