Also, why Liverpool have a defining month ahead, the turning point in Chris Smalling’s career, and why tonight is simply about remembering Paris’ victims.
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Rooney to Chelsea – how much could United expect to get?
During the past week certain sections of the media have been saying that Chelsea will finally sign Wayne Rooney. Some are saying it will happen in the summer window, whilst others are saying it could happen in January.
Now if this story has any substance there are several issues for the club and fans to consider.
How much could UTD expect to get?
Should they sell in January or next summer?
Who should United replace him with – and how much should they spend?
If the story is true and Rooney does leave, then ideally United will have to sign a replacement before Rooney is sold.
And if the replacement is a high profile player, then it wouldn’t happen until the summer. That means from now till summer the rumours will persist and grow louder whilst team confidence could suffer.
Not an ideal situation for a team chasing honours.
Liverpool must exploit Chelsea’s failure and grab fourth
Our next run of games up to January are basically going to define Liverpool’s season.
The Man City match on Saturday is the last of our tough aways. Every team that finished above us last season will have been played away from home plus Everton and Stoke.
Now is the time we must find consistency and improve our home form while maintaining our not too shabby away form.
It will either be Spurs or us that finish 4th this season and as recent history tells us, Spurs tend to finish above us. We need to rectify that.
No team has ever come from Chelsea’s position to finish 4th. While it’s not impossible, it’s highly unlikely.
We lament about our inability to financially compete with the likes of Chelsea and how the deck is stacked in their favour, well they’ve messed up big time this season so we need to take advantage of that. We did it in 13/14 when Utd changed manager but failed to cement our position when we messed up that summers transfers…..let’s not mess this one up.
Smalling is United’s Mr Reliable
Ever since the Bayern Munich game when David Moyes was in charge is when Chris Smalling first showed how could he can be, and since the Man City game last year he has become a consistent performer…..all can see that!
He’s a future Man Utd captain……nowadays I have no doubts about him at the back and anyone questioning this should get hold of latest stats on teams with most clean sheets.
Last season we were crying out for a leader at the back, and credit to both Smalling and our coaches, he has stepped up and is now a beast of a player. It’s as if he actually believes that he’s Mike Smalling and he’s forgotten everything that was holding Chris Smalling back.
Time to remember Paris terrorist attack victims
Today France play England at Wembley and the result of the game simply doesn’t matter. All that matters is that the players and the crowd do everything they possibly can to honour as best they can those who have died, those who are in hospital so seriously injured together with all of their grieving families!
For the game will serve no other purpose but to sympathise, honour and remember all those who were killed and injured in Paris last Friday.
Sunderland must start playing Watmore
I just don’t get Sunderland’s use – or lack of – Duncan Watmore!
Man of the match for England Under-21s, he assists, he scores and we don’t even start him. Also waiting till the last minute to offer him a new contract.
He’ll be off somewhere else and I don’t blame him, the way he is being treated.
What is happening in the boardroom ? They couldn’t make a worse job of it if they tried!
Goalkeepers as captains? It’s a waste of time
For those questioning Fabricio Coloccini’s Newcastle captaincy credentials and suggesting our goalkeeper – I would never make Tim Krul captain.
I would never make any goalkeeper captain. Having (Gigi) Buffon, (Oliver) Kahn, which ever goalie as captain is a waste for me, they’re isolated, got no real say on the pitch.
A central player in midfield or defence would have more influence for me.
And if Krul is as fantastic as people say, why is he still playing with a team that has been fighting relegation the past few seasons?
Why wouldn’t a bigger club bid £10million for him? How many teams out there is bigger than Newcastle currently, maybe they’re thinking the same as me, that he is a good goalkeeper that hasn’t improved his level of performance the last two three seasons, and is picking up injuries in that period?
Keeping it in the family
I’m 31 and from Warrington.
My Grandad was a red and took my father to watch United v City, he turned around and said ‘I like that team in blue, Dad’ he was never taken to a match again and turned his two younger brothers into City fans.
As a newborn, Dad took me to Maine Road and held me up to the floodlights!
Sadly my father died unexpectedly on 22nd October. He leaves us top of of the table – after years of watching dross, being a City fan has finally turned out well!
Now a father myself I look forward to taking my little girl (15 months old) to watch City. Hopefully, she will never have some of the dross that I had to endure !
Wilf wasn’t a United flop
I am becoming tired at headlines continually referring to Wilfried Zaha as the Man United flop.
How on earth can he be a flop if he didn’t get a chance?
How many prem. games did he start? Surely a flop is someone who has played numerous games without living up to expectations.
Wilf certainly isn’t a flop and Hodgson’s pathetic excuse of not playing him only shows how incompetent he is as a manager. On a positive at the more Wilf shines and Dann for that matter the more they rub it in to Hodgson.