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Rooney, van Persie or Aguero?

With 4 games of the Premier League season remaining, the race for honours is surging towards a thrilling crescendo, but for 3 individuals there’s a race for an accolade of their own taking place that could easily go down to the final minutes of the season.

Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero are within 6 goals of each other and each will have their eye on the Golden Boot believing their respective teams have fixtures to put them in with a realistic chance of catching, or distancing themselves, from their more than capable counterparts. The race is on, and there’s money to be made in the football betting ring!

The obvious (and possibly sensible) money is already layed down on Arsenal’s Robin van Persie. With 27 goals chalked up for the season so far, van Persie sits a hat-trick ahead of Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney but will no doubt feel that he’ll need at least one more goal to make his advantage an unassailable one. Currently available to back @ 1.2 (1/5) the market suggests punters expect him to find that goal and more and go on to take the award.

But is his form worthy of such confidence?

van Persie’s had a tremendous season (thanks in no small part to the fact he’s finally spent a full season almost injury free), but since he buried Liverpool in injury time on the 3rd of March at Anfield, he’s found the net just twice despite Arsenal’s decent run of form during that time.

Rooney on the other hand enters the final stage of the season in tremendous form; scoring goals at will he’s the chief danger to van Persie’s possible crown. Since the weekend of van Persie’s Anfield heroics Rooney has netted 7 times including twice in United’s latest triumph over Aston Villa to cut the gap between the two strikers from 8 goals to just 3 in a mere 7 games. Maybe it’s that statistic that has punters pushing Rooney’s price to a slightly skinnier than expected 4.5 (7/2).

But hold on a minute, before you rush off to back Rooney to catch and surpass van Persie in the hope his form continues and van Persie’s goals have dried up; in the games van Persie has played this season against the four teams Arsenal have left to face, he’s scored 3 v Chelsea, 2 each v Stoke and WBA and 1 v Norwich, great stats when you consider 2 goals will probably seal the deal.

In stark contrast, Rooney backers may want to look away now! In the four previous games against the remaining opposition he faces this season Rooney has failed to find the net once; with Everton, Man City, Swansea and Sunderland all finding a way to shut him out.

Those stats suggest it’s Rooney’s price  – and not van Persie’s – that’s a little on the skinny side.

It promises to be a fascinating battle between the pair, but let’s not forget about Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero quietly but dangerously looming in the background. The Argentine has returned from injury and instantly hit top gear scoring 2 goals in each of City’s last two fixtures.

Remember, unlike Arsenal (who have 3rd spot all-but tied up), City are still pushing Manchester United for the league title and have everything to play for. Their last two victories have seen City make an impressive return to form scoring 11 goals and putting daylight between themselves and United in the goal difference column.

Aguero will be keeping his fingers crossed van Persie continues to struggle and United’s opponents repeat their feat of shutting Rooney out. He’ll also need a huge effort of his own to redress the balance, he needs to score at a ratio 3:1 p/game compared to his rivals at least to stand any chance of becoming the Premier League’s top marksmen in his first season here, his odds of 26 (25/1) reflect this.

However, the current odds by bwin.com – and the entire market – could easily be blown wide open after this weekends fixtures, especially Aguero’s price; City take on almost-relegated Wolves (who have conceded an alarming 2.75 goals p/game in their last 8 games), if they capitulate, Aguero could have a field day while Rooney and van Persie face tougher opponents in Euro chasing Everton and a resurgent wounded Chelsea respectively.

Ian (@Rimmerstweets)

72 Comments

72 Comments

  1. RedDevilEddy

    19 April 2012 at 18:29

    Danny Welbeck!

    • Moscow is my heaven

      19 April 2012 at 19:39

      @RedDevilEddy: Maybe in his dreams 😈

      • RedDevilEddy

        19 April 2012 at 22:58

        @Moscow is my heaven: No in all fairness I think RvP will clinch it. He’ll score a hat-trick against Chelsea on Saturday to settle it once and for all, hopefully Wazza can do the same to Everton but I wouldn’t get my hopes up! 😆 Besides, RvP is captain on my fantasy team so he better score some freacking goals soon!

