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Fergie Backs Saha

Sir Alex believes it's worth to have Saha around despite all the injuries that make him a liability.

Stories were aplenty in the papers about how Saha lost Fergie's trust after failing to be fit for crucial periods of the season.

Our achievement is all the more remarkable, having won the league without our number one goalscorer who is twice a player than Alan Smith but that does not obscure the fact that Saha is a liability now.

The Frenchman allegedly refused to appear at the awards dinner on Monday night, claiming he can't drive at the moment. He's reportedly incurred Fergie's wrath who will, according to the tabloids, sell him during the summer.

However, it seems that Fergie is not annoyed by the niggling injuries that always rule the striker out of important games - like the FA Cup final that he'll miss with a knee injury. He feels it's a gamble worth taking with him.

'Louis is the type of player who is built for speed.

'Over the years he has always had hamstring problems but we were aware of that when we signed him.

'He is such a fantastic striker, we decided to take the risk and in some ways we are pleased with that. He has made a good contribution when he has been available and we just accept it as part of the game.'

I'd love to agree as I still think that Saha is a class act when fit. But whereas injuries are part of football, missing 4-5 months of each season due to minor fitness problems is unacceptable. Saha is too good to be considered a squad player but that's what he will be if he stays and United buy another, more reliable striker.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 17 2007

Time: 9:17AM

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I think Smith is starting to really come to promenance for you guys now ... next season could be a big oe for him ... as for saha ... well I dunno , was a bit mystified when you bought him to be honest
dazednconfuzed
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17/05/2007 09:44:00

Whats your opinion of Kieron Richardson...??Hows he performed this year..??Chalky76 THFC
chalky76
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17/05/2007 11:51:00

Smith is a good, honest but limited player. Saha is a lot better, his pace, technique and movement are all better than Smith's. But he can't be relied upon. Richardson? For me, he's proven that he's just not good enough for United. He's got the pace but lacks the composure and the footballing intelligence and the ability to perform under pressure. He should go to a lesser team and Eagles should be given the chance to succeed where Richardson failed.
midlothian99
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17/05/2007 16:25:00

richo has been dissapointing. i remember the last game of last season at home to charlton when he scored a cracker and then hit the bar from like 40yrds. then with the talk of ronaldo leaving i though richardson would have played more and better this season, but he is still young and i think we should give him a chance, coz theres no doubt there potential there
united4life
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17/05/2007 16:26:00

united4life: The problem is that Richardson is now 23, the same age as the much-maligned Fletcher but he's showing no signs of improvement, unlike the Scot. I think he had his fair share of opportunities at this club...
midlothian99
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17/05/2007 16:29:00

i dont knw, he has got so much potential i think its too early to give up with him. do you remember that charlton game, and what about his full england debut. i see your point, but i hope fergie sticks with him coz i rreckon he could make it at this team if he works on his composure in front of goal and his ability to bring others around him into the game
united4life
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17/05/2007 16:32:00

Richardson is mediocre player never was and never will be good enough for utd
Kanchelskis
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21/05/2007 15:05:00

 

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