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Rafael To Start Against Spurs

For the first time since weeks, we'll have our strongest defensive line-up available when Spurs visit Old Trafford. Judged on performances, Rafael has been the best right-back at United this season and his recovery - and his apparent good form - is a tremendous boost, especially as Wes Brown is almost ready to make his first-team comeback.

'Wes played and did OK,' Fergie confirmed, referring to Brown's second reserve outing this week.

'It`s a bit early for him to start a match, but it`s good that he`s back.'

'We've had a great deal of trouble at right back this season. Now we have Wes and young Rafael available. Rafa did well against Portsmouth and he'll start against Tottenham.'


So will Rio Ferdinand who, as we've already reported, has overcome his groin problem and is ready to play against Spurs and Arsenal, too.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 24 2009

Time: 5:11PM

Your Comments

will be a great game and certainly an entertaining one. Rafael will have a tough test against an in form Modric. Cant wait for the match.
Yid_from_India
will be a great game and certainly an entertaining one. Rafael will have a tough test against an in form Modric. Cant wait for the match.
Yid_from_India
None of the top 4 have beaten spurs this season, so I'm expecting a tough game. Predicting an injury time winner for United - hopefully from Berba - he really needs a goal!
tuscan3000
None of the top 4 have beaten spurs this season, so I'm expecting a tough game. Predicting an injury time winner for United - hopefully from Berba - he really needs a goal!
tuscan3000
this game should hold no fear for spurs....i expect lennon and modric to give the united full backs a real test, while palacious will break up the midfield play aswell as he always does.
lillywhites101
this game should hold no fear for spurs....i expect lennon and modric to give the united full backs a real test, while palacious will break up the midfield play aswell as he always does.
lillywhites101
As a Tottenham supporter if i were Harry i would play Lennon at outside left against Rafael the reason being Rafael is a robust speedy good player who hates losing the ball so he kicks fouls and will do anything to get the ball back so right away we have a utd player on spurs side ie he will kick Lennon every chance he gets hence given us all the free kicks under the sun and with Lennon`s speed he Rafael will try his level best to bring him down think on Harry ! ! ! COYS ! ! !
POP
As a Tottenham supporter if i were Harry i would play Lennon at outside left against Rafael the reason being Rafael is a robust speedy good player who hates losing the ball so he kicks fouls and will do anything to get the ball back so right away we have a utd player on spurs side ie he will kick Lennon every chance he gets hence given us all the free kicks under the sun and with Lennon`s speed he Rafael will try his level best to bring him down think on Harry ! ! ! COYS ! ! !
POP
I totally agree with Zae,this is our best defence and if we want to be a bit defensive,brown can be played at right back.Hopefully both will stay fit till the end of the season.
abmtd
I totally agree with Zae,this is our best defence and if we want to be a bit defensive,brown can be played at right back.Hopefully both will stay fit till the end of the season.
abmtd
well it was a good performance and i personally didn't know how we were down 2-0 at the break....also i thought nani did well in the little cameo he had on....he had some pretty good crosses and good link up play....i thought he improved alot since last time i saw him.....but we needed a change and tevez came on and did well....
ibrahiy
well it was a good performance and i personally didn't know how we were down 2-0 at the break....also i thought nani did well in the little cameo he had on....he had some pretty good crosses and good link up play....i thought he improved alot since last time i saw him.....but we needed a change and tevez came on and did well....
ibrahiy
i thought that the penaty should have been given personally as only the very tip of his fingers touched the ball....other wise he totally missed the ball and got all of the player...i don't see it as controversial.....but what a comeback that was....ronaldo knows how to step up the game and really for us to win it seems that we just need rooney and ronaldo.... i thought feltcher was awful in the first half gave the ball up too many times....and i think its terrible that berba still hasn't been able to form any sort of link up play like rooney-tevez-ronaldo have done....berba makes the wrong runs, he misreads the play...disapointing....but berba had some good moments too...
ibrahiy
i thought that the penaty should have been given personally as only the very tip of his fingers touched the ball....other wise he totally missed the ball and got all of the player...i don't see it as controversial.....but what a comeback that was....ronaldo knows how to step up the game and really for us to win it seems that we just need rooney and ronaldo.... i thought feltcher was awful in the first half gave the ball up too many times....and i think its terrible that berba still hasn't been able to form any sort of link up play like rooney-tevez-ronaldo have done....berba makes the wrong runs, he misreads the play...disapointing....but berba had some good moments too...
ibrahiy
O my god,what a performance.This crazy club is going to give me a heartattack one fine day.Where have the days of 1-0 gone?
abmtd
O my god,what a performance.This crazy club is going to give me a heartattack one fine day.Where have the days of 1-0 gone?
abmtd
About the penalty,I thought it was a clear penalty as it happened but yes from a different angle it looked as if gomes just about got his finger tips but it was still not clear,it was that close.
abmtd
About the penalty,I thought it was a clear penalty as it happened but yes from a different angle it looked as if gomes just about got his finger tips but it was still not clear,it was that close.
abmtd
but even then so he accidently got the tip of his gloves on it but brought down the man....i think it should have been given......for a big guy like him to reach out for the ball in desperation knowing he will bring down the player and only the tip of the gloves touch it i think its a penalty...its not like he got the touch on it to push it away...rather as it was going away he tried to touch it while bringing the player down....i think its a clear penalty
ibrahiy
but even then so he accidently got the tip of his gloves on it but brought down the man....i think it should have been given......for a big guy like him to reach out for the ball in desperation knowing he will bring down the player and only the tip of the gloves touch it i think its a penalty...its not like he got the touch on it to push it away...rather as it was going away he tried to touch it while bringing the player down....i think its a clear penalty
ibrahiy
 

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