Archive for October, 2007

Another Europe away day and another win

Posted on October 23, 2007  by Stretford-end  in Man United   No Comments »
Another Europe away day and another win

Great performance tonight against a poor Kiev side, they really didn’t look at the races.  But our counter attacking play really made them panic and hurry into mistakes, which made them look amateurish at times.  Ronaldo, Rooney (as always) and Tevez were superb – short little intricate passes combined with intelligent movement off the ball and great overlapping play, particular by Wes Brown.  Anderson is turning into some player as well.  I’d seem him play a few times for Porto and clips of him in action for Gremio, however I didn’t think that he would look so accomplished in the centre of the park.  I felt he would be better played higher up the pitch to showcase his skill and vision, however he looks brilliant at the moment and his distribution is first class.

How do you fellow reds feel we have played in Europe so far?  The worse game was the Roma game when we were a bit fortunate to get a win (Roma deserved something out of the game) but away from home I think we’ve looked good.  Can this team push on in Europe and give us exciting performances that got us off our seats in the late 90’s??

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Louis Saha Worth the Hassle?

Posted on October 09, 2007  by Stretford-end  in Man United   No Comments »

Some believe United would be a better team with Louis not only a regular if not automatic starter. I personally do not hold with this opinion, he is nearly 30 and questions are still being asked how good he really is and some people still talk about his potential. At 17, 18,19,20, even in his early 20s I think to a certain degree we can make excuses for a player but at nearly 30? Surely Not.

For about 15 games he was a regular starter at United last season before that he was an excellent squad player and used only when we had little choice for the critical games. When Larsson came he was again moved back to a squad player and Giggs was given to partnering Rooney towards the end of the season.

Saha has a goalscoring average of something like 1 in 3 with United including coming on as a sub and scoring from the penalty spot, considering he isn’t played in most of the more difficult games and the fact United attack more than probably any other team in the Premiership, that isn’t good enough.

At a club such as United we need top class strikers and Ruud’s record obviously puts Saha’s to shame. Now I’m not saying a striker’s role should only be goalscoring, there is obviously so much more to great strikers than this but Saha is limited in what he can do, he has electric pace and a fine header of the ball with an eye for goal but his consistency has never been there to make him in to a top international striker with either his club or country moreover he is limited in his vision and creativity. His work rate his good without being outstanding.

So with these attributes you may think I would like to see Saha stay at United, unfortunately not so, the time has come to just release him from his contract. While he can still perform on his day when his head and body are right I don’t think that is good enough.

Recently on the radio I heard a an ex player say most professionals would be fully fit for no more than 12 games per season they all have niggles and pulls etc but carry on. Now if this is seen by others and accepted it could have an effect.

For example if you are a player in a team and see others going through a brick wall and carrying on playing with painful injuries you feel you have to do the same but if others are not pulling their weight it can spread. Some players may think why should I put my neck on the line if he isn’t!
I think it is well known Fergie’s personality has rubbed off on players under his control and that is a major feature why we have been so successful.

Players look for managers to show weakness and jump on them, you could see it spread through Chelsea with a few players not pulling their weight. Winning mentality ethos is probably the single most important attribute a player can have without that and with all the ability in the world will not do much with his career, I fear Saha is of a similar mindset where he has failed to make the most of his ability.

It is doubtful another club would buy him with his wages and wont pay a salary, I think it is time we waved goodbye and wished him luck. The odd good game may not balance the negative attributes he spreads through the squad!

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Apparently Rooney and Tevez can’t play together?

Posted on October 08, 2007  by Stretford-end  in Man United   No Comments »
Apparently Rooney and Tevez can't play together?

‘You need Ruud back’ was a number of comments heard early season directed at United by many fans rubbing their hands with glea at the sight of us scoring one goal in our opening three matches. Never had it dawned that we had just come to the end of the longest transfer wrangle in the history of the world regarding an unfit Carlos Tevez and also we were without Rooney and Ronaldo for most of those games. What even more laughable is that we dominated all three games and should have taken at least seven points from a possible 9. The critic had already seen our problem – we needed an out and out striker.

