Man Utd 2010/11 Season Fixtures Announced

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United kick off their new season by welcoming Newcastle United back to the Premiership at Old Trafford. Oh, and the Premiership also opens with Liverpool v Arsenal and Spurs v Man City.

We’re also going to be having back-to-back clashes with Arsenal and Chelsea twice — in December and late April/early May.

The title run-in seems a bit tough with a whole bunch of away trips. Anyway, here are some of the fixtures, and for obvious legal reasons we can’t post all of them. So head over to the site to read the rest. Of course, get back and discuss them here.

Early Phase:

Sat Aug 14 Newcastle United H
Sat Aug 21 Fulham A
Sat Aug 28 West Ham United H
Sat Sep 11 Everton A
Sat Sep 18 Liverpool H

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  1. @donibrasco: No mate I don’t see your point entirely. I think Rooney is a great player but he is an inflexible player and his consistency and reliability at clutch time remains an issue. I mean he scored over 30 goals for Manchester United last season mate. Hardly an average player. My point was that his inflexibility and his style has become somewhat predictable and I think it affects the play of everyone around him and all I am saying is that for the money we could get for him, Fergie could rebuild this team and also give it a fresh new look and feel. The the only things I hate about Rooney are his immaturity and temper as well as his inability to regain his form fast enough after an injury layoff. For me Rooney is a truly great player but a player with nagging issues that frustrate all of us

  2. @Stephen – It seems my money is still safe at the moment on Holland, who just made it in their game today 1-0. They are out of the groups now right?

  3. @Grognard: Bent also scored nearly than number of goals with non-existent support from others.Then he must be world’s best player.
    Great players should do something at their own.The fact is ( you also know) that Rooney did not scored a single goal from Outside the box last season and was the worst regular free kick taker in whole Europe.
    He is a great player only because he is English.He is no way in top 10 players in the world.

  4. @Stephen: Sorry mate but the fans have every right in the world to boo their socks off. You are not one of those poor bastards that took time off from work, spent a small fortune to fly to South Africa and book accommodations only to watch your national team mail it in like a bunch of spoilt petulant brats. Rooney was way out of line with his outburst and highly unappreciative of the sacrifice that thousands of supporters made to follow his rancid ass to South Africa only to see him float along aimlessly on the pitch, screw up every first touch he got and then put them down after the team came off after one of the worst England performances in recent memory.

    You don’t put down the fans mate. The fans are you, they represent all of us. I will never take the side of a bunch of spoilt millionaires who complain about us treating them badly when their play and lack of desire is abusing and killing our spirits. They should be ashamed of the way they are playing and the lack of passion and desire they are showing in their first two games as well as the lack of skill we all assumed they had. Fans have every right to boo their team when things are going far worse than expected. They pay their hard earned money to be entertained and they aren’t. It’s not just about winning or losing. I would cheer them on if they lost but put up an effort the way the US did yesterday. The US showed heart, desire and hunger not too mention typical American pride and togetherness. England players showed none of that and they looked to actually despise each other on the pitch after bad things would happen. They are not better or no worse than France but are lucky to have come out of both games with a point unlike France.

    Sorry mate but i just don’t agree with you despite the overall makeup and home base form most of these fans. Like I said, if I spent close to 10K to go see my team play and was served up that shite, I’d be lambasting them from the stands as well. And rightly so.

  5. @Phoenix Red: You are welcome to think that way mate and I respect it 100%. In fact I admire it but I do not agree with it I’m sorry to say. I am not for fans booing their team unfairly but the England team deserves to be booed as they are a disgrace and an embarrassment. And like I brought up to Stephen, I think I would blow a gasket screaming at them if I had paid the money they did to go down there and be served up a big platter of festering shit. Sorry mate but the fans have the right as long as their booing does not transform itself into something far worse. In Ancient Rome I would simply stand up boo and give the thumbs down for the winning gladiator to put the losers out of their’s and ours misery.

