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United Visit City in Crucial Cup Clash

It’s safe to say that any match between Manchester United and Manchester City is massive, especially in the present, when it looks like the two could be fighting it out for Premier League titles on a regular basis for the foreseeable future. That being said, it’s somewhat difficult to get a read on the full significance of today’s FA Cup third round showdown, in relation to where United are and where they will go afterwards. Will a win today spark a big winning run, or would it be nothing more than an away win over the archrivals and a place in the next round of the FA Cup? Would a defeat cause a crushing loss of confidence, or would it actually spur United on positively?

There’s no telling what will come of today’s result, win, lose, or draw, but a win is no doubt the ideal result, with everything in mind, including the unmentionable result in October.

Here are today’s lineups, and as for that certain name that you see on United’s bench, it’s not a typo. How much of an impact will he have?

Manchester United:  Lindegaard; Smalling, Jones, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Nani; Welbeck, Rooney. 

Subs: De Gea, Evans, Rafael, Scholes, Anderson, Hernandez, Park.

Manchester City: Pantilimon, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, A. Johnson, de Jong, Milner, Silva, Nasri, Aguero.

Subs: Hart, Clichy, Zabaleta, Savic, Hargreaves, Razak, Suarez.

85 Comments

85 Comments

  1. Eddie Griffin

    8 January 2012 at 12:44

    On one hand, it could look like a desperate/cheap move to bring him back.

    But…if he’s in good shape, and if he’s legitimately able to contribute (not as a regular starter, but as a quality sub perhaps) instead of making one or two appearances, then this is a low-risk, high reward move.

    • Craig Mc

      8 January 2012 at 16:02

      @Eddie Griffin: Desperate isn’t the word Eddi mi man – it is fookin panic/fear response 🙄 😆

  2. AndyCR7

    8 January 2012 at 12:56

    So the player who scored 6 goals in last 2-3 weeks and who is our most in form striker is not even in the squad! Well done fergie!

  3. colver

    8 January 2012 at 13:14

    Valencia + Rooney = headed goals

    It is no coincidence that Rooney only started scoring goals with his head when we bought Valencia.

    Red card for Kompany and we have a great chance of getting some revenge on Manchester City.

  4. colver

    8 January 2012 at 13:17

    AndyCR7 I agree it is a bit harsh to Berbatov but our games against City are always played at a million miles per hour so I can understand why Fergie has gone with a pacy forward line of Valencia Rooney Welbeck and Nani and so far it seems to be paying dividends.

    • Craig Mc

      8 January 2012 at 15:05

      @colver: Oh Yeah? Well what I can’t understand is why Fergie took away ALL SAID PACE AND WIDE play by subbing Nani and Welbeck. Tell me scholesy and Andi get back and tackle like terriers like Nani and Welbeck do – Subs cost us as our play went back to PEDESTRIAN PLOD. You have truly got to say our defence is a total shambles, and Jonesy’s balance is fookin woeful. He was conceding possession because he can’t stay on his feet, even when he is in outfield. Both their goals was due to our sloppiness, but Wazza was fantastic today – even if he did miss the penalty – he was so sharp for the rebound. Fergie needs to play a recognised FB because Vally game is getting confused. Well done anyway you reds!

  5. Moscow is my heaven

    8 January 2012 at 13:52

    😈

  6. Moscow is my heaven

    8 January 2012 at 13:53

    Why did we sign Ashley Young? 😯

    Valencia 😈

  7. Don

    8 January 2012 at 14:05

    Tony V is a beast…love him…unassuming and efficient..and he is technically good too! We have 3 very good wingers in Nani, Valencia and Young..we just need one very good young one to back them up in case of injuries and rotation… i am liking the fire the team is playing with…So good to see Smalling back..a real defender…sorry but Jones is to unpredictable and out of control to be a center back…can we put City away please!

  8. colver

    8 January 2012 at 14:25

    Clearly Manchester City aren’t going to use the excuse of ten men to bow down and concede the tie. They are giving us a real game of it in the second half. Respect.

