Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic makes a welcome return for the Reds, as Sir Alex Ferguson’s injury-hit squad faces a less than welcoming Upton Park fixture. Rio Ferdinand is back in training but not available for the Saturday lunchtime game with West Ham United, while Wes Brown, John O’Shea and Rafael da Silva are all injured. Adding to Ferguson’s defensive problems, Northern Irish international Jonny Evans will sit out the first of three matches following a red card against Bolton Wanderers a fortnight ago.
Vidic’s return and no fresh injuries during the international break is a welcome bonus for Ferguson, who says that the intensity of the modern game is the cause of the latest Old Trafford injury crisis. With United still chasing a remarkable and very unlikely treble there are echoes of the club’s all-conquering 1999 season.
“The kind of games Manchester United are playing today are far more competitive than they were in 1999,” said Ferguson on Friday.
“The speed of the game has increased, the standard of training and pitches has improved, so everything’s faster. The game is quicker and therefore you run the risk of injury because of that.
“The big one is Saturday, because we are depleted in one area of the pitch. With eight games to go, you can’t exclude anyone. Whoever is the most consistent will win this league. But we should not over-stretch ourselves in terms of looking forward – this game is as important as any.
“I thought the two-week break would bring a few of our injured players on. It has, but not enough for them to play against West Ham. We are considerably short for the right-back position. We have to solve that – and find the right solution.”
“Rio has started training. He has only been training two days and then just a light session today. I have to decide whether we bring him in tomorrow, or give him a day off and start him on Wednesday again. He is more likely to be fit for the Fulham game.”
With so many injuries Ferguson’s back-four almost picks itself, and with Darren Fletcher still suffering from a mystery stomach bug and Paul Scholes sitting out the second of a two-match ban, the Scot is also short in central midfield. Anderson trained this week, although there is no guarantee the 22-year-old Brazilian will be thrust back into Premier League action. Meanwhile Park Ji-Sung is in United’s matchday squad after overcoming a knee complaint.
Ferguson’s comparatively meagre resources could mean another game at the head of United’s midfield for Wayne Rooney, who has excelled in a deeper position in recent weeks. Either Javier Hernández, who played and scored for Mexico over the international break, or Dimitar Berbatov will lead United’s line.
And striker Rooney believes that United’s home form could win the Reds a 19th domestic league title. It certainly won’t be the club’s performances on the road, which have brought just five Premier League wins away from fortress Old Trafford this season.
“I have been a player in the away dressing room and I know the fear you feel before the game and you are not expected to get anything out of it,” said Rooney, who played at Old Trafford for Everton in 2003.
“So we have that psychological advantage even before the game starts but we know we are good enough to beat anyone here.
“I grew up an Everton fan so to be part of the team to overtake Liverpool’s record would be brilliant. It would mean so much to us players as well as the fans. It is something I have been thinking about a lot. I know all the Everton fans want us to do it and hopefully we can.
“You look forward to every game at this stage and you’ve got to enjoy it, especially when you are in the running for a few trophies. It is exciting for the fans and it’s exciting for the players knowing that you are just a few weeks away from possibly winning a major trophy or two.”
Meanwhile, West Ham captain Scott Parker should play despite picking up a shoulder injury on international duty this week, although Frederic Piquionne is unlikely to start for Avram Grant’s outfit. Indeed, the Israeli says that his captain should be named Footballer of the Year after a series of outstanding performances for the Londoners this season.
“I think, without any doubt, that he’s the player of the year. I don’t see any player that is better than him,” said Grant.
“And if you also want to nominate a player who’s a good example, it’s good for everybody. He’s a player who always gives everything, always trains well, is always positive and always gives everything for the team. If we are in a position that we can stay in the league it’s because we took points in the first half of the season, sometimes without 10 or 11 players. And he played and he was very good.”
Despite the Hammers’ seemingly excellent record against United, including a 4-0 Carling Cup quarter-final victory in the driving snow just before Christmas, West Ham have lost their last five league games against the Reds without scoring a goal. It’s the kind of record that Ferguson is desperate to for his side to maintain.