From the moment I heard we were in for Tevez I knew that he would be a hit. He has the physical and technical capabilities to succeed at United but he also has heart and courage to play on the biggest stage at Old Trafford. I think he’s been brilliant in most of the games he’s played this season. The only game when I though he was poor (along with the whole side) was the Spurs game. Against Wigan he was superb as he was against Chelski two weeks ago. He really is a Manchester United player and people will soon start to realize what an amazing talent he is.

The problem with signing Tevez for some people wasn’t that he lacked the talent to play with United but that he was too similar to Wayne Rooney. Yes they are similar in stature and also prefer to play off the top man and drop deep to receive the ball, but who says you can’t succeed with two forwards like this? The movement of the front four is incredible. Rooney and Tevez can drop deep whilst Ronaldo and Giggs can come inside and move up top and many teams simply do not know how to deal with such attacking talent. Add in Nani and Anderson combined with vision and grace of Scholes and Carrick, we really do have a frightening side. It was just a matter of time before the goals came flooding in.

I picked up on a comment by ex-Wolves forward Don Goodman whilst watching ‘you’re on sky sports’ last week. A caller phoned in (a red) and wanted to know the ‘experts’ opinion on why United were failing to score. Goodman responded with ‘I don’t believe Rooney and Tevez can play together as they’re too similar, I mean they’ve played a number of times together already’. As he said that I could feel the backtracking in his voice and the hesitation of his tone. ‘Have they played much together? Are they really that similar? Do I actually know what I am talking about?’. I don’t believe he does. How on earth can you say they’ve played a number of times together! I honestly don’t know how some of these people get employed.

Did anyone else see this show? What does everyone think of the Rooney/ Tevez partnership?

Rooney & Tevez
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Wes Brown

Posted on October 02, 2007  by Stretford-end  in Man United   No Comments »

Full Name: Wesley Michael Brown
Born: Manchester

Birth date 13 October 1979

Position Centre Back and Right Full Back

Height 185 cms

Weight 78kg

Nationality England

United Debut 4th May 1998 v Leeds United

Signed for Club 8 July 1996

Signed as a Professional 4th November 1996

Awards Won the Jimmy Murphy young player of the Year 1997/98 and 1998/99

Club Honours

98/99 Champions League

98/99 FA Premiership

99/00 FA Premiership

00/01 FA Premiership

02/03 FA Premiership

03/04 FA Cup

05/06 League Cup

06/07 FA Premiership

Wesley Brown started his United career primarily as a centre back, he was tipped for great things from the very beginning and seemed to live up to that early promise as he moved effortlessly up the Old Trafford ladder.

However numerous serve injuries put a holt to his development such as cruciate ligament damage in both knees, two broken legs and countless minor injuries. and it looked as if he would never realise that early potential, and even when he did eventually start to get over his bad run of injuries consistency seemed to be missing at times and with the signing of Vidic to partner Rio it seemed as if his days to hold on to a regular first team spot had passed him by.

However with Gary Neville’s recent injury problems Wes has more than adequately taken over the right back spot and could be seen as Gary Neville’s long-term replacement.


He is quick, very strong and good in the air and as brave as a lion, and well liked and respected by his teammates. He is adaptable and accepts being a squad player without letting his head go down.


He is sometimes prone to lack of concentration, and that can be costly it has cost him his place alongside Rio for the moment. His crossing at times can also be not up to the standard perhaps expected of a top class full back and his link up play with the wide player also requires work.

Wes is loved by most United supporters for his 100 percent commitment, his Mancunian background and his rise through the youth ranks. He has stated numerous times he never wants to play for another club.

Wes brown Chant

We’ve got Wesley Brown,
We’ve got Wesley Brown,
We’ve got Wesley, we’ve got Wesley,
We’ve got Wesley Brown.

Skin-up Wesley Brown,
Skin-up Wesley Brown,
Skin-up Wesley, skin-up Wesley,
Skin-up Wesley Brown.

Appearances 233+31 as sub

Goals 2

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