The FA Cup has produced an incredible piece of news – Manchester United will host Liverpool in the third round. This epic battle is certainly generating headlines, but in other news Anders Lindegaard is ready to battle to be United’s No. 1, Sir Alex may still bring in David De Gea, and Michael Carrick is fighting for a new deal.
The FA Cup has certainly provided us with an epic match. Manchester United will host hated rivals Liverpool in the third round. Liverpool has struggled this season, but something tells me they’ll raise their game when they travel to Old Trafford in January. United has already beaten Liverpool at Old Trafford earlier this season, and fans will obviously hope they can do it again. United were knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round last season against another rival – Leeds. The 2003-04 campaign was the last time Sir Alex’s squad lifted the FA Cup.
Manchester United’s newest signing Anders Lindegaard insists he is not moving to Old Trafford to warm the bench. The Denmark international will start staking his claim to be the next No. 1 when he begins training with the team in December, although he will be unable to play until January. Lindegaard also spoke of his love for the club in the interview: “It’s obvious that this is a dream. I have followed [Manchester United] since I was a small boy and my father is a big fan.”
While Anders Lindegaard insists he will be fighting for a place in the starting XI, Sir Alex Ferguson admits he may not be done working on the club’s goalkeeping situation. The gaffer believes this will be Edwin van der Sar’s final season, and has hinted he may not be done looking for goalkeepers in the transfer market. News broke earlier this month that United were closing in on a £15 million deal for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea, and the signing of Lindegaard has done little to quiet that rumour.
Michael Carrick was arguably United’s most disappointing performer last season and continued to struggle early this campaign, but in recent weeks Carrick has appeared to rediscover his form. Now, he is fighting to save his United career. Carrick’s deal expires at the end of next season, and club has not yet opened talks to discuss a new deal. I think he still has a future at Old Trafford if he can maintain his form. There is no doubting that an in-form Carrick is an excellent passer of the ball, and our squad needs players capable of creating chances.
Stretty Stories Throwback… I briefly mentioned this article in a Stretty Stories earlier this month, and I’ve now decided to revisit it because of how miserably wrong it has proven to be. This little gem came from the idiotic Piers Morgan discussing how Manchester United were “self-imploding”. That was on 2 November. I would now like to turn your attention to the Premier League table. Fresh off a 7-1 demolition of Blackburn, United now occupy first place – two points ahead of Chelsea. For anyone needing evidence of Morgan’s stupidity, here it is.
Happy Birthday… Ryan Giggs! United’s all-time appearance leader turns 37 today!
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