    • Craig Mc

      8 January 2012 at 15:11

      @colver: City were giving us a great game in the 2nd half because Mancini is a master tactician, and anybody who thinks his subs weren’t far greater and more efficient and effective than Fergie’s were – are in denial and not being honest!

  9. Rahul

    8 January 2012 at 15:14

    It felt more of a defeat in the end. We performed extremely bad in the second half even with an extra man. We shouldn’t have allowed City so much space specially when they had taken off their creative players David Silva and Adam Johnson.

    You cant really blame anyone for the first goal but the second could have been avoided which lead to a nervous finish in the end.

    City played a better game with 10 men than United did at OT. Though United scored in the 80th min at OT whereas City scored just after the start of the second half. Even with Yaya Toure missing City did well which shows their real depth in the squad.

    Rio and Evra really need to be taught a lesson. They keep on making stupid mistakes which costs us heavily. We need a replacement or atleast a challenger for Evra’s position. He doesn’t even deserve the captain’s armband.

  10. Don

    8 January 2012 at 15:14

    WHat this game has showed me is that we can’t win the league this year unless we have some unbelievable stroke of luck…our defense is a shambles…Phil Jones as potentially good a player he is, is just 19 and defensively naive and a poor header of the ball…Patrice Evra even though he has regained some form is still prone to gaffes…our midfield..well if the squad is good enough why the heck bring Paul Scholes out of retirement?!?!? Fergie obviously sees we lack something in the midfielf but evident from City’s second goal Scholes has no legs to recover defensively…man this will be a long season…as much as I love the gignger prince Fergie has done him a disservice by recalling him…he is great on hte ball but for midfielders its a 2 way street and not only can Scholes not tackle anymore he doesn’t have the stamina to recover when needed…..

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      8 January 2012 at 15:22

      @Don: scholes is more of a filler… he won’t be used much after reaching match fitness….

      • Don

        8 January 2012 at 15:42

        @[OPTI]Madschester United: Even as a filler he just can’t survive defensively against hard running midfielders…he will be a huge liability defensively when we already have gaping holes at the back with our injuries…either Fergie is just biding time for the load of youthful midfield talent we have coming through or he has really lost the plot…I understand waiting to by the right player but really putting Scholes in there will cost us points in the league I guarantee you…

        • [OPTI]Madschester United

          8 January 2012 at 15:48

          @Don: fillers are used when needed. He won’t play against Chelsea or other decent teams. He will play 4th round against chumps (please!) or against likes of Swansea or QPR.

        • [OPTI]Madschester United

          8 January 2012 at 15:48

          @Don: Also, (I HOPE) he will be used to groom Pogba/Ravel on the field and convince them to stay at United.

  11. Don

    8 January 2012 at 15:15

    Glad to see Rio get up the backsides of his defenders though..oh I miss Vidic…

  12. RedDevilEddy

    8 January 2012 at 15:18

    I’M SHAKING FOR FUCKS SAKE THIS IS SOOO BRILLIANT!!! UNITED! UNITED! UNITED!

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand we’re going to WEMBERLEY!

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      8 January 2012 at 15:26

      @RedDevilEddy: brilliant…. what a pussy-shaking 2nd half we had… 11 against 10 and we barely saved our own skin (thanks in part to Rooney, Vally, Carrick, and Lindegaard).

      Our defense (once our cornerstone) is in utter shambles… Rio and Jones need to focus on basics and avoid suicidal mistakes.
      Our midfield is a frankenstein made up of parts from 90s: Scholes and Giggs (really!?!?!?!).

      Let’s drop some DOUGH on Götze …

      • gator

        8 January 2012 at 20:51

        @[OPTI]Madschester United: +1 on gotze he could walk into our mf

        • Tevez

          8 January 2012 at 23:53

          @gator: He could walk into a left midfield position, but it doesn’t help centre mid.

  13. Rahul

    8 January 2012 at 15:20

    And I dont get why bringing Scholes is correct but bringing Beckham back for a loan move last season was out of the question. I hate to say it but SAF does what he wants and he is ignoring the fact that we won the league last season with an ordinary team that has been depleted further.

