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    Sigh...the injury spell seem to haunt us since the last season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/foot...td/7059527.stm

    Well its official, Scholes will be out for 3 months. That is bad news going to the Arsenal match. Playing away and their squad is almost full strength except RVP, it will be very tough for Man Utd. Our fullbacks, Neville and Evra are still not fit. So is Carrick and Scholes in midfield. Up front, Saha is out cold again. With an injury ravaged squad and playing away, it will be tough but I'm confident Man Utd can pull something off.

    If only we have a full strength squad......it will be interesting.
    If we have a full squad n all hitting TOP form we will rule EPL n CL!!!! But sadly it is not the case! Snice the last season we are not able to have a full squad injury free!!! Loan free haiz.....

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    hmmmmmmmmmmm
    tentalizing to buy 3-2 or 3-1 to Man U

    just got that gut feeling.....but which one?

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    I think it will be close and Man Utd will nick it 2-1. So 3-2 is closer to 2-1 I guess.

    Read today's Newpaper, Budgie calls Fernando Torris a Fancy Dan! Hilarious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    I think it will be close and Man Utd will nick it 2-1. So 3-2 is closer to 2-1 I guess.

    Read today's Newpaper, Budgie calls Fernando Torris a Fancy Dan! Hilarious!
    I got a feeling we will still continue our 4 goals per game
    But we may just revert back to our 1-0 victory! hahaha...

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    I got a feeling we will still continue our 4 goals per game
    But we may just revert back to our 1-0 victory! hahaha...
    a 4-1 victory to Man Utd will be excellent!

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    Neville eyes Reserves return

    Gary Neville is expected to be named in United's Reserves squad for the visit of Stockport County in the Manchester Senior Cup on Thursday 1 November.

    A series of injuries have forced the Reds' captain to miss more than seven months' action, but Sir Alex Ferguson told English press last week that Neville, 32, has regained full fitness and trained without incident for more than two weeks.

    Ferguson told Manchester United Radio of his desire to reintroduce Neville to first-team action as soon as possible, although he admitted a Reserves run-out is perhaps more realistic at this stage.

    "Gary's doing great," Sir Alex said. "We'll probably just wait for the next Reserves game to play him."

    Neville, also speaking to the club's radio station, said he can't wait to take the field again, although concedes he may have a difficult time forcing his way back into the first XI.

    "I've made myself available," he confirmed. "But with the way Wes [Brown] is playing – and Danny Simpson has been great, too – it might be a case of easing me back in over the space of a couple of weeks."

    Neville's injury nightmares began when he picked up an ankle knock against Bolton Wanderers in March. At the time, it was hoped he would return in time to skipper United against Chelsea in last season's FA Cup final. That date came and went, before calf and thigh injuries further delayed his return.

    "It's been too long," he sighs. "Missing the end of last season was bad enough but then for it to go into this season is doubly frustrating. Hopefully it's over now and I can get back into the team.

    "The worst part about it has been going into the gym every day. It's okay for a couple of weeks but after that it's just mundane and boring. The physios try to make it as exciting as possible for you, but there's only so much excitement you can get out of a rowing machine or a bike.

    "Most of all, I miss going out on the pitch. I'm seeing the lads playing well and they're getting good results and I want to be part of it. Coming in every day and then not being able to train with my mates is hard. An hour and a half on the training pitch flies by, but an hour and a half in the gym can feel like three days."

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    Edwin to curtail Dutch career

    Edwin van der Sar has revealed that he will bring down the curtain on an illustrious international career with Holland next year, following Euro 2008.

    The experienced goalkeeper, who turned 37 today, tops the all-time Dutch international appearances list with 121 Oranje caps won over the last 12 years.

    But, in an interview with Dutch station Radio 538, van der Sar admitted: "I will stop with with the Oranje after Euro 2008. The time has come."

    Holland are yet to seal their berth at next summer's finals in Austria and Switzerland, but will do so with victory in either of their remaining qualifiers against Luxembourg and Belarus.

    Meanwhile, former United and Holland defender Jaap Stam, 35, has today announced his retirement, citing injury problems and a lack of drive behind his decision.


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    Scholes out for three months

    Paul Scholes has been ruled out until the end of January after scan results showed he has suffered knee ligament damage.

    The 32-year-old midfielder was given the news after visiting a specialist on Monday. He is now scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday to correct the problem.

    He sustained the injury after turning awkwardly in training the night before United's Champions League Group F clash with Dynamo Kyiv.

    The Salford-born star was immediately ruled out of the game, then sent for a scan when the team returned to Manchester after the 4-2 victory. The initial results proved inconclusive, so he was sent for another scan and consultation with another specialist on Monday.