        • Opti

          20 April 2012 at 00:50

          @RedDevilEddy: I think Rooney will be starting on bench against Everton… his form has been poor and he generally gets “rested” against Everton… 🙄

        • Stephen

          20 April 2012 at 08:33

          @Opti: He gets rested at Everton not at OT..

        • Moscow

          20 April 2012 at 00:51

          @RedDevilEddy: It’s quite amazing how Rooney has scored so many goals this season despite playing in the wrong position. I guess he’s just been in the right place in the right time a lot of the time.

        • RedDevilEddy

          20 April 2012 at 11:03

          @Moscow: I beg to differ, I think this is his best position. I wrote a piece about it earlier this season, and by all accounts Wayne should always play as a holding striker. He gets most of his goals from a rebound-zone, or by arriving late in the box. Very Scholes/Fletcher-esque in the timing of his runs into the box, and it’s definately one of his strongest assets. Yeah, 14 of his goals have come from set-play(penalties, free-kicks, corners), but very rarely have we seen him score a poachers goal! I can think of a few rebounds that have fallen his way, but he’s not scrambled in a single goal this season. Which is fairly incredible when you think he’s got 33-some goals! Hernandez’ got 10, I think, with 4 of them simply being scrambled home. Newcastle, Bolton, Swansea, they’ve all been “typical” poacher goals. Wazza simply doesn’t seem to know how to score them. Which is why I doubt his credentials to be the top man, he loves the game too much and is way too explosive in his movement. I’ll never think of Wazza as someone who can lead the line of his own unless being told to, lectured about it, and then finally being forced to do it. It’s just not who he is.

        • Moscow is my heaven

          20 April 2012 at 13:34

          @RedDevilEddy: Is that why he scored 34 goals when playing as lone striker before getting a serious injury in March?

          Do we even need a poacher? Do Barca, Real Madrid, or Man City use poachers? Is RvP a poacher? Having the striker who can only score tap-ins, doesn’t that require us to play 4-4-2, which we have seen to be outdated on numerous occasions?

  2. RedDevilEddy

    20 April 2012 at 11:23

    Whenever it comes to the Champions League, and United aint in it, I’ll want the team that knocked us out to win it. If we are going to lose, it may as well be to the eventual winners. But with us being knocked out so early it wasn’t exactly easy to find a team. I want Real to win it, simply because of Ronny. It’s not that I don’t like Barca, I love them and think their football is art, but the way people talk about them as if they were a God-send is embarrasing. Yeah, they are incredible, yeah they may be one of the best teams through history, but give it a fucking break will you? 🙄 I think I got it after hearing it the first 100,000 times! I just want some other team to win so that we won’t have to hear as much about them, football is a game of phases and the sooner this “Barca-loving” phase ends the better. I think I’ll enjoy their games even more if the commentator didn’t get an orgasm every 5 minutes, including the 4 minutes of foreplay…. Chelsea I don’t want to win, Bayern don’t really play football the way I think it should be. Yeah, it’s good, some people may like it, but it’s just not my cup of tea. Too different from United, and not really something other teams should try to adjust to unlike Barca and Real. So it’s Real for me!

    I’ve still not seen a simple Champions League game since United went out though. I may see highlights and I’ll probably see the final, but whenever there’s a game on I’ll rather go out and play some footy myself. Same goes for the FA Cup, it’s Chelsea vs Liverpool… Somebody please give me one good reason to watch that game? 😆 I’ll be on the pitch enjoying myself, then get home and see the score, say “meh” and go on with life. Football just isn’t the same without United, it’s more studying than enjoyment. And honestly, what can Chelsea, Liverpool or even Bayern teach me that I don’t know already? It’s so fucking simple. Real, Bilbao, Barca, those teams are worth watching because they show you a game that is way beyond the rest of the world. You learn so much just by watching them! Movement, touch, decision making, it’s all top-notch! Yet the whole world struggles to enjoy it, or even grab knowledge of it, simply because of media hysteria. They very much force you to become an “ABU”. You’re supposed to love Barca and feel sooo lucky because you are alive to watch them, and Real is the great evil. There’s nothing in between. Love this team, hate these. Simple.