West Ham – 451 – Green; Jacobsen, da Costa, Upson, Bridge; O’Neil, Parker, Hitzlsperger, Noble, Obinna; Ba. Subs from: Boffin, Gabbidon, Tomkins, Boa Morte, Sears, Hines, Spector, Keane, Cole, Reid, Kovac.
United – 442 – van der Sar; Fabio, Vidic, Smalling, Evra; Carrick, Gibson; Valencia, Rooney, Nani; Hernandez. Subs from: Kuszczak, Owen, Berbatov, Bébé, Park, Obertan, Tunnicliffe, Morrison, King, Giggs, Park Ji-Sung, Anderson.
Referee: Lee Mason
Assistant referees: Darren Cann & Patrick Keane
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell
West Ham – DWWWLD
United – WWDWWW
211 thoughts on “Vidic back for vital Hammers trip”
We need to win this one to keep Arsenal and the fast emerging Chelsea off our backs. I know how you guys hate Man City, but I don’t want to see three London clubs in the top four. I was in London and people there think London is the king city of football. I walked around the airport in a Man Utd jacket and they wanted to throw me out of the airport. I will settle for a 1-0 victory. Good to see Vidic back, we should get the three points.
We can do it, the lads just need to add more extra gear to their performance
Wanting to throw you out of the airport Herbie had bugger all to do with the jacket
This is a must win for two reasons one the points to keep Arsenal and Chelsea off and the other my irish workmate is a bubble blowing cunt of a West Ham fan and if the win i will never hear the end of it, I reckon 2 – 1 for United.
Lee Mason is the referee? Ouch!
Surely this United team is more than good enough to beat relegation candidates no?
west ham will play like their arses have been lit
it will be a cunt of a match unless we impose ourselves from the off – no faffing around with the ball like most of the away games this season otherwise we will fuck up
just hope SAF explains what a bunch of cunts they made us look in the snow last november and gets the lads to rectify that today
Working during the game ffs, we need to be on our game today, or west ham will screw us, but I have faith in united, 1-2 united win,
do u also have a bushy beard and carry a rucksack…
West Ham will play as if their lives depend on the result. Hopefully, we’ll be at the races today.
wont be that team im sure. looks too small
anyway 2-0 united valencia to score anytime
Gibson, Carrick, Park + away game + early kick off + international break = 2-1 West Ham
Game raising cunts
Haha, good point. Gives me the shudders whenever I see Gibson’s name on the team sheet.
Yep we’re back! Gibson and Carrick in the middle of midfield away from home = v. risky!
wil be just like the arsenal cup game. if it works hes a genius if it dosent hes a knob and has lost it…. some people cant lose on here
If West Ham press Carrick & Gibson, we won’t find our forward players and we won’t be able to get it out of defence
Neither of them are comfortable under pressure and neither of them even look for the fucking ball
And afterward Fergie will say “We didn’t get our passing game going”
lets wait and see what happens efore we start the post mortem
Fabio Smalling Vidic Evra
Valencia Giggs Park
Racist Di Canio there singing passionately
Sopcast 101232 is a crackin stream.
sid is right
We’re playing this game a man light.
It’ll take both Gibson and Carrick to handle Parker.
how the fuck do you know.. cunt!!!
Fabio to get sent off or injured
Well there’s no need for that! *cries*
lol carick.. twat
Here we go
Smalling is getting more and more assertive.. he’s good now, but he’s going to be awesome.
And so it begins
Evra is a silly, silly cunt for that
Fuck’s he doing
The ball wasn’t on the spot FFS
What a shit way to get a goal….
Evra has forgotten how to defend. So stupid.
Good. We will be fine. He was unlucky was Evra.
hope your right… need one before half time
He was fucking stupid. He put his hands up like a surrending French cunt in the penalty area FFS
I’m not worried… yet.
We are moving the ball around as good as I’ve seen in a while.
Why can’t Valencia take our corners for God’s sake!!?
