Manchester United - Ronaldo And Scholes Should Be On The Bench
UK time is: 09:45:35
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Ronaldo And Scholes Should Be On The Bench

Cristiano Ronaldo and Dimitar Berbatov could both start at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, along with Paul Scholes who is returning from suspension. But we cannot afford to play them all.

Imagine a starting line-up like this: Van der Sar; Brown, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra; Hargreaves, Scholes; Tevez, Rooney, Ronaldo; Berbatov.

On paper it looks wonderful. Upon closer examination the flaws are obvious. Chelsea are a bruising, physical team with much emphasis on pressing, tackling and harassing. Like Liverpool but with better players.

Starting a half-fit Ronaldo is a bad idea. He could be marked out as effectively that we would have to bring him off because of extreme tiredness around the 60th minute. Leaving him on the bench, though, could provide us a very lethal attacking weapon who could be introduced when it becomes necessary.

As for Scholes: can't run, can't tackle. We cannot afford the Roy Keane syndrome: Fergie should not play him, entrusting it to other players to do his legwork. That simply does not work. As Carrick is not available I must suggest a Fletcher-Hargreaves midfield pairing. That's the best possibility we have.

Fergie could play with three in midfield, in this case Anderson could start but he must start to put in performances which will remind us of his autumn form of last season when he was one our best players in many games.

If the 4-2-3-1 is deemed to be the way to go then I beg to start with Nani. His inconsistency is frustrating but with Tevez, Berbatov and Rooney around he could raise him game and show some class. Do not play 4-4-2 if that means sticking Rooney out onto the right midfield. That's simply a bad idea as we have seen it at Anfield.

My starting eleven would be: VdS - Brown, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra - Hargreaves, Fletcher - Tevez, Rooney, Nani - Berbatov

Discuss.




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




Win £1,000,000 every week with Man of the Match®

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

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 20 2008

Time: 8:55PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Bruising physical team - you cheeky ****
merlin
Report Abuse
20/09/2008 21:06:00

If they're like Liverpool but with better players then you lot are really in the ****
Rocky7
Report Abuse
20/09/2008 21:47:00

I think chelsea have changed a little since last time you played them... (and I dont know who should be offended more - liverpool or chelsea fans by the "Like Liverpool but with better players." ...)
pompeycarpet
Report Abuse
21/09/2008 00:13:00

you guys reek of arrogance. no respect for the opposition
gunnerchi
Report Abuse
21/09/2008 10:59:00

 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Manchester United Articles

Is De Gea Wavering (Friday May 22 2015)

Spurs Join Chase for Evans (Friday May 22 2015)

United Linked to Bayern Legend (Friday May 22 2015)

Guardiola Shock for City! (Thursday May 21 2015)

Bale`s Not Coming, End Off! (Thursday May 21 2015)

Sterling on United`s Wish-List! (Thursday May 21 2015)

Hummels United Rejection (Thursday May 21 2015)

Southgate Picks One United Youngster (Wednesday May 20 2015)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. TheFamousNo7 74
2. luqson 1

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 37 25 9 3 39 84
2. Man City 37 23 7 7 43 76
3. Arsenal 37 21 9 7 32 72
4. Man Utd 37 20 9 8 25 69
5. Liverpool 37 18 8 11 9 62
6. Spurs 37 18 7 12 4 61
7. Southampton 37 18 6 13 23 60

Breaking League News

Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur
» Spurs : 23/05/2015 09:40:01
Could Hammers Send Newcastle Down?
» West Ham : 23/05/2015 09:38:01
Changing The Game
» Spurs : 23/05/2015 09:37:01
Bilic a Free-Agent!
» West Ham : 23/05/2015 09:28:00
Villa In The 90s
» Aston Villa : 23/05/2015 07:57:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Hull v United?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
Hull to Win! 8%
United to Win! 66%
Draw! 20%