Where Are Brown And Rafael?
There is a lot of talk about United's new-found defensive frailty which has been obvious since the defeat against Liverpool. However, there's deafening silence about the situation of Wes Brown and Rafael da Silva.
Rafael got injured at the end of February, suffering a hairline fracture of the ankle. He was expected to be out for up to a month. Which means that he should have been back a week ago - and yet there's no word about him.
The other case is Wes Brown's and there's a little mystery about him as we still don't know what exactly is his problem. But he was supposed to be back in training by now yet we haven't heard of him for a long while.
I do not know what they are doing to defenders at Old Trafford but it cannot be any good. It is the third consecutive season that's marred by defensive injuries in the latter stages: remember the famous Fletcher-Brown-Heinze-Richardson back four that played the last 30 minutes against Sheffield United in 2007?
It seems Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Rafael and Wes Brown are all out of Saturday's trip to Sunderland which means that our only option is that Gary Neville, O'Shea, Vidic, Evra quartet - which conceded that heartbreaking goal to Mariano Gonzalez yesterday...