A few United players will miss their big time out at the World Cup in South Africa---in fact, many will. It's been more hurting for those who came so close and then something in their bodies snapped at the wrong time.

Last week, we were all still coming to terms with the fact that Rio Ferdinand will miss the tournament because of a knee injury. This week, it's been Nani--another United player to miss outs on football's grandest stage. And so the story goes; Injury has kept Hargreaves, Owen, Anderson, Rio, Nani, Brown, Neville, etc. from the World Cup.

On a positive note though, Patrice Evra has been named France Captain by Raymond Domenech. That means that but for Rio's injury, United would have had a considerable number of players leading their countries at the World Cup. I still think we beat any other club because Pat, Park, and Vida are captains of their national sides. When you add Rio, Fletcher and club captains Neville and Giggs to that list, it makes us a club of captains. That certainly guarantees us continuity at the club.

Finally the Glazer thing is just about at boiling point right now. Season ticket renewals have not gone 'according to plan' and there is talk of a boycott. The Red Knights consortium have promised to restore fans who boycott to their original seats when the pressure eventually forces the Glazers to sell. One can only hope that somebody in that crazy family accepts a bid soon. We cannot afford to start what should be a title winning season in the shape that we are in both on and off the pitch.