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PL, Man U. vs Chelsea, 11/01/09, 1600 GMT


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2009 is the year of the Ox, and for the first Prem game of the new year, thats exactly how we will need to play on Jan 11th, like an Ox.

-----------------Cech---------------

Bosingwa--Ivanovic--Carvalho--A.Cole

-----------------Mikel---------------

-----------Ballack---Lampard---------

----J.Cole---------------Anelka-----

----------------Drogba-------------

Deco should be used as sub, we cant afford to have him in the starting line up for this game.

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There's no way in hell Scolari would try something like this, but if we have to play both Drogba AND Anelka, then I'd like to see Anelka in a central role instead of on the left. Something like this perhaps:

-------------------------Cech---------------------------------

---Bosingwa------Alex-------Ivanovic-----A. Cole------

-------------------------Mikel--------------------------------

--------------Ballack------------Lampard-------------------

------------------------J. Cole--------------------------------

-------------------Drogba--Anelka------------------------

But then again, I don't think this a game that we will start with both Drogba and Anelka. Deco will probably start.

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I'd like to see us go out something like this,

-------------------------Cech---------------------------------

---Ferreira------Ricardo------Ivanovic-----A. Cole------

--------------Mikel-----------Lampard-------------------

Boswinga-------------------------------------------J Cole---

-------------------Drogba--Anelka------------------------

Subs

Carlo

Belletti

Ballack

Terry

Kalou

Deco

Bridge

I even contemplated Belletti for Mikel but think thats not the job for old trafford, might work well against park the Bus teams though

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Would like to see

-------------------------Cech-----------------------

---Bosingwa------Carvalho-----JT---------Cole--

---Cole----------Mikel--------Lampard----Bridgey

--------------------Drogba---Anelka---------------

What we will see

------------------------Cech-----------------------

---Bosingwa-----Carvalho-----JT---------Cole---

------------------------Mikel------------------------

--------------Ballack---------Lampard------------

-------Cole-------------------------------Deco----

------------------Drogba or Anelka---------------

oops- just remembered JT is suspended so its most likely Alex in for him

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I no longer care about what team is picked particularly. Its really just about delivering a performance at Old Trafford, against what is arguably been the world's best soccer team for the past few years, that us supporters can be proud of. At their best CFC can beat Manu at their best, however its arguable that ManU have strengthened their team more than us in the past 12 months. We shall see.

And by the way compliments of the New Year to all. I enjoy visiting this Board from Sydney and particularly its good to hear the opinions of people who are lucky enough to be able to go to the games.

If Terry is back the defence picks itself. Mikel will play, Lampard will play.

That leaves 4 starters to pick from Drogs, Nic, Joe, Ballack, Kalou, Deco and Malouda.

Despite all his disadvantages in front of goal Kalou is the youngest and fastest of the lot. I guess I'd go with the first four and have Deco replace JC at 55 minutes, with Kalou to replace one of the others after 75 minutes.

This is a game that everyone will be up for. Keys to success include stopping distribution from Scholes and Carrick in the centre and shutting down Rooney (will that be Mikel's job) in their front third.

I can't see us doing much damage to them in the air as Ferdinand and Vidic are very strong. However Evra will I believe still be suspended so there may some vulnerability on the wings. Also Sholes will not be strong defenesively.

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It'll be interesting to see where Red Nose plays Ronaldo. He could either play him on the right against Ashley who knows how to handle him, or play him on the left against the lightning quick Bosingwa. Hmm.

...............................Cech

...Bosingwa....Carvalho.......JT.........A.Cole

.......Ballack......,.......Mikel..........Lampard

...............................J Cole

.................Drogba.............Anelka

But the more likely one is Deco instead of Ballack, J Cole on the right, Anelka on the left and Drogba through the middle.

I've just realised something. How harsh is it on Ivanovic to just drop him for Carvalho? Carvalho is unlikely to be fully fit, so keep him on the bench and put JT and Ivanovic in the Centre back role.

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I'd love to see Boswinga on the wing in front of Ferreira, that way Ronaldo will have tracking back to do and Paulo will have help if he does play on their left.

I think Ash usually handles the Ronaldo threat well and Redsnout could push him downthe left with the added benefit of stopping Bos getting forward so much.

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Ashley and Paulo have both kept Ronaldo in their pocket before however Ferreira is so short of match sharpness now that it would be a hell of a risk to throw him into a game as big as this.

Your probobly right but my main concern is if Ron plays left Bos will concentrate on defending (hardly his best trait) and we will miss what he gives us going forward...

I wonder if with Ricky back and JT we could keep Ivanovich in the side and play him at RB?

All speculation as I doubt Phil has even thought about Bos-winga the right-Winga

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I think Deco needs to play. We are playing an opposite with attacking ambitions so Deco's quick passes in counter attack positions are needed. He struggles against 'park the bus' sides. Also he missed the earlier game against ManU. This could also turn his season to a more brighter light.

