Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

United Misjudged Smith Condition

United Misjudged Smith Condition

Alan Smith did surprisingly well in pre-season training but he hasn't made any progress since and it wasn't assessed in time.

This is a remarkable confession by Sir Alex Ferguson who puzzled me in recent weeks by never putting Smith even on the bench.

'I think we did misread the situation when he came back for pre-season training and did very well,' said Ferguson on Sky Sports News.

'We were surprised by how well he did after such an injury.

'There was no progress after the initial pre-season training and we didn't really realise that until we saw him play against Crewe and Southend.'

He added: 'His future at the club, hopefully, is good. What we are doing with Alan at the moment is we've got him on a speed programme.

'It's quite intensive and he's working very hard at it. He knows where there's progress to be made.

'Alan knew himself he had work to do, he is doing that at the moment and is progressing very well now.'

With the arrival of Larsson and the potential of Rossi, one may disagree with the claims about Smudger's future. I personally think United will look for a classy striker in the summer and that would mean the end of Smith's Old Trafford career.

I do not doubt he's working hard, that was never in question with Smith. But it cannot be denied that pace was never his strongest asset and losing it completely would blight his career. I hope this speed programme works as I'd like to see Smith enjoying some success again - even if that would not come around at Old Trafford for him.


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

Writer:Zae
Date:Friday December 1 2006
Time: 7:47PM

Comments

0
At least you didnt let him go back to that Leeds lot. What an error that would have been. He will be back soon enough, but I don't think he is good enough to be a regular Man Utd player.
mdjw_41
02/12/2006
0
Was a class act, unfortunately i cant see him ever getting back to what he was, real shame.
mackaavfc
02/12/2006 07:53:00
0
he is not a premiership player.
swfcowls
02/12/2006 09:55:00
0
no offence
swfcowls
02/12/2006 14:22:00
0
No, it's just bull*****. This comment is not even worth to be argued.
midlothian99
02/12/2006 14:39:00
0
some peopl just dont understand football
rooneyisgod
02/12/2006 16:01:00
0
PAce isn't that necessary. Look at Sheringham for example. He'll just ahve to become more aware and play the game with his head.
Tierney
02/12/2006 17:10:00
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
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

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
The Vital Football Members League