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Super Rooney Returns | Vidic Interview

Wayne Rooney is back. Well, not quite in the sense that he’s match fit. But he’s back in training thanks to his superhuman powers of recovery. It seems, he’s been called by Steve McClaren to get the team pumped up prior to the Croatia qualifier. I know, desperate times call for desperate measures. Here’s hoping that he doesn’t get too excited or trip over a piece of training equipment.

Bolton might be a bit too soon for him, but if not against Sporting, he would surely be back for Fulham. This is as good a news as one could ever get. I can feel more confident about us facing the ‘dippers now.

There is a two part interview of Vidic on the official site.

Part 1 | Part 2

They are both excellent interviews that give us an insight into the Serbanator. He is an extremely modest fella considering how easy it is for people to get swept off their feet with a couple of decent performances and a bumper contract extension. The striking aspect of our squad this season (and the last) is the commitment and modesty shown by some of our lads. Evra, Vidic, Brown, O’Shea, Fletcher… they all just love it at OT. It’s one thing for players to say good things about the club while they are there. But in cases, like O’Shea and Fletcher, a lack of playing time hasn’t dampened their enthusiasm to keep pushing and impressing their manager.

That is a very good indicator of team spirit and an understanding of the value of playing for such an illustrious club.

John O’Shea, meanwhile, appears close to sign a four year contract with the club.

“I have this season and the next on my current contract, but I am very close to signing a new deal that will keep me at United into my 30s. It is something I want to do. I want to stay here, everything is good and this is where I want to be. I have never looked to go elsewhere.”

You see what I mean when I say the lads love it here? There are things money can’t buy. Are you listening Roman?

SAF has taken time out to praise Rangers right back, Alan Hutton, for his displays for Scotland. I would read this as pure appreciation shown by one Scot to another. I wouldn’t read too much into speculation linking him with United in January. I haven’t really seen him play, although I heard he played very well against Barcelona too.

Owen Hargreaves tops a poll ahead of Carlos Tevez in the most popular player among the new signings poll. He shades it with 38% followed by Tevez at 32%.

According to resident MUTV pundit Paddy Crerand, Patrice Evra is the outstanding player for United this season. The left back has been brilliant, no doubt. The good part of his play, this season — something I’ve pointed plenty of times before — is his willingness to work on his weaknesses and iron them out. He is constantly improving and doesn’t get caught out as often as he used to. He’s also improved vastly in the tackle, not to mention his attacking prowess being such an asset down the left.

And on that note I will, quite abruptly, end this post.

Till tomorrow.