Chicha will save us…
What a nightmare.
fuck fuck fuck fuck
attack attack attack now
Still not worried…
wenger just came in his pants. wtf.
i think these refs are out to fuck fergie over
is right.. get one here and itll open up for us.. come on
Is anyone really surprised? It’s about time Fergie got the wake up call we all knew was coming, we have a utter dire side and whilst the likes of Park, Gibson, Carrick and Rooney playing like a league 1 player we will not win fuck all.
Chelsea will put us out of the champions league without a doubt.
Wake up OUR TEAM ARE SHITE
How the heck are we 2 down?
These cunts don’t look like they care. Wake up you twats!
Rooney – you wanna get into the game? Twat
Its a common sequence in the game of football that when one of the teams scores twice and the other does’nt score at all.
The thing is… we’re playing well… and Westham are doing fuck all but lumping it long… two fuck ups at the back and we’re 2 down… but we look like we’ve got goals in us…
Just need 1, before half time.
These clowns don’t look like they care. Wake up you twats!
Rooney – you wanna get into the game? Twat
Park really needed to score that
carrick or gibson gota come off.. prob carric at least gibson has gota goal in him..
Why this one up top shit? Get another fuckin striker on, its gunna happen anyway, why not do it now?
better now.. come on
Vidic you dick
These referees are just stupid. If you did not think you should send Vidic off there why not just award the free-kick the other way?? Why? This is just going to be another talking point ALL week.
had to do it
Fuckin hell………… Westham are playing up to the refs, trying to wind United up.
A lot of teams are going to do this now.
We should have put the league cup team out if we were happy to lose today. Shambolic.
Fuck off carrick
black day indeed..wake up ginsoak
Well… that was wank… but the thing is… we’ve played some good football, and just been done by foolishness.
We’ve got a lot of firepower on the bench, so I still think we can win… but we need a goal to light the spark.
Giggs has forgotten how to take corners. That or he’s lost strength in his legs.
Oh look, United concede. What? Nothing new to see here. Move along.
Relegation fuckers nutmegging United players. It’s a disgrace to your country that United are on top of your premier league.
We’re gonna get thrashed by Chelsea in midweek.
One of the few days that the midfield look acceptable and the defense goes and cocks it up.
Plus we have virtually no scoring power on the field!!!
Fergies rants against refs are coming back to haunt us now. They don’t give a deck and will fuck us over out of spite.
Mind you, vidic could have gone then.
We are shite by the way.
Am amazed at some of you here. West Ham have had two efforts on goal and scored from them – both penalties. We have had at least 11 corner kicks and have the ball in their half most of the time and really should be ahead but we are not. It is hard to fanthom but I do not think our manager has been bad today and the players in fairness are not playing that badly. Just hope that Valencia hits at goal more often like Nani does.
It is surreal this scoreline. Not even like Blackpool where we were battered at half-time.
What? You call this playing well?
Brainwashed by two years of no value speeches? Wake up.
We look vulnerable on the counter attack because there is no midfield. No wonder we look at sixes and sevens in defence. West ham are not blackpool. They will not concede 3 goals in the second half. People will do evra photoshops with his arms stuck up in the air.
Gibson is an abomination
He’s slow getting forward and slow getting back. He doesn’t look for the ball and he never runs, he just walks and jogs. It’s Fergie’s fault for relying on such an atrocious bag of cunt in such an important game.
Having to play 451 away against a bag of shit is the reason we’re fucking limp up front. Rooney on his own is a waste of time. He needs a partner. But we can’t risk 2 central midfielders because the only ones available are fucking shite
At this rate we will have to beat arsenal away to win the league or have a good chance of doing so.
Chico on for Evra
Evra rightly being punished for being a fucking wanker – senior pro too – no excuse
Back 3 then?
Haven’t you heard? Everything will be fine after we sign 3 players. Carrick and gibson will become world class.
AS SOON AS I SAW THAT MIDFIELD I WAS LIKE…MEH…. DISGRACEFUL…NEED 3 TOP CLASS MIDFIELDERS TO BE BOUGHT IN
Giggs at left back!
giggs leftback fuck me
Giggs left back… This whole game is surely some elaborate april fools pisstake?
