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If reports are to be believed Rooney is out with a stomach bug, and is left out of the trip to Craven Cottage. But going by recent trends, he might as well make it to the starting XI bust a gut, perform somersaults and end it with a split. Not that it would make pretty viewing, but since the official site says nothing about him being left out (so far) make of that what you will.

But despite that, it’s a bit odd that I am not worried. I would like Rooney to get more matches to regain his form of last season, but the promise Hernandez has shown means that it gives us more opportunity to see the Mexican international in action.

This can only be good. We don’t have to rely heavily on Rooney’s fitness if Hernandez, Berbatov and Owen (Macheda to a lesser extent) step up to shoulder the burden.

In midfield, we have the familiar problem we’ve had for a while now. Scholes cannot be expected to replicate his brilliant form. (If he does it will be a miracle of nature.) Carrick needs to step in, and, along with him, Anderson. Question marks are over Andersonโ€”we really don’t know what shape he’s in. Fletcher can be relied upon. But Carrick has to shed his indifferent form from last year. But all this is familiar territory.

As for the first XI, I highly doubt Fergie will change from last week, even if he hasn’t really fielded the same XI in consecutive matches for a long time. Park could be selected to play in the wing because Fulham can be a tricky place to be. And if Park is selected it will most likely be a 4-3-3 formation with Nani on the other wing.

But if he were to stick with a 4-4-2โ€”which is what I think he’ll go withโ€”he’ll stick with the same XI (except Rooney, if reports are to be believed.) I would hope Rafael is played at right back from the start.

Prediction: 2-0 to the reds.

83 Comments

83 Comments

  1. Owen

    27 August 2010 at 22:18

    @[OPTI]Madschester United: Please interchange the positions of Nani and Valencia.

  2. Owen

    27 August 2010 at 22:20

    @elvido: The fact is Fletcher had a good last year and Carrick had a one bad season in United Shirt.
    Carrick of 2008-09 is still better than Fletcher.

  3. Owen

    27 August 2010 at 22:25

    For those who say that Barca and Real Madrid are the only competitive teams in Spain,Atletico Madrid trashed the Europe champions two zero and they were Ninth last season.

  4. EduardoDaVinci4

    27 August 2010 at 22:33

    Back as a midfield enforcer! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ Been missing getting stuck in like that and dictate the game! Aaaah, sweet. ๐Ÿ˜€

    So, what are we talking about?

  5. EduardoDaVinci4

    27 August 2010 at 22:37

    @Owen: A team with Aguero, Forlan and Suarez can never be written off. Not suprised they beat the shit out of a Rafa team! ๐Ÿ˜†

    Oh, and one of my best mates is a Juve fan. As some of you may know, they were drawn in the Europa League group with City. Man, that is gonna be a effing sweet match! Fireworks, yeah baby! :mrgreen: I think it’s actually the first time we are gonna root for the same team. Go Juve!

  6. Owen

    27 August 2010 at 23:14

    @EduardoDaVinci4: Who is Suarez?One plays for Ajax.
    And Shitty is 5 times the team Juventus is. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

  7. EduardoDaVinci4

    27 August 2010 at 23:29

    @Owen: Simao* Sorry, really long day, exhausted ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    Juve have sold Diego to Wolfsburg, but strengthened their team with Krasic, Pepe, and now Quagliarella and Capdevilla. They are gonna be a force to be reckoned with this season…

  8. Owen

    27 August 2010 at 23:42

    @EduardoDaVinci4: Team who strikers are Amauri and Del Piero can not be a force.Yaya will keep Juve’s midfield in his back pocket. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

  9. EduardoDaVinci4

    27 August 2010 at 23:45

    @Owen: Iaquinta, Quagliarella, Amauri and Del Piero? And they play 4-2-3-1, so either of those four will start. And their all good

  10. Grognard

    27 August 2010 at 23:52

    This is very depressing. We spend 7.5 million on a royal piece of garbage and for 10 million we could have gotten a top quality box to box midfielder with attractive tattoos. ๐Ÿ™„

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/aug/27/liverpool-sign-raul-meireles-porto

  11. Owen

    27 August 2010 at 23:57

    @EduardoDaVinci4: Hope so because i really hate Inter.But i like Milan because of Ronaldinho and Pato.They will be a force with Bitch coming there.A front three of Ibra,Ronaldinho and Pato will be superb.I think Serie A will be interesting this time and Likes of Genoa,Lazio,Sampdoria ,Fiorentina will force the top 4 to struggle.

