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United - Without Rooney Shock?

United - Without Rooney Shock?

Earlier this week we ran an article whereby we commented on the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson is looking to rest his World Cup players for 28 days after the tournament, for them, ends.

We mentioned that we thought there would be certain exceptions if, for example, England did well. We didn`t think that we`d start the new season without the likes of Rooney and Ferdinand.

Well apparently we will.

If England go all the way and reach the final, the United England players will still be given 28 days rest which would mean that they would not report back for cub duty until a week before the Premier League season, a point emphasised by Sir Alex who is quoted in the media this morning, as saying,

"We will give the players 28 days off after their last game so I intend to start the season without them."

Now I wonder if other sides are thinking along similar lines?

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Writer:Red Boy
Date:Friday May 21 2010
Time: 10:38AM


I do feel we can cope with it but it might take them a few games to get back their match fitness.Our squad is good enough to handle it.
Antriksh (abmtd)
21/05/2010 14:47:00
So is he saying he'll rest them for a month, then give them a months pre-season - during which they will probably miss 2 or 3 matches? Well, lets hope serbia, france, portugal and mexico go out in the group stages. Obviously, I would happily do without Rio, Carrick and Rooney if it meant england won the world cup.
21/05/2010 15:21:00
serbia, france, portugal and mexico go out in the group stages and england too, seeing how well we do without Rooney!
21/05/2010 15:42:00
Your players will be absolutely knackered after the world cup, especially if England do well (Call me a pessimist LOL), so it would make sense to give them a good long break. If you are only going to sign one more player this season and you don't get the back up striker you need, then Rooney will need the time off if you don't want him to spend most of next season on the treatment table. He may be a fine athlete, but nobody can stand up to year-round punishment without some kind of injury/burn-out.
21/05/2010 21:41:00
Very true fcb. We can cope, we have the team to do it, but whether they do it is another thing...
21/05/2010 21:50:00
The main reason we failed to cope without Rooney this time is because of bad luck. Rooney got injured at a time when Owen, Welbeck, Macheda and Diouf were all injured - leaving Berba as our only fit option. His bad form meant we had to bring macheda back from a long term injury without having time to get match fit in the reserves. Neither of them set the world alight and unfortunately we didnt have the option of changing things up - so we kept on bringing in a half fit Rooney. Next year we'll have Rooney, Berba, Owen, Chicharito, Diouf, Macheda and Welbeck - hopefully we'll be able to keep at least three of them fit and available (meaning hopefully the two younger ones will have emergency call back options if they go out on loan).
21/05/2010 23:13:00
I can't really assess the situation until i see what the premier league fixture list throws in our direction in all fairness!!! Can you imagine facing any of the top ten without Rio,Carrick and Rooney? We all envisage the situation being injury free as a squad but for any team in the premier league this rarely happens and SAF is banking on alot less injuries than last season.We cannot pinpoint our failure to retain the league on injuries.We were inept in certain departments and Rooney carried the can in one department for us! We need a proven gaolscorer and we need a creative midfielder end of!!!..... Fergie spent alot on Berbatov and is obviously stubborn enough to admit he doesn't suit our style of play.He is a brilliant player and he proved that at Spurs but Fergie needs to realise he is not a United player and he has no chance of fitting into our system.I say get rid, cut your losses and by someone who can score goals either on his own or with a partner! Anderson and Rafael need to be integrated into our team this season and they both need at least 10 starts in a row to actually see what these two are made of! They are both outstanding talents but if played regularly and in their best positions i can see these two emerging into United ledgends! If you are going to stick with youth Fergie, give these two a real chance this season and i really cant see either letting you down!!!...
22/05/2010 09:31:00
i'd imagine Sir Alex might turn out to be flexible on this :-)
Red Boy
23/05/2010 17:45:00
Java, you hit the nail on the head, if Fergie's anwer is youth then he should be giving them more chances, no point playing the seniors in so many games. Either buy stars that can come in and do a job right away or blood the youngsters!
25/05/2010 19:13:00
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