What’s wrong with van der Sar?
Vidic to get sent off
pedestrian, high school teenage girl slush puppy “couldn’t give a fuck” football
a peice of dog shit is more endearing than the crap being served up
Yep… Westham are leading without having had to play… we’ve played all the football, and should have at least one.
west ham destroying us in midfield; rooney getting smashed to peices
is park slower than i remember
Yeah, Gibson will go on to become the next Zidane…
Will I be the only one not able to watch the upcoming Chelsea game?
Rooney from freekick?????What the fuck?????
If we get 1, Westham will shit themselves.
That’s fucking better
COME ON YOU CUNTS – LETS FUCKING GET A POINT AT LEAST
come on.. this is it now.. attack attack attack
Here we go…
Going to be one way traffic from here on.
Attack, Attack – AttackAttackAttack
So at least Fergie was not banned from hairdryer?
We need a fuckin goal, and Rooney has been sent wide left again!
Fuck, I hate Fergsuon sometimes.
fucking come on.. lost it here…
Surely not… Come on!
yaaaaaaaa get in
stop celebrating and get the winner
come on get a 3rd
beautiful. simply magical finish.
just reward for taking all the shit in midfield and doing gibson’s job.
LOL… jumped up there, and scared the shit out of my daughter…
LOL… jumped up there, and scared the shit out of my daughter…
“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.””Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
15 corners, Jesus WestHam got really lucky in this game didn’t they?
berbs to get the winner
come on united
15 odd mins to give Wenger and Anchovy a heart attack
What play from Fabio… that was beautiful!
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH MY FUCKING HEART IS GONNA EXPLODE!!!!!!!!!
There are many of you here who should be ashamed now.
Uh, no. They played like shit in the 1st half and paid for it.
Now they’re playing like they should against relegation fodder.
I do not believe this.
Fucking get in!
oh so sweet
come on rape them
250k a week; now that is fucking value
Oh no…….. Rooney swearing at the camera…
Who wants to bet, that gets him in trouble?
Berbatov’s entry scared crap off Hammers LOL
the most precious player LOL
Yep… from my reckoning it was just you, me, and Tel that had faith!
see how much bollocks the young brazilian has – he just wants to push forward and attack
Calvino you’re right, I’ll put my hand up for that.
Now let’s not sit back and fuck this up.
could do with OShea or Brown to come on now
Without a shadow of doubt we are miles better than this West Ham team. Not even close.
And that’s that, you fuckerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
make them cry …
mexico mexico mexico.. awesome second half…fuck you wenger
on work break sweet 2-4, hi Han, and all reds. work will be better now.
Why we don’t always play two strikers in beyond me. Its the united way.
1 from berba would be the icing on the cake
Berba coming in changed the entire game!
hi mad red
wasn’t able to get in until the 60th minute when we were 2-0 down but playing better by all accounts
what a fucking turnaround though
ffs, india have alredy lost a wicket, fucking twats.
what a left back giggs is lol
Can only put it down to Fungus needlessly fuckin about with tactics.
4-4-2 all the way. He’s not a tactician, and never will be.
we had 3 forwards
this man was right
Total vindication of the entire match. West Ham were wank and did not in anyway deserve a two goal lead. We have beaten them as we should have. Shame that Vidic’s card will be on the agenda in the press now. THAT will really annoy and that was what I meant when I wrote it at the time it happened.
2-0 down and 4 goals in the 2nd half to send the message to the arse and renters that we want this title
Fergie tried something, didnt work, made change and won the match. Cant ask for any more than that.
tbf i told my missus we would win 4 – 2…and i said rooney would score a hat trick and hernandez would get one too
so im ace and yous lots are cunts tbf
I agree with this some what, but I think he tried to take his chances in order to rest some players for the Chelsea game.
Just watch Rooney hit his straps now we are heading into the run in!! Coming good when it counts!! UNITED!
as your reward you are cordially invited to a dinner date with mad red and i
Not really. We were poor in the first half. The changes made a huge difference. Berbatov and hernandez were excellent.