    • gator

      8 January 2012 at 20:52

      @Rahul: hell id take becks on a short loan like henry is getting. i dont know his contract situation though

      • Rahul

        9 January 2012 at 04:31

        @gator:

        Beckham would join as a free agent and we’ll just have to pay his wages. It would have been a perfect move last year and we wouldn’t mind having him this year as well. Remember Henrik Larrson also joined us on a loan move and did a wonderful job for us.

  14. Craig Mc

    8 January 2012 at 15:22

    Is it just me guys – or are United players lacking the stamina to outlast their opponents as they used to do – just asking 😆 .

    I think you have truly got to feel sorry for Lindegaard because he was getting the ball away – but where were our defenders for collecting the rebound – that Aguero could have all that space in our penalty area? No defenders to get to the ball before Aguero. Also their 1st goal – we had a wall formed that never jumped – giving Kolorov clear shot on goal. Gotta say though that free kick take of Kolorov was a fantastic shot. Lindegaard seems to be getting all the spectacular goals against him, because he isn’t easily beaten with easy shots. Oh that he had Vida back in front of him – he would have so many more clean sheets. 😀

    • Don

      8 January 2012 at 15:37

      @Craig Mc:

      the second goal was Lindegaard fault…it’s a technical mistake for a keeper to parry a rebound to the center of the goal…it was obviously the conditions but still Lindergaards mistake…

  15. Moscow is my heaven

    8 January 2012 at 15:25

    Our midfield has hit an all time nadir. I have never seen such utter dross. Lampard would not be such a bad signing.

    May the footballing gods never allow such an abomination as bringing back a retired footballer to play for United in midfield in a derby.

    I have never seen such a hollow victory. Shame on you Fergie, for letting things come to this. You are worried about signing someone who can’t get into this team? Are you fucking kidding me, old man? 😡

  16. RedDevilEddy

    8 January 2012 at 15:26

    Welbeck was immense today, his goal was INCREDIBLE and won us the pen for our third. Fell off in the second half but what can you expect when City start playing with 6 defenders?? Tactically brilliant by Mancini, just like he did at Old Trafford, but you could see Fergie had learnt and bringing on Paul Scholes proved that. Playing the ball around Manchester City, absolute genious! I gave him a lot of stick in midweek but he did everything right against City today, God how I love this team!

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      8 January 2012 at 15:28

      @RedDevilEddy: can you explain yourself before I laugh at your happiness 😉

    • Moscow is my heaven

      8 January 2012 at 15:31

      @RedDevilEddy: Like that pass to Evra? Eddy, we played some unprecedented cowardly football today, against a team who took of their two main creative outlets, set up for damage limitation, and still managed to concede 2 goals (with plenty of other chances to equalise)?

      • RedDevilEddy

        8 January 2012 at 15:47

        @Moscow is my heaven: They didn’t set up for damage limitation, they set up to counter in the cowardly way only City do.

      • fahime shuhaime

        8 January 2012 at 15:55

        Come-on guys! Bottom point is we won the battle! Just enjoy the moment. We beat citeh…. 8)

  17. [OPTI]Madschester United

    8 January 2012 at 15:36

    Oh well. Beating City 3-2 away from home would be acceptable 5 years ago, last season, and this season, so I will take the pathetic performance in the 2nd half with a rock of salt and say: QUE SERA SERA.

    • Craig Mc

      8 January 2012 at 15:47

      @[OPTI]Madschester United: We did the BIZZ mate – it wasn’t the team, it was Fergie gaffe’s with the subs that cost us. Their first goal great as it was shouldn’t have been a free kick at all, because Richards rugby tackled Evra before Evra responded.

      • gator

        8 January 2012 at 20:57

        @Craig Mc: exactly that call along with the non called penalty and this match would look alot different.

        should have been 4-1 and they would have crumbled at that. but at least this time we were good enough to beat the oponent and the poor calls from the ref.

        this is something we have been strugling with this year. if we are good enough we dont need the ref to be good too. we can overcome a two goal swing due to ref calls.

