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City v United – Confirmed Lineup – with surprises!

DDG, Rafael, Rio, Evans, Evra – Cleverley, Carrick, Valencia,Young – Rooney, RVP. Are we happy with that lineup Reds?



  1. Owen

    9 December 2012 at 13:15

    Happiness and Young in starting line is contradictory …. 🙁

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  3. jos

    9 December 2012 at 14:22

    rooney – big game player

  4. Owen

    9 December 2012 at 14:27

    And the biggest Football Analyst in World (He is at Redrants 😆 ) thinks Kagawa should play ahead of Wayne…

  5. colver

    9 December 2012 at 15:31

    Full marks to Ferguson for resisting the temptation to field Giggs or Scholes and somehow managing to get Tony fit for the game so we could field the Hollywood strikeforce of Van Persie and Rooney!

    Not happy we conceded two goals for what must be the millionth time this season (!) but we created the chances and with strikers as good as Van Persie and Rooney you don’t need so many chances to win a game!

    That Van Persie free kick was magic. We haven’t had a good free kick taker since Ronaldo. Really Van Persie is the signing that FINALLY filled the gap that Ronaldo left in his wake.

    All we gotta do now to get back on top of the world is to learn to defend, put Giggs and Scholes and Fletcher out to pasture, and buy a central midfielder to supplement Carrick, Cleverley and Anderson.

    • jos

      9 December 2012 at 15:35

      @colver: imagine felliani in the middle bossing it. carrick mopping behind. and let rooney rvp kagawa and vally create hovoc at the front.

  6. AS

    9 December 2012 at 15:35

    The most majestic counter-attacking performance I’ve seen for years from us. Literally the most satisfying win in many years, oh the free kick.

  7. colver

    9 December 2012 at 15:36

    Oh and Ashley Young deserves praise. He gets a lot of stick on here and certainly he is inconsistent as many wingers can be, but on his day he can be a real handful and combines well with our strikers.

    I’m not the greatest Cleverley fan but his energy does give us something we don’t have when we field Scholes or Giggs and it makes me pleased that Ferguson trusted him in a super big game

    • AS

      9 December 2012 at 15:43

      There wasn’t a poor performance by a single united player out there today, we were truly brilliant. My MOTM would probably be Carrick, everything went through him. He completely controlled their midfield also.

  8. jos

    9 December 2012 at 15:41

    sir alex has just bought us the 20th title with rvp! What a masterstroke. what a signing he has been. how many points has he won us already!!!

    thank you wenger. what a loser.

  9. Opti

    9 December 2012 at 15:52

    Bloody hell… Robin van PERFECT!!! Brilliant performance. Key pass on first goal, got a goal/assist wrongly disallowed, scores winner in injury time!!!!!!!!!!!

    Great performance all around. Couple blips in 2nd half from Evra (caught out of position) and Young (missed key passes)! Vally seemed off and I presume he was injured all game… maybe our worst player.

    Top performers:
    Rooney — didn’t break from Fergie’s claim that Rooney would perform. Well take goals!
    RvP — silent effort but absolutely brilliant!!
    Rafael — does anyone even remember the Reading game… he is gonna be so good!
    Carrick — silent but magnificent performance!!!
    Rio — slowed down in 2nd half but clinical clearance to prevent Aguero sliding in.

    Evra had an interesting game. Outstanding 1st half of attacking and suspect per normal defending…

    I AM BUZZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Win at Chelsea, win at Etihad… someone tell me it doesn’t smell like #20!

    • vida dollar

      9 December 2012 at 16:05

      You forgot win at anfield…Dream season.I’m just glad that we played our best 11 for a change and it paid off.No fooling around with Scholes & Giggs this time around.Now that we’ve beaten everyone around us we need to concerntrate on the ‘norwiches’ else these super efforts will come to nought.Let’s make the most of the Xmas period to give ourselves a chance in champs league.GGMU!

    • Sahal

      9 December 2012 at 16:22

      @Opti: Cleverley also went missing in the second half.Carrick was amazing!

  10. tonymontanna4united

    9 December 2012 at 16:07

    Fucking get in, what a performance, what a result. One of the most satisfying games ive seen from us in a long long time.
    Save for the first 10 mins, we were on top of city throughout. Our passing was excellent, defensively overall we were sound (smalling was fantastic when he came on) although disappointing we still conceeded twice, our work rate and energy was impressive, overall just a fantastic 90 minutes from us.
    Thing is games such as this leave me annoyed because you watch this game and see that with the right personnel and sensible tactics being deployed, were a much better team than our performances 90% of the time suggest.
    Were still 3 top class signings off challenging in europe, but domestically atleast with the right team selections like today, were a class above everyone else in the league.
    Just need fergie to stop pissing about with team selections, going for the sentiemental choices of giggs, scholes, fletcher etc, stop chopping and changing, getting a nice run together and hopefully approaching january still top and in a position to bring in that midfielder we still lack.
    Its just like us these days though to undo all that good work today by approaching the sunderland game next week by starting giggs, scholes and fletcher, and seeing yet another frustrating, disjointed performance from us again.
    Hope not, because that would be such a waste after such a brilliant 90 minutes today.