How could we have been poor in the first half sheesh? We had 11 corners to their nothing. We had their keeper make two very good saves and we played the whole match in their half. They scored through two penalties and that was all they offered.
I am sorry. I do not subscribe to this knee jerk feeling that when we are not leading in a match we are not playing well. The only thing that changed markedly in the 2nd half was that we now scored goals. Can ANYONE here remember ANY save our keeper had to make in the entire game? Exactly.
I agree… I thought some of our passing was excellent, even in the first half, we were controlling the game… but 2 blunders, from defenders who don’t normally make such mistakes, gave them a lead… other than that though, Westham offered nothing… it was all United.
Missed the game but at least I was right in saying that we would win the game, will now text my Paddy work mate to annoy him Lets hope that Arsenal flounder so that we can get that 19 title sorted.
Ok I will watch the match again and then see if I care to revise my opinion!
I was wrong, I said 2-1
I would have been right if Fergie didn’t change it round. Carrick & Gibson are hopeless. Gibson especially
Bolluckless and “I shoot from 50yards” were wank…Little Pea and Pornstar GREAT!
my willy’s itchin, going for a rub.
At first i thought you were talking about the chelsea result.
now i know, thanks for the laugh LOL
the Fa mafia are going to look into rooney shouting ‘fucking what’ into the camera after scoring his hat trick…. these fucks are worse than the nazis, spike and robbo combined
Yeah we dominated the game and conceded to some defensive errors, Vidic is probably not fully fit and compensating by roughing people up, which we’ve seen many times in the past.
French Academy have drawn against Blackburn. I remember us drawing at Blackburn last year 0-0. If we’d won, we would have won number 19.
– Cricket World Cup Champions
– Liverpool lose
– Arsenal draw
– Chelsea draw
Agreed on all points!!
Fuck off Cricket is complete dogshite I know it’s genetically programmed into you being one of those……. you know….. one of those MONGOS who should have been born with a muff!!
I agree on the rest of your statement.
Bri, you are a fucking dirty racist bastard.
Yea but hes OUR racist bastard
Terence, THAT was not even slightly funny from that fella. So you should not be defending him. You seem above that.
fuckin chuffed. Around 2 in the night and ppl are still celebrating here in India. Tremendous day
i would think it will go on for quite a while over there, and in england i suppose.
im actually getting into cricket these days.
yeah long night ahead. I’m not completing though. Ppl dancing on the streets,just shouting and even cops joining in. Having a bloody good time
Really good time to get into cricket. Every format is interesting these days.
Amazing… I was only partly following on the Sky updater… and when I saw Tendulkar out at, 32 for 2… chasing 274… I thought “fuck it, game over”…
How the fuck did you seen any racism in that?? unless you think being a MONG is a race??
You are a fucking MONG, where was the racism in that? you complete fucking tool…get back to your sister I’m sure the rest of the lads are finished!
Guys, I didn’t take anything Brian wrote as racist. Clumsily typed, perhaps.
Indian team is coming over this summer. Might try and get tickets for the 20:20 at Old Trafford cricket ground.
I like how more countries are taking an interest in cricket. Ireland did themselves proud in this World Cup. The more nations that get involved, the better.
I know there are people that don’t like the game (the most common complaint being that the games are too long) but I found that I got into cricket through watching the shorter versions of the game like the 50 overs format. 20:20 is an even shorter format.
To be fair Brian, you are a racist cunt.
ffs, you cunts..he’s saying people who like cricket are cunts….if you are accusing him of being racist you need to fuck off now…seriously..ffs its almost racist making out he is racist,..
err…no he is not…he is a cunt, but seriously he is not racist
agreed…ffs…terrible how life is..so we can slag the welsh for being sheep shaggers and generalise, but the hint of a racist comment and BANG…ww3
why am i sticking up for the cunt so much…ffs?? well, i am not…im hitting back at the PC cunts who are ruining this world….infuriating
tbf..the cunts digging at bri are more prejudiced than Bri..i agree he is a cunt but ffs..talk about jumpin on the bandwagon
bri, you welsh sheep shagging cunt….love beasting animals etc
there you go you rugby loving slag im racist…..ffs
I hate Cricket. But I’m happy as long as India won. Please, to all countries. Do not take up this abomination of a sport. It’s not a sport, its players are not athletes.
