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More Injuries - Now Carrick, Giggs And Campbell

At least Carlos Tevez will be back for the Portsmouth game. That's about the only positive after yesterday's frustrating 1-1 draw against Newcastle.

Michael Carrick was forced off after only 25 minutes with an ankle injury and will have to miss the next two weeks of the season. He won't be able to play at Portsmouth or the European Super Cup game against Zenit.

Ryan Giggs's recurring hamstring injury reared its head again and Sir Alex had no choice but to substitute the veteran Welshman, thus depriving us of further attacking edge. How long he will be out we do not know, let's hope he'll be back against Portsmouth.

And to cap an unbelievable week, another attacker, Frazier Campbell also picked up a knock - it looks like there's some evil plan to deprive us of all our strikers and midfielders.

This injury crisis is almost unprecedented though last season, of course, saw something similar. At one point during the autumn, we had an entire first eleven on the sidelines - yet all we heard was how unlucky Chelsea were with their injuries. Just like in 2006/07, when Vidic missed more games than Terry yet Chelsea supposedly lost the title because we were 'lucky' with injuries.

Pundits make no excuses for us of course: we are expected to beat anyone with the entire first-team out, it's only poor little Chelsea with their limited funds and small squad who cannot afford losing one or two players. So, the usual stuff.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 18 2008

Time: 12:32PM

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If our woeful play against you at Wembley & at Chelski is anything to go by, you won't miss them!!!
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18/08/2008 12:49:00

It always annoys em how the media seem to gloss over our injury problems, yet unlucky Chelsea are suffering, and poor little Arsenal didn't win the Title last season due to the disastrous amount of injuries. To name just a few (seriously) we've had to do without our influential captain (Mr United Neville) for the past year and a half; Rooney's been on and off for the last two or three seasons with a worryingly frequent pattern of illness and injuries; our only real out-and-out striker has played about as many games as you can count on two hands in the past two or three years; Ronaldo's just out for a couple of months; Scholes - who arguably makes us tick - was out for about six months last season... the list goes on, yet NO ONE seems to notice (or care). I know it's no excuse, and we should perform well whatever, but the amount of injuries we have had puts every other team in the shade YET we have just won the Double.
Man utd champions
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18/08/2008 12:54:00

Man utd champions
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18/08/2008 12:55:00

Going on your opinion of Portsmouth, storagematt, I'm starting to worry that it'll either be a 0-0 draw, or whoever wins will win by default. We have an exceptionally bad record at your place, and I know I'm sounding desperate just one game in, but I really am quite worried about how United are doing :(
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18/08/2008 12:57:00

Every football fan gets the feeling the media is against them trust me.
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18/08/2008 13:13:00

we have three really hard away games coming up next.
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18/08/2008 14:22:00

Yeah, I suppose, sw6cfc, but it's not so much the media's against us, more they're just ignoring us totally lol. And yes, rooneyisgod, no worries there, then.
Man utd champions
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18/08/2008 17:10:00

yeah fixture list isnt any help :| Portsmouth, liverpool and chelsea away :( if we beat chelsea at stamford bridge that would make my season tbh lol :P :P
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18/08/2008 17:12:00

Isn't this the BESTEST ever football team with the BESTEST ever squad? Get over it you moaners! Excuse #38,451 coming out of Yankiescum utd
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19/08/2008 06:59:00

cry me a river. injuries are what they are. everyone needs to get past the club bias and focus on what's in front of them. every player has their own recovery time and schedule. and lets not compare teams in this vein. you'll be fine. you weathered this last term and there were no complaints when you were lifting the trophy. everything will work itself out.
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19/08/2008 19:37:00

Nice comment forza chelski - I agree that injuries happen to everyone, and we coped fine last season, but I guess with everything this summer, it just seems everyone's against us. I know we'll be fine (hopefully) in the end. But I do worry: I know as a United fan I shouldn't say this, but we'll have to play extremely well if we want to beat you to the title. I would say Good luck, but it looks like you won't need it. So, all the best, and may the best team win :)
Man utd champions
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19/08/2008 20:03:00

^hahahahahahaha. hypocrisy at its finest. no one here is using is as an exuse, read what is actually written. whereas you were crying as much as your punk-ass captain when you had a depleted side.
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19/08/2008 20:07:00

united4life - its possible to be objective when discussing injuries and opposing teams. i was not in any way belittling your squad. i was simply pointing out the fact that your concern should not be on how the media covers injuries for other squads, or if you feel that you've been slighted because said members of the press feel that other teams injuries are more significant than yours. do not confuse me with some obtuse hater. quite the contrary. i genuinely feel that man u will be more than fine once the majority of its first team get back into the fold, and within that time you'll be challenging for all major cups. and please, try and be more objective rather than assume i'm an ignorant fool trying to flame your board. i have nothing but respect for your commentors and editors, as well as the squad itself.
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19/08/2008 21:07:00

man utd champions - well said! may the best team win and we hope to see you in a few finals this term!
forza chelski
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19/08/2008 21:08:00

now you know how we've felt the last two seasons!
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20/08/2008 19:57:00

how long will they be out for
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20/08/2008 20:51:00

Yeah, but Merlin, we've had loads of injuries in the past two seasons too; in 2006/07 we hardly had a defender, and last season Rooney played only about 2/3 of games or something. Apart from our ever-absent Saha. It's just that absolutely everything seems to be going wrong for us at once.
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21/08/2008 09:05:00 ronaldo, carrick, giggs, nani, anderson, hargreaves, campbell, manucho all won't be touching the pitch? great.
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21/08/2008 09:07:00

Looks promising, doesn't it, Paulinho. Our only hope is that Portsmouth haven't been in the best of form either. But after disappointing against Chelsea, I'm worried they'll be fired up for us. But this is Nani's last game out, and I think that Campbell and Giggs might have been cleared to play some part (I think, correct me if I've imagined it!)
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22/08/2008 15:04:00


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