UK time is: 00:53:49
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Ronaldo, Park, Nani Out - Try Rafael As A Winger!

Manchester United face a real injury crisis, particularly in central midfield and on the wings. To the latter, there IS a solution.

Nani, Ronaldo and Park are all out of the Premiership opener against Newcastle therefore it's time for a bold move I think. With Ryan Giggs as our only winger, we need someone on the other flank who provides pace as well as tricks. Clearly, Darren Fletcher is not the man.

Sir Alex has been waxing lyrical about the Da Silva twins, particularly about Rafael. The youngster seems to be in the mould of Roberto Carlos or Daniel Alves: great going forward but suspect at defending. He's supposed to be a defender - but I see no reason why he could not be a great winger.

The boy has pace to burn, bags of skill and an eagerness to go past opponents. He's a dribbler and is definitely worth a try against Newcastle if the situation does not improve. With Rooney unlikely to make the game I think this is the only encouraging option - playing Martin or Fletcher there will not solve anything.

One might argue that he's inexperienced for the role but the position of right winger has an advantage: it's very difficult to commit a mistake there that might lead to losing the game. In that sense, the full-back position demands much more responsibility. Therefore we would not risk much playing him.

If Fergie is reluctant to do this, then there's always the option of a three-pronged attack with Tevez, Giggs and Campbell. This is more likely but I'd love to see Rafael playing on the wing. And the boy would surely have no objection, either...




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 9 2008

Time: 9:10AM

Your Comments

Dont see it happening.
rooneyisgod
Last season we started the first game with Evra on the wing and Silvestre at Left Back. I expect the same this time around.
united4life
I was under the impression that it was the left back, of the two, who was most impressive and that in one of the youth international tournaments he got something like 7 goals from left back...
The_Legend_Of_Zola
I'd love to see Campbell blooded early this season. With Eagles sold, there's a real gap in UTD's ranks for some young home grown talent.
Alex Humpage
I can't really see Sir Alex risking something like that in the first game. True, he looks an exciting prospect, but he's young and relatively inexperienced. With the title race looking tight this year, we have to get off to a good start, and it may be a little early for Rafael to be thrown into the action.
Man utd champions
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Dutch Youngster on United Radar (Friday April 18 2014)

Rooney Fit for Everton Clash! (Friday April 18 2014)

Luke Shaw Update #6 (Friday April 18 2014)

Three on Wanted List (Thursday April 17 2014)

At Last, Positive Transfer News! (Thursday April 17 2014)

No! Not Another One (Wednesday April 16 2014)

And Another Bites the Dust (Wednesday April 16 2014)

Carvalho Has Another Suitor! (Tuesday April 15 2014)

Duo Fined and Warned! (Tuesday April 15 2014)

No Darren, No! (Monday April 14 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. TheFamousNo7 63
2. Kanchelskis 41
3. MotorMad 31
4. gmauti 3
5. kresek 2
6. nordkap 2
7. Xfunny 1
8. Javan 1
9. ForeverUnited 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Newcastle 0 - 4 Man Utd
Man Utd 4 - 1 Aston Villa
Man Utd 0 - 3 Man City
West Ham 0 - 2 Man Utd
Man Utd 0 - 3 Liverpool
WBA 0 - 3 Man Utd

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
4. Arsenal 34 20 7 7 18 67
5. Everton 34 19 9 6 21 66
6. Spurs 34 18 6 10 0 60
7. Man Utd 33 17 6 10 18 57
8. Southampton 34 13 9 12 5 48
9. Newcastle 34 14 4 16 -14 46
10. Stoke 34 11 10 13 -10 43

Breaking League News

Ole Looking For Back To Back Victories
Cardiff : 18/04/2014 22:35:00
Gunnarsson Has Full Support amp; Trust
Cardiff : 18/04/2014 22:22:00
Do Villa Need Another Point To Be Safe?
Aston Villa : 18/04/2014 21:19:00
Team News v West Ham
Crystal Palace : 18/04/2014 20:00:00
Vital Preview: Norwich City vs. Liverpool
Liverpool : 18/04/2014 18:49:00
Vital Preview: Cardiff v Stoke
Cardiff : 18/04/2014 18:04:00
Injury Update: Defender In, Defender Out
Arsenal : 18/04/2014 17:02:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Everton v United?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
Home win! 38%
Away win! 62%
Draw! 0%