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Smith's Patience Is Running Out

Alan Smith wants to stay at Manchester United but only if he's told he's needed.

The fiery Yorkshireman is linked with moves to Tottenham, West Ham, Villa and Sunderland but first of all he wants assurances from Old Trafford.

'If they are going to sell me, I'd like to know. But I won't find out unless I get to speak to the manager,' Smith told The Sun.

'If you're no longer wanted, then you have to consider your options.'

That's fair and square so far. However, Smith wishes to get something he's never good enough to get: a regular first-team place.

'I want to be out there from the start,' he stated but he can't possibly imagine he'd have a starting berth next season? I always thought of Smith as someone who is ready to wait for his chance and who knows that he's not good enough for a regular place in the starting line-up.

His next line does ease my concerns about his attitude, though.

'If the manager tells me he wants me, I'm there for him. If he says he doesn't, it's time to move on.'

Good. With Saha's injury, I say that keep Smith as a backup. Bring back Rossi and buy another striker and we'll be fine. Fergie, with hands on his heart, can tell Smith he needs him.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 13 2007

Time: 10:55AM

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Sell him to make more money to pay some debts
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13/06/2007 11:30:00

agree 110%, keep smithy as backup (injurys ALWAYS happen, he will play for sure), saha on the bench, and with solskjear, rossi and hopefully a new striker, not too expensive (eg.saviola free transfer), we should have more than enough players to accompany rooney up top
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13/06/2007 11:35:00

i cant see smith staying but with saha now out til november or december he has more of a chance
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13/06/2007 11:40:00

I think fergie will keep him. he is always saying how he likes him and with saha now out forever, we need him
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13/06/2007 12:27:00

They'll have a talk, Fergie will tell him what he can offer in terms of playing opportunities. If that's good enough for Smith then I expect he'll be at Old Trafford next season. Fergie does not want rid of him at all costs.
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13/06/2007 13:06:00

smith will be happy with a bench role next season
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13/06/2007 14:40:00

Feck him back of to Dirty Leeds where he belongs arrogant c#*t. Either that or stick him in a room with Mikal for ten minutes that might knock the arrogance out of his pikey head!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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13/06/2007 15:09:00

Yes, I also think Mikel should receive a lesson in modesty.
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13/06/2007 15:15:00

There is nothing wrong with Mighty Mikel giving Angry Girl Smith a good shoeing!!!!!!!!
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13/06/2007 16:03:00

We should hang onto him his aggression alone comes in handy when things are not going our way up front, sometimes a team just needs a burst of energy like keane gave us with his never say die attitude.
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15/06/2007 22:31:00


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