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Smith's Horrible Hour

Smith's Horrible Hour

Alan Smith, Wes Brown and Michael Carrick all turned out for England against Brazil tonight at Wembley.

First, I'd like to state that I know a player's value should not be judged upon how he performs for Steve McClaren's England team. Nobody performs to their true potential currently as the former United assistant manager is clearly out of his depth.

That's well documented but we still cannot hide the fact that a glorious display against Roma aside, Alan Smith's looking slow and clumsy since his comeback from the horrible injury he had picked up at Anfield.

The striker has been included in the starting eleven against Brazil but once again, he failed to convince me he's able to regain the sort of from that had thrilled us in 2004 when he had kept the team's season alive almost single-handedly.

He's lasted an hour and barely touched the ball. He was off the pace and could not find space among the Brazil defenders. I fear for his United future as he's one of my favourite players due to his commitment and attitude.

Wes Brown's been used as a substitue and his only notable contribution was slipping in front of the area, thus allowing Alfonso Alves to pounce - fortunately, the Heerenveen striker missed the chance, saving us from further embarassment.

Michael Carrick did not touch the ball during his 30-second cameo - it's a bit ironic for me as I think he was the only player from the United contingent (in the absence of Wayne Rooney) who could have made a real contribution to the cause.

Congratulations to David Beckham and John Terry for the first Wembley goal though!



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Writer:Zae
Date:Saturday June 2 2007
Time: 12:51AM

Comments

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Before you point out that I had said earlier that we should keep him: I still hope that he could be a valuable player for us and therefore I'd keep him at the club but I'm afraid Fergie won't be so patient!
Zae
02/06/2007 00:57:00
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For a start Smith and Owen got no service last night, so i can't judge smith on that. Also, to be honest like many united I dont care about England. As we sing at old trafford "you can shove F*cking england up your a*se!
mattweeden
02/06/2007 01:37:00
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Fair point, mattweeden :-)
Zae
02/06/2007 10:10:00
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Alan Smith IS a very important player for us,no argument.
SweetLeftFoot
02/06/2007 12:51:00
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I like him, too but what can he offer us? He's lost a yard of pace since his injury and that would be essential to succeed in the current team.
midlothian99
02/06/2007 13:05:00
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i think if we can use smith to get a better striker it has to be done.
rooneyisgod
02/06/2007 21:38:00
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But please not Anelka, not the City reject!
midlothian99
02/06/2007 23:32:00
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No, we need a player like smith - grit, determination, etc. Im sure when he is allowed a full season, wit jhpre-season raining with the rest of the team that he will become better, as last two sesons have been rtavaged by injury, give him a chance
united4life
03/06/2007 12:22:00
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That's fair enough. He deserves that chance, I must agree.
midlothian99
03/06/2007 14:06:00
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