Sunday, August 10, 2008

Brazilians set to dislodge United old guard?...

United welcomed club captain Gary Neville back into the first team for the Community Shield curtain raiser on Sunday, it was a fairly comfortable afternoon for Neville & Co in the Reds back four with Portsmouth's new strike force of Crouch and Defoe failing to hit the high notes on what was a pretty forgettable day for Pompey and their fans.

After the Reds collected yet another piece of silverware the player who has sometimes been referred to as the "shop steward" was asked about his expectations for the coming season and his response was quite interesting in that he says he hopes to do a job when called upon.

Wes Brown had arguably his best season to date for United and so he is very much in contention for the right-back slot, but make no mistake going of what we have seen in pre-season, new boy Rafael da Silva could oust both England defenders by the time the of the end of the season comes around.

The same can be said of John O'Shea, Darren Fletcher and maybe Scholes too, because Rodrigo Possebon is another who has shown a great deal of midfield promise in albeit in a limited number of first team appearances, but in just a handful of games the Brazilians have shown enough to suggest that the days of the United old guard could be numbered.

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