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Utaka set for United recall?

Utaka set for United recall?

Some changes are required for the United game, too many players have failed to perform for too long, so do need to be taken out but as mentioned by many wholesale changes is probably too risky against a team like United… at the same time barely minimal changes could prove just as much our undoing?

Harry Redknapp will be forced into at least one change from the defeat to Everton last weekend as Jermain Defoe is cup tied, and after his words in defence of John Utaka to The News it looks as though he might get the nod: 'there's every chance for John to come back in and be involved at Manchester United.

'We are going to need some performances from him between now and the end of the season.

'He has all the ability in the world and can be what he wants to be.

'He can finish terrifically. You'd take John to score when he goes through.

'He has done that on a couple of occasions for us this season.

'John has fantastic ability so it's up to him to put it to use. He has to use it.'

Should he come back in it will be as part of the 4-3-3/4-5-1 formation used to such success earlier in the season. Should he play, and should we see the best of Utaka then he 'could' be the match winner - the problem is we have not seen the best of Utaka for several months…

Kanu looks likely to lead the line, so Utaka could take a place on the right, but his defensive frailties are a concern though, so Lauren could be an option, the problem is he offers little or nothing going forward and this has not worked so far for me, so if used Glen Johnson in front of him would have to be the way to go surely?

Just a thought, and although probably not too likely, what about Utaka playing the lone role with Lauren and Johnson occupying the right - ideally with Johnson pushed further forward?

I am not overlooking Milan Baros, but it is unlikely that both he and Utaka will return in the same game. Clearly Utaka does not have the hold up play that Kanu does but at least he has the mobility and pace that could trouble United - which could prove more of a threat? By not using him on the right we would not be exposing this weakness either…

Whatever happens if we go to Old Trafford looking to just get a draw we will lose, if we go to Old Trafford looking to go all out to win, again we will lose. Patience is the key, as is not showing them too much respect. Chances will be few and far between but we have to ask questions, for me if we are to do that we need some mobility and pace up front.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Thursday March 6 2008
Time: 11:43AM

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i remember at the start of the season everyone was thinking utaka was great, there were massive articles in the papers about stuff like how his name meant ' i am faster than the arrow and mightier than the spear' in nigerian, but he needs to prove himself quickly the way harry was talking it sounded as though he could be sold if he doesnt improve. He is very quick though.
pompeysno.9
06/03/2008 13:28:00
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Perhaps he could prove that playing as a lone striker. He definitely prefers to play up front which is why he sulks on the wing.
eastneydave
06/03/2008 13:35:00
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and N09 he is quick if he can be bothered - stories go that he only scored at Reading because HR told him to get movin'.
eastneydave
06/03/2008 13:39:00
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Pompeys so called stars can "Showboat" their skills on the worlds stage this saturday. We are told that some of them hope to move to bigger clubs this summer. So perhaps, just perhaps, this motivation will make them give 100% to suit the occasion and we could get a positive result.
007
06/03/2008 14:37:00
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Time after time everyone mentions how we should play Lauren at right back and Johnson infron of him, as he has proved this season that he is excellent at getting forward, he can beat players, and can put half decent balls into the box. Surely Harry must have thought of this by now?

If not perhaps I could suggest that we all take the time to write him a letter, he may have his reasons but at the moment it doesn't look like anyone else knows why.
sneakay
06/03/2008 14:40:00
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maybe the unexpected is the way to beat united, playing lauren at right back, johnson in right midfield and utaka as a line striker would be 'unexpected wouldnt it... it probably wont happen, but you never know...
pompeyrug
06/03/2008 14:59:00
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lone, not line striker...
pompeyrug
06/03/2008 15:00:00
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The players need to adapt to system very quickly. All clubs shuffle their pack & style. If they can't adapt they go. Expect a very busy ins/outs this summer.
storagematt
06/03/2008 15:33:00
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PLEASE DON'T PLAY LAUREN ON THE RIGHT REMEMBER AT ARSENAL !!
stfc ballboy
06/03/2008 16:29:00
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Storagematt, some weeks ago I said there would be a mass exodus of at least 6 squad players. I still stick by that. Matt Taylor was one of the 6 and he went earlier than I expected. My reason for the exodus is probably different to what most would give but the poor form will certainly be a factor from the clubs perspective. I would like to see Utaka in a central role but I can see him doing it on his own. He tends to drop back and then run with or onto the ball. It is not impossible to do this as a lone striker with his speed but it is very difficult if the defence is packed. He really needs someone to hold up the ball and feed it to him on the run. This may sound strange but I'd like to see him play alongside Kranjcar in the middle but I haven't worked out how we would get the width we lack if that happened.
frattonaussie
06/03/2008 23:21:00
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