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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...




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 8 2009

Time: 11:03AM

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Factoring in Nevilles rustyness, Vidic and Evras form and John O'Sheas general lack of ability, we could be in a fair bit of trouble against sunderland. Funny thing is, at the beginning of the season I was convinced that by this point in the season O'shea would want to leave old trafford due to lack of playing time. He is our 5th choice right back (Brown, Neville, Rafael, Hargreaves), our 5th choice centre back (Rio, Vidic, Brown, Evans) and our 3rd choice left back (Evra, Fabio). Yet some how he has conspired with fate to get himself into the team every week!
tuscan3000
Factoring in Nevilles rustyness, Vidic and Evras form and John O'Sheas general lack of ability, we could be in a fair bit of trouble against sunderland. Funny thing is, at the beginning of the season I was convinced that by this point in the season O'shea would want to leave old trafford due to lack of playing time. He is our 5th choice right back (Brown, Neville, Rafael, Hargreaves), our 5th choice centre back (Rio, Vidic, Brown, Evans) and our 3rd choice left back (Evra, Fabio). Yet some how he has conspired with fate to get himself into the team every week!
tuscan3000
neville has been horrible of late....and i hope its just rustyness.....o'shea he has been doing as well as i feel he can(which is certainley not good enough), vidic seemed back last game, and evra was back also......hopefully evans might gain more confidence and show us that when he plays....he needs to be more intimidating and have that kind of presence that rio and vidic have... i think out of top 4 we have the most injuries to first team players it unbelievable.....maybe we need to revamp the medical dept at the club... and i don't know what's happening with wes brown or rafael...i was wondering about them for the last two games....
ibrahiy
neville has been horrible of late....and i hope its just rustyness.....o'shea he has been doing as well as i feel he can(which is certainley not good enough), vidic seemed back last game, and evra was back also......hopefully evans might gain more confidence and show us that when he plays....he needs to be more intimidating and have that kind of presence that rio and vidic have... i think out of top 4 we have the most injuries to first team players it unbelievable.....maybe we need to revamp the medical dept at the club... and i don't know what's happening with wes brown or rafael...i was wondering about them for the last two games....
ibrahiy
 

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