The Premier League 2010/11 Previews Part 12: Manchester United – Write Them Off At Your Peril


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. William says:

    It’s good to read an even-handed report about United, one that isn’t written with a smirk about the fact that the metaphorical but no less necessary civil war between the fans and the owners makes the club’s future look less bright than at any point in the Premier League era. Via email and billboards in Manchester, MUST are urging fans to keep up the Green and Gold protests this season. On the pitch, United can still carry the fight too but some problems from last year also persist.

    United’s nucleus of veterans (Scholes, Giggs and Neville) will all play a part this season but there are enough younger bodies in the squad for the older ones to be used sparingly. Scholes was magnificent on Sunday, though, as he was for much of last season (the away game at Fulham being one glaring exception), but his pass in the build-up to the opening goal highlighted one key thing: would any other player in the squad, Rooney aside, have even considered attempting that ball?

    Signing Ozil would be a massive boost but it appears inevitable that he will head to Spain, like most of the world’s top talent. United have pace on the flanks (Nani and Valencia got better as the campaign went on last year) and strength in the middle (Fletcher looks more like Keane with every passing season) but there is still nobody else in the squad who can unlock a defence quite like Scholes and certainly no midfielder who can be relied upon to score regularly himself.

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