    I hope Ronny shuts everyone up, if he could send Real through to Munich and get the winner against Barca, I would love it. Luuv it! But honestly, the only thing that matters for me is that United win the Premier League. Beat Everton, beat City, Premier League Champions and my world is saved! Let’s do this, the rest of the world can wait! 😀

    • Stephen

      20 April 2012 at 12:54

      @RedDevilEddy: Supporting Ronaldo, a player who was desperate to leave us and agreed with Blatter who described his situation as slavery? Strange to me.
      I have no time for either Spanish side, simply hating Barca because they are good is pathetic, this is what people do to us. Having to support a side is also childish, can someone just watch football and be agnostic? I only support United, our rivals are Liverpool, City and Leeds. If we were to have a foreign rival it would be Galatasaray. And supporting Chelsea is farcical.
      Love United fuck anyone else.

      • Moscow is my heaven

        20 April 2012 at 13:18

        @Stephen: Everyone loves United here, but they also love football too, and would like to watch cup finals, latter stages of the CL etc. I find that it is very difficult to remain neutral when I watch those games. People do hate Barca partly because they are so successful, but their arrogance extends beyond even their great feats of silverware and beautiful football. What kind of a slogan is ‘More than a club’? They think they are gods mate, and you can’t expect people to sit there quietly and accept all these media love-ins. Ask any tabloid reader now and they’ll tell you La Masia is the birthplace of football. We’ll see when Xavi and Iniesta are gone eh?

        • Stephen

          20 April 2012 at 13:29

          @Moscow is my heaven: We call our ground the Theatre of Dream mate?
          All footballers think their Gods, look at Ronaldo, Mourinho, Rooney and Fergie.
          Arn’t Ronaldo and Mourinho two of the most arrogant people in football, why do you love them so much then?
          I agree there is a serious Barca love in, but it simply doesn’t bother me. I support my club and have really no feelings to any others bar our rival, which are not Barcalona.
          There is real hate towards Barca on this site, none towards and equal if not bigger one in Real, who tapped up our best player. I hate Liverpool and City the most and couldnot give a shit about any foreign side, I am sorry it is not how we are in the UK.
          If Barca collapse I will not care, but it will hurt more if Chelsea win the Champions League as I have to live here and hear them going on about it.

        • Opti

          20 April 2012 at 17:05

          @Stephen: I despise Real Madrid and Barca equally.
          1) They’re fooking stacked with talent in all 25 player slots.

          2) This from Eddy: “I think I’ll enjoy their games even more if the commentator didn’t get an orgasm every 5 minutes, including the 4 minutes of foreplay.” I guess, since you live at OT, you never get to watch many commentators on TV, 😉 but when it is Barca (or Madrid, but mainly Barca), I have to watch on mute because the commentators just ruin it… “oooooooh! Majestic Messi… Beautiful Pedro… Wonderful Villa” “:twisted: Don’t believe me, check out the link… it almost makes me puke and it’s like that EVERY game with Barca.

          3) Barca players expect preferential treatment from ref… and if they don’t get it then they crowd-surfe the ref… despicable (and Chelsea and Real Madrid do the same, another reason to hate them).

          4) La Masia, as Moscow points out, is NOT the birthplace of modern football, despite the repeatings in TV and other media.

          5) Spanish TV deals incredibly favor Madrid and Barca and tilts success in their favor. At least PL has an even and fair TV deal.

          6) When Madrid and Barca run into debt, the nation (as poor as it is now) just bails them out… Look at Leeds, Portsmouth, and Ranger… not the same reality.

          Jealous? Maybe a bit considering United are shackled with debt from Glazers, but the main difference is just that Barca and Madrid have it “too easy” with their finances, referees. Even out La Liga’s TV deals and I will consider Barca and Madrid to be fairly competing in Europe. Until then, you can show your love for Madrid or Barca as much as you want but it means nothing to me.

