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This game has suddenly become a lot more must win than I thought it would be a few weeks ago, and Villa themselves have been in even bigger shit than us of late so they're not gonna come up here just to lay down.

We thought we could get away with just cruising to the title but a mixture of self inflicted damage and bad luck has seen us suddenly seen the gap shorten to 4 pts(assuming we keep doing our job in home games). So with that any sense of complacency will disappear, I know the boys say they havent gotten complacent but that shit just happens sub conciously as things were looking ridiculously easy.

Our past 2 title winning successes had a similar blip towards the business end when we could have cruised to the title, we've still got a decent advantage here though and 3 out of our next 4 games are at home so we have a platform to bounce back. That CL draw looks even better now, no disrespect to Porto but playing them is better than having 2 highly charged games against fellow Prem opposition.

Rooney, Vidic and Scholes are suspended for this one, Friedel was sent off in their game at Pool today but you just know that one will get rescinded so that he has a chance to put in another super display against us. :rolleyes:

Berbs has been pulled out of the Internationals, with Rooney suspended we better pray even harder that he makes it for this one, if he does i'd start this team;

Van Der Sar

O'Shea
Ferdinand
Evans
Evra

Ronaldo
Carrick
Fletcher
Nani

Berbatov
Tevez.

Put Anderson in for Tevez and go 3 in the middle if Berbs doesn't make it.

United to get the show back on the road here with a 2-1 win, Ronaldo and Tevez to score for us. :thumbsup: :hopeful:
 

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Nani has to start. We ain't playing that well, and we need goals to ease the pressure, and no-one bar Ronaldo in that midfield, offers as much goal threat like him.

I'd play the team that you played, preferably with Rafael at right back if he is fit (haven't got a clue where he is fitness wise).

It's not just about the attackers not taking their chances up top, the midfielders have to pop up with goals more often (aye, I am pointing my fingers to our central midfielders).
 

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O'Shea?

Neville or Rafael will be back by then, THANK ****.
 

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Villa will pile in the crosses whenever they get a chance, trust O'Shea more to deal with those than a unfit Neville or little Rafael whos equally not played for a few weeks.

When you're playing a decent side, which Villa are , regardless of their recent blip. You have got to consider those things.

Anyway, i'm actually fuming at Rooney's brainless petulance now more than when it actually happened, how we could have done with him for this match.

He really needs to grow up, the same goes for some others at our club namely Ronaldo, he's another who has gotten away with lots of shit this season and it's only a matter of time before he gets punished as well.

He's being wasted as a pure winger when he can contribute so much more so that adds to the frustration I guess and it leads to him getting kicked even more than usual.

Hopefully he and everyone else come back unscathed from the Internationals.
 

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Berbatov to miss World Cup qualifiers as ankle injury rules him out for two weeks

Last updated at 7:55 PM on 22nd March 2009


Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has been ruled out of the Bulgaria squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Republic of Ireland and Cyprus with an ankle injury.


The Bulgaria captain sustained the injury in his club's 2-0 defeat to Fulham yesterday, where he was substituted at half-time.

'There's no chance of Berbatov playing against Ireland and Cyprus,' said Bulgaria team doctor Mihail Iliev. 'The injury will prevent any kind of football-related activity for the next two weeks.

'I have talked to the Manchester United medical staff and I am expecting a fax with the details of the medical scans.

'We are talking about a muscle tear, which means his foot will be immovable for two weeks. It is most likely that he aggravated his old ankle injury.'


It is a big blow for Bulgaria coach Stanimir Stoilov, who is already without Manchester City winger Martin Petrov and Leicester defender Alexandar Tunchev.

Bulgaria, who are third in Group Eight with only three points from three games, play at Croke Park on March 28 before playing Cyprus at home four days later.

Berbatov's injury will also be a worry to United coach Sir Alex Ferguson, with fellow striker Wayne Rooney facing suspension following his red card yesterday.

(dailymail)

I think he´s out for this one as well. And some here surely are not unhappy about that....
 

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You should focus on this game and play the back-ups against Porto. You'll still beat us comfortably.
 

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You should focus on this game and play the back-ups against Porto. You'll still beat us comfortably.
Rooney, Vidic and Scholes are suspended for this one and will probably start against Porto.

BTW, you do know that this match isn't being moved so it's played on a Sunday and then 2 days later it's Porto at OT. Very very rare to see 2 big games like that in 3 days but I think SAF decided to get that extra day of rest after the internationals break as the only opening window was the 12:45 kick off on the Saturday.

Good news for Porto, they'll probably be playing on Friday as I think thats how they do things in Portugal, so thats 2 days more rest than United.
 

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Josh is such a bullshit Porto fan. I will use several of his posts within the past week since the draw to stand by that statement in the future.

Now moving on to this match, I'm worried. Aston Villa is also in desperate need of a win to keep their UCL football dream alive for next season. Nani needs to be integrated on to a flank to provide a spark in the midfield.
 

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Lead cut to just 1 point.

6 goals conceded in last 2 matches..

2 consective defeats after 143 games.

Rooney, scholes suspended.

Berba injured.

our main title rivals in form of the season.


all in all BACKS TO THE WALL situation...

the situation where we have time and again responded in a great manner. and i would not beleive for one second that we are not going to respond the same way.

i want to see urgency, attitute and hunger to win as if this is a final match. I want to see the players fighting for each ball.