  6. @colver: I also think their disease is not being able to do anything constructive when they have the ball. Possession is overrated. Inter Milan won the CL with many games where they had far less possession but were able to soak up pressure and the be dangerous with a lightning fast and efficient counter attack. Possession is a nice thing to have but only if you are doing things with it and not dicking around. For all of England’s woes yesterday, what exactly did Algeria do from an attacking point of view that makes their ball possession statistic impressive? Absolutely nothing.

  7. @Owen: Right now I am down on Rooney but no way do I agree with you there. Ask every world expert on thegame and they will all pick Rooney in their top 5 players worldwide. But the lad does have weaknesses and issues but so does Messi and Ronaldo. The perfect player does not exist, not even in my beloved German camp. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ The bottom line is that Rooney ‘s play is hampered by a number of conditions that have led to things looking very gloomy right now. The number one reason is simple mate, he’s plum exhausted. There’s no fuel in his tank right now and he needs a good month off where he can get away from football. I don’t wish ill on England but for the sake of Man Utd’s season, I hope England are eliminated in their next game so that he can leave and go on a long holiday. To prolong his agony and fatigue by advancing is just wasting him more as England have zero chance of lifting the Cup. So my feelings are better now than later. My concern is United, not England.

  8. @Grognard: Then Rooney should take retirement from International Football because no player can play any international game after taking good rest.Due to club fixtures,the international games are always scheduled in such a way that you have to play without having proper rest and then perform.He is exhausted is not an excuse because there are number of players who have played even more than him in the season and are still performing well without shouting at the fans.
    You only said yesterday that you are not surprised because Rooney has not done any miracles in any big games whether it was against Inter,Barca,Chelsea….Was he exhausted then also?

  9. All this criticism of Rooney is unwarranted. He is obviously unfit and carrying an injury. He hasn’t played well since March and it is largely because he was rushed back from injury by Fergie because we were still in the title race, Berbatov was playing shit, Owen was injured and there was no-one else.

    We all know that Rooney will lie through his teeth to play even when he is injured and just like Fergie, Capello thinks he can’t do without Rooney so still plays him.

    If Capello had the balls we all thought he did, he would have rested Rooney until the second round and played Defoe. Rooney in his current state is no use to any team.

    It was the same with Ronaldo. He had a great season in 2007/8. Got injured. Played through injury the first half of the season and did shit. But then second half of the season once he had recovered from injury he started to hit top form.

    The same thing has happened with Messi many times. It happens to everyone.

    England will get knocked out pretty soon so Rooney will get a nice rest and will hopefully be fresh and injury free to start next season.

    As for the big game criticism you do have a bit of a point. But people said the same about Ronaldo. It comes with time. He is still young. Also as a striker it is pretty difficult to play well if you get crap service.

    Also for Manchester United in the past Rooney would get put on the wing in the big games and given a team role so it was difficult for him to shine. He did very well in his first season for us as a lone striker, and over the coming years he will continue to grow in that position.

  10. @Owen: Actually yes, he was exhausted then. All those games were late season games and considering Fergie never rests him because he is so dependent on him for his success, Wayne get overused and burns out with about a quarter of a season to go. He’s not like many other players because he goes full out and works his ass off. That takes a toll on him. And lets not forget his bad smoking habit. Can’t be doing him any good either.

  11. @Grognard: This is just an excuse.If some one is exhausted then it does not mean that he cant even pass a simple ball to his team mate.A so called WORLD CLASS striker has not have a single shot on goal after 2 matches against the likes of USA and Algeria.Wow.I have never heard something like this.Even Heskey has forced one save from GK.

  12. @donibrasco: YOU FUCK πŸ˜† πŸ˜† You fucking mug, I bet you were shaking when you posted that you thick cunt, I tell you one thing you anti Rooney pro Glazer muppet e-mail me your address and I will be happy to meet you, I bleed red, white and black and one thing I will say those colours don’t run.

