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Manchester United on TV: Premier League title chances and Champions League survival at stake

After a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Benfica in the UEFA Champions League, United will hope to correct their indifferent form of the past few weeks as they seek to keep in touch with City in the title race and make progress in their cup competitions.

After a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Benfica in the UEFA Champions League, United will hope to correct their indifferent form of the past few weeks as they seek to keep in touch with City in the title race and make progress in their cup competitions. The 19-time league champions are ready for a busy month ahead as the race for honours hots up.

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Manchester United v Crystal Palace

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men will play against the Eagles on Wednesday 30th November, kick-off at 19:45 BST. United will be confident of disposing of the Championship side after already seeing off Leeds and Aldershot with ease. The Red Devils are likely to be a much-changed outfit for this game, with many of the younger and fringe players to be given their chance.

Despite Ferguson probably fielding a weakened side, they should coast through the contest without much fuss and cement their place into the semi-finals of the Carling Cup competition. However Dougie Freedman’s charges will not relinquish a long run in cup competition without a fight.

A fascinating encounter is to be expected at Selhurst Park as one set of players will be trying to stake their claim for a regular place in the side while the visitors will be hoping to shock the hosts and give their fans something to cheer about in spite of lingering in the second tier of domestic football.

Wednesday, 30th November 7:30pm on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports HD 2.

Basel v Manchester United

Heiko Vogel’s team will welcome their illustrious travelers in a winner-takes-all match in Switzerland. The English club have seriously struggled so far in their quest for knock-out European action and lie in second place in Group C, one point behind the already-qualified Benfica. A solitary points separates the Super League team from the three-time European champions but only a win will do for the hosts if they want to upset the odds and advance in the competition.

On paper United should claim at least a draw from this game comfortably but they’ve made a mess of this group so far. Expect the home team to put up an almighty fight in this David v Goliath clash as the hosts hope to rediscover the performance that earned them a stunning 3-3 draw at Old Trafford in the return fixture.

Wednesday, 7th December 7:45pm on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports HD 1.

QPR v Manchester United

The champions will make the trip down to Loftus Road to take on Neil Warnock’s side as the glut of festive fixtures begins to take place. The Londoners have enjoyed a Jekyll and Hyde start to their season so far as they suffered 4-0 and 6-0 hammerings from Bolton and Fulham respectively.

However they have already beaten Chelsea this season and narrowly lost 3-2 to Manchester City. The Old Trafford club on the other hand will be desperate not to lose more ground on the seemingly invincible league leaders, City, and will hope they can pick up all three points at this potential banana skin of a ground.

The feisty hosts will be hugely fired up for their mouth-watering match against the champions and will eye a big scalp to try to spring a surprise and steal something from this game. However Ferguson will have his players well-prepared for this game as he will try orchestrates the team’s smooth transition into the second half of the season by not dropping a point during the festive season.

Sunday, 18th December 12:00pm on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports HD 1.

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  1. ash is the man

    24 November 2011 at 14:58

    wow so many articles cant keep up 😆
    has any one heard about the ronaldo situation? apparently portugal are going to “sell” him to spain for 160million! I just want to say OMG!

  2. Spizzy

    24 November 2011 at 19:43

    This could be a blessing in disguise. United will draw madrid or barca and get knocked out which is what they deserve for makimg the easiest group look like the group of death.
    Anyway we wont be in europe and can focus on things we can actually win.
    I see the title race very much like the two games we have played city this will go into 2012 leading,whoever thinks the rentboys,gooner or scouse can stop them is clearly deluded. What we do in january will decide where the title goes,bring some fresh blood in january and like in the charity shield,we will capitalize on city’s mistakes n go on and snatch the title,do nothing and hope these current bunch can do shit and we will be out of the race by march.

    • Moscow is my heaven

      24 November 2011 at 21:54

      Nothing like a bit of optimism eh? 😈

      There is no value in the market according to Fergie, so why bother, when we have top quality midfield maestros like Anderson? 🙄

      I can’t even see us buy anyone in the summer let alone January.

