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United scrape past Philly, but Fergie’s comments on Vidic grab headlines

Or should we say his lack of comment? His economy of phrasing ought to get tongues wagging.

When quizzed about speculation regarding Vidic leaving OT, he said, “I can’t clarify it at all.” Journalists pressed further and asked if he was going to play at United this season and he replied, “I believe so.”

By not saying much, he’s not only cast a lot of doubt, he’s essentially confirmed what was till now routine speculation doing the rounds in hushed whispers. It is different if Vidic was vague about his future. Ferguson is usually protective about his players. He was vehement in denial about Ronaldo till the day news of his transfer popped-up as a terse statement on the official website.

Perhaps he’s had enough of his or his agent’s machinations behind the scenes? I can’t say. To the optimists, he’s going to play for us this coming season. At least they’ll believe so.

In the event of his transfer without adequate replacement, it would mean a reliance on an injury-ravaged Ferdinand, a young upcoming Jonny Evans, Wes Brown who has his own injury history to deal with, a stop-gap like O’Shea, and a debutant in Chris Smalling. Not the worst defensive line-up, but the strength of a successful side is in a settled defence.

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Meanwhile, United got another pre-season friendly under its belt. I think this pre-season tour to North America has been pretty good, insofar as the competitive levels of the matches. Both Celtic and Philadelphia Union gave us a good game. And it’s upto us to make good use of it. I’m not reading too much into pre-season though, but I had a few thoughts on it anyway. Rafael when he came on was impressive; Evans looked alright. The midfield seemed to be run over at times, although I felt Cleverley seemed to have an eye for a pass whenever he got the chance. We should see a lot of him this time during the Carling Cup. Maybe even a few appearances in the league. Obertan was frustrating nearly throughout the game despite his goal. Welbeck ran around a lot, put in a good shift, but his first touch was dreadful, finishing poor, and generally happened to make the wrong decision while making a pass. Maybe this is my personal opinion on Welbeck in generalβ€”that I don’t think he’ll become a United regularβ€”but he wasn’t all that great yesterday. Macheda seemed to have lost a touch of pace and was out of sorts.

This is one thing we should accept about our strikersβ€”Welbeck and Machedaβ€”in terms of their pecking order: they are going to be below Rooney, Berbatov, Owen, Hernandez and Diouf. Our formation last season favoured more of a single striker (with Rooney up front). At any rate, we are still going to see fierce competition for striker berths at the Carling Cup level. One of Macheda or Welbeck will have to go out on loan. And Ferguson will probably decide which one after this pre-season gets over.

Berbatov was a calming influence and actually led to a more fluid attack when he came on.

And that’s all I have to say about the match.

Your thoughts in the comments welcome.

780 Comments

780 Comments

  1. CraigMc

    August 4, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    @Owen: πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† , yeah the Bristol blogs – right? πŸ˜‰ .

  2. Grognard

    August 4, 2010 at 6:59 pm

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  3. Grognard

    August 4, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    @Owen: I think RR is on the rag or something. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  4. Owen

    August 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    @Grognard: I think after every 15 days,RR takes a 2 month holiday. πŸ˜†

  5. EduardoDaVinci4

    August 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Enjoying a beautiful sunset, thinking about watching the United game. Any streams lads, would be much appreciated? πŸ™‚

  6. Traverse

    August 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    pig
    evans smalling vidic jos
    valencia carrick gibson park
    owen ooney

    amos
    nani
    fletcher
    chicharito
    berbatov

  7. Grognard

    August 4, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    @CraigMc: I’ll be honest mate, I’ve never liked Teves style of play. No argument about his play all season for City but that’s the thing, he always seems to play better when surrounded by muppets. When he actually had quality around him like Ronaldo, Rooney etc he seemed to get derailed at times due to pressure. Fact is he couldn’t handle the pressure cooker that is playing for an accomplished team like United. And I might be crazy in saying this because Berba has certainly not lived up to his billing but I still prefer him to Tevez simply because his skill set turns me on more. Still, I would prefer neither of them to be honest.