          Give City 1,000,000,000 and they suddenly went from below-midtable to genuine contenders… is that “fair” … does that make you angry of such injustice?? Throw enough money at a problem and it will be fixed… and I feel that is what happened to Barca (and has always been the case for Madrid).

        • Opti

          20 April 2012 at 17:10

          @Stephen: I think you are pointing our two interesting points here.
          1) You live in UK so you have to deal with actual fans of City, Liverpool, and Chelsea, Arsenal, etc… therefore individual games matter a lot more because you see these folks CONSTANTLY! Outside of UK, it is the trophies that matter… United may lose to Liverpool, but I don’t get it thrown in my face more than once per year, so to me, it is not a HUGE deal as long as we win the PL etc…

          2) I (and Eddy) do not live in UK, therefore, we have to deal with commentators CONSTANTLY who wax lyrical about Madrid and Barca (but mostly Barca). It gets INFURIATING in the champions league. In the PL, United do well enough that a couple hiccups do not lead to hauntings from friends (Stephen) and family (CraigMC).

          Two worlds…

        • Opti

          20 April 2012 at 17:14

          @Opti: PS: In the US there are pretty much just three fans: United or Barca, Madrid… hence I perceive Barca/Madrid as a rival in the ECL more-so than any English team.

        • Stephen

          20 April 2012 at 18:50

          @Opti: The issue in our Country is tribalism in football. Liverpool fans were wearing Barcelona shirts last season before the final last year. Hence the fact I cannot understand you view point with regards to Barcelona.
          No fan in this Country wants another to be successful in Europe and would support any other side, it is our culture.

  3. Moscow is my heaven

    20 April 2012 at 13:24

    This is ridiculous:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/apr/20/manchester-united-anderson-paul-pogba

    Please, just leave my beloved club.

    • Stephen

      20 April 2012 at 13:37

      @Moscow is my heaven: Anderson is and has always been a waste of space, if he were from Gorton and had ginger hair, his “fans” would say the same. Because he is from Brazil and people think he is cool this is why he gets so much support, sorry facts are facts.

    • Opti

      20 April 2012 at 17:16

      @Moscow is my heaven: New title:

      “Anderson spared a goodbye match for United as he packs for Benfica”
      “Pogba avoids drama, feigns injury to scare away Juventus.”

    • Opti

      20 April 2012 at 17:17

      @Moscow is my heaven: Also, Raul to replace Michael Owen… would be sweet, even if Spaniard is 34 (scored 20 and 19 goals last two years playing full-time).

  4. Stephen

    20 April 2012 at 14:29

    I do have to say, I am very concerned about the game on Sunday. Everton are a very decent side and are more than capable of forcing at least a draw. City have a freebee really against Wolves and if they beat us on a week on Monday then we are in trouble. The momentum is currently again back with City, yes we have the points but some of them have been scrappy.
    We need Rooney back to his best playing as far forward as possible, he is our main goal threat. These are scary times and ones we have all come accustom to, but this is no consolation..

    • Opti

      20 April 2012 at 17:12

      @Stephen: Being at home will win it for us, I think. We have a wide pitch so Everton will struggle at full-back position. Baines struggles against Valencia/Nani, if I recall.

      Saha is still injured right? So they have the January poser playing up front, right? I think Drenthe (if he plays) is their main threat. He has pace and good control and can put our defense under pressure.

      United to win it 2-0

      • Owen

        20 April 2012 at 18:33

        @Opti: Saha does nt play for Everton!

        • Opti

          20 April 2012 at 18:52

          @Owen: 😳 😳 😳

      • Owen

        20 April 2012 at 18:36

        @Opti: And also they have suspended/returned Drenthe…

      • Stephen

        20 April 2012 at 18:53

        @Opti: I really hope so mate! 😐

  5. Owen

    20 April 2012 at 18:48

    Everton is a quality side.Fellaini,Cahill along with Gibson will dominate United midfield which will be nothing new.United’s all attack comes from Valencia these days and problem is Evertan has one of the best LB in Baines who will make a tough day for Valencia.They have good CB pairing ,infact 2 internationals and one of them is WC runner up.So tough day for Rooney too.
    United will depend on LW for most of attacks.Wish Fergie opts for Nani and he will have a good game after may be months or years..

