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Kanu to be wrapped in cotton wool...

Kanu to be wrapped in cotton wool...

...maybe this is to keep him warm?

Harry Redknapp has spoken to The News to confirm that his golden boy Kanu will be wrapped in cotton wool for the next couple of weeks so he can once again lead the line on his own against United - something which he clearly does with great effectiveness...

'After the Preston match, I think we've got to work hard this week on the training ground so that everybody understands their role in that system.

'There are a couple of new players coming in and I'm going to have to be careful with Kanu in the league.

'If I lose him we're going to be short. He might be one I will have to wrap in cotton wool for the next week or two and wait for the Cup.

'I've got Baros and Defoe to come back for the league games, so I might have to be careful with Kanu - I can't really afford to lose him as well.

'He did well against Preston - he can hold it up for you, he's got a good touch. The problem is getting behind people, we've got no pace, that's the problem.

'Kanu can hold it up on his own but you need people to run beyond him. You are looking for runners really'.

Sorry, it might appear that I am anti Kanu - which I am not at all - but the fella just cannot play the lone roll, he cannot move and although his hold up play is second to none he is unable to then get into he box when some fantastic balls are played in as a result.

Granted we do need the runners from midfield so they need to do there bit but people like Sulley Muntari, Lassana Diarra, Sean Davis and most definitely John Utaka are no slouches are they, so we should have the pace that Redknapp claims we are lacking?

The implication is that Kanu is the only striker that we have for use in the cup! I thought that we signed a Czech striker by the name of Milan Baros a few weeks back, and also have a fella called Dave Nugent who is very close to full fitness... Not forgetting a certain Utaka could be used as a striker if needed?

The suggestion is that Baros is struggling for form and fitness, but he will only improve both by playing, Nugent was very close to making the bench at the weekend so he cannot be too far off, even if people do not rate him, and again - not trying to be anti Kanu - he is hardly setting the world alight with his form is he...

All in all I just think that it is basically a load of rubbish that has been said to be honest - is it some sort of ploy to loll United into a false sense of security? Even so Sir Alex Ferguson has been around too long to fall for this...


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Date:Tuesday February 19 2008
Time: 11:32AM


Interesting stuff, PR, but academic as we have no chance at Old Trafford. Play 15 players at the same time - won't make any difference.
19/02/2008 11:44:00
Who do u support ET_tu_Pompeii? We all agree it will be tough but not impossible. This really is the time to get behind the club, despite some of our differences, not to be a sad sack pain in the arse.
19/02/2008 11:58:00
of course we have a chance! why bother going - and i am personally going ive just had it confirmed - if we dont think we can win, just forfit the game in that case... we'll do united then chelski and win the cup...
19/02/2008 12:04:00
I think Nugent will start firing on all 4 now he has had his op. AS he is said to have been carrying the injury a while prior to going completely in Plymouths game, it may have been needed to get him heeled. I may be wrong, but i think Nugent and Baros will do the job an United. On our day we can beet them, lets just hope it is our day.
19/02/2008 12:08:00
Et_tu , well, we may as well not turn up then! Let's hope the players aren't as negative. Time to spout my favorite sporting quote; "Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill."....Muhammad Ali....maybe Pompey's will and desire will be greater than United but NOT if they think they'll lose!
19/02/2008 12:11:00
This is Harry having a laugh, well it has to be. Let’s have a real go at them not stick one OAP upfront on his own against the best team left in the cup.
19/02/2008 12:16:00
You're right Midge Nugent will be firing on all 4 cylinders but sadly this is a grand prix circuit & he won't catch up. As for Man U away, still livid with the bad luck of that draw. Yes we have a chance as we have every time we go there & come back with f a.
19/02/2008 13:04:00
et-tu, did Barnsley have a chance at Anfield???????????
19/02/2008 13:22:00
Rug super article, you did not sit on the fence, which your job more than often demands. I cannot add anything, but duplicate your Utaka comments. "HR" stated early in the season what pace and understanding he had with Kanu when used together as a striking partnership.
19/02/2008 13:59:00
I didn't think Kanu was that bad against Preston, he held it up well and played some good balls… to nobody. That's the problem with the system, it's great he holds it up but if Utaka doesn't use his pace or impetus to get forward it won't work.
19/02/2008 14:23:00
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