Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Paul Scholes is out for 3 months. He may still score 10 goals. Last year Ferguson said getting Scholes back in January was just like getting a new player in the transfer window -- this year should be no different. Scholes can run games if you substitute him in after United have nicked the lead, however, without the opponent's midfield stretched in attack, he is not nearly as dominant.

Anderson shouldn't have problems filling his little booties, and Darren Fletcher could have a seriously claim alongside him. Hargreaves will probably never be injury-free; tendinitis doesn't go away, and he's had it forever.

Hopefully Ferguson will experiment with Rooney behind the two strikers (Tevez, Berbatov) if only to justify this blog's existence.

Despite Ryan Giggs playing error-free for a full 70 minutes on Tuesday in Denmark, I wouldn't expect him to be starting too many times in there, except against weaker opponents. I don't believe in him despite a really good run out against the Danes.

Patrice Evra is having an awesome season so far, and he was stellar last year. It's too bad defenders never receive the credit they may deserve. In fairness, Evra can still be dominated by a Kevin Davies type player, if a team decides to pick on his aerial deficiency. Granted, Kevin Davies did no such thing last week when United trumped Bolton 2-0.

Tommy Smythe of ESPN, also known as Andy Gray's bitch, said "That's why they bought him - to score goals" in reference to Dmitar Berbatov. Well, I acknowledge that I am critical of anything he says, because he is so ridiculous, and I know I'm being uber pedantic, but he's not entirely correct. Berbatov is not there to score 25 goals in a season. His impact is on the quality of football United play. He occupies the space that creates the whole damn dynamic. And he is a brilliant passer, and has insane, light touches in a Zidane mold. Berbatov himself is too unselfish to ever get more than around 22 (+/- 1) in a year. I expect him to get 15-20 and I expect most of them to be fucking cracking finishes. He's majestic when he's on song, languid yet serene, someone to assume the prestigious mantle of "Nate's favorite player" when Scholesy hangs 'em up.

Speaking of which, I was thinking about buying a new United jersey (most of mine are Vodafone; Ronaldo, Scholes, Beckham, Van Nistelrooy, etc) and they're like 120 bucks. So.

United play Blackburn on Saturday. Fergie is going to own Paul Ince's face. Are you kidding me? Ince barely has any credentials, having only managed league two side MK Dons to promotion last campaign; Ince is far too immature to successfully manage a top flight club; no wonder they're shit. Selling Bentley didn't help, but Paul Ince hasn't lost the plot, he never had it. The guy is a clown. I look forward to Keane's Sunderland getting some points from them later in the season. Ince doesn't have the bottle.

United are going to beat the living bejesus out of them.


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