  13. @Grognard: Trust me mate England fans are awful uneducated neanderthal fuckwits, probably what you think about me at the moment πŸ˜‰ I have been to games when the Gar and Phil Nev, Scholes and Beckham have been booed when the team has been announced on the tannoy, totally pathetic.
    The team were poor no doubt but for me it should be all for one and one for all, but the bitterness of somes fans wants England to fail sometimes and I bet Tonymontanna, Traverse, Craig would agree. But the players need to perform and currently they are not.

  14. @Stephen: Even Pompey fans support their team knowing before the start of match only that they will loose.But they know that they lack quality.

    But English fans are not all guilty.For last 1 year ,they were promised that this is going to be their year.Each English player was made world class by the media.Rooney was made better than Messi.They were told that we will easily beat likes of Spain,Brazil..But they struggled against Algeria.Even Capello declared that we are perfect and everything looks OK.Fans have right to criticize their team when they see Heskey starting the match,SWP coming ahead of Cole and a bastard Carragher starting the match.

  15. @Owen: how many times did Ronaldo score against Inter, Barca or Chelsea.Yes Ronaldo scored vital goals in Europe for us, eg Porto, Arsenal and Chelsea. But Rooney has also scored important goals as well, eg AC milan in two different ties, one being a semi final, Roma away when we were down to ten men, Bayern away last season. You are being selective with the evidence mate. All the Rooney bashers are having a field day and it appears that objectivity has no place in this debate.
    Im a fan of Rooney and must admit that he was atrocious last night. But I agree with Craig, he was ducking out of tackles at times, and that would indicate to me that he has a problem some where that he maybe is hiding. For some players this can be ok, but for a player whose game is all about pace, power, movement and aggressiveness it would be a big handicap. Whatever the reason might be, something, either mentally, pysically, or both is effecting him. Combined with the fact that England have failed to create one single clear cut chance for him in 180 mins of football and you have to ask yourself what chance does he have to shine. England are rubbish on the flanks, Nani and Valencia would both easily get into the England team, and both have created a fair chunk of Rooneys goals last season. How many chances have the English widemen served up for him? Capello really missed a trick in not selecting Adam johnson for the left side. Virtually no top team consistantly plays 4-4-2. This would have allowed him to play a genuine 4-5-1 with Johnson on the left, Lennon or SWP on the right, with a central three of Barry, Gerrard and Lampard, or my trio of Barry, Gerrard and Cole, with either Cole of Gerrard pushing on to support Rooney. This would have beem a far more balanced team that would have also allowed the manager to have big players on the bench to change things if needed. Rooneys performances have been poor so far, no doubt about it. But lets try to be real in our criticism of him, hes a top player, but he cant do it on his own. No top player ever did, despite the myths some would have you believe about Pele and Maradonna. Both had legendary World cups, but both were ably supported by their team mates.

  16. @Fred the Red: Hey Fred – I thought you’d emigrated mate – long time no show πŸ˜† . You looking forward to next season then? Or are you as worried as the rest of us?

  17. Mmmmmmm I’ve just read a worrying article in the telegraph supported by body language psychologists, and they all agree that Rooney is in mental meltdown. They say that the England Managament team are concerned that he is under far too much pressure for a young man, and it should be remembered that he is still a young man. Capello apparently is very concerned about Rooney, and says he is fully fit physically, but his pressure is in the mind, and he is emotionally fragile. Seriously if they are so concerned, because Rooney and some others in the England team are haunted and very fearful of failure, then Rooney should be kept out of the games to help his peace of mind. Am I wrong about this, and if so or what do you all think?

