UK time is: 10:27:20
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Secretive Ron & Brilliant Scholes

I still owe Ronaldo an apology. I had stated long ago that he could not score free-kicks and should not be allowed to take all of them all the time. Well, he proved me wrong many times.

Sporting, Sunderland, Pompey... wonderful free-kicks, with the last being the most stunning. United would have won the game against Portsmouth without that, no question - we were at our free-flowing, energetic, fluid best in the first half - but it was one of those goals that you'll never forget.

His first was, in fact, magnificent, too: Scholes' pass, the way Ronaldo chested it down to Nani, the younger Portuguese's lob to his older compatriot and the cool and composed finish beyond David James... but the second one, three minutes later stole the headlines.

There is much speculation about how he does it: hitting the valve or some other part of the ball, or is it simply practice? He does not wish to reveal how he makes the ball swerve and dip and rocket into the net.

'The secret? I will not reveal it, for I would be giving a trump card to my opponents,' he said.

'I can state only the success or failure at the moment of taking the free-kick is directly related to the position of the body, the way one runs towards the ball and the way one positions one's feet. At that moment, I think only about which side of the net I'm going to aim for.

'I look at the ball, I look at the net and I say to myself 'take the kick, Ronaldo', then I shoot. Sometimes it ends well, sometimes not so well.'


It ended well, and Fergie could afford the luxury of substituting him and Rooney twenty minutes from time, to hearty applause from all corners of the stadium. The magnificent Scholes, starting his first game since his knee operation, had already been sat at the bench by that time, after a display of fantastic passing.

The Ginger Ninja is not fit enough to last 90 minutes just now and I think the wise move would be to put him on the bench for Saturday, for the visit to Tottenham. But, as I stated before Wednesday's game, Scholes's return could be a huge boost and what I saw during the 60 minutes he spent on the pitch reinforced my belief that he will be a lethal weapon in our quest for trophies.




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:Friday February 1 2008

Time: 4:00PM

 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Manchester United Articles

Rooney's Fit! (Friday October 31 2014)

Moyes In Demand! (Friday October 31 2014)

Falcao Deal Agreed (Friday October 31 2014)

Blind & Di Maria Loving It! (Thursday October 30 2014)

Legend Claims City Now The Bigger Side (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Fellaini Still Leaving? (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Those Bale Rumours (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Vidal Deal Dead (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Emotions Took Over (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Rooney Doubt? (Tuesday October 28 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

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Man Utd 1 - 1 Chelsea
WBA 2 - 2 Man Utd
Man Utd 2 - 1 Everton
Man Utd 2 - 1 West Ham
Leicester City 5 - 3 Man Utd
Man Utd 4 - 0 Q.P.R.

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
5. Arsenal 9 3 5 1 4 14
6. Swansea 9 4 2 3 3 14
7. Liverpool 9 4 2 3 1 14
8. Man Utd 9 3 4 2 3 13
9. Everton 9 3 3 3 2 12
10. Hull City 9 2 5 2 0 11
11. Spurs 9 3 2 4 -2 11

Breaking League News

Match Day Moments - QPR (h)
Chelsea : 01/11/2014 09:24:00
Lawro v Mystic Mug - Villa v Spurs
Aston Villa : 01/11/2014 08:44:00
Gunners Aim at Burnley in No Man`s Land!
Burnley : 01/11/2014 08:16:00
Everton V Swansea City Match Preview
Everton : 01/11/2014 08:11:00
Team News: Hull v Southampton
Hull City : 01/11/2014 08:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

City v United?
Suggested By:  
Home win! 1%
Away win! 66%
Draw! 33%