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Fergie's Team Selection Was Essentially Correct

Fergie's Team Selection Was Essentially Correct

Sir Alex Ferguson will be criticised a lot for fielding an understrength team for the FA Cup semi-final against Everton. United, despite having the upper hand during the game, lost in a penalty shootout because the youngsters could not turn their superiority into goals.

Rafael, Fabio, Gibson, Welbeck and Macheda all started and they were all good. The defence was fine and the twins did not let anyone go past them; Gibson held his own in midfield and could have scored with a dangerous shot; Macheda and Welbeck combined in lovely fashion in the first half and though the Italian faded in the second, Welbeck continued to excel and he was unlucky not to win a penalty and not to score with a brilliant curling shot that just evaded the top corner.

So it's not that the youngsters were out of their depth: that's more true of Tevez who produced yet another disappointing performance... Of course our strongest team might have won the game. But only one thing is certain: that we'll have two league games in six days and a Champions League semi-final after that. Our jaded key players need a break badly and only by taking a gamble with this game could Fergie give them that.

Yes, we lost and yes, it's painful. But the league is more important so I'm quite happy that Rooney, Ronaldo, Carrick or Giggs did not have to endure such an intense game on a difficult pitch. They earned a little rest after the Porto heroics and hopefully it will help us in our title bid.

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Writer:Zae
Date:Sunday April 19 2009
Time: 9:47PM

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personally, I would have rested players in your next game. you are 1 point clear of liverpool, so worst case, you loose your game in hand, then you are still in poll position to win the title. you would then probably have won the game today in 90mins, so vidic+ferdiand would not have played the extra half an hour, and would have been more fresh. and (much as I hate to say it), everton at wembley in the fa cup semi final is a more important match, that is harder to win than portsmouth at home, in the league, when your already ahead.
pompeycarpet
19/04/2009 22:07:00
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personally, I would have rested players in your next game. you are 1 point clear of liverpool, so worst case, you loose your game in hand, then you are still in poll position to win the title. you would then probably have won the game today in 90mins, so vidic+ferdiand would not have played the extra half an hour, and would have been more fresh. and (much as I hate to say it), everton at wembley in the fa cup semi final is a more important match, that is harder to win than portsmouth at home, in the league, when your already ahead.
pompeycarpet
19/04/2009 22:07:00
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I think the only mistake fergie made was playing tevez. I'm tired of hearing about his work rate! Park works just as hard as tevez but isn't worth £32M. Besides, if he didn't give away the ball so much maybe he wouldn't have to work so hard in chasing it down. Berba took one of the worse penalties of all time today and will be labelled lazy and a waste of money. But in the half hour he played he was a lot more dangerous than tevez was the entire game. I appreciate his endeavour but in my opinion he is only good enough to be 3rd or 4th choice for us.
tuscan3000
19/04/2009 22:18:00
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I think the only mistake fergie made was playing tevez. I'm tired of hearing about his work rate! Park works just as hard as tevez but isn't worth £32M. Besides, if he didn't give away the ball so much maybe he wouldn't have to work so hard in chasing it down. Berba took one of the worse penalties of all time today and will be labelled lazy and a waste of money. But in the half hour he played he was a lot more dangerous than tevez was the entire game. I appreciate his endeavour but in my opinion he is only good enough to be 3rd or 4th choice for us.
tuscan3000
19/04/2009 22:18:00
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Good summary of the match. Tevez and Berbatov really didn't give us anything to talk about (again) and we missed Rooney, Ronaldo and Carrick. Glad to see the back four up and running - Vidic is an animal and the twins are a class act! Thought Kiko did ok, would like to see him in a match where he gets a little more service. Fair play to Everton, they are a well organized team and plyed there hearts out.
skylab
20/04/2009 00:28:00
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Good summary of the match. Tevez and Berbatov really didn't give us anything to talk about (again) and we missed Rooney, Ronaldo and Carrick. Glad to see the back four up and running - Vidic is an animal and the twins are a class act! Thought Kiko did ok, would like to see him in a match where he gets a little more service. Fair play to Everton, they are a well organized team and plyed there hearts out.
skylab
20/04/2009 00:28:00
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I said it prior to the match tevez's head ain't in it anymore....he has already moved on to the next club....I mean how can we expect someone who after all this time with sees that he didn't impress the manager to buy him...i'm sure that he doubts that we will buy him at this point and is already moving on.... berba...I personally thought he would be better i thought that he was perfect for the system we play....but i would personally like to give macheda a chance to play alongside rooney and ronaldo....
ibrahiy
20/04/2009 02:47:00
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I said it prior to the match tevez's head ain't in it anymore....he has already moved on to the next club....I mean how can we expect someone who after all this time with sees that he didn't impress the manager to buy him...i'm sure that he doubts that we will buy him at this point and is already moving on.... berba...I personally thought he would be better i thought that he was perfect for the system we play....but i would personally like to give macheda a chance to play alongside rooney and ronaldo....
ibrahiy
20/04/2009 02:47:00
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I really salute Sir Alex for playing this team,it really shows the confidence he has in them and to be fair everyone rose to the occasion and played well against a nearly full strength everton team.I agree with ibra that if macheda could get a chance with rooney and ronaldo we would be able to see a lot more of his undoubted talent.
abmtd
20/04/2009 05:15:00
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I really salute Sir Alex for playing this team,it really shows the confidence he has in them and to be fair everyone rose to the occasion and played well against a nearly full strength everton team.I agree with ibra that if macheda could get a chance with rooney and ronaldo we would be able to see a lot more of his undoubted talent.
abmtd
20/04/2009 05:15:00
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