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United Will Rebound And Reload After Barcelona Defeat

Excuse the extended absence, but my internet service conveniently decided to start having some technical difficulties on Saturday morning.

Alas, that proved to be the start of what was a forgettable day, to say the least.

I wish it wasn’t so, and it’s not exactly easy to think about or write about, but sometimes you just have to see things for what they are. For all that your biases might do to try to steer you otherwise, facts are facts.

And the fact is, underneath all of the theatrics that marred their semifinal win over Real Madrid, Barcelona are a great team with some great individual talents, and there might not have been anything Manchester United or anyone else could have done to change the eventual outcome of Saturday’s Champions League final at Wembley (making live football betting nearly useless).

As was the case in Rome two years ago, United started positively, but as was also the case in Rome, Barcelona drew first blood to put us in an unfavorable position. But falling behind early at Wembley didn’t break our spirit as it did at the Stadio Olimpico, and not only did we weather the storm for the remainder of the first half, we ended it with hope running on high and on level terms thanks to Wayne Rooney’s quick reply following Pedro’s opener.

Unfortunately, that was the lone truly positive moment of the evening, as it just wasn’t meant to be for United. Barcelona’s class came to the fore in the final 45 minutes to cruelly crush our double dream and end our season, and the careers of Edwin van der Sar and Paul Scholes, on a sad note.

You have a tiny margin for error against a team the caliber of Barcelona, and we didn’t aid our cause in that respect. But despite the disappointment of falling at the final hurdle to Barcelona for the second time in three seasons, we can, or should at least, applaud the effort that our boys displayed, because in the end, there’s on shame in losing to a great team when you know they laid it all on the line on Saturday and all season long.

And on that note, the disappointment also shouldn’t diminish the fact that United accomplished more this season than many expected. As I said in my Champions League final preview, we went into Saturday with a chance to turn a very good season into a great one, and we indeed fell short of that, but a record-breaking Premier League title and a Champions League final appearance are nothing to scoff at.

It remains to be seen how much longer the Fergie era will last, but there are few whose competitive juices run like his do, and it’s a certainty that he’s determined as can be to do more than just be ‘very good’.

Considering all that went on this season, with injuries and player and team inconsistency, the excellent managerial job he did this season – one of his finest, no doubt – can’t be understated. At the same time though, it begs the question, “Well if we overcame this, this, and this to do all of this, then why can’t we do even better when those things are eliminated from the equation, and the right improvements are made?”.

Simply put, you don’t become the best by resting on the laurels of ‘very good’ and hoping that the rest works itself out.

Second things first, even before the final defeat, all indications were that this summer will be the busiest for United in recent years, with a new #1 keeper guaranteed to come in and some midfield strengthening expected, at the very least. If anything, the defeat should only serve to cement the need and want to hit the market hard this summer. If there’s one good thing that comes out of losing, it’s that it puts your flaws and shortcomings into focus. This isn’t to say that Fergie and the staff didn’t already know what areas needed to be improved, but this could hasten the speed with which deals that were already in the works get done. And could we see even more spending than we expect, in regards to higher-profile targets and more areas being tended to with short and long-term needs in mind? It’s a legitimate question to ask, given the sizable transfer funds that are supposedly at Fergie’s disposal.

With the right additions, United will be well-positioned for the near future, with the solid core that’s already in place. Rooney and Chicharito developed quite the partnership over the latter half of the season, and it will only get better over the coming seasons. Nani took a huge leap this season, and provided he doesn’t get the wandering eye, he’ll be creating chances for those two for a while, and so will Antonio Valencia. At the back, it remains to be seen how long Rio Ferdinand’s body can hold up, but for the time being, we still have one of the best, if not the best, center back pairing in the world in he and Nemanja Vidic, and Chris Smalling already looks ready for the big-time. Last but not least, I don’t think we have anything to worry about when it comes to left and right back, as Fabio and Rafael look to be capable of manning those positions for the next decade. All of those that had a role this season, or could have a role in the future, must share the manager’s determination to do their best, to be the best. Do so, and we’re in safe hands.

Part of being Manchester United is having that ability to bounce back after heartbreak, to overcome adversity, to continually strive to be the best. So, as painful as Saturday’s defeat was, it’s not the end of the world.

