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What’s New?

Posted by unitedfanatic on February 24, 2010

Its been a wonderful past few weeks for Manchester United and a dream come true for millions of fans around the world to witness Wayne Rooney in sizzling form finally this season. Not that he wasn’t great for us till now. But he is truly showing how much damage he is capable of doing and that’s a very bright thing!

Starting this month, Wazza Said So will now sport a new feature on the blog called “Pick of the Month” on the left sidebar under which, every month, we shall nominate a Player of the month. Clicking this image will redirect you to our Polls page on which you can then vote if you agree or disagree with our views.

We start with nominating Wayne Rooney for the Player of the month for January. Scoring 7 goals in 4 games, he dazzled the footballing fraternity with a 4 goal thriller against Hull City as well as moved his all time United goals tally in the Premier League to 83, 1 shy of Ronaldo’s 84 for United in the Premier League.

Agree or Disagree?

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Becks still has it in him to go on for another 3-4 years

Posted by unitedfanatic on February 15, 2010

Ryan Giggs, who is out with an elbow injury and missing the trip to AC Milan, has spoken about his relation with Beckham and has nothing but good things to say about him.

“We are different in the sense he has been in the limelight, front page and back, while I prefer to keep myself to myself.

But I still speak to him. He has not changed as a person.

He has always loved football. He has always been dedicated and that is still the same now.

Like myself, Becks looks after himself.

He is naturally fit and is a natural athlete, so I am not surprised he is still going at all. In fact I reckon he will keep going for another three or four years.

We had a couple of chances to meet when he was at Real Madrid but it is great that it will finally happen and great for Becks to come back.

It will be fantastic for the fans to see him again because he was a great player for United and still is a great player for England and Milan — and in America as well.”

About the looming encounter with AC Milan and the threat posed by Becks, he added, “I hope he doesn’t do anything nasty to us. He is a quality player and has always risen to the occasion.

With the right foot he has he can just ping balls 50 yards or make a five or ten-yard pass. He has amazing accuracy. And we must try not to give free-kicks away from 25 or 30 yards out because he is capable of putting them into the top corner.

Hopefully he will enjoy it – but not that much.”

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An explanation from the man in the form of his life

Posted by unitedfanatic on January 21, 2010

You got it right. Yes we’re talking about him!

What a pity. He just loves the press, doesn’t he? Why all the explanations? Why all the justifications?

Well, surely, If he’s started it, then he won’t be the one to let someone else have the last laugh. All the slagging off in the press about United and all the LIES, he won’t be one to sit quiet!

Yeah, he deserves the Player of the month for what he achieved in December. Yes he’s playing good football. But can he be accommodating for the club he loves? Firstly, he doesn’t “love” his employer club like he claims. Its just joy and liking. He’s appreciated by the fans, he achieves trophies with the club, sure he’ll like it! But FYI mate, love goes beyond liking. Love means sacrifice for the greater good. Even if it means having to adjust. Secondly, NO. He cannot be accommodating. He wants to play as much as he wants to play.

This does bring up the confusing question involving love and professionalism. Its his job, right? Why bring love into it when he’s merely taking a better paying, more opportune offer elsewhere? How does it matter if they’re rivals? Its morally the right thing to do if he’s not been kept “satisfied” by his present employers, right?

This is where the players themselves need to be clear. Draw the line. At any other job, you’d just keep shut, collect your paycheck every month, keep giving your best output for your employers, and be with them through thick and thin. Occasionally worrying about appraisals, growth, etc. But this is football. Professionalism has a slightly different meaning. Essentially its the same! But there are certain things other professionals couldn’t dream of doing at with their employers.

Slagging them off in the press while still employed? First claiming that your manager is the best manager in the world, gives you a lot of respect and then 3 months later, saying he hasn’t even bothered to talk to you the whole year, and he’s disrespectful. Really?

I agree he wasn’t given a lot of opportunities in his second season with United. Was brought on as a sub for more times than he’d like to have started. But get this Tevez. If you want someone to be understanding about you, you ought to be understanding of them too. Atleast, that’s how it works in the normal world for normal people. Doesn’t seem to be like that in yours. You got to understand that when SAF was forced to shell out £8m-10m extra for Berbatov, it was obvious that the gaffer had GRAND plans for United, with the firepower of yourself and Rooney already at his disposal. So, it made sense to play Berbatov so he can settle down well with the team. Get used to how it works with playing in a squad, rather than a team. That would, unfortunately, involve you having to adjust for some time. But if you loved the manager, loved the fans, loved the club, is it too much to ask to repose trust in them? Especially after winning so many trophies? And being given so much time on the pitch? Even if sometimes as a sub, you still are getting playing time right? Not as much as you’d like, but even temporarily? Its not like you were sidelined completely. This is where the “I’m doing a job. I am a professional” affirmation comes in and the misery begins. Very convenient.

I must also mention that Joorabchian had a major role to play. He wouldn’t even settle for the £25m we offered. City had come knocking till then. And the verbal abuse had done its damage too. £47m from City is too tempting to turn down. About the fans’ reaction, You can’t not ask for it by saying “I love you fans!”, then signing for bitter rivals due to personal issues. Why take it out on the fans when the manager disrespected you.

So 5 months down, he’s apparently happy at City? Sure. Now their fans applaud him so he “loves” it there. There’s NO way City can keep Adebayor, Bellamy, Tevez, Santa Cruz, and Robinho all happy. Unless they throw in lot of money into the equation.

Again the pang of “I’m a professional” sets in. “I’m getting paid shitloads even when I’m not playing! The fans still love me! Geez!”. Which one of us wouldn’t love to be paid a lot of money even when we don’t work? Sure. All of us.

