4 Nil win against Wigan. Sweet
4 Nil win against Wigan. Sweet
A very good win. Wigan set out to defend and hard to break them down in the 1st half. Both Tevez and Rooney scored. I think Anderson's performance is quite good. If he remain confident, I think he will make it in Man Utd and Brazil.
The injuries are very disappointing. I dunno why but Saha can get injured just by warming up. Now another 2 defenders got sub out. Simpson and Pique's performance is quite good as well. Both seem calm and assured but they are not under pressure often.
The injury list is really devastating. Currently 12 players out injured and that 12 can form a starting 11 plus a sub that can beat many teams! Injured 4-5-1 formation:
Neville | Vidic | Brown | Silvestre
Park | O' Shea | Hargreaves | Carrick | Fletcher
The injury spell has haunt us since last season. Hope we can get over it soon. BIG matches are coming.
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No idea when VDS, Saha and Brown will be ready. Park, Silvestre and Foster will only be back next year.
After the 2 weeks break, we will face 6 games in 21 days. It is going to tough. Really need them back.
Pary hard during the international break.
Yah man. We need them to be ready for the games ahead. Hopefully they will recover in time.
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Boss hopeful on injuries
Sir Alex Ferguson has indicated that United’s injury situation may not be as bad as first feared despite losing Nemanja Vidic, John O’Shea and Louis Saha through injury against Wigan.
Saha aggravated his knee in the warm-up and was forced to withdraw from the squad after initially being down as a substitute.
Vidic lasted 21 minutes before being replaced by Anderson after receiving a bang to the head, while O’Shea, who temporarily took Vidic’s position in the centre of defence, left the fray eight minutes later with a dead leg.
The additions of Saha, Vidic and O’Shea to United’s seemingly ever-growing injury list, means there are now enough players in the stands to field a complete side. But with the international break now upon us, Sir Alex is hopeful things will be looking up when domestic action resumes on 20 October.
“Louis felt his knee in the warm-up and in Louis’ situation we had to withdraw him unfortunately,” the boss revealed on MUTV.
“Nemanja’s been taken to hospital and he has concussion so they’re giving him some tests. John O’Shea has just got a dead leg. He’ll be OK in a couple of weeks I’m sure.”
The United manager also revealed that both Darren Fletcher and Owen Hargreaves are making good progress with their recovery from leg and knee injuries respectively.
“Hopefully Darren will be back soon,” said Sir Alex. “He starts full training on Monday which is good news.
“I hope Owen Hargreaves will be available in two or three weeks time as well.”
Hutch: We were let off
Wigan manager Chris Hutchings conceded that his side could have suffered an even-heavier beating at the hands of a rampant United on Saturday.
The Reds ran out 4-0 winners over the Latics, and spurned several other presentable chances in a totally one-sided second period.
"We had a game plan. I thought it worked very, very well in the first 45 minutes," he told Sky Sports.
"But as soon as they scored the first goal they upped the tempo and obviously scored a few more and probably could have had a couple more to be quite honest.
"They have got quality players all over the park, they can take those chances and they did."
Hutchings found positives in his side's stifling first-half performance, but was less impressed with the manner of their post-interval collapse.
"The first half, we have got to take positives out of the way we contained them," he said. "But the second half was a little bit disappointing.
"I was a little bit disappointed as the game went on because we lost our shape and we opened it up for them."
Man it is really a mistake letting Rossi go. He just scored for Villareal again over the weekend! I think he got 5 goals already in just 7 starts?
He is doing a Forlan!
Boss salutes defensive starlets
Hope to see a bald SAF soon!Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted with United’s convincing 4-0 victory over Wigan Athletic, and had particular words of praise for youngsters Gerard Pique and Danny Simpson who were thrown into the action.
Pique started the match at right-back, but switched to the centre to partner Rio Ferdinand just before the half hour mark after both Nemanja Vidic and John O'Shea had gone off injured.
As a result, Simpson was introduced in the 29th minute and the 20-year-old defender came of age during only his second appearance for the club, adding an assist to his name following his excellent cross for Wayne Rooney for United's fourth goal.
“Danny's a very confident boy,” Sir Alex told MUTV. “He’s so quick and is a tremendous defender. He’s improving his technique all the time and he is one of the players that I would not consider going on loan this year because he’s valuable to us.
"Pique also came in today and was absolutely outstanding. He was one our best players against Coventry [in the Carling Cup] and is improving all the time."
Carlos Tevez opened the scoring for United on 54 minutes after shaking off two Wigan defenders before calmly slotting past Chris Kirkland.