793 Comments

793 Comments

  1. Grognard

    June 14, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    @tonymontanna4united: Actually, the great thing about football which is unlike the North American way of doing things is no sale of any player can happen unless the player agrees to go. It matters not if City or Chelsea offer more than us for a Rodwell. What matters in the end who Rodwell and his agent choose to go to. If Rodwell is adamant about going to United, only skulduggery and bribes will work in swaying him elsewhere. My concewrn is not those other clubs but whether Fergie is actually interested in the lad at all.

  2. Grognard

    June 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    @tonymontanna4united: Actually, the great thing about football which is unlike the North American way of doing things is no sale of any player can happen unless the player agrees to go. It matters not if City or Chelsea offer more than us for a Rodwell. What matters in the end is who Rodwell and his agent choose to go to. If Rodwell is adamant about going to United, only skulduggery and bribes will work in swaying him elsewhere. My concern is not those other clubs but whether Fergie is actually interested in the lad at all. I hope and I pray he loves the kid to death and brings him to OT.

  3. Grognard

    June 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    @tonymontanna4united: I must admit one major concern I have about Rodwell and his development this past year under Moyes is how on Earth Stuart Pearce could possibly start both Henderson and Cleverley over Rodwell? With all due humility from what I have seen of all three players, Rodwell is twice as good as those two combined. And it’s no mirage that England’s fortunes turned in the game and they dominated the final 30 minutes once Rodwell took charge of the middle of the pitch. And playing the useless Mancienne as DMF instead of Rodwell has to go down as the joke of the year to be sure.

  4. Grognard

    June 14, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    @tonymontanna4united: WHOA there mate. Easily beats Cantona? Oooohh, I don’t think so. Eric isn’t referred to as The King for no reason. I love Ronny to death and think he is probably the best player United ever had but only by a small percentage point or two over Cantona and Best, with all due respect to Charlton, Duncan Edwards and of course the legends that are Jonny Evans, Anderson and Bebe πŸ˜‰ ;).

    I am probably Ronaldo’s loudest advocate on here and I consistently do battle protecting his image and reputation, but it stops when it comes to comparing him to the King. Cantona’s picture can be found in all dictionaries next to the words ‘icon’ and ‘legend’. For me the only player I rate above Cantona is Schmeichel and that’s two positions that cannot be compared.

  5. Grognard

    June 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    @tonymontanna4united: Well said. Disrespectful is a good term to describe his view towards all of us, including Craig and others who stand up for him. They should know they are standing up for a person who looks down on their contributions as well.

  6. Grognard

    June 14, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    @tonymontanna4united: My take is they have all ready agreed to sale and that part of the sale is already happening by demanding certain contingencies like operating capital and debt payment. The Glazer’s are probably demanding that they keep control of the team for a certain time period so that they can maximize their withdrawal of dividends and leave the club at the last possible second thus ensuring they go with as much money in their pockets as they can possibly get. Meanwhile the Qatari group takes care of the club’s on field financial concerns as part of the negotiations and deals they are finalizing. I could be way off on this but it seems very likely. This looks like a sale that will happen through increments over a given period of time. It would also not surprise me if the Glazer’s sell the team but maintain a percentage of the club to further assist them in their own financial problems. Holding on to 15 or 20% would make them some good money.

  7. Grognard

    June 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    @AndyCR7: He would play in one of three areas. RW or AMF or second striker. AMF is where he has excelled this past season at Udinese.

  8. Grognard

    June 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    @tonymontanna4united: Good list but here’s mine for what it’s worth.

    1. Eric Cantona: The attitude, arrogance, confidence and ability to be the King and long live the king. He had it all. Wasn’t the goal scoring machine that Law or Ronaldo were but he did so much more and his influence on games as well as his vision is second to none. And has there ever been a better penalty taker in the game’s history?

    2. Ronaldo: And everyone on this blog knows why because they all saw him play. Just an awesome physical specimen.

    3. Peter Schmeichel: I would rank him #1 but in all honesty could never rank a keeper higher than another position. Simply put the greatest keeper to play in England since Gordon Banks and for me one of the top five keepers of all time. The man was a giant amongst dwarfs. A leader with great skills and presence.

