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Doubters Queue To Dig United's Grave

I just love it when people start to doubt and write off Manchester United. Will they never learn?

It seems no. First, it was Arsene Wenger who expressed his beliefs about the problems Fergie would face this season.

'United have spent a lot of money and again the question is how will they all click, coming into a team who are champions.

'Logically you expect them to be stronger and I think they will be. But there will be more competition for places and sometimes that can also take something away from the players.'

That is, of course, true. He's got a point. But his comments about Nani and Anderson - well, read them before I say anything.

'They are players for this season. They were both regulars for their teams in Portugal. They are not teenagers so if you are a special talent, you need to play at that age.'

First, dear Arsene, Anderson was born in April 1988, so he is indeed a teenager. Secondly, who says they won't play? Ole retired, Saha's injuries are unbelievable and Giggs will be 34 this November. They will have plenty of chance to shine - and they know that. I'm not worried about Nani and Anderson being unhappy because of lack of playing time.

But as I said, at least the words of the Frenchman carried some of the truths, some of the problems we could face. John Terry, however, is shooting his mouth off after only four games. Typical Chelsea overconfidence? It seems.

'I would have expected United to have started a bit better but a lot of clubs have bought really well over the summer. Five points is a hell of a gap to have this early on.,' the Daily Mail quotes the Chelsea captain.

'It's going to be difficult for United.'

If I remember correctly, we were all told in January that our six-point lead will be nothing when Chelsea finally click. So having a five-point gap in August is worse than a six-point gap in January? Strange logic.

He expressed his belief that the absence of Rooney and Ronaldo was costly for us. Wow. Genius. I would never have thought of that.

'Maybe they're missing that spark, especially with Rooney and Ronaldo out,' he said.

'They're a great counter-attacking team, always dangerous, but they're missing those two.'

Nothing special there but his next lines made me laugh, they were incredible.

'What's encouraging for me is that we've got this gap and we haven't been playing at our best,' he said.

'Over a season, it's not possible to play pretty football every week and do everything right. There are going to be times when you have to win the battle first.'

When they will realise that this is indeed their best? Throughout last season we've been hearing nothing else from Chelsea but how great they are for not performing at their best but picking up points. They DO perform at their best when they pick up lucky 1-0 wins week after week. That's what they are best at.

It's not possible to play pretty football every week, that's true. But for Chelsea, it's possible to play ugly football every week - and I meant no offence, for I believe that's their greatest strength. They are at their very best now.

And in that sense he's right that the win against Portsmouth showed their quality.

'By all accounts, United should have beaten Portsmouth away but they only picked up a point. Pompey deserved something against us on Saturday but they got nothing. That shows our quality.

They played woefully at home against a team which we had absolutely outplayed on its own turf - one might say it's a strange way to show their quality. But I repeat, Terry's right: they win when they play badly. When they play well, they do not win, usually. It's hard to support this argument, for it's hard to remember Chelsea playing well at all.

Hopefully, Terry will agree that our own lucky win against Spurs shows a great quality, too. But we'll really have to find our best form, unlike Chelsea, who have already found it.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 29 2007

Time: 12:29PM

Your Comments

It seems strange that Chelsea fans and players are so confident, for they are not playing well at all. They escaped at Anfield only because of Liverpool's profligacy and Styles' stupidity. Yet they seem to think they have already won the league...
never right of united, even if youve had a bad start. United will rise to the top of the table soon enough, your defo not out of the title race, which some at chelsea seem to think already!! SGL (Blackburn Fan)
Simon Garner Legend
exactly, chelsea seeem to even foolm themselves into thinking they can play atractive football. liverpool i mus admit have impressed this season, and along with united and arsenal, as well as spurs at times play decent football worthy of gracing the best league in the world. chelsea, on the other hand, cant, and the sooner everyone realises the better. did anybody watch score on bbc last saturady when garth crooks slated chelseas style of football, claiming it was a blight to english football and ruining the game. no one had an argument, everybody knew it was true.
United and Fergie are at there best when written off.Just look at the odds at the bookies for champions to see who they think are wrote off.
Hang on a minute´re quoting The Sun AND The Daily Mail here.....LOOOL, Yeah so then it´s true? FFS...and somehow I doubt you think your start here was the best way to start a season....
Blue is the colour
united4life, you crack me up, hahaha.. "worthy of gracing the best league in the world" hahahah.. Uniteds counter attack football is the most hyped up piece of crap I have come close to. Barca,Milan,Roma. Everytime you face quality teams you choke, how many times have you beaten us under Jose? Haha, dont answer that.
*Barca,Milan,Roma are teams that play beatiful*
roma? the team we beat 7-1. shows ur football knowledge mate!
u4l,they come out when they think we are down,we will have the last laugh mate.

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