    • Stephen

      20 April 2012 at 18:55

      @Owen: I think Nani will play, especially after the over furor about Young’s diving, he will take him out of the spotlight.

      • Owen

        20 April 2012 at 19:00

        @Stephen: Nani needs to play and more importantly Chicharito need to remain onside and score.United wont get much chances for sure.I really like Everton’s defense…

        • Stephen

          20 April 2012 at 19:05

          @Owen: agreed I am a big fan of Heitinga, I must say. Also I wouldnt be too disappointed if we had Phil Neville playing right for us still!

        • Owen

          20 April 2012 at 19:09

          @Stephen: And i hate Cahill..Always does well against United.

        • Stephen

          20 April 2012 at 19:19

          @Owen: He isn’t playing that well all be it slightly better since Jelevic has been signed.

  6. Owen

    20 April 2012 at 19:19

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that the club have agreed a contract extension with Paul Pogba’s agent.

    The 19-year-old’s contract is due to expire in the summer and has been recently linked with Juventus as a possible destination after becoming disillusioned by the lack of first-team opportunities at Old Trafford.

    The boss told MUTV that the decision is now “up to the boy” to either accept of reject the terms, before adding that there is “no doubt” the French youth international is has a future in Manchester.

  7. RedDevilEddy

    20 April 2012 at 19:35

    Baines is out of the Sunday clash, meaning Phil Neville should play left back against Valencia.

    You guys feeling better?

    • Stephen

      20 April 2012 at 19:39

      @RedDevilEddy: I think Phil Neville is vastly underrated and Baines very overrated!

      • RedDevilEddy

        20 April 2012 at 19:45

        @Stephen: I think Baines is the best left back in the League. All-round play, speaking as a full-back myself I think he has it all. Enough pace to compete, enough strength to keep opponents away, solid tackler, composed, and has a left-foot that can punish every team. Had Jose Enrique been a little better offensively, and used his strength better, he could have been the best. But as for now, Baines is as good as they get. Not saying Phil is a bad footballer, definately not, but I’d much rather have Antonio attack him that their number 3.

        • Stephen

          21 April 2012 at 11:03

          @RedDevilEddy: Baines is not in the class of Ashley Cole, he is a very annoying git but a fantastic player.

  8. RedDevilEddy

    20 April 2012 at 19:38

    Moscow, I wrote this piece about Rooney a while back. You should have a read, the common opinion that Wayne did best as a lone striker is very much a myth- And a wrong one at that. Have a read if you’d like 🙂

    https://redrants.com/no-longer-the-white-pele-just-the-devil-in-red/

    • Moscow

      20 April 2012 at 23:00

      @RedDevilEddy: I don’t see how it is a myth when he scored his best ever season tally in the 09/10 season despite getting that injury in March.

      If we persist with Chicharito in the starting XI we will never be anything other than a 4-4-2, and we will receive further humiliations in Europe.

      Rooney is a disaster in midfield and will never ever be successful in the hole. His best attributes are aggression, pace and shooting but he lacks the passing and technique of a playmaker. The only reason he’s playing where he is right now is because our midfield is shit and there is almost no forward impetus centrally from our team. I personally feel he has been covering our midfield’s ass for too long now, and major investment must be made to get 2-3 world class midfielders.

  9. RedDevilEddy

    20 April 2012 at 19:43

    Chicharito always seems to do well against Everton, he’s got 2 match-winning goals in his last two games against them if I’m not mistaken? Everton are a team that will let you play, their pressing is immensely poor and despite them having a strong and competitive midfield, they lack the pace and stamina to be able to press high up the pitch. If they do, they’ll be caught out easily. They lack pace throughout the team, making them a team that needs to build an attack from the deep. They’ll let us play football, especially at our ground, so I would like to see Nani and Chicharito start. With Rafael and Valencia against Phil Neville, and Nani against Hibbert, we’ll get an awful lot of crosses in, and somehow Chicha always gets on the end of them. More prolific than Welbeck as well, and since Wazza will get an awful lot of space to express himself in, I don’t think we need Danny this time around. This is a game for Chicho!