    4. George Best: Truly a fantastic player but the reason he isn’t one or two is because he went on to shorten and ruin his career because of his drinking and night life. Basically shortened his career in half. But when he was on top, he was so special.

    5. Sir Bobby Charlton: What we would all give for his presence in our midfield today. A true general who could pass and score and the consummate leader of men. His only weakness was that he was follicly challenged.

    Sorry to not include other players but there was only room for 5. To top out a top ten I would include Denis Law, Ryan Giggs, Bryan Robson, Roy Keane
    and yes, David Beckham. I still think Beckahm is the greatest crosser of the ball I have ever seen and one of the greatest free kick takers and those skills place him there above others like RVN, Brucey, Edwards, Rio, Vidic, Hughes etc. Sorry Scholes fans, but unlike you and numerous other people out there, I do not see in him what you all seem to. Perhaps I am wrong but I also have to be true to my heart. Hell, he wouldn’t even make my top 25. He frankly always bored me to death. Best back passer of the ball I have ever seen though. πŸ˜‰

  9. Owen

    June 14, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    @Grognard: Who cares what you all think?I am sure likes of Zidane,Henry,Xavi,Lippi,Fergie etc. to name a few knows much more than you and Tony…

  10. Grognard

    June 14, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    @Owen: Giggs, a man whose decision making and bad taste have been at the forefront of late. Yes lets agree with his thoughts and add his feelings about Scholes to the rest of his bad decisions. πŸ™‚

  11. Grognard

    June 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    @Owen: I’m not saying you have to care, I’m just offering it up. I know how you feel about him and how you will end up boring us with your endless supply of kiss ass quotes to help make your point. I could care less, he is not my cup of tea and for me has to go down as one of the tidiest bores to ever play custodian on the Old Trafford pitch.

  12. Owen

    June 14, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    @Grognard: No problem if you don’t care.I have already mentioned few names whose opinions really matter.

  13. tonymontanna4united

    June 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    @Grognard: I think the jones signing may mean we have now well and truly shelved plans to go out and get rodwell. I hope not, but the common opinion here in england is rodwell was always going to end up being rio’s heir apparent. Now that weve gone and got jones, who has also been labelled with a similar tag i personally think it was a case of either or, and went for jones.
    I dont agree with that assumption that rodwell was always going to end up a defender, as i agree with you, ive always felt long term he will be a top class box to box midfielder. But thats the opinion most seem to have of him, and thats the position i think fergie was thinking about when he was looking at rodwell, so now hes got jones, i can see him looking elsewhere tbh. Hope thats not the case and i could be talking out of my ass here, but i reckon weve gone cold on him and hes headed down south, even though i know for a fact a good northern lad like him would run barefoot to come here if the chance arrived.

  14. tonymontanna4united

    June 14, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    @Grognard: Unfortunately, i only really remember watching eric, about 1996 when he was coming to the end of his career here, whilst i remember watching ronaldo from the day he made his debut at 18 and tore bolton to shreds. Thats probably what influenced my opinion i guess, had i seen cantona as much as id seen ronaldo, and id grown up on eric i may well have felt differently. But i guess being a kid at the time of ronaldos arrival, and me spending hours upon hours practicising in the garden trying to do the ronaldo step overs (to no avail i might add πŸ™‚ ) i guess theres more of a romance with him from my end.
    Ive watched alot of highlights of cantona though from old VHS videos my dad kept over the years, and he gets you off your seat, but its just not the same as watching him live is it. He was an amazing player though, and more than that he had a swagger about him, a certain aura about him that made him look almost invincible.
    My dad absolutely loved eric, and even wanted to name my younger brother after him πŸ™‚ and has always claimed he was his personal favourite, which is high praise indeed from him. So i love cantona, and i can easily say he is among the greatest i have ever seen, but for the sheer fact i saw ronnie live in the flesh many many times, and grew up with him, i have to go with him.
    Still in terms of players the fans absoltely love, theres no one who comes higher than eric. The bond between him and the fans was just a romance made in heaven.

