Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

Guardiola's Class Is Admirable

Guardiola's Class Is Admirable

Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola asked UEFA to overturn the red card of Darren Fletcher so that United's midfielder would be able to play in the Champions League final against his own team.

Guardiola, once a brilliant player in Fletcher's position, also hinted that a deal could be done: United should agree to let Alves and Abidal play while we could field Darren.

"I`d like to see all of them play in the final, that means Fletcher, Abidal and Dani Alves," Guardiola said.

"We should see if we are able to make some kind of agreement with Manchester United. Fletcher got a touch on the ball and as far as Abidal is concerned, the foul given against him was not a foul. They should both be allowed to play."

I like the man's class: he could have talked about his own player only but he clearly, unambigously stated his belief that Fletcher should play, too. This is admirable ahead of the biggest game of his short coaching career.

As for the deal, I'm all for it but leave Alves out of the picture. He more than deserved his yellow card which rules him out of the final - he should have been booked for wrestling down Malouda in the box, too...

Unfortunately, UEFA are unlikely to sanction any such deal - but at least they'll probably be fair. As I see it, neither will play or both, there's no middle ground in this case.



For the very latest Premier League odds

For massive weekly jackpots - Play the Football Pools Online

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Zae
Date:Sunday May 10 2009
Time: 9:19AM

Comments

0
There is absolutely no way Alves should be allowed to play - he got exactly what he deserved. Abidal was unlucky in the decision that went against him, but in truth got away with pulling drogba down in the area as the last man - he should have conceeded a penalty and been sent off then. Fletcher is the only completely innocent victim in my opinion and I think we will miss him, but if its a trade off I would rather none of them played.
tuscan3000
10/05/2009 11:26:00
0
Fletcher and Abidal should participate at the final, but sir Alex mentioned that Abidal and Alves shouldn't be allowed to play in Rome..
Leonax
10/05/2009 13:14:00
0
Uefa would have no problem letting abidal play if fletcher didnt had to miss the final aswell.. I'm sure of it! Uefa are sons of bitches! By the way what you guys think of Ronaldos reaction today?? Is he signalling his way to Madrid or is he just incredible stupid and childish ? maybe both ??
Rune3k
10/05/2009 15:49:00
0
Rune3k, maybe second.. he shows that he wants to play everytime.. it seems to me that he is trying to score more goals to become again a favourite for Ballon D'Or.. but his behaviour is disgrace..
Leonax
10/05/2009 16:34:00
0
ye prolly
Rune3k
10/05/2009 18:39:00
0
WATCH OUT FOR ANY DODGY NORWEGIAN REFS!
merlin
10/05/2009 19:36:00
0
I wonder if Thierry Henry will show up for this final..
Englishman-in-NY
14/05/2009 19:44:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester United Articles

Stoke v Manchester United - Stat Attack

What do the record and form books tell us?

Stoke v Manchester United - Early Team News

Who might return and who is out?

Mourinho on Further Transfer Window Departures

Will anybody else be leaving?

Mourinho Talks About Depay Transfer

As Memphis clears his locker and heads towards Lyon.

Archived Vital United Articles

Vital United articles from

Site Journalists

Red Boy
Editor email
Profile
Charlie Bacchus
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Stoke v Manchester United?
Suggested By: Red Boy
Home Win!16%
Away Win!84%
Draw!0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 21 17 1 3 52 30
2 Spurs 21 13 6 2 45 29
3 Liverpool 21 13 6 2 45 25
4 Arsenal 21 13 5 3 44 26
5 Man City 21 13 3 5 42 15
6 Man Utd 21 11 7 3 40 12
7 Everton 21 9 6 6 33 9
8 WBA 21 8 5 8 29 0
9 Stoke 21 7 6 8 27 -6
10 Burnley 21 8 2 11 26 -8
11 AFC Bournemouth 21 7 4 10 25 -7
12 West Ham 21 7 4 10 25 -9
13 Southampton 21 6 6 9 24 -7
14 Watford 21 6 5 10 23 -13
15 Leicester City 21 5 6 10 21 -10
16 Middlesbrough 21 4 8 9 20 -5
17 Crystal Palace 21 4 4 13 16 -10
18 Hull City 21 4 4 13 16 -25
19 Sunderland 21 4 3 14 15 -20
20 Swansea 21 4 3 14 15 -26
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Manchester United Results (view all)

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Jan 21 2017 3:00PM : Stoke City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Jan 26 2017 7:45PM : Hull City (a)
Capital One Cup
Jan 29 2017 4:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
FA Cup
Feb 1 2017 8:00PM : Hull City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 5 2017 4:00PM : Leicester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Watford (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Yanmispices1
2.softkingvictor1
3.DrAlimo1
Vital Football Comment