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  1. Moscow
    November 29, 2012

    Am I the only one not feeling sorry for Di Matteo? When they were winning in their easy start to the season, he was mouthing off about our club. For a lucky manager, he certainly became very arrogant, so had it coming to him really:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/20160354

    • Stephen
      November 29, 2012

      @Moscow: Mate that is very true. I remember when he first took over there were rumours that the players were not that keen on him because he was too arrogant. The success he had last season, all be it fortunate and it seemed the players were playing in spite of AVB. He was unlucky to be sacked, but he obviously rubbed Abramovich up the wrong way.
      The way he over celebrated his League Cup win against us was embarrassing, especially as we really should have won!

    • The_Philosopher
      November 30, 2012

      @Moscow: Di Matteo says they deserved to win the capital one game. He said it was proof that the game on Sunday was influenced by the officials.

      “Ok Di Matteo, but did you notice that in the capital one game you were playing the Chelsea first team against the United reserve team? So you’re almost expected to beat them.”

      “If you played the United first team on Wednesday again. They would have beatin you again. Just like they did on Sunday.”

      And they almost lost to the reserve team too. One mistake at the end saved them major blushes.

  2. Stephen
    November 29, 2012

    Rafael is a terrific lad and real talent, but he still needs to learn how to defend. He does still “goes walkabout” and attacks too often leaving us short defensively. But he will learn and has all the ability in the World.

    • AS
      November 30, 2012

      @Stephen: He was brilliant defensively against west ham, really brilliant

  3. The_Philosopher
    November 29, 2012

    Gary Neville’s heir? Whoa! Slow down there little britches.

    Rafael is great but lets give him some more time to prove himself.

    He is good for sure, and he has put in some vital contributions this season but lets not get carried away. He has by no means arrived. He still has much to learn.

    Its like Welbeck and his contract negotiation earlier this season. The kid had a couple good games last season and all of a sudden him and his brother agent figured he was so much the business that he was worth wages on par with Rooney.

    Lets see Rafa perform solidly for a season or two before we start calling him “Neville 2.0″

    • vida dollar
      November 29, 2012

      Mate Garry is a true united legend but tbh in terms of talent Rafa can do 1000 things that both Neville brothers could only dream of.I think rafas been fantastic and let’s not get too sentimental.

  4. gator
    November 29, 2012

    we need a song for our our right back terror. something that mentions him jumping down teves throat and teves walking away scared. i need to find the pic of that again. i will remember that forever. the desire and fire in his eyes he has the eye or the devil :twisted:

    • gator
      November 29, 2012
    • Opti
      November 29, 2012

      @gator: Haha. I noticed that against Argentinian opponents the Brazilians in the EPL (at least) are extra physical. Look at Luiz/Ramires/Oscar against City (Tevez and their RB).

      December 9th will be fireworks! Rafael+Anderson against blue Tevez and Co!

  5. The_Philosopher
    November 30, 2012

    This is completely out of left field but;

    Lets buy Radamel Falcao and turn Rooney into a midfielder!

    That would be awesome!

    • Moscow
      November 30, 2012

      @The_Philosopher: That is the worst decision imaginable. The only reason Rooney is playing deeper is because our midfield is shit.

    • Opti
      November 30, 2012

      @The_Philosopher: Did you take a wrong turn? RoM is over there :arrow:
      :lol: :lol:

  6. Stephen
    November 30, 2012

    The_Philosopher, Firstly matey, Rooney IS NOT a midfield player. Secondly the £50m buy out clause could but two World Class midfielders, which would be money better spent.
    Sorry to take the jam out of your doughnut :-D

    • Opti
      November 30, 2012

      @Stephen: “Sorry to take the jam out of your doughnut”
      — I love English expressions :)

  7. Ismail N
    November 30, 2012

    the young lad seems to be improving a lot this year. Our best player for this season to date.

  8. Moscow
    November 30, 2012

    I think the reason why we will fail in Europe again is because we don’t have Ronaldo anymore. We can win it without him, but we need to attack through the middle. Our most fundamental tactics are flawed, you can’t win the league with 90s tactics of wing play anymore.

    A big decision has to be made about strikers. Welbeck should be sold, with Henriquez replacing him. Rooney needs to be permanently returned to a striker before he loses wastes all his talent in the hole. We need to play with ONE striker in the starting XI, Hernandez should always be on the subs bench. Going with Fergie’s idea of rotation, we can rotate Rooney and RVP in the leading striker position, like Real do with Benzema and Higuain. Sneijder’s available in January, he’s 28 and has never relied on his pace. Buy him. Play him behind RVP/Rooney, then play Carrick and another physical midfielder behind him. Play Nani on the right as an INSIDE FORWARD, put Kagawa on the left in the same role, DO NOT ruin them by instructing them to hug the touchline and put crosses in. The only players running up and down the touchline should Rafael and Evra/Buttner.

    Or, we could buy Fellaini and play him in the Yaya Toure role, and together with Carrick they can shut down the midfield like City often do. Play an interchanging front 4 of Kagawa, Nani, Rooney and RVP. Does that sound so foolish to implement? Can’t we at least give it a go?

    • Stephen
      November 30, 2012

      @Moscow: Agreed, we need to evolve our system especially in Europe, but we are getting there.

    • AS
      November 30, 2012

      @Moscow: Kagawa is genuinely wasted on the left, he is purely a number 10, and is better than sneijder at playing there

  9. John Tring
    December 2, 2012

    Bro, do you actually watch any match involving Rafael? Did you do so last night? Rafael’s the most useless and unreliable player in Utd’s team. That’s some feat considering we have many of them in Utd lately. Rafael is not Utd-class and only SAF knows why Jones is not playing there.

    • AS
      December 2, 2012

      @John Tring: Rafael has been our most consistent player this season bar none

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