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United Will Be Without Key Players Against Everton

Wayne Rooney is reportedly desperate to play against his old club in the FA Cup semi-final tomorrow but he won't get the chance, not least because he's nursing a minor injury at the moment.

"When I pick my team, no matter what it is there will be critics voicing a concern about me not playing my strongest team," Fergie admitted.

"Not everyone agrees with changes. There are some supporters who want me to play my best team every game.

"That is impossible. If you look at Wednesday`s game you are off your head to think I could play the same team again."


Well, nothing surprising. There will be the usual voices about United's perceived lack of respect shown towards the FA Cup but then if we win there will be moans that the Big Four are dominating the cup... so doesn't matter.

Reports say that Van der Sar, Berbatov, Rooney, Ronaldo, Ferdinand and Anderson are all expected to miss the game... It will be an interesting line-up I expect. Something like this:

Foster - Brown (oh yes, he's set to return), Evans, Vidic, O'Shea - Park, Scholes, Gibson, Nani - Tevez, Welbeck or Macheda

Looks fun, doesn't it?




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 18 2009

Time: 6:19PM

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I emailed you a few questions last night, just wondered if you could possibly answer them before tomorrow? I'd be happy to return the favour.
toffeetower
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18/04/2009 19:44:00

I emailed you a few questions last night, just wondered if you could possibly answer them before tomorrow? I'd be happy to return the favour.
toffeetower
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18/04/2009 19:44:00

So are we facing you or everton?/ I hope its the later one.Anyhow will be glad too to see you and play against you.The battle of two of the best coaches of all time
Saimon_blues
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18/04/2009 20:15:00

So are we facing you or everton?/ I hope its the later one.Anyhow will be glad too to see you and play against you.The battle of two of the best coaches of all time
Saimon_blues
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18/04/2009 20:15:00

I would just want to see rio there along side vidic,no disrespect to evans I like him a lot and its just wonderful to see the way he has blossemed but this is a one off game and even one mistake can cost us the cup.So although I can see where Sir Alex is coming from when he talks about refreshing the team we shouldn't make too many changes as we are up against a quality opposition.
abmtd
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19/04/2009 07:31:00

I would just want to see rio there along side vidic,no disrespect to evans I like him a lot and its just wonderful to see the way he has blossemed but this is a one off game and even one mistake can cost us the cup.So although I can see where Sir Alex is coming from when he talks about refreshing the team we shouldn't make too many changes as we are up against a quality opposition.
abmtd
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19/04/2009 07:31:00

Im sure Rooney will be unhappy to miss out on his old club
denno4
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19/04/2009 11:29:00

Im sure Rooney will be unhappy to miss out on his old club
denno4
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19/04/2009 11:29:00

I hope Everton will win. We don't want to face Manu in final
tanokan1
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19/04/2009 14:25:00

I hope Everton will win. We don't want to face Manu in final
tanokan1
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19/04/2009 14:25:00

I don't fear you but i prefer Everton.
tanokan1
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19/04/2009 14:26:00

I don't fear you but i prefer Everton.
tanokan1
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19/04/2009 14:26:00

I hope rio stays....cuz unless he is still suffering from some sort of minor injury we needed him back for a while and if anything vidic could use the break... disapointing to see anderson not there he was terrific against porto....hope to see macheda and welback playing....tevez i think realizes that his future is no longer going to be in manchester and although he does all the running he does on the pitch his heart don't seem in it no more....sad to see i hope we win, but everton have always been a tough team to beat for us, it will be a difficult match and the kids have to be in top form to beat them
ibrahiy
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19/04/2009 14:48:00

I hope rio stays....cuz unless he is still suffering from some sort of minor injury we needed him back for a while and if anything vidic could use the break... disapointing to see anderson not there he was terrific against porto....hope to see macheda and welback playing....tevez i think realizes that his future is no longer going to be in manchester and although he does all the running he does on the pitch his heart don't seem in it no more....sad to see i hope we win, but everton have always been a tough team to beat for us, it will be a difficult match and the kids have to be in top form to beat them
ibrahiy
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19/04/2009 14:48:00

i can't watch now its penalties.....i missed that shout for the penalty that the commentators said should have been given during the match...was it a penalty
ibrahiy
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19/04/2009 18:37:00

i can't watch now its penalties.....i missed that shout for the penalty that the commentators said should have been given during the match...was it a penalty
ibrahiy
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19/04/2009 18:37:00

hahhahahahah!
yorkshirepride1
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19/04/2009 18:48:00

hahhahahahah!
yorkshirepride1
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19/04/2009 18:48:00

Well done to the young lads, they held their own for the whole game. This is why the clean sweep is almost impossible. The team were good enough today but the ref cracked under the pressure when it counted. Well done to everton.
tuscan3000
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19/04/2009 18:53:00