------------------Cech-------------------

Boss----Carvo---------Terry----A.Cole

------------------Mikel-------------------

--------Deco-------------Lampard------

----Joey---------------------Anelka-----

---------------Drogba--------------------

This is a make or brake game for us so everyone needs to play their best game of the season. Nothing more nothing less.

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I think it's the match Chelsea have to win.

I know people will say even a draw is considered a good result at OT and considering our current struggles even a point would be massive but I believe if we are to sustain any serious chance of winning the title back this is the time and place to turn things our way.

If we lose, Scolari is in a world of sh.t.

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Your probobly right but my main concern is if Ron plays left Bos will concentrate on defending (hardly his best trait) and we will miss what he gives us going forward...

I wonder if with Ricky back and JT we could keep Ivanovich in the side and play him at RB?

All speculation as I doubt Phil has even thought about Bos-winga the right-Winga

If playing Bos against Ron means that both are occupied with each other and cancel themselves out of the game then it would be a job well done, because they would miss what Ron could bring to the game more than we would miss what Bos would bring to the game

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If playing Bos against Ron means that both are occupied with each other and cancel themselves out of the game then it would be a job well done, because they would miss what Ron could bring to the game more than we would miss what Bos would bring to the game

That would be fine in a world where Bos was as good a defender as he is an attacker, I think with Evra behind him Ronnie would cancel out Bos going forward a lot more than vice versa, which is why I would have liked to see him on the wing with a defensive RB behind him.

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That would be fine in a world where Bos was as good a defender as he is an attacker, I think with Evra behind him Ronnie would cancel out Bos going forward a lot more than vice versa, which is why I would have liked to see him on the wing with a defensive RB behind him.

the point I was trying to make was...if Man U. lost Ronaldo through injury before kick off and like wise we lost Bosingwa.... which manager would be the more disappointed?

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the point I was trying to make was...if Man U. lost Ronaldo through injury before kick off and like wise we lost Bosingwa.... which manager would be the more disappointed?

Missed that point I must admit, and obviously Ronaldo would be missed more but I dont feel Boswinga ( if Ron plays on their left ) is going to cancel him out in the way he will himself be cancelled out.

Lets just hope he plays on the right where he can rattle around with Ashley's Car Keys :D

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I hope I'm just being unnecessarily pessimistic but I fear for our chances this Sunday. On current form it is really hard to see us getting a result at Old Trafford. We have to score first I think and, if United take an early lead, we could even be in for a bit of a humiliation. This is a game where team spirit is needed in abundance and that is something clearly lacking at present. I hope I'm wrong though.

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i dont understand why everyone is so worried. weve historically done well at the theatre of tourists. ok, we arent playing well at the moment but hten again utd arent exactly on fire. if we play well we can definately get a result and we definately have the players who can get to them. look at the arse game against us, no-one gave them a prayer and they were probably in worse form than us. keep the faith.

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i dont understand why everyone is so worried. weve historically done well at the theatre of tourists. ok, we arent playing well at the moment but hten again utd arent exactly on fire. if we play well we can definately get a result and we definately have the players who can get to them. look at the arse game against us, no-one gave them a prayer and they were probably in worse form than us. keep the faith.

Thanks for the encouragement and I hope you are right. Our record at old Trafford has been great over the last few decades on the whole but we have not done so well there the last few seasons. 1 draw and 2 defeats the last 3 seasons to be precise. We are due a win right ;)

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It's a tough call to pick the team, well from the middle 4 and forward. I think Terry is back so he'll be ready and picked for the CB pairing of Terry and Carvalho. A Cole on the left, and Bosingwa on the right. I'm slightly worried here, as I think Fergie will have Ronaldo switch wings to pair against Bosingwa, and give him a torrid time. It will also bring Carvalho out of position as he'll need to come and cover, and Mikel will drop in to cover...or it'll bring Mikel out to help out Bosingwa and therefore Ballack or Lampard will have to be on their toes in the gap that Mikel will leave.

However, if we play with Mikel, Lampard and Ballack in the midfield 3 it means Scolari's love child, Deco, may play at the head of a diamond (or worse instead of ballack which means Lampard will have to defend his a*se off!). Therefore, the front two could be Anelka and Drogba.

I'd rather we play without Deco, and play with Joe Cole on the right, and Anelka on the left. We did this a few games ago with Cole and Anelka interchanging positions, and even Drogba shifting out wide to leave anelka upfront too.

If we play Deco, I think that will weaken our team defensively, and disable Lampard from getting forward. Therfore, I hope we play thus:

...........................................Cech

................................Carvalho....Terry

.......Bosingwa.........................................Cole

.......................................Mikel

...........................Ballack............Lampard

.....J Cole.......................................................Anelka

........................................Drogba

Scott

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