“The challenges were coming in first from Kilbane and then from the goalkeeper but he kept his nerve, which I think is the most important thing in that situation, and composed himself enough for a good finish,” added Sir Alex.
“Wigan set their stall out with one up as most teams are doing. But we got the spark in the second half and earned a good victory.”
Cristiano Ronaldo capped a fine performance with the next two goals on 59 and 76 minutes, before Wayne Rooney completed the rout after another clinical move.
“It was only his second headed goal for us,” acknowledged the United manager. “Wayne should get more [headers] because he’s a good header of the ball. It was a great move and fantastic ball in from Danny Simpson.
“That’s three in three games for Ronaldo and someone said to me ‘do you really think he’ll score more than 20?’ We’ll just have to see, but I certainly hope so.”
Cannot compare to RVN cos he already scoring loads of goals at Man Utd. More like Forlan, can't score/make it at Man Utd but excel at Villareal. Same club somemore.
Maybe Man Utd will struck a partnership with Villareal. Send our young strikers there to gain experience!
Papers: Keane backs United
Keane: United for the title
Arsenal beat the Invincibles' best run to make it a 10-game winning streak, but Roy Keane still believes Manchester United will be champions. Keane saw his Sunderland side give the Gunners a real fright, battling back from going two goals down to level, only to see Robin van Persie bag the winner for the third time in a week. The victory puts the Gunners two points clear of second-placed Manchester United, but former Old Trafford captain Keane believes Sir Alex Ferguson's side will be on top when it counts. "I think it's shaping up to be the same old title race between United and Arsenal, but I'd still take United at the end of it," said the Sunderland chief. "I think they'll have the edge. It's nothing to do with the results over the weekend, I just think United are a touch ahead."
Ann Gripper, The Mirror
Elsewhere, The Daily Express quote Sir Alex on his delight at the squad's depth. The United boss said youngsters Danny Simpson, Anderson and Gerard Pique were "outstanding" in the Reds' 4-0 victory over Wigan Athletic on Saturday. "If we are to win something, it will be by using the whole squad. And I am confident with the squad I have got here – the one who stepped in showed why. I'm proud of them."
The Times singled out Anderson for praise as the young Brazilian stamped his authority on the match after coming on for the injured Nemanja Vidic. "Ferguson is convinced Anderson is good enough to replace Paul Scholes when the 32-year-old retires and nobody who witnessed his performance in this match would argue with the United manager," Kaveh Solhekol wrote.
Meanwhile, the Manchester Evening News picks up on reports from Sunday's papers that Nemanja Vidic is set to be offered a new and improved contract.
Round up by Nick Coppack
United for the title!!
Keano eyes United duo
Wah ... if SAF is going to loan out all the young guys n when the guys got injured who will be the replacement? Is the team a 50 men team?Sunderland manager Roy Keane has reiterated his desire to take United duo Jonny Evans and Danny Simpson back on loan.
The pair spent five months at the Stadium of Light last season, and were an integral part of the Black Cats' promotion from the Championship.
And, following Sir Alex Ferguson's admission that some of his younger players will embark on fresh loan deals this season, Keane is monitoring the situations of his former loanees.
Keane said: "If I thought there was an opportunity to bring Jonny to Sunderland, we would consider it. He did brilliantly for the club before, as did Danny, and it would be nice if we thought they'd come back.
"It was a nightmare giving them back as they they'd settled in so well. But they were good professionals, hard trainers out on the pitch and ready to put everything in."
Following Simpson's outstanding display against Wigan on Saturday, the chances of him being allowed to temporarily leave Old Trafford seem remote, but Keane is happy to bide his time over the move.
"Nothing happens until January anyway," he said. "But I know there will be a lot of teams ringing up United after Sir Alex said the other week that there would be plenty going out on loan.
"His phone will be red hot at this moment in time and whether Jonny will still be there in January I really don't know, but it would be nice if we thought they'd come back."
Neville ready to return
Wow ... he is back earlier then expected!!!Reds skipper Gary Neville could make his long-awaited return to action this week for United's Reserves.
Brian McClair's side take on Liverpool on Thursday and the 32-year-old has been pencilled in to play for some much-needed match practice.
Neville has been in training for over two weeks now, but he hasn't played since March. An ankle injury, which required surgery in the summer, kept him out at the end of the last term, while this season calf and thigh injuries have prevented him turning out for the first-team.
"We're hoping to use Gary against Liverpool Reserves this week. That's the plan," says Sir Alex Ferguson. "He's getting better and he's improving all the time.
"He's over his last injury and he has been training now for over two weeks and he is at a good level," added the boss. "He's been out for so long that he needs games now and hopefully he can start on Thursday. It will be a good introduction for him game-wise."