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History To Repeat Itself?

History To Repeat Itself?

As we all know, Chelsea visit Old Trafford on 26th of November. That would always quicken my blood but given the circumstances, I'm quite worried, to be honest.

To understand it, you must go back to 9th of September. United were entertaining Tottenham at Old Trafford after an international break, and they've claimed a 1-0 win, with a below-par performance. In midweek, Celtic came to the Theatre of Dreams and they, too, were beaten. So far, so good.

It was Arsenal's turn on the following Sunday and that was a real stinker as you all remember: we've lost 1-0 without ever really finding our rhythm. Fergie has claimed after the game that United were tired due to their exhausting British battle against Celtic.

You've got it now, haven't you? After an international break, we are to play a league game and a European Cup game (against Celtic) before the showdown with Mourinho's lads. And as they are far stronger than the gooners, we could well be there for another miserable 90 minutes.

The problem is that we cannot afford to rest key players in the Champions League, due to the embarassing defeat in Copenhagen. I'm sure Sir Alex is now regretting not fielding his strongest team in Denmark - I certainly do. Celtic will surely have a real go at us, it will be a tough, high-tempo game, one that tortures the lungs and legs.

The Chelsea match, therefore, will be the fifth in two weeks time for most of our players. The Blues are able to rest some of their key players in Bremen as they are virtually through to the last 16 - and they might want to kill of Barcelona, too!

The solution? Well, I'm not the manager. But I feel that as Scholes and Giggs are very important for our attacking play, they should not be there in Glasgow. Our best defensive line-up - Gary, Vidic, Rio, Evra - should keep them at bay. The problem is, that United are rarely able to produce the goods when having a defensive approach to the game. But this time, a 0-0 draw would be fine if it allowed us to rest at least our two veteran playmakers.

Still, I wish we won in Denmark. That would have spared me a great deal of worrying ahead of Chelsea.

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

Date:Thursday November 16 2006
Time: 2:15PM


C'mon the Hoops - attack, attack, attack!!!
16/11/2006 14:42:00
Utd Chelsea is a Big game for 3 teams, a draw will let the Goon Squad right back into the title race!!
16/11/2006 15:04:00
arsenal will drop points somewhere im not worried bout them coming back into it
16/11/2006 21:09:00
i'm glad that you lot ain't so worried about us, cuz we'll go on doing our business quietly and get back into the title race and i feel we have the consistency now which we've been missing, and as for your team, you'll be found wanting against the big teams once again, and chelsea will win it quite comfortably in the end, just like how we did..
16/11/2006 22:06:00
"you'll be found wanting against the big teams once again". Last season: Arsenal-United 0-0, United-Arsenal 2-0, Arsenal-Chelsea 0-2, Chelsea-Arsenal 1-0, Liverpool-Arsenal 1-0... your frst win at Old Trafford for four years has clearly wiped off your memory...
17/11/2006 13:15:00
utd have to attack and outplay....they are playing well but need to pull it off against the big teams when they count....
17/11/2006 17:07:00
luckys but man utd can win against the small teams to where u been dropping points again?
17/11/2006 21:31:00
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