  18. Craig Mc

    8 January 2012 at 15:41

    Welbeck was effing and blinding at being subbed – this I like as I have been wanting him to show some balls and that he gives a fook – and he did get more stuck in today! The push in the back though that got him yellow carded – made the rest of the game hard for him as he couldn’t be as aggressive or he would get second yellow and off – so don’t get daft yellows Danny boy – but you got stuck in otherwise and I loved that. Nani was very upset at being subbed too but he doesn’t display his upset like others, he just looks downcast. Fergie made a gaffe again because with Nani off City had so much freedom to come forward down the wings, and that is fact not bias, even fox and sky sports commentators were saying the same. When Danny went off we had nobody then getting into the box and no height to compete against the tall city defence. I noticed with Nani and I ask you all to look that at one point he had not 2 but 3 City defenders surrounding him like bloody bees – they were scared shitless by him. Mancini said the other day that the two players he would take anytime off United is Nani and Rooney – what does that tell ya eh?

    • RedDevilEddy

      8 January 2012 at 16:05

      @Craig Mc: We didn’t seem to try to score after 60-so minutes, rather just keep possession and look for long-range opportunities, the few crosses we tried were either to behind the far post so a volley could come in from Giggsy, or a low and hard just between goalkeeper and defender. Other than that just try to keep possession so we wouldn’t get killed on the counter like we did at Old Trafford, may be ugly but clever by Sir Alex.

  19. colver

    8 January 2012 at 15:53

    Yeah Eddie you really make little sense sometimes. How on earth can you blame City’s tactics for our poor performance? You claim they six defenders and yet they scored two goals in the second half and could have scored more. I believe you claimed in our 6-1 defeat they also played with six defenders.

    If we are completely incapable of playing against a team set up to counter-attack then we need to ask ourselves some serious questions.

    It was embarrassing the way we would stupidly give away possession, see our attacks break down and then get hit on the counter.

    • RedDevilEddy

      8 January 2012 at 16:02

      @colver: I may make little sense to you, but I’m right. Watch the game again if you doubt me.

  20. Ian

    8 January 2012 at 16:03

    Who was it saying Welbeck had a naff first touch the other day?

    If you can watch that game again watch how he takes the ball under control on 17:40 ish. He’s tight up against the touchline with little room to do anything….if you watch it, please come back and let me know, be interested to see if you’ve changed your mind after that and his many decent first touches today.

    Was it Craig Mc?

    • RedDevilEddy

      8 January 2012 at 16:06

      @Ian: Danny is my man! 😀 Screamed my head off when he scored, struggling to see Chicharito score something like that!

    • Moscow is my heaven

      8 January 2012 at 16:35

      @Ian: Danny played very well and his touch was good. But what you should really be giving me stick for is his more aggressive game today. Took the initiative for his goal and beat De Jong to the ball for his goal.

      • Ian

        8 January 2012 at 17:05

        @Moscow is my heaven: Dood, the last thing I was doing was giving you stick, trust me. I just couldn’t remember who it was, but when he controlled that in the 17th minute it made me wonder how any one could question his touch and it reminded me of our convo.

        Thought Welbz played really well today, unfortunate to get replaced, and I’m not usually a big admirer of him.

    • Craig Mc

      8 January 2012 at 17:18

      @Ian: It was and still is me Rimmers mi man. Yeah he caught the ball right today – whoopee – but in most games he has played his 1st touch has been missing. You can’t call sticking your foot in the air and catching the ball right a 1st touch. A first touch to me is like the Berba who can pluck the ball out the air and stop it dead. What I will give Danny credit for today, is he didn’t play like a pussy – guess he took notice of all the fan criticism he has got foe being outmuscled 😆 😆

      • gator

        8 January 2012 at 21:06

        @Craig Mc: i think he wore a mouthguard… 😛 hey if it helps him get stuck in and doesnt bother his breathing im for it.

