By the turn of mid- January, Manchester United will have taken part in up to 8 different tournaments (I regard the Community shield as one too). It will be quite a shame if we do not lift at least a trio of those trophies on the back of a season we've just had. We've already won the Shield but we lost the Super Cup in alarming fashion. We've got the Carling Cup in our sights and the Champions League can still be negotiated. Unfortunately for us, the league is now more tightly contested and that is why we've got to make our games in hand count. So why not lift the CWC so as to get the feeling of success mid-way the season. I feel that this victory will spur on the players to hunt for more titles in the new year.
We did just about enough to see off Gamba Osaka but I feel that we need to defend better if we are to overcome Quito. If I were Fergie, I would change little of the team that won the semi. Anderson, I feel merits a starting berth. Unfortunately he wont! Gary will be replaced by Rafel and I'd hope that Wayne and Tevez lead the line as they will surely give the opposition something to think about--a combination of power, skill and vision. I'd like to think that Carrick and Scholes cannot be paired in the middle as they both do the same job. One of the two should start with the other coming off the bench. Fletcher however has taken to the mould of Carrick as he looks to pass the ball more rather than win it back for us. Though he has plunged in vital goals for us because of his attack mindedness, it has left us short of a holding midfielder. That has accounted for many of the gaols we have conceded. It's why I prefer Anderson to start as he's hardly bothered about scoring but rather can win the ball and pass it just as good as any of our midfield lads. Park should and will start as he's got that lucky charm about him--United is hardly defeated when he has started--it's why Fergie says leaving him out of the CL final was Fergie's hardest decision.
Anyhow, enough of the squad selection, United have got to get their act together and make our journey to Japan worth it!