    A club spokesperson told ManUtd.com: "We can confirm that Paul Scholes has suffered a knee ligament injury. He will undergo an operation on Thursday and will be out for approximately 12 weeks."

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    Papers: Injury cloud lifting?

    Rio gets green light
    Manchester United have confirmed Rio Ferdinand will be available for Saturday's crunch Premier League showdown with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Despite being named captain, Ferdinand was substituted during last weekend's 4-1 win over Middlesbrough, apparently uninjured. But, in a statement, the Red Devils claimed that the England defender will face the Gunners this weekend as they look to open up a three-point lead at the top of the table. It is good news for Sir Alex Ferguson, who yesterday saw midfielder Paul Scholes ruled out for three months after being forced to undergo knee surgery. However, with Owen Hargreaves returning to duty on Saturday and both Michael Carrick and Gary Neville set to make their comebacks after recent lay-offs, it does appear United's early season injury problems are easing.
    Staff reporter, Daily Mail

    Widespread rumours suggest that Roy Keane will test Sir Alex Ferguson's resolve to keep Jonny Evans in the next transfer window. The Northern Ireland international caught the eye on loan at Sunderland last season, and Keane is tipped to make a £2.5million bid for his services in January.

    Meanwhile, the Mail also claims United, Barcelona and Chelsea are interested in signing Crystal Palace's John Bostock, who made his Eagles bow on Monday night - aged 15.

    Round up by Steve Bartram
    Yeah.... our strike force is all back n defenders also almost all back! We are ready for the gunners!!!!

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    Stapleton: Nothing to choose

    Ex-United and Arsenal striker Frank Stapleton admits there is little to choose between his two former sides ahead of their clash at the Emirates Stadium.

    The Irishman is convinced that, unlike other high-profile matches, Saturday's huge encounter will be an unabashed feast of attacking football.

    "With these so-called 'matches of the season' you get asked: 'Is it going to be cagey?' It isn't a case of even considering that on this occasion,"Stapleton told the Manchester Evening News.

    "You just know there are going to be goals and it will be an open football match. It certainly won't be 0-0. It cannot really be anything else the way United and Arsenal are playing."

    With no visible chinks in either side's armour, Stapleton concedes that neither team has a distinct advantage over the other.

    "It really is hard to split them at this time," he admitted. "I look through every department of both teams and there is nothing in it.

    "You think of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic in United's defence and how well they are playing but then Arsenal have Kolo Toure and William Gallas not conceding many.

    "In midfield, despite United's injury problems they still have Anderson coming to the fore and now Owen Hargreaves back plus wingers like Ronaldo, Giggs and Nani.

    "Then you look at Arsenal's engine-room and you have Cesc Fabregas in sensational form scoring plenty of goals as well.

    "Up front, Arsenal have Emmanuel Adebayor and others weighing in while United have Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney on fire. It is fascinating. It is maybe up front where United might have the edge."

    Stapleton feels that, contrary to previous years, Arsenal have the wherewithal to enter into a physical battle with Sir Alex Ferguson's side, if required.

    "United and Arsenal play wonderful football," he said. "That's how United won the title last season and it is how Arsenal have got to the top this campaign. I don't see either side ditching that to get involved in anything.

    "But the one thing that I think hasn't been noticed too much about Arsenal this season because of the great football they are playing is that they don't lie down like last season. Last year they were bullied out of too many matches. They were too nice as players. But I think they have added steel to their game.

    "United have always had steel about them. I think that aggression from United in the past has given them the edge in these games.

    "But I don't think Saturday is going to be a day when that is going to be called upon too much. I think the entertainment value at the Emirates is going to be excellent."

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    Owen salutes fellow newcomers

    Owen Hargreaves is full of praise for how his fellow new signings have overcome language barriers to adapt to life at United.

    The England midfielder is the only English-speaking new arrival this summer, while Nani, Anderson and Carlos Tevez are still learning the club’s mother tongue.

    Despite the potential for communication difficulties, the trio have all settled into life around Carrington, and the Reds’ season has burst spectacularly into life in recent weeks.

    “Nani, Anderson and Carlos don’t speak a lot of English, but I think they fit in extremely well, get along with everyone very well and they’ve been fabulous,” he told MUTV.

    “Carlos, this month, has been exceptional, his work rate is great and he and Wazza complement each other very well. As long as we’re scoring goals and winning games, I think everyone’s happy.”