So really, the fine line between professionalism in football and professionalism in the outer world has been, is being, and will be abused time and again by players. Also, please do yourself a favour Tev. Don’t offer any more deluded explanations for what was.

You can read Tevez’s latest justifications here.

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Decade of the Devils!

Posted by united4ever2009 on December 24, 2009

We have come to the end of the first decade of the new millenium.It has been one hell of a roller coaster ride for the Red-Devils and Co. During this period, United have set benchmarks for other teams to follow, reached the zenith of success the others can only dream of, thereby becoming the envy of a few and the love of millions. There has been the odd hiccup, a dry season with lacklustre performances, stars who’ve left the club.But,who can complain? Be it the Premier League, the Champions League, the FA Cup, the Carling Cup or the World Club Championship! The Devils can boast of all these crowning glories in their kitty.

United’s success can be attributed to coordinated team effort, moments of individual brilliance, the support staff and last, but surely not the least, the man who envisaged this vision and laid the foundation for the  journey to the summit of success. Sir Alex Chapman Ferguson’s name needs no introduction to any football lover and commands the respect of every one. Ferguson celebrates his 68th birthday on December 31st! So here’s wishing him an advance happy birthday and reliving some of the finest moments of the devils the past decade.

5. The Great Comeback( Tottenham  Hotspur 3-5 Man Utd )

4. Playing Catch-up (2002-03)

This season,United were trailing leaders Arsenal by 11 points at Christmas.Yet,we won the title.

3. The Premier League Season (2006-07)

2. The Hattrick (2008-09)

1. The Champions League (2007-08)

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FA Cup 3rd round Draw

Posted by unitedfanatic on November 29, 2009

The FA Cup draw for the 3rd round has just completed and United have been drawn at Home to Kettering Town or Leeds United, depending on the 2nd round outcome of their game.

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Battle at the bridge

Posted by unitedfanatic on November 7, 2009

“We will play against the second team in the the Premier League, but it’s just a game that carries three points like the others.

It’s a very important game because we play against a fantastic team. It will be a very difficult match but also a very interesting one.

Sometimes against Ferguson I’ve won. Sometimes he’s won. But it’s not a match between Ancelotti and Ferguson. It’s Chelsea versus Manchester United.”

So says Carlo Ancelotti, ahead of the meeting between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Both managers have won two Champions League Cups, Ancelotti with AC Milan in 2002-03 and 2006-07, and Sir Alex in 1998-99 and 2007-08.

More notably, Sir Alex beat Ancelotti’s men(Juventus) in the semi-finals en route to European Glory in 1999, and Ancelotti returned the favour when leading Milan to European success in 2007.

In their 7 competitive meetings to date, Sir Alex has won twice, and Ancelotti four times, the latest being the win on penalties at the Wembley for the Community Shield.

Chelsea vs Manchester UnitedThis will be their first Premier League tussle, with Chelsea having a 2 point cushion at the top of the table above United in 2nd place, and I find it remarkable that both managers have good amount of respect for each other, bearing in mind the degree of competitiveness and intensity of past clashes.

Not only does it bode well for the game, it demonstrates that oafs like Rafa need to give us a break.

We did get a taste of the Chelsea diamond midfield in August this year, and we didn’t exactly crumble in Ronaldo’s absence, like it was made out to be then. While they didn’t have their best midfield in Lampard, Essien, Malouda and Obi Mikel, the typical United who pick up momentum(and form) gradually after the start of the season weren’t the best either.

After seeing out some patchy performances and losing at Anfield, the comeback from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 against CSKA Moscow was a breather as the spirit shown by our team to do what we did augurs well.

And with Fletch and Vidic back in the team, it shouldn’t be as rough!

Let’s hope it doesn’t come down to that, though. Of course, from my heart I want United to win this and reclaim our rightful position, but my head says both teams will settle for a point each.

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Cause for concern??

Posted by unitedfanatic on November 1, 2009

Sir Alex FergusonAfter a 2-0 victory over Blackburn, many fans were left disappointed with the scoreline. United dominated the entire game, kept 60% possesion and had 11 shots on target to Blackburn’s 1. We SHOULD have bettered the scoreline and increased our goal difference. Blackburn were thrashed 5-0 at Stamford bridge, and let off the hook with just two goals at the Theatre of dreams in consecutive games.

Of course it was a stunning goal that Berba scored, and I would rather settle for fewer such quality goals than numerous routine goals, granted that both help us get the three points. Indeed there would be nothing like having numerous quality goals, but that’s beside the point I want to make here. Following Ronaldo’s departure, considering the stick United receive from the press after every loss or draw, it is true that fans are starting to expect more from the team’s performances, while the more centred-fans will atleast acknowledge the several doubts and questions rising in their minds irrespective of their faith in Sir Alex Ferguson. As Berba rightly said after the match, 3 points are the most important thing. The goals will come sooner or later. Just like the opening goal in the Blackburn game. Wave after wave of Red army attack, several misses, and finally that jaw dropping acrobatic volley.

So what I’m really trying to say is we should not panic. I’d be happier savouring the win than grumble about the lack of more goals. I repeat. The goals will come sooner or later.

Ahead of our trip to Stamford Bridge, here’s a set of stats between the top two of the lot.

Manchester United Chelsea
Scored in 1st half 6 26% 8 29%
Scored in 2nd half 17 74% 20 71%
Total Goals scored 23 28
Conceded in 1st half 5 45% 5 63%
Conceded in 2nd half 6 55% 3 37%
Total Goals conceded 11 8
Clean sheets 4 6
Top Scorer Wayne Rooney (7 goals) Didier Drogba (9 goals)

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United we stand against Cancer

Posted by unitedfanatic on October 17, 2009

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