The only worse game on this planet compared to cricket is American Football.
I thought for a min you were defending my honnor…. SPUNKBANK!!
If the word CUNT wasn’t used as a term of affection here I would be upset….
tbf I DETEST rugby….
To be fair Duncan I’m hardly racist…. I DO play the black notes on my piano as well FFS!!
You’re JUST a cunt regardless of anyones race!
you dont even own a piano you sheep shagging welsh shithair!!!
is this racist?
obvious you want a 3 some with the welsh warlock and his favourite ewe, betsy
ya daft racist!!!
Yeah, but… he really is a cunt.
A shaved cunt.
Also goes by the name of your sister….
** Turns American voice on**
Oh no you didunnntt!!
tbf I’ve never denied that fact… I’m hardly alone in that respect.
You dirty racist bastard.
What are the odds that Rooney will be banned for his little outburst yesterday? He is due to find out on Monday what sanction, if any, will be imposed on him.
The press in this country are a complete and utter joke. Only in the UK would something like this pick up so much coverage. Only in the UK would there be such a fixation with trying to get one club into trouble. I would love Fergie to go into a sweary rant when he retires. The media and FA would go apeshit.
It’s utter bullshit and if they hit Rooney for it then I want to see EVERY single player who swears during football to get a booking… bias wankers at the FA trying to get to Fergie!
P.S That is not being racist to “Wankers” so hush up TERRY!!
Time to give this twat some abuse. I am Alvin btw:
Right wing shit-rags are giving Rooney hell
Some hilarious & riduclous comments
“Ban him for the rest of the season including internationals and fine him a year wages. Then he might learn a little civility is called for.”
Well, I don’t see the funny side… Rooney is absolutely crucial to us winning anything… and if these ABU cunts manage to stir up enough emotion, the FA just might show the bollocks that everyone says they don’t have… and ban him.
Then we’re fucked.
Rooney really does need to learn…
Need to learn what Alfie? need to learn to be inhuman? I am so amazed at the depth of hatred for Manchester United in the country. That cheating prick that plays for Liverpool scores a pen at Old Trafford and goes on to kiss the camera and no fuss was made of it. Since that day in ’09 more and more players kiss the camera after scoring goals – i remember Andy Gray in commentary that saying he hoped that “that will not catch on..”
The people at Daily Mail and that Bradshaw fellow at The Express can go to hell!!! Jageilka dived shamelessly yesterday to win a pen for Everton and it is nowhere in the press – if that had been a United player it will be front page news and all over SSN. It is frankly disgraceful. There seems to be a campaign to try and stop United from winning the title like it was for Newcastle in ’96. Sod the lot of them.
Cal… go back through this thread, to the point where Rooney scored the third… I said then and there, that there’d be trouble…
You don’t have to agree whether or not it’s that big a deal, what Rooney did… I don’t… especially considering he apologised immediately… although I suspect Rooney was told to, by someone who knew the shit storm that would undoubtably come down… probably Ferguson.
And that’s the point… it’s Rooney and it’s United… right or wrong, why ask for trouble?… we don’t fuckin need it.
Rooney just has to look at the camera, and the ABU squad are howling, “look at that ugly cunt, he’s a cunt, should be run out of the game, he’s a cunt”… you know it, I know it, and Rooney knows it… why give them the stick to beat him with?
I know what you are saying but THAT is why am so annoyed by the noise!! It is unbelievable! A few years back Micah Richards swears during an interviewing after scoring a late winner for City in an FA Cup game but NOTHING was made of it. His interviewer did apologise on his behalf. FIFA did not ban Rooney in the world cup for speaking to the camera so how can the FA defend this fuss?
Is there a story about Rooney that people know especially the press and the FA that they are keeping a secret but are very annoyed that they really can’t speak of it in public?? I mean it is getting really scary the amount of witch hunt against him.