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United's Kids Weren't Any Worse Against Besiktas

There was a consensus in the media that Sir Alex Ferguson got it wrong with his 'gamble selection' against Besiktas when first place of the group was within sight. And, as Fergie himself ranted before the Spurs game yesterday, the hacks also agreed that United's youngsters have no future ahead of them.

Now Fergie is back as a visionary and the 2-0 victory totally justified his faith in the youngsters. Which is just another extreme in this age of extremes. Our kids were not hopeless a week ago; they're not world beaters now either.

Actually, the young players (Macheda, Welbeck, Gibson, Obertan) did not play any better than against Besiktas. Spurs were a lot more ambitious than the Turkish champions, thus allowing us more space and freedom in attack - that's why Gibson could work his shooting magic.

But beside that there wasn't a lot we could admire: Welbeck looked way too ponderous and lacking in confidence, Macheda's (granted, he played only 30 minutes) first touch was way too heavy and his movement wasn't good enough; Obertan could barely get into the game (compare his contribution yesterday night with his man-of-the-match display against Besiktas); and Gibson's performance has been discussed already.

It is a good win, for sure, a great confidence boost for the youngsters but on this evidence the famous Old Trafford production line may have to wait a little more for the next established player to emerge. These guys (maybe with the exception of Obertan who is above them) have a lot to learn to reach the level required in the Premier League and in the case of Darron Gibson, for example, it's unlikely that he'll be a much better player at 25 than he's now, at 22. I repeat: at his age Darren Fletcher was a 30-game-a-season player.

They have talent, they have potential but the over-the-top excitement about their prospects is as premature and unnecessary as the doom-mongering was a week ago.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 2 2009

Time: 3:54PM

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To be fair I think Welbeck will be a sensation in a few years
DazzaTHFC
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02/12/2009 16:36:00

Hahaha....."Kids".......I would prefer our kid over yours any day. Oh, didn't you know? Lennon is the same age as Gibson. "Kids"...hahaha :)
NorwaySpurs
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02/12/2009 18:22:00

There is still some way to go but from what I see its just a question of experience and each game they play will only help them to become better players and reach the level that is expected from them.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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02/12/2009 19:18:00

welbeck played a lot better against spurs, he was much more unselfish. But in all honesty our win against Tottenham was a combination of luck and the fact that they choked against us
khoder
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03/12/2009 06:00:00

Oh yeah and what impact did your kid Lennon make in comparison to our kid Gibson.
One United 23
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04/12/2009 09:41:00

 

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