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Dong To Start In Rome!

Sir Alex Ferguson has promised to play a completely different team in Rome to the one that beat Derby County on Saturday.

With qualification and top spot in the group already secured, United can travel to Rome without any concerns. We can afford to rest our stars and Fergie will do that.

'It is a golden opportunity for us and we are not going to miss it,' he said.

'Roma have qualified, so they will probably play some younger players and so will we.

'I will take a lot of the first-team squad with me because I need 18 players but it will be an almost completely different team.'

It is believed that Van der Sar, Ryan Giggs and Owen Hargreaves are certain to be left home, with further players to be left behind. I would not even consider taking Rooney, Ronaldo, Saha, Evra, Ferdinand and Vidic, seeing that we have a vital game coming up on Sunday. Therefore, my 18-men squad would be this:

Kuszczak, Heaton, Lee, Brown, O'Shea, Pique, Evans, Eckersley, Simpson, Fletcher, Carrick, Eagles, Anderson, Hewson, Nani, Dong, Campbell, Tevez.

Dong Fangzhou, according to the rumours, is set to start - he's got a lot to make up for after the terribly ineffectual performance against Chelsea and the similarly toothless displays during pre-season...

However, it seems that my squad is not strong enough for SAF...

"Now there's a chance for the likes of Jonny Evans, Gerard Pique, Danny Simpson and Chris Eagles to elevate themselves," he said. "We know all about their ability but this is an opportunity for them to prove themselves.

"They won't be on their own, though. They'll have back-up from players like John O'Shea, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Louis Saha, Nani and Anderson. Cristiano Ronaldo might possibly be involved as well.

"We're not in the habit of sending teams out to lose. We'll be sending out a time that we think is good enough to win."

If either Ronald or Saha gets injured in such a meaningless game, I'll be furious, along with many, many, many United fans...

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 10 2007

Time: 10:10AM

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i doubt tevez will start, hes played so much this season. think of it, hes played almost all united matches an matches for argentina, in far ff countries uch as colombia and bolivia. for a saturday game, he doesntget back until friday morning. i agree about ronaldo,. it would be a waste, but i would perhaps take rooney, he is short of fitness after coming back from injury, and he needs tobne sharp for the liverpool game. agoal for wazza would be eam would be.....Kuszcazk, Simpson, Brown, Pique, O'Shea, Eagles, Carrick, Fletcher, Nani, Rooney, Dong (or Saha)
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10/12/2007 15:51:00

Well, it seems you are spot on with your predicted line-up. We'll see though I must admit that I'm not exactly enthusiastic about this game... the next one will be so much more interesting.
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11/12/2007 16:21:00

Yes i agree with united4life that is the team we should start with and rooney does need a goal to get his confidence bak up aheas of the crunch game with liverpool
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12/12/2007 12:47:00

I just watched the man utd roma game and to be quite honest dong isnt good enough for our reserves
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12/12/2007 22:11:00

i watched the game and i fink that dong had a terribil game ! so i fink he should go back 2 playing 4 the reserves!!!
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13/12/2007 19:59:00

DONG !!..What A Waste Of Space..E Cant Finish Bless Him..'Its Dong' Hes Skied It Over The Bar.. Ive Herd That Alot Wen Hes Played For Uniited..Rooney And Tevez Partnership Getting Better And Better..!
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