  15. tonymontanna4united

    June 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    @Grognard: Christ i hope so mate. The day we got rid of those cunts, its drinks all round me thinks, and its on me πŸ™‚

  16. tonymontanna4united

    June 14, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    @Grognard: Well we both agree on 4 of the 5 in our lists (albeit in different order) so i guess its just all to do with opinions. You saw more of cantona and schmeichel than me (lucky bastard πŸ™‚ ) so i guess you know more about them and what they did in their prime than i do. Still its too bloody hard to try and fit them in into a top 5, as weve had too many greats over the years.
    Keano, robson, stam, bruce, pally, irwin, ince, hughes (my dad loves him being welsh himself) etc.
    Hell ive gone back and watched old united vids from back in the 60s onwards, and thought the likes of stiles, sadler, paddy crerand, alex stepheny, kidd, coppell, ollsen, kevin moran, joe jordan, gordon mcqueen, the greenhoff bros, lou macari off the top of my head, were legends in their own right.
    So many great players this club has been blessed with over the years, just wish id been born a decade or 2 earlier so i could have enjoyed seeing more of them, rather than having to watch 10 minute highlights here and there and ask family members about the rest. Ah well, lucky i guess the likes of me and reddevileddy were born at a time we could appreciate the likes of giggsy, scholes, becks, keano, ronnie and ruud. So i guess it balances itself out.

  17. tonymontanna4united

    June 14, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    @Owen: Mate, i never said scholes was anything but a great great player, i just said imo giggs is a much better one. I could give you a thousand quotes of great great players who are just as praising of giggs game, as you can find with scholes. Again though im not taking anything away from scholes’ game, i have always said hes a true great, i just said giggs is a far far better player than him, thats all. Not a disgrace in any way shape or form, as giggs has and always will be a million miles ahead of most footballers in the game.

  18. Don

    June 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    @Grognard:

    I’m not sure whether to get excited over the potential arrival of Sanchez…it can only mean that nani will be bit part next season (or even leave the club) which is a sad state of affairs for him…this is starting to feel like last season where it seemed like we signed a new striker every 3 months (Diouf,Chicharito, bebe)…as mcu has I would hate to see a telane tlike Sanchez play at citeh I would hate to see us lose our better players…we really should be looking at Fletcher/Carrick replacements and not nani replacements…

  19. Owen

    June 14, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    @tonymontanna4united: Giggs was never a better player than Scholes and even both Giggs and Fergie attested it…

  20. Don

    June 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    @Grognard:

    forget Henderson and Cleverly…starting Mancienne in central midfield ahead of Rodwell was a joke…and making Mancienne captain to boot…I think Jack Rodwell is a top top player but I think time has come to move on from Everton..playing with the likes of Osman, Fellaini and co is not helping him at all…and with his injuries…he really does need to be training and playing with top players..unfortunately i have a snealing feeling spurs/chelsea will be his eventual destination which stinks as barring injuries he will one of England’s top players in a few years…

  21. Owen

    June 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    @Don: Fellaini and Arteta are top players.Their other midfielder Heitinga is also a top player.

    Rodwell suffers as he is not that great which you all make him to be.He is a bench warmer for them who never remains fit for consecutive 3 matches.

  22. Don

    June 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    @Owen:

    I would not class Fellaini and Arteta as top players…i would say they are useful players… you forget Rodwell is 20 years old and is easily one of the better midfielders at Everton a top 10 premiership side when fit…that is an achievement in of itself… taken in context that he is 20 and has not had a lot of premiership games, when I watch him play he plays like a 25/27 year old who has been playing for years at a top level..that is why I rate him..not to mention he is a physical specimen at 6’2 and has pace to burn and a feathery touch AND he is two footed..need I say more? Rodwel >>> Fellaini or Arteta…

  23. Owen

    June 14, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    @Don: I don’t know how you rate players but by all sorts,Fellaini is a top top player.Rodwell is just as usual an over-hyped English player.And yes,he is well on course to become the next Hargo with his injury record.

  24. Don

    June 14, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    @Owen:

    I just said above why I rate Rodwell highly..why do you rate Fellaini so highly? Please elucidate..and I am not wanting to get into a belittling back and forth with you so if that is your intention please don’t bother to respond…just let me know why you rate Fellaini so highly…also it is not unusual for younger players to suffer frequent injuries often attributed to growing …if he is still getting injured as frequently at 25 I will hold my hands up and say he is the next Hargo…

  25. Owen

    June 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    @Don: Fellaini is easily one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe and is extremely comfortable with ball.He is very good in starting attacks and even scores too.When you brought the physical aspect,there also Fellaini has the edge.Fellaini is actually one the most dangerous player on set pieces in EPL along with likes of Terry,Samba,Dunne …

    And even these reasons are not tell why he is that great.You just need to know that when Mourinho joined Madrid,Fellaini was the first player he wanted.But he was not allowed by Moyes and Mou brought Khedira instead.

