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Lyon v United - Scholes & Giggs Back

United have only Gary Neville and Mikael Silvestre absent as they prepare for the Champions League second round tie against the French champions.

Though some United fans, myself included, would not have minded had Fergie decided to field the same team that demolished Arsenal, with Ronaldo coming in for Park as the only change.

However, somewhat predictably, the Scot announced he would reinstate Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes into the team, thus potentially depriving us of our lightning pace on the counter-attack that Nani, Anderson and Fletcher (...) gave us.

However, I'm not complaining, it could turn out to be a masterstroke if we play a patient, precise passing game and unexpectedly pick Lyon off.

Fortunately, no more injuries were reported thus we have a near full-strength team available for the game.

My predicted starting line-up:
Van der Sar - Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra - Ronaldo, Scholes, Hargreaves, Giggs - Rooney, Tevez

Subs: Kuszczak, O'Shea, Fletcher, Carrick, Anderson, Nani, Saha.

We need Hargreaves to harass Juninho and deny him space whereas Vidic and Evra should successfully snuff out the threat of Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa. And if things do not pan out as we hope, there's always Nani, Anderson and Saha to turn to.

I predict a narrow 1-0 win with a Rooney goal.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 19 2008

Time: 5:59PM

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we can have tevez on the bench i mean
Vidicinho
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19/02/2008 18:44:00

i want anderson to start, possibly in a 433 formation with scholes and hargreaves as the other two centre mids, giggs, rooney and ronaldo as the front three and we can have tevez as an attacking option
Vidicinho
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19/02/2008 18:44:00

on current form anderson should be one of the first names in the team. i would be bitterly dissapointed if SAF does not start with him, but i understand that if he is so adamant to play scholes that hargreves should be his partner due to his defensive abilities. personally, my starting xi would be: vds, brown, rio, vida, evra, ronaldo, anderson, hargreaves, giggs, rooney, tevez
united4life
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19/02/2008 22:51:00

also there is carrick who has been awesome last couple of games his played..........difficult choices (but good ones!)
united4life
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19/02/2008 22:52:00

I really hope this young promising player Karim..or Kharim, or whaterver, Benzema gets to score.
Blue is the colour
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22/02/2008 22:38:00

 

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