  18. @CraigMc: To drop Rooney would have an adverse effect and make things worse. The problem as I see it has been created partially by the English media. They constantly overhype or tear down teams or players, and have done for as long as I can remember mate, there is no balance. Talent wise, Rooney is as good a British player as I have seen. But mentally I think he is not as strong as Ronaldo or Messi.I think his cuurent problems are down to the pressure that he is being put under, and that he is not 100 percent fit. He feels it more when he is not performing as he can and can sometimes go into his shell, which is why he is a streaky player. Also, he is a player who is at his best whenever he plays week in week out. His physicall attributes seem to thrive whenever he is kept on the go. Because of his stocky build and tendency to puff up when he is not playing, it takes him a few weeks to really hit his stride when he is returning from injury. Most footballers are naturally lean and the addition of a few temporary lbs would not effect them. But players like Rooney, Tevez, Gazza and even Maradonna need to be almost 100 percent fit before you can see them truly shine. An 80 percent fit Rooney is not as good as a 70 percent fit Giggs or Gerrard, Its down to thier physical make up, eg Ronaldhino who when 100 percent is a genius, but when only 80 percent fit is a passenger. Whatever the reasons are, and I think team selections have contributed to the problems, he does not look a happy camper, and some of the criticism that he has recieved is not fair on the kid.

  19. @CraigMc: as for next season, as it stands, I think that we will be more consistent than last season with players like Nani and Valencia improving. I think the team as it stands if we are able to hold on to everybody will compete strongly and will have benefitted from playing for a season without Ronaldo. Nani, Raphael and Valencia have shown huge potential and should go to the next level. So, in answer to your question, no, Im not as pessimistic as some fans.
    But if you are asking me would we benifit from a few good signings then the answer would be a definate yes. I genuinley think that Hernandez will prove to be a very good signing. He looks be be a naturally excellent finisher with good movement in the last third and a turn of pace that would trouble most defenders. He is the fans favourite from a Mexican point of view and has had to put up with a fair amount of expectation, so far he has taken it all in his stride.
    The addition of some one with a bit of guile and craft like Hamsic, Diego or Sanchez would leave me fairly happy with our squad Craig. Not completley happy, but happy enough that it would enable us to be better than last aeason, which was always going to be be a difficult season anyway, and as it turned out, wasnt as bad as most predicted.

    Thats the footballing side of things mate, but from the financial side of things Craig, Im defo not as happy with the situation.

  20. With Rooney it is a combination of physical and mental. He isn’t fully fit and is still carrying an injury, but he desperately wants to impress for England and is getting frustrated and completely losing it mentally and forcing everything and getting into a negative spiral.

    He needs to conserve energy, relax, focus on the basics and have faith in his ability.

    Fred, you are totally right, with your observations about the nature of Rooney’s game meaning he is only effective when he is match fit and fully physically fit.

    He loses his touch worryingly easily. What he needs is a game where we completely dominate, give him lots of the ball so he can get his touch and confidence back and hopefully bag a few goals.

    But that is going to need a huge team performance from the rest of the useless bunch of muppets in the England team and Slovenia aren’t going to roll over after seeing our recent performances.

    The thing about Rooney is that he is not a saviour. He is not like Ronaldo or Messi who you can give the ball to and let them do the rest.

    But if you surround Rooney with good players he will excel, score goals, take apart defences and is as effective as any striker in the world.

    Rooney was very effective for England in qualifying. But then the whole team played better in qualifying and gave him good service and he took his chances which is all you can ask of a striker.

    The problem is that Capello and the media hype up Rooney as though he can win the world cup singlehandedly, which is rubbish.

    Even Ronaldo looked average playing for Portugal because he was surrounded by rubbish players in a team with rubbish tactics.

    I dont see England turning things around.

    But if England get knocked out early Rooney will get a month off to recover from his injury, and he will return fresh to Old Trafford and be welcomed by the vastly superior service of Valencia and Nani (both of whom would walk into this England team) and delight in being in a winning team again where he can concentrate on doing his job confident in his team members.

