Saturday, April 03, 2010

United can beat Chelsea without Rooney...

It was always going to happen. It was inevitable that Rooney would get injured before the end of the season. What pissed me off personally was the reaction from the cretins in the mainstream media: "...it's good news; Rooney will be out for up to a month...”.

United fans will have been expecting such a reaction and no doubting Ferguson and his backroom team will have been as bemused as the supporters. I'm old and wise enough to know better, but I have to admit it wound me up and it's another reason why my feelings of complete antipathy towards everything connected with the England team are getting stronger. Suffice to say, when and not if, England get knocked out of the World Cup this summer I won't be shedding any tears.

International football is boring. Everyone knows it. There are no surprises any more. That cannot be said of club football. Later today United take on Chelsea in what is the biggest game of the season so far. Neither side can really afford to lose; but whatever the result, it will not be decisive, so even without Rooney and even if we do go on to lose our hopes of retaining the title will still be intact.

Nonetheless, there's several very good reasons why picking up three points is important: maintaining player morale and confidence going forward, and of course United face Bayern Munich in what really IS a must win game on Wednesday.

There couldn't have been a worse time to lose Rooney. But now is not the time for moping. Ferguson has hinted strongly that Kiko Macheda will come into the reckoning. You do wonder what Fergie will do; the manager is wrestling with who to start with up front. It's not as if there are a lot of choices; it's either the young Italian or Berbatov. Don't be surprised if Macheda starts. But what would that do to the Bulgarian's confidence? Would that even be a consideration as far as Ferguson is concerned?

Whatever team Ferguson sends out to battle today we can win, providing each and every one of the players on duty does their job. If we don't make any mistakes at the back and we pass the ball well and retain possession we can do it.

1 comment:

  1. United without Rooney is like a body without a heart. Unless Berbatov has dirty pictures of Sir Alex I cannot understand how he gets to wear United's uniform. He has no heart, no guts, no spirit, cannot finish (except for garbage goals). Sir Alex - Trade him away for ... Anybody!

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