  11. colver

    9 December 2012 at 16:19

    Yeah. If we can fix the problems at the back we will win the Premier League comfortably because no-one else comes close to having our firepower and if we keep Carrick in midfield where he is at his best and make better use of Cleverley and Anderson and use Giggs and Scholes sparingly we will muddle through.

    Ferguson has always set his teams up for Premier League success and certainly this team looks good enough to win the title

    But its not over yet. City’s star players have been terribly poor compared to last season and I think they have a lot of room for improvement.

    Whereas you cannot see us continuing to average 2-3 goals a game even with Van Persie and Rooney. So for me the real factor deciding whether or not we win the title is whether we can get our defence up to scratch

  12. Owen

    9 December 2012 at 16:24

    Thank you Arsene for giving us Persie and not selling Nasri.

    • The_Philosopher

      9 December 2012 at 22:38

      @Owen: Thats so significant what you just said there Owen.

      Van Persie is a much better quality player than the mercenary Nasri.

      And if we had bought Nasri from Arsenal I believe there would be little to no chance of us subsequently getting Van Persie as well.

      What difference Van Persie makes

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  14. Onkar

    9 December 2012 at 17:15

    Brilliant… Brilliant and Brilliant what else…. it can be….

  15. The_Philosopher

    9 December 2012 at 17:54

    This season we have beaten Chelsea, City, Arsenal and Liverpool.

    Its advantage United in the title race.

    What a game this Manchester derby was!

    100points!! to Ferguson for leaving Giggs and Scholes out of it.

    Cleverley did a great job keeping things tidy in midfield. He brought energy and solidity.

    Another 10 points to Ferguson for trusting him in such a big game.

    Robin Van Perfect is definately the difference. What a signing he is. He brings so much quality into the side.(And key goals and assists)

    Him and Rooney carried us today. Rooney also had two great touches in his first goal. He is such a quality striker! I’m feeling a bit sheepish for suggesting he play in midfield.(but he can do a job there too)

    The combination of Rooney and Van Persie was superb today.

    Carrick and Cleverly did a great job in midfield. They kept us competitive.

    Valencia and Rafael were also amazing on the right flank. They are our silent assassins. They are always giving opposition defenses too much heat to deal with. They combine so well.

    10points to Ferguson for choosing Rafael over Smalling at right back.

    Rafa set Rooney up for his second goal. Great assist from Rafael. What a player he’s turning into.

    Ferdinand had a great game! Great sweep to deny Aguero.

    Well done to Evans also.

    Young and Patrice also put in decent shifts.

    I think De Gea is ready to play as our full time no.1. Fergie must stop the rotation now. Lindegaard has no advantage over De Gea in my view.

    What a great all round team performance. It was lovely to see.

    City were a bit off their game as well I think. Mancini shot himself in the foot by starting Balotelli.

    I’m so proud of our boys. Hopefully now they will kick on from here and find third and fourth gear.

    I would like to see Powell given a chance in December as well. So much potential and quality in that young man. He is one of the best players in his age bracket the world over.

    And Smalling needs to be brought along now as well. He needs to play alongside Vidic or Ferdinand, but he must play all the time now.

    This is was a turning point in our season. Lets turn the screw now.

  16. colver

    9 December 2012 at 19:14

    Yeah The Philosopher agree with that. Ferguson used to bottle the big games but now he is taking brave decisions and not falling back on Scholes and Giggs and negative tactics.

    Both Anderson and Cleverley have energy and that is something we need in midfield as in Carrick we already have a slow possession footballer. Scholes is overkill and his lack of legs is too much of a liability while Giggs simply isn’t a central midfielder and it has been showing the last two seasons.

    All this talk at the start of the season about Rooney being phased out has proven to be rubbish. If we’ve learnt anything we should never doubt Rooney or sacrifice him for the good of the team. He is the perfect foil for Van Persie.

    God knows why we bought Kagawa as I can’t see how he’ll get a game. Can you imagine dropping Rooney or Van Persie? I think he is gonna have to learn to like playing on the wing.

  17. Owen

    9 December 2012 at 19:51

    What was scout’s report on Hart…?Going to make bid in January or not..? 😆

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