    • Stephen

      20 April 2012 at 20:13

      @RedDevilEddy: I don’t think we need Danny long term matey…..

  10. emyoueffsee

    20 April 2012 at 19:58

    I wouldn’t start Chicarito against Everton regardless of how many goals he scored against them in the past as he is not playing well of late and Welbeck has scored in his last game and keeps possession much better.If we need a goal with 30mins to go then I would certainly put him on when Everton are tiring.

  11. Moscow

    20 April 2012 at 23:06

    Neither Welbeck nor Chicharito are good enough for the starting XI, and I would be embarassed to call them first choice strikers for the club when one of them can’t control, pass, or dribble with the ball and the other is Bambi on ice who couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo. It is amazing how our strike force of Ronaldo-Tevez-Rooney (when he used to be a striker)-Berbatov has been decimated to this pathetic front line.

    Higuain/Cavani is urgently needed or Rooney must be told to adapt to a new 4-3-3 formation next season by playing lone striker. If that doesn’t fit his personal interests with regard to showboating in midfield then tough shit.

    • Stephen

      21 April 2012 at 12:48

      @Moscow: I think you are very harsh with regards to Chicharito. He is a World Class finisher and is still only 23. He can control the ball further than I can kick it, but he has scored 23 in 52 which is a very good return.
      Football is a squad game and player like him is invaluable, I do agree a tall mobile number 9 is needed but I would be very sad to loose a player who is loyal and deadly.

      • Moscow

        21 April 2012 at 13:38

        @Stephen: He will make a great super sub. I just don’t think including him in the starting XI is a good idea, especially when we are trying to break teams down who play deep.

  12. Ian

    21 April 2012 at 09:16

    There’s been some great banter and discussion in here for the last few days fair play (not that there isn’t usually! lol).

    For what it’s worth I reckon RvP will clinch it too, think he’s done enough and will limp over the line with 2 goals somewhere.

    I really do think Aguero is the danger though, he could easily score a hat-trick at least tomorrow against Wolves he could be in with a shout.

    Rooney has a chance, I think the game v Swansea at home is the important one for him if he fancies winning it.

    All I know is……as long as United win the title I couldn’t honestly care less who wins this! 😆 😆

  13. RedDevilEddy

    21 April 2012 at 17:00

    Wazza does have a good chance of winning it now, when RvP misses chances like those he did today, it may well be Rooney’s year! Somehow, he always scores against City, hoping for a repeat performance! 😀

  14. Moscow

    21 April 2012 at 17:48

    Nuri Sahin has been excluded from the Real squad travelling to the Nou Camp 😯 Let’s land this guy in the summer!

    • RedDevilEddy

      21 April 2012 at 18:52

      @Moscow: No thanks!

      • Moscow

        21 April 2012 at 20:57

        @RedDevilEddy: Yeah you’re right, we’re better off with Anderson 🙄

    • ash is the man

      21 April 2012 at 19:20

      @Moscow: Yup he is quality passer. Definitely under rated

  15. Moscow

    21 April 2012 at 18:13

    Hopefully Real Madrid really go for it today and clinch their first win against Guardiola at the Nou Camp. The last time these two met here Real absolutely dominated Barca, and were it not for some woeful finishing could have won.

    The double pivot defensive midfield should be Alonso and Khedira, with Ozil flanked by Di Maria and Ronaldo, Higuain leading the line. Perhaps with Barca tiring towards the end, Kaka and Benzema can hit them on the counter. I am curious to see how Barca perform under real pressure, anything other than a win will relinquish their hold on La Liga but will they gamble their attacking options when Chelsea come with a lead and clean sheet in the CL semi final 2nd leg?

