June 1st, 2011, 11:00 PM #221
Owen is back but I don't think he'll every be anything more than a bit player for United. In other words I don't think his body will hold up if he has to play in an extended number of games. At this point in his career I think he's limited to being the sub you throw on when you need goal and/or a player/spot starter. As a United fan I'm far more confident with having to star Berbatov for an extended run if Rooney or Hernandez get hurt or suffer a lose in form.
Originally Posted by VEGASKING
Out of the guys on loan only Welbeck impressed. Macheda had a very disappointing time in Italy(he didn't even score in Seria A) and Diouf doesn't seem to be Manchester United quality. I think Diout will be on his way out and the same could be said of Macheda.
Welbeck is also somewhat versatile in that he can play as a wide man in a front 3.
If I had to bet I do think Berbatov will be sold this summer as Ferguson seems to be less enamored by him but I hope he stays. As I said in the post above I think he still has a very big role to play for United. Since he didn't even make the bench against Barca it is easy to forget that he was a big reason why United won their 19th title.
June 1st, 2011, 11:05 PM #222
No matter who is in charge it seems like it is always Real's goal to have two first team internationals at every position. I don't think Barca will have it "rougher" this year since they already have the target on their back. I suspect they'll reload and I'm sure they will be fine. I expect them to finally bring Cesc in the fold and it sounds like a move for Giuseppi Rossi is imminent. I'm not sure how he would fit it, most likely as another option for Villa who despite his goal in the final was not in very good form down the stretch. It also appears that if they want to pony up for Alexis Sanchez he is theirs to lose.
Originally Posted by Pagliacci
June 1st, 2011, 11:08 PM #223
Read that quote from the BBC and thought it was hilarious and summed him up nicely. Another tidbit I read was after making announcing his intentions to retire he went on a vacation with his family. So it is extremely likely Scholes never saw or read any of the glowing tributes about him that came out the next day.
Originally Posted by Crazy_Ivan
June 1st, 2011, 11:15 PM #224
Big news of the day was Gerard Houllier and Aston Villa parting company. I thought it was a peculiar hiring at the time since Houllier was out of the game for a few years. Since O'Neill left right before the season started maybe Villa didn't have much of a choice and Houllier never did for that matter.
Hot name for the Villa job is Mark Hughes.
Mark Hughes' Fulham contract expires | Mail Online
Makes sense for Hughes, he did a nice job with Fulham but Villa are a bigger club. He'll have some work to do though with Young likely on his way out and Downing potentially leaving as well. At least he will have Bent leading the line.
June 1st, 2011, 11:16 PM #225
Other hot rumor is this one. Jordan Henderson possibly going to Liverpool
Liverpool lead £13m chase for Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson | Mail Online
Henderson like many Sunderlan players had an injury plagued year but I was impressed every time I watched him play. Really good vision and a good passer. Nice dribbling skills when 1 on 1. He has a bright future, will take a lot for Sunderland to sell him.
June 2nd, 2011, 09:47 AM #226
Well the twitterverse is saying Hughes as resigned from Fulham. Move to Aston Villa is appears to be imminent.
June 2nd, 2011, 11:05 AM #227
June 4th, 2011, 03:42 PM #228
Disgraceful performance for the USMNT against Spain today. Sure, they are the world champs, but come on, they just stood around watching, especially in the first half. Landon's presence might have helped a bit, and playing Bradley and Deuce in the first half, but just OUTCLASSED.
BTW, since the world cup the USMNT has a losing record. One wonders if the players are tuning BB out. The next couple of weeks will say a lot about that.
June 4th, 2011, 06:34 PM #229
The US played a bunch of inexperienced players against a powerhouse. It could have been 7-0 by the end of it. But hey, it's a friendly match and I'm sure a lot of those players are going to learn from it.
Originally Posted by KHenry14
From a personal standpoint, Spain's midfield duo of David Silva and Cazorla was amazing to watch. Xabi Alonso and Busquets were also stellar. This is a team that was also missing Xavi, Fabregas, and Juan Mata. Spain is ****ing stacked at midfield and they are so well coached. I honestly don't see them dropping off the map anytime soon, although Fernando Torres is still two steps behind.
All in all I expect Mexico to win the Gold Cup again. Bob Bradley needs to be replaced by my boy Jurgen Klinnsman.
June 5th, 2011, 12:45 AM #230
To be fair most of those friendlies have been against top notch competition. Scheduling this game a few days before the start of the gold cup was a recipe for disaster, total cash grab by the USSF. At least Bradley looked halfway decent when he came on, hopefully he'll shake off the rust and have a good tournament
Originally Posted by KHenry14