I really think rooney's loss will be felt in this match. He would have given us the creativity added with the fighting attitude.

another thing that we need to be mindful is that with all these " now every team will fell that they have a chahce against united " comments by gerard, villa will fell that they have a chance and go for it. so we need to be careful. no defensive mistakes.

I want rio to be back to be his rock solid best.


---Oshea----Evans----RIO---evra------

----Roanldo-----carrick----fletcher----giggs--

-------Berba----tevez-------------------

if berba is unfit then play ronaldo as a striker and nani in the wing.
 

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jep, I would like to see Nani more often. Whats happening with him this season, it looked so promising.

Btw....I will delete every thread speculating about quintuple or however it is called. Not the time for it after 2 ****ing losses in 2 weeks.
 

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The bitching about Rio is just bizarre, do you guys remember who was our best player at the start of the season?

And do you guys remember that Rio missed a lot of December and January with a back problem and since he returned he hasn't looked at his best, it will take time to get fully back up to speed.

Oh and him having to cover for the right back position as well as his own also plays a part. This is all part of football, surely as United fans, we of all people can testify to that. It must be the media circus thats around these days that influence your opinions. Well you're falling right into their trap. How about you watch the games and then make YOUR OWN mind up on whats gone on.

Anyway, I really cannot wait for this game, I want it to come now. Win here and we can use it as a platform to string a few wins together to steady the ship and hopefully we can start getting the bounce of the ball a few more times now. We've been sluggish but there's also been a lot of bad luck.
 

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It´s 2 days only between this and CL QF. Who the x decided that.
 

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It´s 2 days only between this and CL QF. Who the x decided that.
SAF would rather have an extra days rest after a rough Internationals week than to play instead of another 12:45 kick off on a Saturday.

This was fixed up several days ago, even before we lost at Fulham.

Don't be fooled by the hype, Delpi.

So why can't we play our CL game on Wednesday then? Well, the answers pretty simple;

It was obvious Liverpool weren't gonna play their Quarter final 1st leg on Tuesday the 7th of April as that meant their 2nd leg would be on the following Wednesday which is the the date of the Hillsborough tragedy so that's totally understandable.

With Rooney, Scholes and Vidic all being fresh for Porto, it adds further weight to the decision SAF has made.
 

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As I said to delpi vanni, this is yet more lazy journalism; United informed fans that this fixture would remain on Sunday the 5th before the Fulham game.

Jesus, 'Ferguson anxiety', do they ever learn?

Anyway, yesterday was funny, a lot of ABU's have come out of the woodwork, some still aren't getting too giddy but a lot are being little cvnts and whenever you ask them to put their money where their mouth is they go quiet and it's a reality check of the situation. ;)

And all the journos are lining up to kick United after our first blip since November, ABUness has reached feverpitch and Sir Alex is the absolute master of using it in our favour. Get a good result at home to Villa and the show will be well and truly back on the road, it'd be nice if Fulham could get something in their game to Liverpool after how their players are tooting their horns after finally stringing 2 wins together at home in the league.
 

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SAF would rather have an extra days rest after a rough Internationals week than to play instead of another 12:45 kick off on a Saturday.

This was fixed up several days ago, even before we lost at Fulham.

Don't be fooled by the hype, Delpi.

So why can't we play our CL game on Wednesday then? Well, the answers pretty simple;

It was obvious Liverpool weren't gonna play their Quarter final 1st leg on Tuesday the 7th of April as that meant their 2nd leg would be on the following Wednesday which is the the date of the Hillsborough tragedy so that's totally understandable.

With Rooney, Scholes and Vidic all being fresh for Porto, it adds further weight to the decision SAF has made.
That is KEY for the Porto match. Arguably our 3 best players in attack, midfield and defence will all be rested and fresh for this match. In addition, I'd also rest Anderson against Villa and start him against his former club, maybe they'll be his lucky charm and he'll score (aye right:cry:)

On the other hand, if Dimitar does not recover for the AV game, and if Carlitos comes back buggered or knackered after playing for the Argies, we could suffer against Villa as they will surely sit back after being raped for 5.

Worst case scenario (where only Tevez is fit in attack), I would start this:

-------------Tevez
---Nani------------------Ronaldo
-----Giggsy--Carrick--Fletcher
Evra---Evans---Ferdinand---Rafael
--------------VDS

Like I previously said, Nani and Ronaldo on free roles in order to actually offer some threat in attack, considering the central midfield rarely contributes with goals.

Whilst Giggsy, Carrick and Fletcher should be able to outplay their central midfield.
 

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SAF would rather have an extra days rest after a rough Internationals week than to play instead of another 12:45 kick off on a Saturday.
Okay. I don´t disagree with that argument. The CL match isn´t decisive, even if we lose it there is still a re-match to repair it. In this situation it is surely not the worst to have an extra day rest for the active internationals until the next PL match. I was only wondering why only 48 hours between two very important matches. Obviously it was just not possible to play CL on Wednesday. So we somehow have to live with it.

Well, playing on Sunday also means that there´s some extra pressure ´cause the rivals play on Saturday and it could happen that we´re not Top of the Legaue any more then.
 
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