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What Does Simpson Have To Do To Get A Place At United?

Whispers around Old Trafford suggest that there is more to Danny Simpson’s loan to Blackburn Rovers. With a huge question mark hanging over Gary Neville’s fitness, our cover at right back is alarmingly short. With Nemanja Vidic getting himself in all kinds of scrapes, Rafael Da Silva may play for more than we’d imagine if Wes Brown is deployed in the centre. Not that I’m complaining, as Rafael looks the business, but we’re putting needless strain on ourselves by loaning out Simpson for a year.

Simpson is already a year older than Gary Neville was when he broke in to the team and has already been loaned out to three clubs. If it was a case of a player needing more experience, surely that is the Da Silva twins, who have had no time playing in England.

So, is there more to Simpson’s loan? And how much will he have to do to impress Sir Alex Ferguson?

With United landing Blackburn’s goalkeeping coach, just 19 days after he took up the position with Rovers, Simpson might have been a bargaining tool to get the coach Fergie wanted, using his loan to ‘sweeten the deal’.

There are also rumours that Simpson is heavily involved in somewhat of an indiscretion and that Fergie is punishing the player and giving him time to sort his head out away from the club.

“I feel settled now,” he said. “I will just keep training hard and when I get my chance I’ll prove myself. He (Sir Alex) said ‘don’t just do your training, do your extra bits you do at United, and don’t be afraid to ask people at Blackburn to do the extra bits because that will improve you’. He also said to me ‘you’d better play well because I’ll be watching you,’ so he’ll be keeping a close eye on me.But I want to prove to myself that I can challenge at this level, so it’s a big season for me.”

Like most players who come close to breaking in to our first team from the Reserves, I want Simpson to do well. I think it’s vitally important to have players from your youth system making the transition to the first team and it’s been a while since we’ve successfully managed that. However, I can’t help thinking that Fergie isn’t involving Simpson in his long term plans, and is using this loan, like that of Phil Bardsley, to put him in the shop window.

Do you think Simpson has a future at 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. Hugh G Rection says:

    he needs to find some talent from somewhere…

  2. David Quinn says:

    If you had asked me this before the peterborough game I would have said he could be the natural sucessor to Gary Neville, personally I think Rafel Da Silva will be ahead of him in the pecking order.

  3. Mic says:

    I think if Simpson carries on he could well be our next right back, but he has to have a big season at Blackburn to convince me, he’s got competition from Brown, Neville and Rafael for his spot and the odd few games won’t give him enough time to convince so the BB move could be what he needs.

  4. PeeJay says:

    Erm..I reckon that there isn’t much between Rafael, Neville and Brown and Rafael may indeed be the best. I’d make him a first team regular, his brother will be less fortunate but Silvestre’s departure is a good sign – it means Sir Alex believes in Fabio.

  5. dublin red says:

    Rafael was a player who played about half of the games for Brazil’s u-17′s last season, in the south american championship, and the u-17 world cup. Fabio was the teams captain and one of their top scorers from left back. Fabio is considered to be a much better player in brazil, unfortunately for him he has evra ahead of him.

  6. dickson says:

    Fabio is supposed to be even more talented player than his brother Rafael is, captaining the brazilian youth team and winning the MVP for the youth tournament which Brazil also won. Apparently he was pulling the string from the left back! imagine that! Definitely a great back up to Evra

  7. Ubibi Godwin Jr says:

    Fabio is far more better than danny simpson,he is one best wing back during U 17 world cup in korea,he still has more to offer us because he has not trained for a year,is performance at peterborough was a class act and with time he would become the next evra on the right back,its quite unfortunate that is brother fabio has not started well,but he is more better than rafael


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