Saturday, December 16, 2006

The magnificent seven set to return...

OK I got you with that headline didn't I? You thought United might be about to resign the 'son of god' - our very own 'messiah', AKA Eric Cantona or perhaps David Beckham didn't you? No such luck, but United are set to welcome seven potential big stars of the future, who've been on loan at other clubs, namely Lee Martin and Phil Bardsley (Rangers), Chris Eagles (NEC Nijmegen) and Giuseppe Rossi (Newcastle), plus Jonny Evans and Danny Simpson, and of course Dong at Antwerp.

OF those names, I'm fairly confident most of them will make it as professional footballers - whether or not that will be at United remains to be seen. Jonny Evans looks to be the real deal, he looks like another John Terry to me - a class act in other words.

It is to be hoped that these lads are given some chances to shine for the first team between now and the season end, but with United so heavily involved in the title race and in Europe and especially being out of the Carling Cup then you'd think first team opportunities might well be slim - so the seven stars could well be vying of reserve team places.

Further to this last week rival manager Jose Mourinho restated his belief that reserve team football is by and large a waste of time in England. Why? Because it isn't competitive enough. In Spain for example clubs like Rea Madrid have a proper second team named Real Madrid Castilla - who are the only reserve to play in the Spanish second division, to all intensive purposes they are run as a separate club - but they are not allowed to play in the same division as their parent club. I think that perhaps Mourinho has a point, the English FA needs to look at this idea - but don't hold your breath - the FA cannot do much right including appointing the right man to manage England.

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