        • Craig Mc

          8 January 2012 at 21:20

          @gator: 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  21. Darth Red Diablo

    8 January 2012 at 16:03

    Did anyone see Rio letting it rip on Evra?
    He showed be wearing the armband. Not skined sausage.

  22. RedDevilEddy

    8 January 2012 at 16:11

    I ripped Rio to shreads after the Newcastle game, but he really seems to struggle with physical battles. Today was made from him, City are a team that like to play on the ground and as long as we could stay low with our defence, with Rio on the left and Smalling on the right, they were never going to get through us. Thank God Dzeko was out, Rio struggled with Ba in midweek but Aguero is a different cookie. Loved his aggression as well, screamed his head off at Evra and Jones time and time again. A real leader, and today was his best game for ages! He does well with Smalling, who unlike Jones plays with his brain. Both are lightning quick, but Smalling has the physical edge, and you can definately see he is a smart defender. Those two will make a great pairing if they keep it up, Rio seemed to last longer today which was excellent, and definately vital!

    • Don

      8 January 2012 at 18:25

      @RedDevilEddy: SMalling is actually a defender Jones is not! He heads the ball away, sin’t cavalier in posession in the back and is always switched on when defending (ok most of the time)…Jones really needs to improve..in fact i would behappy to see Ones taking an extended break on the bench and allowing Rafa back in the side…

  23. gator

    8 January 2012 at 16:12

    Damn I slept in and missed it. 😡 at least we beat a massive club

  24. colver

    8 January 2012 at 16:12

    So what you are saying Eddie is that we are incapable of playing against a team that defends and plays on the counter? (Which is pretty much what you would expect a team that goes down to ten men to do!)

    Any way you look at it our second half performance was disappointing

    • RedDevilEddy

      8 January 2012 at 16:29

      @colver: Yeah, it seems that way though. City are solid defensivly when they put 7 men against our 4 and only focus on defence, but since they’ve got people like Balotelli, Aguero and Silva going forward it’s hard to control for any team. They know they don’t have to attack like a team, like we do, they can rely on individual magic to win games.

      This is where difference between Barca and City lie. Although they both have magnificent players who can change a game in a second all over the pitch, and love to pass the ball, Barcelona demand the round thingy whereas City only focus on using it well when they’ve actually got it. It’s a very Italian tactic, and what fucked Fergie over against Italian teams in the past. Cattenaccio is what some people call it, much like we did in Europe when we had Ronaldo. But we still did our best to press the ball back, City are just waiting on the opposition to give it away, like Jones did time and time against today, or Scholesy on their second.

      It’s not that we are voulnerable on the counter against every team. It’s just that players like Aguero, Silva, Baloteli, Nasri… Those are the special kind of players that can change a game. Very few other teams in the Prem have that, which is why we seem to ease through it when we’ve not gotten any major injuries. And the “big teams” in Europe that have these kind of players, they don’t include coward tactics just waiting for us to lose the ball and defend with 7 men. They try to play their football, because they have such great belief in it and because they actually play football at such a high level they don’t have to be cowardly! Which is why I don’t worry too much about this, City is the only team I know of who is willing to risk so much honour just to win a game. You can see Mancini is Italian!

  25. Jay wire

    8 January 2012 at 16:31

    sorry to just come on here and rubbish a victory, but that’s what I’m going to do. Okay, to be honest, I’m happy we beat City. But not the way we did. Clearly, if Kompany had not been such a genius, and they played with 11 players for 90min, we would have been massacred. I’m not joking when I say this. We have the worst technical dept in the world. Mancini shifted to a 5-2-2 in the second half, to utilize wing backs. Aguero central. They had to attack. They had no choice. And they rightly decided to use the wings to attack, as we were also playing wide. Common sense should have told us to congest the centre. 4-1-4-1 or 4-5-1 or 4-3-2-1. Carrick anchoring, Scholes-Anderson in front of him,Valencia RAM, Nani LAM, Rooney ST. Out of possession, the forwards press like crazy,with Anderson helping out through the middle. When in possession, we just pass it around in midfield, and let them get impatient and lose shape. Simple. They were supposed to be outnumbered in midfield. Carrick just sits there, protecting the defence. But no. Not at United. We are too cool for common sense. No pressure whatsoever. We just let them run around as everyone in red tracked back. Mancini is not a tactical genius. He did exactly what was expected, in his situation.

