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Ferguson Breaks Silence on Midfielders

Sir Alex Ferguson has made a few things clear about his plans for our central midfielders today, and it answered some questions (and debunked some rumours doing the rounds lately).

When asked about Carrick and Anderson, he said, “there are no issues at all.”

“Michael wasn’t involved against Birmingham or Wigan because we played Burnley on the Wednesday and it was a chance to freshen up. That’s exactly what he did. We also had [Darren] Fletcher and [Paul] Scholes back [for Wigan}, so it was just a matter of freshening it up. Anderson was also left out. I read stuff about a dust-up with Anderson which is absolute rubbish. Absolute nonsense.”

He also spoke about Gibson, which should encourage the lad, and make us expect a lot more appearances from him this season. “We are also trying to push Gibson on as much as we can because the boy has improved at a fantastic rate of knots. We’ve been really impressed with him. That’s the reason. There’s no reason other than that.”

Other than a dramatic turnaround, that should put to rest any speculation on us making more signings in central midfield this summer. Speaking of midfielders, Hargreaves is expected to return in late September.

And finally, for sake of completeness on midfielders, here is an article in the Guardian on Darren Fletcher; Louise Taylor being the latest to latch onto the praise-Darren-Fletcher bandwagon — something we’ve banged on about for a long time.



  1. Craig Mc

    28 August 2009 at 23:56

    Mmmmmm this is one time when I think SAF is TELLING PORKIES 😆 . I’ll tell you why I think this – Andi himself gave a personal interview to the daily mail, admitting that he was upset to be left out of the Wembley game. Also that SAF had told him that he required more effort from him, to up his game performances. So SAF, your nose is not only red now, but it is growing like Pinnochios 😀 .

  2. RedDave

    29 August 2009 at 00:07

    Anyone tell me the last time Carrick played well?

    Probably a dumb Q but I’m not really sure

  3. Craig Mc

    29 August 2009 at 00:16

    I’m really chuffed for Gibson, SAF showing faith in him at the press conference. Saying his game is improving at the rate of knots, and they are really impressed with the lad. If Gibson can get stuck in more, and make his presence felt on the pitch, improve his tackling and passing ability even more, then he may be exactly what we need. He is a big lad, strong, and should now do more, seeing he has the SAF green light. No need to mention his shooting ability. Good to hear SAF say they are wanting to push him on this season. Good for you SAF. Gibbo get in there mate 👿 😀 .

  4. Grognard

    29 August 2009 at 00:44

    What a load of total hogwash. What rubbish. The man has become a certified liar in order to protect his depleting reputation and to protect the skinflint owners who give him no money to operate with. I refuse to believe a word of it. Especially the Anderson and Carrick nonsense. Rumors like that which gain a lot of attention and weight usually have some validity behind them. Even Anderson himself admitted to a problem so Fergie saying nothing happened is just Fergie doing damage control. I am truly getting sick of this club’s antics and lack of ambition of late. 🙄 😡

  5. Footy4Eddy

    29 August 2009 at 01:01

    PARTY, whoo-hoo!!! :mrgreen:

    Hangover tomorrow anyone? 🙂

    As for Anderson and Carrick, they will fuck up Song and Denilson tomorrow. Up, up, higher and away! :mrgreen:

  6. Red Ranter

    29 August 2009 at 01:30

    @Grognard: Anderson also said there was no bust up, and Ferguson said the same. What is certain is a statement has been made. I don’t care what happens behind the scenes. Especially these things are meant to be kept within the dressing room anyway.

  7. Will

    29 August 2009 at 02:45

    @Footy4Eddy: Carrick and Fletcher if you please… Ando will get 20 mins to run about aimlessly as per usual… perhaps even try one of those 40yrders that never work.

  8. RedDave

    29 August 2009 at 04:11

    SAF would be silly to change anything after the Wigan game. But he will do and I have a sneaky feeling it might well be Carrick and Fletcher.

    Here’s a little game I’d love it if you could all play whilst you watch, maybe do it on the highlights later tomorrow night so it doesn’t spoil your enjoyment of the game.

    Count how often Carrick or Oshea (providing they play) each do two successful things in a row with the ball, from getting the ball to either passing/crossing it or shooting. Then have a look at how often they do one successful thing (in a row if you like hehe) Set pieces and throw ins don’t count.

    As an example, a controlling touch of the ball = 1 and a successful pass would make the overall score 2 even if it is a simple close tap to feet. Whereas an unsuccessful pass of any kind would kill the scoring at that particular time…but a shot, even if it is wayward can be considered positive and still be worth 1.

    The bottom line is that they’ve got to get the ball successfully and do something with it successfully to score 2.

    Obviously getting the ball, beating a man and then passing it successfully would = 3

    Try it on Rooney

    Then try this on some arsenal players, especially their central mids.

    The times I’ve done this (which is often) Carrick and Oshea tend to come out absolutely bottom of the pile of pretty much everyone on the field. Which is alarming.

    Have fun!

  9. johnsom33

    29 August 2009 at 05:16

    I think its telling that Anderson isnt progressing, when we hear reports about him not taking training serious. Talent only gets you so far, and regardless of what you guys say Anderson does have talent. Its just worthless if he doesnt work at it. It amazes me how he could spend so much time with Ronaldo and yet his work ethic never rubbed off on Anderson.

    I think Fergie is promoting Gibson right now as a last ditch effort to get something out of Anderson. Letting him no that nobodies place is a sure thing, and for anyone who wants to slack off, there is a another hungry young lad just chomping at the bit to get their chance.

    I have always been a fan of Anderson, and tipped him for big things. But after hearing about his work ethic I have lost almost all hope on him at United.

  10. Ondii Oketchii

    29 August 2009 at 05:16

    what matters now is that SAF has come out and made a statement about the situation which should really calm things down for both players whom i expect to play alongside fletcherino in the evening.

  11. Grognard

    29 August 2009 at 08:41

    @johnsom33: A player who has so many deficiencies and who doesn’t work hard at training is not United class and should be sent packing. The reason players like Ronaldo and Messi and Rooney are so great is that they work really hard all the time to try to get better. Anderson is a stupid and talentless little punk and I for one would be ecstatic if he were sold to some team.

  12. gator

    29 August 2009 at 21:12

    @johnsom33: he really took that “next ronaldinho” thing to heart huh? maby it will spur him on

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