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Aberdeen 0-2 Man Utd: The Away Kit is Terrible

There has been plenty written about the Aberdeen game already. I managed to take in about an hour of the game before I had to take off for a day out with my mates. (The subsequent day out led to a late morning — hence the late post today.)

But I’ll quickly put up some brief notes on my observations from the game in case it matters for some of you for it to come from my mouth.

The team and the manager were well received by the crowd. Like most friendlies go, the teams started on gear one and never really bothered to move up — like how one drives on his driver’s tests. And it is justifiable, considering the pounds Rooney needs to shed after spending a summer eating one cake too many — and he needs to desperately work hours in the gym if he’s to avoid becoming Fat Frank II.

Rooney looked good otherwise, running throughout the time he was on the field — or at least as long as I was seeing him play. He did fluff a couple of chances but his goal made up for it. One could call it a par performance from the lad, coming back from a relaxing summer. Just a hope that Nike took care while designing his boots for the season.

More impressive was Michael Carrick who looked in cruise control passing his way through the game; his penalty looked like he was practicing a through ball between a pair of imaginary defenders.

I thought Scholes showed great touches despite making a few stray passes. He was still sublime, and I don’t expect him to be any different this season. Whilst he will get less playing time this season, I’ll be interested to see when Fergie would drop a fit Scholes in favour of Anderson or Hargreaves. Carrick in my book is going to get the most games, and I have a feeling that he might really grow to become the one player that keeps us ticking this season. I repeat, it’s just a hunch. In fact, I expect a lot from our British lads this season with the break they’ve had in the summer.

Ben Amos made a couple of great saves but beyond that he wasn’t troubled.

I don’t have much to say beyond this because we can’t read too much into this fixture and, more than us, it will be the management that will get a better idea of how the players will shape up for the upcoming season.

I was expecting quotes from the gaffer about our number two and true to form this summer, he’s chosen to take it easy over looking for an assistant. In a way it makes sense to have an existing member of staff over see the daily drills, although over a period of time, he will look to a permanent person to fill the CQ void.

Speaking of Queiroz, one player spoke out in praise of the departed assistant: who else, Michael Carrick, of course.

Meanwhile, in less reported news, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer — an ex-United player, who scored a goal in the 90th minute some nine years ago to win some mickey mouse cup — led United reserves to a 3-1 win over conference outfit, with Febian Brandy, Cleverley, and Rodrigo Possebon getting on the score sheet. Man United Youth have a very good match report on the game.

[Speaking of which, I am impressed by the work the blokes at that site are doing in covering the youth/reserves and the academy. I wish they would also upload videos of the games — but then even this much effort is rather impressive.]

I would also like to see Possebon get a run out in the pre-season tour in South Africa because I’ve read rave reviews about the lad everywhere.

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I know we have been linked with Berbatov and Aguero. I am sure there is some truth to our interest in Berbatov and a fee upto £25 million is reasonable according to me. Berbatov could give us a good four years and would ensure Rooney switching to his original position — hence I think it’s worth the fee.

About Aguero, I think all it could be is an inquiry from our club about how much he’s worth, more than anything. During transfer windows, these things are rather common, so I don’t think there is enough smoke to the Aguero fire yet.

As a player, yes, I like him. He’s creative, he’s quick, he can finish. But he’s also a midget and is on the lighter side. I wouldn’t complain if we get him though, but if we buy Berbatov, I doubt we’ll be in for him.

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Oh, and, to do justice to the headline, the kit is terrible. It didn’t look good in the promos, it didn’t look good in the game. And it is certainly not going to look any better. I would only hope this is a tactic to make it difficult for opposition players to play us with a straight face. Umm… Nope. Can’t think of any other reasons.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. johnsom33

    July 14, 2008 at 2:53 am

    “and he needs to desperately work hours in the gym if he’s to avoid becoming Fat Frank II.” hahaha I couldnt stop laughing when i read that. I didnt see the game only the highlights someone posted earlier. Carrick did look impressive, I hope you are right about him having a big year.

    again, keeping in mind I only saw the higlights but what the hell happened to Eagles? I was expecting big things out of him but he looked woeful. I wonder if fergie has told him that United isnt part of his future, cause he didnt appear to be mentally in the game.

