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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...

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 9 2008

Time: 9:10AM

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Dont see it happening.
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09/08/2008 13:21:00

Last season we started the first game with Evra on the wing and Silvestre at Left Back. I expect the same this time around.
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09/08/2008 14:52:00

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...
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11/08/2008 18:43:00

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
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12/08/2008 09:17:00

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
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12/08/2008 10:19:00


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