    I reckon Ramos or Pepe should be sent off with at least 20 minutes to play. Massive punch-up at the end would be nice as well, but it’s probably business as usual. I would like Real for once to go all out attack, they should be free to express themselves with a 4 point lead.

    • RedDevilEddy

      21 April 2012 at 18:54

      @Moscow: I hope the little boy who is supposed to bring the ball back when there’s a throw in or a corner has the game of his life, I’m rooting for him and his Pokemon-cap tonight!

  16. RedDevilEddy

    21 April 2012 at 18:59

    “Today is the one day that feels like you’ve got ice cream, pizza, hot-dogs, fireworks, the beach and the ocean, everything good about life is packed into this game. You’ve got Xavi and Özil, Puyol and Ramos, Messi and Ronaldo. The greatest team ever against the La Liga leaders. We are in for one of the games of the century between these two brilliant sides, icons of the football world, all the stars are ready… It’s time for El Clasico!”

    You guys still don’t get why I get a nausea watching Barca these days? Love the team, love the players, think they are a massive part of the modern footballing world, but all the media hysteria makes me sick. 🙄

    • Moscow

      21 April 2012 at 20:56

      @RedDevilEddy: I make that 2 games, 2 LOSSES for the intergalactic gods that are Barcelona.

  17. ash is the man

    21 April 2012 at 19:16

    Man what has happend to the spurs? They have royally fucked up. At first I was a little disappointed that they began to fall because I actually like the way the play and would of liked them in europe. But at this rate there is no chance of them getting in the top 4. However I am little more optimistic because spurs being incapable of reaching their potential will lead to the break up of the spuad. There is NO chance of them keeping modric and WE really have to be favourites to land him. I think he would be twice the player with us than he is at spurs because for 1 we have the winning mentality and secondly I believe he will be given a more free role with us and would play in the hole behind Rooney ( I am already dribbling )

    • RedDevilEddy

      21 April 2012 at 19:37

      @ash is the man: Newcastle in the Champions League!! 😀 Craig must be livid!

    • Andrei

      21 April 2012 at 21:53

      @ash is the man:Spurs are going through their typical self-destruction. This kind of implosion is usually attributed to Arsenal but Spurs are equally good at falling apart in the last 3rd of the season. With the team in danger of missing on the CL spot and Redknapp ready to jump yet another ship I would be seriously worried if I was Spurs fan.

  18. RedDevilEddy

    21 April 2012 at 19:40

    Is Pique injured? Long time since I’ve seen him!

    Evans > Pique

  19. RedDevilEddy

    21 April 2012 at 20:33

    VIIIIIIVAAAAAAAAA RONALDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  20. Moscow

    21 April 2012 at 20:53

    What a win. What a performance.

    ALL HAIL THE SPECIAL ONE, CONQUEROR OF BARCELONA

    • RedDevilEddy

      21 April 2012 at 21:04

      @Moscow: All hail the greasy Portuguese winker who possesses the speed, power, composure, and tenacity to take the piss out of one of the best teams in the world.

      Aaaaaaahhhh you beauty!

      • Moscow

        21 April 2012 at 21:16

        @RedDevilEddy: Great pass from Ozil to release him, that was some powerful counter-attacking by Real Madrid, it could have been 3 or 4. Reminded me of trademark United counter-attacks against Arsenal.

    • AndyCR7

      21 April 2012 at 21:57

      @Moscow: Calm down… Calm down… 😛

      • Moscow

        21 April 2012 at 22:14

        @AndyCR7: This post was purely for Stephen’s benefit. I bet he really appreciated this 😆

        • Stephen

          22 April 2012 at 16:37

          @Moscow: Glory boy, fuck off and support Real you ****.
          I could not give a shit about Real V Barca.
          I thought this was a United site? Put you cock away you knob.

  21. Owen

    21 April 2012 at 21:33

    Camp Nou is now Camp Mou 😆

  22. Owen

    21 April 2012 at 21:42

    Error 404 Messi not found 😆

  23. babyface

    22 April 2012 at 02:39

    Tangential point, but whatever happened to Grognard?

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