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Pundits View - Man Utd v Sporting

Man Utd v Sporting Lisbon

With qualification already a certainty you'd expect Fergie to rest a few players but, probably still smarting from the defeat at the Reebok, he clearly has other plans.

'Sporting need to get a result, so we have to make sure that we don't play too many younger players on Tuesday. But the incentives are huge for us. If we win, we have won the group and therefore can look forward to being seeded when the draw is made for the knockout stages and that's important. We've also got an important game against Liverpool straight after the Roma game. Beating Sporting would allow us to rest players against Roma.' said the Red Devils boss.

Sporting have never progressed from the Group Stages of the Champions League and have it all to play for but I can't see past Man Utd at 4/7 William Hill are offering to get the points needed to finish first in the group.

Sir Alex has named his two former Sporting players in his line-up - and we all know what happens when you play your old club. Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani are priced at 6/1 & 15/2 respectively to score the first goal and 9/4 & 14/5 to score at any stage of the game.

It's going to be the same score as in Lisbon for me, 1-0 to Man Utd which is 11/2 with Hills. But you never know, some complacency could allow Sporting's Da Silva Liedson, on his return from injury, to sneak a score at 3/1. Maybe 13/5 is fair for the draw.

For those odds and more, go to: www.williamhill.co.uk




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Date:Tuesday November 27 2007

Time: 1:21PM

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Why do we have to watch the boring game at OT when Arsenals second 11 is cutting Seville a new *********. It's a shame that this best ever united squad cannot hold a candle to Arsenals reserves
bseymour
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27/11/2007 20:05:00

I suppose that was lucky. What a "best ever squad", even the senile old *****-head cannot believe his pathetic spin
bseymour
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27/11/2007 20:10:00

Can't believe what I'm seeing...............united playing like liverpool and chelscum
bseymour
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27/11/2007 20:33:00

They score a perfectly good 2nd goal and it's ruled off-side. So it's not just Prem officials that are crap!!
bseymour
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27/11/2007 20:42:00

Tevez just rolled over 6 times after an innocuous challenge. Has he been taking lessons?????
bseymour
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27/11/2007 20:52:00

Saha is also a cheat. Can we name anyone in this line-up who's not a cheat?
bseymour
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27/11/2007 20:56:00

Surprised saha didn't fall in the box there, even though he wasn't touched. Has he forgotten the instructions????
bseymour
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27/11/2007 21:02:00

An extremely well worked goal there, every player knew that his touch would find a team-mate. Excellent play, no luck involved at all.
bseymour
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27/11/2007 21:07:00

Why does ronaldo have to look where the ref is before he decides to dive???????????????????????
bseymour
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27/11/2007 21:33:00

Well that was an absolutely outstanding display by the best squad ever assembled in the history of football. I was privileged to watch the entire game thanks to the wonderful asian television network. Who dived to allow ronaldo to score that phenomenal free-kick???
bseymour
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27/11/2007 21:48:00

jesus christ bseymour you need a life. why the ***** werent you watching the arsenal game?I mean, your rserves got a gret result in Spain didnt they. im not going to sink to your pathetic level by critising each of your players performannces which you have seemingly done here, but will just leave you with one world that will strike shudders down your weedy little back.....RONALDO!!!
united4life
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27/11/2007 22:23:00

I thought Man U did well to come from behind tonight - Ronaldo was brill
herringthorpe
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27/11/2007 23:57:00

u4l, as I've said on many previous posts Ronaldo and Rooney are top quality, but when either or especially both are not playing, your team is only slightly better than 5th/6th. This has been proved often enough this season, but when terms like 'the greatest squad' come from your management and we see you bereft of any attacking ideas (without your 2 outstanding young players) you have to expect the *****-taking.To put it bluntly, your SQUAD is not as good as ferguson believes. It seems ours isn't so good either, but I've not yet seen any of the game
bseymour
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28/11/2007 05:14:00

haha, that was funny to read, you must feel a complete spoon bseymour!
Tosswink
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28/11/2007 09:15:00

scholes, giggs, tevez, carrick, ferdinand, evra, neville, vidic, the list is endless.......you think these players are 5th/6th place material. grow up bseymour.
united4life
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28/11/2007 17:40:00

bseymour is secretly afraid. He knows full well that players like Adebayor, Flamini, Rosicky, Eboue, Diarra, Senderos, Hoyte, Sagna, Eduardo, Bendtner are really 5th/6th place material. Hleb, Van Persie - they are good enough for 3rd or 4th place but only Gallas, Toure and Fabregas are championship materials. They're punching above their weight and Sevilla showed that cruelly.
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