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Celtic v Man Utd: Preview

First of all let me thank the majority of Americans for making a good decision. Hope’s now in the air. So, I suppose, when I wake up tomorrow, I’ll see my taxes halve, and my gas bills cut down a notch.

Oh.

Anyway, good to see a President who sounds intelligent. But enough of the political commentary for now. On to the game…

Ben Foster looks certain to start today, as Ferguson hails him as a future England No. 1. We’ve all seen the much talked about promise — and his performance for Watford could attest to his obvious talent — but we can only judge him when he gets more games for us. Today is one such day. Patience is a virtue for ‘keepers and, with Fergie ruling out any loan moves for Foster and Kuszczak amid talk of EVDS extending his contract by another year, they will need loads of it.

Neville didn’t travel and so didn’t Brown, who’s wretched luck continues this season. Rafael da Silva is the obvious beneficiary as he’ll gladly take up the right back slot. One hopes he’ll continue his education there.

Considering the Arsenal game in the weekend, and our comfortable position in our group, Fergie looks certain to ring in a slew of changes to ensure his key personnel remain fresh. It remains to be see who would be given a rest. Tevez might surely get a look in. Carrick could start as he continues to approach match sharpness, while it is possible Darren Fletcher might get to play considering it’s a Scottish side we’re up against. Although, given his ‘big-game’ credentials, the boss might choose to rest him for the work that lies ahead against the Gooners. He’ll have a fair bit of yardage to cover at the Emirates. This could mean Anderson gets another start today.

Fergie would be tempted to rest Ronaldo too. But expect the Portuguese international to do some last minute convincing to be on the starting XI sheet.

I suppose Fergie won’t tinker too much with his team, but I do expect a very tight game.

Predictions: 2-1 to United. But only just.

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