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      9 January 2012 at 01:20

      @Jay wire: The red card made it easy, but:
      (1) We scored a good goal against 11
      (2) Against 10 men in first half, we slaughtered them.
      (3) If Mancini did what was expected, by did he not switch to 522 after the red card and wait until half-time?

  26. fahime shuhaime

    8 January 2012 at 16:39

    IMHO, we played well until SAF decided to take out Nani and Welbeck. Two of them were top form today. Even, our back four were solid today. 1st goal was stunning free kick and 2nd was silly mistake by Lindegaard. My opinion, we shouldn’t panick and rush Scholes to play. On Citeh side, they’ve got 2 goals, desperately need another one and they played on their own ground. Damn! I hate their fighting spirit! It reminds me to the OLD Manchester United! 👿 Afterall, a win is a win.

  27. Traverse

    8 January 2012 at 16:45

    I think the one thing we learnt today is that Fergie can’t go on much longer. I wish he would have retired last season after we knocked Liverpool off their fucking perch. If we somehow manage to win the title this season he should retire in a blaze of glory rather than hang around to try and win the European Cup again.

    Mancini was clearly a level above Fergie with his tactics. The bringing back of Scholes also tells us Fergie is desperate and out of ideas. We need to someone to shake up the squad, and some new ideas in the backroom staff too.

    It was down to luck we won today. Unless we find something extra we’ll have to be really lucky to win the title.

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      9 January 2012 at 01:15

      @Traverse: Nah… Fergie is not desperate, rather, he is bound by Glazer’s tight wallets….

      LUHG!

      • [OPTI]Madschester United

        9 January 2012 at 01:17

        @[OPTI]Madschester United: Also, I think Scholes is a BRILLIANT move. It puts Glazers in such a poor position (pun intended) that everyone will be talking up the debt and force their hand this summer/January in the transfer market.

        Fergie may not be a tactical genius, but he is a management GENIUS — outsmarting the Glazers…

  28. Moscow is my heaven

    8 January 2012 at 16:46

    On a sidenote, how pathetic was Andy Townsend with his commentary for any of you ITV viewers? Spent the whole game crying about that red card. Very unprofessional.

    • gator

      8 January 2012 at 21:14

      @Moscow is my heaven: didnt hear it but it is a red on any pitch. not to mention the poor calls that went citys way the freekick that was evra gettig brought down… ant the no call on the secont penalty. he let them back in the match with those calls to make up for what was a dead on redcard. 😡

  29. thatboywazza

    8 January 2012 at 16:46

    Maybe its just me but Scholes inclusion into the squad for todays sparked the Excellent First Half Performance especially from Rooney.

  30. Yang

    8 January 2012 at 16:50

    United is never press high and hard. We make block in front of our goal area. We play two men in the center so conceding more possession against able team is pretty much expected.

    We need more player in the middle but defender problem is far more urgent stuff. Rio and somewhat less level Vida have been slowed for while which is natural thingy.

    It will take a while and we can consider United turn into Arsenal team in this season. It is inevitable transition period.

  31. Ian

    8 January 2012 at 17:07

    Can people please remember we have two Eddies/Eddys please!

    Confusing me!

    • Moscow is my heaven

      8 January 2012 at 17:10

      @Ian: I use the following code:

      Eddie – Eddie Griffin

      Eddy – RedDevilEddy

      • Ian

        8 January 2012 at 18:07

        As it should be…..for simpletons like me 🙂

    • Craig Mc

      8 January 2012 at 17:45

      @Ian: Oh come on Rimmers – you know your confusion is down to the BOOZE 😉 😆 😆

  32. BabyFace

    8 January 2012 at 17:12

    Guys, we were awesome in the first half, and we just knocked city out of the cup. Let’s fuckin enjoy it…

  33. colver

    8 January 2012 at 17:36

    Eddie the problem with that logic is you can say that there aren’t any other teams that play like Barcelona so we shouldn’t be worried.

