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The Season Should Be Postponed!

Manchester United drew 0-0 with Juventus in a high-tempo, low-quality game. Our starting line-up - Van der Sar; Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Fletcher, O'Shea, Scholes, Martin; Giggs, Tevez - chilled my blood and their performance mirrored my fears.

We were quite solid in defence, as always but that could be expected as Europe's best defensive unit lined up. But up front... Giggs showed glimpses of quality but on the whole he was mediocre while Tevez was isolated though did his best. Lee Martin is a quick, honest player but he is nowhere near international quality and Fletcher is not a right midfielder.

We were slow and ponderous in our approach and when someone upped the tempo his teammates quickly lost the ball. It wasn't very encouraging, especially as Juve started pre-season preparations two weeks later than United and were therefore much further from match fitness than us.

The problem is, of course, familiar. We have an injury crisis, again, as was the case at the start of last season when it resulted in a very poor start.

Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney are both struggling with a virus, Owen Hargreaves' knee injury stubbornly refuses to disappear, Anderson is at the Olympics (and he's playing quite well against Belgium right now), Nani is suspended from the first league game, Park is injured, Ronaldo is recovering from ankle surgery... and of course Saha is out again.

Fergie ruled out a panic buy but I think we're wrong to end our interest in Berbatov as Robbie Keane's case proved that Spurs can be persuaded to do business, however mad they were supposed to be at a club. This squad is thinner than it seems and in need of strengthening if we are serious about retaining our trophies. But of course more there are more than three weeks left until the end of the transfer window so there's no reason to panic.




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 7 2008

Time: 10:45AM

Your Comments

I'm sure we'd all happily wait for your guys to get fit again, just give us all a call when you are ready to start the season lads! :o)
The Fear
Do I have the time to go to the toilet?
Tosswink
finally you can fully appreciate what we at chelsea went thru last season when in midstream almsot our entire first team was either blighted by injury or away at the african nations'. and yet we rode the overwhelming odds and pushed you guys right down to the wire. you may have taken the titles, but chelsea showed true greatness in the midst of adversity that would have easily blighted most others. panic is now your middle name. ours is 'nerves of steel'. ha ha.
johnny come lately
omg... (staring at the accompanying league table on the side)... manure at 11th place with city above you! sign of things to come? *evil grin*
johnny come lately
double omg... more signs of things to come... look under 'latest scores' too. chelsea 2 - 1 man utd. ooooh wasn't ballack rockin hot that afternoon at the bridge? there's an early season encounter this time around at the bridge. we have a saying: if ballack don't get you, then lampard must. and i won't even try to put the fear of god into you by mentioning drogba, essien, joe cole and now deco! opps i just did! indeed! shall we postpone the season?
johnny come lately
Grow up boy.
Tosswink
johnny probably one of the only games where he has been good ( rocking hot way to far) as for mentioning lampard deco dorgba and joe cole just think back and ask yourslef what they achieved when they played us last season. Back to the topic and i have worries who we are actually going to play on the wis for the first few games of the season.
rooneyisgod
Evra can play as a winger; and in the Da Silva twins we have two awesome prosepcts at fullback. I feel alone in the view that we shouldnt rush out to sign Berbatov. We do not want to become Chelsea, who buy a player simply to satisfy a few games (Anelka, anyone?) When Rooney, Ronaldo, etc etc are fit then what happens then. Tevez and Rooney are first teamers; but then do you leave Berbatov on the bench? There is sucha thing as having too many players..we dabbled with it last season. List our strikers; Rooney, Tevez, Campbell, Saha, Manucho...surely thats enough, isnt it?
united4life
News is that Rooney is back in training. I know he looked overweight before, but losing half a stone in that short space of time is quite worrying. Anyone heard anything else on this?
Man utd champions
I'm worried that Rooney will push himself too much to be fit for the first game of the season, and will leave himself susceptible to other injuries... Hope Sir Alex keeps a reign on him - it'll be better for him in the long-term.
Man utd champions
oh, tosswink... would you like to share my milk and cookies? actually go get some of your own ha ha. RiG, it's clear you've watched very little of chelsea's football. besides man u ain't the only opposition we have. what i was getting at is we have lots in the locker room to maintain our record against you guys... tell me again... isn't it just 3-4 wins against us in the last 14-15. so much for world domination.
johnny come lately
JCL, i'm starting to think you like our company:D You are all over vital Man U. LEts get him a membership card guys! We can get him a free hat as well.
alexpant
Just having some harmless fun there JCL:) with an everyday blues fan.
alexpant
"look under 'latest scores' too. chelsea 2 - 1 man utd. ooooh wasn't ballack rockin hot that afternoon at the bridge? " hehe:D i think someones got a crush on someone, eh?:D
alexpant
What the hell happened to Manucho?
Paulinho
Well you're going to get a lot of sympathy from the rest of us, not.
storagematt
Would I be a bully if I nicked JCL's cookies? Only i'm hungry and he's tiny...
Tosswink
No one will deny that Owen Hargreaves is a fine player but he was highly injury-prone at Bayern and history has repeated itself at your club. This is a problem that will likely never go away. When Chelsea sold Robben I was really upset--and we've yet to find a good replacement--but then I see how little he's featured at Madrid and figure the loss wasn't so awful. Be careful, injuries can ruin your entire season.
RadioactiveD
We only know that pretty well, don't we Blues, RD??
raaid
Yes, injuries can ruin your entire season, but if you look at how many we had last season (practically every player out at some point) it didn't harm us too much :)
Man utd champions
 

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