Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Rodrigo Possebon set for big things at United?

United ended their summer tour of South Africa at the weekend when seeing off the challenge of Portsmouth in the final of the Vodacom Challenge Cup when running out 2-1 winners. The match itself was another exercise in going through the motions in preparation for the real thing, Chris Eagles missed a bag full of chances before finally slotting a well taken second half goal and before that Tevez had missed a retaken penalty, but he too made amends on 63 minutes. Defoe scored a decent consolation goal on 90 mintues to the make scoreline look respectable, but in truth Pompey were well off the pace.

While Ferguson had been denied the services of players who'd taken part in Euro 2008, it gave the manager the opportunity to have another look at some of the club's younger players. We all know about Jonny Evans and Fraizer Campbell, both of whom had excellent seasons while on loan Sunderland and Hull respectively, what to do about the future of these two players this coming season will no doubt be taxing the United boss. My gut feeling is both could be sold and the same can be said of Chris Eagles, the talk is that he is expected to join Burnley this week for just £1m.

As far as Evans is concerned he really looked the part for United in his early appearances, but last season before being shipped off to Sunderland he did not do as well for the Reds, albeit in a limited number of appearances and of course Vidic and Rio stand in his way as far as the first team central defensive slots are concerned.

Campbell had a fantastic season for Hull, but from what I've seen of him for United on tour he hasn't quite lived up to expectations. In order to get the best out of Campbell, it could well be the case that he needs to paired with an out and out target man - and course United do not currently have a target man, unless you include Louis "wooden leg" Saha.

One player who has done his chances of securing a long term future at Old Trafford no harm is Rodrigo Possebon, the 19 year-old Brazilian was signed in January and he really does look the part. I'd go as far as saying that I haven't personally seen a better midfield prospect at United since Paul Scholes emerged - though they are not similar in playing style. Rodrigo, is taller than Scholes, he's quicker over five yards and has an excellent range of passing and he can score goals too. Very much like Scholes though, I'm not sure about his ability to tackle.

Apparenly Rodrigo speaks English well and he has an Italian passport. Do not be surprised if you hear a lot more about Rodrigo Possebon over the coming weeks and months.


  1. This might be simply wishful thinking, but Henry to United?

    He is a world-class striker, he has had teething problems in Barcelona, but he would be a perfect addition to the squad, he can finish well, and start goal-scoring moves, he is also a more complete forward than Nistelrooy himself, he can poach, head the ball, as well as take some shots outside the box.

    Hopefully his situation in Barcelona and United's consistent success will make him think twice about his earlier statement that he would not play for any English club apart from Arsenal.

  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sldXY8fTqPY
    Looks to be a better tackler than Scholesy. Not much you can tell from just a minute-long video, but he looks to be very assured, composed on the ball, always looking up to make the pass. Gave the ball away cheaply in the video a couple of times, but I like what little I saw of him.


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