UK time is: 19:50:55
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Ronaldo Should Free Vidic!

Once again, we have to rely on Cristiano Ronaldo to get us out of a tight corner. The Portuguese winger's role is clear: he must do everything in order to ensure Portugal beat Finland, thus relieving Vidic from playing a pointless qualifier against Kazakhstan on Saturday.

The Serbian defender might be freed from playing for his country if it had no chance of qualifying for Euro 2008. They play on Saturday because their game against Kazakhstan had to be postponed due to heave snowfall and UEFA, always ready to challenge clubs over the interests of the national teams, saw no problem in scheduling the game to November 24 when, by some coincidence, domestic action resumes.

If Serbia beat Poland and Portugal somehow proceed to lose against Finland then the Serbians' faint hopes will stay alive until that final game against the Kazahs. If Ronaldo and co., as expected, gain at least a point against the Finnish team (and remember, their greatest player is Sami Hyypia...) then Vidic might be allowed to skip the last, entirely meaningless fixture played on an entirely inconvenient day and head home for his real duties.

Now it's all good as I fully expect Portugal to triumph and secure their own qualification at the expense of Serbia. But how can you justify Vidic being released while the others play? I mean, everyone have a contract at a club, don't they? All will be needed by their clubs, I suppose. I know that Vidic is an important player for one of the biggest clubs in the world and therefore we have a certain power that can be exploited but one could argue that these powerful clubs can afford to lose one or two players as they have large squads with quality players. Lesser sides do not have this luxury, they are damaged more severely by such unexpected fixtures popping up.

So what's the solution? Easy. Do not arrange fixtures on domestic days. After all, the Premier League do not make Wigan and Aston Villa play each other on an international day. So why should internationals get preferential treatment? Find a day in November or December when no midweek action takes place in domestic leagues to play such a meaningless fixture. Of course, with FIFA's manic obsession with the superior importance of internationals, it is not an option at the moment but times may change...

In the meantime, I'm cheering on Ronaldo to do everything to save Vidic for us.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 19 2007

Time: 1:55PM

Your Comments

I wouldn't bank on it, there's been some strange results this weekend :-)
merlin
I wouldn't want to be the one telling Vida he can't play in a game...
beeninsane
agree with the comment they should arrange to play more midweek when it does no matter so much.............
ernshaw
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester United Articles

Keane Hoping for Burnley Loan Extension (Monday December 22 2014)

Carrick Considers It Two Points Dropped (Monday December 22 2014)

United Hope Falcao Goals Will Flow Now (Monday December 22 2014)

United Interest in Bale Re-Ignited (Sunday December 21 2014)

Two Points Dropped! (Saturday December 20 2014)

Stats: Aston Villa v United (Saturday December 20 2014)

Aston Villa 1 Manchester United 1 (Saturday December 20 2014)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Aston Villa 1 - 1 Man Utd
Man Utd 3 - 0 Liverpool
Southampton 1 - 2 Man Utd
Man Utd 2 - 1 Stoke
Man Utd 3 - 0 Hull City
Arsenal 1 - 2 Man Utd

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 16 12 3 1 +23 39
2. Man City 17 12 3 2 +22 39
3. Man Utd 17 9 5 3 +12 32
4. West Ham 17 9 4 4 +10 31
5. Southampton 17 9 2 6 +15 29
6. Arsenal 17 7 6 4 +9 27
7. Spurs 17 8 3 6 -1 27

Breaking League News

De Bruyne And Ramos?
Man City : 22/12/2014 19:23:00
Silva - Pressure On Chelsea
Man City : 22/12/2014 19:12:00
Stoke v Chelsea - Team Sheets
Chelsea : 22/12/2014 19:07:00
City Win As Anticipated
Man City : 22/12/2014 19:00:00
Bruce Recalls Ince And Figueroa
Hull City : 22/12/2014 18:42:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Aston Villa?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
De Gea 0%
Jones 0%
Carrick 0%
Evans 0%
Fletcher 0%
Van Persie 0%
Young 70%
Valencia 10%
Rooney 10%
Mata 0%
Falcao 10%
Blackett 0%
Wilson 0%
Di Maria 0%