Well done to the young lads, they held their own for the whole game. This is why the clean sweep is almost impossible. The team were good enough today but the ref cracked under the pressure when it counted. Well done to everton.
tuscan3000
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19/04/2009 18:53:00

Dimitar Berbatov! Dimitar Berbatov! 30 MILL 30 MILL going down the drain! Suits him well!!!
NorwaYid
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19/04/2009 19:13:00

Dimitar Berbatov! Dimitar Berbatov! 30 MILL 30 MILL going down the drain! Suits him well!!!
NorwaYid
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19/04/2009 19:13:00

QUINTUPLE WHAT IS THAT????????????????
Saimon_blues
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19/04/2009 19:30:00

QUINTUPLE WHAT IS THAT????????????????
Saimon_blues
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19/04/2009 19:30:00

Thought the youngsters did alright
pentonpompey
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19/04/2009 19:43:00

Thought the youngsters did alright
pentonpompey
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19/04/2009 19:43:00

if the youngesters could hold their own and could have even won it had it not been to the ref then i think we have a very good future ahead....
ibrahiy
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19/04/2009 20:02:00

if the youngesters could hold their own and could have even won it had it not been to the ref then i think we have a very good future ahead....
ibrahiy
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19/04/2009 20:02:00

and congrats to the toffees.....it was always impossible to win the quintuple but if any team could have pulled it off it would have been this united team...though the injuries have taken their toll on our players...a fit berba could have been much more lethal...
ibrahiy
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19/04/2009 20:04:00

and congrats to the toffees.....it was always impossible to win the quintuple but if any team could have pulled it off it would have been this united team...though the injuries have taken their toll on our players...a fit berba could have been much more lethal...
ibrahiy
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19/04/2009 20:04:00

ibrahiy - you can't blaim the referee - but your youngsters looked VERY good. I would be pleased if they were our first team, and most of them don't even make your normal squad!
pompeycarpet
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19/04/2009 20:16:00

ibrahiy - you can't blaim the referee - but your youngsters looked VERY good. I would be pleased if they were our first team, and most of them don't even make your normal squad!
pompeycarpet
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19/04/2009 20:16:00

to be honest i was at church at the time and i only saw the extra time art of the match not the match itself but i heard the commentators say that it should have been given.... i guess it wasn't as clear cut as the commentator made it sound.... anyways....for our youngsters to hold their against everton is a very good sign....good luck to everton i hope they beat chelski
ibrahiy
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19/04/2009 20:53:00

to be honest i was at church at the time and i only saw the extra time art of the match not the match itself but i heard the commentators say that it should have been given.... i guess it wasn't as clear cut as the commentator made it sound.... anyways....for our youngsters to hold their against everton is a very good sign....good luck to everton i hope they beat chelski
ibrahiy
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19/04/2009 20:53:00

Berbatov is a clown, and a lazy one at that.
bromley
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19/04/2009 20:58:00

Berbatov is a clown, and a lazy one at that.
bromley
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19/04/2009 20:58:00

the players (jagielka) DID touch each other - but, football IS a contact sport, there was a clip from the angle the ref had, and you couldn't see the contact from that angle - and any contact there was was minimal, and anywhwhere else on the pitch, and it would have been laughed off... well, thats my opinion anyway...
pompeycarpet
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19/04/2009 21:58:00

the players (jagielka) DID touch each other - but, football IS a contact sport, there was a clip from the angle the ref had, and you couldn't see the contact from that angle - and any contact there was was minimal, and anywhwhere else on the pitch, and it would have been laughed off... well, thats my opinion anyway...
pompeycarpet
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19/04/2009 21:58:00

Penalty? You excuse giving muppets.
JT_daniel
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20/04/2009 20:20:00

Penalty? You excuse giving muppets.
JT_daniel
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20/04/2009 20:20:00

hey JT show respect....and stop being blind...we all gave everton the credit for winning this match....though it is fair to reflect on the match and to wonder if the calls could have been given nothing wrong in that and it ain't no execuse....so keep those stupid opinions to yourself.... I hope chelsea lose...
ibrahiy
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21/04/2009 04:20:00

hey JT show respect....and stop being blind...we all gave everton the credit for winning this match....though it is fair to reflect on the match and to wonder if the calls could have been given nothing wrong in that and it ain't no execuse....so keep those stupid opinions to yourself.... I hope chelsea lose...
ibrahiy
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21/04/2009 04:20:00

ok!! Manu is out now of FA Cup!!!
tanokan1
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21/04/2009 14:23:00

ok!! Manu is out now of FA Cup!!!
tanokan1
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21/04/2009 14:23:00

 

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