    Hargreaves made his fourth appearance for the club against Middlesbrough last weekend, and he admits that it can be hard to maintain his discipline while surrounded by the perpetual motion of the Reds’ attacking talent.

    “At times you want to get involved,” he conceded. “My job is to keep it simple and protect the back four, but you kind of get sucked in because everyone’s running around you!”

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    Boss ready for key clash

    Sir Alex Ferguson admits Saturday's trip to the Emirates Stadium could be a key clash in this season's Barclays Premier League title race.

    Table-topping Arsenal and second-placed United are separated by just goals scored going into the match, with both sides in top form.

    Having seen the Reds score four times in four consecutive matches, however, Sir Alex is confident that his side are facing the leaders at the right time.

    "Everything is coming together, as I thought it would, and in good time to take on Arsenal in what could be a key match in our title defence," he is quoted as telling the Daily Star.

    "It's still an open race but Arsenal have had a great start and they're the ones we are chasing at the moment. The main thing is I know we will chase them with great fervour and determination."

    Arsene Wenger's side have confounded their critics this season with some superb displays en route to leading the pack, and Sir Alex admits they are genuine contenders for United's crown.

    "I know challenging for a title is a new experience for a lot of their players, but some of them have been there before and the manager has, and that is a big help," he said.

    "People said the same about us last year, but we led the league for three-quarters of the season, so I don't think it's a handicap."

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    Webb's the right referee

    Howard Webb's appointment as referee for United's crunch match at Arsenal has come under fire from a former top official.

    Recently retired referee Graham Poll is concerned that Webb will be taking charge of his second Arsenal game in a row, following the Gunners' 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

    "Never before have you seen a referee in the Premier League get appointed to the same team in consecutive weeks," said Poll.

    "It doesn't happen. There are all sorts of connotations with it. Is Howard Webb going to have to prove his impartiality and will that mean he is going to favour Manchester United?

    "It's unfair pressure on a very good referee."

    The Premier League has defended Webb's appointment, insisting his recent performances in matches like Arsenal's trip to Liverpool and Germany's Euro 2008 qualifier against Czech Republic make him the best man for Saturday's job at the Emirates.

    A spokesman for the Premier League said: "Howard Webb is the best performing referee at the moment and it's only right he takes charge of the highest-profile games."

    South Yorkshire-based Webb has refereed one United match so far this season, the 1-0 home win over Tottenham in August. His appointments last season included the Reds' 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford and the FA Cup semi-final against Watford.


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    Match Pack: Arsenal

    United and Arsenal lock horns on Saturday as the Reds travel to the Emirates for a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash. Arsene Wenger's team still haven't lost this season and looked impressive at Anfield last weekend.

    Form guide: There's little separating the teams at present, with United flying after four consecutive four-goal hauls and Arsenal unbeaten in 23 games. Both teams are on 26 points with a +15 goal difference, although the Gunners have a greater goals for tally and a game in hand.

    Ins and outs: United were rocked this week by the news that Paul Scholes will be out for 12 weeks with knee cartilage damage, although rumours that Rio Ferdinand would miss Saturday's match with a groin injury proved unfounded. Owen Hargreaves should be fit after getting 66 minutes against Middlesbrough last weekend, but Michael Carrick (elbow) may need another week. Arsenal, meanwhile, are without Robin van Persie (knee), while Eduardo da Silva (groin) and Philippe Senderos (back) will face late fitness tests.

    Star men: Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas makes Arsenal tick and he's already chipped in with five league goals this season. United, on the other hand, will look to Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez to continue their goal streak. The pair have netted nine between them in the last five matches.

    What are the odds? 100/1 United to win 4-0, 9/1 Fabregas first scorer.
    Man U will do what they use to do like in the previous season that is halting unbeaten games of the likes of Gunners, Reds and Blues!

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    Quote Originally Posted by afbug View Post
    a 4-1 victory to Man Utd will be excellent!
    I'll pick the goals scorer Ronaldo, Rooney, Tevez, Nani and Anderson!

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    This coming match is going to be a close one.



    Can't wait to watch it

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    I'll pick the goals scorer Ronaldo, Rooney, Tevez, Nani and Anderson!
    that's 5 goals leh..... 4-1 means one own goal lah......
    at least 3 points, no matter what the score is....

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    Quote Originally Posted by iskofil View Post
    that's 5 goals leh..... 4-1 means one own goal lah......
    at least 3 points, no matter what the score is....
    lol make it 5-1 then!

    Neville's return is quite close but unlikely that he will face Arsenal.

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    alamak only got tomorrow to buy liao...

    hmmmmmmmm...what score ?

    hmmmmmmmmm

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