UK time is: 11:00:37
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

United Reserves v Spurs Reserves In The FA Cup

Ooh-oh, another bit of FA Cup controversy involving United - though this time not even the most obsessed ABUs can blame us. Common sense would dictate the 2000 fiasco to be recognised as a mess made by the FA and the government but common sense never stood in the way of a good old United bashing. This time though Spurs will be in the limelight, or at least they'll get the bigger share of it.

As you probably know, United host Tottenham on Saturday in the FA Cup 4th round and as you probably know, we hardly have a full team with all the ghastly injury problems. We are certain to field a weakened side because we have no choice. Harry Redknapp, on the other hand, has quite a big group of fit players yet he will leave most of them behind in London.

'I will go to Old Trafford with the weakest team I can possibly find,' he said, after scraping past Burnley most undeservedly. A real mish-mash side, as he put it... interesting.

Now if it's true - and we'll know by tomorrow afternoon if he really leaves behind the key players - then 1) he will be lambasted for disrespecting the cup, 2) we can easily afford to rest Berbatov, Ronaldo and Carrick and give a debut start to Tosic.

An FA spokesman said that Redknapp will surely select players from the first-team squad. Yeah, only trouble is, who are part of that? The ones who have squad numbers? Then James Chester is a member of the first-team squad at Old Trafford... mind you, he'll have to play or at least will be on the bench so I guess that's not far off the mark. The point is though that the rule stating that every team must play their strongest available line-up can't be effectively enforced. After all, managers are well within their rights to chop and change their teams and blood in youngsters, aren't they?

So I'm looking forward to a nice reserve game... in the FA Cup.




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:Thursday January 22 2009

Time: 5:44PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
It is a shame how were having to look at the FA Cup this year but the league has to be our no1 priority cosidering our embaressing position. Lets have a deal, we'll turn up with a weak side so you can batter us 4-0 on Saturday and when March 1st comes round you can let us beat you so we get Europe and make our season look a little, little reasonable. Expect Dervitte, Rocha, Taraabt, Obika, Smith and a whole host of other world famous names to be gracing Old Trafford come 5:15 saturday evening
matt..shelfsidespurs
Report Abuse
22/01/2009 18:08:00

Hmm Spurs are (on paper) even worse than us! I guess managers have to look at the big picture and cut their team sheets accordingly. But hey, the Cup creates it's own magic and I expect it will be a tie. Sorry I meant to say 'cracking' tie. Good luck to you both. Well, to Spurs really.
kennyclementstache
Report Abuse
22/01/2009 23:21:00

 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Manchester United Articles

Stats: Manchester United v Sunderland (Saturday February 28 2015)

United v Sunderland - Team-Sheets (Saturday February 28 2015)

Defender James Nets New Deal (Saturday February 28 2015)

Is Rafael`s Time Up? (Saturday February 28 2015)

De Gea - It`s All Lies (Saturday February 28 2015)

United In For Khedira? (Saturday February 28 2015)

United v Sunderland - Facts and Figures (Friday February 27 2015)

Best Striker So Far? (Friday February 27 2015)

Full Back Interesting the Big-Boys (Friday February 27 2015)

Van Persie Out for Four Games! (Friday February 27 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

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 26 18 6 2 +34 60
2. Man City 26 16 7 3 +31 55
3. Man Utd 27 14 8 5 +20 50
4. Arsenal 26 14 6 6 +20 48
5. Southampton 27 14 4 9 +18 46
6. Liverpool 26 13 6 7 +9 45
7. Spurs 26 13 5 8 +5 44

Breaking League News

Sherwood - Newcastle Frustration & Positives
Aston Villa : 01/03/2015 10:57:00
Audio - Pulis On Southampton amp; Berahino
WBA : 01/03/2015 10:23:00
Audio - Ben Happy To Grind Out Southampton Point
WBA : 01/03/2015 10:21:00
Fletcher Wants No Regrets For Berahino
WBA : 01/03/2015 10:21:00
Fletcher Lifts The Lid On Pulis Meeting
WBA : 01/03/2015 10:20:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Sunderland?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
De Gea 1%
Valencia 0%
Evans 0%
Smalling 0%
Rojo 0%
Young 11%
Herrera 0%
Blind 0%
Rooney 77%
Falcao 11%
Di Maria 0%
Januzaj 0%
Fellaini 0%
Mata 0%