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Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Champions League standings, United win but injuries continue to pile up. #mufc

Tonight was another slightly subdued performance from an injury hit squad.  Manchester United now have more players injured than any other Premier League team.  I can't understand why but for the last couple of seasons the reds have had on average 5 players injured for most of the season.   I have no idea why the injuries that are causing Sir Alex to rotate the squad as much as he does seem to be a constant problem.  Some will claim that it's the intensity of United's training sessions, others will say it's the number of fixtures but whatever is at fault, there seems to be no respite.

The list has now grown to 8 players injured I believe, after Michael Owen was sadly substituted early on in the home 2-0 win against Otelul Galati.  He helped create space for Antonio Valencia to score the opener after making a darting run to the near post following a great cross from Phil Jones.  Thankfully Rafael Da Silva is back in training after recovering from a shoulder injury which kept him out for around 10 weeks.

Injury list so far:

Tom Cleverley: ankle sprain.
Ashley Young: Ankle or foot injury.
Federico Macheda: Arm or elbow injury.
Ryan Giggs: Hamstring sprain (thigh injury).
Darron Gibson: Ankle or foot injury.

Bebe: Anterior cruciate ligament tear (knee injury).

Michael Owen: Quadriceps sprain (thigh injury).

So tonight saw another One of Fergie's mish-mash teams that always seem to get the job done, a lot has to be said for the way Uniteds players slot in alongside each other in some surprising combinations.  Tonight all the Rooney for Centre Midfield fans will have gotten to see how Wazza performs in that role.  For me he was man of the match and boy did we need him because his midfield partner; Anderson was below par this evening.  In general there was some very sloppy passing from others too, but some of the balls across the space in front of the back four must have given David De Gea nightmares. But this time of year is usually when United begin to pick up the tempo for the christmas run-in and I'm confident we will continue to win games.  On a positive note we are still in contention for all competitions and have almost qualified top of our Champions League group without breaking too much of a sweat.

Here are the current UEFA Champions League standings after matchday 4:

 If we can shrug off our injury woes and win the next group game we will win the group so I'm not too bothered.  We face Sunderland on Saturday at Old Trafford and the team sheet is anybodys guess!

Here's my guess: 

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