      • Stephen

        25 November 2011 at 10:30

        Spot on this site should be re-named Red Negatives, we have lost one game all season…….

  3. colver

    24 November 2011 at 22:15

    The selling Ronaldo to Spain story was a bad April Fool’s day joke.

    Yeah all these articles are overwhelming. I’m not sure which thread to comment on. In contrast to other games nobody really seems around to discuss the Benfica game.

    But a few points I wanted to talk about.

    Jay Wire talked about relying more on youth. To be fair to Ferguson nobody was expecting him to promote Welbeck and Cleverley to the first team. WHile Jones got way more game time than anyone expected. And going with Anderson and Cleverley in the early games of the season was a total surprise to everyone.

    But his cowardly team selections in the domestic cups (no Pogba or Morrison preferring instead to give game time to Giggs and Park) stank of the ancien regime.

    Then Ferguson pays for his sins as an injury crisis forces Rooney into midfield which puts an end to his goalscoring streak.

    And even worse manages to screw up an easy Champions League group so we do not have the luxury of trying out some of the youngsters in Europe.

    Now with City in a clear lead no doubt Ferguson feels there is no room for error and Pogba and Morrison will spend the season in the reserves while we endure more of Fletcher, Park and Anderson.

    Papers link us to Rodriguez, Sneijder, Goetze, Martinez.

    I don’t see any of those deals happening this January (or in summer for that matter).

    I really cannot contemplate any eventuality when Ferguson will buy a central midfielder.

    • Moscow is my heaven

      24 November 2011 at 22:56

      Spot on as usual Colver.

      We shouldn’t sign Sneijder because Rooney has been SUCH a great success in midfield for us 🙄 🙄

      It will demand immense courage and patience to watch our cowardice unravel if we are drawn against Real, Barca or Bayern in the Champions League.

      Oh, and in our reverse fixture against City, our hopes are pinned on Cleverley single-handedly taking on City’s midfield quartet. Wonderful.

      • Stephen

        25 November 2011 at 10:32

        Don’t forget we have Anderson who in the Summer was going to be PFA player of the year………. We should have sold Berba who would have raised the cash we needed for Sneijder.

  4. John Tring

    25 November 2011 at 10:18

    Suddenly, Crystal Palace is the biggest game of the season for Utd, a must win game. So that come February, SAF can claim he has delivered another trophy ( assuming, of course Utd beat Palace and 2 more teams…Now nothing is sure). Conceding 3 against Basel ( yes, not Barca ) and 2 against Benfica at home? Just how bad can this team become? Of course City scored 6 and that is not so bad considering the other results!

    • Stephen

      25 November 2011 at 10:34

      Really, the biggest game,give me a break. We have lost one game this season, some United fans have been spolit, if that is a disater then maybe you should support Real or Barca.

      • jos

        25 November 2011 at 15:10

        So is it like Real or Barca dont lose any games!

        I think such fans shouldnt support any one team. Support only whosoever is winning. Then you are happy always. 🙂

  5. tonymontanna4united

    25 November 2011 at 16:41

    Looks like anderson is out until february then so its gonna have to be fletch, carrick, giggs and gibson to see us through.
    Somewhat predictably, it seems fergie has all but ruled out making any additions during the transfer window.

    “It is easy to say you are going to buy players but it is not easy to buy them for Manchester United, especially in January,” he said.
    “I do not see anyone who could make us a better team. There are two or three players but they are not available, so there is no point even going there.”