    Rodwell is the product of that English media which hypes own players like Henderson/Rodwell as new Xavi/Essien.

  26. Moscow is my heaven

    June 14, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I have to agree with Owen here. Fellaini is an absolute beast, I watched him play at Stamford Bridge and that’s when I decided. He’s our man. He has power, incisive passing and presence in midfield. I seriously don’t get the Rodwell hype. He came to OT, and was overrun by an average United midfield. Don’t fall into the Dalglish trap people. There is a reason why Rodwell isn’t in the Everton first XI, and that’s Fellaini and Arteta.

  27. Don

    June 15, 2011 at 3:12 am

    @Moscow is my heaven:

    In my opinion the only edge that Fellaini has over Rodwell is that he is a giant…again in my opinion Rodwell is the better technical player…that’s just my opinion so don’t jump on me…I would prefer Rodwell in the Carrick role as to me that would be an upgrade fir us in that position…

  28. Grognard

    June 15, 2011 at 6:55 am

    @tonymontanna4united: Thinking of Rodwell as a defender would be such a waste of a true box to box talent with proven defensive skills but very astute and exciting attacking skills of which aerial strength and finishing are part of the whole package. He34 just needs to mature and also stay healthy and he will make Fergie rue the day he passed on him, if indeed he has.

  29. Grognard

    June 15, 2011 at 7:03 am

    @tonymontanna4united: And I can respect that way of thinking. I remember I was teaching a business class in downtown Vancouver on a Saturday and during the lunchbreak I was watching the game with a colleague of mine and seeing Ronaldo play his first game coming on as a substitute and being totally bowled over by him. I instantly said to my friend that you are watching the next truly great #1 player in the world. And I was right. Sad thing is I was in a nightclub in 1984 when my ex walked in and I commented to my best friend at the time that I was going to make that girl my wife. I did make her my wife but in the end, like Ronaldo, one should be worried about what they wish for as they may lose them to sleazy Latino types. πŸ™‚

    As for Cantona, I can never forget that one great goal he scored where he chipped it over everyone and then just stood there looked around and placed his hands on his side like Superman. Nuff said.

  30. Grognard

    June 15, 2011 at 7:09 am

    @Don: I couldn’t agree more. He is unfortunately playing for a middle of the road club that amazingly has a better midfield than us. He needs to move to a team where he will instantly be inserted into the starting lineup and given a significant leadership role. Mancienne is a joke. I watch Hamburg play in the Bundesliga all the time and most of the time he is on the bench there or playing poorly. I don’t know what the hell Pearce is thinking there? I’ll tell you right now, I am bloody terrified of losing Rodwell to City, Chelsea or Arsenal. I’m not too worried about Liverpool because I don’t think Everton would sell to them. Can you imagine him in Chelsea’s midfield? Scary.

  31. Grognard

    June 15, 2011 at 7:14 am

    @Owen: He’s not that great huh? Christ, what can I say, Owen has spoken I guess we all have shit for brains. Fact, he is still only 20 and he is really young to place the kind of responsibility in a key position full time. Fact, he has been amazing for the English under 21’s and under 19’s and has shown moments of true brilliance for them and Everton. Fact, is he has had an injury filled season which has derailed his growth and development a bit. I don’t see him not bouncing back from that. Fact, you are wrong.

  32. Grognard

    June 15, 2011 at 7:17 am

    @Owen: The only thing top about Fellaini is his hair. Christ all mighty I am so tired of listening to people go on and on about this guy like he is something similar to Roy Keane. I think all of you get lost in his hair and go along for the ride. He is a good midfielder, and that’s as far as it goes. He is not in Arteta’s class and soon he will not even be in the same universe as Rodwell.

