Saturday, October 16, 2010
Finally, the international break is over and we can go back to watching our beloved Red Devils in action. This week we take on newly promoted West Brom and hope to get back to winning ways after a couple of disappointing performances over the last few weeks.
Chasing the Title:
United are currently 3rd in the table behind Chelsea and Manchester City. We sucked in our last game against Sunderland and a lot of improvements are gonna have to be made if we're gonna challenge for the title.
Where We Stand:
West Brom are performing above anyone's expectations and we are gonna have to be very focused if we want to come away from here with a win. They tied their last game against Bolton and lost to Chelsea 6-0 on the opening day of the season, but have proven that they're no pushovers with wins against City and Arsenal. They are a good team with many players who can contribute both offensively and defensively, so no risks for us tonight.
Players to Look Out For:
Like I said, they are a very strong team with many contributors to the offense and defense. If I had to pick a man-to-watch, it'd be Chris Brunt. The Northern Irish winger will look to create havoc down the right wing and it's gonna be up to Patrice Evra to watch him. Brunt has scored one goal and assisted twice, so his numbers might not be so impressive. This doesn't mean we should take our eyes off him though, if we do I think karma's gonna bite us in the ass.
For us, it's gonna be interesting to see how Wayne Rooney plays today. After the controversy over the legitimacy of his ankle injury over the weekend, either he's more fired up now, or his dip in form plunges a little bit more. Personally, I don't think he'll start the match and we'll line up with Berbatov and Chicharito. If he does play though, expect Rooney to make an impact in one way or another.
On the Home Front:
It turns out, Owen Hargreaves is NOT fit to play in tonight's game. His doctor had cleared him to play but it turns out he still has an calf injury to deal with. The other obvious injury is of course Antonio Valencia. Ryan Giggs has a chance of playing tonight but is still technically nursing a hamstring injury. Other than that, we have a clean bill of health and all the other guys should be available for selection.
1. Will Rooney start the game tonight?
2. Will there be love for Obertan?
3. Why doesn't Nani celebrate with a backflip anymore?
4. Will we go 4-4-2 or 4-3-3?