    Tevez had his moments for us and he was a decent player but he sulked like that French baby who plays for Chelsea when he wasn’t getting the playing time. Well, he should get in line when it comes to Fergie not playing or not treating players fairly. We both can cry a river over his shoddy treatment of Nani over the years. But nevertheless, I don’t need to hear this kind of shite coming from an ass clown like Messi as this is none of his business. He should be more concerned about the fact he keeps choking for his country and not showing up in big games, not about the injustices done to poor little Carlito.

  8. Owen

    August 4, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Valencia is a Man Utd Legend.

    If you have any doubt,contact CraigMc.

  9. Grognard

    August 4, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    @Owen: I have no problem with him taking a bunch of holidays mate. I just wished he would put up a few threads even if there isn’t any writeup just so that we do not have to suffer through a thread that goes over 400 hits because it then slows down greatly and even crashes sometimes. And if he is going to take a long break from things, I think he would tell us. I think he is just swamped with work and will get around to it before or during the weekend. Either that or like I said earlier, he is on the rag. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  10. EduardoDaVinci4

    August 4, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    @Owen: Slow day?

  11. antsBoy

    August 4, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Valencia has been simply awesome this first half. Great strength and speed and precise crosses as well! We’ve missed you Antonio!

  12. Owen

    August 4, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    That throw taken by Irish player was just awesome

  13. gator

    August 4, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    wow 5 nil now park scored who got the first 4?

  14. EduardoDaVinci4

    August 4, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Valencia is the best player in the world

  15. Owen

    August 4, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Barcelona has put forward a bid of 60 million for Valencia.

  16. gator

    August 4, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    NANINANIANANAIANAIANINANAAIAIANNANANANI :mrgreen:

    i love the united fans with sombreros on 😎

  17. Owen

    August 4, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Manchester City πŸ™„

  18. Owen

    August 4, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Valencia > Ronaldo > Figo > Robben > ….. > Eagles > Nani

  19. gator

    August 4, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    valincia is the fastest and mom

    roma score

  20. gator

    August 4, 2010 at 9:44 pm

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    twin ferdy vida evra
    ando fletch
    valy nani lilp
    roon

    with nani lilp nani switching like crazy

  21. elvido

    August 4, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    That boy Hernandez sure can finish! Valencia was the stand out player, Park and Gibson had a decent game. Smalling seems to make a lot of mistakes though! It was very comforting to see Vidic back in defense!

  22. CraigMc

    August 4, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    WTF – how did Valencia get MOTM – Nani was robbed, he scored, smashed a cracker against the bar, should have had 2 or 3 assists – if Berbaflop had been a bit better. Nani robbed, robbed, robbed, robbed – πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ , πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† . And he did all that in 20 minutes of play. Genius Nani. πŸ˜‰

  23. CraigMc

    August 4, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Johnny Evaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaans – my MOTM, brilliant tonight. He was standout so he was πŸ˜† . Smalling on the other hand scares the shit out of me every time the ball goes in the area, or he goes in for a header or tackle! πŸ™„ πŸ˜†

  24. CraigMc

    August 4, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    @Owen: Owen you keep smoking that dope mate, and your brain will shrivel to peanut size πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜† .

  25. CraigMc

    August 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    @Owen: πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† and just think Owen, all those millionaires HUMBLED! Come on Dortmund.

  26. CraigMc

    August 4, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    @gator: Naniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii right back at you Gator mi man. Lil man – yellow boots – genius πŸ˜† πŸ˜† .

  27. CraigMc

    August 4, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    @EduardoDaVinci4: Eddi mi man – are you sober with that kind of statement πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† .

  28. CraigMc

    August 4, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    @Grognard: I agree with you about Messi, but is there an Argentinian player who hasn’t come out crying over Tevez being disrespected at OT by Fergie etc?

  29. Red Ranter

    August 4, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Okay, new thread up. That’s going to load much faster, I’m sure. πŸ™‚

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