  33. Grognard

    June 15, 2011 at 7:21 am

    @Owen: What a load of crap. He has a hard time making his national team side and you have going out for drinks with Lampard, Schweinsteiger, Pirlo and Xavi. He is a piece of overrated crap on a stick with a big afro on top. He is nothing special and reading comments from you elevating him like he is king shit helps me understand why you would overrate Scholes to the class of one of the greatest of all time which is also a joke whether one loves the Ginger Prince or not. Your bias is clouding your true judgment of players I’m afraid.

  34. Grognard

    June 15, 2011 at 7:25 am

    @Moscow is my heaven: You saw him play one game at the Bridge and now you have elevated him to godly beast? Please, watch more Everton games. I rate him as nothing special and comparable to somebody like Diaby or Huddleston. As for Rodwell, like I say, watch more Everton games when he is healthy and watch the under 21 tournaments and you will hopefully see what I and so many others see.

  35. Grognard

    June 15, 2011 at 7:27 am

    @Don: He’s not a giant, it’s the hair. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

  36. Owen

    June 15, 2011 at 7:47 am

    @Grognard: “Mancienne is a joke. I watch Hamburg play in the Bundesliga all the time and most of the time he is on the bench there or playing poorly.”

    Hahaha.He has not played a single game for them as he was not a Hamburg player till now.Man,sometimes you just write knowing nothing about the subject.

  37. Moscow is my heaven

    June 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    @Grognard: If Rodwell is as great as many people on here declare him to be, I will hold my hands up, if, within the next three seasons he can displace Fellaini from the Everton’s starting XI (which is interesting since both are injured so often)

  38. godzilla

    June 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    @Owen: HE mad a move a week back i think.

  39. godzilla

    June 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    @Grognard: Fellaini is big. i think must be like 6’4, 6’5. I too feel he is an extremely useful player, like Grog says he might not be great to watch, but he gets the job done. He has been very consistent as well and a performer for Everton. From what i remember, United were interested in him a few years back, not sure if we took it ahead or what exactly happened. He is definitely one of the top boxtobox mf’s in england and would still be an upgrade to our midfield, but then thats not saying much πŸ™‚

  40. Grognard

    June 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    @Owen: Well I did say I never see him play for them which tells me he is a joke because he couldn’t even start for them. It wasn’t a comment based on watching his actual presence. I do watch a fair number of Hamburg games and although I must admit I wasn’t aware of him signing with them or when, I never noticed him at all so that told me he wasn’t good enough to play. So you can take my ignorance as an admission that seeing none of him was the reason for my comment. So keep your bright and shiny insults to yourself before you and I get into a full blown war again ok. I ignored you for quite a while after saying you were dead to me and then I broke down and decided to debate with you again, and now you pull this on me. I’d consider trying to be nice for once in your life and not trying to bring out my dark side which will only alienate you once again from me and others who don’t much care for your childish antics. OK Mr. Everyone’s a Legend?

  41. Grognard

    June 15, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    @Moscow is my heaven: Injuries are a major concern and often have derailed the greatest of potential careers. Hargreaves already had a great career with Bayern but can you imagine what his last five years could have been without those tendon injuries? I am pretty sure the injuries Rodwell has had have been more from growing and due to his youth than anything more serious or potentially chronic.

  42. Grognard

    June 15, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    @godzilla: He’s good enough to be a prominent player for an Everton or a Villa or even a Liverpool, but not good enough to make the great for a United or Chelsea because club’s like this should require much better players especially due to their European ambitions. Fellaini would do no more to scare Xavi or Iniesta than Carrick or Fletcher would. He is in the class of those two but not better and it has been proven over two finals that we need better than Carrick or Fletcher. In fairness to Fletcher, he never played in either game but still, I think it’s no secret that he wouldn’t have offered much relief.

  43. Don

    June 15, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    So i finally got to watch the second half of the England U21 game and I have to say it just reinforced my opinion of Rodwell…I can safely say we do not have a player like that in our current squad…think somebody with the passing range of Carrick and Scholes, with speed and can pass as accurately with left or right and can beat a man with nifty footwork. If I were Fergie I would just swap Rodwell for Carrick plus some cash and call it a day. I am not one to overhype English players but Rodwell is just an elegant, quick, skillfull player…the type of player we need in our midfield..and English!…one we could really use…if we signed him ahead of the modric’s and Sneijder’s of the world I would be estatic…

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