  12. Owen

    28 August 2010 at 00:01

  13. EduardoDaVinci4

    28 August 2010 at 00:03

    @Owen: Roma will win, they are fucking immense

  14. EduardoDaVinci4

    28 August 2010 at 00:05

    @Owen: Amazing ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

  15. Owen

    28 August 2010 at 00:11

    @EduardoDaVinci4: I always wanted to see Totti in United Shirt.

  16. Owen

    28 August 2010 at 00:20

    Who will be sacked first?

    Roberto Martinez or Rafa Benitez.

    My Answer : Mr. Fact

  17. EduardoDaVinci4

    28 August 2010 at 00:21

    @Owen: De Rossi here

  18. EduardoDaVinci4

    28 August 2010 at 00:24

    Toyi eshghe avalam, toyi eshghe akharam
    Vaghti kenare mani az hame asheghtaram
    Bezar begam bedoni, cheghadr toro doost daram
    Bezar begam delam ro faghat be to misporam
    Bezar begam ke bi to, gham too delam neshaste
    Shadi az inja rafte, bare safaro baste

  19. Owen

    28 August 2010 at 00:28

    @EduardoDaVinci4: It seems Fergie is in mood to again start the rivalry with Professor Arsene. ๐Ÿ™„

  20. Owen

    28 August 2010 at 00:31

    @EduardoDaVinci4: What is it? ๐Ÿ˜›

  21. EduardoDaVinci4

    28 August 2010 at 00:41

    @Owen: Iranian lovesong ๐Ÿ˜† Really great song, named Bezar Bagam. Look for it on Youtube ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Owen

    28 August 2010 at 00:46

    @EduardoDaVinci4: You know that language also?? ๐Ÿ™„

  23. Owen

    28 August 2010 at 00:49

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1306901/Roberto-Mancini-Tough-Me-At-I-dont-boot-players.html.

    Mancini is really mental.Come at OT.Boots are waiting for you now. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

  24. colver

    28 August 2010 at 02:25

    LIVERPOOL have signed Raul Meireles for around ยฃ10 million.

    Another great example of the so called lack of value in the market. A World Cup international with a lot of experience.

    For just three million less we got Bebe!

  25. Owen

    28 August 2010 at 03:05

    Kaiserslautern 2-0 Bayern Munich ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ˆ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜ณ :mrgreen: ๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜Ž โ—

  26. Grognard

    28 August 2010 at 03:23

    @Owen: GROW UP YOU IMBISILE! And don’t go whining and saying this wasn’t meant for me. You know it was and unfortunately for you, you have an MO or a trail of such things I can use to defend my actions. So fuck off. ๐Ÿ˜ก ๐Ÿ˜ก You’re such an asshole. ๐Ÿ™„

  27. Grognard

    28 August 2010 at 03:25

    @Owen: A massive pile of garbage that’s equal to a lot of the crap you serve up on here. ๐Ÿ™„

  28. Owen

    28 August 2010 at 03:28

    Michael Ballack has not been chosen for the German Squad. ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ :mrgreen: ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ก

  29. elvido

    28 August 2010 at 04:52

    Eh โ“ โ“ โ“ Did I miss something? ๐Ÿ˜•

  30. elvido

    28 August 2010 at 05:03

    @EduardoDaVinci4: I would love to see De Rossi here, would be great in our midfield! Unfortunate that players like him and Totti are one-club men!

  31. elvido

    28 August 2010 at 05:05

    Apparently we made a bid for Bale http://www.footballtransfertavern.com/2010/08/premiership/levy-was-smiling-as-bale-bid-rejected-from-manchester-utd? Not that I rate this site any higher that tribalfootball.

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