    I have to ask, i wonder who on earth those 3 players are, and that im sorry to say if 3 players are the best our scouting pool can find, then we really need some bloody new scouts.
    Even aside from the usual sneijder, gotze, schweinsteiger talk who we all knew we had next to no chance of getting anyway, how about any one of martinez, rodwell, bannan, m’villa, tiote, fellaini, sandro, kagawa off the top of my head, all of whom would be massive improvements on what weve got, and £20m would guarantee most of their signatures tomorrow if that was put on the table.
    Cant stand this “we cant find anyone so lets just leave things be” mentality we seem to have at the minute. How the hell is that ever going to help us improve?
    If we cant find anyone then how about giving some of our talented young lads a chance rather than resorting to a player we were set to get rid of last summer in gibson?
    Might be a chance for some of them to stake their claim in the manner cleverley did, and potentially save us a few quid which would seem to sit well with gill and co.
    Just anything to save me from the boredom of watching fletcher, carrick, gibson et al for about the 4th consecutive year.

    • Moscow is my heaven

      25 November 2011 at 18:08

      I do not see anyone who could make us a better team

      🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄

      Well Fergie, to be honest, I didn’t expect much more than that from you. So predictable.

      • Stephen

        26 November 2011 at 11:46

        Typical Fergie, he is blind when it comes to the most obvious problem with our side….the midfield this is the real elephant in the room.

  6. colver

    25 November 2011 at 17:54

    This makes me incredibly mad. Anderson has a genius for getting injured for long stretches of the season so that his fans still have that argument that he hasn’t got consistent game time.

    We need to ditch the guy and buy a quality attacking midfielder. Especially as Cleverley seems to be pretty injury prone as well. Amderson is terribly inconsistent, gets injured every season, does not score does not provide assists is defensively suspect and in general is a terrible player. He has been at the club for almost five years now. And still he has not established himself at the club.

    To me this is a sign he simply isn’t good enough.

    Cleverley has quite easily made it into the first team in his first season. Reason being he is good enough and consistent enough that the manager cannot drop him. Anderson has some good games but before long he has a few bad games and we cannot carry any passengers at this club.

    As for Gibson he has been at the club for ages and Fergie has so little faith in him he would rather play Rooney in midfield than Gibson. Why we did not sell him along with Brown and O’Shea I have no idea.

    If Anderson and Cleverley are out lets at least see what Pogba can do and play Carrick in a more advanced position.

    I can think of nothing worse than three months of Carrick and Fletcher in the middle of the park.

    • Moscow is my heaven

      25 November 2011 at 18:05

      Consistent run of games argument is the Anderson fanbase favourite one to use.

      He has been an epic failure at this club. Few, if any United players get away with playing at the level he has and lasting 4-5 years.

      What’s funny is that he’s hyped up as being an attacking midfielder, and Fergie is accused of playing him out of position by Ando-fans. It’s a shame that he can’t pass, dribble or shoot. 🙄

      • Stephen

        26 November 2011 at 11:43

        Amen to that brother..

  7. Craig Mc

    26 November 2011 at 08:38

    If United get knocked out of the CL in Switzerland, then we suffer huge financial loss, and the hope of players coming in will be ZERO ZERO ZERO. Oh wait, according to Sir Ferg that is already the case. Man Utd the club who bring in more annual income than anybody else globally, and yet STILL MANAGE TO SUFFER LOSS – fuck the Glazers and fuck David Gill who have fucked our club royally!

    • Stephen

      26 November 2011 at 11:44

      Amen to that again brother..

  8. colver

    26 November 2011 at 13:07

    I don’t see us failing to qualify. All we need to do is draw with Basel. We will have Vidic back, Rooney back and it should be enough to help us through.

    Of course if we get drawn against Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Manich (IE a 50% possibility), then an early exit does seem on the cards. And on recent form I can still see us struggling in easier ties such as Bayer Leverkusen, Apoil and Inter.

    A 2nd round exit would probably be ideal.

    We do not have enough quality in depth to compete on two fronts and we seem to be very injury prone as a team.

    Playing fewer games will allow more consistent team selection, reduced chance of injury and with our first XI playing most of the time we have a chance of winning the title.

    Forget Europe for now. Youth cannot win European titles. But Youth can win the league and in a few years time our youngsters may be ready for an assault on Barcelona.

    Financially there is not a huge difference between reaching the 2nd round and reaching the final. We are good enough to qualify but not good enough to win it.

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