    Why do you guys think El Kun is a little light. from what I have seen he is very strong.

  2. Grognard

    July 14, 2008 at 3:50 am

    RR, Welcome back mate. Hope you enjoyed your time out in the sun. Boy you missed all that exciting Aguero talk and most of all, a whole day devoted to FIFA 08. YUP, this site became Gamer Central for a while as we shared thoughts on our favorite footy game. Proof positive that times are dull. I just can’t get excited or interested about meaningless exhibition games. Not in footy or any sport for that matter.

  3. Grognard

    July 14, 2008 at 3:55 am

    RR, Love your comment on the kit. I certainly agree. Just doesn’t look United does it. I feel I’m watching Pompey or Everton. And as for Aguero I have to say from what I have seen of the lad he is surprisingly strong for his size. Yes he is a Hobbit but if we get Berbatov, our height and aerial ability will be fine anyway. Height is great but that speed and skill is priceless.

  4. RedDevil

    July 14, 2008 at 8:16 am

    RR- Welcome back!

    Aguero is a midget, but he is really strong. He has very much power considering his height and age.

  5. Stephen

    July 14, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Carrick needs a big season, he was good in spells last season, and poor in others. I agree he will probably start most games, I wish he could just be a bit more aggressive with his tackling and dictate games more, as he could and should be our Pirlo.

  6. PO13

    July 14, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Hope everyone had a nice weekend…

    It was wonderful to read about Solskjaer’s reserve team exploits. What a true class act this man is, and his love for United is truly legendary. This man really is a credit to the game and to the club, and seeing him overseeing the United youngsters on some quiet pitch really is a testament to that.

    Let us as all take a moment to appreciate his dedication to our club. If only a certain Portuguese prima donna had half the temperament and humility that Ole has. Solskjaer was no joke on the pitch either; the man had an incredible knack for scoring and we all remember that warm Barcelona evening where he proved that sometimes, in both football and life, all things are possible.

    Ole is one of those people that you just want to see succeed, and he has done that and more throughout his career. Perhaps one day we will see him managing United in the Old Trafford dugout. It may seem far away now, but would you bet against him? Ask Bayern Munich how they feel about that!

    “When Teddy scored, I thought, yes! I’m going to play 40 minutes of a Champions League Final. That’s going to be unbelievable.”
    OLE SOLSKJAER

  7. RedDevil

    July 14, 2008 at 10:15 am

    @PO13: Truer words have never been written. A true 20LEGEND!

  8. Primachenko

    July 14, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    i like the new away kit.

  9. Rd

    July 14, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    I kinda disagree about the away kit. Though red, white and blue don’t scream red devils, i have to say that seeing the players in it made me change my mind on it a little. Its not my fave, but its a lot better than it looked in the pics. I also thinks it depends on the player wearing it. It looks awful on Tevez and Ferdinand, but i think it looks a lot better on Evra, O’Shea and Carrick.

  10. Raza Ali

    July 15, 2008 at 12:40 am

    Sorry I don’t have time to get too in depth in my comment, but I think that Kun Aguero is a rare talent and very strong for his size (as a few commenters above mentioned). If we have a shot of bringing this kid in, we must do everything we can to bring him. He can flat out score, has blinding pace, can take defenders on as well as anyone in the world, including Ronaldo or Messi. He will be the one of the best players in the world within the next few years, ranking alongside Messi and Ronaldo. The kid had some phenomenal performances, and his inconsistency at some parts of the season were more a reflection of the inconsistency of Atletico Madrid (and his youth) than anything else. Mark my words, this kid will blow up in the next few years.

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