Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Why lack of planning by Fergie could cost United...

Tonight United face Benfica in the Champions League, it is a game they cannot afford to lose, so the pressure is very much on. IF the unthinkable happens United will be eliminated from the Champions League at this stage for the second year running. Not only that United face Man City on Saturday in a lunch time kick-off - so it wont give the United players much time to recover for such an important game. Here again United cannot afford to drop points against our local and most bitter of rivals, as we have done all too often over the last few seasons.

Quite simply United shouldn't be in this position, we should have been like Liverpool and Chelsea who'd already qualified for the Champions League and as such this week they had the relative luxury of being able to rest key players and take it easy in their last respective group games. United do not have that luxury.

The fact that United do need to get a result against Benfica is entirely down to poor planning by Fergie, if he'd have looked at his fixture list and thought matters through no way would he have rested key players for the away trip to FC Copenhagen, it was there that United really slipped up badly by losing. Yes, we should have won against Celtic or at least got a draw, but in football you don't always get what you deserve. Losing to Celtic was no disgrace, the same cannot be said of losing to the Danes.

The fact is United players will have to play full out this evening to ensure their passage through to the knock-out stages of the CL, failure to do so could be extremely costly. God forbid United don't slip up against City this weekend, our season doesn't rest on that result, but as far as City fans are concerned - it IS their season - local bragging rights are at stake, we owe them too for recent failings.

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