The international break is over, and will not return for a while now (as I complete my run around my room like a lunatic), and we very quickly cut to the match today. Man Utd take on Bolton Wanderers, who are now playing under new manager Gary Megson.
The Trotters have been unbeaten under their new manager and even managed a draw against mighty Bayern Munich who, as we know, are no mugs.
But before the specifics, some team news.
It’s been mixed as Vidic has been deemed doubtful while Tevez would be playing today. Apparently the news reports of him being tired are a load of bollocks after all. And Rooney looks certain to return by the Fulham game. I know, I mentioned it earlier, but in that time period there were conflicting reports that said that the club ruled out a quick return for Rooney. But now it looks like he will be back sooner than anticipated.
The boss has made public his admiration for Anelka. I don’t think we should get necessarily excited over this. After all he is just making a comment on a key player we are going to face today. I wouldn’t necessarily say that he would try and prise him away from Bolton.
Moving on, today will be the 5000th game that Manchester United FC will play in their history. This is the Telegraph article that I found it on, although it is much disputed. I don’t know if we should consider the Newton Heath days, but then again, this is something only statisticians would get goosebumps over.
Formations? Sahal if fit, should be able to partner Tevez upfront. Ronaldo and Giggs (who is well rested, thanks to his retirement) would take up the wings. Hargreaves and Anderson could play in central midfield. The back four, on account of Vidic’s knock, would be interesting. I suspect Fergie would go with Brown along side Rio in the centre and shunt Pique to right back because Anelka could prove a handful. And it would need some experience in the middle to tackle him.
Over all, I think Bolton are a bit crap, despite their new found obstinacy over the past four games, and we should roll them over. Although, since this is just after the international break, things could be a little tricky.
Prediction: 3-1 to United (Tevez, Saha, Ronaldo to score)
O’Shea signs a four year deal.
Three-Lung Park could return sooner than expected — by the end of December — which is always nice to know.
And Miguel Veloso’s agent has claimed there has been ‘informal contact’ with the club.
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