  21. @colver: I agree, Capello could take the pressure of him by playing a 5 man midfield. this would give England more possession which should in turn give Rooney more opportunity to get on the end of things should the possession be turned into chances or play in the opponents last third,which is were he should be told to stay. Instead Capello plays 4 against 5 in midfeild which allows the oppostion more of the ball which limits Englands forwards involvement. He has been poor so far, theres no argument about that. But you could count on one hand, or maybe 2 fingers, how many times his team mates have put him in positions were he can be dangerous. Thats not good enough, and most, if not all strikers would struggle to find their rythym in such circumstances.
    Capello had the opportunity to pick a genuine left sided player who has a bit of pace, a bit of skill, and who has a nice left foot in Adam Johson, and I think he really missed a trick by not picking him.
    Instead England have no alternative but to play a right footed player on the left, and very rarely do you see a steady supply line from the left whenever this happens. Again, not good if your a striker.

  22. @Owen: Easy to say from the tactical position of a couch potato mate. Look at Rooney’s last half dozen games for United where he did sweet fuck all too. He was hurting and he was exhausted. I can’t speak for you mate but I have played organized team sports and I know what long seasons are like and what fatigue does not only to the body but the mind. You just stop reacting fast enough, you don’t have that extra gear that’s needed and above all, you lose concentration and focus. I can recall this because I have experienced it playing sports. Rooney is playing football at the very highest level where any downgrade from his very best makes him one of the also rans. Look at Ronaldo’s struggles at the beginning of 2008/09 when he came back from surgery. How long did it take him to get back to his real self? and at least he had a couple of months off. Rooney has had no break at all and was worked into the ground by Fergie. So cut him a break and stop blaming him for being human and for having a gas gauge that shows empty.

  23. @Stephen: I don’t think that of you at all mate. I just think you are a passionate fan who has the temper of a Wayne Rooney. And that’s not a condemnation as I too suffer from the same affliction. I understand your frustration with DonnieBrasco but getting personal and in his face like that is only going to get you in trouble. I know because I too have been set off by many in the past and it’s difficult to contain ones anger and frustration. I just ask you to please try because I like you on this blog as you are one of the more intelligent posters when not mad as Heck. I’d hate to see you getting the boot just because you refuse to allow one man his right to speak his mind. He has a right mate even if what he says gets on our nerves. Just disagree with him, help him see the errors of his ways and move on. Still that’s easy for me to say to you but not as easy for me to practice what I preach when I get pissed off. πŸ˜€ Anyway, calm down mate because he’s not worth getting banned over. Nobody is. Relax kick your shoes off and have an ale on me and think bright shiny thoughts like the Glazer’s being systematically eliminated by a secret covert Black Ops organization or something romantic like that. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  24. According to Daily Mail:

    But on the basis of his two performances so far, I fear that Rooney has turned into something of an overblown, overpaid, over hyped halfwit.

    He’s not just been poor. He’s been shocking. And he’s getting worse. He was bad against the United States, but quite extraordinarily horrendous against Algeria.

    I couldn’t believe what I was watching. If he wasn’t failing even to exercise basic control of the ball, he was flailing rubbish passes into the ether, making runs that made Theo Walcott look unpredictable, and shooting like someone had replaced his gunpowder with talcum powder.

  25. Right folks. New post up. I’m a little in rant mode: a short one on Messi, a longer one on Rooney/England fans.

    Go. Head over to that thread. Cheers.

  26. @Owen: Stop smoking that stuff Owen, its affecting your judgement big time πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† .

  27. @Fred the Red: I agree Fred, that is a problem I must admit – no decent wide players to take players away from the penalty area, making space for England strikers – not just Rooney. You only have to watch UNited, where there are always two defenders leaving their positions to mark Nani, in an attempt to stop his precision crossing into the box, and the same with Valencia at times! England need width, to make that room in the box, and I am sure we would have seen more goals. Lennon hasn’t beaten defenders and got by them anywhere near enough, same on the left side of MF too. If they have to come inside, it is a waste of space having them in the team. But then one feels like they are talking to themself over this issue! And your dead right about Johnsom.

  28. @Stephen: My address?Retarded bastard!Now you are an internet gangsta? I dont care what you bleed mate you just have to use your brain if you have any to know that people post what they want.Oooops i forgot you are going to shoot me through my laptop!

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