Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

Will Fergie's mind games work on Rijkaard?

Will Fergie's mind games work on Rijkaard?

'Wayne Rooney suggested he'll live up to Sir Alex's expectation and be fit to face Barca, despite receiving a knock at Ewood Park.' That's how put that Rooney might not be in the starting line-up. They also note that Vidic missed training and that Brown trained separately from the rest of the squad.

So are they struggling with injuries really? Of course we know Vidic has just returned and that Rooney's got a knock on Saturday. Still, Fergie could have told us that the big Serbian missed training as a pre-caution and he will definitely play, to calm us down, to assure us.

However, that was not his intention, or so I think. I'm pretty certain he already knows what team he'll send out the Nou Camp's pitch tonight - and if he wanted, he could have given definite news about the players' fitness. The press conference was nothing like that: it was only about the chance to achieve a historic success and all that.

Now these are petty attempts at mind games, trying to confuse the opponent by keeping them in doubt over who will play. I'm sure that Fergie would never try it against the likes of Arsene Wenger who only know him too well and would not get hopeful over such news like that Vidic missed a training. But Frank Rijkaard who is rumoured to have lost the dressing room and is low on confidence may fall for it as spectacularly as Kevin Keegan did back then.

If he has an ounce of common sense, though, he will tell his players not to listen to anything as Rooney and Vidic will definitely play. If they raise their hopes of getting an easier ride, it could turn nasty when they get disappointed. But I think even this current Barcelona squad is better mentally than that.

Date:Wednesday April 23 2008
Time: 8:20AM


I doubt it very much, Fergie's powers are waning as he gets older!
24/04/2008 19:46:00
they certainly won't affect our Avram!
24/04/2008 19:47:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester United Articles

Sanchez Likened to Di Maria?

As we struggle to keep the journalistic momentum during yet another international break, the form of one player appears to be generating some unwanted column inches.

United Linked with Arsenal Midfielder

An ideal purchase in our opinion!

Stats: Manchester United v Brighton

All the stats from Manchester United (2) vs (0) Brighton, Old Trafford, 17/03/18 20:00 Att: 74,421

FA Cup - United v Brighton - Managerial Chit-Chat

Manchester United go head-to-head with Brighton in an FA Cup quarter-final tie this Saturday evening.

Manchester United Archived Articles

Vital United articles from

Site Journalists

Red Boy
Editor email
Charlie Bacchus
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM v Brighton (FA Cup)?
Suggested By: Red Boy
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Manchester United Results (view all)

Manchester United Fixtures

The Vital Football Members League