Sunday, November 11, 2007

The rise and rise of the quiet man Mark 'Sparky' Hughes...

Later today United take on Blackburn Rovers who never give the Reds an easy ride, it is a game that both teams will be desperate to win, the Reds only need to draw to go top of the table, albeit until Arsenal play at Reading on Monday night.

It is of course a Lancashire derby and there's no love between the two clubs or supporters, that is apart from the fact that one of our all time greats is their manager, none other than the Welsh Dragon and the man of iron that is Mark Hughes.

Like all true Red legends he always gets a great reception by the faithful, win, lose or draw, Hughes will leave Old Trafford today with his reputation and standing among the fans very much in tact, it could well be further enhanced as Blackburn are playing some decent football and proving difficult to beat (apart from in Europe).

There's talk that Sparky could eventually go on to replace Fergie. There's no doubting that the quiet man his doing an excellent job, whether or not the United board view Hughes as a potential candidate to replace Fergie is a good question. Certainly among the fans he'd be a popular choice. Perhaps his lack of experience in Europe as a manager might been seen as a potential barrier. Time will tell.

As far as today is concerned United fans will be hoping that Brad Friedel doesn't have another brilliant game as he usually does against the Reds.

Saha, the man who was earlier in the week told that he faces bench warming duty for much of the season, comes in to replace injured Wayne Rooney.

Fergie is likley to start with his strongest side which should see both Hargreaves and Anderson filling the two central midfield slots, with either Giggs or Nani playing wide left.

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