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  • Devils on the pitch

    Goal Keepers
       Edwin Van der Sar
       Ben Foster
       Tomasz Kuszczak
       Heaton


    Defenders
       Gary Neville
       Wes Brown
       Rio Ferdinand
       Nimanja Vidic
       Gabriel Heinze
       Patrice Evra
       Gerard Pique
       Jonathan Evans
       Mikael Silvestre
       Phil Bardsley
       Kieran Lee
       Cathcart


    Midfielders
       Paul Scholes
       Ryan Giggs
       Cristiano Ronaldo
       Michael Carrick
       Owen Hargreaves
       Darren Fletcher
       Ji Sung Park
       Nani
       Anderson
       OShea
       Chris Eagles


    Strikers
       Wayne Rooney
       Giuseppe Rossi
       Louis Saha
       Alan Smith
       Ole Gunnar Solskjær
       Dong
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Archive for the ‘Midfielders’ Category

Owen Hargreaves completes the formalities

Posted by Sharath Ciddu on July 1, 2007

The signing of Owen Hargreaves from Bayern Munich is completed when he signed a 4 year deal with the premiership champions. The deal brings in delight to the United faithful. It makes it even more sweet considering the fact that he is English. This site has at one time argued that De Rossi is better than Hargreaves, but after a restrospect I doubt if De Rossi would have given so much for the shirt as Hargreaves.

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Copa America – Anderson against Mexico

Posted by Sharath Ciddu on June 29, 2007

I woke up early in the morning eager to watch Anderson in action against Mexico. But Dunga made me wait till half time to help Manchester United successfully get their work permit appeal for Anderson.

Much has been said about this young talent, drawing comparisions with the mercurial Ronaldhino. The talent is definitely there but it is raw and has to be honed. Now that he has got the workpermit SAF can take care about moulding him into a worldclass player. He loves to run at defenders and dribble past them. But he has to develop a sense of awareness of the players around him and learn the art of passing. Training alongside pass masters Scholesy and Carrick would definitely help him. In this game his passing was at times awful, but we forgive him for that amazing cross to Afonso Alves, which could have been converted to a goal.

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He scores ’em Lord, Paul “Ginger Ninja” Scholes scores ’em

Posted by Sharath Ciddu on June 26, 2007

The shy man of the Red Devils is one of the most gifted players ever to grace the premiership. He is a mathematician who is always in control and pinpoint accurate with his passing. Part of the famous FA Youth Cup winners of 1992, he made his League debut against Ipswich Town on September 24, 1994, scoring twice in a 3-2 defeat. Scholes became a regular player during the 1994/95 term as Alex Ferguson blooded his ‘fledglings’ as United made a failed bid for the Double. Although he started his career as a striker, the attacking midfield position is what he has been the best at.

Neat and compact, a misplaced Scholes pass remains one of the rarest sights in football. His superb eye for goal and late runs from midfield makes him one of the best midfielders ever to wear the United jersey. Ever since his debut, he has been an integral part of the team, with the 99 season remaining a highlight. During the 05-06 season he couldnt play due to blurred vision and the team missed him a lot.

The 06-07 campaign, fresh after his return from injury has been nothing short of sensational. He marked his 500th appearance with a goal against Liverpool. A nominee for the PFA player of the year and a member of the PFA Team of the year, “The Ginger Prince” has played a integral part of the team that won the championship. Whether it was “that” volley against Villa, or those audacious goals against Newcastle and Blackburn, or the breathtaking flick against Milan which led to the Rooney goal, Scholesy has been there and done that all. The signings of Anderson and Owen Hargreaves to strengthen the midfield should give some needed rest to the wearing legs of Scholesy. Players come and go, but there’s only one Scholesy!!

No wonder McLaren begs him to play for England as the overrated, pass spraying Fat Blue is neither able to pass, nor score goals his trademark deflected goals (Looks like no one is deflecting them in).
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Owen Hargreaves long range strikes

Posted by Sharath Ciddu on June 19, 2007

Because Owen Hargreaves plays in the Bundesliga, its tough to get a compilation of him. This compilation shows that he has a decent strike from distance.

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Protect my defense

Posted by Sharath Ciddu on May 12, 2007

 

Last year, Barcelona was the only team which played with such flair, they made every other team look low and ugly. This year, another team has emerged, which going back to the tradition of their club started to play free flowing, attractive attacking football – Manchester United. Yes, the same team which defeated Roma 7-1, but was sadly mauled 3-0 by Milan. From a purist’s perspective, they were the only team which deserved to win the premier league. But are they the team which deserved to win the Champions League, more than anyone else?

No!! A hard No!!!!!

I am not debating, if ACMilan, Inter Milan, Liverpool, Chelsea or the last time champions Barcelona deserved to win the CL. I am just voicing my opinion that Manchester United didn’t deserve to win it more than any of those teams. United possess the attacking threat, which any team can be envious of. The only team that comes that close is Barcelona. Their keeper is erratic at times, but reliable most of the times. Their back four steady (after all they made the PFA defense of the year). But their midfield? In Europe, players are given absolutely no time on the ball. United won 7-1 against Roma, that is because Roma loves to play attacking football too. But against a team like Milan, where players like Gattuso would barging onto you like a raging bull, you need someone to nullify them. We need a Keano, we need a Owen Hargreaves, we need a De Rossi, we need a Mascherano. If United did possess one quality defensive midfielder in that mould, they would have been probably challenging for the treble just the way they did in 99. Then they would have deserved to win both the CL and the league, just the way Barcelona did (They did have Motta, Edmilson, Marquez and Gio Vanni. Didnt they? )

In Europe, we need someone to protect our defense. The strongest name that is linked with United is Owen Hargreaves. Many fans want him desperately because he is English. Nothing wrong with that except the cost on him. He costs 20 million. We get one quality defensive midifielder if we go for Owen Hargreaves. But one is not enough. We need a backup. Look at ACMilan, they have got Ambrosini, a decent defensive midifielder if they have got Gattuso injured or suspended. Liverpool have got both Mascherano (The way he played the Chelsea game, makes you think what losers West Ham were) and Sissoko. Chelsea have got Makelele, Diarra and Obi Mikel. Barcelona have got Motta, Edmilson, Marquez and Gio Vanni if needed.

To get two defensive midfielders, we need to look at De Rossi rather than OH. Although De Rossi is not as proven as Owen Hargreaves, he definitely has the potential, up there with the Owens and the Mascheranos. Not to forget that he is a world cup winner, which means he definitely has got the temperament too.

He would cost around 12-14 million, which would save around 6 million and we can use that to buy another unproven defensive midfielder who would be a cover if one gets suspended or injured. After all, we are out of CL if we lose one match. Aren’t we? So we definitely need two defensive midifielders and not just one. If OH is coming, I dont see another DM coming in. But if De Rossi comes in, there is every possiblity we can get a decent DM for 6-7 million. What do you guys think? My defense needs a double protection. It does.

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