After labouring to break down QPR at OT in the Carling Cup, Manchester Unted return to domestic duty on Saturday. After suffering a damaging 2-1 defeat against Arsenal last Saturday, United will be looking to bounce back with a victory.
For starters, it's kind of good that we are playing on Saturday at 3 o'clock. United fans rarely get to watch a game at that time. We have fared pretty well when we don't play an eaqrly kick-off of sorts. Livepool, Arsenal, Everton were some of the beneficiaries in our mid-week hangovers that needed a little more time to subside. So that should be good enough of an omen. The there is the small matter of Rory Delap's throw ins that hve terrorised almost each one of Stoke's opponents so far. Arsenal are the latest victims. Tony Pulis' side have so far thwarted Liverpool and Arsenal so they know how to handle the big occassions. United's defence that somehow let Bentdner have a field-day last weekend must be up for the high jump this time. Let me hope Vida and Rio are taking notes...
I heard that Scholes will be back for the City derby so that is a boost for us as Hargeaves will not feature for the rest of the campaign. Carrick and Anderson or Fletcher should meanwhile get their act together and support the forwards. I'll leave the team line up for Fergie as I have already given my views on who starts upfront and who takes right back. At the end of it all, I hpe that United do win because WE NEED THE POINTS!