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Roundup: Amazed Anderson; Hargreaves Tops Poll; Ole’s New Avatar

Morning. A very quiet day it is indeed.

Really grasping at straws as far as news goes. The long international break adds to the frustration as far as club football goes. Although, from our club’s point of view, it couldn’t have come at a better time. Saha’s got 45 minutes under his belt. Thankfully, as things stand now, Raymond Domenech hasn’t called him for international duty. (Ssshh, don’t tell him that he’s fit.) Enough time for him to play some reserve games and make himself ready. Ronaldo, after coming back from his Portugal commitments would be hungry to prove a point or two.

Anyway, about today, it is really quiet and I’ll see what I can talk about.

Sky Sports quotes Anderson as being ‘amazed’ at his debut. This is what he had to say:

“It was amazing, not just for me but for my family as well,” he said. “As a young boy it was always my dream to play for a big European club. “I was lucky enough to do it with Porto and now I am at United. I feel proud to be here and I want to do my best.”

Now if it was any other player, one would have been right if he had wondered if Anderson had lost his mind – because his debut was unremarkable, to say the least. But, of course, the context here is very important. A 19-year old kid making his debut in front of 75000 strong crowd would be a really amazing experience. Although, he might have also had another amazing experience at Ronaldo’s house the week prior to that.

Seriously though, if he can contribute more than that great weighted pass he gave Tevez in the first half, we would have a gem in our hands. He is still young and I wouldn’t expect too much from him this season.

There is also an Anderson interview on which, I believe, requires a registration into the One United thing. I couldn’t be too arsed to fill that form so I somehow managed to rip out the interview. I am yet to read it and I’ll talk about it once I get around to reading it.

Owen Hargreaves has topped the poll on the official website as the MOTM for the Sunderland game. I probably felt Evra to be a better choice. But one cannot fault Owen at all so far this season. The midfielder has so quietly and comfortably slotted into the side that it looks like he’s been playing with us for years.

And an old bit of news, as OGS will kick start his coaching career by helping out strikers at United. SAF had a few words to say about him:

“I’ve told Ole to get his coaching badges so he can eventually progress to being a coach or a manager,” explained Sir Alex Ferguson.

“We’re helping him do that by including him in the coaching staff this season. He’ll assist from a technical point of view with particular focus on the strikers. “We’re delighted that we can help him because he’s got the knowledge and the experience to become a good coach.”

Here’s wishing Ole all the luck. Another OT legend shifts from being a player towards coaching and management.

And that, I am afraid, is all for the day. Pray that we have something to talk about for the next fortnight.

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