    The common denominator of both teams is they punish you if you give the ball away too easily which is what we have a very bad habit of doing and players like Fletcher, Giggs, Hernandez and Jones are particular culprits

  34. RedDevilEddy

    8 January 2012 at 17:52

    We’re going to Anfield!

  35. Ian

    8 January 2012 at 18:09

    TODAYS IMAGE HAS BEEN UPLOADED 🙂

    https://redrants.com/wallpapers/

    😀

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      9 January 2012 at 01:21

      @Ian: The Welbeck/Nani one is MINT! Rest are OK…

  36. RedDevilEddy

    8 January 2012 at 18:15

    Craig I thought Welbeck was a homer?! Scored away to Fulham and City now, love the lad! :mrgreen:

    Sorry mate I just had to 😳

    • Craig Mc

      8 January 2012 at 21:11

      @RedDevilEddy: Oh give me a break will ya – so he scored 2 away – big deal, he has probably taken on board all the criticism of United fans about his non performances away from home – lets hope it sticks eh? I still believe he is a homer – but I hope for improvement – it is up to welbeck – he has to do a lot to convince me he is able to give same performance AWAY as he is at home. For Fergie too, because he subbed the lad AGAIN! Don’t think Fergie was right with his subs, but Welbeck needs to prove more that he impacts away as much as at home. But then that goes for a lot of UNited players 😆

  37. RedDevilEddy

    8 January 2012 at 18:17

    Welbeck has scored against City, Arsenal and Spurs this season, along with getting the assist for our only goal at Anfield.

    Go on Big Man!

    • Don

      8 January 2012 at 18:40

      @RedDevilEddy: Love me some Welbeck…to think Macheda was the better prospect coming out of the academy..I think that’s why Fergie is holding out hope that they might be able to rekindle the devastating partnership they had in he youth setup…to think this is his first full season with United in the first team just think how he will be once he settles and gets better! And also with his buddy Cleverly pulling strings and better midfielders..this boy has a very bright future…he is definitely going to Euro 2012 or the Olympics barring any injuries…

      • RedDevilEddy

        8 January 2012 at 18:48

        @Don: I remember the Villa game back in 2009 which we won 3-2, and Macheda made his name.

        Welbeck had a brilliant shot saved by Friedel just 2 minutes earlier, following a dazzling first touch to set him free. Small margins, but glad Danny has made it now. Didn’t really care much for him before this season but his performances in America really turned my head, he is everything I’ve actually wanted in a striker! Just needs to add more goals now, pep-pep!

    • Craig Mc

      8 January 2012 at 21:16

      @RedDevilEddy: Nani got the assist for the most important goal today – the Rooney OPENER 😆 😆 😆

      • RedDevilEddy

        8 January 2012 at 21:44

        @Craig Mc: Valencia did! 😆 😆 😆

        • Craig Mc

          9 January 2012 at 01:48

          @RedDevilEddy: Don’t lie Eddi – I know that every assist belongs to mi man Nani 😆 😆 😆

  38. RedDevilEddy

    8 January 2012 at 18:24

    I hope we win at Anfield, and the goalscorer(s) are colored. Welbeck for the winner would be amazing, Evra assist? Yes please!

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      9 January 2012 at 01:23

      @RedDevilEddy: red card for Carragher too please 🙂

  39. Craig Mc

    8 January 2012 at 21:14

    ANFIELD – Liverpool 2 – NANI 3 😆

  40. vida dollar

    8 January 2012 at 21:31

    In the end an anticlimax to a perfect opportunity to exact revenge on city.Saf’s (un)tactical decisions making Mancini look like a genius.giggs & scholes on the same team is certain suicide.While a win is a win the lads needed a convincing win to restore some confidence. Truth is the team is dead broke and the return of scholes is a serious symptom of the depth of our financial problems.

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